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The essential DEI career guide for every design student

Written collaboratively by a diverse team of designers, Extra Bold: A Feminist, Inclusive, Anti-Racist, Nonbinary Field Guide for Graphic Design (Princeton Architectural Press, May 11, 2021) aims to add new voices to the conversation around DEI and design and reshape how we view and think about our world.

Featuring interviews, essays, typefaces, and projects from dozens of contributors across a variety of racial and ethnic backgrounds, abilities, gender identities, and positions of economic and social privilege, Extra Bold is filled with stories and ideas that don’t show up in other career books or design overviews.

The book opens with essays that bring fresh ideas to feminism, racism, inclusion, and nonbinary thinking. Later, it explores power structures and how to navigate them. Interviews showcase people at different stages of their careers, and biographical sketches explore individuals whose stories haven’t been told due to sexism, racism, and ableism. Extra Bold explores a wide array of topics, including “mansplaining,” disability theory, binary thinking, wage gaps, mentoring, activism, and much more. Extra Bold is the career manual every design student needs.

As the authors explain in the introduction, “People begin their careers with different life histories. Those experiences affect what we know, how we work, and what gifts—and biases—we bring to our work…Each individual can leverage their own power to amplify other voices and disrupt patterns of inequity.”

Extra Bold: A Feminist, Inclusive, Anti-Racist, Nonbinary Field Guide for Graphic Design by Ellen Lupton, Farah Kafei, Jennifer Tobias, Josh A. Halstead, Kaleena Sales, Leslie Xia, and Valentina Vergara

$29.95 Paperback
On sale 5/11/21 (available now for pre-order)
PAPress.com/pages/extra-bold

CrowdStrike Foundation Accepting Scholarship Applications For 2021-22 Academic Year

Annual scholarship program is open to students pursuing a cybersecurity or AI education

SUNNYVALE, Calif. – (April 15, 2021) – The application period for the CrowdStrike Foundation NextGen Scholarship Program, which provides financial assistance to select undergraduate and graduate students studying cybersecurity or artificial intelligence (AI), is now open and accepting submissions. This year, up to eight (8) scholarships of $7,500 will be awarded. In addition, NextGen scholarship applicants will be automatically included in the candidate pool for CrowdStrike internships.

CrowdStrike Inc., a global cybersecurity leader, established the Foundation and the scholarship program in 2017 to nurture and develop the next generation of talent and research in cybersecurity and artificial intelligence (AI).

According to the 2021 CrowdStrike Global Threat Report, in just two years, there has been a fourfold increase in the number of interactive cyber intrusions involving the use of hands-on-keyboard techniques. Conversely, the development and adoption of AI technology is also on the rise across a variety of industries. As a result, more academic institutions are adding cybersecurity and AI programs to their curriculums to help meet anticipated job market growth.

Applicants must be current undergraduates, graduate students or high school seniors who will be enrolled full-time at a college/university in the United States or Canada in the fall of 2021, majoring in cybersecurity or AI and attaining a minimum 3.30 GPA. Recipients will be selected based on academic achievement, essay content, expressed career interest and work/internship/volunteer experience in cybersecurity, AI or related fields.

The scholarship program is administered by International Scholarship and Tuition Services, Inc. (ISTS), an independent company that specializes in managing sponsored educational assistance programs. ISTS hosts the online application process, responds to applicant inquiries and performs preliminary ranking for the selection process. For more information about the program and to begin the application process, visit https://www.crowdstrike.org/scholarships.html. The deadline to apply is May 5, 2021.

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About the CrowdStrike Foundation
CrowdStrike, a leader in cloud-delivered endpoint and workload protection, established the CrowdStrike Foundation to nurture and develop the next generation of talent and research in cybersecurity and artificial intelligence (AI). The CrowdStrike Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Major programs of the CrowdStrike Foundation include:

• NextGen Scholarship Program for undergraduate and graduate students studying cybersecurity and/or AI
• Funding research in cybersecurity and/or AI programs
• Pro bono security software protection for nonprofit/nongovernmental organizations
• Support for communities through philanthropy, volunteering, and other activities

More information on the CrowdStrike Foundation’s programs can be accessed on the foundation’s website.

Contact
The CrowdStrike Foundation
Webbo Chen, 925-212-4622
webbo.chen@crowdstrike.com

GEN.G, EASTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY, UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY LAUNCH Work From Home: The NetWORK FOR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT IN GAMING/ESPORTS

Panels, workshops, and tournaments highlight two-day event April 10-11 for colleges and universities across the country

YPSILANTI, MICHIGAN (April 1, 2021) — Global esports organization Gen.G and its partners Eastern Michigan University, and the University of Kentucky (UK) announced plans today to launch its first ever Work From Home: The NetWORK, a conference designed to provide professional development in esports and gaming.  Scheduled for April 10-11, 2021 virtually, the two-day event will offer panels, content and tournaments led by esports professionals, content creators, esports front office executives and collegiate players and coaches, and will be streamed live on twitch.tv/gengesports.

Panels will include topics on career paths and opportunities in esports, how to get hired in esports, collegiate conference panels, tips and tricks for content creation, how to run an esports organization at school, art & gaming, coaching in esports, and journalism in esports.

Fireside chats will include topics on working in an esports front office and building a path to becoming a pro esports athlete.

Guests include a broad cross section of the industry, including esports personalities OWL Pro Dustin “Dogman” Bowerman, MISSHARVEY of Counter Logic Gaming, gaming creators Jessica Kim & mrwootwoot, and industry professionals, including Riot Games Sr. Motion Graphics Artist Dave Felton & Gen.G Marketing Manager Jourdan Kerl.  Panels will be moderated by students, including some 2020 winners of the Gen.G Scholarship Foundation.

The event will also feature collegiate esports tournaments across League of Legends, VALORANT and Rocket League offering a $1000 grand prize to each winner of the tournaments.  Schools from across the country will be invited to participate.

“Our partnership with Gen.G continues to elevate to new heights as we bring together some of the best talent in the nation to offer professional development for students seeking a career in esports and gaming,” said James Smith, President of Eastern Michigan University. “We’ll also have some fun watching schools compete in our tournament to take home the grand prize.”

“Education is so critically important for Gen.G, and we are focused on developing the next generation to work in our industry,” said Chris Park, CEO of Gen.G. “This event is a true testament to the collaboration among Gen.G, Eastern Michigan, UK, partners and speakers to create a unique experience for students.”

Eastern Michigan and UK have collaborated on several integrations including tournaments, summer camps, charity streams, and most notably, as founding partners of the Gen.G Foundation, a $1 million commitment to developing the next-generation of leaders in the gaming industry over the next 10 years,  The fund will be used to support women, people of color, and low income students enrolled in a United States university or college who are interested in majoring in gaming, esports, entrepreneurship, journalism or content creation.

About Gen.G
Established in 2017, Gen.G is the only major organization that owns and operates top teams in South Korea, the United States, and China. Ranked no. 6 in the inaugural Forbes list of the “World’s Most Valuable Esports Companies,” 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.

United under #TigerNation, Gen.G boasts seven global championships to date among their competitive teams which includes the Seoul Dynasty franchise of the Overwatch League, the LCK world champion team in South Korea, the world’s top all-female Fortnite team, PUBG, CS:GO, Valorant and the NBA 2K League’s historic expansion franchise in Shanghai.  Its widely acclaimed initiatives include #TeamBumble, the leading team platform for the empowerment of women in gaming, and the Gen.G Elite Esports Academy, the world’s first fully-integrated academic esports program in Seoul. More information about Gen.G esports and its teams can be found at this link.

 

Media Contact:
Gen.G:
GenG@DKCnews.com

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GEN.G AND UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY HOST “HOOPS AT HOME” NBA 2K TOURNAMENT BRINGING TOGETHER STUDENTS, FACULTY, ALUMNI AND FANS

Online registration is now open, tournament runs April 9-11; Former UK star Immanuel Quickley to defend title

LEXINGTON, KY (March 31, 2021) – Global esports organization Gen.G and the University of Kentucky today announced details for the return of its popular Hoops at Home NBA 2K tournament which will take place April 9-11. The tournament will provide the opportunity for players to participate in a distinctive NBA 2K basketball experience on twitch.tv/universityofky, connecting and unifying the community.

Former UK basketball star and current New York Knicks guard, Immanuel Quickley, will play in the finals to defend his title. The event will be hosted by Jeff Eisenband and Erin Ashley Simon throughout the broadcast.

“I’m really excited to be a part of Big Blue Nation’s Hoops at Home tournament for the second year in a row and defend my title,” said Quickley. “Esports is a great way to bring together our community and have fun connecting with other UK fans around the country. I’m looking forward to seeing who is going to challenge me for the Hoops at Home crown.”

Building on UK’s rich basketball tradition, a bracket of 64 members of the UK community will compete for the championship by going to go.uky.edu/hoops, now accepting submission. This year the winner of Hoops At Home will also win a $1,000 grand prize. Fans must be at least 13 years old and have a PlayStation 4 and the NBA 2K21 game. Fans will find out on April 7 during the Selection Show, if they were selected based on all skill levels and online connectivity that will comprise the four brackets of 16 members.

“This year’s tournament is going to be action packed and will be a great way to keep that Wildcat energy going as we hope this virtual event helps showcase the endless possibilities in and around the UK community as it relates to esports,” said Julien Benichou, Director of Partnership Activations at Gen.G. “Last year’s tournament brought so much spectacle and engagement and as the esports space continues to grow, we look forward to not only this year’s tournament but the natural evolution of our continued partnership with UK and bringing world-class ideas and activations to campus and the community.”

“We remain committed to the health, safety, and well-being of our entire community and part of that commitment is providing unique virtual opportunities to help students remain connected from afar,” said Heath Price, Associate CIO at University of Kentucky. “We can’t wait to see all the action this year and are excited to connect with our students, our community and everyone in Big Blue Nation.”

The Round of 64 and 32 on April 9, Round of 16 and Round of 8 on April 10 and the Round of Four and Championship on April 11 and the final “boss battle” with Immanuel Quickley on April 19. All games will begin at 5 pm ET. Fans are encouraged to use #HoopsatHome, #BetterTogetherUKY, #UKxGenG, #HoopsatHome and #NBA2K_UK on their social media channels to connect.

Gen.G and the University of Kentucky continue to bring best-in-class esports activations to the community and remain committed to building the next generation of esports leaders around the country. The two have partnered together since 2019 bringing together engaging virtual events, activations, and initiatives over the last two years including the UK Esports Invitational on March 12-14 which featured 10 athletic rivals competing in League of Legends, VALORANT and Rocket League, as well as the “Give Health for Kentucky Kids” charity program.

About Gen.G
Established in 2017, Gen.G is the leading esports organization connecting the United States and Asia. 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.

Media Contact:
Gen.G:
GenG@DKCnews.com

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Phi Kappa Phi Announces Expansion of Fellowship Program

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines, has announced an expansion of its Fellowship program from a total distribution of $615,000 to $649,000 beginning in 2021. The additional funding will allow the Society to support 62 fellowships for outstanding students entering their first year of graduate or professional study and increase the Society’s robust awards program to distribute more than $1 million each year to outstanding members.

Established in 1932, the Fellowship Program annually provides funding to first-year graduate students who are pursuing post-baccalaureate degrees across all academic disciplines. Endorsed by their local chapter, Phi Kappa Phi Fellows go on to study at some of the nation’s top graduate schools.

“Phi Kappa Phi is well known for the awards it makes available to active members and students on campuses where we have a chapter,” Society Executive Director Dr. Mary Todd said. “Since the first fellowship was awarded in 1932, our portfolio of awards has grown exponentially in number and funding, all made possible by the generosity of our donors. That’s why we’ve adopted the phrase ‘Awards are what we do.’ It’s a joy to enable the love of learning to expand through the support provided to our community of scholars.”

Beginning this year, Phi Kappa Phi will award four additional fellowships at $8,500 each. These newly endowed Bond Fellowships named for Victoria and L.D. Bond will support two top-scoring nominees in the arts, music and/or literature and two top-scoring nominees in the fields of mathematics or information technology.

The selection process for a 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 in an approved graduate or professional program.

Phi Kappa Phi Fellowships are part of the Society’s robust awards program which distribute more than $1 million each year to outstanding members through study abroad grants, graduate and dissertation fellowships, funding for postbaccalaureate development, member and chapter awards, and grants for local, national and international literacy initiatives.

The application process for the 2021 Fellowship Program is currently open and will close on April 15. Each active Phi Kappa Phi chapter may submit one candidate from among its local applicants to compete Society-wide for a fellowship.

To learn more about the fellowships and other Society awards, please visit www.phikappaphi.org/awards.

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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 325 select colleges and universities in the United States 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 www.PhiKappaPhi.org.

Media Contact
Alyssa Perez
Communications Director
aperez@phikappaphi.org
(225) 923-7777

GEN.G, MEDILL EMBARK ON “CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE” PROGRAM

Guests Jeff Eisenband and Ashley Kang kick off series March 16 showcasing journalism

Evanston (March 16, 2021) – Global esports organization Gen.G and Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications will share programs starting this month highlighting the growing role of journalism in esports and other arenas.

The series, “Choose Your Own Adventure,” will launch on March 16, with “Choose Your Own Adventure: Breaking Into the Industry” Guests Sports/Esports Broadcaster and Medill alum Jeff Eisenband (BSJ15) and League of Legends journalist Ashley Kang will be interviewed by a Medill student to explore the value of having an online persona. The series will air on Medill’s IGTV https://www.instagram.com/medillschool/channel/.

Other “Choose Your Own Adventure” topics will be “Working Sources Through Digital Media” on April 13, “Broadcast Journalism: Shoutcasters & Sports Casters” on May 11 and “Gaming’s Convergence with Fashion: It’s for the Culture” on June 15. Each program will feature a journalist who will be interviewed by a Medill student.

“We are proud to collaborate with Medill and showcase the importance of journalism in emerging digital industries such as gaming,” said Gen.G CEO Chris Park. “Together we aim to reach new audiences through our digital content series and highlight the adventures Medill alumni and journalists experience on their route to success.”

“Today’s media landscape means journalists are covering expanding industries like esports more and more,” said Medill Dean Charles Whitaker. “As Medill celebrates its 100th year of educating journalism students, we’re excited to share with prospective students more about all the new opportunities available to them.”

Gen.G also works with the University of Kentucky, Eastern Michigan University and University of Pennsylvania to activate esports and gaming programs connecting students and alumni.

About Gen.G
Established in 2017, Gen.G is the leading esports organization connecting the United States and Asia. 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 Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications
The Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications was founded on Feb. 8, 1921 with nine undergraduate students. Today, Medill provides instruction on five campuses around the world and has more than 18,000 alumni who are leaders in journalism, media, marketing, communications and more.

Media Contact:
Gen.G:
GenG@DKCnews.com

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San Francisco Thought Leader Shares the Results of His Scholarly Inquiry into Economic Principles That Create Wealth

Multi-faceted Educator/Entrepreneur/Musician

David Parker – “a Classical Liberal” – Finds Common Ground with

Progressives on Identifying Strategies & Distinctions

For Every Individual to Move from Financial Challenge to Prosperity

“David Parker’s Income and Wealth offers a persuasive, personal take on big issues, public and private. Parker lays out clear thinking and antidotes to the rhetorical poisons in which we are forced to swim these days. [He reminds us] that free people benefit each other in their voluntary interactions, and … anything more than ‘that government that governs least’ hurts us all.”

Bart Lee
Late Adjunct Professor of Law & Economics
Golden Gate University

(SAN FRANCISCO, CA – March 16, 2021) After a challenging and disruptive year, millions of Americans – indeed, people worldwide – are desperately searching for the wisdom and insight that can help them rise above the financial problems facing every sector of business and every individual. Fortunately, entrepreneur and lifelong educator David Parker is now sharing the perspective and principles on which he has built a successful career as an entrepreneur and investor in INCOME AND WEALTH: David Parker Essays – Volume One” (Waterside Productions – February 16, 2021). The lessons that Parker shares with readers in this thought-provoking, transformational work encapsulate the author’s 40-year study of economic history and principles.

When he began his teaching career, Parker broke with conventional wisdom. He chose a different path from the majority of his colleagues in the educational field.  Rather than place his faith and his future in the teachers’ union or the government, Parker’s intellectual curiosity drove him to explore why government intervention in any aspect of our lives – from education to healthcare – is doomed to failure, and how individual action, regardless of annual income, can lead to the accumulation of wealth. While some might label his political views, especially his disdain for government intervention, “conservative,” Parker calls himself a “classical liberal” – adamant that citizens should not be forced to support programs inconsistent with free market economics. The result of Parker’s scholarly inquiry into the proper role of government in our lives — Income and Wealth — is the result of 30 years of study and 30,000 hours of annotated reading of the world’s foremost experts on the subject of political economy including Aristotle, Adam Smith, F.A. Hayek and Ayn Rand.

Known for his “unconventional wisdom,” Parker shares common ground with many individuals currently identified as “Progressives,” in his belief that virtually everyone – even those earning minimum-wage income – have the opportunity to create wealth.  “Most people in this country don’t realize they are living way beyond their means,” Parker says. The prescription he advocates for wealth creation may not be easy – but it is certainly effective. He urges all young people, regardless their earning power, to invest half their annual income. “Even those not especially creative or brilliant,” he says, “will generate significant income from their investments within ten years.”

A Sampling of David Parker’s Views

As the author shares in Income and Wealth, individual responsibility and initiative are essential keys to achieving financial success – and, in fact, is the only sustainable path to this goal. As readers will discover, Parker not only presents a compelling case for the benefits of free market economics, and he also shares principles and insights that can be used as the building blocks for a step-by-step plan for financial prosperity.

As “a classical liberal,” Parker believes our government should be based on a foundation of social, political and economic freedom.  “Freedom in these three areas is fundamentally interconnected,” Parker says. “The degree to which you restrict one – for example, constraining economic freedom through a policy such as rent control – inevitably results in an equal constraint on the other two areas.” Further, he says it is important to remember that this nation was built on simple, fundamental principles. The U.S. Constitution, for example, is written on a single page. Our government’s tendency to overcomplicate issues and interfere in the free market has been a disaster – as we have seen.”

In addition, he notes, America’s business community has no lack of ingenuity when it comes to circumventing government policy and law – regardless of the political party pushing for such regulation. This fact, Parker believes, underscores the preeminence of free market forces, as business naturally seeks to be free of government constraint.  To support his position, he notes that in any field or program, “when government is involved, it costs more – two or three times what it would cost if left to free market solutions.”  If healthcare was a typical ‘market commodity,’ Parker says, “consumers would bargain for the best price, just as they bargain for everything else, and sky-high health care costs would come down to realistic levels.”

Government intervention in our nation’s education system has produced similarly disastrous results, Parker says – and, again, shares common ground with Progressives in calling for action to correct this crisis.  In an interesting twist that might surprise his fellow conservative thinkers, Parker sides with Progressive politicians including Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, in calling America’s student debt situation a full-scale crisis. As was frequently mentioned during recent Presidential debates, student debt is a huge pressure on millions of young people just entering the workforce. Parker notes that due to government subsidy of our nation’s colleges, administrators at those institutions have lost any ability to budget properly and bring prices back down to earth.

After reading this important new book, readers will have no doubt that “income” and “wealth” are entirely different things, and that any limits upon the first actually has no bearing upon one’s ability to achieve the second.

Additional Praise for “Income and Wealth”

“A fascinating, hard hitting treatise on the dynamic between money, society, and basic human nature. It’s a timely read in these highly polarized times, an unemotional and data-based explanation – which has indelibly changed my opinion of the way things work.”

Ahmad Mohazab, RA, NCARB, LEED AP
TECTA Associates

“Sure to draw ire from both sides of the political and economic spectrum, Parker seamlessly threads a practical theory of wealth and income through history, micro-, macro-, and development economics. A completely fresh take on the modern economy, weaving elements of Ayn Rand’s laissez-faire Objectivism with University of Chicago Neoclassical models and brought down to earth by Parker’s 40+ years teaching inner-city schools.”

Michael Seitz – Co-founding owner
Barebottle Brewing Company, San Francisco

About Author David Parker

David Parker began his career in education at the age of 24 and served students of San Francisco’s inner-city public elementary schools for 40 years as a music teacher, followed by 10 years as a volunteer. While pursuing his career in education, Parker also became a very successful real estate investor. It was success in business that focused his writing, teaching and career as a professional musician. Parker’s career as a musician is similarly impressive. He spent 20 years as member of the Berkeley Symphony Orchestra and 15 years as leader of the Dave Parker Sextet, which has headlined at San Francisco’s Fillmore Jazz Festival.

As Income and Wealth approached publication, Parker was already hard at work on his next book.  His thoughtful essays have been featured in The Economist, The Financial Times and several prestigious law journals. In addition to being an author, entrepreneur and investor, David Parker is also a proud father and grandfather.  In his later years, his mother Gertrud Parker – who passed away earlier this year at the age of 96 – served as a powerful inspiration, with her international acclaim an artist as well as a civic leader in San Francisco.

To learn more about David Parker, including his essays and music, visit:
https://davidparkeressays.com/ and https://daveparkersextet.com/

To coordinate media coverage, contact:
Dea Shandera-Hunter – 747 239-1715 – deashandera@yahoo.com
Tom Martin – Tom Martin Media, LLC – 203-297-2137 – Tom@TomMartinMedia.com

College Students Earn Extra Income as Online English Teachers

(March 4, 2021) – Teaching English Online Is A Viable Option For New College Graduates Looking To Make Extra Income. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the online teaching industry and demand for qualified online ESL teachers is proving to be a viable option for new graduates. TEFL certified teachers are being recruited to meet the increased demand of student needs.

History has shown that teaching is one of the most recession-proof jobs in the United States. But even beyond its economic value, teaching is one of the most rewarding careers a person can have. Particularly at a time when students need more support than ever to help meet their learning goals.

The pandemic may have disrupted the education sector but it has also provided an opportunity for new graduates in the education industry to adapt and pivot in the remote learning environment. This is a great time for new graduates entering the workforce to earn income and gain valuable work experience by completing an online TEFL certification and applying to work as a ESL teacher.

Teach Away, a mission-driven education company, has seen teacher training enrollments soar 3x since the pandemic began.

ESL teachers help English language learners whose first language isn’t English to reach English fluency as their second language. As a flexible online job, graduates have the opportunity to work as many or as few hours as they want to fit into their schedules. The freedom allows ESL teachers to customize their hours while meeting their personal and family life needs.

It’s an opportunity to work from home, take advantage of the existing technology in the house and make supplementary income. All that is required is a stable internet connection, a laptop, a built-in or external webcam, a headset and a quiet, well-lit space to teach English lessons.

Teach Away is partnered with some of the best North American educational institutions to qualify College graduates to teach English online and overseas, once it is safe to do so. The 120-hour TEFL course is easy to complete right at home and provides an internationally recognized qualification.

Caitlyn Causey, a certified ESL teacher and recent TEFL graduate, spoke on a recent Good Morning America segment, Pandemic career pivots that may help you and your bank account, about the benefits of completing the TEFL certification. “It is a great way to supplement my income,” she said, allowing her to take care of her family during unprecedented times.

Upon completion of the program, graduates can easily search and apply to jobs using Teach Away’s online job portal. Detailed information sessions, ebooks and webinars about the TEFL certification process will also be provided for College career centres upon request (through the media contact below).

For more information about the TEFL certification offered visit: www.teachaway.com/courses/online-tefl-certification.

About Teach Away
Founded in 2003, Teach Away has been on an epic journey to solve the global teacher shortage with amazing teachers.

From our beginnings as an international teacher recruitment startup to today, we’ve stayed true to our vision of a world where every student experiences the power of a great teacher.

Teach Away is currently a global leader in international teacher recruitment and certification. We are home to the largest online community of international educators worldwide.

We believe in one critical factor to student success–the power of a great teacher. And we believe that technology is important to solving the global teacher shortage and connecting students to great teachers.

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TEACH AWAY Media Department
Paula Swirla
Email: paula@teachaway.com

AGD ENTERTAINMENT LAUNCHES FIRST-EVER “ZERO TO 60” SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM FOR DEVELOPING 16-20 YEAR-OLD ARTISTS 

Partnership with National Non-Profit Notes for Notes Helps Even More Undiscovered Young Talent Get Chance to Make Their Mark in Music Industry; Applications Open March 1st

AGD President Nathan Dohse Available as Guest Speaker/Lecturer on “Balancing Art & Industry,” “The 5 Pillars of Artist Development” and “Marketing: One Goal, Capture Your Community”

NASHVILLE, TN – AGD Entertainment, an entertainment company at the forefront of innovation for career development in the ever-changing music  industry, is thrilled to launch the first-ever Zero to 60 (ZT60) Scholarship program designed for the developing 16-20 year-old artist. Applications will be open March 1 to April 5, 2021 at https://agdentertainment.com/scholarship. One recipient will receive a full ride to cover their nine-month experience with the ZT60 program; two to three partial ZT60 scholarships will also be offered.

A partnership with national non-profit Notes for Notes will help get the word out to underserved students across the country about the ZT60 scholarship that provides the funding and guidance needed to help artists thrive in the music industry. Notes for Notes is a national non-profit that provides youth with free access to music instruments, instruction and recording studio environments in Boys & Girls Clubs nationwide, so that music may become a profoundly positive influence in their lives.

Zero to 60 by AGD is a day-to-day management service that provides strategy development for recording artists. ZT60 Artist Coaches are trained to move and guide musicians at a steady pace and provide the foundation for an artist’s success in the industry. Artist Coaches understand a ZT60 musician intends to release music and become a confident performer. ZT60 is designed to work with the artist’s personality and develop their brand in line with these goals. Services are available to all artists at any level of career development.

The ZT60 scholarship tagline is “Imagination Into Action,” and encompasses the motivated artist – the aspiring musician who dreams big and invests in themselves. The full scholarship recipient will work with a personal coach on an individualized nine-month campaign to release their album project. Along the way, they’ll benefit from full access to AGD’s team who will help create the visual assets for the release and receive a professional mix/ master on their project. Additionally, two partial scholarship recipients will participate in AGD’s ZT60 program over the nine months, and these artists will work with their personal coach to release their project and hone their skills as a performer.

“We believe that motivated artists should have the opportunity to succeed,” said Nathan Dohse, President of AGD Entertainment and Author of the Zero To 60 Program.  “Finances should not be the main cause preventing success as an artist. AGD prides ourselves in being the most affordable solution for artists needing guidance to properly execute a creative project release. Still, we recognize that some talented artists might not be able to participate in the ZT60 community and program services due to financial constraints.”

“The ZT60 Scholarship Program is something we’ve envisioned since we started AGD, and we’re so glad to make this happen now,” added Timothy Dohse, Vice President and Co-Founder AGD Entertainment.  “We are very excited to elevate some incredible talent and look forward to the impact this will have within our community and the greater music industry.”

This is the inaugural year of the “Zero to 60” Scholarship Program, which will be announced annually in conjunction with AGD Entertainment’s “Zero To 60 Awards Show,” hosted every Spring live in Music City. The “Zero To 60 Awards Show” allows the ZT60 artist community to be showcased to all AGD Entertainment friends and partners, and is an integral part of how the company elevates its artists as they grow into their full potential.

ABOUT AGD ENTERTAINMENT
Another Great Day Entertainment Co. (AGD) was founded in 2014 by brothers Nathan and Timothy Dohse. The primary focus of the company has been artist development and entertainment management services;  label and publishing services will begin in 2021. AGD serves to educate and inspire our clients with our knowledgeable team of industry professionals and through community collaboration. AGD cultivates a fun environment with an emphasis on respect, creativity, and relationships.

AGD provides the necessary steps and connections for an artist of any popularity or tenure to advance in their career. Furthermore, we facilitate the training and growth opportunities for music industry professionals as artist coaches and day to day managers in order to identify team members with the ability and desire to eventually operate as effective artist managers. http://agdentertainment.com.

ABOUT NOTES FOR NOTES
Notes for Notes® is a non-profit organization founded in 2006 which builds, equips, and staffs after-school recording studios packed with guitars, drums, keys/synths, DJ gear, digital music stations, and full recording studios offering youth completely FREE access to explore, create, and record music. We currently have 23 studios in Boys & Girls Clubs and after-school sites in Austin, Santa Barbara, Nashville, LA, Brooklyn, the Bronx, San Francisco, Detroit, Cleveland, Memphis, St. Paul, Washington DC, Chicago, Denver, Las Vegas and coming soon to Milwaukee and Greensboro, NC with our first in-school partnership. We believe music is elemental in helping youth discover their identity and that “Producing Tomorrow’s Musicians”® is as much about personal growth as it is artistic excellence.

The pandemic has forced most of our studios to temporarily close and while some have reopened with limited capacity it has left many of our youth stuck at home, a lot in less ideal situations, without the resources to express themselves through music. To meet these needs and expand our reach we developed N4N Digital, our new digital arm focused on our core programming, producing original music, as well as education on the skills and careers involved but all remotely.  N4N Digital also provides crucial opportunities for connection during these times of isolation as well as allowing new youth, artists and industry professionals to get involved who might previously not have been able to due to proximity to a studio.

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James Beard Foundation Opens 2021-2022 Scholarship Application Period

Annual scholarship program is open to students pursuing a culinary education

New York, NY (February 18, 2021) – COVID-19 continues to challenge the resiliency of many industries, especially the food industry, and culinary schools and students have had to adapt to an unconventional academic landscape. In ongoing support of aspiring and established culinary professionals, the James Beard Foundation announced this week the launch of its 2021-2022 Scholarship Program which will award nearly $321,000.

In the past 30 years, the program has not only grown in visibility and financial scope, but in the array of subjects its recipients have embraced. As of 2020, the Foundation has awarded over $8.5 million in financial aid to over 2,000 recipients.

While award amounts range from $2,000 – $11,000 and eligibility requirements vary by opportunity, in general applicants must be enrolled or planning to enroll in a culinary program at a licensed or accredited culinary school, hospitality institution, college, or university in fall 2021. International students may qualify for many of the scholarships and are encouraged to apply. This year also marks the return of the Foundation’s National Scholars Scholarship, which offers up to 12 awards of $20,000 each per designated region.

“We’re proud to support the next generation of culinary talent through our scholarships, tuition waivers, and grants again this year,” said Clare Reichenbach, chief executive officer of the James Beard Foundation. “As we work to build back a stronger, more equitable, and more resilient restaurant industry, providing funding for education and career advancement opportunities for those who need it most is more important than ever.”

The scholarship program is administered by International Scholarship and Tuition Services, Inc. (ISTS), an independent company that specializes in managing sponsored educational assistance programs. ISTS hosts the online application process, selects and disburses awards to recipients. For more information about the program and to begin the application process, visit jamesbeard.org/scholarships. The deadline to apply is April 1, 2021.

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About The James Beard Foundation

The James Beard Foundation promotes good food for good™. For more than 30 years, the James Beard Foundation has highlighted the centrality of food culture in our daily lives. Through the variety of industry programs that educate and empower leaders in our community, the Foundation has asserted the power of food to drive behavior, culture, and policy change. The organization is committed to giving chefs a voice and the tools they need to make the world more sustainable, equitable, and delicious for everyone. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the James Beard Foundation launched the Open for Good campaign to ensure that independent restaurants not only survive, but that the industry is able to rebuild stronger than before. For more information, subscribe to the digital newsletter Beard Bites and follow @beardfoundation on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.

The James Beard Foundation is a national not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization based in New York City.

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