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The Military College of South Carolina


The Patricia McArver Public Speaking Lab

Dedication of the Patricia McArver Public Speaking Lab

On Thursday, April 14th, 2016, the Oral Communications Lab was renamed the "Patricia McArver Public Speaking Lab," as per the wishes of Henry Dale Smith before his passing in 2015. Patricia McArver was the lab director from 2007-2013 and strongly encouraged cadets to use all opportunities to speak competitively and improve their skills.


Patricia McArver delivers remarks honoring the late Henry Dale Smith, '47 at the naming and dedication ceremony. (Photo by Zach Bland)


Brig. Gen. Connie L. Book delivers remarks at the Dedication of The Patricia McArver Public Speaking Lab. (Photo by Zach Bland)


Chris Smith (representing the Smith family), Brig. Gen. Connie L. Book, and Ms. McArver unveil the dedication plaque. (Photo by Zach Bland)

The Legacy of The Citadel's Public Speaking Lab


The Public Speaking 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.

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