"My Last Words" – David S. Sims - Ho-ka Hey! Photos by Cindy Davis Meixel.
Photos by Cindy Davis Meixel.
The David London My Last Words lecture series asks faculty members to address students as if they had one last opportunity to impart wisdom and life lessons. Students nominate faculty for the honor. In October, David S. Sims, associate professor of English composition, brought his unique, energetic style to the Klump Academic Center with a program titled "Ho-ka Hey!" He shared the stage with a sunflower from his garden, reflecting on the power of a plant’s seeds to spread and germinate. Sims played guitar and harmonica and sang; he even swept the stage as he concluded his lively presentation.
David Sims takes the stage in Klump Academic Center Auditorium. Near the end of his talk, he shared the deep life meaning behind the words, “Ho-ka Hey!”
Sims shares wisdom and life lessons as if it was his last opportunity to address students.
The professor keeps his audience spellbound with a stunningly creative blend of storytelling.
A photograph of Sims himself and a small bird are among the evening’s compelling visual images.
Sims brought along a sunflower from home because “he didn’t want to be alone up here.”
In addition to personal life stories, Sims shares a photo of himself as a young boy sitting with his grandfather.
The fragility and impermanence of life are among some of the talk’s topics.
The professor concludes his gig by singing a song and playing guitar and harmonica.
Sweeping up the stage, Sims delights his audience right to the end.