Cornhusker Summer Forensics Institute

July 18-22, 2012

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln Speech & Debate team is proud to host the Cornhusker Summer Forensics Institute. The dates for this year's speech camp are scheduled for the 18th of the July through the 22nd. Campers will arrive on the evening of Wednesday the 18th and leave the afternoon of Sunday the 22nd. This year's speech camp will feature sessions on Humorous Interpretation, Extemporaneous Speaking, Dramatic Interpretation, Oratory, Poetry, Duo Interpretation, Informative speaking. If demand warrants we will also offer sessions in Policy debate, Lincoln Douglas Debate, and Public Forum.

Students of all abilities and levels of experience are welcome.

  • The cost the Speech camp for students staying on campus will be $400, which will include:
  • Four nights of stay at one of the university's air conditioned dorm rooms
  • Three meals a day for each full day of the camp
  • Four days of instruction and practice from top flight councilors including former national and state champions
  • One on one attention with coaches and counselors who will work with you to produce the best possible event
  • Computers available for all students for word processing and research
  • Access to the University of Nebraska's Love Library and electronic resources including Lexis-Nexus
  • Access to University of Nebraska-Lincoln's extensive collection of plays and literature
  • A variety of handouts and tips that students can take back to their teams and coaches
  • One on one coaching and group sessions with our coaching staff, featuring some of the best high school and college coaches in the nation.
  • Scholarships based on financial need available
Commuter Camp includes lunch for all full days of the camp. Students will also be entitled to all printed materials and educational handouts, plus access to Love Library. The cost for students wishing to commute to camp is $225.

Camp Goal:
Our goal is that campers leave camp with at least one complete event with which they can compete during the 2012-13 high school season. Consequently it is highly recommended that students arrive at camp with potential topics and/or interpretation selections. Camp staff will assist with all aspects of speech preparation and delivery.

Location of Camp:
The camp takes place on the campus of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.  During the day we will work out of Burnett Hall ( and at night will be housed in Sandoz Hall:

Sandoz Hall
17th and Vine St
Lincoln, NE 68508-1293
(402) 472-1044

The university dorms will provide students with a bed and sheets. Students will need to bring a pillow, blankets, and their own towels. Check in will begin at 3:30 p.m. on the 18th in the lobby of Sandoz Dormitory.

$400 Full Camp
$225 Commuter Camp

Follow-up Information
All students registered for the camp will receive a follow-up letter in early July with specific information regarding check-in, guest speakers, and a finalized schedule.

Coaching Seminar
We are pleased to offer a FREE coaches' workshop on Friday, July 20nd. This is an opportunity for coaches from around the state to gather, share resources, discuss the state of the activity, and learn from one another. Lunch will be provided by the camp free to any coaches wishing to attend. If you wish to attend the coaches' day please contact Aaron Duncan at

If you wish to attend the Cornhusker Forensics Summer Institute please mail a completed application form and a $50 deposit by June 1st.
(Applications received after this date will be charged an additional $50.)

Please make all checks payable to:

University of Nebraska Forensics
(Sorry, but we're unable to accept credit card payments.)

Mail your application to:
Aaron Duncan
410 Oldfather Hall
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Lincoln, NE 68588-0329


Camp Counselors

Camp Director Aaron Duncan
Aaron is the Director of Forensics for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He is a former collegiate national finalist in Extemporaneous, Impromptu, After Dinner, and Original Oratory. He is also a former NSAA Class A State Champion in Extemp, a two-time NFL national qualifier, and advanced to outrounds in L-D and Extemporaneous in national competition in high school. During his time as director at UNL, his students have qualified over 500 events to nationals, advanced to over 100 outrounds at national tournaments, participated in 30 final rounds at national tournaments, and won two national championships.

Public Address Coach of Matt Davis
Matt is the former head speech coach at Lincoln East High School. He has coached 11 state championship teams, 140 state finalists (including 50 champs), and 135 national qualifiers (including 29 to outrounds). He has also coached students to finals at the Harvard National tournament, National Forensic Association's National Tournament, The Catholic Forensics League's National Tournament, and the Extemporaneous Tournament of Champions.

Public Address Coach Craig Brown
Craig is the director of forensics at Kansas State University. Craig has coached 27 national champions and champions in ever public address and limited preparation event in college forensics. During his tenure at Kansas State the team has been a national power house routinely placing among the top programs in the nation.

Interpretation Coach Allison Ronnau
Allison has returned to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln after working the past two years as a graduate student at the University of Alabama. Allison is former national runner up in both informative speaking and prose interpretation. She also a former national finalist in duo interpretation and worked with national champions and finalist while at the University of Alabama.

Interpretation Coach Darren Epping
A former NSAA state finalist in humorous interpretation, Darren is the assistant director of forensics at Kansas State University. Prior to returning to Kansas State, Darren worked as a coach at Miami University of Ohio and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. During his coaching career he has coached multiple national champions and finalists. Darren is one of the most respected interpretation coaches in the nation.

Extemp Coach Jessy Ohl
Jessy is the most decorated competitor in the history of college forensics. Jessy is 9 time national champion, which includes back to back championships in extemporaneous speaking, as well as championships in informative and persuasive speaking.

Debate Coach Darrel Farmer
Darrel is currently the assistant debate coach for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He has national outrounds in Lincoln Douglas debate. Darrel was a key member and coach for Central Michigan University's national runner-up Lincoln Douglas Policy debate team in 2010 and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's 5th place LD team in 2011.

UNL Forensics Team
Members of the University of Nebraska Speech Team will also serve as counselors for the camp. The team recently placed 8th in the nation at the American Forensics Association's National Tournament. In recent years UNL has produced national champions in Persuasive Speaking, Informative Speaking, Program Oral Interpretation, and Prose Interpretation.