2009.03.05 > For Immediate Release
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Hagel Accepts UNO Visiting Professorship
Omaha - Former U.S. Sen. Chuck Hagel has accepted a special appointment to the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s (UNO) College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS) as a UNO Distinguished Centennial Visiting Professor. CPACS Dean B.J. Reed said Hagel will be on campus periodically to guest lecture, participate in forums and seminars and meet with faculty and students.
“This is extremely exciting for our college and for all of UNO,” Reed said. “The senator has been a great friend and has always been a proud part of our campus community.”
Hagel earned a bachelor of general studies degree from UNO in 1971. He was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1996 and re-elected in 2002 by the largest plurality in the state’s history. Last October, UNO announced that Hagel’s legislative papers will be permanently housed at the university’s Criss Library. The collection includes his legislative, committees, and constituent files, speeches, memos, letters, photos, memorabilia and all correspondence and work done in Hagel’s office during his 12 years in the U.S. Senate.
“Our students will benefit tremendously from his presence,” said UNO Chancellor John Christensen. “His 12 years in the Senate covered so many issues – from the impeachment of a president to Sept. 11 to the ongoing economic problems the country faces today.”
“I’m honored to have an opportunity to stay connected to UNO and Nebraska through this appointment,” Hagel said. “I look forward to my visits to UNO and helping this excellent institution in every way I can.”
As a Distinguished Centennial Visiting Professor, Hagel will share his experience and expertise with students, faculty, staff, alumni and others in class lectures, seminars, workshops and informal settings. Staff at the library will also work closely with Hagel about the development of the Hagel Archives collection.
UNO is celebrating its 100th anniversary. The celebration recognizes 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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