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Paper Tech Foundation meets this week

Oct. 10, 2006

KALAMAZOO-- The Paper Technology Foundation at Western Michigan University will holds its 47th annual meeting Thursday and Friday, Oct. 12-13, rounding out a week of high-level paper industry activities on the WMU campus.

About 40 top paper industry executives will travel to Kalamazoo from across the nation to take part in the annual meeting of the foundation. Some will arrive early to attend such events as a barrier coating symposium and an organizational meeting for a new research center involving WMU and Michigan State University. Also arriving early will be members of the PTF Board of Trustees who, along with other industry executives, will be conducting a mini-workshop for WMU students preparing for careers in the paper industry.

Highlights of the foundation's meeting, which will be held at WMU's Fetzer Center, will include these events.

The PTF's annual Scholarship Luncheon honoring students who have been awarded some $100,000 in fall 2006 scholarships by the foundation will be held at noon on Thursday.

A keynote speech by Mark A. Suwyn, chief executive officer and chairman of the board of directors of NewPage Corp. and NewPage Holding Corp. is set for Thursday during the 6:30 p.m. annual banquet. Suwyn is the former chairman and CEO of Louisiana-Pacific Corp. and a former executive with International Paper Co. and E.I. Dupont.

On Friday morning, WMU students who traveled to China as a part of a University-sponsored international immersion trip will give the executives a briefing on their activities at 9:30 a.m. at the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

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: Cheryl Roland, (269) 387-8400, cheryl.roland@wmich.edu

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