April Fools’ Day Prank

I wanted to keep this quiet until I was 100% sure that the plans were finalized, but you have the opportunity to be part of a special event that will have two VERY special guests. 

I may have mentioned before that one of my sons is very good friends with the daughter of one of the executive producers of the Ellen DeGeneres show, Mary Connelly. As a result, I have gotten to know Mary quite well and we have exchanged multiple emails over the years about the Ellen show and our families. A few months ago I was talking with Mary, and she mentioned that Ellen was starting a campaign to promote a healthier lifestyle among college students. Ellen had been searching for a partner to help her with this campaign, particularly someone she believed college men would look up to.  As it turned out, Kobe Bryant had recently decided to adopt a plant-based lifestyle since he felt it would help him recover more quickly from his surgery. Once Ellen found out, she reached out to him to see if he would be interested in working on the “HEALTHY U” campaign. Kobe agreed, and so Ellen and Kobe have been working on this HEALTHY U campaign for several weeks, and they are now ready to launch the program. 
They decided the best way to do this would be to launch it live on one of Ellen’s shows, filmed on location at a college campus. When Mary told me this a couple of months ago, I jokingly suggested Villanova, but I never heard anything until last week when Mary called me back and said that the producers have chosen to film the show at Villanova – and she asked me if I could get my students to be the live audience! 
Apparently the producers starting doing some research and found out that Tim Dietzler, the head of dining services at Villanova, is the only vegan in such a position at a major college, and thought it would be perfect to have him on such a show. In addition, Kobe is not only a former resident of the area, but a huge Villanova and Jay Wright fan, and plans to spend some time with the team while he is on campus. The taping will take place on Monday, April 7 at 3:00 in Driscoll 134, and you will be the studio audience; you are also permitted to invite one guest.
I realize that many of you would like to invite several of your friends or family, but the classroom only holds about 200 people, and between my sections from last semester and this semester I have invited about 160 students. Thus reservations are on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please respond ASAP so that I can let Mary know how many guests will be at the presentation so that we can ensure a full room. 

To confirm your registration and indicate if you will be bringing a guest, please click here to sign up:

Once you register, you will need to print your confirmed reservation, which you must present at the door for admission.

I can’t tell you how excited I am about this!!

Best regards,

Prof. Borden