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May 9, 2007

MEDIA ADVISORY: Ferentz To Give Keynote At Teacher Education Convocation May 11

University of Iowa Head Football Coach Kirk Ferentz will give the keynote address at the University of Iowa College of Education's Teacher Education Convocation Friday, May 11 in the Main Lounge of the Iowa Memorial Union on the UI campus. The ceremony begins at 8 p.m., and Ferentz will give the keynote address at approximately 8:15 p.m.

Although the convocation is only for family members and invited guests of UI graduating students, faculty and staff, members of the media are welcome and encouraged to attend.

More than 150 students who have completed the requirements for teacher certification through the College of Education will be honored during the ceremony, which is sponsored by the Office of the Dean and organized by the Teacher Education Convocation Student Committee in conjunction with the External Relations Unit. Andrew Fenstermaker, a graduating elementary education major in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) and punter for the Iowa football team, from Mount Pleasant, Iowa, invited Ferentz to be the speaker. He is also receiving his teacher certification through the College of Education.

During his address, Ferentz will discuss the parallels between teaching and coaching, including sharing some life observations and advice.

"I want to encourage graduating students to not neglect the fundamentals," Ferentz said. "I want them to enjoy the day-to-day of their jobs, to never stop learning and growing, to keep working hard to improve, and to remember that the best teachers and coaches always put their students' best interests first. They will learn as much from their students as their students learn from them."

Students will also hear remarks from faculty speaker, Peter Hlebowitsh, a professor of curriculum and instruction in the College of Education Department of Teaching and Learning, and student speaker Anah V.M. Nelson, a UI graduating student in English education in the CLAS from Cedar Rapids. She is also receiving her teacher certification through the College of Education.

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: Elizabeth Everson, College of Education External Relations, 319-335-5385,