The Citadel

The Military College of South Carolina


Public Speaking Lab Staff


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Gervais Hagerty Del Porto is the director of The Citadel Public Speaking Lab.  The lab doubles as a recording studio and a training room where Ms. Del Porto coaches Citadel students, faculty and staff to become effective speakers. She is the faculty advisor to the El Cid Toastdawgs, a popular public speaking club, and teaches Leadership Communitcations. She holds a B.A. in Psychology from Vanderbilt University and a Master of Business Administration from The Citadel.  After working in nonprofit management in California, Ms. Del Porto studied journalism at UNC Chapel Hill to become a broadcast journalist. She wrote, reported and produced for both radio and television newscasts in both North and South Carolina. Prior to joining the lab, Ms. Del Porto worked as a communications strategist for The Citadel's Office of External Affairs.  

Patricia P. McArver has been involved with communications at The Citadel since the summer of 1999. She served for six years on the senior staffs of Maj. Gen. John Grinalds and LT Gen John Rosa as vice president for communications. In 2009 she joined the faculty, teaching business communications and serving as director of the Public Speaking Lab. Since retiring as director of the PSL in 2014, she has continued to teach communications in the School of Business and the Leadership Department as an adjunct. A former newspaper editor with additional experience in educational marketing, McArver holds Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees from UNC- Chapel Hill. In addition to teaching, she currently provides assistance to PSL Director Gervais Hagerty Del Porto in the Public Speaking Lab and with the El Cid Toastdawgs.

Madison Wilson is the graduate assistant at The Citadel Public Speaking Lab. Ms. Wilson holds a B.S. in Psychology from Presbyterian College. She is currently enrolled in The Citadel's Specialist in Education program in School Psychology. Prior to becoming a GA, Ms. Wilson spent a semester teaching English conversation at a secondary school in Wang Chan, Rayong, Thailand.


 Danielle Rhodes is an assistant in The Citadel Public Speaking Lab. Ms. Rhodes holds a B.A. in Psychology from Clemson University. She is currently enrolled in the Education Specialist in School Psychology Program at the Citadel. Before arriving at The Citadel, Ms. Rhodes was a Life Skills Assistant and House Parent at Epworth Children's Home in Columbia, South Carolina. 

















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