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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

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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.

Kelsey Rhodes 2016 Resized

Kelsey Rhodes, Assistant Director of the Speech Communication Center, graduated from East Carolina University with a B.S. in Communication with a concentration in Public Relations. She also earned her M.A. in Communication with an emphasis in Health Communication from ECU. During her time in graduate school, Kelsey worked five semesters in the Speech Communication Center and was a graduate teaching assistant in Communication courses including Fundamentals of Speech Communication. Kelsey is currently an Instructor in the School of Communication and teaches Public Speaking. Kelsey enjoys working with students of all majors and helping students overcome their anxiety of public speaking.

Caroline Umphlett
Caroline Umphlett is a graduate student in the School of Communication. She earned her bachelors degree in Communication with a concentration in Interpersonal and Organizational Communication from ECU in December of 2015. During her time as an undergraduate student, Caroline was a member of the ECU softball team. This will be Caroline’s second semester working in the Speech Communication Center. Caroline enjoys helping students of all majors overcome the fear of public speaking and becoming confident and professional speakers.