'Keeping the Dream Alive'

SAC Impact hosting Odell Bizzell Feb. 20

Blogger, author, speaker, entrepreneur and internet personality Odell Bizzell will present a lecture on the challenges of growing up and attending college as a minority during a 6:30 p.m. lecture Tuesday, Feb. 20, in the Center for Faith and Life Recital Hall on the Luther College campus.

Tickets for the event, which is open to the public, are $5 and can be purchased at the Luther Ticket Office, tickets.luther.edu or by calling (800) 458-8437.

Bizzell's presentation, titled "Keeping the Dream Alive: Four ways to model Dr. King's dream to achieve your own" includes personal stories, keys to becoming a successful leader and, time pending, a question and answer session.

While a high school student, Bizzell started his own small candy retail distribution center, earning him an academic scholarship to college and more than $75,000. Since earning a Bachelor of Arts in communications and media studies from North Carolina State University and a Master of Arts in management and leadership/organization leadership, from Liberty University, Bizzell has gone on to become a keynote speaker and owner and founder of Impact Student Success Program and Impact Leadership. He's partnered with more than 200 colleges, youth organizations and the military to help students learn more about leadership, diversity and how to become successful and effective leaders in a diverse world.

Bizzell has been featured in USA Today, Yahoo Finance, CNBC.com and more than 200 other media outlets. He's also the author of five books and has his own YouTube channel and podcast.

The lecture is sponsored by Luther's Student Activities Council Impact Committee.

A national liberal arts college with an enrollment of 2,050, Luther offers an academic curriculum that leads to the Bachelor of Arts degree in more than 60 majors and pre-professional programs. For more information about Luther visit the college's website: http://www.luther.edu.