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Speaker Series is an organization that brings inspiring individuals to campus that educate and entertain you about their passions. 

 Upcoming Speakers


Tuesday, February 25th
Katie Linendoll
Reeve Ballroom: 227, 7:00 pm

Katie Linendoll is an Emmy Award winning TV personality, writer, tech expert and global tech consultant. 

In those roles, she spends as much time on her laptop as she does in the field. Whether she’s challenging IBM supercomputer/know-it-all Watson to a game of Jeopardy!, jetpacking over the Pacific Ocean or on a deep sea diving trip to spear the eco-destructive lionfish (custom underwater cameras in hand), it’s all in a day’s work for Linendoll. 

Known for her quirky expertise and high energy, Linendoll, a writer and contributor for The TODAY Show, is one of the most in-demand tech experts in the country. She has contributed to CNN for the past five years and is currently in the process of shooting a innovation series for Huffington Post. Former host of All Access Weekly on Spike TV, her broadcast credits also include Fox and Friends, CBS News, The Nate Berkus Show, ABC News Now, ESPN and more. She researches, produces and creates her own segments. 

Publications such as Fitness Magazine,,,, Yahoo! Finance and others have consulted Linendoll’s expertise. She has written more than 60 pieces for, and contributed to Marie Claire, Shape Magazine, People Magazine, Fitness and other publications.
As a former technology host at HSN, Linendoll was responsible for more than $20 million in sales for the network. She has also participated in media projects with Dell, HP, Hyatt, IBM, Cadillac and Lincoln and leads speaking engagements across the country. 

Linendoll has been tech-minded since childhood and earned her networking certificates before graduating high school. She received her bachelor’s degree in information technology new media from Rochester Institute of Technology, and went on to launch her professional career with ESPN. At age 22, she won an Emmy Award for her work on SportsCenter. She moved on, and a few years later, received another Emmy nomination as the tech host of A&E's We Mean Business. 

Linendoll has interviewed hundreds of celebrities, CEOs and sports stars, including Jim Carrey, Rob Zombie, Stan Lee, John Cusack, Eli Manning, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, RG3, Ethan Hawke and more. She introduced Google Glass to the NFL via the St. Louis Rams (a piece that went viral), detoxed (and survived!) in digital rehab, won the Guinness World Record for performing the most “high fives” in 60 seconds and shared a stage with Lady Gaga—all in the name of tech. She also serves as a technology consultant and has co-designed two apps. 

When she’s not working, Linendoll is a committed fan of WWE's Monday Night Raw—in fact, she’s never missed a single episode. She volunteers regularly with NYC Candlelighters, a non-profit that serves the families of children who are undergoing cancer treatment. 

Advance tickets are available with a Titan ID, starting Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at the SLIC Desk.  Tickets enter you into a raffle for a one of several great tech prizes and reserve a seat up to 15 minutes prior to the start of the event.  Only one ticket available per Titan ID.  15 minutes prior to the start of the event, remaining seats will become available for the general public, if they are available.


Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Reed Timmer
Reeve Ballroom: 227, 7:00 pm

Specializing in severe weather forecasting, survival and research

Having intercepted over 250 tornadoes and a dozen powerful hurricanes during the last decade, Reed Timmer is well-known as the most successful and extreme storm chaser in the world. Not only is Reed one of the few people in existence to document both an F5 tornado, and the most devastating hurricane in U.S. history (Hurricane Katrina), but also graduated with a PhD in Meteorology from the University of Oklahoma in 2009.

Reed’s “hands-on” experience with a vast assortment of hazardous weather and natural disasters, as well as his extensive education in the science of meteorology, have made him one of the world’s most respected experts on severe weather forecasting, safety, and survival. Reed is a strong advocate for extreme weather and disaster education, and conducts storm spotter seminars for the National Weather Service, emergency managers, and the general public.

Growing up in the ever-changing climate of West Michigan, Reed’s passion for extreme weather has dominated his life for as long as he can remember. His illustrious storm chasing career began at the age of 12, when he destroyed the family video camera in his front yard while being pelted by quarter-size hail in a severe thunderstorm. At the age of 18, Reed decided to pursue his ultimate dream, and enrolled at the University of Oklahoma to study meteorology and chase storms in Tornado Alley.

As a star on Discovery Channel’s Storm Chasers in 2008,Reed became the first person in history to capture High Definition video inside a tornado. The eight episode series had a record 19 million viewers during the 2008 season, and was one of the highest rated shows on Discovery Channel.

You may have also seen Reed on Discovery Channel’s When Nature Strikes in fall of 2008, which featured his intercept of Hurricane Ike on Galveston Island as a deadly 15 foot storm surge threatened their position on the sea wall. Reed has also appeared on all major news networks, including Good Morning America with Diane Sawyer, CNN with Wolf Blitzer, CBS, NBC, and The Weather Channel.

Reed is CEO of Weather Fusion, LLC and Extreme Tornado Tours, LLC, offering forensic meteorology and consulting services, extreme weather media, and storm chasing tours. His tornado, hurricane, and blizzard footage has been licensed to over 100 production companies and television networks since 1997, and has been seen by 100s of millions of people worldwide on television, internet, and mobile video devices.


Meeting times: Mondays at 6:00 pm in Reeve Union 214

University Speaker Series provides a tremendous opportunity for leadership and campus involvement for students.  University Speaker Series is a committee responsible for providing informative, educational, and/or entertaining programs of interest at little or no charge to the campus and surrounding community.

Those interested in joining the University Speaker Series may contact University Speaker Series at or the advisor, Mike Lueder, Program Advisor for Volunteerism at or at (920) 424-1269.

New members are always welcome!

USS members select the speakers, do all the advertising and marketing, meet the speakers in advance of the event, eat dinner with the speaker, and staff the event.  It's a great opportunity to meet people with amazing stories.  E-mail the Speaker Series account or advisor Mike Lueder if you are interested in joining, or just stop by a meeting.  


University Speaker Series is funded by the Allocations Committee, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.  University Speaker Series does co-sponsor events throughout the year.  If you are interested in applying for co-sponsorship, please fill out this form: CO-SPONSORSHIP FORM


Speaker selection is made in March for the following school year.  Speaking Agencies will be contacted on how to submit information before then. 



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