"If you were going to die tomorrow, what would you talk about tonight?"
That was the prompt given to the winner of the annual Chiron Award for their award lecture. The Chiron Award is given each year to a professor nominated by their students in recognition of their character and service to the undergraduate population. The question was inspired by a lecture given by Randy Pausch, a professor at Carnegie-Mellon, who had been diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer and died shortly thereafter.
Lawton Ives is one of the students who was in charge of handing out the award.
“In honor of Pausch’s last lecture, this lecture series was started at UNC 10 years ago,” Ives said. “Every year, we ask for nominations from the student body of any educator who has made a difference for them and who they think have wisdom to share with everyone.”
This year’s Chiron Award winner is Matthew Andrews, a professor in the Department of History as well as the undergraduate advisor for the department. Andrews teaches a number of history courses but is most well-known for his classes exploring the world of sports.