Professor plans communications tutoring center

By Any Chang - Staff Reporter

Students soon will be able to get free help with public speaking at new tutoring center on campus.

The new public speaking tutoring center will be in the library in room 316, two floors down from main tutoring center. Once the scheduling is complete, students will be able to schedule a free, 30-minute, one-on-one session with a student tutor.

Lisa Voso, who is a professor in the Communications Department, said that the center is being created with the intent to help students with speaking anxiety, outlining, research, source citations, visual aids, and delivery of their presentations.

The tutoring center will also provide help with interview preparation for four-year schools, job interviews, group presentations, and individual presentations.

"The tutoring center is for any student in any class, doing any presentation," said Voso. The program is open to students across campus and will not be limited to students who are taking public speaking classes or communication classes.

Voso explained that even if you have a presentation due for your music appreciation class, you can schedule an appointment, stop by and work with a tutor on improving the contents and delivery of your presentation.

"The tutoring center will help address a huge unaddressed need on campus," said Voso. Students will finally have a place to go to for help when professors don't have the extra time to assist them, Voso said.

"I love the idea of empowering students to use their voice as an instrument of influence. When we speak well we get credibility, good grades, the jobs we want. It's a powerful thing," said Voso, who added that she hopes that students are as excited for the program as she is.

Getting secure funding for the program happened through the support of many other people on campus and student activity funding, she said.

"I don't want people to think this was just a Lisa thing," said Voso. "I want to give gratitude to great people on campus making this happen."

The tutoring center will also be looking for tutors. Students who are strong writers and can help with presentation skills can apply for the job by contacting Lisa Voso at

The public speaking program is expected to open this quarter. If they do not open this fall, they will definitely be open by week two of the Winter Quarter.

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