Fall 2014 Kingsford Public Speaking Competition
Established in 1881 by Thomson Kingsford with a gift of $1,000, the Kingsford Public Speaking Contest is held annually at Colgate University during the fall semester. It awards a cash prize to the best speech from each class year–First Year to Senior.
Over the years, Mr. Kingsford’s gift has grown to the point where each of this year’s four winners were awarded a cash prize of $640.00. Each of them also had their name engraved on a plaque that permanently resides in the hallway adjacent to the Colgate Speaking Union.
Hosted by the Student Lecture Forum (SLF), this year’s contest drew 16 contestants. They each presented a 5-7 minute “call to action” speech on a variety of topics. These persuasive speeches ranged from calling for an end to common bullying words, eating better and exercising more, to incorporating active learning in school curricula.
Colin Shipley ’15 Senior Class Prizewinner
This event is a great opportunity for students to practice public speaking in a comfortable environment and also advance the interests of social, political and other causes that they care about. It is always so interesting and inspiring to hear the unique perspectives that students have about issues they are passionate about. One of the best things about this event is that it requires students to present reasonable action steps for the audience to take to support the causes the students are advocating. Hopefully, in the end, the faculty and students that attended the event walked away with new awareness and motivation to make positive changes regarding the issues that they heard about.
Senior: Colin Shipley, “Why Students Should Play with Fire: A Call to Action for Active Learning”
Junior: Lee Tremblay, “Identity Crisis at Colgate”
Sophomore: Amanda Liberman “The Problem of Homelessness in Madison County”
First-year: Orlando Gil “Planet Earth, The Future or the End?”
Also, without volunteer judges, the Kingsford Public Speaking Contest would not be possible! Accordingly, SLF thanks the judges for taking the time on a Saturday to give the students a chance to compete!
Prof. Geoffrey Benson, Classics
Prof. Wyatt Galusky, Environmental Studies
Mahadevi Ramakrishnan, French
Peter Tschiart, Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Scholars
Prof. Christopher Vescey, Religion
Last, win or lose, without contestants willing to prepare speeches and present them, there would be no contest!
So, thanks to everybody who turned out and the made the 2014 Kingsford a success!
During the spring 2015 semester SLF will be hosting two additional public speaking contests endowed with cash prizes totaling $5,000.00.
SLF Asks: “Immigration and unaccompanied minors, what’s the problem?”
The Student Lecture Forum hosted its first event of the semester last Wednesday, September 17th, pairing up with the Latin American Student Organization to discuss immigration and unaccompanied minors. The event was attended by about 30 students from all class years. They joined us to listen to the ideas voiced regarding immigration and unaccompanied minors and to offer and discuss their own views on the topic.
Nearly every attendee shared a thought or opinion with the group, allowing for a well-rounded, open discussion. The goal was to provide participants with a more nuanced sense of the pro and cons of the various viewpoints discussed, a deeper understanding of the complexities of the topic. Given the attendees’ insights and our lively pointed discussion, we think that we achieved our goal!
We are looking forward to more successful events in the coming semester!
Colgate Class of 2015
Sid Wadhera ’17 Wins 2014 Lewis Orator Speaking Competition
The Student Lecture Forum hosted the annual Lewis Orator Speaking Competition on March 1, 2014. The competition was established August 6, 1867 in memory of George W.M. Lewis by his brother, Professor James Lewis, LLD. It is one of the oldest endowed cash prizes that Colgate awards. This year, for the first time, the contest was Livestreamed over the internet.
The contestants’ speeches are based on a one-word prompt. This year’s prompt was “VOICE.”
- Dean Scott Brown
- Professor Constance Harsh
- Professor Kermit Campbell
- First Place – Sid Wadhera ’17
- Second Place – Dylan Crouse ’15
- Third Place – Michelle Cao ’16
SLF Hosts Fall Undergraduate Research Conference/George E. Stevenson Expository Speaking Contest
On December 7, 2013 the Student Lecture Forum hosted its fall undergraduate research conference. The research conference is combined with the Stevenson Prize for Expository Speaking. Each student makes a 7-10 minute presentation followed by a brief Q&A session. The Stevenson Prize is awarded to the best overall speaker.
The winners are:
- Social Science/Fall Stevenson Prize: Stella Yoh ’14
- CORE: Jessica Muttitt ’15
- Humanities: Eliza Graham ’14
- Natural Science: Nicole Halper ’15
The conference rewards students for work they have done in class, provides them with an incentive to publicly present it, emphasizes the quality of research a student has put into her/his work, and how well they are able to present it to a panel of judges in an expository speech.
Prof. Frey Lectures on “Charity vs. Social Justice”
On Wednesday, February 13, SLF hosted a public presentation by Prof. Lawrence Frey. Professor Frey is on the faculty in the Communication Department at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He has written extensively on social justice issues as they intersect teaching and service-learning.
Professor Frey’s lecture is posted on CSU’s Vimeo site and is embedded below:
A BIG THANKS to the SLF event’s co-sponsors:
- ALANA Cultural Center
- Colgate Speaking Union
- Max A. Shacknai Center for Outreach, Volunteerism, and Education (COVE)
- Robert A. Fox ’59 Leadership Institute
Fall 2013 Kingsford Competition
On Saturday, November 9th the Student Lecture Forum held the annual Kingsford Speaking Competition in the ALANA Cultural Center on the Colgate University campus. The Kingsford Competition was established on April 26, 1881 by Thomson Kingsford with a gift of $1,000. In accord with the spirit of Kingsford’s founding gift, a cash prize is annually awarded to the top speaker from each class year. This year, it enabled SLF to award $600 to each of the top speakers!
For the Competition, each contestant presented a 5-7 minute call to action. This year, we had a wide range of topics and multiple speakers from each class.
Professor Vecsey, a dedicated judge of the Kingsford (who has judged at least six times in the past), remarked that this was the best Kingsford Competition yet! We would like to congratuate all of the participants on their fantastic presentations, and acknowledge the winners: Josh Lasker (Class of 2014), Colin Shipley (Class of 2015), Michelle Cao (Class of 2016), and Sid Wadhera (Class of 2017).
We would like to thank the judges, Professor Vescey, Professor Rotter, and Professor Kagle.
We would also like to thank the ALANA Cultural Center for allowing us to hold this event in their building, and the Colgate BAC for helping fund this event.
The Winning Speeches
Student Lecture Forum Holds a Special Discussion on Racial Profiling: The George Zimmerman Trial and New York City’s “Stop and Frisk” Policy
Over fifty students came out to discuss racial profiling and contribute to an enlightening intellectual conversation. One faculty participant stated, “This was a fantastic event and a great discussion!”
SLF Hosts Spring Undergraduate Research Conference/George E. Stevenson Expository Speaking Contest
On April 27, 2013 the Student Lecture Forum hosted its biannual undergraduate research conference. The research conference is combined with the Stevenson Prize for Expository Speaking.
Matt Levitsky’s paper titled “Contagious Performance: How Others’ Actions Affect Our Own” was judged the best paper/presentation of the conference.
The conference rewards students for work they have done in class, provides them with an incentive to publicly present it, emphasizes the quality of research a student has put in to her/his work, and how well they are able to present it to a panel of judges in an expository speech.
The top papers will be published in the spring 2013 edition of the Colgate Academic Review.
Drea Finley ’13 Wins 2013 Lewis Orator Speaking Competition
The Student Lecture Forum hosted the annual Lewis Orator Speaking Competition on March 6, 2013. The competition was established August 6, 1867 in memory of George W.M. Lewis by his brother, Professor James Lewis, LLD. It is one of the oldest endowed cash prizes that Colgate awards. This year, for the first time, the contest was Livestreamed over the internet.
The contestants’ speeches are based on a one-word prompt. This year’s prompt was TATTOO.
The contestants’ 5-7 minute speeches were judged by the following questions:
- To what extent was the speech’s one-word prompt made to appear timely and adapted to the prior knowledge and interests of the immediate audience with an apparent emphasis on informing, persuading, or entertaining?
- To what extent did the speech follow a functional and clear pattern of organization, inducing a sense of coherence and well-plotted movement from beginning to end?
- To what extent did the speech effectively engage its one-word prompt by providing appropriate supporting materials and employing the mode(s) of description, definition, explanation, demonstration?
- How effectively did the speaker use her/his voice (volume, rate, variety), visual aids, and body (gestures, eye contact, movement)?
- To what extent was the speaker’s word choice creative, clear, appropriate, engaging, and memorable?
- To what extent did the speech provide a fresh perspective on its one-word prompt and distinguish itself from being clichéd or ‘just like’ other speeches centering on the prompt?
- Professor Chris Vecsey: Religion
- Christina Khan: International Student Services
- Esther Rosbrook: ALANA Cultural Center
- Professor Georgia Frank: Religion
- Theresa Kevorkian: Institutional Advancement (former SLF member!)
- Emily Moloney: Admissions Counselor
- Alexa Windsor ’13 – “Tattoos and the Social Perception of Beauty”
- Drea Finley ‘13 – “Society’s Tattoo”
- Max Brody ‘13 – “The Future of Body Customization”
- Ashlee Eve ‘14 – “Trigger”
- Matt Knowles ‘15 – “By Its Cover”
- Jay Lincoln ‘15 – “Scars and Tattoos”
- Anindya Guha ‘15 – “Different”
- Sagar Saxena ‘15 – “Blending Out: The Battle Between Me & Us”
- Andy Kingston ‘15 – “Hidden Away”
- Dylan Crouse ‘15 – “Staying Power – Permanence in Today’s World”
- Alex Tiktinsky ’16 – “Tattoo Norms”
- Lee Tremblay ‘16 – “The Problem of Permanence”
- Lorelai Avram ‘16 – “Wear Your Heart on Your Sleeve”
- Bryan Acevedo ‘16 – “My Full Body Tat”
- Melissa Haller ‘16 – “In Defense of Tattoos”
Drea Finley ’13: First Place $1,000.00
Alexa Windsor ’13: Second Place $600.00
Anindya Guha ’15: Third Place (tied) $175.00
Bryan Acevedo ’16: Third Place (tied) $175.00
The Lewis Orator Speaking Competition will be held again in spring 2014.
Please consider competing!
“SLF Asks . . .” Hosts Public Discussion on Gun Violence
On February 27, 2013, approximately 40 students gathered in the Robert Ho Auditorium in Lawrence Hall to have a candid discussion on gun violence in the United States. The Royal India Grill catered the event, and the event gave the students an opportunity to enjoy good food and good discussion.
Students brought a variety of viewpoints and experiences to the discussion, which created a wonderful environment for learning about the different perspectives on gun control and gun violence in this country. Even with various strong opinions voiced, the discussion was courteous and educational.
Based on the encouraging turnout for the Gun Violence Discussion, the Student Lecture Forum is looking forward to hosting more events like this in the future.
Stay tuned for further bulletins from SLF Asks . . .
SLF Hosts Fall 2012 Kingsford Competition
The Kingsfod Prize was established in 1881 by Thomson Kingsford with a gift of $1,000.00. A cash prize is awarded to the best speaker from each class year and their name is engraved on the Kingsford plaque. This year, each winner received $595.00.
Each speaker must receive a minimum number of points to be considered for the prize. Once that threshold has been crossed, the best qualifying speech in a given class year wins its award.
This fall, the competition was held in the ALANA Multipurpose Room. Twenty-one students from across all class years competed. The faculty judges were: Ashli Baker (Classics) Shangrila Joshi (Environmental Studies Dept./Environmental Justice) Jonathan Pratt (Classics) Ryan Solomon (Writing and Rhetoric) Ferdinand von Muench (University Studies).
Class-year winners are: Lee Tremblay ’16, Dylan Crouse ’15, and Rodney Agnant ’14 (Rodney’s studying abroad this semester & couldn’t make it to the photo op). This year, there was no Class of ’13 qualifying speech.
Congratulations to the winners and a big thanks to the judges and all the students who competed!
SLF Holds Fall 2012 Undergraduate Research Conference/George E. Stevenson Speaking Competition
This fall, the Student Lecture Forum (SLF) hosted its biannual undergraduate research conference. The conference rewards students for work they have done in class, and emphasizes the quality of research a student has put into her/his work, as well as how well they are able to present it to a panel of judges in an expository speech. This fall’s judges included Dean Beverly Lowe and President Herbst.
The competition’s winning categories accord with Colgate’s academic divisions, with the Stevenson Prize awarded to the best overall paper and presentation in a given division. The competition winners are:
Jessica Halter ’13 (Natural Science/Stevenson Prize Winner)
Srikar Gullapalli ’13 (Social Science)
Lee Tremblay ’16 (CORE)
Matt Knowles ’15 (Humanities)
SLF also selects pieces that will be published in the Colgate Academic Review (CAR), SLF’s student-run academic journal. In no particular order, the competitors’ papers chosen for the fall 2012 edition of CAR are:
Emily Luba ’16: “Female Genital Mutilation: Human Rights Violation or Cultural Right?”
Gillian Gamberdell ’13: “Decriminalizing Federal Regulation”
Javed Narejo ’14: “Political Islam: Youth Perspectives”
Jay Lincoln ’15: “Reconstructing Reality: Replying to the question whether reality is a construct or not”
Jessica Halter ’13: “Presentation of In-Group and Out-Group Race Effects: Emotional Pathways in Video Game Players”
Kelsey John ’13: “Biracial Multiracial Identity Development in College Students”
Kristina Persaud ’13: “Hamas and Palestinian Nationalism–A Match Meant to be or made to be” Examining the Politicization of Nationalism”
Lee Tremblay ’16: “The Value of Improvisation”
Matt Knowles ’15: “To Meat or not to Meat: The Morality of Eating Animals”
Matt Yeager ’15: “Gun Control in America”
Sarah Dickson ’14: “Delusions of Technology: The Need for a New Military Attitude”
Srikar Gullapalli ’13: “Testing if Corruption is an ‘Efficient Grease’ with Micro-Level Data: Evidence from Bangalore India”
Togbor Wentum ’13: “Putin the Great: Why and how the 5′ 6″ politician becomes a 7-foot Czar on camera”
SLF would like to congratulate the prizewinners as well as those who will be published. We also would like to give a BIG THANKS to all who participated and made the event a success!
The competition will be held again in spring. Stay tuned!