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For Release: May 21, 2002

Barbara L. Kakiris, InDyne, Inc.
Media Relations Office

Lori J. Rachul
Media Relations Office

Diversity is a Unifying Force in Heritage Month Program

Note to Editors/News Directors:

"Unity in Freedom," this year's national Asian/Pacific Islander American Heritage Month theme, will be the foundation for NASA Glenn Research Center's recognition program on Wednesday, May 29 from 10 a.m. - noon in Glenn's Administration Building Auditorium.

Dr. David Namkoong, founder and president of the Asian/Pacific American Federation in Cleveland and retired Glenn engineer, will be this year's keynote speaker. His address, titled "Appreciation of Similarity and Diversity," will develop the concept that diversity is a business concern as applied to today's problem of limited human resources. Namkoong is highly recognized for his outstanding contributions to local Asian communities.

The event, hosted by Glenn's Asian Pacific Islander Advisory Council, will also include Glenn employees that represent the wide spectrum of Asian/Pacific Islander cultures, including East Indian, Korean, Hawaiian, Japanese, Vietnamese and Chinese. Attendees can visit booths offering information on the different heritages, sample various Asian cuisines and view cultural performances.

Media representatives interested in attending this employee event should contact Barbara Kakiris or the Media Relations Office (216-433-2901) in order to be cleared through security.

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