ADA — Dr. Robert Greenstreet, chair of East Central University's communication department, presented two papers at the 75th annual convention of the Central States Communication Association in Indianapolis, Ind.

Greenstreet's papers focused on increasing the educational value of speech and debate activities. Much of his research and presentation history deals with this idea and with increasing opportunities for newcomers in intercollegiate speech and debate.

One presentation dealt with Legislative Debate as an alternative to traditional team and Lincoln-Douglas debate. While Student Congress is a popular event in high schools, Legislative Debate has not caught on in the intercollegiate speech and debate community. Greenstreet's presentation examined the academic legitimacy of legislative debate, concluding that it provided the same educational opportunities provided by other forms of debate.

He also discussed the use of laptop computers and projectors to provide visual support for public speaking events in intercollegiate speech and debate tournaments. He said ECU is the only school in the nation which regularly employs such technology.

"When I explained this situation to Dr. Alvin Turner, dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, his reaction was 'What's the disconnect?'" Greenstreet said. "I could not explain why other schools resist providing students with the tools they will use after graduation."

Both presentations are in the process of being converted to papers for submission to academic journals.

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