OGDEN -- Weber State University plans to share its "ideas worth spreading" with audiences around the world.
WSU plans to record its first TEDx presentation on Feb. 28. TED is a nonprofit devoted to "Ideas Worth Spreading," according to its website, www.ted.com. TED managers have approved and posted more than 1,600 presentations on a multitude of topics, in categories including technology, entertainment, design, business, science and global issues. Talks labeled as TEDx are those originating from universities.
"Ours will be called 'Worthy of Your Dreams,' said Jordan Utley, director of WSU's Teaching and Learning Forum.
"It will have Chuck Wight and several professors talking about ideas, and we will have students talking about how Weber State supports their dreams. We'll also have Bill Allred, who went to school at Weber State."
Allred, who hosts the Radio From Hell show on 96.3 FM, studied performing arts at Weber State, and got his start on radio at an Ogden station. Allred plans to talk about why students should go to school, and what, specifically, he thinks they should try to gain from the university experience.
Physics professor Stacy Palen plans to talk about nature's creation story, and how we got here, from an astronomical point of view. Physics professor Adam Johnston will discuss innovations in education.
WSU president Chuck Wight will share his belief that when students default on student loans, universities should repay a percentage of that debt to the lender. Wight said one of the biggest threats to education is the potential alienation of lenders, should default rates rise too high.
Sarah Steimel, an assistant professor in WSU's Department of Communication, will talk about invitational rhetoric, which focuses more on creating understanding through ethical exchange than on mental domination and aggressive persuasion. Tim Border, who teaches selling at WSU, will talk about the science of thought and behavior, and how controlling one's thought process can assist in reaching goals.
Several students will also speak about the educational and career value they found in performing internships.
"We want to get our faculty in the limelight, and show the community and the world what great individuals we have at Weber State University," Utley said. "It's a wonderful institution doing good things. We want to share that. Many of our professors use TED talks in their classes as open-source content when they need experts talking about specific things. And since we use them, we should be adding to that pool of knowledge."
People who want to attend the Feb.. 28 shoot at the Browning Center should visit www.weber.edu/tlf/TEDx.html to request morning (10 to 11:30 a.m.) or afternoon (1 to 2:30 p.m.) tickets. Only 100 seats will be available per session, which is a TED rule.
Remote viewing locations for live screening will be set up in the Wildcat Theater, Shepherd Union Building, WSU, 3848 Harrison Blvd., Ogden; in Room 110-111 of D2, WSU Davis, 2750 University Park Blvd., Layton; and at the WSU Downtown location, 2314 Washington Blvd., Ogden. No tickets are required for remote viewing.
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