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LHU professor to provide ‘The Last Lecture’

LOCK HAVEN — Dr. Beth McMahon, a Health Science professor at Lock Haven Univserity, will give a lecture on May 2 at 7 p.m. in Willis Health Professions Building room 118 along Railroad Street.

The lecture is part of “The Last Lecture” series, a Global Honors Program event held by the organizations LHU chapter. The event was inspired by the last lecture Randy Pausch presented.

When Pausch, a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon University, was asked to give such a lecture, he didn’t have to imagine it as his last since he had recently been diagnosed with terminal cancer.

But the lecture he gave – “Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams” – wasn’t about dying. It was about the importance of overcoming obstacles, of enabling dreams of others, of seizing every moment because “time is all you have… and you may find one day that you have less than you think,” Pausch had said.

It was a summation of everything he had come to believe. It was about living.

McMahon’s speech will focus on a “Global theme of peace” by incorporating her disciplinary studies to create an interactive experience with the audience.

McMahon was chosen by the organization due to this being her “last lecture” before retirement.

“I think it is going to serve as an incredible event for students she has proctored and served as a role model for, but also the outside community,” Haleigh Swam, student associate director of the Global Honors Program at LHU, said.

The public is invited to attend the lecture as well as wish McMahon a happy retirement.

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