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2009.05.05 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@unomaha.edu

Critchlow to Speak at School of Communication Graduation Breakfast May 8

Omaha - Paul Critchlow, vice president of Public Markets for Bank of America Merrill Lynch, is the keynote speaker at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) School of Communication second annual graduation breakfast Friday, May 8.

The breakfast will be held from 8 to 10 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom.

Critchlow graduated from UNO in 1971 with a bachelor's degree in journalism. He earned a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University a year later. A 24-year veteran of Merrill Lynch, Critchlow spent 15 of those years as head of Communications and Public Affairs. An experienced crisis manager,Critchlow helped direct the company’s response to the 1987 stock market crash and the terrorists’ attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.

Before resuming his education at UNO, Critchlow earned a Bronze Star and Purple Heart during his Army tour of duty during the Vietnam War. After graduation, Critchlow worked as a political reporter for The Philadelphia Inquirer and as an aide to the Governor of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Hugh Cowdin, professor and chair emeritus for the School of Communication, will receive the second Director’s Award at the event.

To make a reservation for Friday, contact Karen Weber at (402) 554-2246 or kweber@unomaha.edu Tickets cost $5. Graduates from the School of Communication can attend for free.

The breakfast is sponsored by the UNO chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) and its student public relations firm, Maverick Solutions.

The School of Communication is the 2009 recipient of one of the University of Nebraska’s most prestigious honors, the University-wide Departmental Teaching Award (UDTA).

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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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