November News Update
November 4, 2009
8,000th USTTI Graduate
USTTI Chairman, Ambassador Michael R. Gardner, honored Ms. Irene Niyonambaza of Kigali, Rwanda, as USTTI’s 8,000th Graduate. Ms. Niyonambaza, a 27 year old ICT Infrastructure Officer with the Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Agency (RURA), was praised by USTTI’s Government and Industry Board Members for her steadfast work with RURA and her commitment to building and regulating Rwanda’s burgeoning ICT Infrastructure. The tribute was also recognition of the enlightened vision of Rwanda’s President, Paul Kagame, whose aggressive ICT development plan, which does not tolerate corruption, can be used as a model for Sub-Sahara and all nations of the developing world. During her three-week visit to the United States, Ms. Niyonambaza will participate in several USTTI tuition-free training courses sponsored by Verizon, AT&T, Packet Clearing House, Qualcomm and Intel.
November Numbers Update
With only two-weeks remaining in the third trimester, USTTI’s 2009 training year is rapidly coming to a close. Importantly, USTTI’s 94-course curriculum has attracted 12,455 applications from ICT officials and broadcasters in 129 developing countries. Through the tireless work of USTTI’s expert volunteer “professors” across the Unites States, we have already graduated 338 women and men from 89 developing countries in 2009.
Currently, the staff is working on the 2010 curriculum, which should be finalized with several exciting additions and available on the USTTI website in early December.
168 Countries and Counting
USTTI is pleased to report that with the recent participation of Mr. Tomalu Talu, the Senior Technician and Acting Manager of Engineering for Tuvalu Telecommunications Corporations, in USTTI’s Emergency Communications Sequence this fall, the total number of countries served in USTTI’s 27 year history is now 168. Classified as one of the smallest and most remote countries on Earth (only about 26 sq. km in total land mass), Tuvalu is an island nation located in the South Pacific Ocean halfway between Australia and Hawaii, and has a population of 12,373.
USTTI’s office will be closed from Thursday, November 26 until 8:00 am on Monday, November 30, 2009 in Observance of the National Thanksgiving Day Celebration
Thanksgiving celebrations in the United States date back to 1621 when the first English settlers landed at what is known today as Plymouth, Massachusetts. While the first Thanksgiving celebration was a traditional “harvest festival” celebrating the Pilgrim’s first successful growing season in the “New World,” it was not celebrated annually until the mid-1700s. From this point forward, Americans observed Thanksgiving Day at some point in November. However, in 1941, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt (our Nations 32nd President) enacted a law requiring that Thanksgiving be observed annually on the fourth Thursday in November. Shortly thereafter, in 1947, our 33rd President, Harry S. Truman, is credited with beginning another annual tradition of “pardoning” a live turkey, which is typically the featured item on most American’s tables. In observance of the Thanksgiving Day celebration, USTTI’s office will be closed from Thursday, November 26 until 8:00 am on Monday, November 30, 2009.
USTTI is proud to highlight some of the professional success stories from our alumni in our monthly updates:
Mr. Yaw Kwarteng (Ghana), 2009 alumnus, became the first USTTI participant to receive a US Amateur Radio license while participating in USTTI course M9-371, “Amateur Radio Administration for Regulators,” which ARRL has sponsored under the auspices of USTTI for the past 25 years.
Mr. Barnabas Ndyanabo (Uganda), 2006 alumnus, has received numerous promotions with Warid Telecom and is and is currently working as the Head of Engineering and Rollout/Projects Department.
Mr. Dennis Lupenga (Malawi), 2009 alumnus, is working to establish online TV for Zodiak Broadcasting, which will host webcasts for live events such as inauguration ceremonies, football matches, or other special events.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org