School of Communication

The Speech Communication Center


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In the News

ECU: Easing Public Speaking, September 13, 2015
The Daily Reflector

Gaining Confidence: ECU Speech Communication Center helps ease fear of public speaking, September 1, 2015
ECU News Service

Our Staff

Pam Hopkins

Dr. Pamela Hopkins, Speech Communication Center coordinator, graduated from Clemson University with a B.A in English and a minor in Communications. She also holds an M.A in Speech Communications from Penn State, and a Ph. D. in Technical and Professional Discourse from ECU. Dr. Hopkins teaches both on-line and face-to-face classes in Public Speaking and Fundamentals of Speech Communication. Dr. Hopkins is passionate about the importance of verbal communication, and enjoys working with students, faculty members and staff as they improve all aspects of their public speaking and presentation skills.

Alyssa Robinson

Alyssa Robinson is a graduate student in the Master of Arts in Communication program. She earned her Communication with a concentration in Interpersonal and Organizational Communication from ECU in May of 2013. During her time as an undergraduate student, Alyssa worked on campus as a marketing assistant for Campus Recreation and Wellness, an orientation assistant for the Office of Student Transitions, and a writing consultant for the University Writing Center. Through serving the ECU community in these roles, she discovered her passion for working in the field of higher education and student affairs. Alyssa enjoys helping students of all majors grow and develop as public speakers and lifelong learners.

Kelsey Rhodes

Kelsey Rhodes is a graduate student in the School of Communication. She earned her undergraduate degree in Communication with a concentration in Public Relations from ECU. Before attending ECU, Kelsey graduated from Pitt Community College with an associate degree in Graphic Design and Advertising. This is Kelsey's second semester working in the Speech Communication Center. Kelsey enjoys helping students of all majors improve their professional communication skills and overcome their fear public speaking.

Olivia Rose

Olivia Rose is a native of Fremont, California, and was raised in Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina. She earned her undergraduate degree in Communication with a concentration in Public Relations from ECU in 2015. Olivia is currently a graduate student in the School of Communication studying health communication. Her interests in the health communication field stem from advocacy for patients with terminal illnesses like cancer. Olivia believes that being able to communicate effectively in a public setting can make a huge difference in a student's confidence level, and she enjoys seeing students grow and develop as public speakers.

Erin Cusick
Erin Cusick is an undergraduate student in the School of Communication. She is majoring in Interpersonal/ Organizational Communication and minoring in Sociology. She was born and raised in Hillsborough, New Jersey but has found a home in Greenville, North Carolina. She played Woman's Club Soccer for ECU and is also a member of the Delta Zeta sorority. She found out how much she loved talking to groups of people and quickly became interested in public speaking. Erin hopes to get into sales after graduating and a major key to success in that field is to be able to communicate well to others, which is why learning to public speak is so important to her.