Feb. 18, 2004 | KU Radio News Line

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Contact: Claudia Mercado, Office of Admissions and Scholarships, (785) 864-5214; Frank Barthell, University Relations, (785) 864-8869.

Radio News Line text:
KU multicultural events slated for Wichita, Topeka, Kansas City, Kan.

THE UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS OFFICE OF ADMISSIONS AND SCHOLARSHIPS IS TAKING THE BABY JAY MASCOT AND K-U REPRESENTATIVES AROUND THE STATE NEXT WEEK TO ENCOURAGE MINORITY HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS TO CONSIDER K-U.

THE MULTICULTURAL ROAD SHOW WILL MAKE STOPS MONDAY, FEBRUARY 23, AT WICHITA EAST HIGH SCHOOL IN WICHITA; TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 24, AT SUMNER ACADEMY IN KANSAS CITY, KANSAS; AND WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 25, AT HIGHLAND PARK HIGH SCHOOL IN TOPEKA. THE EVENING PROGRAMS ARE SCHEDULED FROM 6 TO 8 P-M.

CLAUDIA MERCADO IS ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF ADMISSIONS AND SCHOLARSHIPS AT K-U. SHE SAYS THE PROGRAMS ARE OPEN TO STUDENTS IN GRADES 9 THROUGH 12 AND TO PARENTS AS WELL.THERE WILL BE TWO DOZEN K-U REPRESENTATIVES AT EACH EVENT TO DISCUSS ACADEMICS AND SUPPORT SERVICES.
Mercado: "We probably have 25 people at each event being able to provide them with information about different support services, and how to pay for KU, and deadlines, and scholarship information, and actually give them an opportunity to meet with KU students as well." (12 sec.)

MERCADO SAYS RECENT EFFORTS TO RECRUIT AND RETAIN MULTICULTURAL STUDENTS AT K-U HAVE BEEN SUCCESSFUL.
Mercado: "For the past three years, we've been going up in enrollment every year for freshman recruitment and then also one of the most important things for us as a university is retention numbers. So coupled with the new students coming in and with our current students staying here at KU, we've been doing really well. Last year we hit a new record for our all-time enrollment numbers for our multicultural population." (19 sec.)

LAST FALL THE UNIVERSITY REPORTED THE OVERALL NUMBER OF STUDENTS IN FOUR MINORITY GROUPS -- AFRICAN-AMERICAN, NATIVE AMERICAN, HISPANIC AND ASIAN -- HAD RISEN TO 3,281, WHICH WAS AN INCREASE OF 316 STUDENTS OVER THE PREVIOUS YEAR.

MERCADO SAYS STUDENTS CAN GET MORE INFORMATION AND PRE-REGISTER FOR THE WICHITA, TOPEKA AND KANSAS CITY MULTICULTURAL ROAD SHOW EVENTS ON THE K-U ADMISSIONS .
Mercado: "The evening receptions are for high school-age students, from 9th grade to 12th grade, and they can go onto our Web site at admissions-dot-K-U-dot-E-D-U and it's on our home page. There's a link there available for them. They click on that link; it will show them the agenda for the day and also where they can R-S-V-P for the program." (15 sec.)

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