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Speech Night celebrates 30 years

Spring 2011 Speech Night competitorsThe Public Speaking program at the Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts at Indiana University South Bend is celebrating its 30th anniversary of Speech Night this year.  Speech Night includes three preliminary round events running April 16 through 18, followed by Speech Night Finals on Monday, April 23.  All events take place in Northside’s Recital Hall and admission is free. 

Speech Night, an end of the semester event showcasing the best of Public Speaking at IU South Bend, is a tradition begun in 1982 by William “Bill” Gering.   Professor Gering passed away on February 8, 2012.  To honor his creation of  and devotion to the speech program at IU South Bend, remembrances of Bill Gering will be made at each Speech Night event this semester.

Speech Night features one student from each discussion section of S121, Public Speaking, 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.  Public Speaking is a course dedicated to understanding the relationship between speaker and listener in creating communication.

Speech Preliminary Rounds take place at 4 pm on Monday, April 16; 2:30 pm on Tuesday, April 17; and 7 pm on Wednesday, April 18.  Speech Night Finals will be a special evening featuring the winning speakers from the preliminary rounds, guest speakers, as well as guest judges from the community.  This semester features judges who are former faculty in the S121 program; they are Julie Allee, Craig Hosterman, and Gwen McLean.  Speech Night Finals will take place at 7 pm on Monday, April 23.

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

Speech Night

Preliminary Rounds

4 pm Monday, April 16

2:30 pm Tuesday, April 17

7 pm Wednesday, April 18

Final Round

7 pm Monday, April 23

Northside Recital Hall

Free Admission, Tickets Required

574.520.4203