Simon Boes

Simon Boes is a senior from Lexington, Kentucky. He is an English major with a Creative Writing certificate. His favorite aspect of speaking and listening is eye contact and speaking stances. Simon is a fan of James Carville, an American political commentator and author. Simon likes the Carville quotation, “Sometimes the right thing gets done for the wrong reason and sometimes, unfortunately, the wrong thing gets done for the right reason.” He is also involved in the undergraduate Mountain Goat magazine and Greek Life. Simon thinks speaking and listening are important real life skills that many colleges fail to teach. 

Tristan Carico

Tristan Carico is a Psychology major with minors in Business and German. He is a sophomore and recently moved to Chattanooga, Tennessee. He enjoys working with students to incorporate more appropriate rhetorical elements into their speeches and helping students improve their delivery. Tristan enjoys reading the letters of Seneca the Younger, a roman philosopher, statesman, and rhetorician. When not working with students in the Speaking and Listening Center, Tristan performs with the Sewanee Jazz Band, tutors high school students for the ACT, and watches old episodes of “The Office.” Tristan is a fan of the quotation by Seneca, “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.” 

William Chandler

William Chandler is a sophomore from Montgomery, Alabama. He is majoring in Politics with minors in Rhetoric and Shakespeare Studies. William is also planning to get a Creative Writing Certificate. His areas of tutoring interest are confidence and structure. William most often finds himself quoting Winston Churchill in speeches, specifically “if a person is not a liberal when he is 20, then he has no heart; if he is not a conservative when he is 40, he has no head.”

Maren Czura

Maren Czura is a freshman from Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. She intends to major in English. Her favorite aspects of public speaking are transitions and gestures. Maren runs cross country in the fall and participates in Greek Life on campus. Her favorite quotation is from Virgil’s epic poem, The Aeneid, which states “Through various chances, through all vicissitudes, we make our way.”

Emily Donkervoet

Emily Donkervoet is a senior from Honolulu, Hawaii. She is a Politics major and a History minor. As a tutor, her favorite aspect of speaking and listening is audience adaptation. She is the President of the Sewanee Debate Union and active in Greek Life and community service. Emily has spent the past year conducting research on HIV policy in Africa and will present her work at the Midwest Political Science Conference. Emily is passionate about the integration of research into public speaking.

Luke Gair

Luke Gair is a first-year student from Charleston, South Carolina. He intends to double major in both Politics and English. Outside of the classroom, it's more than likely you can find him giving tours around campus, working in the Student Post Office, or editing articles in the offices of The Sewanee Purple. The study of rhetoric allows him to not only cultivate and strengthen his own opinions, but also to acknowledge and understand other perspectives. He hopes to transpose his passion for public speaking into the courtroom one day.

Anayeli Gamino

Anna Gamino is a freshman from Nashville, Tennessee. She is a Psychology major with an undecided minor. Her areas of interest in public speaking are topic selection and outlining. She is also involved in the Arcadian program, Adelante, and Epic Girl. She is a fan of Eric Thomas, an American motivational speaker and minister, and her favorite Thomas quotation is, "When you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe, then you'll be successful." Anna believes public speaking is an essential skill because it can motivate change and influence informed decisions. 

Laluna Goodale

Luna Goodale is a junior and International and Global Studies major from Alameda, California. She enjoys helping students develop their ideas into succinct arguments so that they may put their best foot forward in public speaking activities. Outside of tutoring, Luna is often working at Stirling’s Coffee House, running, or training her peers. She is active in Greek Life as well as in community engagement projects on the Cumberland Plateau. Luna agrees with anything that Dr. O’Rourke has to say, but she is particularly fond of his quote, “Speak truth to power even when the risk is great and the fear nearly paralyzing.”

Kathryn Hicks

Kathryn (Kadie) Hicks is a first-year student from Winston-Salem, NC. She hopes to major in Classics and English. Her favorite parts of speaking are outlining and delivery. She loves the quotation from Benjamin Mee, “Sometimes all you need is twenty seconds of insane courage. Just literally twenty seconds of just embarrassing bravery. And I promise you something great will come of it.” Public speaking is all about having the courage to put yourself out there. Outside of the classroom she’s a member of the Varsity Field Hockey team, she's an Arcadian, and a student worker at the SPO.

Victoria Kunesch

Victoria Kunesch is a first-year student from Newton, New Jersey. She plans to double major in English and Music with a concentration in Vocal Performance. Her favorite aspect of speaking and listening is the use of inflection to convey a story. Victoria is a fan of Malcolm Gladwell, an English-born Canadian journalist, author, and speaker. Victoria likes the Gladwell quotation, “If you work hard enough and assert yourself, and use your mind and imagination, you can shape the world to your desires.” She is also a member of the Varsity Swim team, the University Choir, and a Chamber Choir.

Jack Lance

Jack Lance is a junior from Atlanta, Georgia. He is an Environmental Arts & Humanities major and Asian Studies Minor. He is a passionate elocutionist and is always trying to improve his speaking abilities, applicable vocabulary, and understanding of the world around him. HIs favorite aspect of public speaking is the learned capacity to elicit emotions from a large audience. Jack thoroughly enjoys the talks given by Alan Watts, and favors the J.K. Rowling quote, "My philosophy is that worrying means you suffer twice." He is one of the managers at the Sewanee Union Theater, a recreational pianist, an avid coffee and tea enthusiast, and a proud member of the Order of the Gown. Jack believes that everyone should learn the essentials of speaking, because a good speech can change hearts and minds.

Kathryn Lott

Kathryn Anne Lott is a first-year student from Birmingham, Alabama. She has yet to declare her major. Her favorite aspects of speaking and listening are word choice and organization. Kathryn Anne enjoys listening to all speakers, though her favorite quotation comes from George Jessel, an old American actor and comedian, who said, “The human brain is a wonderful organ. It starts to work as soon as you are born and doesn't stop until you get up to deliver a speech.” Kathryn Anne is also involved with All Saints Chapel and Community Outreach. She looks forward to working with you all.  

Emily Medley

Emily Medley is a first-year student ('21) from Tullahoma, Tennessee. She intends to major in Psychology and minor in Politics, and aspires to pursue a career in criminal law. As a part-time Taekwondo instructor and full-time backseat driver, she loves working with rhetorical accuracy, voice projection, and variation in tone. She began to study rhetoric after listening to David Foster Wallace's “This is Water,” commencement address to the Kenyon College class of 2005. There he states, “And I submit that this is what the real, no-bull value of your liberal-arts education is supposed to be about: How to keep from going through your comfortable, prosperous, respectable adult life dead, unconscious, a slave to your head and to your natural default-setting of being uniquely, completely, imperially alone, day in and day out.”

William Merriman

William Merriman is a Junior from Memphis, Tennessee, majoring in English and minoring in Business. He plays goalkeeper on the Men’s Soccer team, is a member of the Campus Crusade leadership team, and is also a Carey Fellow. He enjoys the process of speech-making, drawing from rhetorical precepts of order. His favorite fictional speech occurs in William Shakespeare’s Henry V when Henry proclaims, “We few, we happy few, we band of brothers. / For he to-day that sheds his blood with me / Shall be my brother.” His favorite legitimate speech is President Ronald Reagan’s “ChallengerAddress”, particularly the closing statement: “We will never forget them, nor the last time we saw them, this morning, as they prepared for their journey and waved goodbye and ‘slipped the surly bonds of earth’ to ‘touch the face of God.” 

Victoria Pallos

Victoria Pallos is a junior from Lexington, Kentucky. She is a Politics major with minors in Business and Economics. Her favorite aspects of speaking and listening are verbal fillers and delivery. One of her favorite quotations is from Aristotle, who said, “It was at this point that the transition was first made to the conception that rhetoric was a teachable skill, that it could, usually in return for a fee, be passed from one skilled performer on to others, who might thereby achieve successes in their practical life that would otherwise have eluded them.”

Ivana Porashka

Ivana Porashka is a freshman from Bulgaria. In her spare time, she enjoys listening to eccentric class rock at high volumes, doing yoga on elevated surfaces, and cocooning in piles of warm laundry in Benedict. She is always excited to discuss existentialism while simultaneously binging on breakfast foods. Isabella believes the art of rhetoric is essential for strengthening a sense of community. cultivating a functioning society, and having more meaningful interactions with others.

Cole Porter

Cole Porter is a junior from Nashville, Tennessee. He is an economics major, Spanish minor, and an honors business minor as a Carey Fellow. He most values the natural delivery of a speech, over the simple recitation of a script. His favorite quote comes at the end of David Mitchell'sCloud Atlas: "My life amounts to no more than one drop in a limitless ocean. Yet what is any ocean, but a multitude of drops?" When he is not in the classroom or tutoring, Cole can be found reading, walking in the woods, or spending quality time with friends.