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Oral Communications Lab

Henry Dale Smith (1928-2015)

The staff of the Oral Communications Lab is deeply saddened by the passing of Henry Dale Smith, '47. Mr. Smith, who died Saturday, September 19th, created the OCL through a generous gift given nearly 20 years ago. Since that time, Mr. Smith has continued to contribute his time and resources to support the OCL in its efforts to help cadets and graduate students learn to communicate more effectively.

This lab exists solely because of Mr. Smith's vision and generosity. Through his contributions, he has helped to prepare hundreds of students for bright futures. His funds provide video equipment to record speeches, membership dues to the campus Toastmasters Club, materials to support the annual Corps-wide speaking contest, and so much more.

We at the OCL are forever indebted to this generous and visionary man. He is a remarkable example of principled leadership, and he will be missed dearly.

                                                                                                                                      The Oral Communications Lab is the place for students, faculty and staff to polish their public speaking skills. From timid talkers to confident communicators, we work one-on-one with a variety of individuals to create great presenters. The lab doubles as a training room and recording studio. Presenters get tips on how to perfect their content and delivery. Plus, before they leave, they receive an email link to the recorded video. The lab is open afternoons during the academic year, and by appointment.