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Experts meet to discuss technology partnerships

Aug. 10, 2001

KALAMAZOO -- Dozens of the area's top information technology professionals will be at Western Michigan University's Haworth College of Business on Monday, Aug. 13, to discuss the University's IT curriculum and partnership opportunities.

WMU's Department of Business Information Systems has invited executives from around Southwest Michigan for a one-day conference to learn about the University's IT curriculum and offer suggestions on how to better train graduates. Organizers also plan to discuss University-business collaborations such as student internships, faculty externships and visits by corporate executives who serve as guest instructors. In the afternoon, a representative from Teradata, a division of NCR Corp., will discuss data mining and that company's software product.

"The Haworth College of Business creed is 'partners for business knowledge and leadership,'" says Dr. Earl E. Halvas, chairperson of the Department of Business Information Systems. "This forum is just one example of our outreach efforts. It provides us an opportunity for meaningful, focused dialogue with business leaders in our area-a chance to hash out some mutually beneficial collaborations. This is the first of many forums planned for the coming months and years."

Media contact: Jessica English, 616 387-8400, jessica.english@wmich.edu

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