TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The University of Alabama College of Communication and Information Sciences (C&IS) and the Alabama Forensic Council will host the 2019 American Forensics Association National Individual Events Tournament (NIET) this week in Tuscaloosa. The tournament, which runs from April 4-7, will feature 700 students from 58 schools, including the University of Texas, Ohio University and the University of Florida. The NIET headquarters will be located in the Ferguson Center, with Lloyd, Bidgood, ten Hoor, Morgan, Reese Phifer and North Lawn Halls all hosting individual events.
“It’s a great honor to host the NIET. We have always prided ourselves on our competitive successes at the NIET. Our students compete hard and represent our university with grace,” said Bobby Imbody, director of forensics at C&IS. “To be able to compete on our own campus and show the nation what UA is like only adds to the pride we feel in the Capstone. It will be great to have friends, family and alumni in attendance while we strive for even more national championships.”
The University of Alabama will send 25 students to NIET, competing in 66 events, which is the maximum number of events in which a team can participate. The Alabama Forensic Council is competing to finish as one of the top five teams in the nation for the third consecutive year.
“We are so proud of the Alabama Forensic Council and its national success,” said Dr. Mark Nelson, dean of C&IS. “The coaches and students consistently do great work to ensure that our forensics team carries on the tradition of excellence for which the University is known.”
Founded in 1946, the Alabama Forensic Council is the oldest co-curricular organization at The University of Alabama. Student members of the council participate in the University’s forensics program & attend both the regional and national intercollegiate forensic competition.