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Assists students with development and presentation of oral communication projects

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Hours and Location

Waterfield Library

Main Floor

Reference Room South


Monday -  10 am to 7 pm

Tuesday - 10 am to 7 pm

Wednesday - 10 am to 7 pm

Thursday - 10 am to 5 pm

Friday - 9 am to 12 pm

Saturday - Closed

Sunday - 6 pm to 9 pm




Make an Appointment

For your convenience there are there are 4 ways to make an appointment:

  1. You can call the Center at 270 - 809 - 3458
  2. You can book your appointment here on the Libguide by clicking on the "Book Now" icon. 
  3. You can email the Center at:
  4. You are welcome to drop by the Center and make an appointment in person! 

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Check out the first episode of "The Office" Parody created in the Center!

Monthly Staff Spotlight


Q: What year are you? What is your major? Where are you from?

I am currently a graduate student in the MBA program. I am looking forward to graduating this May. I am originally from Ohio, but grew up in Marshall County, KY. In addition to severing as the directing consultant here at the Racer Oral Communication Center I also teach the COM 161 Basic Public Speaking labs.

Q: Tell us something interesting about you.

I have a Thor helmet that I keep in the Center.

Q: What is your favorite thing about working in the Center?

Some of my favorite times in the Center revolve around the culture and growth. First, the culture of the Center is represented by the attitudes, beliefs and values that each employee brings to work every day. I get to work with a wonderful group of people that allows everyone involved to benefit and have fun in the process. It does not matter if we are working with clients or working on a promotional project, it is always a very open, engaging and comfortable culture.

The growth within the clients and staff throughout the semester is also my favorite thing about the Center. There is nothing more rewarding to me to see a client who visits the Center throughout the semester and watch how they grow as presenters. It also allows me to see growth in the staff as consultants. Watching them become better mentors for the university is equally rewarding.

Q: Favorite quote?

"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better.

The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat."

-President Theodore Roosevelt

Meet HAL!

Q: Where are you from and what do you do at Murray State?

I grew up in "extreme" western Kentucky--Clinton, Hickman County--and earned my Bachelor of Science in Broadcast Communication from Murray State in 1978.  I came back to Murray and earned my Masters in Organizational Communication in 1997.  I began to teach for Hopkinsville Community College almost immediately on an adjunct basis and in 2007 I began to teach for Murray State at the Hopkinsville and Madisonville campuses, as an adjunct.  In the mean time, I have been employed by TVA as a Program Administrator and Communication Specialist.  Later, I spent 14 years as the Corporate Director of Human Resources for a multi-location, multi-state company in Hopkinsville.  I am currently in my 13th year of owning and operating my own business.  Last year I was pleased to get the opportunity to teach, on a full-time basis for MSU--a dream fulfilled.  I currently teach 3 classes for the Department of Organizational Communication and serve as the Director of the Racer Oral Communication Center. 

Q: Tell us something interesting about you, your favorite food or movie quote?

If you talk to me very long, you'll find the subject invariably turns to cars, grandchildren, or Nascar racing.  Pagliai's Pizza is still a favorite of mine and my favorite quote is, of course "What we got failure to communicate..." from the movie, Cool Hand Luke. 

Q: What is my favorite thing about working in the Comm Center?

I enjoy seeing students learning to help other students--the staff shows their care and concern for each student that comes in the door.  It's not just a job to them--and I appreciate that so much.  The reputation and culture of the Comm Center makes my job so much easier in promoting and managing the Center.