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 25 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.
In 2012, the UNI Speech Team rolled to a record performance at the AFA-NIET National Tournament, hosted by Texas State University-San Marcos. UNI Forensics sent 6 students with 24 events to the tournament. The team had one of the best performances in recent history.
Overall, the team took 10th in Team Sweepstakes, improving on last year's result of 13th.
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 10 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.
If you have any questions about the individual events program at UNI please contact:
Rebecca Buel, M.A.
Director of Individual Events
356 Lang Hall
Department of Communication Studies
University of Northern Iowa
Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0139
Photo: UNI's 2012 Speech Team Champions: Jordan Lukehart, Ryan Courtney, Director of Individual Events Rebecca Buel, Harrison Postler, Mandy Paris, Zoe Russell. (not picutured: Michael Taylor)