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USTTI August Update
August 6, 2008

FCC Commissioner Robert McDowell provides important briefing for USTTI Scholars
On Wednesday, July 23 2008, FCC Commissioner Robert McDowell conducted a briefing for 23 USTTI scholars from Algeria, Antigua & Barbuda, Armenia, Costa Rica, Egypt, Gambia, Ghana, Jordan, Lebanon, Mongolia, Morocco, Nigeria, Palestinian Authority, Samoa, Senegal, South Africa, Sri Lanka, St. Lucia, Tunisia and Uganda.

In addition to his briefing, which is available here, Commissioner McDowell – one of five FCC Commissioners – answered more than a dozen questions from developing country officials in his audience.

Following his briefing and question and answer session, Commissioner McDowell and his delegation, which included Chief of Staff Angela Giancarlo and Deputy Chief of Staff Brigid Nealon Calamis, received a standing ovation from the USTTI scholars and staff.

A photo of Commissioner McDowell addressing the group can be found in the “Training” section of USTTI’s photo gallery.

USTTI Travels the Globe
USTTI Curriculum Coordinator Jim O’Connor attended the West Africa ICT Roadmap to Opportunities Conference in Ghana, July 8-10. Sponsored by the U.S. Trade and Development Agency, the U.S. Department of State and the Government of Ghana, the conference focused on establishing a dialogue between U. S. ICT industry leaders and West African nations to address key issues regarding regional market creation and cross border cooperation on wireless technologies, while also examining the application of ICT in the areas of e-Commerce and e-Government.

Excellent New Course by Silicon Flatirons
Twenty-four women and men from twelve developing nations participated in the three week Management Training Sequence. Courses offered by USTTI board member companies Alcatel-Lucent, Bechtel and Hewlett-Packard complimented the training USTTI Scholars received from Silicon flatirons and the University of Colorado. Co-sponsored by Silicon flatirons Executive Director Phil Weiser “Training" and Spectrum Management Guru Dale Hatfield women and men from Bhutan, Ghana, Jamaica, Kuwait, Nepal, Nigeria, Peru, Russia, South Africa, Uganda, Vietnam and Zambia discussed the many issues facing managers in the constantly changing telecommunications environment.

Labor Day – The Next Big Holiday in the USA
Observed every year on the first Monday in September Labor day is a United States federal holiday dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. Celebrated annually the day recognizes the contributions workers have made to the economic strength of our country. Traditionally, Labor Day is celebrated by most Americans as the symbolic end of the summer. Forms of celebration include picnics, barbecues, fireworks displays, water sports, and public art events. Families with school-age children also use it as the last chance to travel before beginning a new academic year

Congratulations for Two USTTI Alumni
Ambassador Gardner, and the USTTI team would like to congratulate the following USTTI Alumni for their recent accomplishments:

Purushottam Ghimire (Nepal): Upon his return home from participating in USTTI Course M8-242, “Applying 21st Century ICT in Emerging Markets,” Mr. Ghimire informed USTTI that he was promoted to Joint Secretary with the Government of Nepal.

Sergio Scarabino (Argentina): On May 25, 2008 Mr. Scarabino successfully completed his first Ironman Triathlon by swimming 2.4 miles (3.8 km), biking 112 miles (180 km) and running 26.2 miles (42km) in an impressive time of 11 hours and 35 minutes.

Remember, USTTI is looking to highlight professional and personal success stories from our Alumni in our monthly updates. We want to hear about your professional advances and how USTTI’s tuition-free training helped your career progress. Please send any career updates to USTTI Curriculum Director, Brian T. McCloskey at bmccloskey@ustti.org


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