Centre College named Communicator of the Year by National Speech and Debate Association
The Kentucky District of the National Speech and Debate Association (KYNSDA) has named Centre College its 2016 Communicator of the Year.
“It is a great honor for Centre to receive this distinction, as it recognizes the College as a place where important conversations take place,” says Assistant Dean for Advising Mary Gulley, who accepted the award on Centre’s behalf. “The College has played a significant role on the national stage, by hosting two vice presidential debates, and on the state level by featuring gubernatorial debates.”
Steve Meadows ’91, Kentucky district chair of the National Speech and Debate Association (NSDA), praised Centre for its emphasis on the importance of having a place where communication is welcome.
“Speaking and listening often get shortchanged in academia,” he explains. “However, the College’s support for those of us who do provide this instruction to high school students is of great benefit for Kentucky’s students every year.”
As a Centre alumnus, Meadows can also appreciate the opportunities the College presents to students for learning communication skills on campus.
“I was an English major and had fantastic professors in literature and writing courses,” he says. “I think that’s the root of all good communication—a foundation in reading and writing.”
The Communicator of the Year award was presented to Centre during the general awards ceremony of the Kentucky district qualifiers for the NSDA, which have been held on the College’s campus for the last 19 years.
“Hosting the KYNSDA brings to campus talented and thoughtful young Kentuckians who will be the leaders in their communities in the future,” Gulley notes. “I think it is very appropriate that Centre continues to play a prominent role in bringing people together to discuss ideas, demonstrate excellence and promote achievement in all realms of intellectual endeavors.”
This is the second year the KYNSDA has presented this award, with former Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear receiving the honor in 2015.
by Elizabeth Trollinger
April 12, 2016