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University of Houston - Clear Lake
"Small Talk, Big Ideas" Event
News Release
Thursday, March 24, 2011

Join the conversation at ‘Small Talk, Big Ideas’ event

HOUSTON Start the day off right and savor the pleasure of learning at University of Houston-Clear  Lake’s “Small Talk, Big Ideas” event that gathers 12 university experts, students, alumni and community members together to discuss thought-provoking topics over breakfast on April 13, 7:30 – 9 a.m., in the university’s Bayou Building, Forest Room, 2700 Bay Area Blvd., Houston.

“Experts on a broad range of topics walk the halls of University of Houston-Clear Lake every day,” said Director of Alumni and Community Relations Charity Ellis. “With ‘Small Talk, Big Ideas,’ the UH-Clear Lake Alumni Association is providing access to 12 faculty and alumni experts by inviting community members to enjoy a casual conversation over breakfast with the expert of their choice.”

This unique event will offer a variety of fascinating topics, including the following:

·         How to Stay Young the First 100 Years;

·         The Science of Happiness;

·         Foreign Languages as Gateways to the World;

·         Connecting with Your Adolescent: What-ever…;

·         Six Sales Lessons Learned from a Shoe Shine Man;

·         What Happened to Yugoslavia?;

·         Enhancing Lives by Unleashing Human Potential;

·         Growing Business Relationships with Social Media

·         What ‘Relief’ Will You Get Under the 2010 Tax Relief Act?;

·         The Myths of Serial Murder;

·         Refuse to be a Victim®;

·         and, the Art of Raku.

The Alumni Association held its first breakfast discussion event last year and plans to continue hosting it annually with various topics and speakers.

“Most networking events are filled with chatter of weather, sports and other benign and predictable topics,” said Ellis. “Not this one. This event offers the rare opportunity to sit down with seven people you may have never met and immediately begin a discussion on a topic that matters to you personally.”

Space is limited, so reservations are requested. Tickets are $12 for students and alumni and $15 for community members. For event and registration information, visit or call UH-Clear Lake Coordinator of Special Events Kris Thompson, 281-283-2040. Join the conversation on Facebook at

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