Leah White, UNI director of forensics and assistant professor of communication studies, (319) 273-7200
Vicki Grimes, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-2761
One of the largest debate tournaments in the nation, the 2002 Ulrich Season Opener Debate Tournament, will take place Saturday through Monday, Sept. 28-30, on the University of Northern Iowa campus. Hosted by the UNI Forensic Program, the tournament is expected to draw more than 70 teams from 40 different colleges and universities. Leah White, UNI director of forensics, said teams are entered from as far away as Pittsburgh; Denton, Texas; and Long Beach, Calif.
Sessions Saturday and Sunday will be held in classrooms and buildings throughout the campus, while Monday's tournament elimination rounds will be held at the Ramada Inn in Waterloo.
The UNI Forensic Program is open to all students interested in competitive speech and debate. Last year, the UNI debate program was ranked second in the Central District according to the Cross Examination Debate Association annual rankings, and the speech team was ranked 19th at the National Forensic Association National Championship Tournament. Catherine Palczweski is the director of debate at UNI and Will Major is the director of individual events.
The tournament is named in honor of the late Walter Ulrich, former debate coach at UNI.