Speakers and Experts Bureau

South Texas College has a great story to tell and you’re part of it! PR and Marketing works with media and community partners to share news and information about the college, its people, and programs. The STC Speakers and Experts Bureau connect the community and media to STC faculty, staff, and administrators who can provide expertise on a variety of subjects.

Expert Articles

Request a speaker

The Speakers Bureau is a free community service available to South Texas community groups, neighborhood associations, churches, local chambers, service groups, and others. STC will work with your organization's unique needs to develop a customized conversation and presentation. Guest speakers include STC’s Board of Trustees, executives, faculty, and staff. 

Our speakers are available to share insight into the college's vision, programs, services, and more. 

To schedule a speaker, please contact: Ray Pedraza – 956-872-5623

Need an expert?

STC faculty and staff are industry experts available as a resource for media and community groups to provide insight on current events. Topics include: 

  • Natural disasters
  • Commercial music industry
  • Evolution/intelligent design
  • Fine & Performing Arts
  • Gas prices
  • Politics/campaigns
  • Events in the Middle East
  • Treating chemical dependency
  • Nutrition and fitness
  • Child development
  • Law enforcement/criminal justice
  • Computer information security
  • Video gaming
  • Social media
  • Media ethics
  • Digital imaging and Photoshop
  • Sustainability and the environment
  • Cultural diversity
  • Immigration
  • International business
  • The role of community colleges in higher education
  • High-demand career fields in Central Texas
  • College for veterans
  • College for high school students/high school-to-college transition
  • Adult Education, including GED 

Don't see what you're looking for?

Browse the college's academic offerings to learn more about STC's areas of expertise or contact PR and Marketing.

For Faculty and Staff

What qualifies for media promotion?

Media look for stories that are unique, showcase a new idea or program, are relevant to current events, and/or have an impact on the broad community.

How do I get publicity for my class or department?

You've come to the right place. Public Relations and Marketing's communications team will help determine the best way to get the word out about your area. We're always looking for stories to tell in the community and regularly check in with various departments about what's noteworthy around the college. But we can't promote it if we don't know about it - so tell us your story ideas. 

Okay. How do I tell you about my idea?

Ray Pedraza is the Assistant Director of PR and Marketing and oversees external communication. If you have a story that you think is newsworthy contact rpedraza2@southtexascollege.edu.  You may be asked to fill out a marketing needs request form. It's best to give us as much lead-time as possible to evaluate the idea and pitch the story externally.

What publicity might I get?

Our department works with local, regional, and national media to promote college news. We also oversee the Speakers and Experts Bureau, which connects STC experts (that's you) with reporters and community groups. 

I am an expert, aren't I?

That's right. We get requests for speakers on various topics, and STC faculty and staff are all experts in their own areas. Being part of the Speakers and Experts Bureau isn't time consuming; we just keep you in our roster, and when opportunities to use your expertise arise, we let you know.  To be added or update your information please reach out to: 

Ray Pedraza – 956-872-5623
Or email
rpedraza2@southtexascollege.edu

 

What if the media contacts me?

Media are required to contact the Office of Public Relations and Marketing to arrange campus visits and interviews. If you receive a media call or a reporter shows up on campus, contact:

Ray Pedraza – 956-872-5623

 

Tips for Media Interviews

  • Be brief and concise
  • Establish and maintain eye contact
  • Smile
  • Solid, darker colors look best on camera. Avoid solid black/white and busy pattern