February 19, 2020
An unexpected illness turned into a teaching moment for Professor of Economics and Business Administration and Norman P. Mortensen Chair of Economics David Miller ’61, H’20. Miller is usually the host for the Ruth A. Miller Senior Seminar, but the longest-tenured professor in the history of the College switched gears to be the guest speaker on Feb. 19. He talked to students about the value of education and the value of having a Plan B.
“Professor Miller also shared about the three pivotal moments in his life. All three of them had to do with education, which shows the importance that he puts on a good education. He talked about how he learned to teach by thinking of his three favorite and least favorite teachers and (how he) implemented or left out the things that they did.”—Brenna Parsley ’20
“Professor Miller is a great example of perseverance and hard work. He has shown us and countless others that success is not just handed to you, it is achieved through hard work and dedication. Professor Miller has shown us not to be afraid of challenges. Just do the best work you can, don’t be afraid to ask for help, and proceed (with) the course of action the best way that you can.”—Alyssa Vestal ’20
“We don’t know how much time we have on Earth but every second counts. That was what Professor Miller’s speech was all about. Every day we get 86,400 seconds; no more and no less, you can’t roll over the time, and you can’t keep it in your back pocket for a rainy day. It’s so important to embrace the life we have to make the most of it, to enjoy life and be passionate about what we chose to do with it. Life is too short to be unhappy. The most successful people are the ones who are happy and proud of what they have accomplished in life.”—Annmarie Moore ’20
“He encouraged us to find our passions and to find the success in what we do in life. He reminded us to approach life with enthusiasm and how our attitude changes everything. Professor Miller gave the entire class a lot to take with them as we go along on the journey that is life.”—Carrie Severt ’20
“The most important piece of advice Professor Miller expressed was the importance of telling the truth in any situation you may be in. The truth will always set you free and allow you to maintain a respectable reputation. I will use David Miller’s advice throughout my entire career, and I believe that his words of wisdom have shaped me into the student I am today.”—Robert Micsky ’20