Interstate Oratorical Association 2010

INTERSTATE ORATORICAL ASSOCIATION
Larry Schnoor, Executive Secretary
107 Agency Road
Mankato, MN 56001

February 24, 2010

Dear Speech Coach:

It gives me great pleasure to announce the 141th contest of the Interstate Oratorical Association to be hosted by The University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK. Arrangements are being made to provide you with an outstanding educational and rewarding experience. Our hostess Ms. Lindsay Wakefield is working hard on making this a memorable experience for everyone that attends. Information will be found later in this invitation.

The tournament will begin with registration on Thursday evening between 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Embassy Suites Norman Convention Center. All Friday preliminary and Saturday semi-final rounds will be held at the Embassy Suites. The final round will be held at the historic Reynolds Performing Arts Center on the University of Oklahoma campus. The schedule for the tournament has been arranged to provide ample time to enjoy special events in the City of Norman.

We need to confirm a site of the 2011 contest and act on any bids for 2012 at our annual business meeting. If you are interested in hosting the Interstate, information has been included with this invitation. You may also call for additional information if it is needed. Bids should be in the hands of the Executive Secretary by April 1st.

On behalf of the Executive Committee, I look forward to seeing you at The University of Oklahoma in Norman. Should you not be able to attend, please pass this information on to those from your state that may be interested in participating in this historic annual event.

Yours truly,


Larry Schnoor, Executive Secretary
507-387-3010 / Cell -507-382-3632
E-Mail: Lgene9535@aol.com


The following pages contain the basic information regarding the tournament.

INTERSTATE ORATORICAL ASSOCIATION: Tournament Information

HOTEL INFORMATION:
A block of rooms has been set aside at the Embassy Suites Norman Hotel and Convention Center. Remember the Embassy Suites has a complimentary breakfast for those staying at the hotel and a manager’s reception each evening. Suite rates are 119.00 per night for 2 queen beds or 1 king bed for nonsmoking. All suites include a sofa bed in a separate living room. SUITES SHOULD BE RESERVED BY APRIL 2ND. Please contact the hotel directly at 1-405-364-8040 or through their web site http://embassysuites.hilton.com/en/es /groups/personalized/OKCESES-IOA-20100422/index.jhtml

All competition on Friday, Saturday morning, and both luncheons will be held at the Embassy Suites.

TRANSPORTATION INFORMATION
For those driving, Norman is easily accessible by I-35, I-40, and I-44.

For those of you flying, we are approximately 25 minutes from the Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City (http://www.flyokc.com/).

Major Airlines: American, Continental, Delta, Southwest, United, & US Airways

Rental Cars: Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, National, & Thrifty
TENTATIVE SCHEDULE:

THURSDAY, APRIL 22
5:30 – 7:30 p.m. = Manager’s Reception at the Embassy Suites Convention Center
6:00 – 8:00 p.m. = Registration at the Embassy Suites Convention Center

FRIDAY, APRIL 23
7:00 – 7:45 A.M. Breakfast for guests staying at the Embassy Suites.
8:30 – 9:45 a.m. Round 1, Embassy Suites Convention Center
9:45 – 11:-00 a.m. Round 2, Embassy Suites Convention Center
11:00-12:15 p.m. Round 3, Embassy Suites Convention Center
12:30-1:30 p.m. Luncheon at the Embassy Suites and Announcement of Semi Finalists
(Semi Finalists will draw for speaking order for round on Saturday.)
Business meeting will follow the Luncheon.

SATURDAY, April 22
7:00 – 8:00 a.m. Breakfast for guests staying at the Embassy Suites
8:30 – 10:00 a.m. Section 1, Semi Finals, Embassy Suites Convention Center
10:00 – 11:30a.m. Section 2, Semi Finals, Embassy Suites Convention Center
11:45-1:00 p.m. Luncheon at the Embassy Suites and Announcement of Finalists
2:00 – 3:30 p.m. Final Round at the Reynolds Performing Arts Center
3:30 p.m. Announcement of Awards.

TOURNAMENT FEES: Each State Association should pay the annual dues at least 30 days before the contest. If this is not possible, dues may be paid at registration. The sum of $50.00 shall be paid if two orators are to be sent from a state. The sum of $40.00 shall be paid if one orator is sent from a state. REGISTRATION FEES FOR THE TOURNAMENT ARE IN ADDITION TO THE STATE DUES AND WILL BE $50.00 FOR EACH CONTESTANT AND FOR EACH COACH AS WELL AS ANY GUESTS. This fee covers the cost of the amenities as well as luncheons that are provided.

JUDGES: Coaches attending the tournament will judge the preliminary contest rounds. EACH STATE ASSOCIATON OR MEMBER SCHOOL SHALL SEND THE ORATORY COACH OF EACH STUDENT PARTICIPATING IN THE ANNUAL CONTEST TO ACT AS A JUDGE IN THE PRELIMINARY ROUNDS OR HIRE A JUDGE BEFORE THE STUDENT IS ALLOWED TO COMPETE.

IF THERE ARE TWO CONTESTANTS FROM A STATE, TWO JUDGES MUST BE PROVIDED, EVEN IF THE TWO CONTESTANTS ARE FROM THE SAME SCHOOL. The cost of a hired judge will be $75.00. If a school has a problem supplying the necessary judge or judges for their entry, please notify the Executive Secretary as soon as possible for other arrangements. It is expected that coaches attending will be available to judge through the semifinal rounds.

RULES:
1. The oration must be delivered without the aid of notes or manuscript.
2. No oration shall contain more than 1800 words. (Although no minimum word limit is established, a 1500 word minimum is suggested.)
3. For purposes of definition, quoted words are those written or spoken by a person other than the orator. Such quoted matter shall be limited to 20% of the total number of words in the oration. Direct discourse, dialogue or other stylistic devices within quotation marks created by the orator SHALL NOT be included in the 20% total.
4. All quoted materials shall be documented.
5. A copy of each contestant’s oration should be sent at least two weeks before the Interstate Contest or brought to the tournament. All manuscripts should b typed, double-spaced and checked for spelling and grammatical errors. Please comply with this request, as it will enable the 2007 edition of Winning Orations to be available at an earlier date. If it is possible, please submit a CD with the script. See additional details as given below: ***
6. ALL ORATIONS PRESENTED AT THE INTERSTATE ORATORICAL CONTEST BECOME THE PROPERTY OF THE ASSOCIATION. Please bring this rule to the attention of your students.
7. Copies of the oration should include footnote/endnotes and source material identification.
8. ****In order to make it easier to complete the publication of Winning Orations, it would help if the speech were placed on a CD disk as follows: No headers/footers; no page numbers; have footnotes and references as a separate document; please italicize or underline sources in the text; provide a title if there is one; identify who coached the speech; please use no alternative type size; and provide an e-mail address so if anything needs to be checked, it will be possible to reach you. Thank you very much.

ENTRIES: Entries should be sent to the Executive Secretary by March 24th if at all possible. The Executive Secretary will be at the AFA-NIET tournament at the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire and then at the NFA Tournament at Ohio University, Athens and will then go directly to Oklahoma for the Interstate. If you have not sent your entry to the Executive Secretary by March 24th, or will not see him at the NIET or NFA, entry should be sent to the Executive Secretary at Lschnoor@hickorytech.net or Lgene9535@aol.com.


Just a Few of Norman Attractions

The Norman Music Festival
The Norman Music Festival (NMF) is free and open to the public in the downtown of Norman. It featured 30 different live bands of local and national talent in 2008 and had more than 45 scheduled for 2009. For more information and updates, check http://normanmusicfestival.com/ .

Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art

The Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art is one of the nation's finest university art museums, featuring works from Georgia O'Keeffe to Vincent Van Gogh. It has the Weitzenhoffer Collection, making the museum one of the premier showcases for French Impressionism in the Great Plains states, featuring works by Degas, Gauguin, Monet, Pissarro, Renoir, Toulouse-Lautrec, and others. Other strengths of the permanent collection include twentieth-century American paintings, Southwest art, Native American art, ceramics and photography.

Sam Noble Oklahoma Natural History Museum

The Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History is one of the finest university-based museums in the nation. 50,000 square feet of exhibit space includes five breathtaking galleries that give visitors an in-depth tour of more than 500 million years of natural history. The journey begins in the Hall of Ancient Life which takes visitors on an adventure through the Age of Dinosaurs. In the Hall of the People of Oklahoma, you'll learn how the state's first people lived and worked thousands of years ago. The Hall of Natural Wonders surrounds you with the sights and sounds of native landscapes in a series of dioramas so realistic, they seem to come alive. The Gallery of World Cultures features beautiful cultural rarities, and the Fred and Enid Brown Native American Art and Special Exhibitions Gallery features a variety of traveling exhibitions.

And don’t forget about the Riverwind Casino (Friday Night is Men’s Night) or the Warren Theatre 10 minutes north in Moore, OK (Dinner, Beer, and a Movie). For more of Norman, check out www.visitnorman.com & http://www.normanok.org to see more of why the August 2008 Money Magazine named Norman, OK the 6th Best Place to live in America.

Just 20 minutes away in Oklahoma City….

Oklahoma City Bombing Memorial
The Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum was created to honor those who were killed, those who survived, and those changed forever by the April 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. The site is dedicated to educating visitors about the impact of violence, informing about bombing events, and inspiring healing through lessons learned by those affected.

Bricktown
Bricktown is 25 minutes north of Norman in the downtown area of OKC. Walk along the riverwalk, watch a Thunder NBA game, dine at Mickey Mantle’s Steakhouse or Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar and Grille, listen to live jazz music at the Biting Sow, have a cocktail at Maker’s Cigar and Piano Lounge, or just treat the team to some Hideaway Pizza or Johnnie’s Burgers.

For more Oklahoma City attractions, please consult http://www.okccvb.org/ and http://www.oklahomacity.com
Tournament Hotel

Embassy Suites Norman Hotel and Convention Ctr
I-35 Exit 110A
2501 Conference Dr.
Norman, OK 73069
405-364-8040
embassysuites1.hilton.com

Suite Rates per night:
Double Queens: $119.00*
Single Kings: $119.00*
*tax not included here

50 Room Block is Mostly
Double Queen Suites

Suite Amenities: Black-Out Curtains, All Non-Smoking, Connecting Rooms, All Two Room Suites
Sofa Bed, Two Flat-screen TVs, Cable TV, PPV, & Premium Channels, High Speed Internet,
Kitchenette, Microwave, Mini-Refrigerator, Iron and Ironing Board, Hairdryer


Available Guest Services:
Complimentary Cocktails & Snacks at the
Manager’s Reception (5:30-7:30pm)
Complimentary Hot Buffet and Made to
Order Breakfast
Room Service (not Complimentary)
Business Center w/ Computers and Printing


ENTRY FORM FOLLOWS ON THE NEXT PAGE: If you fill out this form on the computer, you can send it directly to the Executive Secretary via e-mail.


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