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February 25, 2009

CBS Journalist Jeff Greenfield to Headline RSU's 100th Birthday Celebration

Jeff Greenfield – senior political correspondent for CBS News, former CNN and ABC news analyst and one of America's most respected journalists – will give a free public lecture during the 100th Birthday Celebration at Rogers State University on Wednesday, March 25.

The lecture, titled "A Political Update with Jeff Greenfield," is this year's Carl G. and Gladys L. Herrington Distinguished Lectureship at RSU. Mr. Greenfield's presentation will begin at 7 p.m. in the Ballroom of the new RSU Student Center on the Claremore campus.

The public also is invited to a reception immediately following the lecture at the Student Center.

The lecture is part of RSU's 100th Birthday Celebration on March 25, which will feature a day full of activities, including a Dedication Ceremony for the new Student Center, "Taste of the Hill" lunch, and the Centennial Parade on Will Rogers Blvd. in Claremore.

Known for his quick wit and savvy insight into politics, history, the media and current events, Greenfield is a senior political correspondent for CBS News and regular contributor to "CBS Evening News with Katie Couric," "CBS News Sunday Morning," CBSNews.com and other broadcasts. He also hosts "CEO Exchange" on PBS, which brings together the world's most innovative CEOs for a lively discussion about themselves, their companies, and their passions.

A three-time Emmy Award-winner, he twice has been named to TV Guide'sAll-Star News "Dream Team" as best political commentator and was cited by the Washington Journalism Review as "the best in the business" for his media analysis.

From 1998-2007 Greenfield was a senior analyst for CNN. Prior to that, he was ABC News' political and media analyst for 14 years. He has covered every national political convention since 1988, and has reported on virtually every important domestic political story of the past 25 years. A former speechwriter for Robert Kennedy, Greenfield has authored or co-authored 11 books including "The People's Choice" and "Oh, Waiter! One Order of Crow!" - an insider account of the contested 2000 presidential election.

The late Carl G. and Gladys L. Herrington established the Herrington Distinguished Lectureship Endowment through the RSU Foundation. Mr. Greenfield's presentation is the 14th in the Herrington Lectureship series. The Herrington family initiated the lectureship endowment as an avenue to provide exceptional educational opportunities at RSU. The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education provided matching funds for the endowment.

Mr. Herrington, a retired Exxon executive, served on the RSU Foundation Board of Directors and was a longtime supporter of the university. In 1990, RSU awarded Mr. Herrington its highest honor, the Jefferson Fellow Award. The university's Herrington Hall, which houses the RSU School of Business and Technology, was named in honor of the Herrington family, including Mr. and Mrs. Herrington, and Mr. Herrington's sister, Ms. Margaret Herrington.

For more information about Mr. Greenfield's appearance at RSU, call (918) 343-7773.