Speakers Bureau

Speakers Bureau

Your resource for knowledgeable lecturers.

Thank you for your interest in Niagara County Community College and in our Speakers Bureau. The NCCC Speakers Bureau was developed as a community service for area organizations. As you plan your group's next meeting, please consider using a distinguished member of the NCCC faculty or staff as your guest speaker.

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How to schedule a speaker

All requests for NCCC speakers should be made by contacting the speaker either by phone or by e-mail. Requests should be made at least two weeks prior to the speaking engagement. Keep in mind that during class breaks and summer vacation, some speakers will not be available. In addition, speaking engagements must be scheduled around teaching commitments and other activities.

When making arrangements, please supply the following information:

  • Name of organization
  • Time, place and date of meeting
  • Approximate size and type of audience
  • Time allotted for speaker's presentation
  • Topic of program
  • Name and phone number of person making the request

Available Topics

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Suzanne Buffamanti

Areas of Expertise:
Film and Literature, The Gothic Mode across the Arts and Culture, Nineteenth-Century Literature

Contact Info:
sbuffama@niagaracc.suny.edu / 716-614-6715

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Kathleen Gerbasi, Ph.D.
Professor (Retired) and Adjunct(current)

Areas of Expertise 1:
Student Success, e.g., growth mindset, cognitive biases, memory, successful study strategies

Areas of Expertise 2:
Human/ animal relations, animal assisted therapy

Areas of Expertise 3:
Furries, Furry Fandom

Expertise Highlights:
Developed 10 student success modules for use at NCCC, training in anthrozoology, (human animal relations) and founding member of furscience http://www.furscience.com, co-author of numerous peer reviewed articles on furries and related topics.

Contact Info:
kathleencgerbasiphd@gmail.com / 716-377-0134

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Rebekah Keaton

Areas of Expertise:
Creative Writing: Poetry, Creative Writing: Fiction, American Literature, 17th Century Metaphysical Poetry

Contact Info:
rkeaton@niagaracc.suny.edu / 716-614-6809

Nancy Knechtel
Professor, Coordinator, Fine Arts

Areas of Expertise:
Art History, Art Galleries, Museums

Contact Info:
knechtel@niagaracc.suny.edu / 716-614-5967

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Pamela Lange
Reading Coordinator

Areas of Expertise:
Academic College Vocabulary Acquisition

Areas of Expertise:
I can discuss several different strategies to increase your academic college vocabulary.

Contact Info:
plange@niagaracc.suny.edu / 716-614-6877

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Lynn Oswald
Niagara Small Business Development Center
Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP)

Areas of Expertise:
Entrepreneurship, Getting Business Ready, Small Business Marketing, Small Business Planning, Determining Profitability, Government Procurement, International Trade

Contact Info:
oswald@niagaracc.suny.edu / 716-210-2515

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Marc Pietrzykowski
Assistant Professor of English

Areas of Expertise:
Poetry, Small Presses and Publishing

Contact Info:
mpietrzykowski@niagaracc.suny.edu / 716-614-6807

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Carolyn Stanko
Associate Professor/Program Coordinator

Areas of Expertise:
Horticulture, Gardening, Plants, Landscaping

Contact Info:
cstanko@niagaracc.suny.edu / 716-614-6423

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Gail Tylec

Areas of Expertise:
Nutrition, Dietetics, Dietary Planning, Menu Planning, Portion Control, Macro/Micro Nutrients, Understanding the Food Label

Contact Info:
tylec@niagaracc.suny.edu / 716-614-6771

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Ian Stapley
English Professor

Areas of Expertise:
Shakespeare, British Literature, Chaucer to Defoe, Nature Writing

Contact Info:
stapley@niagaracc.suny.edu / 716-614-6722

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Bradley Wingert
Assistant Professor of Music

Areas of Expertise:
Music History / Musicology, Choral Conducting, Music Education, Teaching, Measurement & Evaluation in Education (Assessment)

Contact Info:
bwingert@niagaracc.suny.edu / 716-614-5965

Travel Expense

Normally, there are no charges for programs or speakers provided by NCCC. If unusual expenses and/or travel of significant distances are incurred, reimbursement should be made to the speaker. Honoraria are not expected as a general policy, but are left to the discretion of the organization.

Campus Tours and Talks

NCCC’s recruiters are available to conduct campus tours or present information about a particular program. To arrange a tour or to request specific information about NCCC, please email pr@niagaracc.suny.edu.

Experts List

Our speakers may also be available to speak to the media about today’s prominent news stories.  Contact Barbara DeSimone, Public Relations Director, at (716)614-5904 or email desimone@niagaracc.suny.edu to arrange a press interview with our experts.


If you have any questions, call the NCCC Public Relations Office between 9AM and 5PM Monday through Friday at 716-614-6225 or email pr@niagaracc.suny.edu

Speakers are currently being added. Please check back - new listings will be posted in the fall.