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Speaking Contests

The Betty Balasi Speaking Contest - This contest is held in memory of former Communication Studies Department secretary Betty Balasi.  It's held in the Fall Semester each year for students enrolled in CMN 1310. The top speakers advance to the finals, where they can receive monetary awards. 

The Smith-Merritt Speaking Contest - This contest is held in honor of former Communication Studies faculty members Calvin Smith and Floyd Merritt.  It's held in the Spring Semester each year for students enrolled in CMN 1310. The top speakers advance to the finals, where they can receive monetary awards. Read the results of the 2013 contest here.

Multimedia Contest

Multimedia Contest – This contest is open to any undergraduate students majoring or minoring in Communication Studies who are currently enrolled at Eastern Illinois University.  The students enter video and audio productions in various categories.  A panel of faculty members judge the entries, with monetary awards for the top projects.  The contest is held in the Spring, but is open to entries from throughout the entire academic year.  Read the results of the 2013 contest here.

Paper Competition

Doug Bock Undergraduate Research Competition – This contest is underwritten by Dr. Doug Bock, who was chairman of the department from 1983 to 2001.  This research paper writing competition is held each spring and is open to students who were enrolled in Communication Research (CMN 2020) during the past academic year.  There are monetary awards to the top entries.