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Amanda Ozaki-Laughon

Excellence as a Student and Coach

12/21/2018 - 1 minute read

Amanda Ozaki-Laughon — originally a high school debate champ from California’s Central Valley, and now Concordia Irvine’s director of debate — has been part of CUI’s forensics program for seven years as the squad has risen from obscurity to become a national powerhouse.

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Tags: communication


Yaw Kyeremateng, Director of Forensics

A Passion for Speech

12/21/2018 - 1 minute read

CUI's director of forensics, Yaw Kyeremateng, was named the 2018 Outstanding Coach of the Year at the American Forensics Association National Individual Events Tournament, a high honor for someone who helped build Concordia Irvine’s speech team from scratch.

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Diego Perez standing with trophy

First-Gen Performance

7/1/2017 - 6 minute read

At this year’s National Speech tournament, senior Diego Perez advanced beyond preliminary rounds in four events and finished ranked #10 nationally. He is one reason CUI’s speech team is edging closer to the kind of national stature and dominance that the debate team has enjoyed as #1 or #2 in the nation for the past five years.

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Soccer team lining up before a game

Culture Club

9/30/2016 - 2 minute read

When creating a team culture, says Jim Kunau, Leadership and Administration and Sports Ethics assistant professor of the Masters of Coaching and Athletic Administration (MCAA) program at Concordia University Irvine, the coach’s perspective is the starting point.

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Tags: coaching, leadership, communication



Female debate team member giving a speech

No Debate: The Best in the Nation

7/1/2013 - 2 minute read

In just six years, CUI went from having no debate program at all to having the top debate team in the country. They did it through savvy recruiting, rigorous training and a diverse team whose opposing views sharpened each other.

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