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Release: March 27, 2000

UI admissions director to visit American schools in Caribbean and Central America

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- University of Iowa Admissions Director Mike Barron will travel to American schools in the Caribbean and Central America, providing American high school students information about higher education.

Starting March 27, Barron will be on a two-week visit of schools for dependents of American citizens carrying out programs and interests of the U.S. government in Jamaica, Panama, Honduras, Nicaragua, and El Salvador. Barron will be speaking to parents and students about college admissions, financial aid, essay writing and other subjects.

"The program is for students attending U.S. schools in host countries, but who may still have a sense of separation from what is going on in the U.S. We are keeping students from these schools up-to-date with trends in the world of education," Barron said.

The College Board, which administers the service for the Office of Overseas Schools in the U.S. State Department, selected Barron because of his background as an admissions professional. Although the trip is not intended directly to recruit students, it helps lend name recognition to the UI, which draws students from Central America, he added.