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    2014-2015 

    Noelle Griffiths

    As a peer consultant, I hope to shed a new light on what it means to prepare or give a presentation. Communication skills are valuable, so I want to help students find ease and success in whatever type of presentation they are practicing or developing. Noelle2

    Major: Communication Studies with an emphasis in Organizational and Professional Communication   

    Organizational involvement: Intern at the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra, volunteer at the EcoPack, involvement at the Newman Center Catholic Church 

    Quote to live by: "Do justly, love mercy, walk humbly, live a simple life." -Tyrone Wells  


    Brandon Forcier  Brandon2

    As a peer consultant, I provide students with a warm, inviting environment to help students develop their public speaking skills. Communication is a vital aspect of any job, so I aim to help each student become a better job candidate.   

    Major: Communication Studies with an emphasis in Interpersonal Communication 

    Minor: Psychology  

    Organizational involvement: Public Speaking Center Peer Consultant, Peer Advisor, Intramural Sports, Communication Club  

    Quote to live by: "Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen." -Michael Jordan


    Mackenzie Ray

    As a peer consultant, I serve as a resource when it comes to giving speeches and presentations. My goal is to help you become more confident with your projects in preparation and delivery.M   

    Major: Psychology with minors in Communication Studies (Interpersonal Communication) and At Risk Child Youth Care 

    Organizational involvement: Residence Life and New Student Orientation

    Quote to live by: “We may not have it all together, but together we have it all.” -Unknown 


    Alex Andersen

    As a peer consultant, I serve as a resource in becoming an effective communicator. I aim to help those desiring to better their presentation skills through personal experience and honest, constructive feedback.  I look forward to working with students from all majors and helping them succeed.Alex A

    Major: Communication Studies with an emphasis in Interpersonal Communication.   

    Organizational involvement: CRU and Intramural Ultimate Frisbee.  

    Quote to live by: "Ships are safe in the harbor, but that is not what ships are built for." -Unknown


    Bailey BenedictBailey

    As a peer consultant, my goal is to offer an open, welcoming environment where students feel comfortable celebrating their strengths and acknowledging (and improving on) their weaknesses in order to prepare and give the best presentations possible. 

    Major: Communication Studies with an emphasis in Organizational and Professional Communication  

    Minor: Environmental Studies 

    Organizational involvement: Comm Club President, Lambda Pi Eta, Eta Phi Alpha, Student Research Assistant in Communication Studies 

    Quote to live by:  “We do not need magic to transform our world. We carry all the power we need inside ourselves already. We have the power to imagine better.” –J.K. Rowling


    Ben DerksBen

    As a peer consultant,  I create a warm, welcoming environment where students can practice and build their confidence in the delivery and presentation of speeches.   

    Major: International Business   

    Minor: Spanish   

    Organizational involvement: Residence Life and Vanguard   

    Quote to live by: "He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life." -Cassius Clay Jr. 


    Chris FarvourChris

    As a peer consultant, it is my goal to help students become more persuasive, convincing and articulate speakers. There is an immense amount of power in the spoken word and it is imperative that speakers are able to harness that power. I look forward to working with students to help them use the power of their voice to construct messages that advance their personal and professional goals. 

    Major: Political Science  

    Minor: Communication Studies with an emphasis in Advocacy and Communication Criticism  

    Organizational involvement: Residence Life and Broadening Horizons   

    Quote to live by: “Words mean more than what is set down on paper. It takes the human voice to infuse them with shades of deeper meaning.” -Maya Angelou


    Jeffrey HillJeffrey

    As a peer consultant, I use my own personal love of public speaking to encourage, mentor, and guide students in areas such as topic selection, outline organization, presentation delivery, and utilization of visual aids. Effective communication and public speaking skills are among the most sought after in today’s job market, and I like to do all I can to help prepare my fellow students for the day they enter it.  

    Major: Communication Studies with an emphasis in Organizational and Professional Communication  

    Minor: Political Science  

    Quote to Live by: “To me, presentations are the most powerful device. You can't really name a movement that didn't start with the spoken word.” -Nancy Duarte


    Madie NorrisMadie

    As a peer consultant, I assist each student in developing areas of weakness in conjunction with the skill set they already possess. I want students to feel confident in both their content and delivery. 

    Major: Communication Studies with an emphasis in Organizational and Professional Communication 

    Minor: Professional Writing 

    Organizational involvement: Public Speaking Center, Eta Phi Alpha Honor Society, Communication Club, and Intramural Sports 

    Quote to live by: "Speak in such a way that others love to listen to you. Listen in such a way that others love to speak to you." - Anonymous


    Ashley VoxlandAshley

    As a peer consultant, I provide a welcoming and encouraging environment for all students to practice and improve their speech writing and performing skills. My hope is to use my speech and presentation experience to help my peers become better public speakers by making speech giving less intimidating and more fun!  

    Major: Communication Studies (Broadcast and Digital Media) and Geography (Environmental Sciences)  

    Minor: Theatre Arts   

    Organizational involvement: Public Speaking Center, The Racquet (Features Editor), WMCM Television, UW-L Theatre  

    Quote to live by: "Love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books written in a very foreign language…perhaps then, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer." -Rainer Maria Rilke 

    2013-2014

    Lucas Schneider

    Lucas(3)

    As a peer consultant, I work with students of all majors to improve their public speaking skills and reduce any speaking anxiety they may feel. I work to provide honest and constructive feedback in order to consistently promote well-rounded presentational skills.    

    Major: Communication Studies with an emphasis in Interpersonal Communication  

    Minor: German Language Studies  

    Organizational involvement: Vanguard  

    Quote to live by: "It takes ten times as long to put yourself back together as it does to fall apart." -Suzanne Collins 


    Nellie Cupp

    As a peer consultant, I aid students by making them more confident in their abilities to produce well written speeches. I help students reduce anxieties about public speaking and improve their existing skills.  

    Nellie(2)

    Majors: Gender Studies and Communication Studies with an emphasis in Advocacy and Communication Criticism 

    Organizational involvement: Women's Studies Student Association (WSSA) 

    Quote to live by: "People even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed; never throw out anyone." -Audrey Hepburn


    Brandon Forcier  

    As a peer consultant, I provide students with a warm, inviting environment to help students develop their public speaking skills. Communication is a vital aspect of any job, so I aim to help each student become a better job candidate.   

    Major: Communication Studies with an emphasis in Interpersonal Communication Brandon

    Minor: Psychology  

    Organizational involvement: Public Speaking Center Peer Consultant, Intramural Sports, Communication Club  

    Quote to live by: "Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen." -Michael Jordan  


    Ryan Fox

    As a peer consultant, I aid any student to the best of my ability by providing a helping hand and relatable experiences. My personal goal is to help students improve their classroom speeches and oral presentations, and to assist them to become better public speakers in general. 

    Ryan

    Major: Organizational and Professional Communication 

    Minor: Interpersonal Communication 

    Organizational involvement: Public Speaking Center Peer Consultant, Intramural Sports, Communication Club 

    Quote to live by: “Be better than yesterday.” -T.F. Hodge 


    Noelle Griffiths  

    As a peer consultant, I hope to shed a new light on what it means to prepare or give a presentation. Communication skills are valuable, so I want to help students find ease and success in whatever type of presentation they are practicing or developing.  

    Noelle(2)

    Major: Communication Studies with an emphasis in Organizational and Professional Communication   

    Organizational involvement: Public Speaking Center Peer Consultant, weekly volunteer at the Salvation Army, involvement at the Newman Center Catholic Church 

    Quote to live by: "Do justly, love mercy, walk humbly, live a simple life." -Tyrone Wells     


    Mackenzie Ray

    As a peer consultant, I serve as a resource when it comes to giving speeches and presentations. My goal is to help you become more confident with your projects in preparation and delivery.M   

    Major: Psychology with minors in Communication Studies (Interpersonal Communication) and At Risk Child Youth Care 

    Organizational involvement: Residence Life and New Student Orientation

    Quote to live by: “We may not have it all together, but together we have it all.”- Unknown 


    Beth Rayome

    As a peer consultant, I share my personal experiences with public speaking so that you become more comfortable talking in front of people. Together, we can come up with a speech that you will enjoy giving. I look forward to working with you and am eager to help you in any way that I can. 

    Beth

    Major: Communication Studies with an emphasis in Organizational and Professional Communication 

    Minor: Psychology  

    Organizational involvement: Comm Club, intramural sports (indoor soccer, futsal, outdoor soccer, and dodge ball), and NCUR. 

    Quote to live by: “Don’t wait for extraordinary opportunities. Seize common occasions and make them great.” -Orison Swett Marden

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