The University of Kentucky Speech and Debate Team has officially chartered an alumni chapter with the national speech and debate honorary Pi Kappa Delta. Alumni of the Kentucky Nu Chapter, UK’s local PKD chapter, petitioned for recognition earlier this spring. Pi Kappa Delta inducted the alumni chapter into the national organization at the 100th annual National Tournament and Convention in Boise, ID on March 23, 2017.
Alumni chapters provide a way for graduated students to continue to give back to their team, their local Pi Kappa Delta chapter, and the national organization. To be eligible for an alumni chapter, a team must have at least five alumni members who wish to petition for recognition. The local chapter for UK was chartered in the fall of 2012 when the team was created and just recently surpassed the required number of alumni members.
“This alumni chapter is recognition of the tremendous impact alumni have had on our program” says Director of Speech and Debate Timothy Bill. “In addition to all their other support, we have had multiple alumni come back and judge at every Pi Kappa Delta national tournament since 2014. They continue to be a fundamental part of our program and we couldn’t be luckier.”
Seven former team members joined together to form the alumni chapter including Zach Shinall ’14, Stephanie Winkler ’14, Ryan Winstead ’15, Dianté Elcock ’16, Logan Hurley ’16, Abel Rodriguez III ’16, and Brynne Reilly ’16. Winkler was elected as the inaugural president of the alumni chapter and will serve in that position for the next two years.
The University of Kentucky Speech and Debate Team is committed to training the next generation of civic leaders who are passionate about effecting change in their communities. To foster these skills, the team takes part in competitions throughout the southeast region of the United States. To find out more, please visit the team’s website www.ukforensics.com.