CTPAA Donates More Than $9,000 to Emma L. Bowen Foundation
Showing the cable industry that individuals who work in public affairs support great causes, the Cable Television Public Affairs Association (CTPAA) donated $9,060, the proceeds from its Silent Auction held during the association's annual meeting FORUM 2003, to the Emma L. Bowen Foundation for Minority Interests in Media. The Emma L. Bowen Foundation will use the donation to underwrite its annual Student Congress held in Washington, DC, during June. Over the past five years, CTPAA members have contributed more than $61,000 to the Emma L. Bowen Foundation through their participation in the Silent Auction.

"The Emma L. Bowen Foundation is developing and providing the industry with qualified minority candidates through an extremely creative and productive process," said CTPAA executive director Steve Jones. "We are pleased to help support them in their efforts while helping the cable industry achieve its diversity goals."

Individuals, operators, programmers and others donated more than 60 items to the auction. A sampling of donations included a suite for a Capitols game at the MCI Center donated by BET, a 40" RCA Scenium HDTV with DVD unit, donated by Thompson, Inc., New York Knick great Allan Houston's signed jersey and basketball donated by Cablevision, and a leather picnic carrying case and two bottles of wine from Time Warner Cable. CTPAA was very fortunate this year to have Todd Newton, Game Show Network's host of  "Whammy" as master of ceremony and auctioneer (Newton is a certified auctioneer) for the "live" portion of the auction.

Unlike traditional intern programs, the Emma L. Bowen Foundation and its corporate partners offer a five-year work/study program for minority students with proven scholastic achievement to work for partner companies during summers from students' junior year in high school until they graduate from college. Students are carefully screened based on academic records and recommendations from the faculty and advisors.

More than 140 students are currently in the program and an equal number have graduated from college. Many graduates are now pursuing their careers in media companies in production, sales and marketing, operations and engineering. The Emma L. Bowen Foundation also maintains a talent bank of minority business professionals for its partner companies.

 Support the Emma L. Bowen Foundation!
If you missed the Silent Auction at FORUM 2003, you still have a chance to help benefit the Emma L. Bowen Foundation for Minority Interests in Media, Inc. The following items are up for bid, so take a look and treat yourself or someone else to one of these goodies! If interested, please contact Sarah Mockler at services@ctpaa.org or 202/775-1081.

The Foundation is dedicated to offering minority students the support, education, and skills needed to obtain jobs in the media industry. CTPAA will donate all proceeds from the sale of the items below to the Emma L. Bowen Foundation.

-Special edition Barney toy, commemorative Charlie Brown dispenser, and Norm Van Lier bobble head doll, donated by Fox Sports Net Chicago
Suggested bid: $30

-Inspirational basket for teens containing CD by Christian rockers Strange Occurrence and Steelroots back pack, T-shirt, baseball cap, and more, donated by Inspiration Networks
Suggested bid: $30

-Inspirational basket for children featuring toys, music, and episodes from Inspiration Networks, donated by Inspiration Networks
Suggested bid: $30

-Signed Pavel Bure New York Rangers jersey and NHL hockey stick, donated by Cablevision
Suggested bid: $180

-Hallmark gift basket containing Hallmark cards box set, 3 DVD's and more donated by Hallmark Channel
Suggested bid: $60

-Red and white canvas Adelphia gift bags (2) filled with Adelphia premiums, donated by Adelphia
Suggested bid: $30

-2 tickets to Late Night with Conan O'Brien, donated by NBC
Suggested bid: $60

 The Weather Channel Honored for its Project SafeSide
The Weather Channel received the Public Education/Public Information Award during the Governor's Hurricane Conference in Tampa on June 11 for the network's Project SafeSide curriculum and hurricane preparedness program. The project was nominated for the award by Florida emergency management agencies and local chapters of the American Red Cross.

In 1998 The Weather Channel launched "Project SafeSide: Keeping You Ahead of the Storm" in Florida to teach middle high school students about hurricane preparedness and what they and their families should do when a storm threatens. The program also teaches students about the science of severe weather such as hurricanes, tornadoes, floods and flash floods, extreme heat, lightning and thunder and forest fires. The supplementary curriculum is fully compliant with the Sunshine State Standards.

Students first learn about the science of severe weather and how to prepare for a storm. The second part of Project SafeSide is called "Creating Your Own Disaster Plan." This component features an interactive module where students form their own municipality, elect government officials and assign students to disaster recovery support functions. After setting up an "operations center" in the classroom, students stimulate the approach and landfall of a severe hurricane, including advance planning, unexpected twists and turns during the storm, and post-hurricane recovery. This hurricane simulation often is re-enacted by the students at a county Emergency Operations Center or in a school auditorium, gym or cafeteria.

Science teachers from 16 Florida counties received free Project SafeSide Teachers' Guides. The Guides are a comprehensive resource for teaching the curriculum, including Web sites to track hurricanes and to explore the science of severe weather phenomena. Requiring ten hours of classroom instruction, the curriculum also refers to teaching tools that are offered through The Weather Channel's Web site.  Adelphia, Bright House Networks and Comcast are among the cable affiliates that have partnered with The Weather Channel to bring Project SafeSide to students in Florida. For more information, contact Connie Malko at cmalko@weather.com or at (770) 226-2180.

 Time Warner Cable Supports Local Pet Adopt-a-Thon
The Los Angeles division of Time Warner Cable recently surprised some customers in their West Valley service area with one-month free cable service in appreciation of their support of the West Valley Animal Shelter. Coordinated through Los Angeles Animal Services, participants in the shelter's Pet Adopt-a-thon were rewarded with the free service as a thank you for adopting a pet. Los Angeles Animal Services reduced pet adoption fees during their Adopt-a-thon celebration, designed to bring national attention to the animals in shelters that are looking for homes. For more information, contact Deanne Leavenworth at (818) 998-2228.

 WICT Launches Executive Mentoring Program
Women in Cable and Telecommunications(WICT) have launched their 2003 Executive Mentoring Program in association with the National Association for Minoroties in Cable's(NAMIC) L. Patrick Mellon Mentoring Program. Sponsored by AOL Time Warner Companies, this initiative allows WICT executive members to partner with successful senior executives to strengthen leadership skills and shape personal career goals.

"Mentoring allows for a rich, intimate learning environment and WICT is fortunate to collaborate with NAMIC in delivering a professionally rewarding experience for the executive as well as the mentor," said WICT president Benita Fitzgerald Mosely.

The program will run over a nine-month period, and participants should expect to make a two hour commitment each month. The program also includes in-person communication, and a mentor/mentee personal homepage. The deadline for executive/mentee applications is August 1, 2003.  Applications can be found on the WICT Web site. Mentors can also volunteer for the mentoring program on the Web site. For more information, please contact Tom Quash at tquash@wict.org.

 Thank You 2003 Corporate Members!
For information on how your organization can join CTPAA as a corporate member in 2004, please contact Steve Jones at sjones@ctpaa.org or at 202/775-1083. For membership details, go to http://www.magnetmail.net/Actions/linktosite.cfm?message_id=12495&user_id=CTPPA&recipient_id=5484063&site=http://www.ctpaa.org/mcorp.shtml.

2003 Golden Benefactors

A&E Networks
Advance/Newhouse Communications
Cablevision Systems Corporation
Charter Communications
Comcast Cable Communications
Cox Communications
NBC Cable Networks
Rainbow Media Holdings
Time Warner Cable
Turner Broadcasting System, Inc

2003 Benefactors

ABC Cable Networks Group
Lifetime Television
MTV Networks
The Weather Channel

2003 Friends & Associates

Cable Telecommunications Association of New York
Comedy Central
Court TV
C-SPAN Networks
Discovery Networks
Florida Cable Telecommunications Association
Game Show Network
Hallmark Channel
Indiana Cable Telecommunications Association
Insight Communications
International Channel
Midcontinent Communications
Motorola, Broadband Communications Sector
Ohio Cable Telecommunications Association
Oxygen Media
Scripps Networks
Showtime Networks
Texas Cable & Telecommunications Association
Terayon Communication Systems