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Liberal Arts Graduates

Trey Gibson, MA

Trey Gibson

What I do now:
Currently I am the director of the LSUS debate team and instructor of Leadership Studies.

Fond memories of LSUS:
I have many fond memories and am so thankful for my undergraduate experience at LSUS. However, one memory sticks out. I remember my first semester when I met communications instructor Jorji Jarzabek. It was late October and I was heading to class on the third floor of Bronson Hall. Out of nowhere the ugliest hag I had ever seen appeared; It was Halloween! The costume was amazing and to find out it was a teacher made me appreciate LSUS even more. Over the next 25 years I would debate for, against, and then with, Jorji Jarzabek. She was my first debate coach and a great mentor.

LSUS faculty who helped me:
Too many to name; Jorji Jarzabek, Milton Finley, Dr. Cloud, Charlene Handford, Leroy Musselman, Ann McLauren, Stephen Brennan, Ann Torrans, Jeff Sadow, Bill Pederson; Lots of others.

How LSUS helped me succeed:
LSUS gave me the opportunity and the skills to take advantage of it. Specifically, by successfully participating with the LSUS debate team, doors opened. When they did, I found that LSUS had prepared me more than I knew. Graduate school was less difficult because I learned to think, research, write and communicate while I was at LSUS.

Advice to college-bound students:
What you learn at LSUS will open doors for you in the future. While you are here, grab those opportunities and take advantage of them.

Advice to someone who wants to enter my field:
I love teaching college and working with our students. Coaching gives me even a greater opportunity to watch a student grow over the course of years. My advice to someone who wants to get into teaching and potentially coach is to remember that you are there for the students' growth and balance that perspective with one that creates an expectation of success.

Tips on choosing a major or career:
Be patient. Find something that balances marketability with what you love.

Successes (honors, awards, etc.) in my life:
• Greatest success is my family
• Led teams to 6 IPDA National Championship Tournament Titles (LTU- 2004, 2006, 2007; and LSUS- 2009, 2012, 2013)
• Led teams to 8 IPDA Season Ranking National Championship Titles (LTU - 2004, 2006, 2007; and LSUS- 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2012)
• 6 individual IPDA National Championship Titles
• 2016 IPDA Professional Division Tournament National Champion Speaker
• 2006 IPDA Professional Division Tournament National Champion Speaker
• 2006 IPDA Professional Division Season Ranking National Champion
• 2005 IPDA Professional Division Tournament National Champion Speaker
• 2004 IPDA Professional Division Tournament National Champion
• 1999 IPDA Professional Division Tournament National Champion Speaker
• 2017 Southern Forensic Championships Coach of the Year
• 2015 and 2016 Assistant Coach of the US Montgomery Cup Debate Team that debated teams from Ireland and the United Kingdom.
• 2014, 2015, and 2016 Louisiana Debate Coach of the Year
• 2015 LSUS Alumni Association Circle of Excellence Award
• 2011 received the LSUS Chancellor's Distinguished Fellow Award
• 2009 LSUS College of Liberal Arts Outstanding Service Award
• 2009 International Public Debate Association Coach of the Year
• 2008 Received the Bradley S. Kemp Endowed Professorship in Debate at LSUS

What I'd be doing if I had all the time in the world: Fighting childhood cancer.