Cyber-Bullying & the Impacts of Social Media
Friday, October 25, 2013
9 a.m.–3 p.m.
Hagerty Conference Center, Great Lakes Campus of Northwestern Michigan College
715 East Front Street, Traverse City, MI 49686
- Free admission
- Lunch provided
- Workshop sessions offered for youth and adults
Anthony Ianni, of the Autism Alliance of Michigan, is one of the most sought-after anti-bullying motivational speakers in Michigan. At the age of four, Anthony was diagnosed with Pervasive Developmental Disorder, which is on the autism spectrum. Doctors and specialists told Anthony’s parents that he would barely graduate from high school, would never graduate from college, would never have a shot at being an athlete and would likely live in a group institution for his adult life. His family was devastated but pledged they would help Anthony be successful no matter what. And he is.
Despite bullies, adversity and numerous challenges, Anthony worked hard and never gave up. Not only did he earn his Bachelor’s Degree from Michigan State University in Sociology, he is the first known athlete with autism to play Big Ten basketball. Under legendary coach Tom Izzo, Anthony won two Big Ten championships, a Big Ten tournament title, was the recipient of the 2011 Tim Bograkos Walk-On Award and the 2012 Unsung Player Award, and was also a member of the 2010 Final Four team.
Kevin Epling is an East Lansing resident who helps raise awareness about the attitudes and culture surrounding bullying, hazing and harassment in schools. By sharing his personal story of loss and growth, he hopes to help others implement changes in communities across the nation.
Mr. Epling is the National Co-Director and Michigan representative for Bully Police USA and has appeared on CNN, 48 Hrs, Japan's NHK TV and many other radio and tv programs talking about bullying prevention. With his wife Tammy, they successfully advocated for the passage of “Matt’s Safe School Law” in Michigan. In 2011, Kevin was one of only 150 people invited to the White House for the first Presidential Summit on Bullying, and was recently given the 2012 Exemplary School Safety Program Award by the National School Safety Advocacy Council.If accommodations are needed to attend, contact NMC Student Life at (231) 995-1118.