Kevin Ripp
UNK Mortar Board Member, 308.627.2573, or

Mortar Board will host a presentation by Dr. Kenneth Trantham, physics faculty member, for the “Last Lecture Series” on Wednesday, Feb. 15, at 7 p.m. at the University of Nebraska at Kearney in Copeland Hall, Room 142.

Dr. Kenneth Trantham, associate professor and chair of the Department of Physics and Physical Science, will present “Liberal Arts Education and the Fourier Series: An Analogy.” The event is free and open to the public.

According to Kevin Ripp of Pleasanton, a UNK Mortar Board member and senior pre-medicine and business administration major, “The ‘Last Lecture Series’ allows UNK students, faculty and the public to reflect upon the most important aspects of life that are not often discussed during typical classroom lectures.”

Dr. Trantham joined the faculty in 2009 and previously was an associate professor of physics at Fort Hays (Kansas) State University and Arkansas Tech University in Russellville. He received a Ph. D. in 1996 at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and an M.S. in 1993 from the University of Missouri-Rolla. He holds a B.S. in physics from Arkansas Tech University.

The “Last Lecture Series” began in 1995 and a UNK faculty member or administrator has delivered a lecture every year since then. The lecture is prepared as if it were a person’s last opportunity to speak to a group of students.

“Mortar Board is a national honor society recognizing college seniors for superior achievement in scholarship, leadership and service,” said Dr. Amber Messersmith, UNK Mortar Board adviser and a UNK professor of communication. “Only a select few students on each campus are invited to join this esteemed society.”

Mortar Board was founded in 1918 and nearly a quarter of a million members have been initiated into the 228 chartered chapters across the nation.

The event is sponsored, in part, by University Dining Services.