The Speakers Bureau is a list of presentations developed by individuals both on and off-campus related to University 101 course content or the special interests of the presenters. The Speakers Bureau allows for a variety of presentation topics. University 101 instructors may contact speakers directly to schedule presentations. Individuals interested in offering a presentation as part of the Speakers Bureau should contact Mary Elizabeth Sewell at email@example.com for more information about the proposal process.
Building Healthy Habits: Introduction to the Blatt PE Center and the Department of Physical Education and Athletic Training
Establishing a routine of healthy eating coupled with regular physical activity can contribute the overall success of college students. There is a strong correlation between personal wellness and academic success and USC offers many resources to support students in their efforts to create healthy habits. This introduction to the Blatt PE Center and the Physical Activity Program in particular, will offer exposure and insight into the wide range of options for physical activity available at the PE Center as well as class offerings for academic credit through the Department of Physical Education and Athletic Training. Students will have the option of observing or participating during this visit. Please request this session at least two weeks in advance of the desired date. Length:40- 50 minutes.
Physical Activity Coordinator
Department of Physical Education & Athletic Training
Please visit the Activity Program website at http://www.ed.sc.edu/pe/physical_activity_program/courses/ for more information.
Suicide Prevention Workshop
At least one in ten college students has a friend who has considered suicide. This one hour interactive presentation offers information regarding suicide prevention, including prevalence at USC, warning signs for both depression and suicidal risk, and information and skill development for students to effectively respond and access care for themselves or a friend in distress. Campus, local, and national resources including, services offered by Counseling and Human Development Center, available to students are highlighted.
Documentary Photography as Evidence about the Past and Present
Historical documentary photography can be used as evidence for a wide variety of historical problems. This presentation does not emphasize historical events depicted in the photographs, but rather, emphasizes the need to approach visual materials with the same critical skills one must use in the evaluation of all information in primary or secondary sources. To schedule a presentation, please contact the presenter at least two weeks in advance.
Constance B. Schulz
Distinguished Professor Emeritus
Department of History
The History of Books and Printing
Since its inception in the mid-15th century, the printed book has contributed immensely to the production of knowledge. Through the spread of new ideas, discoveries and debates, print culture has made the modern university possible. This session, drawing on the resources of Thomas Cooper Library's Rare Books and Special Collections, will look at how books have been produced, distributed, and used in various ways over the past 500 years. Examples shown and discussed will range from medieval manuscripts to contemporary artist's books.
Jeffrey Makala Assistant Librarian,
Rare Books and Special Collections
In Our Own Voice
In Our Own Voice is a presentation by the Mid-Carolina chapter of NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness. In this moving program, persons with a history of mental illness tell their stories and engage the audience in discussion. The four phases of the presentation are dark days; acceptance of the illness; treatments and therapies; and triumphs, hopes, and dreams. The program is designed as an anti-stigma tool to change attitudes about mental illness and includes a take-home folder and evaluation. Length: roughly one hour. Requires a DVD player and monitor, or presenters will bring their own equipment.
Lies and Deceit: How to Identify Using Kinesics
Can you tell if someone is telling you the truth? Have you ever been lied to and “felt” something was wrong, but could not explain the “feeling”? This presentation will explore the verbal, non-verbal (body), and written languages revealed when one is engaged in deceptive behavior. Participants will be involved in a Socratic forum with the instructor on questions to ask and responses to look for (all in a non-confrontational manner). Several film clips of interviews, confessions and statements will be shown during the class. Length: Can be adjusted to fit a 50 min. to 1 hour 15 min. class.
Inspector of Professional Standards
Division of Law Enforcement and Safety
Understanding Your Personality Type
This presentation emphasizes the benefits associated with an understanding of one’s personality type. The Myers-Briggs Personality Type Indicator is utilized, administered, and scored prior to class. Discussion topic options include learning styles, relationships, career planning, and communication styles. MBTI results can be linked with the Strong Interest Inventory, thus providing additional career planning information to students, as well as the EQi emotional intelligence instrument.
Director, System Affairs
The Adventures of Will Power and the Quest for Success
This presentation will expose students (and instructors) to some of the latest findings and actions related to how best to get things done in order to be successful. Topics covered include, but are not limited to, willpower/motivation, habit formation/changing, goal setting/maintenance and self-management. In preparation for this conversational presentation, students will be asked to prepare and submit a very brief description of a goal they have for the semester and/or academic year that they are struggling with either a lot or a little bit. While not required, it is suggested that students draw from the Wellness Wheel dimensions (pp. 137-142 of Transitions 2010-2012) for inspiration and organization as they prepare their descriptions.
This presentation, in addition to exposing students to the Wellness Wheel dimensions, should sync up well with Chapter 4, Forming Successful Habits, of Transitions 2010-2012.
Director, System Affairs
USC Columbia Technology Incubator
The USC Columbia Technology Incubator program is unique in that it has student incubator companies as well as standard companies that pay the rent. A full-time USC student, undergraduate or graduate, can start-up a company and have their rent, computer and local telephone service paid for by the USC Research Foundation (for a period of two years) if they compete and gain entrance into the program. This presentation will inform students about the unique program and show those interested how to get involved.
Director, USC Columbia Technology Incubator
545-4379 or 240-4003 (cell)
Internet Activities, Your Safety, and the Law
This interactive presentation looks at popular Internet activities such as social networking, gaming, and video chatting, and the potential risks they carry related to your name, identity, and reputation. We also look at current laws that are in place to protect users, and explore ways to avoid falling on the wrong side of these laws. Young people are being prosecuted for behaviors they viewed as harmless, yet are illegal. Using an interactive self-quiz students will recognize the possible dangers in their own behavior. The presenter will also demonstrate the various privacy settings on popular social networking sites. By the end of the workshop participants will know how to stay "in line on line." The workshop lasts up to one hour.
Internet Safety Education Coordinator
SC Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force,
Office of the Attorney General
Managing Medical Emergencies (Interactive Presentation with the University of South Carolina First Responders):
This presentation gives students a firsthand look into the lives of USC's First Responders. The presentation is given by experienced EMT's who work every day to maintain and protect the well-being of students, faculty, and staff at USC. This presentation is designed to prepare students in case of an emergency, how to recognize, respond, and react to many different types of situations such as seizures, shock, basic first aid, and, most importantly, alcohol related emergencies. As a result of this presentation, students will have the practical skills to manage an emergency until medical assistance arrives. The presentation format is a PowerPoint and includes different opportunities for students to get up and interact with the First Responder and other classmates. The presentation last between 30-45 minutes.
University of South Carolina First Responder
Thomson Student Health Services
The Financial Literacy presentation offers information on a variety of topics and tips for success to help college students best manage their money and plan for their financial future. Topics covered include the basics of checking accounts, credit cards, responsible budgeting, and understanding credit history. Please contact the presenter at least two weeks in advance to schedule this presentation.
Vice President, HR/ Business Development Carolina Collegiate FCU
Litter, Your Community and the Environment
This presentation is designed to educate students about the problem of littering and how it impacts our community and the environment. Students will learn about the litter problem nationwide and what they can do help. The presentation can be tailored to last anywhere from 20 to 45 minutes. Please request the presentation at least two weeks in advance of the presentation date.
Executive Director, Keep the Midlands Beautiful
Green Quad Tours
The West Quad, or "Green" Quad offers tours to students explaining what was done to LEED certify the building and what students can do to contribute. The tour will teach students ways they can help with recycling and energy savings initiatives, while really engaging students to do their part. Building a sustainable future takes education, and the more students learn about the impact of their actions and how they can lessen their environmental burden, the closer we will get to having a sustainable society. The tour takes between 30 and 75 minutes, depending on your class’ needs.
West Quad Learning Center
Students Today - Alumni Tomorrow
This presentation engages and informs students about the Alumni Association’s student membership program, which is the largest student organization on campus. We believe a student’s lifelong connection to the Carolina community begins the moment he or she steps foot on campus, and we highlight the many events and benefits that student members enjoy. We also discuss our student advisory board, the governing body of the student membership program, and the leadership development opportunities that come from being a part of it. We always come prepared with plenty of giveaways for students who contribute to the conversation!
Whether the students in your class are members or not, they certainly will learn something about what their Alumni Association is doing for them now and planning to do for them after they graduate. Please contact the presenter with the exact number of enrolled students so we can plan to bring enough prizes. Length: 10-20 minutes.
My Carolina Alumni Association
SPURS- Students Promoting the University’s Reach for Success
The University of South Carolina is dependent on private support from alumni and friends to maintain a high quality educational environment. Private giving to Carolina has now surpassed state funding, making gifts to scholarships, the Carolina Fund, and academic areas more important than ever. Students Promoting the University's Reach for Success (SPURS) is a student program run through the Office of Annual Giving that seeks to educate students on the importance of philanthropy and private giving at Carolina. Through this interactive and engaging presentation, students will learn about how gifts affect the campus and their Carolina experience, and gain an appreciation for the University's generous donors. Length: 20 minutes
Living and Learning at USC
University Housing promotes student learning through an environment that motivates and inspires students to devote time and energy to educationally purposeful activities. Our living-learning communities are characterized by empowered, informed, and responsible life-long learners. These communities emphasize student involvement, inclusion, service, and appreciation of the diversity at the University of South Carolina. Complementing the Carolina Core, University Housing staff actively supports residents in their academic progress, awareness of self, and awareness of their responsibilities to others.
Presentations will be given by graduate students and full-time professional staff from Residential Learning Initiatives. The presentation will last the full length of the class period. It will include information and activities in which students will reflect upon their goals as students in a learning community. Presenters will discuss the roles and identities of different learning communities on campus and how these communities help improve the overall college experience. The presentation will include time for students to reflect on their personal interests that will steer them toward more specific ways to become involved with residential leadership opportunities. Students will participate in a role play activity to model conflict management skills, development of meaningful relationships and an eagerness and ability to navigate resources for a successful transition to college. In closing, presenters will help students identify how their classroom learning is connected to the residential experience.
Please contact Hilary Lichterman by phone at (803) 777-5412 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a presentation with Residential Learning Initiatives staff.
USC Connect: Integrating learning within and beyond the classroom
What is USC Connect? How does it help students make more of their college experience? How can students participate in a way that is meaningful to them?
This presentation helps students answer these questions for themselves. Together, we will explore the wide variety of opportunities that are at USC to plan and get involved in beyond-the-classroom experiences, the importance of reflection in those experiences, and how the integration of learning beyond-the-classroom and within-the-classroom enriches a student's Carolina experience.
Please contact Natalie Smith-Kenner by phone at 803-777-3272 or e-mail at email@example.com to schedule a presentation with USC Connect staff.
Experiential Education: The Ultimate Social Network
"Experiential Education: The Ultimate Social Network" presented by the Career Center helps first-year students understand the importance of out-of-the-classroom experiences related to their potential careers. "The Ultimate Social Network" will help students learn the variety of experiences offered through the Career Center, and how they can utilize Career Center resources to engage in experiential education activities. In this social networking themed presentation students will learn about the importance of experiential education. According to Malcolm Gladwell in The Outliers: The Story of Success, it takes at least 10,000 hours of practicing your craft to master something. Help students get a jump start on how they can master their potential craft through participating in experiential education. Please only sign up for this presentation after you have participated in the Career Center's presentation "Decide it. Experience it. Live it." As the "Ultimate Social Network" presentation is a supplement and will be more beneficial given once students have the proper context and information given through the Career Center "Decide it. Experience it. Live it." presentation. Please contact Erin Kitchell for more details at 803-777-3485 or firstname.lastname@example.org.