It is wonderful to win trophies, but Concordia University’s Forensics (Speech and Debate) Team is about more than plastic, metal and fake marble. While we are about the business of succeeding competitively, CUI Forensics is more concerned about succeeding to develop students who are wise, honorable and cultivated. Spend a few minutes and learn a bit more about what makes CUI Forensics special.
Our History of Excellence
Since its founding in 2007, Concordia’s forensics team has become (arguably) the premier full-service forensics team in the Western United States.
National success. Concordia was the only school to advance students to elimination rounds at both the 2013 NPDA Championship Tournament and the 2013 AFA National Individual Events Tournament. In fact, in 2013, Concordia captured its first National title by winning Team Sweepstakes at the 2013 NPDA Championship Tournament. Concordia has since followed up with this level of success by taking second place nationally in 2014 and once again claiming the National Championship title in 2015.
Regional success. CUI forensics has earned tournament championship honors at the two largest tournaments on the West Coast (the Paul Winters Invitational and the Sunset Cliffs Classic). Additionally, CUI has earned squad championships at tournaments hosted by CSU Long Beach, Palomar College, Point Loma Nazarene, San Francisco State, Delta College, Southwestern College, University of Utah, University of the Pacific and UC Berkeley.
Individual success. During the 2012-2013 season, Concordia’s individual events students advanced to 121 final rounds (winning 21 of those times), qualified 10 events to the AFA-NIET and 21 events to NFA Nationals. Concordia’s debate teams advanced to elimination rounds 74 times while winning or appearing in finals eight times. CUI advanced more teams to elimination rounds at the 2013 NPDA National tournament than any other program in the nation. In total, Concordia has qualified over 40 individual events nationally and consistently ranks as a top-20 individual events program.
Why We Are Here
When you join the CUI Forensics Family, you become part of a group of people who support and care for one another, and try to love one another as Christ loves us. We think of ourselves as a smart, articulate, hard-working family. Research demonstrates that forensics programs enhance communication skills (Colbert & Biggers, 1985), research skills (Hunt, 1994), writing and organizational skills (Matlon & Keele, 1984), critical thinking skills (Allen, Berkowitz & Louden, 1995), increases student’s knowledge of the world (Shroeder & Shroeder, 1995) and enhances the classroom experience (Sprague, 1990). Concordia’s program will help you excel in all of these areas.
To learn more about the team, contact the Director of Forensics, Konrad Hack, at (949) 214-3309 or [email protected].