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Kate Chesley, University Communications, (650) 725-3697,

Third annual Community Day at Stanford scheduled for April 4, 2004

Stanford University will hold its third Community Day on Sunday, April 4, 2004, Gordon Earle, vice president for public affairs, announced this week. The event is an all-day open house featuring music, arts, athletic events, science exhibits, faculty lectures, a health fair and a children's carnival.

Community Day is designed to promote partnerships and increase understanding among Stanford and its neighbors, especially the residents of Palo Alto, Menlo Park, East Palo Alto, Woodside, Mountain View and Portola Valley. All Community Day events are free and open to the public. An estimated 8,000 people attended the event last year, up from about 6,500 visitors the year before.

Community Day will again be held in conjunction with the university's annual Founders' Celebration, which commemorates the lives of Stanford's founders, Leland and Jane Stanford, and their son, Leland Jr. As part of those commemorations, the Stanford Mausoleum will be opened to the public.

"We're very pleased with the success of the past two Community Days, and we are delighted to offer the event again for our neighbors," said Earle. "What is especially gratifying for us is watching the interactions among Stanford students and children from the local communities. We're very proud of the effort our students, faculty and staff put into creating activities that reinforce our educational mission while also being fun.

"I hope Community Day also helps our neighbors understand that, although Stanford is an institution, it is filled with deeply passionate people who are committed to the university's mission and to serving the needs of the greater community each and every day."

For more information on Community Day, call Stanford University Communications at (650) 724-2933, e-mail or visit the Community Day web pages at



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