January 11, 2011 - Dayton, Ohio

New SOCHE Talks Program Shares Local Knowledge from Higher Ed

The Southwestern Ohio Council for Higher Education (SOCHE) will launch its new program "SOCHE Talks" on January 16, 2011. Inspired by the TED Talks (www.ted.com), SOCHE Talks will enlighten the world with knowledge from primarily higher education in southwest Ohio. Each talk is approximately 10 to 15 minutes in length on a unique topic that reflects the "wealth and diversity of knowledge and research emanating from the region's numerous colleges and universities," according to Sean Creighton, executive Director of SOCHE. All of the SOCHE Talks will be available for viewing online on SOCHE TV at www.soche.org. Select episodes will also air the third Sunday of the month on the radio program YSO Weekend, 10:30am, WYSO, 91.3 FM.

The SOCHE Talks program has been developed in collaboration with the area colleges and universities, and also with local public television, ThinkTV Network, and public radio, WYSO. Neenah Ellis, General Manager of WYSO, said that "WYSO is pleased to collaborate with SOCHE and to be able to present these talks on our airwaves and website. We know our listeners will benefit from hearing this stunning variety of ideas by some of the Miami Valley's best thinkers" and David Fogarty, President and CEO of ThinkTV added, "ThinkTV is the most widely used non-profit informational, educational and cultural service in Southwest Ohio. This collaborative project with SOCHE is a perfect example of how we help advance educational and cultural programming on air, online, and in the classroom."

The first set of SOCHE Talks are scheduled to be released as follows (those marked with an asterisk will also air on WYSO, 91.3 FM):

January 16, 2011

Jaime Adoff, alum of Central State University; critically acclaimed author
Talk title: Reflections on the Fictitious Teen Mind

David Bowman, alum from Wright State University and the University of Dayton; Chief Marketing Strategist for Penny, Ohlmann, Neiman
Talk: Every Person Is a Walking Broadcast Channel

Michael Carter, Interim Senior Vice President, Sinclair Community College
Talk: Public Partnerships

Todd Dewett, Professor of Management in the Raj Soin College of Business, Wright State University
Talk: Leadership and The Ham

Eric Fingerhut, Chancellor, Ohio Board of Regents.
Talk Title: Higher Ed Drives the Future of Ohio

*Jim Malarkey, Professor of Humanities; Chair of Humanities and General Education for Undergraduate Studies Program, Antioch University Midwest
Talk: Humanities for Life

February 20, 2011

Chris Burns-DiBiasio, Director of Community Relations, Wilmington College
Talk: Grow Food, Grow Hope

*Sukh Sidhu, Associate Professor in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Dept.; Group Leader of Sustainable Environmental Technologies Group, University of Dayton
Talk: Algae is the Answer!

Dennis Sullivan, Professor of Biology; Director, Center for Bioethics, Cedarville University
Talk: Stem Cell Research-Medical Advance or Moral Peril

March 20, 2011

*Jo Wilson, Keil Professor of Psychology, Wittenberg University
Talk: The Impact of Alcohol on the Student Brain

Doug Young, Athletic Director, Urbana University
Talk: Life in Balance

David Devier, Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs, Clark State Community College
Talk: Blended World of High School and College

April 17, 2011

*Patti Ross, Dean of Information Technology and Engineering, Edison Community College
Talk: We Are I.T.

May 15, 2011

*Haili Du, Instructor of Chinese Modern Languages, Wright State University
Talk: The Importance of Chinese Radicals

June 19, 2011

*Kimberly Kendricks, Assistant Professor of Mathematics, Central State University
Talk: Gait and Identifying IEDs

Formed in 1967, SOCHE is a consortium of public and private colleges and universities dedicated to advancing higher education in the region through active collaboration, resource and knowledge building, and effective professional development programs. For more information about SOCHE and its programs, visit http://www.soche.org/