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Communication Resource Center (CRC)

Housed in Schoonover 030, the Communication Resource Center (CRC) is a space where COMS 1030 students can make appointments with Peer Leaders to get support throughout the public speaking process. Peer Leaders are undergraduate students who have taken and excelled in COMS 1030 and been given additional training.  

Peer Leaders at the CRC can help students with: 

  • Brainstorming and selecting a topic 
picture of CRC door
  • Building a thesis statement 
  • Choosing related sub-topics 
  • Searching for credible sources 
  • Organizing the body of the speech  
  • Crafting a strong attention getter 
  • Drawing compelling conclusions 
  • Generating effective transitions 
  • Establishing (and maintaining) credibility 
  • Learning how to properly cite and reference sources 
  • Incorporating vivid language to strengthen the speech  
  • Manufacturing or finding powerful visual aids 
  • Developing delivery skills 
  • Managing speech anxiety 
  • Giving general feedback on speeches 

Appointments at the CRC are generally 20-30 minutes long, at the end of which the student will be given a receipt of their appointment. Notice of their appointment will also be given to their COMS 1030 instructor, who will input their 30 points of course credit. 

To make an appointment at the CRC, visit the link below, select a date and time for your appointment, and fill out the additional questions. After booking your appointment, Microsoft Bookings should send you a confirmation via e-mail.

For the Fall 2023 semester, the CRC will be open from September 11th to November 21st. Weekly hours are as follows:

  • Mondays 12pm-3:30pm
  • Tuesdays 10am-2:30pm
  • Wednesdays 2pm-5pm
  • Thursdays 10am-12:30pm

Please plan to show up on time (or a few minutes early) to your appointment at the CRC. We look forward to working with you! 

For any questions or concerns about the CRC, please contact Dious Joseph (, the 2023-2024 CRC Manager.

Link to Microsoft Booking Page