CONTACT: VANESSA SHELTON
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0010; fax (319) 384-0024
UI President Coleman meets with Waterloo minority students and leaders
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- University of Iowa President Mary Sue Coleman will meet
with Waterloo minority community leaders and high school students Wednesday,
Jan. 22, at the Best Western Starlight, 214 Washington St., as part of an
effort to increase the UI's minority enrollment and graduation.
Community leaders will meet with Coleman from 11:30 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. to discuss
ways to improve the UI's relationship with and presence within the minority
community; and to address concerns and questions regarding historically underrepresented
cultures on the UI campus. The university wants to enlist the help of community
leaders in recruiting students and providing support to them during their
Afterwards, Coleman will address students during an assembly from 2 to 2:30
p.m. at West High School.
"Our commitment to our students and their education goes beyond the information
learned in the classroom," says event coordinator Lew Montgomery of the
Opportunity at Iowa program. "While our academic programs remain the
number one priority for all students attending our institution, it is also
important that all of our students learn the importance of multiculturalism
as we move into the next millennium."
Montgomery adds, "This program is designed to provide information to
students and community constituencies on admission requirements, financial
aid, student support services and several other departmental offices designed
to assist students through graduation. We also want to provide resources to
students and parents to help them make the difficult decisions about which
college or university to attend."
For further information on the program, contact Montgomery at Opportunity
at Iowa (319) 335-0596 or 1-800-553-IOWA.