Friday, April 18, 2014

[516] MTSU Honors College unveils ‘Last Lecture Series’ April 16 and 23

MURFREESBORO — The University Honors College at MTSU is initiating a new lecture series to offer retiring Honors faculty members an opportunity to speak to both the campus community and general public.

The first presentation in the “Last Lecture Series” will begin at 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, with professor Bob Pondillo providing the lecture in the Simmons Amphitheatre (Room 106) of the Paul W. Martin Sr. Honors Building.

The lectures are free. To find parking near the Honors College, a printable campus map can be found at

Pondillo, a retiring professor of electronic media communication, will present “Why College?” An MTSU faculty member since the fall of 2001, Pondillo’s emphasis is in multimedia journalism. His creative work includes writing and producing short narrative films. To learn more about him and his academic pursuits, visit

At 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, retiring history professor David L. Rowe will present “Today’s Emergence Culture and its Impact on American Religious Life.” He has been an MTSU faculty member since 1981. To learn more about him and his academic efforts, visit

“I’ve been reading about such a series on other campuses and thought that a way to begin ours and keep the number manageable was to focus specifically on members of the Honors faculty who were retiring,” Honors College Dean John Vile said, adding he had the full support of Provost Brad Bartel in this endeavor. 

“We sent out a notice to all Honors faculty about the series, received responses from what I believe to be the only two faculty members in this category and have set aside time for both of them,” Vile said.

  Vile said both Rowe and Pondillo have reputations as excellent teachers, and both have been deeply involved within the Honors College. 

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