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Professor receives Educator of the Year Award from forensic group

Professor receives Educator of the Year Award from forensic group

Kathy Owens, assistant professor of communications and media studies, received the Texas Intercollegiate Forensic Association (TIFA) Educator of the Year award in October.
TIFA is the organization that governs collegiate speech competition in Texas. Every year the association gives the award to one forensics coach who promotes excellence in competition or the classroom.

Owens’ mother, Betty Whitlock, presented the award. Whitlock is a nationally known speech coach and is in the National Forensic League (NFL) Hall of Fame. The NFL oversees secondary competition in the United States.

“Having my mother give the presentation speech was incredibly poignant because she was my speech coach in high school and the reason that I went into this field,” Owens said.