Jan. 22, 2001

CONTACT: Ward Mullens



YPSILANTI &endash; Eastern Michigan University President Samuel A. Kirkpatrick, a general, and presidents from several major corporations will discuss leadership as part of the annual Jiffy Mixes Distinguished Speaker Series, which runs through April 9.

All lectures are at 6:30 p.m. in the EMU's Eagle Crest Conference Center, 1275 S. Huron St., Ypsilanti.

This is the fourth year of the series, which is offered through EMU's College of Business management program, said Stewart Tubbs, Darrell H. Cooper Chair in Leadership.

The Jiffy Mix Series is one of a number of initiatives that promote leadership development, said Tubbs. Speakers are chosen based on their distinguished record of accomplishments as leaders.

This year's schedule of speakers includes:

o Jan. 22: "Higher, Better, Faster, Cheaper," presented by Olga Dazzo, president, Physicians Health Plan in Lansing, Michigan.

o Jan. 29: "Leadership for the New Millennium," presented by Samuel A. Kirkpatrick, President, Eastern Michigan University.

o Feb. 12: "Insights on Leadership from and MBA Alumnus," presented by Greg Smith, president, Ford Credit, North America in Dearborn, Michigan.

o Feb. 26: "Thoughts On Leadership: Lessons for Business and Industry," presented by General John Coburn, Commander, U. S. Army Materiel Command, Washington, D.C.

o March 19: Four Steps to Self-Leadership," presented by Darrell Cooper, chairman, Fernco Inc., Davison, Michigan.

o March 26: "Developing Global Leadership Competencies," presented by John Gu, senior international relocation manager, Prudential, Troy, Michigan.

o April 2: "Leadership by Storying Around," presented by Polly Bashore, manager, Engineering Technical Data, General Motors, Powertrain Group, Pontiac, Michigan.

o April 9: "A Silicon Valley View of Leadership," presented by David M. Jones, president,, Mountain View, California.

The series is sponsored by EMU alumnus Howdy S. Holmes, president and CEO of Chelsea Milling Co., Inc., which produces Jiffy Mix products. All sessions are free and open to the public.

For more information contact Tubbs at 487-5875, or