800 tickets distributed Monday for Colin Powell speech at Events Center

About 800 tickets were distributed Monday for former U.S. Secretary of State and military general Colin Powell's upcoming speech at Central Michigan University.

Powell will serve as keynote speaker for Martin Luther King Jr. celebration week. The event is scheduled for 8 p.m. on Jan. 24 at the CMU Events Center.

Tickets, which first were available on Monday, will continue to be distributed at Ticket Central while seats last. Tickets are free of charge, and will be given out — with a 2-ticket limit per person — from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Pamela Gates, Dean of the College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences, who is co-hosting the event, said they were excited about the number of tickets that were distributed yesterday, and the College of CHSBS projects every ticket to be gone by the day of the event.

"We are pleased by the turnout for tickets thus far," Gates said in a statement. "We have more than 3,300 general admission tickets and we expect to give all of them to students, faculty, and community members. We want a full house for the event for Retired General Colin Powell’s speech in January."

Powell will be giving his speech, titled "Taking Charge," as part of the Philip A. Hart and William G. Milliken Speaker Series, which is housed within CHSBS. Powell's appearance cost the university $125,000, a majority of which will come from the series' fund.

Multicultural Academic Students Services, Program Board and the Office of Institutional Diversity also have taken part in funding the event.

Powell earned 10 separate medals during his 35 year service in the military, including the prestigious purple heart.

Powell is one of several prominent individuals the speaker series has brought to campus. The speaker series brought Jane Goodall to campus last March, and featured Danny Glover as the keynote speaker for the last Martin Luther King Jr. celebration week in 2010.


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