May 25, 1999
KALAMAZOO -- The president of one of Brazil's largest universities will be visiting the Western Michigan University campus Thursday, May 27, as part of a special visitors program of the United States Information Agency.
Madam Ivete Alves do Sacramento, president of the University of the State of Bahia, Brazil, is coming to Kalamazoo at the invitation of WMU President Elson S. Floyd. She is in the United States for a cultural exchange and to investigate opportunities for linkages between her university and American institutions of higher education. In addition to WMU, she has visited campuses in Atlanta, Washington, D.C., and New York state.
Alves do Sacramento has been rector/president of the University of the State of Bahia since 1998 and is the first Afro-Brazilian woman to hold such a position. Her university is approximately half the size of WMU, with 18 branch campuses in addition to its main campus. Prior to her presidency, she was the head of the humanities department, coordinator of the social communications faculty and director of the center for technical education at the university. She holds degrees from Federal University of Bahia and the University of Quebec, Canada.
After touring the campus and meeting with President Floyd, she will be the special guest at a 4 p.m. reception at WMU's Office of International Affairs on the second floor of Ellsworth Hall. The reception will include WMU students from Brazil and faculty. While not open to the public, the media is invited to attend.
For more information about Alves do Sacramento's visit, contact Gwen Etter-Lewis, WMU associate professor of English, at (616) 323-8693. If you are interested in attending the reception, contact Nancy Arneson in the Office of International Affairs at (616) 387-3951.
Media contact: Marie Lee, 616 387-8400, firstname.lastname@example.org
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