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Speaker's Bureau

Does your civic club or organization use after-lunch or after-dinner speakers? If so, Genesee Community College’s Community Speaker’s Bureau is a resource for you.

Our speakers cover a wide range of topics and are available at no cost to your organization.

To schedule a speaker, please contact:
Genesee Community College
Office of Marketing Communications
College Road, Batavia, NY 14020
585-343-0055 x6116

Arts and Culture
Appreciating Music – Ann Reid, Associate Professor of Music
A Glimpse at the Performer’s World – Ann Reid, Associate Professor of Music
H. P. Lovecraft – Norman R. Gayford, Professor of English
King Arthur – Norman R. Gayford, Professor of English
Moments with Monet – Joyce A. Chizick, Instructor of Art
Music Around the World – Ann Reid, Associate Professor of Music
A Tour of the World of Science Fiction – Norman R. Gayford, Professor of English
The Topography of Space: The Changing Landscape of Digital Poetics Creating artwork for mobile devices – Valerie Bello, Instructor of Media Arts and Communication
Designing for Small Spaces: What is Intimacy?The sociologic relationship people have with their mobile devices – Valerie Bello, Instructor of Media Arts and Communication

Business
Job Skills What’s critical in the 21st century – Jean M. Chenu, Associate Professor of Business and Office Technology
Resumes and Interviews that Work – Jean M. Chenu, Associate Professor of Business and Office Technology
The Role of Technology in Small Business – James M. Bucki, Director of Academic Computer Technology Programs
Skills in Facilitating Meetings – Jean M. Chenu, Associate Professor of Business and Office Technology
Success on the Telephone: Speaking Techniques for Today – Jean M. Chenu, Associate Professor of Business and Office Technology
Technical Writing: An Overview – Norman R. Gayford, Professor of English
Power of the Media: A Comparative View of the Past, Present and Future – Valerie Bello, Instructor of Media Arts and Communication
Travel 101: What to Know Before You Go!Destinations customizable –Amy Slusser, Assistant Professor, Tourism & Hospitality Management
Social Media for Your Organization- Facebook was the #1 visited website in the US in 2010. 25 billion messages were sent on Twitter last year. All kinds of people, from potential customers to long lost cousins or classmates, are talking with each other and the world through social networks. Shouldn’t you be listening? Can you afford not to?
In this presentation you will learn what social media is, what the major platforms are and how you can leverage them for marketing, customer service, media coverage, or just plain good fun. You will also learn how to measure the effectiveness of your efforts.
You don’t control the message anymore – come learn how join the conversation!- Kevin Manne, New Media Specialist
Career Exploration from High School to College, Adults in Transition for Careers, Resumes and Cover Letters or Job Search strategies for the Technology Economy - John McGowan, Career Development Specialist, Career Services Center

Current Issues
Criminal Justice: A Look at Today’s Law Enforcement Issues – Barry J. Garigen, Professor of Criminal Justice
Diversity in Modern Life: Moving from Policy to PracticeDiversity has become an overused word in public discourse. Practical application, as opposed to theoretical models, can be difficult to achieve and often results in misguided efforts at political correctness, rather than true inclusion. This talk focuses on case studies of what works and does not work, as well as discussing the aspects of diversity that are often avoided. Veterans, those with strong religious convictions, and those in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, will be highlighted as social identity groups who often are not included in diversity initiatives. – Paul Brew, Adjunct Faculty in World History
 Vice and Sexuality and Law: The Evolution of Our Views on Sexuality From 1900 to TodayIn today’s American culture, we are surrounded by public discourse that revolves around sexuality. Messages from every spectrum tell us how to view sex and vice and claim to be rooted in history. But, what are the inherited values of Western New York and how have our laws evolved around sexuality? The evolution of the legal codes of New York State from the late 1800’s to today and the arrest records detailing crime suggest that we should remember the words of the old song, “It ain’t necessarily so,” rather than our modern conceptions of what society did or did not care about when it came to policing sexuality and vice. –  Paul Brew, Adjunct Faculty in World History

Education
Writing in the Academic World – Norman R. Gayford, Professor of English
Selected Topics in Education – Norman R. Gayford, Professor of English
What Distance and Online Learning Can Do for You – Robert Knipe, Dean of Learning Technologies
• Concurrent Enrollment- Learn how high school students across the region are earning hundreds of college credits each semester while saving their families thousands of dollars in tuition through GCC’s ACE (Accelerated College Enrollment) Program. - Edward J. Levinstein, Associate Dean of ACE Programs

Genesee Community College
Ten Things about Genesee Community College You Didn’t Know – Various Staff Members

Health
The Respiratory Care Profession – Christopher Stercula, Director, Respiratory Care Program
Manage Your Stress – Elise C. Banfield, Instructor of Psychology
Sleep: A Look at Sleep Disorders and Healthy Sleep Patterns – Elise C. Banfield, Instructor of Psychology or Marshann Thomas, director of Polysomnographic Technology
The Science of Sleep- Marshann Thomas, Director of Polysomnographic Technology
Today’s Nurses – Kathy Palumbo, Professor, Nursing Program
Dimensions of Healthful Living – Taking Health to Wellness – Kathleen T. Gurak, MSEd., CMAA Instructor, PE/Health
Making “ME TIME” Everyday: Time Management Workshop With a special focus on making sure that you take time for yourself in your day – Kathleen T. Gurak, MSEd., CMAA Instructor, PE/Health
Eating Your Way to Success – How Nutrition Helps Fuel the Body – Eugene Emborsky, Biology Instructor
• Is My Pet Really Worth It? The increasing costs for veterinary care- Kathryn Seweryniak, Director of Veterinary Technology

Hobbies and Personal Interests
Corn Husk Dolls of our Pioneers – Joyce A. Chizick, Instructor of Art
Dream Interpretation – Bobbie Noto, Counselor and Licensed Creative Arts Therapist
A Cross Country Challenge – Bicycling Across the US in 52 days – Eugene Emborsky, Biology Instructor

Home
101 Ways to Go Green- Donna Rae Sutherland, associate director of Marketing Communications and Earth Club Advisor
Herbal Vinegar: Creating Your Own Blends – Joyce A. Chizick, Instructor of Art

Personal Finance
Essential Estate Planning: Wills, Power of Attorney, Health Care Proxies, Trusts, Living Wills, and More – Gregory L. Dalton, Associate Professor of Paralegal Studies

Success Skills
Assertiveness – Elise C. Banfield, Instructor of Psychology

Technology
Computer Technology: The Spectrum of Careers – James M. Bucki, Director of Academic Computer Technology Programs
The Role of Technology in Small Business – James M. Bucki, Director of Academic Computer Technology Programs
Spyware, Viruses and Worms, Oh My! – James M. Bucki, Director of Academic Computer Technology Programs
Social Media for Your Organization- Facebook was the #1 visited website in the US in 2010. 25 billion messages were sent on Twitter last year. All kinds of people, from potential customers to long lost cousins or classmates, are talking with each other and the world through social networks. Shouldn’t you be listening? Can you afford not to?
In this presentation you will learn what social media is, what the major platforms are and how you can leverage them for marketing, customer service, media coverage, or just plain good fun. You will also learn how to measure the effectiveness of your efforts.
You don’t control the message anymore – come learn how join the conversation!- Kevin Manne, New Media Specialist

Travel
How to Pack a Suitcase – Joyce A. Chizick, Instructor of Art
Tips for Travel Overseas – Elise C. Banfield, Instructor of Psychology