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The Public Speaking Lab (PSL)

For the Spring 2021 semester, there are and will continue to be protocol changes within the PSL due to the COVID-19 virus. As we move forward, the PSL will continue to tweak various components of this vital resource service. The information below will guide you through the process of what the PSL service is and how to use it efficiently to meet your public speaking needs during the PSL ONLINE migration.

Thank you for your support of the PSL during the past academic year 2019-2020.


The PSL is located in 13-B Moon Library (in the back of the Writing Resource Center). PLEASE NOTE that for the fall, 2020 semester the PSL space will not be open for face-to-face appointments and other services. All tutoring has migrated to online facilitation.


The PSL supports the development of our undergraduates' public, academic, and professional speaking skills. PSL student tutors will work with you ONLINE to provide formative feedback on presentations and presentation materials (from outlines to presentation visuals).

Making Your Appointment

To make an appointment, visit the PSL online scheduling system, Appointy @ ESF Public Speaking Lab and select a tutor and an available time that works for you. Check your email for a confirmation from the Appointy System and the tutor. Additionally, because there will be no face-to-face tutoring this spring, 2021 semester, your selected tutor will respond to you via email and take you through the necessary steps to complete your appointment as well as how we can make the most out of appointment time.

Spring 2021 PSL Tutor Schedule

The PSL is available ONLINE Monday-Friday and is closed Saturday, Sunday and weekday holidays.

Spring Hours

  • Monday — 10 am - 2 pm & 2:30 pm - 4:30
  • Tuesday — 10 am - 4 pm
  • Wednesday — 10 am - 2 pm & 2:30 pm - 4:30
  • Thursday — 12 pm - 4 pm
  • Friday — 10 am - 12 pm
  • a tutor working with a student
  • a meeting
  • information desk
  • meeying
  • a presentation
  • a presentation

Video Tutorials and Resources

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 (Tom McGrath at temcgrat@syr.edu) one month before the service is needed.

PSL Staff

Josh Anderson

Josh Anderson, PSL Tutor
Email: jander14@syr.edu
Academic Year: Senior
Major:  Wildlife Science
Areas of Expertise in Public Presentation: Visual presentations, confidence in public speaking, developing persuasive speeches, developing speech topics.
General Interests: Hiking, wild animals, Ultimate Frisbee, spending time with friends.

Bridget Jones

Bridget Jones, PSL Tutor
Email: bjones22@esf.edu
Academic Year: Second Year M.S. Student
Major:  Environmental Studies
Areas of Expertise in Public Presentation: Planning and practicing presentations, tailoring presentations to audience, overcoming fear of public speaking.
General Interests: Birdwatching, hiking, reading, knitting.

Sam LaSalle

Samantha LaSalle, PSL Tutor
Email: salasall@syr.edu
Academic Year: Junior
Major:  Environmental Science
Minor: Undecided
Areas of Expertise in Public Presentation: Designing presentations, organizing and brainstorming ideas for speeches, and tricks to help reduce anxiety when public speaking.
General Interests: Hiking, listening to music, watching Netflix, swimming and being with friends.

Elizabeth Malecki

Elizabeth Malecki, PSL Tutor
Email: ermaleck@syr.edu
Academic Year: Junior
Major:  Environmental Education and Interpretation
Minor: Undecided
Areas of Expertise in Public Presentation: Organizing speeches with a cohesive flow, creating connections between presenters and the audience using ethos, pathos, or logos, and helping presenters reduce and overcome anxiety associated with public speaking.
General Interests: Hiking, kayaking, yoga, thrifting, camping, and re-watching The Office.

Eddie Ward

Eddie Ward, PSL Tutor
Academic Year: Senior
Major: Environmental Studies with a concentration in Policy, Planning, & Law
Minor: Management and Environmental Writing & Rhetoric
Areas of Expertise in Public Presentation: Proficient in modes of persuasion, public speaking confidence-building, and filler-avoidance techniques. Well versed in presentation design, including PowerPoint, Google Slides, & Prezi.
General Interests: Traveling, experiencing new things, volunteering for AXS, providing inspirational experiences as ESF’s Lead RA, and influencing public policy.

Tom McGrath

Tom McGrath – PSL Coordinator
105A Moon, 315.470.6725
Courses Taught: EWP220, EWP420 and EWP620