Eventful week for SCOM as February comes to an end

As we have less than 24 hours to say goodbye to February. SCOM students and faculty have spent their last couple weeks successfully.

Debate Team


The JMU Debate Team has qualified two teams to the National Debate Tournament (NDT) for the first time in 22 years, since 1992.

The NDT is a qualification-only tournament that selects only the top 78 teams in the country to participate.
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The teams of Jacob Bosley (’15) and Elyssa Miller (’15) and Ellen Miller (’16) and Nicholas Lepp (’16) both placed high enough at the District Qualification Tournament at the University of Mary Washington this past weekend to qualify.


Bosley and Miller qualified as the second ranked team in the district (out of 16)
Lepp and Miller qualified as the fifth ranked team.


This is the 30th time that JMU has qualified for the National Debate Tournament. This moves the team into 24th all-time. The performance moved JMU to 6th in the national ranking by the Cross Examination Debate Association and 9th in the country by the National Debate Association.


Congratulations to the Debate team on this huge accomplishment!


Speech Team


The JMU Speech Team traveled to Long Island to compete in the Nassau Community College speech tournament this past weekend.  Among the teams competing were George Mason University, Seton Hall University, Saint Joseph’s University, Liberty University as well as JMU.  The individual accomplishments are listed below.


Day One:


Shelby Akins (Sr, SCOM) 4th Duo Interpretation
Magdalene Dada (Fr, Nursing) 5th Program Oral Interpretation
Abby Fiege (Fr, Math) 1st After Dinner Speaking 4th Duo Interpretation 5th Poetry Interpretation
Tom Giordano (Fr, Business) 4th Impromptu Speaking 5th Extemporaneous Speaking
Armin Haracic (Fr, Music) 3rd Informative Speaking 5th After Dinner Speaking
Katrina Miles (Sr, SCOM/Soc) 6th Poetry Interpretation
Abby Fiege’s accomplishment in After Dinner Speaking now qualifies her for the American Forensic Association National Individual Events Tournament to be held this April in Tempe, AZ
Day Two:
Shelby Akins (Sr, SCOM) 4th Duo Interpretation
Magdalene Dada(Fr, Nursing) 6th Program Oral Interpretation
Abby Fiege(Fr, Math) 4th Duo Interpretation 
Tom Giordano
(Fr, Business) 3rd Extemporaneous Speaking
Armin Haracic(Fr, Music) 1st After Dinner Speaking
Katrina Miles
(Sr, SCOM/Soc) 7th Prose Interpretation
This weekend the team, coached by Lee Mayfield and Alyssa Reid, will travel to South Orange, NJ to compete in the District 7 AFA-NIET Qualifying Speech Tournament preparation begins for the National Tournament to be held at Arizona State University.


Congratulations and good luck this weekend!


JMU PRSSA (Public Relations Student Society of America)


PRSSA JMU Chapter has made their trip to NYC this past weekend. The chapter made agency visits to: Burson-Marsteller, Edelman, Ketchum, the United Nations, Fleishman Hillard, and more.


The members have said that it was an overall successful visit. They even had the opportunity to meet Mr. Harold Burson himself!
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(PRSSA members at the NYC agency visits)


Also, if you haven’t gotten a chance to check out our follow-up post about the JMU SCOM Graduate School program, please check it out


Please stay on the lookout for an upcoming new author, Colby Boone, as well as our Facebook page coming soon!


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