Homecoming Speakers

Sixth Annual Homecoming Alumni Speaker

Larry Mackey '73

“Here Comes our Pigeon”

Saturday, November 2, 10:00 a.m., Eykamp 252 of Ridgway University Center

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Each year the UE Alumni Association features an alum with an interesting story to tell as part of the Homecoming Alumni Speaker Series. This year Larry Mackey, member of the Oklahoma City bombing prosecution team, trial attorney and partner at Barnes & Thornburg LLP in Indianapolis, will share his experiences. Hear Larry Mackey speak on Saturday, November 2 at 10:00 a.m. in room 252 of Eykamp Hall in Ridgway University Center.

Learn more about Larry below...

Career Highlights: My legal career has been devoted almost entirely to the practice of federal criminal law; both as a prosecutor and defense lawyer. It is in criminal courtrooms where you find high stakes risks and rewards; despair and exhilaration, disappointment and hope, injury and healing and tears and laughter. No single moment however was more personally satisfying than when I, with the other members of the Oklahoma City bombing prosecution team, walked out of the Denver courthouse immediately after the jury’s conviction of Tim McVeigh in 1997 to throngs of citizens, blaring car horns, and heartfelt applause.

Favorite UE Memory: In the late 60’s and early 70’s there was no better place to be than on a college campus. The entire country was in the throes of the civil rights movement and the Viet Nam war controversy; but the debates were especially intense among its young people on college campuses. UE was every bit as aware, engaged, and vibrant as Chicago and Berkeley. UE was a fabulous spot from which to experience our country’s transformation.

On being the featured alumni speaker: The title of my comments is “Here Comes Our Pigeon”. I decided that I want to use part of my remarks to honor my departed friend David Jackson. I met David at UE in Professor Tonso’s Sociology class my first semester at UE. David had cerebral palsey, could not walk or talk, but always brightened my spirits. I brought David to and from his west side home for all of his classes. Our challenge was to get him up and down the stairs for classes often held in buildings without elevators. So I would position David’s wheelchair outside the door and wait for some young strong male student to approach to be my wing man. When I spotted him, I would tell David “here comes our pigeon.” No one ever turned us down. Every nominee accepted and by the time we gently placed David and wheelchair back on the ground, our helper was yet another member of the David Jackson fan club.

Dr. Guy Banta Distinguished Lecture Series for Natural Sciences and Math

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Dr. Josh Fessel ‘99

“Bench to Bedside: Medical Research in the 21st Century”

Friday, November 1, at 2:30 p.m. in Vectren Lecture Hall,Koch Center 100

Josh Fessel is a 1999 graduate of UE. He holds an MD and PhD from Vanderbilt University, where he is currently an assistant professor in the departments of medicine and pharmacology. He divides his time between taking care of patients and conducting research.

Thomas C. Fiddick Memorial Lecture

Olivia Remie Constable

“Islam in Spain between the Middle Ages and the Early Modern Period”

Friday, November 1, at 7:00 p.m. in Eykamp Hall 251, Ridgway University Center

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