Speaker Series

Student Life and Student Government Association are pleased to present the 2013-14 speaker series featuring each of these engaging presenters who will challenge you to think outside the box, teach you stress-relief techniques, enlighten you with laughter, challenge your perceptions, and expose you to new cultures.

Interested in related programming? Attend "Hit Pay Dirt," Leadership as an Art Workshops and Soft Skill Socials.

Kyle MacDonald
"One Red Paperclip: Anything is Possible"

Tuesday, October 15, 2013
6:00 p.m., CHS 1004 with IVC to regional campuses
Antigo T107, Medford M123, Phillips P134, Spencer S109, Wittenberg W113

Become inspired to live outside-the-box and follow your wildest dreams as you hear Kyle MacDonald's incredible tale of upgrading a single red paperclip for a house - in just 14 trades. To learn more about Kyle and his "ideas turned projects," visit  www.redpaperclip.com.

Jason Kotecki
“Escape Adulthood: Living and Working with Less Stress and More Fun”

Thursday, November 7, 2013
12:00 p.m., E101-102

Stressed? Busy? Overwhelmed? If you've ever wanted to resign from adulthood, you may be struggling with a case of Adultitis. Make your escape! Our passion and energy levels are regularly depleted by Adultitis and the burden of increased regulations and the need to do more with less. We may not be able to be six again, but Jason shares how recapturing wisdom from our childhood can help us to reignite our passion, turn stress into laughter and get more done while having fun. To more more about Jason and for resources to combat Adultitis, visit www.kimandjason.com.

“Live, Laugh, Learn”

Tuesday, February 4, 2014
12:00 p.m., E101-102

CoMeTrY is an exciting, energetic new art form blending performance poetry and stand up comedy into clean, clever, observational entertainment. Each performance is designed to highlight the similarities, habits and traits we all share, but often go unnoticed. Every CoMeTrY piece or "coem" does a few things: it tells a story, raises awareness or delivers an inspirational message, all while making you laugh. Visit www.cometry.org for more on this unique duo.

Zach Wahls
“What Makes a Family?”

Wednesday, February 26, 2014
6:00 p.m., CHS 1004 with IVC to regional campuses
Antigo T130, Medford M115, Phillips P135, Spencer S112, Wittenberg W118

On January 31, 2011, Zach Wahls addressed the Iowa House Judiciary Committee in a public hearing regarding a proposed constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage in Iowa. The then-nineteen-year-old son of a same-sex couple, Wahls proudly proclaimed, "the sexual orientation of my parents has had zero effect on the content of my character." Hours later, his speech was posted on YouTube, where it went viral, quickly receiving more than two million views. By the end of the week, everyone knew his name and wanted to hear more from the boy with two moms. To learn more about Zach, visit www.zachwahls.com.

Tibetan Monks from the Drepung Loseling Monastery

"Mandala Sand Art" Creation - March 10-13, 2014
Wausau Campus, Cafeteria and E101-102
  -- Monday: Opening Ceremony, 12:00 p.m. with Mandala Creation until 6:00 p.m.
  -- Tuesday: Mandala Creation, 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
  -- Wednesday: Mandala Creation, 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. with "Symbolism of the Sand Mandala" Presentation, 12:00 p.m.
  -- Thursday: Mandala Creation 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. with Closing Ceremony, 12:00 p.m.

From all the artistic traditions of Tantric Buddhism, that of painting with colored sand ranks as one of the most unique and exquisite. In Tibetan this art is called dul-tson-kyil-khor, which literally means “mandala of colored powders.” Millons of grains of sand are painstakingly laid into place on a flat platform over the course of the week.

Formed of a traditional prescribed iconography that includes geometric shapes and a multitude of ancient spiritual symbols, the sand-painted mandala is used as a tool for re-consecrating the earth and its inhabitants.

To learn more about the creation of the mandala, visit http://www.mysticalartsoftibet.org/Man-Proc.htm#top.