Monthly Archives: March 2020

Red Roof® Launches Student Support Program, Offering Discounts to Help College Students Across the Nation Find Alternative Housing

Columbus, Ohio – March 25, 2020 – Red Roof®, the leader in upscale economy lodging, understands the difficulty of this uncertain time, especially for university and continuing education students who were suddenly displaced as a result of campuses closing due to CDC protocols in response to COVID-19.  Mandated closings of schools across the country have left many with nowhere to go, as student housing and meal plans are suspended. Many students are in limbo and not able to return home due to travel restrictions and personal and professional obligations. With many hotels close to college campuses, Red Roof has launched the Student Support Program to help students who can’t get home find stability and an immediate place to stay.  The Support Program provides students with a 30% discount, per room, for stays at participating locations across the country including Red Roof Inn® and Red Roof PLUS+® properties. Students looking for longer term accommodation, seven days or more, will receive a $25 Amazon gift card to help purchase essential items.

“We know there is a real need for students who are scrambling to find a place to stay and may be far away from their hometown and family with nowhere to go,” says Marina MacDonald, CMO at Red Roof.  “Red Roof has many locations near colleges and universities, and we have created the Student Support Program to provide secure and safe accommodations to give students some stability and peace of mind.”

Students must show valid college identification to receive the 30% discount and weekly stay incentive.  Rooms include Fast. Free. Verified.* WiFi that will allow students to be connected and engaged with virtual learning and e-classes during their stays. Pets can travel with students and always stay free. Students looking for accommodations close to campuses can book through May 15 and can stay through May 31, 2020 using VP code 627535.

Students are encouraged to book direct online here, by calling 800.RED.ROOF or by calling or booking at a specific participating property. Third Party Bookings are not eligible. This offer may not be combined with other discounts or offers. Subject to availability. Not available at Hometowne Studios by Red Roof.

For more details on the Student Support Program and to access a full list of participating properties**, please click here.

*Verified Wi-Fi at participating locations.

**Participating properties will offer the student discount and operate in line with local and national government policies and guidelines.

About Red Roof®
Red Roof is an award-winning leader in the lodging industry with franchises, corporate managed and corporate owned properties, recognized for creating the innovative Upscale Economy® segment serving millions of guests each year. Known for obsessively listening to consumers, Red Roof offers travelers a consistently high-quality experience at an affordable price. With coast-to-coast locations, Red Roof has over 650 properties in the U.S. and has expanded internationally to Brazil, Canada and Japan. Whether business or leisure, short trips or extended stays, in the hearts of cities or on the road, Red Roof has a property for every traveler, delivering an enhanced experience at a value price. Red Roof is pet-friendly, as one well-behaved pet is welcome per room, nationwide, at no additional cost*. Ranging from economy to upper midscale, Red Roof’s portfolio of brands includes: Red Roof Inn® and Red Roof PLUS+®, allowing guests to Sleep Easy. Spend Less®. with enhanced amenities at a value price; The Red Collection®, a hyper-local soft brand in the Hearts of Cities You Love™; and Home Towne Studios by Red Roof®, offering guests A Brand New Way to Extended Stay™. Red Roof offers franchisees Genuine Relationships. Real Results. ® – a unique owner-operator experience establishing common ground with franchisees. To join Red Roof’s industry-leading loyalty program, RediRewards™, or for reservations, visit or call 800.RED.ROOF.

Media Contact:
Andrea Thompson
Hill + Knowlton Strategies

Help for College Students: Free Webinar About Staying Healthy and Motivated to Succeed in an Online-Learning Environment

BOSTON – March 24, 2020 – As more than 1,000 U.S. college campuses close and move instruction online because of the COVID-19 crisis, many students are facing challenges navigating online learning while dealing with the stresses of daily life. For those impacted, Cengage is providing free access to all eTextbooks and digital courseware for the remainder of the Spring semester. Cengage is also hosting a free webinar to help students with online learning and staying motivated during this difficult time.

WHAT: 5 Tips for Staying Motivated and Healthy While Learning at Home

Students are invited to participate in a live 30-minute webinar hosted by experts in student success and a fellow student. The webinar will provide tips for succeeding in an online-learning environment with a live Q&A at the end.

WHO: The presenters include:

• Grace Nowlin, a junior at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock who has taken more than six online classes while balancing work and family life as a Cengage Student Ambassador;
• Essie Childers, a professor of Learning Frameworks, Study Skills and Developmental Reading at Blinn College in Central Texas; and
• Alfred Lara, an instructor in Human Services who has taught at San Jacinto College in Houston since 2006.

WHEN: Thursday, March 26, 1:00 p.m. ET

WHERE: Register for the free Zoom webinar here.

A recording will also be posted following the event here:

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 or find us on Facebook or Twitter.


Media Contact
Kristina Massari

For U.S. College Students at Campuses Impacted by COVID-19, Free Access to Cengage eTextbooks and Digital Courseware is Available

Faculty and Administrators Have Access to Free Online Course Setup, Peer-to-Peer Guidance for Moving Courses Online

BOSTON—March 19, 2020 — U.S. college students whose campuses are impacted by COVID-19 have free access to all Cengage eTextbooks and digital courseware for the remainder of the Spring semester, the company has announced.

Students can access the materials for free via Cengage Unlimited regardless of whether their instructor uses Cengage materials.  Cengage Unlimited includes more than 22,000 eTextbooks, digital learning platforms/access codes and study guides.

In addition, for faculty and administrators who need to quickly move their classes online, Cengage is offering free support, including: setting up online courses, hosting webinars and holding peer-to-peer “Office Hours” led by instructors who offer best practices for online instruction.

More information about these free resources is available at  Faculty may also contact their local Cengage representative.

“Millions of students and instructors have had their lives thrown into turmoil as a result of this unprecedented public health crisis.  We want to do everything possible to support them, starting with providing free access to our digital materials and platforms, as well as connecting faculty with their peers for online teaching support,” said Michael E. Hansen, CEO, Cengage.

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 or find us on Facebook or Twitter.


Media Contact
Kristina Massari

Phi Kappa Phi Suspends Study Abroad Grant Program

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective all-discipline honor society, today announced the temporary suspension of its Study Abroad Grant program.

The Society has been closely monitoring the outbreak of COVID-19 and based on the current uncertainty regarding travel, the Study Abroad Grant program has been temporarily suspended. Applications and letters of recommendation that have been received for the 2020 competition will be kept on file and reviewed in the upcoming academic year (Fall).

Each year the Society awards seventy-five $1,000 Study Abroad Grants to help support undergraduates as they seek knowledge and experience in their academic fields by studying abroad.

If you have questions about your application, please contact Kelli Partin at We appreciate your patience at this time.

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 engage the community of scholars in service to others.” For more information, visit


Media Contact
Alyssa Perez
Communications Director
(225) 923-7777

Studio City and PXL Offer Career Paths in Film and TV Marketing

Bi-Coastal Company Has More Emmy Awards Than Any Other Marketing Agency in North America

LOS ANGELES (March 5, 2020) – Studio City and PXL – partner agencies specializing in entertainment, media, digital, political marketing and motion graphic design – want college and university students studying film, television or any related field to consider a career in media marketing. This job path allows graduates to work hands-on with major studios while using what they learned from their studies. If students are interested in working in media within political campaigning, sister company National Strategies Media is also looking to employ graduates focused on creating a modern approach for political strategies.

There are many aspects of marketing that can become career paths for graduating college students, and Studio City and its partnering companies can offer students the ability to learn and grow while exploring their options. Studio City is TV and Film production based, sister company National Strategies Media is political campaign based and partner company PXL is web and social media based. Studio City and its partners are looking for talented students to join their team through internship and job opportunities.

“Many film and television students are unaware of the secure job path of media marketing and we hope to change that,” said Stu Weiss, Chief Creative Officer of Studio City. “TV marketing careers allow young professionals to be creative and utilize knowledge from their studies while working with all the major entertainment companies. Here at Studio City, we know strong talent lies outside of Los Angeles and New York and we seek talent from all over the country to join our innovative marketing team. We offer a supportive environment that allows staff to cultivate their professional careers.”

“Studio City has a proven track record of growing leaders from within,” said Joe Tamanini, President of Studio City. “I started here as an intern. Several Editors, Creative Directors, and Production Managers have started from entry level positions fresh out of college and then have been elevated to leadership roles within the company. We’re very proud of that.”

With offices in New York and Los Angeles, Studio City, National Strategies Media and PXL employ over 70 writers, producers, graphic designers, web and application developers, and editors. Each year, Studio City produces over 12,000 spots for ABC/Disney, CBS, CBS Domestic, NBCUniversal, Debmar-Mercury, Fremantle, Sony Pictures Television and Warner Bros, creating compelling and targeted messaging across all media and audiences. PXL has produced digital marketing campaigns for Disney, NBCUniversal, Paramount, Sony Pictures, Warner Bros., and others.

Studio City’s talented staff hail from colleges and universities across the country with varying degree backgrounds. Students interested in learning more about internship and career opportunities at Studio City can visit:

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Entertainment, Media, Digital and Political Marketing and Motion Graphic Design since 1995. Based in New York and Los Angeles, 2-Time Emmy and Clio Award-winning Studio City /PXL is the world’s only entity producing original marketing content every day for every major studio. Each year, Studio City produces over 12,000 spots for ABC/Disney, CBS, CBS Domestic, NBC/Universal, Debmar-Mercury, Fremantle, Sony Pictures Television and Warner Bros. Their work is seen every day in more than 100-million homes in the US. In 2012, Studio City launched its original content division, which created Dish Nation (Nightly on FOX), Building Off The Grid (DIY), co-productions like The 44th, 45th & 46th Daytime Emmy Awards, and is in development on multiple scripted and unscripted series’.

National Strategies Media is a political marketing agency that blends cutting edge digital technologies with 25 years of television marketing experience to bolster awareness and engagement for progressive campaigns and organizations. “Nat Strat” as its familiarly known, got its start in the 2018 cycle working with campaigns across the country, most notably with California Congresswoman Maxine Waters. More recently, Nat Strat has been creating ads for former Senator Barbara Boxer’s PAC For A Change which is aimed at flipping the Senate in the 2020 election cycle. National Strategies Media strives to elevate campaign content by harnessing the Emmy and Clio award winning creative of parent company Studio City/PXL to connect with voters across every demographic and geography in new and innovative ways.

Media Contact:
Allied Global Marketing
Carley Alderman
(O): (323) 330-8849

April Tonsil
(O): (646) 500-8738

The Home Depot to Hire 80,000 Associates for Spring

ATLANTA, March 2, 2020 – The Home Depot®, the world’s largest home improvement retailer, is hiring 80,000 associates this spring in preparation for its busiest season of the year. Over the next several months, jobseekers can apply for positions close to home and school, as 90 percent of the U.S. population lives within 10 miles of a Home Depot store.

All available roles offer tuition reimbursement and a number of other great benefits. The Home Depot grants $1,500 toward tuition, starting on day one, for part-time hourly employees (full-time hourly employees receive $3,000 and salaried employees receive $5,000). The employer has reimbursed over $136M over the past 15 years. Students will receive comprehensive on-the-job training to learn valuable soft skills like problem solving, teamwork, and customer service, as well as home improvement skills. Additional benefits include backup dependent care for children and elders, discounts on items, such as cell phones and laptops, and paid family leave after one year of service.

Many of the part-time positions will be staffed in The Home Depot’s garden center, which gives associates a chance to work with their hands and help community members start spring projects. In addition to these positions, the company is hiring for overnight freight, merchandising and other customer service roles across store departments, as well as warehouse associates for its distribution centers. To help associates get up to speed quickly, the company provides innovative training programs and tools, including a gamified mobile app, e-learning, and on-the-job coaching.

“When you join The Home Depot, you’re joining a winning team built on our core values and associate-centric culture,” said Tim Hourigan, executive vice president of human resources. “More than 90 percent of our store leaders began their careers here as hourly associates, which is a testament to our commitment to growing the careers of our people.”

Did you know The Home Depot also offers internships? Half of The Home Depot’s interns worked in field or store positions in 2019, and and 70 percent of the company’s interns received full-time or returning offers at the end of their internship programs. also named it one of the Top 10 Best Internship programs.

For jobseekers looking for a sense of community in the workplace and resume building opportunities, The Home Depot offers associates many outlets to give back, both at work and through Team Depot, the company’s associate-led volunteer force. Team Depot enables every associate to give back to their communities through volunteer projects, from disaster response to veterans housing. Since 2011, Home Depot associates have impacted more than 45,000 homes and facilities for veterans in all 50 states.

Interested jobseekers should visit for a quick and easy application or text JOBS to 52270 for a link to apply to local positions.

The Home Depot is one of Fortune’s Most Admired Companies, as well as one of the Best Employers for Diversity in 2020, according to Forbes.

About The Home Depot
The Home Depot is the world’s largest home improvement specialty retailer, with 2,291 retail stores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, 10 Canadian provinces and Mexico. In fiscal 2018, The Home Depot had sales of $108.2 billion and earnings of $11.1 billion. The Company employs more than 400,000 associates. The Home Depot’s stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: HD) and is included in the Dow Jones industrial average and Standard & Poor’s 500 index.

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Caitlin Harvey
Manager, Corporate Communications

Young Adults, ages 18-25, Grieving a Death Loss Need to Get this App

A New App is available for Young Adults, ages 18-25, Grieving a Death Loss, and for the Professionals who serve them

Presented by Actively Moving Forward®, a HealGrief® program. HealGrief® is a registered 501c3 nonprofit organization

In the United States, research suggests one in three college students experience the death of a family member or close friend in any 12-month period. With nearly 20 million students enrolled in American universities in 2019 and the number of traumatic crises ever-increasing in communities and on college campuses, that means that at any given moment, more than 6.6 million college students are grieving a death loss.

The AMF App has been created for young adults, aged 18-25 who are grieving a death loss, to connect on a whole new level. The app is a tool to find support, deepen connections, engage with groups, find events, webinars, and a host of other valuable and helpful resources. Users must first register using the link below to verify and protect the safety of all users.

The AMF app is available in the App Store on iOS and the Play Store on Android devices. Once registered, new community members will receive download and sign up instructions.

Grief support is essential for young adults, ages 18-25. The ability to process grief and adapt to a new normal after a death loss leads to improved grades, higher graduation rates and the ability to maintain strong personal and professional bonds with family, friends and the community at large.

Visit to learn more.

The mission of HealGrief® is to provide a social support network offering tools and resources to support a healthy post-bereavement growth. Actively Moving Forward® (AMF), a HealGrief® program, is specifically for young adults ages 18-25. It was created in response to the lack of resources and support available to the astonishing number of young adults that are grieving a death loss.

Additional resources for publication – Public Service Announcement:

A 60-second informative video can be found in the link below and radio/TV description is also below.

There are 30 million young adults in the United States.
10 million are grieving a death loss.
No one needs to grieve alone.
If you are grieving and between the ages of 18-25, the AMF App is for you.
Register now at That’s
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