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URI web chat to answer questions about college admissions, 9/20

Media Contact: Jhodi Redlich, 401-874-4500

KINGSTON, R.I. – September 12, 2005 – As the new school year begins, many parents and their high school seniors may already be thinking about next September and what they need to know about applying to colleges. A University of Rhode Island web chat later this month will offer these folks some pointers on the admissions process.

URI’s newly appointed Dean of Undergraduate Admissions, James S. Lynch, will chat online about “Admissions Tips – What Parents Need to Know,” and related issues on Tuesday, Sept. 20, at 1 p.m. A service of the URI Division of University Advancement electronic communications program, the online chats are free and open to the public and are accessible through the URI website.

Lynch brings to URI 15 years of experience in undergraduate and graduate student enrollment services with expertise in traditional, multicultural, international, and non-traditional admissions, as well as student financial aid policies and procedures.

Born in Jacksonville, N.C., and raised in Athens, Greece, Dean Lynch, who is fluent in Modern Greek, earned a B.S. in communication from Boston University in 1983, an M.F.A. in writing from Columbia University in 1986, an M.S. in mass communication from Miami University in 1988, and an Ed.D. in higher education from the College of William and Mary in 1994.

To enter the chat, go to for instructions. Participants may submit questions in advance, but the chat will not begin until the scheduled date and time. Thirty minutes is the total time allotted for the online chat. A full transcript will be posted to the University’s website at the end. If you have questions about web chats, please contact the URI Publications Office at 401-874-2075.

The online chats, which began in September 2004, have featured question and answer sessions with such alumni as Tom Mulligan, Los Angeles Times Correspondent discussing The Iraq Factor: A View From the Streets of Baghdad; and Ross Kauffman, filmmaker and 2005 Academy Award winner talking about the making of "Born into Brothels”. URI administrators and faculty, including President Robert L. Carothers, College of Nursing Dean Dayle Joseph, and Women’s Basketball Coach Tom Garrick have also participated in chats.

The chats are made possible through the cooperation of the URI Athletics Department and College Sports Online, hosts of the web site.