NYT bestselling author to talk ‘adulting’ at Wright State event

Published: Tuesday, March 07, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

Author, Kelly Williams Brown to speak at WSU's Life After Wright State event
Wright State University

What does it mean to be an adult?

Kelly Williams Brown, an advertising copywriter who has become a best-selling author and a life coach for millennials, will talk about just that as she kicks off “Life After Wright State 2017,” a series of events to support graduating students as they transition to alumni.

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Brown will speak at Wright State on Wednesday, March 8, from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Student Union Apollo Room. 

Brown’s New York Times best-seller, “Adulting: How to Become a Grown-up in 468 Easy (ish) Steps,” is designed to help 20-somethings navigate the slippery path to adulthood. 

“We’re really excited to be able to bring Kelly in and have her talk about what it really means to be a grown-up in what we believe to be a really fun and charismatic way,” said Nick Warrington, WSU Life After Wright State Facilitator.

Brown, who lives in Portland, Oregon, has spoken at universities across the country, at NASA and was invited to the White House to facilitate a conversation about student loans with President Obama. 

“I read her book ‘Adulting’ and it is hilarious,” said Assistant Director of Alumni Marketing & Communications Nicole Craw. “It’s funny things -- how to tackle a budget, how to do your taxes, why you should clean your kitchen, how to be a good roommate -- but in a funny way that is really engaging.” 

“No matter how old you get, you might never really be an adult. But this kind of helps you along the way,” Craw continued. 

Brown’s work has been featured on “The Today Show” and in The New York Times, Cosmopolitan, Vogue, Esquire, The Boston Globe, Fast Company and many more. Her TEDx Talk, “I’m a Millennial, and I am a Monster,” was a TED.com editor’s pick of the week.  

The event at Wright State this Wednesday is free and open to the public. The office of Alumni Relations strongly encourages anyone to come and listen to Kelly discuss and shed some humorous light on what it means to “adult.”

“What it means to ‘become an adult’ is changing,” Warrington said. “Think: 20 or 30 years ago, being an adult meant you bought your own house, it meant you got married, bought your own car and had children. I would argue that that’s not the case anymore,” he said. “The younger generation is not doing things in the chronological order that our grandparents did. This book sheds light that it’s okay not to follow that norm and that nobody is really following that norm.” 

Doors to the Apollo Room in the Student Union open at 7 p.m. There will be a question and answer panel following Brown’s talk, as well as a book signing. Those interested in attending should note that parking will be free in Lot 4 and in the visitor’s lot in front of the Student Union.

Solar eclipse stamp changes from eclipsed sun to full moon

Published: Thursday, April 27, 2017 @ 1:49 PM

To commemorate the total solar eclipse over the US in August, the U.S. Postal Service is releasing a landmark stamp that does something no other stamp can.

The Total Solar Eclipse Forever stamp, which will be issued June 20, changes when you touch it from an image of the eclipsed sun to one of the full moon.

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On August 21, the moon will slip between the sun and Earth, casting a shadow that will create the first full solar eclipse over the U.S. in 38 years.

In a swath of the country from South Carolina to Oregon, darkness will reign in the middle of the day for a full two minutes and 40 seconds, beginning at 1:25 p.m. in the Eastern time zone.

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The solar eclipse stamp image is a photograph taken by astrophysicist Fred Espenak, aka Mr. Eclipse, of Portal, AZ, that shows a total solar eclipse seen from Jalu, Libya, on March 29, 2006.

Thermochromic ink makes the stamp work. Using the heat of your finger, the image will reveal an underlying image of the moon, which Espenak also took. The image reverts back to the eclipse once it cools.

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Thermochromic inks are vulnerable to UV light and should be kept out of direct sunlight as much as possible to preserve this special effect. To help ensure longevity, the Postal Service will be offering a special envelope to hold and protect the stamp pane for a nominal fee.

The back of the stamp will have a map of the eclipse path.

Which UpDayton 2017 project has your vote? 

Published: Wednesday, April 26, 2017 @ 2:24 PM

Projects that benefit Dayton will square up against one another on Thursday, April 27 at Dayton Art Institute,  456 Belmonte Park N. in Dayton’s Grafton Hill neighborhood. 

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The ninth annual UpDayton Summit is set to begin at 5:30 p.m. General admission tickets are $25 and student tickets are $10.

Participants can register via UpDayton’s website or at the door. Proceeds raised will benefit this year’s winning projects selected by event participants.

Each of three winning projects selected will receive $1,000 in seed money and a year of support from UpDayton staff, leaders and volunteers.

“People should come because it is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to get involved in with the community,” said AJ Ferguson, UpDayton’s director. “It is kind of an exciting way to be there at the beginning of the idea, to know what is going on and to mingle with everyone there.” 

The Summit will also feature displays about two of last year’s winning projects: Dayton Icon and the Longest Table.

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Ferguson said UpDayton worked even closer with presenters for this year’s Summit than they did last year.  

Below are 12 projects vying to be selected this year. Information is on UpDayton’s website and listed with presenter’s names.

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Jason Antonick
Rooftop RendezView

“Jason knows that downtown Dayton is booming with new development, but word has only just begun to reach the rest of our region. His project brings a one-of-a-kind event to life on the roof of the Transportation Center garage.”

Tom Everhart & Beth Miller
Wagtown Dog Track

“Beth and Tom believe dog-friendly communities are better communities for everyone. Their project seeks to create a dog-friendly walking route connecting Webster Station and the Oregon District.”

Jerod Frenzl
Community Garden Expo

“Jerod came to Dayton through the AmeriCorps program and has been too involved in the community to think about moving anywhere else. His project teaches residents of all ages how to grow their own produce and use it in everyday cooking.”


Christine Hamilton
Third Street Three

“Christine Hamilton is a City of Dayton police officer. She sees first-hand how community pride counteracts vandalism and strengthens neighborhoods. Her project brings together police, artists, neighbors and the courts to create three murals along the East Third Street corridor.”

Wes Hartshorn & Jeff Paul
Carnival on a Corner

“Wes & Jeff, performing artists themselves, want to fill the streets of downtown Dayton with fire jugglers, musicians and more. Their project seeks to inspire new audiences and support for these artists.”

Nick Hrkman

“Nick is generous with his time volunteering to support all kinds of organizations in the community. His project inspires volunteers to give more by rewarding them with works from local artists.”

Karlos Marshall & Moses Mbeseha
The Reading Park Project

“Karlos and Moses are the co-founders of The Conscious Connect, Inc., a nonprofit with the mission to eradicate urban “book deserts.” Their project seeks to turn underutilized spaces along the Salem Peace Corridor into welcoming places to read a book, have an event, or learn something new.”

Amanda Miller & Lauren White
Beyond Addiction

“To Lauren & Amanda the heroin epidemic isn’t just a headline—it’s personal. Their project challenges us to think differently about people challenged by addiction and our role in supporting them.”

Bryan Stewart
Project Rebound

“Bryan is a huge advocate for a more connected community. His project seeks to use basketball and other sports as a way to bridge divides and boost Dayton children.

Devon Stinson
Comfort Bags

“Devon is a former foster youth with a passion for giving back and telling her story. Her project seeks to partner with Agape for Youth to expand their Comfort Bags program.”

Robert Walker
It's All Downhill from Here

“Robert is a downtown entrepreneur and a champion for Dayton. His project brings the soap box derby, a Dayton invention, back to our city with some new twists.”

Marshall Weil
Day of Intentional Discomfort (DID)

“Marshall believes Dayton is a place where you can make anything happen. His project challenges us to go beyond our comfort zone to explore Dayton places we’ve never been with people we've never met."

This ‘Hunger Games’ exhibit is SO worth the drive

Published: Friday, April 28, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

In this image released by Lionsgate, Jennifer Lawrence portrays Katniss Everdeen in a scene from

If you were looking for an excuse for a mini-getaway that’s less than 3 hours away, your moment has come.

“Hunger Games: The Exhibition” is on display now at The Frazier History Museum in Louisville, Kentucky through September 10, 2017.

Louisville is about 2.5 hours from Dayton’s center, so it can easily be a day or weekend trip -- depending on how much time and money you want to spend.

Mockingjay on Main #mockingjay #serkanozkaya #hungergamesexhibition

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Tickets are $26 for children (ages 4-11) military, and seniors (ages 65+) and are $27.50 for adults (ages 12+). But here’s the good news: for a limited time, there’s a Groupon deal that offers a 30% discount on tickets -- so you can snag adult or child tickets for $19 each. (Make sure you read the fine print, though -- tickets have to be used by a certain date.)

Here’s a description from the museum’s website:

The Hunger Games: The Exhibition invites visitors to step inside and explore the world of Panem as created in the films. More than one thousand authentic costumes and props, high-tech and hands-on interactives, and detailed set recreations reveal the amazing artistry and technology that brought the incredible story to life.

Visitors follow Katniss Everdeen's inspirational journey, from her humble beginnings in District 12 to her emergence as the Mockingjay. The exhibition features seven galleries including District 12, Tribute Train, The Capitol, Making the Games, District 13, Fan Gallery and Katniss’s Journey.

Highlights include iconic costumes from the films, such as the Girl on Fire dress, the Mockingjay dress and the Mockingjay armor; key artifacts including the Mockingjay pin, Cinna's sketchbook and Katniss's bow; and interactives, including an exploratory map of Panem, a gamemaker's control table, and a stunt choreography interactive.

The mockingjay beckons. #hungergamestheexhibition #hungergames #mockingjay

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WATCH the trailer for the exhibit below:

One more sleep till the hunger games opens!! We are sooo excited! #hungergames

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7 reasons not to miss Dayton GeekFest

Published: Wednesday, April 26, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

The planets of Star Wars and Geek Jeopardy will be projected onto the 50-foot dome of the planetarium.
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This Friday, the third annual GeekFest takes over the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery

Geekfest is always a special night, a celebration of fandom and all things nerdy. We talked to Jason Heaton, Assistant Director of Astronomy for Boonshoft and GeekFest organizer about why you should attend this “growing comic con with a science bent.”  

The event will be held from 6-10 p.m. Friday, April 28.

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1. The Star Wars room 

Bring your whole family to GeekFest and introduce them to the dork side of the force with Boonshoft’s Star Wars Room. Heaton says the Star Wars Room will feature “the Death Star on our Science on a Sphere, Star Wars characters from the local 501st chapter, custom lightsabers built by Cincinnati's Outer Rim Sabers, and even a fully functional R2D2 built by Alexandra Forsythe from the R2 Builders Club in Fort Wayne.”  

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2. The Planetarium  

At GeekFest, a lot of the action goes down under the dome. This year in the planetarium, you’ll find Beat-the-Geek, a new reverse trivia game. 

“The audience can try and stump our expert geeks on topics such as Game of Thrones, music, or even Tarantino movies,” says Heaton. Also new this year will be Kobayashi Maru, an “unbeatable simulation of the Star Trek universe.”  

Returning to GeekFest in 2017 is Planets of the Empire, “a fun and interactive show that tests the audience on their knowledge of the worlds of the Galactic Empire” of Star Wars.  

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3. The Games  

No Limit Gaming will be bringing the highly anticipated Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, which is being released that day. “Up to 4 players will be able to play on our 50 foot planetarium dome,” Heaton tells Dayton.com. “We will be excited to be the first planetarium dome in the world that guests can play the game on.” Doug’s Arcade and Gaming Adventures will also be trucking in some arcade cabinets.   

Analog games more your thing? D20 will be bringing tabletop games to enjoy in the game room. “Orc and Pie,” a 5-minute D&D experience, will also be returning in 2017.  

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4. The Cosplay  

GeekFest is one of the best annual events in Dayton to see some breathtaking cosplay. Cosplayers from far and wide come to Boonshoft to show off a year’s worth of work on their incredible costumes. This year, the costume contest will have a new format: a parade through the museum, with judging taking place throughout the evening.  

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5. The Vendors and Exhibitors  

Boonshoft will be packed with tons of cool stuff to purchase. “Vendors that create everything from chain mail to custom dragon figurines,” says Heaton. Bell Book and ComicMaverick'sSquid Pro Quo, and Book of Holding are some of the many local vendors who will be displaying their wares. McNasty's food truck will be serving up dinner.  

KabochaconDayton Maker Fair, and other Miami Valley events will be represented at GeekFest, as well.  

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 6. The Door Prizes 

Just like every year, everyone who shows up at GeekFest will be eligible for a door prize. “This year's door prizes include a 50 dollar gift certificate from Bookery Fantasy, a custom-made crochet Baby Groot doll, a Death Star Waffle Maker, and several more.”  

7. It’s for a good cause 

GeekFest directly supports the Astronomy department of the Boonshoft museum -- so you can help keep geekdom alive while helping out the museum. 

Want to go?  

WHAT: Boonshoft GeekFest

WHEN: 6-10 p.m. Friday, April 28

WHERE: Boonshoft Museum of Discovery, 2600 Deweese Pkwy, Dayton  

COST: Tickets are available for purchase at $10 per person. All ages are welcome. Tickets available here.  

INFO: www.boonshoftmuseum.org or 937-275-7431