Every semester since 1993, the Arthur Levitt Public Affairs Center sends Hamilton students to area high schools to speak on a wide variety of topics. These Levitt Scholars are juniors and seniors selected by faculty members for their outstanding research and communication skills. Scholars from all majors and can be nominated by any member of the faculty.
Levitt Scholars first complete an Oral Communications course taught by Professor Susan Mason. During this class, they hone their public speaking skills and learn to tailor their presentation to a high school audience.
Scholars generally speak about research they are conducting, major projects or papers, study abroad experience, or specific skills they have learned. Their presentations are designed to fit into a normal class period, with time for a question and answer session following their talk. Scholars may also present to combined classes, assemblies or youth groups. Local educators participating in the program consistently comment on the high quality of the students' presentations.
Hamilton students and the off-campus community all benefit when Scholars present their work:
"This Levitt Scholar modeled what good public speaking is all about. She knew her audience and engaged the students, all suffering from senioritis, in a lively, interactive discussion. Her program was wonderful -- both informative and entertaining!" More ...
Contact Madeleine La Cotera: 315-859-4456 (phone)