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April 2, 2001

FREE TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR SMU COMMUNITY TO SEE FORMER PRESIDENT BUSH RECEIVE THE TOWER MEDAL OF FREEDOM

DALLAS (SMU) -- About 1,500 free tickets are available to Southern Methodist University faculty, staff and students who wish to see former President George H.W. Bush receive the Medal of Freedom from SMU’s John Goodwin Tower Center for Political Studies at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 24, in McFarlin Auditorium.

“Former President Bush is a hero to many in the city of Dallas, and we are expecting a capacity audience at the medal presentation ceremony. Our desire is to make this occasion available to as many members of the community as possible, with priority given to the SMU family,” said Jeanne P. Whitman, vice president for Development and External Affairs. “It was equally important to us that this opportunity be offered at no charge.”

After receiving the Tower Medal of Freedom from SMU President R. Gerald Turner, Bush will deliver a 30-minute address titled “The Challenges of Building a New American Century.” The Tower Medal of Freedom recognizes individuals who have contributed to the advancement of democratic ideals and to the security, prosperity and welfare of humanity. U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell received the first Tower Medal of Freedom in 1997, followed by former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in 1999.

From April 3 to April 17, tickets will be available for SMU faculty, staff and students on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets may be claimed at the Mane Desk in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center with a valid SMU ID. Only one ticket per person will be given. All remaining tickets will be released to the general public on April 18.

For more information about the Medal of Freedom event, call 214-768-2610.


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