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News Bureau
22 Davis Hall, 10 Lippitt Road, Kingston, RI 0288
Phone: 401-874-2116 Fax: 401-874-7872

Apple and Dell donate laptops to
URI's Talent Development

KINGSTON, R.I. -- September 29, 2000 -- A University of Rhode Island program will be better equipped to recruit minority and disadvantaged students thanks to computer donations from Apple and Dell.

Two laptop computers have been donated by the computer giants to URI's Special Programs for Talent Development. Representatives from Apple and Dell joined Talent Development Director Gerald Williams, and URI Bookstore Assistant Administrator Graham Bell, for a brief ceremony recently in URI's Taft Hall.

Williams initiated the effort to bring computer technology to the Talent Development recruitment program. Williams wanted to enhance the program's ability to recruit senior high school students by using computer graphics and images to make lasting impressions.

"Our demonstrations will have a stronger impact on recruitment by using power-point presentations as opposed to our printed leaflets," Williams explained. Williams added that the laptops are the tools that power such captivating presentations.

Williams decided to share his vision with Bell, who oversees the Ram Computer store in the Memorial Union. Bell, who has an extensive background with computer technology, understood and empathized with Williams' concern. "I heartedly agreed with his [Williams'] objective," Bell said. "Through my contacts with Apple and Dell, I felt I was able to help him out."

Bell then contacted Apple and Dell to seek their help.

Christopher Mayo, a senior account executive from Apple Computers, was extremely pleased to support the Talent Development Program. "The Talent Development Program reflects one of the core values of the Apple Computer Company dedication to helping disadvantaged students," Mayo said. "Apple is delighted to support the Talent Development Program and help in its recruitment process."

Norma Jean Loftus, the higher education major account manager for Dell, was also pleased to help. "We [Dell Computer] were glad to fulfill Mr. Bell's request and assist Talent Development because they both demonstrated an enormous commitment to helping students," Loftus stated.

Williams, delighted with the successful outcome of his vision, said: "This is an impressive technological boost for the Talent Development program that will help us reach our potential."

The Special Programs for Talent Development aim to assist young people who have the talent, the ability and the ambition to pursue higher education, and who are members of a minority group or come from a disadvantaged background. The Talent Development staff visits every high school, community and grass roots organization in the state to identify potential candidates and acquaint them with URI and the objectives, methods and requirements of Talent Development.

For Information: Dave Lavallee 874-2116


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