Distinguished Service Award Speech: 1997
The 1997 WSCA Distinguished Service Award went to Professor Lucy Keele, who served our association in many capacities with commitment and excellence. Professor Keele helped to develop the communication and law interest groups both in WSCA and SCA, and advancing forensic education in our region. She is past president of WSCA and WFA (Western Forensic Association). Professor Keele is described as an "indefatigible" person in her demonstrated roles in WSCA, as one nominator described, "chairing its Committees, leading its activities from her official positions, and serving on the editorial boards of its journals." During the time she served as WSCA president, the organization continued its prodigious growth, especially m the domain of recruiting women of all cultural backgrounds and men of minority status.
Another nominator said, "Though today it seems almost odd to think that it ever was otherwise, she was the first organization-wide program planner to end the silly practice of calling each program moderator (regardless of his or her gender) 'Chairman' in the official program. In scores of ways she has made this organization an improved one."
-Wen Shu Lee, San Jose State University