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April 11, 2007

McKinley Middle School Students Visit UI During Outreach Visit April 13

A group of 28 middle school students from the McKinley African American Awareness Program at McKinley Middle School in Cedar Rapids will visit the University of Iowa from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, April 13 for an interactive, on-campus visit.

The purpose of the trip, according to John Achrazoglou, adjunct faculty and director of the Education Technology Center in the UI College of Education, is to provide students with insight into college life and to inspire them to plan for their futures. The visit will also give UI students and staff an opportunity to work with the students, who will be accompanied by eight McKinley staff members.

The College of Education Diversity Committee, the UI Center for Diversity and Enrichment (formerly known as Opportunity at Iowa) and the Connie Belin & Jacqueline N. Blank International Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development are sponsoring the visit.

Highlights of the trip include the a welcome by Nancy Humbles from Opportunity at Iowa and a panel of UI students from 10 to 10:45 a.m. in the Jones Commons, 301 Lindquist Center; College of Education presentations of the ePortfolio project and assistive technology from 10:45 to 11:45 a.m. in 301 Lindquist Center; and a lunch from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at Burge Residence Hall.

From 12:45 to 2 p.m., the students will be welcomed by Belin Blank staff and participate in group book discussions facilitated by College of Education students and staff in the sixth floor conference room of the Blank Honors Center. The students will discuss the book "Of Beetles and Angels: A Boy's Remarkable Journey From A Refugee Camp To Harvard" by author Mawi Asgedom.

For more information about the visit, contact Clar Baldus at or 319-335-6189, or John Achrazoglou at or 319-335-1284.

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

CONTACTS: Media: Lois J. Gray, 319-384-0077,; Program: John Achrazoglou, at 319-335-1284 or

EDITORS NOTE: Members of the media are welcome to cover this event. To arrange an interview, call Lois Gray in University News Services at 319-384-0077.