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Iowa State major sponsor African American cultural event

AMES, Iowa -- Iowa State University continued its exclusive educational sponsorship of the state's largest African American cultural event held at the Polk County Convention Complex in Des Moines Jan. 26-27.

Students carry ISU bags at event.

Students, carrying ISU bags, visit exhibits.

More than 40 Iowa State faculty and staff were on hand for the two-day "I'll Make Me A World" celebration of education and culture.

On Friday, Jan. 26, Education Day, Iowa State's College Bound program staff organized three fun, hands-on educational sessions that ran multiple times for more than 800 middle and high school students from throughout Iowa.>/p>

"Cool Stuff," a demonstration about how properties of materials change based on atomic structure, was presented by Larry Genalo, professor in materials sciences and engineering. "Make Your Courses Count," a presentation about college entrance requirements, was made by Maura Flaschner, assistant director of admissions, and Randall Bogard, Iowa State graduate student. And fashion and athletic training activities were coordinated by faculty and staff of the College of Human Sciences.

Students carry ISU bags at event.

Celebration Day.

On Saturday, Jan. 27, Celebration Day, Iowa State staff were on hand to interact with 15,000 children, teenagers, potential students and business and community leaders to learn more about the educational needs and goals of young "I'll Make Me A World" participants.

The Iowa State exhibit highlighted the college years and accomplishments of George Washington Carver, one of the university's most notable graduates, and promoted Iowa State's unique brand of undergraduate experience.

This was Iowa State's third year to be a major sponsor of "I'll Make me a World" and the university was recognized at the program's gala.

Betty Andrews, executive director, said, "We have been so impressed by Iowa State's genuine active support for the African-American community. Iowa State's investment in this project has been key in helping us reach our goal of highlighting African-American arts, culture and contributions through education, awareness and preservation during the festival and with continual education outreach."

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"We have been so impressed by Iowa State's genuine active support for the African-American community. Iowa State's investment in this project has been key in helping us reach our goal of highlighting African-American arts, culture and contributions through education, awareness and preservation during the festival and with continual education outreach."

Betty Andrews, executive director of "I'll Make Me a World"