University Speaker Series
Speaker Series is
An organization that brings inspiring individuals to campus that educate and enterain you about their passions.
Wednesday, November 20th
Derreck Kayongo: "Recycle Soap: Save a Village"
Reeve Ballroom: 227, 7pm
In 1979, when Derreck Kayongo was ten, his family fled the civil war in Uganda for a better life in America. Kayongo never forgot the experience of homelessness and living in a refugee camp, and today he has made it his mission to help save the lives of millions of children in developing countries, one bar of soap at a time.
Each year, an estimated 3.5 million children die from illnesses like diarrhea and pneumonia, which can be prevented through improved hygiene and sanitation. In 2009, Kayongo and his wife founded the Global Soap Project, which donates melted, purified and reprocessed hotel soap to vulnerable populations, an astonishingly simple yet highly effective and sustainable approach to global health.
Since establishing his non-profit, Kayongo has become known as a widely respected global health leader and social entrepreneur. Prior to Global Soap, he served in leadership roles in some of the world's top NGOs, including the American Friends Service Committee and Amnesty International. The Global Soap project earned an endorsement from the American Hotel and Lodging Association in 2013. Kayongo currently serves as Senior Advocacy Coordinator with CARE International and is a regular columnist with The Huffington Post. In 2011, Kayongo was among CNN's "Top Ten Heroes" of the year. He is currently at work on a book due out next year on how he found his calling in life as a refugee in America.
Kayongo's life is an inspirational story of fortitude and triumph over the odds. His world is one where "we must do better," and his career is a testament to that belief. Today, he shares his tenacious spirit and visionary experience in the areas of entrepreneurship, environmental sustainability, global health, and professional engagement with audiences in both the corporate and not-for-profit worlds.
Advance tickets are available with a Titan ID, starting Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at the SLIC Desk. Tickets 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.
Tuesday, February 25th
Reeve Ballroom: 227, 7:30 pm
Katie Linendoll shatters the mold of the typical on-air tech personality. In a few short years, she's earned recognition as a go-to technology expert for a variety of media outlets. Katie is a sports-tech contributor to ESPN, ESPN.com and ESPN The Magazine. She is also a weekly tech contributor on CNN and hosts a show on Spike TV. In addition, Linendoll is a contributor to the Today Show. Her career began at SportsCenter, where she received an Emmy Award at age 22.
Sometimes referred to as the "Chic Geek", Katie has thousands of hours of live television experience and is also known being a "one-stop shop" for networks. She researches, develops and co-produces many of her own segments to create an entertainment experience that's always intelligent, quirky, accessible and unique.Read More
She is one of the few people in the world to challenge the IBM supercomputer Watson at Jeopardy and has worked alongside Lady Gaga as a spokesperson for Polaroid. She is also is the resident tech expert for The Nate Berkus Show and can be seen in a series of Lincoln commercials/webisodes, which gained traction online and also on in-flight screens across the country. Her expertise is also regularly featured in magazines from People Style Watch to Fitness.
Katie's unique and always-current perspective sheds new light on what can be an overwhelming world of technology. More than just an expert on the latest cool stuff, Katie gives specifics on how innovation and technologies are impacting the way we live and what it means for you.
Advance tickets are available with a Titan ID, starting Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at the SLIC Desk. Tickets 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.
Meeting times: Mondays at 6:30pm in Reeve Union 305
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 email@example.com or the advisor, Mike Lueder, Program Advisor for Volunteerism at firstname.lastname@example.org 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.