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UTSA debaters finish season with ranking of 10th in nation


Back row (from left): Debaters Andy Montee, Chris Thomas, Tyler Colwell and Assistant Coach Philip DiPiazza
Front row: Debaters Austin Montee, Derek Liles and Michael Tahmoressi

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(April 13, 2010)--As the 2009-2010 season came to an end, UTSA debaters faced the daunting task of two major national championship tournaments hosted by UC Berkeley, an 11-day spring vacation debate-fest.

At the first tournament, the National Debate Tournament, an invitation-only competition structured much like basketball's NCAA National Championship (NDT), UTSA qualified one team, Andy Montee and Chris Thomas, appearing in their second consecutive NDT.

UTSA has qualified for this elite field of debaters three times in the last five years. Montee and Thomas won four of their eight debates, falling one ballot short of progressing to elimination rounds. Assistant Debate Coach Chris Crowe judged every elimination round including the final national championship debate.

The Cross Examination Debate Association National Tournament (CEDA) came next. UTSA entered three teams in the open field of 208 teams from across the country. Andy Montee and Chris Thomas had a very successful run in the tournament. They won seven of eight preliminary rounds, which resulted in a seventh-seed position in elimination rounds.

Montee and Thomas defeated teams from UT Dallas, Oklahoma, Liberty, Emory and Louisville in the preliminary rounds. After winning their first two elimination rounds, they lost to Towson University on a 2-1 split decision, ending up sixth in the tournament. Two other UTSA teams also competed at CEDA: Austin Montee and Derek Liles, and Tyler Colwell and Michael Tahmoressi.

Chris Thomas won eighth speaker out of 416 debaters; Austin Montee was 21st. Thomas was named to the CEDA All-American Debate Team and Montee was chosen for the Academic All-American Team. Chris Crowe, UTSA assistant debate coach, was elected as CEDA's South-Central Region Critic of the Year. He judged the championship round of the tournament, making him the third critic in debate history to appear on the final panels of the NDT and CEDA in the same year.

UTSA Debate finished the year ranked 10th in the nation, ranked behind schools such as UC Berkeley, Northwestern, Cornell and Emory, and ahead of a long list of debate powerhouses: U.S. Military Academy, Harvard, Vanderbilt, UT Austin, Baylor, Dartmouth and Kentucky.

UTSA debaters now will immerse themselves in their studies and begin to research and prepare themselves for another intense and hopefully successful season beginning in August.



Oct. 2, 7:15 p.m.

First Friday Stargazing

Visit the Curtis Vaughan Observatory and see the wonders of the sky over San Antonio with experienced astronomers.
4th floor, Flawn Science Building, Main Campus

Oct. 3, 6:30 p.m.

Where Ink Does Not Show: A Celebration of the New State Poet Laureate

A fun and festive evening featuring Corridos from Texas and Northern Mexico sung by AZUL and a reading of new and classic works by Carmen Tafolla, the new State Poet Laureate.
Buena Vista Theater (1.326), Downtown Campus

Oct. 5, 1:30 p.m.

Campus Carry Listening Session

Listening session will seek input on the places, events and special circumstances that should be considered in determining whether concealed handguns may be prohibited.
John Peace Library, Faculty Center Assembly Room (JPL 4.04.22), Main Campus

Oct. 5, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Civic Engagement Summit

This summit is an opportunity to showcase and share the variety of community engagement activities of UTSA students, faculty, and staff. The summit is currently accepting proposals for poster presentations. The Call for Posters deadline is Friday, Sept. 11.
University Center Denman Room (2.01.28), Main Campus

Oct. 5, 6 p.m.

Film Screening: The Head of Joaquin Murrieta by John Valadez

The Mexican American Studies Program will host a screening of this irreverent, entertaining and often disturbing tale that uses both fiction and documentary story telling devices to tear open a painful and long ignored history: the lynching of Mexican Americans in the southwest.
Buena Vista Building Aula Canaria (BV 1.328), Downtown Campus

Oct. 6, 3 p.m.

State of the University

Join President Ricardo Romo as he gives his address to the UTSA community.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom (UC 1.104), Main Campus

Oct. 8, 10 a.m.

Graduate Fair

Graduate School representatives from across the country will provide information on options after earning a bachelor's degree. Students, alumni and community members are welcome.
University Center Retama Galleria, Main Campus

Oct. 9, 8 a.m.

College of Sciences Research Conference

The day-long research conference will include a keynote address, faculty and student oral presentations, poster sessions, and an awards ceremony. Lunch will be provided for those who register. Abstract submission deadline is September 20, 2015. Event registration deadline is October 4, 2015.
H-E-B University Center, Main Campus

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