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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Sept. 14, 2015

Student Activities Council announces 2015-2016 SAC Speaks lectures

By Tiona McKinney, media relations assistant

The Student Activities Council at Northwest Missouri State University has announced its SAC Speaks lecture series for the 2015-2016 academic year.

This year’s lineup features J.B. Bernstein, the inspiration behind Disney’s “Million Dollar Arm,” victim rights advocate Beverly Gooden; Holocaust survivor Dr. Inge Auerbacher; author Dr. Marc Hill; and creators behind the documentary “What Matters.”

“Our 2015-2016 speakers are very different from one another, and they bring a unique message to our campus,” SAC Lecture Chair Anna Carter said. “I hope that through our lecture series, Northwest students and staff will be challenged in how they perceive our world and those around them and feel more connected to our University.”

All SAC Speaks lectures are free and open to all Northwest students, employees and community members. All lectures begin at 7 p.m., doors open at 6:30 p.m. and seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis. All lectures take place in the Charles Johnson Theater at the Olive DeLuce Fine Arts Building.

The mission of the Student Activities Council is to plan and administer activities for Northwest students; in order to contribute to a more well-rounded social, recreational and cultural life for the campus and community. SAC provides entertaining alternatives to students with late night activities and events throughout the year including concerts, lectures, movies and comedians.

The series begins with Bernstein’s lecture Tuesday, Sept. 22.

“The SAC Lecture Committee and I focused on bringing speakers to campus who were not merely famous and well known, but the content of their speech was necessary for our students to hear,” Carter said. “I am proud of our 2015-2016 lecture lineup, and I hope Northwest students and staff can leave the theater impacted after hearing from our guests.”

Contact the Student Activities Council for more information at 660.562.1226 or

Tuesday, Sept. 22 | J.B. Bernstein

Sports marketing pioneer and inspiration for the Disney film “Million Dollar Arm”

Bernstein is co-founder and president of the Access Group of Miami. He has represented some of the greatest athletes of all time including Barry Bonds, Barry Sanders, Emmitt Smith and Curtis Martin. Bernstein was responsible for creating groundbreaking programs like Smith’s “Run with History,” which is now the standard deal in NFL milestone marketing.

As the CMO of Seven Figures Management, a sports marketing and athlete representation firm, Bernstein was the mastermind behind the “Million Dollar Arm” contest. His story is the subject of the Disney motion picture “Million Dollar Arm,” in which he is portrayed by actor Jon Hamm of “Mad Men” fame.

To learn more, visit

J.B. Bernstein

Monday, Oct. 5 | Beverley Gooden

Victim rights advocate and creator of the viral hashtag #WhyIStayed

Gooden is the creator of the Twitter hashtag #WhyIStayed. She earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from Hampton University in Virginia and a master’s degree in social justice from Loyola University Chicago.

She now speaks about domestic violence sensitivity, social justice and the power of storytelling. Gooden has shared her story with “Good Morning America,” CNN, Time magazine, The Washington Post, “Today” and “Inside Edition,” among others.

To learn more, visit

Beverley Gooden

Monday, Nov. 9 | Dr. Inge Auerbacher

Holocaust survivor and author 

Dr. Auerbacher was born Dec. 31, 1934, in Kippenheim, Germany, and imprisoned from 1942 to 1945 in the Terezin concentration camp in Czechoslovakia. Inge is the only child survivor from the State of Wuerttemberg deported from Stuttgart, Germany, to the concentration camps.

Inge and her parents immigrated to the United States in 1946. She suffered for many years due to illness and lack of education. Despite all this, she graduated from Queen’s College in New York City with a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry. She has been the subject of documentary films and the recipient of many honors including New York State Woman of Distinction. Inge is the author of six books, which are available in nine languages.

To learn more, visit

Dr. Inge Auerbacher

Monday, Feb. 8 | Dr. Marc Lamont Hill

Hip Hop generation intellectual  

Dr. Hill is one of the founding hosts of “HuffPost Live” and one of the leading hip hop generation intellectuals in the country. He is the author of three books, “Beats, Rhymes, and Classroom Life: Hip-Hop Pedagogy and the Politics of Identity,” “The Classroom and the Cell: Conversations on Black Life in America,” and “The Barbershop Notebooks: Reflections on Culture, Politics, and Education.”

He is a distinguished professor of African American studies at Morehouse College. Prior to that, he held positions at Columbia University and Temple University. In 2005, Ebony Magazine named him one of America's top 30 Black leaders under 30 years old. In 2011, Ebony named him one of America's 100 most influential Black leaders. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.

To learn more, visit

Dr. Marc Lamont Hill

Tuesday, April 5 | “What Matters?”

Documentary about extreme poverty

“What Matters?” is a feature-length documentary about three friends – two idealistic activists and one skeptic – attempting to live in poverty across three continents.

In 2005, Dan Parris, traveled to the second largest slum in Africa, Kenya’s Kibera slum. In Kibera, there are no paved roads, no indoor plumbing or sewage control, and people use mud, sticks and scrap metal to construct their homes. Upon returning home, Parris felt a desire to make a difference but also could sense his conviction waning and so made a film to help keep that passion alive. In 2007, he invited Rob Lehr and David Peterka to join him, beginning a long fundraising and development process that ended with all three leaving for Africa on July 5, 2009.

The film takes an honest, straightforward approach to extreme poverty that appeals to both the activist and the apathetic. Its goal is “to connect those who need something to live for with those who just need something to live.” The film challenges viewers to ask themselves two questions: “What breaks your heart?” and “What makes you come alive?”

This lecture will include a shortened 45-minute version of the documentary before Parris, Lehr and Peterka take the stage to share their story.

To learn more, visit

What Matters cast

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

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