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University of Iowa News Release

June 4, 2004

Educational Talent Search 2nd Chance Group To Visit UI

A group of 40 students from Educational Talent Search 2nd Chance in Chicago Heights, Ill., will visit the University of Iowa on Wednesday, June 9. Opportunity at Iowa will host the group and has organized presentations from the Office of Admissions, Financial Aid, and Special Support Services. The presentations will provide the students with critical information about admissions requirements, education financing opportunities, and student services available to them to ensure academic success.

Educational Talent Search 2nd Chance is a college placement agency that identifies high-risk, economically disadvantaged youth with the potential to enter college. The agency offers students exposure to various colleges and assists with ACT preparation. Other services provided by the agency include a summer leadership program and field trips designed to develop leadership skills; after-school programs that emphasize computer, math, English, reading, and life skills; and a violence prevention/conflict resolution program. Georgia Blackstone is director of Educational Talent Search 2nd Chance.

The Opportunity at Iowa program is part of a coordinated university-wide effort to create and maintain campus diversity and provide opportunities for all university students interested in other cultures. Working collaboratively with such offices as Admissions, Orientation, Equal Opportunity and Diversity, Student Financial Aid, the Graduate College and Support Service Programs, Opportunity at Iowa provides information about various academic resources that are available to enhance a student's collegiate experience while attending Iowa.

Opportunity at Iowa is located at 224 Jessup Hall at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa. For more information call (319) 335-3555 or 1-800-553-IOWA (4692), or email

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Media: Stephen Pradarelli, 319-384-0007,; Program: Lois Baker, Opportunity at Iowa, 319-335-3555