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Frank Trimble

September 13, 2016

With a prolific background in performance and public speaking, Frank Trimble brings a unique combination of skills to the communication studies faculty. He teaches courses in business communication, public speaking and stage/camera performance, but serves more as a mentor to his students through his ability to incorporate collaboration into his classes.

“Collaborating with students challenges, intrigues and inspires me. My classroom activities, campus stage productions and community projects provide unique opportunities to work with dedicated students, some in the process of ‘finding’ their academic home and pondering career paths,” he said.

His experience in writing and directing was recently showcased through his production of “Extra! Extra! The Musical,” held at the Cape Fear Playhouse in June, and featured UNCW students and faculty as well as Wilmington locals. “There is added drive and satisfaction because the process regularly involves UNCW students, alumni, campus colleagues and community members,” he added.

According to Trimble, public speaking and performance are often synonymous and can be applied to any classroom setting. For the 2016-17 academic year, Trimble hopes to share his expertise with more students through a partnership between the Communication Studies Department and the University Learning Center. The partnership prepares students to coach their peers on public speaking. Trimble said he plans to work with ULC personnel and communication studies majors to build awareness, increase client visits and expand services.

Public speaking holds high importance for Frank Trimble, and he believes it is a skill that every person should continually sharpen.

“Public speaking heightens conversation with the capacity to educate and inspire both audience and speaker,” he said. “Though we are now inundated with technology-delivered messages, the spoken word remains vital and powerful.”

-- Amelia Ubinas