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Minority high school juniors to visit campus this weekend

ATHENS, Ohio (Feb. 24, 2005) -- Focus on the Future: Empowering Tomorrow's Leaders Today is a new visitation program for high school juniors from minority groups who are interested in studying business. The participating students will visit Ohio University on Friday, Feb. 25, and Saturday, Feb. 26.

The two-day event will give participants an opportunity to experience the Ohio University campus and learn more about topics and issues that are relevant to college business students.

On Friday at noon in Copeland Hall 107, the students will hear welcome addresses from G. Christine Taylor, interim assistant to the president for diversity and Chris Moberg, Freeman Professor of Logistics Management in the College of Business.

At 2 p.m. in Copeland Hall 107, the students will witness College of Business presentations from Mike Bila, assistant dean for student services and Mary Strother, assistant dean for development and director of the Jr. Executive Business Program for Minorities.

At 3:45 in Chubb Hall 260, a representative from the Office for Undergraduate Admissions will visit with the group. At 5 p.m., members of the Black Student Business Caucus will give the students a tour of the campus.

At 6 p.m. in Bentley Hall 009, the visiting students will meet with representatives from various Ohio University student organizations. At 9 p.m., the students will attend a bowling outing at Rollerbowl Lanes in Athens and at 11 p.m., they will watch a movie in Bromley Hall.

On Saturday at 9:30 a.m. in Bentley Hall 009, the group will attend a seminar on interviewing skills and proper business attire.

"Overall, this event will be an excellent leadership and bonding experience for these students, who will bring back with them an interest in, appreciation for, and better understanding of Ohio University," Strother said. "All of the participants are good students who exhibit solid leadership qualities."

Increasing campus-wide diversity is one of Ohio University President Roderick McDavis' four major initiatives. The visitation program is sponsored by the Black Student Business Caucus and the Ohio University College of Business.

For more information, contact Jack Barr, director of external relations in the College of Business, at (740) 597-1434 or barrj1@ohio.edu.  

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Media Contact: College of Business Public Director of External Relations Jack Barr, (740) 597-1434 or barrj1@ohio.edu, or Media Specialist George Mauzy, (740) 597-1794 or mauzy@ohio.edu

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