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OU Forensic Program to Celebrate 100th Birthday

Ottawa University’s forensics program will celebrate its 100th birthday in March during a gala in St. Louis, Missouri.
OU founded the nation’s oldest and most prestigious national speech honorary, Pi Kappa Delta (PKD), in 1913. Today, Pi Kappa Delta has more than 200 chapters and more than 80,000 alumni across the United States.
Ottawa University students and 89 other schools will celebrate this heritage during a special Pi Kappa Delta forensics tournament at Webster University, March 13-16. More than 460 debate teams and 1,695 individual event entries have already registered for the tournament.
“To call this a big tournament would be an understatement,” says Director of Forensics Ryan Louis. “This is the largest PKD tournament since the 1960s.”
In addition to the tournament, Pi Kappa Delta will present Provost Dennis Tyner with a plaque commemorating the school’s involvement with the organization’s founding. Tyner will also accept a check for $10,000 that will be used to establish the organization’s National Archives, which will be located in Ottawa University’s new Gangwish Library.
“By far the most important aspect of this tournament is its meaning,” says Louis. “Pi Kappa Delta isn’t just about competition or education. The organization stands for much more: a model – an ethos – for how we live our motto, The Art of Persuasion: Beautiful and Just.
The slogan for the celebration is “Cite the Past – Speak the Future: Celebrating a Century of Beautiful and Just Persuasion.”