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Dell and the University of Texas Empower Young Social Entrepreneurs




  • The University of Texas at Austin is accepting entries for the 2011 Dell Social Innovation Competition through Feb. 14, 2011
  • The Dell Social Innovation Competition is open to university students worldwide who have groundbreaking ideas to improve areas of critical human need
  • More than $100,000 in prize money will be awarded to turn innovative social ideas into a new business or non-profit organization

AUSTIN, Texas, January 31, 2011 – Dell and the University of Texas at Austin’s RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service are working together for the fifth consecutive year to help fuel the entrepreneurial spirit of the best and brightest young minds with the 2011 Dell Social Innovation Competition.

The program inspires university students to approach global social problems through entrepreneurship, technology and sustainability and empowers them with unique skills and opportunities to succeed in a globally competitive workforce. The contestants with the best idea and venture plan will be awarded a $50,000 grand prize.

The Dell Social Innovation Competition is open to higher education students across the globe who have a passion for a social issues and a plan to make a difference. All applications must be submitted online by Feb. 14, 2011.

Last year, more than 1,000 entries from teams in 55 countries representing 350 colleges and universities presented ideas that addressed issues such as environmental sustainability, poverty, health, women’s rights and housing.

“True change comes from the ground up. Many times it’s the small ideas that evolve into revolutionary organizations,” said Trisa Thompson, vice president of Corporate Responsibility, Dell. “Dell was founded on these ideals and we want to build on the entrepreneurial spirit these students possess and equip them with the tools they need to turn their innovative ideas for social good into a reality.”

“We like to create a culture that empowers students to think big,” stated Suzi Sosa, associate director for programs at the RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service, a research unit at the University of Texas’ LBJ School of Public Affairs. “This competition extends that opportunity to students worldwide, giving them a platform to share their idea on a global stage and possibly even the chance to fund and launch it. Our vision is a world in which thousands of students are daring to make a difference.”

New this year is a university partner network comprised of 100 higher education institutions that are leading the way in teaching social entrepreneurship and supporting student entrepreneurs. These organizations are given access to resources to help build their own social entrepreneurship program.

The Dell Social Innovation Competition is comprised of three stages:

  • Stage One: Students must enter ideas online by Feb. 14, 2011. Projects will be accessible to the public online. A panel of judges will select 90 projects and an additional 10 will be chosen by online voters, which will be announced on March 1, 2011.
  • Stage Two: Semifinalists will be invited to develop their ideas into detailed venture plans and create video pitches that are due April 1, 2011. The plans will be judged by leaders in academia, business, government and the non-profit sector. From these semifinalists, five finalist teams will be selected.
  • Stage Three: The five finalists will be announced on April 15, 2011 , and invited to travel to Austin, Texas, in order to pitch their ideas live in front of a panel of expert judges.

The final event will be held on May 16, 2011, at The University of Texas at Austin. The grand prize winners will be announced at a reception following the presentations.
The first place winner will receive $50,000; second place, $20,000; and third place, $10,000. Each of these cash awards is given to help the contestants turn their ideas into a new business or non-profit organization. The first, second and third place teams also will receive two Dell laptops each and be granted access to the top social entrepreneurship networks and events. Additionally, entrants are eligible to win a $10,000 Dell Technology Award, $10,000 Tomberg Prize in Environmental Sustainability or $10,000 People’s Choice award.

Past winners of the Dell Social Innovation Competition include Shining Hope for Communities , the 2010 grand prize winner that links tuition-free school for girls to accessible, income-generating social services for all to combat gender inequality in places of extreme poverty. Gardens for Health, the 2009 winner, is dedicated to enabling people living with HIV/AIDS to improve their nutrition, health and treatment adherence through sustainable agriculture. Other ideas encouraged by the competition include Embrace, a $25 infant incubator for developing nations, and Waste to Watts, which creates innovative products from repurposed electronic waste to meet the energy dilemmas of the developing world.

To learn more about the Dell Social Innovation Competition and past winners, visit, become a Facebook fan or follow the competition on Twitter.

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Community Colleges Lead in Training Students for Green Jobs

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Over 350 schools join SEED Center; Will Create Sustainability Programs

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., January 26, 2011 – In just three short months, 355 community colleges have joined the Sustainability Education & Economic Development (SEED) Center,, pledging leadership in green job training, and reaping the benefits. The SEED Center, launched in October 2010, is a leadership initiative, resource center, and sharing environment for community colleges, created by the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) and ecoAmerica, that provides strategic guidance and resources for schools to dramatically scale-up sustainability education and workforce training programs to provide students with the skills to join the new, green economy.

In addition to the plethora of free curricular resources, The SEED Center offers a powerful set of tools to enhance members’ sustainability program launch and implementation including guides, case studies, and hands-on training. AACC opened the 18th annual Workforce Development Institute (WDI) conference today with the first hands-on training, a special SEED Center workshop entitled “Building a Green Workforce: Charting a Green Course for Community Colleges.”

Marcy Drummond, vice president of workforce and economic development at Los Angeles Trade Technical College helped to conduct the workshop. “It’s exciting to provide colleges with technical assistance, helpful information such as job growth projections, and tactics for building key industry partnerships,” she said. “As a SEED Center member who has been involved in workforce development for a number of years, I am honored to share my experiences to help other colleges grow their clean energy and green economy programs.” The SEED Center workshop also helped colleges navigate the maze of industry certifications, tie green jobs to training programs, and learn about enhancing overall campus sustainability initiatives.

“Colleges got a lot out of today’s workshop, and left with action plans,” said fellow instructor, Roger Ebbage, Energy Management Instructor at Lane Community College in Eugene, Oregon. “We were able to share our best practices in solar and wind power, alternative fuels, energy efficiency, and green building, which was helpful for our colleagues no matter if they had established programs or were just starting out.”

Other events at the Workforce Development Institute will feature a demonstration of the SEED Center and information on how to become involved.

Eight educators from SEED member community colleges received stipends from the AACC to attend WDI and the sustainability pre-conference. These schools included:

  • Alfred State College
  • Cape Cod Community College
  • College of Lake County
  • Des Moines Area Community College
  • Kentucky Career and Technical System
  • Lakeshore Technical College
  • Mount Hood Community College
  • Santa Fe Community College

Users of the free SEED center have access to resources in areas including renewable energy, energy efficiency, green building, and emerging technologies. Resources include curricula, training materials, industry projections and certifications, funding and partnership tools, and a robust online sharing environment (wiki, discussion boards) providing faculty a national community with which to share best practices and learnings.

“Community colleges are uniquely positioned to be leaders of the sustainability movement, focusing on local economic development and partnering with business and government to provide access to jobs,” said Dr. Walter G. Bumphus, president of AACC. “The Workforce Development Institute brings practitioners together from colleges nationwide. We are pleased to offer them The SEED Center and its tools.”


About The SEED Center
The Sustainability Education & Economic Development (SEED) Center, launched 10/10/10, is a leadership initiative, resource center, and sharing environment created for community colleges by the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) and ecoAmerica that provides strategic guidance and resources for colleges to dramatically scale sustainability education and workforce training programs to educate America’s 21st century workforce to compete in the green economy.

The SEED Center has received support from the Flora Family, Kresge, and Surdna Foundations and corporate partner Pearson Higher Education.

About the American Association of Community Colleges
The American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) is a national organization representing the nation’s close to 1,200 community colleges and their more than 12 million students. Community colleges are the largest and fastest growing segment of U.S. higher education.

About ecoAmerica
ecoAmerica is a non-profit that engages mainstream Americans in climate and environmental solutions with research, innovative partnerships and programs. Answers: “How do you pay for college?” with Call for Submissions to its Third Annual Scholarship Fund

Students Have Until March 28th to Contribute on and Receive Scholarships of Up to $5,000

NEW YORK, January 24, 2011 –, the leading answer engine, announced today that, for the third straight year, it will make available a $20,000 Scholarship Fund for students planning to enroll in undergraduate college during the 2011-2012 academic year.

“The goal of is to engage with those who want to gain knowledge on a particular subject or topic,” said Bob Rosenschein, CEO of “We also encourage our users to take this pursuit of knowledge offline and to never stop looking for answers, no matter what the medium.”

The scholarship is open to students attending universities in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and India. Applicants must answer a minimum of fifty questions in any of the 6,000-plus categories on to be eligible. The Scholarship Selection Committee, consisting of college presidents, registrars, financial aid officers and enrollment officers will award scholarships based on answer accuracy and overall quality. The Scholarship Fund, administered for by The Center for Scholarship Administration, will be awarded as follows: a first-place $5,000 scholarship, two $2,500 scholarships, and ten $1,000 scholarships.

Applications will be available on January 31, 2011. Candidates can submit online by March 28, 2011 or send a hard copy postmarked by the same date.

With more than 11 million questions answered, and more than 52 million unique visitors in the U.S. and nearly 87 million unique visitors worldwide (comScore, December 2010), continues to grow rapidly. Users visit with an automotive question every minute and a science question almost every 30 seconds.

Visit for further details on the scholarship program, qualifications, and the application submission process.

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Maloof U Skate Madness: The Search is on for the Best College Skater

Maloof Skateboarding – which produces the world’s greatest skateboarding event, The Maloof Money Cup – and the Digital College Network ( have teamed up to launch Maloof U Skate Madness, an online video contest to find the best college skaters in the country. The four finalists will win a trip to Panama City during Spring Break to compete for their share of the $10,000 cash and prize purse and a chance to claim the title of the best college skateboarder in the country.

“We’re really excited to partner with DCN for this contest,” said Joe Maloof, founder of Maloof Skateboarding and owner of the Palms Casino Resort and the NBA’s Sacramento Kings. “Every March, college campuses around the country explode with excitement surrounding the March Madness basketball event. We wanted to bring the same camaraderie and competitive spirit between colleges to the world of skateboarding. We’re going to give college students the opportunity to represent their schools and bring the four best college skaters down to Panama City, Florida, during Spring Break to compete for $10,000 in cash and prizes.“

To enter the contest, hopeful contenders must first register as a member on the DCNLive website, the student-exclusive website of the Digital College Network, then upload their best skate footage. The top 64 videos will be posted online and DCNLive’s members will rate the footage and vote on their favorite skaters. The 16 skaters earning the most votes will be evaluated by a panel of pros and celebrity judges, who will narrow the field to four finalists. Those four finalists will compete in a one-day competition in March during Spring Break festivities at Spinnaker Beach Club in Panama City, Fla., the No. 1 Spring Break destination in the country.

“It seemed natural to do something on our country’s college campuses that would really fuel the excitement for skateboarding among these kids and to do it in a way that college students can relate to, and that’s how we came up with the idea for Maloof U Skate Madness,” said Maloof. Chris Esposito, president and CEO of the Digital College Network, agrees.

“We have long known skating was a very popular sport for young people, especially college students,” he said. “We are delighted to partner with the Maloof Money Cup to find the best college skateboarder in America. We look forward to making the Maloof U Skate Madness championship one of the most coveted prizes on the American college scene. Panama City is a great venue for the finals, and we are excited about making this an annual event as part of our Spring Break celebration.”

Portions of submitted videos will be broadcast on DCNLive’s on-campus digital network, which airs content for and by students in campus bookstores and recreation centers nationwide. In addition to the broadcasts, DCNLive will encourage entries through viral marketing conducted by DCN Dynamos, the company’s on-campus representatives. DCNLive will also cover the event and broadcast results, including competition footage and interviews with the finalists.

About Maloof Skateboarding
Maloof Skateboarding produces the Maloof Money Cup, the world’s greatest skateboarding event and the premiere showcase for amateur and professional skateboarding. In 2010, the “Maloof Money Cup presented by Vans” hosted two events, one in Orange County, Calif., and one in to Queens, New York, building a world-class skatepark that was donated to the community after the contest. In 2011, the Maloof Money Cup goes global with the first-ever World Skateboarding Championships in Kimberley, South Africa, Sept. 28-Oct 2. Join our network to share the competition experience with a global audience and be the first to know about exciting upcoming MMC announcements and exclusive contests. Go to and follow us on Facebook and Twitter: @maloofmoneycup.

About The Digital College Network
The Atlanta-based Digital College Network is a collection of companies meeting the needs of college students nationwide:
DCNLive features an on-campus digital broadcast network, student-exclusive website, contests, on-campus representatives and event activation on and around campuses nationwide. The place-based digital network generates 10 million impressions monthly.

DCN Careers, a soon-to-launch job site, will cater to enhancing job searches for students looking for part-time employment, internships or the all-important first job.

DCN Tickets specializes in obtaining premium and sold-out concert tickets, sports tickets and theater tickets to events nationwide.

ThinkDCN Realty offers concierge-style services for students relocating to urban areas after graduation.

The Digital College Network’s B2B site can be visited at

Maloof U Skate Madness is not in any way affiliated with, sponsored or endorsed by, the National Collegiate Athletic Association or any of its member institutions. All trademarks related to the event are owned by Maloof Skateboarding LLC, Digital College Network, Inc., and their respective affiliates, sponsors, and licensors.



Program Helps Students Reach Their Potential through Technology Training, Career Building Skills and Community Leadership

SANTA CLARA, Calif., January 19, 2011 – Kno, Inc., the new educational tablet that revolutionizes the way students learn, today announced a new Student Ambassador Program that creates a significant opportunity for students to realize their full potential while attending college. Kno will offer students who have demonstrated a passion for education and technology an opportunity to get real-world training and experience.

Throughout the program, students that are selected will gain access to Kno executives, attend webcasts on entrepreneurship and create and manage social media campaigns. The ambassadors will gain early access to technology and product for testing and feedback. In return, student ambassadors will be asked to develop partnerships with student organizations, professors, campus administrators, demonstrate the device, and conduct user research studies with their peers. These career-building experiences will help students develop marketing and leadership skills they can take with them after college to help secure a job. 

“College students are the future leaders of America and we want to help them gain real-life experience that they can use after college to help them have a successful career,” said David Straus, Vice President of Product at Kno, Inc. “The Kno Ambassador Program also provides an opportunity for the company to interact directly with students and gain useful insight for the continued development of the Kno education platform.”

The Kno Ambassador Program is open to college students across the country and students chosen will receive a significant discount on purchasing a Kno in exchange for their participation in the program. There are a limited number of positions and students will be chosen based on their resumes, short-answer essay questions, and interviews with Kno. For details on how to apply for the program, please visit:

Kno, short for knowledge, is a unique 14.1 touch-screen tablet that blends textbooks, course materials, note-taking, web access, educational applications, digital media, sharing and more into a more powerful and engaging educational experience. Kno also offers a digital bookstore,, which includes tens of thousands of textbooks from the major publishers, with new books being added regularly. Digital textbooks typically cost between 30 and 50 percent less than physical textbooks and the Kno pays for itself in 3 semesters with the money students save in textbook costs.

The Kno tablet is available as a single and dual 14.1 inch screen and costs $599 and $899, respectively. Currently, the Kno tablet is available in limited quantity and is now available by invitation only. Customers interested in purchasing a Kno tablet can go to to complete a request for purchase form.

About Kno, Inc.
Kno, Inc. is fundamentally changing the way students learn, by offering new ways to digitally consume, organize, create and share knowledge. Kno is a transformative tablet textbook that artfully blends the intuitive experience of the conventional textbook with a rich digital world of video, note taking, collaboration and more. Its open platform encourages publishers and developers to create and distribute innovative education applications and content. Osman Rashid, the co-founder of Chegg, and Babur Habib, a consumer electronics veteran, founded Kno, Inc. in May 2009. Kno has a world-class management team from Apple, Cisco, HP, Intel, TiVo, Chegg and Palm. The company has received funding from Andreessen Horowitz, Floodgate, First Round Capital, Ron Conway, Silicon Valley Bank and TriplePoint Capital and is based in Santa Clara, California. For more information go to

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IRS Free File Makes Taxes Less Taxing for College Students

WASHINGTON, January 18, 2011 – The Internal Revenue Service is recommending a money-saving tax tip this season — most college students and first-time filers can use Free File from IRS to electronically prepare and e-file their federal tax return for free.

IRS Free File offers something for everyone through brand-name software or online fillable forms. It’s offered exclusive through through a partnership with commercial tax preparation companies.

“Free File saves you money and time preparing and e-filing your federal tax returns,” said Cecille M. Jones, acting director, IRS Electronic Tax Administration and Refundable Credits. “Free File really does make taxes less taxing.”

People with a 2010 Adjusted Gross Income of $58,000 or less qualify to use IRS Free File brand-name tax software. People who make more than $58,000 can use Free File Fillable Forms. Just go to to get started.

The best part: There’s no need to be a tax expert — the Free File software does all the hard work. It completes the forms, does the math and helps find tax breaks.

Free File is especially helpful to college students who generally have incomes related to scholarships or part-time work. Because college students sometimes can have unusual tax situations, the IRS, in addition to recommending Free File, offers these suggestions:

  • Check with your parents: Depending upon the circumstances, they may still be eligible to claim you as a dependent. Your parents can claim you or you can claim yourself, but not both. So, talk over your taxes before you start.
  • E-file and use direct deposit: When you combine e-file and direct deposit you can get your refund in as few as 10 days.
  • Grants, scholarships, fellowships and ROTC payments: Some payments you receive are taxable and some are not; see Publication 970, Benefits for Education for details.
  • Explore education tax breaks. Again, Publication 970, available at, will have details.
  • Don’t wait until April 18, the deadline for 2011. There is no need to cram or panic. IRS Free File is available online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at

Have more questions? Visit for answers to frequently asked questions, tax tips and you can even track your refund. And remember: go through to be eligible for Free File offerings.


Microsoft Releases WebMatrix, Delivering on Its Web Platform Vision

A free Web development tool makes it easy to create, customize and publish a website.

REDMOND, Wash., January 18, 2011 – Microsoft Corp. today announced the availability of WebMatrix, a free Web development tool designed to help website developers of all skill levels easily create, customize and publish websites to the Internet. Microsoft has also made available a set of video tutorials, how-to tips and other resources for helping new Web developers get started.

“Our Web platform offers a complete ecosystem of products, partners and technologies all aimed at helping developers succeed on the Web,” said S. Somasegar, senior vice president of the Developer Division at Microsoft. “Every day, more people are looking to build, publish and manage a website, and now, with WebMatrix, we provide developers of all skill levels with a sophisticated, yet easy-to-use solution to get their sites online.”

WebMatrix is available today in nine languages and includes a set of tools to create new websites, using code provided through a variety of available templates or using existing free open source Web applications, such as WordPress, Joomla!, DotNetNuke and Umbraco.

Ryan Ozimek, a leader of Joomla!, the widely used content management system, will join Microsoft executives at today’s launch event in Sandusky, Ohio. “WebMatrix puts the power and user-friendliness of Joomla! within arm’s reach of Web developers and designers by providing a set of easily accessible tools,” said Ozimek, president of Open Source Matters, the nonprofit organization that helps manage the Joomla! project.

The ecosystem of nearly 40 open source application partners supporting WebMatrix is essential for development success on the Web. “WebMatrix is one of the best ways to set up and build an Umbraco website,” said Niels Hartvig, founder of Umbraco. “With strong industry partners supporting into WebMatrix, Microsoft’s holistic approach is truly breaking down the entry barrier for Web developers.”

Designed for Ease of Use
Microsoft designed WebMatrix for anyone wanting to create a website. For students and new developers, WebMatrix provides a quick way to learn how to build websites; for Web agencies, it provides an efficient way to build websites using open source applications; and for the professional developer, it’s another option for quick and easy data-driven website development. Professional developers can also contribute to a directory of code published through NuGet, a free open source package management system, so others can benefit from their expertise.

WebMatrix provides the tools needed to run a website, including the Web server, database and Web frameworks. WebMatrix increases development productivity with support for multiple programming syntaxes, such as ASP.NET “Razor” or PHP, and Web helpers, which give a single line-of-code solution for complex coding tasks, such as inserting Twitter feeds or video. It also includes a search engine optimization reporting tool to help build search-friendly websites that are more discoverable to their users.

When a website is ready to be published, Web developers seamlessly publish it to their own hosting provider or one available through WebMatrix. WebMatrix includes a gallery of offerings from hosting providers that range in scalability and price based on users’ needs. An extensive group of more than 30 hosting partners spans18 countries including companies such as STRATO (Germany), DataJapan Corp. (Japan), Applied Innovations Corp. (U.S.), Fasthosts (U.K.), Infobox (Russia), Poundhosts (U.K.), (Canada), NetMagic Solutions (India), Cbeyond Cloud Services (U.S.), Netissime (France) and Ikoula (France).

Online Resources
Developers can go to to download WebMatrix and for online resources, including video tutorials and how-to tips.

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Leading Eating Disorder Experts in U.S. Offer Free Teleconference

Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center Educates on Family Healing and Communication

CHICAGO (January 10, 2011) – Two of the nation’s leading experts in eating disorder treatment and family therapy will make their treatment advice available online, free to the public this month.

Kimberly Dennis, M.D., medical director, and Stan Selinger, PhD, family therapy coordinator, from Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center, are the featured speakers for MentorCONNECT’s January teleconference on Family Healing and Communication. Dr. Dennis and Dr. Selinger will present on how patients can best communicate their needs for support to their loved ones and how loved ones can best offer support to the patient during the recovery process. The teleconference takes place on Wednesday, January 12, 2011 from 8:00 p.m. – 9:15 p.m. (CST).

Dr. Dennis and Dr. Selinger specialize in eating disorder and addiction treatment at Timberline Knolls, a leading private residential treatment center near Chicago for eating disorders, alcoholism, drug addiction and mood disorders, with or without trauma, a dual diagnosis or a co-occurring disorder.

“One of the biggest roadblocks to recovery is a lack of support from loved ones, but many of those suffering from an eating disorder don’t understand how to reach out and ask for help, and on the reverse side – many loved ones don’t know how to help,” says Dr. Dennis. “Groups like MentorCONNECT provide survivors with an educational outlet like these monthly teleconferences, and I am happy to offer my own expertise on the subject.”

A global online eating disorders mentoring community, MentorCONNECT provides individuals with the means to break through the isolation of eating disorders by sharing the tools of recovery in supporting relationships.

Members connect both individually and in groups with mentors to share experiences, provide guidance, and help each other through the struggles and triumphs of their journeys. Each month, MentorCONNECT holds a free teleconference with nationally-recognized eating disorders experts and survivors open to all MentorCONNECT members and the general community.

“Eating disorders affect not only the person suffering from the disease, but also their families and loved ones. The importance of family in recovering from an eating disorder cannot be overstated,” adds Dr. Selinger. “A teleconference is a great way to communicate with those individuals who seek information, help and guidance in order to find lifelong recovery from their disease, and for the loved ones and family members trying to support them in the best way possible.

To sign up for this free event, please visit

About MentorCONNECT
MentorCONNECT’s vision is to provide individuals with the means to break through the isolation of eating disorders by sharing the tools of recovery in supporting relationships. They accomplish this mission by connecting members individually and in groups with mentors to share experiences, provide guidance, and help each other through the struggles and triumphs of our journeys.

About Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center
Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center is a leading private residential treatment center for eating disorders, alcoholism, drug addiction and mood disorders, with or without trauma, a dual diagnosis or a co-occurring disorder. Expert treatment staff offers a nurturing environment of recovery for women and girls (ages 12 and older) on a wooded 43-acre campus in suburban Chicago. Women and families seeking Christian treatment have the option of working with a dedicated Christian therapist. For more information on Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center, visit or call us at 877.257.9611.

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Neebo Makes it Easier for College Students to Afford Pizza, Concerts

LINCOLN, Neb., January 10, 2011 – Neebo, a nationwide network of college bookstores, today announced plans to give away 100,000 textbook rentals, worth an estimated $6 million. The giveaway celebrates the launch of Neebo’s new website, , which provides students with everything needed to enjoy the best possible college experience and get more college for their money. will offer the most complete selection of new, used, and rental textbooks for college students, as well as college gear and other college-branded accessories. Students, parents and college alumni can conveniently purchase textbooks, sweatshirts, caps and other collegiate merchandise from their favorite schools across the country. Students will also find the largest selection of used textbooks available at; buying a used textbook saves 25 percent off the price of buying the same book new. Renting books can save even more – as much as 55 percent – leaving students with more money to spend outside the classroom.

“College students spend an average of $700 a year on textbooks, and Neebo can cut those costs significantly,” said Steve Clemente, Senior Vice President of Neebo. “Because one of our main goals is to help students save, we are opting to put our marketing dollars toward giving students a break rather than buying ads. The site will regularly offer giveaways through our Neebos Freebos initiative – beginning with free textbook rentals this month.”

Starting today, students can go to’s textbook rental giveaway microsite, select the book they wish to rent, “like” the Neebo Facebook page ( ) and receive their one free rental. The student will pay only a small fee for shipping. In addition, once the free rental transaction is completed, the student will have the option of going to to order all of his or her textbooks at a 10 percent discount. The promotion will run through the end of the month or until the free rentals are gone.

With some textbooks costing upwards of $300 each, students who get a free rental could save some good change for their pockets.

What to Do With the Money Neebo Saves You This Semester
No doubt, college students can quickly put their savings to use. But to help inspire fun outside the classroom, Neebo offers the following 10 ideas for how students who sign up for the free book rental can spend the money they saved from a free textbook rental.

  1. Pizza for 10 of your friends
  2. A concert ticket
  3. Laundry tokens for the entire semester
  4. Half a season’s worth of student football tickets
  5. A nice dinner date with the girl from Psych class
  6. A tank of gas to go home and visit mom
  7. iPod shuffle and a $15 iTunes gift card
  8. A new backpack and/or sweatshirt from your local Neebo bookstore!
  9. A one-way plane ticket for Spring Break
  10. Just put it in the bank!

Tips to Help You Save Even More
Throughout the school year, Neebo will regularly send free merchandise and offers – called Neebos Freebos – to students in the company’s Facebook community. The company also will offer advice on other ways students can save money.

“Every college student appreciates free stuff, but we also want to be sure students don’t miss out on other ways to save cash,” Clemente said. “We’ve considered the complete college experience and put together 10 ideas that will help students get more college for their money.”

Neebo’s Ten Money Saving Tips for College Students

  1. Rent your textbooks. Students can save up to 55% by renting their textbooks from and won’t have to waste time in a crowded bookstore. And don’t forget to reserve your free book!
  2. Attend Happy Hours. Students can sometimes save up to 50 percent off the cost of food and drinks during set hours at restaurants or bars.
  3. Flash your Student I.D. Many stores, restaurants and services such as health memberships offer students a discount when they show their student ID.
  4. Enjoy activities on campus. Not only can students meet new people but many of these activities/meetings offer free food to those attending.
  5. Ride your bike or take public transportation to class. Gas and parking can really add up!
  6. Bring a snack or drink to class. Vending machines and on-campus convenience stores can charge more than shopping at the local grocery store.
  7. Make it to the matinee showings. Many movie theaters and playhouses offer matinee tickets at a discounted rates – and special rates for students!
  8. Skip the off-campus gym and try using the on-campus facilities. Sometimes non-school affiliated gyms can cost up to $75 a month.
  9. Buy a coffee maker. Buying a cup of coffee can cost up to $4 a day and really drain your bank account.
  10. Shop at consignment shops or buy articles off-season. Consignment shops can offer designer clothing at a fraction of the MSRP cost and winter coats are always on sale during the spring and summer!

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Kennedy to Student Media: Reject Partisanship, Get Viral, Demand Unity

NEW YORK, January 10, 2011 – The key date was 1/1/’11. Rockefeller Aldrich Kennedy-Popton, this generation’s boldest leader, believes that student journalists have enough clout to spearhead a viral demand for unity, and he believes the implications could be global. On 1/1/’11, he updated his website to disavow any doubt about his desire to see student journalists use the start of the new year to initiate a juggernaut. This news release was delayed to give students a chance to settle in after the long holiday break, so its date of issue is 1/10/’11. According to UWIRE staff, “when dealing with college newspapers, the earlier in the week you send the release, the better. Many college papers don’t publish on Friday and virtually none do anything on the weekend. Most clients opt to send releases on Monday to ensure that people will be in campus newsrooms to see the release when it is first issued and that they will have time to do something on the story in that week’s issues.”

Kennedy’s regard for student journalism is not hard to explain. As mass media gradually became a global affair, America’s significance shrank to match the true size of the U.S. population in comparison to the world’s total population. Naturally that meant that foreigners gained control of the vast majority of media powerhouses. The century-long streak of American world leadership in matters of politics and culture was consequently put into jeopardy of ending as a result of being stripped of its imposing podium. Now required to endure by relying solely on its merits, American leadership thirsts for an unbiased media source, and student journalism emerges as the only haven of pure objectivity.

The preeminent next-generation political leader, Rockefeller Aldrich-Kennedy Popton, has spelled out the significance of student journalism’s role and explicitly delineates the way forward for American world leadership in no uncertain terms at a website that has been relentlessly refined over the course of the last five years. A visit to the site shows how powerful a well honed message can be. It even includes original songs hosted at and highly contextual images. Become informed about the vision at and learn more about student journalism with this citation from

“The National Pacemaker Awards are awards for excellence in American student journalism, given annually since 1927. The awards are generally considered to be the highest national honors in their field, and are unofficially known as the ‘Pulitzer Prizes of student journalism.’

“The National Scholastic Press Association administers the contest for high school programs, while the Associated Collegiate Press administers the college and university contests. Pacemakers are awarded annually at the JEA/NSPA National Conference (for high schools) and the ACP/CMA National College Media Convention (for colleges) in the following categories: Newspaper, Online, Yearbook/Magazine, and Broadcast.”