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WMU president joins KPS officials to launch laptop computer project

November 10, 1998

KALAMAZOO -- A pilot project combining modern laptop computing technology and old-fashioned personal mentoring gets off the ground and into cyberspace at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11. That's when Western Michigan University President Elson S. Floyd visits Spring Valley Elementary School to help deliver a shipment of laptop computers to first- and second-year Kalamazoo Public School teachers taking part in the Laptop/Mentor Project.

The new education initiative is designed to help beginning teachers make the transition from student to teacher, pairing them with a College of Education faculty mentor and equipping them with a laptop computer and access to the University's computing resources.

Since taking office as WMU president on Aug. 1, Floyd has repeatedly stressed maintaining close ties with Kalamazoo Public Schools. The new project is the most recent initiative aimed at continuing that relationship.

WMU faculty members and KPS teachers and administrators will join Floyd at Wednesday's event at Spring Valley Elementary School, located at 3530 Mt. Olivet Road

Media contact: Mark Schwerin, 616 387-8400, mark.schwerin@wmich.edu

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