<<September 5, 1999>>

Kimberly K. Obbink <kobbink@montana.edu>

Norman J. Peterson, Ph.D. <normp@montana.edu>

Ben I. Haraguchi <haragucb@arentfox.com>

Nels D. Sanddal <NSanddal@citmt.org>

Mr. Myron Nordquist <myron_nordquist@burns.senate.gov>

Mr. Ichiro Watanabe <iwatanabe@fsun.org>

(1) Dear Kim:

Many thanks for your msg (ATTACHMENT I).

(a) I would like to make your fund raising trip to Washington, D.C.
and New York City as much fruitful as possible.

First of all, when Ben and I visited your BTC, Norman J. Peterson
kindly suggested several funding sources.

Pls inquire him again and get a list of the sources, and let me
know so that I can contact them prior to our visit.

(b) I would then like to identify your projects so that we can select
appropriate sources for each of the projects. Referring to our
conversations at our Tampere event, I would suggest following two

1. Montana projects,

2. Asia/Pacific Project.

(c) The Montana projects may have following three subprojects;

1. Wireless broadband (up to 3 Mbps) Internet connections from
your BTC to secondary schools in Bozeman, if they don't have
yet -- with the use of spread spectrum technology which was
described by Barry McLarnon during our Tampere event,

This may include teacher training courses -- I can
supply you many materials along this line. Among them
is a copy of our grant application submitted to the
NSF -- you can utilize most of it.

2. Same to Critical Illness and Trauma Foundation in Bozeman,

If this broadband is set up, it may be used for
echocardiography in addition to videoconferencing.

3. Wireless broadband Internet connections from your BTC to
native American's communities -- with the use of microwave
and/or satellite networks.

This is of Myron's interest.

4. You may refer to following articles;

(1) Convenient Connection for Remote Schools"
appeared in the recent issue of T.H.E. Journal,
Page 16, -- see <www.helius.com>.

This is a similar approach as DirecPC of
Hughes Communications, as offering 3 Mbps
speed. It is now available from a company
in Utah. This service initiated in
response to FCC's E-Rate so that the
native American's schools should be able
to take large discount advantages.

(2) We've saved $50,000 with BreezeNet wireless
networking" appeared in the recent issue of
T.H.E. Journal, Page 35. -- see

This is the use of spread spectrum

(d) For the Asia/Pacific Project, we firstly need to raise funds for
the Tokyo conference.

Mr. Watanabe of FSUN/Tokyo will raise funds for their
administration and operation of the conference from Japanese

However, we need to raise travel funds from following sources --
particularly for Americans and some overseas colleagues;

1. National Science Foundation in D.C.:

Following person is in charge of the travel fund for
conferences in Asia/Pacific program;

Dr. Williams Chang
International Program Division
National Science Foundation
4201 Wilson Blvd.
Arlington, VA 22230

Mark Suskin who provided the fund for our travel to Tampere
is the Program Manager for Western European Program.

Pls remember that the travel fund application to the NSF has
to be submitted 10 months prior to the event -- assuming the
Tokyo conference will be held in April, we already have only
6 months.

2. Japan Foundation in NYC:

Ms. Iwanaga
Center for Global Partnership
New York Center
Japan Foundation
Fax: 212-489-1344


Japan Foundation is a part of the Japanese Ministry of
Foreign Affairs. FSUN was created under the auspices of the
ministry. Once you submit your application to them,
FSUN/Tokyo may be able to follow it up and support it.

3. Ford Foundation in NYC:

Ben and I visited following person on June 25th. He was
sorry he could not help our colleagues for our Tampere event
because of short time available, but he indicated his
willingness to have a mtg after the event for our project.

Mr. Jorge Balan
Program Officer
Education, Knowledge and Religion
Education, Media, Arts & Culture
Ford Foundation
320 East 43rd Street
New York, NY 10017
Fax: 212-351-3650

4. Other sources could be USIA, USAID, etc. in D.C. and UNDP,
Sloan Foundation, Carnegie Foundation, etc. in NYC.

(e) Your concept statement (ATTACHMENT III) is excellent, though you
may add about our highly successful Tampere event, including your
broadband videoconferencing.

You may also construct your report to the NSF as utilizing
my listserve distributions in the past two weeks -- of
course, utilizing your travel fund application to them, too.
When done, pls let me know.

Shall we use it with our inquiry letters to the above funding

You may need to construct similar one for the Montana

(f) I look forward to receiving your response to the above, and let's
discuss about our following steps -- date of your visit to them,

(2) Dear Ben and Myron:

Pls be ready to visit the above with Kim in the first three weeks of
October, as Kim specified.

Best, Tak

From: "Obbink, Kim" <kobbink@montana.edu>
To: "'utsumi@columbia.edu'" <utsumi@columbia.edu>
Subject: meeting
Date: Fri, 3 Sep 1999 16:59:34 -0600

Dear Tak,
I am available anytime the first three weeks of October or the first three
weeks of November to meet with you, Ben, and Myron to call on potential
donors and/or to continue our planning process.

Just let me know what dates you would like to schedule.

Best wishes,

Date: Mon, 02 Aug 1999 08:12:28 -1000
From: George Robert Converse <bob.converse@mauicc.Hawaii.Edu>
Subject: [Fwd: fyi]
To: Utsumi@columbia.edu

Thought you may want to record this info for future reference ie. Japan

Date: Sat, 31 Jul 1999 10:59:36 -1000
From: flo wiger <flo.wiger@mauicc.Hawaii.Edu>
Subject: Re: fyi
To: Clyde Sakamoto <Clyde.Sakamoto@mauicc.Hawaii.Edu>
Cc: Hiroko.DeLeon@mauicc.Hawaii.Edu, Suzette.Robinson@mauicc.Hawaii.Edu,

there may be some real possibilities here - Bob Converse is our contact
on grant applications - perhaps we should set up a meeting if there is
interest - let me know - mahalo

Clyde Sakamoto wrote:
> Subject: Travel Grants to Japan
> Date: Thu, 29 Jul 1999 17:38:28 +0000
> From: Laura Walker <LWALKER@VM.TULSA.CC.OK.US>
> Reply-To: TULSA COMMUNITY COLLEGE - International Information Forum
> To: Multiple recipients of list INTINF-L <INTINF-L@VM.TULSA.CC.OK.US>
> AS NEAC GRANT ANNOUNCEMENT -- Japan Studies Teaching, Research, and =
> Travel Grants
> The Northeast Asia Council (NEAC) of the Association for Asian Studies, in
> conjunction with the Japan-US Friendship Commission, supports a variety of
> grant programs in Japanese studies designed to facilitate the research of
> individual scholars, to improve the quality of teaching about Japan on
> both the college and precollege levels, and to integrate the study of Japan
> into the major academic disciplines.
> (1) Research Travel-- within USA
> (2) Short-term Travel to Japan
> (3) Seminars on Teaching About Japan
> (4) Instructional Materials for Teaching About Japan
> (5) Japan-related Speakers and Panels
> (1) Research Travel-- within USA
> Research Travel within the USA. Awards of up to $1,500, including a
> maximum of $100 for daily expenses, are available to American citizens and
> permanent US residents who are engaged in scholarly research on Japan and
> wish to use museum, library, or other archival materials located in the
> USA. A portion of the grant may go toward research materials, assistance,
> and reasonable subsistence costs. Although these grants are primarily
> intended to support postdoctoral research on Japan, Ph.D. candidates are
> also eligible to receive support for doctoral dissertation research at
> appropriate collections. Grantees must use American carriers for any
> transportation to be reimbursed under this program. Applicants must not
> have received funds in this category within the past five years
> (2) Short-term Travel to Japan
> Short-term Travel to Japan for Professional Purposes. Grants of a maximum
> of 200,000 yen are available to cover expenses in Japan while conducting a
> specific project explicitly related to Japan, which can be accomplished in
> the period of time requested. These grants are intended for short-term
> research trips by scholars who are already familiar with Japan and with
> their topic, but who need time in Japan in order to complete their work.
> Grantees may not use awards for reimbursement of international
> transportation under this program, and are expected to seek supplementary
> funds from other sources. Grants are made only to people with a Ph.D. or
> comparable professional qualification. Ph.D. candidates are not eligible
> for this program. Applicants must not have received funds in this
> category within the past five years
> (3) Seminars on Teaching About Japan
> Seminars on Teaching About Japan. Grants normally will not exceed $5,000.
> Projects should be designed to promote public and scholarly knowledge
> about Japan, including seminars and workshops designed to improve Japanese
> language teaching and pedagogy. NEAC funds may be used for participant
> travel and room and board (not to exceed $100 a day), plus materials and
> administrative costs of organizers. Funds cannot be used for honoraria,
> or to reimburse any expenditures incurred in currencies other than the US
> dollar. Applicants should explain the character and rationale of their
> proposed seminar, identify faculty participants and their proposed
> contributions, indicate how the results of the project will be made
> available to the profession, and prepare a budget estimate. Applications
> for projects not recently funded by NEAC will be given priority.
> (4) Instructional Materials for Teaching About Japan
> Instructional Materials. Small grants normally under $1000 are available
> for the purchase in dollars of audio-visual materials to accompany
> workshops or to be used in ongoing classroom instruction. The grants are
> intended to assist faculty at institutions which otherwise do not offer
> funds to obtain audio-visual materials for their Japan-related courses,
> and workshops or consortia through which such resources could have wide
> distribution and impact. Applicants must specify in which course the
> materials will be used, the estimated enrollment for the course, and the
> exact title of the requested materials.
> (5) Japan-related Speakers and Panels
> Japan-related Speakers and Panels at National Conventions of Major
> Scholarly Disciplines. The purpose of this program is to encourage
> scholarly study of Japan by disciplinary specialists such as political
> scientists, economists, geographers, musicologists, linguists, historians,
> anthropologists, linguists, and scientists, by providing financial support
> to organizers of panels at annual conventions of national scholarly
> organizations (rather than area-studies oriented meetings) to bring Japan
> experts (of any nationality) and Japanese scholars to participate in those
> panels. Preference will be given to applications that come from the
> professional associations where Japanese perspectives have been
> historically neglected.
> Grants for up to $1,500 are available to organizers of national
> conventions of a scholarly discipline to bring an eminent speaker to
> address the convention on a Japanese topic. The person may be an academic
> figure, a public figure, a distinguished performer in the arts, or any
> person of distinction. The grant may cover domestic and international
> travel costs, two days board and room, an honorarium ($500 maximum), and
> organizing costs.
> Additional grants for up to $1,000 are available to cover travel within
> North America for up to four participants, per diem expenses limited to
> two nights lodging, and administrative costs.
> The maximum funding for any one panel under this program is $2,500. In
> all cases, the daily expenses of lodging and food to be reimbursed per
> person will not exceed $100. Administrative costs are limited to $100.
> Any airfare tickets purchased with funds from these grants must be secured
> in the United States, from American air carriers. Grants may not be used
> to reimburse any expenses incurred in currencies other than the U. S.
> dollar.


From: "Obbink, Kim" <kobbink@montana.edu>
To: "'utsumi@columbia.edu'" <utsumi@columbia.edu>,
"'Ben I. Haraguchi'"
Cc: "'Myron_Nordquist@burns.senate.gov'"
Subject: concept paper
Date: Wed, 21 Apr 1999 14:43:20 -0600

Dear Ben and Tak,

As I mentioned when you were in Bozeman, this is the time of year when the
senate staffers work on FY2000 appropriation opportunities. Myron and Todd
Capser asked me for something that they could start with for our project. I
think that we are going to need to work all sectors (federal, local,
corporate, and public) to identify funding for the things we want to do.

I'm attaching my concept paper draft that I provided to Todd and Myron. You
will note that I borrowed some of the language from your materials and I
want to make sure that this meets with your approval. Todd needed something
yesterday so I threw it together.

I like Ben's mission statement very much and will work to incorporate this
into our materials.

I look forward to your comments.



The digital revolution and economic globalization are taking us into a new
era. We are moving towards a global knowledge society where information,
skills and competence become the driving forces of social and economic
development. The problems associated with this transformation can no longer
be solved by traditional means. The Internet, with its extending and
improving infrastructure, will be the main telecommunication media of
tomorrow. It has been extended to most countries, albeit with slow-to-medium
speed. The advancement of videoconferencing, telephony, broadband Internet,
World Wide Web, and other communication and information technologies is
rapidly creating new opportunities for establishing international distance
learning and global-healthcare/telemedicine programs that will allow us to
foster global citizenship and achieve "education for all."

Broadband Internet Access:
Broadband Internet backbone development such as VBNS and Internet 2 are
expanding high-speed Internet access to higher education and healthcare
institutions throughout the country. This technology extends increased band-width to University researchers requiring the ability to manipulate large
quantities of data and graphic images. In addition, this technology holds
great promise for improving multimedia distance learning capabilities,
especially in rural and isolated areas that are not well served by commercial
network providers. The enhanced distance learning capabilities of broadband
Internet are only beginning to be explored and offer an immediate benefit to
the populations served by these networks.

The Montana Test-Bed:
Montana's large geographic distances and diverse terrain, sparse population
distribution, and lack of broadband Internet and telecommunications
infrastructure makes it an ideal test-bed for establishing technical and
education program models that can be replicated internationally in developing
countries and remote and geographically isolated areas. Current network
infrastructure in Montana is fragmented and uncoordinated. Distance learning
and telehealth efforts are far from economical and limited in their ability to
create accessible, affordable, engaging, and reliable resources. These are
challenges faced by many western states as well as by Hawaii, Alaska, and the
South Pacific islands. In spite of the barriers, the demand for distance
learning and telehealth capabilities is great. People recognize that access
to education and resources through telecommunications will allow them to
maintain communities that are competitive and economically viable.
This pilot project will utilize the capabilities of broadband Internet access
to extend high-end multimedia distance learning and telehealth programs
throughout Montana. The program will increase connectivity for Montana Tribal
Colleges, create high-speed imaging cababilities for Montana hospital and
emergency medical services throughout the state, and establish University
linkages with the previously unconnected broadband video network located
throughout eastern Montana. In addition the project will make connections and
extend programs and resources to other western states and to Hawaii, the South
Pacific Islands, and Asia, establishing a prototype for international distance
learning and telehealth connections that can be replicated worldwide.

Project Partners:
Montana State University-Bozeman is working in collaboration with the Global
University Consortium (GU), and the Foundation for Support of the United
Nations (FSUN) to establish this international distance learning pilot
project. Pilot project partners include the University of Hawaii Curriculum &
Development Center, PEACESAT, the Institute of International Education, Maui
High Performance Computing Center, the Open University of the Philippines and
the University of Tokyo. In addition the project will collaborate with
national PBS, Montana Public Television, and the University of Arizona to test
applications for utilizing digital television to extend broadband capabilities
to rural regions. Initial pilot demonstration programs will include distance
learning and telehealth applications in nursing, emergency medical services,
engineering, environmental sciences, and professional development for primary
and secondary teachers. Each partner brings significant strengths to
establishing both the technical and educational success of this project.

A Global Vision:
Montana State University will serve as a hub for broadband Internet access and
a model program distribution center for the Western North America/Pacific
region. FSUN and GU are simultaneously working to establish pilot efforts for
North/South America and Europe/Africa hubs. This project will demonstrate the
capacity of broadband Internet technology for high quality and economical
distance learning. In addition the model will combine broadband Internet with
other existing and cost effective telecommunications technology that reach
geographically isolated areas, increase access for all Montana citizens and
rural western states, and establish a prototype for the deployment of distance
learning and telemedicine efforts on a global scale.
List of Distribution

Kimberly K. Obbink
Burns Telecommunications Center and Extended Studies
Montana State University
128 EPS Building
Bozeman, MT 59717-3860
406-994-5681 (direct)
Fax: 406-994-7856

Norman J. Peterson, Ph.D.
Director, Office of International Programs
Montana State University
400 Culbertson Hall
P. O. Box 172260
Bozeman, MT 59717-2260
Fax: 406-994-1619

Ben I. Haraguchi
Foundation for the Support of the United Nations (FSUN)
809 United Nations Plaza, Suite 1200
New York, NY 10017
Fax: 212-986-8131

Nels D. Sanddal
President and CEO
Critical Illness and Trauma Foundation
300 N. Wilson Ave., Suite 3002
Bozeman, MT 59715
Fax: 406-585-2741

Mr. Myron Nordquist
Legislative Counsel
U.S. Senator Conrad Burns' Office
187 Dirksen Senate Building
Washington, D.C. 20510-2603
Fax: 202-224-8594
Cell: 301-646-8153
804-924-7573 -- at the U. of VA.
Fax: 804-982-2622 -- at the U. of VA.

Mr. Ichiro Watanabe
Senior Advisor
Foundation for the Support of the United Nations
Sankyo Bekkan Room 201
1-7-10 Iidabashi
Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-0072
Fax: 03-3556-9495
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