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Past Bryan Event: VOL 9

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VOL 9

November 29, 2016
@ Grand Stafford Theater

On November 29, we experienced five great presentations. Here's what we heard and saw - in the presenters' own words:

Brad Dressler - Owner & Director of Digital Marketing, Pro Social Media Coaching and Marketing

Which Superhero Are You? Discovering Your Personal Brand!

Every hero is different and so is every person. Everyone has a personal brand. I will discuss personal brands and how your brand shapes perception of yourself.

Lenzie Winton - Manager of Sales and Promotions, Escape Room BCS in College Station (Note: Lenzie took ill on the way to the presentation, so her supervisor, Jeff Keys, took her place.)

Escape Rooms

In an escape room, players are locked in a themed room (such as a jail) in which they have a limited time to solve a series of intricate puzzles. Successfully solving the final puzzle allows the player to escape. Players who communicate, and work as a team, are most successful in escaping.

John Romero - Software Developer, Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX)

The Love Bug – evolution of a hippie icon

Synopsis: A beautiful historic view of the Volkswagen and the transformational journey to become one of America’s icons of popular culture.

Kathi Appelt - NYTimes bestselling author, two-time finalist for the National Book Award, Newbery Honor Award, Pen USA Award
The Magical, Mystical Picture Book

On its face, a picture book is a perfect blend of text and art, but if it’s done really well, it transcends both. Don’t underestimate its power.

Evan Ballowe - Stay-at-Home Dad/Welder

Design Decay and Recomposition of the Created

As humans, our lives exist in a state of perpetual renewal and transformation. We learn new things, have new experiences, our ideas and perspectives change, time modifies our bodies and age affects our priorities. We are not now who we once were nor who we will one day be, we are persistent only in the inherent beauty of existence. I feel that this constant flux and innate splendor is paralleled in the physical world around us, that even as elements degrade beyond their intended function, their usefulness and appeal remain. My work reflects upon the unarticulated potential of discarded objects into new functions and uncommon forms.

 

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The Magical Mystical Picture Book

BY KATHI APPELT
@ VOL 9 ON NOV 29, 2016

Noted children's book author, Kathi Appelt, talks about how, on its face, a picture book is a perfect blend of text and art, but if it’s done really well, it transcends both. It contains inestimable power.

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The Love Bug- Evolution of a Hippie Icon

BY JOHN ROMERO
@ VOL 9 ON NOV 29, 2016

John Romero gives a beautiful and historic view of the Volkswagen and the transformational journey to become one of America’s icons of popular culture.

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Escape Rooms

BY LENZIE WINTON
@ VOL 9 ON NOV 29, 2016

Jeff Keys speaks on behalf of Lenzie Winton to explain what escape rooms are, their history, and the success rates of different types of people who participate in them. He says that players who communicate, and work as a team, are most successful in escaping.

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Which Superhero Are You? Discovering Your Personal Brand

BY BRAD DRESSLER
@ VOL 9 ON NOV 29, 2016

Brad Dressler believes that every hero is different and so is every person. Everyone has a personal brand. He discusses personal brands and how your brand shapes perception of yourself.

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Design, Decay and Recomposition of the Created

BY EVAN BALLOWE
@ VOL 9 ON NOV 29, 2016

Evan Ballowe discusses how, as humans, our lives exist in a state of perpetual renewal and transformation. We learn new things, have new experiences, our ideas and perspectives change, time modifies our bodies and age affects our priorities. We are not now who we once were nor who we will one day be, we are persistent only in the inherent beauty of existence. Evan feels that this constant flux and innate splendor is paralleled in the physical world around us, that even as elements degrade beyond their intended function, their usefulness and appeal remain. His work reflects upon the unarticulated potential of discarded objects into new functions and uncommon forms.

This was "Presentation of the Day" on June 5th, 2017.

Evan Ballowe
Stay-at-Home Dad/Welder in Bryan
John Romero
Software Developer, Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) in College Station
Kathi Appelt
Author in College Station
Lenzie Winton
Manager of Sales and Promotions, Escape Room BCS in College Station
Brad Dressler
Owner & Director of Digital Marketing, Pro Social Media Coaching and Marketing