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Exhibition Highlights Oratory

The ECU School of Communication will host the 5th Annual Oratorical Exhibition April 10, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. in Hendrix Theatre.

The free event allows students to demonstrate their oratorical skills before a large audience. Each year, School of Communication faculty select students from business and professional communication or public speaking courses to deliver 6- to 8-minute informative or persuasive speech based on a given theme. This year’s theme is “Speaking out for Change.”

The event provides students an opportunity to practice their skills, while serving as a celebration of oratory, said Pam Hopkins, a faculty member in the School of Communication. “One problem we face as teachers of public speaking is that students don’t always believe that the skills they learn are necessary or that they will be used in their jobs,” Hopkins said.

“We want to show them how powerful a great speech can be.” Hopkins said she can tell students about the importance of good speaking skills, but if they see their peers actually giving a powerful speech, it has much more impact.
This year’s student speakers are Mike Miller, Max Gerringer, Alex Redner, Thurston Smalls, LaTia Rouse, Randall Proctor, Tiffany Stephenson and Chris Silverthorne.

Communication professor Jim Rees will serve as master of ceremonies. Along with Hopkins, Communication faculty Sachi Shearman, Col. L.R. Hughes, Eric Shouse and Aysel Morin serve on the oratorical exhibition committee.

For additional information, contact Hopkins at


This page originally appeared in the March 23, 2007 issue of Pieces of Eight. Complete issue is archived at