Nacogdoches, TX, United States
February 8th, 2014
About this event
At this year’s event we focused on curiosity. A child’s curiosity about his birth parents led one of our speakers to embark on journey that led to the beginning of an international organization that helps orphan children in China. Curiosity also prompted another speaker to collaborate with her four-year-old daughter. Still others were curious about the blending of art and nature or using poetry as a vehicle for communicating, through song, the images and feelings of a land close to home. In all, TEDxSFA 2014 provided the spark that ignites curious minds to action.
Founder and CEO of Love Without Boundaries Foundation, and international charity who provides hope and healing to orphaned children overseas. I have worked in this field for the last ten years and have helped grow a grassroots group of adoptive parents into a worldwide organization with volunteers from 14 countries. I have spoken around the world (US, Europe, China) about a wide variety of topics from philanthropy to adoption to taking that leap of faith to make a difference in the world.
Neurologist with 15 year experience, work with several organizations at the national and local level that deal with brain disorders/injuries in general in both children and adults. I also work extensively with patients that suffer from other neurodegenerative illnesses like Parkinson's & Alzheimer's as advisory member to Parkinson's Disease Foundation and Parkinson Action Network and Alzheimer's association.
Adrian Van Dellen
Retired from 23 years off biomedical research in the U.S. Air Force, I have experience presenting scientific papers at pathology conferences. I now pursue a second career as an outdoor and wildlife photographer. Photographing the Neches River and it flora and fauna since 2005 has provide me an extensive digital photographic library from which my presentation is derived and structured.
I have been teaching for Houston ISD since 1990. I have presented workshops at conferences including: Conference for the Advancement of Science Teaching, National Science Teacher's Conference, Texas Association for Environmental Education, and Growing the Seeds of Environmental Education. I am a current board member of Texas Association for Environmental Education.
News, environmental and sports photographer since 1969. Owner of Milk River Film & Media, producing documentary films on music, dance, wildlife, sports and rodeo, and short-form narrative films. Writer, actor, director. Winner of the Austin Poetry Slam, finalist at the National Poetry Slam. Broadcast on Fox, NBC News, Texas Country Reporter franchise, MTV. Emmy Award nominee for Cinematography.
Juan Carlos Urena
Costa Rican performer, composer and songwriter, Juan Carlos Ureña has recorded ten albums of original music and has contributed songs to numerous music collections in the United States, Latin America, and Europe, including the Putumayo World Music, and Papaya Music labels. He studied Music in the Universidad de Costa Rica and the Universidad Nacional de Heredia. He completed his MA in Music Composition at Stephen F. Austin State University and earned his PhD in Hispanic Studies at Texas A&M University. Ureña has published academic articles and chapters on poetry, theater, and literature. As a founding member of the Nueva Canción movement in Costa Rica, Ureña’s work as a composer, performer, and scholar brings a unique perspective to his research on music and poetry. Currently he is an associate professor of Spanish at Stephen F. Austin State University.
I am a full-time graphic artist and freelance illustrator. My work has been published in magazines and books. I have a website of my work (www.micaangela.com) and the goal of my blog (busymockingbird.com) is to inspire people to try new things. I am structured and rigid, and the mother of a 4-year old, which is the exact opposite of rigidity.
I am a sculptor. I am the 3-D Studio Manager and Instructor of Art at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. I have been at this position for 6 years. Before that, I lived in Nacogodoches, TX for 7 years teaching part-time at SFASU and working at Red Suspenders Timber Frames for 6 years. I also taught middle school Art in Elkhart, TX for 1 year. I have 20 years of teaching experience and many exhibitions. I have been a visiting artist at several Universities and have given many presentations of my artwork over the years.
Born in 1963 in Cleveland, OH through 9th grade - Accelerated Student. HS educated in Rochester, MN Class of 1981. College Cleveland State University BS/BBA. Computer Support, Network Admin since 1989. Tutoring math students for 20+ years. Worked in Nacogdoches ISD for 10 months as long term sub - for 7th grade mathematics 2003-2004. NAACP Education Chair while in Nacogdoches from 2004-2007.
Laura Rikard is a stage and film actress as well as director, acting coach and public speaking consultant. After graduating from the College of Charleston with a BA in theatre, she moved to New York where she worked in theatre and continued her training with the Actor’s Studio. In New York she worked at LaMAMA, ETC, New Perspectives Theatre and appeared at Carnegie Hall. She also lived and performed in Europe. She studied Commedia dell’Arte with master teachers Antonio Fava and Carlos Garcia, physical theatre in Denmark with Odin Teatret, and received a Master of Arts from Paul McCartney’s Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts where she performed onstage with Sir Paul McCartney. After her work in Europe she attended the University of Virginia where she received her Master of Fine Arts in Acting. She has performed in film, television, commercials and regional theatre, she is also a director and teacher. She has directed for LIVE Arts Theatre, New Perspectives Theatre, Henley Street Theatre and the University of Virginia. She has taught acting, movement, mask, and theatre to youth in England, New York City and various universities, colleges and theatres in the United States. Some of her favorite roles have been Lady Macbeth, Macbeth; Julia, Two Gentlemen of Verona; Lala, The Last Night of Ballyhoo; Hester Swane, By the Bog of Cats; Arkadina, The Seagull; Blanche and Stella in A Streetcar Named Desire; Mother Ann, A Shaker’s Path, among others. Film work includes Lincoln, Julie and Julia, Time Flies, The Fruit Bar and HBO’s Veep. She has had the honor to work with Steven Spielberg, Nora Ephron, Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, Julia Lewis-Dreyfus and Meryl Streep. She is a member of SAG/AFTRA and was awarded the Best Acting Award at the 2011 Virginia Film Festival. She also teaches Public Speaking and offers private acting coaching. Her students have won the ESU National Shakespeare Competition at the Lincoln Center, played lead roles in various Shakespeare Festivals around the country, and been accepted to leading conservatories and training programs around the world. She is Assistant Professor of Acting and Movement with Stephen F Austin State University's School of Theatre.
I am currently a Lecturer and the Teacher Certification Program Coordinator in the School of Theatre at Stephen F. Austin State University. Prior to this appointment, I spent 31 years as a secondary educator and theatre director.
I have spent nearly 25 years dedicated to the study of how we heal. Not only did I fully recover from The Worst Loss, I survived two subsequent miscarriages, a depression severe enough to land me in a psych ward for six weeks, an affair between my husband and one of my best friends, the loss of our family business to a fire, and countless other of life’s little grievances… I have presented numerous Toastmaster speeches on The Five Facets, one of which won an area-wide International Speech contest. I write The Five Facets, a Blogger blog, have presented this material on several BlogTalkRadio programs, have a few YouTube videos I’ve crafted, and have a presence on Twitter, Google, and Facebook. I am currently promoting a professional development seminar for the medical industry. Medical personnel, though trained to treat the patient, bring to the table their own losses, both big and small, and their own conflicts surrounding suffering. If we can help those on the frontlines of pain understand the complex nature of healing, we afford them greater opportunity for success in coping with the atrocities they face day in and day out.
My Ph.D. is in music theory and one of my current research topics includes the musical qualities within rap, specifically the use of the language alone as a musical element. This research is an outgrowth of a topic I have taught many times in which I compare musical compositions that are more formally considered "art music" to rap. In these lessons, we deconstruct, analyze, and compare various linguistic elements to reveal their musical qualities.
I have conducted orchestras for nearly 15 years. I have served as director of orchestras at Stephen F. Austin State University for seven years and before then, have served as conductor of the Oklahoma Youth Symphonies, University of Central Oklahoma opera program and taught orchestra in the Mid-Del School district in Midwest City, OK. I have played in orchestras throughout the Midwest region and continue to work with regional orchestral orchestras both as instrumentalist and conductor.
Lakshmi N. Tirumala is an Assistant professor with Electronic Media division at University of Cincinnati. He teaches Film and Graphic Designing. Besides teaching he also researches in media effects a.k.a technology induced effects such as presence, cultivation and parasocial interaction. He presented academic papers on media effects at various academic conferences.
A freshman journalism major at SFA who writes for The Pine Log.
Venue and Details
Baker Pattillo Student Center Theater
1936 North Street
222 Vista Dr.
Nacogdoches, TX, 75962
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