Los Angeles, CA – First time Independent Filmmakers raised funding for “Bomb City” which depicts the true life story of punks vs. preps and what would ultimately become a massive movement from 1997 to today. Their DIY approach to bringing this movie to life would garner them critical acclaim, mass distribution and ultimately create a movement.

Celebrities, musicians and UFC fighters all signed on for the movie, with little to no pay so the story would be told. Punk icon CJ Ramone and Oscar nominated Producer/Director Richard Linklater (“School Of Rock”) would be two of the movies biggest advocates by hosting the Q&A’s around the country. “Bomb City” would sell out at every city and sweep the film festivals, proving hard work, dedication commitment and a compelling need to telling the truth, would pay off.

Set in 1997, “Bomb City” depicts the true story behind a controversial hate crime that divided the nation. In the film, director Jameson Brooks deconstructs two parallel worlds of the punks and the preps of Amarillo, Texas. “We put our hearts and souls into the making of “Bomb City” Brooks says. “This is where we start the movement against intolerance…Where we spread the message of unity…Where we celebrate the main character, Brian Denekes’, legacy with the world.” In the modern day bullying movement, many Millennials are resonating with fact that Deneke and his friends were literally bullied in the 90’s and pushed back, thereby creating retaliation on both sides.

Throughout the film, the radical appearances of the punks stir social intolerance within the community, particularly with a group of high school football jocks known as “white-hatters.” After losing a football game, the white-hatters have an altercation with several punks, igniting a series of hostile encounters between the two groups. One evening, these encounters climax with a horrific, violent street fight that would soon become notorious for being one of the most controversial hate crimes in modern American culture.

The young filmmakers grew up in Amarillo and knew the story of Brian and his friends. It would become their mission to tell the truth about the punk rock movement vs. the revered conservatives who hated them so vehemently, and the fact that the community backed the football players and their friends. “Today’s social media wouldn’t stand for this, but that wasn’t available in 1997. What is shocking is that the millennials have been our key demographic and seem to completely resonate with Bomb City. Not to mention the positive reviews from key media sources.” Stated Nadine Christine, Chief Publicist for the movie.

“Bomb City” will keep you in its grasp during every moment leading to its climactic violence. And it won’t let go until the closing credits roll.” Variety Magazine

“Under the direction of Jameson Brooks, the film is impressively even-handed. There’s no equivocating aside from the arguments of the defense attorney, and a sense of unease is sustained through the entire film via muted visuals and an impressively spare score (written by Cody and Sheldon Chick).” The Daily Beast

“Bomb City” delivers a clear moral message: a Mohawk and a leather jacket make a young man a threat to society as much as a pair of khakis and a baseball cap make another one virtuous and decent.” Forbes Magazine

“An empathetic drama ready to put straight-laced audiences in the shoes of a maligned subculture.” The Hollywood Reporter

“We all live in Bomb City, one stray match and the whole thing will explode.” The Austin Chronicle

Winner of the Audience Award at the Nashville Film Festival and 2017 Dallas International Film Festival, ”Bomb City” has struck a chord with many viewers across the country. “Brian’s story has touched me since day one,” says actor and producer Major Dodge. “Now we get to share it with the world! I know it will do the same for anyone who watches the film.”

The Los Angeles Premiere took place on February 9th; with an all-star lineup in attendance to see the movie. “Ruthless” Robbie Lawler (UFC Champion), Shawn Smash & Miguel Conflict with band Total Chaos, Henry Melton (Pro Bowler for the Chicago Bears), Lamarr Houston (Linebacker for Chicago Bears) and many more were moved by these young filmmakers passion for getting this story told and the hard work they put into the film.

“Bomb City” stars Dave Davis (The Walking Dead), Glenn Morshower (24, Transformers) Logan Huffman(V, The Preppie Connection), Mae Mae Renfrow (Hunter Street on Nickelodeon,) “Ruthless” Robbie Lawler and Major Dodge (Murder Made Me Famous: John Gotti). The film is directed by Jameson Brooks, written by Brooks and Sheldon Chick, and produced by Chick and Major Dodge.

“Bomb City” was released on February 9th, 2018 for a limited time in select theaters and On Demand worldwide. For more information about Bomb City, and to view the official trailer, please visit And follow them on Facebook Twitter and IG: @bombcityfilm

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10th Annual SVG/NACDA College Sports Media Awards Open for Nominations


NEW YORK — The Sports Video Group (SVG) and the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) are now accepting entries for the 10th Annual College Sports Media Awards (CSMAs).

The CSMAs recognize the best in college-sports-video production, celebrating those who have pushed the envelope and set a higher standard for the quality of live and pre/post-produced college-sports-video content.

This year’s CSMAs coincides with the launch of a new gallery website that features past CSMA winners and nominees, offering entrants and future generations of college-sports-video creators an annual resource of creativity and production ideas. Visit the new site at

The deadline to enter this year’s competition is April 23, 2018.

Winners and finalists will be honored during the SVG/NACDA College Sports Media Awards Ceremony on May 31 at the 2018 SVG College Sports Summit (May 30-June 1, Omni Hotel at CNN Center, Atlanta). For more information about attending this year’s Summit, visit:

This year’s awards will be given in four divisions across five categories, including:

Divisions: National Networks; Regional/Local Networks, Syndicators, and Production Companies; Collegiate Athletics; and Collegiate Student

Categories: Live Game Production; Live Non-Game Production; Program Series; Special Feature; Promotion Video: Hype, Open, Tease, PSA, or Marketing Campaign

The CSMAs are produced annually by two leading college sports and sports production associations. For over 10 years and with more than 6,000 members, the Sports Video Group has served as an industry advocate for professional and college-sports-video creators, producers, and distributors. NACDA is the largest association of collegiate athletics administrators, boasting a membership of more than 12,500 individuals and more than 1,600 institutions throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico.

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Deadline Approaching for Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grants


The deadline to apply for a study abroad grant from The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi is Thursday, February 15. Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society, will award 50 $1,000 grants to students nationwide.

Awarded twice a year—50 in the spring and 25 in the fall—the grants are designed to support undergraduates, both members and nonmembers, as they seek expanded knowledge and experience in their academic fields. Interested students do not have to be a member of Phi Kappa Phi to apply, but must currently attend an institution with an active chapter.

“I am humbled to have received a study abroad grant from Phi Kappa Phi and am incredibly appreciative of their commitment to providing students with resources for an enriching study abroad experience,” said Ryan Marine, a 2017 grant recipient from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. “Phi Kappa Phi’s devotion to enabling students to study abroad will undoubtedly lead to life-changing experiences for many individuals.”

Phi Kappa Phi gives 75 study abroad grants annually to students on its chapter campuses. Since its inception in 2001, the program has awarded more than $800,000.

In addition to the Study Abroad Program, the Society awards $1.4 million each biennium to qualifying students and members through graduate fellowships, funding for post-baccalaureate development, member and chapter awards, and grants for local, national and international literacy initiatives.

The application period for students to apply for a $1,000 study abroad grant is currently open until February 15. For full eligibility requirements and application instructions, visit

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


Hannah Breaux
Communications Director

Phi Kappa Phi Accepting Applications for 2018 Award Programs


The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi—the nation’s oldest and most selective all discipline honor society—is currently accepting applications for its 2018 award programs including Fellowships, Study Abroad Grants, Literacy Grants and Love of Learning Awards. The award programs provide funding for graduate study, continuing education, professional development, literacy initiatives and studies abroad.

Since 1933, Phi Kappa Phi’s award programs have recognized members and students on its chapter campuses for outstanding academic achievement. Currently, $1.4 million is awarded each biennium through programs that last year recognized over 350 individuals.

“The best part of Phi Kappa Phi to me, is how it continues its mission—for so many years—to recognize and award students in higher education for excellence in academic achievement,” said Audrey Alleyne, a 2017 award recipient. “This is such a great motivation for students who love learning to continue striving for greater achievements.”

Programs currently accepting applications include:

● Study Abroad Grants: 50 grants of $1,000 each will be awarded to both members and non-members studying abroad. The deadline to apply is February 15.
● Literacy Grants: Grants of up to $2,500 are available to Phi Kappa Phi chapters and individual members seeking funding for literacy initiatives. The deadline to apply is April 1.
● Love of Learning Awards: One hundred awards, at $500 each, are available to help fund post-baccalaureate studies and professional development for active members. The deadline to apply is April 1.
● Fellowships: Six fellowships of $15,000 each and 51 fellowships of $5,000 each are available to members entering their first year of graduate or professional study. The deadline to apply varies by each Phi Kappa Phi chapter. Contact your local chapter for deadline information.

For more information including eligibility requirements and application instructions for each program, please visit

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


Hannah Breaux
Communications Director


Nikon Storytellers Scholarship Established to Support the Next Generation of Visual Content Creators

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MELVILLE, NY (January 17, 2018) – Nikon Inc. is currently accepting submissions for “The Nikon Storytellers Scholarship” which was announced as part of the brand’s 100th anniversary celebration. Eligible students can apply to be one of ten individuals awarded with an academic scholarship of $10,000 USD, to help foster their growth as visual storytellers and content creators.

“As we reflect on a remarkable and exciting 100 years of imaging excellence, Nikon must also look to the future and continue to push the boundaries of creative expression and technological innovation,” explained Kosuke Kawaura, Director; Marketing, Communications & Planning, Nikon Inc. “The Nikon Storytellers Scholarship encapsulates our brand’s commitment to supporting students as they strive to ignite passion and inspire change as future visual content creators.”

The Nikon Storytellers Scholarship is open to undergraduate or graduate students in the United States or Canada pursuing degrees in visual arts, fine arts, journalism, film, photography and multimedia/content creation who have completed their freshman year of college or academic equivalent. Qualified students are invited to visit for more information on submitting their entry. Once selected, semi-finalists will be asked to provide a photo portfolio or video submission for evaluation by a selection committee who will identify the ten scholarship recipients. Scholarships will be awarded for use in the 2018-2019 academic school year.

The Nikon Storytellers Scholarship Key Dates:
● March 1, 2018 — Application deadline for all students
● March 12, 2018 — Semi-finalist applications selected
● March 30, 2018 — Application deadline for semi-finalists
● June 2018 — 10 scholarship recipients selected

For those interested in learning more about the Nikon Storytellers Scholarship, please visit For more information on the latest Nikon products, please visit

Nikon 100th Year Anniversary
Since the company was established in 1917, Nikon has cultivated its status as a pioneer of optical technologies around the world. Guided by a corporate philosophy of “Trustworthiness and Creativity,” Nikon provides a wide range of products and services globally by harnessing advanced opto-electronics and precision technologies. Nikon is proud to celebrate their 100th anniversary from July 2017 to July 2018.

About Nikon
Nikon, At the Heart of the Image™. Nikon Inc. is a world leader in digital imaging, precision optics and photo imaging technology; globally recognized for setting new standards in product design and performance for an award-winning array of equipment that enables users to tell their stories through amazing photos and videos. Nikon Inc. distributes consumer and professional digital SLR cameras, NIKKOR optics, Speedlights and system accessories; Nikon COOLPIX® compact digital cameras; 35mm film SLR cameras; Nikon software products and Nikon sports and recreational optics as well as the Nikon 1 compact interchangeable lens camera system and KeyMission line of action cameras. Nikon Corporation, the parent company of Nikon Inc., announced the production of 100 million NIKKOR lenses in 2016, creating a new milestone in Nikon’s heritage of superior optics. For more information, dial (800) NIKON-US or visit, which links all levels of photographers to the Web’s most comprehensive photo learning and sharing communities. Connect with Nikon and other photographers on Facebook, Google+, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, Vimeo, Flickr and Snapchat (@NikonUSASnap).


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Atlantic recording artist, Chappell Roan, has released the official music video for her second single, “Die Young.” The video is the follow up to Chappell’s first single & video release, “Good Hurt,” off her debut EP SCHOOL NIGHTS.

Chappell discussed the inspiration behind the video for “Die Young” with Refinery29 stating:

“I wanted it to be very simple. It was hard to go back to the place and really feel the emotions of the song because I wrote it when I was 16. It’s been a few years now, so going back into that mindset and doing the video was really hard. But the whole concept of water, of going under water, has always been there for me. That’s how I was feeling. I couldn’t breathe.”

Chappell Roan will now follow her most recent tour alongside fellow Atlantic recording artist Vance Joy by joining Declan McKenna for a U.S. trek set to get underway January 31st at Austin, TX’s Stubb’s and then traveling through the end of March (see attached itinerary).

Roan has crafted a remarkable debut EP, “SCHOOL NIGHTS,” which offers a compelling first look at this new artist and has been met by critical praise.  Blackbook recently declared the EP  “as stunning a debut as we’ve heard in all of 2017.” “The five-track record feels a little bit like an album from Lana Del Rey or Lorde,” raved Pop Crush, “but don’t get it twisted: these songs are all Chappell, who exudes an air of teenage mystique and emotional rawness all her own.” “The entirety of ‘SCHOOL NIGHTS’ is brilliantly executed,” enthused Pop Dust, “and Roan’s writing showcases a confounding level of maturity for someone her age… It’s a rare thing that a musician comes out and produces music so fully-formed and artistically fulfilling on her first try, but Chappell Roan has done it, in a way that’s eerily similar to Lorde’s meteoric rise in 2013.”

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All Dates w/Declan McKenna


31 – Austin, TX – Stubb’s

1 – San Antonio, TX – Jack’s Patio Bar
2 – Dallas, TX – Three Links
4 – Memphis, TN – Growlers
5 – Nashville, TN – Mercy Lounge
6 – Decatur, GA – Eddie’s Attic *2 Shows
8 – Tampa, FL – Crowbar
9 – Jacksonville, FL – 1904 Music Hall
10 – Gainesville, FL – High Dive
12 – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
13 – Charlottesville, SC – The Southern
14 – Vienna, VA – Jammin Java
16 – Asbury Park, NJ – House of Independents
18 – Hamden, CT – The Ballroom at Outer Space
19 – Amityville, NY – Amityville Music Hall
21 – Northampton, MA – Iron Horse Music Hall
22 – Pawtucket, RI – The Met
24 – Albany, NY – The Hollow
25 – Syracuse, NY – Lost Horizon
27 – Millvale, PA – The Funhouse
28 – Akron, OH – Musica

2 – Newark, OH – The Ballroom at Thirty One West
3 – Grand Rapids, MI – The Stache
4 – Lansing, MI – Mac’s Bar
6 – Indianapolis, IN – Hoosier Dome
7 – Evanston, IL – SPACE (Society for the Preservation of Art & Culture)
9 – Evanston, IL – SPACE (Society for the Preservation of Art & Culture)
10 – DeKalb, IL – The House Café
11 – Madison, WI – The Majestic Theatre
13 – Burnsville, MN – The Garage
14 – Lawrence, KS – The Bottleneck
16 – Fort Collins, CO – Hodi’s Half Note
17 – Colorado Springs, CO – The Black Sheep
18 – Boulder, CO – Fox Theatre
20 – Salt Lake City, UT – In The Venue
22 – Seattle, WA – Vera Project
23 – Eugene, OR – WOW Hall
25 – Orangevale, CA – The Boardwalk
26 – Berkeley, CA – Cornerstone Bakery
28 – Santa Barbara, CA – Velvet Jones
29 – San Diego, CA – Music Box
30 – Santa Ana, CA – Constellation Room
31 – Phoenix, AZ – Rebel Lounge

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National Survey Suggests Ways to Increase Flu Vaccination in College


Nearly half of students who do not typically get vaccinated say they would reconsider if provided a tangible incentive

Bethesda, Md. (December 6, 2017) – Although most college students in the U.S. (70%) believe it is important to get an annual influenza (flu) vaccine, less than half (46%) say they typically get vaccinated. This is according to results from a new National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) survey conducted online by Harris Poll among 1,005 U.S. undergraduate college students ages 18-24. The national survey, which looked at student attitudes toward flu vaccination, also uncovered new insights into increasing participation in vaccination programs on campuses, with access to the vaccine at low or no cost (61%) and incentives, such as free food or gift cards (61%), rising to the top of offerings that students say would have a lot of impact on the likelihood of getting vaccinated.

College students are at particularly high risk of getting, and spreading, flu because of frequent exposure to high-touch areas like common living spaces and classrooms, and participation in social activities. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), annual vaccination is the best way to reduce the chance that an individual will get flu.1 Yet, on U.S. college campuses, flu vaccination rates remain low, falling dramatically short of the 70% Healthy People 2020 target recommendation.2 Motivating college students to get an annual flu vaccination remains difficult.

“As a healthcare community, we’ve long known that college students are profoundly under-vaccinated. This new research indicates that a combination of education and incentives may be an effective way to reach college students who have been apprehensive about vaccination in the past,” said NFID Board member, Lisa S. Ipp, M.D., Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at Weill Cornell Medicine, Associate Director of Adolescent Medicine at NewYork-Presbyterian Komansky Children’s Hospital. “We now plan to work with academic, health, advocacy and student leaders to share these insights and uncover additional best practices to drive improvements in flu immunization efforts on campuses.”

Notable highlights from the survey include the following:

Misperception and fear are key barriers to flu vaccination. Among students who do not typically receive a seasonal flu vaccine, the top reasons for not getting vaccinated include a mix of misperception, fear and skepticism: 36% say that they are healthy and don’t need it; 31% say they don’t like needles; and 30% say they don’t think the vaccine works. Additionally, nearly three in five students (59%) seem to think that the flu vaccine can cause the flu and 59% don’t think it’s likely they’ll get the flu in the next 12 months.
Making flu vaccines more accessible may increase the likelihood of vaccination. More than three in five students (61%) believe that access to the vaccine at low or no cost would increase college students’ likelihood of getting vaccinated by a lot. Nearly half (48%) say the same about having the vaccine available in multiple locations on campus. Interestingly, students residing in the South are the most likely to believe that access to the vaccine at low or no cost would affect the likelihood of students getting the vaccine by a lot (68% vs. 58% Northeast, 57% Midwest and 58% West).
Providing incentives may be one of the best ways to increase participation in flu vaccination programs. When it comes to increasing college students’ likelihood of getting a flu vaccine, students say that offering an incentive is key. More than three in five students (61%) say that a monetary or other incentive would affect the likelihood of students getting the vaccine by a lot. Furthermore, students say that free food (31%) and a big campus event with free food/music/etc. (26%) would be most effective at encouraging more students to get vaccinated. Among those who do not typically get the flu vaccine, 49% agreed that the only way they would get vaccinated would be if a tangible incentive (e.g., cash, gift card, free food, etc.) was offered.
Family and healthcare professionals all play an important role in flu-related decision-making. When it comes to flu vaccine decision-making, college students note they rely a lot on the advice of a parent/guardian or other family member (48%); healthcare professionals (44%); the student health center on their campus (24%); and friends/peers (20%).

In 2016, NFID convened a College Influenza Stakeholder Summit to discuss the challenges of increasing flu vaccination rates on college campuses. This survey serves as a next step in better understanding the attitudes of college students related to flu. Additional information about flu on college campuses can be found on the NFID website A visual summary of the survey results are also available in an infographic form online here.

About the survey
The survey was conducted online by Harris Poll on behalf of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) within the U.S. between October 12 and 31, 2017 among 1,005 college students ages 18-24 who are currently attending a 2-year or 4-year college or university. Figures for age, gender, race/ethnicity, region, household income, household size and enrollment status were weighted where necessary to bring them in line with their actual proportions in the population.

About the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases
Founded in 1973, the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) is a non-profit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to educating the public and healthcare professionals about the causes, prevention and treatment of infectious diseases across the lifespan. Visit for more information.


1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Influenza (Flu). Key Facts About Seasonal Flu Vaccine. Accessed November 13, 2017
2. US Department of Health and Human Services. Healthy People 2020. Immunization and Infectious Diseases. Accessed November 13, 2017

Contact Information: 
Joanna Colbourne
National Foundation for Infectious Diseases
202-538-7072 (mobile)

Cengage Launches First-of-Its-Kind Subscription to Offer Unlimited, On-Demand and Affordable Access to Digital Course Materials

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Cengage Unlimited Gives Students Total Access to More Than 20,000 Digital Learning Products; Transforming How They Buy and Use Course Materials

BOSTON, December 5, 2017 — In a bold move designed to lower student costs and improve access to learning, Cengage, an education and technology company, today announced Cengage Unlimited. This first-of-its-kind subscription gives students access to all the company’s digital higher education materials—more than 20,000 products across 70 disciplines and more than 675 courses—for $119.99 a semester, no matter how many Cengage materials they use.

“High costs are limiting too many students from being able to access and succeed in their learning,” said Michael Hansen, CEO, Cengage.  “Students are either spending hundreds of dollars a year on materials, or else put off buying them altogether because they can’t afford them.  And, for many students who do find a way, it is because they are taking on student loan debt that will impact them for years.

“With Cengage Unlimited, students finally have an alternative to the traditional and costly approach of paying for each course’s materials individually.  We are taking unprecedented action to break down cost barriers and end the cycle of students having to choose between course materials they can afford and the results they want,” Hansen continued.

Beginning in August 2018, students at U.S. higher education institutions can subscribe to Cengage Unlimited at  After paying a one-time subscription fee, students will access a dashboard offering unlimited access to the company’s comprehensive library of content that includes renowned authors such as Gregory Mankiw and the late James Stewart. A subscription includes the award-winning digital learning platforms MindTap and WebAssign; students using these platforms also will have the option of free print rentals.  When their subscription ends, students will retain reference access to their key course materials for the first year for free.  Cengage plans to work with its partners at on-campus and off-campus bookstores, and online retailers, to make subscriptions available to students.

Cengage Unlimited underscores how students are the primary focus of everything we do at Cengage.  Knowing that cost is among the highest hurdles facing students, we embarked on a very deliberate path to find a solution. A subscription to Cengage Unlimited gives students access to all of our best-in-class authors and learning products at significantly lower cost than they might pay otherwise,” said Fernando Bleichmar, EVP and Chief Product Officer, Cengage.  “Today’s announcement shows how Cengage can quickly scale and adapt to customers’ needs, and how we are best-positioned to be the catalyst for change in our industry.”

Underscoring the company’s transition from traditional print publisher to a digital company, Cengage recently announced its strategic goal to be a 90 percent digital company by 2019. The company has pioneered multiple initiatives to provide students more value in their learning, including Cengage Inclusive Access, which can save students up to 55 percent and ensures they have access to their course materials on the first day of class; and OpenNow, a suite of low-cost, technology-enhanced OER products for general education courses.

For more information, visit

About Cengage

Cengage is the education and technology company built for learners. As the largest US-based provider of teaching and learning materials for higher ed, we offer valuable options at affordable price points. Our industry-leading initiatives include Cengage Unlimited, the first-of-its-kind all-access digital subscription service.  We embrace innovation to create learning experiences that build confidence and momentum toward the future students want. Headquartered in Boston, Cengage also serves K-12, library and workforce training markets around the world. Visit us at or find us on Facebook or Twitter.



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New Social Support Forum for College Students

College-exclusive social platform, ePEERS, empowers students to ask for advice, offer friendship and share support with peers 

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High Point, N.C.– (November 29, 2017) – ePEERS, a new social media network exclusive to college students, has launched a website and app to foster meaningful connections between students. This social network brings students together by encouraging them to share interests, plus academic, career and personal advice with peers at their own university or with college students across the nation.

The new social media platform offers numerous features that other social media sites do not. Key differences include exclusivity and optional anonymity for students to discuss their questions and concerns and solicit advice without fear of exposure to their parents, faculty or professional contacts. The ability to remain anonymous and report offensive content allows students to feel safe expressing concerns, asking questions or responding to other students.

ePEERS offers three key benefits to college students:
1) Ask advice on personal, academic or professional topics.
2) Offer friendship through community connections such as friend groups, topic groups, school groups or affinity groups.
3) Share support by posting comments, providing helpful tips and giving emotional encouragement.

Many college students face the challenges of anxiety, stress and even depression every day. ePEERS is a safe, judgment-free environment for students to seek and provide mutual encouragement. ePEERS also provides students in need with access to information and resources through links to The Jed Foundation (JED).

“ePEERS is an uplifting social platform that inspires student success throughout their college careers with helpful tips, emotional support and encouragement about college life,” said Joe Purisky, President of ePEERS.

“I truly believe ePEERS will improve the mental well-being of students across the country and provide friendship and support in ways that have never been done before,” Purisky said.

To learn more about ePEERS, please visit

About ePEERS: 
Established in 2017, ePEERS is a social network created exclusively for college students to ask advice, offer friendship and share support. Unlike other social platforms, this exclusive network, initially funded by nonprofit organizations, offers features such as optional anonymity and community groups, which provide students with a safe, judgment-free atmosphere to ask questions, post comments and write blog posts. For more information visit

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Jane The Virgin’s Much-Anticipated Literary Debut Becomes a Reality!

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“Lorden + Gregor” to Publish SNOW FALLING, the Popular Heroine’s Stunning Historical Romance

NEW YORK—It has been a lifetime (and three seasons) in the making, but Jane Gloriana Villanueva is ready to make her literary debut! The title character of the critically acclaimed hit CW series Jane The Virgin will have her breathtaking first novel, a sweeping historical romance, published this fall by Adams Media, an imprint of Simon & Schuster.

Jane The Virgin, the AFI, and Peabody Award-winning dramedy, has followed Jane Villanueva’s (played by Golden Globe-winner Gina Rodriguez) telenovela-esque life for three seasons—from her accidental artificial insemination and virgin birth, through a tumultuous who-will-she-choose love triangle. Jane’s fervent ambition has been to become a romance novelist, and this past spring her burgeoning talent was discovered at Miami’s prestigious “Ones to Read” series by local publisher Lorden + Gregor. Now, Jane’s highly anticipated debut novel, SNOW FALLING (November 14, 2017; Trade Paperback; Imprint: Lorden + Gregor), is becoming a reality.

Fans of Jane The Virgin clamored on social media to read Jane’s novel from the moment her book deal was announced last season. Now, Adams Media will satisfy that desire when it publishes the novel under the banner of the fictional imprint, “Lorden + Gregor,” under license by CBS Consumer Products.

Jane The Virgin creator Jennie Snyder Urman said: “I’m so thrilled that Adams Media as Lorden + Gregor is bringing Jane’s first novel to life and I can’t wait for fans to get to read it! Prepare to get swept up in an epic love story.”

Karen Cooper, Vice President and Publisher at Adams Media adds, “We’re huge fans of the show and the way Jennie and her team tease ‘reality’ in such a fantastic and purposeful way. It just felt right that we should riff off that conceit and give Jane’s fans the HEA they have been waiting for.”

A truly epic saga that captures the hope, the heartbreak, and the humor that has made Jane The Virgin so belovedSNOW FALLING is a sweeping historical romance set in 1902 Miami—a time of railroad tycoons, hotel booms, and exciting expansion for The Magic City. This is the book that Jane has always dreamed of writing and Jane The Virgin fans have always dreamed of reading. Now everyone can have their happily ever after!

Jane Gloriana Villanueva
Lorden + Gregor (Adams Media/Simon & Schuster)
Publication Date: November 14, 2017
Trade Paperback: 9781507206621
eBook: 9781507206638
eAudio: 9781508253105

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About the Author
A lifelong fan of romance novels and telenovelas, Jane Gloriana Villanueva has worked as a publisher’s assistant at Silver Horizons and dating columnist for Cosmopolitan online. She is now thrilled to be publishing her first novel. Snow Falling is a sweeping historical romance based on Jane’s now-notorious true story of being accidentally artificially inseminated as a Catholic virgin, becoming the target of the nefarious crime lord Sin Rostro, and ultimately marrying her true love who died tragically young.

Jane’s life, loves, trials, and tribulations can be followed on The CW’s hit series Jane The Virgin.

Gina Rodriguez

About Jane The Virgin:
Jane The Virgin is produced by CBS Television Studios and Warner Bros. Television, in association with Electus, with executive producers Jennie Snyder Urman (“Emily Owens, M.D.”), Ben Silverman (“The Biggest Loser”), Gary Pearl (“10.5: Apocalypse”) and Jorge Granier (“Que el Cielo Me Explique”). The fourth season of Jane The Virgin premieres Friday, October 13 on The CW.

About Simon & Schuster:
Simon & Schuster, a part of CBS Corporation, is a global leader in general interest publishing, dedicated to providing the best in fiction and nonfiction for readers of all ages, and in all printed, digital and audio formats. Its distinguished roster of authors includes many of the world’s most popular and widely recognized writers, and winners of the most prestigious literary honors and awards. It is home to numerous well-known imprints and divisions such as Simon & Schuster, Scribner, Atria Books, Gallery Books, Pocket Books, Touchstone, Adams Media, Threshold Editions, Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing and Simon & Schuster Audio and international companies in Australia, Canada, India and the United Kingdom, and proudly brings the works of its authors to readers in more than 200 countries and territories. For more information visit our website at

About The CW:
THE CW TELEVISION NETWORK launched in 2006 as America’s fifth broadcast network, with programming targeting younger viewers, a demographic highly sought after by advertisers. The CW, a joint venture between Warner Bros. Entertainment and CBS Corporation, broadcasts a five-night, 10-hour primetime lineup, Monday through Friday. The CW’s primetime programming is also available to stream for free, without authentication, on the ad-supported and The CW app, now available on every major OTT platform. In daytime, The CW broadcasts a Monday through Friday afternoon block, and a three-hour Saturday morning kids block. The CW’s digital network, CW Seed, launched in 2013, and offers original short-form digital content as well as past seasons of fan-favorite television series. For more information about the network and its programming, visit

About CBS Television Studios:
CBS Television Studios is one of the industry’s leading suppliers of programming for broadcast, basic and premium cable, as well as streaming platforms. The Studio’s primetime programming includes the phenomenally successful NCIS franchise; the critically acclaimed series MADAM SECRETARY, JANE THE VIRGIN and CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND; the hit dramas ELEMENTARY, BLUE BLOODS, HAWAII FIVE-0, MACGYVER, BULL and SCORPION; the popular comedies KEVIN CAN WAIT, SUPERIOR DONUTS and MAN WITH A PLAN; and the summer series ZOO and SALVATION. The Studio’s new series for the 2017-2018 television season include the dramas SEAL TEAM, WISDOM OF THE CROWD and INSTINCT; comedy 9JKL; and dramas DYNASTY and VALOR for The CW. The Studio also produces the Daytime Emmy Award-winning talk show THE TALK, as well as the Emmy nominated late night series, THE LATE SHOW with STEPHEN COLBERT and THE LATE LATE SHOW with JAMES CORDEN. For CBS All Access, CBS Television Network’s subscription video on-demand and live-streaming service, the Studio produces the highly anticipated STAR TREK: DISCOVERY, and the critically acclaimed THE GOOD FIGHT. The Studio also produces two new series based on popular, viral segments from THE LATE LATE SHOW – CARPOOL KARAOKE for Apple Music and DROP THE MIC for TBS – as well as comedies  AMERICAN VANDAL and INSATIABLE for Netflix, and the comedy anthology series, THE GUEST BOOK for TBS.

Media Contact:
Bethany Carland-Adams