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'Let's Talk!' Scholarship Event Scheduled For March 20

Feb. 17, 2014
SHSU Media Contact: Julia May

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In a world dominated by fast-paced expectations, individuals are often asked to process a lot of information in a short amount of time.

Advances in technology allow communication to take place through email, instant text messaging and quick phone calls. New ideas and past experiences are revealed not through a shared verbal exchange, but through websites, easy-to-read publications and mobile devices.

However, these methods often bypass a time-tested technique, which has traditionally been utilized to produce new innovations, groundbreaking discoveries and a greater understanding amongst diverse groups—the art of conversation.

Sam Houston State University will host an evening of lively and engaging conversation at the seventh annual “LET’S TALK!” event on March 20, beginning at 6 p.m., in the Lowman Student Center Ballroom on campus.

“Twenty-four facilitators will be seated at individual tables with guests and will lead discussions over an elegant dinner and fine wine on wide-ranging topics, from music to sports, crime to culinary concepts, the oil industry to the wine industry, and all things Texan to the British PBS hit Downton Abbey,” said Jacel Angel, director of special programs in SHSU’s Office of University Advancement and coordinator of the event.

Among the discussion leaders are: NFL Hall of Fame member Dave Elmendorf; singer/songwriter Neal McCoy; Texas Commissioner of Education Michael Williams; Texas Monthly editor and author Jake Silverstein; KTRK, Channel 13 investigative report Brian Collister; Messina Hof Winery & Resort CEO Paul Bonarrigo; and PBS’s Manor of Speaking host Ernie Manouse.

A full list of topics is available online at shsu.edu/letstalk.

Guests are encouraged to pre-select their topics through early reservations to receive consideration for their first, second or third choices.

Proceeds from ticket sales fund scholarships and programs for the Elliott T. Bowers Honors College. Since it was first held in 2008, the event has generated more than $250,000.

Tickets are $125 each, a portion of which is tax deductible. Reservations can be made online at shsu.edu/letstalk or by calling 936.294.4061. Sponsorships are also available.

 

 

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