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Czech President Requests Meeting With Local Rokusek During Miami Visit
9/16/2002

FORT MYERS, FL - Most people at Florida Gulf Coast University know Cecilia Rokusek as the special assistant to the provost and vice president for Academic Affairs. What many may not know is that she is a fourth generation U.S.-born Czech and that she was handpicked to meet Czech President Vaclav Havel when he visits Miami Sept. 22 and 23.

Fluent in the Czech language and a frequent traveler to the Czech Republic, Rokusek says she is honored to be among those asked to meet with Havel. She is on the national Board of Directors for the Miss Czech-Slovak USA Pageant and is a member of the Czech Sokal Club in Tabor, S.D. She has acted in numerous Czech theatrical productions and has been a speaker on Czech culture throughout the country.

“The Czechs have a rich cultural history,” Rokusek said, “and President Havel has been the exemplary leader of this republic demonstrating a passion for humanity and peace, and a compassionate love of mankind. He will truly be remembered as one of the greatest world leaders of our time.”

Havel, the only president of the Czech Republic since decades of communist rule, is a world-renowned playwright, dissident, former political prisoner and leader for human rights. The Miami visit is part of his final tour of the United States as president and it will focus on human rights and the importance of freedom and democracy throughout the world. Havel is leaving office after serving 13 years.

“President Havel’s lifelong commitment to freedom and humanity is a perfect fit for Miami, a community that embraces diversity and succeeds because of its multi-cultural richness and international outlook,” honorary consul for the Czech Republic Alan S. Becker said.

“We look forward to welcoming one of the greatest leaders of our time to our community and once again proving to the world that freedom and democracy are our most precious gifts to humanity.”

While in Miami, Havel will speak at Florida International University and former political prisoners and leaders in the human rights movement are slated to join him on stage. In addition, he will be the guest of honor at a black tie fundraising dinner at the Biltmore Hotel to raise money for Vision 97, the foundation he established to support freedom and democracy throughout the world.

For more information, contact Rokusek at (941) 590-7452.

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