Monthly Archives: June 2010

As National College Drop-Out Rates Hit 25 Percent (1) , New Program Aims to Help Students Succeed

LITTLE ROCK, June 28, 2010 — High school graduations are commencing and many students have high hopes for college. But national statistics show approximately one in four students will drop out of college their first year (1).

National speaker and college ministry veteran John Bryson believes with strategic preparation this trend can be reversed. Bryson has teamed up with Men’s Fraternity Founder Robert Lewis to develop College Ready©, a six-week study aimed at helping high school seniors and college freshmen make the most of their college experience.

“Part of the reason is that they’re totally unprepared for the college experience,” said Bryson, who has spent more than 11 years working with college students.

Bryson is not the only one questioning college readiness of high school graduates. Media coverage nationwide tells the same story.

“It’s a nationwide problem . . . We probably have right now in this state a lot of people in college who are not prepared for college,” University of Georgia President Michael Adams told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (June 3, 2010).

On May 21, The Dallas Morning News reported “churning out high school graduates unprepared for college is a national issue.”

“Going to college can be an overwhelming experience,” said Bryson. “That first year is hard on everybody. I want to equip students to have a much different experience—one that empowers them to make the most of college and enjoy it, too . . . prepared to thrive in this new season of their life.”

The College Ready study videos and student guide are based on six key principles:

• Acquiring vision
• Empowering friendships
• Excelling academically
• Dating right
• Having fun
• Growing spiritually

Adaptable to a variety of group settings, College Ready is ideal for RAs (residents assistants), college freshman group leaders and teachers. For more information or to purchase College Ready, visit

College Ready is part of a greater initiative of FamilyLife called Life Ready, a biblical strategy for churches to provide proactive marriage and family training through video resources.

For more than three decades FamilyLife has focused on the mission of using biblical principles to build healthier marriages and families. FamilyLife works in 100 countries around the world to help to transform lives and restore hope through its Weekend to Remember marriage conferences, Homebuilders Bible studies, FamilyLife Today radio broadcasts, Hope for Orphans orphan care ministry, FamilyLife publications and the internet. For more information visit


(1) National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS), 2008

“It’s a nationwide problem . . . We probably have right now in this state a lot of people in college who are not prepared for college,” University of Georgia President Michael Adams told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (June 3, 2010).

Help Change the World With a Single Vote

REDMOND, Wash. — June 8, 2010 — Students from around the world will gather in Warsaw, Poland, next month to showcase innovative ideas that could change the world. They are competing in the eighth annual Imagine Cup, the world’s premier student technology competition sponsored by Microsoft Corp. Starting today and running through July 7, the public is invited to view videos created by the students and vote for their favorite projects at The team with the most votes will be crowned the People’s Choice champion and will be recognized July 8 at an awards ceremony at the Imagine Cup World Festival at the Warsaw opera house.

“We believe that, now more than ever, young people have the ability to make a positive impact on the world,” said Steve Ballmer, chief executive officer at Microsoft. “These students will be the global leaders of tomorrow, and we want to provide opportunities to demonstrate their creativity and innovation on the world stage. I’m in awe of the quality and sophistication of the Imagine Cup projects. It illustrates the promise of technology to positively transform education and change the way people live, think, work and communicate.”

This year’s competition started with more than 325,000 high school and university students registering from more than 100 countries and regions, and it will culminate at the Imagine Cup Worldwide Finals from July 3–8. Only the top 400 students have made it to the Worldwide Finals for their original solutions, which range from a multitouch tutoring system for physically challenged students to a mobile phone application that can test for hearing loss. The quality of this year’s projects proves that students truly are capable of doing anything to which they set their minds.

During the past three months, local Imagine Cup competitions have taken place around the world to determine the finalists for the Software Design competition. The People’s Choice award celebrates the entries in the Software Design competition by providing an opportunity for fans to see all of the projects in a fun and interactive way. By voting for their favorite projects, the public can help raise awareness for critical social issues in education, healthcare and environmental sustainability.

Along with the Software Design competition, finalists have been selected for the Embedded Development, Game Design, Digital Media and IT Challenge competitions. The winners of three worldwide online awards also will be announced today. These awards and winners are the following:
• Windows® Phone 7 “Rockstar” Award. Students submitted a Windows Phone 7 application created in Silverlight or XNA Framework that was original, visually compelling, appealing to the average consumer and used mobile-oriented features.
- Team Beastware from the Advanced Technology Academy in the United States was selected as the winner. This team of two built a “droid” XNA game that leveraged the use of the accelerometer on the device unlike any other app. Through the Microsoft DreamSpark student program, which provides professional-level developer and design tools to students and educators around the world at no charge, Team Beastware will head to Poland to showcase its application during the Worldwide Finals and will have the opportunity to register its app for free on the Windows Phone Marketplace.*

Windows Internet Explorer 8 Award. The Windows Internet Explorer 8 Award competition is designed to recognize software applications that create enhanced user experience by leveraging Web Slices, Accelerators and search providers in Internet Explorer.
- Team Rhea from Poland was chosen as the winner for its project, Kite Surfer. This project helps advance education by improving search and providing improved access to information sources. It is a visual search, which breaks the standards of typical Web searches. It seeks information using Microsoft Bing and visualizes it in Silverlight using 3-D space. It allows a person to browse through text data, graphics and videos in a new, innovative way.

Next Generation Web Award. Teams wrote open source Web applications using modern technologies such as Silverlight or ASP.NET on the Microsoft Web Platform.
- Team Wanna Be Alice from Inha University, Incheon, South Korea, will head to Poland to showcase its original Web page that connects people seeking to spread kindness to others as a method of “paying it forward.”

More information about the Imagine Cup and the full list of worldwide finalist teams are available at

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* More information on Windows Phone Marketplace policies and supported countries can be found at

On June 2nd a Cup of Tim Hortons Coffee Can Change a Child’s Life


Every penny from coffee sales on Camp Day, June 2nd will help send thousands of kids to camp!

Wednesday, June 2 is Tim Hortons Camp Day! Camp Day is the one day each year when every penny from coffee sales at Tim Hortons stores across Canada and the United States will be donated to the Tim Horton Children’s Foundation.

On Camp Day, customers can buy a coffee and help send more than 14,000 kids on the camping adventure of a lifetime. Campers aged nine to 12 years attend a 10-day summer camp session or a seven-day winter camp session, at one of the Foundation’s six camps in Canada and the United States. All the children are selected by Tim Hortons Store Owners who work closely with local youth organizations and schools to identify kids who would most benefit from an experience at camp.

“The support that we receive from Tim Hortons customers every year is overwhelming,” says Bill Moir, President, Tim Horton Children’s Foundation. “They’re helping make a huge difference in the life of so many children. For many, a camp experience is their first time away from home and it’s life changing. Shy kids become confident, scared kids become brave. The experience inspires them for years to come.”

During their stay at camp, kids participate in a wide range of first-class programs and activities designed to build self-confidence, self esteem and leadership skills. The Foundation is committed to providing an enriched and memorable experience for campers, giving them confidence in their abilities, pride in their accomplishments and a more positive view of the world and their place in it.

Following a camp session, Sandra from Burton, MI had this to say about her son’s camping experience:

“I would like to say thank you to all of you who take the time to make sure that kids get a chance to go to camp. My son was chosen through Big Brothers and the Tim Hortons in Burton, Michigan. His father died when he was just nine years old, and this gave him a chance to see what good people do in life. He needs positive role models in his life and Tim Horton Children’s Foundation gave him great things to strive for in life. We are very appreciative of all that you do for children. And I am here to tell you that you have a great effect on our children and families. My son would not have a chance to experience such thing in his life without all of you. Thank you.

About the Tim Horton Children’s Foundation
The Tim Horton Children’s Foundation is a non-profit charitable organization founded in 1974. Funding for the Foundation comes from Camp Day, fundraising activities, special events, year-round public donations collected through counter and drive-thru coin boxes and other donations. Since 1975 more than 130,000 children have attended a Foundation camp at no cost to them or their families. For more information about The Tim Horton Children’s Foundation please visit You can also donate online at


For more information, please contact:

David Morelli: Director, Public Affairs, Tim Hortons. (905) 339-6277

Jeffrey Hoffman: Senior Manager, Community Relations, Tim Horton Children’s Foundation. (519) 448-1248