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The Office of Student Activities is planning the 2015 Significant Speaker Event. Please choose from our two candidates below!

LeVar Burton... Who is he?

Actor and Literacy Advocate, Reading Rainbow

  • As a literacy advocate, LeVar Burton is most well-known for his long-running PBS show, Reading Rainbow. As a producer and star of the series, he shared with thousands of viewers his passion for reading and storytelling. His recent fundraising effort to revive the show was one of the most successful Kick-starter campaigns ever, raising 2.3 million dollars in just a few days. This still continues to be something he’s cares deeply about – In 2012, he announced the launch of Reading Rainbow's mobile app, aimed at fitting the needs of a new generation of children. During his speech, he’ll also touch on his career as a multiple Daytime Emmy Award and Grammy Award winning actor and his acting on Star Trek: The Next Generation.


Nicholas Sparks... Who is he?

Bestselling Author of Safe Haven & The Notebook

  • During his speech, Nicholas takes audiences deeper into the sleepy towns and poignant relationships that ignite the pages of his romantic page turners (17 #1 Best-Sellers including The Notebook (1996), Message in a Bottle (1998), A Walk to Remember (1999), Nights in Rodanthe (2002), Dear John (2006), and The Last Song (2009), to name a few.) In person, he displays the traits that make his books so beloved: great storytelling, a unique voice, and a charm that connects through the power of words. His relatable talks weave his own personal story of hard work, rejection, anxiety, and triumph for inspiring authors — and romantics — everywhere. It’s a really inspirational speech as well – He went through a LOT of rejection before become one of the most successful authors/screenwriters of all time: In 1994, rejected from both publishers and law schools, Nicholas Sparks was a job-jumping salesman who wrote in the evenings. In early 1995, and against all odds, his manuscript was discovered in the slush pile. By October, Warner Books famously paid a million dollars for an unknown story about a notebook. The rest, as they say, is history. Now with almost 80 million copies of his books in print, literary sensation Nicholas Sparks is the author of 17 New York Times #1 best-selling books and a cultural phenomenon in his own right.   


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Holly E Kaspar

LeVar Burton all the way... who doesn't love Reading Rainbow?! :)

Michael S Pettit

Lieutenant Commander Geordi La Forge v. some sappy author.
Gotta go with LeVar Burton on this.

Stevie R Guffey

Sparks has some serious cred despite his non-fiction genre.