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Personal story shapes graduate student who will speak March 2 at TEDxPSU

February 25, 2014 UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. --


She has just five minutes to share her message but Janelle Applequist knows much can happen in a lot less time, so she’s excited about the opportunity to address attendees at the fourth annual TEDxPSU Conference at Penn State.



Applequist, who earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the College of Communications, needs only to complete her dissertation to earn her Ph.D. She’s been a member of the campus community for eight years.



Her time at the University and some serious health experiences have helped shape her personally and professionally -- and she plans to talk about that during her portion of the Sunday, March 2, conference in Schwab Auditorium, on the University Park campus.



“I encourage my students to learn by listening to others and I know if they do that they can do amazing things,” Applequist said. “Learning to listen to other people is really important.”

TEDxPSU Releases Full 2014 Speaker List
February 10, 2014 UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. --


After initially releasing the names of the first six speakers for the 2014 TEDxPSU conference ten days ago, the organization has revealed the names of all 14 speakers.


The conference, which will take place March 2, 2014 in Schwab Auditorium, has become a staple at Penn State and brings together innovators and thinkers to share ideas worth spreading. The goal of TEDxPSU is to inspire audience members to challenge preconceived notions, explore emerging trends, and contribute to an ongoing dialogue about the future by using a combination of live talks and pre-recorded videos. Free tickets are already sold out on the Eventbrite website.


Here’s the list of all 14 speakers, with bios provided by TEDxPSU. We’re looking forward to “Going Further” next month!



In March of 2014, I had the sincere privilege to be a speaker at TEDxPSU.  Please watch my TED talk below on using personal experience in higher education.

 2014 TEDxPSU Talk

 2014 TEDxPSU Press


2014 TEDxPSU speakers announced

February 10, 2014 UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. --


The 14 innovators in technology, entertainment and design who will speak at this year’s TEDxPSU conference have been announced.


The independently organized TED event has hosted talks on Penn State’s University Park campus since 2010 with the goal of bringing together innovative and thought-provoking individuals from the community to share ideas worth spreading.


This year’s event will be held Sunday, March 2, in Schwab Auditorium. The theme is “Go Further.”


While registration for seating in Schwab Auditorium is closed, those interested in watching via simulcast can register online. For more information about the conference, visit the TEDxPSU website.



TEDxPSU Goes Further
March 3, 2014 UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. --


The Schwab Auditorium was lit red and pink and had a red carpet taped to the stage to highlight the TEDxPSU speakers who were there to inspire the audience.


On Sunday morning, TEDxPSU, the Penn State chapter of TED talks, one of the largest non-profit conferences in the country, welcomed 14 speakers to its “Go Further ” conference.


The event was hosted by Rob Andrejewski, who has been the TEDxPSU host for the last three years. The conference was done in a series of three sessions and broke after session one for a lunch expo, during which Andrejewski urged attendees to discuss what they’d taken away from the event.




University of South Florida
The Zimmerman School of Advertising & Mass Communications

Janelle Applequist, Ph.D.

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