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Video Alert! Watch WGN newsman Tom Negovan discuss being embedded with U.S. troops in Afghanistan

Student Veterans Association presents Negovan with SXU challenge coin



Chicago (Feb. 18, 2010) WGN-TV news anchor/reporter Tom Negovan discussed his experiences while embedded with United States troops in Afghanistan as part of Saint Xavier University's Squeaky Weal lecture series on Feb. 11, 2010.

Negovan spent time with Illinois National Guard troops in Afghanistan and reported on their lives, their patriotism and their sacrifices in the name of duty and freedom. His presentation, "Assignment Afghanistan: A Chicago Reporter's Journey to War and What He Learned There," kicked off the 2010 Squeaky Weal Lectures Series. Negovan focused on the difficulty of the soldiers' dual mission of befriending the local population and discovering and defeating Al-Qaeda and Taliban operatives.

The University and its Student Veterans Association presented Negovan with a University challenge coin, an American tradition meant in this instance to signal support for a strong commitment to veterans among the nations higher education community.

Saint Xavier University participates in the Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program, in which institutions of higher learning universities can enter into an agreement with U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to fund tuition expenses that exceed the highest public in-state undergraduate tuition rate for both Undergraduate and Graduate programs.

More information on the Yellow Ribbon Program at Saint Xavier University is available online or by contacting (877) 302-VETS or vets@sxu.edu.

The Squeaky Weal Lecture Series, sponsored by Saint Xaviers Center for Religion and Public Discourse, provides occasions for thoughtful consideration of issues of public concern, with a focus on religious, moral, and/or ethical implications for the common good. More information is available online or by contacting the Center for Religion and Public Discourse at (773) 298-3981 or mareska@sxu.edu.

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Jay Foot, Executive Director of Media Relations	
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