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Release: March 30, 2000

Minorities' professional contributions lauded at April 6–8 symposium

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Students of the University of Iowa Henry B. Tippie School of Management will hold their Master of Business Administration Leadership Symposium 2000 April 6-8 at the Pappajohn Business Building. The focus will be the outstanding contributions of minorities in education, industry, community and business.

The symposium is co-sponsored by the National Computer Systems, the Society of Black Graduate and Professional Students (SBGPS) and the UI Lecture Series, "Building Bridges to Higher Heights," and will feature a number of guest speakers who will address topics central to the symposium's focus. All speakers' events are free and open to the public, says Baronese Green, UI MBA student and president of the 100-person SBGPS student organization.

In conjunction with the above events, the SBGPS on Saturday, April 8 will host its second annual Soul Food Festival, which program organizers say is a celebration of African American culinary culture, and is open to families in the Iowa City community.

The festival will be at Mercer Park and Aquatic Center, 2701 Bradford Drive, Iowa City. Tickets are $10. Tickets to other park events, which include children's activities, such as swimming, basketball, and potato sack races, are $8; children ages six to 12, $4; children under five are admitted free. Tickets may be purchased at the event site or at the Iowa Memorial Union Box Office. Basketball and food festival combination tickets are $17.

The free MBA Symposium events at the Pappajohn Business Building, (all in Room S401):

Thursday, April 6
8 - 10 a.m., breakfast; "Leadership in Industry," Bruce Hunter, president, Digital Data Resources, Des Moines
Noon - 2 p.m., luncheon; "Leadership in Education," Mary E. McConnell, Ph.D., Coordinator of Inclusion and Staff Development for the Turner Unified School District, Kansas City, Kansas

Friday, April 7
8 - 10 a.m., breakfast; "Leadership in the Community," Sylvia Crudup, Ph.D., consultant, Hampton, VA
Noon - 2 p.m., luncheon; "Leadership in Government," Keynote speaker Charles Toy, vice president and chief counsel, Overseas Private Investment Council, Washington, D.C.

Saturday, April 8, (All events to be held at the Mercer Park and Aquatic Center)
9 a.m. - noon, SBGPS basketball tournament
Noon - 3 p.m., Food Festival
3 p.m. - 5 p.m., Games and activities
8 p.m. - 1 a.m., "Night of Distinction," the Black Law Students Association and SBGPS formal ball, Clarion Hotel, Coralville. Tickets are $10 and are available at the Iowa Memorial Union Box Office or at the door.