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Timothy J. Brown, Ph.D.
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Dr. Polk selected to attend PASSHE's Leadership Institute for Faculty Women

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Dr. Denise Polk has been selected to attend the 2012 PASSHE Leadership Institute for Faculty Women. The institute is offered by the Women’s Consortium of the State System of Higher Education and has been held approximately every two years since 2003. The program employs an innovative model developed specifically for our state system and includes elements of national leadership programs. Sessions are designed to assist participants in addressing social and structural barriers that may inhibit both personal and professional advancement. Dr. Polk is one of two faculty members from West Chester University selected to attend this Institute.

Professor Mary Braz Awarded 2011 – 2012 Faculty Leader of the Year

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Mary Braz has been nominated by the Fraternity and Sorority Community at WCU as the 2011 – 2012 Faculty Leader of the Year Award. She was presented with this recognition at the annual Student Affairs Leadership Award Ceremony on Sunday April 15th at 2:00 PM in Sykes Student Union Ballrooms.

WCU Forensics Team Claims Three State Titles

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WCU Forensics Team

Capturing championships in Impromptu Speaking, Rhetorical Criticism, and Program Oral Interpretation, the West Chester University Forensics Team competed at the Pennsylvania State Championship Tournament held on February 18-19, 2012, at Cedar Crest College, in Allentown. The team finished second overall and won twenty-six individual awards.

Dan Hinderliter, junior Honors middle grades education major from Allentown, won a spot as one of Pennsylvania’s two representatives to the Interstate Oratorical Contest, the oldest continuously running national speech competition in the nation (143 years), which pits the nation’s best collegiate persuasive speakers against one another for top national honors in oratory. Many of our nation’s leaders have competed in this contest throughout its history including William Jennings Bryan, Vernon Jordan, George McGovern, and Robert M. LaFollette.

Individual honors went to:

Dan Hinderliter: Third in Pentathlon (overall speaker versatility), Second Place in Persuasion, Third Place in After Dinner Speaking, Fifth Place in Duo Interpretation with Lanie Presswood, Fifth Place in Poetry Interpretation, and Fifth Place in Dramatic Interpretation.

Lanie Presswood, junior communication studies major from Bloomsburg: First Place in Rhetorical Criticism, Second Place in After Dinner Speaking, Fifth Place in Program Oral Interpretation, and Sixth Place in Pentathlon (overall speaker versatility).

Joe Tetreault, junior history education major from Southampton, New Jersey: Third Place in Prose Interpretation, Fourth Place in Poetry Interpretation, Fourth Place in Program Oral Interpretation, and Fifth Place in Informative Speaking.

Jake Markiewicz, junior communication studies major from Avondale: First Place in Impromptu Speaking, Fifth Place in Extemporaneous Speaking, and Sixth Place in Informative Speaking.

Andrew Lloyd, junior communication studies major from West Chester: First Place in Program Oral Interpretation and Sixth Place in Persuasion.

Ashley Murphy, sophomore English BSED/special education major from Lake Ariel: Second Place in Impromptu Speaking and Second Place in Rhetorical Criticism.

Imani Thomas, first year communication studies major from Philadelphia, Third Place in Duo Interpretation with Daquann Chung, Fourth Place in After Dinner Speaking and Sixth Place in Prose Interpretation.

Siobhan Harding, first year political science/international relations major from Bear, Delaware, and Tiffany Lopez, first year undeclared major from West Chester: Second Place in Parliamentary Debate.

Daquann Chung, sophomore undeclared major from Pocono Lake, Third Place in Duo Interpretation with Imani Thomas.

West Chester University’s Director of Forensics, Mark Hickman, was elected to a third term as Executive Secretary of the Pennsylvania Forensic Association.

Students to present Persuasion class papers at ECA

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Congratulations to Communication Studies Major, Kendall Gearren, and Minor, Allye Landis, whose COM 403 papers were submitted and accepted for presentation at the 103rd ECA Annual Convention. This annual meeting of the Eastern Communications Association, the oldest professional communication association in the United States, will be held in Cambridge, Massachusetts -- just outside Boston -- from April 26-29, 2012. They will be attending with other students from our Students in Communication (SIC) organization, who will also be attending and presenting at the conference. Please do come with us to Boston and support these outstanding student scholars!

Allye Landis
Allye Landis
Kendall Gearren
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West Chester University students presenting at the 103rd ECA Annual Convention

Forensics Team Wins Tournament

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Our Award-Winning Forensics Team
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The West Chester University Forensics Team won top honors at the 2011 Collegiate Forensic Association Holiday Tournament held on December 2-3rd at Lord Fairfax Community College in Middletown, Virginia. The team dominated the competition winning 29 individual awards. West Chester University had three of the top Pentathlon (speaker versatility award) winners at the tournament in addition to taking championships in seven different categories offered at the tournament.

Individual awards went to:

Daquann Chung, sophomore communication studies major from Pocono Lake: First Place in Dramatic Interpretation, First Place in Dramatic Duo Interpretation with partner Imani Thomas, and Fifth Place in Informative Speaking.

Dan Hinderliter, junior Honors middle grades education major from Allentown: Third Place in Pentathlon, First Place in Poetry Interpretation, First Place Parliamentary Debate Teamwith partner Lanie Presswood, Third Place Speaker in Parliamentary Debate, Third Place in Extemporaneous Speaking, and Fourth Place in After Dinner Speaking.

Andy Lloyd, junior communication studies major from Reading: Fourth Place in Persuasive Speaking, and Fourth Place in Prose Interpretation.

Jake Markiewicz, junior communication studies major from West Grove: Second Place in Pentathlon, Second Place in Extemporaneous Speaking, Second Place in Impromptu Sales, Third Place in Informative Speaking, Fourth Place in Dramatic Duo Interpretation with partner Joe Tetreault, Fourth Place Parliamentary Debate Team with partner Joe Tetreault, and Fifth Place in Prose Interpretation.

Ashley Murphy, sophomore Honors English and special education major, from Wallenpaupack: Third Place in Poetry Interpretation, and Fifth Place in Dramatic Interpretation.

Lanie Presswood, junior communication studies major from Bloomsburg: First Place in Communication Analysis, First Place Speaker in Parliamentary Debate, First Place Parliamentary Debate Team with partner Dan Hinderliter, Second Place in Impromptu Speaking, and Sixth Place in After Dinner Speaking.

Joe Tetreault, junior history education major from Southampton, New Jersey: Sixth Place in Pentathlon, First Place in Informative Speaking, Fourth Place in Poetry Interpretation, Fourth Place in Dramatic Duo Interpretation with partner Jake Markiewicz, Fourth Place Parliamentary Debate Team with partner Jake Markiewicz, and Fifth Place Speaker in Parliamentary Debate.

Imani Thomas, first year communication studies major from Philadelphia: First Place in Dramatic Duo Interpretation with partner Daquann Chung, and Sixth Place in Prose Interpretation.

In addition, valuable preliminary team points were added by Tiffany Lopez, senior communication studies major from Glenside and Nic Sardo, junior history education major from Glen Mills. The team effort was also assisted by Kelly Ratka, senior communication studies major.

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