Department of Communication Studies

Individual Events

The Individual Events program at UNI offers students many opportunities and is open to anyone with an interest in improving their public speaking skills. The squad usually consists of about 20 members, and travels to approximately 6 tournaments a semester. The speech team culminates the season with the American Forensic Association and National Forensic Association national tournaments in early April.

Students choose their own level of involvement, determining how many tournaments in which they wish to compete and in which events they would like to compete. With 11 events to choose from, Individual Events competition likely has at least one that will interest you.

In addition to providing monetary support for tournament travel, UNI is able to offer an array of scholarships to debaters as a means to defray tuition expenses. Visit the Scholarships page to learn more.

In 2013, the UNI Speech team repeated their performance from 2012, placing 10th at the 2013 AFA National Individual Events Tournament. The team qualified 10 students with 34 events, and broke multiple students to outrounds. Senior Harrison Postler won Impromptu Speaking, becoming the first team member to win a National Title in 21 years. The team also sent senior members to the 2013 NFA National Tournament, and again placed 10th, but with only 3 students and 14 events. This was one of the best performances in team history. And then in 2014, the UNI Speech Team placed 10th in the nation again!

Questions? Contact:

Sadé Barfield and Joshua Hamzehee
Co-Directors of Individual Events
326 Lang Hall
Department of Communication Studies
University of Northern Iowa
Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0139

Sadé Barfield <>

Joshua Hamzehee <>

Photo:  UNI's 2013 AFA-NIET Team: (back row L-R) Harrison Postler, Ryan Courtney, Keegan Bosch, Jordan Lukehart, Scott Bredman, Michael Taylor, (front row, L-R) Heather Kelly, Zoe Russell, Mandy Paris, Maddison Jansen