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USD Hosts Speech and Debate Showcase

Photo of speech and debate team. The USD Speech and Debate team poses with trophies from a recent tournament in Minnesota.

VERMILLION, S.D. – The University of South Dakota speech and debate team will host a showcase with team members performing this Thursday, Oct. 26, from 7-9 p.m. in Old Main’s Farber Hall.

“The USD Speech and Debate team is committed to using intercollegiate forensics as way to instill the habits of wisdom, courage, friendship, and empathy,” said Shane Semmler, associate professor of communications study and the team’s coach.

The nationally ranked team recently placed 1st and 2nd at tournaments at Minnesota State University-Mankato and Southwest Minnesota State University.

The USD speech and debate team is a co-curricular activity open to any student interested in impacting their liberal arts education through advanced training and intercollegiate competition in limited preparation speaking, public address, oral interpretation and/or team parliamentary debate. It is sponsored by the USD Department of Communication Studies, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Student Government Association, and generous endowments provided by Bob Frieberg and Elaine Miller, Dr. Harold Jordan, and Frank E. Stephan. For more information on the team, please visit the team’s website.


USD's College of Arts & Sciences offers students a top-notch undergraduate liberal arts education in the humanities, social sciences and sciences as well as graduate programs that have earned USD distinction as a research university by the Carnegie Foundation. The college's more than 22,000 alumni include famous journalists, Hollywood screenwriters, novelists, a Nobel Prize winner, South Dakota governors, attorneys, physicians, justices of the state Supreme Court, distinguished university faculty and international humanitarians.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Hanna DeLange
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