Evan Anderson Forum Forensics Endowment

I. Establishment

The Evan Anderson Forum Forensics Endowment fund was established by agreement dated August 25, 2003. The fund invites and receives gifts from friends of the Gustavus forensics program.

II. History

Founded by J. Stanley Gray in 1911, the Gustavus speech and debate team is one of the oldest student organizations on campus. During the 1920’s, the team achieved national prominence under the guidance of longtime coach Evan Anderson. Since then a variety of coaches have maintained that level of excellence.

The Gustavus forensics program is comprehensive, co-curricular, intercollegiate, and firmly rooted both in the liberal arts tradition of the College and in the curriculum of the Communication Studies Department. Gustavus provides training in more than a dozen speech and debate activities. The Director of Forensics and the coaching staff seek to provide students with competitive opportunities that facilitate individual growth, and that permit motivated individuals to excel at the local, regional, national and international level. The team competes in tournaments designed to maximize team success as well as provide appropriate learning opportunities for students.

III. Purpose

The purpose of the endowment is to provide funding for the Gustavus forensics program to support the following areas:

  1. To maintain our nationally competitive program,
  2. To guarantee that Gustavus will be able to offer opportunities for both speech and debate competition,
  3. To allow all students ample travel opportunities,
  4. To provide sufficient resources to allow the College to increase a more national tournament travel pattern designed to continue producing credible student competitors at the regional, national and international level; and,
  5. To enhance the long-term competitive stature of the program by eventually funding a series of merit-based scholarships for forensics students.

IV. Funding

The fund invites gifts from former Gustavus forensic participants, parents, and friends of the College, with the intent to build the endowment to at least $600,000, generating $25,000 to $30,000 per year for the forensics program. A dollar for dollar challenge match of up to $5,000 per year for eight years (a total of $40,000) has been offered to encourage and double the value of gifts and pledges for this important project.

Contact Person

Kristofer B. Kracht, the Gustavus Adolphus College Director of Forensics, is the principal contact for the Evan Anderson Forum Forensics Endowment fund