Competition, which consists of individual events within the categories of oral interpretation and public address, will be from noon to 7:30 p.m. Friday and beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, ending with an awards ceremony at 4:15 p.m.
The competition will be based in the Memorial Student Center, with events scheduled at four other buildings on campus.
Along with UW-Stout, teams scheduled to compete are University of Minnesota-Mankato, UW-Eau Claire, South Dakota State University, Ripon College, UW-Whitewater, Bethel University, St. Cloud State University, Southwest Minnesota State University, UW-Madison, South Central College, North Dakota State University and Gustavus Adolphus College.
UW-Stout students competing will be Taylor Hayes, of Menomonie; Austin Stewart, of Fond du Lac; Nate Ott, of Crystal Lake, Ill., and Kelsea Osterman, of Fairchild. They are first-year competitors.
Other UW-Stout team members have volunteered to help run the tournament, according to Coach Susan Collie, a speech communication instructor.
The 47th annual tournament was renamed in 2009 to honor Michael Nicolai, former director of forensics at UW-Stout. He helped create the American Forensics Association national individual events tournament. He was chair of the Speech, Communication, Theatre, Foreign Language and Music Department.