Monthly Archives: October 2015

truth Wants to Make Your Epic, Creative and Inspiring Smoke-Free Campus Event a Reality


WASHINGTON, DC, October 22, 2015 – truth is challenging college students across the country to make a short video about a smoke-free event they want to host on their campus and post it to YouTube or Twitter with #truthatyourcampus. Up to five students who submit the most creative and inspiring ideas by November 6 will win a pack of truth merch to help them throw the best smoke-free party their campus has ever seen.

More than 99 percent of current smokers start lighting up before the age of 27. College campuses across the country are starting to fight back against tobacco by becoming tobacco-free. This summer truth celebrated Syracuse University’s tobacco-free campus policy. Across the United States, 1,620 schools have implemented 100 percent smoke-free policies, helping reduce the uptake of smoking in young adults.

College students have the ability to lead on their campuses, which is why truth is encouraging students to use their creativity to host public, smoke-free events on their campuses this fall. The events will help spread the word that this generation can be the one to end tobacco use for good.

Truth Initiative, which directs the truth campaign, is already working with 38 community colleges and 33 Historically Black Colleges and Universities to educate students, staff and faculty about the consequences of tobacco use and help the schools adopt 100 percent smoke- or tobacco-free policies. Establishing a smoke- or tobacco-free campus policy can be an effective way to protect young adults and populations most at risk from tobacco use and addiction.

Find more information on how to get involved at

About truth®:
truth® is the most successful and longest running national youth smoking prevention campaigns. The campaign exposes the tactics of the tobacco industry, the truth about addiction, and the health effects and social consequences of smoking. truth gives teens facts to make their own informed choices about tobacco use and inspires them to use their social influence and creativity in the fight against tobacco. The campaign is credited with preventing hundreds of thousands of teens from starting to smoke, and is working to make this the generation that ends smoking for good. To learn more, visit thetruth.comtruth is part of Truth Initiative, a national public health organization dedicated to achieving a culture where all youth and young adults reject tobacco. To learn more about Truth Initiative’s work speaking, seeking and spreading the truth about tobacco, visit


Media Contacts:
Sarah Shank

Mickey Chagnon

$1500 Car Safety Video Scholarship for 2016 Fall Semester


Participants asked to submit original car safety video to win one of three prizes

In an effort to educate young drivers on the importance of car safety, announces a contest in which participants can enter to win one of three scholarships for the 2016 fall college semester. The prize amounts are $1500, $1000 and $500 respectively.

How Participants can Win
College students enrolled in a 2 to 4 year program during the 2016 fall semester who are interested in entering the video scholarship contest should make a 30 second to five minute video telling their own car safety story. The video should be creative and convey a message related to the car safety topic. Videos can be humorous, passionate or simply honest – anything that might draw watchers in and make a difference in their lives.

Once the video is finished, it should be uploaded on the YouTube website, as well as on Facebook and one other social media platform of the participant’s choosing. The participant should then fill out the official application to enter the scholarship contest.

Three videos will be chosen from all submissions received, and the winners will receive $1500, $1000, and $500 respectively from for their inspirational work. Winners will be chosen based on originality, creativity and ultimately, the strength of the message delivered in their videos.

The deadline for entry into the Car Safety Video Scholarship Contest is December 5, 2015. Winners will be awarded on December 15, 2015.

Scholarship Contest Rules
In order to enter the video scholarship contest, contestants must meet several conditions.
• Must be a US citizen or a permanent resident of the United States
• Must attend a 2 to 4 year program with an accredited college during the 2016 fall semester
• The college or university must be listed on the US Department of Education website as an accredited school.
• No minimum GPA is required
• Must submit video via the official submission form located at, and must post the video on YouTube, Facebook and one other social media platform. Must also submit links to the video postings in the application.
• Must provide proof of enrollment in an accredited college
• Only one submission per participant
• Participants can only win once encourages all video scholarship participants to spread the word of this scholarship opportunity because they offer it to three winning students every semester. Encouraging young drivers to be safe behind the wheel, and helping them achieve more through this scholarship opportunity is something feels is of utmost importance. Students are asked to post the details of this video scholarship contest on school bulletin boards, in newsletters and on social media. is an online magazine designed to bring readers simple facts and straightforward news on road safety. With no particular agenda in mind other than to educate and inform, and no partnerships or affiliations within the transportation industry, strives to simply make US roadways a safer place to be.

For more information on and the Car Safety Video Scholarship, please visit or email

Wayne State College delivers ‘digital landscape’ with single digital portal for mobile and touch based user experience


October 21st 2015, Chicago, Illinois - Jadu, a leading global web experience management software company has announced that it has been selected by Nebraska based Wayne State College to deliver the Jadu Web Experience Platform for its online presence and digital service strategy.

Wayne State College is a four-year public college in the Nebraska State College System in Wayne, Nebraska, and this year, has been making investments in web experience technology to support its four schools: Arts and Humanities, Business and Technology, Education and Counseling, and Natural and Social Sciences with a commitment to meeting the needs of the modern student and how they interact with the college, on the devices they choose to use.

“Our goal from project inception was to select a product that would allow us to make real-time content decisions based on dynamic data elements.” Said John Dunning, CIO of Wayne State College.

“We evaluated a number of vendors, including the typical players in the higher education space, but Jadu was the only vendor who could bring that kind of technology to bear for Wayne State. While any project of this magnitude is challenging to implement, Jadu worked very closely with our team to create a web environment that will be the foundation of our electronic presence for years to come.”

Wayne State’s ‘digital landscape’ vision will provide its end-users a single point of access whether informational or transactional, looking for news or getting work done. The college wants its website to be able to get users to where they want to be and what they want to be doing.

The college\’s digital strategy is based on a need to create a user journey that focuses on key internal and external audiences including current and prospective undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and staff, and alumni, as well as prospective faculty and staff and members of the local community.

“We share a passion for innovation and student success,” said Suraj Kika, President and CEO at Jadu “We’re proud to partner with Wayne State College as its digital strategy evolves to shape itself around the digitally native student, faculty, community and the end-user experience.”

Wayne State College has completed its initial design and implementation phase of the Jadu Platform and has launched a new public facing website. The next steps include developing a new end-user portal inside of the platform and provide content dynamically based on the user\’s’ roles.

Last year, Dickinson College based in Carlisle, Pennsylvania announced that it had delivered a fully integrated student portal and mobile ready website using the Jadu Platform.

About Wayne State College
Wayne State College is a leading comprehensive college in Northeast Nebraska distinguished by providing educational excellence in a small, personalized setting. It’s located on a 128-acre campus and boasts a 20:1 student-to-faculty ratio. It’s best known for its friendly atmosphere, exceptional academic reputation, success of its graduates and its affordability.
For more information visit:

About Jadu
Jadu is a leading global provider of Web Experience Management software and Digital Services, specializing in Web Content Management, e-Forms, Case Management and Mobile for enterprise websites, intranets and online transactional systems. With offices in the UK, North America and Australia, Jadu powers hundreds of government, education and private sector organizations across the world and is a leading innovator in providing customers with the tools and services needed to simplify and empower the multi-channel web publishing and management process.
For more information visit:

Media Contacts
Jay Collier
Director of College Relations
Wayne State College

John Euston
Vice President
Jadu, Inc.

Maximize your Social Life with LivnList™

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October 20, 2015 – NEW YORK – LivnList™, the social planning app that taps video for invites, is available for download on iOS at

“Making plans with friends scattered through your life can be a hellish experience. Even with all the technology available at our finger tips, no one has figured out a better way to organize getting together with friends. Whether you’re planning a tailgate party, spring break trip or night out, LivnList™ is the easiest way to get your friends to do things,” says Brian Liebler, Co-founder & CEO, LivnList™. “We’ve turned the existing piecemeal process of sending out static group texts, impersonal emails, or formal calendar invites into a dynamic, fluid experience that mimics real life, but better.”

The app offers features for both social butterflies who like to organize plans and their improviser friends who like to see all their options before committing to doing something. Inspired by the ruthless efficiency that dating apps brought to the process of meeting new people, LivnList™ streamlines the social dynamics for how friends get together in the real world making it as simple as List. Share. Do. ™

For full details about the inspiration behind the company and how the app works, please visit our blog.

About LivnList
Get your friends to do things with LivnList™, the fun and easy way to organize, share and discover what you and your friends want to do. It’s as simple as List. Share. Do.™ The activity planning messenger is available for download on iOS. Android and web versions coming soon. For more information, visit or follow us in social media @LivnList.

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For further press information, please contact:

Brian Liebler
Co-founder & CEO
LivnList, Inc.
(917) 282 4235

LivnList and the LivnList logo are registered trademarks of LivnList, Inc. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners.

Voto Latino to Gather Hundreds of Young Latinos for Major Summit in Silicon Valley



Voto Latino to Gather Hundreds of Young Latinos for Major Summit in Silicon Valley
Wilmer Valderrama, Jose Antonio Vargas, and Michelle Mulligan among Latino leaders who will offer advice

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Voto Latino, the leading non-profit organization empowering Latino Millennials, will convene 400 young professionals at its 4th annual Power Summit held at Stanford University, October 16-17, in collaboration with the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity. They will be joined by Wilmer Valderrama, actor and co-chair of Voto Latino’s Artist Coalition; filmmaker, journalist, and activist, Jose Antonio Vargas; and editor-in-chief of Cosmo for Latinas, Michelle Mulligan.

On October 16, attendees will tour the Electronic Arts (EA) headquarters, and attend a plenary and reception featuring EA developers. On October 17, attendees will hear from industry experts about leadership, advocacy, media and technology through workshops and training sessions.

“We’re excited to gather some of the most influential Latino leaders in the country to share their thoughts and insights with more than 400 of our most talented young professionals,” said Maria Teresa Kumar, President and CEO of Voto Latino. “Power Summit is our premier event for activating youth and cultivating leadership.”

Voto Latino will host the two-day convening with the support of Electronic Arts (EA), Microsoft, the MacArthur Foundation, Comcast, HipGive, Aids Healthcare Foundation, PG&E, Defend Our Future, and Health 4 All California.

For more information or to register visit

Voto Latino (VL) Power Summit is a professional development conference that educates, engages, and empowers Latino Millennials. The conference brings together dynamic leaders to network, explore resources, and learn how to grow their careers from cross-industry experts. This interactive experience fosters the new age of digital influencers to maximize their impact in their careers and communities.

Voto Latino is a nonpartisan organization that empowers Latino Millennials to claim a better future for themselves and their community. United by the belief that Latino issues are American issues and American issues are Latino issues, Voto Latino is dedicated to bringing new and diverse voices to develop leaders by engaging youth, media, technology and celebrities to promote positive change.

Audrey Lopez

Maria Urbina


October 8 is National Student Day


College and high school students celebrated by college stores across U.S. and Canada

OBERLIN, OHIO, October 6, 2015 – College and high school campus stores will celebrate the fifth annual National Student Day on Thursday, October 8. Sponsored by the National Association of College Stores (NACS), National Student Day takes place the second Thursday in October and focuses on recognizing and celebrating students for their hard work in and outside the classroom.

This year’s celebration includes an all-new photo-sharing contest that gives students the opportunity to win a $500 prize to their campus store and support a good cause. High school and college students can enter the contest up to five times per person by simply snapping a “selfie” in their campus store and posting it to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #GIVEME5NSD. For each contest entry received, NACS will donate $1, up to $5,000, to children’s literacy advocate Reading Is Fundamental. The contest is open now through October 22 at 5:00 pm EST.

Celebrations vary by campus. Stores will hold special events ranging from flash sales and free food to contests, games and live music.

For more information and complete contest rules, visit

About The National Association of College Stores
The National Association of College Stores (NACS) is the professional trade association representing the $10 billion collegiate retailing industry. NACS represents nearly 4,000 campus retailers and approximately 1,000 industry-related companies that supply course materials and other merchandise and services to campus stores. NACS provides education and other resources that help its member stores support student success, the campus experience, and the academic missions of higher education institutions. NACS is headquartered in Oberlin, Ohio. Additional information can be found online at

About Reading Is Fundamental
Reading Is Fundamental delivers free books and literacy resources to children and families in economically disadvantaged communities in the United States. By giving children the opportunity to own a book, RIF inspires them to become lifelong readers and achieve their full potential. RIF is leading the way to help minimize the summer learning slide through Read for Success, a proven program model aimed at early elementary students to reduce summer reading loss and improve literacy proficiency all year long. As the nation’s largest children’s literacy nonprofit, RIF has placed 412 million books in the hands of more than 40 million children since it was established in 1966. To learn more and help provide books to kids who need them most, visit

Media Contacts
Jennifer Libertowski
National Association of College Stores
(800) 622-7498, ext. 2249

Laura Massie
APR National Association of College Stores
(800) 622-7498 ext. 2351


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Koru’s free job finder helps job seekers showcase their skills and strengths, gives actionable feedback on every application and provides access to a network of great employers

Seattle, WA (October 6, 2015) – Today Koru Inc. (, the leading talent marketplace focused on landing college grads in jobs they love, announces the launch of their free online job finder. Koru’s job finder helps recent and soon-to-be college graduates discover the best jobs for them using Koru’s patent-pending “check fit” assessment, build a job application that stands out, and get feedback and coaching to help them improve the impact of their job search. The Koru team then delivers the application directly to employers, highlighting best-fit candidates.

Today’s job application process for recent college grads is plagued with problems. Most often, applicants don’t hear anything back, feel as though their resumes land in a black hole, and they don’t receive feedback about how to improve their application or skills. In fact, 53% of recent college grads are either unemployed or underemployed , and have an average of $30,000 in student debt.

The job finder builds on Koru’s more than two years’ experience working with colleges and employers, preparing and landing gritty, job-ready college grads in great companies. With up to an 87% employment rate for it’s grads, Koru has leveraged learnings and networks from its transformational program to develop this groundbreaking new job fit assessment and application process.

Koru’s new job finder debuts a host of unique features to help job seekers get the attention of great employers and to help employers quickly source and screen from a more diverse pool of great candidates.
● Job fit: Koru has created a proprietary “check fit” assessment, based on its Koru7 JobStrengths™, that helps match a job seeker’s strengths to Koru’s portfolio of positions from top companies, helping ensure that job seekers find their best job fits and employers find their best candidates.
● Unique application: The new, unique application process helps job seekers highlight their best selves by showing what they are capable of and where they stand in the areas that indicate high job performance such as grit, analytical rigor, teamwork, and the ability to drive business impact.
● Feedback and coaching: Helping to solve the job seeker’s “resume black hole” dilemma, Koru’s job finder provides feedback on every application from a professional staff of experienced coaches.
● Wide corporate network: Job seekers will now know where they stand, as Koru will deliver applicants to their corporate network of top companies like: Airbnb, Facebook, HubSpot, LinkedIn as well as non-profits like EarthCorps and high-growth startup partners like Trupanion.

“In today’s race for high performing talent, many employers are looking for more than a resume. Our new job finder helps grads present their best authentic selves and get noticed. We give actionable feedback throughout the job application process so they can continue to improve and get hired,” said Kristen Hamilton, co-founder and CEO of Koru. “Additionally, we’ve developed relationships with great companies and we deliver our job seekers’ applications into the right hands, acting as an advocate for the applicants.”

Pilot user Taylor Denton found Koru’s job finder made a significant difference in her ability to get the attention of an employer. “My resume didn’t say enough about what I could really do. Koru’s job finder was so different. I could really show off what I was capable of. Employers could get to know me versus what I looked like on a piece of paper,” said Taylor. “Trupanion was able to gauge the type of employee that I would be, and I think it turned out to be a really good fit.” Taylor was hired at Trupanion through Koru’s job finder. She had previously been turned down by the company when she applied through a standard job board.

Koru is also working to change the game for employers, who often have a hard time telling one resume from another when hiring for entry-level positions. Koru’s application is based on the Koru7 JobStrengths™ — skills and competencies that are most predictive of early-career job performance — helping employers make better and faster hiring decisions.

“Koru’s online job finder gives us a new way to look at early-career candidates across dimensions that are often difficult to illuminate in a traditional phone screen or interview. That’s incredibly valuable,” said Stacey Klimek, VP of People at Payscale.

For more information on Koru’s job finder, please visit:

About Koru
Koru is the leading talent marketplace that transforms the college-to-career landscape, designed to quickly make recent college graduates workplace-ready and place them inside high-growth work environments. Koru was founded by veteran entrepreneurs; Kristen Hamilton, co-founder at Onvia and former COO at World Learning, and Josh Jarrett, former head of Higher Education Innovation for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and consultant with McKinsey & Company. Koru has raised $12.57 million in funding from Maveron, City Light Capital, Trilogy Equity Partners, Battery Ventures, First Round, Andreessen Horowitz, and Nas’ Queensbridge Venture Partners. Headquartered in Seattle, Koru provides a unique online job finder and runs immersive business programs in Seattle, San Francisco, and Boston with partners like LinkedIn and Porch to give recent graduates the skills, experience and connections they need to get hired and make an impact at leading companies. For more i nformation on Koru and details on upcoming programs and partners, please visit

Media Contact
Christina Mautz
VP Marketing

Amazon Student Celebrates Fall with Exclusive Deals and Scholarships


Amazon is awarding Amazon Student members with $250,000 in scholarships and offering three days of exclusive deals

SEATTLE, Wash. – The school season is in full swing, and Amazon is supporting college students through its Amazon Student membership program. This fall, Amazon Student will award students with $250,000 in scholarships and $25,000 in textbooks as well as offer three days of exclusive deals only available to members from Wednesday, October 7th through Friday, October 9th.

Amazon Student is a membership program created especially for college students. Benefits of membership include free Two-Day shipping, unlimited photo storage through Prime Photos as well as Student-exclusive deals, discounts and much more.

Amazon Student Days
From October 7 through October 9, Amazon Student Days will feature deals exclusively for Amazon Student members. Students will get deals on products ranging from home and entertainment to technology and study supplies to everyday essentials. Exclusive deals will include: 25% off select Halloween costumes; 50% off select Uniball and Papermate pens, Expo dry erase markers, and Sharpie pens and highlighters; 25% off thousands of select denim, outwear, and fashion products from top brands; and much more. There will also be prize giveaways and sweepstakes on social media. Refer a friend to join Amazon Student and you’ll both get $10. For more info on Amazon Student Days, visit:

Amazon Student Scholarship
Amazon Student is inviting its members to apply for the merit-based scholarship now through November 20, 2015. Fifty students will be chosen based on their GPA, community service and leadership activities. The winners will receive a $5,000 scholarship for tuition and $500 to spend on textbooks through For more information or to apply, visit

About Amazon Student
Amazon Student gives college students Free Two-Day Shipping on millions of items, and special offers and promotions created just for students as part of the six month free trial. After that, it’s just $49 a year—half the price of a regular Amazon Prime membership—and includes unlimited streaming of movies and TV shows with Prime Instant Video, over a million songs with Prime Music, and access to the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library. To learn more, visit

Media Contact
Karen Germ
(480) 332-7949