News & Events: 2009
We have good news to report with our Computer Donations Program. In April 2009, we placed 20 desktop computers with monitors in the Loneman Day School on the Pine Ridge Reservation in Oglala, South Dakota. Please see our Programs page for the full story.
Recently, we were approved as a new partner organization by the National Cristina Foundation, a not-for-profit foundation which encourages companies and individuals to donate computers and other technology, which are then matched to charities, schools, and public agencies. This was the result of a grant application drafted and submitted by one of our volunteers (and wife of Board member Brad Barnes), Heidi Barnes, with assistance from UMI Network Administrator, James Rallo.
Periodically, we will be receiving computers from the Cristina Foundation for placement in schools in need that serve Native Americans. James Rallo has engaged the Combbat Robotics Team, which is comprised of students from two local schools - Astronaut High School and Titusville High School. Prior to shipping the computers to the designated Native American schools, six students from the Robotics Team, are volunteering their time to dust, erase all data, and install software on the computers under the supervision of James, one of the team mentors. Many thanks to these students for giving of their time to help Native American students!
We are pleased to announce that we have two additional board members who were voted in at our April 15th Board meeting. They are Gloria Dennard and Dr. Abraham E. Haspel. Gloria is the current site manager for the UMI Warner Robins office and previously worked with Northrop Grumman. She has over 20 years experience in US Air Force program management and was the 2007 American Taekwondo Association World Champion in weapons. Dr. Haspel is the president of the Cogent Analysis Group, LLC, a company he founded in 2008, which provides consulting services to commercial clients and government agencies. He has a long and distinguished history working at the highest levels of the U.S. government with the Department of the Interior and the Department of Energy. We are honored to welcome Gloria and Abe to our Board of Directors.