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Topics, talkers gather to support Honors College

Dave Barnett, Texas Rangers announcerAlumnus Dave Barnett, right, Texas Rangers baseball announcer, and more than 30 other faculty, business, arts and community experts will host conversations at the annual Honors College fundraiser.

Great Conversations: City Lights celebrates the urban life style at 6:30 p.m. March 1 in the Gateway Center, ballroom. Guests will be seated at tables of eight, including their selected conversation leader, who will share his or her expertise.

  • Learn more, find a list of speakers and buy tickets: Diana Dunklau, Honors College, 940-565-3305. Tickets are $65 per person.

Gloria Cox, dean of Honors College, says that the evening will emphasize the sophistication of an urban area like Dallas-Fort Worth, with discussions about life style, film, music, urban growth and travel. The 2010 premiere Great Conversations event focused on the rural lifestyle in Texas.

The 30 conversation leaders include President V. Lane Rawlins, Denton Mayor Mark Burroughs, etiquette expert Linda Rollins, antiques guru Amanda Addington and these diverse conversationalists:  

• Western artist Donna Howell-Sickles, a member of the Cowgirl Hall of Fame   

• Vintner Bobby Smith, owner of La Buena Vida winery in Springtown and Grapevine

Don Staples, Professor Emeritus of Radio, Television and Film, an expert of the depiction of New York City in film

• Richard DeRosa, associate professor and director of jazz composition/arranging studies

Although those attending Great Conversations must specify a conversation leader when they make reservations, the event will have dessert stations that will allow them to visit others.

Honors College offers specially designed classes to challenge exceptional students with a rigorous curriculum and research opportunities. Eighty percent of Honors College students graduate with cum laude, magna cum laude or summa cum laude designations, and are prepared to compete for fellowships, grants and admission to the world's leading graduate and professional programs.

Posted on: Mon 07 February 2011

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