McKendree Debate Coach Wins National Honor

Photo of Joe Blasdel Holds Award 2012Joe Blasdel Wins Dr. Gina Lane Advocate Award

Lebanon, Ill. — The coach of McKendree University’s award-winning debate team recently brought home an honor all his own.

Joe Blasdel received the Dr. Gina Lane Award at the recent National Parliamentary Debate Association (NPDA) championship tournament. The award, presented by the Sisters and Allies Against Inequality in Debate (SAAID), is given annually to a coach or student who promotes inclusion and diversity in the debate community.

“This is really quite an honor,” said Blasdel. “I’m especially thankful to my students, staff and friends who wrote letters on my behalf and to the SAAID board for selecting me. I think there is nothing more important our community can do than to make sure that we expose as many people as possible to the tremendous benefits of debate regardless of their background or status.”

At the National Parliamentary Tournament of Excellence, Blasdel was also elected as the vice president of the NPTE board of trustees.

Blasdel, a Lebanon resident, is a 2000 McKendree graduate.




McKendree University ranks among the top 25 percent of regional universities nationwide in the 2012 edition of U.S. News and World Report’s “Best Colleges” report.Founded in 1828, the historic Lebanon, Ill., campus is 25 miles from downtown St. Louis. McKendree also has campuses in Louisville and Radcliff, Ky., and offers programs at Scott Air Force Base and other sites throughout Illinois and Kentucky.