November 2017 – Brian Lain, associate professor and director of debate, Department of Communication Studies, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, led members of UNT Debate to a second consecutive state championship. Competing in Corpus Christi Nov. 3-4, 2017, at the Texas Intercollegiate Forensics Association's Fall State Championship in Corpus Christi, Texas. UNT edged out the University of Texas at Austin, Texas State University, Texas A&M, Wiley College, Prairie View A&M, and others from around the state.