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Theme: Perspectives

This event occurred on
April 13, 2013
9:00am - 4:00pm CDT
(UTC -5hrs)
Nacogdoches, TX
United States

At TEDxSFA we heard stories about privilege, concrete, creativity, perseverance, play and technology, backpacks and downsizing, the power of a hug and an arrowhead that sparked a lifetime of discovery, the music of life and to whom do our national parks belong, becoming a US citizen and helping children experience the joy of musical collaboration. Powerful stories. Persuasive perspectives.

Baker Pattillo Student Center
1936 North Street
222 Vista Dr.
Nacogdoches, TX, 75962
United States
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David Smith

David has served as an National Park Service employee since 1992. He has worked throughout the United States as a park naturalist, law enforcement ranger, firefighter, and biologist. Smith is also certified as a structural firefighter, EMT-B, and a foreign language translator. After completing the MS in Resource Interpretation offered by SFASU, Smith accepted an appointment to Washington DC to serve on the House Natural Resources committee as the liason between the NPS and Congress. During that time, he worked closely with memebrs of both parties, lobbyists, and park managers to craft legislation and argue the cases for laws that directly affect our nation's parks. In 2011, Smith became the superintendnet at Brown v. Board of Education NHS. He used the experiences gathered in DC as well as the other eight National Parks he has worked in to meet some of the park's challenges. Smith has been an instructor and mentor in the NPS for the last 15 years. In addition to teaching courses on interpretation, Smith facilitates 16-hour Operational Leadership course for the NPS 4-5 per year, is a guest lecturere for the NPS GOAL academy, and has appeared on a number of televised productions for the NPS at Grand Canyon NP and Brown v. Board. BA - Developmental Studies UC Berekeley (1990) MS- Resource Interpretaion SFASU (2007) National Freeman Tilden Award Winner (2005) Completion Interpretive Development Program (2005) NPS GOAL Academy Graduate (2009) NPS Bevinetto Fellow (2010)

I-Kaui Hung

Dr. I-Kuai Hung is the Associate Professor of Spatial Science with College of Forestry and Agriculture at Stephen F. Austin State University. After receiving his BS and MS degrees both in Forestry from National Taiwan University (NTU), he worked with the NTU Experiment Forest for 13 years. Dr. Hung and his family moved from Taiwan to Texas in 1999. They have been living in Nacogdoches, Texas since.

David Perkins

David Perkins has been working in the building materials industry since 1998, and has worked in various roles, including environmental, sales and marketing of patented process technologies, sales management, marketing and business/economic analysis, government affairs and corporate communications. He has regularly presented to the cement industry environmental industry along a range of international audiences, including individual companies and industry groups throughout his career. He has presented to wide variety of technical conferences during his time in the industry as well, including a few examples below: Air and Waste Management Association, Dallas, TX November 1999 Intercem Asia, Hong Kong, March 2001 Cement Chemists' Society, Dallas, TX, October 2001 International Congress on the Chemistry of Cement, Durban, South Africa, May 2003 (Author) Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers/Portland Cement Association Annual Meeting, Chattanooga, TN, May 2004 Intercem Americas, Houston, TX, December 2011 David holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing from the University of Texas at Austin (1991) and a Master of Science in Environmental Science from Texas Christian University (1997). Prior to joining the building materials industry, David worked for a small environmental consulting firm, and before his time at this firm, he held a position as environmental manager for a subsidiary of AMR Corporation in the aviation industry.

Evan Coulson

I have enjoyed over a decade serving in the field of outdoor recreation and education, having worked as an environmental educator, outdoor leadership instructor, outdoor education program director, summer camp director and university outdoor pursuits program coordinator. I've been a guest lecturer in college classes on topics ranging from outdoor living skills and adventure education to sustainability and environmental wellness. I've spoken on panels on issues related to sustainability, I advise two university clubs that support advocacy and education related to environmental wellness and sustainability and I coordinate the annual SFA Earth Day celebration. I've also convened 4 regional conferences for a professional association in addition to creating and convening a student-centered, student-run professional development and networking opportunity for students interested in outdoor education and recreation.

Bryan Pruett

We have completed 4 years of sustainable organic farming and successfully feed between 40-60 families most of the year.

Alan Larson

I grew up disabled, so I have firsthand experience of how disability and privilege are related. For the first approximately 20 years of my life as a rehabilitation client, I was on the receiving end of lack of privilege. For the next 20 years of my life as a rehabilitation professional, I was in a position to grant some disability privileges to my clients. For the past seven years I have been a professor here at SFA teaching students about the disability experience, including aspects and levels of privilege related to ability and disability. Besides my personal background, the concept of able privilege is based on McIntosh's concept of white privilege, with the items on the Able Privilege Inventory being based on her examples of that concept. Able privilege is also theoretically based in critical disability theory, where the unit of measure is the interaction of disability and society. I believe this combination of personal and academic foundation makes my proposed presentation particularly appropriate for a TEDxSFA talk.

Whitney Bailey

Person with a disability who loves to educate and advocate for others.

Cay McAninch

Cay has been an early childhood professional for over 20 years and through her research and teaching, passionately champions for young children.

Mario Ajero

Dr. Mario Ajero, Associate Professor of Piano at Stephen F. Austin State University, is internationally recognized for his incorporation of technology in piano pedagogy and music education. He has presented at the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy, the MTNA National Conference, and the CMS/ATMI National Conference. His articles have been published in American Music Teacher and Clavier Companion. Ajero will be a keynote speaker at the 2013 Australasian Piano Pedagogy Conference in Australia. He hosts The Piano Podcast with close to 10,000 subscribers worldwide. 8-year old pianist, Antonio "Nio" Ajero has been a featured pianist on Yamaha's Remote Live Concert Series and was a prize winner at the 2013 Young Artist Piano Competition at Texas State University in San Marcos, TX. He earned a Level 5 Piano Certificate through the Carnegie Hall Royal Conservatory Achievement Program.

Aloma Marquis

Artist since childhood, professional artist since the 1990s, law enforcement career for almost fifteen years.

Adam Peck

Adam Peck is a former improvisational comedian with a distinguished career as an educator. He currently serves as Dean of Student Affairs at Stephen F. Austin State University (SFA) and as a Graduate Faculty member in the Master's program in Higher Education and Student Affairs at SFA.

Riki Ott

Author and activist Riki Ott, PhD, shares her personal story of becoming an “accidental activist” and inspires others to find and unleash their own personal power as problem-solvers. Her story starts as a ‘tween, in Wisconsin in 1968, as she picked up dying robins. Her childhood mentor, her father, sued the state of Wisconsin over DDT––and prevailed––leading the rest of the nation to follow suit. As she watched the legal battle being framed in her home, she hungered to learn science, like Rachel Carson, and to share it in ways that motivated people to protect their health and the environment. Riki left Wisconsin to pursue a career as a marine biologist, graduating from the University of Washington in 1985 with a PhD in marine biology and a specialty in marine oil pollution. She decided to take one summer off before starting a career, taking a job as crew on a commercial salmon fishing boat in Prince William Sound, Alaska. She wound up staying for 25 years.

Neal Naranjo

Dr. Jennings Neal Naranjo, Ph.D. has had a life long passion for paleontology. Thanks to the support and encouragement of his wife, Dr. Naranjo built and donated his museum collection of fossils to the Naranjo Museum of Natural History for the East Texas community to enjoy. Dr. Naranjo oversees the operations, exhibits and research of the museum collections.

Organizing team


Nacogdoches, TX, United States
  • Wynter Chauvin
    Organizing Committee
  • Theresa Coble
    Organizing Committee
  • Jamie Bouldin
    Organizing Committee
  • Rachel Galan
    Organizing Committee