Speech night: The tradition continues

Speech NightCheer on the students of IU South Bend’s Public Speaking course as they fight for the title of Speech Night Champion!

Preliminary Rounds will take place in Northside’s Recital Hall at 5:30 pm on Monday, November 26, at 2:30 pm on Tuesday, November 27, and at 5:30 pm on Wednesday, November 28.

A tradition begun in 1982, this event features the semester’s best public speaking students competing for one of six positions in Speech Night Finals.

Orators are chosen by their peers in their introductory Public Speaking course. In this general education class, students learn how to make a variety of formal presentations. During Speech Night, they will present persuasive speeches on a variety of self-chosen topics.

“The students make every Speech Night special and unique!” says Tami Martinez, lecturer in communication arts. “They bring their own, unique flavor to their speeches—no two are alike.”

Previous Speech Night topics have covered politics, environmental issues, human rights concerns, and according to Martinez, some more off-the-wall topics, like the importance of closing the toilet lid when flushing to avoid the contaminated “spray.”

Speech Night preliminaries feature one student from each discussion section of the semester’s Public Speaking courses presenting his or her persuasive speech in a preliminary round. Two students are chosen from each preliminary round to present their speeches at Speech Night finals.

Speech Night Finals will be a special evening featuring the winning speakers from the preliminary rounds, guest speakers, and guest judges from the community. This year’s guest judges all work in higher education around the region. They are Stephan Payne, vice president for integrated marketing communication at Andrews University; Tamara Taylor, assistant director of student involvement and multicultural services at St. Mary’s College; and Kenneth Baierl, director of communications and marketing at IU South Bend.

Finals will take place at 5:30 pm on Monday, December 3.

Admission to both the preliminary and final rounds of Speech Night is free, but tickets are required. Tickets may be picked up from the Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts Box Office. 574.520.4203.

Speech Night Preliminaries
4 pm Sunday, November 4
Campus Auditorium, Recital Hall
1825 Northside Boulevard, South Bend, IN 46615
Admission is free, but tickets are required
574.520.4203 |