Voting Record of Young Adults Topic of Spring 2008 Speakers Showcase


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Christina Vitale is a speech and theatre education major from St. Peters, Mo.


Jan. 24, 2008 – The voting record of young adults was the topic of the Department of Communication Spring 2008 Speakers Showcase Jan. 23 at Southeast Missouri State University.

Chrisi Vitale, a Southeast freshman from St. Peters, Mo., examined how young adults can help effect real change if they exercise their right to vote.

The Speakers Showcase is for students newly enrolled in SC105 “Fundamentals of Oral Communication.” Students in SC105 study the oldest academic discipline known to mankind – public speaking.

Vitale was enrolled in SC105 during the fall 2007 semester and was selected from more than 200 students to make the presentation to new students in the course this semester. Vitale’s presentation was designed to give new students a feel for what a good speech consists of and how it should be delivered.

The Speakers Showcase, held every semester, is now in its sixth year. The speech, and the discussion that follows, provides a good model for newly-enrolled students to follow.

“This speech was one of the best I’ve seen,” said Dr. Glen Williams, professor of communication studies at Southeast. “Ms. Vitale addressed an important topic, illuminating how the younger demographic can take a leadership role by simply turning out the vote, and why it’s important for them to do so.”

The Department of Communication sponsors the event, along with the student group, Commrades and a number of Cape Girardeau businesses.

Vitale is the daughter of John and Margaret Vitale and is a 2007 graduate of Fort Zumwalt South High School.