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MSC Speakers Bureau

Murray State College is pleased to offer a speakers bureau as a way to provide local nonprofit groups, civic organizations, schools and churches with interesting speakers and top-quality programs. The MSC Speakers Bureau is a public service provided at no charge.

Speakers are employees or retirees of Murray State College and come from departments and disciplines across the college. Speakers are available to discuss a wide variety of topics. Additional topics and/or speakers may also be requested on an individual basis.

To request a speaker for your organization, please contact Communication Director Cheryl Phelps at 580-387-7123 or At least two weeks’ notice is preferred, but all requests will be considered.

Departmental/Professional Expertise - Speakers also can discuss specialty areas related to their departments and professional expertise.

Speakers and Topics

Alan Burris, Arts and Humanities

  • General Art Appreciation: How to look at art (and not say, “My kid could do that!”).

  • Role of the Arts Community in Economic Development: How important are the arts in the community, economy, and education? Very!

  • The Local/Regional Arts Scene: Be amazed at the number and variety of nationally and internationally known artists from the Southern Oklahoma area.

  • Exhibits and Collection of the Goddard Center: Arrange for a walking tour explaining the changing current exhibit at the Charles B. Goddard Center galleries.

Ronnie Coppedge, Director of Media Center Operations

  • History of the Freemasons: Interesting information on this fascinating group from the Middle Ages to the American Revolution.

Derek Dodson, Behavioral Science

  • The Fiction of Memory: Why memory is nothing like what we think it is, and how our brains fool us all the time.

  • The Truth About What Motivates People: Motivation is a multimillion dollar business. So, why are so many people doing it wrong?

Dr. Aaron Elmer, Executive Director Financial Aid & Academic Support Services

  • Federal Financial Aid and FAFSA Workshops

Don Loving, Science

  • Oklahoma’s Environmental Riches: Why Oklahoma’s Wildlife Diversity is among the Richest of the states and is Known among Ecologists Worldwide.

  • We Dance When Sun Is in the Bear's Cave: Listen to some of the sky-watching tales of the Lakota Sioux and learn how those stories affected their daily lives.

Amy McCain, Education and Behavioral Sciences

  • Leadership, child development and children's issues, stress management, positive guidance and other topics on request.

Dr. Rebecca Jacobs-Pollez, History

  • Medieval Women and Education: Have we come a long way, baby? Medieval European History: Fun and educational tidbits about an often misunderstood period.

  • The Renaissance: Interesting info on this period - but how enlightened were they?

  • Ancient Roman History: A fascinating glimpse into the past time of Roman glory…and infamy.

  • NASA Astronaut Training and Procedures: Behind the scenes look at what it takes to have “the right stuff,” from a NASA insider.

  • Aspects of American History: Just how well do we know our own past, really?

Don Mercer, Chief Information Officer/Executive Director for Instructional Technology

  • Starting My Own Business: The biz tips every entrepreneur should know to succeed.

  • Investing in the Stock Markets: Where to start and how to work a stock market portfolio.

  • What Do “Computer Guys” Really Do? An inside look at what the IT industry and professionals are all about.

  • Various military-related topics: “So There I Was…” Stories and information about the daily workings of life in the military.

  • Finding that Perfect Job: Individuals in today's job market will find themselves looking for new jobs many times over the course of their careers.

Dr. Robbie Pearson, Business

Career Development:  Presentations that assist students, graduates and job seekers with exploring their "authentic self" through Multiple Intelligences assessment; researching appropriate employment based on self-discovery, assistance with cover letters, resumes, interviewing, and networking; providing perspective of the "recruiter's side of the desk" to understand how best to present credentials for maximum consideration.

Wesley Reddish, Science

Astronomy and other topics including:

  • A True Future Energy - A look at the reality of nuclear power, and dispelling the false fears associated with nuclear power.
  • A Modern Faith - Finding a path that honors the Christian faith and acknowledges the scientific realities of the modern world.
  • Leaving the Cradle - Stepping beyond Earth to become a space-faring society.

Kirk Rodden, Social Science

  • General Oklahoma History: Everything you wanted to know about the Sooner State, but were afraid to ask!

  • Governor William H. Murray - ”The Sage of Tishomingo”: Learn about this fascinating and colorful Oklahoma character who helped shape the Sooner State.

  • The KKK in 1920s Oklahoma: Yes, at one point, the KKK was an important influence in Oklahoma.

  • The New Deal, Great Depression, and the Dust Bowl in Oklahoma: Three events that would forever change the course of Oklahoma’s history.

  • History of Murray State College: How this 100-plus-year-old college has changed Southern Oklahoma since beginning as an agricultural high school.