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Event Overview

What: Second Annual Walker/Page Lecture
Highlight: Featured Speaker: John A. Koten, public relations pioneer and retired senior vice president of corporate communications for Ameritech
Time/Date: 7 p.m. Monday, April 10, 2006
Location: Skyroom of the NIU Holmes Student Center



News Release

Contacts: Lois S. Self, NIU Dept. of Communication
(815) 753-1038 or (815) 751-6152
Walter Atkinson, NIU Dept. of Communication
(815) 753-7009

April 6, 2006

Public relations pioneer John Koten will deliver
second annual Walker/Page Lecture at NIU

DeKalb, Ill. — Public relations pioneer John A. Koten, a retired senior vice president of corporate communications for Ameritech, will visit the campus of Northern Illinois University next week to deliver the annual Albert Walker/Arthur W. Page Society Distinguished Ambassador Lecture.

Koten's lecture, titled “Building Trust: Pathway to Power,” begins at 7 p.m. Monday, April 10, in the Skyroom of the Holmes Student Center. The event is free and open to the public, and a reception follows the lecture.

NIU's Department of Communication, Department of Marketing, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and College of Business are co-sponsoring the event.

Koten is widely recognized as a distinguished communications professional. As senior vice president of corporate communications for Ameritech, he was responsible for advertising, government relations, media relations, employee communication, community relations and financial information. He also served as president of Ameritech Foundation, the company's charitable giving arm.

Koten is a founding member and past president of the Arthur W. Page Society, which provides the lecturer for this series. The organization is dedicated to supporting standards of excellence and ethical conduct in corporate communications and public relations.

As an author, editor and frequent speaker on communication issues, Koten serves on the boards of numerous foundations and civic organizations, such as the Great Books Foundation, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the National Council on Economic Education. He was recently named to the Board of Advisors of the Betsy Plank Center for Public Relations Studies at the University of Alabama.

Koten's April 10 lecture honors retired journalism professor Albert Walker, namesake of the Emeritus Professor Al Walker Visiting Professionals Fund. The NIU Department of Communication established the fund to bring outstanding media and public relations professionals to campus.

Professor Walker joined NIU in 1968 to create a public relations sequence of studies developed with input from area professionals in the Chicago chapter of the Public Relations Society of America. The public relations sequence continues to be an area of strong and growing interest for communication students.

“John Koten personifies two important values that we at NIU are proud to celebrate: a commitment to the highest ethical principles in public relations and the understanding that human qualities of trust and honor underpin success in business as well as in life,” said Lois Self, chair emeritus of the Department of Communication. “We are proud to recognize these professional standards, which were so characteristic of Al Walker's career at NIU, and we are honored to welcome Mr. Koten to our campus. We encourage anyone interested in communication and business ethics, journalism and corporate communications to join us.”

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