Monday, February 10, 2014

UWL's New Public Speaking Center Wants Clients, by Madison Norris

UW- La Crosse now has a Public Speaking Center with peer consulting for UWL students needing aid on presentations, public speaking assignments, as well as extracurricular/personal public speaking events.

Many students on campus are aware of other tutoring opportunities such as The Writing Center, but few have heard of the PSC, new in fall 2013.

Peer consultants at the PSC provide guidance on topic selection, outlines, content, delivery and visual aids. Consultants also strategize techniques for reducing speaking anxiety and improving confidence.

“I encourage anyone in need of public speaking help to make an appointment with me or any one of the other qualified peer consultants. The Public Speaking Center will be advantageous to those who need our help with their projects and presentations. Speaking in front of others can be intimidating, but it is our goal to help UWL students overcome that,” says newly hired advisor Brandon Forcier.

There is a hyperlink stating “To make an appointment, click here” on the PSC’s homepage. The homepage can be accessed by typing the center’s name on the UWL website’s search engine. The consultants recommend students visit the PSC at least a week prior to the event or assignment’s due date. It is urged that advisees make an appointment; however, walk-ins are welcome.

 The PSC is located in the back right corner of Murphy 251 in the Murphy Library Learning Center. It is open six days a week, Sunday – Friday, with varying daytime and evening hours. Students should access the PSC’s homepage for specific hours.

UWL students interested in becoming a peer advisor can fill out an application before the start of each semester. The deadline for fall 2014 applications has not been announced. As a peer consultant students can volunteer, earn academic credit, and/or earn a wage if eligible for work study.

The current seven advisors are all pursuing degrees in Communication Studies and received training after being hired.

Any further questions, comments and feedback can be addressed to Dr. Tony Docan-Morgan, Professor of Communication Studies, at or (608) 785-6722.