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UW-Eau Claire Forensics to Host National Competition

RELEASED: Sept. 27, 2005

Hilary Rasmussen and Christine Zani rehearse forensics event
Sophomore Hilary Rasmussen, left, and junior Christine Zani rehearsed their duo interpretation event last week in preparation for a forensics tournament over the weekend. UW-Eau Claire's forensics organization will host the National Forensics Association tournament in April, and alumni and friends of the university have volunteered to help with the event and pledged financial support. (Photo by Rick Mickelson, LTS)

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire forensics organization will host the National Forensics Association tournament, April 13-17, 2006. To ensure the tournament's success, alumni and friends of UW-Eau Claire's forensics organization have committed more than $10,000 to the project.

The national tournament is expected to attract 800 to 1,000 participants and judges to UW-Eau Claire's campus. Many of the alumni and friends who will help with the tournament also have pledged to help offset tournament expenses with their gifts to the Forensics Alumni Fund through the UW-Eau Claire Foundation. The ultimate goal is to establish an endowment that will provide enough annual income to supplement the program's operating budget.

"UW-Eau Claire's forensics organization is honored to be the site of such a prestigious event," said Karen Morris, director of the forensics program. "We have participated in every one of the National Forensic Association's tournaments since its inception. It is a tremendous opportunity to be able to convene the tournament here at UW-Eau Claire."

The support of alumni and friends of the UW-Eau Claire forensics organization is an honor, Morris said.

"Their gifts will ensure a successful tournament and provide for the future so that we will continue to maintain the tradition of excellence we have upheld for the past several decades," Morris said. "This is a tremendous investment in one of UW-Eau Claire's nationally recognized organizations."

The gifts will be recognized as contributions to the Fulfilling the Promise of Excellence, the UW-Eau Claire Foundation's comprehensive campaign to benefit UW-Eau Claire's people and programs.

The Forensics Alumni Fund initiative was kicked off with a major commitment from Dr. Elizabeth Moberg-Wolff, a 1986 UW-Eau Claire graduate who is now a physician in Milwaukee. Moberg-Wolff credits her forensics experience with giving her the ability to write, present, critique others, teach and organize programs.

Robert Boisvert, 1982 UW-Eau Claire graduate and sixth-place winner at the Interstate Oratorical Contest, also is supporting the fund. The Minneapolis attorney also says his experiences in forensics gave him life skills he uses today as an attorney.

"I appreciate the education I received at UW-Eau Claire, and particularly the skills I learned and the opportunities I received through forensics," Boisvert said. "Among other things, forensics helped me learn how to organize my thoughts and communicate them effectively."

Giving back to the successful organization is something Boisvert strongly supports.

"The UW-Eau Clare forensics organization has long been among the most successful in the country, earning national and state honors and training students in effective communication," Boisvert said. "I want to help ensure the tradition continues."

The active support of alumni like Moberg-Wolff and Boisvert is a strength of the forensics organization, Morris said. During the competition an alumni reunion is being organized to reunite former UW-Eau Claire competitors with each other.

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