UNI Campus Activities Board kicks off 'The Last Lecture Series' with John Fritch

Posted on Wednesday, September 14th, 2005

Mindy Meacham, Campus Activities Board Speakers Committee,, (641) 919-1486
Vicki Grimes, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-6728

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'The Last Lecture Series', a program based on the premise that a professor is giving the last lecture of his or her career, will be launched by the University of Northern Iowa's Campus Activities Board (CAB) Speakers Committee at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 20, in Seerley Hall's Great Reading Room. The inaugural last lecture, 'The Last Lecture I'll Ever Give: All I Really Need to Know I Learned in College,' will be delivered by John Fritch, associate professor of communication and head of the UNI Department of Communication Studies.

According to Maggie Shonrock, a senior finance major from Ames and a member of the CAB Speakers Committee, professors are free to prepare a lecture on any topic -- ranging from emotional to hilarious, but always moving and inspiring. This program provides professors with the opportunity to reflect upon their years of teaching and life experiences, and offer advice to students. The series also helps connect students with the central purpose of a college education -- the encouragement of intellectual curiosity.

Fritch is in his fourth year at UNI. Prior to coming to the university, he was the director of forensics and an associate professor at Southwest Missouri State University. Fritch currently is the director of the National Debate Tournament. His teaching and research interests include argumentation, debate, public speaking and rhetorical theory.

Refreshments will be served at each lecture.

For more information, contact Mindy Meacham, CAB Speakers Committee member, at