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Inspiring Conversations To Raise Money For Scholarships In “LET’S TALK!”

Feb. 7, 2018
SHSU Media Contact: Emily Binetti


In a fast-paced digital media world of texting, emailing and tweeting, we may often find people focused more on digital screens than the people around them. While technology offers networking opportunities, it is important to remember the original form of social interaction, face-to-face conversations.  

Sam Houston State University celebrates the art of conversation on March 22 with “LET’S TALK!,” a fundraising event that offers entertaining and interactive “face time” with a host of diverse conversational leaders.

Different from a keynote talk, “LET’S TALK!” is designed to be an intimate experience where guests at each table have the opportunity to engage as they explore a different topic of discussion as they dine. 

“Twenty-five conversational leaders will be seated at individual tables with guests and will lead discussions over an elegant dinner on a wide-range of topics,” said Christina Woods, director of special programs in SHSU’s Office of University Advancement. “From Broadway to baseball talk, crime to culinary concepts, the film industry to the drone industry, there is a variety of unique topics to peak guests’ interests.”

Among the discussion leaders are: Motion Pictures executive James Lopez; Bearkat baseball head coach Matt Deggs; CNN military analyst James “Spider” Marks; Montgomery County Sheriff Rand Henderson, New York Times bestselling author Stephen Harrigan; and Lone Star Drones founder Bob Howie.

A full list of topics and discussion leaders are available online at .

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.

“LET’S TALK!” takes place March 22 beginning at 6 p.m., in the Lowman Student Center Ballroom on campus.  Tickets are $125 each, a portion of which is tax deductible. Reservations can be made by calling 936.294.4061 or by email at Sponsorships are also available.

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