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2009.03.25 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@unomaha.edu

UNO Student Group to Host Saudi Arabian Carnival in Lincoln

Omaha - The Saudi Student Associations at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) will cohost a carnival to showcase the unique culture of Saudi Arabia April 3-4 in Lincoln.

The interactive event, which is free and open to the public, kicks off at 10 a.m. Friday, April 3, in Kauffman Hall on the UNL campus (630 N. 14th St., Lincoln). Each section of the carnival will represent a different region in Saudi Arabia.

Attendees will have the chance to win prizes, meet Saudi students and learn about Saudi Arabia through a variety of activities focusing on different aspects of life in Saudi Arabia, including culture, history, people, education, industry, music, life, geography, religion, politics and more. Guests will also be invited to taste traditional Saudi Arabian dishes.

The carnival runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, April 3, and Saturday, April 4, on the UNL campus. After its two-day run in Lincoln, the exhibition will travel to more than 30 college campuses around the U.S.

At 10 a.m. Friday, April 3, UNL Chancellor Harvey Pearlman, Lincoln Mayor Chris Beutler and Saudi Cultural Attaché from Washington D.C., Dr. Mohammed Aleasa, will officially open the two-day event.

“Preparation for the carnival started more than one year ago,” said Khalid Alamri, president of the Omaha Saudi Student Association at UNO and founder of the carnival. “The Saudi Cultural Mission and the Saudi Embassy supported the idea from the beginning. In addition, many Saudi students active in outreach work around the United States also became involved during the early days of planning. Cultural items, gifts and artifacts from across Saudi Arabia were purchased and shipped to the United States, all in an effort to show the diversity and the richness of our culture.”

Dr. Mody Alkhalaf of the Saudi Cultural Mission added: “Education is an important objective for Saudi Arabia, which is why the government established a scholarship program and sent thousands of Saudi Students to the United States to get educated and return back to Saudi with the experience needed to help in the development of the country. By supporting this carnival, we hope to empower the Saudi students around the United States to become more actively involved on their campuses. It is our firm belief that education and cultural awareness among people is the best way for working together for peace.”

“The carnival will travel to many campuses around the United States and will help foster the building of bridges between cultures and encourage greater understanding between the people of both nations,” said Ibrahim Aldaghrir, president of Saudi Student Association at UNL.

For more information, contact Khalid Alamri (UNO) at (402) 753-7004; or Ibrahim Aldaghrir (UNL) at (402) 617-1111.

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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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