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January 16, 2009

USTTI Welcomes Juniper to Board of Directors
USTTI is pleased to welcome Juniper and Mr. Paul McNulty, Vice President Global Support, to the USTTI Board of Directors. Headquartered in Sunnyvale CA, Juniper offers high-performance network infrastructure to help businesses create a responsive and trusted environment for accelerating the deployment of services and applications over a single network. USTTI is delighted to begin our partnership with Juniper as we enter our 27th year of global training outreach.

2009 Curriculum of 97 Course Available Online
The curriculum for USTTI’s 27th year of global training outreach is available online at http://ustti.org/courses/, and applications continue pouring in. This year’s curriculum features 97 diverse training courses designed to address the sweeping changes that have taken place in the global communications arena, featuring new and expanded training in women’s leadership, telemedicine, broadcasting, wireless broadband technology and Internet governance. USTTI encourages all interested officials to submit an application as soon as possible to ensure adequate time for the procurement of an entry visa and funding (a process that can take more than four months in many countries). Review this year’s curriculum and apply today!

Inauguration Day 2009
On Tuesday, January 20th, President-elect Barack Obama will participate in a formal Inauguration ceremony where he will take the oath of office and officially begin his term as the 44th President of the United States. The day will also mark the monumental occasion of the United States swearing in our first African-American President. Following tradition, the Inauguration will be conducted at the United States Capitol in Washington, DC, with the Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court, John Roberts, administering the oath. There are only 240,000 tickets for the inaugural ceremony, and one million or more additional people are expected to view the ceremony from the national mall. In addition to the swearing in, many other inaugural events take place including a procession to the capitol, the inaugural address, the inaugural parade, and the day concludes in the evening with numerous inaugural balls.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
On Monday January 19, 2009, the USTTI office will be closed to honor the day commemorating the life and accomplishments of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Every year, on the third Monday in January, the U.S. celebrates the achievements of Dr. King, who was a major advocate in promoting equal civil rights between black and white Americans during the 1950s and 1960s. Dr. King felt that a campaign of nonviolence was the only way for such equality to be fully realized. His work led to the Civil Rights Act of 1964 making racial discrimination in public places illegal. In addition to this, his movement significantly contributed to the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which reduced racial discrimination in voting. Dr. King was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 for his work promoting racial equality. On April 4, 1968, Dr. King was assassinated on the balcony of his hotel room in Memphis, Tennessee. This holiday was commissioned after his death to celebrate his life's achievements.

Intel Corporation Wants You to Enter the Inspire•Empower Challenge
Back in the 2008 San Francisco Intel Developer Forum’s opening keynote, Intel’s Chairman Craig Barrett unveiled a challenge to develop technology solutions that address four areas of global need: education, healthcare, economic development, and the environment. The Inspire•Empower Challenge will award seed funding of $100,000 USD to one winner in each category.

Intel Challenges you to get involved and make a difference. The Challenge submission deadline is January 31, 2009. Visit www.intelchallenge.com to find out how to turn your inspiration into reality.

Winners of the Challenge will be announced at the upcoming IDF this April in Beijing. Details on upcoming IDFs will be posted at www.intel.com./idf

Alumni Update:
USTTI is proud to highlight some of the professional success stories from our alumni in our monthly updates:

Francis Pam (Nigeria), 2008 alumnus, was selected as a resource person for the accreditation of the Radio & Television course of Government Technical College Idanre, Ondo State Nigeria.

Purushottam Ghimire (Nepal), 2008 alumnus, was elected as a Rapporteure on the Subsidiary Body of Scientific and Technical Advice (SBSTA) at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) representing the Asian Group.

Daniel Lamptey (Ghana), 2007 Alumnus, successfully passed his CCNP, completed the IGCBP2008 and was hired as a Network Engineer with Computer Sciencecs Corporation in Ghana.

Congratulations to our alumni for their recent successes. Please continue to keep us updated on how USTTI’s tuition-free training helped your career progress by sending any career updates to USTTI Curriculum Coordinator, Ann Shikany, at ashikany@ustti.org

 

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