Burton Ogle presenting ‘Last Lecture’ on Thursday

Burton R. Ogle, professor and director of Western Carolina University’s environmental health sciences program, will address the topic “What is Cool about Environmental Health” as he delivers WCU’s “Last Lecture” on Thursday, Oct. 24.

Burton R. Ogle

Burton R. Ogle

The event, recognizing a WCU faculty member who has been noted by students for teaching with great passion and enthusiasm, will begin at 2:30 p.m. in the recital hall of Coulter Building. The annual “Last Lecture” allows a chosen faculty member to share the words he or she would present if it was the final lecture he or she had a chance to give.

Ogle earned his bachelor’s degree at the University of Tennessee and a master’s degree at East Tennessee State University before receiving his doctorate in public and environmental health at Virginia Commonwealth University. He taught at Virginia Commonwealth and East Carolina University before joining the WCU faculty in 2002.

Ogle has been honored at WCU a number of times for his teaching abilities, three times winning the University of North Carolina Board of Governors Innovative Teaching Award. He has been a finalist for WCU’s highest campus-based teaching honor, the Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award, three times, and he received that award in 2008.

The “Last Lecture” is sponsored by Coulter Faculty Commons and is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Laura Cruz, director of Coulter Faculty Commons, at lcruz@wcu.edu or 828-227-2093.