Vinny Guadagnino
Vinny Guadagnino, star of the hit MTV reality show ”Jersey Shore,” is coming to the Black Hills State University campus Thursday, Nov. 7 at 7 p.m. to share his story of living with anxiety and offer advice on emotional health.  Guadagnino’s presentation will be held in the Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center.

Guadagnino has long suffered from chronic anxiety that manifests itself in feelings of isolation, irritability, and helplessness, as well as physical symptoms such as insomnia and panic attacks. A staunch advocate for promoting mental and emotional health, he tells young adults to put their well-being first in his book “Control the Crazy,” published in April 2012. He is also touring university campuses around the nation sharing his story and providing informative and inspiring advice on emotional health.

Prior to joining the cast of “Jersey Shore”, a show which filmed the lives of eight strangers as they lived and worked on the famed New Jersey boardwalk, Guadagnino graduated from CUNY College of Staten Island and was a political aide for New York State Assemblyman Michael Cusick.

Guadagnino left “Jersey Shore” during the fifth season and returned to Staten Island to cope with his anxiety. His departure came shortly after the group filmed in Italy and returned immediately to start the fifth season in Seaside Heights.  Shortly after leaving the show he partnered with the Jed Foundation, a national non-profit organization that aims to protect the emotional health of teenagers and college students.

Guadagnino’s talk is sponsored by the Madeline A. Young Distinguished Speaker Series which was established at BHSU in 1986 by a gift endowment from Madeline Young, a 1924 alumna. Other Madeline Young Speakers have included:  Terry Waite, former hostage, hostage negotiator and envoy for England’s Archbishop of Canterbury; Felix Justice and Danny Glover, actors; Sam Donaldson, television broadcaster; Doris Kearns Goodwin, Pulitzer Prize winner; Lech Walesa, former Polish president; and Jeffrey Viken, chief judge of the U.S. District Court for the District of South Dakota.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information on the Madeline A. Young Distinguished Speaker Series contact Steve Meeker, vice president for University Advancement, at Steve.Meeker@BHSU.edu.