Phi Rho Pi is a national non-profit organization sponsoring clubs on junior college campuses to stimulate interest in speech and debate. Phi Rho Pi was founded by Sylvia Mariner in 1927 and is one of the oldest forensics organizations in the US. Phi Rho Pi offers community college and junior college students the only full service national tournament in the United States with eleven individual events, three forms of debate, and interpreters' theater. Dixie State usually competed in eight events which were the following: Reader's theater, Duet Acting, Informative Speaking, Impromptu Speaking, Extemporaneous Speaking, After Dinner Speaking, and Oral Interpretation. Dixie State in Saint George, Utah was in Region III which also included the following states: Arizona, Colorado, Texas, Southern Idaho, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, and Wyoming.
The Dixie State Phi Rho Pi club, also known as the Forensics Squad, can be found in yearbooks dating back to 1967 and at least up to 2001 in the Dixie Sun newspaper. It is known that Dixie State had debate and forensics classes and clubs since the beginning of the college in 1911. Forensics is the theatrical event that blends interpretation with acting with the intent to persuade one’s opinion. Students of speech and debate were involved in formal contests in reasoned arguments with competing colleges in Region III. The Dixie Sunshine tournament was an event that the forensics team held for others in Region III.
The Forensics scrapbooks start in 1977 and end in 1995. Before the scrapbooks were made, C. Paul Anderson was the club advisor in 1968, and only one year later P. I. Hardy began advising in 1969. Mike Woodward advised students in 1971 and Donald R. Hinton began advising along with Woodward in 1978. Shortly after the scrapbooks ended, Eric Young began advising in 1996. In 2000, Region III introduced the Don Hinton-Mike Woodward Traveling Sweepstakes Award to honor Hinton and Woodward.