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Lecture to focus on success, challenges of first-generation college students

ATHENS, Ohio (April 5, 2005) -- Mark Orbe, associate professor of communication and diversity at Western Michigan University, will present "First Generation College Students: Promoting Success in a Largely Invisible Student Population" on Wednesday, April 20, from 10 a.m. to noon in McCracken Hall 104.

Orbe's research has focused on first-generation college students and the challenges these students face. Orbe's presentation will draw on his three-year grant-funded project to study the experiences of first-generation college students from institutions across the Midwest, including Ohio University. Participants will hear about educational research on first-generation college students, be challenged to think beyond generalizations about these students and learn ways to better serve them.

Orbe is actively involved in numerous research projects and has presented close to 70 papers at regional, national and international academic conferences. He also has published four books and more than 45 articles in scholarly journals and chapters in edited books. He earned his bachelor's degree in organizational communication from Ohio University in 1986 and his master's degree in higher education administration from the University of Connecticut in 1989. Orbe received his doctorate in interpersonal and intercultural communication from Ohio University in 1993.

His visit to the Ohio University is sponsored by University College and the College Adjustment Program. His presentation in the College of Education is sponsored by the Higher Education program. The presentation is open to the university community and the general public.

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