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Great Minds, Great Ideas Lecture Series to Feature Presentation on Jim Valvano

Oct. 8 Lecture at The Manlius Library will cover the life of the man known for his “don’t give up … don’t ever give up” speech
Cazenovia, N.Y.  – (September 26, 2013) — The 10th season of Cazenovia College’s Great Minds, Great Ideas  Lecture Series continues on Tuesday, Oct. 8 at The Manlius Library (1 Arkie Albanese Ave.) when Dr. Michelle Brimecombe, assistant professor and sport management director at Cazenovia College, discusses the life of Jim Valvano – a former college basketball coach who, although lost his battle with cancer, has reminded many of us across the nation to always push forward no matter what and to “never give up.”

“Jim Valvano - Don’t Ever Give Up!”
presented by Dr. Michelle Brimecombe, assistant professor and sport management director
The Manlius Library, 1 Arkie Albanese Ave.
Tuesday, October 8, 2013 at 7 p.m.

Jim Valvano has been known for his determination, motivation and spirit during his life. More than a simple college basketball coach, Valvano often reminded individuals not to give up on dreams. His most famous words “don’t give up…don’t ever give up” ring true to the hearts of millions of people. Although Valvano lost his battle with cancer, he reminds those in and out of sport to always push forward no matter what.

Dr. Michelle Brimecombe is an assistant professor and sport management director at Cazenovia College. She teaches and advises within the Management Division in a variety of sport related courses. Her specialty area is the organizational behavior within sport. A native of the state of Maine, Dr. Brimecombe earned her doctorate in Sport Management from Florida State University.

The 2013-14 Great Minds, Great Ideas Lecture Series, which presents two lectures in the fall – September and October – and two lectures in the spring – March and April – features noted Cazenovia College faculty members, stepping off campus and going out into the Cazenovia and Manlius communities. Each presenter will discuss the lives and work of important thinkers who opened doors of opportunity for the human spirit.

The 2013-2014 Lecture Series is sponsored by Doris Eversfield Webster, Cazenovia resident and Cazenovia College alumna from the class of 1946.

For more information on the schedule or about each lecture held in Cazenovia and Manlius, visit  You may also contact John Livermore, assistant professor, mathematics at Cazenovia College and project director of the Great Minds, Great Ideas Faculty Library Lecture Series at 315-655-7232.

Cazenovia College, founded in 1824, is an independent, co-educational, baccalaureate college near Syracuse, N.Y., offering a comprehensive liberal arts education in an exceptional community environment, with academic and co-curricular programs devoted to developing leaders in their professional fields.  Cazenovia, named one of "America’s Best Colleges" by U.S. News & World Report, is also a national College of Distinction.  For more information, visit