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UTSA debate team is off to strong start with fourth-place national rank

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(Oct. 14, 2010)--After three tournaments in the first month of the fall semester, UTSA debaters are already ranked fourth in the nation. Chris Spurlock and his partner Scott Koslow won 10th and ninth speaker awards at Gonzaga University. A third UTSA debater, Andy Montee, won the sixth-place speaker award. Both teams advanced to elimination rounds and lost, placing them fifth in the tournament.

Spurlock, Koslow, Montee and Derek Liles had no rest before debating the next weekend at Georgia State University in Atlanta. Neither team advanced to elimination rounds, however, they garnered impressive wins against teams from Emory, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest and Michigan State.

A much larger crew of debaters, Tia Robertson, Michael Tahmoressi, Michael Ely, Michael Stroud, Tyler Colwell, Jordan Nerison, Emil Calhoun, Brianna Roberts, Matt Colmenero, Jessica Mendez and brothers Andy Montee and Austin Montee, debated at Wichita State University.

Ely, Stroud, the Montees, Colwell and his partner, freshman Jordan Nerison, in her first college tournament, advanced to elimination rounds. Montee and Montee made it to finals where they lost to a University of Oklahoma team, finishing in second place.

Thus far in the 2010-2011 season, UTSA debaters have defeated teams from Whitman College, Arizona State, Oregon, UT Austin, Wyoming, George Washington, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest, Georgia, Michigan State, Emory, North Texas, Missouri State, Wichita State, Kansas, Missouri - Kansas City, Emporia and Oklahoma.

Currently, UTSA leads a long and impressive list of more than 250 schools fielding debate teams: Harvard (17th), UT Austin (16th) and California - Berkeley (14th). The Roadrunners will debate next in a large nationally prominent field of competitors at Northwestern University.

 

 

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UTSA makes the grade with a strong core curriculum

UTSA prides itself on giving students a well-rounded education. Combining a top-tier academic program with opportunities for personal growth prepares students to compete in a global economy. And that's not all. They learn to be informed and engaged citizens as well. At the heart of that academic program is an award-winning core curriculum.

For four consecutive years, UTSA has received an A-rating from the American Council of Trustees and Alumni for the caliber of its core curriculum. According to ACTA, UTSA requires its students to take six of the seven courses deemed "crucial" to a well-rounded education: composition, literature, U.S. government or history, economics, mathematics and science. Only a handful of other institutions in the U.S. are giving students these tools, which are needed to succeed in careers and the community.

Did you know? UTSA is one of only three Texas institutions and 23 in the United States to receive the highest rating for its core curriculum in the 2014-2015 edition of the ACTA's "What Will They Learn?" report.

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