<<June 13, 2000>>

John Senyo C. Afele, Ph.D <jafele@plant.uoguelph.ca>

Roger Lee Boston <rboston@tenet.edu>

Dear John:

(1) Many thanks for your msg (ATTACHMENT I and II).

(2) I thank you again for your cordial invitation. This sounds very
exciting and promising initiative.

I shall wait to receive soon the identification number of the
electronic airticket from your secretary.

(3) I would greatly appreciate it if you can kindly prepare following
equipment for my presentation from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm of June 15;

(a) Overhead projector,

(b) PC to access web via high (better than 56 Kbps) speed Internet and
a projector,

(If this PC has NetMeeting videoconferencing software, it will be
superb. If not, you can download it from <www.microsoft.com> free
of charge. To use it, we would also need a camera.)

(c) Flip chart,

(d) VCR and TV monitor,

(e) Ordinary analog telephone line.

(4) I would also like to suggest that we would have a NetMeeting
videoconferencing with Roger Boston from 3:00 pm of June 15 for about 30
minutes. He can describe;

(a) his use of the NetMeeting with his distance learning from around the world,

(b) his use of inexpensive Internet telephony, etc.

Pls let me know if this is permissible with your faculty.

Dear Roger:

Pls let me know your availability.

(5) During my presentation, I would like to access URLs listed in ATTACHMENT III and others.

Looking forward to meeting with you soon,

Best, Tak

Date: Mon, 12 Jun 2000 09:55:45 -0400
From: John Afele <jafele@uoguelph.ca>
To: utsumi@columbia.edu
Subject: Itinerary

Dear Prof. Utsumi-san:

I returned from Rome yesterday, having attended the First Consultation
on Agricultural Information Management, organized by the United Nations
Food and Agricultural Organization at its headquarters in Rome, Italy.
The meeting brought together government representatives and other
stakeholders. I was an alternate delegate from Canada and my
participation was because Dr. Anton Mangstl, Director of the Library &
Documentations Division of the FAO, and convenor of the meeting, has
been in touch with my work for about one year now.

Regarding your visit. I am trying to finalize your itinerary this
morning. I have some sketch in the message below, which I had sent to my
Dean from Rome. I am follwing up this morning and will send you the
final version later today.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Thu, 8 Jun 2000 10:05:06 -0400 (EDT)
From: John C Afele <jafele@uoguelph.ca>
To: mmcglone@oac.uoguelph.ca
Subject: Hello

Hi Marie:


Would you please pass this message to the Dean for me.

I have quite a few faculty lined up for Prof. Takeshi Utsumi's visit
(June 15 and 16). He will arrive on the 14 afternoon. For the 15, I am
thinking of a schedule in your office say at 1030 am to noon. I am
thinking of a general session at 2pm (probably till 4pm). I have reserved room
307 in crop science building and the list of faculty includes Rick Yada, Mark
Waldron, Bill Culp, Jana, Doug Pletsch, Duane Falk, Glen Filson, Philip
Truman; Nora Cerbotarev and Clarence (Swanton) would join on 16 beacuse
of travels. I have informed Jim Shute and John Fitz-Gobons as well, and many others.

I intend the June 15, 2-4pm session to be when he briefs those present
about the Global University System, and if you would be available, if
you can chair that session? As for the discussions about the possibility that
Guelph hosts the African Component of the Global University System, I
would prefer that it remains a small group, held during the morning
session at your office (10.30-12, June 15).

I have spoken with Bill Culp to have a tour of his facility (Independent
Studies & Distributed Learning), probably prior to Prof. Utsumi meeting you.

(I will also include stops at the Computing and Communications Services).


Thanking you.

John Afele

Date: Mon, 12 Jun 2000 16:48:12 -0400
From: John Afele <jafele@uoguelph.ca>
To: utsumi@columbia.edu
Subject: Re: Itinerary

Dear Prof. Utsumi-san:

The travel agent was going to email you about your travel arrangements. She
will issue you an e-ticket and I have verified from her that she has you
booked in Ramada very close to the university.

I will meet you at the airport, Pearson International Airport in Toronto,
Terminal 2. Your flight will be on Air Canada AC 715, arriving in Toronto at
3.40pm on June 14. Your departure is scheduled for Friday, June 16, at 6pm
>From the same airport.

Here are the elements of June 15:

9 - 10 am: Meeting with the Dean, Ontario Agricultural College (and others; small group)

10-11 am: Visit to Independent Studies Program

11 am-12 noon: Visit to the Centre for International Programs *(yet to confirm time)

Noon - 2pm: Lunch

2 - 4 pm: Lecture: Global University System (or a topic of your choice). It
will be a core group, not too large.

The director of computing and communications services will return tomorrow
for confirmation of itinerary for June 16. I have asked that you visit their facilitites.

The Chair of my academic program (Prof. Clarence Swanton) is in Brazil and
will be back for June 16 meeting with you; so would Prof. Nora Cebotarev.

I will brief you about the groups and individuals you will be meeting when I
meet you at the airport. I don't think there is much preparation you need to
do regarding the group here; very easy people. The group I have is both
technical - in various disciplines, and also in distance learning.

If you would present issues relating to your background, GUS, GSTF, etc.,
that would be more than adequate.

The meeting with the Dean of Ontario Agricultural College would be when you
could explore the issues of affiliation. He is very dynamic and has been my
main financier. He understands outreach programs and knows a lot about
funding opportunities.

Below, I have excerpts of some of the comments from some of the faculty you
will be meeting:

Thanks for including me in this email. I would very much like to
meet with Prof Utsumi when he is here. I will contact you re a
schedule, etc.

Hello John
Thank you for informing me of the visit of Prof. Utsumi. I will be
available some of the time on the 15th and 16th so please keep me
informed of his sessions


Yes, I would be interested in meeting Prof. Utsumi... I will be here
on those dates... let me know the itinerary.
MW [Mark Waldron]

Dear John: Your last message bring very interesting and impotant
information and I must congratulate your for all the different
initiatives on which you are working. This definitely, seem to be a
very worthwhile project and I am looking forward to attending any activities
you will have planned for June 16th. Unfortunately, I will not be able
to be of much help to you because I have yto go to Ecuadors on Friday
and will be back on June 15th, in the after noon. So, please, let me
know what will be on on June 16th and I will try to attend as much of
it as I can.
Cordially, Nora

It sounds like Prof. Utsumi is doing some very interesting things.
I hope he's successful in getting JICA and USAID to fund broadband
internet transmission to Africa. Yes, I'd like to meet him when he's here.
Best regards!

Hi John,

Thanks for informing re the visit. On the 15th I will be receiving
visitors from Egypt and hence may not be available for all the
meetings. However, keep me informed and I will try to squeeze
sometime for these meetings. I really hope the meetings turn out
to be positive for your endeavours.


John: Prof. Utsumi's visit in the morning on Thursday, the 15th of
June is herein confirmed as anticipated by Independent
Study/ACCESS. I have an appointment at 1 p.m. in London that
day so I would propose that the visit will end around 11 a.m.

I do not think I will be available for the 16th as that is a "lab day"
re: video production. I think Mark Waldron can represent my interests
on Friday. Regards! BiLL

Thanks John for the update - Sorry for the delay in responding. Good
luck with your initiatives. See you next week. Cheers, Rickey.

Rickey Yada

(I just spent about an hour with Jim Mahone, who is equally well-versed in
issues of community, development, and funding etc.)

I will provide further update by tomorrow.

Sincerely yours.

John Afele

Reference web sites


2. Tampere conference (Finland, August 1999)

3. Global University System:


Paper on GUS for the Manaus, Amazon mini-workshop (May 2000)

Memorandum of Understanding for GUS Partnerships

4. Global University System Asia-Pacific Framework

5. Global broadband Internet networks

6. Global Service Trust Fund (GSTF):


GSTF as [Arthur C.] Clarke telecommunications project

7. Manaus workshop

English version

Portuguese version

Amazon photos, MPEG & streaming video

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John Senyo C. Afele, Ph.D
International Program for Africa
Department of Plant Agriculture
Johnston Hall, Room 136
Ontario Agricultural College
University of Guelph
Guelph, Ontario, Canada N1G 2W1
Tel: +1-519-824-4120 ext 6419
Fax: +1-519-763-8933
Email: jafele@plant.uoguelph.ca

Roger Lee Boston
Rockwell Chair/Instructor
Distance Education/Technology Center
Houston Community College System
4310 Dunlavy Street
P.O.Box 7849
Houston, Texas 77006
Tel: +1-713-718 5224
Fax: +1-713-718 5301
boston_r@hccs.cc.tx.us (secondary)
* Takeshi Utsumi, Ph.D., P.E., Chairman, GLOSAS/USA *
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* Laureate of Lord Perry Award for Excellence in Distance Education *
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