<<September 8, 2000>>
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Respectfully inquiring for a privilege of presenting our projects at the US Congressional Hearing

Kimberly K. Obbink, Ed.D. <kobbink@montana.edu>

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

Ben I. Haraguchi, J.D. <haralaw@cs.com>

Kenneth O. Roko <KenRoko@aol.com>

Nels D. Sanddal <nsanddal@citmt.org>

Edward Dodds <dodds@home.com>

Peter T. Knight, Ph.D. <ptknight@attglobal.net>

Dr. Joseph N. Pelton <ecjpelton@aol.com>

David S. Byer <david_byer@ed.gov>

Dr. David A. Johnson, AICP <daj@utk.edu>

Dear Kim:

(1) Instead of the morning of 9/15th (Friday) for our brainstorming session
on your Native American community project at Senator Burns' office
(proposed in ANNEX I), I would like to propose to change it to be held
in the morning of 9/14th.

Senator Burns is attending the Congressional Hearing on Web-Based
Education in the afternoon of 9/14th -- see ANNEX II below.

Pls let me know your decision ASAP, since I have to make a hotel
reservation depending on David's reply -- see below.

Dear Myron and Kim:

You may also attend this Hearing.

(2) This is because I would like to attend the Congressional Hearing on Web-Based Education in the afternoon of 9/14th and in the morning of 9/15th -- see ANNEX II.

Dear Ed:

Many thanks for your info on this hearing.

Dear David Byer:

(3) It was my great pleasure to have met with you at the ICDE/ABED
conferences in Sao Paulo last month.

This Congressional Hearing sounds very interesting.

In Sao Paulo, I gave you a copy of the full paper on our Global
University System" project -- which can be retrieved at


I would like to respectfully ask you if I can have a privilege of presenting our projects on;

1. Global University System,
2. Global Broadband Internet,
3. Global Service Trust Fund.

The Reference web sites" about them can be retrieved at


Dear Peter, Joe and David Johnson:

(4) If David gives me a time slot for my testimony, I would like to have
your support, too, by your attending this hearing -- I will let you know
as soon as I hear from David.

Dear Peter:

I suppose that you have met David in Sao Paulo, too.

Dear David Johnson:

If you have come back from your trip to California by this time, I
wish to have your support, too, -- especially emphasizing the
educational exchange aspect to follow up Senator Fulbright's
exchange program with advanced IT technologies.

Best, Tak

Date: Thu, 7 Sep 2000 13:28:58 -0400 (EDT)
From: Tak Utsumi <utsumi@friends-partners.org>
To: "Kimberly K. Obbink" <kobbink@montana.edu>
cc: Myron Nordquist <myron_nordquist@burns.senate.gov>,
Utsumi Takeshi <utsumi@columbia.edu>, Ben Haraguchi <haralaw@cs.com>, Roko Ken <KenRoko@aol.com>
Subject: Mtg in DC next week

Dear Kim:

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

(2) I can make either morning of 14th or 15th -- however, since Ken will be
in NY and CT in the week, it might be good for his convenience if you
choose the morning of 15th.

Our mtg could be at the conference room of Senator Burns, if possible
and if Myron can be there -- since he usually goes to his University of
Virginia on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

(3) I am very delighted to hear of your confidence to receive the grant from
Citicorp, though not arrived yet.

(4) Since Ben has spent his considerable amount of money previously, e.g.,
our visit to Bozeman, Tokyo and Manila, DC, etc., I would strongly
suggest that you should have him in our mtg also -- I am taking the
liberty of copying this msg to him.

Dear Ken:

(5) Thanks for your msg -- Kim's second trial was successful.

BTW, what is WebStar?

Best, Tak

From: "Obbink, Kim" <kobbink@montana.edu>
To: "'utsumi@columbia.edu'" <utsumi@columbia.edu>
Subject: FW: update
Date: Wed, 6 Sep 2000 14:33:12 -0600

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Obbink, Kim
> Sent: Wednesday, September 06, 2000 2:27 PM
> To: 'kenroko@aol.com'; 'utsumi@columbia.edua'
> Cc: 'nsanddal@citmt.org'
> Subject: update
> Dear Tak and Ken,
> I'm planning to be in DC next week for a few days and am wondering if we
> have any reason to meet and catch up on things? Although it has not yet
> arrived, I am still assured that funding is forthcoming from Citicorp for
> our efforts to explore rural/international cross cultural distance
> learning. I have been dragging my feet on this email in hopes that the
> check would arrive but unfortunately I'm still waiting.
> If you would like to try and meet while I'm in DC we could cover the
> travel costs from the Citicorp funds and continue to discuss our roles in
> this project. We could also try to spend a few minutes with Myron and
> talk about other opportunities that need follow-up. The best times for me
> would be morning or late afternoon on Thursday the 14th. I could also
> possibly meet Friday morning (15th) or for dinner and later on Wednesday the 13th.
> Again, sorry for the short notice. If this doesn't work we can plan for a
> future time to get together.
> Kim

From: KenRoko@aol.com
Date: Thu, 7 Sep 2000 02:25:48 EDT
Subject: Note from Kim and my response
To: utsumi@columbia.edu

Tak, you may have not received this message ... Kim had your
domain name incorrect ... just in case she went on the road without
sending this to your correct address.

Perhaps I missed your response .. did you think about my offer to become
a member of the Board of Advisors for WebStar ?

Hope all is well with you and the family.

Regards, Ken

Subj: Re: update
Date: 9/6/00 5:40:39 PM Eastern Daylight Time
From: KenRoko
To: kobbink@montana.edu,
CC: nsanddal@citmt.org


Friday would be better for me, but I will defer and be flexible depending on
Tak's availability. I understand wholeheartedly about the funding .. money
never comes easy. Let me know as soon as you can ... I have to go to NY
and CT next week, and the day we meet will determine my planning.

I still owe Nels a call .. sorry Nels .. promise to call you later on today
or tomorrow, depending on your availability.



From: "Ed Dodds" <dodds@home.com>
To: "Tak Utsumi (E-mail)" <utsumi@columbia.edu>
Subject: FW: Update Notice: 9/14-15 Hearing of the Web-based Education Commission
Date: Fri, 8 Sep 2000 08:52:50 -0500

-----Original Message-----
From: ED Web-based Education Commission [mailto:web_commission@ed.gov]
Sent: Thursday, September 07, 2000 6:09 PM
Subject: Update Notice: 9/14-15 Hearing of the Web-based Education Commission

This notice provides additional information about the fifth public hearing
of the Web-based Education Commission.

The hearing is scheduled for THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, FROM 1:00-6:00 PM in
room 124 of the Senate Dirksen Office Building, and FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 15,
FROM 8:30 AM TO 12 NOON in room 138 of the Senate Dirksen Office Building in Washington, DC.

The hearing on September 14 will focus on "The Promise of the Internet for
Learning: Voices from the Field." On September 15 the hearing will center on
the "The Promise of the Internet to Empower Adult Learners." Sen. Bob
Kerrey of Nebraska will serve as chair for both days. The hearings are open to the public.

1:00 TO 6:00 PM (all times approximate)

1:00-3:00 PM Panel 1: Public Officials, Members of Congress, Private Sector Experts

(Public Officials)
* Hon. Jacques Hallack, Assistant Director General for Education, UNESCO
* Hon. William Janklow, Governor of South Dakota
* Hon. William Kennard, Chairman, Federal Communications Commission
* Hon. Anthony Williams, Mayor, Washington, DC

(Members of Congress)
* Hon. Conrad Burns, U.S. Senator, Montana, Co-chair, Congressional Internet Caucus
* Hon. Tom Davis, U.S. Representative, Virginia, Co-chair, House Information Technology Group, invited
* Hon. Calvin Dooley, U.S. Representative, California, Co-chair, House New Democrat Coalition, invited
* Hon. Jim Jeffords, U.S. Senator, Vermont , Chair, Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, invited
* Hon. Edward Kennedy, U.S. Senator, Mass., Ranking Member, Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, invited

(Private Sector)
* William Bennett, Co-chair, Empower America
* Robert S. Christie, President and Chief Executive Officer, Thomson Learning
* Robin Willner, Director of Corporate Community Relations, IBM Corporation

3:00-3:45 PM Panel 2: State and Local Policymakers

* Hans Brisch, Chancellor, Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education and
Past President, State Higher Education Executive Officers
* Donald A. Domenech, Superintendent, Fairfax County, VA Public Schools
* David P. Driscoll, Massachusetts Commissioner of Education
* Hon. Jeanne Kohl-Welles, Chair, Washington State Senate Higher Education Committee

3:45-4:15 PM Panel 3: Access for Rural Populations

* Carolyn Elgin, President, Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute
* Joel Pate, Director, Eastern New Mexico Education Resource Center

4:15-5:00 PM Panel 4: Federal Research Agenda

* John Bransford, Centennial Professor, Department of Psychology & Human
Development and Co-Director, Learning Technology Center, Vanderbilt University
* Randy J. Hinrichs, Group Program Manager Learning Sciences and Technology Initiatives, Microsoft Research
* David Shaw, Chairman, D.E. Shaw & Co. and Juno Online Services and
Chairman, Panel on Educational Technology, President's Committee of Advisors on Science and Technology
* Judith Sunley, Interim Assistant Director for Education and Human Resources, National Science Foundation

5:00-5:45 PM Panel 5: The Child on the Web--Privacy and Protection

* Amy Aidman, Research Director, Center for Media Education
* Jodie Bernstein, Director, Bureau of Consumer Protection, Federal Trade Commission
* Bruce Bower, General Manager, LearningGate.com

SEPTEMBER 15, 2000
8:30 AM TO NOON (all times approximate)
8:30- 9:15 AM Panel 1: Education Publishing in the Digital Era

* Nader F. Darehshori, Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer, Houghton Mifflin Company
* Peter Jovanovich, Chief Executive Officer, Pearson Education

9:15-10:00 AM Panel 2: Commissions

* Katherine K. Clark, President & Chief Executive Officer, Landmark Systems
Corporation and Vice Chair, 21st Century Workforce Commission
* Elliot Masie, President, The Masie Center and Member, Advisory Commission on Training Opportunities
* Albert Siu, Chief Learning Officer, AT&T Corporation and Member, ASTD and
NGA Commission on Technology and Adult Learning

10:00-11:00 AM Panel 3: Practitioners

* Jane Baumgarten, Member, Board of Directors, AARP
* Larry Goldberg, Director, Media Access Group, WGBH Educational Foundation
* Andrew Hartman, Director, National Institute for Literacy
* Sally Johnstone, Director, Western Cooperative of Educational Telecommunications
* Robert Lapiner, Dean of Continuing Education and University Extension, UCLA
* Frank Mayadas, Program Director, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
* Jeanne Meister, President, Corporate University Xchange Inc

11:00 - noon Panel 4: New Business Models

* Greg Cappelli , Director and Senior Analyst, Credit Suisse First Boston Corporation
* Ira Fishman, Chief Executive Officer, HiFusion, Inc.
* Jeff Munks, Chief Strategist, DigitalThink
* Carol Vallone, Chief Executive Officer, WebCT


The first day of the hearing will explore issues of significance in
providing all students with the necessary tools to use the Internet
effectively. Both the current challenges and existing opportunities will be
discussed. The focus for the second day will be on the unique set of issues
confronting the use of Web-based technologies for training adult learners.


All witnesses will be submitting testimony to our web site
http://www.webcommission.org in advance of the hearing addressing a set of
core issues either on their behalf or on behalf of the organizations they
represent. The hearing will focus on the explicit suggestions and
recommendations found in each of the participant's testimony. Please visit
our web site frequently prior to September 14 and 15 to view the testimony
and to receive updated information on the hearing.


Congress established the Web-based Education Commission to ensure that all
learners can take full advantage of the educational promise of the World
Wide Web. The Commission is required to conduct a thorough study of the
critical pedagogical and policy issues affecting the development and use of
Web-based content and learning strategies to improve achievement at the K-12
and postsecondary levels.

The Commission must report its findings to the Congress, President, and
nation by November 2000. The Commission is comprised of 16 members who were
selected by the President, Secretary of Education, and congressional
leadership. The chairman of the Commission is Sen. Bob Kerrey of Nebraska
and the vice chairman is Rep. Johnny Isakson of Georgia.


Additional information about the Commission, its members, mission, past
activities and hearings is available on the Commission web site at
http://www.webcommission.org or by contacting Irene Spero, External
Relations Director, at (202) 219-7045 or irene_spero@ed.gov.

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Kimberly K. Obbink, Ed.D.
Burns Telecommunications Center and Extended Studies
128 EPS Building,
Montana State University
Bozeman, MT 59717-3860
Tel: +1-406-994 6550
Fax: +1-406-994 7856

Mr. Myron H. 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

Ben I. Haraguchi, J.D.
Secretary of GLOSAS/USA
Former President
Foundation for the Support of the United Nations (FSUN)
809 United Nations Plaza, Suite 1200
New York, NY 10017
Tel: +1-212-986 8114
Fax: +1-212-986 8131

Kenneth O. Roko
Next Generation Networks Technology, Inc.
8218 Running Creek Ct
Springfield, VA 22153-4610
Tel: +1-703-455-8770
Tel: +1-703-455-8771
Cel: +1-703-919-1965
Fax: +1-561-431-0315

Nels D. Sanddal
President & CEO
Critical Illness and Trauma Foundation
300 North Willson Avenue, Suite 3002
Bozeman, MT 59715
Tel: +1-406-585 2659
Fax: +1-406-585 2741

Edward Dodds
Association for the Development of Religious Information Systems (ADRIS)
PO Box 210735
Nashville TN 37221-0735
Fax: 508-632-0370

Peter T. Knight, Ph.D.
Board member of GLOSAS/USA
Knight, Moore - Telematics for Education and Development
Communications Development Incorporated (CDI)
Strategy, Policy, Design, Implementation, Evaluation
1808 I Street, NW, 7th Floor
Washington, DC 20006, USA
Tel: 1-202-775-2132 (secretary), 1-202-721-0348 (direct)
Fax: 1-202-775-2135 (office), 1-202-362-8482 (home)
IP for CU-SeeMe:
webmail: ptknight@netscape.net
http://www.knight-moore.com/partners/partnerindex.htm -- bio
http://www.knight-moore.com/projects/GSTF.html -- about GSTF
http://pws.prserv.net/ptknight/DeerIsleMaine.htm -- about his home in Maine

Dr. Joseph N. Pelton
Board member of GLOSAS/USA
Senior Research Scientist
Institute for Applied Space Research, Rm 340
George Washington University
2033 K Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20052
Fax: 202-994-5505
Acting Executive Director of CITI
Vice-Chair of the Arthur C. Clarke Foundation of the U.S. (ACCFUS)
Arthur C. Clark Institute for Telecommunication and Information (CITI)
4025 40th Street North
Arlington, VA 22207
(703) 536-6985

David S. Byer
Executive Director
Web-based Education Commission
U.S. Department of Education
1990 K Street, NW
Washington, DC 20006-8533
Tel: (202) 502-7561
Fax: (202) 502-7873

Dr. David A. Johnson, AICP
Board member of GLOSAS/USA
Former President of Fulbright Association
Professor Emeritus, School of Planning
College of Arts and Sciences
University of Tennessee
108-I Hoskins Library
Knoxville, TN 37996-4015
Tel: +1-865-974 5227
Fax: +1-865-974 5229
* Takeshi Utsumi, Ph.D., P.E., Chairman, GLOSAS/USA *
* (GLObal Systems Analysis and Simulation Association in the U.S.A.) *
* Laureate of Lord Perry Award for Excellence in Distance Education *
* Founder of CAADE *
* (Consortium for Affordable and Accessible Distance Education) *
* President Emeritus and V.P. for Technology and Coordination of *
* Global University System (GUS) *
* 43-23 Colden Street, Flushing, NY 11355-3998, U.S.A. *
* Tel: 718-939-0928; Fax: 718-939-0656 (day time only--prefer email) *
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