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Applications Available for Phi Kappa Phi Student Leadership Summit

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The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi—the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all disciplines—has announced that applications for its 2017 Student Vice President Leadership Summit are now available. The Summit will be held July 13-16 in Denver, Colorado.

Now in its third year, the two-day event will bring together student vice presidents from Phi Kappa Phi chapters across the country to engage in activities aimed at bolstering leadership development skills. Participants will also have the opportunity to network with other student vice presidents and learn strategies for enhancing Phi Kappa Phi chapters.

“I cannot stress enough how beneficial this Summit was for me,” said Jaime Staengel, a previous attendee. “The ability to hear what other chapters are doing or have done to improve was valuable, and I took some ideas away that I plan to implement at Murray State University.”

Applications for the event will be accepted on a rolling basis until May 15, 2017. Nominations will be limited to one student vice president per Phi Kappa Phi chapter.

To be eligible to attend, students must be an active member of Phi Kappa Phi and currently serve as a student vice president within their chapter. Members must also be returning to campus as a full-time student during the 2017-2018 academic year.

Established in 2013 and hosted every other year, the Student Vice President Leadership Summit was developed to engage Phi Kappa Phi’s student vice presidents in personal and organizational development. Since its creation, more than 125 students have attended the event.

To learn more about the Summit and download an application, visit

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

Media Contact
Hannah Breaux
Communications Director
The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi


Green America

Green America calls on universities to make “Better Paper Commitment” and would keep one million trees standing each year through using 100 percent recycled paper in alumni magazines.

WASHINGTON, DC – March 21, 2017– In its newest push to encourage the magazine industry to embrace the use of recycled paper, the nonprofit Green America’s Better Paper Project launched “One Million Trees” today to encourage higher education institutions to publish alumni magazines on recycled paper in order to save trees and reduce landfill waste. One million trees a year could be saved if colleges and universities took this common-sense step for the environment.

According to the U.S. Census, there are almost 67 million people with higher education degrees across the country, with over three million new graduates joining alumni associations every year. These alumni receive up to four magazines throughout the year from their alma maters. These tens of millions of alumni magazines add up to significant environmental impacts, such as wasting enough energy to power a small town for an entire year. However, if all colleges used 100 percent recycled paper for their alumni publications, this could have annual savings up to:

• 1,000,000 trees. That’s two trees still standing every minute of every year.
• 90,000,000 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions. CO2 is a greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change, and recycled paper production produces much less than new paper.
• Enough water to fill over 700 Olympic-sized swimming pools.
• Over 16,000 tons of solid waste from new paper production. Pollution from paper production pollutes rivers and streams, killing wildlife and impairing recreational areas.

“The impact of losing one million trees a year is just too much for alumni magazines that could look every bit as good using recycled paper,” said Beth Porter, director of Green America’s Better Paper Project. “Universities across the country have a chance to greatly influence recycled paper demand by printing their alumni magazines with better paper that reduces greenhouse gas emissions and lessens impacts on forests. If you are a college graduate, please consider calling your university’s alumni office to tell them you want your alma mater to switch to recycled paper.”

“Printing on recycled paper is a great way to achieve multiple environmental benefits all at the same time,” said Susan Kinsella, executive director of Conservatree, a nonprofit environmental organization that researches and strategizes paper production impacts. “Not only does recycled paper save trees and reduce greenhouse gases, but it also reduces the demand for water and energy, diminishes the production of solid waste, and quickly minimizes the paper production footprint on the environment. In fact, a recent life cycle analysis found that 100% recycled paper had considerably lower impact levels for over 140 environmental impact categories. And it’s top quality paper, as well.”

Green America is asking universities to participate in the One Million Trees campaign by making the Better Paper Commitment. By taking this step, universities would commit to starting with a minimum of 30% recycled content for alumni magazines and publications, as well as using Forestry Stewardship Council-certified fiber for any virgin content in the paper. More on the goals of the campaign can be found here:

“Americans are increasingly asking businesses and institutions to take active steps to support the environment,” said Todd Larsen, executive co-director of Green America. “We’ve heard from thousands of college and university graduates who are asking their universities to use recycled paper in their magazines. As university students are increasingly urging their schools to reduce their environmental footprint, switching to recycled papers is a great way for schools to lower their carbon, water, and forest impacts.”

Environmental impact estimates were made using the Environmental Paper Network Paper Calculator Version 3.2.1. For more information, visit

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Green America is the nation’s leading green economy organization. Founded in 1982, Green America (formerly Co-op America) provides economic strategies and practical tools for businesses and individuals to solve today’s social and environmental problems.

Green America’s Better Paper Project has 15 years of experience guiding publishers to more sustainable paper choices for magazines. This goal of increasing the demand for recycled paper offers huge relief to endangered forest areas, curbs the publishing industry’s climate change impacts, and lessens pollution of nearby communities through new paper production.

Max Karlin
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Entries Are Open for 9th Annual SVG/NACDA College Sports Media Awards


The Sports Video Group (SVG) and the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) are proud to announce that entries are being accepted for the 9th Annual SVG/NACDA College Sports Media Awards (CSMAs). The SVG/NACDA College Sports Media Awards recognizes the best in college sports-video production, celebrating those who have pushed the envelope and set a higher standard for the quality of live and pre/postproduced college sports-video content.

Winners and finalists will be honored during the SVG/NACDA College Sports Media Awards Ceremony on June 1 at the 2017 SVG College Sports Summit (May 31-June 2, Omni Hotel at CNN Center, Atlanta).

Enter here:

This year’s awards will be given in four divisions across five categories:

National Networks
Regional/Local Networks, Syndicators, and Production Companies
Collegiate Athletics
Collegiate Student

Live Game Production
Live Non-Game Production
Program Series
Special Feature
Promotion Video: Hype, Open, Tease, PSA, or Marketing Campaign

For those who have entered the SVG/NACDA College Sports Media Awards, please note some key changes to the rules and entry procedures:
• Deadline has been moved up to April 14.
• Live Social-Media Material Accepted
• Conference Digital Networks Move to a New Division
• Professional Production Companies Move to a New Division
• Eligibility of In-Stadium Hype Video

Please note that any party entering a submission to the SVG/NACDA College Sports Media Awards is eligible to attend the SVG College Sports Summit (May 31-June 2, 2017, Atlanta) for free.

Deadline for submissions to the College Sports Media Awards is April 14, 2017. For complete rules and to enter your production, visit Any questions regarding submissions please email Andrew Lippe at or call 212-481-8133.

About Sports Video Group
The Sports Video Group was formed in 2006 to support the professional community that relies on video, audio, and broadband technologies to produce and distribute sports content. Leagues, owners, teams, players, broadcasters, webcasters, and consumer technology providers have joined the SVG to learn from each other, turn vision into reality, implement new innovations, while sharing experiences that will lead to advancements in the sports production/distribution process and the overall consumer sports experience. For more information, visit

About National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics
NACDA, now in its 50th year, is the professional and educational Association for more than 11,000 college athletics administrators at more than 1,600 institutions throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. More than 4,000 athletics administrators annually attend NACDA & Affiliates Convention Week. Additionally, NACDA manages 15 professional associations and three foundations. For more information on NACDA, visit

Deadline Approaching for the Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship Program

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The deadline to apply for a fellowship from The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi is April 15, 2017. Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective all-discipline honor society, will award six $15,000 grants and 51 $5,000 grants to students nationwide.

Since its creation in 1932, the Fellowship Program has become one of the Society’s most visible and financially well-supported endeavors, allocating $345,000 annually to deserving students for first-year graduate or professional study. The competition is open to all active Phi Kappa Phi members who have applied to enroll as a full-time student in a post-baccalaureate program of study during the upcoming academic year.

“This Fellowship Program can transform your life by putting a graduate level educational experience within financial reach, and I thank my Phi Kappa Phi advisors for encouraging me to apply,” said Joseph Schartz, a 2016 Fellow. “I encourage any student who is considering graduate school to learn how Phi Kappa Phi can enable you to go above and beyond as a student scholar.”

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

In addition to the Fellowship Program, the Society awards $1.4 million each biennium to qualifying students and members through study abroad grants, dissertation fellowships, funding for post-baccalaureate development, member and chapter awards, and grants for local, national and international literacy initiatives.

Each active Phi Kappa Phi chapter may endorse one candidate from among its local applicants to compete Society-wide for a fellowship. The national deadline for chapters to submit an applicant is April 15, 2017. Chapter deadlines vary. If you are a student interested in applying for a fellowship, visit to contact your chapter for local deadline information.

For full eligibility requirements and application instructions, visit

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

Media Contact
Hannah Breaux
Communications Director
The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi

New App Promises to Revolutionize the Way We Experience Video

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Recently in New Orleans, millions of Americans saw the world’s best basketball talent duke it out in the classic, and yet spectacular ‘NBA All Star Weekend’. Fans watched the game and the ‘Dunk competition’ via cable TV, and others watched pieces of the live experience shared over Facebook Live and Periscope, while many were happy just watching the highlights on Youtube–and some were lucky enough to see it all live.

If you’re a Basketball nut, you might have spent hours online looking for the best videos and livestreams, aiming to get the bigger picture of the overall event. And you probably went through the tedious process of playing one video at a time, only to find out that few of them are worth your attention, and, even more excruciating, it took forever to get to the good bits.

Rhinobird, a Cambridge based company, is transforming how we experience events by watching videos and live-streams. They created what they have called ‘MAV’, or multi angle video. Essentially, it’s a video player that plays multiple videos or live-streams at the same time, giving the user the opportunity to switch across video and audio sources, taking control of the experience in a seamless way, and with zero latency.

But that wasn’t enough, the real magic lies in its ability to sync hundreds of videos and live-streams in orchestrated way. Using a combination of techniques that include meta data analysis and machine learning, Rhinobird has found a unique way to discover and synchronize videos that have been posted directly to its platform or published on Youtube or Facebook–allowing viewers to play all the videos of the same event, live or not live, perfectly timed and within a single player box–without additional search or time consuming editing.

The result – check out how Rhinobird delivers a new way to experience the NBA All Stars Game and Dunk Contest.

But even that wasn’t enough! Seeking to connect with an increasing demand for more immersive experiences, Rhinobird’s CEO Felipe Heusser explains, “We have found a way to present video in an entirely different way, it’s no longer a linear piece you play and sit back to watch, but a medium in which you interact, take control, and eventually take part in by contributing your own angle into the experience.”

This is a completely different approach where videos are ‘never-ending’ and in ‘constant evolution’, allowing viewers to submit their own angle into the MAV and become part of the overall experience, even after the MAV has been published. This is exactly what happened with Afolabi Kolawole, a student from Northeastern University in Boston, who after playing with the All Star Weekend MAV on Rhinobird, decided to add his own dunks into the experience.

Rhinobird presents a solution that empowers the crowd to deliver stories that are only possible when combining the sum of the parts–wherever that content might be. That’s why Rhinobird works remarkably well for any event where there are lots of cameras trying to capture the same experience, like music festivals such as Lollapalooza, a sport event like Superbowl 51, or even during important social movements like the Women’s March in Boston. Rhinobird also gives users have a chance to sing, dance and play along with their favorite artists.


Rhinobird, incubated at Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society, is about to close a USD $2M seed round and is in active discussions with two major sport leagues, a prominent NFL team, and a world class sport brand. They are also partnering with the producers of Lollapalooza in Latin America, and waiting to close deals with some of the most important music festivals in the US for the upcoming Summer season.

The name of the company was inspired by the the symbiotic relationship that exists between two very different, and yet mutually dependent species. Like the rhinoceros and the oxpecker bird, this new platform is using cooperation to bring video to an entirely new interactive level. Starting this week, the app will be available for iOS users (, and on the Web at A native Android version of the app is coming soon.

Rhinobird Press Contact: 
Suraya Akbarzad

Charles Liteky’s “Renunciation”

The Story About A Pilgrimage: From Catholic Military Chaplain, Vietnam Hawk And Medal Of Honor Recipient To Civilian Warrior For Peace

On July 29, 1986, Charles J. Liteky placed the Congressional Medal of Honor he received for his service in Vietnam at the base of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. In his posthumously published autobiography, “Renunciation,” Mr. Liteky explains his reason for returning this award at a significant time in his life as he was taking the next step in his personal pilgrimage from a Roman Catholic priest, military chaplain and Vietnam hawk to a civilian warrior for peace.

Mr. Liteky passed away on January 20 of this year in San Francisco. A memorial service was held at the First Unitarian Universalist Church & Center in San Francisco on Saturday, March 4. “Renunciation,” which had been in development for several years, now has been published by friends who admired and often joined Mr. Liteky’s call for peace.

“Renunciation” is available on in paperback and ebook. The book also can be ordered directly from the new Charles Liteky website – . Learn more about the Charles Liteky story on the website and follow on Facebook at

“Renunciation” explains Mr. Liteky’s journey from his impressionable days as a youth in Florida to his time as a Catholic priest and service as a U.S. Army chaplain. The story reflects on his decision to leave the priesthood and pursue a path as a peace activist.

Mr. Liteky displayed courage on the battlefield and then he displayed another kind of courage to question the military establishment and the church’s support of the Vietnam War. The story examines Mr. Liteky’s early days as a son in a military family, his path to the priesthood, military service as a chaplain and, then, after the war, working with courageous women and men to oppose U.S. military strategies around the world, including American foreign policy in Central America.

Horrified when four missionary women were murdered in El Salvador by that country’s national guard on December 2, 1980, Mr. Liteky and others opposed the training of Latin American officers at the School of the Americas (now the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation) at Fort Benning near Columbus, Georgia. Mr. Liteky later opposed the war in Iraq.

“Throughout this book, Charlie’s voice speaks loud and clear for the silent and those who have been silenced,” said Joseph P. Fahey, a retired professor of religious studies at New York’s Manhattan College. “It is a challenging story for anyone in the military, for religious and for all of us. We hope that Charlie’s pilgrimage will inspire others to act when necessary and have the personal courage to change.”

Mr. Liteky never planned to publish a book about his life. He had written it to help “exorcise some of the demons” from his past. Mr. Liteky’s wife, Judy, finally convinced her husband to publish his story, insisting that his personal story would prove valuable to many others. Mr. Liteky agreed to publish his story once Mr. Fahey volunteered to see the book through to publication. A former nun, Judy Balch Liteky passed away during 2016.

Service In Vietnam

Mr. Liteky received the United States’ highest military honor for actions of bravery on December 6, 1967. He had volunteered, during 1966, to serve as a U.S. Army chaplain with the 199th Infantry Brigade. As he faced combat for the first time, he neglected shrapnel wounds and, without a weapon, helmet or flak jacket, exposed himself to mortars, land mines and machine guns to rescue 23 wounded colleagues who had been ambushed by a Vietcong battalion. He evacuated injured soldiers and administered last rites to the dying.

The Medal of Honor was awarded to Mr. Liteky for the lives he saved on the battlefield. He never thought that he deserved the medal any more than the many other courageous medics and soldiers who placed their lives in danger for their colleagues. These men included the medics who died on that same day.

Mr. Liteky is the only recipient of the award who is believed to have returned it in a demonstration of political dissent, opposing the U.S. government’s support for Central American dictators accused of brutally suppressing leftist guerrillas. Mr. Liteky placed the medal in an envelope addressed to President Ronald Reagan. He placed the medal at the Vietnam memorial. The National Park Service recovered the medal for the collection of the National Museum of American History.

Long after the war and after he left the priesthood, Mr. Liteky served two federal prison terms (1990 and 2000) for civil disobedience — his ministry of protest — for trespassing at the U.S. Army’s School of the Americas at Fort Benning. The reasons for his actions during the war and after were, according to Mr. Liteky, “to save lives.”

More About Charles James Liteky

Charles James Liteky was born in Washington, D.C., on February 14, 1931. Raised mostly in Jacksonville, Florida, he attended the University of Florida for two years. He then entered the Missionary Servants of the Most Holy Trinity, a religious congregation in Silver Spring, Maryland, and he was ordained a Roman Catholic priest during 1960 as Angelo J. Liteky (the name under which he also received the military medal).

During his life, Mr. Liteky also resided in California, Hawaii, New York and Ohio, and his life was influenced by experiences in San Diego and San Francisco, Pearl Harbor, Brooklyn, Cleveland and Fort Benning.


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Top Students Invited to Join The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi

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The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi has extended membership invitations to students at universities and colleges across the nation. Founded in 1897 at the University of Maine, Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society.

Each year, Phi Kappa Phi invites approximately 30,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni on more than 300 campuses in the United States and the Philippines. Membership is by invitation only to the top 7.5 percent of juniors and the top 10 percent of seniors and graduate students. Faculty, professional staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction may also qualify for membership.

Since its founding, more than 1.5 million members have been initiated into the Society. The roster of inducted members boasts leaders in just about every field imaginable, including medicine, education, business, government, science, the arts and more.

“For 120 years, Phi Kappa Phi has celebrated academic excellence in all fields of higher education,” said Society Executive Director Dr. Mary Todd. “We look forward to continuing this legacy of scholarship by honoring the outstanding achievements of eligible students on our chapter campuses.”

In addition to academic recognition, Phi Kappa Phi offers numerous benefits and resources to assist members throughout their academic and professional lives. Included in these benefits is the opportunity to apply for a number of awards, valued at $1.4 million each biennium. The Society’s award programs provide everything from $15,000 fellowships for graduate school to $500 grants for continuing education and professional development.

Phi Kappa Phi also offers career resources, networking, exclusive discounts from more than 25 corporate partners, leadership opportunities and more.

To learn more about membership in Phi Kappa Phi and its benefits, visit

More about Phi Kappa Phi 
The Society’s mission is “To recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education and to engage the community of scholars in service to others.” Some of the organization’s more notable members include former President Jimmy Carter, NASA astronaut Wendy Lawrence, novelist David Baldacci and YouTube cofounder Chad Hurley. The Society has awarded approximately $15 million since the inception of its awards program in 1932. Today, $1.4 million is awarded each biennium to qualifying students and members through graduate fellowships, undergraduate study abroad grants, member and chapter awards, and grants for local and national literacy initiatives. For more information about Phi Kappa Phi, visit

Media Contact
Hannah Breaux
Communications Director
The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi

26 Study Abroad Scholarships Worth $290,000


Together with Education in Ireland, Go Overseas is excited to announced our biggest scholarship award ever. We’re offering 26 scholarships — 15 undergrad and 11 postgraduate scholarships — worth more than $290,000 in tuition waivers.

The 26 scholarships cover tuition at 12 universities, polytechnical institutes and private colleges throughout Ireland. Fifteen of the scholarships are for undergraduate semesters abroad and 11 are master’s and PhD programs in the fields of the arts, law, and medicine. While all applications will be judged on merit, 4 of the scholarships have been reserved for diversity to encourage more students of color, LGBT students, and students with disabilities to apply. Two lucky scholarship winners will also receive free round-trip flights to Ireland courtesy of Aer Lingus.

The amount of each tuition waiver varies by program and covers tuition only, not any additional fees, travel, or accommodation. The scholarships are only open to US students.

To apply, applicants need to fill out a short questionnaire, upload a creative Ireland-themed photo, and write a 300-word essay about why they want to study in Ireland. Applications are open now. You can find the application here ( and additional information here (

The deadline to enter is March 17, 2017.

Media contact: 
Katie Hammel
Marketing Manager

N. American Effie Awards Announces 2017 Collegiate Effie Competition


Call for entries issued to college students across the US & Canada; IBM and Campbell Soup Company present 2017 brand challenges

New York (February 17, 2017) – The North American Effie Awards is eager to announce its Call for Entries for the eighth annual Collegiate Effie competition. Collegiate Effie has teamed up with two Effie-winning companies to introduce the 2017 brand challenges: IBM® and Campbell Soup Company, for Pace.

The Collegiate Effie Awards serve to recognize, inspire, educate, and engage the marketers of tomorrow. Modeled after the North American Effie Awards competition, the Collegiate Effies give students an opportunity to research, ideate, and execute comprehensive marketing communications plans that address professional-level marketing challenges.

The IBM® Brand Challenge is a regional competition, open to students in the US and Canada.

Students must develop a non-traditional integrated marketing campaign, focusing on IBM Watson®, to help make a younger generation of consumers aware of the IBM brand and Watson’s cognitive capabilities. The IBM Brand Challenge tasks entrants to create a strategy that will help young people discover surprising ways to incorporate cognitive computing technologies into their daily lives. This is IBM’s first Collegiate Effie challenge.

The Pace Brand Challenge is a national competition, open to students in the US.

Students must develop an integrated, multi-channel marketing campaign designed to encourage the target audience to try Pace and define the brand as the salsa of choice for Taco Night. This is Campbell Soup Company’s second consecutive year presenting a challenge. Last year, the company chose to highlight their V8+Energy brand.

Both challenges are open to students who are currently enrolled full/part-time, with at least junior standing, at an accredited educational institution, graduate students, and students enrolled in portfolio programs.

Qualifying entries will be judged by industry professionals across various disciplines, including creative, strategic planning, media strategy, branding, marketing, and social media. Selected finalists for each challenge will have the opportunity to present their work to senior members of the IBM and Pace brand teams.

The entry deadline for both challenges is April 4, 2017. For complete details on the Collegiate Effie competition, please visit

About Effie Worldwide
Effie Worldwide is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization devoted to championing and improving the practice and practitioners of marketing effectiveness. Effie Worldwide, organizer of the Effie Awards, spotlights marketing ideas that work and encourages thoughtful dialogue around the drivers of marketing effectiveness, while serving as an educational resource for the industry. The Effie network works with some of the top research and media organizations worldwide to bring its audience relevant insights into effective marketing strategy. The Effie Awards are known by advertisers and agencies globally as the preeminent effectiveness award in the industry, and recognize any and all forms of marketing communication that contribute to a brand’s success. Since 1968, winning an Effie Award has become a global symbol of achievement. Today, Effie celebrates effectiveness worldwide with over 40 global, regional and national programs across Asia-Pacific, Europe, Latin America, Middle East/N orth Africa and North America. All Effie Awards finalists and winners are included in the annual Effie Effectiveness Index rankings. The Effie Index identifies and ranks the marketing communications industry’s most effective agencies, marketers, and brands by analyzing finalist and winner data from all Effie Awards competitions worldwide.

For more details, visit and follow the Effies on TwitterFacebook and LinkedIn


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