Monthly Archives: October 2022

Denny’s Drops a Hot New Set of Creator Meal Collabs

America’s Diner and three TikTok influencers teamed up on meals that can only be described as Fire

SPARTANBURG, S.C., October 26, 2022 – On the heels of the All Day Diner Deals value menu launch, today Denny’s announces the release of three tasty new eats developed in partnership with popular TikTok creators who have a passion for food, flavor and fresh experiences. The distinct and dynamic new menu items – available at locations nationwide for a limited time – are part of the brand’s newest Social Stars Influenced Menu, bursting with bold flavors and creative twists on sweet and savory pairings to excite the palate.

With a finger on the pulse of influencers who represent today’s diverse America, Denny’s continues to drive awareness and cultural relevance among a younger audience. The craveable new meals represent the fourth drop in Denny’s Social Stars Influenced Menu campaign which first launched in February 2022 and has featured menu items inspired by TikTok stars who each put their own personal spin on iconic menu items. Since its initial launch, 2.4 million meals have been sold from the curated menu.

Guests are encouraged to go bananas with delicious new pancakes that Denny’s developed along with Cy Nguyen (@cylovesfrogs) and Achieng Agutu (@noordinarynoire). The It’s Bananas Salted Caramel Pancakes feature two fluffy buttermilk pancakes with layers of shortbread cookie pieces and is topped with vanilla cream, fresh bananas, more shortbread crumbles and a salted caramel drizzle. Served with eggs, hash browns and a choice of bacon or sausage, it’s a meal of your flippin’ dreams.

Denny’s is bringing something new to the table that’s a cut above the rest when it comes to steak and bourbon. In partnership with Eric Sedeño (@ricotaquito) and Tway Nguyen (@twaydabae), the all-new Straight Up Bourbon Steak includes a tender 8 oz., USDA choice cut sirloin steak topped with velvety Bourbon sauce, caramelized onions, chopped bacon and sauteed mushrooms. This imaginative take on a classic American dish is served with two sides and dinner bread to entice steak lovers of all ages.

For a sweet dream of a dessert, the Yes, We Pecan! Salted Caramel Milkshake by Ahmad Alzahabi (@thegoldenbalance) and Yasmine Sahid (@ladyyasmina1) blends hand-dipped premium ice cream with salted caramel and glazed pecans for a festive bite with everything nice.

“Celebrating food, creativity and the uniqueness of each and every guest is in our DNA,” said John Dillon, Denny’s President. “Collaborating with these creators has been an exciting journey and has given us the opportunity to not only give guests the quality meals that they want, when they want them, but continue to cement ourselves as America’s value destination that consumers count on us for.”

The newest Social Stars Influenced Menu drop can be ordered in-restaurant, online or through the new Denny’s iOS and Android apps. For more information please visit

About Denny’s Corp
Denny’s Corporation is the franchisor and operator of the Denny’s brand, of one of America’s largest franchised full-service restaurant chains, based on the number of restaurants. As of June 29, 2022, Denny’s had 1,631 franchised, licensed, and company restaurants around the world including 154 restaurants in Canada, Puerto Rico, Mexico, the Philippines, New Zealand, Honduras, the United Arab Emirates, Costa Rica, Guam, Guatemala, El Salvador, Indonesia, and the United Kingdom. For further information on Denny’s, including news releases, please visit the Denny’s website at or the brand’s social channel via FacebookTwitterInstagramTikTokLinkedIn or YouTube.

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Sara Soto
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Study reveals stark disparity in students’ opinions and understanding of sustainability and their scepticism towards government and business promises

• Students are changing the way they live due to concerns about the climate crisis – research reveals top four behavior changes students are making
• 61% of students report climate change is having a significant impact on their lives today
• More than 72% of students believe the promises made at COP won’t be kept

DENVER, October 26, 2022: With COP27 on the horizon, recent research has revealed the need for continuing education on key issues regarding sustainability, and a deep skepticism from students about government and businesses commitment to addressing climate issues.

The study found 61% of students reported climate change is having a significant or very significant impact on their life today. Additionally, two thirds (66%) of US students surveyed recognized the importance of Carbon Literacy, and many are changing the way they live their lives to help address the climate crisis.

But despite students and younger professionals being a driving, vocal force in addressing climate change, the study finds there is still a need for continuing climate change education.  Specifically:

• Better definition of terms – While we use terms like carbon sink and carbon footprint, there is lack of agreement on the definition. For example, 40% of students don’t know what carbon footprint is.
• The debate over nuclear energy as a clean energy source continues, with 25% of students identifying nuclear as a clean energy source. Men are almost twice as likely to identify nuclear power as clean than women.
• Social media is enormous power in climate information and misinformation. The study found the three most popular channels for students to get news on the environment and sustainability are YouTube (53%), TikTok (49%), and Instagram (41%). This reinforces the importance of fighting climate misinformation on these platforms.

The research was commissioned by Yugo – the first global student housing operator created to enhance students’ experiences throughout and beyond university life – as part of a global research project studying over 6,000 students across the UK, Ireland, Germany, Spain, Australia and the US. More than 1,000 students were polled in the US.

The study has shown just how important long term education programs are for creating further awareness of the sustainability challenges we face and how behavior change can tackle them – something that Yugo’s pillar – YugoEco has been developed to support.

Encouragingly, students are playing their part in helping to combat the world’s environmental challenges. The top four behavior changes cited due to concerns about the environment were:

1. Buying fewer disposable products (38%)
2. Actively trying to reduce energy use (35%) although women are 10% more likely to turn off lights than men.
3. Travelling using more environmentally friendly means (30%), with 12% more men than women saying they travel green
4. Deliberately purchasing from sustainable companies (25%)

Students are expressing their concerns in a number of ways, with 10% of students signing petitions and more than 890,000 US students taking part in a demonstration. Women are twice as likely as men to express their concerns via petition.

Students are skeptical and demand action

With COP27 just weeks away, students are very skeptical about government and business driving progress against climate change. More than 72% of students believe the promises made at the recent COP26 won’t be kept. The two most popular reasons why were because politicians lie (34%), and companies put profit over the environment (31%). Interestingly, women are 8% more likely to be skeptical of companies which means they will need to do more to convince them that efforts are not greenwashing.

Students say companies have a duty to address climate crisis. Encouragingly, management students are slightly more likely than their peers to believe this (66% vs 63%).

When it comes to making a difference, Apple wins again, with 22% of students indicating it is most active in fighting the climate crisis. But students maintain their skepticism, with 28% of students believing no company is doing enough.

Helen Strachan, Sustainability Specialist at Yugo, said: “There is often a misunderstood assumption that students have a homogeneous view on the environment and sustainability, but this research presents a far more complex picture. There are huge differences of opinion and knowledge when it comes to some of the biggest challenges the planet is facing, which is understandable given the vast amount of information out there on what is one of the most multifaceted issues of our time.  This study shows the need for further understanding of these critical issues.

“It’s uplifting to know that students are changing their behavior. As companies operating in the field of higher education, we have a duty to support students to live the most sustainable lives they can, which is why sustainability plays a key role in our holistic living program.”

As part of its commitment to sustainability, Yugo has partnered with The Carbon Literacy Project and is officially a Bronze Level Carbon Literate Organization.   The next objective is to reach Silver Level Carbon Literate Organization status to ensure more employees have the knowledge needed to reduce their own and Yugo’s carbon emissions.

Emma Richards, Head of Project Development, The Carbon Literacy Project said: “Carbon Literacy is an essential skill, vital to every workplace, community, and place of study. This research only demonstrates this further. Carbon Literacy is the foundational knowledge – it gives everyone the base level of understanding on climate change needed to drive positive action. However, Carbon Literacy is only the first step. The actions taken and pledged by learners as part of their Carbon Literacy have an immediate impact within their organization, however it is the maintenance of these and further actions, supported by Carbon Literate organizational culture, that reaps the greatest rewards for both participants and their organizations.  By becoming a Bronze accredited Carbon Literate Organization, Yugo has demonstrated its commitment to driving genuine low carbon action in their own organization and among the students they serve.”

Yugo’s unique approach

Yugo also empowers its students to grow personally through collaborative events and projects under the Live Your Best Life program – a holistic living experience developed from the Yugo research of thousands of students worldwide. This program supports students through three pillars based on sustainability – YugoEco, education – YuPro, personal and professional development – YuGrow, to deliver on their needs and expectations.

• YugoEco sees Yugo coming together with students to create better living spaces and a better planet through several initiatives. These include low energy usage programs on the importance of living more sustainable lives for students, and global partnerships with like-minded businesses for events, education and student experiences.
• YuPro is all about empowering young people beyond higher education and to help prepare them for their careers and their professional development. Yugo is also offering training sessions in areas such as career advice, real life experience, coaching and empowerment.
• YuGrow encourages Yugo students to shine by supporting their personal journey through events and activities in Yugo spaces, including student podcasts, diversity events and global student networking opportunities. Yugo has pledged to provide students with the most sustainably sourced chair and mattress – these were key findings from Yugo research as critical to their life to support both their physical environment and their emotional needs.


About Yugo
Yugo is the first global student housing brand and operator created to enhance students’ overall experiences throughout and beyond college life. Yugo offers a truly differentiated living experience that is environmentally and socially conscious, emotionally supportive, and safe. Yugo is the operator of over 110 student living spaces located in nine countries with over 40,000 student beds in over 70 of the top cities in the world for higher education.

For further information please visit:

Mark McClennan or McKayla Norris
C+C for Yugo

National Manufacturing Day to Launch Second Consecutive McWane Scholarship Program for Skilled Trades

Program strives to champion those who desire to work with their hands, producing American goods and helping build a stronger nation

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (Oct. 5, 2022) In celebration of National Manufacturing Day – and in light of an estimated three million skilled trade jobs sitting open in the U.S. as of June 20221 McWane, Inc. proudly announces the second consecutive year for the McWane Scholarship Program for Skilled Trades, marking the next chapter in the brand’s celebrated 101-year history of manufacturing products that provide the backbone of vital water distribution and wastewater treatment systems across North America.

Initially launched in 2021 in celebration of McWane’s centennial year of operation, the program is aimed at promoting trade and technical education and awards up to 60 two-year, $1,000 scholarships for the following academic year.

“Trade and technical education are foundational for a fruitful career in manufacturing,” stated Kevin McCarthy, VP, Human Resources, McWane, Inc. “McWane has a history of investing in education in the communities where we operate, and this program underscores our commitment to filling the need for skilled trade professions, a critical part of our nation’s workforce.”

To be eligible for this program, applicants must be a current high school senior graduating in 2023 or have a high school diploma or GED equivalent and be enrolled or plan to enroll in a trade-related program in the fall of 2023 at an accredited two-year college, vocational/technical school or other approved technical institute in the United States. The program is open to the public with special consideration given to applicants in the communities where McWane operates.

Administered by International Scholarship and Tuition Services Inc., an independent, third party that specializes in managing sponsored educational assistance programs, applications will be accepted beginning October 7, 2022. The deadline to apply for the McWane Scholarship for Skilled Trades is January 31, 2023.

For more information and to initiate the application process, visit

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About McWane Inc.
McWane, Inc. is a family-owned business based in Birmingham, Alabama, with companies across the U.S. and around the world. The McWane Family of Companies casts ductile iron products, including pipe, valves, hydrants, fittings, and plumbing products; manufactures fire extinguishers, fire suppression systems and steel pressure vessels; and builds network switches and monitoring equipment. McWane is a leader in delivering clean, safe drinking water around the world while focusing on the safe, environmentally friendly manufacturing processes. With more than 6,000 team members, McWane has a longstanding commitment of support to the communities where our team members live and work. For more information, visit

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Carissa (Miller) Willcoxon
Director of Marketing | ISTS
(615) 777-3735

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi Accepting Applications for Graduate Research Grants and Dissertation Fellowships

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi – the nation’s oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society – is currently accepting applications for its Graduate Research Grant and Dissertation Fellowship Award.

Introduced in 2018 as a pilot program, the Graduate Research Grant will provide up to $1,500 to 20 eligible members who are enrolled in a graduate program. These grants provide funding for research in support of career development opportunities. For full eligibility requirements, visit

Fifteen Dissertation Fellowships of $10,000 each will be awarded to eligible members in the dissertation writing stage of their doctoral study. For full eligibility requirements, visit

Since 1932, Phi Kappa Phi’s awards program has recognized members and students on its chapter campuses for outstanding academic achievement. Each year $1.3 million is awarded through programs that recognize nearly 500 individuals annually.

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 25,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni annually. The Society has chapters on more than 325 select colleges and universities in the United States, its territories 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

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Alyssa Papa
Director of Communications
(225) 923-7777