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Below you will find announcements for 2005.

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Dr. Pinkett Lectures on Technology Innovation at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Graduate School of Library and Information Science

URBANA-CHAMPAIGN, IL (November 15, 2005) -- Dr. Randal Pinkett, President and CEO of BCT Partners, will lecture on the topic "Advancing the Diffusion of Technology Innovations in Underserved Communities" at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS). The lecture will take place on Tuesday, November 15, 2005, from 10:00 am until 11:30 am, in GSLIS Room 126. The lecture will be preceded by an opportunity to welcome and meet Dr. Pinkett for bagels and an informal discussion at 8:30 am in GSLIS Room 109.

This presentation will highlight and offer strategies for bridging the "Innovation Divide," or the lack of infrastructure and support for creating, developing, and disseminating information and communications technology innovations in nonprofit organizations and underserved communities. The Hewlett-Packard Microenterprise Acceleration Program, which targets nonprofit microenterprise development agencies that serve clients in low-income communities, will serve as a case study. The goal of the program is to foster innovation both within these agencies as well as across the microenterprise development field at-large. In presenting this work, the constituent steps to innovation creation and use, as well as the factors, or necessary conditions for disseminating innovations will be described. The presentation will conclude by laying out an agenda for practitioners, policymakers and researchers to ensure that nonprofit and community technology innovations are more widely shared and disseminated.

This research was led by PolicyLink, a national nonprofit research, communications, capacity-building and advocacy organization, with BCT Partners, and was funded by Hewlett-Packard Company.

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Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Direc-Communications Invites Randal to Speak at Brooklyn Business Conference

BROOKLYN, NY (October 26, 2005) -- Direc-Communications has announced its inaugural Business Conference, and Dr. Randal Pinkett, President and CEO of BCT Partners, will serve as the keynote speaker. The conference will be held at the Brooklyn Marriott Hotel on Wednesday, October 26, 2005, from 7:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. Direc-Communications provides alternative funding for small and medium sized businesses. The company provides valuable working capital to these firms with a financial program in their hands without the hassle, and difficulty associated with traditional bank loans and factors. Mr. Arthur Pearson is the President and CEO of Direc-Communications. The Business Conference is co-sponsored Millennium Search, NYC, Inc., a debt collections company headed by Martin King.

Friday, October 21, 2005

Dr. Pinkett Addresses Students at the Media and Technology Charter High School in Boston, MA

BOSTON, MA (October 21, 2005) -- Dr. Randal Pinkett will address students at the Media and Technology Charter High School (MATCH) in Boston, MA, on Friday, October 21, 2005, at 10:30 a.m.

The MATCH School offers a challenging, college preparatory curriculum aimed at developing students who are responsible, articulate thinkers, writers and problem-solvers--that is, students who can not only compete, but can excel in the college classroom. Many of the students at MATCH arrive well behind grade level in terms of reading, writing, and math skills, and yet by 10th grade, 90% or more of them pass the MCAS on their first try. By junior year, all students take an Advanced Placement class; by senior year, our students are ready to move on to more challenging classes (such as AP courses and classes at Boston University) that will truly prepare them for the academic world of college. The school attributes the students' academic success to its rigorous, no-shortcuts work ethic, small class sizes, supportive community and one-on-one attention

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Monday, September 19, 2005

Dr. Pinkett to Sit on Panel Focused on Black America's Future as Part of Congressional Black Caucus Foundation's Legislative Conference.

WASHINGTON, DC (September 19, 2005) -- This year's Congressional Black Caucus Foundation's (CBCFs) 35th Annual Legislative Conference will include a "Future Focus Series" geared toward issues affecting Black America's future. The series will take place on Wednesday, September 21, 2005, at the Washington Convention Center. Dr. Randal Pinkett will sit on the panel entitled, "New Tools: Equipping African Americans for Full Participation in a Knowledge-Based Economy", scheduled from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m in Room 202-B. This panel will be moderated by Ed Gordon, and will also include the following panelists: Henry Johnson, Assistant Secretary of Education, Elementary and Secondary Education; Michael Stoll, Associate Professor, UCLA; Cecelia Conrad, Associate Professor, Pomona University; and Earnestine Baker, Director of the Meyerhoff Scholarship Program, UMBC.

The "Future Focus Series" is a full day of high-powered symposiums centered on Black America's future. The Center for Policy Analysis and Research (CPAR), CBCF's research arm, has organized a day of dynamic sessions that cover asset development (financial knowledge), tactical strategies to strengthen voting and civil rights, ways to prepare Black American's for a knowledge-based economy, and a focused discussion regarding causes of rapidly increasing HIV/AIDS rates in the African American community. During these sessions, participants will engage with many of the most passionate and brightest leaders on issues that continue to shake the African-American community.
This series is funded by the generous support of Citigroup, SEIU, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, and Pfizer, Inc.

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August 29, 2005

Rutgers Graduate Dr. Randal Pinkett to be Inducted to the Rutgers African-American Alumni Alliance 2005 Hall of Fame.

PISCATAWAY, NJ (August 29, 2005) -- On Saturday, September 24, 2005, at 6:00 pm, Dr. Randal Pinkett, President and CEO of BCT Partners and the first and only African-American Rhodes Scholar from Rutgers University will be inducted to the Rutgers African-American Alumni Alliance (RAAA) Hall of Fame. The RAAA Hall of Fame recognizes the accomplishments of members of the Rutgers African-American community in areas such as arts & entertainment, athletics, business & entrepreneurship, community service, education, literature & media, science, technology & medicine. This year's ceremony celebrates 35 years of the Africana Studies Department (1970-2005) and 30 years of the Minority Engineering Educational Task, the Rutgers Chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers (MEET/Rutgers NSBE).

The Second Annual RAAA Hall of Fame Ceremony will be held at 6:00 pm at the Busch Campus Faculty Dining Room in Piscataway, NJ. The other inductees are: Dr. Leonard Bethel, Professor in the Africana Studies Department; Mr. Denniston Bonadie, Co-Founder and Vice-President for Program Development of the Global Literacy Project, Inc. and Lecturer in the Africana Studies Department; Mr. Alfred Edmond, Senior Vice President and Editor-In-Chief of Black Enterprise Magazine; Dr. Olubayi Olubayi, Co-Founder and President of the Global Literacy Project, Inc. and Lecturer in the Africana Studies Department.

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July 18, 2005

MIT Summer Research Program invites Dr. Randal Pinkett to Serve as Keynote Speaker at 2005 Awards Luncheon

CAMBRIDGE, MA (July 18, 2005) -- Dr. Randal Pinkett will serve as the keynote speaker for this year's MIT Summer Research Program (MSRP) awards luncheon on August 11, 2005, at 12 noon, at Walker Memorial Hall in Cambridge, MA. The MIT Summer Research Program (MSRP) began in 1986 as an institutional effort at MIT to address the issue of underrepresentation of African Americans, Mexican Americans, Native Americans, and Puerto Ricans in engineering and science in the United States. Today, this program seeks to identify talented sophomores and juniors from a broader array of backgrounds and from around the country who might benefit from spending a summer on MIT's campus, working in a research laboratory under the guidance of experienced scientists and engineers, who are MIT faculty members, postdoctoral fellows, and advanced graduate students. Students who participate in this program will be better prepared and motivated to pursue advanced degrees, thereby helping to sustain a rich talent pool in critical fields of scientific investigation.

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June 1, 2005

Dr. Randal Pinkett of BCT Partners to Address National Audience at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Neighborhood Networks 10th Anniversary National Conference

ORLANDO, FL (June 1, 2005) -- The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has invited Dr. Randal Pinkett, President and CEO of BCT Partners, to serve as the keynote for their Neighborhood Networks 10th Anniversary National Conference in Orlando, FL, at the awards banquet on June 30, 2005. HUD created Neighborhood Networks in 1995 to encourage property owners to establish multiservice community learning centers in HUD insured and assisted properties. Neighborhood Networks was one of the first federal initiatives to promote self-sufficiency and help provide computer access to low-income housing communities. Neighborhood Networks centers help: (1) improve computer access, (2) advance literacy, (3) prepare residents to take advantage of employment opportunities, and (4) provide access to healthcare information and other social services.

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February 18, 2005

Dr. Randal Pinkett Conducts a Briefing on Wireless Technology at the Ford Foundation's "The Future of the Public Airwaves" Symposium

NEW YORK, NY (February 18, 2005) -- Dr. Randal Pinkett will conduct a briefing on wireless technology at the Ford Foundation's "The Public Airwaves as a Common Asset and a Public Good: Implications for the Future of Broadcasting and Community Development in the U.S." symposium. This event is a funders briefing organized by Grantmakers in Film and Electronic Media (, co-sponsored with Environmental Grantmakers Association (, Grantmakers in the Arts (, Innovation Funders Network ( and the New York Regional Association of Grantmakers ( The event will be hosted by the Ford Foundation on March 11, 2005, from 9 am to 4 pm.

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February 7, 2005

Microsoft and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) Invite Dr. Pinkett to the Telecentre Support Network Product and Services Planning Workshop for the Americas

VANCOUVER, BC (February 7, 2005) -- The International Development Research Centre (IDRC), a Crown Corporation and an agency of Government of Canada, hosts the Telecentre Support Network (TSN) with support from Microsoft Corporation. Dr. Randal Pinkett is among approximately 50 international experts invited to the TSN Product and Services Planning Workshop for the Americas. The workshop will be held on February 28, 2005, and will coincide with the end of the Pacific Community Networks Association's Annual 2005 Summit at the Vancouver Coast Plaza held on February 25-27, 2005. TSN is a new service aimed at helping community telecentres around the world increase their capacity and promote digital development. This service is being shaped with the participation of key players in the Americas, Asia, and Africa, as we believe regional participation at this stage is key to its success. During the one-day workshop, participants will discuss and contribute ideas about products and services for the TSN.

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February 1, 2005

National TRiO Day at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) to Feature Dr. Randal Pinkett

NEWARK, NJ (February 1, 2005) -- Dr. Randal Pinkett will serve as the keynote speaker for National TRiO Day to be held on February 26, 2005, at 9:00 am, on the campus of New Jersey Institute of Technology. Funded under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, TRiO is a series of educational opportunity programs designed to help low income, first generation, and/or disabled Americans enter college. TRiO is committed to providing educational opportunity for all Americans regardless of race, ethnic background or economic circumstance. TRiO programs provide academic and affective support to help students overcome the barriers to higher education. Congress mandated that two-thirds of the students served must come from low-income families where neither parent graduated from college. Currently, over 2,700 TRiO Programs serve nearly 873,000 low-income students/participants. The Educational Talent Search Programs serve students in grades six through twelve with the Upward Bound Program serving students in grades nine through twelve. Thirty-seven percent of TRiO students are Whites, 36% are African-Americans, 19% are Hispanics, 4% are Native Americans, 4% are Asian-Americans, and 2% are listed as “Other”, including multiracial students. Sixteen thousand students with disabilities and more than 25,000 US veterans are currently enrolled in TRiO Program (Upward Bound, UB Math/Science, SSS, Talent Search, EOC, and McNair).

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January 3, 2005

Dr. Randal Pinkett to Speak About the Life and Legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the College of New Jersey's Annual Celebration

CAMBRIDGE, MA (January 3, 2005) -- This year's College of New Jersey Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day will feature Dr. Randal Pinkett as the guest lecturer on Monday, January 17 at 1:00 p.m. in the Music Building Concert Hall. The lecture will be followed by small group discussions on a variety of related topics. The event is free and open to the public. The College of New Jersey, a primarily undergraduate institution, provides academically prepared students with a challenging education and a rewarding residential experience, small classes and a prestigious faculty. TCNJ has been recognized nationally for its excellence including in U.S. News and World Report, The Fiske Guide to Colleges, Barron's Profiles of American Colleges, and Peterson's Competitive Colleges. The College of New Jersey is located on 289 tree-lined acres in suburban Ewing, NJ.

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