Leah White, UNI director of forensics, (319) 273-7200
Vicki Grimes, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-2761
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Penny O'Connor, instructor in communication studies at the University of Northern Iowa, has been honored for dedication to competitive collegiate public speaking with induction into the National Forensic Association Hall of Fame.
In presenting the award, O'Connor was cited for her 'success and spirit as a former UNI competitor and coach' and 'the support she has continued to show for UNI forensics, as well as the greater forensic community.'
The NFA Hall of Fame, established in 2000, recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to forensics as student competitors who continue to maintain support of the activity after graduation.
A native of Alton, Iowa, O'Connor was nominated by Margaret Kaszonyi, UNI individual events speech coach; Bill Henderson, former director of forensics at UNI; and Leah White, UNI director of forensics.