UW-Eau Claire Alumni

Honorary Alumnus Award
2018 Recipients

The Honorary Alumnus Award is presented to non-alumni who have demonstrated great love of and service to UW-Eau Claire

Larry Schnoor
Larry Schnoor

Larry Schnoor, described as the "founding father" of intercollegiate forensics, is the current tournament director for the American Forensic Association National Individual Events Tournament and the Interstate Oratory Contest, and past president of the National Forensic Association.

Schnoor's ties to the UW-Eau Claire forensics program formed through his close working relationship with the late Grace Walsh, UW-Eau Claire's legendary forensics coach who passed away in 2000. Schnoor and Walsh worked together on numerous projects and tournaments over many years.

Schnoor continues to work with the current UW-Eau Claire forensics coaches, Karen Morris and Kelly Jo Wright, traveling with them as a judge for the UW-Eau Claire team.

"When introduced at all of the national tournaments, Larry is introduced as Larry Schnoor from UW-Eau Claire," Morris said. "We are proud to adopt him as one of our own."

The first in his family to attend college, Schnoor earned bachelor's and master's degrees from Mankato State University and served as a faculty member at a number of colleges and universities in Minnesota before retiring from St. Olaf College in 1998.

"The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire has always been one of the places where I have enjoyed visiting and working with my colleagues over the years," Schnoor said. "It has enjoyed great success over the years with the forensics program. I am happy to have played a small part and will continue to support the team in the future."


View the list of past recipients of this award.