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News & Awards 2011

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Today at the annual Language Arts Division Awards Ceremony, Communication Studies students received high honors!

Winning the Communication Studies Distinguished Service Award, because of his tireless work in the Communication Lab, is Sharnit (Shawn) Maharaj.

Accepting the Forensics Student of the Year award were two recipients: Brad Bettridge & Toan Nguyen.

Congratulations to our outstanding Communication Studies students!


Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Immediately following the State Championship tournament, the Chabot Forensics team traveled to the Pi Kappa Delta (PKD) National Tournament in Portland, OR (Mar. 23-27). This was the first time Chabot attended PKD, which was our first national tournament competing against both 2- and 4- year schools, including national champions Boise State, Utah State, Texas A & M, San Joaquin Delta College, and University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Big-time congratulations for the team who received high honors in almost every event Chabot students entered! In overall standings, Chabot earned a Good ranking and in the 2-year school division, Chabot earned an Excellent!!! (PKD offers rankings of Good, Excellent, and Superior instead of Bronze, Silver, and Gold.) 

Katy DiNatale: Good - Dramatic Interpretation

Jake Hewitt: 3-3 record - Good - National Forensics Association Lincoln-Douglas Style Debate

Toan Nguyen: SUPERIOR - Program of Oral Interpretation

Jessica Hollie: Good - Impromptu Speaking; Good - Extemporaneous Speaking

Fatima Ansary: Good - Program of Oral Interpretation; Good - After-Dinner Speaking; Excellent - Communication Analysis

Brad Bettridge: Good - Impromptu Speaking; Good - Communication Analysis; Good - Informative Speaking; Excellent - International Public Debate Association (IPDA) style debate (5-1 preliminary record!)

Eileen Vivian Zedd: Excellent - Extemporaneous Speaking; SUPERIOR & SHOWCASE AWARD - Persuasive Speaking

The team is led by Director of Forensics, Jason Ames. Each season, Jason dedicates MANY hours to the success of this program and Chabot College Communication Studies department is lucky to have him!!! Assisting Jason with coaching are christine m. warda, Veronica Martinez, Steven Mireles, and Patti Keeling-Haines.


Wednesday, March 30, 2011

This month, members of the Chabot Forensics team traveled to the California Community College Forensics Association's (CCCFA) annual State Championship Tournament.

Congratulations go to several students for their outstanding performance!

In Poetry Interpretation, Arturo Diaz garnered a Bronze medal.

In National Parliamentary Debate Association (NPDA)-style team debate, Chabot had two teams advance to the Semi-Finals. Congratulations to Bronze medalists: Eileen Vivian Zedd & Brad Bettridge; Jake Hewitt & Jessica Hollie.

Finally, in Persuasive Speaking, Eileen Vivian Zedd demonstrated excellence by earning 1st place and a GOLD medal!

Big shout-out to all students who competed at the State Championship, including Fatima Ansary, Katy DiNatale, Jordan Pauley, and Toan Nguyen.


Tuesday, February 22, 2011

This past weekend, faculty members Veronica Martinez, christine warda, and Patti Keeling-Haines attended the Western States Communication Association's annual convention in Monterey Bay, CA.

Veronica Martinez and christine warda participated in a roundtable discussion on Communication Labs/Centers with colleagues from DeAnza, Contra Costa, Ohlone, and Cabrillo Colleges. The panel was titled: Strengths and Challenges of the Community College Communication Center.

Patti Keeling-Haines chaired a panel of Great Ideas for Teaching Speech (GIFTS) for the Fundamental course, as well as, utilized the conference to set up meetings, hand out surveys, and identify programs to visit as part of her Sabbatical Project.

Finally, christine warda performed a poem/monologue in an ensemble panel titled: Bodies of Water: Performing Community. She was also elected Vice Chair for the Performance Studies Interest Group.


Wednesday, February 16, 2011

This weekend at the Northern California Forensics Association Championship Tournament, Eileen Zedd won Varsity Persuasive Speaking.  This qualified her to become one of only two Californian-collegians to attend the Interstate Oratorical Competition at James Madison University in Virginia!!!!!

                                              Eileen Zedd holding her trophies in Santa Rosa

According to the American Forensics Association website, "Interstate" (as it is know in Forensics circles) is "the oldest oratorical contest in the United States [and] has annually sponsored a contest for two winning contestants from each state since 1872."  In a paper presented by Larry Schnoor at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association in November of 1984, Interstate "represents the nation's oldest competitive collegiate speaking association."  He also states that "many contestants in the IOA contests have gone on to establish themselves meritoriously in a number of professions, including law, education, religion, and speech communication."

Her award winning persuasive speech is about the use of "conflict minerals" in the Congo region of Africa, particularly tin, tungsten, titanium, and gold.  The conflict mines are often controlled by oppressive rebel regimes.  Then, these minerals are used in a number of high tech electronic devices, such as smart-phones, video game systems, and i-products.  Her speech lists a number of different solutions to this problem.  

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