The EIU Department of Communication Studies will host the annual Balasi Public Speaking Contest in early December. The contest is open to any student who was enrolled in Intro to Speech Communication (CMN 1310 or CMN 1390) during the Fall Semester of 2013. Contestants are required to give a 7 to 9 minute persuasive speech before a panel of judges. The top competitors from the preliminary round will advance to the finals, where they will give the speech a second time. The contest winner will receive $500, second place will receive $300, and third place will receive $100. The preliminary round of the contest will be Monday, December 2 at 6:00 p.m. in Coleman Hall. The finals will be Tuesday, December 3 at 6:30 p.m. in Buzzard Hall 1501. The contest is named in memory of the late Betty Balasi, who was a long-time staff member in the Department of Communication Studies at Eastern.