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The purpose of this page is to celebrate and unify former members of IU debate. We are in the early stages of collecting information on what surely will prove to be a vast web of successful people. The goal of reestablishing lines of communication with our alumni is to rebuild a sense of debate's history on our beloved campus. Debaters present wish to reconnect with stories of yesteryear's battles against all too familiar foes.

To assist with the project, former alumni should contact the team and if possible their former teammates. We would love to know how important debate was in helping you succeed whereaver your life's path took you.

Interested alumni can also find news and updates on IU debate on Facebook as well as Twitter: Indianadebate.

NDT 1993 Indiana Picture

This photo is of the 1992-1993 NDT Policy Debate Team. The first and last team IU team to qualify to the prestigious tournament.



Years on Team

Current Info

Additional Information
Dan Smith ??-1993 Director of Forensics; Assistant Professor at Bradley University. Teaches speech at Bradley and is also the director of Bradley's National Championship speech team. His research efforts are focused on news media and international relations. He came to Bradley in 1994.  
Mike Maguire 1992-1993 In his second term as Mayor of Eagan, Minnesota. Mike Maguire has served on the City Council since January of 2003 and as Mayor since 2007. Completed doctoral course work in Speech Communication and American Studies at Indiana University.  
Todd McDorman 1992-1994 Coached our first NDT tournament team.1998 completed his PhD. from IU Comm. and Culture with a focus on rhetorical studies. Presently an Associate Professor of Rhetoric at Wabash College.  
Karen Lee (King) 1979-1980 Professor of Communication Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.  
Larry Medcalf 1977-1978 Prof. Communication Studies at San Francisco State University. San Francisco State University Director of Forensics for 12 years. Former Chair of SFSU Department of Speech and Communications.  
Dayle Hardy-Short 1979-1984 Northern Arizona Professor in the School of Communication. Specific research interests include Environmental Rhetoric, Political Communication, Gender Studies
School of Communication.
Kelly Ford Founder and Organizer at Arizona Dotnetnuke User Group.
Jon H. Amsbary 1978-1981 Jonathan Howard Amsbary isan associate professor in the department of Communication Studies at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. 1980 MA and 1986 PhD from Speech Communication.
Dirk C. Gibson 1978-? PhD, Associate Professor of Mass Communication in the Department of Comm. and Journalism at the University of Mexico. His specialty includes rhetorical analysis of Jack the Ripper and the rhetoric of serial murder cases.



Gail Compton 1967 Director of Forensics and professor in the Department of Speech and Theatre.
Jim Roberts 1962  


Asst. Coaches

Brian S. Amsden 2009-2010  
Nick Clark 2009-2010 Founding member of the current era of debate. Ph.D. expected academic year 2010-2011. Indiana University, Bloomington, IN. Fields of Concentration: Comparative Politics, International Relations.  
Karen Lee ??-1993 Chief undergraduate advisor for The University of Nebraska-Lincoln Department of Communication Studies.  
Jim Cherney ??-1993 PhD from Indiana 2003 from Communication and Culture. Assistant Professor in Wayne State's Department of Communication. He studies rhetorical and critical theory. Dr. Cherney's writing has received Outstanding and Top Three Paper awards in the fields of Disability Studies, Rhetorical and Critical Theory, and Public Address.  
Jody D. Roy 1992 Professor of Communication and Chair of the Department, and Assistant Dean of Faculty. Communication of pro-/anti-violence messages in media and popular cultur. Communication strategies of American social movements
Mary Kahl 1978-1979 Associate Professor in New Paltz State Univ. of New York,Department of Communication & Media.
Phil Mayberry 1980 Semi-retired and an entrepeneur. Former president at Centennial Wireless which until its recent merger with AT&T provided communications services in the United States and Puerto Rico with over 1,000,000 wireless subscribers. Debate partner with Evan Byah and Chris Gambill.  
Clark Kimball 1967    
Kass Kovalcheck 1967    
Donnan Pickleseimer 1967    





Warren Fasone 2011-2013    
James Hessing 2012-2013    
Nicholas Hartman 2012-2013    
Alec Friend 2012-2013    
Davis Forrest 2012-2013    
Daily Olivia 2012-2013    
Karra Chaltraw 2012-2014    
Syed Shah 2011-2012    
Christian Parroco 2011-2012    
Luke Morgan 2010-2014 IU graduate, studied political science. Research Associate at American Bridge.  
Darsh Suresh 2009-2013 SPEA and Political Science at IU. Interned for Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.  
Sam Owens 2009-2013 IU graduate, public affairs with a policy analysis concentration.  

Gabrielle Cherney

2009-2012 Studied Political science and Journalism at IU. Marketing Manager at Tin Roof Baltimore  
Melissa Orizondo 2009-2012 IU graduate. IU Maurer Law school student.  
Olufemi Taiwo 2009-2012 Graduated from IU in Political science and Philosophy, Econ minor and math minor. PhD student in UCLA's Department of Philosophy.  
Ya Yang 2010-2012 Graduated with a degree in Finance.  
Jingyi Tian 2010-2011 Graduated from IU. Currently studying Journalism and Media at The University of Hong Kong  
Shirin Baradaran 2008-2011 Studied Business Economics & Business Law. Consultant in the Risk and Compliance practice out the Protiviti's Chicago office.  
Anthony Zeese 2008-2011 Studied secondary education at IU.  
Vincent Thinath 2008-2010 Studied political science at IU.  
Aaron Mandel 1989-1993   NDT Qualifier
Mark Jensen 1990-1994 Received his Juris Doctorate from Harvard Law School, cum laude,and his undergraduate degree at Indiana University, summa cum laude. Currently a partner in the Special Matters and Government Investigations team in King & Spalding’s Washington, D.C., office. He focuses primarily on white collar criminal litigation, complex civil litigation, internal investigations and compliance counseling.  NDT Qualifier
Corey R. Amundson Senior Deputy Chief, Criminal Division, Louisiana - Middle District, United States Department of Justice
Amy Webb 1993-1995 CEO and consultant of Webmedia group. She is an author, speaker and future thinker, adapting current and emerging technologies for use in communications. She has an M.S. from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and holds a B.A. in political economics from Indiana University. Click here to see her presentation skills! Extemp, Crit, Imp.
David K. Orensten 1999 J.D. from Ohio State University. Lawyer focused on Business Litigation and Civil Defense. Located in Dublin, Ohio.  
Judy Kingshott (Kenninger) 1993 BA in Journalism  
Teresa Rubino 1993 BA in Religious Studies, minor in Music-Liberal Arts  
Tavis Smiley 1982-1986 Talk show host, author, political commentator, entrepreneur, advocate and philanthropist.  
R. Scott Potter 1980 Native of Jeffersonville, IN. He is a graduate of Indiana University (1981) and Indiana University School of Medicine (1985). He completed his Family Practice Residency at St. Vincent Hospital and is Board Certified in Family Medicine (ABFP 1988, 1995). Dr. Potter and his family resie in Northwest Indianapolis.
Maria Perr 1980

Platypus Technologie Director of Marketing as of February 4, 2008. Ms. Perr has extensive experience in market research, international marketing, and technical marketing, with over 20 years of marketing experience for Pierce Biotechnology, Perbio Sciences, and Fisher Scientific. Most recently, Ms. Perr served as Senior Manager, Large Volume and Custom Business for Thermo Fisher Scientific where she created and managed the large volume & custom sales department. Ms. Perr received an MBA from Northern Illinois University, an M.Sc. in Pharmacology and Immunology from Indiana University Medical School, and a B.S. in Biology and Chemistry from Indiana University.

Dan Marriottini 1980    
Mike Glatt 1980 J.D. from Boston University. U.S. Government Lawyer. Office of Chief Counsel, Internal Revenue Service, Treasury Departmen.
Betsey Wells Edwards 1979-1980

The Director of Development for Preservation Virginia. Since leaving IU, Betsy spent her career in public relations, marketing and fundraising. Her job experience includes PR positions in Indiana and Virginia state government. For eight years she ran her own PR/marketing consulting firm. For the past 10 years She worked in management and development positions for three non-profits. She is the author of "Virginia Country: Inside the Private Historic Homes of the Old Dominion," Simon & Schuster 1998.

Debate Reflections: "My experience as a debater at IU has been invaluable in my PR and fundraising career. Virtually every day I realize that critical thinking, persuasion, research, communication, teamwork are all skills I learned as a debater. Twice a year I judge informal debates in my husband's community college English classes. As I watch these young people form arguments – I wish that all high school and college students could be exposed to debate."

Dave DePillo 1980-1983 BA in English  
Jeff Wilhite 1980 Graduate of IU Law School. Member of Wilhite and Associates in Evansville, IN.  
Nick Cullather 1978-1981 Ph.D. at University of Virginia, 1993. Nick is faculty member in the department of history at IUB. He specializes in the history of U.S. foreign relations, intelligence, development, and nation-building.  
Dennis L. Schoff 1981 86' Graduate of IU Law School. Currently the Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for Trustmark, a leading health and life insurer and benefits administrator.  
Chris Gambill 1976-1979 Former President of the student body in 1980. Graduated from IU Law School in 1983. Chris has earned his reputation as a prominent trial attorney in southwest Indiana.  He was a public defender in Vigo County from 1984-1992. Currently Chris is an attorney at Wagner, Crawford and Gambill.  
Ann Neugebauer 1978-1982 Practicing law in Germany.  
Phil Mayberry 1978-1979 Semi-retired and an entrepeneur. Former president at Centennial Wireless which until its recent merger with AT&T provided communications services in the United States and Puerto Rico with over 1,000,000 wireless subscribers. Debate partner with Evan Byah and Chris Gambill.  
Nancy Chillag 1977-1979 Completed law school at Santa Clara University. Is now an attorney as well as owner of the Chillag & Associates PC lawfirm in Menlo Park, California.
Mike McConnell      
Chris Ramsey      
Evan Bayh, Jr. 1974-1978 Lawyer, advisor and former Democratic politician who served as the junior U.S. Senator from Indiana from1999 to 2011, Indiana's 46th Governor.  
Steve Martin 1974-1978    
Suzanne Holland 1974-1978

MA Louisville Presbyterian Seminary, PhD, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley (1997). Religion and Philip M. Phibbs Research Scholar.

Doug Amber 1974-1978 Lawyer, Consultant to the Legal Community. Part of IU's first International Parliamentary Debate Team.  
David Morgan 1976? Part of IU's first International Parliamentary Debate Team  
Charles Gale 1976? Part of IU's first International Parliamentary Debate Team  
Dana Abrahamsen 1976? Part of IU's first International Parliamentary Debate Team.  

Chuck E. Schialliol

1967-1970 B.S. in Business Economics and Public Policy with high distinction, J.D. from Yale University 1974. Chuck was Mitch Daniel's director of the Indiana Office of Management and Budget and Chief Financial Officer for the State of Indiana. Council for Faegre Baker Daniels for corporate finance.
Tom Allen Brown 1969    
Edward J. Paulin 1969    
Stephen N. Dann 1969 B.S. Management and Real Estate  
Gordon Doyle 1969    
James Fisher 1967-1969    
Charles Reafsnyder 1967-1969    
Connie Brazina 1967    
Dee Benjamin 1966-1969    
Barbara Heron



James Fisher

Tony Maidenberg 1967    
Dave Diesslin 1967    
Lew Zaharako 1967    
Helmut Haefke 1967    
Jeff Smith 1967    
Mark Agnini 1967    
Alex Smith 1967    
Don Febt 1967    
Ed Paulin 1967    
Dave Boll 1967    
Jim Bopp 1967    
Kirk Hard 1967    
Lloyd C. Rohler 1966-1967 PhD Indiana University, Professor, at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Specializes in Rhetorical Theory, Persuasion, Political Communication. Partnered with Cook, considered the "top team" during their years at IU.  
Roger Cook 1966-1967 Partnered with Rohler, considered the "top team" during their years at IU.  
Edward W. Johnson 1966

Graduated with a B.S. in Business and Public Policy. J.D. from Indiana University Law. Presently a corporate Lawyer in Evansville, Indiana.

" I have always felt that my high school and college debating experiences contributed a great deal to the forty-one (41) years that I have practiced law, since my graduation from law school in 1969."

Judith Ann Wuletich 1965 A.B. Speech. IU Debate Society. Chesterton Highschool Graduate.  
Martha Susan Johnson 1965 President of the Young Republicans, Graduated with B.S. in Piano and Radio TV.  
Raymond Harry Modesitt 1965 A.B. Government. Graduated from Indiana Law in 1968. Raymond returned to Terra Haute after college and is currently practicing law with: Wilkinson, Goeller, Modesitt, Wilkinson & Drummy.  
William Michael Hartman 1965 A.B. Economics. Graduated from USC Law in 1973.  
William Russell Graves 1965 A.B. History.  
Robert James Berry 1965 A.B. Speech. Varsity Intercollegiate Debate.  
List of 1963 Debate Society Debaters (Click for picture) Julia Deffendahl, Pamela Kreibaum, Martha Susan Johnson, Sarah Bryant, Anita Munson, Betty Davis, Judith Ann Wuletich, Nancy Stewart. Second Row: Henry Hawken, Robert Berry, Patricia Taylor, Raymond Modesitt, Larry Dee Hand, Donald Cronkite, Sheldon Annis, William Graves, Third Row: Gary Baumler, John Lamn, Robert Delaney, Alan Goldstein, Michael Hartman, William Colburn, Severin Sehurger, Roger L- Winters, David Mabey.
James Leachman 1962 D.B.S in Social Studies  
Edward G. Boehne 1962 B. S. Bus. Econ. and Public Policy, MBA Kelley, PhD Economics. Senior Economic Advisor for Haverford Trust Company. Former President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia.  
Marlene Sue McFeel 1962 A.B. Speech.  
Lynda Anne Beltz 1962 A.B. American Lit ,Indiana Assistant Professor of Speech Communications in the College of Arts and Sciences,in 1975 accepted a position at Chatham College.  
Debate Team 1962 15th Annual Hoosier Debate Tournament. The Tournament included a Toronto team!
Post WWI 1920-1921
Sherman Minton 1911-1913 1949-1956, Minton was an associate Justice of the Supreme Court. From 1935-1941 he was a senator for Indiana.

1980 Debate Team

1935 Women In Debate

"Dr. Estella R. Fox Blevins 92, Franklin, passed away Sunday, February 21, 2010. She entered Indiana University in September 1935. During her freshman year, by special arrangement, she was a reporter on the Indiana Daily Student as well as a member of the freshman debate team" (Indianapolis Star Feb 23, 2010).


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