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Department of Speech Strategic Plan 2012-2017
Young Alumnus of the Year Recipient for 2013
Tippen, a 2004 speech Communication graduate from West Monroe who lives in the San Francisco area, is a Public and Government Affairs Representative and Special Projects Manager for the Chevron Corporation. He serves as a company spokesman on global issues ranging form climate change, labor negotiations, energy policy and fuel prices, to refining/manufacturing public and government affairs in any crisis surrounding its global operations in over 100 countries around the world,
In addition to serving on the front lines of the company, Tippen also provides strategic media relations and external communications counsel to C=level executives and global operating companies particularly around crisis issues including oil spills, facility fires, protests, and other operating issues.
Louisiana Tech Debate Makes State History
For the first time in Louisiana state history, a team has been accepted to the Worlds Universities Debate Championship. Louisiana Tech University will be sending a debate team to the largest and most prestigious debate tournament in the world. Sam Hathorn, a sophomore education major from Alexandria, and Ben Markway, a senior accounting major from Deville, will compete in late December in Chennai, India.
Ben Markway said “I’m extremely excited and honored to be given this opportunity to represent Louisiana Tech University at the Worlds Universities Debating Championship in India. This is a chance of a lifetime, and I can’t wait to compete.”
The Worlds Universities Debate Championship (WUDC) accepts only the top debaters from the top debate programs, which is a held in a new country every year. The admissions process starts7 months prior to the actual competition. Thousands of debate programs from around the world submit applications, but only 300 teams are chosen. This year’s competition will be held in Chennai, India.
Sam Hathorn explains “The thrill of competitive debate at the world championship level makes for a promise of an amazing experience. Without the education that I’ve learned at Tech, this level of competition wouldn’t have been possible.”
Tech’s debate team has been on a hot streak this past year. The team started last season at the United States Air Force Academy beating teams such as Duke, Cornell and Michigan; and ending the season taking second place at Purdue. As the team has been expanding within the National and International circuits, there are no signs of their momentum slowing.
If you would like any further information concerning the Louisiana Tech Debate Team, please contact Shane Puckett, Director of Debate, at firstname.lastname@example.org.