President Glasser Visits COM 103 Class

October 17, 2011

Wednesday, Oct. 12, was a special time for Jan Frazier's Communication 103 and Deb Burgauer's English 101 combined class. President Joanne Glasser came to visit and speak to them.

"As the class discussed speech preparation one day, it led to the students wondering how President Glasser prepared speeches," Jan Frazier states. "I offered to email her, and the next week we got an acceptance email. To say the least, we were thrilled."

President Glasser spoke to the freshman class on the importance of research, knowing the audience, and practicing to attain a good delivery style. She said humor is always a good element in a speech because it not only personalizes the speech, but it also puts the audience at ease.

President Glasser emphasized the importance of personal anecdotes in a speech and, as she called them, the "three Cs" -care, concern and compassion for the audience.

President Glasser interjected her own humor with the story of how one of the two teleprompters failed during her speech at the fall University Conference several years ago. She demonstrated how she tried to read the one working teleprompter, which was quickly fading. The example showed how speakers must "go with the flow" in all speaking situations.

President Glasser ended her time with the students with a question-answer period, and her final statements to the freshmen were important and pertinent. First, she emphasized that "education is the foundation" of almost everything students need to know in life. With a good education, students can go into any field and succeed. The second concept she emphasized was that perseverance. 

"If you get knocked down, get up and go forward," she said.

The English 101/Communication 103 class was piloted in fall 2010 by Deb Burgauer and Jan Frazier to keep the 22 students together all semester and to focus on "real" college research through the help of Bradley's librarian, Meg Frazier. The class met with such success in 2010 that Bradley offered two linked classes in fall 2011.