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March 10, 2011

ULM's "Greek Week" feature drug prevention talks by former DEA special agent March 15

The University of Louisiana at Monroe's Office of Student Life and Leadership is bringing a former U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration special agent to campus March 15 for an all-day visit during ULM's Greek Week.

Omar A. Alemán will speak on the abuse of drugs across the country, addressing all interested faculty and staff at 9:30 a.m. in the ULM Conference Center.

Alemán will also speak to Pharmacy students at the Bienville Building at noon and to all ULM students at 7 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom.

Alemán, who served over thirty years with the DEA, addresses groups, conventions, school districts, businesses, athletes, parents and students on the subject of drug prevention and parenting skills.

Additionally, he coordinates drug enforcement training programs on behalf of law enforcement agencies. Alemán advises and addresses police departments on community policing methods regarding drug prevention and also conducts public and private sector seminars on such contemporary issues as terrorism, violence, and international drug smuggling.

Alemán is an adjunct professor at Florida International University and at Trinity International University.

He was born and raised in Cuba, immigrating to the United States in 1956 through Key West Florida, where he graduated from high school. Alemán attended Florida State University on an athletic scholarship where he subsequently received a bachelor's degree in criminology.

He earned a master's degree in criminal justice from Florida International University in 1992. He joined the U.S. Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs, predecessor to the DEA, in 1970 in Miami.

Alemán served tours of duty in Venezuela, Mexico, and El Paso, Texas, before returning to South Florida in 1983 and retiring from DEA in 2003.

Over the course of his career with DEA, Mr. Alemán delivered over 700 motivational presentations on the subject of drug prevention worldwide while training thousands of police officers in the U.S. and abroad regarding drug law enforcement practices.

Among other honors, he received the prestigious Federal Employee of the Year and the Department of Justice Volunteer awards in 1997 as well as the DEA Administrator's Award in 2001.

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