Sophomore Sam Schaefer Wins 6th Annual Oral Advocacy Award

April 24, 2018

Sam Schaefer won the Oral Advocacy Award on Monday, April 23rd, 2018. Schaefer, a Communication major delivered a persuasive speech on the need for rethinking the way we interact with our social media accounts. The award was presented at the Oral Advocacy Showcase and Competition, a public speaking competition hosted by the Department of Organizational Sciences and Communication.

Also delivering persuasive speeches were four other undergraduate students: Natalie Morgan, Isabella Rocchiccioli, Vincent Roselli, and Isabella Marchese, who delivered speeches on North Korean policy, the fight against drink-spikin, the importance of meditation, and the importance of volunteering at a nursing home. 

All five speakers were selected by peers in their respective COMM 1040 Public Communication classes. The winner was determined by a panel of judges that included Dr. Jon Mote and Dr. Lucian Lu from the Department of Organizational Sciences and Communication, and David Garr of the Federal Elections Committee. Barry Piatt served as Chief Judge.

The event was emceed by Allie Oakes, a senior in Psychology who was selected by her Professional Speaking professor for her public speaking and leadership skills. Dr. Katrina Pariera, from the Department of Organizational Sciences and Communication, organized the event.

Sam Schaefer

Sam Schafer with all participants