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Speech and Debate Team

Ferris State University Speech and Debate Team: Pi Kappa Delta Honorary Fraternity

What is Pi Kappa Delta?

Pi Kappa Delta is the RSO name for Ferris State’s Speech and Debate Team. We are an honorary fraternity dedicated to the highest standard of speaking and debating. Our program (competitive forensics, i.e. speech and debate) offers a broad range of events for student participation. This includes traditional speech events (persuasive speaking, informative speaking), interpretative events (poetry, dramatic interpretation), limited preparation events (impromptu speaking), as well as debate. 

What do we do? 

Students can participate in any of the various styles of speech and/or debate. Students get to travel across the nation at no cost to themselves and compete in exciting tournaments. These tournaments culminate in a national championship tournament in the spring, held by the Pi Kappa Delta organization. 

Who can participate?

Any Ferris State University undergraduate in good standing is eligible to participate. We will provide training, mentorship, and guidance, so no previous experience is necessary. 

What are the benefits of Speech and Debate?

We could spend a long time talking about the benefits, but here are just a few:

  • Opportunities to win trophies and awards
  • Travel (at no expense to you) to interesting and exciting locations
  • Resume-building
  • Learning to advocate for yourself and others
  • Developing skills such as public speaking, critical thinking, and analysis
  • Networking opportunities
  • Scholarships and financial support

Speech and Debate is a way to increase your critical thinking skills. It is a transformative experience that encourages you to find your unique voice. 

Where does Ferris State University travel?

We offer a mix of regional and national in-person travel, as well as asynchronous and synchronous tournaments. Students can choose which travel opportunities they participate in, to their comfort level. The past year, we traveled to places including New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. Closer to home, we traveled to places including Ann Arbor and Midland. Travel schedules are released at the start of each semester.

How does practice work?

Our meetings are on Thursdays from 7-9 p.m. During the first hour, we cover logistics, announcements, and other business items. In the second hour, we practice, train, and work on our events. There are additional workshops offered throughout the week and students are encouraged to schedule individual coaching sessions with Coach Miller. 

Additional Info

Contact the Speech and Debate Team

Aimee Miller

Instructor of Communication, Director of Speech and Debate
[email protected] 
Phone: (231) 591-2745
Office : Johnson Hall 124