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
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
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