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CCU and MSN to host internet town meeting

October 6, 2000

Area adults interested in finding out how to take advantage of many life-improving services offered through the Internet should plan to attend a free seminar presented by Microsoft Network (MSN) and Coastal Carolina University at Coastal's Wall Auditorium on Saturday, Oct. 28. Two sessions will be offered: a morning session from 10 to 11:45 a.m. and a repeat session from 1 to 2:45 p.m.

The seminar, titled "Bridging the Digital and Generational Divides," is designed to enable senior adults to participate in the growing number of opportunities made possible through the Internet and new innovative Internet appliances. Topics of interest to be covered in the seminar include communication, e-mail, and accessing information on health care, travel, personal finance, volunteerism, employment and continuing education opportunities.

"As our society becomes more dependent on the Internet for communication, senior adults are increasingly at risk of being left on the shoulder of the information superhighway," says seminar leader Craig Spiezle, CEO of AgeLight, a national advocate for technology literacy for seniors. "These seminars will offer a non-intimidating, town meeting-style forum for adults to learn about the Internet and how it can enhance their lives."

Other topics the seminar will address include how to manage your investments, access governmental services including Social Security and the IRS, and use e-mail to contact legislative representatives.

"MSN provides people with a home on the Internet by offering a fun and simple environment to learn and grow online," said Sarah Lefko, product manager for MSN at Microsoft. "By working with Coastal Carolina University, MSN is able to help spread the word about the vast benefits of the Internet to people of all ages."

Although the seminars are free, pre-registration is recommended. To register, or for more information, contact Coastal's Division of Extended Learning and Public Services at 843-349-2665. For additional information, e-mail townmeeting@agelight.com or http:// www.agelight.com/townmeeting.html