Concordia’s Forensics Program may be new, but it’s already making an impact – in tournament competition and in the lives of our students. In just its second year, the Forensics team had already won event trophies and sent students to national competitions. Students on the team are eligible for Forensics scholarships, regardless of their academic major or program.
Director of Forensics Konrad Hack brings extensive experience in coaching speech and debate; he has previously directed the Forensics programs at Wheaton College, Azusa Pacific University and served as the Assistant Director of Forensics at Point Loma Nazarene University.
Just as important as success in competition, however, is the opportunity Forensics provides for students’ personal and professional growth. The article below was published in a past issue of Concordia Today Magazine.
Six Hours in a Van
“Riding in the university van, there’s not a lot to do during a six-hour road trip to a debate,” said Professor Konrad Hack, the Director of the Speech and Debate program at Concordia. “So we talk. And innocent questions lead into interesting, deeper discussions.”
Prof. Hack’s favorite part of leading Concordia’s Speech and Debate program is the one-on-one mentoring and individual attention he can give the students. He often finds himself acting as a sounding board, but some students get more than they bargained for. “My distinguishing characteristic is I am not afraid to tell people the truth, even when they don’t want to hear it.”
But then again, you’d expect some tough talk from somebody who has an ardor for argumentation. “Speech and debate activities make you a better student and a better writer. You need to be aware of world and current events, form your opinion, make an argument, and passionately defend your position.”
For more information about Concordia’s forensics program, please email Prof. Konrad Hack or call (949) 214-3309.