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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Sept. 22, 2017

Student Activities Council announces 2017-18 lecture series

The Student Activities Council (SAC) at Northwest Missouri State University has announced its lecture series for the 2017-18 academic year, which will feature a variety of speakers and interactive presentations that promote sharing stories of overcoming challenges and inspiring others.

The lecture series opens Sept. 26 with Kate Lambert, an agriculture loan officer and farmer, at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 26, in the J.W. Jones Student Union Ballroom. The remainder of the series features Alex Sheen, the founder of an international social movement; actor Corey Craig; Dear World, an interactive story-telling event; and Laura Water Hinson, the co-founder of an organization aimed at promoting healing after genocide.

“The Student Activities Council hosts these lectures to open minds as well as promote our standards of acceptance at Northwest,” Asma Hassan, SAC’s director of lecture programming, said. “These lectures highlight individuality and embrace the value of creating your own path.”

All SAC lectures are free and open to the public; seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

The series begins with Lambert’s lecture at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 26, in the J.W. Jones Student Union Ballroom.

SAC plans and administers activities for Northwest students 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.

Details about each lecture are provided below. For more information, contact SAC at 660.562.1226 or

Tuesday, Sept. 26 | Kate Lambert 
(7:30 p.m. Student Union Ballroom)

Kate Lambert is an agriculture loan officer for the largest agricultural lender in Missouri and participates in the management of her family’s farm, where they raise corn, soybeans, cattle and sheep. She enjoys agriculture and telling the story of the industry to consumers. For more information, visit

Kate Lambert

Monday, Oct. 2 | Alex Sheen 
(7 p.m. Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts)

Alex Sheen shares how he founded Because I Said I Would, an international social movement and nonprofit dedicated to the betterment of humanity through promises made and kept. Sparked by the loss of his father, Sheen began sending promise cards to anyone who requested them at no cost. Since his father’s passing in 2012, Because I Said I Would has sent more than 6.64 million promise cards to more than 150 countries. His commitment to the betterment of humanity has inspired millions throughout the world. For more information, visit  

Alex Sheen

Wednesday, Nov. 29 | Corey Craig 
(7 p.m. Charles Johnson Theater)

Corey Craig explains how he overcame the negative aspects of his life through his engaging, funny, and interactive presentation. Craig, who has numerous TV and film appearances, including “Godzilla,” “Shameless,” “Greys Anatomy” and “The Guild,” is founder of the Troublemaker Foundation, an organization that inspires youth to achieve their potential through goal setting. Craig’s lecture revolves around three areas that are crucial for youth: accept, empower and achieve. He challenges others to pay it forward and cause a positive ripple effect. For more information, visit

Corey Craig

Thursday, Feb. 1 | Dear World 
(10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., open portrait shoot; 7 p.m., lecture)

Dear World is an interactive, award-winning event that explores the subtle and powerful connections between students, faculty and staff. Colleges and universities invite a Dear World team to take portraits, culminating with a participatory and emotionally stimulating event. At the evening finale, the Dear World team shares portraits and stories that will make you smile, cry and laugh aloud. Select students get the chance to share the stories behind their powerful portraits to their peers. For more information, visit,

Dear World

Thursday, March 8 | Laura Water Hinson, “Mama Rwanda” 
(7 p.m. Charles Johnson Theater)

“Mama Rwanda” is a story of working mothers told through the eyes of the unlikeliest women – those who lived through genocide. Laura Waters Hinson co-founded As We Forgive Rwanda, a Rwandan-led organization that harnesses the power of film to promote healing after genocide and has reached nearly 100,000 Rwandans. A 30-minute film explaining the recovery of the Rwanda genocide throughout women, will precede Water Hinson’s lecture about thriving women. For more information, visit  

Mama Rwanda

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468