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Educational scholarships, a revamped web site, new RCDDs -- its all here in the latest news from BICSI . . .


May 1, 2000  


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CAST YOUR VOTES

It is election time again and several positions on the Board of Directors will be up for grabs. The available positions are Region 2 Director, Region 4 Director and Region 5 Director. By the time you read this, the self-nomination forms will have been sent out. So now is your chance to get involved in this very worthwhile organization.

Will I run again? All I can say is you will have to wait to see the official candidate’s list.

SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE

Be sure to check the information on educational scholarships that was recently sent out to all Region 5 members. BICSI sponsors a $5000 scholarship for telecommunications education that is available to BICSI members and their families.

One scholarship will be awarded in each of BICSI’s six regions, in addition to one for members not residing within a region and one for the membership at-large. This means members in Region 5 have two chances at winning a scholarship. The deadline to apply is July 1, 2000; the winner will be chosen on July 15, 2000.

SITE GETS REDESIGN

BICSI’s web site has been redesigned with a handy new navigational tool for easy access. Check it out at www.bicsi.org.

If you have been thinking about adding the LAN Specialty to your RCDD, have a look at the new RCDD/LAN assessment guide on the site. This self-administered guide will show which areas you should study and which classes will best assist you in passing the LAN Specialty exam.

If there are legislative concerns regarding telecommunications in your province, post them on the Government Watchdog Forum. The forum lets you ask questions, voice concerns, and post messages on any aspect of telecommunications premises cabling.

BOARD MEETING HIGHLIGHTS

Here is a look at some interesting highlights from the most recent BICSI board meetings:

A motion was passed authorizing a DACUM (curriculum development) to be established for residential cabling, including a manual, education and registration program.

TI&M Panel 900 (the International Translation Panel of the Technical Information and Methods Committee) has been working on translating the BICSI Telecommunications Dictionary from English to Spanish. This project should be completed by June 2000.

BICSI has received accreditation from ANSI to write standards. The draft document of the proposed ANSI/BICSI/NECA standard will soon be posted on BICSI’s web site.

Guidelines were approved for BICSI’s Non-U.S. Publications.

The University of South Florida (USF) and BellSouth will co-sponsor the 2001 BICSI Winter Conference.

CANADIANS EARN CREDENTIALS

At the BICSI Winter 2000 Conference in Orlando, 59 members earned RCDD credentials and 18 achieved the RCDD/ LAN Specialty designation.

Congratulations to the three Region 5 members in that group: Claude Roger of Health Canada, Tunney’s Pasture in Ottawa (RCDD); Zdravko Cme of Mulvey & Banani International in Toronto (RCDD/LAN Specialist); Sergio U. Podda of Tyco Electronics in Stoney Creek, ON (RCDD/LAN Specialist).CS

Greg Porter, RCDD, is Region 5 Director of BICSI and Business Development Manager for Ontario-West at AMP of Canada Ltd., Markham, ON.


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