Monthly Archives: January 2016

Student software bundles include a FREE copy of Microsoft Office 365

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Now offering every student and educator access to software bundles that include a FREE copy of Microsoft Office 365 Education.  Research indicates Microsoft Office applications rank 3 of 20 top in demand skills for high-growth, high-pay careers.


In college or high school, to succeed, you need the tools of your future profession. Students and Educators from qualified institutions can now sign up for their own FREE version of Office 365 Education, the cloud-based productivity tools already used by over 110 million students, faculty and staff worldwide. Office 365 Education includes Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and OneNote, 1TB of OneDrive storage, and Yammer.

Even better? According to a recent IDC study, Skill Requirements for Tomorrow’s Best Jobs, proficiency in Microsoft Office is at the top of the skills matrix leading employers are looking for. The study provides insight into the skills students need for the top 60 high-growth, high-wage occupations that will account for 11.5 million new hires and 28 percent of job growth by 2020.

Out of those skills, oral and written communication, detail orientation, and Microsoft Office proficiency top the list. A full 40 percent of employers surveyed for the study are looking for the communication, integration and presentation skills reinforced by Office 365. And Microsoft Office was number three on the list of skills most required by these high-paying jobs.

According to Michael Fischler, CEO of ThinkEDU, “Office not only helps students stay organized and get their school or college work done today, but also develops valuable skills that will benefit them when they enter the work force. We are thrilled to be able to make students aware of this terrific offering as well as supporting bundles that are essential for all students.”

ThinkEDU has put together Office 365 Education Bundles that start as low as $9.95. Bundles include Bitdefender AntiVirus 2016, Whitesmoke Writer (grammar checker), Total Training Online, 300 Backgrounds for PowerPoint, OfficeReady 4.0 (Templates for Office) and more. To learn more or see all bundles available go to:

About ThinkEDU
Based in Frisco, Texas, ThinkEDU is a one-stop shop for students, faculty, and staff to purchase their software, hardware, accessories, and more at deep academic discounted pricing. Publishers offered include Microsoft, Adobe, SPSS, Rosetta Stone, Wacom, HP and many more. ThinkEDU operates over 1,000 online technology stores for college bookstores and schools.


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UniversitySpot Introduces List of Free Online Courses for Winter 2016


Evanston, Ill., Jan. 26, 2016 – Along with their university partners, online course platforms Coursera and edX are offering 600+ great courses this winter. provides easy access to thousands of the best online higher-education resources for students, counselors, teachers, parents, and lifetime learners, and is pleased to present its third annual list of the most current course offerings for the New Year. Quickly scan through course titles from top U.S. and global universities to find the ones best suited to your interests.

Some of the most popular offerings that have recently started and those starting soon include:

• Cryptography II (Stanford University) – Starting Jan 11
• Songwriting (Berklee College of Music) – Starting Jan 11
• Introduction to Computer Science and Programming Using Python (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) – Starting Jan 13
• Italian Language and Culture: Beginner (Wellesley College) – Starting Jan 25
• “A Room with a View” by Forster: BerkeleyX Book Club (University of California at Berkeley) – Starting Feb 3
• Introduction to Project Management (University of Adelaide) – Starting Feb 16
• Global Health Case Studies from a Biosocial Perspective (Harvard University) – Starting Feb 23
• Learn Mandarin Chinese: Start Talking with 1.3 Billion People (Tsinghua University) – Starting March 8
• The Meaning of Rome: The Renaissance and Baroque City (University of Notre Dame) – Starting March 15
• Model Thinking (University of Michigan) – Self-paced

Check out the full list of courses as well as enrollment dates at

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Course Hero Gives Away $1 Million in One-On-One Tutoring

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REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Jan. 26, 2016 – In an effort to help students master their classes and to bolster an atmosphere where learning expands beyond the classroom walls, Course Hero, the leading educational technology platform for course-specific study resources and tutoring, has committed to giving away $1,000,000 worth of one-on-one tutoring. As many as 10,000 students will each win $100 in tutor credits (totaling $1 million) giving them on-demand, 24/7 access to thousands of curriculum experts on the Course Hero platform.

“How many times have students started their homework only to realize they don’t understand a key point?” said Course Hero CEO and Co-Founder Andrew Grauer. “Class time is exceptionally valuable, but students spend a lot of their time learning outside of the classroom as well. At Course Hero, our vision is to be able to help any student, in any course, ask and answer any question. We aim to harness the power of educational technology to reduce barriers, enable students to get the most out of their education, and ultimately help them best prepare for their careers and lives beyond school.”

Rooted in the Socratic method, Course Hero’s platform connects students who have questions with tutors eager to help them find answers. The platform is also home to the largest course and school-specific resources, and functions as a continuously refreshed digital archive, which includes study guides, notes, and customizable flashcards.

“With more than 7.5 million educational resources tailored specifically for the courses at over 11,000 colleges and high schools nationwide, the Course Hero platform has helped more than five million users to not only earn better grades but to reach beyond the walls of the classroom and discover new methods for efficient studying and deeper learning,” continued Grauer. “Our new $1 Million investment fills us with hope that we can make a tangible difference of the education and lives of 10,000 students.”

For more information on eligibility and requirements, please visit the Course Hero $1 Million Tutor Sweepstakes page here:

About Course Hero
Course Hero is a digital learning platform providing students with a suite of online educational resources, including crowdsourced study documents, expert tutors, and customizable flashcards. For students exploring new subjects, mastering key concepts—and everything in between—Course Hero offers essential tools to help them achieve their goals and succeed in their courses. To learn more, please visit

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Free Music Download

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Talk about an historical event.  Where will the website be in 150 years.  It may be a late bloomer; however, great it is, it contains an infinite loop of infinite numbers randomly selected printed in ones mind and on sheet music.  Sort of a loop of henly in composition, that one can play and enjoy the continual progressions of Ionian, dorian, mixolydian combinations in all keys and permutations honing his or her listening skills.  Be the first to write a symphony only on filling in the blanks of resolve and the harmony given.  The balance of 2-5-1 for each chord sequence and melody give one the basis to write your own music with the printout as a  template that one can copywrite with little or no pecuniary remuneration to the site or owners of the site Corny Cornball- look up in  amazon or google creations and be delighted at ( for one thing) mathematical proof of eternally living redundantly forever in his book Death Mythed or Sinc I eternity…A must read grounded in the mathematical theorem ….. any finite combinations of elements when combined an infinite number of times will produce a finite number of combinations an infinite number of times like you are finite.

The advances are staggering. Sophisticated algorithms can create 50 pages of original music in one nano-second. With the help of a friend, I’ve created an algorithm I call, which uniquely combines Ionian, Mixolydian and Dorian chords and scales, using a random number generator to create octodcillions of pages every second.

The music created by the site ( can be saved to a computer or iPad, printed and edited, copyrighted, played…. Entrepreneurs will present millions of pages to the public at a minimal cost. Festivals of spontaneously written music will flood the stadiums. Bye-Bye Sheet Music Pie.

Douglas “Corny Cornball” Cornish
Chairman of the Board
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Millennials In the Red – Does Your Financial Knowledge Add Up?

Shannon Schuyler
Principal, Chief Purpose Officer and Corporate Responsibility Leader at PwC and President of PwC Charitable Foundation

My young colleague Gabi has a great career ahead. She graduated from a first-rate university last year with a double major and double minor in high demand fields. She interned with PwC starting in her second year of college, taking on progressively sophisticated roles each summer, and transitioned to working with us as an associate immediately after graduation. Gabi’s a smart, competent young adult who has managed many challenges successfully. She immigrated to the United States from Chile with her parents and older sister when she was seven. But like most of her peers—millennials who will comprise more than 75 percent of the workforce by 2025—Gabi is worried about money.

Gabi is a typical millennial in many ways. She graduated from college with long-term debt (student loans and a car payment) and experiences considerable stress around meeting monthly expenses. Something else Gabi has in common with her peers—she received very little financial education (one week in a high school math class) before choosing to study accounting in college.

Millennials are on course to become the most educated generation in American history. But they face greater economic challenges than previous generations and are already financially fragile. A study our firm released this month, Millennials & Financial Literacy—The Struggle with Personal Finance, conducted by The Global Financial Literacy Excellence Center (GFLEC) at the George Washington University with the support of PwC, found that students like Gabi aren’t alone. In fact, a wide majority of millennials are struggling to understand fundamental financial concepts and manage their debt. Among the findings:

- Only 24% of millennials demonstrate basic financial knowledge.
- The majority of millennials carry long-term debt. 55% of college graduates have student loans, including 34% of young adults with annual incomes of more than $75,000.
- More than half of millennials carried over a credit card balance in the last 12 months and 45% make only minimum monthly payments.
- Millennials are unprepared to weather a shock. Nearly half say they could not come up with $2,000 within the next month to meet an unexpected need.

Despite the fact that millennials are facing these issues in large numbers, the study found that they are afraid to ask for help. In fact, a startling few (27%) seek professional financial advice. Financial literacy is such a pervasive issue for this generation, and it’s important to know that it’s okay to ask for help.

The gap is widening between the amount of financial responsibility given to young Americans and their demonstrated ability to manage personal finances. It’s time to reduce that gap. Young people must be empowered to make smart financial decisions, because the economic stability and success of our businesses and communities depends on their choices.

In 2012, my firm launched its Earn Your Future (EYF) commitment focused on helping young people develop critical financial skills and providing educators with resources and training to teach financial literacy. In 2015, we extended our commitment, now totaling $190 million. We don’t have all the answers, and our efforts will continue to evolve. Still, I am optimistic. A few months ago, I met with an exuberant group of third-and-fourth graders participating in an EYF program. I asked if they thought it was better to spend on a toy or a game that they wanted now or to save for the future. In unison they shouted “save!” These kids have something in common with Gabi.

Unlike many of her peers (perhaps because she studied finance in college or because of her family’s experience), Gabi is saving rather than spending—for now, she has chosen to live at home with her parents in order to pay off her student loans more quickly—and she is learning about ways to boost her credit score. She also reaps benefits from working at PwC, which this past year announced a student loan pay down program to help reduce student loan burden. But all adults, regardless of education or employer, should be able to manage their personal finances. Expanded access to financial education can bring powerful improvements in financial literacy and financial stability for the next generation of Americans.

For more information on millennials and financial literacy, visit


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College-Aged Adults Face Less Mental Health Stigma


WASHINGTON (January 14, 2016) – College-aged adults (age 18-25) have more accepting views of mental health care than other adults, but they still see challenges when it comes to accessing care, according to results of a nationwide poll released today by the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA). The survey was conducted online among more than 2,000 adults, including 198 age 18-25, on behalf of the Anxiety Depression Association of America, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention by Harris Poll.

“We’re seeing a shift in the stigma of mental health in emerging adults, but until we can improve access to mental health care, it is unlikely that this generation will receive the support and care for a long-term change in mental well-being,” said Anne Marie Albano, PhD, ABPP, a member of ADAA and a child and adolescent psychologist and a professor at Columbia University. “Changes in our health care system have made it possible for them to get services and establish a new tenor for how future generations view mental health care. We must act to ensure this care is delivered.”

A majority of college-aged adults (60 percent) view seeing a mental health professional as a sign of strength, but nearly half see it as something most people cannot afford (46 percent) and one-third (33 percent) see it as inaccessible for most people. This age group, adults 18-25, report higher rates of diagnosed mental disorders than older adults, including anxiety and depression. Additionally, 65 percent of college-aged adults have ever thought  they may have a mental condition.

While the vast majority (90 percent) of college-aged adults recognize that mental disorders can put someone at an increased risk of suicide, they may not fully grasp the risk associated with certain mental disorders. In fact, only 52 percent recognize anxiety disorders as a risk factor for suicide, compared with recognizing the impact that life situations, like bullying and relationships, have on suicide risk (91 percent), and they primarily see suicide as a way to escape pain (61 percent).

“More than 90 percent of those who die by suicide have a diagnosable illness such as clinical depression, and often in combination with anxiety or substance use disorders and other treatable mental disorders,” says Mark Pollack, MD, ADAA Past President and Grainger Professor and Chairman, Department of Psychiatry at Rush University Medical Center. “Effectively diagnosing and treating anxiety disorders and depression, especially when they occur at the same time, are critical to intervening and reducing suicide crises.”

The survey, conducted in August 2015, assessed perceptions about mental health and suicide awareness. The overwhelming majority of college-aged adults (96 percent) reported that they would take action if someone close to them was thinking about suicide; however, 57 percent admit that something might stop them from trying to help, compared to 43 percent of older adults (those age 26+), because they were fearful that:

- They would make them feel worse (39 percent of college-aged adults vs. 23 percent of older adults);
- There may be nothing to could do to help (27 percent vs. 17 percent); and
- Talking about it might make the person attempt suicide (25 percent vs. 14 percent).

Early diagnosis, intervention, and treatment of mental disorders are critical to preventing suicide. Mental disorders are treatable, and the vast majority of people can be helped with professional care. Although treatment is individualized, several standard approaches have proved effective.

- Therapy, such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) or interpersonal therapy (IPT), involve people in their own recovery and provides a sense of control.
- Medication, including serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), tricyclic antidepressants, benzodiazepines, beta blockers and monoamine oxidase inhibitors, is a proven treatment.
- Combination therapy, which includes behavioral therapy and medications, is also a proven treatment for many.
- Complementary and alternative treatments, like stress and relaxation techniques, meditation and yoga, are sometimes used to treat anxiety and depressive disorders alongside or instead of conventional treatments.

College-aged adults seeking help have many options:

- Go to your campus health or counseling center.
- Find a mental health professional near you.
- Contact your health insurance provider to understand treatment options covered under your plan.
- Have a conversation with friend.
- Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) to talk to a skilled, trained counselor at a crisis center in your area at any time.

Visit for more information on identifying the symptoms of anxiety and depression and the warning signs and risks of suicide.

The Mental Health and Suicide Survey was conducted online within the United States by Harris Poll on behalf of ADAA, AFSP, and NAASP between August 10-12, 2015, among 2,020 adults ages 18+, among which 198 are age 18-25. Results were weighted for age within gender, region, race/ethnicity, income, and education where necessary to align them with their actual proportions in the population. Propensity score weighting was also used to adjust for respondents’ propensity to be online. The data have been weighted to reflect the composition of U.S. adults. Because the sample is based on those who agreed to participate in the Harris Poll panel, no estimates of theoretical sampling error can be calculated. For subgroup sample sizes, please contact Tamara Moore.

About the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA)
The Anxiety and Depression Association of America is the leading nonprofit organization dedicated to the prevention, treatment, and cure of anxiety disorders, depression, bipolar disorder, OCD, and PTSD through education, training, and research. Our mission focuses on improving quality of life for children and adults affected with these disorders. ADAA improves patient outcomes by promoting scientific innovation, encouraging translation and implementation of research into practice, providing continuing education of evidence-based treatments across disciplines and increasing public knowledge about how to find effective treatment.

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(202) 745-5114

86% of Millennials Believe Presidential Candidates Ignore Them

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NEW YORK, Jan.12, 2016 – The vast majority of recent college graduates believe that the current presidential candidates are not talking about the issues that matter most to them, according to a new survey of millennials by GenFKD, a non-partisan organization dedicated to promoting economic understanding and financial literacy to college students and recent graduates.

Millennials account for 36 percent of eligible voters, the largest demographic in the 2016 election, according to ThinkProgress.  Despite their voting power, 86 percent of those 18 to 34 say this year’s presidential candidates are not addressing them or their key issues they care most about.

- Jobs and economic growth (19%)
- Climate change (14%)
- Health Care (11%)
- Student Debt (10%)

“It is very disappointing that the presidential candidates are ignoring a vital demographic group and the issues that matter most to millennials,” said Justin Dent, president and co-founder of GenFKD. “With an uncertain economy and international instability, millennials are more engaged than ever in the upcoming election, yet they are left out of the discussion.”

GenFKD polled 752 millennials through Survey Monkey to determine which issues most concern them and if they felt their concerns were being adequately acknowledged in the national debate.

“Millennials are clearly concerned about the economy they will inherit, and the opportunities available to them,” said Christopher Koopman of the Mercatus Institute at George Mason University.   “Unfortunately, political candidates have a strong incentive to support special interests over the causes that matter most to young people. There is a danger in doing that because millennials are concerned, active, and engaged.”

“Until now, there have been less than a handful of millennial issues addressed in hours and hours of debates and interviews,” said Dent, a student at the University of Maryland. “We’re worried about jobs and graduating into a nation of the underemployed.”

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About GenFKD
GenFKD is a non-partisan peer-to-peer organization that utilizes editorial content and grassroots organizing to engage millennials on economic and financial public policy and basic pocketbook finance. The non-profit organization seeks to utilize its expansive social following and network of 28 college chapters to present critical information relating to jobs and the economy in a way that is informative, approachable and useful

About The Sruvey
The GenFKD “Millennial Sentiment” survey was conducted online December 15-22, 2015, among a national sample of 752 adults between the ages of 18 and 34. Respondents for this non-probability survey were selected using a SurveyMonkey Audience. As the sample for the survey self-selected for participation, sampling error cannot be calculated.

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Grant Greenberg
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