Trevecca Nazarene University

Treveccaís "Last Lecture"

Lena Hegi Welch

Lena Hegi Welch, dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, gave a “Last Lecture” talk on Friday, Feb. 6, at 10:00 AM in Benson Auditorium as part of the Trevecca Society’s Gala Weekend.


In her talk, she took the challenge to share her wisdom and thoughts for the world as if it were her last lecture. Welch shared moving stories of sitting at the back of the classroom and learning herself from some very inspiring students.


Lena Hegi Welch has spent the past 21 years teaching in the Department of Communication Studies. Her classes are some of the most popular on campus. She came to Trevecca as an undergraduate student, completed her masters of arts at Auburn University and then her Ed.D. from Trevecca. For several years, Welch has provided her leadership to the Division of Communication, Language, and Literature. And, just last week, was name dean of the School of Arts and Sciences. She has received numerous awards during her career including the Teaching Excellence Award.


The talk is modeled after an ongoing series of lectures where top academics are asked to think deeply about what matters to them, and then give a hypothetical "final talk," with a topic such as "what wisdom would you try to impart to the world if you knew it was your last chance?" They have been held for many years at colleges around the country including Stanford, University of Alabama, Boston College, the University of Virginia, and, probably most well-known, at Carnegie Mellon. Randy Pausch, a computer science professor there, was asked to speak in September 2007. In an ironic twist, Pausch was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer before his lecture and his very personal and uplifting message was heard by millions through video, and later in his book.