iFlipd and GoFundMe Make Paying for Textbooks Easier for College Students


Students can ease costs by starting a GoFundMe that will go directly toward their iFlipd on-demand textbook rental account

PORTLAND, OR. | AUG. 16, 2017: iFlipd, the only pay-as-you-go weekly textbook rental provider, announced a new partnership with GoFundMe, the world’s largest social fundraising platform, so college students can raise money from family, friends, and community organizations to help pay for their textbooks needs. All of the contributions raised go straight to the cost of the textbooks, so their supporters know their money is well spent.

“Paying for college is hard enough and many students can use some help. Our pay-as-you-go textbook solution provides a flexible experience at an affordable price,” said Kati Radziwon, iFlipd CEO and founder. “GoFundMe is the number one fundraiser for textbook costs to date and our partnership with them extends our simple and flexible payment process to a wider and needed audience.”

“With college tuition on the rise, it’s more important than ever to help support students pursuing their higher education,” said Rob Solomon, GoFundMe CEO. “Many students have a network of family and friends who are ready to help them out with expenses like textbooks. With this new partnership with iFlipd, we’re excited to make it easier and faster for college students to get the financial support they need.”

How can students start to raise money?
The process is simple for students to get started:

1. Create a free iFlipd account
2. Set up their GoFundMe account
3. Share their story, invite family & friends to help fund their textbooks
4. Apply the funds directly through iFlipd to rent and pay for textbooks

Why iFlipd?
As the only pay-as-you-go weekly textbook rental provider, iFlipd allows students to pay for only the time they need through weekly rentals. Students instantly have access to the books they need in print and eBook format. Students can return them any time they like while earning reward points each time.

About GoFundMe
Launched in 2010, GoFundMe is the world’s largest social fundraising platform, with over $4 billion raised so far. With a community of more than 40 million donors, GoFundMe is changing the way the world gives. Find us on TwitterFacebook, and Instagram.

About iFlipd
iFlipd is the first textbook pay-as-you-go rental platform that allows students to pay for only the weeks they really need textbooks. Through this payment model students are empowered to break up the traditional cost of textbooks. For more information please visit: www.iflipd.com

Media Contact:
Keith Bristol, iFlipd

Gilman Scholars now have more opportunities to study in New Zealand


Washington, D.C., and Wellington, New Zealand [August 15, 2017] – U.S. students seeking to study or intern in New Zealand have a new path to a world-class education. Education New Zealand (ENZ) and the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs in the U.S. Department of State have each committed $50,000 over the next two years to support the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program. That means that at least 10 additional Gilman Scholars will study abroad at New Zealand universities over the next two years. And, starting today, students can begin applying for the prestigious scholarship to fund study abroad programs in spring or early summer 2018.

The Gilman Scholarship enables students of limited financial means to study or intern abroad. Since its inception in 2001, the program has enabled over 24,000 economically disadvantaged U.S. students to study or intern abroad, benefitting Americans from diverse backgrounds and universities.

“The Gilman – Education New Zealand partnership is an affirmation of the strong cooperation between our two nations,” said Acting U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs Mark Taplin when the partnership was announced in June. “Through this partnership, U.S. students who otherwise would likely not study or intern abroad will now have a deeper understanding of the global economy and global challenges that we face together.”

With acclaimed academic programs, a high quality of life, a rich culture and amazing outdoor recreation opportunities, New Zealand is a welcoming country for students of all backgrounds. Gilman scholars gain proficiency in diverse languages and cultures, and gain skills that are critically important to their academic and career development. And, like all U.S. students studying abroad in New Zealand, they get the opportunity to explore some of the active volcanoes, geysers, black sand beaches, and impressive glaciers that can be found only in New Zealand.

“We are excited to partner on a competitive and selective scholarship program that will increase the diversity of U.S. students studying at New Zealand universities and strengthen relationships among our allies,” said Education New Zealand Chief Executive, Grant McPherson.

Gilman International Scholarship by the Numbers
- 78,000: Number of applications received since the inception of the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program in 2001.
- 22,000: Number of scholarships that have been awarded to students participating in Gilman study abroad programs and internships around the world.
- 3,000: Annual number of U.S. undergraduate students supported in this exchange program each year. Among them, almost half are the first in their families to attend college.
- 71: Percentage of Gilman Scholars in 2015-16 that would not have been able to study abroad without the scholarship.
- 26: Percentage of Gilman Scholars in 2015-16 that were science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) majors.
- 10: Number of additional Gilman scholars who will study abroad at New Zealand universities over the next two years.

How to apply
Students wishing to apply for the Gilman Scholarship must be undergraduate Pell Grant students in good standing at an accredited institution of higher education. U.S. students wishing to study abroad beginning between December 15, 2017 and April 15, 2018 must submit their online application by October 3, 2017. Students can determine eligibility, get tips for applying, and complete the online application by visiting GilmanScholarship.org.

About Education New Zealand (ENZ)
Education New Zealand’s primary role in student recruitment is to market New Zealand as an education destination to international students. Through its research and marketing programs, collaboration with international education partners, and involvement in student recruitment and business development initiatives, ENZ aims to help their industry achieve growth. ENZ has staff in 18 overseas locations and its head office is in Wellington. Follow students studying abroad in New Zealand on Instagram @studyinnewzealand and by searching #StudyinNZ. Learn more: enz.govt.nz

About the U.S. Department of State
The U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs’ (ECA) mission is to build relations between the people of the United States and the people of other countries through academic, cultural, sports, professional and private exchanges, as well as public-private partnerships and mentoring programs. These exchange programs improve foreign relations and strengthen the national security of the United States. ECA programs, funding, and other activities encourage the involvement of American and international participants from traditionally underrepresented groups, including women, racial and ethnic minorities, and people with disabilities. Artists, educators, athletes, students, youth and rising leaders in the United States and more than 160 countries around the globe participate in academic, cultural, sports, and professional exchanges. Follow students participating on U.S. Department of State exchanges at @ECAatState and by searching #Exchangeourworld. Learn more: exchanges.state.gov


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Becky Brun
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Students Who Vote and Are Approved for a New Account Receive $50 Statement Credit1




Riverwoods, IL, Aug. 9, 2017 – Discover wants college students to make the final decision when it comes to the next Discover it® Student Card design. From Aug. 9 through Sept. 21, Discover is hosting a pun-inspired social media campaign through Facebook and Instagram asking students to go to www.discover.com/student-card-poll.html and cast their vote for which design should become the next Discover it® Student Credit Card. Discover also is offering a $50 statement credit for students who apply through the link on the poll, are approved, and make purchase within the first three months.

“A card’s design can be a reflection of a cardmember’s personality,” said Christine Forman, a marketing director for Discover. “This social media campaign allows us to engage with college students in a fun way on Facebook and Instagram, and ultimately gives students an opportunity to make a direct impact by telling us which design speaks to their unique style.”

Participants can choose from the following six card designs: a colorful sunset, a selfie-inspired moustache, a hand giving the peace sign, a Frenchie wearing sunglasses, a vintage vinyl record and an iridescent pattern.

Voting closes Sept. 21 at midnight Central Time. Once all votes are tallied, Discover will announce the winning card design, and make it available in early 2018.


About Discover Student Cards  
The Discover it® for Students and Discover it® Chrome for Students Credit Cards offer students a great way to build their credit history early in their lives. These student cards come with many benefits including rewards on categories that students often spend in.

- The Discover it® for Students offers 5% cash back in categories that change each quarter, up to the quarterly maximum, when you sign up.

- The Discover it® Chrome for Students offers an automatic 2% cash back at gas stations and restaurants on up to $1,000 in combined purchases quarterly.

Both cards earn 1% cash back on all other purchases, as well as a Good Grade $20 Cashback Bonus if their grade point average is 3.0 (or equivalent) or higher each year they are enrolled in school, for the first five years from the account opening.2

For more information visit www.discover.com/student.

About Discover
Discover Financial Services (NYSE: DFS) is a direct banking and payment services company with one of the most recognized brands in U.S. financial services. Since its inception in 1986, the company has become one of the largest card issuers in the United States. The company issues the Discover card, America’s cash rewards pioneer, and offers private student loans, personal loans, home equity loans, checking and savings accounts and certificates of deposit through its direct banking business. It operates the Discover Network, with millions of merchant and cash access locations; PULSE, one of the nation’s leading ATM/debit networks; and Diners Club International, a global payments network with acceptance in more than 185 countries and territories. For more information, visit www.discover.com/company.

1 Get a $50 statement credit after you make your first purchase with a Discover it® for Students card within 3 months of approval. Offer only available to new cardmembers. Your statement credit will be automatically added to your Discover Card account within 1-2 billing periods.

2 Good Grades Rewards: Good Grade Reward only available to new cardmembers on or after 7/23/2015 who indicate on their application that they are currently enrolled in college, and whose accounts are current and remain open when the Good Grade Reward is requested. Students with a Discover it® or Discover it® chrome card who have a GPA of 3.0 or higher (or equivalent) during a School Year (September – August) may apply at Discover.com for a $20 Cashback Bonus (“Good Grade Reward”). One Good Grade Reward per School Year, per account, up to a maximum of five (5) consecutive years from the date your account is opened. Terms of Good Grade Reward Offer are subject to change.

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Brittney Mitchell




ArtCenter College of Design Premieres Student Self Portrait Videos


ArtCenter College of Design has launched a new video series featuring student self portraits, providing a glimpse into the creative journeys of five students at one of the world’s preeminent art and design colleges.

“In their process of researching colleges, most prospective students plan a campus visit, browse the website, or make an appointment with an admissions counselor,” said Kit Baron, senior vice president of Admissions and Enrollment Management for ArtCenter. “While these experiences are valuable and provide a great way to gather information, hearing directly from ArtCenter students to learn about their stories and their lives provides yet another deeper level of sharing. We’re often asked ‘What’s it really like to be an ArtCenter student?’ We hope the stories of these five talented individuals helps answer that common question and provide prospective students with a realistic glimpse into their world.”

The five ArtCenter students were asked to share their creative journeys and reveal personal details such as their early inspiration, decision to attend art school, current projects and long-term goals. All production in the field was completed by the individual students, who were commissioned to spend 12 weeks meeting once a month to workshop their projects, from proposal through final cut, while undertaking the challenging process of capturing their own creative evolution in a professional quality video—all in addition to their demanding studio and academic course load. Light guidance was provided throughout the creative process by a small team of staff from Admissions and Marketing and Communications. The result is a series of video self-portraits that truly capture the student’s intimate voice, motivations and distinctive viewpoints.

Phillip Burrows – Phillip set himself apart from his household full of athletes when he started drawing as a kid. He then followed his artistic inclinations into Miami’s prestigious Design and Architecture Senior High (DASH) and then into ArtCenter’s Entertainment Design program, where he’s inventing whole new realities.

Miguel Harry – While studying engineering in his hometown of Medellin, Colombia, Miguel learned about the work of ArtCenter alumni such as Yves Béhar. It was all he needed to pack his bags and join the Product Design department in Pasadena. He hasn’t looked back.

Yeun Kim – A deep love of literature while growing up in South Korea informed Yeun’s choice to apply to ArtCenter as a Graphic Design major. She stretched her skills in human experience design during a Study Away trip while collaborating on a pop-up installation with design students in Havana, Cuba, which lead to an exploration into spatial design through sound poetry.

David Sanchez – Originally from Moreno Valley, in the Inland Empire of Southern California, David transformed his early passion for cartoons into rich storytelling skills at ArtCenter’s top-ranked Entertainment Design program’s Character Animation track.

Cristina Wilson – A San Gabriel Valley native, Cristina channels her quirky sense of humor, idiosyncratic approach to creativity and passionate positivity into the compelling voice she’s developing as an ArtCenter Illustration student.

The series will continue with new episodes debuting in early 2018 as ArtCenter identifies a fresh batch of students with a diverse array of experience representing additional college majors.

Video production at ArtCenter College of Design is made possible by Bruce Heavin (BFA 93) and Lynda Weinman through the establishment of the Bruce Heavin Media Production Studio to support online learning and increase awareness of the College.

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About ArtCenter College of Design:
Founded in 1930 and located in Pasadena, California, ArtCenter College of Design (artcenter.edu) is a global leader in art and design education. ArtCenter offers 11 undergraduate and seven graduate degrees in a wide variety of industrial design disciplines as well as visual and applied arts. In addition to its top-ranked academic programs, the College also serves members of the Greater Los Angeles region through a highly regarded series of year-round educational programs for all ages and levels of experience. Renowned for both its ties to industry and social impact initiatives, ArtCenter is the first design school to receive the United Nations’ Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) status. Throughout the College’s long and storied history, ArtCenter alumni have had a profound impact on popular culture, the way we live and important issues in our society.

Jered Gold
ArtCenter College of Design

Wingman Launches a Global Casting Call to Find the World’s Premier Wingman Vlogger Squad

Nominate Yourself or Your Wingman: Tell us what it takes to be the Ultimate Wingman and you may win an iPhone, MacBook Pro, or spot in our national ad campaign

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(New York and London, June 8, 2017) Wingman, the matchmaking app that encourages people to find happiness for their friends, today announced the Wingman Master Squad Casting Call – a global search to identify a team of vloggers who understand the true essence of being a Wingman. Anyone over 18 can nominate themselves or others simply by submitting short videos sharing their stories of what it takes to be a great Wingman. Finalists will receive iPhones and other prizes. Winners of the global #CastMasterWingman contest will be featured in a national advertising campaign in the Fall.

For More information on how to participate in the casting call, click HERE.

“One of the reasons I developed Wingman, is because the idea of being a Wingman — and needing a Wingman—is as old as friendship itself,” says Wingman founder Tina Wilson.  “Life is easier when someone has your back, and it’s a great feeling to see your friends happy.” 

Nominations for the Wingman Master Squad

We are a matchmaking app but, we appreciate that a Wingman comes in many forms. It may be you. It may be your mom, your bestie or even your dog.  So, explain what it takes to be the ultimate Wingman in a video of not more than 30 seconds.

Are you a great Wingman? Nominate yourself – Tell us in a short (30 seconds or less) video how you are the loyal friend, advocate, or matchmaker who always has your friends’ best interests at heart.  Do you pride yourself on protecting the people you care about? Are you a matchmaker who spots just the right person your friend should meet?  If so, tell us what it’s like to be a Wingman in this life—we just might select you for our Master Wingman Squad!

Or, nominate the Wingman in your life — tell us in a short video about your incredible friend, family member, or even the dog who always has your back, looks out for you, and makes you happy! We’re certain the dogs will be very enthusiastic about participating!

Prizing – Everybody Wins: Everyone who enters by the July 28 deadline will receive a Wingman T-Shirt

Wingman will select four finalists from all videos submitted, who will receive their choice of an iPhone, top Samsung phone, customized iPhone or iPad.  One Grand Prize Winner will receive a new MacBook Pro. In August, all finalists and the Grand Prize winner will  be invited to record a Wingman Master Class vlog for Wingspan’s founder Tina Wilson and her panel of judges who will select  a Master Wingman to appear in a national ad campaign this fall.

How to Participate: Simply post a video (not longer than 30 seconds) on Instagram explaining you, or someone you love deserves to be on the Wingman Master Squad.  It’s important to tag @Wingman_app and use #CastMasterWingman for a chance to be considered.

The Wingman global casting call, #CastMasterWingman is open to everybody over 18 years of age.  Videos will be accepted until July 28, 2017 @ 11:59 PST. Only videos of 30 seconds in length and less will be considered. We look forward to hearing your Wingman stories!!


For More information:
Amy Wolfcale

MCCA’s LMJ Scholarship Now Accepting Applications


Since 2004, the national program annually grants scholarships of $10,000 to first-year law school students

Washington, DC – The Lloyd M. Johnson, Jr. Scholarship program (LMJ Scholarship) is now accepting applications for the 2017-18 academic school year.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, law is one of the least diverse professions in the nation.

The National Association for Law Placement (NALP) released their 2016 Report on Diversity in U.S. Law Firms this January, revealing only small victories for minorities in law. The representation of minorities among lawyers increased to 14.62% in 2016, compared to 13.97% in 2015. However, when you look at the eight-year span from 2009-2016, the number of minority lawyers has only increased by 2.03%.

Established by the Minority Corporate Counsel Association, the LMJ Scholarship program seeks to nurture the academic and professional careers of outstanding law students and advance the diversity pipeline to the legal profession.

Each year, the LMJ Scholarship program awards up to 10 scholarships of $10,000 to incoming first-year law students.

To be eligible for the LMJ Scholarship program, students must be accepted into an ABA-accredited U.S. law school for a full-time Juris Doctorate Program, have earned an undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher, and have an interest in corporate law and diversity.

Applicants will be evaluated based on financial need, community involvement, essay content and academic achievements. The scholarships may be applied to tuition, fees, books, supplies and equipment required for courses at ABA-accredited U.S. law schools. The deadline to apply is June 15, 2017.

For more information about the LMJ Scholarship and the application process visit http://www.mcca.com/resources/scholarship-program/.


About Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA)
MCCA was founded in 1997 to advance the hiring, retention and promotion of diverse attorneys in legal departments and the law firms that serve them. MCCA accomplishes its mission through publishing, research and training, pipeline initiatives and networking. MCCA’s work has been recognized with awards from the National Minority Business Council, Inc., the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the National LGBT Bar, and the Association of Corporate Counsel. MCCA is headquartered in Washington, D.C. For more information, go to mcca.com.

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Carissa Reeves
(615) 777-3735

Jadu and Ellucian partner to deliver value for Higher Ed Institutions

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Jadu, a global web experience management software company is announcing a partnership with Ellucian Inc., the worldwide leader in higher education software and services, to bring out-of-the box integration to customers using the Jadu Continuum digital experience platform.

Ellucian provides 2,400+ colleges and universities with a comprehensive portfolio of solutions for managing every stage of the student lifecycle. This includes its Banner®, Colleague®, and Quercus® by Ellucian ERPs, a constituent relationship management suite, and a cloud platform built for higher education.

The partnership will enable Jadu to:

- Provide a seamless front end, mobile responsive interface for higher education institutions to establish a direct connection to students and wider constituents

- Enable easy to complete eforms and personalized web content that can be delivered directly to students on any device

- Provide website content management technology to institutions that already benefit from Ellucian technology

Andy Perkins, Director of Engineering for Jadu said: “We have a great many customers using Ellucian’s leading technology so this partnership will add huge value to them. Working with Ellucian means we have a strong partner with a wealth of experience in the education sector. We are excited to be integrating with the Ellucian technology ecosystem to deliver this value.”

“Ellucian’s ability to help institutions deliver a modern student experience depends on partnering with best-in-class technology partners such as Jadu” said Chris Westfall, Vice President, Business Development, Ellucian. “We look forward to working together to enhance service and performance for Ellucian and Jadu customers.”

Jadu is sponsoring and attending the Texas Connection Consortium’s Annual Banner User Group in San Antonio, TX May 24-26. It will be providing demonstrations of its HTML5 Electronic Forms and Web Content Management System at its booth in the exhibit area. For more information please visit: jadu.net/events/ellucian-texas

About Jadu
Jadu creates CMS, eForms and Case Management software for Higher Education. With offices in the UK, North America and Australia, it provides software that makes web publishing easy, helps create forms and payments and manages cases with minimal technical skills. Jadu drives student engagement and personalization, helping constituents interact with institutions online. Visit Jadu at www.jadu.net/edu

About Ellucian
Ellucian is the worldwide leader of software and services designed for higher education. More than 2,400 institutions in 40 countries rely on Ellucian to help enable the mission of higher education for over 18 million students. Ellucian provides student information systems (SIS), finance and HR, recruiting, retention, analytics and advancement software solutions. With more than 1,400 unique deployments of Ellucian’s cloud and SaaS offerings, the company is one of the largest providers of cloud-based solutions to the higher education community. Ellucian also supports the higher education community with a range of professional services, such as application software implementation, training, education, and management consulting. Visit Ellucian at www.ellucian.com

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Austin Brailey
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May 8, 2017 – Baltimore, MD

With the growing importance of recognizing academic excellence and, importantly, the hard work, determination, discipline, and strength of character that goes into it, a new honors society called GAMMA HONORS has been formed. Gamma Honors is an international society exclusively for students who graduate with honors. According to the Society’s spokesperson, Gamma Honors is the first of its kind in the world devoted to identifying and recognizing such graduates.

Gamma Honors offers membership in five categories: Doctorate, Master’s Degree, Bachelor’s Degree, Associate’s Degree, and High School Diploma/Certificate. Membership is open to applicants who graduate with honors as verified by an official of the applicant’s school.

Gamma Honors prides itself as a unique honor society whose formation is long overdue. Until now, according to the Society spokesperson, honor students with outstanding academic performance were recognized only within their institutions by listing their names in Honor Rolls and Dean’s Lists. Except for recognitions, announcements, and acknowledgements made on graduation day, no additional widespread recognition was accorded honor graduates, especially at a national or international level. Gamma Honors closes that void. While of course hard work is required to make a school’s Honor Roll or Dean’s list, and covering a span of one or more semesters, much more is required to maintain with consistency the hard work, excellence, and higher level of outstanding academic performance necessary to graduate with honors. The Society considers members of Gamma Honors to be uniquely special and worthy of much wider recognition of their superior academic performance. Members represent the best in academics. It is the goal of Gamma Honors to identify and recognize honor graduates with the hope that their remarkable achievement will inspire other students, regardless of background, environment, school attended, or educational and professional goals.

Membership in Gamma Honors is lifetime and brings such benefits as verification for prospective employers, special product and services discounts, and inclusion by category of membership in the publication Best in Academics among Graduates. Members will also benefit from continued exposure and visibility provided by their association with Gamma Honors. Members receive a Certificate of Membership recognizing and honoring their outstanding academic accomplishments.

To learn more and/or apply for membership, go to www.gammahonors.org


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Deadline Approaching for Phi Kappa Phi Student Leadership Summit


The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi—the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines—is currently accepting applications for its 2017 Student Vice President Leadership Summit. The Summit will be held July 13-16 in Denver, Colorado.

Now in its third year, the two-day event will bring together student vice presidents from Phi Kappa Phi chapters across the country to engage in activities aimed at bolstering leadership development skills. Participants will also have the opportunity to network with other student vice presidents and learn strategies for enhancing Phi Kappa Phi chapters.

“Being able to network with other student vice presidents from across the country and understanding that we are all going through common things within our chapter was valuable,” said Charlene Gallagher, a previous attendee. “I really feel like the seminars made a huge impact on the way that I view and understand leadership.”

The deadline to apply for the event is May 15, 2017. Nominations will be limited to one student vice president per Phi Kappa Phi chapter.

To be eligible to attend, students must be an active member of Phi Kappa Phi and currently serve as a student vice president within their chapter. Members must also be returning to campus as a full-time student for the full 2017-2018 academic year.

Established in 2013 and hosted every other year, the Student Vice President Leadership Summit was developed to engage Phi Kappa Phi’s student vice presidents in personal and organizational development. Since its creation, more than 125 students have attended the event.

To learn more about the Summit and download an application, visit www.phikappaphi.org/summit.

About Phi Kappa Phi
Founded in 1897, Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. Phi Kappa Phi inducts approximately 30,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni annually. The Society has chapters on more than 300 select colleges and universities in North America and the Philippines. Membership is by invitation only to the top 10 percent of seniors and graduate students and 7.5 percent of juniors. Faculty, professional staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction also qualify. The Society’s mission is “To recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education and to engage the community of scholars in service to others.” For more information, visit www.phikappaphi.org

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Hannah Breaux
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Students Support International Disaster Relief through PSAid Contest


WASHINGTON, DC (May 4, 2017) – USAID’s Center for International Disaster Information (USAID CIDI) is pleased to announce the winners of the 12th annual Public Service Announcements for International Disasters contest (PSAid).

The winning entries were chosen from a pool of submissions from nearly 140 college students across the United States in the categories of broadcast, print and – for the first time – infographic PSAs. (View all submissions at www.psaid.org/portfolio-gallery/2017-submissions.)

The selected PSAs, which will be distributed through broadcast and print outlets nationwide, convey the importance of practicing “Smart Compassion” and emphasize why monetary donations to relief organizations are the most effective way to help people after disasters.

The 2017 PSAid winners are:


1. “Be the Change, Donate Cash” by Rachel Addington, Arizona State University (www.psaid.org/portfolio-items/video_addington_rachel_2017)
2. “Cash Fits All” by Bradley Parks, Shannon Sweatt, Megan Perkins and Raine Yip, The University of Alabama (www.psaid.org/portfolio-items/parks_bradley)
3. “Donate Effectively” by Emma DeVane and Emily Pina, Arizona State University (www.psaid.org/portfolio-items/devane-pina)


1. “Cash Rebuilds” by Kaitlyn Olivier, Maria Castillo, Ludi Wang, Min Chen and Anna Kate Grosse, Boston University (www.psaid.org/portfolio-items/cash-rebuilds-2)
2. “Cash is Convertible” by Ana Hernandez, Arizona State University (www.psaid.org/portfolio-items/cash-is-convertible)
3. “Cash Keeps Your Donations Fresh” by Jordan Fonseca, Emily Hadfield, Nick Albanese and Daniel Arruda, The University of Rhode Island (www.psaid.org/portfolio-items/cash-keeps-your-donations-fresh)

Honorable Mentions: “Hope for Change” by Anne Miller, Loyola University Chicago (www.psaid.org/portfolio-items/hope-for-change), and “Cash is Best” by Sydni Alaniz, Arizona State University (www.psaid.org/portfolio-items/alaniz-cash-is-best)


1. “Make an Impact” by Lauren Schaecher, Arizona State University (www.psaid.org/portfolio-items/make-an-impact)
2. “Donations are Nice, but Cash is Best” by Sacha Rady, Caroline Largey, Courtney Scarboro and Megan Purcell, The University of Alabama (www.psaid.org/portfolio-items/donations-are-nice-but-cash-is-best)
3. “Cash is Key” by Haley-Ann Simpson, Ashley Stults, Cameron Craig and Emily Baker, The University of Alabama (www.psaid.org/portfolio-items/cash-is-key)

Contest entries were judged by a panel of experts from the humanitarian and communications fields. This year’s judges were Jonathan Adashek, Nissan Motor Corporation; Kevin Conroy, Global Giving; Nick Sugai, the Ad Council; Gary Goldhammer, Group SJR; Deborah Willig, InterAction; Marcia Wong, the International Committee of the Red Cross; and Keith Hempel, TV Access.

“For the past 12 years, the PSAid Contest has helped spread the message that monetary donations through relief organizations provide the greatest help to disaster survivors,” said Barlin Ali, USAID CIDI Diaspora and Donations Expert. “The winners of this year’s competition have done a masterful job of creatively illustrating why ‘Cash is Best.’”

Current and past PSAid winners may be viewed on the competition website at www.PSAid.org.

USAID CIDI was created in 1988 by the United States Agency for International Development Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance to educate Americans about the best ways to help people affected by disasters overseas. USAID CIDI provides individuals, groups, embassies, businesses and corporations with information and guidance in support of maximally beneficial public support of international disaster relief efforts. The organization works with other donations management stakeholders, and promotes activities and donations to channel the public’s energy and generosity in ways most helpful to beneficiaries. For more information about USAID CIDI and helping international disaster survivors, please visit USAID CIDI at www.cidi.org.


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Katie Green
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