SCOLA to Host our 22nd USTTI Training Course

USTTI 2013

SCOLA staff is excitedly preparing to welcome international participants for our 22nd USTTI training course. On August 11th we will host visitors from around the world at the SCOLA Campus and have the opportunity to provide hands-on training courses and show hospitable American culture to international guests for two weeks.

     USTTI courses at SCOLA provide great opportunities for exchanging cultures and improving international communication. This year’s training course will take place during a two week period at the SCOLA campus in McClelland, Iowa. The training will included hands-on sessions in video transmission, satellite fundamentals, and SCOLA services. Evenings and weekends will present a more laid back atmosphere for the guests to enjoy Omaha, Council Bluffs, and the surrounding areas.

     The USTTI training course always makes for a busy time at the SCOLA campus, but we look forward to meeting our new group of USTTI participants!

Save the Date!

The Paprika Ball, The Cleveland Hungarian Development Panel’s annual fundraiser, will be held on March 1st, 2014 in Cleveland, OH.

The Cleveland Hungarian Development Panel (CHDP) is a non-profit organization of dedicated volunteers who recognize the need to promote and support educational and cultural ties between Americans and Hungarians.  The mission of the CHDP is to provide assistance and the exchange of ideas for Hungarian projects in the areas of commerce, education, health and human services.  Funds for the work of the CHDP are based primarily on the annual Paprika Ball and private donations.

The Cleveland Hungarian Development Panel’s President, Elizabeth Papp Taylor, writes that from 1990 until July 2013 “the Panel has given over $1,000,000 in assistance and helped promote the exchange of ideas for Hungarian projects in the areas of commerce, education, and health and human services.” Taylor also noted the 2013 Paprika event honoring the Cleveland Orchestra was the third most successful in 23 years. The event raised a net profit of $62,517.57. This year, they need your help to make Paprika even more successful!

Come enjoy cocktails, dinner, dancing and Hungarian music at Paprika 2014:

Date:  Saturday, March 1, 2014

Time: 6:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m.

Theme:  Brilliance of Hungarian Minds

Dress: Black Tie

Ticket Prices:  $200 ($100 tax-deductible) to $500 ($400 tax deductible).  Tables of eight starting at $2.500 ($1,700 tax deductible)

Location:  Ritz Carlton Hotel, 1515 W. 3rd Street, Cleveland, OH 44113

For more information call  (440) 256-2264 or visit  www.clevelandhdp.org.

Where’s Bakhtiyar?

For some people, the iresizedea of traveling alone might sound like an experience they would rather avoid, but for adventurous Bakhtiyar it is just an ordinary day. Bakhtiyar is a young boy from Uzbekistan who travels the world exploring a different country each month. Bakhtiyar’s adventure began when his father Askar started sending us material for our July 2013 Country of the Month, Uzbekistan. When Bakhtiyar found out that SCOLA subscribers were experiencing a new country each month he wanted to do the same!

Bakhtiyar’s travel itinerary follows the SCOLA Country of the Month. He began his journey in Nepal, where he joined a group of women planting paddy and singing Ropai songs.  After Nepal, Bakhtiyar made his way to the Philippines and even had enough free time to check out Christmas decorations for sale in Roosevelt markeresizedt. Just last week he arrived at his current destination, the Czech Republic where he was recently spotted at a monastery in the woods.

Bakhtiyar loves seeing the sights and meeting new people on his trip, but the main goal of his travels are that SCOLA subscribers are able to enjoy and learn from his adventures. Following Bakhtiyar’s adventures allows us to visit people and places we may never have the opportunity to experience.

Follow us on Facebook to tag along with Bakhtiyar’s global adventure.

Is there a country, landmark, or person you would like to see Bakhtiyar visit? Please let us know in the comment section below!

The SCOLA Story

Sometimes it is fun to take a look into the past, whether it be at old pictures, videos, newspapers or journals, and see how much times have changed. Recently we stumbled upon a blog post written by Father Lee Lubbers in April 2006. The post is a timeline of the evolution of SCOLA, beginning when Father Lubbers founded the organization. The following are some key points of Father Lubbers’ and SCOLA’s past:

“1979 to 1981, the gradual DEREGULATION 20 of satellites and the birth of the Private Satellite Industry.

Last resort, I presented Mike Morrison, President of Creighton University with a list of the only three places I thought to be feasible for antenna interference-free installation, and asked him for a decision. The three places were: a) the grassy sward just outside and under the windows of his office; b) the only large grassy lawn on the mall, next to the Kiewit Center; and c) where Brother Jelinek, V.P, in charge of buildings and grounds, parked his car. Mike nixed the first two, and demurred from even touching the delicate question of Brother Jelinek’s parking place, leaving me dangling to face Jelinek all by myself.

Jelinek predictably vetoed for all eternity and beyond any chance of putting nonsense like this in his parking place. BUT, he said we should put it on the roof of the maintenance garage down on the Old Football field level.

We bought a little tin shelter for a couple of decoder receivers, the kind of tool shed you put in your backyard to shelter the lawnmower;

Summer of 1982-1983 cabling through the tunnels a mainline to all the buildings on campus. THIS BEGAN THE CABLE SYSTEM FOR CREIGHTON UNIVERSITY

1983. FIRST CONFERENCE “Come and See” campus Cable Systems.

Lubbers traveled coast to coast demonstrating a portable version of our tracking system mounted in the bed of the pickup truck; I would drive up to the campus, plug in, and in a minute or less the signal popped in. Learned University people simply could not understand nor believe that this could provide “Live” internal Russian Television till they saw it with their own eyes.

1985-1986, SCOLA conferences promoting Russian, entertaining Russians from Siberia, Lubbers two trips all over Russia, including a SCOLA Conference sponsored by the Orbital Mechanics in Krasnoyarsk U.S. Govt. people with first names begin to attend our conferences.

1988-1990: multiplication of Receive-only antennas; University Executives nervous.

1992-1993: Lubbers stumbles onto Pottawattamie County Home–it being cautiously (they avoided “fly-by-night offers) available on the market; after several solo sneaky visits to the property, peeking in windows, hiking the perimeter, even visiting the postmaster, stepping over or under the rusty pipe barrier blocking the driveway, etc. drags Francis and Dick Kuhns out to view it

October, 1992: we declare official interest in the property after a complete tour and price discussion with county officials. In their turn county supervisors inspect our history on the CU campus, solidity and viability of the business.

JANUARY 1, 1993: SCOLA with completed title began taking possession of the POOR FARM.

1990’s: Early major visit of the PRC Shanxi TV Vice President for the express purpose of making a 10-year cooperation agreement with SCOLA. This provided 8-person teams of Chinese TV professionals to be in residence here for 18-month periods, assist us with initiation of a 24-hour CHINA CHANNEL and many other advantages to us and all American students.

2002: Lubbers (finally) nominates Dick Kuhns as Chairman of the Board, and Francis Lajba as President and CEO.

Dick Kuhns dies and Francis nominates SENATOR DAVID KARNES as Chairman of the Board.

SCOLA channels with 120 countries in 80-plus languages

Most recent Conference (April 20-21, 2006) succeeds in reaching 100 fathoms under-ocean placement of gala dining with the sharks and other ancestors, Omaha Henry Doorly ZOO.

July 4th weekend: added CHANNEL 5 beautifully and successfully.”

Since Father Lubber’s 2006 post, a lot has changed at SCOLA. In the past 7 years we have added three more channels, had hundreds of guests visit for our annual conference, rebuilt and improved the SCOLA website, and added new services. We also currently have resources from 160 countries in over 200 languages! This year we are working on launching a more user-friendly website that offers enhanced search capabilities. In addition to the new website, we are currently constructing the anxiously awaited Savoir-Vivre.

To see the full post from Father Lubber’s blog visit http://scolastory.livejournal.com/10487.html.

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Behind the Scenes: Meet Kalpana

This month, SCOLA fans learned about the Country of Nepal on our social media sites. The information shared about the country was brought to us by Kalpana and Chinta, both are from Nepal and both are former USTTI participants at SCOLA!

kalpana2At four years old, Kalpana joined “The Rising School” and went on to pass the SLC (School Leaving Certificate) examination in 2000. She then joined the Unique Academy of Lalitpur and passed in 2002. Afterwards, Kalpana joined the Patan Multiple campus of Lalitpur, which is controlled by Tribhuvan University. She graduated with a BBS (Bachelors in Business Studies) in 2006. Kalpana then  accepted her first job in a computer institute where she received experience in computer hardware repair, and maintenance and general operation of computer applications.

In 2008, Kalpana joined Nepal Television as a Senior Assistant Computer Operator. She has also worked in computer repair and maintenance, Repair Maintenance of Non linear Editing sets, Internet sharing, Audio/ Video Networks, and website updating in Nepal Television.

Kalpana got the opportunity to visit Mexico in 2011 as the representative of Nepal Television Employee Association. While there, she learned about Mexico’s culture and geography.

Then in 2012, Kalpana visited the United States for the USTTI program “Satellite and Internet Delivery of Educational Television and Multimedia” at SCOLA. Since then, Kalpana has been working asKalpana1 a provider for SCOLA.

Currently, Kalpana is completing a Master’s Degree in Information Technology from Sikkim Manipal University in Kathmandu. She will be done with the program soon.

Kalpana says “I am very much happy to be the part of the SCOLA and I am enjoying the work I do for SCOLA. I am ready to work for SCOLA in the future for any types of jobs they require.” SCOLA is also happy to have Kalpana as one of our providers and looks forward to receiving more media from her home country of Nepal!

To learn more about Nepal or learn what the Country of the Month for September will be, log on to any of our social media sites:

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Travel the World. Discover its People. Explore New Lifestyles.

Whether it’s meeting new people, tasting different foods, or visiting famous landmarks, everyone has a favorite part about visiting a foreign country. However, some people don’t have the time or money to travel around the world, which is why SCOLA is excited to introduce you to our new service, Savoir-Vivre (Coming Soon!). Savoir-Vivre is a global adventure in culture. Travel the world, discover its people, and explore new lifestyles. No passport needed!

Savoir-VivreSavoir-Vivre is unlike any other service. You won’t just read about new countries and cultures, you will experience them!  Have you ever wondered how to make traditional Uzbek plov? Or what the dating rules in Nepal are? Escape on a global adventure from the comfort of your own living room. Explore real cities and streets from around the world and discover everything you need to know about life in another country.

You won’t need a passport for this journey, but you will need a subscription to SCOLA. Contact Us today to get started!

Do you have a cultural topic or country you would like to see featured on Savoir-Vivre? Let us know!

Preparing for International Visitors

We are excitedly planning SCOLA’s annual training course for the United States Telecommunications Training Institute (USTTI). On August 12, we will welcome visitors from Botswana, Nigeria, Nepal, Tanzania and the Philippines. We will have the opportunity to provide hands-on training courses and show hospitable American culture to international guests for two weeks.

For the past 20 years, USTTI courses at SCOLA have provided great opportunities for exchanging cultures and improving international communication. This year’s training courses will take place each weekday during the two week period at the SCOLA campus in McClelland, Iowa. The training will include hands-on sessions in video transmission, satellite fundamentals, and SCOLA services.

The video transmission training will include sessions in video camera basics, sound and lighting, editing and more. Each session will be taught by various SCOLA staff.

The satellite fundamentals will include information on basic satellite functions, dish pointing, and more. These sessions will also be taught by various SCOLA staff.

The USTTI participants will also attend hands-on sessions for the various language services SCOLA offers. The guests will be taught how to use each service and also gain some experience in sending SCOLA the best possible material for each service. Each session will be ran by the SCOLA employee that manages the service.

The USTTI participants will be taught a lot each day on the SCOLA campus, which is why evenings and weekends will present a more laidback atmosphere. When they are not in their training courses the guests will be enjoying various activities in Council Bluffs, Iowa, and Omaha, Nebraska.

The variety of training courses, hands-on sessions, and activities are sure to teach the USTTI participants a lot, while also impressing and interesting them. We look forward to making this the best year yet as we continue preparing for the arrival of our international guests.