Speakers Bureau2019-10-02T23:59:38-07:00

Speakers Bureau

Professionals Speakers Available to Speak at Your Next Event

Are you looking for a speaker for your for your classroom or community organization? The YVC Speakers Bureau is a group of faculty, staff and administrators who share their knowledge and expertise with area high schools and community groups. The presenters speak on a wide variety of topics. They know how to make the material engaging, how to answer questions, and how to get their audiences interested in returning to learn more.

Yakima Valley College offers a high-quality education and progressive, student-centered programs.  Learn more about a particular topic and about opportunities at YVC when you reserve a speaker from our Speakers Bureau.

The easy way to engage, educate, and entertain your audience

Our professionals are available to speak to public and private school systems, libraries, service clubs and organizations, historic societies, as well as civic and non-profit organizations.

  • Speakers are available to speak to public and private school systems, libraries, service clubs and organizations, historic societies, as well as civic and non-profit organizations.
  • Most presentations are 30 minutes long, followed by a short Q&A session
  • Speaker availability varies, depending on existing commitments – the earlier you make your request the better

Contact the Speakers Bureau for additional information.

Speaker Topics

Career Options in the Arts
Students who are attracted to the arts may be concerned about their ability to earn a livelihood if they follow that path.  In this presentation Rachel Dorn will introduce students to possible careers in art and encourage them that they CAN succeed in art and art CAN be a viable career option.
Rachel Dorn

Greek Art and the Golden Ratio
A fascinating and powerful exploration of the way that the naturally-occurring 2:3 ratio has been variously adapted in art forms and architecture, with a special focus on the way it was used in classical Greece to produce aesthetically pleasing designs.
Rachel Dorn

The World According to Dante Alighieri
In this presentation, Joy Clark provides an introduction to the life and times of one of the world’s most significant and influential authors. Dr. Clark will highlight the story of his life events and the autobiographical nature of the poem, setting the poem in the context of world politics as Dante experienced and interpreted those events.
Joy Clark

Don’t forget to read the ads: Media Literacy for today – with Gordon Koestler, English Instructor
What do ads “say” to us, and what do they say about us and our culture? In what ways can we respond to the messages in advertising? In this presentation, Joy Clark and Gordon Koestler demonstrate the importance of “reading” advertisements as a way to reinforce the critical skill of media literacy. Today more than ever, it is vital that citizens know how to “read” the signs and symbols of a consumer culture and market-driven economy. Clark and Koestler both teach in the English Department and approach this topic as a way to build critical thinking and analytical skills, and believe that the consumer culture that is cultivated in much of today’s advertising-soaked, brand-saturated world has implications for our future as citizens and as members of a vital planet.
Joy Clark

Writing, Reading, Publishing Poetry
Dan Peters

Blogging – in Classroom Teaching and Other Uses
Dan Peters

Northwest Literature: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives
Dan Peters

Shakespeare and Renaissance Theatre
In this presentation on the life and times of Shakespeare and an overview of Renaissance theatre, Julie Swedin discusses what life was like for an actor living in Renaissance England and the colorful history of the Globe theatre. Other options for this presentation include a discussion of why we still read Shakespeare or Julie Swedin can provide a lesson introducing a specific sonnet or play.
Julie Swedin

Documentary Photography: Afghanistan
Ken Zontek, PhD., compares imagery of Afghanistan from his 2005-2006 sojourn there with the photos and text of National Geographic journalists dating back to the 1930s. The presentation offers a timeless sense in a forbidding region.
Ken Zontek

Buffalo Nation
History instructor Ken Zontek explains the effort of Native Americans to bring back the buffalo.  His work will expound on his book Buffalo Nation: The American Indian Effort to Restore the Bison, recipient of the American Library Association’s 2008 Best of the Best University Press Award.
Ken Zontek

Topics in Entrepreneurship
What knowledge, skills, and abilities should entrepreneurs possess if they are seeking to create multiple entrepreneurial organizations and ventures? What does a career of entrepreneurship entail? With advance notice, Dr. Eubanks can discuss a variety of entrepreneurial topics, especially dealing with entrepreneurs and their human resources development.
Brock Eubanks

Washington Wine: A Growing Industry
One of the few sectors in the state that has continued to see rapid growth and development is the Washington wine industry. In this seminar, you will learn about what makes the wine industry unique, the economic impact of the industry on our statewide economy, and the career and job opportunities that are available.
Trent Ball

What Can College Do For Me?
Maria Cuevas

Is Education Worth It? The Economics and Costs of Education
Brock Eubanks

Tactics and Strategies for Personal Defense for College-aged Men and Women
Brock Eubanks

MEChA at YVC​
Maria Cuevas

Introduction to Sociology: An Interactive Class
Maria Cuevas

Education: Is Education Worth it?: The Economics and Costs of Education
This presentation is not just about the dollar costs of pursuing a college degree, but some of the other cost considerations over four years, versus the overall benefits, financial and otherwise, of pursuing higher education. This basic discussion about the benefits of pursuing higher education is geared to high school students and their parents.
Brock Eubanks

Careers in Veterinary Technology: Becoming a Nurse for Animals
The Veterinary Technology program at YVC trains students for a rewarding career that is currently the number one job in demand in the state. This program is one of only three such programs in the state, in which students earn an A.A.S. and prepare to pass licensing requirements as a Veterinary Technician. Dr. Wedam will discuss prerequisites for this program, application procedures, coursework and training, as well as the wide variety of career opportunities that are available to students completing the program. This presentation is especially valuable for high school students who are considering careers and how best to prepare for college.
Susan Wedam

Careers in Veterinary Medicine
Dr. Wedam discusses the range of careers available in Veterinary Medicine, and how students can get started on the path right here at YVC. Topics include: earning an A.A. at YVC and transferring to a four-year college, the process of applying to veterinary school, and career paths.
Susan Wedam

Careers working with Animals
This presentation is geared toward middle school audiences and informs and inspires them to consider a career working in veterinary medicine. Dr. Wedam discusses how students might train for a job working with animals, and presents possible career paths. It’s not too early to start setting goals for the future!
Susan Wedam

Principles of Pet Care
This talk can be tailored to the needs of the audience. Susan Wedam, DVM, will talk with your group about animal husbandry and preventative care. Dr. Wedam has spoken to many 4-H groups and is herself a 4-H leader.
Susan Wedam

Antarctica: Science and History
Claire Carpenter

Biology of Cancer
Claire Carpenter

Bees: Biology and Natural History
Claire Carpenter

Hot and Cold: Why Temperature Matters
Claire Carpenter

Understanding Evolution
Claire Carpenter

The Use of Sign Language by Cross-Fostered Chimpanzees
Heidi Shaw

Pointing Gestures in Humans and Chimpanzees
Heidi Shaw

Why People Believe Weird Things
Heidi Shaw

Tactics and strategies for personal defense for college-aged men and women
This discussion will talk about common situations college-aged students face on campus with friends and acquaintances, and how these situations may escalate to a situation when personal defense is necessary, and how to apply defense in these delicate situations.
Brock Eubanks

Don’t Forget to Read the Ads: Media Literacy for Today
Joy Clark

Introduction to Sociology: An Interactive Class
Maria Cuevas

Intercultural Communication
Maria Cuevas

Latinos in Washington State: Implications for Education
Maria Cuevas

The Use of Sign Language by Cross-Fostered Chimpanzees
Heidi Shaw

Pointing Gestures in Humans and Chimpanzees
Heidi Shaw

Why People Believe Weird Things
Heidi Shaw

How to Think Like a Psychologist
Heidi Shaw

Antarctica: Science and History
Claire Carpenter

Beyond Burqas and Bombs – Insights into Afghanistan
Dr. Ken Zontek shares his insights on Afghanistan after spending a year there in 2005-2006.  Subsequent to his return to the United States, Zontek has continued with humanitarian support for a women’s shelter in Afghanistan and launched an Afghan Women’s Education project at YVCC.
Ken Zontek

Documentary Photography: Afghanistan
Ken Zontek, PhD., compares imagery of Afghanistan from his 2005-2006 sojourn there with the photos and text of National Geographic journalists dating back to the 1930s. The presentation offers a timeless sense in a forbidding region.
Ken Zontek

Trails and Tales in Northern Mexico
Ken Zontek, an environmental historian, provides insights into the landscape of western Sonora captured during his trip there in the winter of 2008-2009. Zontek followed in the footsteps of an American hunter-naturalist, Charles Sheldon, who pursued desert bighorn sheep in the rugged mountains during the late 1910s and early 1920s.
Ken Zontek

Speakers Bureau FAQ

Will I have the opportunity to speak with the speaker before the event?2019-06-05T15:49:38-07:00

We can make arrangements for you to contact the speaker either via phone or email before the scheduled event.

Can the speaker tailor the program to my group’s needs?2019-06-05T15:49:39-07:00

Each speaker will make every effort to present an interesting, appropriate presentation for your specific group.

Do I contact the speaker directly?2019-06-05T15:49:39-07:00

No. Please contact the Speakers Bureau.

When should I contact YVC in order to secure a speaker for a program?2019-06-05T15:49:39-07:00

The earlier you are able to make your request, the better the chances are of securing a speaker at a time that works for you.

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