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September News Update
September 2, 2009

Numbers Update and Last Call!
As of August 31, USTTI has already processed a total of 11,644 applications from communications officials and entrepreneurs in 125 countries for our 2009 training courses. Even with this impressive statistic, there is still time for your application to be reviewed for many of our third trimester courses. In this regard, we are issuing a last call for applications for the following course sequences, which are scheduled to begin the end of September / beginning of October: Satellite Communications, Rural Connectivity, Spectrum Monitoring and Radio Broadcasting sequences. Individuals interested in participating in one of these sequences - and those interested in our Internet Governance / Mobile Broadband, Emergency Communications, Telehealth, Internet Technology sequences - are encouraged to apply online via the USTTI website (http://ustti.org/courses/apply.php3) as soon as possible.

ITU Telecom World 2009
At the invitation of ITU Secretary General, Hamadoun Toure, USTTI Chairman, Ambassador Michael R. Gardner, will attend ITU Telecom World 2009 in Geneva, Switzerland October 5 - 9, 2009. ITU Telecom World is an unrivaled event for the ICT sector that attracts stakeholders from across the world to network and discuss current issues facing our industries. During his time in Geneva, Ambassador Gardner looks forward to meeting with USTTI Alumni and the various heads of delegation to discuss the current ICT environment in your country. To schedule a meeting with Ambassador Gardner, please email USTTI Senior Curriculum Coordinator Jim O'Connor at joconnor@ustti.org

Chairman's Award - Dr. Gerald A. Berman
Each year USTTI's Chairman, Ambassador Michael R. Gardner, honors an industry and government representative for their steadfast support of the USTTI and our scholars. In recognition of more than a decade of dedicated service, Ambassador Gardner presented this year's Chairman's Award to Dr. Gerald A. Berman, volunteer trainer for Voice of America and past president of the IEEE/BTS. Dr. Berman has been an integral part of Voice of America's USTTI training for the past 14 years, sharing his and Voice of America's broadcast expertise with over 269 women and men from over 79 developing countries.

Labor Day in the United States
On September 5, 1882, some 10,000 workers assembled in New York City to demonstrate the strength of the organized labor movement and inspire improvements in working conditions. This event marked America's first Labor Day parade and in 1894 our Congress passed legislation designating Labor Day as a national holiday. While today Labor Day is associated less with organized labor, it still recognizes the everyday contributions of American workers. For many Americans, the holiday represents the symbolic end of summer, a last opportunity to get outdoors for a picnic, sporting event, or family gathering. In observance of Labor Day, the USTTI - and all Federal U.S. Government offices - will be closed on Monday, September 7, 2009 and will reopen on Tuesday, September 8th.

A Privacy Message To All Alumni
Ambassador Gardner wants to assure our Alumni that your privacy is a primary concern of ours. In this regard, he wanted you to know that your contact information is only provided to the volunteer professors who conduct your training and occasionally to Members of the USTTI Board who are interested in learning more about the specific challenges you may currently be facing. If you do not wish for your contact information to be shared with our Board Members, please contact USTTI Curriculum Director, Brian T. McCloskey at bmccloskey@ustti.org

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

Ms. Upendo Haule (Tanzania), 2009 alumna, has been tasked by the Ministry's Director of ICT Infrastructure to write the proposals for ICT development in the areas of education, health and agriculture. Additionally, Ms. Haule has been appointed as an ICT Project manager for a nationwide program implemented by the government.

Mr. Tuloa F. Aiono (Samoa), 2008 alumnus, was nominated to attend the ITU Regional Cybersecurity Forum for the Asia Pacific Region in Hydrabad, India from 23-25 Sept 2009.

Mr. Edmund Fianko (Ghana), 2009 alumnus, since returning home from his recently completed training, Mr. Fianko has represented his company on a TV panel discussion regarding Cybersecurity and developed the companies Broadband Wireless Access Plan.

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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