Toastmasters International has recognized Syracuse University as an exceptional institution of higher education sponsor of Toastmasters clubs and their members. Toastmasters International President Mohammed Murad, of Dubai, UAE, will present the award on Monday, April 27, 2015 at noon in the Peter Graham Scholarly Commons of Bird Library.
There are currently two Toastmasters clubs on campus with a third in the process of forming. The Orange Orators chartered in 2007 and has earned the designation of President’s Distinguished Club for the past 6 years. It is comprised of staff and graduate students as well as community members. Master Toast, sponsored by the Whitman School of Management, began in 2013 with a group of graduate students and members of the Whitman staff. The newest club on campus is the Devil’s Advocate Toastmasters at the SU School of Law, which plans to charter later this year.
Over the past eight years, Syracuse University has generously provided startup support and helped spread awareness of the value of Toastmasters. SU continues to provide space for weekly meetings, as well as facilities and parking for speech contests, the Toastmaster Leadership Institute, and other special events.
Toastmasters International was established in 1924 as a non-profit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network. Headquartered in Rancho Santa Margarita, California, the organization has more than 313,000 members in over 14,650 clubs in 126 countries.