Smoking Issues Topic of Speakers Showcase


CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Sept. 2, 2014 – Southeast Missouri State University freshman Samuel Rhodes will present his speech entitled “Smoking: A Right to Kill” as part of the 12th annual COMMrades’ Fall 2014 Speakers Showcase at noon on Sept. 3 in the University Center Ballroom.

The 30-minute event is designed to show what comprises a good speech, focusing on content, structure, delivery and visual communication. The event is free and open to the public.

Rhodes is a freshman pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. His speech examines how the concept of civil liberty can help citizens navigate the issue of smoking in public places. He looks at the implications for smoking in public places, from restaurants to college campuses.

“He utilizes a nice blend of sources, enlisting the writings of John Locke as well as contemporary facts, statistics and testimony,” said Dr. Glen Williams, chair of the Department of Communication Studies.

Rhodes attended Cape Central High School and graduated in May 2013. He is the son of Mark and Pam Rhodes.

“The speech is nicely structured and developed. Mr. Rhodes examines the concept of civil liberty and how it comprises the bedrock of our society—promoting and protecting individual and communal rights, allowing for greater freedom than we would enjoy in a pre-social state,” said Williams.

Rhodes originally completed the speech for SC105 “Fundamentals of Oral Communication” in spring 2014. He was selected from students taking the course last fall to deliver his speech during the spring showcase to demonstrate effective speechmaking for students currently enrolled in SC105.

The Speakers Showcase, held every semester since spring 2002, is now in its 12th year. The speech, and the discussion that follows, provides a good model for newly enrolled students.

There will be prizes from Buffalo Wild Wings, Cape West 14 Cine, BG’s Olde Tyme Deli, and Horizon Screen Printing and Promotional Products.