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University of Iowa News Release

May 5, 2004

Marshalltown Students To Visit UI Campus

The University of Iowa's Opportunity at Iowa program will host a group of 36 middle school students from Marshalltown's Miller Middle School and Anson Middle School on Monday, May 10. Lisa Underhill, program advisor for educational talent search at Iowa State University, is coordinating the visit with Irv Burnett, multicultural affairs coordinator with Opportunity at Iowa.

Educational Talent Search is a federally funded Trio program that encourages low-income and first generation students to attend the college of their choice. Talent search programs provide retention services that keep students in school until graduation and help them go on to institutions of higher education.

While here, the visiting students will attend presentations by the UI offices of Admissions, Financial Aid and Special Support Services.

By hosting such visits, the UI encourages middle-school children to begin thinking about the advantages a college education would provide them and opportunities it would open up to them. Presentations provide critical information about classes that are necessary to prepare for college and stress the importance of strong academic performance. For the student who believes he or she cannot go to college because of the expense, the financial aid information opens up new possibilities.

In addition to the presentations, students will tour the campus and have a chance to interact with UI students during a panel session.

Part of the Office of the Provost, Opportunity at Iowa is a coordinated university-wide effort to create and maintain campus diversity and to 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 available to enhance a student's collegiate experience while attending the UI.

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.

MEDIA CONTACT: Media: Stephen Pradarelli, 319-384-0007, Lois Baker, Opportunity at Iowa, 319-335-3555,