In 2012, the University of La Verne’s Debate Team celebrated 100 years of existence. Kicking off its 101st year, the University of La Verne will host the most prestigious British Parliamentary, National Debate Tournament in America. On the weekend of April 12-14, over 53 Universities and Colleges will visit our beautiful campus. There will be a total of 164 Teams competing to be crowned the US Universities National Debate Champion. Past champions include: Hobart William & Smith, Harvard, Claremont, Yale, University of Alaska, Loyola Marymount, and the University of La Verne.
This year’s competition consists of past championship schools listed above, as well as first time competitors featuring Clemson, Duke, University of Miami, as well as continuing competitors such as St. Johns, Stanford, Columbia, Portland State, University of Vermont, University of Seattle, Cornell, USC, UCLA, and many others. Our judging pool is of the highest quality with international judges coming from Oxford University, Cambridge University, and UC Dublin. In addition, the University of La Verne is proud to welcome nationally and internationally ranked alumni who made our name and defined our reputation within the WUDC/BP circuit. We welcome World Finalists JJ Rodriguez and Sean Krispinsky. This tournament is going to be an experience like no other.
All alumni and current students, faculty, and staff are welcome to experience what will be held as one of the best USU Debate Championships ever. Visit us at our website: www.ulvnats.com
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Speech Communication Department
On the weekend of February 14-16th, the University of La Verne Debate Team sent 18 students to participate in the Pan Pacific Debate Tournament, held at the University of Hawaii Manoa, in Honolulu, Hawaii. This is the second year the ULV Debate Team has participated in this tournament. This is also the second year ULV … Read More
The ULV Debate team paired up with Chilis on February 27, 2014. The ULV Debate Team received 15% of every bill in which a flyer was given to Chilis to show Leo Debate Pride! All throughout the day, students, friends, family, and many other residents of La Verne and the surrounding areas showed support for … Read More
On February 22nd and 23rd, the University of La Verne competed in its first Mock Trial competition, held at the Claremont Colleges. The Mock Trial team was formed this past fall, but took off in January, led by the assistant debate team coach Thomas Allison, Esq. While many prestigious universities have been preparing since early August … Read More
When the University of La Verne Debate Team decide to put in a bid to host the 2013 USU National Championship, they never dreamed they’d have a year like this. Beginning in the Fall, our debaters have walked a long victorious path. It all began when La Verne placed as Finalists at the USU National … Read More
The World Universities Peace Invitational Debate committee has awarded the University of La Verne debate team the right to host a WUPID National Tournament. The WUPID championship is held once a year in Malaysia, and involves universities from around the world. The top 30 teams from around the world are invited to attend as well … Read More
In April, the University of La Verne debate team set off with their coaches, Rob Ruiz and John Patrick, for the USU National Championship to win an octofinalist trophy, and their bid to host the 2013 USU National Debate Championship. “We want to set a new standard for how the American national tournament will be … Read More
This may faculty member John Patrick presented research on group interaction dynamics in groups of engineering students. The research was presented at the Hawaii International Conference on Business. “The presentation went really well,” Patrick said. “The other academics were really engaged, and my presentation sparked quite a bit of discussion about the roll of interpersonal … Read More
In 1912 the University of La Verne held its first public debate. The topic was about abolishing capital punishment. Now 100 years later, the University of La Verne Debate Team celebrates its inception with a four day long celebration March 9 -12. The festivities include a faculty debate series, an inaugural celebrity speaker debate, and … Read More
The speech communication department would like to congratulate recent graduates Isaac Ramirez and R.J. Holder for being accepted to the graduate program at California State University, Fullerton with teaching assistantships. Both Ramirez and Holder will begin teaching introductory courses to undergraduates in the fall.
Speech communication faculty members help students explore how and why people communicate, and the effects of communication on individuals, groups, organizations, and societies. In support of this mission, the department provides a curriculum that:
Examines communication theory and research
Encourages practice and improvement of communication skills in a variety of contexts
Explores communication from a multicultural perspective
Provides flexibility and choice to best suit your academic and professional aspirations
Our faculty are highly qualified and committed to students, and our majors are dynamic students who engage in lively class discussions and critical thinking.
The department also sponsors the La Verne Debate Team, which competes nationally and internationally. All students are welcome to join.