Higher Education Goes Solar to Charge Mobile Devices

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ZON’s Powersol at APPA 2016

July 11, 2016

NASHVILLE, TN – Colleges and universities continuously seek innovative sustainable products and practices which can be implemented as part of campus programs demonstrating their commitment to the environment. At this year’s APPA Annual Conference for Higher Education Facilities Managers in Nashville, ZON will be displaying the innovative and sustainable Powersol Umbrella Solar Powered Charging Station in booth 801. APPA campuses were many of the first to purchase the Powersol from prior conferences where the ZON Powersol was acclaimed by attendees as the most innovative new product. Over 100 campuses nationwide have purchased the Powersol in a little over one year revolutionizing how students charge their mobile devices by using clean solar energy under the comfort of an outdoor umbrella.

Powersol is a solar powered, mobile device charging station built into an extremely durable, affordable commercial grade outdoor patio umbrella. Powersol charges 3 USB devices simultaneously, as fast as a wall outlet, day or night.

Higher education institutions including UCLA, UNC Chapel Hill, USC and Emory are rapidly adopting the Powersol solar mobile charging solution for their campuses as it can blend in with existing umbrellas and be used on existing patio tables making it even more affordable. Campus planners are using the Powersol to bring students to underutilized areas of campus as it provides shade and unlimited charging capacity.

According to Charlie Egan, co-chair of the UNC Chapel Hill student government’s Renewable Energy Social Projects Committee which purchased 19 Powersols for the campus, “In today’s society, one thing we just can’t seem to live without is our phone. Wherever we are, our phones keep us connected. In desperate times of low battery, indoor outlets are traditionally the only place to turn. However, thanks to ZON’s Powersol solar umbrella, desperate times can now be enjoyed outdoors, in the warm sunlight, with the company of your friends. The Powersol solar umbrella offers innovative solar energy technology paired with a battery charging station to allow students the opportunity to charge their phones while sitting at a picnic table outside. Not only does this unique product meet the phone-charging needs of students, but it also serves as a great example of the practical application of solar energy to raise energy awareness on your university campu s.”

“ZON is thrilled to work with campuses,” stated Karina Fedasz, ZON’s COO. “The feedback and enthusiasm we receive from students and faculty regarding their love of Powersol is incredible and inspiring to our team. We will continue to innovate so that campuses have sustainable ways to keep all of their devices charged up!”

About APPA
Over 500 facilities officers, directors and managers throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and the world will convene in July 11-13, 2016 in Nashville, TN, where they will identify and discuss the most current and pressing challenges facing educational facilities, and determine the common path forward. Powersol will be on display and for people to charge up their device during the conference at Booth 801.
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About ZON®, Inc.
ZON has revolutionized the way people charge up their mobile devices by creating a product that is sustainable, convenient, powerful, and beautiful- the patented and award winning Powersol. ZON rebooted the application of traditional solar power usage by applying solar power to an everyday product that the entire world uses – a commercial grade patio umbrella. The Powersol provides sustainable and convenient mobile device charging ensuring that going green has never been easier. ZON continues to develop sustainable outdoor power solutions utilizing everyday life conveniences and turning them into charging powerhouses that are as attractive as they are effective and powerful.

ZON is women founded, women managed and made in America.

ZON’s Powersol has been issued over 24 design and utility patents in the United States and abroad. Powersol’s launch was well received earning the company multiple awards in just 12 months including “Best Product of the Year” from the Design Journal and Archinterious, “Innovation of the Year” from The Stevie Awards for Women in Business, competing with companies world-wide, “Best Technology of 2015” from Hospitality and Design and “Product of the Year” from BoardRoom Magazine, representing private golf and country clubs of America.
ZON headquarters are in El Segundo, California. For more information visit www.zon-technology.com. Charge Up!®

Contact
For ZON:
Cameron Welborn-Wilson
cameron@zon-technology.com

Course Hero Beats Donation Goal for Books for Africa

Education technology company surpasses donation goals, provides books for schools, libraries, and medical teaching facilities in Gambia

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., July 8, 2016 – Course Hero, an online learning platform that empowers millions of students and educators to succeed, today announced it has surpassed its goal of donating 250,000 books to Gambia, through a partnership with Books for Africa’s Knowledge Drive.

Through the Course Hero online learning platform, students and teachers can share and access course-specific study resources anytime, anywhere. The platform also provides expert tutors and course advice from other students on-demand, around the clock.

The Course Hero Knowledge Drive, in partnership with Books for Africa, was launched in 2010 in its mission to build a brighter academic future for students all over the world. Through this program, the company pledged to donate one book to a child abroad for every 10 academic documents contributed to Coursehero.com, allowing students and teachers to support the cause.

The Knowledge Drive is committed to working to build and provide books for a number of schools, libraries, and medical teaching facilities throughout Africa. Books have a powerful ability to open a student’s mind to new ideas and possibilities, and can lend support in struggling regions, which need its bright young minds to strengthen them from the inside out.

“Course Hero has become one of our most consistent and substantial donors over the past several years, and is the top donor for our 1 Million Books for Gambia project,” says Patrick Plonski, Books For Africa Executive Director, discussing the impact that Course Hero has had on BFA’s ongoing efforts to end the African book famine. “We truly appreciate their extremely generous support resulting in the shipment of over a quarter of a million books to Africa since the beginning of our partnership in 2010.”

“Being a part of the Course Hero Knowledge Drive has been such a rewarding experience for me. The Knowledge Drive program is a win-win for everyone since I get to study more effectively while supporting a great cause,” says Irene Lin, Texas A&M University student and Course Hero contributor. “It is gratifying to know that my contribution, along with the contributions of my friends and classmates, have made a positive impact to improving the literacy rates of children in Africa.”

About Course Hero | Master Your ClassesTM
Course Hero is an online learning platform that empowers millions of students and educators to succeed. Fueled by a passionate community of students and educators who share their course-specific knowledge and educational resources, Course Hero offers the biggest and best library of study documents, expert tutors, customizable flashcards, and course advice. Download the Course Hero app for iPhone or Android today or follow Course Hero on LinkedIn. Students wishing to get involved in the Knowledge Drive can find out more here: https://www.coursehero.com/KnowledgeDrive/

About Books For Africa
Books For Africa is the world’s largest shipper of donated text and library books to the African continent, shipping over 35 million books to 49 different countries since 1988. In 2015, BFA shipped 2.4 million books and large numbers of computers valued at over $33 million to 25 African countries.

For more information, contact:
Grayling PR
(415) 593-1400
coursehero@grayling.com

Course Hero Receives 2016 Top Workplace Award from Bay Area News Group

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REDWOOD CITY, Calif., June 27, 2016 ­­ Course Hero, the online learning platform empowering millions of students and educators to succeed, was named today as a 2016 Top Workplace by the Bay Area News Group. This honor is based on a rigorous assessment of Course Hero’s workplace culture including a survey of the company’s employees.

“At Course Hero we strive to not only create heroes in education, but to also connect with and support heroes within our own workplace. It is with great pride that we accept this award as a 2016 Top Workplace in the Bay Area,” said Course Hero Co­founder and CEO Andrew Grauer. “We look forward to growing our all-star team and continuing this positive culture as we continue to democratize education.”

Course Hero is an online learning platform where students and teachers can share and access course-specific study resources anytime, anywhere. The platform also provides expert tutors and course advice from other students on-demand around the clock.

Course Hero’s employees include teachers and marketing professionals from top universities, as well as engineers, web designers, and product managers from tech giants like Amazon and Google. Some employees have taught at Teach for America and others at some of the world’s top universities.

The company prides itself in its workplace flexibility and freedom and in the healthy work-life balance it encourages in its employees.

Course Hero believes that a culture of sharing and collaboration is essential to help students succeed and it embraces this same philosophy throughout its company culture. The company organizes its people in small, tightly knit product groups that work very closely and have a significant amount of autonomy in the direction of the products they work on.

Strategic planning or “roadmaps” as they are called are decided in a bottoms-up and top-down approach and each team’s roadmap is completely visible across the entire organization. The result is a fast-moving, collaborative, and open-company culture where accountability is embraced and rejoiced across every team in every department.

“The Top Workplaces award is not a popularity contest. Often times, people assume it’s all about fancy perks and benefits.” says Doug Claffey, CEO of WorkplaceDynamics. “But to be a Top Workplace, organizations must meet our strict standards for organizational health. And who better to ask about work life than the people who live the culture every day—the employees. Time and time again, our research has proven that what’s most important to them is a strong belief in where the organization is headed, how it’s going to get there, and the feeling that everyone is in it together.” Claffey adds, “Without this sense of connection, an organization doesn’t have a shot at being named a Top Workplace.”

About Course Hero | Master Your ClassesTM
Course Hero is a venture-backed online learning platform that empowers millions of students and educators to succeed. Fueled by a passionate community of students and educators who share their course-specific knowledge and educational resources, Course Hero offers the biggest and best library of study documents, expert tutors, customizable flashcards, and course advice. Download the Course Hero app for iPhone or Android today or follow Course Hero on LinkedIn and Glassdoor to learn more about the exciting job opportunities at Course Hero.

About WorkplaceDynamics, LLC
Headquartered in Exton, PA, WorkplaceDynamics specializes in employee feedback surveys and workplace improvement. This year alone, more than two million employees in over 6,000 organizations will participate in the Top Workplaces™ campaign—a program it conducts in partnership with more than 40 prestigious media partners across the United States. Workplace Dynamics also provides consulting services to improve employee engagement and organizational health. WorkplaceDynamics is a founding B Corporation member, a coalition of organizations that are leading a global movement to redefine success in business by offering a positive vision of a better way to do business.

For more information, contact:
Grayling PR
(415) 593-1400
coursehero@grayling.com

Citavi Offers Summer Thesis-Writing Toolkit for Graduate Students

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Wädenswil, Switzerland — June 15, 2016 — Swiss Academic Software is offering graduate students working on a thesis or dissertation this summer a free writing toolkit.

The toolkit includes a download and trial license key for Citavi, a software program for academic research projects. A weekly newsletter offers thesis-writing productivity tips throughout the summer. In addition, participants will be entered in a weekly drawing for a free, non-expiring license for Citavi. Students can sign up at www.citavi.com/summer.

The summer campaign also includes a contest. Graduate students can submit stories, videos, or images for how Citavi saved their summers by increasing their productivity. The winner will receive Citavi licenses for his or her entire academic department.

Additional information about the thesis-writing toolkit and the contest can be found at www.citavi.com/summer. A promotional video for the campaign can be viewed on YouTube at www.citavi.com/summer-video.

About Citavi
First released in Switzerland in 2006, Citavi is the leading reference management program in the German-speaking world. Since publication of the English-language version in 2010, it has gradually become more widely known internationally as well. Over the past 10 years, hundreds of thousands of individual users have chosen Citavi as the preferred tool for their academic work. In addition, over 250 universities have site licenses for Citavi, allowing their students, faculty, and staff to use Citavi for Windows at no cost.

Citavi’s success lies in its ability to go beyond traditional reference management programs to support each step of the academic research process. Citavi helps with all research tasks, from searching for sources, to annotating PDF articles and excepting quotations, to planning tasks and creating outlines, all the way to finalizing a formatted publication.

About Swiss Academic Software
Swiss Academic Software is the publisher of Citavi and was founded in Zürich in 2004. The company’s mission is to make complex software as user-friendly and intuitive as possible.

For more information, please contact:
Jennifer Schultz
Key Account Manager
jennifer.schultz@citavi.com

LendEDU 2016 College Students and Personal Finance Study

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Today, LendEDU released its 2016 College Students and Personal Finance Study based on a survey of 455 college students. Over 59% of those surveyed gave themselves a C or worse when asked how successful they are in managing finances and money.

Students were asked 25 questions related to managing money and personal finance. The surveyed was designed to gain an understanding of students’ perspectives and to test the knowledge of current college students.

“Personal finance education is vital for this generation of high school and college students,” said Nate Matherson, CEO & Co-Founder of LendEDU. “Parents, educators, and government must engage with young adults. Without basic personal finance education, young adults will be left uninformed and unconfident. Personal finance knowledge is critical for every American, regardless of age.”

LendEDU’s survey, which included 25 multiple choice questions, found holes in the overall understanding of personal finance. Many of the questions offered eye opening insights into the minds of current college students. In short, current college students are lacking knowledge in saving and budgeting.

Here are the results of the survey (numbers rounded in this press release):

Grade yourself in terms of successfully managing your finances and money.
8 percent of students surveyed reported “A”
32 percent of students surveyed reported “B”
41 percent of students surveyed reported “C”
14 percent of students surveyed reported “D”
4 percent of students surveyed reported “F”

What sounds most like your current financial situation?
51 percent of students said “I’m barely keeping up”
49 percent of students said “I’m doing just fine”

Are you saving money each month?
42 percent of students surveyed reported “Yes”
58 percent of students surveyed reported “No”

What percentage of your income is saved each month?
29 percent of students surveyed reported “0%”
12 percent of students surveyed reported “1-10%”
20 percent of students surveyed reported “11-20%”
21 percent of students surveyed reported “21-30%”
6 percent of students surveyed reported “31-40%”
2.2 percent of students surveyed reported “41-50%”
1.7 percent of students surveyed reported “51-60%”
2.6 percent of students surveyed reported “61-70%”
1.3 percent of students surveyed reported “71-80%”
1.7 percent of students surveyed reported “81-90%”
2.2 percent of students surveyed reported “90% or higher”

Do you track your monthly spending with an app or by hand?
42 percent of students surveyed reported using an app
15 percent of students surveyed reported budgeting by hand
43 percent of students surveyed said that they don’t track monthly spending

Do you currently have an emergency fund?
19 percent of students have an emergency fund
81 percent of students do not have an emergency fund

How knowledgeable are you about creating and maintaining a budget?
18 percent of students surveyed reported that they are “Very Knowledgeable”
41 percent of students surveyed reported that they are “Moderately Knowledgeable”
36 percent of students surveyed reported that they are “Minimally Knowledgeable”
5 percent of students surveyed reported that they are “Not Knowledgeable”

What is your largest source of income?
27 percent of students surveyed reported “I don’t have an income”
16 percent of students surveyed reported “On-campus job”
24 percent of students surveyed reported “Part-time job off campus, or internship”
28 percent of students surveyed reported “Summer jobs”
5 percent of students surveyed reported “Full-time employment”

What is your biggest monthly expense?
38 percent of students surveyed reported “Food”
25 percent of students surveyed reported “Alcohol and/or Drugs”
29 percent of students surveyed reported “Rent”
8 percent of students surveyed reported “Clothes”

What is the average interest rate paid on a savings account in the United States?
26 percent of students surveyed reported “0-1%”
42 percent of students surveyed reported “1-3%”
22 percent of students surveyed reported “3-5%”
8 percent of students surveyed reported “5-7%”
2 percent of students surveyed reported “+7%”

How knowledgeable are you when it comes to saving for retirement?
9 percent of students surveyed reported that they are “Very Knowledgeable”
42 percent of students surveyed reported that they are “Moderately Knowledgeable”
35 percent of students surveyed reported that they are “Minimally Knowledgeable”
13 percent of students surveyed reported that they are “Not Knowledgeable”

How knowledgeable are you when it comes to financial investments?
7 percent of students surveyed reported that they are “Very Knowledgeable”
33 percent of students surveyed reported that they are “Moderately Knowledgeable”
34 percent of students surveyed reported that they are “Minimally Knowledgeable”
26 percent of students surveyed reported that they are “Not Knowledgeable”

How much did your parent(s) / guardian(s) teach you about managing money?
21 percent of students surveyed reported their parents “taught me specifically how to manage money”
25 percent of students surveyed reported their parents “taught me general ways of managing money”
24 percent of students surveyed reported their parents “helped me learn through example”
30 percent of students surveyed reported their parents “did not teach me how to manage money”

Did you receive personal finance education in high school?
14 percent of students surveyed reported “Yes, I received an adequate amount”
35 percent of students surveyed reported “Yes, I received a little bit”
51 percent of students surveyed reported “No, I received no education at all”

Did you take a personal finance course in college? Or, do you plan to take a personal finance course in college?
34 percent of students surveyed reported “Yes, I’ve taken a class already”
21 percent of students surveyed reported “No, but I plan on taking a course”
45 percent of students surveyed reported “No, I haven’t taken a course and I don’t plan on it”

Which sources do you trust the most for learning about managing money?
39 percent of students surveyed reported “Bank websites”
11 percent of students surveyed reported “Bank Branches”
9 percent of student surveyed reported “School/academic institutions”
41 percent of students surveyed reported “Other financial websites”

Which best describes your current personal finance goal?
29 percent of students surveyed reported “Pay off student loan debt”
19 percent of students surveyed reported “Start saving for retirement”
23 percent of students surveyed reported “Build good credit”
20 percent of students surveyed reported “Save for vacation and/or special purchase”
9 percent of students surveyed reported “Start an emergency fund”

Do you feel like student loan debt will hold you back financially after graduation?
38 percent of students surveyed reported “Yes, student loan debt will hold me back financially”
33 percent of students surveyed reported “No, student loan debt will not hold me back financially”
29 percent of students surveyed reported “Not applicable, I don’t have student loan debt”

Have you ever been late on a credit card payment?
8 percent of students surveyed reported “Yes”
32 percent of students surveyed reported “No”
60 percent of students surveyed reported “Does not apply”

43 percent of students surveyed could not name one major difference between a credit and debit card

23 percent of students surveyed could not name one major difference between a checking account and a savings account

79 percent of students surveyed did not know the difference between a traditional bank and a credit union

68 percent of students surveyed did not know what a 401k or IRA is used for

58 percent of students surveyed were not working to build good credit

43 percent of students surveyed believed that checking their credit report would hurt their credit score

About the 2016 College Students and Personal Finance Study
The LendEDU team surveyed 455 undergraduate and graduate students at three different 4-year institutions (2 public, 1 private) on the East Coast. The survey was administered by hand by the LendEDU team. All responses were self reported by the respondents.

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About LendEDU
Since 2014 LendEDU has delivered free financial aid resources to high school and college students. LendEDU is a marketplace for student loans and student loan refinancing. LendEDU helps graduates find the lowest student loan quotes with one application. The company is partnered with all of the leading student loan companies including SoFi, Citizens Bank, Sallie Mae, College Ave, Earnest, LendKey, Darien Rowayton Bank, among others.

LendEDU was founded by Nate Matherson and Matt Lenhard in August of 2014. LendEDU is a graduate of Y Combinator’s W16 class, the Iowa Startup Accelerator, and the Horn Program at the University of Delaware.

For more information, please contact: 
Dave Rathmanner
Email: dave.rathmanner@lendedu.com
Phone: 302-584-0389

Course Hero Welcomes Dr. Arthur Levine to their Advisory Board

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REDWOOD CITY, Calif., May 26, 2016 – Today Course Hero, an online learning platform that empowers millions of students and educators to succeed, announced the addition of Dr. Arthur Levine, president of the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, to its Advisory Board.

“I’m honored to join the Course Hero Advisory Board,” said Dr. Levine. “Course Hero is working to provide every student and teacher, regardless of socio-economic background, access to learning tools and educational resources for deep and efficient learning and teaching. It’s an important mission and one I’m glad to support.”

Prior to his 2006 appointment as the sixth president of the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, Dr. Levine was president and professor of education at Teachers College, Columbia University, and previously served as chair of the higher education program, chair of the Institute for Educational Management, and senior lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Dr. Levine has also served as President of Bradford College and Senior Fellow at the Carnegie Foundation and Carnegie Council for Policy Studies in Higher Education.

The author or co-author of ten books and dozens of articles and reviews, Dr. Levine spent several years researching the quality of teacher preparation in the United States and publishing numerous reports on the standards for admission and graduation from teaching programs.

Course Hero’s Advisory Board includes experts in both education and technology, with each member bringing a deeper understanding of the most prevalent challenges faced by students and teachers. With the help of Dr. Levine and the Advisory Board, the Course Hero team is working to address those challenges and enable students to get the most out of their education.

“We’re excited to have Dr. Levine join our team of experts,” said Course Hero CEO Andrew Grauer. “Dr. Levine brings an extensive background in teacher preparation, student engagement, and STEM education. Working side-by-side with educators of his calibre is critical for our success in harnessing the power of technology to address the challenges of teaching and learning.”

About Course Hero | Master Your Classes™
Course Hero is an online learning platform that empowers millions of students and educators to succeed. Powered by a passionate community of students and educators who share their course-specific knowledge and educational resources, Course Hero offers the biggest and best library of study documents, expert tutors, customizable flashcards, and advice. To learn more, please visit www.coursehero.com.

For more information, contact:
Grayling PR
(415) 593-1400
coursehero@grayling.com

FINALS SUCK: JOLLY RANCHER CANDY EMBRACES THE LONGEST, SUCKIEST WEEK OF COLLEGE

Brand Invites Students to ‘Keep On Sucking!’ with Jolly Rancher Candy Rewards

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HERSHEY, PA. May 23, 2016 – It’s a fact, finals suck. And the not terribly surprising part? It’s the overwhelming feeling of stress-on-stress that is the suckiest, according to more than 50 percent of 18-24 year olds across the nation.*

Jolly Rancher hard candy knows that when the tests get tough, the tough #KeepOnSucking. That’s why the brand is helping to make finals survival a bit easier with some comic relief and unique hard candy experiences. Students can kick back and commiserate with Jolly Rancher hard candy during much-needed study breaks on the brand’s social channels and be rewarded for the “fruit” of their labors.

“We’re excited to bring the fun and humor of Jolly Rancher brand to students during the longest, suckiest week of the semester,” said Bill Blubaugh, Senior Director, Jolly Rancher brand. “Jolly Rancher hard candy can make the gloom and doom of finals, like pulling an all-nighter or using dry shampoo for the third day in a row, a little less sucky – while encouraging them to #KeepOnSucking. We’re that clutch for students who work hard and deserve a needed distraction from the sometimes miserable reality of finals.”

College Takeover
Delivering much needed humor and fun to students, Jolly Rancher ambassadors will be visiting the University of California, Los Angeles on June 2 to surprise and delight students during finals week. Apple and Watermelon Jolly Rancher mascots will be popping up in various campus locations like Bruin Plaza, Kerckhoff Patio and the Student Union to pass out free candy and apparel.

In addition, UCLA students are encouraged to follow #KeepOnSucking on Twitter to be eligible to participate in product giveaways designed to make finals suck even more, but in a funny, Jolly Rancher brand-like way.

The brand also surprised and delighted students at college takeovers at Iowa State and the University of Tennessee in early May.

Twitter Giveaways
Not a UCLA student? That sucks. Still want free candy? Jolly Rancher hard candy has you covered.

Beginning May 23, Jolly Rancher hard candy will reward students for surviving the suckiest week of the semester. The first 1,000 students to tweet @Jolly_Rancher a picture of their passing grade – any passing grade – will be sent a bag of Jolly Rancher hard candy. The promotion lasts through May 25 or until supplies last**.

The brand’s #FinalSuck experience is part of the larger #KeepOnSucking advertising campaign that focuses on the unique hard candy experience – it’s the candy you suck, not chew, with long-lasting, bold fruit flavor. Leveraging the tagline #KeepOnSucking, the new and unique campaign was designed to find humor in the “sucky” moments in every-day life.

Follow us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook for more information.

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* According to a recent Twitter Poll conducted by Anomaly on May 18- May 25.

** NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCE OF WINNING. Open only to legal residents of the United States residing in the 50 United States and the District of Columbia, 18 years of age or older at time of entry. Void where prohibited. Sweepstakes ends 5/25/2016 11:59pm ET or when 1,000 eligible entries have been received, whichever is sooner. Tweet @Jolly_Rancher with a photo of a grade you received on a final along with the hashtags #FinalsSuck and #Sweepstakes.

Limit one (1) entry per Twitter handle. Prizes (1,000): 3.8 oz. bags assorted Jolly Rancher Hard Candy. Approximate Retail Value (“ARV”): $1.00. Limit one (1) prize per name/address/household. Odds of winning depend upon number of eligible entries received and the order of such entries received. Subject to Official Rules available at http://finalssucksweeps.tumblr.com/. Sponsor: The Hershey Company, 100 Crystal A Drive, Hershey, PA.

About The Hershey Company
The Hershey Company (NYSE: HSY), headquartered in Hershey, Pa., is a global confectionery leader known for bringing goodness to the world through its chocolate, sweets, mints and other great-tasting snacks. Hershey has more than 22,000 employees around the world who work every day to deliver delicious, quality products. The company, which has more than 80 brands around the world that drive over $7.4 billion in annual revenues, includes such iconic brand names as Hershey’s, Reese’s, Hershey’s Kisses, Jolly Rancher, Ice Breakers and Brookside. Hershey is focused on growing its presence in key international markets while continuing to build its competitive advantage in North America. Additionally, Hershey is poised to expand its portfolio into categories beyond confectionery, finding new ways to bring goodness to people everywhere.

At Hershey, goodness has always been about more than delicious products. For 120 years, Hershey has been committed to good business by operating fairly, ethically and sustainably to make a positive impact on society. This means contributing to a better life for its employees, consumers, communities, and ultimately, creating a bright future for children in need. This commitment is exemplified by Milton Hershey School, established in 1909 by the company’s founder and administered by Hershey Trust Company. The children who attend the school receive education, housing, and medical care – thriving as direct beneficiaries of The Hershey Company’s success.

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MEDIA CONTACT:
Andrea Abate
Account Supervisor
Zeno Group for Hershey’s
312.396.9713
andrea.abate@zenogroup.com

Anna Lingeris
Senior Communications Manager
The Hershey Company
717.534.4874
alingeris@hersheys.com

Facebook & America East To Keynote College Sports Summit, June 1-3, GA

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New York City — The Sports Video Group (SVG) has announced an exciting pair of keynote speakers for its 2016 College Sports Summit (June 1-3, Omni Hotel at CNN Center, Atlanta). Robert Shaw, Global Sports Media Partnerships at Facebook, will take the main stage on Thursday, June 2, and Amy Huchthausen, Commissioner of the America East Conference, will address the Summit on Friday, June 3.

Shaw works with partners worldwide to best utilize the Facebook platform to achieve broadcast and publishing strategies. In his keynote, he will share his advice for using Facebook Live to engage fans and alumni in the college-sports space.

Huchthausen, who is In her fifth year as commissioner, will showcase the digital-video strategies her team uses for the mid-major America East conference and its member institutions. She was recently recognized as a 2016 Forty Under Forty honoree by SportsBusiness Journal and was named a Game Changer by the publication in September 2015.

Event Chairman Imry Halevi, Director of Multimedia & Production, Harvard University, and his Advisory Committee have assembled a compelling two-day program that addresses key areas of interest in content creation and distribution that are specific to the needs of today’s university and college athletic department:
• Building and Maintaining a Conference-Wide Digital Network
• Affordable Live Event-Production Techniques and Technologies
• Effective Social-Video Strategies
• Compelling Cinematic Sports Storytelling
• Asset Management and Storage Systems
• Closed Captioning…and more

For the $100 registration fee, all registrants receive:
• Wednesday-night reception at the College Football Hall of Fame
• Access to the entire SVG College Sports Summit program
• Opportunity to meet with 30+ technology vendors
• Thursday Networking Lunch and Awards Reception
• Friday Networking Breakfast
• Discounted $135 hotel-room rate

Don’t miss this unique and hyper-focused opportunity to meet with your peers to discuss the creative and production challenges that you face everyday.

To register and for more information, visit the event website at www.svgcollege.com

For more information about Sports Video Group, visit www.sportsvideo.org

About Sports Video Group
The Sports Video Group was formed in 2006 to support the professional community that relies on video, audio, and broadband technologies to produce and distribute sports content. Leagues, owners, teams, players, broadcasters, webcasters, and consumer technology providers have joined the SVG to learn from each other, turn vision into reality, and implement innovations, while sharing experiences that will lead to advances in the sports-production/distribution process and the overall consumer sports experience.

Media Contact
Andrew Lippe
Sports Video Group
(212) 481-8133
andrew@sportsvideo.org

Sodexo Reveals The 20ish Under 20ish Hunger Squad For 2016

$629,000 in scholarships and grants have been distributed by the Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation to honor hunger fighters ages 5 to 25

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Gaithersburg, MD, May 6, 2016- Sodexo, world leader in Quality of Life Services, announced the 20ish under 20ish Stephen J. Brady Stop Hunger Scholars for 2016, featuring members of the zero hunger generation who are leveraging their remarkable and unique powers to combat hunger and positively impact their communities across America. The Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation has provided $629,000 in scholarships and grants since 2007.

Each year, a new squad of hunger fighters ages 5 to 25, who have made a significant impact in the fight against hunger, are recognized at the national and regional level and honored with a scholarship or grant by Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation. The national scholarship recipients each receive $5,000 for their education as well as a matching grant in their name for the hunger-related charity of their choice.

“According to the USDA, 48 million Americans are at risk of hunger, including 15 million children. That represents one in five children that face hunger, preventing them from reaching their full potential,” said Shondra Jenkins, Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation executive director. “The 20ish under 20ish Hunger Squad is actively involved in shaping America’s future by creating innovative models and solutions to eliminate hunger.”

The 2016 20ish under 20ish National Hunger Scholars are:

Ian McKenna Goncalo (A.K.A. The Giving Gardener) • Age: 11 • Austin, TX
When seventh-grader Ian McKenna found out that some of his Austin, TX, classmates were going to bed hungry he decided to put his gardening skills to good use. He started gardens in local schools to give those students access to fresh produce and even teaches them how to use it.

Olivia Hodge (A.K.A. The Snack Packer) • Age: 17 • Blacksburg, VA
Olivia Hodge volunteered for years with her local backpack program, but wanted to do more. Now a senior in high school, she organized a snack closet in her Blacksburg, VA school for her peers that were coming to school hungry.

Brianna LaFran Moore (A.K.A. The General) • Age: 20 • Oak Park, MI
Brianna LaFran Moore has been volunteering at her local food bank since she was young and now, as a Michigan State University Sophomore, turned her passion for feeding people into her own charity Operation Warm Up/Warm Heart.

Jackson Silverman (A.K.A. Mr. Big Heart) • Age: 11 • Charleston, SC
Jackson Silverman started I Heart Hungry Kids when he was 7 after hearing about kids who were making a difference in his community near Charleston, SC. He felt a special place in his heart for kids who were hungry, so Jackson started organizing monthly parties engaging peers to pack bags of healthy foods for those in need.

Hannah Steinberg (A.K.A. The Couponer) • Age: 20 • Scarsdale, NY
Tufts University Junior Hannah Steinberg, clips coupons to shop for goods and groceries at discounted – and sometimes free – prices that she donates to a local homeless shelter that houses over 150 families.

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American Cancer Society and CVS Health Launch Bold Initiative to Help

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Atlanta, GA – MAY 4, 2016 – The American Cancer Society (ACS) and CVS Health today announced a three-year, $3.6 million initiative to provide grants to 125 institutions of higher learning to help accelerate and expand the number of 100 percent smoke- and tobacco-free college and university campuses throughout the United States.

The partnership creates the Tobacco-Free Generation Campus Initiative, part of a nationwide effort to deliver the nation’s first tobacco-free generation. With funding from the CVS Health Foundation, ACS will award grants to colleges and universities in 19 states with the greatest need for stronger smoke-free campus policies to help them take a comprehensive approach to implement tobacco-free campus policies, including cessation, education and support. Twenty-five grants will be awarded in the first year and 50 will be given out in each of the second and third years.

“The American Cancer Society and CVS Health are targeting an important age group at a critical time to improve public health for generations to come,” said Howard Koh, former Assistant Secretary for Health for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and current professor of the Practice of Public Health Leadership, Director of the Leading Change Studio at the Harvard School of Public Health. “It is a great example of how public-private partnerships can aggressively move one step closer to a tobacco-free generation.”

The 19 states targeted by the program are Alabama, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and West Virginia.

The ACS initiative is part of Be The First, CVS Health’s newly announced five-year, $50 million campaign that uses education, advocacy, tobacco control, and healthy behavior programming to tackle tobacco use, the number one cause of preventable deaths in the United States, and deliver the first tobacco-free generation. In 2014, CVS Health became the first national pharmacy chain to eliminate the sale of cigarettes and tobacco products from its stores.

“This partnership with CVS Health allows us to help make campuses tobacco-free using proven strategies that will reduce smoking and tobacco use rates among this population,” said Cliff Douglas, vice president for tobacco control and head of the American Cancer Society’s Center for Tobacco Control. “Creating a tobacco-free generation is a lofty goal, and reaching it requires a broad spectrum of strategies targeting multiple audiences. To be successful, it is imperative to prevent and stop smoking among college students.”

The data are clear that college age is a critical time to reach young smokers and those who may begin smoking and using tobacco:
• Based on current rates, more than 1 million current college students are projected to die from tobacco use in their lifetime. An estimated 5.6 million children alive today will die early from smoking if more is not done to reduce youth smoking rates in the U.S.
• More than 3,800 kids under the age of 18 smoke their first cigarette each day, and 2,100 youth and young adults become regular daily smokers.
• About 90 percent of smokers start by the time they are college age and 99 percent start by age 26, according to a 2012 U.S. Surgeon General’s report.

Despite these statistics, only 1,483 of the 4,700 U.S. college and university campuses—fewer than one in three—are completely smoke-free, and only one in four (1,137) are completely tobacco-free, according to data compiled by the Americans for Nonsmoker Rights. The barriers for colleges and universities to implement tobacco-free campuses often simply come down to the costs amid other financial constraints. Those costs include resources to develop and implement the tobacco-free plan, associated educational and other collateral materials, and smoking cessation offerings to help students and faculty quit tobacco.

Research has shown smoke-free policies curb campus smoking. Indiana University became a tobacco-free campus in 2008 and reduced smoking prevalence from 16.5 percent in 2007 to 12.8 percent in 2009. University of Michigan became tobacco-free in 2011, and after 11 months, the smoking rate dropped from 6 percent to 4 percent.

“Creating smoke-free campuses will move us one step closer to delivering the first tobacco-free generation,” said Eileen Howard Boone, Senior Vice President for Corporate Social Responsibility and Philanthropy for CVS Health, and President of the CVS Health Foundation. “Together with ACS, we can help ensure college-age youth stay tobacco-free through campus policies, increased education and awareness of healthy behaviors. We are at a critical moment in our nation’s efforts to end the epidemic of tobacco use, and it is through partnerships like this one that we will be successful.”

The American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society is a global grassroots force of 2.5 million volunteers saving lives and fighting for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. As the largest voluntary health organization, the Society’s efforts have contributed to a 22 percent decline in cancer death rates in the U.S. since 1991, and a 50 percent drop in smoking rates. Thanks in part to our progress, 14.5 million Americans who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will celebrate more birthdays this year. We’re determined to finish the fight against cancer. We’re finding cures as the nation’s largest private, not-for-profit investor in cancer research, ensuring people facing cancer have the help they need and continuing the fight for access to quality health care, lifesaving screenings, clean air and more. For more information, to get help, or to join the fight, call us anytime, day or night, at (800) 227-2345 or visit cancer.org.

About CVS Health
CVS Health is a pharmacy innovation company helping people on their path to better health. Through its more than 9,600 retail pharmacies, more than 1,100 walk-in medical clinics, a leading pharmacy benefits manager with nearly 80 million plan members, a dedicated senior pharmacy care business serving more than one million patients per year, and expanding specialty pharmacy services, the Company enables people, businesses and communities to manage health in more affordable and effective ways. This unique integrated model increases access to quality care, delivers better health outcomes and lowers overall health care costs. Find more information about how CVS Health is shaping the future of health at https://www.cvshealth.com.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:
American Cancer Society: Charaighn Sesock, 559.972.4877, charaighn.sesock@cancer.org
CVS Health: Joe Goode, 401.770.9820, jlgoode@cvs.com