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Minority business students at UI invited to reception Feb. 12

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Minority students interested in pursuing degrees in business at the University of Iowa are invited to meet other students and faculty from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 12 at a reception jointly sponsored by the Minority Business Student Association (MBSA) and alumni and friends of the College of Business Administration.

The reception, which requires advanced registration, will be in Room S401 of the Pappajohn Business Administration Building. Interested students must contact the College of Business Administration by Monday, Feb. 9 if they plan to attend.

"This is a chance for minority business and prospective business students to meet members of the faculty and other students in a casual setting," says Tuma Basaninyenzi, a senior economics major and past president of MBSA. "We hope the reception will help personalize the classroom experience a little bit for students."

"Relationships with other minority students and relationships with faculty are important for information about classes and majors, job searches, and job and graduate school recommendations," Basaninyenzi says.

Gary Fethke, dean of the UI College of Business Administration, and business college faculty and staff will be on hand to meet students, discuss concerns and other issues. The reception is part of an effort to promote diversity and increase interest among students to study for business majors, minors and other certificates.

The Minority Business Student Association is a network and support system for pre-business and business students of color at the UI. The group was organized in the mid-1980s and was revamped in 1996.

The MBSA currently has 23 members, who hold positions on four different committees.

For more information, contact Twyla Lorenz at the College of Business Administration at 335-0866.