Monthly Archives: March 2019

Audubon Gives Students the Reins in New Campus Chapter Program

Leading conservation non-profit organization launches a significant new initiative to provide educational, advocacy, networking, and career development opportunities in science and conservation to college and university campuses across the U.S.

NEW YORK (March 20, 2019) – “The level of interest in our Campus Chapter program has been overwhelming—we can hardly keep up. We soft-launched six months ago and worked quickly to meet demand, but as soon as we cracked the door open a little bit, student leaders kicked it wide open. We’re on track to have 50 affiliated campus chapters by the 2019 fall term and 150 a year after,” said Audubon’s President and CEO, David Yarnold (@david_yarnold). “Students are assuming leadership roles in conversations about the environment and climate change, and they’ve told us we can either keep up or be left behind. They also think birds are pretty cool. You put all that energy together with a brand like Audubon, and the sky’s the limit.”

Through the new Audubon on Campus program, Audubon aims to engage students in learning and action and to make conservation an attractive career path for student leaders across the country.

Student leaders will:

• build native plant gardens as part of Audubon’s Plants for Birds program and advocate for the adoption of native plant policies in public spaces;
• advocate for policies and practices that address climate change;
• advocate for bird-friendly building practices such as ways to avoid window collisions and implement “lights out” programs for migratory birds;
• help defend our nation’s most successful bird conservation law—the Migratory Bird Treaty Act;
• participate in community science and data collection like Climate Watch and the Audubon Christmas Bird Count.

“You know, to be honest, students have been here all along, but they haven’t had a seat at the table,” said Gustavo Figueroa, a campus outreach associate recently hired by Audubon. “We are here, and we are ready, and this new Audubon program recognizes that.”

“We are people who are interested in the field and do this for more than just fun – we want to conserve these creatures – and that’s what we want from interested individuals and other chapters like us,” said Mackenzie Dorr, president of Gators Ready for Exceptional Birding Experiences (GREBE) at University of Florida, Gainesville.

“Our 452 traditional chapters across the country have long been eager to bring younger advocates and bird lovers into the fold, so they’re partnering eagerly with these student-led groups on coastal cleanups, native plant gardens, advocacy, field trips, and more. I couldn’t be more excited by this program—it’s going to revolutionize the way we care for birds and the places they need. I encourage people who are interested to start or support an Audubon campus chapter at a nearby college or university— or their alma mater,” Yarnold added.

In another example of student activism, members of Clemson University’s College Republican club partnered with Audubon to meet with lawmakers in Columbia, South Carolina this week to lobby for the Energy Freedom Act which would expand access to solar energy across South Carolina.

To start the campus chapter certification process, student or sponsors should apply online. Audubon plans to grow the program to 150 campus chapters by 2020.

Learn more about Audubon on Campus. Visit audubon.org/campus-chapters.

The National Audubon Society protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow, throughout the Americas using science, advocacy, education and on-the-ground conservation. Audubon’s state programs, nature centers, chapters and partners have an unparalleled wingspan that reaches millions of people each year to inform, inspire and unite diverse communities in conservation action. Since 1905, Audubon’s vision has been a world in which people and wildlife thrive. Audubon is a nonprofit conservation organization. Learn more at www.audubon.org and @audubonsociety.

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Chandler Lennon
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RECENT BERKELEY GRAD LAUNCHES NEW APP “SCRIBE” TO ENGAGE STUDENTS IN UNIVERSITY

NEW AUDIO RECORDING APP CHANGES THE WAY STUDENTS ENGAGE, FOCUS AND SUCCEED BOTH IN AND OUT OF THE CLASSROOM

SAN CLEMENTE, Calif., March 20, 2019 — Scribe, an innovative audio recording, communications and transcription app for students and business professionals, announced today the launch of its forward-thinking app for iOS mobile devices.

With millions of students and business professionals engaged in lectures, classrooms, conferences and meetings, Scribe allows users to record, take notes, flag important information and capture images all in one place. After a recording is complete, users can easily request a transcription of their recording. This mobile app provides an intuitive interface and offers users access to their important information and helps them stay organized both personally and professionally.

“We’re passionate about developing tools to help students learn and succeed in the classroom,” said Parker Bohls, recent Berkeley grad and Partner at Scribe. “With the release of our new mobile app, we allow for an effortless and intuitive experience for all users. Our goal is to empower students and business professionals to effectively retain information without missing the smallest detail.”

This new mobile technology makes digital learning, whether in person or remote, simple and engaging. Scribe is enhancing the way students and business professionals interact and collaborate by providing the market with inventive new solutions.

Innovative features on Scribe’s mobile app include:
• State-of-the-Art Technology. Scribe’s mobile app includes an easy-to-use recording feature, allowing users to flag, take notes, capture images and mark as public or private. Once saved, users can request transcriptions at the click of a button. Upon playback, users can easily rewind and fast forward, skip to flagged areas and much more.
 Search Files and Browse History. Scribe users can easily search or browse history in chronological order or by favorites.
• Ample Storage Capacity. Scribe provides storage capacity for users’ files and recordings in one convenient space.
• Powered by Amazon Web Services (AWS). All Scribe transcriptions and user data is stored and kept completely secure in a cloud-based platform.

Scribe’s best-in-class audio and transcription features highlight their ultimate goal: transforming how people engage, learn and communicate. Scribe’s new app is just their first step, as they are committed to bringing innovative products to the digital learning and communication industry.

About Scribe
Scribe, a new audio and communications mobile app for students, business professionals and the workforce, offers a new way of digital learning and communication for the marketplace and allows users to stay engaged whether in person or remote. Scribe is currently available on iOS.
To learn more, visit www.thescribeapp.com.

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Renee Erickson
renee@thescribeapp.com

Cengage Delivers More Value to Cengage Unlimited Subscribers with Evernote Partnership

 

Students Using Unlimited Subscription Service for Textbooks and Course Materials Get Free Premium Access to Leading Note-Taking App

BOSTON—March 12, 2019 – Cengage, an education and technology company, and Evernote, the leading note-taking app, today announced an agreement to provide all Cengage Unlimited subscribers with six months of free access to Evernote Premium, a nearly $50 value. More than just affordable access to course materials, Cengage Unlimited is quickly becoming a destination for all types of learning content and services that are integral to students’ success.

“By partnering with Evernote, we’re delivering greater value to Cengage Unlimited subscribers and providing seamless access to the tools students already use to enhance their learning experience,” said Judah Karkowsky, Senior Vice President of Corporate & Business Development, Cengage. “We’ve quickly reached one million subscriptions sold for Cengage Unlimited because college students are hungry for alternatives that deliver greater value for their money than the traditional textbook model. We’re excited to expand on that value with Evernote.”

Cengage Unlimited is the industry’s first-of-its-kind subscription for college textbooks and course materials, offering access to more than 22,000 products, including eBooks, online homework access codes and study guides. Students pay one price for Cengage Unlimited—no matter how many materials they use.  Subscriptions cost $119.99 a semester ($179.99 a year) and are available directly from Cengage, online or at campus and off-campus bookstores.

Cengage Unlimited significantly reduces the cost of course materials, and students have already saved $60 million this academic year with the subscription.

In addition to unlimited access to textbooks and course materials, Cengage Unlimited subscribers get free access to offerings from Kaplan, Quizlet, Chegg, and now Evernote. Combined, these services provide an additional $200+ in value for each student, nearly doubling the value of a semester subscription.

Evernote helps students focus on what matters most by giving them access to their information when and where they need it. Whether typing notes or capturing whiteboards, adding to-do’s or saving files, Evernote makes all content instantly searchable. With Evernote Premium, students have a single place where information can be clearly captured, automatically organized, and easily shared with fellow classmates, anytime and anywhere.

“Together with Cengage, we are hoping to provide note-taking and productivity solutions to students and teachers around the country. Cengage has been an invaluable partner as Evernote grows its education ecosystem and contribute to students’ ongoing success,” said Craig Klemp, Senior Director of Partnerships at Evernote. “We already have millions of students and teachers around the world who love Evernote and, with this new partnership, we hope to grow this number and have an even greater impact in the classroom.”

For more information on Cengage Unlimited and the features, benefits and savings a subscription provides, please visit www.cengage.com/unlimited.

About Cengage
Cengage is the education and technology company built for learners. As the largest US-based provider of teaching and learning materials for higher education, we offer valuable options at affordable price points. Our industry-leading initiatives include Cengage Unlimited, the first-of-its-kind all-access digital subscription service.  We embrace innovation to create learning experiences that build confidence and momentum toward the future students want. Headquartered in Boston, Cengage also serves K-12, library and workforce training markets around the world. Visit us at www.cengage.com or find us on Facebook or Twitter.

About Evernote
Evernote Corporation develops products and services that help people to focus on what matters most in a world of increasing information. Evernote provides products where information can be easily captured, automatically organized, and accessed anywhere, any time. The company has changed the way people remember everything, turn ideas into action, and work together. 225 million people around the world use Evernote in 25+ languages. Evernote is an independent, privately held global company headquartered in Redwood City, California.

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Deadline Approaching for the Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship Program

The deadline to apply for a fellowship from The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi is April 15, 2019. Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society, will award two fellowships of $35,000 each, six fellowships of $20,000 each, and 50 fellowships of $8,500 each to students nationwide.

Since its creation in 1932, the Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship has become the Society’s signature award, allocating $615,000 annually to deserving students for first-year graduate or professional study. The competition is open to all active Phi Kappa Phi members who have applied to enroll as a full-time student in a post-baccalaureate program of study during the upcoming academic year.

“I am honored to have been selected as a recipient of the Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship,” said Phoebe Stark, recipient of a 2018 Fellowship. “The funding provided through the Fellowship program will contribute toward my education at the University of California School of Medicine and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Phi Kappa Phi has enriched my life, helped further my medical education, and allowed me to make an impact in the health of patients in my future career as a physician.”

The selection process for a Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship is based on the applicant’s evidence of graduate potential, undergraduate academic achievement, service and leadership experience, letters of recommendation, personal statement of educational perspective and career goals, and acceptance at an approved graduate or professional program.

Phi Kappa Phi Fellowships are part of the Society’s robust award programs, which give nearly $1 million each year to outstanding students and members through study abroad grants, graduate fellowships, funding for post-baccalaureate development, member and chapter awards, and grants for local, national and international literacy initiatives.

Each active Phi Kappa Phi chapter may submit one candidate from among its local applicants to compete Society-wide for a fellowship. The national deadline for chapters to submit an applicant is April 15, 2019. Chapter deadlines vary. If you are a student interested in applying for a fellowship, visit www.phikappaphi.org/chapters-list to contact your chapter for local deadline information.

For full eligibility requirements and application instructions, visit www.phikappaphi.org/fellowship.

About Phi Kappa Phi
Founded in 1897, Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. Phi Kappa Phi inducts approximately 30,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni annually. The Society has chapters on more than 300 select colleges and universities in North America and the Philippines. Membership is by invitation only to the top 10 percent of seniors and graduate students and 7.5 percent of juniors. Faculty, professional staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction also qualify. The Society’s mission is “To recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education and to engage the community of scholars in service to others.” For more information, visit www.phikappaphi.org.

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Deadline Approaching for Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grants

The deadline to apply for a Study Abroad Grant from The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi is Friday, March 15. Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society, will award 75 $1,000 grants to students nationwide.

The grants are designed to support undergraduate students as they seek expanded knowledge and experience in their academic fields. Interested students do not have to be a member of Phi Kappa Phi to apply but must currently attend an institution with an active chapter.

“I am so grateful to Phi Kappa Phi for helping fund my travel to Spain,” said Andi Dahmer, a recipient from Western Kentucky University. “This experience will allow me to live the Spanish language as well as make lasting relationships with the members of my host family, friends in the community, and the students whom I teach.”

Phi Kappa Phi gives 75 Study Abroad Grants annually to students on its chapter campuses. Since its inception in 2001, the program has awarded more than $800,000.

The Study Abroad Grants are part of the Society’s robust award programs, which give nearly $1 million each year to qualifying students and members through graduate fellowships, funding for post-baccalaureate development, member and chapter awards, and grants for local, national and international literacy initiatives.

The application period for students to apply for a $1,000 Study Abroad Grant is currently open until March 15. For full eligibility requirements and application instructions, visit www.phikappaphi.org/studyabroad.

About Phi Kappa Phi
Founded in 1897, Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. Phi Kappa Phi inducts approximately 30,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni annually. The Society has chapters on more than 300 select colleges and universities in North America and the Philippines. Membership is by invitation only to the top 10 percent of seniors and graduate students and 7.5 percent of juniors. Faculty, professional staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction also qualify. The Society’s mission is “To recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education and to engage the community of scholars in service to others.” For more information, visit www.phikappaphi.org.

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Marla Elsea
Digital Content Editor
melsea@phikappaphi.org
225.923.7733