Southern California Debate League
Funded for Third Year
June 12, 2003 :: No. 258
A grant awarded to an associate professor
of speech communication at Cal State Fullerton will provide high
school students with the opportunity to hone their public speaking
and debate skills.
The Southern California Urban Debate League (SCUDL),
under the direction of Jon C. Bruschke, has received $125,000 in
third-year funding from the Open Society Institute, a private foundation
established to promote the development of an open society worldwide.
The institute is active in 60 countries.
The league conducts a speech and debate program involving
students from 20 economically disadvantaged high schools in Southern
California. Cal State Fullerton’s program is one of 14 such
Members of the university’s speech and debate
team — ranked among the top 16 nationally — assist in
teaching participating high school students how to research, prepare
and present their debate topics during various after-school workshops
and the program’s summer institute, scheduled for July 13-19.
Last summer, 150 youths took part in the on-campus
institute, while an additional 130 students attended workshops at
their high schools. Bruschke anticipates that about 200 students
will be involved in the league’s activities during the coming
Since its launch at Fullerton in 1996, the league
has instructed participants, who range in age from 14 to 18, on
debate techniques. These teens have debated such topics as privacy,
weapons of mass destruction and foreign policy.
“I’m especially proud of the way the members
of the CSUF speech and debate team donate their time back to the
community,” noted Bruschke. “It is one of the more exciting
service-learning opportunities for our students.”
A member of the faculty since 1997, Bruschke teaches
graduate research methods, argumentation and debate, and advises
the university’s speech and debate team with Jeanine Congalton,
associate professor of speech communication.
||Jon C. Bruschke at 657-278-3272 or email@example.com
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