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Public Speaking Competition Set for Nov. 14

Public speaking professionals say that you win or lose the battle to hold the attention of your audience in the first 30 seconds of a given presentation.

Are you up for the challenge?

UHD’s Communication Studies program will host a public speaking competition from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., Nov. 14. The event, “Building Our Community,” will be held in the Houston/White Oak Room of Academic Building, A300.

All students from any major are welcome to compete. The speech should span four-to-five minutes and cover what it means to build a community, which could be as small as your family or as large as the nation. Prizes for first, second and third place will be $100, $50 and $25, respectively.

Register by Nov. 12 via email to Professor Burton French at Frenchc@uhd.edu

About the University of Houston-Downtown

The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) is the second-largest university in Houston and has served the educational needs of the nation’s fourth-largest city since 1974. As one of four distinct public universities in the University of Houston System, UHD is a comprehensive, four-year university led by President Loren J. Blanchard. Annually, UHD educates approximately 14,000 students, boasts more than 66,000 alumni, and offers 45 bachelor’s degrees, 12 master’s degrees, and 19 online programs within four colleges: Marilyn Davies College of Business, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Public Service, and College of Sciences and Technology. UHD has one of the lowest tuition rates in Texas.

U.S. News and World Report ranked UHD among the nation’s Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Applied Administration and Best Online Master’s Programs in Criminal Justice, as well as a Top Performer in Social Mobility. The Wall Street Journal/College Pulse ranked UHD one of the best colleges in the U.S. for its 2024 rankings, with notable distinctions: No. 1 for diversity (tied) and No. 3 for student experience. The University is designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, a Minority-Serving Institution, and a Military Friendly School. For more information on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit uhd.edu.