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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) – the second-largest university in Houston – 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 more than 15,000 students; boasts more than 61,000 alumni and offers 45 bachelor’s, nine master’s degree programs and 16 fully online programs within five colleges (Marilyn Davies College of Business; Humanities & Social Sciences; Public Service; Sciences & Technology; and University College).

For the fourth consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report ranks UHD among universities across the nation for Best Online Criminal Justice Programs (No. 27 and No. 15 for Veterans) and Best Online Bachelor’s Programs.

UHD has the most affordable tuition among four-year universities in Houston and one of the lowest in Texas. U.S. News ranked the University among Top Performers on Social Mobility and awarded UHD a No. 1 ranking as the most diverse institution of higher education in the southern region of the U.S. The University is noted nationally as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, Minority-Serving Institution and Military Friendly School. For more on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit www.uhd.edu.