“Last Lecture,” Concert to Highlight Fifth Annual Faculty Forum

OGDEN, Utah – Psychology instructor Maria D. Parrilla de Kokal will deliver her “last lecture” on Oct. 21 at 1 p.m. in Shepherd Union Ballroom C.

 Parrilla de Kokal

Parrilla de Kokal will present, “Education: The Key to Freedom,” extolling the importance of being a lifelong learner.

The Last Lecture Series showcases and honors the work of outstanding WSU professors.  Each year WSU’s Teaching & Learning Forum accepts nominations for professors that inspire, entertain or challenge their students.  One professor is chosen and honored with the distinction of giving the lecture of a lifetime—the lecture she would give if she could never lecture again.

Parrilla de Kokal’s lecture will kick off the fifth annual Faculty Forum at WSU, an event that offers faculty the opportunity to share their research and scholarship with students, colleagues and the public. This year’s forum features 16 presentations on a wide variety of topics by more than 27 faculty representing disciplines from across campus. A faculty forum concert will be held that evening.

“It’s wonderful for our students to see faculty as active researchers, bringing discoveries and newfound knowledge into the classroom,” said professor of teacher education Fran Butler, chair of the Teaching, Learning & Assessment (TLA) Committee. The forum is organized by the TLA and Faculty Senate Research, Scholarship & Professional Growth committees to recognize faculty scholarship on campus.

“We want the community to come and take part in this event,” said Butler. “There is a lot of great research being done by our faculty that all too often goes unnoticed.”

The lecture, forum and concert are free to the public. The forum, featuring oral and poster presentations, will run from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in the Shepherd Union Building. Oral presentations will be held simultaneously at 2 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 2:45 p.m. in rooms 312 and 316 of the Shepherd Union Building. The faculty forum concert featuring dance, music and theater performed by various WSU faculty members will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the Val A. Browning Center for the Performing Arts Eccles Theater.

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Maria D. Parrilla de Kokal, psychology instructor
801-626-7622 · mdekokal@weber.edu

Fran Butler, chair, Teaching, Learning & Assessment Committee
801-626-7658 · fbutler@weber.edu

John Kowalewski, director of Media Relations
801-626-7212 • jkowalewski@weber.edu