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September 9, 2005
Contact: Todd Cohen, University Relations, (785) 864-8858, or Ingrid Campbell, U.S. District Court, (913) 551-6542

KU Dole Institute to host naturalization cermony for 150 new citizens Sept. 16

LAWRENCE - One hundred fifty people from 53 different nations will take an oath to become American citizens in a ceremony on Sept.16 at the Dole Institute of Politics on the University of Kansas campus.

U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., is scheduled to speak at the 2 p.m. ceremony. Chief Judge John W. Lungstrum of the U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas, a 1970 KU law school graduate, will preside over the ceremony. Paul Carttar, KU executive vice chancellor for external affairs will welcome the guests to the university.

The event includes the singing of the national anthem by Sarah L. Young, a KU English lecturer, and "America the Beautiful" by U.S. District Court employee Tami Anthony. The Kansas Wing of Civil Air Force Patrol will present the colors and the pledge of allegiance. The new citizens will be introduced and recite the oath of citizenship.

The citizens to be naturalized come from American Samoa, Argentina, Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Canada, People's Republic of China, Columbia, Croatia, Ecuador, Egypt, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Hong Kong, India, Iran, Israel, Jamaica, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Portugal, Romania, Russia, South Africa, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Switzerland, Thailand, The Gambia, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, the United Kingdom, Vietnam and Yugoslavia.

The event is open only to invited guests and media because of limited seating capacity. This is the third annual naturalization ceremony hosted by the Institute. The first was Sept. 11, 2003.

For more information call Ingrid Campbell in the U.S. District Court office at (913) 551-6542.

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