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Welcome to the Applied Communication Studies Skill Center!

(Formerly Speech Center)


Who We Are

Our role is to offer the university community quality consulting on oral presentations, improving public speaking skills for both academic and professional development! We are insightful, enthusiastic and love to see others succeed whether it is in class or in your profession. We are committed to creating confident, successful public speakers in not only your academic life, but also in your professional life. We provide an active-learning environment where students and staff are engaged in the process of speech research, speech-writing skills, and delivery. We are open to all undergraduate and graduate students of all majors and provide support to faculty through in-class workshops on speech-related topics.

What We Do

Our one-on-one guided sessions aid students, faculty, and staff with:

  • Topic selection
  • Preparation and presentation outlines
  • Presentational aids
  • Content development
  • Increasing confidence in public speaking
  • Managing speaking anxiety
  • Planning
  • Video recording
  • Delivery
  • Remote presentations

We also offer in-class workshops and presentations on the following topics:

  • How to create an effective individual presentation
  • How to handle conflict in group presentations
  • How to create an effective PowerPoint
  • Developing speech delivery skills

If you are interested in scheduling an in-class presentation or workshop, please let us know! We are happy to help!

Meet our ACS Skill Center Coach!

Mili Pinski
B.S. in Applied Communication Studies
Graduate School Areas of Study: Public Relations & Interpersonal Communication

“As a Speech Center Consultant, I will assist you in building your public speaking skills in the areas of outline creation, delivery, help you confront your speech anxiety, and create confidence within you.”

Quote to live by… “Treat people with kindness.” – Harry Styles

Areas of specialty… “I love a good intro and outro, and I love teaching the importance of them!”

Hours of Operation

Click here to view our hours of operation and schedule an appointment!


We are located on the third floor of Alumni Hall, Room 3101.

Ready to schedule an appointment? Here's how to do it!

Click here to schedule an appointment through Bookings!


Call us at 618-650-3085!
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You can also message us through Facebook Messenger!

Interested in becoming a ACS Skill Center Coach?

We are always looking for talented people with a heart to help! If you’re interested in becoming a speech center consultant, please email

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