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Below you will find announcements for 2002.

Wednesday, October 23, 2002

Dr. Randal Pinkett Among Fifty Participants of the Living Cities Technology and Community Development Summit

LEESBURG, VA (October 23 2002) -- Dr. Randal Pinkett is among fifth influential participants in the community development sector who will be brought together for two intensive days of meetings by the Technology Committee of Living Cities, to adopt an agenda for transforming the sector's organizations and enabling them to achieve greater results. At the top of the agenda are the following seven key themes: (1) use technology to characterize communities and reveal the dynamics of local change, (2) improve efficiency within all CDCs, (3) raise expectations for the use of technology, (4) support policy advocacy with "storytelling" and data, (5) encourage more fruitful collaboration among community development organizations, (6) build networks that include providers in complementary fields, and (7) reinvigorate community development institutions. The Summit is sponsored by Living Cities with additional generous support from the Fannie Mae Foundation and the Surdna Foundation, and will be held November 13-15, 2002, at the Xerox Training Center in Leesburg, VA.

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Tuesday, September 3, 2002

Dr. Randal Pinkett Selected for the Rockefeller Foundation's Next Generation Leadership Fellows Program

NEW YORK, NY (December 2, 2002) -- Dr. Randal Pinkett was recently selected to participate in the Rockefeller Foundation's Next Generation Leadership (NGL) Fellows program. Each year, NGL selects a group of 24 outstanding individuals with demonstrated leadership skills generally between the ages of 25 and 50. They are diverse in race, ethnicity, and sexual orientation and represent different economic backgrounds and ideological perspectives. Applicants are selected from various fields and sectors, including business, government, law, the unions, non-profit organizations, religion, the military, media, and the arts. Participants have a defined constituency or sphere of influence and a demonstrated commitment to developing new solutions to difficult problems. The two-year program is designed to provide new insights and skills that can be applied creatively to enduring problems threatening democracy in this country and the world. The program aims to utilize conceptual frameworks for examining challenges facing the U.S. and the world and develop strategic collaboration amongst participants. The goal is for participants to use these models to concretely solve complex problems while also learning to transfer gained knowledge and skills to others.

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Wednesday, June 19, 2002

Dr. Randal Pinkett to Address NAACP Youth and College Division

HOUSTON, TX (June 19, 2002) -- Dr. Randal Pinkett will address the NAACP's Youth and College Division at the NAACP's Annual Convention, July 10-11, 2002, in Houston, TX. Dr. Pinkett will sit on a panel focused on the influence of media on youth. The NAACP's missionis to ensure the political, educational, social and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate racial hatred and racial discrimination.The NAACP's vision is to ensure a society in which all individuals have equal rights and there is no racial hatred or racial discrimination.The NAACP has one of the largest organized groups of young people of any secular organization in the country. Some 67,000 youth are involved with the NAACP through its Youth Councils and College Division. Its objectives are to inspire, motivate, and create intrest in civic activities; provide young people with an understanding of pertinent issues; develop organizational skills for implementation of community-related activities; and encourage active participation in these activities.

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Thursday, May 16, 2002

Sarnoff Corporation Asks Minorities in Engineering Program Alum, Dr. Randal Pinkett to Return and Address 2002 Graduates

PRINCETON, NJ (May 16, 2002) -- The Sarnoff Corporation has asked Dr. Randal Pinkett, a 1986 participant in their Minoritries in Engineering (MEP) program, to return for the third year in a row and address the 2002 program graduates. The program dinner will be held on June 6, 2002, at 6:30 pm, at Sarnoff's headquarters in Princeton, NJ. The fundamental intent of the program is to provide minority students from local high schools, with an aptitude in mathematics and science, with an understanding and appreciation of an engineer's work and routine, so that he or she can make an informed choice about the engineering profession. Sarnoff Corporation has always affirmed and demonstrated a deep commitment to the education of youth at all stages of their social and intellectual growth. For 25 years, the flagshgip of Sarnoff's educational programs has been MEP–the Minorities in Engineering Program. Sarnoff Corporation, formerly the central research laboratory for RCA, has participated in the MEP program since its inception in 1975. MEP continued at Sarnoff after the merger between RCA and General Electric in 1986. When Sarnoff became an independent client-supported reseaerch facility and a subsidiary of SRI International in 1987, MEP became the first program to be sponsored by the new company.

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Monday, March 18, 2002

New Jersey Educational Opportunity Fund Student Day Conference Invites Dr. Randal Pinkett to Return as Keynote Speaker

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ (March 18, 2002) -- This year's New Jersey Educational Opportunity Fund Professional Association (NJEOFPA) Student Day Conference will again feature Dr. Randal Pinkett as the luncheon keynote speaker, a role he played at the same conference in 1998. New Jersey's EOF program provides special assistance to young men and women from economically and educationally disadvantaged backgrounds who are pursuing degrees at institutions of higher education. EOF also serves to increase campus diveristy. While participation is not limited to minority students, EOF sponsors more than one-third of the African American and Latino students at the state colleges and New Jersey's independent institutions, and over one-quarter of the African American and Latino students enrolled at New Jersey colleges and universities participate in the EOF program. EOF enrolls about 12.5% of the first-time, full-time New Jersey freshmen who enter the state's colleges and universities each fall.NJEOFPA is a non-profit corporation comprised of professional staff--including directors, administrators, educators, and counselors from some 56 undergraduate college and university programs throughout the state.

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Sunday, March 17, 2002

Dr. Randal Pinkett Receives 2002 MOBE Influencers and Innovators of the Internet and Technology Award

NEW YORK, NY (March 17, 2002) -- Dr. Randal Pinkett, President and CEO of BCT Partners, is among the award recipients of this year's Marketing Opportunities in Business and Entertainment (MOBE) Influencers and Innovators of the Internet and Technology Award. MOBE launched the MOBE IT and the IT Awards recognizing the influencers and innovators of the Internet and technology in 1999 bringing together some of the most accomplished African Americans and those who have championed digital inclusion "in real time" for the first time ever. The other 2002 awardeees Our MOBE IT Awardees include: Geary S. Broadnax, President and CEO, INSYNC Internet Services, Inc.; Dr. Milton Chen, Executive Director of The George Lucas Educational Foundation (GLEF), Kenneth A. Granderson, Founder and CEO, Inner-City Software; Russell Griffin, President and CEO, Griffin MarCom; Congressman Major Owens, 11th Congressional District; Nathan Paige. CFO/Systems Consultant, Business Systems Engineering; Dr. Joyce Pittman, Professor, University of Cincinatti; and Raymond Rose, Educational Director, The Concord Consortium. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the MOBE Conference and it will be held, April 6-10, 2002, at the Millenium Broadwat Hotel in New York, NY. The 5th MOBE IT Awards Brunch will be held Sunday April 7, 2002, from 11:00-1:00 pm.

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Friday, January 18, 2002

Massachusetts Institute of Technology Award Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Leadership Award to Dr. Randal Pinkett

CAMBRIDGE, MA (January 18, 2002) -- The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) will present the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Leadership Award to Dr. Randal Pinkett (M.B.A. and S.M. from the MIT Leaders for Manufacturing Program, both in 1998; Ph.D. 2002 from the MIT Media Laboratory) for his work in the community in the alumni category. This year's awards breakfast will be held on February 8, 2002, at 7:30 am, on the campus of MIT in Walker Memorial 's Morss Hall. The theme of this year's breakfast is "From Dreams to Reality: The Illusion of Full Inclusion." Tavis Smiley, television correspondent, author and political commentator, will serve as the keynote speaker. The other award recipients include: MIT Professor Paul E. Gray, in the faculty category; Tamara S. Williams (S.M. 2000) in the graduate student category; and Campus Police Sgt. Cheryl Vossmer in the administrator/staff category.

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