Showcase Information

The Fall 2017 Donald C. Sloan Speech Showcase is scheduled for Wednesday, December 13, at 7:00 p.m. in the Varsity Theater, WSC.

History and purpose of the Donald Sloan Speech Showcase

The BYU Donald C. Sloan Extemporaneous Speaking Contest began in 1955.  Shortly before his passing in 1969, Brother Sloan established an endowment fund for the speech contest.  He believed it was important to develop strong speaking skills among the young Latter-day Saints at BYU.  In 1992 the contest was changed to a showcase.  Today it highlights a winner from each speech class in a semi-finals and final event. At the showcase student finalists display their talents in speaking.  They choose from a variety of speech genres, including persuasion, informative, and tribute speaking. Speech students are from different majors across campus and from different states or countries. We congratulate our semi-finalist and finalists for their development of excellence in speech performance.

We gratefully acknowledge the Donald C. Sloan Endowment (1969) the J. LaVar Bateman Endowment (2005) and the Marie Clegg Jones Endowment (2006) which help perpetuate the speaking activities of those enrolled in STDEV 150 Public Speaking courses. Each finalist will receive a cash award for his or her speaking talent.

A special dinner will be hosted for the donors, finalists, semi-finalists, faculty, and special guests before the showcase.  Invitations will be sent to those invited to attend.


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  2. Stephanie Freeman – Dear Stephanie, Thank you so very much for your kind note about my father Donald Card Sloan. My son Mark has enjoyed being a small part of this, and we know how much this would have meant to my father. He was a rather amazing public speaker – the evening he died he was on his way from his office to give a speech — what a way to go. Thank you again. Jo Ann Sloan Rogers

    • Jo Ann,
      We love the living legacy that your father left for generations of BYU students to experience on a very personal level. Thank you for the continued support of your family to our BYU speech family!

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