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A Curry College student gives a presentation in class thanks to the Speaking Center

Established in 2002, the Curry Speaking Center has become an important asset on the Curry campus.

The work of the Speaking Center supports Curry College's commitment to each student's unique combination of abilities and diverse learning needs. Students coming to the Speaking Center can work with a faculty member or peer facilitator to learn and reinforce speaking skills.

The Speaking Center provides individual assistance to students at all stages in the speech preparation process. Students preparing a speech or presentation for any class may come to the Speaking Center to work on it. Students come for help with everything from organizing material, polishing Power Point slides, or honing delivery skills. The Speaking Center is open to any student in any course, regardless of major.

A key element in the success of the Speaking Center is the staffing by carefully selected, trained peer tutors known as Speech Associates who work one-on-one with students by videotaping practice sessions, giving feedback, and aiding students in polishing their presentations.

The Speaking Center provides the following:

  • Help organizing your ideas
  • Help turning a paper into a presentation
  • Help with speaking style
  • Help with delivery
  • Videotaping and feedback
  • General speaking tips
  • ...and lots of moral support and encouragement!

Speaking Center - Student Associates:

Kadijah Belle '20

Kadijah Belle '20

"I am a senior Communication Scholar. I have a concentration in Film, and my dream is to become a director.  I am from Bridgeport, CT, and I am a part of Black Student Union here on campus. Plus, I have a photography business that I really enjoy pursuing."

Justin Cochran '21

Justin Cochran '21

"I am a junior Communication major with a concentration in Television Production.  I plan to go into some form of television when I graduate. This is my second year being at the Speaking Center! When I am not in the Speaking Center, I am most likely having fun on campus or at my internship at NewTV in Newton, MA!  I can’t wait to work with you all this year!"

Drew Donoghue '20, Communication

Drew Donoghue '20

"I am from Chelmsford, MA and I am a senior Communication major with a concentration in Theatre. I am also a member of WMLN-FM’s Upper Management Team, working as the Chief Engineer. This is my third year at the Speaking Center and my first as Co-Manager! When I’m not in the Speaking Center you can usually find me in the radio station. Sadly, this will be my last semester as I graduate in December, but I hope to make it a great one working with all of you!"

Phoebe Katz '20, Communication

Phoebe Katz '20

"I am a senior majoring in Communication with a Film Studies concentration. Fun facts about me – I spent my junior year is Australia and my favorite movie is Good Will Hunting! Hope you have a great year and that we see you in the Speaking Center."

Libby Mercier '20

Libby Mercier '20

"I am a senior Communication major, with a concentration in Public Relations, and a minor in Music. I’m from South Hadley Massachusetts, and this year I am a Co-Manager of the Speaking Center. On campus I am a tour guide, and I also was an Orientation Leader in the summer! When I am not in the Speaking Center you can most likely find me around campus with my friends! I look forward to meeting and working with all of you this year!"

Amber O’Keefe '21

Amber O’Keefe '21

"I am a junior Communication major with a concentration in Public Relations and a minor in Design. When I am not at the Speaking Center, I am most likely spending time with friends or working on photography at my on-campus internship in Institutional Advancement! I look forward to working with you this year!"

MacKenzie Schupp '22

MacKenzie Schupp '22

"I am a sophomore Communication Scholar. I’m from Wallingford, Connecticut. I have a concentration in Radio Broadcasting, and I am an Assistant Operations Director at WMLN-FM. When I’m not at the Speaking Center, I’m at the radio station, or I’m getting involved in all of the events on campus. I’m looking forward to working with you all this year!"

Miranda Trieble '20

Miranda Trieble '20

"My name is Miranda Trieble and I am a senior Communication major with a focus in Television Broadcasting. You can find me in the Theatre acting in plays or behind the scenes as the Publicity Director! I am so excited to work with all of you this year and at the Speaking Center!"

Take the next step

Students can visit the Speaking Center or sign up for an appointment online. Appointments for individuals are scheduled for a half hour and groups (two or more students) are scheduled for an hour.