Southeast Student to Present ‘Studying Art: Where It’ll Get You’

Southeast Missouri State University freshman, Emily Merz of Smithton, Ill.,  will present “Studying Art:  Where It’ll Get You” as part of the 15th annual COMMrades’ Spring 2017 Speakers Showcase at noon Jan. 25 in the University Center Ballroom. The 30-minute event is designed to show what comprises a good speech, focusing on content, structure, delivery and visual communication. The event is free and open to the public. Merz, a freshman majoring in English education and the daughter of Cindy and Dave Merz, will examine how taking art classes helps one prepare for the challenges of today’s professional world, as well as enhances physiological and psychological health. “The speech is nicely structured and developed,” said Dr. Glen Williams, chair of the Department of Communication Studies. “Ms. Merz cites researchers’ findings that link the study of art to enhanced abilities for creative and analytical thinking, as well as reduced stress levels.” “Ms. Merz utilizes a nice blend of high-quality sources to support her argument. Her PowerPoint illustrations are engaging and help advance her case,” Williams said. Smith originally completed the speech for SC105 “Fundamentals of Oral Communication” in fall 2016. She was selected from students taking the course last fall to deliver her speech during the spring showcase to demonstrate effective speechmaking for students currently enrolled in SC105 and just beginning the course. The Speakers Showcase, held every semester since spring 2002, is now in its 15th year. The speech, and the discussion that follows, provides a good model for newly enrolled students. There will be prizes from Buffalo Wild Wings, Cape West 14 Cine and Horizon Screen Printing and Promotional Products and BG’s Olde Tyme Deli.