Students, faculty and staff at Brigham Young University can begin picking up free tickets Wednesday to attend former President Ronald Reagan's speech Friday in the Marriott Center.

Reagan is coming to the university at the invitation of BYU President Rex E. Lee, who served as U.S. solicitor general for 1981 to 1985 in the Reagan administration. Reagan is not charging BYU a speaking fee.The Marriott Center ticket office will be open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday. There is a limit of two tickets per person, and university identification is required.

On Thursday, the ticket office will distribute tickets to the general public during the same hours. The event is primarily for the BYU faculty, staff and students, and the public will have only a few seats.

Reagan will speak at 2 p.m. for about 30 minutes on current events, including the Baltic states, collapse of the Berlin Wall and war in the Persian Gulf.

Reagan's talk may be televised to some campus locations and may be broadcast live on KBYU, Channel 11, and KBYU-FM, 89.1.

Reagan's talk will be followed by a question-and-answer session hosted by the Kennedy Center for International Studies at BYU. Questions will be drawn from those submitted to the Kennedy Center prior to Reagan's talk. Questions should be written on 3-by-5-inch file cards and include the person's name, address and telephone number. Cards may be dropped off at information booths in the Administration Building or in the Wilkinson Center.