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!
We’re UTEP Forensics—The Talk of Texas!
Mary C. Trejo, Ph.D.
Director, UTEP Forensics Program
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.