Maria Sirois

Hartwick Welcomes Maria Sirois ’82 for Rude Memorial Lecture

January 7, 2013

Maria Sirois '82 Psy.D. will be the guest lecturer for the 2013 Leslie Rude Memorial Lecture to be held at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, February 22 in the Anderson Center for the Arts Theatre on the Hartwick College campus. Her presentation, "The Authentic Voice, The Authentic Life," is free and open to members of the public, who are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Sirois is an inspirational speaker, licensed psychologist, author and consultant who has worked at the intersection of positive psychology, spirituality, health, and wellness for more than 20 years. She trained at the New England Deaconness Mind/Body Institute and began her clinical career in the pediatric oncology unit at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. Her first book, Every Day Counts:  Lessons in Love, Faith and Resilience From Children Facing Illness was published in 2006. She currently teaches around the continent on topics that enable us to thrive even in the presence of stress or loss, and has been called a "true teacher" and an "orator of great power and beauty."

"There is no greater gift than to be able to return a favor to someone or to a place that has changed your life for the better," said Sirois. "When I entered Hartwick at [the age of] 17, I thought I was going to college. Only a few years later I came to understand that I was being shown how to be alive in the world, how to move toward what I love, and that there are amazing people from every part of this country and beyond who seek learning, laughter, and a chance to play full-on in the game of life."

Sirois graduated from Hartwick in 1982. She majored in Political Science, played Field Hockey, was a John Christopher Hartwick Scholar and was honored to be one of the first young graduates to serve on the Board of Trustees.

Leslie Rude was an outstanding Hartwick College faculty member and administrator. Following his death in 1998, Professor Emeritus Norma Hutman and Marion Rude established the Leslie G. Rude Memorial Lecture Series to reflect his passionate interest in political science and public speaking and his commitment to public life.

The purpose of the Leslie G. Rude Memorial Lecture is to bring a prominent speaker with political expertise to the Hartwick campus each year, to share ideas with students, faculty, and community members about issues pertinent to the current political climate.

To learn more about Sirois, visit

For additional information about this event, contact Patricia Dopazo, director of planned giving, at 607-431-4020 or at

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