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  News Briefs
Posted 3/11/2008
By Levy Joffrion

WIN Inviting Students to Conference

The Women's Industry Network (WIN) has announced that it will offer free registrations to five students to attend its annual conference April 13-15 at the Westin O'Hare Hotel in Chicago.

"We have an obligation to promote the entry of young people into our industry, and WIN's annual conference is one way to do that. Last year's conference in Phoenix was attended by 113 women, including a handful of students who were embraced, cheered and encouraged by the group. It was a meaningful and satisfying part of the conference," said Geralynn Kottschade, co-owner of Jerry's Body Shop in Mankato, Minn., and chairman of WIN who is also former chairman of the Automotive Service Association (ASA). To learn more about WIN, please visit

Manley's School Gets National Award

Brian Manley, one of AutoInc.'s Tech to Tech contributors - has added another outstanding achievement to the host of honors that have come his way. Smoky Hill High School in Aurora, Colo. - for which Manley is an applied technology instructor - was named a national runner-up for 2007 in the secondary education category by the Automotive Industry Planning Council.

Manley said that when he applied for the award, he was hoping for a possible state finalist finish, and didn't dream of being a national finalist.

Kids' Book Includes Poems About Cars

In case you don't know it, April is National Poetry month. And hitting the bookstores April 1 is a new book of poetry for children. The book, by J.D. Landis, is called "Cars on Mars and 49 Other Poems for Kids on Earth" and includes some poems about automobiles.

Landis' wife, Denise, illustrated the book, which will sell for $9.95.

For more information, e-mail

Awards Honor Bosch for Its Work

Bosch, a pioneer in the development of electronic stability control, has received prestigious awards from the Federation Internationale Automobile (FIA) and Prince Michael of Kent for "contributions to worldwide road safety."

FIA President Max Mosley said, "Bosch has played a pivotal role in the development and promotion of the most effective car safety system since the invention of the safety belt." The Prince Michael award cites Bosch's electronic stability control system as "the most successful development in reducing road casualties since 1987."

Blog Reminds Us of AutoMission
Remember Terry Legan and AutoMission?

Ron Pyle, president of ASA, reminded us of Legan and AutoMission in a recent blog titled "Tough Love." If you haven't read it, please do. You can access it on the Internet at

Legan's work in helping troubled youths was also featured in a story in AutoInc. It was in the October 2004 issue and was titled "AutoMission: Turning Wrenches, Turning Lives." You can find it by going to "AutoInc., back issues" on the ASA Web site,

Pyle, in his blog, reminds us of Legan's important work. He also tells us that, unfortunately, AutoMission now needs our help to survive. If you would like to help, send ASA's president an e-mail message at or give him a call at (800) 272-7467, ext. 212, or (817) 358-5212 (direct).


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