An SMU speech team took first place in both divisions of its first competition of 2009-10. Fourteen students competed in more than 30 public speaking events including persuasive speaking, extemporaneous speaking and poetry during the event at Tarrant County College Sept. 26. The team took both of the top team sweepstakes awards and won 25 individual awards. Katherine Carr won first place in communication analysis and was the 3rd overall speaker for the tournament. Alex Ehmke was first place in impromptu speaking and extemporaneous speaking. Jessica Huseman took first place in persuasive speaking. Roza Essaw took first place in informative speaking.
In addition, SMU students dominated the limited-preparation speaking events of impromptu speaking and extemporaneous speaking, taking 11 of the top 12 speaking positions in those two events. Christene Dino and Solomon Odom were finalists in the interpretation event of prose. Carr and Solomon took second place in duo interpretation.
The team is coached by Chris Salinas and Ben Voth, Corporate Communications and Public Affairs, Meadows School of the Arts. Many of the competitors were trained in a curriculum designed by CCPA Chair Mark McPhail.
The Office of Public Affairs received two 2009 Dallas Quill Awards from the International Association of Business Communicators-Dallas at a ceremony Sept. 30. The 2008-09 SMU Parent Calendar received an Award of Excellence in Publications-Special Publications, and the SMU Student Adventures website received an Award of Merit in Electronic and Digital Communication-Ongoing Program (Internal or External Audience).
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