Speakers Bureau

Covering a wide range of topics - from religion and history to travel and yoga - the University of Mount Olive Speakers Bureau offers unique programs tailored to your group.

The Speakers Bureau addresses issues of personal growth and development. It brings your organization an up-to-date analysis of current trends. With their years of experience, education and insight, these members of the University of Mount Olive community can inform, entertain and inspire your group.

Don't be speechless again. For more information on any of the speakers or to schedule a speaker, please call or email the speaker(s) directly with the topic of your interest. The Speakers Bureau is a service of the University of Mount Olive.



Academics and Education

Dr. Sarah (Dee) Clere, Professor of English
Available Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 2:00

Do you know what your grandchildren are reading?
I discuss contemporary issues in children's literature and appropriate responses from concerned parents and grandparents. I have expertise in teaching and writing about children's and young adult literature.

Children's Literature of the Holocaust
I survey some of the popular books about the Holocaust and discuss the problems of presenting horrific events to young children. I have taught and presented on this topic.

Dr. Opey Jeanes, Vice President for Special Services and Director of University of Mount Olive at Goldsboro 
Available anytime

University of Mount Olive: Meeting the needs of nontraditional learners
A brief overview of University of Mount Olive with emphasis on adult learners, both military and nonmilitary.

College Accreditation
An overview of college accreditation; importance, requirements, and processes.

Dr. Ellen Jordan, Vice President for Academic Affairs
Available anytime

High School Student Readiness for College What does it take to be successful in college? 
After spending 30 years seeing students succeed and fail in college, I can talk about the latest trends for success. What can parents and educators do to help students deal with all that college has to offer. Topics include: what SAT/ACT scores really mean, extracurricular activities, athletics, reading skills, time management, listening skills, motivation.

Leadership Skills
Talking points may include effective conflict resolution, listening skills, management techniques, coaching styles, mentoring, and overseeing operations.

Dr. Barbara Kornegay, Vice President of Enrollment
Available anytime
919-658-2502 Ext 1200

Enrollment Growth at University of Mount Olive 
A history of how enrollment at University of Mount Olive has grown, as programs and locations have been added.

Marketing Modular Programs at University of Mount Olive
Information about how we promote, advertise, and evaluate academic programs at University of Mount Olive to follow our mission and vision.

Dr. Alan K. Lamm Professor of History
Available anytime

Civil War Tactics and Strategy
1862 Yankee Raid on Mount Olive During the Civil War

Charles Everett Robinson, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice
Available evenings

CSI: Criminal Surveillance Investigations from GPS-tracking to “pinging” your cell phone
My topic is a discussion about actual legal cases that deal with the use of modern day surveillance technologies by law enforcement to protect our communities against crime. More specifically, these cases address the legal issue of how current and developing surveillance techniques are used to fight crime and whether its use violates protections afforded to us under the provisions of the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. My qualifications to talk about and research this area include 25-plus years of practicing law doing trials and appeals of federal and state criminal cases that often involved litigation of Fourth Amendment search and seizure issues. Just as importantly is also my academic discipline at MOC teaching constitutional law related courses as well as criminal procedure related courses. The common concerns of the public for legal cases about privacy rights and new surveillance technology issues is evident, for example, by the recent June 27, 2011 decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to consider arguments in an appeal about whether police need a warrant to use GPS devices to track a suspect’s movements.

Spreading the word for Crossworks, Inc.: A North Carolina faith-based nonprofit that provides health education services about the value of nutrition in managing or preventing Diabetes and other chronic diseases
Crossworks, Inc. is a Rocky Mount, NC-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides health education and consulting services focusing on the value of nutrition to improve self management skills of chronic diseases such as diabetes, obesity, heart disease and cancer. In 2010, Crossworks’ outreach efforts offered health screenings and educational programs to serve over 2,000 people. I am the Chair of the Board of Directors for Crossworks. As a faculty member who is actively involved in my community with a faith-based nonprofit that also recognizes like our University of Mount Olive the importance of Christian values, I want to expand my personal and professional leadership goals by spreading the word about Crossworks to other eastern North Carolina communities because the fight against diabetes, obesity, heart disease and cancer affects so many of us and our family, our friends and acquaintances, and our co-workers and colleagues.

Susan Ryberg, Reference Librarian 
Available anytime 
o: 919-658-1411
h: 919-658-8652

Using the Web to find what you need
Focus on free and NC LIVE (paid library service) access points.
Finding information can be a daunting experience, I am a reference librarian with 40 years of experience, Ten of which have been with North Carolina’s information service for NC residents. Would focus the one hour talk to the group’s specific interests.

Tale of two trains
Travelogue of using AmTrack and VIA Canada to see glaciers in July. Trains are an interesting alternative to air or car travel. Took a two-week tour using both trains this summer



Dr. Paul Cwik, Professor of Economics and Finance
Available anytime
919-658-2502 Ext. 1121

Eastern North Carolina's Economy in the Face of Recession
This talk considers the health of the economy of NC and Eastern NC in particular. It explains how an economy grows, how Eastern NC got into the situation it finds itself, and what can be done to get past economic hardships.

The Yield Curve and the Business Cycle
The yield curve has been in the news recently.Why is it inverting and what does that mean to the rest of the economy? Typically an inverted yield curve indicates that a recession is around the corner.Is this the case for the United States?

Teaching Business Ethics: "Classificationist" Approach
Current business ethics classes teach about the ethics of decision in a business setting. However, unlike medical school where the student knows that his skills are for the betterment of society, all too often the business student is never confronted with the argument that business is a highly ethical profession that the system of voluntary exchange is a superior system to that of the system of governmental coercion. This talk makes the case that being in business is not only a highly honorable profession, but one that is necessary for society.

Dr. Norman Crumpacker, Assistant Professor of Management
Available Tuesday and Thursday 12:30PM to 3:30PM

Burnout: A Theoretical and Practical Perspective
This interactive seminar will introduce theoretical and research-based factors that relate to burnout. With the known prevalence of stress and burnout that pervades organizations and society in general, this program offers valuable insights as to the nature of burnout, its measurement, contributory factors, and intervention strategies that may benefit individuals and institutions alike. The emphasis of the program is applicable to any group, participant or organization, including academia in which student burnout is the leading reason college students stop-out; that is, stop taking college courses with full intention to re-enroll in the future. Expertise: extensive research in the field (primary emphasis of doctoral dissertation) and complementary ongoing research.

Earning Your College Degree: Process, Value and Insights
This insightful interactive seminar offers a comprehensive overview of the process leading to the earning of college degrees (Associate, Baccalaureate, Master and Doctorate). Grounded in up-to-date statistics, the multidimensional values and relevancies as well as the ‘mysteries’ of earning college degrees are revealed. Moreover, useful insights and tips are offered and answers to participant questions are gladly shared. This program is appropriate for anyone interested in or already pursuing a college degree. Expertise: considerable personal experience, advocacy of higher education and lifelong learning, associated research, and numerous comparable presentations to various groups and audiences.

Dr. Vana Prewitt, Assistant Professor of Organizational Development

Available mornings

Motivating employees during difficult times
Discuss the research and practical implications of employee motivating that leads to organizational performance.

Driving organizational innovation
Discuss the research and practical implications of continuous improvement, creativity, and innovation that drives organizational success in the 21st century.

Why the Boomers leadership style no longer works
Presentation of the research and practical implications of changing workforce trends, including educational levels of employees, information technologies, social and cultural shifts among Gen X and Y populations. Showcases the differences between “classic” leadership models and practices and those most successful in the 21st century.

Dr. Curtis W. Roney, Professor of Management
Available anytime

Planning for Long Range Futures
Futures Study is an emerging field where strategic planners integrate a wide variety of disciplines in order to contemplate possible high-impact changes in technology, physical and biological sciences, energy and natural resources, ecological sustainability, composition and migration of populations, global shifts in economic, military & political balances, and the competitive dynamics of economies, markets and industries. This presentation explores the methods of futures study as well as several possible future shifts that will, or could, change the world as we now know it. Several forecasts and alternative futures are examined in order to address critical issues such as: the economic and social impacts of dramatic increases in life expectancy; dependence on traditional versus new energy sources; shifts in global power balances; and radical changes in basic industries such as food production, electric power generation, water supply, health care, transportation, and artificial intelligence.

Making Strategy Happen
The rate of strategic plans’ successful implementation has been estimated to be between 10% and 40%. Most estimates tend to be near the low end of that range. Indeed, weakness of implementation skills seems to be the most important pitfall of commercial planning – whether it is called strategic planning, corporate planning or business planning. Frankly, we know much more about how to form strategy than how to realize it. But, if plans aren’t implemented successfully, they can’t make much of a contribution to firms’ performance. This presentation explains why plans usually aren’t implemented successfully and how firms can build their capabilities to realize strategy more reliably.



Ms. Machelle Bass, Director of Counseling Services
Contact: 919-658-7502, weekdays September - April

Topics for discussion include Stress Management, Anger Management, Conflict Resolution, Depression, Eating Disorders, Relationships, Substance Abuse, Domestic Abuse, Self Esteem, Anxiety, and Wellness. Other topics by request.

Dr. Roy Campbell, Assistant Professor of Business
Contact: anytime

Goal Setting and Planning
A motivational talk centered on the importance of setting goals and not giving up.

Planning for Retirement 
The importance of understanding that it is how long, not how much you put away for retirement.

Dr. Michael Cavanagh, Professor of Psychology 
Contact: anytime

What can be learned from the Casey Anthony case?
Many important things can be learned from the Casey Anthony trial. These learnings fall into several categories: legal, civic, psychological, social, moral, and religious. This presentation will delve into each of these dimensions in a way that challenges people to revisit their conceptions and misconceptions about civic and moral justice.

Speaking truth to authority—a predominant moral challenge in any society.
Failure to speak truth to authority is the major cause of problems in every decision-making situation from decisions about family matters to church matters to political matters to military matters to business matters.  Virtually every institutional decision in life that turns out badly was based on information that was faulty because subordinates were not truthful with the decision-makers. This presentation will address the psychological, organizational, and moral dimensions of truth telling which includes how good people can end up being untruthful to their superiors.

Mr. Jeff Eisen, Athletics Director

College Athletics
Issues in collegiate athletics and the values of participating in college sports.

Dr. Joseph Klotz
Contact: Anytime
919-658-7676 or 252-635-3209

Managing Work related stress in the workplace and at home. 
The participant will be asked to contribute examples of stressors in the workplace and the difficulties they cause both at work and home. The speaker will then introduce the audience to theory that explains the reaction to the stressor and practical methods for coping with the difficulties in a time-limited and efficient manner

Best Fit: Finding and retaining the right employee for the Job. 
The speaker will discuss interview and paper and pencil testing approaches to employment that increase the likelihood of selecting the best candidate.

Dr. Jill Mills, Assistant Professor of Recreation and Leisure Studies 
Contact: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM, MWF
919-658-2502 Ext. 1176
Willing to speak in the Mount Olive, Goldsboro, and Research Triangle Park areas.

Successful Aging 
A discussion of growing old gracefully by avoiding disease and disability, being mentally and physically active, and being socially engaged.

Planning Special Events 
A step-by-step guide to planning, implementing, and evaluating special events, including themes, invitations, food and beverage, activities, staffing, volunteers, safety, etc.

Playground Safety
Nationally certified playground safety inspector, provides valuable information on the hidden hazards of playgrounds, and the importance of age appropriate play opportunities, proper supervision, regular inspection and maintenance.

Ms. Jo Morgan, Director of Health Services 
Contact: 7:00 AM to 2:00 PM, M-F

Health Promotion
Choose from the following topics or request others: diet, nutrition, first aid, grief counseling, exercise, health promotion, smoking cessation, drug information, CPR, age-specific health modalities, youth counseling (anger management, alcohol, drugs, sex)



Dr. Tyanna Yonkers, Chair, Department of Religion
Contact any time - leave a message 
Willing to speak in the Mount Olive, Goldsboro, New Bern, Wilmington, and Research Triangle Park areas.

Several presentations are available in this category to enable a group to understand and /or deepen their spiritual walk. Topics include: Centering Prayer, Lectio Divina, Ignatian Prayer, Neurospirituality, and Spiritual Formation.

Faith Formation
This presentation explores the basics of how faith develops through examination of several key models.

Dr. David Hines, Dean, School of Arts and Sciences
Contact: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM, M-F
919-658-2502 Ext. 1085

Seven Keys to Effective Motivation
This presentation examines strategies for motivating church groups and volunteer organizations
30-45 minutes

Leading the User Friendly Church
This interactive presentation points out ways congregations can make their church and facilities more open and attractive to new persons.
One hour