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The Public Speaking Lab (PSL)

The Public Speaking Lab is closed and will reopen for the fall, 2020 semester in August, 2020. Thank you for your support of the PSL during the past academic year 2019-2020. During the summer break we will be updating our online capability to support the ESF campus in all areas of public speaking tutoring.

For further questions email: Tom McGrath @ temcgrat@esf.edu

Have a restful, fun and enjoyable summer...the PSL team...


The Public Speaking Lab (PSL) is a free student to student service located in 13B on the lower level of Moon Library. The PSL supports the development of our undergraduates' public, academic, and professional speaking skills. PSL student tutors will work with you in person to provide formative feedback on presentations and presentation materials (from outlines to presentation visuals). The lab also functions as a rehearsal space and team room where groups of students can meet to plan, practice, film, and review presentations. To make an appointment, visit the PSL online scheduling system, Appointy, at ESF Public Speaking Lab and select an available time that works for you. Check your email for a confirmation from the Appointy System.


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

Spring 2020 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, Monday - Friday.  The PSL is closed Saturday, Sunday and on weekday holidays:

Spring Hours

  • Monday — 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
  • Tuesday — 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Wednesday — 9:00 am – 2:00 pm & 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
  • Thursday — 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Friday — 9:00 am – 3:30 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 instructions below on how to reserve the lab and/or make an appointment with a tutor.

  • a tutor working with a student
  • a meeting
  • information desk
  • meeying
  • a presentation
  • a presentation

Video Tutorials and Resources

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

Mary Haley

Mary Haley, PSL Tutor
Email: mehaley@syr.edu
Academic Year: Freshman
Major:  Environmental Studies
Areas of Expertise in Public Presentation: Brainstorming ideas for presentations; outlining effective speeches; and helping students to understand audience, assignment requirements, creating comfortable practices and addressing any presentation anxiety.
General Interests: Reading, Hiking, Swimming, Making / Trying New Foods, Photography, and Playing Guitar.

Bridget Jones

Bridget Jones, PSL Tutor
Email: bjones22@esf.edu
Academic Year: First 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: Sophomore
Major:  Environmental Science
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, bracelet making, watching Netflix, and being with friends.

Eddie Ward

Eddie Ward, PSL Tutor
Academic Year: Junior
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 an RA, and influencing public policy.

Tom McGrath

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