CONTACT: GEORGE MCCRORY
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0012; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: March 27, 2000
UI admissions director to visit American schools in Caribbean and Central
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.