May 14, 1998

Contact: Angie Thompson, (615) 936-0249


Project DIANE technology showcase planned May 19

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A technology showcase and reception for Project DIANE will be held Tuesday, May 19, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the Nashville Wildlife Park at Grassmere, located at 377 Nolensville Road.

Project DIANE - Diversified Information and Assistance Network - is a non-profit videoconferencing consortium of more than 60 online education and public service organizations. During the reception, new online participants will be announced and Metro school children will participate in a distance education demonstration with the Cumberland Science Museum.

Reception registration begins at 5 p.m. From 5:30 to 6 p.m., local educators, community leaders and public officials will speak about Project DIANE and Tennessee's technology-based future. The distance education demonstration will take place from 6:15 to 6:30 p.m.

Speakers include Rick Schwartz, director of Nashville Wildlife Park at Grassmere; Nashville Vice Mayor Jay West; Donna Nicely, director of Nashville Metro Public Library; Major James Worthy, area commander of the Salvation Army; David Kotler, international trade specialist at the U.S. Department of Commerce; and Stephen Shao, director of Project DIANE.

Members of the executive host committee for the event are Nashville Mayor Philip Bredesen; Jo Federspiel, CEO of Deason International, Inc.; James Hefner, president of Tennessee State University; Tennessee State Sen. Douglas Henry Jr.; Tennessee First Lady Martha Sundquist; Kathy Cloninger, CEO of the Girl Scout Council of Cumberland Valley; Nashville Vice Mayor Jay West; Vanderbilt University Chancellor Joe B. Wyatt; and George Yowell, president of Tennessee Tomorrow, Inc. The reception is co-sponsored by BellSouth, NationsBank and PictureTel Corporation.

Established in 1992 under a Tennessee Valley Authority economic development startup grant, Project DIANE uses interactive information technologies to bring together member schools, libraries, colleges and universities, community centers, business assistance agencies and other public service groups. Together, they develop various interactive online programs to support Tennessee's schools, neighborhoods and business community.

For more information, contact Angie Thompson at (615) 936-0249.



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