Monday, April 16, 2012

Food For the Campus Slammer Finals April 28

Whet your appetites because we are going to have some delicious goodies coming our way! I have made arrangements with Carol Manning of Carol's Edible Creations  to take care of refreshments at Campus Slammer. Check out her first blog about it.

Buttercream frosting....need I say more!

Friday, April 13, 2012

Slams 2012 Are We on Your Campus?

Campus Slammer has been out and about. The stories have been great and the energy high. Just a couple to go and we will know who all the finalists are for the big finale at the Connecticut Storytelling Festival April 28, 2012.

Western Connecticut State University held its slam the finalists are:
Jenna Waltuch and Zach Waterman

Eastern Connecticut State University finalists are:
Catherine Gotners and Frank Perrin
with Katherine Marois  3rd place subbing for Frank at finals

University of Hartford had a great turn-out and the finalist chosen were:
Greg Manizza and Dana Eckstein

Connecticut College Finals are tonight April 13, 2012
8 PM in Ruane's Den Harkenss House
theme: Nobody Knows

April 23 we move on to Uconn
CLAS second floor
Sponsored by: Long River Live

Monday, March 26, 2012

Campus Slammer Season 2 Begins!!

The Connecticut Storytelling Center is very excited to bring season 2 of Campus Slammer to college campuses around Connecticut.

 Colleges can sign up with us by contacting Carolyn Stearns at

We have room for a couple of last minute entries as all local slams must be over before the finals on April 28, 2012

A local Campus Slammer can be held during a club meeting, class, in a coffee shop or  other space frequented by students.  Students tell a 5 minute personal story in competition. There is a theme for each campus and the students are competing locally for  the 2 spots that move on to the finals. Those finalists receive Campus Slammer t-shirts and other prizes as well as a free pass to the entire CT. Storytelling Festival!!!! I'm thinking some of those workshops will help those stories  in the finals, which will be that night the last event of the day at the CT Storytelling festival April 28th!!

                                                         Got a Brilliant Idea for a Story?
Check out your campus theme and twist an event that stands out in your mind to fit the theme, then tell it just like you were telling a group of friends at a party! You could win a prize!

Got Campus Spirit?  These Schools do - WCSU, ECSU, Conn College, U-Hartford, Uconn

( QVCC and CCSU have  committed to 2013 Campus Slammer)

Saturday, February 4, 2012

2012 Campus Slammer Season

Story Slams held as an inter-collegiate activity across Connecticut sound like fun?

Get your college signed up right away , you need a date and a space and then look over the "how to" at .
We are going to help,  a member of the CT. Storytelling Community will come to your slam to help you. The top two will move on to the finals April 28  at the CT. Storytelling Festival.

                                                              Got Questions?

I have answers, email producer Carolyn Stearns   at

We have some great prizes this year soon I will be announcing them. Follow or subscribe to get all the info delivered as soon as we know it!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

The Campus Slammer Showcase Mic

Liz deLise 2 nd place in the Campus Slammer Finals
 The Showcase Mic April 30, 2011 at 9:30 p.m.was  an opportunity to highlight the  Campus Slammer in front of the audience gathered at the CT. Storytelling Festival.

Storyteller Miss Celia Whitehead committee member and Conn College student

 It was set up to showcase the winner of Campus Slammer and two runners up.  It is difficult though to have the event just as exams and many year end activities commence in  the college world. We were able to hear the story of one of our runners up and another Conn College contestant and committee member. Then we had the open slots for anyone who wanted to tell a five minute story Ten people put their name in and shared stories along with our college tellers.
Jim Harriman
Lauren Mendoza
Audrey Daigenault
Ralph Chadis
Fortune Hall filled for the Showcase Mic of Campus Slammer

This year Campus Slammer traveled to 6 college campus locations.We heard so many excellent student stories and culminated in the finals at Conn College April 28, 2011. The showcase mic was our chance to share and celebrate Campus Slammer with the storytelling community it was a night rich in story, laughter, drama and fun!
I want to thank everyone who helped get Campus Slammer up and running this year. 
The Board of Directors Connecticut Storytelling Center
The list of storytellers who donated CD's as prizes
Al l the Campus Liasons
Our Friends at massmouth
Sew on and Sew Forth
Karen Paro graphics
Our Judges at all 7 locations!
WILI 1400 radio - Wayne Norman
and my friend Kelly Trueb who  was right there all the way through it to help out with whatever I needed! Thanks

Kelly Trueb

Friday, April 29, 2011

The Finals of Campus Slammer, and the Winner Is...

and the Winner Is.........

The Ct. Storytelling Center is proud to announce the 2011 Campus Slammer winner Andrew Greaves of Connecticut College.

Andrew Greaves Winner 2011 Campus Slammer

The Runners up in the 2011 Campus Slammer Inter-Collegiate Story Slam are:

#2 Liz deLise of Connecticut College  (rt)
#3 Dina Addorisio of the University of Connecticut (l)


They were invited back to the showcase mic on Saturday night at 9:30 in Fortune Hall , Cummings Art Center during the Connecticut Storytelling Festival!

    Spirits were high as the winners were annnounced and all the photos were taken to commemorate this very first Campus Slammer.

  Story Slams are a contest on delivery of a 5 minute original story. All  these students particpated on their home campus  and earned a spot at Campus Slammer Finals.  The night had many parts that made it a success, A huge Thank -You to the judges that came out.
( left -right)

Christine Rothe - Storyteller, Wayne Norman WILI 1400 AM Radio and Uconn Husky basketball commentator,
Julie Donovan- college student ( not a particpating college), Rosemarie Roberts Connecticut College Professor,  Matthew McCaffrey- Interim UCC minister and Pres. of the Middletown Chorale.

Part of Our wonderful Campus Slammer Audience

It was an exciting time!

A round of applause for our emcee'ss tonight! Amanda Hiles and Greg Manizza from University of Hartford.

A thank You to Celia Whitehead of Conn College for committee work and timing the slam

A thank You to Kelly Trueb who has been scorer at many of the Campus Slammers

A thank you to all who donated toward the prize bags they recieved.

Stylin the prize bags
      All the contestants took home a prize bag which included the Campus Slammer  T-Shirts donated by:
Science Engineering Assoc. Of Mansfield Center, CT. and Vicky Wetherell  of Storrs, CT.  and made by Sew On and Sew Forth of Franklin, CT.

  Check back next week for more on the wrap up from Campus Slammer and the donors whose prizes filled the bags. There will also be  a report on the Showcase Mic Saturday Evening Fortune Hall , Cummings Art Center Conn. College. New London, CT.                

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Thursday is Campus Slammer Finals!

Campus Slammer Finals!

This Thursday April 28, 2011 7:30 p.m. at  the Ernst Room in Blaustein Hall  Connecticut College the finalists from 6 campuses converge for a show down in 5 minute stories!

Through this door will pass the finalists of 6 Campus Slammers... only one will leave the victor, from which campus will the wordsmith hail? Come to find out. 7:30  Conn, College, New London, an easy after work drive and free evening entertainment!

Who will be the first ever winner of Campus Slammer? To return with 2 runners up for the Big SHOWCASE MIC at Connecticut Storytelling Festival & Conference  Saturday April 30 at 9:30 p.m.?

                               Eastern, Western, Uconn, U-Hartford, Wesleyan, Conn College

                                            Campus Slammer Break Out of 5 Minute Stories     
                                                                       Visitors Welcome!