Monthly Archives: May 2021


Free, Virtual Event is Biggest Premed Event in the World

Boulder, Colorado. May 24th, 2021. Mappd has opened registration for National Premed Day, enabling premedical students to attend a free virtual conference to better prepare themselves for medical school.

National Premed Day is an annual holiday created by Mappd, LLC. National Premed Day is on Friday, May 28th, 2021. The date, 5/28, is a reference to the number “528” which is a perfect score on the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT®). The MCAT® is a required exam that most premedical students take in the year before applying to medical school.

With 10,000+ Premeds in attendance in 2020, its inaugural year, National Premed Day has become the biggest premedical student event in the world. In 2021, the event includes 1 day of live streaming, with 4 tracks of topics, and 35 speakers from throughout the medical community.

“National Premed Day is something that I’ve wanted to do for a long time,” said Dr. Ryan Gray, Mappd CEO. “I started National Premed Day to bring the best minds in the premed world together to help students navigate their journey to med school.”

Premedical students, as well as their families and advisors, are all welcome to attend. Registration is open now at

Company information. Mappd, LLC was founded in 2019 by premedical process experts Rachel Grubbs and Dr. Ryan Gray. Mappd is best known for its eponymous software solution, a platform that premeds use throughout their premed years to track progress as they navigate the road to med school. Mappd also offers 1-on-1 advising services. In addition to the free virtual event National Premed Day, Mappd offers premeds hundreds of hours of free information via its YouTube channel.


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Café Bustelo® to Award $125K for Its El Café del Futuro Scholarship

Iconic espresso-style coffee brand Café Bustelo® recently launched the 2021 Café Bustelo® El Café del Futuro Scholarship in partnership with the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU). This year, the company will include an additional $25,000 in scholarships in celebration of its partnership with the upcoming Warner Bros. Pictures film IN THE HEIGHTS. From the creator of Hamilton and the director of Crazy Rich Asians, IN THE HEIGHTS—where streets are made of music and little dreams become big—is the cinematic event of the summer, and Café Bustelo is proud to be the exclusive coffee of IN THE HEIGHTS. The film releases in theaters nationwide and streams in the U.S. exclusively on HBO Max – June 11. It will be available on HBO Max for 31 days from theatrical release.

Since the scholarship began in 2014, $430,000 in college funds have been awarded to 86 Latino students nationwide through the partnership. This year, Café Bustelo wants applicants to share how their heritage, family, and community have impacted their desire and motivation to obtain a college degree; how they plan to give back to their community; and what they intend to accomplish with their degree in an essay in English or Spanish (800 words or less). Eligible applicants have the opportunity to receive one of 25 $5,000 scholarships. All eligible applications must be received by July 5, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. CT. Scholarship recipients will be announced on or about September 7, 2021.

“At Café Bustelo, we celebrate young Latino scholars who are committed to advancement and education,” said Eduardo Merino, Senior Brand Manager at Café Bustelo. “Our society has gone through so much this past year, and it may be even more difficult for a student to prioritize higher education. Café Bustelo wants to support them in that effort. Estamos aquí para ayudar en lo que podamos.”

“We are proud to partner with Café Bustelo to offer El Café del Futuro Scholarships to deserving Hispanic students across the country,” said HACU President and CEO Antonio R. Flores. “These scholarships support students and highlight the importance of the Latino culture and the vital role families and communities play in motivating students to achieve their educational goals.”

For complete information and scholarship guidelines, please visit

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About Café Bustelo
Our delicious coffee and rich espresso heritage was born in 1928. Since then, we’ve not only been proud of our rich, full-bodied flavor, but also of our unique and inviting culture. Café Bustelo coffee can be prepared using your preferred method. Available in the forms you want, including K-Cup® pods.

About HACU
The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities represents more than 500 colleges and universities committed to Hispanic higher education success in the U.S., Puerto Rico, Latin America, Spain and school districts throughout the U.S. The association’s headquarters are located in San Antonio, Texas, with regional offices in Washington, D.C., and Sacramento, California. HACU is the only national association representing existing and emerging Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs). For more information, visit or follow @HACUnews on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.

In the Heights fuses Lin-Manuel Miranda’s kinetic music and lyrics with director Jon M. Chu’s lively and authentic eye for storytelling to capture a world very much of its place, but universal in its experience, where the streets are made of music and little dreams become big. The film stars Anthony Ramos, Corey Hawkins, singer/songwriter Leslie Grace, Melissa Barrera, Olga Merediz, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Gregory Diaz IV, Stephanie Beatriz, Dascha Polanco and Jimmy Smits.

Chu directed the film from a screenplay by Quiara Alegría Hudes, based on the musical stage play, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, book by Quiara Alegría Hudes and concept by Miranda. Miranda, Hudes, Scott Sanders, Anthony Bregman and Mara Jacobs produced the film, with David Nicksay and Kevin McCormick serving as executive producers. Warner Bros. Pictures presents a 5000 Broadway / Barrio Grrrl! / Likely Story / SGS Pictures Production, A Jon M. Chu Film, In the Heights. Slated to open on June 11, 2021 in theaters and on HBO Max, the film will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures. It will be available on HBO Max for 31 days from theatrical release. The film is rated PG-13 for some language and suggestive references.

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Civic Synergy Aims to Foster Cross-Partisan Conversations Resulting in Policy Solutions to Share with Members of Congress

CAMBRIDGE (May 18, 2021)Civic Synergy, a pilot program based at MIT, announces today a call to action for college aged participants to join in discussions about some of the most important issues facing America today.  Participants will engage in four sessions that include brief, informative, and inspiring talks followed by facilitated discussions aimed at generating solutions. Through the program, participants will not only discuss pragmatic policy proposals that they can present to members of Congress but will build the toolkit to have productive conversations with those across the aisle.

Being named a 2021 Davis Projects for Peace Fellowship recipient, Civic Synergy aims to foster productive cross-partisan conversations between students and ultimately the creation of bipartisan policy solutions shared with members of Congress. As part of the program, young Americans will have the chance to propose real, tractable solutions to combat important issues with a politically diverse group of peers. This summer, the sessions will focus on, combatting starting with climate change, while preserving economic development, with a politically diverse group of peers.  For more information about the David Projects for Peace Fellowship, please visit:

Civic Synergy’s
pilot program will conduct two Think Tank sessions which will occur throughout June and July.  Each group of young Americans will provide important information into the issues that are most important to the country’s future and will offer invaluable insight into how the leaders of tomorrow will find solutions to our biggest obstacles, all done in a bi-partisan forum.

“As a member of a Civic Synergy Think Tank, participants will have an opportunity to work closely with students from very different political backgrounds” said Kiara Wahnschafft, Co-Founder and MIT Junior. “This is a unique experience that you can speak to as you launch your career and build your resume.”

Think Tank I of the pilot program will occur:
June 9th, June 16th, June 23rd, and June 30th from 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM EST

Think Tank II of the pilot program will occur:
July 7th, July 14th, July 21st, and July 28th from 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM EST

“Our generation is filled with creatives, with activists, and with visionaries. We aim to tap into their ideas by working together to turn our roundtable discussions into Congressional solutions” added MIT Sophomore and Co-Founder, Mallika Pajjuri. “What better way for our voices to be heard, than to speak loudly and with support of all sides of the political landscape?”

Interested students can apply at
Additional information about this pilot program can be found at

The deadline for applicants will be:  MAY 31, 2021

About Civic Synergy

Civic Synergy aims to foster productive cross-partisan conversations between students and ultimately the creation of bipartisan policy solutions shared with members of Congress. As part of the program, young Americans will have the chance to propose real, tractable solutions to combat important issues, starting with climate change — while preserving economic development — with a politically diverse group of peers.

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Registrations Open for Collegiate Esports Invitational Feat. Fortnite

It’s Time to Go Full Send in the Collegiate Esports Invitational Featuring Fortnite as Registrations to Compete Are Officially Open

Driven by “Where Conference Champions Are Crowned,” 10 NCAA Conferences Will Host Their Own Tournaments on May 21-23, with Each Champion and Runner-Up Advancing to National Finals on May 27

LOS ANGELES (May 13, 2021) – GCN, Inc. (Gaming Community Network), an independent media group dedicated to gaming and esports, and Van Wagner today announced registrations are open through May 19, 2021 for the Collegiate Esports Invitational Featuring Fortnite taking place online on May 21-27, 2021.

Built for “Where Conference Champions Are Crowned,” the event is open to all students from the 110 colleges and universities in the America East Conference, Big South Conference, Big West Conference, Colonial Athletic Association, Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, Southland Conference, Sun Belt Conference, West Coast Conference, Western Athletic Conference and the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association who can now enter their Duo Fortnite teams to compete in a best of one, double elimination format by registering at

The champion and runner-up from each conference tournament will advance to the National Finals on May 27 in a bracketed format, double elimination format. Along with earning bragging rights as the overall champions, teams will be competing for a $10,000 prize pool with $500 for each of the conference tournament winners and $5,000 to the winner of the National Final.

All of the tournaments can be viewed at, as well as co-streamed on each team and conference’s Twitch site if they request it. The tournament will also be carried by GCN across 85+ gaming and esports centric websites to enhance viewership and messaging. GCN reaches 65M+ monthly uniques in the U.S.

The schedule for 10 NCAA Conferences is (all times Eastern):

Friday, May 21
• Big South Conference – 6 pm
• Western Athletic Conference – 8 pm

Saturday, May 22
• CIAA – 2 pm
• Sun Belt Conference – 4 pm
• Southland Conference – 6 pm
• West Coast Conference – 8 pm

Sunday, May 23
• Colonial Athletic Association – 2 pm
• America East Conference – 4 pm
• MAAC – 6 pm
• Big West Conference – 8 pm

“We’re really excited to finally bring the biggest collegiate esports tournament to life that is open to all students in the participating conferences to compete not only for their school, but for the glory of ultimately becoming a true champion,” said Chris Kindt, Chief Marketing Officer of GCN.

The Collegiate Esports Invitational continues this fall with two additional tournaments. Plans will be unveiled this summer.

About Gaming Community Network:
GCN, Inc. (Gaming Community Network) is the only independent media group completely dedicated to gaming and esports across community sites, content producers, influencers and tournament/event operators. Bridging the gap between traditional media and gaming with a “Gamer First” promise, GCN’s aggregated & integrated proprietary media network reaches 65M+ MAU’s in the US (115M+ MAUs globally) driving scale for premium content designed to provoke and share conversations. GCN builds bespoke strategy solutions from content creation to full-scale tournaments for any endpoint be it social, broadcast TV or live stream. As a GameSquare Esports Inc. (stock: GSQ, Canadian Stock Exchange) subsidiary, GCN collaborates with its partners to deliver memorable experiences for gamers and brands. To learn more, visit or follow on LinkedIn:

About Van Wagner:
Van Wagner is a wholly owned subsidiary of Van Wagner Group LLC that creates, advises, and sells on behalf of world-class teams, leagues, brands, properties, and colleges. An innovator in the sports and media business, Van Wagner is a global leader in high-impact broadcast visible signage throughout the MLB, NBA, NCAA, and the highest levels of international soccer, sponsorships sales, premium ticketing, college multi-media rights, and in-venue content production at the world’s biggest sporting events.

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Lexington Welcomes First Major Esports Franchise as NBA 2K League Team Begins Its Second Season on May 19 and Quest for Championship

LOS ANGELES (May 11, 2021) Global esports organization Gen.G announced today that it is relocating its NBA 2K League franchise, the Gen.G Tigers of Shanghai, to facilities located at the University of Kentucky to compete virtually in its second season in the league and joining the new 12-team Eastern Conference.

Kicking off its 2021 NBA 2K League season with THE TIPOFF powered by AT&T on May 19-22 with a prize pool of $160,000, the team will practice and compete in the University of Kentucky Federal Credit Union Esports Lounge at The Cornerstone. The team will also have access to UK campus services including dining and the recreational center facilities across campus.

“We’ve forged an incredible global relationship with the University of Kentucky, so it’s only natural for our 2K League team to train and compete on the campus of the nation’s winningest college basketball program,” said by Chris Park, CEO of Gen.G. “UK is a vibrant community with state-of-the-art facilities, and our players are honored to be the first pro esports team in-residence at a major university.”

The team will have opportunities to interact with UK esports players and students as the esports community continues to grow on campus. Gen.G hopes to be able to make tickets available to watch live games in the Theater, if the public health situation allows for live attendance during the season.

“We are proud of our basketball heritage, so we couldn’t be more excited to welcome Gen.G.’s NBA 2K League team to our campus,” said Heath Price, Associate CIO at UK. “The team will play at the Cornerstone which has the best internet connectivity east of the Mississippi. They will have our full support.”

Led by Coach Lennon Ross, the Tigers have reloaded after its inaugural 6-10 season with a mix of returning and new players following the NBA 2K League Draft on March 13. The 2021 roster includes:

Chris “Turnupdefense” Anderson (@Turnupdefense) is in his 2nd season with the Tigers as a lockdown defender. He won an NBA 2K League championship with T-Wolves Gaming in 2019. Originally from Los Angeles, he now resides in Las Vegas when he’s not competing. Turnup is the only returning player from Gen.G’s 2020 roster.

Mihad “FEAST” Feratovic (@iFEAST__) joins the Tigers after spending last season with the 76ers GC and plays power forward. He was also one of the first two players in T-Wolves Gaming history. FEAST is originally from Brooklyn and also won a championship in 2019 with T-Wolves Gaming. FEAST is a two-time NBA 2K League Sportsmanship Award winner.

Alex “Bsmoove” Reese (@BsmooveJ) joins the team after the Tigers traded its #3 overall pick in the first round of the NBA 2K League Draft with his former team, the Warriors Gaming Squad. The shooting point guard brings a wealth of competitive experience. He is originally from Milwaukie, Oregon and enjoys playing and coaching basketball when he’s not competing in NBA 2K or Fortnite. Bsmoove is also a two-time tournament champion, winning both THE TURN and THE TICKET in 2019 with Warriors Gaming Squad. He was also named THE TICKET MVP in 2019.

Jordan “JMoney” Martinez (@JMoneyRep817) makes his debut with the Tigers this season after he was acquired from T-Wolves Gaming. The small forward averaged 18.2 points per game last season. JMoney is originally from Fort Worth, Texas. JMoney won a championship in 2019 with T-Wolves Gaming. A big difference this year will be he finally gets to play point guard, his natural position.

Donald “BumpyDon” Newsome (@BxmpyDon) is the 44th overall pick in the 2021 NBA 2K League Draft. BumpyDon was widely considered one of the more promising PF prospects in this year’s draft. Originally from Virginia Beach, VA, BumpyDon was the first rookie selected for the Gen.G Tigers this year.

Kennedy “Sawc” Tauala, Jr. (@sawc4L) is the 47th overall pick in the 2021 NBA 2K League Draft. Sawc is widely considered one of the better characters from this year’s draft pool. He is a hybrid player that can fill numerous roles on a team, which fits perfectly with the current setup of this year’s roster. Sawc is born and raised from Long Beach, CA and also has graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in Psychology.

In September 2019, the team became the 23rd franchise in the league and the first team not affiliated with a NBA team as part of a long-term strategic relationship to tap into Gen.G’s multinational brand across Asia and the U.S.

About Gen.G
Established in 2017, Gen.G is the leading esports organization connecting the United States and Asia. Currently ranked no. 6 in the Forbes list of the “World’s Most Valuable Esports Companies,” Gen.G is the only major organization that owns and operates top teams in the world’s leading esports markets — China, South Korea and the United States. Its unique portfolio of teams, winners of seven global championships to date, includes the Seoul Dynasty franchise of the Overwatch League; 2014 and 2017 League of Legends world champion team in South Korea; the world’s top all-female Fortnite team, based in Los Angeles; and the NBA 2K League’s historic expansion franchise in Shanghai.

United under #TigerNation, Gen.G’s core mission is to help fans and athletes use the power of gaming and esports to get ahead in and beyond the competition. The company has quickly become a commercial and thought leader, building a global, inclusive and cross-cultural future for sports entertainment. Its widely acclaimed initiatives include: #TeamBumble, the leading team platform for the empowerment of women in gaming; and Gen.G Elite Esports Academy, the world’s first fully-integrated academic esports program. Gen.G’s teams, content creators and corporate staff work out of their offices in Los Angeles, Seoul and Shanghai. More information about Gen.G esports and its teams can be found at this link.

About the University of Kentucky
The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion four years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for” three years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes’ list of “America’s Best Employers.” We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for five straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.

About the NBA 2K League
The NBA 2K League, a professional esports league co-founded by the NBA and Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ:TTWO), launched in 2018 and features the best NBA 2K players in the world. Each of the league’s 23 teams features six players who compete as unique characters in 5-on-5 play against the other teams in a mix of regular-season games, tournaments and playoffs. NBA 2K League partners include Anheuser-Busch, AT&T, Champion Athleticwear, Dash Radio, DoorDash, ESRevolution, Loco, Mondelēz International, Raynor Gaming, SAP, SCUF Gaming, Snickers, Sony Interactive Entertainment, Sport1, Twitch, Wilson and YouTube. For more information about the NBA 2K League, visit

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