Alumni BearTalks FAQs

What topics are interesting to students?

The real world and “adulting” is scary for students. Of course, topics related to a field of study are great, but anything relating to life after college is helpful. We have some suggested topics you can review.

Who will I be talking to?

That’s up to the organization requesting a speaker. It could be an organization with fewer than 10 members or a 200+ member sorority. Some professors may even request that you speak to their class. You always have the right to turn down a request.

My schedule varies. How much notice will I have?

When and how long you talk are up to you! We ask that you provide some general availability (time of day) to provide students. If the time they request doesn’t work with your schedule, we will work with the organization to find another speaker. We ask that organizations give at least a week’s notice for their request.

I don’t live in Springfield.

We work with organizations to set up a video conference via Zoom. All you need is a webcam.

How often will I speak?

Most speakers aren’t requested more than once a semester. If the timing doesn’t work for you, we will work with the organization to find another speaker.

How do I sign up?

Complete the BearTalks Speaker form. We'll contact you to make a video introduction. If you don’t have a webcam, we can schedule a time for you to come to campus.