“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.

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