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Omaha – Omaha – What follows are remarks delivered by Chancellor John Christensen during the 2012 Convocation on Sept.19 inside the University of Nebraska at Omaha Strauss Performing Arts Center in front of an audience of students, faculty, staff, alumni and the community.

Good morning and welcome to UNO’s annual State of the University address. Thank you for attending, and special thanks to guests who have joined us today.

With the academic year under way, I’m reminded of what a privilege it is to be part of the UNO family. The start of the fall semester and the anticipation and excitement of Welcome Week are special times in the life of a campus, perhaps only equaled by commencement. I hope you agree with me that working at the university is clearly the best job in the world. Welcome back to returning faculty, staff, and students, and a special Maverick welcome to all who are new to the campus.