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March 28, 2006

Last Lecture Set for Graduating Students

Cassie Campbell, captain of the history-making Canadian women’s hockey team that captured its second consecutive Olympic gold medal in Turin, will be among the speakers at the fifth annual “Last Lecture” for graduating students April 6 at the University of Guelph.

The event gives members of the class of 2006 an opportunity to recognize their achievements inside and outside the classroom. This year’s theme is “The Journey Is the Reward.” It begins at 6 p.m. in War Memorial Hall and will also feature talks by graduating arts student Talya Postan and College of Arts dean Jacqueline Murray. A reception will follow.

“This is a chance for students to reflect on their time here at Guelph and really think about what they’ve accomplished and learned in a few short years,” said Jennifer Maddock, leadership education and development adviser in Student Life. “We want students to leave inspired by the words of our speakers and to move forward in their lives with a sense of positivity and promise for the future.” She encourages students to invite along a faculty or staff member who has contributed positively to their academic and personal growth.

Campbell, a 1997 sociology and nutrition graduate of Guelph, is one of the most recognizable female hockey players in the world. She’s been captain of the national women’s team since 2001 and is a six-time world champion and three-time Olympic medallist, winning silver in Nagano and gold in Salt Lake City and Turin. She played Gryphon hockey from 1992 to 1996 and was awarded the W.F. Mitchell Award in her final year.

Murray, dean of the College of Arts since 2001, will give the faculty lecture. She is a medieval historian whose research focuses on sex, sexuality and gender. She has been team teaching a first-year seminar on sexuality and gender in our current world for the past three years. This will be her last lecture as dean.

Postan, who will graduate in June with a BA in women’s studies and philosophy, has been selected as the student lecturer. During her years on campus, she has been an active volunteer with Student Life and the College of Arts Student Union and has served as president of the Jewish Students’ Organization. She has also been a member of the Central Student Association’s board of directors, a student senator, a residence programming assistant and public relations officer for Maritime Hall.

For more information, contact Maddock at (519) 824-4120, Ext. 54362, or

For media questions, call Communications and Public Affairs: Lori Bona Hunt, (519) 824-4120, Ext. 53338, or Rebecca Kendall, Ext. 56982.

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