Speakers Bureau

Covering a wide range of topics - from religion and history to travel and leadership - 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.

 

Topics:

Academics and Education


Dr. Sarah (Dee) Clere, Professor of English
Available Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 2:00
919-658-7848
sclere@umo.edu 

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. Ellen Jordan, Vice President for Academic Affairs

Available anytime
919-658-2502
ejordan@umo.edu

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
bkornegay@umo.edu

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
919-658-2502
alamm@umo.edu 

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
252-210-2903
crobinson@umo.edu 

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.


Business


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

Morality and Markets
Many people say that capitalism is all about greed.  It’s about getting money and not letting anyone or anything stop you from doing so.  Many are afraid that a world of free markets will degenerate into some sort of anarchist, dog-eat-dog world.
 
Fortunately, such a world is just make-believe.  A true free market economy is a moral system to its core.  It is about service, honesty, trust, respect and ultimately love.  In this talk, we talk not only about the foundations of economics, but we use a Christian perspective to honestly evaluate capitalism and its alternatives.

The Origin of Money
Money is one of humanity’s the oldest inventions.  We tend to think of its existence as a permanent measure of value.  Unfortunately, money is neither permanent nor does it have intrinsic value. 

In this talk, we look at the origin of money and how it has evolved from simple agricultural products to crypto-currencies, like bit-coin.  Additionally, we will look at the problems that are involved with our current monetary system and some possible solutions to fix the messes we’ve made.


Dr. Norman Crumpacker, Assistant Professor of Management
Available Tuesday and Thursday 12:30PM to 3:30PM
919-658-1669
ncrumpacker@umo.edu 

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 Management

Available mornings
919-951-9738
vprewitt@umo.edu 



Inspiring Workers to Perform

Ten Steps to Reaching Your Goals


Dr. Curtis W. Roney, Professor of Management
Available anytime
252-237-6089
croney@umo.edu 

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.


 

Social


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

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.


 

 

Mr. Jeff Eisen, Athletics Director
919-658-7759
jeisen@umo.edu 

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
jklotz@umo.edu 

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
jmills@umo.edu 
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
919-658-8558
jmorgan@umo.edu 

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)


Religion


Dr. Tyanna Yonkers, Chair, Department of Religion
Contact any time - leave a message 
919-658-7861
tyonkers@umo.edu 
Willing to speak in the Mount Olive, Goldsboro, New Bern, Wilmington, and Research Triangle Park areas.

Spirituality
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
dhines@umo.edu 

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