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‘Let’s Talk!’ Scholarship Event Scheduled For March 19

Jan. 13, 2015
SHSU Media Contact: Tammy Parrett

Sam Houston State University will host its eighth annual “Let’s Talk!” scholarship benefit event on March 19, beginning at 6 p.m. in the Lowman Student Center Ballroom.

The event allows guests the opportunity to have dinner and drinks with renowned industry leaders, hear their stories and share ideas with them.

Since the event launched in 2008, Let’s Talk has since generated more than $450,000 to fund scholarships and programs for the Elliott T. Bowers Honors College. It aims to provide a unique opportunity to hear entertaining and inspiring stories from industry experts, according to event coordinator Jacel Angel, director of special programs in SHSU’s Office of University Advancement.

“Let’s Talk allows guests to be active participants in discussing a predetermined topic for their table, facilitated by a notable conversation leader, while enjoying an elegant multi-course dinner and fine wine. This year’s topics will range from healthcare, education, crime, and entertainment to pop culture, politics and innovation,” Angel said.

Brian Sweany talking with others at his table during dinner
Speaker Brian Sweany engages his table over dinner. —Photos by Brian Blalock

Among the discussion leaders are: Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church founding pastor Bill Lawson who worked with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.; former National Security Administration code-breaker Gayle Fallon; FBI special agent Daniel Fuentes; Texas Central Railway president Robert Eckels; traumatic brain injury survivor Patti Foster; ironman triathlete Leo Bourgeois; and State Board of Education chairwoman Barbara Cargill.

A list of confirmed speakers and topics is available online at

Guests are encouraged to reserve tickets early to receive priority considerations for their first, second and third choices.

Tickets for the event are $125, a portion of which is tax deductible. Reservations can be made online at or by calling 936.294.4061. Sponsorships are also available.

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