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Olympic gold medalist to speak at March 12 engineering dinner
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Greg Barton, 1988 U.S. Olympic gold medalist in sprint
kayaking, will be the keynote speaker at the University of Iowa College
of Engineering "Great Spaghetti Tangle" dinner, 5-7 p.m., Wednesday,
March 12 in the South Dining Room of Currier Hall.
The dinner, being held in conjunction with UI engineering's MECCA Week
(March 10-14), is open to all UI students, faculty, staff and the general
In addition to the dinner, a welcome reception will be from 11:30 a.m.
to 1 p.m., Wednesday, March 12 in Room 3108, Engineering Building, where
Barton will give an informal presentation and answer questions. The reception
will include refreshments and is free and open to the public.
Barton, president of Barton Technologies, a Seattle engineering consulting
firm, will deliver a presentation on his Olympic and world-class achievements
in kayaking. The session will include the showing of a 12-minute video
segment about Barton's gold medal races by noted Olympic historian Bud
Greenspan for his "Sixteen Days of Glory" film.
Barton's accomplishments include:
* Double Olympic Gold Medalist at the 1988 Seoul, South Korea Olympics;
* Olympic Bronze Medalist at the 1992 Barcelona, Spain Olympics;
* Olympic Bronze Medalist at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics; and
* Four-time World Champion.
Barton graduated from the University of Michigan summa cum laude with
a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering in 1983. In addition to
managing his firm, he has served as: athlete's representative to the U.S.
Canoe and Kayak Team, 1989-97; keynote speaker for numerous meetings,
events and fund-raisers, 1988-97; and 1996 Olympic Games announcer for
the sprint canoe/kayak venue.
Tickets for the dinner and door prizes can be purchased at the Women
in Science and Engineering (WISE) office, 232 Jessup Hall; the UI mechanical
engineering office, 2129 Engineering Building; and at the MECCA table in
the Engineering Building lobby adjacent to the main office. Ticket prices
are: $7 for students, $4 for children under 12, and $10 for faculty, staff
and the general public. Dinner proceeds will support Iowa educational
outreach programs conducted by UI engineering student organizations.
Event sponsors include: Associated Students of Engineering (ASE); Theta
Tau Chapter, National Society of Professional Engineers; Multi-Ethnic Engineering
Student Association (MESA); Society of Women Engineers (SWE); Hawkeye Engineer;
WISE; Women in Engineering Committee; Caterpillar and the Engineering College
Lectures Committee; Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE);
Iowa Memorial Union; UI Community Credit Union; UI Kayaking Club; First
National Bank; Technigraphics; Olan Mills Portrait Studios; Herteen and
Stocker Jewelers; The Grand Illusion; and UroSurge, Inc.
The acronym "MECCA" originated some 50 years ago and is composed
of the first letters of five engineering departments from that era: mechanical,
electrical, civil, chemical, and architectural. Additional information
about the dinner may be obtained by contacting event organizer Jennifer
Ocif at 337-8849 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.