Coffee Hour information for speakers

Thank you for agreeing to be a Coffee Hour speaker. We are looking forward to your talk.  If you have any questions or concerns about the technology in 112 Walker Building, please contact Angela Rogers:


Please send to the following information two weeks prior to your talk (or sooner):

1. a title and a 250-word abstract on your talk

2. a photo of you

3. a brief bio

4. optional: citations and links for two articles that might serve as pre-reading or post-reading. Here is a link to the current schedule, so you can see examples of what other speakers have provided:

5. optional: an image that shows a key aspect of your research or your talk.



Coffee Hour occurs in room 112 Walker Building and is also webcast and captured via Mediasite Live. We typically have 7-10 online viewers, and many more view the talk later.

112 Walker Building

112 Walker Building


Here is the general timetable:

3:25 p.m. Angela to 112 Walker Building for set up

3:30 Reception begins in 319 Walker Building (coffee, tea, snacks)

3:50 Host and speaker to 112 Walker Building

4:00 Webcast begins (Host opens the program with good news and introduces speaker)

4:05 Lecture begins

4:50 Lecture concludes with time for Q&A

5:00 Adjournment

5:30 After Coffee Hour at local pub, everyone is invited (optional)

Presentation tips

For your talk, I recommend that you avoid wearing black, dark blue, or a pattern or stripes.

The reasons are:

1. The background is a blackboard; black and dark clothing blends in.

2. Most stripes and patterns don't come across on camera very well.

Other tips:

  1. You'll have the choice of a headworn or lapel microphone with a battery pack, so it is also a good idea to wear a jacket with pockets or a belt to clip the pack to. (But I always have duct tape, in case you forget.)
  2. Please turn off and put away (off your body) your cell phone. It interferes with the wireless microphone.
  3. Speak from behind, in front of, or next to the lectern. It’s OK to change your position, but don't wander aimlessly or go beyond the inside edges of the screens or you will move out of the frame.
  4. Remember that remote participants cannot see your laser pointer when you use it to indicate something on the slides; please also give verbal cues.
  5. Remember to look up and out toward the live audience and camera from time to time; try not to look at your slides on the screens or stand sideways for a long time.
  6. The microphone will pick up the sound if you shuffle your papers or if you take a drink. Please keep this in mind.