Under the sponsorship of the Department of Communication and Theatre, Emporia State University‘s George R. R. Pflaum Debate Society has staked its claim as one of the nation‘s best intercollegiate debate programs. In existence for well over 70 years, the program competes against all levels of academic institutions. Emporia State’s Debate Team is also one of the more historically competitive teams at the National Debate Tournament having qualified 24 times, most recently in 2011. Last year, ESU became the first ever unified national champion of inter-collegiate debate by winning both the Cross Examination Debate Association National Championship and the National Debate Tournament Championship. ESU is the only school to ever accomplish this feat.