Child/Caregiver Bond Topic of Commrades’ Fall 2012 Speakers Showcase


commstudiesCAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Aug. 20, 2011 – The bond between children and their caregivers and how the bond affects children from infancy throughout their childhood will be the topic at the Commrades’ Fall 2012 Speakers Showcase at noon Aug. 29 in the University Center Ballroom at Southeast Missouri State University.

Dr. Glen Williams, professor of communication studies, who oversees the event, says the speech is “nicely structured and developed – providing essential information for anyone who would want to have a positive impact on a child.”

Speaking at the Showcase will be Jamie Teague, a sophomore majoring in communication disorders with a minor in child studies. Teague, the daughter of Jeff and Stephanie Teague, graduated from Rockwood Summit High School in Fenton, Mo., in May 2011.

Teague originally completed the speech for SC105, “Fundamentals of Oral Communication,” in the spring 2012 semester. She was selected from a pool of more than 600 students to deliver her speech at the event, which generally draws 200 students, faculty administrators and the speakers’ parents. Teague was chosen to present the speech during the showcase to demonstrate effective speechmaking for students currently enrolled in SC105.

“Ms. Teague helps us more fully appreciate the importance and significance of those relationships, and she provides insights for how to best nurture the children in our lives,” Williams said.

The Speakers Showcase, held every semester since spring 2002, is now in its 10th year. The speech, and the discussion that follows, provides a good model for newly enrolled students. The event is open to the public for anyone interested in public speaking.

The student organization, COMMrades, sponsors the event, along with the Department of Communication Studies and numerous businesses in Cape Girardeau, such as Cape West 14 Cinema, Buffalo Wild Wings, Horizon Screen Printing, Concepts Styling Salon, Bagger Dave’s, Mirror Image Salon and Annie Laurie’s Antiques.