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Back to the Nest Swing - Saturday

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Dear Friends,

The Illinois State University Forensics Union and the Illinois State Forensics Alumni are pleased to invite you and your team to participate in the first annual Back to the Nest Swing on October 6-7, 2018.  Saturday, October 6th will be hosted by Illinois State University Forensics Alumni and Sunday October 7th will be hosted by the Illinois State Forensics Union.  Both halves will be hosted on the Illinois State campus in scenic Normal; proceeds from the Saturday tournament will be donated to a non-profit selected by our alumni committee.

Founded in 1857, the ISU Forensics Union is the oldest student organization at Illinois State University.  We have a long history of recruiting bright and capable members and honorary members – our roster boasts Abraham Lincoln (debate judge and honorary alumnus), UN Ambassadors, actors, journalists, doctors, lawyers and education professionals.  Our alumni continue to embody Illinois State’s motto, “Gladly we Learn and Teach,” and have requested this tournament as an opportunity to bring these Redbirds “Back to the Nest” to re-connect with the speech circuit.  Our hope is that we can provide you with valuable fall semester ballots and maybe connect you with ISU alumni in your area who can be an ongoing resource.  Moreover, we are thrilled to have this opportunity to give to worthy organizations and important causes.  We sincerely hope you will join us in this endeavor.

The “Back to the Nest Swing” offers you and your students quality Open and Novice competition in all AFA and NFA Individual Events.  In those events numbering 60 or more contestants, we will hold semi-final elimination rounds.  This invitation should provide all of the necessary tournament information, but please call or email if we can be of any further assistance.

As always, we look forward to welcoming you and your students to Central Illinois.  We take pride in running on-schedule tournaments that are friendly and fun, and the weekend will be well worth your time.  Hope to see you in October!


Hananiah Wiggins (Class of 2015) and Megan Koch (DoF, Class of 2003)


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Normal, IL 61790

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