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Dating Doctor: Real-life ‘Hitch’ to speak Aug. 30

August 18, 2011
David Coleman

David Coleman

Looking for love? Think you’ve found that right one? How do you tell if they’re a lover — or a loser?

Known as “America’s Real-Life Hitch,” David Coleman (aka “The Dating Doctor”) is coming to NIU to challenge his audience to make the most of their healthy relationships and rethink their unhealthy ones.

NIU’s Division of Student Affairs & Enrollment Management invites students, faculty, staff and the community to “How to Spot a Lover Loser” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 30, in the Duke Ellington Ballroom of the Holmes Student Center. The event is free and open to the public.

Coleman’s program promises to be engaging and thought-provoking as he covers important, timely and difficult topics such as sexual assault, intimate partner violence and date rape drugs. His 10 basic principles of healthy relationships also will be presented.

Audience members will be challenged to immediately incorporate attitudes and behavioral changes which cultivate healthy, safe, and flourishing relationships in their own lives while asking their family and friends to do the same.

Coleman also will conduct “Go A.P.E. for Leadership,” a workshop specifically designed for student leaders.

Through interactive exercises, Coleman will discuss his three core values of life satisfaction: attitude, preparation and effort. “If you ‘choose’ the right attitude, prepare yourself extensively and give the best effort you possibly can,”he said, “you will succeed more often than not and, even when you fail, you will maintain your grace, dignity and self-esteem.”

Faculty and staff are encouraged to send their students to “go wild” by attending this session at noon Tuesday, Aug. 30, in the Lincoln Room of the student center.

Coleman has been honored 13 times as The National Speaker of the Year: 10 times by Campus Activities Magazine and three times by The National Association for Campus Activities. The author of “Making Relationships Matter” also has produced many educational CDs and videos.

His NIU presentations are sponsored by Health Enhancement, Housing & Dining, the Student Association, the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs & Enrollment Management and NIU’s Enough is Enough campaign to stem societal violence.