February 4, 1997
ARLINGTON, Va. -- Students from around the world will be able to chat online with Gen. Colin L. Powell, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, during an innovative program Feb. 5 designed to engage youth in discussions with outstanding Americans.
Powell will field questions over the Museum of Achievement web site, http://www.achievement.org/library/chat.html, at 8 p.m. Wednesday as part of the American Academy of Achievement's Virtual Book Club. His best-selling autobiography, My American Journey, is expected to provide inspiration for the chat, which is just one feature of this education-focused web site, which is sponsored in part by a grant from Bell Atlantic.
Participants should consider visiting the site prior to the event to download free chat software and then join the event Wednesday night.
Leaders in the arts, business, public service, science and exploration and sports are inducted to the academy each year and engage students from around the world in face-to-face discussions, via televised and taped panel discussions and through special programs like Wednesday's on-line chat. Gen. Powell was inducted into the academy in 1988. Bell Atlantic Chairman and CEO Raymond W. Smith is also a member.
The Museum of Achievement web site (http://www.achievement.org) holds biographies and interviews with dozens of inductees. It is intended to inspire visitors to pursue their own goals following six steps to success: passion, vision, preparation, courage, perseverance and integrity. The interview sections include sound bites from the featured achievers. Guests are invited to register at the site, and after answering a short list of questions, are given "mentors," members of the academy whose interests and goals mesh with those of the visitor.
Also at the site are schedules for airing of Achievement TV forums on issues ranging from the arts to science and politics, which are telecast over cable TV networks. Each show has a curriculum guide and student materials to be used in classroom discussions of the programs.
"Bell Atlantic recognized the potential of this web site to make history come alive for students by sharing the insights of people making history today," said Patrick C. G. Coulter, vice president-corporate communications and president of the Bell Atlantic Foundation. "We awarded the academy funds in l996 to open up this web site and make those insights available through this dynamic medium."
Bell Atlantic Corp. (NYSE: BEL) is at the forefront of the new communications, entertainment and information industry. In the mid-Atlantic region, the company is the premier provider of local telecommunications and advanced services. Globally, it is one of the largest investors in the high-growth wireless communication marketplace. Bell Atlantic also owns a substantial interest in Telecom Corporation. of New Zealand and is actively developing high-growth national and international business opportunities in all phases of the industry.