The University of Central Arkansas plans to host the "End of Hi-BEAR-Nation" Debate Tournament at 2 p.m. March 8.

The tournament, headquartered at McCastlain Hall, is free and open to the public Mach 10.

The tournament is sanctioned by the International Public Debate Association, and competitors will debate a wide range of topics. Officials expect a wide range of college debate teams from Arkansas to compete in one-on-one and two-on-two debates.

The tournament will include a number of preliminary rounds, followed by bracket-style elimination rounds for qualifying teams. Speaker trophies will be awarded to debaters who stand out on a team.

"The UCA tournament will bring to campus outstanding college debaters from across the region and their faculty coaches," said Jim Hikins, chair of the Department of Communication, in a news release. "It is one of the best ways to exhibit the academic mission of the University and to show our campus to coaches and debaters alike."

He said UCA’s Debate Team was looking for additional participants.

For more information, contact Anthony L. McMullen, director of forensics, at UCA, at 501-852-0695 or