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GOCC welcomes John Quiñones to campus – Sept. 28, Viking Speaker Series

Glen Oaks will welcome ABC News veteran, creator and host, John Quiñones, to Sturgis on Thursday, Sept. 28 at 6 p.m., (Please note updated time) as part of the 2023 Viking Speaker Series. The free public talk titled, “Opportunity Through Education: John Quinones’ American Dream,” will be held at the Sturges-Young Center for the Arts, 201 North Nottawa Street, Sturgis, MI.

Quiñones, has emerged as one of the most popular inspirational speakers in the world today. His moving presentations focus on his odds-defying journey, celebrate the life-changing power of education, champion the Latino American Dream and provide thought-provoking insights into human nature and ethical behavior.

A lifetime of “never taking no for an answer,” took Quiñones from migrant farm work and poverty to more than 30 years at ABC News, the anchor desk at “20/20,” and “Primetime,” and seven national Emmy awards for his reporting over the years.

Along the way, he broke through barriers, won the highest accolades, and became a role model for many.  As host and creator of “What Would You Do?“ the highly-rated, hidden-camera ethical dilemma news magazine now in its 15th season, Quiñones,  has literally become the “face of doing the right thing,” to millions of fans. It is a role that he has enthusiastically embraced off camera, with a popular book and inspirational keynote presentations that challenge both business and general audiences to examine the “What Would You Do?” moments we face every day.

“We are excited about bringing a speaker of this caliber to St. Joseph County,” said Ben Fries, Glen Oaks director of advising and chair of the Viking Speakers Series team. “We are looking forward to hearing his story.”

The Viking Speaker Series is one of the college initiatives to offer a broad range of topics and bring diverse speakers to campus. The speeches are free and open to the public.

There will be a book signing and refreshments following the program.