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March Madness at the USTTI
March 3, 2004

USTTI Online Forum – April 1, 2004, 8:00am, EST
As we begin our 2004 training year, USTTI wants to hear from you! The USTTI’s Curriculum Coordinators will be online to answer your questions from 8:00am-10:00am, EST on Thursday, April 1, 2004. We look forward to discussing our 2004 training courses and sponsors, the USTTI application process, or possible funding opportunities. We also welcome your suggestions for future training courses and ways USTTI can better help you advance your and your countries' telecom /IT goals. We look forward to hearing from you! Please encourage your friends and colleagues to join in on the live chat as well. For more information please link here.

USTTI Telehealth Seminar
Through support from the office of Senator Daniel K. Inouye (D-HI), the USTTI recently concluded its 2nd Annual Pacific Rim Telehealth Seminar in Honolulu, Hawaii. This one-week intensive program, designed to showcase the most recent telehealth-telemedicine applications, included officials from the Marshall Islands, the World Health Organization, the Pacific Island Health Officers Association, and numerous Hawaiian telehealth experts. In view of the important role that telehealth technologies can play in improving the quality of life for people throughout the developing world, we are already planning the curriculum for USTTI’s 3rd Annual Pacific Rim Telehealth Seminar, which is scheduled to take place this December. Please contact Brian McCloskey (bmccloskey@ustti.org) for additional information on this seminar.

A Record-Breaking Year
USTTI has already received 5,245 applications from 105 developing countries for our 2004 training courses. That is more than 2,000 applications than were received on this date last year – and more than half the number of applications received throughout all of 2003! We thank all of you for sending your applications so promptly and for helping us spread the word about USTTI training opportunities to your colleagues and friends!

Ninth International Journalism Summer School on “Modern Media Management and Marketing”
USTTI alumnus Dmitry A. Ruschin, Ph.D., Associate Professor at St. Petersburg State University, has notified us of a training opportunity in St. Petersburg, Russia. The Mass Media Center of the School (Faculty) of Journalism at St. Petersburg State University (SPbGU) is inviting journalists, scholars, educators, students, and communication specialists from around the world to take part in the Ninth Annual International Journalism Summer School, June 29 – July 7, 2004. This is an excellent opportunity to widen your view on media studies while studying Russian media and journalism in a political, social, economic, legal, ethnic and cultural perspective. For more information, please email the Mass Media Center at mmc@DR2709.spb.edu and visit their web sites: http://www.jf.pu.ru or http://www.spbu.ru

Congratulations Janet and Gerry Concepcion!
We would like to extend our congratulations to USTTI Administrative Assistant, Janet Cerbo Concepcion and her husband Gerry, who are expecting their first child this September. We wish them all the happiness in the world as they begin their family.

March Madness
Each year March signals the beginning of the USTTI training year, but also the end of the US college basketball season. On Sunday, March 14 – “Selection Sunday” – we will find out the 64 college teams that will compete for the National Championship. Offices everywhere, including the USTTI, will make their predictions and compete in friendly pools that will end with the final game in April. We wish everyone luck this year!


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