DOMINICAN REPUBLIC PRESIDENT TO SPEAK AT BARUCH COLLEGE SEPT. 19

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Dominican Republic President Speaks at Baruch College

New York, NY—September 18, 2006-Leonel Fernández, twice president of the Dominican Republic (1996-2000 and 2004- 2008) and widely considered an innovator and economic reformer, will speak at Baruch College on Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2006. A former lawyer and leader of the Dominican Liberation Party (PLD), Fernández is credited with stabilizing the D.R. economy and advancing his country's technological development.

      President Fernández will tour Baruch College's state-of-the-art Subotnick  Financial Services Center with its real-time ticker and simulated trading floor, as well as the College's award-winning Newman Library and Technology Center at 4 pm, accompanied by Baruch College President Kathleen Waldron and members of the Undergraduate Student Government.

      At 5 pm, President Fernández will deliver an address on the twin themes of migration and economic development in the Newman Conference Center, 151 E. 25th Street, Room 750.

      Currently, 695 students of Dominican heritage attend Baruch College, including 202 who were born in the D.R. More than 500,000 Dominicans reside in New York City.

 Contact: News Director, Zane Berzins, (646) 660-6113, zane_berzins@baruch.cuny.edu; Chief Communications Officer, Carol Abrams, (646) 660-6114, carol_abrams@baruch.cuny.edu