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Department of Speech Communication and Theatre establishes E.L. Alesandrini Award for Excellence

The Department of Speech Communication and Theatre at Muskingum College has established the E.L. Alesandrini Award for Excellence, in recognition of more than 30 years of service as a educator and supporter of forensics by Associate Professor of Speech Gene Alesandrini.

The award will be given to the student who demonstrates excellence in limited preparation speaking events, service to the forensics community and the college and outstanding character and integrity. 

The inaugural award was granted to junior speech communication and philosophy major Kevin Triskett, who is from Euclid.  While competing in limited preparation speaking, Triskett has excelled for three years, and this year earned the Ohio Forensics Association (OFA) state championship for Muskingum College in impromptu speaking.  He also qualified for both the American Forensics Association and National Forensics Association in all limited preparation events. 

Triskett also has achieved distinction in Pi Kappa Delta, the national speech honorary, and last year was the first recipient of The Ohio State University Courage in Forensics Award. 

ALESANDRINIAlesandrini’s many teaching and forensics coaching assignments include  more than 20 years as extemporaneous speaking at the college.  An accomplished forensics competitor in his own right, he was 1970 national champion in extemporaneous speaking in high school competition 

He became the first scholarship student at Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois to compete in individual events, helping to expand Bradley’s forensics program to include individual events.  In Ohio forensics, Alesandrini was the first recipient of the OFA Educator of the Year award. 

He also has hosted the Charity Invitational every year since 1995, raising thousands of dollars and changing lives through Jacob’s Fund, a fund he and his wife, Joyce, established to benefit parents who have lost children at birth.  In addition, his small group communication class at the college has coordinated service learning projects since 1987, raising thousands of dollars for a variety local and national charities.

Alesandrini joined the Muskingum College faculty in 1987.  He received his bachelor’s degree from Bradley University and has master’s degree from Eastern Michigan University.