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March 13, 2006
Contact: Todd Cohen , University Relations, (785) 864-8858.

Media Advisory: Iraq war vet, legislator to thank KU for troop support Wednesday

LAWRENCE — To thank the University of Kansas for its support of U.S. troops serving in the Middle East, a state legislator who served in Iraq for a year will present an American flag to KU Chancellor Robert Hemenway at a ceremony Wednesday in the Statehouse.

The flag, which flew over an air base near Baghdad on July 4, 2005, will be presented by state Rep. Lee Tafanelli, R-Ozawkie, at noon in the rotunda as part of KU in the Capitol events. Paul Carttar, KU executive vice chancellor for external affairs, a KU music ensemble and the Baby Jay mascot also will attend.

Tafanelli, a lieutenant colonel in the Kansas National Guard, is the commander of the Iola-based 891st Engineer Battalion. He resigned his seat in the House of Representatives when his unit was deployed in January 2005. He returned shortly before Christmas and was re-appointed to the legislature earlier this year.

Tafanelli will present to Chancellor Hemenway a trifolded flag in an oak frame featuring the 891st’s unit coin. The flag was flown over Camp Sapper II, Ali Air Base in Tallil, the headquarters of the 891st located south of Baghdad. The flag is being presented in appreciation for KU giving Tafanelli KU Jayhawk flags to take to Iraq for troop morale.

The third annual KU in the Capitol event, which is free and open to the public, will take place in and around the rotunda on the first and second floors of the Capitol from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday. More than 30 booths will offer literature, giveaway items, posters and other information that helps tell how KU serves Kansas.

Among the many KU programs planning to participate this year are:

Kansas Audio-Reader Network
KU Alumni Association
Kansas Athletics
Center for Service Learning
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
KU Continuing Education
Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics
KU Edwards Campus (Overland Park adult education campus)
Information and Telecommunication Technology Center
Kansas Geological Survey
Kansas Biological Survey
Kansas Public Radio
KU Medical Center
Policy Research Institute
School of Business
School of Education
School of Engineering
School of Journalism and Mass Communications
School of Law
School of Fine Arts and the Lied Center of Kansas performing arts center
School of Medicine-Wichita
School of Pharmacy
Schiefelbusch Institute for Life Span Studies
Spencer Museum of Art
KU Student Success
Technology Transfer and the KU Center for Research

 

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