APRIL 16, 1999

Popular Speakers Bureau is now recruiting

What do El Niño, snakes, and migraines all have in common?

They're among the more than 400 topics currently offered by the UVic Speakers Bureau, which matches UVic faculty, staff and graduate students with community groups and organizations throughout southern Vancouver Island.

Since it was created 17 years ago, the bureau has steadily grown in popularity. Over the last year, the bureau has provided speakers for 431 engagements -- a new record!

The UVic Speakers Bureau currently has 140 speakers who are eager to share their expertise on topics such as art and architecture, fitness, animals, parenting, computers, ethics, world cultures, human rights, travel and history. For the speakers, it's a chance to put themselves and the university in direct contact with the community.

The UVic Speakers Bureau is now recruiting for its 1999-2000 season. New volunteers and new topics are welcome. A memo and membership form is circulating on campus, with a deadline of

April 27 to help UVic communications staff prepare the 1999-2000 list of topics.

For more information about the bureau, or to obtain a copy of the 1999-2000 membership form, contact bureau coordinator Mandy Crocker at 721-8587.

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