A New Beginning

Gustavus Adolphus College has become my identity the past 13 years, and I am genuinely appreciative of the opportunity to work for a prestigious college and serve a dedicated group of students. Thank you again for entrusting me with Gustavus' rich forensics tradition. The 2015 Gustavus Summer Speech Institute will be my last official function as the Director of Forensics.

I am extremely proud of the Gustavus Forensics’ accomplishments, including being 1 of 11 schools in history of college speech to be ranked in the elite top 10 at the AFA-NIET five consecutive years, 72 AFA-NIET out round participants, including twelve national finalists, five AFA-NIET All-American competitors, six Minnesota Collegiate Forensics Association State Championships, and 79 individual State Champions.

The time has come for a new beginning, SPEAK2compete. I often talk to my students about COMMITTING BIG and being ALL IN. I am ALL IN with Speak2compete. I cannot envision myself not being involved in forensics. I will fight for this activity until the day I die because if I do not fight, some little kid somewhere will not have the opportunity to find their voice. I would be a hypocrite to every student I have coached and every camp kid if I did not fight, and too many are trying to silence these voices. It is what gets me out of bed in the morning, makes my blood boil, and what drives me. I owe everything I have accomplished to the game changer in my life, speech. I hope SPEAK2compete will allow everyone to SPEAK.