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Tickets on sale now for Schey Talks

Monday, March 14 2016 12:00am

Schey Talks, a Bobcat take on TEDTalks, are happening on Wed., Mar. 23, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Athena Cinema.

By Brianna Wilson

It started last fall, when students from The Ralph and Luci Schey Sales Centre competed to speak at the Schey Sales Symposium. 

“Afterward, I talked with Dr. Rapp about how we could make [the competition] campus-wide,” said Joe Dorsey, founder of Schey Talks. “I wanted to give students the opportunity to speak about relevant and compelling issues that might not be talked about in a classroom setting.”

From there, the idea snowballed. The date, time, and location were set: Wed., Mar. 23, 7-9 p.m., at the Athena Cinema. Other members of the Schey quickly volunteered to help, including student Nate Kahn, Adam Rapp, executive director of the Schey Sales Centre, and Michael Fruhling, adjunct professor of marketing. They began recruiting student speakers, as well as local and corporate sponsors. And, they decided to add a philanthropic component by partnering with the Athens County Food Pantry. All proceeds of the event will go to the pantry, and in addition to monetary donations, Schey Talks is collecting nonperishable foods. 

The event is open to the public and tickets are available now for $10. They can be purchased in Copeland 201 any time or on the bottom floor of Baker Center Tues., Mar. 15 and Thurs., Mar. 17 from 4-6 p.m. Canned food items can be donated in Copeland 201 now through Fri., Mar. 18.

The event itself features 11 student speakers, covering a variety of topics, ranging from health to leadership to foreign policy. Speakers include David Baxter, Miguel Gomez, Nate Kahn, Avery Pantaleano, Max Peltz, Roisin Reidy, Noah Rudman, Greg Scott, Hailey Spivak, Stephenson Swan, and Sydney Wolff. 

After the talks, judges, including Rapp and several corporate partners, will determine winners using a point system. Winners will receive cash prizes of $300, $150, and $50.

Event attendees and community members alike are invited to attend an after party from 9 to 11 p.m. at The Pigskin Bar and Grille. Appetizers will be provided.

“The Schey is excited to partner with members of the community to make Joe’s idea come to life,” said Rapp. “This is going to be an inspiring, dynamic event. We are grateful for the support of our sponsors, including IGS, Quicken Loans, Enervize, The Pigskin Bar and Grille, Shade Restaurant, and University Courtyard.”