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January Titan Talks features public speaking expert, local restauranteur

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Posted on Wednesday, January 9, 2019

NEW WILMINGTON, PA – Dr. Randy Richardson, Westminster College's visiting associate professor of communication studies, and Daniel Miller '95, director of operations for the Springfield Restaurant Group (SRG), will kick off the 2019 Titan Talks series at Westminster College at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, in the Majoras Lobby of the College’s Hoyt Science Center.

Dr. Richardson, a nationally acclaimed professor who has led students to win numerous national forensics competitions, will offer advice for public speaking and more effective communication in daily life in his talk titled “Public Speaking: More Feared Than Death but Really Helpful in Life.”

Westminster alumnus Miller, who has been with SRG since 1993, will discuss “Starting Something," exploring SRG's transition from a family-owned business to one of the larger restaurant groups in the greater Pittsburgh/Youngstown area. Springfield Restaurant Group includes favorite area dining spots such as Rachel’s Roadhouse, Iron Bridge Inn, Log Cabin Inn, Hickory Bar and Grille and Springfield Grille.

“I’m excited to begin this new year of Titan Talks and I’m sure this will be such an engaging installment,” said Nicole Hunter, assistant director of alumni engagement and coordinator of Titan Talks. “This is such a dynamic combination of experts, with Richardson’s charismatic way of changing the lives of the people he teaches and Miller’s leadership and involvement with such a successful and well-known regional venture.”

Established in the fall of 2018, Westminster College’s Titan Talks is a three-part series featuring Westminster scholars and professional and aimed at helping human beings develop their best selves and live lives with a mindful purpose.

Titan Talks are free and open to the public, but reservations by Jan.14 are recommended. To register, visit For more information, please contact Hunter at 724-946-7373 or

Pictured above: Dr. Randy Richardson