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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.

Fond memories of LSUS: I have many fond memories that include class time with Dr. Milton Finley, fondly sparring with and being called names by Dr. Bill Pederson, and Spring Fling.

Specifically, I remember my first semester when I first 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, Charlene Handford, Leroy Musselman, Ann McLauren, Stephen Brennan, Ann Torrans, Jeff Sadow; 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: Do. Several studies show that the most successful coaches are the ones who have been debaters.

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:

    Coached programs/students to more than 5 dozen national championship titles in 17 years, including more than 3 dozen at LSUS
    3 LSUS IPDA tournament national championships (2009, 2012, 2013)
    5 LSUS IPDA season ranking national championships (2009-2013)
    2015 Assistant Coach of the US Montgomery Cup Debate Team that defeated the British team 19-17
    Louisiana Debate Coach of the Year, 2014 and 2015
    International Public Debate Association Coach of the Year, 2009
    As a competitor - 5 individual national titles as a professional in the International Public Debate Association and 2 time Louisiana state champion as an undergraduate.
    2015 LSUS Alumni Association Circle of Excellence Award
    Received the Bradley S. Kemp Endowed Professorship in Debate at LSUS
    Received the James and Ann Gardner Endowed Professorship in Civic Engagement and Leadership Studies at LSUS
    2011 received the LSUS Chancellor's Distinguished Fellow Award
    2009 Received the LSUS College of Liberal Arts Outstanding Service Award

What I'd be doing if I had all the time in the world: Golfing with my children.