February 1, 2007

Purdue announces ticket availability for Colin Powell speech

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Tickets for retired Gen. Colin L. Powell's upcoming talk at Purdue University will be available to Purdue students on Monday (Feb. 5) and to the general public on Tuesday (Feb. 6) at the Elliott Hall of Music box office.

The box office will open at 10 a.m. and tickets will be distributed on a first-come basis. There is a limit of two tickets for each person.

Powell, who is the former secretary of state for President George W. Bush, will speak at 8 p.m. Feb. 22 in Stewart Center's Loeb Playhouse. Additional seating will be in the Purdue Memorial Union South Ballroom, with a live broadcast of his talk being shown on a large screen. His talk, "Diplomacy: Persuasion, Trust and Values," is part of the Purdue College of Engineering's celebration of National Engineers Week, which takes place Feb. 19-24.

Powell was born in New York City in 1937. The son of Jamaican immigrants, he grew up in the South Bronx. He was educated in the New York City public schools and at City College of New York. He participated in the college's ROTC program and received a commission as an Army second lieutenant upon graduation. He subsequently received a master's degree in business administration from George Washington University.

Powell served two tours of duty in Vietnam and as a battalion commander in Korea, and he was promoted to general in 1989. He served as the 12th chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from 1989-93 under presidents Bill Clinton and George H. W. Bush.

Last year, Purdue's College of Engineering brought Madeleine Albright, former secretary of state during the Clinton administration, to campus during National Engineers Week.

Other programs planned during National Engineers Week at Purdue include the announcement of the 2007 Distinguished Engineering Alumni on Feb. 23 and the Regional Rube Goldberg Machine Contest on Feb. 24.

Writer: Cynthia Sequin, (765) 494-4192, csequin@purdue.edu

Source: Leah Jamieson, (765) 494-5346, lhj@purdue.edu

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096; purduenews@purdue.edu

Note to Journalists: Seats will be reserved for journalists wishing to cover the event. Please contact Cynthia Sequin, Purdue News Service, (765) 494-4192, csequin@purdue.edu, for more information.

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