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Hyde Park Forum winners announced

Posted Apr, 12, 2010


Communication Studies event attracts audience of 700

By Margaret Garmon

Three Kent State University students earned top honors in the annual Hyde Park Forum held Tuesday, April 6, in the Kent Student Center Ballroom. The annual persuasive speech competition, organized by COMM, featured eight finalists chosen from students enrolled in the Introduction to Human Communication class during the 2009-2010 academic year.

This was the fifth consecutive year for the Forum that has grown in interest and attendance each year. This year's event attracted approximately 700 students, family and friends.

Jessica Shanahan, earned first place and a $500 check for her speech on "Animal Rights vs. Animal Welfare: Where Do You Stand?" Shanahan is a freshman business management major from Mechanicsburg.

Ashley Tolliver earned second place and a $300 check for her speech on "Benefits of Sweatshops in the Textile Industry." Toliver, a senior fashion merchandising major, from Detroit also earned the Forum's People's Choice Award.

Daniel Scotchmer earned third place and a $100 check for his speech on "The Blueprint to Fix College Football." Scotchmer is a junior sports administration major from Jamestown, NY.


Also competing and earning honorable mention recognition were Jenny Cappuzzello, Samuel Connolly, Carla Johl, Daniel Smith and Kenneth Wayne Smith.

Cappuzzello, a sophomore middle childhood education major from Salem, spoke on "No Universal Health Care."

Connolly, a freshman computer information systems major from Akron, spoke on "The Great Pacific Garbage Patch."

Johl, a sophomore electronic media production major from Hamilton, New Zealand, spoke on "The Dark Side of Success: The Matthew Effect."

Daniel Smith, a freshman communication studies major from Akron, spoke on "Laptop Initiatives."

Kenneth Wayne Smith, a sophomore aeronautics studies major from Akron, spoke on "Space Exploration and Why We Should Care."

Honorable mention recipients each received a check for $50.

The wide representation of majors and diversity of thought-provoking topics, points to the strength of Hyde Park Forum, according to
Barbara Hugenberg, Ph.D., program coordinator and course coordinator for the Human Communication course.

"Being able to communicate effectively through the spoken word is a valuable skill for all students to master," Hugenberg said. "The Hyde Park Forum is a valuable experience, and we're always thrilled to see interest across the majors.

Graduate student teaching assistants and instructors for the top three place winners were Margaret Garmon, Kathryn Golson and James Ponder and for the honorable mention recipients were Bethany Dennis, Terry Duvall and Jenny Rosenberg along with her student intern,
Jackie Rager.

Undergraduate student interns under the supervision of Rosenberg received real world experience in major event planning. Assisting with the event planning and presentations were Arianne Gasser, Sara Petersen, Meredith Schrmack, Shay Smith, Nina Steeb, Devin White and Rager.

The panel of judges included leaders in government, education and business along with two previous Hyde Park winners. Judges this year included Edward Bargerstock, Daniel Brown, Jim Campbell, Timothy Chandler, Ph.D., Amelia Dalheim, Christopher Dalheim, Ph.D, Jerry T. Fiala, Billee Jo Hefel, Alison Horrocks, Matthew Moak, Sheena Reed, Suzanne Robertson and CCI Dean Stanley Wearden, Ph.D.

Financial support for the awards came from a generous donation from Great River Technologies with additional support from and Evin Kleinman, communication instructor, and the School of Communication Studies.