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Motivational Speaker Aims to Rejuvenate Students’ Minds in Time for Finals
Posted: Thursday, March 27, 2014
Written By:  Lauren Whetzel
Contact Email:  l.whetzel@usciences.edu
Contact Phone:  215.596.8864
University of the Sciences’ Honors Program will host a nationally-recognized motivational speaker to help reignite students’ goals, just in time for final exams. The program's USciences Spring Colloquium is set for Thursday, April 17, from 2-2:50 p.m., in the McNeil Science and Technology Center. This event is open to the entire University community.

Dana Lightman, PhD,
 (pictured to the right) a Philadelphia-based motivational speaker in the field of optimism and positive psychology, will present, “POWER Optimism: A Key to Job Success.” Her presentation is targeted to people of all ages and backgrounds, as its overall theme focuses on eliminating negativity from all aspects of life.
 “I carried around negative patterns for years, including issues about body image, relationships and career,” said Dr. Lightman. “Once I chose to accentuate the positive and eliminate the negative, my life has been on an upward spiral.”
Rumya Venkateswaran PharmD’18, a student representative on the Honors Program Committee, encourages students, staff, and faculty to set aside one-hour of their day to attend this presentation. She also urges people to view this event as an “engaging personal experience,” rather than as a lecture.
“As students, it’s easy to get wrapped up in our academics and college lifestyles, and then lose sight of our long-term goals,” she said. “I am confident this presentation will help all guests leave with positive thoughts that will rejuvenate their minds.” 
Following the presentation, attendees are invited to attend a “Meet the Speaker/Q&A” discussion with Dr. Lightman, from 3:30-4:30 p.m., in Rosenberger Hall, room 101. Honors students will then have the opportunity to privately meet with Dr. Lightman for a special presentation, “Leadership with a Positive Edge” at 5 p.m.
The Honors Program at USciences is made up of approximately 100 selected students of all majors. This program offers specialized, intensive learning experiences both inside and outside the classroom. For more information on the program, or to apply, click here.
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