Wayne State University Speech & Debate Teams

A Motor City Tradition Since 1918


100th Anniversary Reunion Weekend and 84th DSR-TKA Student Award Banquet

PHOTOS FROM THE EVENTS! Please go here to find photos from the Reunion weekend.

You are invited to help us celebrate our program's 100th anniversary with an alumni reunion and our annual Delta Sigma Rho-Tau Kappa Alpha Student Award Banquet. 

We have planned three events for the weekend and we hope that you can join us for all of them (although you may choose to attend individual events only).

Friday June 29, 2018

Guests arrive.

Saturday, June 30, 2018

11:00-1:00 pm - campus tours and BBQ picnic on WSU’s campus. Outside WSU Max Jacob House (451 W. Kirby, Detroit 48202). In case of inclement weather, picnic will take place in Community Arts Building lobby. The event will be child-friendly. Free parking provided.

6:30-10:30 pm – Strolling dinner and reception at the Detroit Historical Museum (5401 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48202). Wine and craft beer bar provided. Free parking located behind the museum and on the street. This is an opportunity to catch up with old friends and make new ones. We will be hosting a silent auction as a fundraiser, featuring several WSU and Detroit-themed items.

Sunday, July 1, 2018

9:00 am - 84th annual Delta Sigma Rho-Tau Kappa Alpha Student Award breakfast banquet. Wayne State McGregor Conference Center (495 Gilmour Mall, Detroit, MI 48202).

Featured speaker is Dr. Kevin Minch, national award-winning debater and individual events competitor and coach at WSU. Currently, Associate Provost and Director of the Institute for Academic Outreach at Truman State University (MO). Free parking will be provided.

***Please make reservations by June 1, 2018***


We are offering a discounted price for attending all three events at:

$80/person alumni, friends, and guest rate; $100/person Sponsor rate; and $150/person Benefactor rate (Sponsor and Benefactor rates will receive special recognition).

$15/child under 12 years old.

If you would rather just make a reservation for specific events, these are the rates

Saturday picnic - $40/person - $15/child under 12.

Saturday dinner/reception - $70/person

Sunday breakfast/DSR-TKA Banquet - $40/person

Please make payment to "Wayne State University" and mail to: Kelly Young, 24721 Star Valley Dr, St. Clair Shores, MI 48080.

Hotel Information


For your convenience, a block of rooms has been created at:

Holiday Inn Express and Suites Dearborn/SW Detroit Area

24041 Michigan Ave.

Dearborn, MI 48128


Tel: 313-565-1800

Fax: 313-565-1802

E-mail: kwiles.saleshie@gmail.com


Block name: “Wayne State speech & debate reunion”


Please make your reservations by May 29.


We would have preferred to make a room block in a downtown hotel. However, on the weekend of the reunion, there is a huge national junior volleyball championship happening at Cobo Hall that made booking a hotel block in Detroit impossible.

Though, several hotel sales managers did tell me that individuals should be able to find rooms in downtown hotels even though we could not reserve a full block.

Please feel free to contact and stay at other hotels in Detroit if you can find space.

Make Online Reservations

Please use this online form to make reservations.

Please make your reservations by June 1, 2018.

List of Attendees so far

A list of attendees (so far) is located here. I will update as I receive more reservations.

Share Your Memories!

As we prepare for our 100th anniversary reunion celebration, we are asking alumni to share favorite memories or moments. We plan to print a sampling of these memories to display during the weekend. Additionally, we will post all the shared memories and moments on this website. Please share moments that were funny, pivotal, or memorable.

Memories can be shared on this page.

Our DSR-TKA Featured Speaker: Dr. Kevin Minch, Professor of Communication,

Associate Provost and Director of the Institute for Academic Outreach at Truman State University (Kirksville, MO)

Dr. Minch began his career in competitive forensics at Royal Oak Kimball High School, coached by alumna Jayne Greco. He competed for Wayne State from 1990-1994, winning four national titles (two DSR-TKA National championships and two National Forensic Association championships). After graduating, he coached the WSU individual events team from 1994-1996.

He deepened his WSU connections by working with alumnus Dr. Scott Harris and the debate team at the University of Kansas, where he earned his Ph.D.

In 1999, Dr. Minch became the Director of Forensics at Truman State University (Kirksville, MO). In his 10 years of directing, he coached two teams to the National Parliamentary Debate Association national championship. In 2000, his squad won the national championship sweepstakes. Additionally, he coached national individual events champions at the DSR and PKD National Championships, and several NFA finalists and semifinalists.

In addition to his coaching accomplishments, Dr. Minch has provided significant service to competitive debate and speech organizations at both the high school and college level. He has served as the President of the NPDA for three years. Further, he was the Chair of the National Communication Association Committee on International Discussion and Debate, the committee that hosts the traveling British and Japanese debate teams. 

At the high school level, Dr. Minch has served as the College Adviser and Speech, Debate and Theatre Consultant to the National Federation Interscholastic Speech, Debate, and Theatre Association for over 10 years. This is the organization that sets the national high school debate topics, creates monthly extemp questions for tournaments, and provides professional development and other support for high school teachers and coaches. Since 2007, Dr. Minch was worked with various universities and organizations in China to help develop a university-level culture of argumentation and debate education.

Currently, Dr. Minch is an Associate Provost, Professor of Communication, and Director of the Institute for Academic Outreach at Truman State.

We are honored to have Dr. Minch serve as our featured speaker this year.

We thank the following organizations for sponsoring our event:

We thank the following individuals for helping plan the event:

Clarence Dass

Patrick Field, WSU College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts.

Chris Lavigne 

Elizabeth Lietz

Dr. Tom Lietz 

Jay Johnson

Ruth Kay

Kristy Killingbeck

Dr. Kevin Minch

Sue Nine

Dr. Donald Ritzenhein

Dr. Kelley Skillin

Amy Young 

Dr. Kelly Young