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NEW YORK: American Association of Advertising Agencies put on "graduation ceremonies" at Bates Worldwide's offices to honor college students who completed the group's 10-week Multicultural Advertising Intern Program, the flagship diversity initiative of the Four A's. Attending the graduation were (l. to r.): Orville Dale, interim diversity director, Four A's; Anne Melanson, exec VP-director of human resources, Bates Worldwide; Karen Proctor, senior VP-professional development, Four A's; and Howard Courtmanche, exec VP, Bates USA, who delivered the keynote address.

LOS ANGELES: Source Publishing's The Source tossed a party at the Standard Hotel following the Hip-Hop Music Awards. Enjoying the monthly's hospitality were (l. to r.): Tor Myhren, senior writer, WongDoody; Steve Hartman, brand coordinator, Fox Sports Interactive; Peter Ferraro, associate publisher, The Source; and Scott Marcus, VP-marketing/ promotions, Fox Interactive.

NEW YORK: An Advertising Women of New York meeting recently featured a panel discussing sports marketing for women. Panelists and attendees included (first row, l. to r.): Gene Fixler, president, Ariel Associates; Suzanne Grimes, publisher, Women's Sports & Fitness; U.S. Women's National Soccer Team midfielder Tiffany Roberts; Roseanna DeMaria, VP-business security, AT&T Wireless; Kerry Clawson, publisher, Northwest Airlines WorldTraveler; and Jennifer Basher, media planner, BBDO Worldwide. (2nd row): Ellen Flahive, publisher, American Park Network/Meredith Corp.; Mike Breazeale, VP-account director, Momentum; Barbara Nelson, managing director, Recreational New Wire; and sports journalist Robin Roberts.

BRASELTON, GA.: Golf for Women's LPGA Teaching & Club Professional Championship at the Chateau Elan Golf Club recently drew advertisers and agency folk, including (l. to r.): Dick Bugajski, advertising director, State Farm Insurance Cos.; Gary Mueller, senior VP-media director, DDB Worldwide, Chicago; Malia Floquet, head golf pro at the Palm Valley Country Club; Leslie Day, editor in chief, Golf for Women; and Jim Craige, managing director, Salomon Bros.

LIME ROCK, CONN.: Playboy's ad sales reps and several advertisers headed to the Skip Barber Racing School last month, putting in a little track time together. Dressed for racing success are (l. to r.): Erik Dochtermann, CEO, KD&E; Jeff Kimmel, New York advertising manager, Playboy; Stephen Geller, president, Stephen L. Geller Inc.; Arthur Sherwood, senior VP-marketing, Coty Cosmetics; Katie Donovan, special events coordinator, Richard Kinsler, publisher, Sue Jaffe, account exec, James Dimonekas, advertising director, and Jackie London, account exec, all of Playboy; and Kevin Gordon, national products promotions

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