Bill Nye makes a stop at the University of Indianapolis

Written by on September 22, 2022

 

Bill Nye made a stop over the weekend at the University of Indianapolis as part of the university’s family weekend. 

Nye was scheduled to visit UIndy in 2020, but the COVID-19 pandemic postponed the event, according to Vice President of Corporate and Community Partnerships Andrew Kocher. 

Kocher said he worked as Nye’s campus liaison. He said he was an extremely delightful person to be around. 

“He was delightful. He was just genuinely a pleasure to be around,” Kocher said. “He was genuinely delightful to be with for the day, it was a great honor.”

A select group of 15 students were chosen to attend an exclusive Meet and Greet with Nye. According to Kocher, the faculty were asked to nominate students they believed would best represent the student body. 

“I had the good fortune of being in the room when Bill was introduced to them. they had great questions the students really did,” Kocher said. “You could tell Bill was having a good time talking to that group.”

99.5 WZPL radio personality and UIndy Alum Nikki Reed served as the emcee for the discussion. She said it was an honor to emcee at her alma mater. 

 “I could not say yes, fast enough. I grew up watching Bill Nye, I respect him so much. And the idea of being able even just to say hi, and meet him is incredible,” Reed said. “So this opportunity was nuts, it was awesome.”

Kocher said Reed’s name came up during discussions among the planning committee regarding who should moderate the discussion. He praised Reed for her job during the interview. 

“It was so nice that she would come back and volunteer her time to be part of the event and do a great job moderating the conversation for us,” Kocher said. 

Reed described Bill as a kind person who had a genuine connection with the people he was surrounded by. 

“He is just as wonderful as you hope he would be, you know, like in your head, you have this image of what somebody like that would be like, and he is exactly that,” Reed said. “He is so he makes you feel so comfortable in his presence. He cares about the people that he’s talking to. He’s always asking questions of others. So it’s like everybody had what felt like a very personal moment with him. It’s incredible.”

As part of the university’s “Making Our Way Home” series, the event, “A Conversation with Bill Nye,” highlighted two of the university’s learning objectives: social responsibility and critical thinking. Reed said the biggest takeaway from her conversation with Nye was him talking about societies not putting their best effort into taking care of women.

“I loved how he spoke about the women are not only happier, but the happiness of the entire group elevates because when the women are happier, everyone else is happier. And that it’s like a whole elevated lift up of everybody when you treat your women well.”

Kocher said he was very happy with how the event went.

“For the university, this is something that we have the ability to do is to bring in big name well-known speakers, but it’s not something we do every day,” Kocher said. “And so the folks that were involved with this, everything from the security, to the ticketing, to the design of the stage to all of those things, I thought the University team really went above and beyond really did their great job of putting the university’s best foot forward.”


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