William Shatner to speak at University of Colorado at Colorado Springs’ innovation program dinner

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FILE – In this April 2, 2015 file photo, William Shatner arrives at the NBC Universal Summer Press Day at The Langham Huntington Hotel in Pasadena, Calif. Shatner first swaggered onto the bridge of the starship Enterprise in 1966. Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, the original television series has spawned four spin-off series and 13 feature films, including this summer’s “Star Trek Beyond.” (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

By: Rich Laden March 9, 2018

Capt. Kirk is beaming down to Colorado Springs next month.

William Shatner, who played Kirk on the original “Star Trek” television series and a series of movies, will headline a 10th anniversary dinner in celebration of the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs’ bachelor of innovation degree program, the school said Friday. The dinner takes place at 7 p.m. April 19 at the school’s Gallogly Events Center

Shatner’s keynote address will be titled “Hope and Innovation.”

“William Shatner’s appearance underscores the excitement around the bachelor of innovation as we celebrate this milestone in our history,” Benjamin Kwitek, instructor of entrepreneurship for the innovation program, said in a news release. “Our program is centered around transforming ideas into impact, and we believe Shatner’s visit will have a tremendous impact.”

Sponsored tables for the event begin at $2,000 and individual tickets are available by calling 255-4048. Sponsor information and more event details are available at www.BI10Year.com.

Shatner’s career has spanned decades and includes television, movies, music, books and shows, according to the UCCS news release.

In addition to playing the iconic Kirk on “Star Trek,” Shatner has starred in “TJ Hooker,” “Rescue 911,” “The Practice,” “Boston Legal,” “Raw Nerve” and “Better Late Than Never.”

Shatner also has written nearly 30 best-selling books, directed and produced movies and starred in a one-man show titled “Shatner’s World.”

UCCS’ bachelor of innovation program was founded in fall 2007 by Terry Boult, a computer science professor. The program “uses a common innovation core across a variety of majors to develop the innovation skills that companies and governments look for,” according to the school. It’s one of UCCS’ fastest-growing program, with an enrollment of more than 500 students, the school says.

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