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UPDATES &

BREAKING NEWS--

In response to your requests, we have created a new section and are now accepting 

MIDDLE SCHOOL as well as HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS!

REGISTRATION DEADLINE NOW EXTENDED FOR OUR 2017 CAMP
 

You are cordially invited to enroll your students in our

UTEP Forensics Program

THE TALK OF TEXAS 2017

Speech & Debate Camp 

June 26- June 30, 2017

9 AM-4 PM, M-F

 on the UTEP campus

 

A low cost workshop made possible by the

John McCormick Witherspoon Forensics Excellence Gift Fund

 
5 days of instruction from experienced professionals!

    Per person cost= $75.00: payment due June 19th

      Payments, checks should be payable to

      UTEP Forensics Program


      ENROLL IN ONE OF OUR GROUPS


      For High School Students--

      GROUP A:  LINCOLN-DOUGLAS DEBATE

      GROUP B:  STUDENT CONGRESS & PUBLIC SPEAKING

      GROUP C:  ORAL INTERPRETATION OF LITERATURE


      For Middle School Students--

      GROUP D:  SPEECH & DEBATE ACTIVITIES

      (May also participate in some high school group instruction if desired!)

        

      FREE: Campus parking passes, campus computer use and wireless access.
      Also provided: guest access to UTEP Library databases and UTEP Library.

      NOTE:  Food & refreshments will NOT be provided.  Students may purchase food on campus or may choose to bring their own food, drink, refillable water bottles.
       

      Due to outstanding response, Registration has been extended!

      Since there are still a few slots open, we are able to offer an extended registration period.

      ACT FAST:   Students will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

      Final payment of $75.00 due June 19th!


      To request reservations, please email   TheTalkofTexas@gmail.com

      We’re UTEP Forensics—The Talk of Texas!

      http://organizations.utep.edu/forensics

      Mary C. Trejo, Ph.D.

      Director, UTEP Forensics Program 

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      Editorial, El Paso Times

      UTEP dean's generosity helps students

      Posted:07/26/2013 12:00:00 AM MDT

      UTEP's dean of liberal arts, Patricia Witherspoon, has given a gift back to the university that is notable for a couple of reasons.

      Witherspoon donated $50,000 to establish the John McCormick Witherspoon Forensics Excellence Gift Fund. The fund, which is named for the dean's husband who passed away in April, will provide scholarships and travel funds for UTEP's nationally recognized forensics program.

      The gift from Witherspoon is a wonderful statement about the future of the university. When a top administrator makes a gift like this, it is a signal to other donors that UTEP is worthy of their philanthropy.

      And the gift is going to a university program that has been a model of success for decades but has gotten little recognition. Under the direction of communications Professor Mary Trejo, the forensic program has provided generations of students with public speaking and analytical skills that enhance their education and prepare them to be leaders in their communities and chosen fields.

      In creating the fund, the Witherspoon family said, "We are very proud to establish this fund in John's honor; he was very fond of the forensics program at UTEP and its students and sought to raise money for it as one of his charitable activities. UTEP was a very special place to him, and we are gratified we can establish this fund which, first and foremost, benefits students from multiple UTEP departments and colleges."

      The forensics program each year racks up scores of trophies at debate and public speaking competitions. UTEP students have won in national competitions over the years.

      Despite the success, the program struggles each year to find the money to get students the experience they need to be competitive.

      The gift from Witherspoon, a former chair of UTEP's communications department, will help ease the money scramble and allow Trejo to focus more on where she excels -- teaching and coaching.

      "John Witherspoon was a great friend to the UTEP forensics program," Trejo said. "Patricia Witherspoon's exceptionally generous gift establishing the John McCormick Witherspoon Forensics Excellence Gift Fund in honor of his memory will have an enormous positive impact on UTEP speech and debate students, particularly in the key areas of enhanced recruitment of bright, talented competitors and of highly trained graduate teaching assistants, as well as in the increased education and training opportunities for UTEP team members resulting from expanded resources for travel to speech and debate competitions outside our region."

      Others can donate to the fund online athttps://givingto.utep.edu/witherspoonmemorial.

      We commend Witherspoon for her generosity and her continued commitment to UTEP and its students. Her gift is even more remarkable coming at a time of family grief.

      And we wish Trejo and her students all the best in the coming year.

      We know they will represent El Paso well.










      PLEASE ADDRESS ALL QUESTIONS ABOUT 
      THE UTEP FORENSICS TEAM
      to:
      Dr. Mary Trejo, Director of Forensics, 
      mtrejo@utep.edu or trejome@gmail.com
      Dr. Carlos Tarin, Assistant Director of Forensics, catarin@utep.edu
      Michael Brooks, Debate Coach, mebrooks@utep.edu



      The UTEP Forensics Program is always looking for new talent...

      So, Come on down and join UTEP's
      State, Regional and National Speech Champions

      Learn how to excel in
      Public Speaking~Interpretation of Literature~Debate


      Speech Team Opportunities & Scholarship Information Available


      You really don't need any experience; we will train you.  You do need to be willing to encounter new ideas, learn effective communication techniques, work with talented people, and travel to new places. 

      You are always welcome to drop by our classes--
      come visit us!


      The ongoing confusion about the meaning of the term Forensics is concisely addressed

      by the good webmaster at the National Forensic Association website:

      2. So do you have anything to do with science or the study of dead bodies?
      No, although both do share some origins. As Golden, Berquist and Coleman note, "Legal speaking in the law courts was referred to as forensic discourse" (Rhetoric of Western Thought, 3rd edition, Kendall/Hunt, 1983, p. 39). Aristotle's Rhetoric (book 1, 3.5) describes three forms of speaking. One is forensics, for which Aristotle notes: "The end of the forensic speaker is the just or the unjust." In book 1, 3.4, Aristotle defines forensic speaking as "either accusatory or defensive, for litigants must necessarily either accuse or defend." (Both quotations come from the J.H. Freese translation, Harvard University Press, 1926). 
      So how do people tend to look at both of forms of forensics as the same? Golden, Berquist and Coleman suggest it is because forensic discourse "deals with happenings in the past as in the case of alleged criminality" (ibid, p. 60).

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      Class Schedule

      Debate:
      COMM 2201, Forensic Practicum-Debate
      MW 4:30- 5:50 PM, Cotton 103

      Individual Events:
      COMM 2202, Forensic Practicum-Individual Events
      MW 6:00-7:20 PM, Cotton 103

      Any UTEP student is eligible to enroll;
      no prerequisites, no signature necessary!

      See details in "How to Join" tab
      CONTACT DR. MARY TREJO
      Director, UTEP Forensics Program
      Email:
      mtrejo@utep.edu.
      trejome@gmail.com
      Office: 915-747-5431; Cell: 915-479-5608

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      TEAM LEADERS & COACHES:
      MARY TREJO~Director of Forensics
      CARLOS TARIN~Assistant Director of Forensics
      MICHAEL BROOKS~Debate Coach

      Katherine A. Ramirez~Graduate Teaching Assistant
      Matthew D. Minnich~ Graduate Teaching Assistant

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      FORENSICS=COMMUNICATION

      To reach and truly communicate with someone, it is necessary to engage the attention, to push aside barriers of boredom or monotony or even civility, and actually get that person to focus on what is being communicated. In literature or drama as well as in the other arts we can see moments of epiphany, of lightning bolts of realization and clarity; so too it is with the verbal communication of ideas. Lightning-like shocks of clarity may not come around often enough, but they do occur, and are events to be sought after and treasured.

      Such is the case with the best forensic training. Debaters, public speakers and interpreters of literature are urged to think, to create, and to excel. Originality is prized and rewarded. This atmosphere of attentive and engaged minds is greatly fostered in the exhausting but exhilarating phenomenon of the forensics tournament. The lifetime legacy of training in Debate, Public Speaking and Oral Interpretation of Literature is the ability to conceptualize and communicate ideas clearly, effectively, and with lasting resonance.

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