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Paper Technology Foundation to hold annual meeting

Oct. 12, 2007

KALAMAZOO--The Paper Technology Foundation at Western Michigan University will hold its 48th annual meeting Thursday, Oct. 18.

The meeting is expected to attract high-ranking paper industry executives from across the country. Some will arrive a day early to make presentations and share their insights with paper engineering students at a mini-workshop on Wednesday, Oct. 17. With industry demand at an all-time high, executives from the paper and related industries will fill students in on unique career possibilities. The sessions, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Student Commons, Room B-116, of the WMU College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, are open to anyone interested in learning more about paper industry career opportunities.

Highlights of the annual meeting, which will be held in the Fetzer Center, will include the following two events:

The PTF's annual Scholarship Luncheon starting at 12:30 p.m. Thursday will honor students awarded 56 fall 2007 scholarships from the foundation totaling more than $115,000.

The annual meeting's keynote presentation will feature two USG Corporation executives, Dominic A. Dannessa, executive vice president of operations, and Charlie Kahler, vice president of manufacturing Northeast and paper planning, who will address "Development in Otsego." Their presentation is set for 6 p.m. Thursday during the annual banquet in the Bernhard Center.

Other annual meeting events on Thursday include a dedication marking the reinstallation of the wall mural "History of Papermaking" by artist and WMU alumnus Jack Young. Young, then a WMU student, created the mural in 1959 for the McCracken Hall auditorium and, with his granddaughter's help, has been restoring the work, which has been reinstalled in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences. The dedication ceremony is 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Commons Area of the college.

For further information, visit the foundation's Web site at www.wmich.edu/wmuptf/. The foundation, established in 1958, supports and enhances the internationally known paper programs offered by WMU's Department of Paper Engineering, Chemical Engineering and Imaging.

Media contact: Mark Schwerin, (269) 387-8400, mark.schwerin@wmich.edu

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