Motivational speaker to discuss ethical living, R-rated theme

A motivational speaker will be speaking on living a compelling and ethical life today during the Martin Delta Gamma Memorial Lecture in Values and Ethics, a faculty member said.Natasha Chapman, associate director of the TCU Leadership Center, said the lecture is an endowed biennial event that bring speakers from disparate fields to speak on campus.

This year’s speaker Jim Jacobus, president of Champion Education Resources, will be relating his talk to TCU’s theme semester, “Rights, Respect and Responsibilities,” Chapman said.

Chapman said the lectureship was established at TCU in October 2001 by Joelle Martin, a TCU alumna, after her grandfather Paul Martin decided to endow it with $50,000. It was done in honor of her late grandmother Dorothy Garrett Martin, a Delta Gamma member. Currently, the lectureship is funded by Delta Gamma at TCU, Chapman said.

“It is really to bring compelling speakers to campus who can talk on values and ethics,” she said. “We are hoping that students will leave here with the tools needed to be responsible citizens in their community and I think a large part of that of course is to assess personal values and what it means to be an ethical leader.”

Cindy Walsh, assistant dean of Student Development Services, said the leadership center works with Delta Gamma in hosting the lectureship since they are tied together on the common grounds of ethics.

Walsh said it is always beneficial for students to have the opportunity to get involved in dialogue and explore their values and ethics in curricular activities.

James Parker, assistant dean of Campus Life, said Fraternity and Sorority Life has been supporting the lectureship ever since it was first endowed by the Martin family and Delta Gamma.

Parker said he thinks Jacobus has a compelling insight that students can utilize not just at TCU, but even when they enter the real world.