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The Public Speaking Lab

Welcome to the PSL!! The 2023-2024 academic year is an exciting time to meet the PSL staff and to learn what this free student service offers.

 Our mission statement is "To support, guide, inspire confidence and improve ESF students' ongoing public speaking and communication skillsets through collaborative dialogue." Below, you will find helpful information, including the PSL location, services offered, how to book an appointment for your tutoring session with one of our PSL tutors, current tutor pictures and biographic information and the PSL tutoring schedule. In addition, there are PSL video tutorials and the "Speaking of the Environment" podcast series. To learn more about the PSL, please reach out to the PSL Coordinator: Christina Ciereck

Thank you for your support during the 2022-2023 academic year.


The PSL is located in the Academic Success Center, which is in the basement of Moon Library. The PSL office is located in Room 9I. This is where your tutoring appointment will take place with your selected tutor. Before your session, please consider going to Moon Library (lower level) to see where the lab is located.


The PSL supports the development of our undergraduate and graduate students' public, academic, and professional speaking skills. PSL student tutors will work with you either in person or online through Zoom to provide formative feedback on presentations and presentation materials (from outlines, organization, and presentation visuals). The new online hours are specifically indicated on the schedule.

Making Your Appointment

To make an appointment, visit the PSL online scheduling system, and set up an account. Once your account has been made, select a tutor and an available time which works for you. Check your email for a confirmation from the wconline system and the tutor. 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 your appointment time.

Spring 2024 Hours

Tutor Schedule


Video Tutorials and Resources


PSL Podcast Series - "Speaking of the Environment"

Episode 1 – 'Speaking From The Heart' with Dr. Valerie Luzadis, hosted by Eddie Ward can be found here.

Episode 2 – 'Planting A Seed' with Dr. Silje Kristiansen, hosted by Bridget Jones can be found here.

PSL - Reading Material - Helpful Tips

If you are interested in reading material which will augment your PSL experience please contact Christina Ciereck at 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 (Christina Ciereck at one month before the service is needed.

PSL Staff

Anna Papantonopoulos, PSL Tutor
Academic Year:
Environmental Studies
Environmental Writing & Rhetoric
Areas of Expertise in Public Presentation: 
Creating a thorough and detained outline, incorporating creative elements into writing, using engaging delivery methods in a speech, and creating methods to help alleviate public speaking anxiety.
General Interests: Reading, cooking, hiking, playing instruments, singing, listening to music

Anna standing with a coffee mug in front of Moon Cafe

Maddie Westervelt, PSL Tutor
Academic Year: Sophomore
Major: Natural Resource Management
Areas of Expertise in Public Presentation: incorporating unique details and using creativity within a speech, using various strategies to help with public speaking anxiety, and using effective delivery skills within a speech
General Interests: reading, hiking, camping, canoeing/kayaking, drawing/painting, photography, cooking/baking, and listening to music

Maddie smiling. She is wearing a striped top and a sweater. She is standing in a sunflower field

Michael D'accurzio, PSL Tutor
Academic Year: Junior
Major:  Forest Resource Management
Areas of Expertise in Public Presentation: Transitioning from the outline to the actual speech, delivery skills with a strong focus on eye contact, projection, and connecting with the audience, and adding creativity to speeches.
General Interests: Fly fishing, hiking, birding, and tying flies.

Michael D'accurzion in a suit

Phoenix Wyant, PSL Tutor

Academic Year: Sophomore
Major:  Conservation Biology
Minor: Food Studies
Areas of Expertise in Public Presentation: Organizing and executing informative speeches and presentations and evaluating, strategizing, and demonstrating effective use of delivery skills
General Interests: cooking, entomology, hiking, fishing, and plant care

Phoenix holding a white cat

Christina Ciereck, PSL Coordinator
9I Moon

Christina Ciereck smiling