Student Organizations and Opportunities


National Communication Association

"NCA is a scholarly society and as such works to enhance the research, teaching, and service produced by its members on topics of both intellectual and social significance. Staff at the NCA National Office follow trends in national research, teaching, and service priorities. It both relays those opportunities to its members and represents the academic discipline of communication in those national efforts."

Southern States Communication Association

"Our purpose is to promote the study, criticism, research, teaching, and application of the artistic, humanistic, and scientific principles of communication. SSCA, a not-for-profit organization, exists for educational, scientific, and literary purposes only. "

Tennessee Communication Association

"The Tennessee Communication Association is a professional organization for communication scholars -- including, but not limited to, faculty and students -- who seek to improve communication education at all levels in Tennessee, encourage research in communication, and foster community recognition of effective communication."

Speech and Debate Team

  • Founded in 1930 by professor Herman Pinkerton
  • Won 42 awards 06-07 academic year
  • Travels to tournaments in Tennessee and nerby states

Contact: Graham Kash, Speech & Debate Coach, Henderson Hall 318-A, call: 931-372-3314 and 931 526-2871

Kash Speech Competition


Students are allowed to discuss any Persuasive Topic they wish, but they must pick one side of the argument. (Topics must be Authorized before competition)

  • Students are encouraged to use outside research to back-up their point of view.
  • Presentational Software will be available for students. Students must inform Scott Christen if they wish to use Presentational Software.

To Be Eligible to Compete:

  • Must be a current student
  • Must be enrolled or have completed Speech 2410 or Professional Communications 2500
  • Must fill out and turn in a Speech Competition Form (PDF)
  • Students will be required to turn in a copy of their speech before they will be allowed to present.

Rules and Regulations

  • Students must write an original speech
    • Presentations must be original and the student’s own work.
  • If more than 10 students register, their will be a qualifying round on Tuesday, April 15th, 2008.
  • The time limit for this presentation is 3 to 5 minutes. Points will be adjusted on presentations which do not fall within that time frame.


  • First Place $100.00
  • 2 Honorable Mentions $50.00


  • (Tentatively) Qualifying rounds will be held in Henderson Hall on April 15 th
  • Final Round will be held in Derryberry Auditorium April 22nd, 2007

For more information: Scott Christen, Chair of the Kash Speaking Contest, Matthews 140, call: 931-372-3353 or e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

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