Speakers and Presenters

At Culver-Stockton College our faculty and staff are experts in their field, and they are happy to share their experiences and knowledge with you.

 Through the Experience our Expertise speaker series, Culver-Stockton College faculty and staff are available for speeches, performances and discussions on a variety of subject matters.  These engaging, insightful and entertaining presentations are perfect for a variety of audiences, including schools, civic organizations, businesses and groups. 

To schedule one of our experts, listed below, please contact Office of College Communications with the preferred subject matter, date, time and any additional details.

College Preparation

Applying for Financial Aid

Tina Wiseman, director of financial aid, or Patti Foust, assistant director of financial aid

Inside the College Search Process

Misty McBee ’02, senior associate director of admission, offers a step-by-step guide to searching for the right college and shares the dos and don’ts of the search process.  McBee also discusses the myths and misconceptions of private and public colleges/universities.

Communication

Television and Radio Broadcasting

Tyler Tomlinson, lecturer of communication, is a former local television and radio sports broadcaster.  Tomlinson shares his experiences in front of the camera and behind the microphone, offering advice for those interested in the broadcasting field and sharing his own unique experiences.  Tomlinson is also well versed in the increasing use of social media in the communication field.

Education

Cultural Studies 

Dr. Jayme Long discusses how issues of socio-economic class have more to do with our conceptions of racial stereotypes than we might think.  This exploration of race, class and media combines both personal and professional experience in an investigation of some of the most important cultural issues of our society.


Health

Heart Disease

 Ann O'Sullivan, assistant dean and associate professor of nursing, at Blessing-Rieman College of Nursing

Maintaining Mental Health 

Dr. Sheila Capp, associate professor of nursing at Blessing-Rieman College of Nursing speaks on general strategies to manage transitions and the stress of change in life.

Managing Grief

Dr. Sheila Capp, associate professor of nursing, at Blessing-Rieman College of Nursing, speaks about the different strategies of managing grief.

Running for Exercise and Competition

 Dr. Gary Cochell, professor of mathematics, participates in several races and marathons each year and discusses running for recreation and competition

Stress Management 

Ann O'Sullivan, assistant dean and associate professor of nursing at Blessing-Rieman College of Nursing discusses tips and strategies for managing stress.

Women and Heart Disease

 Ann O'Sullivan, assistant dean and associate professor of nursing at Blessing-Rieman College of Nursing

Women's Health 

Ann O'Sullivan, assistant dean and associate professor of nursing Blessing-Rieman College of Nursing

 
History

American Women’s History

Dr. D’Ann Campbell, professor of history, discusses American women’s history from the colonial period to present-day.  This presentation is well suited for March, which is women’s history month.

American Women & WWII

Dr. D’Ann Campbell, professor of history, discusses of the various roles U.S. women played on the home front and in the military during WWII.  A Power Point presentation is available to help the audience return to the time period.

Harems and Sultans: Life in the Ottoman Empire 

Dr. Patrick Hotle, professor of history, explores the rich history of the Ottoman sultans and their harems from the 15th to the 20th centuries. Gain insight into the lives, beliefs, culture and intrigues of harem life, while learning the impact of this culture on modern society.

Life and Philosophy of Albert Schweitzer, the Great Humanitarian

Often known only for his work as a doctor in the African jungle, Albert Schweitzer was a man whose life and philosophy epitomize love and respect for all living things. An overview of this life, accented with some of his memorable quotes, is an inspiring story. While in grade school, Dr. Susan Deege, senior lecturer in business, was introduced to the philosophy of this great man by her animal-loving mother, and she has collected books and writings about Dr. Schweitzer. Schweitzer quotes include: "Think occasionally of the suffering of which you spare yourself the sight" and "We are all so much together, but we are all dying of loneliness."

The Nicaraguan Revolution

 Dr. Patrick Hotle, professor of history, shares observations from a year spent in this Latin America revolution. Slides included.

The Six Wives of Henry VIII 

Dr. Patrick Hotle, professor of history, looks at the personalities and politics surrounding Henry's six marriages.

Women in the American Armed Forces

Dr. D’Ann Campbell, professor of history, presents a historical overview of women's roles since the American Revolution and/or concentrates on servicewomen in the 20th century. 

Leadership

Generational Differences: How to Work Effectively with Others

Dr. Susan Deege, senior lecturer in business, discusses the communication and attitudinal differences among Baby Boomers, Gen X, Millennials and the newcomers, Gen Z. Managers and co-workers will recognize the challenges that come with a varied workforce and can learn some tips about bridging the gaps.

Leadership Skills 

Ann O'Sullivan, assistant dean and associate professor of nursing at Blessing-Rieman College of Nursing, discusses effective communication, conflict resolution, team building and building self-esteem.


Literature

What's New in Books for Children? 

Sharon Upchurch, librarian and assistant professor of library science, will discuss what new books are available for children.


Mathematics

Interesting Historical Tidbits in Mathematics

 Dr. Gary Cochell, professor of mathematics, discusses interesting mathematical tidbits from the history of mathematics to suit the level and interest of the audience.

The History of Math 

Dr. Gary Cochell, professor of mathematics, discusses the history of mathematics in 19th century America and the role of women in this early history.


Music 

Carols and Customs of the Christmas Season

 Dr. Carol Fisher Mathieson, professor of music, sings selected Christmas carols and discusses the stories behind the music.

Development of Jazz as an American Music 

Dr. Thomas C. Polett, associate professor of music, will share information on the development of the jazz music style in America.

Folk Ballads of the Southern Appalachians 

Scottish refugees from the crofter clearings, Welsh coal miners looking for work, and Irish refugees from the potato famine flocked to the southern Appalachian Mountains to find a new life, bringing with them the story-songs from the world they left behind. Dr. Carol Fisher Mathieson, professor of music, sings the songs of these hill folk and tells the story behind each ballad as it became part of the fabric of American tradition.


Religion

Crusades 

Dr. Patrick Hotle, professor of history, presents how the Crusades were launched to capture Jerusalem in the High Middle Ages and how these events have been perceived in modern history.

Religion and Health Care Reform 

After providing a brief overview of the religious landscape in America as it relates to politics, Dr. Andrew Walsh, associate professor of religion and philosophy, will highlight the role that compassionate religious communities in the United States have played in identifying health care as a human rights issue, supporting Medicare and Medicaid, and advancing the campaign for universal access to health care.


Science

Astronomy

Dr. Robert Sadler, professor of physical sciences, is available to discuss the exciting aspects of astronomy and astrophysics.  Topics can range from the solar system and meteor impacts, to galaxies, pulsars and black holes, to dark matter and dark energy.

Climate and Climate Change

Climate and climate change are recurring topics in the news media. Dr. Robert Sadler, professor of physical science, discusses how we can reconstruct past climate conditions, how we classify current climates around the earth, and what we might expect in future climate changes.


Sports/Athletics

Basketball 

Jack Schrader, head men's basketball coach and instructor of physical education and sports management, speaks about sportsmanship, collegiate athletics and men’s basketball, both internationally and domestically. 

Soccer

Tyler Tomlinson, head women’s soccer coach and lecturer in communication, discusses soccer from the unique prospective of a former player turned coach.  Tomlinson, a former local television and radio sports broadcaster, can also discuss professional sports broadcasting, share his experiences as a broadcaster and offer advice to those interested in entering the sports broadcasting field.


Travel

Business in Europe

Dr. Kim Gaither, associate professor of finance, or Dr. Dell Ann Janney, professor of accounting and business division chair, share their experiences traveling through the capitals of Europe as part of a 12-day tour that featured business visits and explored the differences in global versus domestic business culture.

Life in Egypt

Dr. Patrick Hotle, professor of history, presents a slide show depicting his experiences while living for two years in Cairo.

Modern Turkey 

Dr. Patrick Hotle, professor of history, looks at the society and culture of modern-day Turkey through the use of slides collected while visiting Turkey.


Rocky
Mountain National Park 

Dr. Robert Sadler, professor of physical sciences and a former ranger for the National Park Service, discusses his favorite national park, Rocky Mountain National Park. The park, located 30 miles west of Loveland, Colo., is perhaps the best showcase of alpine mountain scenery in the 48 contiguous United States. It features mountains that rise to more than 14,000 feet of elevation, glaciated valleys, and a rich collection of wildlife.

Singapore and Southeast Asia 

This presentation considers the modern history and culture of Singapore, Malaysia, China, Hong Kong and Indonesia through the viewing of slides collected by Dr. Patrick Hotle, professor of history, during recent visits.

Travel in China

 Dell Ann Janney, professor of accounting, or Kim Gaither, business division chair, will discuss China, a nation nearly unmatched for its complexities, fascination and importance. Learn about cultural differences from firsthand experiences during a study abroad trip to five cities including Beijing, Xian, Shanghai, Shenzhen and Hong Kong. Hear about the ancient historical treasures in Beijing and Xian, including a walk on the Great Wall of China and a visit to the terra cotta warriors. This country will dramatically influence the world of the 21st century, and we'll share the perspective through American eyes.