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Tickets for Bush sell out in 90 minutes

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PITTSBURG, KANSAS -

The line to purchase tickets for former First Lady Laura Bush's appearance on April 22 began forming almost two hours before the PSU Ticket Office opened at 8:30 a.m. today and a little more than 90 minutes later, the last of the tickets had been snatched up.

Jill Minneman, director of ticket operations, said they were prepared for the onslaught.

“We knew there was a lot of interest in this program,” Minneman said. “Normally on a Monday morning, I have one student working one station.”

But on this day, Minneman had students working all three of the walk-up counter stations and two taking telephone orders. At the same time, people were purchasing tickets online.

Bush's visit is part of PSU's Women in Government Lecture series and is supported by a grant from the Helen S. Boylan Foundation and Names and Numbers.

Minneman said there are a number of major events scheduled at the Bicknell Family Center for the Arts in the coming weeks that are keeping her office busy. Those include the PSU Theatre's production of “Eurydice,” Feb. 26-March 1; “A Tribute to America and the Arts: Gene Bicknell in Concert,” on March 12; the illusionist Reza, on March 25; the Steinway Society concert by David Osborne, “Pianist to the Presidents,” on April 7; and “STOMP,” on April 13.

“The opening of the Bicknell Center has certainly had an impact on our office, which is a reflection of the kind of impact it is already having on the community and the region,” Minneman said.

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Updated February 20, 2015:  Pittsburg State University students have had their opportunity this week to purchase tickets to hear an address by former First Lady Laura Bush and now the public will get their turn.

A limited number of tickets were set aside for students to purchase for just $5 on Thursday and Friday. The remainder of the tickets go on sale to the general public at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 23, and PSU officials expect the demand to be great.

Bush will speak at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 22, in the Bicknell Family Center for the Arts as part of PSU's Women in Government Lecture series, supported by a grant from the Helen S. Boylan Foundation and Names and Numbers.

For decades, Bush has championed key issues in the fields of education, health care, and human rights. The author of the best-selling memoir, “Spoken From The Heart,” she also founded the Texas Book Festival and the National Book Festival in Washington D.C. Today, as the chair of the Women's Initiative at the George W. Bush Institute, Mrs. Bush continues her work on global health care innovations, empowering women in emerging democracies, education reform and supporting the men and women who have served America's military.

“Laura Bush continues our tradition of welcoming acclaimed political leaders to our campus,” said Kathleen Flannery, Women in Government committee member. “These women are helping shape our nation's political future and we're excited to be able to include the former first lady among our honored guests. We appreciate the support of the Boylan Foundation and Names and Numbers in making this lecture possible.”

Tickets for Laura Bush are $35 for the general public and $30 for PSU faculty, staff and students, persons 65 and older and for children 18 and under. Some ticket limits apply.

In addition to the Women in Government Lecture, tickets are also available for the Bicknell Center grand opening celebration, “A Tribute to America and the Arts: Gene Bicknell in Concert,” on Thursday, March 12; the Steinway Society Concert by David Osborne, “Pianist to the Presidents;” and many other Bicknell Center events.

Tickets may be purchased at the PSU Ticket Office in the Weede Physical Education Building, 1701 S. Homer, 620-235-4796, or online at www.pittstate.edu/tickets.

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