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Provost to Speak at Last Lecture Series

Brooke Burger
Managing Editor
Photo by Kevin Sims
Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs  - R. David Ray will be the first speaker for the Journalism Club's Last Lecture Series I Tuesday, Feb. 27.

   A rumor recently buzzed through campus that the University of Arkansas at Monticello’s Provost R. David Ray was set to retire due to his participation in the Last Lecture Series. As most rumors go, only a hint of this one proves true. 

   Ray will give his ‘last’ lecture at the Journalism Club’s Last Lecture Series I Tuesday, Feb. 27 at 7 p.m., in the Memorial Classroom Building Auditorium. Fortunately, this is not Ray’s actual last lecture. The event is designed to provide the speaker with the opportunity to share with the campus what would be the last lecture of his life, if he could give such a speech. 

   Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs since 2004, Ray has been a vital part of the UAM community for well over 30 years. He has served as the director of Forensics and Debate, helping build one of the nation’s most successful debate and forensic teams and becoming one of UAM’s most successful coaches.  

   Ray now oversees all academic issues on campus and works to develop new programs while strengthening existing ones. Along with his responsibilities as UAM’s chief academic officer, Ray also serves as Graduate Dean and remains available as an associate professor of Speech Communications. 

   Provost Ray is not all work and no play, though. In his free time, he spends time with his family including his wife Loyce and his two children, Heather Worley and Hunter Ray. He also spends time golfing, producing art and tinkering with motorcycles. 

   This event brings a unique opportunity to the campus community. Unlike the usual classroom lecture, the Last Lecture Series provides the speaker the freedom to speak on subjects that do not conform to the standard classroom teachings. This gives students and other members of the community the chance to learn life lessons, receive advice for future years or just gain insight into the speaker’s personality outside of the formal classroom setting. 

   The UAM community and the Monticello public are welcome to attend the event. The cost is $2 with a UAM identification card or $3 without an ID card.

   For more information about this event or the Journalism Club, contact Assistant Professor of Journalism and club advisor Ronald Sitton at sitton@uamont.edu.

 

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