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Tickets still available for Colin L. Powell lecture

Powell to receive Doctor of Public Service, honoris causa, during Sept. 19 visit

Chicago (Aug. 27, 2007) – Tickets are on sale now to see General Colin L. Powell, USA (Ret.) at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19, as the second speaker in the highly successful SXU Voices & Visions Speaker Series at Saint Xavier University in Chicago.

The event takes place in the Shannon Center on Saint Xavier’s Chicago campus at 3700 W. 103rd St. 

Prior to Powell’s lecture, titled “Diplomacy:  Persuasion, Trust & Values,” SXU President Judith A. Dwyer, Ph.D., will present him with a Doctor of Public Service, honoris causa, in recognition of his long and distinguished career of public service. 
Earlier in the day, Powell will conduct a special classroom discussion with Saint Xavier students.   

“With more than 1,100 tickets already sold, we are anticipating our most exciting event yet,” said Robert Tenczar, vice president for university relations at Saint Xavier. “We are delighted that Colin Powell has agreed to continue our tradition of bringing respected public leaders to the Chicago area.”   

Powell became the 65th Secretary of State on January 20, 2001, serving under President George W. Bush. He previously served as a key aide to the secretary of defense and as national security advisor to President Ronald Reagan. He served 35 years in the U.S. Army, rising to the rank of four-star general and serving as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from 1989 to 1993. During this time he oversaw 28 crises, including the Panama intervention of 1989 and Operation Desert Storm in the 1991 Persian Gulf War.

The event is co-sponsored by the Office of University Relations and the Student Activities Board. General admission tickets are $15 each and are available by visiting www.sxu.edu/voices/ or calling (866) 468-3401. For more information about the event, please call (773) 298-3311 or e-mail specialevents@sxu.edu. 


Reporters interested in covering Powell’s lecture or taking advantage of a special media opportunity the day of the lecture should contact Joe Moore at (773) 298-3937 or (cell) (773) 203-6671. The opportunity will take place at 5:30 p.m. the day of the lecture, location to be determined. Journalists are also welcome to attend the lecture that evening. A mult box will be provided to capture audio for the first part of the lecture. 


Founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1846, Saint Xavier University was the first Mercy college in the United States and is Chicago’s oldest Catholic university. Serving more than 5,600 students at its campuses in Chicago, Orland Park and its Loop location, the University offers 35 undergraduate majors; more than 40 graduate program options in arts and sciences, business, education and nursing; and a variety of program options in continuing and professional studies. Recognizing Saint Xavier’s excellence in education, U.S. News and World Report has ranked SXU consistently among the Best Colleges in the Midwest.

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