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Speaker Series

See nationally known speakers on a variety of inspirational topics. All Speaker Series events are free and open to the public.

Speaker Series is sponsored by the Student Activities Committee. 

2017-2018 Speaker Series - Upcoming Events

Kristen Anderson | Monday, Feb. 19, 2018

Kristen Anderson

Kristen Anderson: Extraordinary Hope After a Fatal Choice

Monday, February 19 | Oshkosh Riverside Campus | 11:30 a.m. | Room 135

Kristen Anderson thought she had the picture-perfect life until strokes of gray dimmed her outlook on life. Once a happy child, Kristen’s world darkened after three friends and her grandmother died within two years. Still reeling from these losses, she was raped by a friend she thought she could trust. She soon spiraled into a depression that didn't seem to have an end. Then on a cold January night at the age of 17, Kristen attempted suicide by laying down on a set of railroad tracks near her parents’ home. She was run over by 33 freight train cars at 50 mph, and both of her legs were severed, but miraculously, she survived. Kristen takes you through her journey and shares her story of survival from suicide and depression.

Dr. Justine Shuey | Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018

Dr. Justine Shuey

Dr. Justine Shuey: Chemistry of Love

Wednesday, February 28, 2018
5:30 p.m. | Appleton Campus, Room F108 (use entrance 6)

​​Hilarious, entertaining, engaging and informative... these are just a few of the words that audiences use to describe sexuality educator and keynote speaker, Dr. Justine Marie Shuey. Dr. Shuey presents her highly acclaimed sexuality presentations which encompass discussions about safer sex, sexual health and wellness, consent, communication, LGBTQ issues, pleasure and more. Attendees appreciate her light-hearted, interactive style - an honest, no-holds-barred approach that is always respectful of individual differences and the culture of the audience. Dr. Shuey is a Board Certified Sexologist and AASECT Certified Sexuality Educator with a Doctorate in Human Sexuality and a Masters in Human Sexuality Education. 

Tony Bednarowski | Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Tony Bednarowski

Coach Tony Bednarowski: Get Your Lean On
Tuesday, March 20, 2018
Appleton Campus  |  E170 (Fitness Center)

11:30 a.m. 

Tony is a dynamic speaker who has a strong passion for nutrition, fitness and health. He is equally passionate about guiding others on their wellness journey. He instantly connects with his audience, explaining complex nutrition science in understandable language, teaching the listeners how to take control of their own health destiny. Tony will empower you with the knowledge needed to understand the food/body relationship, giving you the ability to change your weight and health without pills, powders, potions or prescribed diets. 

Corey Cioccetti | Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Corey Cioccetti

Corey Cioccetti: Authentic Success

Wednesday, April 11 | Oshkosh Riverside Campus | 11:30 a.m.
Wednesday, April 11  |  Appleton Campus Room C140 | 2 p.m.

What are you shooting for? A big, impressive career? A big paycheck? A dose of fame and notoriety? Like a greyhound, endlessly running, you can spend your life chasing artificial rabbits and going around in circles. Or, you can make some decisions that will set you on a path to true happiness in your career and in your life. In this very personal leadership keynote, Corey challenges students to identify the “real rabbits” that potentially lie in their future. You can achieve amazing things in your life, but true happiness is best found by keeping things like relationships, character and contentment in mind along the way. 

Speaker Series 2017-2018 - Past Speakers

Brenda Tracy

Brenda Tracy

Brenda Tracy
Thursday, November 9, 2017
Appleton Campus  |  A170BC

11:30 a.m. 

#SetThe Expectation: That Sexual Assault and Physical Violence are NEVER Okay
Brenda shares her powerful story of survival. She battled depression and suicidal thoughts on a daily basis. The horror of gang-rape ate away at her spirit and soul every day. Today she is thriving. She wants to live, love, laugh and fulfill her destiny and  purpose – which is to help others and make sure that no one has to go through what she did.

Bill "Birdsong" Miller

Bill Miller

Bill 'Birdsong' Miller
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Appleton Campus
6 p.m.

The Red Road to Victory: Reconciliation and Diversity

After a brief review of his Mohican tribal history and an intimate look into his native culture, Bill shares three personal stories. His journey from victim to victory is charted and he illustrates the wisdom of “the twelve feathers of healing” to model his vision of transformation through reconciliation. Bill illustrates the relationship between majority and minority cultures, the ineffectual result of teaching tolerance and assimilation, and instead promotes a redemptive culture of understanding and peace.


Dr. Patricia McConnell


Tuesday, November 28, 2017  | 11-11:40 a.m.  |  Oshkosh Riverside Campus | Room 133

For decades, animal behaviorist Dr. Patricia McConnell grappled privately with intense fear, anxiety, and guilt. She was forced to face her past by her love for Will, a young border collie whose frequent, unpredictable outbreaks of fear and fury shake Patricia to her core and trigger memories of three harrowing traumas and a shameful secret. In order to save her dog from his problem behaviors, Patricia had to first address her own long-buried emotional pain. As she did, she learned that willpower alone is not enough to heal. She recounts the compelling story of her past and how Will helped her recover.

Dave Funkhouser

Dave FunkhouserDave Funkhouser
Wednesday, December 6, 2017  |  9:30-11 a.m. & 1-3 p.m.  |  Appleton Campus  |  Room C190BC

Dave has received many awards for his outstanding leadership abilities during his 25 year career in law enforcement in Wisconsin.  Life changing experiences in both his personal and professional life lend themselves to Dave’s inspiring and motivational messages of leadership in the face of adversity, servant leadership, and tasking your spirit to remain strong in times of trouble.  A recent survivor of Stage IV cancer who beat the odds, Dave relates that leadership begins with leading ourselves and maintaining a positive outlook.

Emmy Myers

Emmy MeyersEmmy Myers
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
3 p.m. | Oshkosh Riverside Campus
6:30 p.m. | Appleton Campus Commons

Addiction / Sex Trafficking & Recovery from Both- A Personal Story
​​Emmy will walk the audience through her personal story. This is an informative session that is very unique and focuses on how addiction, trafficking, and recovery all blend together; connecting the dots. ​The audience will also gain insight on a variety of resources; how to prevent the complexities of trafficking and addiction in your own community. 

Bob Biebel

Bob Biebel
Thursday, September 15, 2016

Oshkosh Riverside Campus, Room 135
11:30 a.m.

Oshkosh resident and Lourdes Academy President Bob Biebel will motivate his listeners to get more out of life and to develop a better understanding of the diverse world in which we live.

Michael Miller

Michael Miller
Wednesday, October 11 | Oshkosh Riverside Campus
Thursday, October 12  |  Appleton Campus Room A170

As a community of powerful individuals, we come together to learn inside and outside the classroom, but what happens when there are difficulties and disagreements? Certainly, the diversity FVTC provides offers us an opportunity and a challenge to move beyond being simply polite, but rather CIVIL to one another.  During our session, we’ll look at the privileges and rights you should expect as part of the Fox Valley community, but also your personal responsibility to ensure that everyone can learn and live in a both a welcoming AND transformative environment. Also, we’ll consider ways you can exercise your personal power to ensure that our college is not only a community we’re proud of but more: a community WE LOVE!

Student Life Center

Monday-Thursday: 8 a.m.-6 p.m.  
Friday: 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
The Student Life Center is located in Room E137, on the Appleton Campus, next to the Commons.

Call: 920-735-2545


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