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Scholar-Athlete to Deliver ‘First Lecture’ on Feb. 27

February 07, 2018
A scholar-athlete who plays on the men’s hockey team has been selected to deliver Merrimack’s ninth annual First Lecture, a unique opportunity for gifted students to share their deepest passions, beliefs, hopes and dreams in a big-stage setting.

Alfred Larsson ’18, a senior mechanical engineering major from Sweden and a forward for the Merrimack icers, was chosen for the honor after a competitive selection process held on campus last month. He’ll deliver his address on Tuesday, Feb. 27, at 7 p.m. in the Rogers Center for the Arts.

“I am humbled and honored to have been selected to tell my story,” Larsson said.“There were many great candidates who could have been selected. I think I have an interesting story to tell, and I am hoping everyone can relate to my talk and leave the lecture feeling more enlightened.”

The First Lecture is modeled after the Last Lecture, an event held on college campuses across the country in which faculty members deliver a lecture as though it were their last.

Though the topic of Last Lectures typically remain a secret until the moment they are delivered, Larsson gave a few clues about the themes he plans to touch upon.

“It will involve my experiences and what I have learned through my years at Merrimack,” he said. “This will hopefully motivate first-year students, give a good reflection on the past four years for seniors and offer takeaway messages for everyone that they can keep with them for the rest of their lives.”

Larsson has been awarded Hockey East top scholar-athlete honors three years in a row. When not competing on the ice, he has served as a peer tutor, president of the Merrimack chapter of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.

Larsson said he one day plans to pursue his passion for engineering by designing and developing “simple and elegant products that will change people’s lives in the developing world.” But for now, he is pursuing more traditional job opportunities, has applied to graduate schools and is weighing a career in professional hockey.

The First Lecture is sponsored by Merrimack Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa, the Merrimack honors program, the Division of Mission and Ministry and the First Lecture Interview Board.

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