Dr. John Seffrin
Dr. Seffrin traveled to the beautiful Muncie, Indiana where he met with President Paul Ferguson.
Watch Dr. Seffrin' presentation as the 2015 McGovern Lecture honoree
He also spoke to the Indiana Society of Professional Health Educators, about the evolving profession of health education and its role in the fight against cancer. Seffrin ended his day by delivering the McGovern Lecture at 7 p.m. in the L.A. Pittenger Student Center Ballroom. The room was packed with around 300 students, faculty, staff, and community members all wondering how they can, End the Fight Against Cancer and Other NCDs.
Seffrin shared statistics on cancer survivorship, and that because of the collective work of the American Cancer Society’s effort into research and health education, about 500 lives are being saved from cancer each day. If that wasn’t an impressive number already, Seffrin said, “With more funding and more scientists and educators working together, it could be 1000 lives saved each day.”
Seffrin is a Ball State graduate, receiving his Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology in 1966. It was a chance meeting with Dr. William Bock that changed Seffrin's course of thinking and pushed him into health education. Bock was a few weeks shy of celebrating 50 years of teaching at Ball State when he passed away March 26th, 2014. Seffrin announced he was donating the entire amount of his honorarium to the Dr. William Bock Memorial Scholarship fund. The Physiology and Health Science department would like to thank Seffrin for his generous donation to help our students pursue health education.
If you were unable to attend the McGovern Lecture, but would like to learn more about Dr. Seffrin, or view the McGovern Lecture video detailing the efforts of the American Cancer Society's fight against cancer, follow the links below.