Special to Reflector-Chronicle
Nerd Nite will make its final debut on Thursday, Aug. 29 at the Great Plains Theatre. During the night, three presenters will speak on Geocaching, A Monster Family Tree and Hucksters, Barkers and Sideshows.
Doors open at 7 p.m. and the presentations begin at 7:30 .pm.
“A Monster Family Tree” presented by Jamie McDaniel.
Currently an assistant professor and the director of technical/professional writing at Pittsburg State University, McDaniel holds a Ph.D. in English from Case Western Reserve University, has published and presented extensively on film, is currently the sponsor of the anime group at Pittsburg State University and recently developed and taught classes utilizing elements of pop culture. He has always loved everything horror and one of his earliest film memories involves his cousin sneaking him into a midnight showing of Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2.
“Hucksters, Barkers and Sideshows” presented by Erika Nelson.
Nelson is an independent artist and educator who specializes in non-traditional applications of traditional techniques. Through her study of Outside Art environments, Roadside Vernacular Architecture and other fringe art movements, she brings a fresh perspective to her educational projects, often including a public art component to workshops and long-term explorations. Nelson has taught a variety of ages about the personal experience Art can have on a person. She has lectured coast to coast, has also been featured on several documentaries, has displayed her work in Philadelphia, Houston, Minneapolis, Seattle, Louisville and many other places.
“Geocaching” by Jeff Geist.
Geist’s roots began here in Abilene. He is the son of Richard and the late Lavonne Geist, is a graduate of Abilene High School and of Kansas State University, with a bachelor’s in Geology. Geist has to give credit to his brother for introducing him to geocaching. As an outdoor person, Geist thought it was something worth trying. To him it was a modern day treasure hunt with an X marks the spot reward. He has found over 1,150 geocaches, which includes visiting 80 counties in Kansas, 19 states and 3 European countries. When not exploring his hobby, Geist is employed for KDOT in the Salina Regional Geology Office, a company he has been with for 15 years.
This program is funded in part by the Kansas Humanities Council, a nonprofit cultural organization promoting understanding of the history, traditions, and ideas that shape our lives and build community.