Speakers Bureau

Speakers Bureau

St. Joseph’s College is proud of its faculty and the very high level of academic excellence that permeates the entire institution. In addition, St. Joseph’s is deeply committed to a spirit of service to the community. These two central pillars, scholarship and service, inform and define the culture of SJC. In merging the two, St. Joseph’s College is pleased to provide a speaker’s bureau to support local academic, educational and cultural institutions in our common goal.

Listed below is a collection of talks and presentations that SJC faculty members are prepared to give, free of charge. Institutions wishing to avail themselves of this service are invited to contact the individual faculty member, directly, to negotiate the scheduling of a presentation. 

Listed below is a collection of talks and presentations that SJC faculty members are prepared to give, free of charge. Institutions wishing to avail themselves of this service are invited to contact the individual faculty member, directly, to negotiate the scheduling of a presentation. 

Computer Science |DevelopmentEducation | Health Care | HistoryMathematics | PhilosophyReligious Studies 


Computer Science

Quantum Computers and Shor's Algorithm

Faculty Member's Name: Bill McAllister

Faculty Contact Information: wmcallister@sjcny.edu

Description of Presentation: This next generation of computers will be made from a different building block than that of our current computers, and will have the ability to communicate with each other at speeds faster than the speed of light. But do they already exist, and if so what are they being used?

Intended Audience: High school students

Hard/software Needs: Ability to project PowerPoint slides

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Changing Organizations — EFFECTIVELY!

Faculty Member's Name: Dr. Alan G. Vitters

Faculty Contact Information: avitters@sjcny.edu

Description of Presentation: The presentation focuses on a basic model for managing organization change and development. Specific strategies are addressed that use structural and process change to enhance effectiveness and efficiency.

Intended Audience: Varied — to be customized.

Hard/software Needs: Overhead projector to support PC/ laptop.

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Revealing the Hidden Literacy Capabilities of Children with Autistic Disorder

Faculty Member's Name: Katherine L. Granelli

Faculty Contact Information: kgranelli@sjcny.edu

Description of Presentation: This presentation is an overview of a study that used miscue analysis to provide a window of insight on the literacy capabilities of children with autistic disorder. The participants are 9 children with autistic disorder functioning in the middle of the autism spectrum (not Asperger’s Syndrome) and includes miscue analysis of 17 readings. The study sets out to reveal information about the language the children are aware of in their social surroundings by examining the types of miscues produced. The schemas and strategies children with autistic disorder use to aid them in transactions with text were also examined. Information about the patterned reading strategies, as well as ! the language children with autistic disorder use, understand and apply to make sense of print are studied and explored. The results of the data tend to challenge what is currently known in this area by indicating new findings about the reading and language capabilities of children with autistic disorder and open new windows of insight into the minds of these children. Alternatives to current pedagogical practices for children with autistic disorder and areas for future research are included. This study presents as a progressive theoretical foundational piece of research that points to new information, understanding and insights about the reading and language capabilities of children with autistic disorder.

Intended Audience: Family members of a child with autism, in-service teachers, teachers of children with autism, professionals who work with children with autism.

Hard/software Needs: PowerPoint, laptop, video software.

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Health Care

Medicare — Understanding the Basics

Faculty Member's Name: Dr. John Sardelis

Faculty Contact Information: jsardelis@sjcny.edu

Description of Presentation: Medicare is a vital benefit for many of the elderly and disabled, however choosing the best coverages can be challenging. In this presentation you will learn about Medicare's basic coverages and how to access some important beneficiary resources.

Intended Audience: Adults 60 and up.

Hard/software Needs: None


The Journey of Dementia

Faculty Member's Name: Dr. Carolyn Gallogly

Faculty Contact Information: cgallogly@sjcny.edu

Description of Presentation: This presentation will describe the stages of the caregiving process for a family whose loved one has been diagnosed with dementia. Not only will the stages of caregiving be addressed but also,the services most appropriate to each stage

Intended Audience: Community Members.

Hard/software Needs: Helpful, but not mandatory would be presentation equipment for powerpoint slides.


Lessons from the Lab: Energy Healing Experiments on Cancer

Faculty Member's Name: William Bengston

Faculty Contact Information: wbengston@sjcny.edu

Description of Presentation: I have conducted more than a dozen experiments on mice in half a dozen labs, including three medical schools. The data from these experiments indicate reliable full lifespan cures of mice infected with normally fatal cancers. These cures have been replicated by skeptical volunteers using “energy healing” techniques which I helped to develop. Clinically, these same healing techniques have also been applied to selected individuals with positive results. In addition, my research has looked at some correlates to healing, including EEG and fMRI entrainment, and anomalous geomagnetic micro-pulsations in the surrounding space of healing events.

My talk will summarize some of these data, and will offer some thoughts on what “lessons” can be learned from the research. There will be variation in the amount of evidence for each lesson, and I will try to prioritize what can confidently be concluded and what remains as speculation. Confident conclusions will include the simple statement that energy healing can cure cancer under controlled laboratory conditions. Speculation will include such questions as whether healing can be taught. In all cases the “take home” message will be the importance of basic research for the energy healing community.

Intended Audience: Interested lay people; students.

Hard/software Needs: PowerPoint, projector.

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Naked Quakers, Witches, and Puritans: Life in the Early Massachusetts Bay Colony

Faculty Member's Name: Dr. Heather E. Barry

Faculty Contact Information: hbarry@sjcny.edu

Description of Presentation: This presentation gives an accurate portrayal of society in the seventeenth-century Massachusetts Bay Colony. The religious beliefs of Puritans will be explained and how early Quakers and witches threatened Puritan society.

Intended Audience: High School and Undergraduate College Students.

Hard/software Needs: A computer with Internet connection and a projector to show a PowerPoint presentation is needed.

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Is There Intelligent Extraterrestrial Civilizations, Most Probably

Faculty Member's Name: Bill McAllister

Faculty Contact Information: wmcallister@sjcny.edu

Description of Presentation: Estimating the number of intelligent extraterrestrial civilizations currently in the universe using probabilities that reflect scientific measurements, observations, and “reasonable” assumptions.

Intended Audience: 14 years old and above, especially good for students above eighth grade

Hard/software Needs: Ability to project PowerPoint slides.


PI, the Golden Ratio and the Great Pyramid at Giza

Faculty Members' Names: Bill McAllister

Faculty Contact Information: wmcallister@sjcny.edu

Description of Presentation: Mathematicians and archeologists generally agree that at the time the great pyramid at Giza was built, the ancient Egyptians did not have knowledge of the two mathematical constants PI and the Golden Ratio. Yet, they are an integral part of the pyramid’s dimensions. Are the scientists wrong, did aliens help design the structure as some conjecture, or is there some other more plausible explanation?

Intended Audience: This talk can be given to an advanced high school class or to college undergraduates.

Hard/software Needs: A PC with PowerPoint software, a projector and a screen.

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Philosophical Inquiry and Children

Faculty Member's Name: Wendy C. Turgeon

Faculty Contact Information: wturgeon@sjcny.edu

Description of Presentation:  I would discuss how children have a natural philosophical sense of wonder and in what ways educators and parents can encourage young people to become more reflective and aware of the world around them.

Intended Audience: Educators, parents, individuals interested in education

Hard/software Needs: None

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Religious Studies

The Book That Changed the World: The KJB turns 400

Faculty Member's Name:  Thomas Petriano

Faculty Contact Information: tpetriano@sjcny.edu

Description of Presentation: How the KJB came to be and it's ongoing influence on culture, language, and history.

Intended Audience: College students, adult groups.

Hard/software Needs: None

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