August 23, 2012
The University of Northern Iowa is pleased to invite you and your students to the William A. Brindley Invitational Speech and Debate Tournament on October 5 & 6th. This is our third year hosting a regular season tournament after a long absence, and we appreciate all of the support from the community. Our goal is to foster competitive excellence in a wide range of debate and speech events. It is our intention to provide a highly competitive regional tournament on a neutral site for teams, not only in Iowa, but surrounding states as well.
The tournament will include all debate events (policy, LD, public forum, Congress), and a variety of individual events including: dramatic interpretation, duo interpretation, extemporaneous speaking, humorous interpretation, original oratory, and prose/poetry interpretation. A few highlights of our tournament. First, the tournament hotel is the Ramada Inn in Waterloo, IA, which has a $69.95 per night rate for double rooms. This hotel has complimentary parking, free wireless access, and is close to several inexpensive and tasty restaurants. We have a small block of rooms available at the Clarion Inn & Days Inn in Cedar Falls. Second, we recognize that our date is very early for novice debate, but we are committed to providing opportunity for new debaters as well. Third, we will provide a complimentary breakfast for the tournament on Saturday morning, as well as dinner on Friday night.
The UNI Forensics program is one of the oldest student organizations on campus. Our college program has a policy debate and individual events squad. We compete on the regional and national circuit, and regularly qualify to national tournaments, such as American Forensics Association, National Forensics Association, Cross Examination Debate Association, and the National Debate Tournament. Last year, our speech team was 10th in the nation at the AFA-NIET tournament. Four of the six students who cleared at nationals are graduates of Iowa High Schools (Ryan Courtney & Harrison Postler, Iowa City West; Jordan Lukehart, Indianola High School; Zoe Russell, Ames High School). If you have any questions about UNI Forensics, please feel free to ask.
Dr. Katherine (Kate) Lavelle,
Director of Forensics & Assistant Professor of Communication Studies
Ms. Rebecca Buel (Instructor & Director of Individual Events)
Mr. Richard Tews (Instructor & Director of Debate)