Undocumented Workers in U.S. Topic of Fall 2011 Speakers Showcase


univceCAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Aug. 29, 2011 – Undocumented workers in the United States will be the topic of two presentations at the Commrades’ Fall 2011 Speakers Showcase at noon Aug. 31 in the University Center Ballroom at Southeast Missouri State University.

Dr. Glenn Williams, professor of communication studies, who oversees the event, says the speeches are “nicely researched and structured” and that the speakers “address an important issueᾰallowing us to see the arguments on both sides and why the issue is such a difficult one.”

Speakers at the Showcase will be Michelle Dunn of St. Louis and Trenton Davis of Jennings, La. Dunn is a sophomore English secondary education major and a graduate of Lindbergh High School. She is the daughter of Jae Dunn. Davis is a sophomore psychology major and was home schooled during his high school years. He is the son of Scott and Trudy Davis.

Both students originally completed their speeches for SC105, “Fundamentals of Oral Communication,” in the spring 2011 semester. They were selected from a pool of more than 450 students to deliver their speeches at the event, which generally draws 200 students, faculty administrators and the speakers’ parents. The students were chosen to present their speeches during the showcase to demonstrate effective speechmaking for students currently enrolled in SC105.

The Speakers Showcase, held every semester since spring 2002, is now in its ninth year. The speeches, and the discussion that follows, provides a good models 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 Hair Salon, Calix Coffee House and Annie Laurie’s Antiques.