Be sure and congratulate Dr. Michael Dreher (Prof. of Communication Studies and Director of Forensics) who recently received two national forensics service awards. The National Forensic Association awarded Dr. Dreher the 2014 President’s Award for outstanding service to the NFA and the forensics community. For nearly 17 years, Dr. Dreher was the webmaster for the NFA, and helped the organization not only with its web presence, but helped to digitize the entirety of the association’s journal. The award is not given annually; it is only given at the discretion of the NFA president. Dr. Dreher received the award at the National Forensic Association national tournament at Eastern Michigan University this past April (April 21, 2014).
And, if that wasn’t impressive enough, Dr. Dreher has also recently received recognition from the Novice Nationals tournament for having directed the tournament for the last 17 years. From 1998-2014, Michael directed Novice Nationals, which is a national college forensics tournament that was designed for first year college competitors. The tournament has grown by nearly 40% since he started directing the tournament in 1998, and added parliamentary debate and Readers’ Theater to the events done at the tournament. The 2014 tournament was the 32nd in the organization’s history.
Awards of recognition are really nothing new for Dr. Dreher. He has previously, received outstanding coaching awards from the National Christian College Forensics Association, MSU-Mankato, and Creighton University.
Congratulations to Dr. Michael Dreher for his outstanding work. It is nice to see national organizations take note of what we have known for many years: Dr. Dreher is a winner!