Speakers Bureau

The Speakers Bureau of BSCTC lists employees of Big Sandy Community and Technical College who have volunteered to serve as public speakers on a wide variety of topics in varying formats, from information sharing to hands-on activities.

If you are interested in scheduling a public speaker for your group, club, or classroom, you can search this site in three ways via: Educational Divisions, General Topics, or by Speaker. Each listing will include the presentation’s title, description, length, target audience and the speaker’s name. When you find a specific presentation you are interested in, please be sure to review the additional details offered so you can also be informed about the speaker’s availability in regards to service area, dates and times. Once you have selected a topic and speaker, click on the presenter’s name to initiate email correspondence and to make arrangements for a presentation. Please note that after the presentation is completed, you will be sent an evaluation form from the Speakers Bureau to provide feedback.

The services of the speakers are offered free-of-charge as a community service outreach effort from Big Sandy Community and Technical College. If your organization is seeking job or skills training activities for the workplace, please contact the office of Workforce Solutions.

We trust this site will prove to be a valuable resource in identifying, selecting and scheduling quality speakers who meet your needs. If you have any difficulty with this site or outreach effort, please contact the program coordinators at bsctc-speaker-bureau@kctcs.edu.


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Presentations


Aging Happens: Strategies for Surviving the Caregiving Journey within Families

Based on the work of Janis Abrahms Spring, PhD, and Nancy C. Kehoe, PhD, this presentation will include a brief discussion about the challenges surrounding caregiving for families. It will start out with a basic discussion about ways to talk with loved ones so that caregivers are better able to see things from their loved ones? vantage points. Next, we will discuss a series of basic caregiving challenges that virtually all caregivers will face throughout their caregiving journey. Next, we will look at a variety of strategies for successfully surviving the caregiving experience. And, lastly, we will have a short activity whereby the audience members will have a chance to voice their most challenging caregiving experiences and find ways to better handle those challenges.

Speaker: Jacobs, Sabra P (Big Sandy)
Topics: Health and Wellness |
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ANIMAL INTELLIGENCE

Designed for children [ages 10 to 16] to introduce the concept of intelligence and discuss what psychology lends to understanding animal intellect, emotions and behavior. The presentation includes a discussion of proper care and treatment of domestic animals.

Speaker: Pixley, Jane L (Big Sandy)
Topics: Animal Care | Nature | Pet(s) |
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Beginning Knitting

Participants will learn how to do basic knitting stitches and will construct a head-hugger cap. These caps may be used for personal use and/or as community service projects for hospitals, schools, and other organizations.

Speaker: Jacobs, Sabra P (Big Sandy)
Topics: Arts and Crafts | Hobbies |
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Big Sandy Community and Technical College Information Presentations

Learn more about Big Sandy Community and Technical College's academic programs, college life and the role the College plays in our five county region. Higher Education Begins Here!

Speaker: Cole, Billie J (Big Sandy)
Topics: Career Planning |
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Conflict Resolution Skills

In this presentation, participants will learn to identify perspectives of conflict, management styles, and steps to resolve conflict. Also learn to squash your ANTS (automatic negative thoughts)! This presentation can be adapted to any audience.

Speaker: Ball, Tammy (Big Sandy)
Topics: Health and Wellness |
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Dealing with Toxic People

This presentation will help attendees identify toxic behaviors, learn strategies to effectively deal with these types of people, and participate in some group work using scenarios of toxic people.

Speaker: Jacobs, Sabra P (Big Sandy)
Topics: Health and Wellness |
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Increase retention rate by making class lecture interesting and meaningful for students ? Lesson from A&P

This is an interactive workshop intended for teachers and/or instructors that focus on how to increase retention rate in the classroom by making the lecture interesting and meaningful for students. The presenter will show several examples of topics in Human Anatomy & Physiology that are related to students' health and lives with an interesting presentation.

Speaker: Sofyan, Agus (Big Sandy)
Topics: Classroom Management |
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Indonesia and its culture

Did you know Indonesia has more than 17,000 islands with more than 100 ethnic groups and cultures? Did you know Indonesia is the most populated Muslim country in the world, but it has the largest Buddhist temple in the world, many beautiful Hindu temples, and churches? Did you know it is always summer in Indonesia. Did you know there is a 12-hour time difference between Indonesia and the USA? Yes, you will know all the above information from this presentation.

Speaker: Sofyan, Agus (Big Sandy)
Topics: Global Awareness | Travel |
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Inspire U: Finding & Maintaining Focus, Interest, Energy & Spark!

During this interactive 60 minute presentation, the speaker will inspire participants by guiding them in the identification and prioritization of individualized goals and then assist the participants in the development of action plans to pursue those goals.

Speaker: Saad, Sandra (Big Sandy)
Topics: Career Planning | Continuing Education | Health and Wellness |
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Islam 101

The presentation will explain basic information about Islam and Muslims, such as: What is Islam? What do Muslims believe? How do Muslims worship? Do Muslims believe in Jesus? Hopefully the presentation will increase more understanding about Islam and Muslims.

Speaker: Sofyan, Agus (Big Sandy)
Topics: Global Awareness |
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Kids Against Bullying

Bullying involves repeated acts of physical, emotional, or social behavior that are intentional, controlling, and hurtful. This presentation will address what bullying is, why stop bullying, how to detect if your child is being bullied, identifying warning signs if your child is a bully, and establishing a bullying prevention program. This workshop is intended for elementary, middle, and high school students, faculty, staff, and administrators.

Speaker: Saad, Toufic A (Big Sandy)
Topics: Personal Protection | Self-Defense |
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Living in Central America

During this presentation audience members will get a good idea as to the life and challenges of living in rural areas of Central America. The speaker will discuss some history of Central America and how it came to be organized. The presentation will consist of a variety of information and issues including social injustice, economic, education, health, etc. The speaker will also have photos, videos, and cultural items from the Central American country of Honduras. Since 2008 the speaker has been working in the country of Honduras to provide safe homes, safe drinking water, educational scholarships, and much more.

Speaker: Case, Clayton B (Big Sandy)
Topics: Global Awareness | Languages | Travel |
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Math topics like Magic Squares, Varieties of Equations!, Working with Complex Numbers.

Fun to see how easily you can make 3x3 and 4x4 magic squares!

Speaker: Akhlaghi, Mohammad R (Big Sandy)
Topics: Hobbies |
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Math: How To Teach It So They Can Get It!

A two-time winner of the Great Teacher Award at BSCTC in the terror-inducing subject of math will share his tips, techniques and strategies to engage students in the belief that: "Yes, I can do this!" This self-identified "slow learner" uses a variety of methods to reach his students and engage them in the learning process. Once a student experiences a light-bulb moment with math there is a paradigm shift when success in math becomes a real possibility.

Speaker: Saad, Toufic A (Big Sandy)
Topics: Classroom Management |
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MOTIVATION: Helping Students Discover Motivation

This presentation is designed for teachers or faculty who teach students K-12 or adults. Participants will learn techniques and strategies for helping students to discover motivation. This will be an active session where participants will take part in hands-on activities to ensure that students have every opportunity to discover motivation. William Glasser's Choice Theory will be the foundation of this presentation.

Speaker: Carroll, John (Big Sandy)
Topics: Classroom Management |
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My Life as a Nurse

I am one of those fortunate persons who can say, "I've been working for 30 years and never had a job I didn't love." I graduated from the ADN program from PCC in 1983 (2 years after I graduated from Johnson Central High School in 1981). I have worked every possible field in nursing and have come full circle back to the campus I graduated from. I currently hold a Master's Degree in Nursing Education and am enjoying my life as a nurse educator!

Speaker: Ratliff, Teddie R (Big Sandy)
Topics: Career Planning |
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Numbers

We talk about things related to numbers you haven't seen or heard!

Speaker: Akhlaghi, Mohammad R (Big Sandy)
Topics: Hobbies |
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Optimal Memory through the Lifespan

Based on the work of Aaron Nelson, PhD, this presentation will include a brief discussion of some of the most common memory complaints, how the nervous system changes over the lifespan, some of the challenges and opportunities for the aging body, 7 commandments for optimal memories, some practical strategies to enhance everyday memory, and some basic memory techniques. The presentation will also include a short activity whereby the audience members will be able to discuss their own and others? biggest memory challenges as well as potential ways to improve their memory retention.

Speaker: Jacobs, Sabra P (Big Sandy)
Topics: Health and Wellness |
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Our Beautiful World: Harmony in Science and Nature

This presentation gives a brief description of some examples of the beauty found in nature and how it connects with science and mathematics.

Speaker: Turner, Garrison H (Big Sandy)
Topics: Nature |
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Poetry and the Art of Life: Self-expression through Metaphors

The presenter will share examples of confessional poetry, and then participants will complete writing activities. These ?self-expression through metaphors? writing practices are meant to inspire participants to reflect on self and the power and beauty of writing.

Speaker: Wallen, Mary S (Big Sandy)
Topics: Creative Writing |
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Self-Defense for Women

Self-defense is a set of awareness, assertiveness, verbal confrontation skills, safety strategies, and physical techniques that enable someone to successfully prevent, escape, resist and survive violent assaults. This workshop provides the psychological awareness, verbal skills, and physical training that is needed when one is found in harm's way.

Speaker: Saad, Toufic A (Big Sandy)
Topics: Self-Defense | Personal Protection |
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Stress Management

This presentation will explore causes of stress and ways to better manage it.

Speaker: Jacobs, Sabra P (Big Sandy)
Topics: Health and Wellness |
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Teaching our students to be independent learners and thinkers

Designed for teachers AND parents, this presentation considers how we can help our young people to be more motivated to learn, to take initiative in difficult circumstances and to be more creative thinkers. Literally teaching students to learn how to learn and LIKE it!

Speaker: Pixley, Jane L (Big Sandy)
Topics: Continuing Education |
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The Delicate Art of Eliciting Suicidal Ideation

This presentation will discuss suicide risk assessment. 3 discreet processes will be considered including: 1) risk factors, protective factors, and warning signs; 2) suicide ideation, planning, behaviors and intent; and 3) clinical formulation of risk. The CASE assessment model will be used to help case workers develop interviewing strategies to help potential suicides. A case study will be used to illustrate the warning signs of possible suicide ideation.

Speaker: Jacobs, Sabra P (Big Sandy)
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The Intersection of Science and Faith

This presentation presents arguments for the harmonization between science and religious faith.

Speaker: Turner, Garrison H (Big Sandy)
Topics: Nature |
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The Paperless Office and Classrooms: How to Get Started

Learn more about organizing files electronically, saving/archiving entire email accounts into one file that can be backed up/saved electronically, and how the savings can impact the organization, business, or home office.

Speaker: McKenzie, Cynthia L (Big Sandy)
Topics: Classroom Management | Computers |
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Verbal Defense: How to Prevent and De-escalate Conflict ? at Work, at Home, and in Life

Verbal Defense is a philosophy that can show you how to be better prepared in every verbal encounter; how to listen and speak more effectively; how to engage people through empathy (the most powerful word in the English language); how to avoid the most common conversational disasters; and how, instead, to have proven strategies that will allow you to successfully communicate your point of view and take the upper hand in most disputes.

Speaker: Saad, Toufic A (Big Sandy)
Topics: Personal Protection |
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We Are All Artists

This presentation focuses on the impact art has on our daily lives and how we are all artists. This talk should reveal how art is not enjoyed or made exclusively by an elite few, but is an instinctive part of the human experience. Each day we make intuitive decisions which are commonly employed by professional artists. This presentation will by example, humor and factual discussion, inform the participant of their role in art, and how they make artistic decisions everyday.

Speaker: Sizemore, Timothy S (Big Sandy)
Topics: Arts and Crafts |
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Web Ethics & Safety

This presentation focuses on common ethics and safety issues when working on the Internet. Cindy will also cover ethics and safety for emails at work and for personal use. Popular social sites, such as Facebook, will be discussed as well.

Speaker: McKenzie, Cynthia L (Big Sandy)
Topics: Computers |
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What does it mean to be 'college ready'?

This is a presentation designed for students interested in postsecondary education. We will discuss: What they will need to consider when planning their goals; when they need to start making contacts; where do they direct their inquiries? Whom do they contact; what is FAFSA? What is the difference between financial aid, scholarships and grants; what are the deadlines that need to be considered? And more. Bring questions, if we do not know the answer, we will get the answer.

Speaker: Pixley, Jane L (Big Sandy)
Topics: Continuing Education | Career Planning |
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