Behind the Staff Day Speech Showcase

On Monday, May 18th, Washington University will hold its inaugural Staff Day Speech Showcase. Members from Toast of WU and WUSTL Speaks will present their best speeches from the last year and a half. WUSTL Speaks member Troy DeArmitt came up with the idea for the showcase as a way to promote the club. “After […]

Notes & Notables: April 2015

Congratulations to Mary Clemens for completing the Competent Communicator Manual and for taking top honors at the Area 12 International Speech Contest. Contest Standings Rosalind Early and John Richards are tied for first in the participation contest with 180 points each. In the visitor contest, Rosalind is in the lead with 60 points and Marcia […]

New Member Spotlight: Nancy Bouffides

This month, we welcome Nancy Bouffides (pronounced BUFF-ih-des) to our club. She’s been working at the university since 2009 in the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences. Recently, she was promoted to administrative coordinator for the Skandalaris Center for Interdisciplinary Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Her favorite book: The Hours by Michael Cunningham Her favorite movie or […]

Playing to Win

By Marcia Mannen With the Toastmasters International Speech contest and Best Evaluator contest approaching on March 26, we decided to get the inside scoop on contest participation from two WUSTL Speakers who have already been through the speech-contest ringer. Last fall, the club selected Mary Clemens and Martin Yoakum to go to the area speech […]

New Member Spotlight: Anna Eggemeyer

This month, we welcome new member Anna Eggemeyer. She has been at the university for almost eight years, and is the editorial assistant for Revista de Estudios Hispánicos, a journal published by the Romance Languages department. She also recently became the administrative coordinator for the new Latin American Studies Program. What’s your favorite book? We […]

Of Cats, Strippers, and Open Houses

By Anna Eggemeyer and Jackie Lorrainne Our second open house was held on March 18 in the Gingko room and brought in almost 30 attendees, including 12 guests! Members from Toast of WU also came to show their support. The meeting opened with Club President Jackie Lorrainne summarizing the Toastmasters organization and the club history, activities […]

On Mama’s Pot Roast, God and Playboy

By Chris Presley and Marcia Mannen “I’ve never heard a speech before where someone quoted god and Playboy,” Troy DeArmitt said when offering his grammarian’s report at the March 4th meeting. He was talking about John Richards’ speech “Dreaming of REST,” about WordPress. The speech had quotes from Genesis and the girly magazine. John was […]

WUSTL Speaks about Race & Ethnicity

Members of WUSTL Speaks joined the conversation at Washington University’s Race & Ethnicity: A Day of Dialogue and Discovery Several members of WUSTL Speaks including Janet Owen (pictured center), Mary Clemens, Amy Gassel, Club Secretary Cecily Hawksworth, Josh Lawrence, and Club President Jackie Lorrainne were selected to be delegates for a two-day, campus-wide conference about […]

Member Spotlight: Chris Presley

Chris Presley Academic and Student Services Advisor Olin Business School Favorite Book: The Other Wes Moore Favorite Movie: The Pursuit of Happyness Favorite Band: The Clark Sisters Why I joined Toastmasters: Before I started at WashU in June, I attended a Toastmasters meeting in Columbia, SC, where I went to graduate school. Unfortunately, I wasn’t […]