Lucinda Rice-Petrie couldn’t believe what had just happened. As a Mizzou freshman in 1964, she attended a lecture by journalist Sander Vanocur, raised her hand during the Q-and-A and got an answer to her question. “This place is amazing,” she thought.

Fast forward 27 years. It’s 1992, and Rice-Petrie, BS Ed ’68, MA ’69, as international director of alumnae programming for Delta Gamma Fraternity, attends a convention where a donor pledges to match $50,000 raised by any chapter to start a campus lecture series. Rice-Petrie, recalling her seminal moment at Mizzou, resolves to start a program here. By 1996, she finds the $50,000 through Mizzou Advancement and partners with the Office of Campus Activities in Student Affairs to plan the first Delta Gamma Foundation Lectureship in Values and Ethics, which happens in 1999.

Rice-Petrie’s efforts — 25 lectures to date — not only have helped bring to campus the likes of primatologist Jane Goodall and fashion icon Tim Gunn but also increase the lecture series’ endowment to more than $500,000. “The speakers have broadened my perspective of what human beings who do the right thing can accomplish,” she says.

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