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Passport UCO Kicks Off 'Passport to Native America' with Opening Ceremony, Comedian

Kiowa and Apache comedian Adrianne Chalepah will perform standup at 7:30 p.m. in the University of Central Oklahoma’s Nigh University Center Constitution Hall as part of the kick off to UCO’s “Passport to Native America.” The free event is recommended for mature audiences.

Aug. 19, 2015

Media Contact: Lindsay Thomas, Communications and Marketing Coordinator, UCO University Relations, 405-974-2121, lhouts@uco.edu

PASSPORT UCO KICKS OFF ‘PASSPORT TO NATIVE AMERICA’ WITH OPENING CEREMONY, COMEDIAN 

The University of Central Oklahoma will celebrate 12 years of the Passport UCO program with the opening ceremony of "Passport to Native America" at 1 p.m. Aug. 24 in Nigh University Center (NUC) Heritage Room 326.

The program will feature Adrianne Chalepah, a Kiowa and Apache filmmaker, writer and comedian, James Daro, lecturer in UCO’s Department of English and coordinator for Passport UCO, and complimentary refreshments.

Later on Aug. 24, Chalepah will perform standup comedy at 7:30 p.m. in NUC Constitution Hall. Chad Tahchawwickah, a member of the Comanche Nation, will open the show. Both events are free and open to the public, however the evening program is recommended for mature audiences only.

Students who participate in Passport UCO will get one stamp in a personal “passport” at each event, and students who collect at least 10 stamps are eligible to enter a drawing for an iPad Air donated by UCO’s Center for eLearning and Customized Education.

Founded in 2004, the Passport UCO program selects a country or region to study each fall semester. In conjunction with UCO’s 125th anniversary, Passport UCO’s compass has turned home to the rich cultural diversity of Native America.

The program’s mission is to inspire unity and understanding and to provide events that are both educational and entertaining for students and the surrounding community.

Colleges, departments and student organizations work together to organize events that allow communities surrounding Central to discover cultures around the globe.

Most Passport UCO events are free and open to the public.

For more information or a complete schedule, visit www.uco.edu/passport, or contact Daro at jdaro@uco.edu.

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Editor’s Note: To download art associated with this release, visit www.uco.edu/photo/PassportUCO08.15.

Cutline: Kiowa and Apache comedian Adrianne Chalepah will perform standup at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 24 in the University of Central Oklahoma’s Nigh University Center Constitution Hall as part of the kick off to UCO’s “Passport to Native America.” The free event is recommended for mature audiences.