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2007.04.12 > For Immediate Release
contact: Tim Kaldahl - University Affairs
phone: 402.554.3502 - email: tkaldahl@mail.unomaha.edu

Saudi Officials to Celebrate Formation of UNO Saudi Social Club

Omaha - Two officials from the Saudi Cultural Mission in Washington, D.C., will visit the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) Thursday, April 19, to celebrate the formation of a new Saudi Social Club on campus.

“This will be a special day for our students from Saudi Arabia and the entire campus,” said John Christensen, UNO interim chancellor.  “This helps all of us to underscore the importance of international education exchanges between nations.”

The two officials, Mayzed al Mayzed, the mission’s cultural attaché, and Musaid Assaf, director of cultural and social affairs, will attend a morning-long set of events that will include a reading from the Koran, presentations from some of UNO’s Saudi students and short speeches from campus officials.  The official visit begins at 9 a.m. in 102 Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building.  Mayzed and Assaf will also briefly tour campus.  UNO has more than 100 Saudi Arabian students.

“UNO is a well-known and highly regarded destination for Saudi students,” said Tom Gouttierre, dean of International Studies for UNO and the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC).  “Having these officials here to mark the start of this new club demonstrates the commitment of the Saudi Cultural and Education Mission to its students and the collaborative relationship between it and UNO.”

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