JWCC Speakers Bureau

The John Wood Community College Speakers Bureau is a public service provided to the community at no charge. The College is pleased to offer this service as a way to provide local groups with interesting programs and make the public more aware of JWCC and the opportunities it provides area residents. Speakers are available to discuss a wide variety of topics. The list of speakers and topics is growing steadily and updated brochures will be distributed periodically.

To request a speaker for your organization, please contact JWCC’s Office of Public Relations and Marketing at 217.641.4109 between 8 am and 5 pm, Monday through Friday, or fill out and submit the form below. At least two weeks’ notice is preferred, but the College will do its best to accommodate any request.

If your group is interested in a topic not listed in this brochure, let us know. Every attempt will be made to assist you in locating an appropriate speaker.


John Wood Community College

Speakers are available to cover various topics related to the  College itself—history, growth and development, where we are today, development of new campus,  and services available.

Departmental/Professional Expertise

Each speaker also can discuss specialty areas related to his or her department and professional expertise.

Ignacio Anguiano-Reyes, Community Education Instructor

  • Appreciation of Latino Music and Dances

Tom Bentley, Department Chair and Emergency Services Instructor

  • Fire Safety     
  • Hazardous Materials
  • Homeland Security

Randall Egdorf, Department Chair and Assistant Professor of Social/Behavioral Sciences

  • Psychology
  • Social Work
  • Relationships

 Michael Elbe, President

  • Team Building
  • Coaching to Instill the Pillars of Character
  • Building a Multipurpose Facility to Enhance a Community/College

 Dr. Patrick Fodor, Assistant Professor of Humanities

  • The Apocalypse: Historical Perspectives on the Book of Revelation
  • A History of Christmas
  • Religion and Fantasy: Narnia, Harry Potter and Middle Earth

Tiffany Frericks, Sociology Instructor

  • Congenital diaphragmatic hernias
  • Parenting

David Harbin, Assistant Professor of Social/Behavior Sciences

  • The Mormons in Illinois: Utopian Communities at Nauvoo
  • Lincoln in the 21st Century: The Lincoln Enigma
  • Newspapers in the 19th Century

Rob Hodgson, Director of Support Services

  • Things You Should Know to Help Your High School Student Prepare for College

Barbara Holthaus, Director of Advancement

  • Ten Things You Should Know about JWCC   
  • Fundraising 101: Basics for Success    
  • Creating Educational Opportunities through Giving

Bill LaTour, Chief of Campus Police

  • Identity Theft                       
  • Personal Safety for Women
  • Workplace Violence Prevention   

 Beth Reinhart, Psychology Instructor

  • Parenting
  • Mandated Reporting
  • Stress Relief

Norman Rodriguez, Professor of History, interim Chair of Social and Behavioral Sciences and Head Women’s Basketball Coach

  • Get to Know Your Local Government: How is It Structured? What Can It Do for You?
  • With Rights Come Responsibilities (in a Democratic Society)
  • Women in Sports
  • Recruiting 101—All That You Need to Know But Were Afraid to Ask about Basketball Recruiting at the Division I and II Levels