Department of HumanitiesJohnson Hall, 117
1009 Campus Drive
Big Rapids, MI 49307
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.
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.
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.
We could spend a long time talking about the benefits, but here are just a few:
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.
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.
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.
Instructor of Communication, Director of Speech and Debate
Phone: (231) 591-2745
Office : Johnson Hall 124