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This event occurred on
March 9, 2012
8:00am - 5:00pm EST
(UTC -5hrs)
Ypsilanti, MI
United States

TEDxEMU will feature innovative and effective approaches to student success and student engagement. These include a holistic approach to wellness, student voices & leadership, student learning, diversity & inclusion, fiscal responsibility, collaboration, and technology based approaches to services.

Sponberg Theater
Eastern Michigan University
Ypsilanti, MI, 48197
United States
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Ted Coutilish

Ted Coutilish is EMU’s Associate Vice President of University and Athletics Marketing. His responsibilities include advertising, athletics corporate sponsorships, branding, image, integrated and mobile marketing, social media/SEO and student recruitment marketing. He leads the EMU Marketing Council and is a member of EMU’s Academic Quality Improvement Program Committee, Autism Collaborative Center Development Committee, Institutional Strategic Planning Council and Recruitment Council. He is a member of the Board of Directors for the Ypsilanti Heritage Board and National Fragile X Foundation. He lives in Grosse Pointe with his wife, Mary Beth, and their son, Andrew, who has Autism and Fragile X Syndrome.

Chris Mayda

Chris Mayda, Professor of Geography and Sustainability at Eastern Michigan Univeristy, offers classes steeped in the sustainable mindset—accepting Earth’s limits and examining how everything is connected. She believes that the mindset offers a positive lifestyle and job opportunities for the coming generations. The sustainable mindset is not about prescribed practices, but a way to think. It is interdisciplinary and encourages coopetition when working non-linearly within complex systems. Her textbook a “Regional Geography of the US and Canada: Toward a Sustainable Future“ acknowledges what our countries are and what they can be as they move toward the Ecological Age.

Henry Hastings

Dr. Henry J. Hastings is currently a full time lecturer in the College of Business at Eastern Michigan University. He teaches the Legal/Ethical Environment of Business and International Business Ethics. Dr. Hastings is a licensed attorney and has a doctorate from the University of Michigan in Educational Foundations and Policy, with a concentration in values, ethics, and morality. During the course of his professional career Dr. Hastings has been a high school teacher, an assistant prosecuting attorney, a guardian ad litem for neglected and abused children, and a successful businessman and a practicing attorney.

Eboni Zamani-Gallaher

Eboni M. Zamani-Gallaher is Professor of Educational Leadership and Coordinator of the Community College Leadership Program in the Department of Leadership and Counseling at Eastern Michigan University. She holds a Ph.D. in higher education administration with a specialization in community college leadership and educational evaluation from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Zamani-Gallaher’s teaching, research, and consulting activities largely include psychosocial adjustment and transition of marginalized collegians, transfer, access policies, and women in leadership. Her research has been published in various journals and scholarly texts, including Equity and Excellence in Education, Higher Education Policy, National Association of Student Affairs Professionals Journal and New Directions for Student Affairs. Currently she is co-editing the 4th edition of the ASHE Reader on Community Colleges. Her most recent work includes co-authoring The Case for Affirmative Action on Campus: Concepts of Equity, Considerations for Practice (Stylus Publishing), co-editing The State of the African American Male: A Courageous Conversation (Michigan State University Press) and the ASHE Reader on Organization & Governance in Higher Education, 6th edition (Pearson Custom Publishing).

John Lupinacci

John Lupinacci is a doctoral candidate in the urban education program at Eastern Michigan University, where he is also adjunct faculty and teaches social foundations of education. He has taught at the secondary level in Detroit, and is co-author of the book EcoJustice Education: Toward Diverse, Democratic, and Sustainable Communities. His experience as a high school math and science teacher, an outdoor environmental educator, and a community activist all contribute to researching the relationships between schools and the reproduction of the cultural roots of the ecological crises.

DIana Wong

Dr. Diana Wong is an Associate Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship in the Department of Management. Her research examines development of strategic alliances, the impact of cultural mythologies on global leaders, cross cultural interactions across multiple boundaries, indigenous knowledge on environmental sustainability, and accidental entrepreneurship in career transitions. Diana is also the creator of the statewide MI Shifting Gears program which enables the career transition of corporate professionals to career opportunities in the new economy. She is a global citizen with a life that spans both coasts while living in Ann Arbor with her partner and two children.

Dewey Sims

Dewey Sims was born and raised in Southeast Michigan. He attended Hillsdale College and graduated with a B.S. in Marketing and Biology. He has been in the medical sales industry for over 20 years. In addition, he is an inventor and entrepreneur, holding 6 patents.

Howard Booth

Howard Booth is a Professor of Biology who has taught over 18,000 EMU Biology students over the last 44 years. He is the current world indoor pole vault champion in the 65-69 age group. He teaches and researches Human Physiology, and is one of EMU Men's pole vault coaches. He is also an EMU alumnus BS 1966, MS 1967.

Aijalon Wallace

Aijalon Wallace was born and raised in Detroit, MI. He is now majoring in Communication and President and Founder of I.M.A.GE (Inspired Motivational Activist Gearing towards Education), a performing arts group at Eastern Michigan University. When he first discovered his passion as an artist in 2006 he joined “Inside Out Literary Arts” and was featured on the Russell Simmons documentary, HBO Brave New Voices (2008-2009). Aijalon has had the pleasure of opening for poet laureate and Oprah Winfrey top ten writers Nikki Giovanni, Five time Winner of Apollo Jessica Care Moore, American poet Saul Williams and Governor Jennifer Granholm.

Zach Wigal

Zach Wigal is a digitally minded entrepreneur with a passion for the interactive entertainment industry. At the age of 17, Wigal founded Gamers Outreach Foundation, a 501©(3) non-profit organization that facilitates services which use video games in ways that improve the lives of others. Wigal also serves as the Charity Chapter President within the Entertainment Consumers Association, the non-profit membership organization that represents game consumers in the US & Canada. He is a four time recipient of the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional Award, and is currently pursuing a degree in marketing at Eastern Michigan University.

Beth Doane

Beth Doane, a 2004 EMU graduate, launched her first fashion company at age 22, created a consulting firm focused on sustainability, and is planting more than a million trees across Central and South America. She speaks nationally about her journey from fashion designer to social entrepreneur. Her work has been featured in Glamour, In Style, People, FOX, and many more. Hemispheres Magazine nominated her a “Hero” for her environmental achievements in 2010 and was featured in the book, 100 Making a Difference, alongside Michelle Obama and Steven Spielberg. She’s created ground-breaking collaborations and partnerships with corporations such as Aveda, L’Oreal, Earth Day Network, and The World Wildlife Fund. Her fashion brand RainTees launched at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in 2008 and became an internationally selling brand in its first year. Today, RainTees works with non-profit partners in over thirty- eight countries and operates a pen pal program linking fans with thousands of at-risk youth in developing nations. She has written an award winning children’s book entitled ‘’From the Jungle’’ and currently resides in Los Angeles, CA, and leads inspirational retreats and seminars around the world.

Justin Ford

Justin W.S. Ford is currently a second year masters student in the Educational Leadership program, and the Graduate Assistant for the LGBT Resource Center at EMU. He earned his B.A. in Communication from Michigan State University in 2010 with a specialization in interpersonal and intimate communication. Justin has enjoyed nearly two years at EMU serving as a graduate assistant in both the Women's Resource Center and the LGBT Resource center, and as a graduate instructor for UNIV courses. He is primarily interested in leadership development, student development, and success factors for underrepresented student populations.

Lisa Ferrugia Atkinson

Lisa Ferrugia Atkinson is a dancer, writer and teacher based in Ann Arbor, MI. She holds a BA in creative writing from Carnegie Mellon University and a Master of Fine Arts in dance from The Ohio State University. Her professional background includes three years as an editorial and archival assistant at Carnegie Mellon, and five years as a company dancer for Laboratory Company Dance in Pittsburgh, PA. She is also an experienced grant writer for the arts. She currently teaches in the dance program at Eastern Michigan University, and her most recent published work appears in Volume 34 of Dance Chronicle.

Kathy Orscheln

Kathy, EMU director of Admissions, started her career in higher education as Dean of Women at Central Methodist College in Missouri. From there, she came to EMU, having never heard of Ypsilanti or Eastern Michigan University. Obviously, she finds this environment a good one, both personally and professionally, since she has been at EMU now for 33 years. Her role model is her father, who retired from the Army as a Colonel, wrote a few books on international peacekeeping, then went to law school for fun. Although all 3 of her children have EMU degrees, Kathy does not...yet.

Anthony DeBenedet

Husband, dad, physician, author of The Art of Roughhousing, and champion for play. Anthony has appeared on The Today Show, in The New York Times and many other media outlets to advocate for play. He is also a health and parenting writer for TIME Magazine’s online opinion think tank, TIME Ideas. He frequently speaks to groups about the importance of play and offers parent-child play workshops around the country. Anthony lives with his wife and three young daughters in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Noah Pylvainen

Noah Pylvainen is a senior at EMU graduating this spring with a bachelor’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning and a minor in music. After a year abroad in Finland, Noah developed a love for public space and soon found the field of planning. Currently, he is working on several research projects about public space and will be presenting at the Undergrad Symposium and the Michigan Association of Planning Student Conference. Noah is also the Vice President of the urban planning student organization PLACE. Noah also works for EMU Communications as a staff photographer as well as running his own wedding and portrait photography business.

Scott Simpson

Scott Simpson holds a B.A. in Marketing & Management from Hillsdale College. Scott started his career with the global commercial real estate firm Cushman & Wakefield in their Financial Services Group. In 2004, Scott co-founded an online auction brokerage company with multiple locations in Southeastern Michigan. Scott joined Google as an Account Executive in the Dedicated Client Division, working with some of the company’s largest Business-to-Business clients. He is now Manager, Online Sales for Google's New Client Acquisition's team.

Heather Neff

Dr. Heather Neff is the Director of the Eastern Michigan University McNair Scholars Program and is a Professor of English. Neff studied at the University of Michigan, the Sorbonne and the Universities of Basel and Zurich in Switzerland. A specialist in African American Literature, Neff is the author of five novels, including the American Library Association Honor Book "Wisdom," and the human trafficking story "Leila: The Weighted Silence of Memory." Neff has received the Eastern Michigan University Distinguished Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching and is a Michigan Distinguished Professor.

Peggy Liggit

Peggy Liggit is currently the Interim Director of the Bruce K. Nelson Faculty Development Center. She earned her Ph.D. in Cellular and Molecular Biology (Univ. of Nevada-Reno, 1994) and her undergraduate degree in Biology with certifications in secondary biology and chemistry education (Northern Arizona Univ., 1981). Peggy has been on EMU's campus for fourteen years, serving two years as Director of Academic Assessment and twelve years as professor in the Department of Biology teaching and conducting research in science education. She is interested in learner-centered teaching, organizational change theory, and personality and learning style inventories for relationship-building.

Orlando Bailey

Orlando has had quite a career at EMU. Probably one of the most recognizable faces on campus, Orlando decided to get involved his sophomore year with the CloseUp Theatre Troupe and has been on a role ever since. Orlando served a small part of the EMU community as an Resident Adviser in Best Hall. He also had the starring role Bud in EMU Theater's production of "Bud Not Buddy." Orlando is also an anchor on the campus' cable channel and a radio personality on the campus' internet radio station. He has numerous awards and recognitions at EMU including Gold Medallion Award for outstanding mentorship by a student, NAACP Image Award and is a MLK Humanitarian. Orlando will be graduating in the near future with a BA in Electronic Media and Film Studies.

Patrick Seick

Patrick Seick is a sophomore at Eastern Michigan University studying Communication and Philosophy. He is a member of the EMU Forensics Team and Tau Kappa Epsilon.

Jasmina Camo-Biogradlija

Jasmina is the program coordinator of the VISION Volunteer Center in the Department of Diversity and Community Involvement at EMU. Her favorite part about her work with VISION is that she can work with a number of social issues and so many passionate students. Jasmina received her Master’s degree in Public Policy from the University of Michigan in 2009. She enjoys eating cheese and trying to speak Spanish to anyone who will listen.

Martha Costa

Martha is a 1987 graduate of Eastern Michigan University, and has served on staff at the Recreation and Intramurals Department for the past 16 years. In 2007, she finalized the report of the AQIP Project: Quality Service Delivery, co-presenting the results across the EMU campus and at the annual conference of the Higher Learning Commission. Inspired by her experience at the Disney Institute, Martha continues to discover new approaches to the art of delivering quality service. She's presented numerous workshops and presentations on a variety of service topics. A mother of three, a volunteer with the Relay For Life of Ypsilanti and Sigma Kappa Sorority, Martha also enjoys singing at church and working every day with some of the greatest people on earth. Her husband, Carlos, is her strongest supporter, always encouraging her to "go the distance."

Gordon Kangas

Gordon is a Michigan native, EMU grad (2010) and founder of Fluent Presentations, a company that helps individuals and businesses improve their presentation skills. His blog, "Be Fluent" is regularly syndicated by a variety of outlets focused on presentation skills. He lives in Saline, MI with his wife Anna and daughter Miriam.

Adam Collins

Adam Collins is a senior instrumental music education major, specializing in percussion. Adam is currently principal percussionist of Eastern Michigan University’s (EMU) Wind Symphony, and has performed with the Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps. He currently teaches the drumlines at Ann Arbor Huron High School, and Tecumseh High School, and is also music director for the University of Michigan Health System Child Care Center Summer Theater Camp. In addition to performing at TEDxEMU, Adam is also participating in EMU’s Undergraduate Symposium.

Melissa Ginotti

Melissa works as Director of Campus Life, the student activities office at Eastern Michigan University, where she has been employed for the past 17 years. She completed her Bachelor's (1986) and Master's (2003) degrees from EMU, and is the proud parent of a recent EMU graduate!

Courtney Wright

Mr. Wright is a Graduate Assistant in the Department of Communication, Media, & Theatre Arts where he is also serves as an assistant coach for the nationally acclaimed EMU Forensic Team. Before joining EMU, Courtney coached middle school, high school, and college forensics, helping several students win national championships. A high school and college national champion himself, Mr. Wright now researches the intersections of forensics, critical pedagogy, and communication.

Antonia Moses

Antonia Moses is a singer/songwriter based out of Detroit, Michigan. She began singing and performing at the age of 13 and taught herself how to play the acoustic guitar when she turned 18. She has performed at numerous venues in the Ypsilanti/Ann Arbor area, including the Ypsilanti Heritage festival and the Ann Arbor Art Fair. Growing up in a family full of artists, musician and writers, Antonia was heavily influenced to pursue a career in the arts. She is currently a junior at Eastern Michigan University studying Arts Management with a concentration in music.

Organizing team


Ann Arbor, MI, United States
  • Gregg Costanzo
  • Jeromy Hopgood
  • John Charles
  • Steven Martin
  • Emily-Ann Jugowicz
    Stage Manager
  • Sarah Keelon
    Backstage Assistant Stage Manager
  • Kyle Radabagh
    Backstage Running Crew
  • Dustin Miller
    Sound Operator
  • Tyler Chin
    Backstage Sound Technician
  • Betty Thomas
    Backstage Projections Operator
  • Cathy Sielicki
    Meal and Refreshments Team
  • Meredith Blaine
    Meal and Refreshments Team
  • Celia Murkowski
  • Jasmina Camo-Biogradlija
  • Kelly Schneider
    Attendance Registration
  • Amy Barnhart
    Attendance Registration
  • Evan Findley
    Attendance Registration
  • BJ Selfridge
    Presenter Coordination
  • Ben Fielder
    Presenter Coordination
  • Leighanne Denja
  • Jessica Hale
  • Matt Mortier
    Entertainment Coordination
  • Jimmy Arnold
    Entertainment Coordination
  • Ted Coutilish
    Community Partners
  • Randy Mascharka
  • John Rice
  • Sarah Mark
    Public Speaking Coaching Coordinator
  • Diane Lawrence
    iTunes U
  • Bilaal Saeed
    Community Partners