Marshall Magazine Spring 2022

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hen you have what you believe is a great idea, what’s the first thing you want to do? Share it! That’s how great ideas become great projects, and that is the mission of the TED Foundation and its partners around the world, including TEDxMarshallU. While TED began in 1984 as a conference in which to share ideas on technology, entertainment, education and design, TEDxMarshallU has only been in existence for three years. The idea came to Marshall in 2019 through the efforts of then-student body President Hunter Barclay and Vice President Hannah Petracca. Coincidentally, Dr. Brian Kinghorn, an associate professor of curriculum, instruction and foundations in Marshall’s College of Education and Professional Development, and Dr. Ben Eng, an associate professor of marketing and entrepreneurship in Marshall’s Lewis College of Business, had also been talking about bringing TEDx to the Marshall campus. Unlike most other universities, Kinghorn and Eng wanted the students to be integrally involved. So, when Barclay and Petracca approached the faculty members, it wasn’t hard to convince them to apply for a partnership license.



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RISING, Marshall’s 2021 TEDx event, included, from left, husband and wife aerialist and rollerskating performers Tyce and Mary (Wolfe) Nielsen; Lt. Chad Napier, acting West Virginia state coordinator of Appalachia HIDTA; Dr. Kathy D’Antoni, educator; Brandon Dennison, founder and CEO of Coalfield Development; Red Dawson, former Thundering Herd assistant football coach;