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Nov. 10, 2005

WiderNet Project Seeks Volunteers For Nov. 12 Workday

The WiderNet Project needs volunteers from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12 to help organize, box, and prepare computer equipment for the project's next shipment to African universities. The event will be held at the University of Iowa International Center Volunteers are needed for mostly non-technical work and no computer knowledge is necessary. Refreshments will be provided.

The WiderNet Project is a non-profit university linkage project based at the UI that aims to improve digital communication for colleges and universities in Africa. This includes training computer technicians, coaching decision-makers of Nigerian universities, increasing bandwidth, establishing university intranets, donating computers and computer equipment and distributing educational materials on digital libraries.

The WiderNet Project is part of UI International Programs, which consists of a number of offices, centers, degree and academic programs, research projects and services. Organized under the associate provost and dean of International Programs, these units serve to further internationalize the campus and community and promote global scholarship, research and training. The WiderNet Project is funded by the UI and supported by the Hewlett Foundation.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Media: Mary Geraghty Kenyon, 319-384-0011, mary-kenyon@uiowa.edu; Program: Zakir Durumeric, 319-335-2200, durumericz@widernet.org