Last Lecture 2011

Last Lecture 2011

We would like to congratulate Dr. Samuel M. Laposata and thank him for accepting the Class of 2011 invitation to deliver the Last Lecture. He delivered the lecture, entitled "From the Greenhouse to the Garden," at the Senior Celebration on May 19, 2011.

Watch the Last Lecture on YouTube or read the lecture transcript.

About Dr. Samuel M. Laposata
Dr. Samuel M. Laposata, Visiting Professor of Economics, has had a diverse professional career. From 1961 to 1980, he was a member of the faculty and staff at Penn State University researching and teaching Mathematics, and he was tenured in the early 1970s. In 1980, Dr. Laposata joined Virginia Power Company (now Dominion Power Company). There he became the company's Chief Economist responsible for several activities including the assessment of national and regional economic trends, economic and electric power forecasting, and the management of a group of 21 professionals constructing and supporting economic models for the company. In addition, Dr. Laposata was an advisor to several Commonwealth of Virginia organizations, including the Department of Motor Vehicles, and from 1982 to 1996, he was an economic advisor to four Governors of the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Upon his marriage to a Lehigh Valley native, Dr. Laposata became Dean of the Evening College at Muhlenberg College in January 1994. In 2002, he retired from that position and returned with great happiness and enthusiasm to full-time teaching. As he was an adjunct instructor during his tenure at Virginia Power Company and again while he was Dean at Muhlenberg, Dr. Laposata has been teaching in a college classroom almost every semester since 1964. His adjunct teaching positions include The University of Pittsburgh, The College of William & Mary, and Virginia Commonwealth University. He has a B.S. and M.A. in Mathematics from Penn State along with another M.A. and Ph.D. in Economics from The University of Pittsburgh. His current interests are Labor Economics and principles of Macroeconomics and Microeconomics.

By the votes of the student body, Dr. Laposata earned the Henry Award, People's Choice Faculty, in 2005 and again in 2007. He was also awarded Outstanding Advisor to First-Year Students in 2006-2007 and was given one of the four Aspires Mentor of the Year awards for 2007.

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