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May 25, 2005
Contact: Kathleen McCluskey-Fawcett, senior vice provost, (785) 864-4904.

KU to honor Duke TIP students, parents at June 5 program at Lied Center

LAWRENCE -- The University of Kansas will host a state recognition program at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, June 5, at the Lied Center, for about 500 of the more than 900 academically talented seventh-grade students selected for the 2005 Duke University Talent Identification Program (TIP).

Reginald Robinson, Kansas Board of Regents president and chief executive officer, will give the keynote address. Moderator will be Mabel Rice, KU professor of speech-language-hearing and the Fred and Virginia Merrill distinguished professor of advanced studies, director of the Merrill Advanced Studies Center and director of KU's interdisciplinary child language doctoral program.

A special guest at the KU event will be Robert Sawyer, Maryville, Mo., who served from 1980 to 1990 as founding executive director of the Duke Talent Identification Program and retired in 2001 as a professor emeritus at Duke.

Each Duke TIP student will receive a medallion. Information tables to answer students' and parents' questions about various KU programs and activities will be available in the Lied Center lobby during the recognition event.

The Duke program is in its 25th year, and this is the seventh year KU has hosted the state recognition program. In addition to Kansans, students taking part in the KU Duke TIP activities are Missouri residents from the Kansas City metropolitan area.

Selection for TIP is based on college entrance exam scores that are in the top 5 percent while the students are in middle school. Students participate by taking either the SAT or ACT national achievement tests. Duke TIP is a nonprofit educational organization designed to identify and develop academic talent.

The 918 students who took part in the KU program are among 22,087 participating seventh-graders in the Duke TIP 16-state region. Since 1980, more than 1 million students have taken part in the program, which is supported by student fees and donations from individuals, corporations and foundations.

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