Inspirational speaker Maria Sirois will present the 2013 Leslie Rude Memorial Lecture at Hartwick College next month, the college has announced.
Sirois, a licensed psychologist, is a Hartwick graduate. She also is an author and consultant who has worked at the intersection of positive psychology, spirituality, health, and wellness for more than 20 years. She trained at the New England Deaconness Mind/Body Institute and began her clinical career in the pediatric oncology unit at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston.
Her first book, “Every Day Counts: Lessons in Love, Faith and Resilience From Children Facing Illness,” was published in 2006.
The lecture will be held at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 22 in the Anderson Center for the Arts Theatre on Oneonta campus. Her presentation, “The Authentic Voice, The Authentic Life,” is free and open to the public.
“There is no greater gift than to be able to return a favor to someone or to a place that has changed your life for the better,” Sirois said in a press release from the college. “When I entered Hartwick at [the age of] 17, I thought I was going to college.
Sirois, a political science major, graduated from Hartwick in 1982. She played field hockey, was a John Christopher Hartwick Scholar and was honored to be one of the first young graduates to serve on the Board of Trustees.
Rude, for whom the lecture is named, was a Hartwick faculty member and administrator. Following his death in 1998, Professor Emeritus Norma Hutman and Marion Rude established the lecture series to reflect his passionate interest in political science and public speaking and his commitment to public life.