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The Public Speaking Lab (PSL)

Services

ESF's Public Speaking Lab (PSL) is a free student to student service that supports the development of undergraduate students' public, academic, and professional speaking skills. PSL tutors work with students to develop successful presentations (from outlines to visual aids). The lab also functions as a rehearsal space and team room where groups of students can meet to plan, practice, film, and review presentations with or without a tutor.

Location

The PSL is located in 13-B Moon Library (in the back of the Writing Resource Center).

Spring 2018 PSL Tutor Schedule

Students are welcome to use the PSL with 1-1 tutor support (see hours below) or booking the "PSL Room Reserve" for your own use up until 5 pm, Monday - Friday. The PSL is closed Saturday, Sunday and on weekday holidays:

  • Mondays, 9:30 am - 5 pm
  • Tuesdays, 9 am - 5 pm
  • Wednesdays, 9:30 am - 12 pm & 1 - 3 pm
  • Thursdays, 9 am - 5 pm
  • Fridays, 9 am - 2 pm

Please note that preference is always given to students who have reserved the room in advance through the PSL's online scheduling system. See below for instructions on how to reserve the lab and/or make an appointment with a consultant.

To Reserve the Lab for Practice or Planning

To reserve the lab, visit the PSL's online scheduling website and do the following:

  1. Create an Appointy account using a current email or Facebook account.
  2. Select "Room Reserve," choose a time that works for your schedule, and make an appointment. Please note that rooms can be reserved for up to two hours in 30-minute blocks.
  3. Check your email for a confirmation note from the Appointy System.

To Secure a Face-to-Face Appointment with a PSL Consultant

To secure an appointment with a tutor, visit the PSL's online scheduling website and do the following:

  1. Create an Appointy account using a current email or Facebook account.
  2. Select the consultant you would like to work with and then choose a time for your appointment. Appointments can be made in 30- or 60-minute blocks.
  3. Check your email for a confirmation note from the Appointy System.

Walk-ins are welcome, but students with room reservations and consulting appointments will be given preference.

Accessing the PSL

If you've made an appointment with a consultant, you can head straight to the lab, where the consultant will be waiting for you. If you have reserved the lab outside the designated consulting hours, you can check the PSL key out (with a current SUNY ESF ID card) at the Moon Library circulation desk.

PSL - Reading Material - Helpful Tips

If you are interested in reading material which will augment your PSL experience please contact Tom McGrath at temcgrat@syr.edu. The material includes a wide range of helpful tips. For example, topics such as: presentation organization; public presentation and anxiety; and successful poster presentations.

Faculty Requests for PSL Services

We welcome assignment and course-specific collaborations with faculty. In order to ensure that our small staff can receive training and accommodate students in a timely manner, we recommend that faculty contact the lab coordinator one month before the service is needed.

For more information, please contact Tom McGrath, the PSL Coordinator, at temcgrat@syr.edu.

PSL Staff

/Susan Ekoh

Susan Ekoh, Graduate Student, Ph.D student
suekoh@syr.edu
Major: Environmental and Natural Resource Policy
Areas of Expertise: Organization and structure of presentations, effective communication techniques and group facilitation
General Interests: Research, Travel, Food, Fashion

Kim Oswald

Kim Oswald-Assistant PSL Coordinator, Junior
kioswald@syr.edu
Major: Environmental Studies; Communication and Society
Minor: Environmental Writing and Rhetoric
Areas of Expertise: Organization and planning of presentations. Design of visual aids to accompany presentations
General Interests: Campus Cursive at SU, SEEC, and playing with my dog,

Adam Fridman

Adam Fridman, Junior
ajfridma@syr.edu
Major: Conservation Biology
Minor: Environmental Writing and Rhetoric
Areas of Expertise: Organizations of speeches, development of visual aids and delivery techniques
General Interests: Music, snowboarding, biking and hiking.

Marissa Lathrop

Marissa Lathrop, Junior
mllathro@syr.edu
Major: Environmental Education and Interpretation
Minor: Environmental Writing and Rhetoric
Areas of Expertise: Overall presentation organization, visual aid help, and delivery skills
General Interests: Hiking, volunteering at local parks, teaching and running cross country

Brittany Sumner

Brittany Sumner, Senior
bmsumner@syr.edu
Major: Wildlife Science
Minor,: Environmental Writing and Rhetoric
Areas of Expertise: Organization, visual aids and presentation delivery skills
General Interests: Everything and anything animal related, hiking, traveling and good food

Tom McGrat

Tom McGrath – PSL Coordinator
temcgrat@esf.edu
105B Moon, 315.470.6725
Courses Taught: EWP220, EWP420 and EWP620