UTSA debate team is No. 1 in nation in varsity and junior varsity divisions First place: Michael Stroud, Michael Ely, Jordan Nerison, Tia Robertson
(Oct. 26, 2010)--After a weekend tournament in Kansas City where Roadrunner debaters placed first in both the varsity and junior varsity divisions, UTSA rose from fourth place in the nation to first in one ranking system and second in another.
Michael Stroud and partner Michael Ely took first place in the Kansas City tournament. Stroud won the First Speaker award. The pairing was voted most congenial in the tournament. Another varsity team, Austin Montee and Justin King, won four preliminary debates and advanced to elimination rounds. Montee won the Seventh Speaker award. Another UTSA debater, Tyler Colwell, paired with Michael Tahmoressi, won the 10th Speaker award.
In the junior varsity division, Jordan Nerison and Tia Robertson advanced to elimination rounds where they won the final round placing first. Nerison won the Fifth Speaker award. Also competing in the junior varsity division, Brianna Roberts and Emil Calhoun, battled their way through six rounds in their second tournament since making the step up from the novice division.
UTSA debate coach Skip Eno won the Amy Fugate Leadership Award for lifetime contributions to the collegiate debate community.
The Roadrunners are in first place in the National Debate Tournament -- NDT rankings in two categories, overall debate (all divisions) and varsity -- the first time UTSA has ranked in the top five in this elite championship-level ranking system. In the Cross Examination Debate Association (CEDA) rankings, UTSA sits in second place behind Liberty University by a scant two points.
The debate team at UTSA leads top national debate powerhouses from, Oklahoma (fourth), Harvard (sixth), Emory (10th), California, Berkeley (11th), UT Austin (24th), Dartmouth (54th), and Kentucky (58th). They lead other regional programs from Baylor (13th), Trinity (50th) and UT Dallas (57th).
Harvard University will be the site of UTSA's next debates Oct. 29-Nov. 2.
Take Back the Night is an international initiative to end violence. The event begins with banner making, followed by a march, presentations and poetry reading.
Sombrilla, Main Campus
Members of the UTSA community have published “Adapt and Overcome: Essays of the Student Veteran Experience,” an important book to help active duty military and veterans successfully transition to college life. The event includes a panel discussion with UTSA alumni student veterans who contributed chapters to the book. Guests can also purchase the book. All proceeds benefit the UTSA Student Veteran Association.
Business Building, University Room (BB 2.06.04), Main Campus
The Graduate School is hosting a panel discussion for all of our current students, alumni and members of the San Antonio community who are interested in learning more about graduate education.
Graduate School and Research Building (GSR 1.204), Main Campus
The annual UTSA Graduate fair gives students an opportunity to meet representatives who can provide the information on admission requirements, fellowship opportunities, and other key information.
University Center, Main Campus
A recruiter will speak to potential candidates for the Archer program. The Archer program has helped students land successful careers in public service.
Durango Building (DB 2.208), Downtown Campus
Canadian scholar Jasmin Hristov will present a lecture on paramilitarism, complex type of politically-motivated violence in different parts of Latin America. This presentation will explain paramilitary violence as a tool of economic globalization.
Buena Vista St. Bldg., Aula Canaria Lecture Hall (BV 1.328), Downtown Campus
The UTSA College of Engineering Technology Symposium showcases innovative student projects and research performed across multiple disciplines including engineering, science and business. The public is invited.
H-E-B UC Ballroom (HUC 1.104), Main Campus
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