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ArtCenter College of Design Premieres Student Self Portrait Videos

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ArtCenter College of Design has launched a new video series featuring student self portraits, providing a glimpse into the creative journeys of five students at one of the world’s preeminent art and design colleges.

“In their process of researching colleges, most prospective students plan a campus visit, browse the website, or make an appointment with an admissions counselor,” said Kit Baron, senior vice president of Admissions and Enrollment Management for ArtCenter. “While these experiences are valuable and provide a great way to gather information, hearing directly from ArtCenter students to learn about their stories and their lives provides yet another deeper level of sharing. We’re often asked ‘What’s it really like to be an ArtCenter student?’ We hope the stories of these five talented individuals helps answer that common question and provide prospective students with a realistic glimpse into their world.”

The five ArtCenter students were asked to share their creative journeys and reveal personal details such as their early inspiration, decision to attend art school, current projects and long-term goals. All production in the field was completed by the individual students, who were commissioned to spend 12 weeks meeting once a month to workshop their projects, from proposal through final cut, while undertaking the challenging process of capturing their own creative evolution in a professional quality video—all in addition to their demanding studio and academic course load. Light guidance was provided throughout the creative process by a small team of staff from Admissions and Marketing and Communications. The result is a series of video self-portraits that truly capture the student’s intimate voice, motivations and distinctive viewpoints.

Phillip Burrows – Phillip set himself apart from his household full of athletes when he started drawing as a kid. He then followed his artistic inclinations into Miami’s prestigious Design and Architecture Senior High (DASH) and then into ArtCenter’s Entertainment Design program, where he’s inventing whole new realities.

Miguel Harry – While studying engineering in his hometown of Medellin, Colombia, Miguel learned about the work of ArtCenter alumni such as Yves Béhar. It was all he needed to pack his bags and join the Product Design department in Pasadena. He hasn’t looked back.

Yeun Kim – A deep love of literature while growing up in South Korea informed Yeun’s choice to apply to ArtCenter as a Graphic Design major. She stretched her skills in human experience design during a Study Away trip while collaborating on a pop-up installation with design students in Havana, Cuba, which lead to an exploration into spatial design through sound poetry.

David Sanchez – Originally from Moreno Valley, in the Inland Empire of Southern California, David transformed his early passion for cartoons into rich storytelling skills at ArtCenter’s top-ranked Entertainment Design program’s Character Animation track.

Cristina Wilson – A San Gabriel Valley native, Cristina channels her quirky sense of humor, idiosyncratic approach to creativity and passionate positivity into the compelling voice she’s developing as an ArtCenter Illustration student.

The series will continue with new episodes debuting in early 2018 as ArtCenter identifies a fresh batch of students with a diverse array of experience representing additional college majors.

Video production at ArtCenter College of Design is made possible by Bruce Heavin (BFA 93) and Lynda Weinman through the establishment of the Bruce Heavin Media Production Studio to support online learning and increase awareness of the College.

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About ArtCenter College of Design:
Founded in 1930 and located in Pasadena, California, ArtCenter College of Design (artcenter.edu) is a global leader in art and design education. ArtCenter offers 11 undergraduate and seven graduate degrees in a wide variety of industrial design disciplines as well as visual and applied arts. In addition to its top-ranked academic programs, the College also serves members of the Greater Los Angeles region through a highly regarded series of year-round educational programs for all ages and levels of experience. Renowned for both its ties to industry and social impact initiatives, ArtCenter is the first design school to receive the United Nations’ Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) status. Throughout the College’s long and storied history, ArtCenter alumni have had a profound impact on popular culture, the way we live and important issues in our society.

Contact: 
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ArtCenter College of Design
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Wingman Launches a Global Casting Call to Find the World’s Premier Wingman Vlogger Squad

Nominate Yourself or Your Wingman: Tell us what it takes to be the Ultimate Wingman and you may win an iPhone, MacBook Pro, or spot in our national ad campaign

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(New York and London, June 8, 2017) Wingman, the matchmaking app that encourages people to find happiness for their friends, today announced the Wingman Master Squad Casting Call – a global search to identify a team of vloggers who understand the true essence of being a Wingman. Anyone over 18 can nominate themselves or others simply by submitting short videos sharing their stories of what it takes to be a great Wingman. Finalists will receive iPhones and other prizes. Winners of the global #CastMasterWingman contest will be featured in a national advertising campaign in the Fall.

For More information on how to participate in the casting call, click HERE.

“One of the reasons I developed Wingman, is because the idea of being a Wingman — and needing a Wingman—is as old as friendship itself,” says Wingman founder Tina Wilson.  “Life is easier when someone has your back, and it’s a great feeling to see your friends happy.” 

Nominations for the Wingman Master Squad

We are a matchmaking app but, we appreciate that a Wingman comes in many forms. It may be you. It may be your mom, your bestie or even your dog.  So, explain what it takes to be the ultimate Wingman in a video of not more than 30 seconds.

Are you a great Wingman? Nominate yourself – Tell us in a short (30 seconds or less) video how you are the loyal friend, advocate, or matchmaker who always has your friends’ best interests at heart.  Do you pride yourself on protecting the people you care about? Are you a matchmaker who spots just the right person your friend should meet?  If so, tell us what it’s like to be a Wingman in this life—we just might select you for our Master Wingman Squad!

Or, nominate the Wingman in your life — tell us in a short video about your incredible friend, family member, or even the dog who always has your back, looks out for you, and makes you happy! We’re certain the dogs will be very enthusiastic about participating!

Prizing – Everybody Wins: Everyone who enters by the July 28 deadline will receive a Wingman T-Shirt

Wingman will select four finalists from all videos submitted, who will receive their choice of an iPhone, top Samsung phone, customized iPhone or iPad.  One Grand Prize Winner will receive a new MacBook Pro. In August, all finalists and the Grand Prize winner will  be invited to record a Wingman Master Class vlog for Wingspan’s founder Tina Wilson and her panel of judges who will select  a Master Wingman to appear in a national ad campaign this fall.

How to Participate: Simply post a video (not longer than 30 seconds) on Instagram explaining you, or someone you love deserves to be on the Wingman Master Squad.  It’s important to tag @Wingman_app and use #CastMasterWingman for a chance to be considered.

The Wingman global casting call, #CastMasterWingman is open to everybody over 18 years of age.  Videos will be accepted until July 28, 2017 @ 11:59 PST. Only videos of 30 seconds in length and less will be considered. We look forward to hearing your Wingman stories!!

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MCCA’s LMJ Scholarship Now Accepting Applications

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Since 2004, the national program annually grants scholarships of $10,000 to first-year law school students

Washington, DC – The Lloyd M. Johnson, Jr. Scholarship program (LMJ Scholarship) is now accepting applications for the 2017-18 academic school year.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, law is one of the least diverse professions in the nation.

The National Association for Law Placement (NALP) released their 2016 Report on Diversity in U.S. Law Firms this January, revealing only small victories for minorities in law. The representation of minorities among lawyers increased to 14.62% in 2016, compared to 13.97% in 2015. However, when you look at the eight-year span from 2009-2016, the number of minority lawyers has only increased by 2.03%.

Established by the Minority Corporate Counsel Association, the LMJ Scholarship program seeks to nurture the academic and professional careers of outstanding law students and advance the diversity pipeline to the legal profession.

Each year, the LMJ Scholarship program awards up to 10 scholarships of $10,000 to incoming first-year law students.

To be eligible for the LMJ Scholarship program, students must be accepted into an ABA-accredited U.S. law school for a full-time Juris Doctorate Program, have earned an undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher, and have an interest in corporate law and diversity.

Applicants will be evaluated based on financial need, community involvement, essay content and academic achievements. The scholarships may be applied to tuition, fees, books, supplies and equipment required for courses at ABA-accredited U.S. law schools. The deadline to apply is June 15, 2017.

For more information about the LMJ Scholarship and the application process visit http://www.mcca.com/resources/scholarship-program/.

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About Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA)
MCCA was founded in 1997 to advance the hiring, retention and promotion of diverse attorneys in legal departments and the law firms that serve them. MCCA accomplishes its mission through publishing, research and training, pipeline initiatives and networking. MCCA’s work has been recognized with awards from the National Minority Business Council, Inc., the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the National LGBT Bar, and the Association of Corporate Counsel. MCCA is headquartered in Washington, D.C. For more information, go to mcca.com.

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Jadu and Ellucian partner to deliver value for Higher Ed Institutions

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Jadu, a global web experience management software company is announcing a partnership with Ellucian Inc., the worldwide leader in higher education software and services, to bring out-of-the box integration to customers using the Jadu Continuum digital experience platform.

Ellucian provides 2,400+ colleges and universities with a comprehensive portfolio of solutions for managing every stage of the student lifecycle. This includes its Banner®, Colleague®, and Quercus® by Ellucian ERPs, a constituent relationship management suite, and a cloud platform built for higher education.

The partnership will enable Jadu to:

- Provide a seamless front end, mobile responsive interface for higher education institutions to establish a direct connection to students and wider constituents

- Enable easy to complete eforms and personalized web content that can be delivered directly to students on any device

- Provide website content management technology to institutions that already benefit from Ellucian technology

Andy Perkins, Director of Engineering for Jadu said: “We have a great many customers using Ellucian’s leading technology so this partnership will add huge value to them. Working with Ellucian means we have a strong partner with a wealth of experience in the education sector. We are excited to be integrating with the Ellucian technology ecosystem to deliver this value.”

“Ellucian’s ability to help institutions deliver a modern student experience depends on partnering with best-in-class technology partners such as Jadu” said Chris Westfall, Vice President, Business Development, Ellucian. “We look forward to working together to enhance service and performance for Ellucian and Jadu customers.”

Jadu is sponsoring and attending the Texas Connection Consortium’s Annual Banner User Group in San Antonio, TX May 24-26. It will be providing demonstrations of its HTML5 Electronic Forms and Web Content Management System at its booth in the exhibit area. For more information please visit: jadu.net/events/ellucian-texas

About Jadu
Jadu creates CMS, eForms and Case Management software for Higher Education. With offices in the UK, North America and Australia, it provides software that makes web publishing easy, helps create forms and payments and manages cases with minimal technical skills. Jadu drives student engagement and personalization, helping constituents interact with institutions online. Visit Jadu at www.jadu.net/edu

About Ellucian
Ellucian is the worldwide leader of software and services designed for higher education. More than 2,400 institutions in 40 countries rely on Ellucian to help enable the mission of higher education for over 18 million students. Ellucian provides student information systems (SIS), finance and HR, recruiting, retention, analytics and advancement software solutions. With more than 1,400 unique deployments of Ellucian’s cloud and SaaS offerings, the company is one of the largest providers of cloud-based solutions to the higher education community. Ellucian also supports the higher education community with a range of professional services, such as application software implementation, training, education, and management consulting. Visit Ellucian at www.ellucian.com

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A NEW HONORS SOCIETY EXCLUSIVELY FOR STUDENTS WHO GRADUATE WITH HONOR

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May 8, 2017 – Baltimore, MD

With the growing importance of recognizing academic excellence and, importantly, the hard work, determination, discipline, and strength of character that goes into it, a new honors society called GAMMA HONORS has been formed. Gamma Honors is an international society exclusively for students who graduate with honors. According to the Society’s spokesperson, Gamma Honors is the first of its kind in the world devoted to identifying and recognizing such graduates.

Gamma Honors offers membership in five categories: Doctorate, Master’s Degree, Bachelor’s Degree, Associate’s Degree, and High School Diploma/Certificate. Membership is open to applicants who graduate with honors as verified by an official of the applicant’s school.

Gamma Honors prides itself as a unique honor society whose formation is long overdue. Until now, according to the Society spokesperson, honor students with outstanding academic performance were recognized only within their institutions by listing their names in Honor Rolls and Dean’s Lists. Except for recognitions, announcements, and acknowledgements made on graduation day, no additional widespread recognition was accorded honor graduates, especially at a national or international level. Gamma Honors closes that void. While of course hard work is required to make a school’s Honor Roll or Dean’s list, and covering a span of one or more semesters, much more is required to maintain with consistency the hard work, excellence, and higher level of outstanding academic performance necessary to graduate with honors. The Society considers members of Gamma Honors to be uniquely special and worthy of much wider recognition of their superior academic performance. Members represent the best in academics. It is the goal of Gamma Honors to identify and recognize honor graduates with the hope that their remarkable achievement will inspire other students, regardless of background, environment, school attended, or educational and professional goals.

Membership in Gamma Honors is lifetime and brings such benefits as verification for prospective employers, special product and services discounts, and inclusion by category of membership in the publication Best in Academics among Graduates. Members will also benefit from continued exposure and visibility provided by their association with Gamma Honors. Members receive a Certificate of Membership recognizing and honoring their outstanding academic accomplishments.

To learn more and/or apply for membership, go to www.gammahonors.org

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Deadline Approaching 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 academic disciplines—is currently accepting applications for its 2017 Student Vice President Leadership Summit. 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.

“Being able to network with other student vice presidents from across the country and understanding that we are all going through common things within our chapter was valuable,” said Charlene Gallagher, a previous attendee. “I really feel like the seminars made a huge impact on the way that I view and understand leadership.”

The deadline to apply for the event is 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 for the full 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 www.phikappaphi.org/summit.

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 www.phikappaphi.org

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Students Support International Disaster Relief through PSAid Contest

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WASHINGTON, DC (May 4, 2017) – USAID’s Center for International Disaster Information (USAID CIDI) is pleased to announce the winners of the 12th annual Public Service Announcements for International Disasters contest (PSAid).

The winning entries were chosen from a pool of submissions from nearly 140 college students across the United States in the categories of broadcast, print and – for the first time – infographic PSAs. (View all submissions at www.psaid.org/portfolio-gallery/2017-submissions.)

The selected PSAs, which will be distributed through broadcast and print outlets nationwide, convey the importance of practicing “Smart Compassion” and emphasize why monetary donations to relief organizations are the most effective way to help people after disasters.

The 2017 PSAid winners are:

Broadcast

1. “Be the Change, Donate Cash” by Rachel Addington, Arizona State University (www.psaid.org/portfolio-items/video_addington_rachel_2017)
2. “Cash Fits All” by Bradley Parks, Shannon Sweatt, Megan Perkins and Raine Yip, The University of Alabama (www.psaid.org/portfolio-items/parks_bradley)
3. “Donate Effectively” by Emma DeVane and Emily Pina, Arizona State University (www.psaid.org/portfolio-items/devane-pina)

Print

1. “Cash Rebuilds” by Kaitlyn Olivier, Maria Castillo, Ludi Wang, Min Chen and Anna Kate Grosse, Boston University (www.psaid.org/portfolio-items/cash-rebuilds-2)
2. “Cash is Convertible” by Ana Hernandez, Arizona State University (www.psaid.org/portfolio-items/cash-is-convertible)
3. “Cash Keeps Your Donations Fresh” by Jordan Fonseca, Emily Hadfield, Nick Albanese and Daniel Arruda, The University of Rhode Island (www.psaid.org/portfolio-items/cash-keeps-your-donations-fresh)

Honorable Mentions: “Hope for Change” by Anne Miller, Loyola University Chicago (www.psaid.org/portfolio-items/hope-for-change), and “Cash is Best” by Sydni Alaniz, Arizona State University (www.psaid.org/portfolio-items/alaniz-cash-is-best)

Infographic

1. “Make an Impact” by Lauren Schaecher, Arizona State University (www.psaid.org/portfolio-items/make-an-impact)
2. “Donations are Nice, but Cash is Best” by Sacha Rady, Caroline Largey, Courtney Scarboro and Megan Purcell, The University of Alabama (www.psaid.org/portfolio-items/donations-are-nice-but-cash-is-best)
3. “Cash is Key” by Haley-Ann Simpson, Ashley Stults, Cameron Craig and Emily Baker, The University of Alabama (www.psaid.org/portfolio-items/cash-is-key)

Contest entries were judged by a panel of experts from the humanitarian and communications fields. This year’s judges were Jonathan Adashek, Nissan Motor Corporation; Kevin Conroy, Global Giving; Nick Sugai, the Ad Council; Gary Goldhammer, Group SJR; Deborah Willig, InterAction; Marcia Wong, the International Committee of the Red Cross; and Keith Hempel, TV Access.

“For the past 12 years, the PSAid Contest has helped spread the message that monetary donations through relief organizations provide the greatest help to disaster survivors,” said Barlin Ali, USAID CIDI Diaspora and Donations Expert. “The winners of this year’s competition have done a masterful job of creatively illustrating why ‘Cash is Best.’”

Current and past PSAid winners may be viewed on the competition website at www.PSAid.org.

About USAID CIDI
USAID CIDI was created in 1988 by the United States Agency for International Development Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance to educate Americans about the best ways to help people affected by disasters overseas. USAID CIDI provides individuals, groups, embassies, businesses and corporations with information and guidance in support of maximally beneficial public support of international disaster relief efforts. The organization works with other donations management stakeholders, and promotes activities and donations to channel the public’s energy and generosity in ways most helpful to beneficiaries. For more information about USAID CIDI and helping international disaster survivors, please visit USAID CIDI at www.cidi.org.

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American U. professor predicts Trump will be impeached in new book

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New York, NY (April 24, 2017)

The relentless stream of news around Trump’s presidency has people on both sides of the political isle concerned, and itching to take action, from Elizabeth Warren to John McCain. From the widening controversy over Russia, to Trump’s conflicts of interest and his radical efforts to change America’s course on climate change, the President’s actions are leaving an increasingly anxious citizenry in their wake. In a political climate where a blank book attacking Democrats is an instant bestseller, the growing resistance against President Trump needs an actionable way forward, and Allan J. Lichtman’s THE CASE FOR IMPEACHMENT [Dey Street Books/On-sale April 18th, 2017] provides just that.

Lichtman, eminent political historian and Distinguished Professor of History at American University, is widely known as the “prediction professor” for his historically-based approach to election forecasting. He has correctly predicted every presidential election since 1982 including President Trump’s win, against all conventional wisdom, which predicted that Hillary Clinton would be president.

Using presidential impeachments throughout American history as a lens, including Andrew Johnson and Richard Nixon, and a constitutional analysis, Lichtman shows how Trump is uniquely vulnerable to impeachment in 8 key categories. THE CASE FOR IMPEACHMENT zeroes in on President Trump’s top areas of weakness, including:

• Trump’s stance on climate change – in a unique twist on impeachment law outlined in THE CASE FOR IMPEACHMENT, Lichtman outlines how Trump could be impeached under a “crimes against humanity” scenario if he deliberately fails to protect humanity from the dangerous effects of climate change
• Trump’s dealings with Russia
• Trump’s practice of disregarding the law prior to assuming office, and laws he might break during his presidency
• Trump’s established history of lies, and how lying to the public and Congress can lead to impeachment
• Trump’s treatment of women, and the weaknesses it poses to his presidency
• Trump’s abuse of executive authority
• Trump’s conflicts of interest, past and present
• Trump’s potential psychological issues and how they could trigger the Twenty Fifth Amendment to remove him from office

Many historians and legal scholars agree that we are facing uncharted political waters and most citizens—politics aside—want to know where the country is headed. In THE CASE FOR IMPEACHMENT, Professor Lichtman analyses President Trump’s past and proven behavior, alongside the history of politics and impeachment in our country, to explain how Trump’s presidency could end prematurely.

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A Harvard Dean’s 5 Essential Questions for Success

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Wait, What? And Life’s Other Essential Questions by James E. Ryan, a unique compilation of help and inspiration, is now a New York Times best selling book. http://bit.ly/2mLdekN

In his commencement address to the graduating class of 2016, James E. Ryan, dean of the Harvard University Graduate School of Education, offered some surprising advice to the crowd of hopeful men and women eager to make their mark on the world. The key to achieving success and happiness, he told them, can be found in five essential questions. His wildly popular and universally praised graduation speech was posted online, and has since been viewed over eight million times. You can watch it here: https://www.facebook.com/HarvardEducation/posts/10154462541616387
and watch the interview Dean Ryan did with CBS This Morning here: http://www.cbsnews.com/videos/harvard-dean-on-book-inspired-by-his-popular-graduation-speech/

Wait, What? And Life’s Other Essential Questions (ISBN #9780062664570; $19.99) which Dean Ryan wrote to offer further insights into the art of asking good questions, is available now. In this thoughtful, illuminating book, Ryan builds on his remarks — highlighted by hilarious and surprising anecdotes from his life, as well as stories from politics, social movements, and popular culture. This inspiring book is guaranteed to change the way we all think about questions.

1. Wait, what? is at the root of all understanding.
2. I wonder . . . ? is at the heart of all curiosity.
3. Couldn’t we at least? is the beginning of all progress.
4. How can I help? is the basis of all good relationships.
5. What truly matters? gets you to the heart of life.

By regularly asking these questions and listening to the answers, Ryan promises, you will be in a good position to answer what he calls the “bonus” question, which is ultimately the most important question any of us will face: “And did you get what you wanted out of life, even so?”

James E. Ryan is the eleventh dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Before joining Harvard, Ryan was the Matheson & Morgenthau Distinguished Professor at the University of Virginia School of Law, where he founded the school’s Program in Law and Public Service. Ryan is the author of the nonfiction work Five Miles Away, A World Apart. He graduated summa cum laude from Yale University and first in his class from the University of Virginia Law School. A former clerk for Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist, as well as a former rugby player, Ryan has argued before the United States Supreme Court. He and his wife Katie live in Lincoln, Massachusetts with four kids, two dogs, two cats, and nine chickens.

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COLLEGE STUDENTS: DO THESE THREE THINGS THIS SUMMER TO BOOST YOUR FINANCES

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Riverwoods, IL, April 20, 2017 – School’s almost out, and while summer break is typically reserved for fun, it can also be a prime time to establish smart financial habits—such as budgeting and building a credit history—and set yourself up for financial success next school year and beyond.

Give your finances a boost this summer by doing these three things:

1. Find a job and start budgeting: A summer job is a great résumé builder and an opportunity to add cash to your wallet or savings account for the school year ahead. Once you know how much money you’ll make, create a budget based on your income, what you’ll need to buy each month—such as gas and food—and how much you’d like to save during the summer. Having a budget in place while you’re in college will also make it easier to manage a budget once you graduate and transition to adulthood.

2. Figure out where your credit stands: Your credit score is a three-digit number that is used to assess your credit risk for when applying for a car loan or leasing an apartment. The number is calculated based on data from your credit reports, such as the amount of money you owe to creditors, your payment history, length of credit history and types of credit (e.g. revolving loans like a credit card and/or installment loans like a student loan). Building a credit history takes time, so it’s important to figure out where your score stands, or if you don’t have a credit score, to start building one. Start by checking your FICO® Score and the factors that go into your score at Discover.com/CreditScorecard at no cost, even if you are not a Discover customer. The higher your credit score, the more dependable you are as a borrower in the eyes of a lender, which can give you access to better rates and terms when it comes time to take out a loan.

3. Use a credit card wisely and make sure it fits your needs: Credit history is a key factor in your credit score as it shows your ability to reliably repay your debts. Using a credit card and paying it off on time each month is one way to build a credit history. If you are shopping around for a credit card, it’s important to do your homework and compare various options to determine what’s best for you. Research if there is a student-focused credit card that is right for you. The Discover it® chrome for Students card offers 2% cash back at gas stations and restaurants on up to $1,000 in combined purchases each quarter and $20 cash back each school year your GPA is 3.0 or higher for up to the next five years.  To be eligible for the Good Grades Reward, you must indicate on your application that you’re a student and your account must be open when you request the reward. However, the most important thing to remember with a credit card is to always pay your bills on time. Late or missed payments can negatively impact your credit score.

Once you’ve thought through your financial plan for the summer, it’s time to put it into action. Prepare your budget and stick to it, and check your FICO® Score often. Getting your finances in order takes time and energy, so help yourself out and start good habits now that will help you in the future.

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About Discover
Discover Financial Services (NYSE: DFS) is a direct banking and payment services company with one of the most recognized brands in U.S. financial services. Since its inception in 1986, the company has become one of the largest card issuers in the United States. The company issues the Discover card, America’s cash rewards pioneer, and offers private student loans, personal loans, home equity loans, checking and savings accounts and certificates of deposit through its direct banking business. It operates the Discover Network, with millions of merchant and cash access locations; PULSE, one of the nation’s leading ATM/debit networks; and Diners Club International, a global payments network with acceptance in more than 185 countries and territories. For more information, visit www.discover.com/company.

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