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Covering a wide range of topics – from religion and history to travel and leadership – the University of Mount Olive Speakers Bureau offers unique programs tailored to your group.

The Speakers Bureau addresses issues of personal growth and development. It brings your organization an up-to-date analysis of current trends. With their years of experience, education and insight, these members of the University of Mount Olive community can inform, entertain and inspire your group.

Don’t be speechless again. For more information on any of the speakers or to schedule a speaker, please call or email the speaker(s) directly with the topic of your interest. The Speakers Bureau is a service of the University of Mount Olive.



Academics and Education

Dr. Barbara Kornegay, Vice President of Enrollment 
Contact: Available anytime
919-658-2502 Ext 1200

Enrollment Growth at University of Mount Olive 
A history of how enrollment at University of Mount Olive has grown, as programs and locations have been added.

Marketing Modular Programs at University of Mount Olive
Information about how we promote, advertise, and evaluate academic programs at University of Mount Olive to follow our mission and vision.

Dr. Alan K. Lamm Professor of History
Contact: Available anytime

Civil War Tactics and Strategy
1862 Yankee Raid on Mount Olive During the Civil War

Charles Everett Robinson, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice
Contact: Available evenings

CSI: Criminal Surveillance Investigations from GPS-tracking to “pinging” your cell phone
A discussion about actual legal cases that deal with the use of modern day surveillance technologies by law enforcement to protect our communities against crime. More specifically, these cases address the legal issue of how current and developing surveillance techniques are used to fight crime and whether its use violates protections afforded to us under the provisions of the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. My qualifications to talk about and research this area include 25-plus years of practicing law doing trials and appeals of federal and state criminal cases that often involved litigation of Fourth Amendment search and seizure issues. Just as importantly is also my academic discipline at MOC teaching constitutional law related courses as well as criminal procedure related courses. The common concerns of the public for legal cases about privacy rights and new surveillance technology issues is evident, for example, by the recent June 27, 2011 decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to consider arguments in an appeal about whether police need a warrant to use GPS devices to track a suspect’s movements.

Spreading the word for Crossworks, Inc.: A North Carolina faith-based nonprofit that provides health education services about the value of nutrition in managing or preventing Diabetes and other chronic diseases
Crossworks, Inc. is a Rocky Mount, NC-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides health education and consulting services focusing on the value of nutrition to improve self management skills of chronic diseases such as diabetes, obesity, heart disease and cancer. In 2010, Crossworks’ outreach efforts offered health screenings and educational programs to serve over 2,000 people. I am the Chair of the Board of Directors for Crossworks. As a faculty member who is actively involved in my community with a faith-based nonprofit that also recognizes like our University of Mount Olive the importance of Christian values, I want to expand my personal and professional leadership goals by spreading the word about Crossworks to other eastern North Carolina communities because the fight against diabetes, obesity, heart disease and cancer affects so many of us and our family, our friends and acquaintances, and our co-workers and colleagues.

Dr. Alan Armstrong, Professor of Music
Contact: Text anytime, call 9-2 M-F
919-658-7188 or 919-222-2767

The Great Highland Bagpipe and Its Music
What is the “Great Highland Bagpipe?”  Most people associate the bagpipe with “Amazing Grace” at funerals or more festive pieces at weddings, but is that all the instrument can play?  In fact, the history of the Great Highland Bagpipe goes back to 1600 Scotland, and its story is one of the truly romantic tales of civilization.  Along with a lecture on the subject, Dr. Armstrong provides plenty of musical examples on his MacCallum bagpipes, and may even take a few requests.


Dr. Paul Cwik, Professor of Economics and Finance
Contact: Available anytime
919-658-2502 Ext. 1121

Morality and Markets
Many people say that capitalism is all about greed.  It’s about getting money and not letting anyone or anything stop you from doing so.  Many are afraid that a world of free markets will degenerate into some sort of anarchist, dog-eat-dog world.

Fortunately, such a world is just make-believe.  A true free market economy is a moral system to its core.  It is about service, honesty, trust, respect and ultimately love.  In this talk, we talk not only about the foundations of economics, but we use a Christian perspective to honestly evaluate capitalism and its alternatives.

The Origin of Money
Money is one of humanity’s the oldest inventions.  We tend to think of its existence as a permanent measure of value.  Unfortunately, money is neither permanent nor does it have intrinsic value.

In this talk, we look at the origin of money and how it has evolved from simple agricultural products to crypto-currencies, like bit-coin.  Additionally, we will look at the problems that are involved with our current monetary system and some possible solutions to fix the messes we’ve made.

Dr. Norman Crumpacker, Assistant Professor of Management
Contact: Available Tuesday and Thursday 12:30PM to 3:30PM

Stress and Burnout: A Theoretical and Practical Perspective
We all experience stress; stress that may lead to burnout. This interactive seminar introduces theoretical and research-based factors that relate to burnout and its precursor: stress. This program offers valuable insights into the nature of burnout, its measurement, contributory factors, and intervention strategies that may benefit individuals and institutions alike. Program participants will be afforded the opportunity to assess the extent to which they are experiencing burnout. The emphasis of the program is applicable to any group, participant or organization, including academia in which student burnout is the leading reason college students dropout. Expertise: extensive research in the field (primary emphasis of doctoral dissertation) and complementary ongoing research.

Earning Your College Degree: Process, Value, and Insights
This insightful interactive seminar offers a comprehensive overview of the process leading to the earning of college degrees (Associate, Baccalaureate, Master, and Doctorate). The multidimensional values, relevancies, and nuances of earning college degrees are revealed. Moreover, useful insights and tips are offered and answers to participant questions are gladly shared. This program is appropriate for anyone interested in or already pursuing a college degree. Expertise: considerable personal experience, advocacy of higher education and lifelong learning, associated research, and numerous comparable presentations to various groups and audiences.


Dr. Curtis W. Roney, Professor of Management
Contact: Available anytime

Planning for Long Range Futures
Futures Study is an emerging field where strategic planners integrate a wide variety of disciplines in order to contemplate possible high-impact changes in technology, physical and biological sciences, energy and natural resources, ecological sustainability, composition and migration of populations, global shifts in economic, military & political balances, and the competitive dynamics of economies, markets and industries. This presentation explores the methods of futures study as well as several possible future shifts that will, or could, change the world as we now know it. Several forecasts and alternative futures are examined in order to address critical issues such as: the economic and social impacts of dramatic increases in life expectancy; dependence on traditional versus new energy sources; shifts in global power balances; and radical changes in basic industries such as food production, electric power generation, water supply, health care, transportation, and artificial intelligence.

Making Strategy Happen
The rate of strategic plans’ successful implementation has been estimated to be between 10% and 40%. Most estimates tend to be near the low end of that range. Indeed, weakness of implementation skills seems to be the most important pitfall of commercial planning – whether it is called strategic planning, corporate planning or business planning. Frankly, we know much more about how to form strategy than how to realize it. But, if plans aren’t implemented successfully, they can’t make much of a contribution to firms’ performance. This presentation explains why plans usually aren’t implemented successfully and how firms can build their capabilities to realize strategy more reliably.

Dr. Karl Reimers, CIS Professor
Contact: After 6 PM
(919) 658-7865

The importance of an internet presence and superior website design to help promote a business or non-profit organization.  Designing superior websites using state-of-the-art HTML 5 templates.   Creating website tutorials that allow customers or employees within an organization to promote or learn important concepts.

How and when to use Excel or MS Access (or both) to increase productivity within a business or organization. Managers often use Excel to analyze and graph data from an operational perspective.  Organizations need to store important/large amounts of data and filter it on a demand. Why/how does one create and use a basic database for a small organization and the utility of importing data from Excel into MS Access?

Dr. Jerry Allison, Associate Professor of Management
Contact: Available Monday – Friday 10:00AM – 5:00PM
(919) 299-4927

Modern Leadership:  Myth Busting and Sense Making
This presentation discusses modern misconceptions about leadership and how American culture has fallen into a trap.  Historical examples are used to demonstrate timeless principles.  For audiences of faith, the discussion and examples can include Biblical references.


Ms. Machelle Bass, Director of Counseling Services
Contact: 919-658-7502, weekdays September – April

Topics for discussion include Stress Management, Anger Management, Conflict Resolution, Depression, Eating Disorders, Relationships, Substance Abuse, Domestic Abuse, Self Esteem, Anxiety, and Wellness. Other topics by request.

Mr. Jeff Eisen, Athletics Director

College Athletics
Issues in collegiate athletics and the values of participating in college sports.

Dr. Joseph Klotz, Assistant Professor of Psychology
Contact: Anytime
919-658-7676 or 252-635-3209

Living With Your Adolescent 
A discussion that assists parents in dealing with adolescent issues such as: following rules, attending school, use of drugs/alcohol, and sexuality.  Lots of Q&A.

How to Improve Hiring in Your Business
Learn about strategies that span job descriptions as well as possible testing and interviewing techniques to find the best employee.

Dr. Jill Mills, Assistant Professor of Recreation and Leisure Studies 
Contact: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM, MWF
919-658-2502 Ext. 1176
Willing to speak in the Mount Olive, Goldsboro, and Research Triangle Park areas.

Successful Aging 
A discussion of growing old gracefully by avoiding disease and disability, being mentally and physically active, and being socially engaged.

Planning Special Events 
A step-by-step guide to planning, implementing, and evaluating special events, including themes, invitations, food and beverage, activities, staffing, volunteers, safety, etc.

Playground Safety
Nationally certified playground safety inspector, provides valuable information on the hidden hazards of playgrounds, and the importance of age appropriate play opportunities, proper supervision, regular inspection and maintenance.

Ms. Jo Morgan, Director of Health Services 
Contact: 7:00 AM to 2:00 PM, M-F

Health Promotion
Choose from the following topics or request others: diet, nutrition, first aid, grief counseling, exercise, health promotion, smoking cessation, drug information, CPR, age-specific health modalities, youth counseling (anger management, alcohol, drugs, sex)


Dr. Tyanna Yonkers, Professor of Religion
Contact any time – leave a message
Willing to speak in the Mount Olive, Goldsboro, New Bern, Wilmington, and Research Triangle Park areas.

Several presentations are available in this category to enable a group to understand and /or deepen their spiritual walk. Topics include: Centering Prayer, Lectio Divina, Ignatian Prayer, Neurospirituality, and Spiritual Formation.

Faith Formation
This presentation explores the basics of how faith develops through examination of several key models.

Dr. David Hines, Vice President for Academic Affairs
Contact: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM, M-F
919-658-2502 Ext. 1085

Seven Keys to Effective Motivation
This presentation examines strategies for motivating church groups and volunteer organizations
30-45 minutes

Leading the User Friendly Church
This interactive presentation points out ways congregations can make their church and facilities more open and attractive to new persons.
One hour