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Below you will find announcements for 2003.

Friday, November 14, 2003

Leadership New Jersey Class of 2003 Announced, Includes Dr. Randal Pinkett of BCT Partners

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ (November 14, 2003) -- Leadership New Jersey (LNJ) has announced the LNJ Class of 2004, which includes Dr. Randal Pinkett, President and CEO of BCT Partners. LNJ's goal is to expand and improve the pool of the state's civic leaders. The program, founded in 1986, honors men and women who combine a successful career with leadership in serving their communities. Each year, LNJ selects a new group of about 50 emerging leaders from more than 100 applicants. Fellows come from all parts of the state and from diverse backgrounds in business, government, non-profits, the arts, health care, the professions, and labor. LNJ Fellows enjoy a rare opportunity to develop their knowledge of state issues and hone their skills to solve statewide problems. In 10 monthly seminars they travel across the state to explore the trends, forces and people shaping the state's future. Fellows complete the program having developed a network of new relationships with leaders across the state. They deepen their understanding of New Jersey's problems and opportunities, of its needs and resources. New Jersey benefits from the increased pool of potential leaders and from the heightened sense of civic concern that those leaders develop.

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Thursday, November 13, 2003

Dr. Randal Pinkett Serves as Panelists at the University of Pennsylvania's, African-American MBA Association Association's Whitney M. Young, Jr. Memorial Conference

PHILADELPHIA, PA (November 15, 2003) -- This year's Whitney M. Young, Jr. Memorial Conference, hosted by the African-American MBA Association Association (AAMBAA) a the University of Pennsylvania will feature Dr. Randal Pinkett on the subject of entrepreneurship as part of a panel discussion focused on nontraditional career paths. The Whitney M. Young, Jr. Memorial Conference is an annual conference organized by the membership of the Wharton School's African-American MBA Association Whitney Moore Young, Jr., was executive director of the National Urban League from 1961 until his death in 1971. He is widely credited with making the National Urban League a dynamic organization, one which created thousands of jobs for African Americans and obtained millions of dollars from both the public and private sectors for training and special projects geared toward improving the economic conditions of the poor. The Whitney Young Conference is honored to aid in preserving the legacy of this great humanitarian.

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Friday, August 15, 2003

Program for Accelerated Careers in Engineering (PACE) Announces Dr. Randal Pinkett as Keynote Speaker for Youth Development Conference

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ (August 15, 2003) -- The Program for Accelerated Careers in Engineering (PACE) announced that Dr. Randal Pinkett will serve as this year's keynote speaker for their Youth Development Conference (YDC). The event will be held at Rutgers University on September 6, 2003. Dr. Pinkett address will begin at 12 noon. PACE is a Saturday program for seventh-through twelfth-graders interested in engineering organized by volunteers for major corporations in New Jersey such as AT&T and Lucent Technologies.

Friday, August 8, 2003

Bloomfield College Kicks-Off Freshman Orientation Program with Dr. Randal Pinkett

BLOOMFIELD, NJ (August 8, 2003) -- Bloomfield College will kick-off its freshman orientation program this year with an address by Dr. Randal Pinkett. The theme for the orientation is "Different Paths, One Destination." The event will be held on August 29, 2003, beginning at 8:30 am. Bloomfield College is an independent, four-year, coeducational college, affiliated with Presbyterian Church (USA). Founded in 1868. The College's mission is to prepare students to attain academic, personal and professional excellence in a multicultural and global society. Located in Bloomfield, New Jersey, a suburban residential community just 15 miles from New York City, the College attracts a geographically diverse resident and commuter population.

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Monday, April 4, 2003

Education Development Center and the Global Business Network Convene Technology Leaders including Dr. Randal Pinkett

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (April 4, 2003) -- Education Development Center (EDC) and the Global Business Network (GBN) will host "The Future of Community Technology Forum" at the James Irvine Foundation in San Francisco, CA, from April 24-25, 2003. This one-day “visioning” meeting is designed to explore future directions and evolutionary paths for community technology programs. It will bring together approximately 25 funders, practitioners, and selected stakeholders from the research, policy, and user communities across the country including Dr. Randal Pinkett from BCT Partners. EDC is an international, non-profit organization with more than 335 projects dedicated to enhancing learning, promoting health, and fostering a deeper understanding of the world. As a worldwide membership organization and scenario and strategy consultancy, GBN engages in a collaborative exploration of the future, discovering the frontiers of knowledge and creating innovative tools for strategic action and adaptive advantage.

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Friday, March 21, 2003

Dr. Randal Pinkett Invited to Attend Ford Foundation and NJIT Roundtable on the Community Information Systems/Community Informatics Sector

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO (March 21, 2003) -- Dr. Randal Pinkett of BCT Partners has been invited to attend a Roundtable on the Community Information Systems/Community Informatics Sector. The purpose of the roundtable is to bring a diverse group of twenty-five ICT experts, practitioners, researchers, policy specialists and social activists together to examine the emerging CIS sector from a range of perspectives. The intent is to identify and explore this emerging sector that builds upon 15-20 years of pioneering work in community networks, community technology centers, and public information services. The roundtable discussion will examine infrastructure, tools, financing, research and development, higher education, services, policy and local development requirements needed to accelerate the recognition and growth of this emerging sector. The meeting is sponsored under a grant from the Ford Foundation to the New Jersey Institute of Technology, organized by Dr. Michael Gurstein, Project Director and Richard Civille, Project Codirector. The meeting will take place April 11-13, 2003 at the Garden of the Gods Club in Colorado Springs, CO.

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Thursday, February 27, 2003

National Society of Black Engineers Digital Divide Panel Discussion to be Moderated by Dr. Randal Pinkett

ANAHEIM, CA (February 27, 2003) -- The National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) will host a panel discussion at this year's NSBE National Convention in Anaheim, CA, as part of their Technical Outreach Community Help (T.O.R.C.H.) initiative to bridge the "digital divide". Dr. Randal Pinkett will serve as the moderator of the panel discussion that will take place on Saturday, March 22, 2003. NSBE's mission is to increase the number of culturally responsible Black engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact the community.NSBE is comprised of more than 270 chapters on college and university campuses, 75 Alumni Extension chapters nationwide and 75 Pre-College chapters. The NSBE T.O.R.C.H. Program was developed in 2000 as NSBE's response to the "digital divide". The purpose of the T.O.R.C.H. Community Service Initiative is to encourage community service among NSBE's membership and communities that are underserved with regards to digital technology. The "digital divide" is the phrase commonly used to describe the gap between those who benefit from new technologies and those who do not. The phrase was first popularized by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) in the U.S. Department of Commerce in their 1995 report Falling Through the Net: A Survey of the “Have Nots” in Rural and Urban America.

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Monday, February 24, 2003 Profiles Creating Community Connections Project for Pioneering Wireless Initiative

BOSTON, MA (February 24, 2003) -- profiles the pioneering wireless initiative with the Creating Community Connections Project, a comprehensive effort to use information and communications technology to improve the quality of life for low- to moderate-income residents residing in a housing development in Roxbury, MA. The project represents a unique community-university partnership between the Camfield Tenants Associatoin (CTA) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The principal investigators for the project are Randal Pinkett, a Ph.D. candidate in the Epistemology and Learning Group at the MIT Media Laboratory, and Richard O'Bryant, a Ph.D. candidate in the Planning Support Systems Group in the MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning. The project is also supported by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Hewlett-Packard Company, RCN, Microsoft, ArsDigita, Massachusetts Housing Finance Agency (MHFA), Lucent Technologies, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Institute for African-American Electronic Commerce (iAAEC), Youth Build of Boston, and the William Monroe Trotter Institute at the University of Massachusetts at Boston. With these resources, a community technological infrastructure has been established at Camfield Estates consisting of a computer and a high-speed Internet connection in each unit, coupled with comprehensive training at a community technology center on the premises, a web-based community building system and, just recently, a community wireless network.

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Friday, February 14, 2003

Dr. Randal Pinkett to Serve as Plenary Speaker for the 4th Annual e-Philanthropy Conference

OAKLAND, CA (February 14, 2003) -- Dr. Randal Pinkett will serve as a plenary speaker for this year's, 4th Annual e-Philanthropy Conference: “From a Connected World to an Engaged World,” which will be held at the Oakland Marriott City Center, Oakland, California, March 9-10, 2003. The e-Philanthropy conference is a unique gathering that facilitates effective, ongoing cross-sector dialogue among diverse stakeholders involved in the strategic use of the Internet to increase giving, volunteering and civic engagement. The conference plenary sessions will explore the strategic issues and promising practices of the Internet to improve various forms of online engagement ---giving, volunteering and community building. This 4th e-Philanthropy Conference will build on the dialogue of the participants at the first three e-philanthropy conferences -- held at the White House in 1999, in San Jose in 2000 and in the Washington D.C. area in 2002.

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Monday, February 10, 2003

Florida A&M University's School of Business and Industry Welcome Dr. Randal Pinkett

TALLAHASSEE, FL (February 10, 2003) -- Florida A&M University's (FAMU) School of Business and Industry (SBI) will welcome Dr. Randal Pinkett to the campus in Tallahassee, FL, March 3-4, 2003. Dr. Pinkett will participate in a number of activities and events including an interview with the student-run television station, luncheon with faculty and staff, separate speaking engagements with specific classes, the senior seminar, the "close-up experience", and an open reception with the SBI community, in coordination with Dr. Tiki Suarez. FAMU is a four-year, public, co-educational and fully accredited institution of higher learning. The main campus is spread over 419 acres located on the highest of seven hills in Tallahassee, the capital of Florida. FAMU offers 62 bachelor’s degrees in 103 majors/tracks. 36 master’s degrees with 56 majors/tracks are offered within eleven of the University’s 13 schools and colleges including the SBI.

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