Bill Nye, a pop culture science icon, is traveling to Stillwater Feb. 20 to encourage his audience to change the world.
Nye is a comedian, mechanical engineer and author who wants everyone to know and appreciate the passion, beauty and joy of science. He is most famous for his hit television show, “Bill Nye, The Science Guy,” which aired from 1993 to 1998.
The OSU Speaker’s Board will host Bill Nye at Gallagher-Iba Arena at 7 p.m. on Feb. 20. The event will begin with a 45-minute keynote address, followed by a 45-minute audience Q&A session. Admission is free for OSU students, faculty and staff with a valid OSU ID. General admission tickets are available for the public for $10. Those tickets will go on sale Feb. 20 at 4 p.m. at the Gallagher-Iba Arena ticket booth, and doors will open at 6 p.m. Sign interpreters will be available at the event.
Brandon Mitts, Allied Arts & Special Events manager, said the Speaker’s Board chose Nye because he is a pop culture icon who has a strong appeal with various age groups and a strong message.
“People love Bill Nye because he’s approachable and they’ve seen his TV show, but I think they’re going to be surprised with the passion he has about science and its impact on the future,” Mitts said. “He’ll talk a lot about why science is important and the ways we can get behind it.”
Students can win a chance to meet Nye by tweeting a Vine video to @OSUspeakers of themselves demonstrating science. The winner will receive two tickets to dine with Nye and the OSU Speaker’s Board.
The OSU Speaker’s Board is a sector of the Student Government Association that works to bring top-notch speakers to the Oklahoma State University campus. SGA allocates funds to clubs and organizations for events that can be enjoyed by the entire student body. It also designs programs to better the OSU campus, community and most importantly, students’ way of life.