2008.05.13 > For Immediate Release
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University’s new lecture series honors former Congressman Peter J. Hoagland
Omaha - A new fund created in memory of Nebraska Congressman Peter J. Hoagland will bring high profile political speakers to both the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) and University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL), the first being Ted Sorensen, one of President John F. Kennedy’s advisors.
Hoagland’s friend and former Chief of Staff, Jim Crounse, made a gift to the University of Nebraska Foundation to create the Peter J. Hoagland Integrity in Public Service Lecture Series. The series, which will be open to the public, features speakers who will articulate the kind of values Hoagland personified.
Lectures will occur annually and will alternate between the UNO and UNL campuses. The first lecture is planned for Nov. 19, 2008, at UNO and will feature Sorensen, a University of Nebraska graduate and former advisor to President John F. Kennedy.
“This series will feature speakers and topics that are relevant to our college, as well as to University students as a whole,” said Sarah Woods, assistant dean of the College of Public Affairs and Community Service at UNO. “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to honor Congressman Hoagland.”
Hoagland, an Omaha native, graduated from Stanford University in 1963 and from Yale Law School in 1968. He served as a Nebraska state senator before winning a U.S. House of Representatives seat in 1988. He served three terms before losing by less than one percent of the vote to John Christensen in 1994.
Prior to being elected to the Nebraska Legislature in 1978, Hoagland worked with Nebraska Common Cause to write and pass into law the Nebraska Open Meetings Law. In addition, he helped to create the Political Accountability and Disclosure Committee, which regulates political activity in Nebraska.
While in the state legislature, Hoagland was known for his work on legislation supporting environmental causes and on issues affecting financial service companies in his home district which included Omaha and the surrounding area. During his time in Congress, Hoagland was known as a student of the issues and for his bipartisan approach to legislation. He was placed on the Ways and Means Committee out of respect for his legislative ability. He passed away Oct. 30, 2007, at the age of 65 from complications of Parkinson’s disease.
"Peter Hoagland served our state and our nation with integrity,” Crounse said. “And he worked in a bipartisan way to promote a better understanding of issues and solutions. This lecture series honors him for bringing those traits to public office, and we hope it will inspire young Nebraskans to follow in his footsteps."
The University of Nebraska Foundation is a private, nonprofit corporation that has raised private gifts to support the University of Nebraska for 72 years. Last year, almost $90 million was provided for students, faculty, academic programs, research and campus and building improvements. More information is available at www.nufoundation.org.
UNO will celebrate its 100th anniversary beginning October 8, 2008. This celebration will recognize the partnership among the City of Omaha, its citizens and UNO to build a vibrant and dynamic community. The centennial theme is “UNO: Central To Our City Since 1908.” This theme acknowledges the past contributions of UNO to the community and sets the stage for great things to come.
UNO, inaugurated in 1968, emerged from the Municipal University of Omaha, established in 1931, which grew out of the University of Omaha founded in 1908. For Centennial information, go to http://www.unomaha.edu/100/.
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