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Speakers Bureau

Does your civic organization, social club or school need a guest speaker? Not to worry, Missouri State University-West Plains may be able to help. Many of our faculty members and administrators have identified topics that would be of interest to members of the community and area schools. The members of our Speakers Bureau are prepared to present a 20-40 minute talk to your organization or school. Listed below are the speakers and topics available.

In addition, if you have a particular topic of interest that is not on the list, contact us and we will see if we can help you. For more information, please contact CherylCaldwell@MissouriState.edu, Missouri State University-West Plains Office of University Communications, at (417) 255-7960.

Speaker Topic

Dr. Craig Albin

Professor of English

  • Ozarks Writers
  • Creative Writing
  • Elder Mountain: A Journal of Ozarks Studies

Brett Becker

Systems Programmer

  • Computer Security
  • Audio and Video Systems
  • HDTV
  • General Technology
  • Internet Applications

Dr. Drew Bennett


  • The Value of a College Education
  • Overcoming the Obstacles to Gaining a College Degree
  • The Adult As A Learner Today – Continuous Education in a Globalized World

Joyce Dewitt

Assistant Professor of Nursing

  • Health Careers
  • Nursing

Joe Kammerer

Director of Development

  • Missouri State University Foundation
  • Establishing a Scholarship
  • Annual Fund Campaign

Dennis Lancaster

Interim Dean ofAcademic Affairs

  • Ethics in the Workplace (may be extended to a one-hour presentation)
  • Kissing the Inner Frog: Transforming Attitudes, Habits, and Lifestyles (a one- to two-hour session)
  • Missouri State-West Plains Honors Program

Dr. Herb Lunday

Dean of Student Services

  • Efficiency and Organization
  • Battle at Fitzhugh’s Woods – Civil War Battle Fought on April 1, 1864, Near Augusta, Arkansas
  • Tips for Academic Success
  • History of West Plains Country Club

Dr. Ed McKinney

Professor of History

  • History of Bluegrass Music
  • The Ozarks During the Depression Era
  • The Ozarks During the Jazz Age
  • Traditional Music in the Ozarks
  • The Jesse James Mentality of Citizens of Modern Missouri
  • The 8th of January: The Battle of New Orleans in the War of 1812

Connie Morgan

Assistant Professor of History

  • Women’s History
  • History of Immigration in the United States
  • US Labor History
  • European History
  • Public History (Preservation of historical items, archiving, etc.)

Dr. Kathy Morrison

Professor of Political Science

  • Promises to Keep – America into the 21st Century
  • Ties that Bind – Values and the American System of Government
  • “If It Ain’t Broke…” Missouri Political Culture in the 21st Century

Dr. Gary Phillips

Associate Professor of Communication

  • Parliamentary Procedure
  • Gender Communication
  • Public Speaking
  • Simple Concepts in Conflict
  • Problem Issues in Intercultural Communication

Jerry Trick

Assistant Professor of Mathematics

  • A Brief History of Math and Some of its Interesting Developments
  • Teaching Middle School Students Algebra Without Their Knowing It!
  • The Geometric Mean and its Application to Middle School Students
  • Having Fun with Pascal’s Triangle

Yancey Walker

Men’s Basketball Coach

  • Grizzly Basketball

David White

Associate Professor of Business

  • Business Degrees at Missouri State-West Plains
  • Opportunities for Learning Online

Paula Wiedemann

Women’s Volleyball Coach

  • Grizzly Volleyball