Texas Speech Communication Association


On August 25th, Hurricane Harvey struck the coast of Texas as a category 4 storm with sustained winds of up to 130 mph. The wind and flooding ravaged coastal communities from Corpus Christi up through Louisiana and poured massive amounts of rain in areas far inland. In Houston, where we were scheduled to hold the 2017 TSCA convention, the flooding was extensive throughout the city. Among those buildings that were flooded was the Omni Houston Hotel-Westside. While we held out hope that the damage could be repaired in time for the convention, we were not so fortunate. The hotel contacted TSCA after their adjusters inspected the property to inform us that they would be closed until September 30th and possibly longer. They released us from our convention contract and helped us to find another location that could quickly assume the obligations of serving as a site for our annual conference.

The Omni San Antonio at the Colonnade, our location from the 2016 conference, quickly stepped up to help. Please note that with such a quick venue change, there will need to be some flexibility. Vice President Wade Hescht and Comptroller Mike Jones have been working with the hotel to arrange all available space and to revise the convention program. There are other organizations also holding functions in the hotel that weekend and we will be working around them.

Hurricane Harvey Efforts

Many of our members have been deeply impacted by the recent Hurricane Harvey. TSCA is launching several efforts to assist where we are able. We'll update this page with details as our efforts continue.


TSCA is launching Adopt-A-Team to help our members affected by Hurricane Harvey. If you would like to participate please email Melissa Witt at mewitt@dimmittisd.net. All schools wishing to help and schools who have been in the path please email Melissa Witt. Spread the word! Click here to view the list of teams participating in Adopt-A-Team.

Donors / Organizers

Several organizations and individuals have let us know that they are reaching out to victims of Hurricane Harvey. Click here to view the list.

Other Ways to Help

Here is a list of suggested ways you can help. Find out specific needs or make donations primarily monetary, allowing teams to get what they need and so they don't have to deal with storage/redistribution of a bunch of stuff they don't need.

Attend tournaments hosted by Harvey impacted schools - if they're hosting, they NEED this fundraiser!

Waive entry/judging fees for Harvey impacted schools attending your tournament.

Forgo trophies at your tournament and donate the money you'd normally spend to a Harvey impacted school.

Vendors - provide free or reduced rate merchandise to Harvey impacted schools.

Pay your adopted school's NSDA membership fees this year.

Host/Attend a Big Questions Debate event to raise funds for a school in need.

Join a school for their clean-up day/event if you are nearby.
,br> Skype/Google Hangout practice with teams, especially those who won't be able to travel to tournaments.

Host a tie/suit drive.

Help with technology needs where possible.

Share briefs/digital file-share resources.

Donate books/scripts useful for speech & debate


We will be electing a new Vice President and Comptroller at convention this year. See the Convention page for nominees and their packets.
CONVENTION UPDATE: due to damage to the Houston Omni by Hurricane Harvey, we are MOVING the location of convention to SAN ANTONIO.
The convention Guidebook is now available. Download the "Guidebook" app from your App Store, then search for TSCA.
Convention is coming soon! Take a look at the sessions that are being planned for our visit in Houston. Click here to view the (tentative) convention program.
The Summer Newsletter has arrived. See the Newsletter page to view.
The Texas Speech Communication Association is pleased to offer 2 complimentary Convention Packages to faculty members in Texas to attend Convention in Houston, October 5-7, 2017. Click here for application (and more details).
The Winter Newsletter has arrived. See the Newsletter page to view.
The call for Manuscripts for Volume 43 of the Texas Speech Communication Journal has been issued. Submissions are due no later than May 10, 2017. See the Journal page for more details.
2017 Convention

InFusion: Inspiring Minds Want to Grow

Date: October 5-7, 2017
Convention begins on THURSDAY
Location: San Antonio, TX

NOTE updated location. Originally scheduled to be held in Houston, we are moving due to Hurricane Harvey damage to our original hotel in Houston. Convention will now be held in SAN ANTONIO.

Click here for more convention information