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SGA gives Last Lecture UPDATE

September 30, 2010

By Carmen Brown, Staff Writer

The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch sold over 700,000 copies.

At Wednesday’s SGA meeting, student representatives finalized plans for Dr. Paul Arnold’s Last Lecture as well as new ways to get student feedback on a variety of campus issues.

Arnold, associate professor of biology and dean of the division of mathematics and science, will be giving his lecture in the Wilson Lecture Hall at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, October. 5. All students are encouraged to be a part of this by coming and listening to Dr. Arnold speak on the topic of his choosing.

The idea behind the Last Lecture stems from Randy Pausch. Pausch was a professor of computer science at Carnegie Mellon University. He decided to give his Last Lecture when he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Shortly after his diagnosis, Pausch lectured on how to achieve your dreams. Ten months following the lecture, Pausch lost his battle against pancreatic cancer.

While Dr. Arnold is not battling a terminal illness, the Last Lecture program was inspired by this idea, so that if a professor or faculty member were to leave, they could speak on whatever it is they would want students to know before they leave YHC. The lecture can be about absolutely anything. It is not confined to just that person’s department.

Along with more solid plans about the Last Lectures, Tell-Me-Tuesday, which is a program to get student feed-back on improvements they want on campus, is officially in the works. The first one will be on Tuesday, October 5. A golf cart with one adult and one SGA member will come around to pick up random students and take them quickly from one destination to another. While riding the SGA member will ask a set questions to the student on what improvements they would like to have on campus. They will do this in twenty-minute increments on Tuesdays. The times of these rides for this Tuesday will take place between 9:15 to 9:35 a.m., 10:45 to 11:45 a.m. and 1:45 to 2:05 p.m. on Tuesdays.

In addition to making improvements on campus, SGA will be meeting with the Office of Information Technology to address any technological concerns students might have.  All students are highly encouraged to voice any questions or concerns they may have by sending a e-mail to sga@yhc.edu. Any and all questions are more than welcome.

Randy Pausch’s Last Lecture can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ji5_MqicxSo

UPDATE1(12:22 a.m., 10/1/10) Added link to Randy Pausch’s Last Lecture.

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