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For Those Who Believed in You--Reach Farther

Sept. 19, 2007

Athletics--check. Ronan Tynan has won 18 gold medals and set 14 world records. Medicine--check. To be exact, he is a physician specializing in orthopedic sports injuries. Performing arts--check. From winning the International Operatic Singing Competition, to performing as one of the Irish Tenors, to cutting a gold record, Tynan is accomplished in this arena too. And then there's the memoir, so he's a published author as well.

What hasn't Ronan Tynan done? The list is short. Speaking at Baylor will be added to his list on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2007. Tynan will speak--and sing--in his upcoming presentation hosted by Baylor University Libraries at the sixth annual Ferguson-Clark Author Lecture Series at 7 p.m. in Waco Hall.

Tynan's memoir, Halfway Home: My Life 'til Now, is a story of reaching farther in the name of his supporters and of persevering to attain his ambitious goals. Neither a congenital lower limb disability nor having his legs amputated below the knees following a car accident could stop this Irishman from achieving his dreams. Rather, he competed and won in equestrian and track and field events in the Paralympics; then he became a physician. However, singing had always been a love of Tynan's, and after less than one year of voice lessons, he was winning vocal competitions. A former member of The Irish Tenors, he released in 1998 his first solo album, My Life Belongs to You, which was certified gold. His self-titled album Ronan was the eighth best-selling classical crossover album of 2005. Tynan has performed at solemn occasions such as President Ronald Reagan's funeral and memorial benefits for the New York Police Department and New York Fire Department after 9/11, as well as for joyous events like the Belmont Stakes and for New York Yankee baseball games.

"Tynan could be any one of us and all of us might handle his situation differently. To overcome a disability and not let it cloud or muddy his life--it's a great insight for all of us, the way he faced the challenges life put before him," John Wilson, director of development for Baylor Libraries, said. "I think his story has great appeal not only to our students and faculty but also to the general public. We believe there's something here for everyone."

Proceeds from the lecture will benefit a technology-enhanced learning space on the garden level of the Moody Memorial Library. This facility will go beyond the limitations of a standard classroom by providing a learning environment that promotes both technological and traditional teaching strategies.

Lecture sponsors include Collen Clark, Babs Baugh, ARAMARK Higher Education, Central National Bank, KWBU-FM and the Waco Tribune-Herald at the Emerald level; and at the Gold level, D. M. Edwards/Edwards Investments, Ted and Sue Getterman, John and Martha Minton, Pat and Vicki Wardlaw, Baylor University Bookstore and the Baylor University Department of Journalism.

Tickets are on sale now. Patrons, for $50, will have reserved seating and be invited to attend the reception and book signing after the lecture. General admission is $15, Baylor faculty and staff tickets are $10 and student tickets are $5. Purchase tickets online at www.baylor.edu/libraryauthorseries or by calling (254) 710-7249.

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