National Champion Debaters Transfer To UAM

MONTICELLO, AR — Cody Bijou and Reagan Dobbs put together a record-setting collegiate debate season while competing for a Texas junior college last year. Now they will compete for the University of Arkansas at Monticello.

            Competing for Lee College in Baytown, Tex., Bijou and Dobbs won the International Public Debate Association’s season-long national championship for team debate in 2014-15 with a record 94 points, 42 more than their closest competitors. When they went looking for a four-year school to continue in competition, they chose UAM.

            “We’d been debating against them (UAM) on the IPDA circuit and we knew how good they were,” says Dobbs. “This was always the place we wanted to go.”

            Bijou is a 24-year-old junior political science and communications major from the Houston suburb of Crosby, Tex., while Dobbs, 21, is a political science major from Baytown.

            Both are self-taught debaters and were responsible for starting the debate team at Lee College. “We learned how to debate as we formed the team,” says Bijou.

            Bijou is planning a career in law and politics, although he has no plans to run for political office. Dobbs plans to teach at the college level.

            “Cody and Reagan are wonderful additions to our debate and forensics program,” said Jim Evans, UAM’s director of forensics and coach of the debate team. “It’s not often you have national champions transfer to your program. We are thrilled to have them at UAM.”

            For more information, contact Jim Evans at (870) 460-1589.

PHOTO:  Cody Bijou (left) and Reagan Dobbs.


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