Ferris Hosts Campus Public Speaking Contest for Students

Sandy AlspachFerris State University is conducting a campus public speaking contest beginning on Monday, Oct. 31 and running through Tuesday, Nov. 1 from 7 to 8 p.m. in IRC Room 120.

The student contest begins with a preliminary round on Monday, Oct. 31 and commences with final-round competition on Tuesday, Nov. 1. The Project Engagement Project is co-sponsoring the event in collaboration with the Lambda Pi Eta Communication Honor Society and the Pi Kappa Delta Forensics Honor Society.

“Our purpose is to engage students in researching issues that we as a community solve by electing people to make laws and enforce policies – from the president of the United States down to our Student Government at Ferris,” said Sandy Alspach, professor of Communication in the College of Arts and Sciences.

In honor of the 10-year anniversary of the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, this year’s topic is “9/11, Ten Years Later: What Have We Learned?”

“The contest winners have included first-term freshmen and graduating seniors, which shows that any student can compete and be successful,” Alspach said. “Not only are there cash prizes and a torch trophy made by the Welding Engineering Technology department, but students also gain experience in public speaking about issues that matter to them – and they have a chance to make a difference in some listener’s thinking about the issue they choose to speak on for this contest.”

All students who want to participate should register with Sandy Alspach, whose office is located in Johnson Hall Room 127. The deadline is Wednesday, Oct. 26 at 6 p.m.

For more information contact Alspach at (231) 591-2779 or alspachs@ferris.edu.

Last updated: 02-11-2015