Digest for 97-11-11

Digest for November 11, 1997

Dear friends,

Our apologies for the absence during the last several days.  Overseas
travel and then a family health crisis have made it difficult to prepare
and send the digest (and respond to email that many have sent in the last
two weeks).  We really appreciate your patience -- we're back on schedule
now, and will try to catch up as quickly as possible with all messages sent

                          Table of Contents


01-11 November 97  Sender:  helen.gardner@ecsoft.co.uk
                   Subject: from Helen Gardner

02-11 November 97  Sender:  jcmcwhorter@celcore.com
                   Subject: from Koral

03-11 November 97  Sender:  kat@dialup.mplik.ru
                   Subject: from Samarina Kat

04-11 November 97  Sender:  egan@neta.com
                   Subject: from David Egan

05-11 November 97  Sender:  unenbat@magicnet.mn
                   Subject: from Unenbat

06-11 November 97  Sender:  gbentsen@hotmail.com
                   Subject: from G. Bentsen

07-11 November 97  Sender:  jtnew@gibson.liberty.edu
                   Subject: from Jeremy New

08-11 November 97  Sender:  pde@admin.cdavjr.davis.k12.ut.us
                   Subject: from Paul De Jarnatt

09-11 November 97  Sender:  Alexander.Zhorzhevich@crossnet.se
                   Subject: from Alexander Oparin

10-11 November 97  Sender:  darlene.osmond@mailexcite.com
                   Subject: from Darlene M. Osmond

11-11 November 97  Sender:  montdigj@calvados.zrz.TU-Berlin.DE
                   Subject: from montu

12-11 November 97  Sender:  jennifer33@usa.net
                   Subject: from Jennifer

13-11 November 97  Sender:  maco@pixie.co.za
                   Subject: from Ruth McHelm


01-11 November 97  Sender:  "Egor" (tumba@glas.apc.org)
                   Subject: wanna have some new friends

02-11 November 97  Sender:  nara (lnara@fukushima-nct.ac.jp)
                   Subject: Language exchanges

03-11 November 97  Sender:  Phrases1@aol.com
                   Subject: Seeking photographers in Motca/Pascani
                            and Galati

04-11 November 97  Subject: Marina Arutyunyanc 
                   Subject: information

05-11 November 97  Sender:  VKE (vke@magistral.ru)
                   Subject: KidSports!

06-11 November 97  Sender:  Benzel (sbenzel@vjskutt.creighton.edu)
                   Subject: Hello from Sarah Benzel

07-11 November 97  Sender:  klawson@geocities.com (Katherine Lawson)

08-11 November 97  Sender:  Erin Michelle Rakers (erakers@knox.edu)
                   Subject: friends-partners

09-11 November 97  Sender:  RBHODGE@tayloru.edu
                   Subject: What do you call this gift?

10-11 November 97  Sender:  mvs3@po.CWRU.Edu (Maxim V. Soloviev)
                   Subject: Free trip to SPb + $500

11-11 November 97  Sender:  Paulo Fernandes (paulo-s-fernandes@telecom.pt)
                   Subject: Help with handwritten Cyrillic

12-11 November 97  Sender:  "Jamie Simon" (jsimon@irex.org)
                   Subject: IREX Policy Forum

13-11 November 97  Sender:  amstrup@post3.tele.dk

14-11 November 97  Sender:  sergtan@glas.apc.org
                   Subject: messafge for posting

15-11 November 97  Sender:  Marianne Ruane (mruane@glasnet.ru)
                   Subject: debate coach in Moscow

16-11 November 97  Sender:  Chris Kedzie (C.KEDZIE@fordfound.org)
                   Subject: FW: Exchange for NGO's

APPENDIX:        LISTSERV address & basic procedures


** 01 **********************************************************************

Sender:  helen.gardner@ecsoft.co.uk
Subject: from Helen Gardner

Is there an English chapter of Friends and Partners? I am interested in
learning more about the needs of a Russian visitor to the UK. What sites
would be of interest to you?

I you would like to share your ideas with me (in Russian if you want -
although I am still learning the language) I would be most appreciative.

** 02 **********************************************************************

Sender:  jcmcwhorter@celcore.com
Subject: from Koral

Hi.  I'm planning to go to Russia, probably St. Petersburg, this summer
between high school and college.  I have been very interested in Russia for
a long time, and any Russian who would like to  talk with me about anything
would be very welcome!  I am trying to learn Russian right now, too, I
could use some help!  Please E-mail me if you're interested in an American
female pen-pal.


** 03 **********************************************************************

Sender:  kat@dialup.mplik.ru
Subject: from Samarina Kat

Hi!  My name's Kat.  I'd like to penpall with anyone.  I'm interested in
music and literature.  So please write me and you'll not be frustrated.

** 04 **********************************************************************

Sender:  egan@neta.com
Subject: from David Egan

Anybody know what's going on in Belarus? I am having great difficutly
getting through. Am I alone, or is this common? RSVP. Thanks. David

** 05 **********************************************************************

Sender:  unenbat@magicnet.mn
Subject: from Unenbat


I'm 20 years old lady from Mongolia.  I live in Ulaanbaatar.  I'm studying
English.  Please mail me.

** 06 **********************************************************************

Sender:  gbentsen@hotmail.com
Subject: from G. Bentsen

I am preparing to travel to Moscow on a business trip and would like to
know what to expect upon arrival, i.e. customs inspections etc. If anyone
would care to pass on advice, please do.

** 07 **********************************************************************

Sender:  jtnew@gibson.liberty.edu
Subject: from Jeremy New


I am a student at Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA USA and I will be
going to Kazakstan in June 1998 to teach Engilish as a second language.  I
would love to talk to anyone that lives in, near, or has been to Kazakstan!

PLeasE  WRITE!!!

** 08 **********************************************************************

Sender:  pde@admin.cdavjr.davis.k12.ut.us
Subject: from Paul De Jarnatt

Hi, great site.
I am a 7th grade social studies teacher that would like to hear from other
educators about exchanging lesson plans dealing with geography and special
points of interest in your areas.

** 09 **********************************************************************

Sender:  Alexander.Zhorzhevich@crossnet.se
Subject: from Alexander Oparin






** 10 **********************************************************************

Sender:  darlene.osmond@mailexcite.com
Subject: from Darlene M. Osmond

Hi my Name is Darlene and I live in the country in a small village called
petit de grat, Nova Scotia. I am married and am fully bilingual French is
my first taught language.  My background is of French acadian culture. I am
married to a Newfoundland native which is how I learned my English living
next door to a Newfoundland family. I have 3 children and have recently
finised community college. i would love to communicate with anyone who
wishes to write to me. For more details just drop me a line.
I love to read and write poems and letters they are my favorite passtimes.
I love to travel and have gone as far as Vancouver B.C. for the purpose of
adult literacy which I find is a very important aspect of my life. For I
can share what  I know with my literacy friends.
Thanks Darlene, Write soon friends.

** 11 **********************************************************************

Sender:  montdigj@calvados.zrz.TU-Berlin.DE
Subject: from montu

Hello Friend.  My name's Md.  H.  Montu.  I live in Berlin/ Germany since
1981.  I am an electrical-engenieer.  Now i am working as a
ssystem-ingenieer.  I am very open minded and love people, culture and
live-music form all over the world.  I enjoy to write e-mail and experiance
about people and countries all over the world.  Write me soon, I look
forward to reply to your message.


** 13 **********************************************************************

Sender:  maco@pixie.co.za
Subject: from Ruth McHelm

This is absolutely marvelous.  It is the first time I am visiting this
site.  My maiden name was Ruth Honigwachs and about 20 yrs ago I used to
have a pen friend from Hungary by the name of Laszlo Suhajda.  I would love
to hear from him again.

I'm looking forward to making new aquaintances once more.  If there are any
Economics and Management High School teachers out there who would like to
share ideas with me, I would be most delighted to make contact.


Please continue to send your e-mail to friends@solar.rtd.utk.edu.

** 01 **********************************************************************

Sender:  "Egor" (tumba@glas.apc.org)
Subject: wanna have some new friends

HELLO!  My name is Julia.  I am from Russia, from Moscow.  I am 14 years
old.  I want to have some new friends.  It`s may be you.  Write to me.
I`ll be waiting.

** 02 **********************************************************************

Sender:  nara (lnara@fukushima-nct.ac.jp)
Subject: Language exchanges

I have just visited your pages on the internet.  I am wondering if it is
possible to post English and other language programs on the commercial
page?  Many students might be interested.  I also wonder if you know of
programs in Russia where my students (in Japan) might spend a week or rwo
with a Russian family and learn Russian at a local college or University.
I look forward to hearing from you.  Lorraine Nara

** 03 **********************************************************************

Sender:  Phrases1@aol.com
Subject: Seeking photographers in Motca/Pascani and Galati

I would like to contact someone willing to take some photographs for me in
Pascani and in Galati.  Please contact me privately at .
Thank you.  Ellen Renck

** 04 **********************************************************************

Sender:  Marina Arutyunyanc 
Subject: information

Dear Sir or Madam!

We are glad to introduce Snip-Snap-Snurre -- new russian electronic
newspaper for kids aged from 8 to 13.  Find it on: www.intra.ru/snip.
Updated 3 times a month!  We shall be happy if you insert a link to it in
your great list.  Chief editor Marina Arutiuniants, Web editor Alexander

** 05 **********************************************************************

Sender:  VKE (vke@magistral.ru)
Subject: KidSports!

A group of young hockey-players are looking for friends in the USA.  We
could play on natural ice in Kazan, Russia in winter and in the USA in
summer.  It could be wonderful training before the Youth Olympics in
Moscow!  Contact us ah@magistral.ru

** 06 **********************************************************************

Sender:  Benzel (sbenzel@vjskutt.creighton.edu)
Subject: Hello from Sarah Benzel

Dear Friends and Partners,

Hello!  My name is Sarah Benzel.  I'm 15 years old and live in Elkhorn,
Nebraska.  I am a sophomore at Skutt Catholic High School.  I love to play
soccer and tennis and am in our school's concert choir.

I found your address on your webpage and was greatly interested.  I am
doing a project called Adopt a Country.  I chose Russia for many reasons.
I am Russian by descent.  I also love the culture and history.  I also hope
to visit the country one day.

The reason I'm writing is if you could write be back on information about
your oranization and hopefully and the country of Russia itself.  It would
be such a great help to my project.  If you do choose to write back to me.
My e-mail address is: sbenzel@vjskutt.creighton.edu


Sarah Benzel

** 07 **********************************************************************

Sender:  klawson@geocities.com (Katherine Lawson)
Subject:  .

Hello everyone, I have been coming to these pages for several months now,
but have never been to this section.  I have a great love for Russian
culture, history, art,and literature.  I have a homepage at
 if you would like to learn
more about me, or contact me.  I am always willing to help with anything I

** 08 **********************************************************************

Sender:  Erin Michelle Rakers (erakers@knox.edu)
Subject: friends-partners

Hi!  My name is Erin Rakers.  I am a student at Knox College in Galesburg,
IL.  I am doing a research paper on Education in Russia before and after
the fall of Communism.  I was wondering if you could put in contact with
some people who would be able to discuss this topic.  It does not matter
what age.  Basically, I am looking at the high school level- any
information would be helpful.  I am looking at how the curriculum changed
and to see if different subjects were stressed and why.  I hope you can
help me out.  Thanks - Sincerely,

Erin Rakers

** 09 **********************************************************************

Sender:  RBHODGE@tayloru.edu
Subject: What do you call this gift?

I am the recipient of a wonderful gift from an Ukrainian exchange student
but I can not remember what it is called.

It looks like a mace in some ways.  It is somewhat like a sceptor with
a ball on the end with points coming out.  I was told that it a symbol
of power or leadership.

Can someone tell me what it is called and any more about it?  Thanks


** 10 **********************************************************************

Sender:  mvs3@po.CWRU.Edu (Maxim V. Soloviev)
Subject: Free trip to SPb + $500

Dear friends and Partners:

> My friend is car dealer in St.Petersburg, Russia
> He is willing to pay your RT airfair from US to SPb
> plus $500 in cash if you are:
> 1. Russian citizen and have been out of Russia on visa-basis
> 2. Have permanent "propiska" in SPb in Russian pasport
> 3. Willing to travel to SPB on November 10-15 via Helsinki
>    for the period of 10-14 days.
> 4. Have been out of Russia for more than 6 months
> The trick is that you'll bring the car (don't worry,
> he'll do all purchases and paperwork) and give him
> "general'naya doverennost'"

Please contact me if interested via e-mail mvs3@po.cwru.edu


** 11 **********************************************************************

Sender:  Paulo Fernandes (paulo-s-fernandes@telecom.pt)
Subject: Help with handwritten Cyrillic

Hi Friends&Partners, I'm from Portugal and I have a snail mail penpal in
Murmansk.  Her name is Svetlana.  Well, in the last letter I received from
her she wrote two words in Cyrillic - we communicate in English - and
although I own a Russian- -Portuguese dictionary I can't understand what it
means.  Also, I'm not sure if transliterated is "tseluyu mezhno" or
"cheluyu mezhno" because I'm not familiar with handwritten Cyrillic.  Can
anybody translate it for me?  And does anybody knows where I can get a copy
of handwritten Cyrillic alphabet?  Thanks in advance and greetings from

From: paulo.s.fernandes@telecom.pt

** 12 **********************************************************************

Sender:  "Jamie Simon" (jsimon@irex.org)
Subject: IREX Policy Forum

The International Research & Exchanges Board (IREX), presents a
Policy Forum on:

"Heeding the Call: Efforts in Curricular and Governance Reform in
Russian Education"

Thursday, November 6, 1997
9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
in Washington, DC

Russia's higher education system has had a difficult time adapting
to the new economic and political reality transforming the nation.
Although reform efforts are underway, current problems include
outdated curricula, poor teacher training, management difficulties,
impediments to university autonomy, and a shortage of financing for
education.  IREX will assemble specialists in the field of higher
education reform to discuss issues of educational reform and assess
the efforts US scholars, policy makers, funding organizations, and
NGOs are making to address these challenges.

The forum will feature panel presentations and roundtable discussions
with some of the most prominent US scholars of Russian education
reform, and will also feature Iouri Konoplev, Rector of Kazan State
University,  Evgenii Kniazev, Head of the International Office at
Kazan State, and Alexander Kornilov and Mikhail Rykhtik of Nizhnii
Novgorod State University, Russia to present case studies and
first-hand experience of educational challenges and reform efforts in

If interested in attending, please contact IREX with your name,
affiliation, e-mail address, and fax number.

e-mail:  	(irex@irex.org)
phone:	(202) 628-8188
fax:		(202) 628-8189

Please note that space is limited. Contact IREX no later than
Wednesday, October 29, 1997.

Sponsored by US Department of State (Title VIII programs)

** 13 **********************************************************************

Sender:  amstrup@post3.tele.dk

Email replies to hallway@solar.rtd.utk.edu must include:
  In-Reply-To: <"/forums/hallway/50"@solar.cini.utk.edu>
  Subject: -- change it to be about your message.

I am male, 35 years old, married, two children, live in Denmark and have
a grat interest in relations between russia and the west.

Through my work (I am a graduate in communication, cand.phil. fra
Aalborg Univercity, Denmark) I am right now working on exporting danish
environmental know-how to eastern Europe and Russia.

Denmark is the leading country i Europe on environmental issues, and
this project, that concerns Pushkin, is managed through Green City
Denmark, a national government funded organization.

Danish know-how export is funded by the European Council and other
european organizations.

My job is to outline what kind of communication is needed to create
awareness on how the ordinary Russian can contribute to saving water,
cut down on electricity, stop polluting and so forth.

My questions - to anyone who cares to paticipate - are:

What motivates the Russian? What does he dislike? What are his fears? Is
saving money an issue? Is his home "his castle"? Will he turn down the
heat in his appartment? Is he concerned about his health? Is "the
environment" on his agenda? Will he make improvement to his apartment,
if the purpose is greater than the personal gain?

You - whoever you are, are welcome to pick by choice, and supply with
opinions on related topics.

Hope to hear from you

Yours sincerely

Jens Ole Amstrup

** 14 **********************************************************************

Sender:  sergtan@glas.apc.org
Subject: messafge for posting

To: Friends & Partners

From: Sergei Tanashuk, Moscow coordinator of uStudent Diplomacyf project

Date: November 6, 1997

Student Diplomacy project (Moscow, Russian Federation)

Invitation for participants and/or partners.

A group of students from various Moscow institutes with interest in
international affairs and myself (post-graduate student at the Moscow
Diplomatic Academy as project coordinator) have just started our Moscow
based Student Diplomacy project.

Its main goal is to set up a discussion club for students to discuss
international events and, specifically, how a genuine Russian-American
foreign affairs partnership can be created and what its agenda should be.

We hope to find a group of U.S.  students or young researchers with similar
interests for joint electronic/Internet discussion and, possibly, joint
production an electronic newsletter.

We invite all who would like to participate or (in case somebody has a
similar project) become our partner or share your experience with us.


Sergei Tanashuk

Moscow coordinator,

Student Diplomacyf Project

** 15 **********************************************************************

Sender:  Marianne Ruane (mruane@glasnet.ru)
Subject: debate coach in Moscow

The alumni students I work with in Moscow are looking for someone skilled
in cross examination debate who would be willing to donate time to coach
them.  These are young people who have lived with an American host family
and attended high school in the U.S.  while on the Freedom Support Act
Future Leaders Exchange (FSAFLEX), a USIA-sponsored exchange program
administered by ACTR/ ACCELS.  They are fluent in English and debate in
English.  Approximately 20 students are interested in the debate team, and
about 7 of them are completely new to debate.

If interested, please contact me at the coordinates listed below.

Marianne Ruane
FSAFLEX Alumni Coordinator
117049 Moscow, 2 Leninsky pr-t k.503
(095) 230-4582, 956-7812 (fax)

** 16 **********************************************************************

Sender:  Chris Kedzie (C.KEDZIE@fordfound.org)
Subject: FW: Exchange for NGO's

Please note that this is a forwarded message that may be of interests to
readers of this list.  If you would like to respond, please address your
response to the originator of the message whose coordinates are included
in the text of the message itself.  Please do not respond to me or to
this list.

Thank you .


           A banner is a small advertisement of your WWW page in the
Internet. It is usually a  small rectangular picture advertising you
in the global network. The aim of the banner  exchange is to draw to
your page the attention of as many Internet users as possible.
           The exchange works in the following way:

              1.You create a banner (a small picture - advertisement)
for your Web-site.
              2.You transfer the picture together with the address of
your site to the banner  exchange system.
              3.Next, you put the short code you will receive from the
project coordinator in any place on your page.

           Then, your page will present banners of other
non-governmental Web-sites and your  banner will be shown on the pages
belonging to the other non-governmental  organisations. Anyone
interested in your banner can click on it and get to your site.
           Banner exchange works according to the 1:1 principle, which
means that if you show somebody*s banner once, your banner will be
shown once as well.

           This project is different than the other banner exchange
systems because this particular system works for non-commercial and
non-governmental organisations and, of course, is free of charge for
all who take part in the exchange.

           The idea of the project is to help unite all the pages of
the non-commercial and non-governmental organizations into a kind of

           To join the project, you should:

              1.Represent a non-commercial and non-governmental
              2.Create your own banner or order it from one of the
Web-shops whose services  are easily available nowadays. Your banner
is required to be a picture in gif or jpg  format and of 486x60 pixel
size. It cannot take more than 16 KB.
              3.Register your banner in the banner exchange system.
              4.After you have registered your banner, the project
coordinator will send you a short code which you should add to your

           That*s it. As you can see, it is all very simple.

           Register your new banner.

           Project coordinator: Alexander Roubin, Network for Human
Rights Protection Inter-Regional Group, E-mail: meminf@glasnet.ru

Ryazan, Russia

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