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What you missed at Schey Talks

Monday, March 28 2016 12:00am

More than 200 students, faculty, staff, and members of the community gathered at the Athena Cinema Wed., Mar. 23 for the first annual Schey Talks.

By Brianna Wilson

Schey Talks began six months ago, when Joe Dorsey, ‘16, approached Adam Rapp, executive director of the Ralph and Luci Schey Sales Centre, with his idea for a Bobcat take on TEDTalks. Thought turned into action, philanthropy, and finally, talks from 11 Ohio University students.

As Rapp explained at the beginning of the night, the event was about two things. The first? Giving to others. Proceeds from ticket sales raised more than $5,000 for the Athens County Food Pantry. 

The second? Starting a conversation. “There are people in the Athens community with things to say. We wanted to let their voices be heard,” said Rapp.

What did they have to say? Read about the top 12 takeaways below.

1. Poverty is everywhere

Dorsey opened the night by asking the audience to imagine poverty. “You might think of Africa, or India, but 1 in 5 children in our backyard, right here, right now, are hungry,” he said. Dorsey’s talk provided a background for why the proceeds of the event went to the Athens County Food Pantry.

2. So are language barriers

Miguel Gomez, ‘16 encountered this firsthand when he ordered food in Paris using only hand signals. After returning to Athens, he discovered the barrier was everywhere—and launched a third rendition of his app, Uniculture, to help. “People not fluent in English can find a free translator with Uniculture, so they can do everyday things like visit the doctor, register to vote, or open a bank account,” he said.  

3. Leadership can be learned from the top of a horse

And that’s exactly where Sydney Wolff, ‘19 learned it. She explained how it, like equestrianism, is based on teamwork. Winning comes from a positive attitude, strong sense of respect for your colleagues, and a willingness to go that extra mile.

4. Recruiters are doing it all wrong when it comes to recruiting Millennials

At least according to Greg Scott, ‘16. “Millennials care about impact, so when recruiting them, talk to them as people first, and recruit them second. Not the other way around,” he explained. 

5. Politics are personal

Max Peltz, ’16 managed to incorporate both history and advice in his talk. “This election is becoming kind of a joke, so instead of debating who you like the least, find out what you’re passionate about and get behind a candidate who agrees with you,” said Max Peltz, ‘16. “For me, that’s our country’s relationship with Israel.” 

6. Happiness is the key to success

You’ll work hard, become successful, and then be happy. Sound right? According to Avery Pantaleano, ‘17—and extensive research—it’s all wrong. “The first step is to be happy, because then you’ll work harder, and then be more successful,” he said.

7. We all have a voice

After years of shattered confidence due to stuttering, Noah Rudman, ‘19 found his voice through writing and spoken word poetry. Now, he’s trying to help other people with a stutter find their voice by producing a documentary.

8. We need to mend the relationship between our mind and body

Every day, we ignore our bodies, and the voices of our minds. We wait until the end of a meeting to go to the bathroom, we skip lunch to work, and skip sleep to play. And as a result, we feel unhappy, tired, and alone. How can we fix it? By listening to our minds and bodies, according to Roisin Reidy, ‘17.

9. Communication is (also) the key to success

But successful communication isn’t easy. Nate Kahn, ‘16 offered three strategies to become a better communicator: be mindful of every situation you’re in, find a strategy that resonates with you, and then practice. 

10. We all need a board of directors

What does that mean? It means that we all need people who uplift us and draw forth our best, according to David Baxter, ‘17. “It can be anybody—you just have to let them in,” he said. “You can accomplish amazing things, but you can’t do it alone.”

11. 30 seconds is all it takes

All it takes to leave the past in the past, the future in the future, and focus on the present, according to Haily Spivak, ‘17. “If we’re honoring but not dwelling on our past, acknowledging but not fearing our futures, we can be happy with ourselves,” she said. 

12. Failure can be positive

Michael Jordan, Walt Disney, and Steven Spielberg all have one thing in common: they’ve failed. A lot. But they also learned from their mistakes, and moved on. Stephenson Swan, ‘16 reminded us to view failure as a lesson; by shifting our attitude toward failure, we can become more successful.

Congratulations to all of our speakers, and a special shout out to first-place winner David Baxter, second-place winner Noah Rudman, and third-place winner Stephenson Swan.

Lastly, the Schey Sales Centre would like to extend a special thank you to its generous sponsors and promoters, including NR Media Group, Quicken Loans, Federated Insurance, Rocky Brands, IGS Energy, State Farm, Norben Company Inc., Chemcote, Enervise, University Courtyard, North American Breweries, ExSell, and Ohio University’s College of Business.