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Innovations Expo 2012

Innovations Expo 2012:
So Cool, So Distinguished, and He's Coming to GCC!

by Pat Hironymous

Michael Wesch will be the keynote speaker for Innovations Expo 2012, a two-day event sponsored by the Title V Gateway and GAUSS grants. Who is this guy you have been hearing so much about?


His first short video, "The Machine is Us/ing Us" was released on YouTube on January 31, 2007. It was an instant hit and has now been viewed more than 12 million times.


He followed up with "A Vision of Students Today," a short video he created with 200 Kansas State students to explore the state of higher education today. The video became number one on the Web in October 2007 and now has over 4 million views.


He has won several major awards, including a Wired magazine Rave Award, the John Culkin Award for Outstanding Praxis in Media Ecology, and he was recently named an Emerging Explorer by National Geographic. The New York Times calls his work simply "a phenomenon."


He has received several teaching awards, including the 2008 CASE/Carnegie U.S. Professor of the Year for Doctoral and Research Universities. He also holds the Kansas State University Coffman Chair for Distinguished Teaching Scholars.


He will be here, with us, speaking at GCC on Thursday, November 15, from 12:20 to 1:20 p.m., in the auditorium, to cap off the events for Innovations Expo 2012, sponsored by the Title V Gateway and GAUSS grants.


All faculty and staff are invited to this exciting event. An hour of FLEX/CPGU and a box lunch will be available after the talk. Reserve a seat now, before they are all gone!


To make your reservation for the Michael Wesch talk, contact Pat Hironymous at



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