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Theme: Curiosity

This event occurred on
February 8, 2014
9:00am - 4:00pm CST
(UTC -6hrs)
Nacogdoches, TX
United States

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.

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

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.

Allen Bartell

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.

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.

Mica Hendricks

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.

Laura Rikard

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.

Melissa McMillian-Cunningham

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.

Annah Elizabeth

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.

Nathan Fleshner

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.

Gene Moon

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 Tirumala

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.

Dalton LaFerney

A freshman journalism major at SFA who writes for The Pine Log.

Organizing team


Nacogdoches, TX, United States
  • CC Conn
    Director of Production
  • Wynter Chauvin
  • Jamie Bouldin
    Student Engagement
  • Zack Hanks
    Speaker's Coach
  • Terri Sailor-Thompson
    Video Production