Collin College Foundation and The Pride: Collin College’s Official Association for Alumni and Friends, along with Centennial Medical Center, will present CAFÉtalks, a series of presentations to inspire and engage Collin College alumni, students and the community.

CAFÉtalks (Collin Alumni, Friends and Experts) will be held on each of the college’s main campuses throughout the 2014-2015 academic year. Topics and speakers will vary, offering alumni, community members and students an opportunity to interact with each other and experts.

“These are not lectures so much as they are Collin College’s own version of TED talks,” said Collin College Foundation Director Amy Evans.

Like TED talks, the sessions will be recorded and will be made available through the Collin College Foundation website. The series kicks off on Thursday, Oct. 16 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Central Park Campus Conference Room located at 2200 West University Dr. in McKinney.

Collin College professor and author Ceilidh Charleson-Jennings will share her unique experiences living and working with her trained search and rescue dog Puzzle – the subject of her book Scent of the Missing. All sessions are free and open to the public.

For more information on CAFÉtalks or to join The Pride, visit


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