‘Apprentice’ Star to Speak on Mentorship, Perseverance

Written by Michael Castellon

Date: April 14, 2006
CONTACT: Michael Castellon, m.castellon@ttu.edu

LUBBOCK – The value of mentorship and the importance of perseverance will be the topic of a speech to be given by Dr. Randal D. Pinkett, winner of season four of the hit television show “The Apprentice.”

The presentation is set for 6 p.m. Tuesday (April 25) at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center banquet hall.

Tickets cost $40 for the general public and $30 for students. Group packages and VIP tickets also are available.

Money raised from the event will benefit student scholarships at Texas Tech’s Lauro Cavazos and Ophelia Powell-Malone (Mentor Tech) Mentoring Program. The purpose of the program is to enhance the quality of the educational experience of students from underrepresented groups through programs, services, advocacy, and campus and community involvement.

Pinkett was selected as one of 18 candidates chosen from among 1 million applicants to compete for the opportunity to run one of Donald Trump’s companies. He is currently overseeing both renovation and information technology projects for Trump Entertainment Resorts in Atlantic City, N.J.

The Lubbock event is made possible through a partnership with the Rawls College of Business and National Travel Systems.

Prior to participating on the Apprentice, Pinkett made history as the first African-American to receive a Rhodes Scholarship at Rutgers University.

Pinkett gained corporate experience as a Member of Technical Staff at General Electric, AT&T Bell Laboratories, and Lucent Technologies. He holds five degrees including a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from Rutgers University, which he completed while serving as captain of the men's track and field team as a high jumper and long jumper; a Master of Science in computer science from the University of Oxford in England; a Master of Science in electrical engineering; an MBA, and a Ph.D. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Tickets can be purchased by calling (806) 742-8692.


CONTACT: Cory S. Powell, associate director, Mentor Tech Mentoring Program, (806) 742-8692, or cory.powell@ttu.edu