Popular ASC professors present at "Last Lecture" event

(09-02-2010)

Dr. Marty Jones and Dr. John Taylor were selected by Adams State College students to answer the questions, "If this was the last lecture you would ever give, what would you share?". The Adams State Autumn@Adams "Last Lecture" event starts at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 15, in Adams State Porter Hall room 130. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Dr. Marty Jones

Dr. Marty Jones

In April 2010, on-campus Adams State surveyed students selected the two professors, from past and current Presidential Award recipients, to participate in the event.

In his talk, "Acting Heroic: Lessons from a Life in the Theatre", Taylor will share the three "Big Picture" lessons that he has learned as a student and teacher while living a life in the theatre.

Dr. John Taylor

Dr. John Taylor

Jones' lecture, "Things I Learned Without Going to Kindergarten", was partially inspired by Robert Fulghum's 1990 book "All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten". Without attending kindergarten, it wasn't offered in Jones' hometown, he said he still learned most of the kindergarten rules. "The focus of this presentation, though, will be lessons that are not explicitly mentioned in Fulghum's rules." Jones calls them the Four Es: Enthuse, Engage, Entertain, and Embrace Change. "Because of my particular profession, the presentation will have a definite slant toward applying the four Es to education, but I hope you'll find that the four Es apply equally well to other professions and to life in general."

Adams State Autumn@Adams Last Lecture event is modeled after Carnegie Mellon University's Last Lecture series, which became nationally recognized in 2007 when Dr. Randy Pausch was selected to give his lecture. Pausch, a computer science professor, conceived of his lecture after he learned that he had terminal cancer. His lecture has been viewed by millions since and is incorporated into school curriculums worldwide. For more information on Pausch's lecture visit www.TheLastLecture.com.

The goal of the Last Lecture event is to connect students, faculty, and community in an informal setting that will encourage reflection on the everyday convictions, actions, and challenges of a life journey. There are no predetermined standards or boundaries for this program which is designed to be entertaining, emotional, and inspiring.

The 2010 Autumn@Adams theme, "Everyone Has A Story To Tell/Todos Tienen Una Historia Que Contar" is an opportunity for community and campus to experience art, literature and food. For a complete schedule of events, visit http://www.adams.edu/autumn_at_adams/, or call 719-587-7827.