April 26, 2004

American Cancer Society CEO to give free talk

by Paula M. Davenport

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- John R. Seffin, chief executive officer of the American Cancer Society, will deliver a free public lecture at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 27, at University Mall in Carbondale.

His talk, "Health Promotion and Prevention -- the Road We Must Take," will take place in the corporate offices of Southern Illinois Healthcare in the mall's east wing. Use parking lot K for easiest access to the south entrance.

Seffin is the Southern Illinois University Carbondale health education department's 2004 Robert D. Russell Scholar in health education. Russell, an internationally recognized health education leader, taught at the University for more than 30 years


Media Advisory

Reporters may interview Seffin from 5 to 5:30 p.m. in the SIH office at University Mall. Reporters also may attend his lecture, which should run about 30 to 45 minutes with question-and-answer session following. For more information, call Judy C. Drolet, professor of health education, at 618/453-2777.

Seffin, who heads the world's largest voluntary health organization devoted to fighting cancer, is credited with helping double the society's income in a quest to beef up cancer prevention and treatment programs.

He also serves as president of the International Union Against Cancer, based in Switzerland, which aims to strengthen cancer control and prevention initiatives globally.

A widely published author and academic, he is past president of the American School Health Association and belonged to the Association for the Advancement of Health Education's board of directors.

SIUC's Russell Scholars present cutting-edge research on trends and initiatives in health education and interact with members of the health education community from both on and off campus.

Seffin's visit is also supported by the SIUC health education and recreation department, Southern Illinois Healthcare and the Alpha Alpha chapter of Eta Sigma Gamma, an honorary society with a national focus on health education.

Providing leadership in research and scholarly activities is one of the platforms of Southern@150, a set of goals the University is working to attain by the time it reaches its 150th birthday in 2019.