Junior Hanna Kane Wins Speech Competition

November 13, 2013

Last week, Saint Joseph’s College hosted a speech competition featuring three student speakers competing for a $50 cash prize. The speeches, judged by SJC students and faculty members, focused on ways to improve the SJC campus. The winner of the prize was junior Business Administration major Hanna Kane of Lake Village, Ind. The topic of Kane’s speech was the possibility of having pet-friendly dorms on campus.

Assistant Professor of Communication Dr. Rochelle Robertson, the event’s organizer, was thrilled with the turnout and the quality of the speeches. She sees the competition serving as an excellent opportunity for students to practice a valuable skill – public speaking.

“Public speaking is, statistically, a fear worse than death,” said Robertson. “Ironically, public speaking is also one of the most sought-after skills by companies. The more speech is practiced, the more the speaker develops personally and professionally. I am glad to be a part of bringing back the competition and am hopeful that it will continue to grow on the SJC campus and beyond.”

Named a "character-building college" by the Templeton Foundation, a "Best Midwestern College" by the Princeton Review, and “Best Value” and "Best Midwestern College" by US News & World Report, Saint Joseph's College is a four-year, Catholic college offering 27 majors, 4 group majors, 35 minors, and 9 pre-professional programs, complemented by the nationally acclaimed Core Program. Founded and sponsored by the Missionaries of the Precious Blood, SJC is located in Rensselaer, Indiana, approximately 90 minutes from both Chicago and Indianapolis, on a park-like campus of 180 acres and has an enrollment of nearly 1,200 students.

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