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CCPA Professor Chris Salinas Receives the Dick Stine Coaching Award

SMU Speech and Debate Team Coach Receives Award at National Junior Debate Tournament

by Cori Bray (B.A. Corporate Communications and Public Affairs '12)

Dr. Chris Salinas, Meadows School of the Arts assistant professor of corporate communications and SMU Speech and Debate Team coach, received the Dick Stine Coaching Award for 2010 at the National Junior Division Debate Tournament in March. This prestigious award is presented annually to one junior varsity/novice debate coach at the national collegiate tournament.

The award was established to honor the founder of the National Junior Division Debate Tournament, Dick Stine, and is presented to an individual who shows a strong commitment to JV/novice debate. Salinas received the award based on his dedicated coaching style and his outreach to debate programs for urban high school students in Hispanic communities.

"Dr. Salinas has a unique passion for helping students who might never hear about or encounter debate,” said Dr. Ben Voth, director of the SMU Speech and Debate Team. Salinas joined SMU in 2008 and works closely with Voth in coaching the team.

"It was nice to get recognition. You spend so much time thinking about making sure the kids win, but rarely think of the possibility of receiving an award yourself," said Salinas.

The SMU speech and debate program was created under the Meadows School of the Arts and is a part of the Corporate Communications and Public Affairs Division. The program exists as a means of developing the human voice of students through research, organization, presentation and competition.


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