Miami junior Jillian Brundage took home top honors at the Allyn and Bacon COM 135 Speech Showcase held Wednesday, Dec. 5. Her informative speech, "Personal Safety on Campus," bested seven other speakers in the department of communication's annual event.
Brundage, a marketing major from Medina, won $500 for her efforts and was recognized as the top speaker in Miami's Public Expression and Critical Inquiry classes for fall semester.
Eight speakers competed in the showcase and, in addition to Brundage's first-place finish, junior finance majors Jamie Timoteo of Strongsville and Rob Welling of Cincinnati placed second and third, respectively. Timoteo earned $200 for his second-place speech on "The Legacy of Baseball in America," and Welling's informative speech titled "Bussing Tables" took home a $100 third-place prize. Welling additionally earned $75 for winning the "Audience Choice" award, which was voted on by those in attendance.
Bradley Nemeth, sophomore business major; Kristen Pangrazio, sophomore communication major; Tracy Fleisher, graduate student in integrated language arts education; Zack Thurman, senior zoology major; and Jennifer Wagner, sophomore communication major, also competed in the showcase and earned honorable mention recognition.
A panel of three speech communication professors presided over the showcase and served as judges: Ben Voth, Stephanie Rollie and Carol Shulman. Marjorie Keeshan Nadler, professor in communication and the course director for COM 135, also was instrumental in organizing the event.
The speech showcase is designed as an opportunity to recognize the university's outstanding and talented speakers developed through COM 135 classes. The eight speakers selected to participate in the event were chosen by their peers and COM 135 instructors.