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Brian Unger and Charles Vest to deliver undergraduate commencement addresses

ATHENS, Ohio (March 8, 2006) -- National Public Radio satirical commentator and Ohio University alumnus Brian Unger and former president of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Charles Vest, Ph.D., have accepted Ohio University's invitation to speak at its undergraduate commencement ceremonies on Saturday, June 10, at the Convocation Center.

Sister Anne E. Brooks, D.O., will address the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine commencement ceremony at 10 a.m., on Saturday, June 3, at the Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium. Ohio University's Graduate Student Senate is in the process of selecting a speaker for the graduate commencement ceremony, which will be held at the Convocation Center at 9:30 a.m., Friday, June 9.

Unger will address undergraduates at the 9:30 a.m. commencement ceremony, comprising the following colleges: University College, Regional Higher Education, Russ College of Engineering, College of Business, Scripps College of Communication and College of Fine Arts.

Unger's satirical reports on culture and politics are featured each week on NPR's "Day to Day." He currently appears in "Bushisms" and hosts the Fox TV Network's "World's Craziest Videos."

Unger began his broadcast career at WOUB while attending Ohio University, and he worked as an NBC intern for David Letterman. Since then, his career and accomplishments have taken him to different networks in different facets.

Unger joined the team that launched Comedy Central's award-winning "The Daily Show." His work as a correspondent and producer for the series earned him the acclaim of TV Guide and the New York Observer. Unger was listed one of the "100 Most Creative People in Entertainment" by Entertainment Weekly in 1998.

Unger has appeared on "The Jimmy Kimmel Show" and "The Man Show," and is also a frequent contributor to VH1 shows. Unger has hosted NBC's "Later," E!'s "Talk Soup" and the newsmagazine "Extra." He has guest starred in series for NBC and ABC, and has starred in two comedy pilots for Fox. The New York Times and The Washington Post have published him.

Unger is a native of Granville, Ohio, and earned his bachelor's degree in communication from Ohio University in 1987.

Vest will address undergraduates during the 2 p.m. commencement ceremony for the following colleges: Honors Tutorial College, College of Arts & Sciences, College of Health & Human Services and College of Education.

Currently, Vest chairs the U.S. Department of Energy Task Force on the Future of Science Programs and is vice chair of the Council on Competitiveness. He also sits on the board of directors of IBM and E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Co.

Now a professor of mechanical engineering at MIT, Vest is a Life Member of the MIT Corporation, the institute's board of trustees. Vest served as president of MIT from 1990 until December 2004. Throughout his presidency, he placed special emphasis on enhancing undergraduate education and research programs, developing stronger relations with industry and enhancing racial and cultural diversity at MIT.

In February 2004, President George W. Bush asked Vest to serve as a member of the Commission on the Intelligence Capabilities of the United States Regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction.

Additionally, Vest has chaired the President's Advisory Committee on the Redesign of the Space Station and was a member of the President's Committee of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST), the Massachusetts Governor's Council on Economic Growth and Technology, and the National Research Council Board on Engineering Education.

Born in Morgantown, W.Va., he earned his B.S. degree in mechanical engineering from West Virginia University in 1963, and his doctoral degrees from the University of Michigan in 1964 and 1967. Vest's research interests are in the thermal sciences and the engineering applications of lasers and coherent optics.

Sister Brooks began her medical mission in Mississippi's Delta region (one of the country's least affluent areas) in 1983 when she and three others set up the Tutwiler Clinic. It is an ambulatory care clinic that was founded on the idea that quality health care is a right, not a privilege.

Currently, Sister Brooks oversees a staff of 25 at the clinic, which sees an average of 630 patients per month. Sister Brooks has been a sister of the Order of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary since 1955. She taught school in Florida for 17 years and volunteered at the Clearwater Free Clinic, an institution for the disadvantaged.

Following teaching, she set up another Free Clinic in the St. Petersburg area. In 1982, Sister Brooks graduated from medical school with a scholarship from the National Health Service Corp. It was through the terms of her scholarship, which included four years of service in a medically deprived area, that Sister Brooks was brought to the Delta region.

For more information about Ohio University's commencement ceremonies, please visit www.ohio.edu/commencement/.

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