Texting While Driving Topic of Spring Speakers Showcase

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

Jan. 25, 2010 – Tim Couch, of St. Peters, Mo., will present a speech concerning the issues of texting while driving at the COMMrades’ Spring 2010 Speakers Showcase at noon Feb. 2 in the University Center Ballroom at Southeast Missouri State University.

Dr. Glen Williams, professor of communication studies, who oversees the event, says the speech “addresses a topic that should concern us all and makes a good case for how Missouri’s new legislation is shortsighted and what would constitute a corrective.”

Couchᾰwho completed SC105, “Fundamentals of Oral Communication,” in the fall semesterᾰwill demonstrate the ideals of a well-delivered speech for students currently enrolled in SC105.  He was selected from a pool of more than 450 students to deliver his speech at the event, which generally draws 200 students, faculty, administrators and the speaker’s parents.

The Speaker Showcase, held every semester since spring 2002, is now in its eighth year. The speech, and the discussion that follows, provides a good model for newly-enrolled students and is open to the public. The student organization, COMMrades, sponsors the event along with the Department of Communication Studies and numerous businesses in Cape Girardeau including Cape West 14 Cinema, Buffalo Wild Wings, Horizon Screen Printing, Concepts Hair Salon, Broadway Books and Roasting and Annie Laurie’s Antiques.

Couch, son of Jay and Jeanne Couch of St. Peters, Mo., is a freshman majoring in accounting and entrepreneurship.