OU’s forensics program celebrated its 100th birthday in March during a gala in St. Louis, Missouri. OU founded the nation’s oldest and most prestigious national speech honorary, Pi Kappa Delta, in 1913. Today, Pi Kappa Delta has more than 200 chapters and more than 80,000 alumni across the United States.
Ottawa University and 89 other schools celebrated this heritage during a special Pi Kappa Delta forensics tournament at Webster University on March 15-17.
In addition to the tournament, Pi Kappa Delta presented Provost Dennis Tyner with a plaque commemorating the school’s involvement with the organization’s founding. Tyner also accepted a check for $10,000 that will be used to establish the organization’s National Archives in Ottawa University’s new Gangwish Library and make state-of-the-art equipment available for capturing and housing Pi Kappa Delta’s history.
“By far the most important aspect of this tournament was its meaning,” said Director of Forensics Ryan Louis. “Pi Kappa Delta isn’t just about competition or education. The organization stands for much more: a model – an ethos – for how we live our motto, The Art of Persuasion: Beautiful and Just.”
“I don’t know anyone who leads a life of significance that isn’t capable of persuasion in a beautiful and just way,” says OU President Kevin C. Eichner. “That is why I’ve been so enthusiastic about supporting forensics activities here and, as the alpha chapter of Pi Kappa Delta, why I think OU is a great place for housing these archives.”
Louis produced a short documentary about the new archives that can be viewed at http://vimeo.com/61188224.
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