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Dr. Kenneth Elzinga to speak in Centennial Speaker Series

September 22, 2005

Abilene Christian University's Centennial Speaker Series will feature University of Virginia economics professor Dr. Kenneth G. Elzinga Sept. 26-27. 

During his visit, Elzinga will be speaking in a Chapel assembly, to faculty and student leadership groups, in classes and at an evening lecture.  His Centennial lecture will be held in Hart Auditorium in the Onstead-Packer Biblical Studies Building Tuesday, Sept. 27 at 7:30 p.m. The lecture is free and open to the public. 

"Ken Elzinga practices faith and learning in practical ways.  He models his life as a teacher after Jesus Christ, demonstrating excellence in his scholarship and special care for students," said Dr. Monty Lynn, professor of management.  "It seems especially fitting to have Ken on campus this year during ACU's Centennial since he reminds of us of so many individuals who in our past embodied the best of Christian education, and he inspires us to build upon those worthy commitments as we look toward the future."

Elzinga will address the ACU student body with a presentation titled "I Saw Gooley Fly" during the daily Chapel assembly at 11 a.m. Mon, Sept. 26.  Following Chapel, he will speak on "The Classroom Lecture:  Chalk and Talk to the Video Generation" during a faculty development lunch.  At 4:15 p.m. he will be giving a short presentation about student leadership with LYNAY, a student organization focused on educating students on the essence of leadership through service and building community. 

On Tuesday, Elzinga will be lecturing at 9:30 a.m. to economics students and again at 11:45 a.m. to community business leaders, students and faculty with the topic "Microsoft and the Chicago School of Economics:  Is Antitrust Obsolete?" 

Elzinga will give his Centennial Speaker Series lecture entitled "Christian Higher Education Versus Christians in Higher Education" at 7:30 p.m. in Hart Auditorium.

"He is a careful thinker and engaging speaker—his thoughts will challenge and inspire," Lynn said.  "In his Centennial address, Ken will explore the contributions Christians can make in universities with a Christian mission like ACU and in public institutions like the University of Virginia."

Elzinga is a professor of economics at the University of Virginia, where he has taught since 1967. He earned his Ph. D. from Michigan State University.  He was the first recipient of the Cavaliers' Distinguished Teaching Professorship at the university, a recipient of the Alumni Association's Distinguished Professor Award, the Commonwealth of Virginia's Outstanding Faculty Award, as well as awards in education from the Kenan and Templeton foundations.  In 1992, he received the Thomas Jefferson Award – the highest honor given to University of Virginia faculty.  In 2002, Elzinga was awarded the Robert C. Taylor Chair in Economics at the University of Virginia. 

Each fall, Elzinga's introductory economics course attracts over 1,000 students and is the largest class offered at the University of Virginia.  His smaller Antitrust Policy seminar, which is taught using the Socratic method, often has a waiting list of two years.

Elzinga's major research interest is antitrust economics, especially pricing strategy and market delineation.  The author of more than 70 academic publications, he also is known for three mystery novels (co-authored with William Breit) where the protagonist employs economic analysis to solve the crime.  Their second novel, The Fatal Equilibrium, is used in college classes across the country to illustrate introductory economic principles.  A former Fellow in Law and Economics at the University of Chicago and a Thomas Jefferson Visiting Scholar at Cambridge University, Mr. Elzinga also is a past president of the Southern Economic Association, a member of Mystery Writers of America and serves on the national Board of Directors of Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship.          

ACU, a national leader in Christian higher education with 4,700 students from around the world, was founded Sept. 11, 1906. The university is celebrating its Centennial year from Aug. 22, 2005 to Sept. 11, 2006 with the theme "Called to Faith and Excellence."

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