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1999 National College Week highlights

U.S. SECRETARY OF EDUCATION LAUNCHES NATIONAL COLLEGE WEEK

On November 15, U.S. Secretary of Education Richard W. Riley opened the U.S. Department of Education's first-ever National College Week in Detroit. Citing a new Education Department report, Getting There, Secretary Riley told local leaders, educators and students that college is affordable and financial aid is available for every student who is academically ready for higher education.

PRESIDENTS TOUT DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA COLLEGE ACCESS ACT OF 1999

On November 16, Secretary Riley toured Dunbar Senior High School with local college and university presidents to raise awareness for the District of Columbia College Access Act of 1999. Signed into law by President Clinton, this legislation provides tuition subsidies to District of Columbia residents to ensure access to a range of affordable higher education options. Joining Riley were Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes-Norton and presidents from Southeastern University, Trinity College, Catholic University, and the University of the District of Columbia. Representatives from American University, George Washington University, Gallaudet University, Georgetown University, Howard University, George Mason University, University of Maryland at College Park and Marymount University also attended.

NATIVE AMERICAN STUDENTS TOLD TO "THINK COLLEGE"

Native American students at the Four Directions Charter School heard firsthand stories about what earning a college degree can mean to them, their families and tribes. The event coincided with the release of The American Indian College Fund's report "Developing Your Vision While Attending College," a series of four handbooks for Native American secondary school students. An Ojibwe drum song opened and closed the event, which was attended by the school?s high school students.

OVER 1,000 STUDENTS ATTEND ATLANTA RALLY

On November 19, the four Historically Black Colleges and Universities of the Atlanta University hosted over 1,000 middle school students at a College is Possible Rally. The rally, held on the campus of Clark Atlanta University, marked the first time that Clark Atlanta University, Spelman College, Morehouse College and Morris Brown University worked together in an outreach effort to middle school students.

CAL-STATE UNIVERSITY SYSTEM DELIVERS

Throughout California, National College Week activities initiated by Chancellor Charlie Reed, campus presidents, and other campus officials took place on 15 of the 23 California State University campuses. An op-ed by Chancellor Reed was printed in the Los Angeles Daily News and the Long Beach Press-Telegram. Cal-State Bakersfield held a news conference to announce National College Week, new remedial education outreach efforts and a new teacher preparation program. Cal-State San Marcos President Alexander Gonzalez wrote an op-ed titled "B Grades Are No Longer Enough" for the North County Times. The president of Cal-State San Francisco visited and distributed materials to 7th graders at James Link Middle School.

SCHOLARSHIP AWARDED TO NEWBORN

To emphasize the point that it is never too early to start thinking about college, a lucky baby born during National College Week received a one-year scholarship to the University of Wyoming. University President Philip Dubois announced the education lottery during a news conference in Birthing Room No. 6 at Cheyenne's United Medical Center.

GOVERNOR DESIGNATES "NATIONAL COLLEGE WEEK IN OHIO"

Governor Bob Taft officially designated November 15-20 "National College Week in Ohio." In addition, Ohio State University President William E. Kirwan discussed National College Week on television during the halftime show of the Ohio State-Illinois football game.

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CHICAGO GEAR UP ALLIANCE TEAMS UP WITH RONALD McDONALD HOUSE

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicago and northwest Indiana teamed with the Chicago GEAR UP Alliance to implement the first Chicago area Kids at Hope Program. Over 1,500 children in Chicago schools and Boys & Girls Clubs participated at the rally on the campus of Northeastern Illinois University.

PRINCIPAL FOR A DAY

University of Miami President Edward T. Foote II served as Principal for a Day at Ponce de Leon Community School.

EVERY EIGHTH-GRADER IN NEBRASKA RECEIVES LETTER

Every household in the state with an eighth-grade student received a letter from L. Dennis Smith, president of the University of Nebraska System, and Douglas D. Christensen, state commissioner of education, urging that the students pursue rigorous courses when they enter high school.

GUIDANCE COUNSELORS FETED IN ALABAMA

Birmingham-Southern College hosted a dinner for every high school guidance counselor in the state.

COLLEGE HOTLINE SERVES STUDENTS WELL

New York?s Adelphi University used a college hotline to answer questions from area students.

BUS RIDER EXTOLS VALUE OF A COLLEGE EDUCATION

In Massachusetts, the president of Mount Wachusett Community College rode a bus with middle school students and talked about the value of a college education.

PUBLIC TELEVISION APPEARANCE

Hobart and William Smith's President Mark Gearan, Syracuse University Chancellor Kenneth Shaw and SUNY Cortland President Judson Taylor were featured on the Syracuse PBS (WNYY-TV) show "Central Issues."

PENNSYLVANIA REACHES OUT

Representatives from Pierce College, Drexel University and the University of Sciences in Philadelphia joined Congressman Chaka Fattah for a National College Week "Kickoff Celebration." Temple University participated in "Shadowing Day 1999" during which 60 ninth grade students met with 60 faculty and administrative mentors. Officials of the University of Pennsylvania and Earnest Green of the Little Rock Nine visited Averbrook High School to celebrate the school's Unity Week. Penn State University held open houses throughout the week for prospective students.

GUAM PARTICIPATES IN NATIONAL COLLEGE WEEK

University of Guam hosted area students and discussed the U.S. Department of Education's GEAR UP and TRIO programs.

PRESIDENT'S GOAL IS TO VISIT EVERY HIGH SCHOOL IN MAINE

University of Maine President Peter Hoff visited three high schools as part of his continuing effort to visit every high school in the state over the next two years.

TEACHER FOR A DAY

The president of Oregon?s Portland State University, Daniel Bernstine, taught a class at nearby Grant High School.

NORTH CAROLINA COLLEGE SYSTEM COMES THROUGH

Every one of the colleges and universities in the North Carolina College System participated in National College Week. In addition, Benjamin Ruffin, chairman of the University of North Carolina Board of Governors,

visited with middle school students in Winston-Salem.

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