September 13, 2002
Thank You for Your Thoughts and Prayers Regarding our 9/11 Remembrance Ceremonies
The USTTI would like to send our thanks to all of our alumni who took the time last year and this year to send their thoughts and prayers to the U.S. in the memory of September 11. As always, we appreciate your kind words.
NPR, WAMU and MCID Welcomes USTTI Participants
Last week, USTTI participants Florence Bonabaana (Uganda) and Rebecca Kwandu (Tanzania) arrived in Washington, DC to begin their Radio Broadcasting training sequence. They started off with a tour of DC radio stations by spending the day at National Public Radio's (NPR) DC headquarters where they learned about the daily operations of this important American institution. They also were able to watch the taping of, All Things Considered, its award winning news program.
Our participants then moved on to WAMU 88.5FM, an NPR station affiliated with American University. Their informative visit explained a great deal about U.S. public radio broadcasting and enabled the participants to see a taping of WAMU's nationally syndicated talk show, Public Interest with Kojo Nnamdi, and also meet Kojo himself!
From there Florence and Rebecca flew to Jackson, MS where they are spending two weeks with the Mississippi Consortium for International Development as part of their course, "Media Management in Emerging Democracies." Between all of these great programs, these USTTI scholars are sure to have plenty of information on U.S radio and TV broadcasting to bring home with them to Uganda and Tanzania!
Welcome to Brian McCloskey!
This Monday is the first day on the job for Brian McCloskey, USTTI Curriculum Coordinator. We look forward to working with the newest member of the USTTI team - and are sure that our alumni and friends will get to know him soon!
USTTI Alumni "Professors"
We always love hearing about how our alumni return home to become USTTI "Professors" and share the information from their training with their colleagues. Nana Boamah (Ghana, M2-106, M2-107, M2-113) returned home from the USTTI's spectrum management sequence, he ran a spectrum management course for the staff of Ghana Telecom, Ghana civil aviation, Ghana Army and Westel Communications. And Doru Dumitru (Romania, M1-224, M1-227, M1-228) has been busy with a training program with local Romanian TV stations, where he is imparting the knowledge gained at USTTI television broadcasting and programming courses in Georgia and Iowa. Keep up the good work!
USTTI Alumni Keeping in Touch
During USTTI orientations, we urge alumni to obtain contact information of their fellow scholars and to be sure to keep in touch after they return home. We just received a quick note from USTTI Alumni, Jorge Ciccorossi (Argentina, K2-311, K2-317, K2-321) who recently met up with Alumni Andronikos Kakouras (Cyprus, K2-303, K2-307, K2-311, K2-317, K2-321, K2-324) when he and his wife were visiting Argentina. I am sure that Jorge gave them a great tour of the city! We hope that after USTTI training is over, that other USTTI alumni are able to maintain contact and get together on occasion!