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2009.03.30 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@unomaha.edu

Hagel to Join Leadership Society, Will Speak to UNO Students April 7

Omaha - Former U.S. Sen. Chuck Hagel will speak with students at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) Tuesday, April 7.

At 10 a.m. in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service Building’s Collaborating Commons, Hagel’s student forum will focus on public service and the role it plays among citizens and college students.

The forum will end with a question-and-answer session for attendees. The public is invited to attend this free event.

Following the forum, at 11:30 a.m., Hagel will be inducted into the UNO circle of Omicron Delta Kappa during a luncheon at the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom.

Omicron Delta Kappa is a national leadership honor society.

Earlier this year, Hagel received a special appointment to UNO’s College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS) as a 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.

Hagel earned a bachelor of general studies degree from UNO in 1971. He was elected to the U.S. Senate for the first time in 1996 and re-elected in 2002 by the largest plurality in the history of Nebraska, 83 percent. He chose not to run for a third term in 2008.

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.

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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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