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Good morning and welcome to UNO's 2009 Fall Convocation. My sincere thanks to all attending today; and please know it is a privilege to stand before you as Chancellor of this great university and share this annual progress update.

By any standard of measurement, 2009, UNO's Centennial, was an extraordinary year for our campus. It began with the Fall Convocation, and the announcement that Senator Chuck Hagel, a UNO alum, would be locating his Congressional Archives in the Criss Library. This was followed by the dedication of the newly renovated home for the College of Public Affairs and Community Service, groundbreaking for the Health Physical Education and Recreation Building renovation and expansion, the grand opening of our newest housing complex, Maverick Village, and the adjacent parking structure, and the Alumni Association's Homecoming Extravaganza. Not bad for the first week of celebration .....