University of Montana
32 Campus Dr.
Missoula, Mt 59812-1028
The Department of Communication Studies at The University of Montana-Missoula focuses on three broad areas of study: interpersonal interaction and human relationships, organizational and institutional communication, and rhetoric and public discourse. The knowledge and skills the student may acquire in each of these areas are important to functioning effectively in one´s personal life, at work, and as a citizen of the larger society in a rapidly changing world.
In conjunction with Mortar Board, the Department of Communication Studies is proud to announce the winners of the Introduction to Public Speaking Speak-Off, called "Montana's Next Top Speaker." The top informative and persuasive speakers from all 18 sections competed in preliminary rounds, and 6 emerged to speak in a final round on at the University Theater on December 5. Taking the top honor in informative speaking was Neil Moore of San Francisco; Tristina Krakenberg of Spokane placed first in persuasive speaking. Runners-up in informative were Olyvia Poevorde of Longbranch, WA and Zachary Falkner of Missoula. Persuasive speaking runners-up were Jessica Daniels of Prince George, BC and Sara Price of New Meadows, ID. These students were deemed the best out of the approximately 500 students enrolled in Public Speaking this semester.