Wednesday, March 28, 2018

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University’s Forensics (speech and debate) Team attended the  Annual International Public Debate Association (IPDA) National Tournament at Whitworth University, Spokane, Wash., on March 24-27, 2018.

The tournament brings together colleges and universities from across the United States. It featured schools that included: Louisiana State University, Shreveport; the University of Arkansas, Monticello; the University of Utah, Salt Lake City; and Boise State University, Idaho. In total, over 200 students from more than thirty schools competed in debate at the national tournament.

Sophomore Uwe Keist, a Political Science major from Corvallis, was an Octo-Finalist in Junior IPDA Debate.

“Keist’s journey this season has been amazing,” said Mark Porrovecchio, director of the team. “It nice for him to receive national recognition for his efforts.”

Keist was joined Junior Kaden Meyers, a Political Science major from Sandy. Meyers competed in Open IPDA Debate and missed out on breaking by only a few speaker points. They both also competed together in Team IPDA debate.

The team was coached by graduate assistant Evan Steele of Concord, Calif. Steele is a MAIS student in the Speech Communication area of the School of Arts and Communication.

“Looking ahead to next season, Steele and I are lucky to have Meyers and Keist coming back to help guide the team,” Porrovecchio continued. “We have an exciting list of tournaments to look forward to, including a national competition in Louisiana and an international tournament in Berlin.

Celebrating its 125th season, OSU Forensics is one of the oldest clubs on campus and a member of the Performing Arts Board in the School of Arts and Communication.  The team is open to all students in good academic standing regardless of experience or academic background.  If you are a student interested in participating, or a member of the community who would like to support the team, please contact Porrovecchio at


Mark Porrovecchio

205 Shepard Hall`


Pictured One (l-r): Evan Steele, Uwe Keist, and Kaden Meyers at the entrance to Whitworth University.

Picture Two (l-r): Uwe Keist and Kaden Meyers take a break from debating at the IPDA National Tournament.