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President Coleman kicks off new academic year with Aug. 31 'fireside chat'

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- University of Iowa President Mary Sue Coleman is continuing her tradition of holding "fireside chats" to provide students with an opportunity to communicate their concerns and ideas directly to her and her cabinet. The first chat of the 1998-99 academic year will be Monday, Aug. 31 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the E. Wayne Richey Ballroom (formerly the Triangle Ballroom), located in the Iowa Memorial Union.

All interested students may attend, but written invitations are being sent to 500 students chosen at random from the Registrar's list of current students. The same process will be followed for issuing invitations to fireside chats to be held throughout the academic year.

This is the third year President Coleman has held the informal discussions with students. As in past years, one of her vice presidents will participate in each of the chats. Phillip Jones, vice president for student services, will attend the Aug. 31 event.

The chats are being co-sponsored by the UI Student Government and the President's Office.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation to participate in this program, please contact University Relations at 335-0557.