Dr. Kishki Hall

2019 Humanities Award Recipient Gives Presentation to Coahoma Community College during Special Reception

Naming her presentation “Changing the World through Effective Communication and the Spirit of Excellence,” Public Speaking Instructor Kishki Hall, Ph.D., received her Humanities Teacher of the Year award from the Mississippi Humanities Council with much gratitude. Along with a plaque, Hall also wins a cash award that is matched by Coahoma Community

2019 Humanities Award Recipient Gives Presentation to Coahoma Community College during Special Reception

Press Release from Coahoma Community College Public Relations; (662) 621-4057 - Melody Dixon

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Thu Jan 31, 2019

Drs Brown, Hall Towner, and Presley
Dr. Rolanda Brown, Dr. Kishki Hall, Dr. Valmadge Towner and Dr. Vivian Presley

Naming her presentation “Changing the World through Effective Communication and the Spirit of Excellence,” Public Speaking Instructor Kishki Hall, Ph.D., received her Humanities Teacher of the Year award from the Mississippi Humanities Council with much gratitude. Along with a plaque, Hall also wins a cash award that is matched by Coahoma Community College and complimentary tickets to the annual award banquet, which will be attended by other Humanities Award recipients in Jackson, Mississippi.

“It is indeed an honor as well as a distinct privilege for me to stand here today as your 2019 Humanities Teacher of the Year,” she said in opening statements of her presentation. She gave special recognition to her mother and acknowledged family members who traveled from Arkansas.

Hall prefaced her talk with a definition of ‘public speaking’ and communication. Public speaking, a discipline she has been teaching for 14 years, is the act and process of communicating verbally and non-verbally to a public audience.

Dr. Kishki HallShe told guests of the reception that she often asks if speaking and communicating are the same, concluding as an expert in the field of communication that the two are not.

Speaking is sharing information. Communication, on the other hand, is sharing and receiving information.

Hall stated that understanding, feedback and interpretation may or may not take place when speaking. She explained how effective communication is the total opposite of simply saying words to a group of people.

Hall gave her personal philosophy on effective communication and pointed out that it is important that she effectively teach public speaking to her students.

“I want them to know how to express themselves boldly, professionally, gracefully and fluently in our ever-changing society and workforce,” she shared. “We must change the world. Therefore, placing emphasis on work ethic is imperative.”

It is the speaker’s full responsibility to capture and hold the audience’s full attention throughout the entire message, she added.

With PowerPoint slides, she indicated that she conducted a seminar with her students to teach them how to master an interview. In the seminar, students learned how to dress properly and articulate their words during interviews. Before giving her speech, she demonstrated to the audience an invigorating exercise she routinely does to begin her class sessions.

In her own words, Vera Griffin, the English department chair, told the audience reasons why disciplines in the humanities exist.

“The English department is honored to have one of its own faculty members selected,” she said. “Without the humanities, there would not be this wholesomeness connected to education and connected to life.”