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Jan. 12, 2006
Contact: Renate Mai-Dalton, director of the Multicultural Scholars Program, (785) 864-7566.

Congressman Dennis Moore to speak at KU's All Multicultural Scholars Program

LAWRENCE — U.S. Rep. Dennis Moore, D-Kan., will be the featured speaker at the All Multicultural Scholars Program at the University of Kansas. The event begins at 5:15 p.m. Jan. 24 at the Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics.

Moore is Kansas' third district representative in the U.S. House of Representatives and a KU graduate. His district includes KU's Lawrence campus. His speech will be titled “Balancing budgets and values: Leadership in 2006.”

Prior to Moore's address, directors of the nine Multicultural Scholars Programs will make brief remarks about their respective programs. Following Moore's speech, a meal will be served, and the Multicultural Scholars will attend a performance of “Tap Dogs” at the Lied Center.

Renate Mai-Dalton, director of the Multicultural Scholars Program, said the program began in 1992 with just seven students in the school of business. In 2001, it expanded to include education and journalism. Today, in addition to those three units, Multicultural Scholars Programs are represented in applied behavioral science, African-American studies, architecture, language and humanities, pharmacy and social welfare. There are more than 100 students in the programs.

The programs have built an impressive record in the areas of retention, graduation rate, collective grade point average and job placement.

The retention rate from 2004 to 2005 was 97 percent for all programs, Mai-Dalton said, and the overall graduation rate for business majors is 76 percent.

Mai-Dalton said KU's programs dispel perceptions that multicultural students don't perform well academically by consistently earning a collective grade point average of 3.2 or higher on a 4.0 scale.

Alumni of the Multicultural Scholars Programs have gone on to careers across the United States with companies such as Bank of America, Boeing, Chanel, Ernst and Young, Ford Motor Company, James Madison University, Kansas Court of Appeals, Sprint, the U. S. Army, Westar Energy and many others.

“Our students perform very well here at KU and our graduates are positioned for excellent careers and for service in their communities,” Mai-Dalton said.

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