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USTTI Concludes First Open Forum of 2005
February 1, 2005

USTTI's First Open Forum of 2005
The USTTI's first web forum of 2005 was held earlier today, as Curriculum Coordinators Kelly O'Keefe, Matthew Gebert, and Francesca Tripodi fielded dozens of questions about the USTTI. Topics of discussion included USTTI’s 2005 curriculum and training sponsors, the application process, and potential travel and subsistence funding sources. The inquiries, comments, and suggestions of all who participated were very helpful as the USTTI’s 23rd training year commences.

Congratulations to the citizens of Iraq!
The USTTI Board and staff send our heartfelt congratulations to the citizens of Iraq for their successful and historic national elections held on January 30. The USTTI also commends members of the Iraqi Communications and Media Commission (ICMC) who continue their important work to make an enlightened, transparent regulatory body for communications a reality for the citizens of Iraq.

Keep Them Coming…
USTTI has already received 4,126 applications from 92 developing countries for our 2005 training courses. That is over 600 more applications than had been received by this date in 2004 (a year which featured our strongest applicant pool in history!). We thank all of you who have already submitted applications, and we look forward to receiving applications from those who have yet to apply. Please remember: due to time-sensitive visa requirements, you should submit applications to the USTTI at least 16 weeks before your desired course’s orientation is held at USTTI headquarters in Washington, DC. Applications received within 16 weeks of the orientation date will still be considered, but it will be more difficult to secure a US entry visa within such a limited timeframe.

Super Bowl XXXIX
On February 6, 2005 the top professional American football teams will face off in the National Football League (NFL) championship game, known as the Super Bowl. This year’s contest, to be held in Jacksonville, Florida, is between the New England Patriots (representing the American Football Conference) and the Philadelphia Eagles (representing the National Football Conference). The Patriots have won two of the last three Super Bowls (in 2002 and 2004) and are looking to keep their playoff winning streak alive at 9 wins in a row! The Eagles are looking to bring home their first Super Bowl title in franchise history, as well as the first major professional sports championship for the city of Philadelphia since the 76ers won the National Basketball Association championship in 1983. Millions of Americans will see the game on television, which is regularly the most-watched program of the year (and many millions more will watch just for the commercials!) For more information, visit www.superbowl.com.

USTTI Welcomes New Intern
The USTTI is pleased to welcome our newest Intern, Mr. Manan Shah, who joined the USTTI team on January 25. Manan is a junior at American University and will graduate in May of 2007. Prior to joining the USTTI staff, Manan interned with the Business Executives for National Security in Washington, DC. We would also like to welcome back our other interns this semester: Colm McKeveny from American University; Lacy Smith from American University; and Amy Troyer from George Washington University.


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