Texas Forensic Association

TFA NEWS

The 14 day deadline for amendments is Sept 21. These need to be emailed to Victoria Beard at victoria.beard@springbranchisd.com.
Items which have already been submitted are now available on the TFA Business Meeting page.

The TSCA Convention has been moved from Houston due to Hurricane Harvey damage at the Omni Hotel Westside. Convention will now be held at the Omni San Antonio at the Colonnade (last year's convention hotel).
Click here to view email message from Noah Recker.

The results of the summer constitutional amendment voting are in. Quorum for the voting was 144. 153 online ballots were cast, so quorum was met.
Amendment #1 - Add POI as a qualifying event. PASSES 98-47-8. Starting in the 2017-18 season, POI will be a qualfiying event at state.
Amendment #2 - Change time limit in Duet to ten minutes. PASSES 107-35-11. Starting in the 2017-18 season, Duet Acting will now have a 10 minute time limit just like the other qualifying interpretation events.
Amendment #3 - Disallow internet access in extemp. PASSES 81-64-8. Starting in August, internet access is not allowed in extemp.

The Fall Congress Legislation packet has been reposted to include previously missing item #10.

Welcome to the new TFA website. Take a look around and let us know what you think. This is still a work in progress, but if you find something missing or needing correction, please email the webmaster with your suggestions.

OUR MISSION

The purpose of the Texas Forensic Association is to bring about more effective cooperation among the members of the speech and theatre arts profession in the discharge of their special responsibilities in forensic and theatre activities;

to create a means of educating the general and professional publics to the important educational functions of forensics and theatre arts;

to make collective action possible on problems of common professional interest;

and, in general, to maintain and advance the ideals and standards of the speech and theatre arts profession.

The Texas Forensic Association shall promote the interests of interscholastic speech and theatre by encouraging a spirit of fellowship among participating students and teachers.

Activities viewed as central to the organization's function include debate, theatre, and competitive individual speaking events.

The membership of the organization has grown steadily each year with more than 420 professional members in the 1997-1998 Silver anniversary year.

The Association continues to set high standards and strive to meet new goals for the benefit of Texas Teachers and students. The model of the Texas Forensic Association has been recommended for other states where similar needs are felt.


OFFICERS

PRESIDENT
Noah Recker

La Vernia High School
Cell: 210-240-1757
email: noah.recker@lvisd.org

VICE PRESIDENT
John Mast

S. F. Austin High School
cell: 512-585-3688
email: sfadebate@gmail.com

SECRETARY
Victoria Beard

Spring Woods High School
cell: 713-251-3100
email: victoria.beard@springbranchisd.com.

TREASURER
Jason Warren

University of Texas - Austin
cell: 214-868-9236
email: tfamoney@gmail.com

REGION 1 REP
Ryan Lovell

Tascosa High School
cell: 806-640-8988
email: ryan.lovell@amaisd.org

REGION 2 REP
Rhonda Smith

Plano West Senior High School
cell: 214-621-4879
email: rhonda.smith@pisd.edu

REGION 3 REP
Michelle Watkins

Claudia Taylor "Ladybird" Johnson High School
cell: 210-887-4832
email: mwatki@neisd.net

REGION 4 REP
Debbie Waddell

Cypress Falls High School
cell: 832-922-1105
email: debbie.waddell@cfisd.net

REGION 5 REP
Yolanda Silva

Franklin High School
email: yosilva72@gmail.com

ARCHIVIST
Kirsten Nash

Hendrickson High School
cell: 512-773-9790
email: kirsten.nash@pfisd.net

IQT COORDINATOR
Grant Hahn

cell: 817-319-9886
email: iqtreport@gmail.com

SUPERINTENDENT of SCHOOLS
Kenneth Rohrbach

Medina Valley ISD


COMMITTEES

SCHOLARSHIP

Rhonda Smith, EC Advisor

Region 1: Heather Wallace-Weinette
Region 2: J. P. Fugler
Region 3: Eric Pinon
Region 4: Dustin Kay
Region 5: Jennifer Adams

PUBLIC RELATIONS

Wendi Brandenburg, EC Advisor

Region 1: Melissa Witt
Region 2: Rory McKenzie
Region 3: Frank Rivera
Region 4: Regina Wells
Region 5: Martin Mota

PROFESSIONAL RELATIONS

Gay Hollis, EC Advisor

Region 1: Sami Womack
Region 2: Robert Shepard
Region 3: Brian Eanes (Chair)
Region 4: Courtney Coffman
Region 5: Israel Boswell.

DEBATE TOPIC SELECTION

John Mast, EC Advisor

Region 1: Jonathan Robertson
Region 2: Dan Lingel
Region 3: Bryan Winn
Region 4: Chris Stowe
Region 5: Christy Luna

HALL OF FAME MEMBERSHIP

Debbie Waddell, EC Advisor

Region 1: Ann Shofner
Region 2: David Huston
Region 3: Kandi King (Chair)
Region 4: Eloise Blair
Region 5: Billye Lucas.

CONGRESSIONAL DEBATE

Ryan Lovell, EC Advisor

Region 1: Nathaniel Council
Region 2: Cheryl Potts (Chair)
Region 3: Michele Watkins
Region 4: Angie Richard
Region 5: Tim Haynes.

FINANCE

Region 1: Louis Pachecho
Region 2:
Region 3: David Gardiner
Region 4:
Region 5: Greg McGee

CONSTITUTION

Region 1: Mellessa Denny
Region 2: Eric Mears
Region 3: Joe Uhler
Region 4: Ryan Hennessey
Region 5: Kim Falco

TSCA CONVENTION

Join us for our annual business meeting at the TSCA Convention in San Antonio on October 5-7, 2017.

Click for TSCA Convention Details


As a TSCA interest group, our main business meeting is held at the annual TSCA Convention. Originally scheduled to be held in Houston, the 2017 TSCA Convention has now been reolocated due to Hurricane Harvey damage to the Omni Westside in Houston. Convention will now be held in San Antonio at the Omni on the Colonnade (last year's convention hotel).

Click for Business Meeting / Proposed Legislation Details

TEXAS SPEECH COMMUNICATION ASSOCIATION


Membership in TSCA is open to any communication educator, communication student, communication consultant, or any individual interested in learning about the field of speech communication.
All levels of instruction and areas of interests are represented in the association. The rewards of membership in TSCA include updated professional awareness, networking with other professionals, and exposure to innovation, teaching methodologies, and scholarly works relevant to the discipline of speech communication.!

MEMBERSHIP

TFA is an interest group of TEXAS SPEECH COMMUNICATION ASSOCIATION.  To become a member of TFA, join TSCA and select TFA as one of your affiliated interest groups. The TSCA application for membership may be filled out online.  As the last step of registration, you may either pay for your membership (using PayPal), or you may print out a copy of the completed membership application and send it along with appropriate payment to the TSCA Executive Secretary.

Deadline for membership is Janary 31 each year.

Schools intending to qualify for and compete at the State Tournament must join by January 31.

Schools hosting an IQT must either hold an institutional membership or have at least one educator who is an individual TSCA/TFA member.