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Free Artificial Intelligence “Librarian” Serves Students and Professionals Doing Research from Home has now launched. It is an artificial intelligence enhanced research tool that helps university students and professionals find the right books and articles fast. It’s free to use and there are no ads. is designed for the current “work from home” environment. It serves those without easy access to a library. It is also useful as a supplementary research tool for those with good digital library services. MyResearchTool uses artificial intelligence to do something that a Google search cannot do. Based on text and question input, it suggests the most relevant material for researchers to read or review. provides users with the benefits of a personal reference librarian. Initiating a query is simple. The user can input anything from a few keywords to an entire paper. The tool identifies relevant books and articles to use in the next stage of research. These materials can then be found through the school library or online. is a personal research librarian serving users on a 24/7 basis over the web. It is free to use. It includes no advertising. saves the time and effort of searching through the screens full of useless links that occur with a a simple Google search. accepts unstructured queries of up to 10,000 words. Users can input rough notes, an outline, the transcript of a lecture, a full paper or journal article, or even a book chapter. The tool also accepts from 1 to 6 keywords as input. The more you input, the more targeted and relevant will be the results. Suggested book results are shown from Google Books and suggested articles from Google Scholar. is a free service offered by the American Society for Cybernetics in conjunction with Contegra Systems and Michael Lissack.

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Upgrade Your College Experience with Amazon Prime Student

College students can sign up for a six-month trial of Prime Student to enjoy thousands of movies and shows, ad-free music, fast, free delivery and more

Summer is now behind us and the new school year is finally here! Whether students are heading back to campus, attending the semester virtually or anything in between, Amazon has a great deal to help them out – Prime Student. Prime Student is designed for college students and offers the best of shopping and entertainment from Amazon for half the cost of a Prime membership. Members can get fast, free delivery on millions of Prime-eligible items, stream ad-free music, watch thousands of movies and TV shows on Prime Video, pick up free games and loot with Prime Gaming, receive exclusive savings and discounts on college essentials, and more. Students enrolled in two- and four-year colleges can learn more at and enjoy a six-month trial when they sign up for Prime Student.

Exclusive Perks with Prime Student:

Prime Student offers convenience, savings and entertainment to help students get the most out of their college experience.

• Fast, free delivery: Get fast, free delivery on millions of items, including college essentials. Plus, enjoy free two-hour grocery delivery from Amazon Fresh and Whole Foods Market in more than 2,000 cities and towns.

• Binge-worthy entertainment: Stream thousands of movies and TV shows on Prime Video, including popular Amazon Originals like The Boys and Chemical Hearts. Plus, eligible Prime Student members can get up to 1 year of SHOWTIME® for 99 cents per month from Prime Video Channels, perfect for movie-nights and exploring SHOWTIME® original series in your dorm or at home.

• Stream millions of songs, ad-free: Stream two million songs and thousands of playlists and stations at no additional cost with Amazon Music. Plus, Prime Student members can access Amazon Music Unlimited at just 99 cents per month. The ad-free streaming tier includes over 60 million songs including the latest releases, and thousands of playlists and stations so you can always be up-to-date with the latest hits.

• Page turner: Get unlimited access to more than 1,000 books and magazines with Prime Reading. Plus, Prime Student members can access a free two-month trial of Kindle Unlimited and read over a million titles on any device with the free Kindle app – bookworms, delight!

• Textbooks made easy: Prime Student members can enjoy free shipping and savings up to 90% on textbook rentals you need for class. Amazon Textbooks allows you to buy or rent all of your textbooks without ever leaving the comfort of your couch.

• Game on: With Prime Gaming, members enjoy tons of free, exclusive content for their favorite games, including Apex Legends, Destiny 2, and Red Dead Online. Plus, they can claim a collection of PC games for free every month that are theirs to keep forever, and a monthly Twitch channel subscription.

• Unlimited photo storage: Prime Student members get unlimited, full-resolution photo storage and 5 GB of video storage that’s accessible across your devices. Plus, with Amazon Photos, you can personalize Echo Show and Fire TV devices with your favorite photos, create custom prints, photo albums or wall décor, and share selected photos and videos with friends and family.

Shop College Essentials on Amazon’s Off-to-College Store:

Amazon’s Off to College store has everything college students need, whether they’re getting ready for video calls or decorating a dorm room for the first time. With the College Shopping Guide, checking off the college essentials is easy. Visit for more.


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Jazz Assistant ( – Create Inspiring Music You can Use and Play.

What is Jazz Assistant?
Jazz Assistant is a computer software program which generates computer music . It uses specific design criteria (an algorythm) to create a printout (a musical composition). The printout can be played by humans for any musical instrument. It is designed for jazz and the blues

Benefits of Jazz Assistant
No writers block: The algorithm will produce music which will stimulate you so you can create your own jazz and blues compositions. The music created will be printed so you can use it directly or use it to inspire new jazz and blues compositions. Each selection is non-redundant, meaning that with just a small selection of the music, you will have a variety of ways you can use the musical creations. Best of all, you can use it right away. The music comes in printed score-sheets that you can study and can also play.
Share the credit, not all the royalty: Once you download the composition, it’s yours to do with as you like. My fees come through the subscription service or by your initial payment of each page. There is no requirement that share all royalties for creations you create. All that we ask is that you credit DOUGLAS CORNISH & ANDREI BELUTA as a joint composer in writing.

Listen to a sample
Each day, you can listen to a different free sample to get a free feel for what can do for you. The compositions create a wonderful random generation or notes and chord segments. The music is ablaze with bold brash blues progressions and jazz syncopation of musicality. It’s “cool” to listen to.

Why Jazz Assistant is unique

• Capability: The algorithm has the capabilities of creating more than 1 octodocillion pages, all original and different. By changing the decision criteria, according to a randomness factor, different capabilities can be created.

• Uniqueness: The uniqueness of the algorithm is the numerological design of the relative chords and scales and the ways the musical scales are combined. The algorithm first combines the music in an Ionian scale, then a Mixolydian scale and then resolves to a Dorian scale but diminished, or augmented, major and/or minor. The computer program uses a 2,5,1 format – a standard musical progression of chords and scales in the key of C,D,G, then back to C adjusted for all the keys in different modalities. The program is written in Java.

Background of the Creators
Douglas “Corny Cornball” Cornish has been composing and playing blues and jazz for many years. He has been working in the econometric industry a stock broker for seven years. Douglas Cornish and Andrei Beleuta, a software engineer, created the program which generates the music on April 9, 2020 since 2013.

He also started now youhaveheard of and 3 z’s…Every time you ask “what time is it?” Think of Bring your friends in and talk to them without them knowing what y ou ask or which answers you hear.. Mellow out and listen to the view from the top of new world jazz. Every time you wantthe weather think of

Enter the Effie Collegiate Brand Challenge, in Partnership with Bose

Effie Collegiate United States has announced that call for entry is now open for the 2020-21 Effie Collegiate Brand Challenge, presented by Bose.

Modeled after the Effie Awards U.S. competition, Effie Collegiate engages tomorrow’s marketers by providing an opportunity to research, ideate, and execute comprehensive marketing communications plans that address professional-level marketing challenges for established brands.

This year’s Brand Challenge with Bose will be the first Effie Collegiate competition offered for a full academic year, with opportunities for students to participate in either the Fall 2020 or the Spring 2021 semester.

For the 2020-21 competition, Bose will challenge students to develop an integrated holiday campaign to promote Bose’s headphone/earbud innovation, targeted at the Gen Z (18-24) audience.

The Fall Semester entry deadline is October 30, 2020.

The Spring Semester entry deadline is April 1, 2021.

The competition is open to students who are currently enrolled full/part-time at accredited educational institutions, including undergraduate/graduate students, and those enrolled in portfolio programs and online courses. Entries may be submitted by teams of two to four individuals.

Entries will be reviewed by a jury of industry professionals with diverse experience across client, agency, and media companies. Selected finalists will have the opportunity to present their work to senior members of the Bose brand team. Bose will award monetary prizes to the teams named First-Place ($3,000) and Runner-Up ($2,000).

Participating professors will also gain complimentary access to the Effie Collegiate Curriculum. This is a supplementary resource provided by Effie to introduce the Effie framework for Marketing Effectiveness and illustrate how to apply these concepts to their projects with a selection of complimentary Effie-winning case studies.

Visit the Effie Collegiate website for more information, including how to register for the competition and to access entry materials.

Please note: We have made modifications to this year’s program to ensure the competition can be facilitated and completed virtually, to support remote and online participation.

Learn more & register for the competition >

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Cengage Offers Free Online Learning Tutorials for Cengage Unlimited Subscribers

“Change How You Learn” Tutorials Provide Tips for Students New to Online Learning Because of COVID-19

BOSTON— August 17, 2020 – As COVID-19 forces more schools to pivot to online or hybrid instruction, Cengage, an education and technology company, is providing college students with free tutorials to help navigate online learning. The “Change How You Learn” tutorials are included with a Cengage Unlimited subscription. Cengage Unlimited gives students affordable access to more than 22,000 products, including eBooks, online homework access codes and study guides.

“Many students who had intended to take classes in-person had a difficult experience with online learning this spring when campuses closed and learning quickly moved online,” said Fernando Bleichmar, EVP and General Manager of Higher Education and Skills, Cengage. “Online learning can be intimidating and many students worry if they can be successful in an online environment. They are also worried if they can afford their education because of the financial impact of the pandemic. Cengage Unlimited helps by giving students the flexibility they need, along with affordable access to quality learning with supports to be successful in any environment.”

The “Change How You Learn” tutorials provide quick skills-based learning activities for successful online or hybrid learning. Some of the topics covered include:

• “Best Practices for Online Learning”

• Teaches students to evaluate strengths so they can tailor online learning best practices to fit their style.

• “The Challenges of Online Courses”

• Students can gain awareness of the challenges faced when taking an online course in order to understand the need for discipline and identify methods to succeed in the online learning environment.

• “Tips for Online Test Taking”

• Helps students take charge of their online testing experience by presenting strategies for before, during and after the test.

• “Connecting with Your Peers”

• With remote learning making it hard for students to connect with their peers, this tutorial looks specifically at approaches to connect with peers through online classes.

Students actively looking for a job or currently working can also access “Changing How You Work Tutorials” in the “Career Success Tips” section of their Cengage Unlimited dashboard to find helpful tips to prepare them for the global shift to remote working including tutorials like these:

• “How to Do a Video Interview”

• Student’s next job interview is likely to take place online, so it is imperative they learn to present themselves to a prospective employer in front of the camera.

• “Working Remotely”

• Student employees can learn how to evaluate their strengths and what makes them most productive during remote work in order to tailor best practices to fit their style.

Beyond academic support, students can also find support for Self-Care, including guided meditations, exercise demonstrations, and tutorials about “Managing Feelings of Loneliness” and “Maintaining Social Connections.”

A Cengage Unlimited subscription includes additional college success and career support activities to help with things like time management, financial literacy, studying techniques, health/wellness and resume building.

Since Cengage Unlimited launched in August 2018, more than 2.2 million subscribers have saved more than $200 million.

For more information on offerings within Cengage Unlimited, visit or

About Cengage
Cengage is the education and technology company built for learners. As the largest US-based provider of teaching and learning materials for higher education, we offer valuable options at affordable price points. Our industry-leading initiatives include Cengage Unlimited, the first-of-its-kind all-access digital subscription service.  We embrace innovation to create learning experiences that build confidence and momentum toward the future students want. Headquartered in Boston, Cengage also serves K-12, library and workforce training markets around the world. Visit us at or find us on Facebook or Twitter.


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Media Education Summit with Academia & Social Justice Leaders Aug. 13

ATT: Students, Job Seekers, Educators and Media Industry Professionals:

Join Newhouse School, Howard University and UVA Deans, Plus blacklist100 Founder Kai Wright for “Jack Myers Leadership Conversation” on the “Future of Education for Media, Marketing, Advertising & Journalism” on August 13

NEW YORK, NY (August 13, 2020) ─  On Thursday, August 13 at 1:00pm ET, leading media ecologist Jack Myers, founder of MediaVillage and, moderates the next Leadership Conversationon theFuture of Education for Media, Marketing, Advertising & Journalism  – for Industry Professionals, Educators, Students & Job Seekers,” with Dean Gracie Lawson-Borders, Howard University Cathy Hughes School of Communications; Dean Mark Lodato, S.I. Newhouse School of Communications at Syracuse University; and Andrea Press, Media Studies Department Head, University of Virginia.  The webinar is complimentary but to attend one must register at here.

Kai Wright, Founder & Curator of blacklist100 and Columbia University lecturer will join Myers for a keynote conversation to open the 90-minute live “Media Education Summit.”

“Whether you are a student, job seeker, parent, educator or media professional, you will gain valuable insight on both the short and long-term future of media education during this 90-minute webinar with leaders in the world of academia and social justice,” said Myers, an education and diversity activist for the media and advertising community who has spent decades researching and reporting on the media, marketing and advertising landscape.

Topics discussed by Wright and the Deans in conversation with Myers include:

• Recommendations for advancing relevant educational connections and collaboration between the media community and academia;
• How can we successfully attract diverse new majority talent to media and advertising professions, especially from non-traditional sources;
• How can academic institutions help feed diverse leaders into senior positions of responsibility in media, advertising and journalism;
• What are the best models for assuring that diverse students see themselves reflected in the professional ranks of the media community;
• How can we hold the media, advertising and marketing community responsible for delivering on ambitious talent development goals and what are those goals;
• What are the realities confronting college students as they enter or return to school and what are the different models being tested;
• What are college communications, journalism and advertising programs doing to adapt their curriculum to the new realities of the fake news, social media, commercial-free environment.

To quote a section of Wright’s introduction of the “blacklist100”: “Sorry, but not sorry, this isn’t a message of hope; it’s a message to stay woke. Because education, representation, and talent development are all critical components to building a healthy work environment & community for all, we cannot allow leaders to stay asleep at the wheel any longer.”

Dean Lawson-Borders is a member of the advisory board of, and the editorial board of the International Journal on Media Management. Her book Media Organizations and Convergence: Case Studies of Media Convergence Pioneers focuses on convergence of technologies in media organizations.

Dean Lodato is making his first public appearance since joining the Newhouse School in July from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University, where he established partnerships between the school and such major media outlets as NBC News, CBS News, ABC News, Univision, Fox Sports Arizona, Pac-12 Networks, E.W. Scripps Co., TEGNA and Meredith Corporation. Lodato’s career in broadcast journalism preceded his academic career, working at network affiliates in Phoenix, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., and Ft. Myers, Florida, as an investigative reporter, political correspondent, and anchor.

Andrea Press is the William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Media Studies and Sociology at the University of Virginia, where she founded the Media Studies Program. Professor Press is internationally known for her interdisciplinary scholarship on the media audience, on feminist media issues, and on media and social class in the U.S. She has authored the forthcoming US Media-Ready Feminism and Everyday Sexism and Women Watching Television: Gender, Class and Generation In The American Television Experience.

Jack Myers Leadership Conversations support the MediaVillage Media Industry Advancing Diversity & Economic Relief Fund efforts. Ten organizations were selected as recipients of the Relief Fund by the Advancing Diversity Council, an organization of 45 industry diversity and inclusion leaders focused on advancing diversity from advocacy to activism.  The 10 beneficiaries are: 4A’s Foundation, ADCOLOR, Advancing Diversity/Mentor’s Playlist, American Education Foundation (AEF), AAF AdCamp for High School Students, Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University, International Radio & TV Society Foundation (IRTS), Jacaronda Foundation College Loan Relief,  John A. Reisenbach Foundation, and TD Foundation for Children of Wounded Warriors and Fallen Heroes.

For interviews with Jack Myers, who is author of the best-selling 2013 book Hooked Up: A New Generation’s Surprising Take on Sex, Politics and Saving the World and recently wrote “The numbers don’t lie, diverse workforces make companies more money,” for MarketWatch’s Opinion page; to learn more about MediaVillage’s and’s diversity and education programs; or to get a copy of Myers’ white paper on “The Case for Education & Diversity as Tools for Business Growth in Marketing & Media,” contact

About MediaVillage:
MediaVillage is the media and advertising community’s leading education and diversity activist. Through our collective impact approach, we implement effective and cost efficient B2B growth solutions. For the past decade, MediaVillage, in collaboration with partners across the marketing ecosystem, has been developing innovative strategies for generating growth through education and diversity programs. Today, more than 150 companies, organizations and industry leaders are members of the MediaVillage Knowledge Exchange, a B2B Solutions Marketplace and Center of Excellence for Advancing Marketing Solutions, Diversity and Education. Follow @mediavillagecom @advdiversity

About Jack Myers:
For more than 40 years, MediaVillage founder Jack Myers has been singularly dedicated to identifying, developing, and introducing solutions to the challenges confronting media companies. As the world’s leading media ecologist, he’s a noted expert on generational and gender shifts, the impact of technological advances on business economics, and the dynamics of business growth and decline. His background includes executive roles at CBS Television, ABC Radio, Metromedia Outdoor, Television Production Partners, and UTV Cable Network. Follow @jackmyersbiz

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The COVID-19 Pandemic Has Presented New Challenges—What May This Mean for Your Mental Health?

Sponsored by Alkermes, Inc.

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted almost every aspect of our lives and the way the world operates, including the higher education system.1 Campuses closed, classes moved online, vacations postponed, and carefully cultivated student support networks disabled by distance. 1,2 Our typical routines have changed completely—and all within just a few weeks.

The COVID-19 pandemic has created a new environment with unexpected and unprecedented obstacles that may pose new mental health challenges for students.1,3 Under normal circumstances, the transition to college and the college years can be difficult with many changes, including newfound freedom and unexpected pressures. Mental health challenges among the collegiate population are common and, in many cases, increasing.College-age students are often exposed to circumstances that can place them at risk for serious mental illnesses.5 These mental illnesses usually first appear in a young adult’s early 20s,6,7 often coinciding with the college years, and by their mid-20s, 75% of those who will have a mental health disorder in their life have experienced their first onset.8

As we continue to navigate new challenges during this time, students and families should be aware of the impact on a person’s mental health. What can be done to differentiate between expected stressors or mental health challenges as the result of the pandemic and what could be signs that a more serious mental illness is developing?

Here are a few things to consider:

• Consider taking a mental health screener. Online screening is one way to determine if you may be experiencing symptoms of a mental healthcondition.9Screeners are anonymous, free and easily accessible online.10 Mental Health America (MHA), a national mental health advocacy organization, saw an increase in screening between January 2020 and May 2020. This increase represents thousands of people whose lives and health may have been affected by mental health concerns at the onset of the COVID-19 crisis.11 Other organizations offering mental health screeners include MHA, MindWise and PsyCom.

• Access digital educational support resources. An entire community of mental health professionals, advocates and individuals living with mental illness are available to help. Treatment locators, which help people find local treatment programs and facilities, can offer guidance on how to access support in your own community. Educational guides and resources are available online from several organizations, including MHA, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) or the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).12MHA has resources for Mental Health Month 2020 that families and those living with SMI may find useful during this time.

• Consider telehealth services, such as tele-counseling. While many of these services have existed for some time, the COVID-19 pandemic prompted many healthcare providers, including psychiatrists, to transition to using more tele-psychiatry and tele-counseling services and platforms to continue consistent health care delivery for patients while following social distancing and other quarantine guidelines.13 There are many telehealth resources available for students and their families that can offer support.14 A recent study suggests that some patients may be willing to engage with tele-counseling. These results suggest that patients studied reported similar levels of satisfaction for both telemedicine encounters and in-person interactions and that those who engaged in telemedicine interactions appreciated their clinician-patient relationship experiences and overall user experience.15 The move to more virtual interactions may extend beyond the pandemic. Ask your doctor or school counselors how to best take advantage of these resources now and in the future.

• Together with your HCP, research your treatment options. Online support groups and healthcare providers can help guide decisions on the treatment options that may be the best fit for your health, condition and lifestyle.16 There are many different types of medications for mental illness, including pills or capsules, taken daily. Some can also be available as liquids, injections, patches or dissolvable tablets.17Each person and diagnosis is unique and will likely require an individualized care plan. Always speak with your healthcare provider to better understand all available options and work with them to choose the option that is best for your specific needs.18

• Consider an online group. Online mental health support groups can also help. Others’ perspectives can offer a sense of comfort and self-empowerment as you navigate a diagnosis and the treatment landscape. Groups can encourage empathy, productive discussions, and a sense of community, all within a confidential setting.19,20 Programs can also direct members to additional tools and resources that may be helpful.

Remember, you are not alone. Don’t be afraid to seek more information or support as you navigate this challenging time. As our entire world adapts to the many changes brought on by the global pandemic, it is important to actively monitor your mental health and wellness. Support is available.

This is intended as informational only and not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical or mental health condition.


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PlumeBio Reinvents Social Networking with Personal Bio Hosting Service

New service removes barriers between job seekers and recruiters, overcoming limitations and risks of today’s dominant “who you know” platforms

WASHINGTON, D.C.—August 5, 2020—PlumeBio, the personal bio hosting service for people with a university (.edu) email, has launched, reinventing social network for job seekers. PlumeBio offers a free public bio page with a short URL for users. The service is completely free of ads and the common “engagement traps” found on the dominant networking platforms. Users, envisioned mostly as students or recent graduates looking to showcase their skills to find internships/jobs, can take advantage of a spam-protected contact form to communicate with prospective employers and other professional connections.

“The major social networking sites are failing job seekers,” said a spokesperson for PlumeBio. “I think we all know this, intuitively, but there have been few alternatives, until now. We are keeping things simple and focused on helping people network on their terms, not according to practices that maximize shareholder value at the expense of actual site users.” He added, “In the pandemic moment, we already have so many barriers between job seekers and recruiters. Our service breaks these down, enabling open, productive connections.”

Dissatisfaction with established “who you know” platforms is increasing, with users expressing frustration with relentless sales pitches and pressure to upgrade to premium memberships. Indeed, research is now revealing that such practices are counterproductive for job seekers. A recent research paper from the American Psychological Association found indications that using LinkedIn actually lowers one’s job search prospects. It noted, “an increase in job search behavior on LinkedIn was found to lead to poorer job search self-efficacy,” for example. The report also found the more individuals use LinkedIn for job search, “the more they become depleted, and the poorer their ensuing job search success.”

PlumeBio offers its users an easy-to-use template for writing a personal bio. In addition to job seeking, sample use cases include academic researchers looking to disseminate publications, people looking to connect with like-minded colleagues and people wishing to build a personal brand. Each user benefits from a contact form with advanced spam protection that is linked to their personal email address. Site visitors never see the user’s email or phone number, which mitigates the risk of abuse, spam and fraud.

Users need to submit a valid .edu email address to be permitted to use the site. PlumeBio will display that the email address has been verified. After setting up a bio page, the user can share their PlumeBio URL with others. The bios are discoverable on search engines. Users can modify their contact emails. The site also enables the use of emojis, which allows for personal style and a bit of levity in an otherwise serious context.

As of now, the service is only for individuals. Corporations are not currently able to create profiles of themselves on the site. However, employees of a business can post personal bios.

For more information, visit

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Back to School: Cengage Launches new Subscription Option to Help College Students Save on Textbooks

Cengage Unlimited eTextbooks Gives Students Access to 14,000 eTextbooks, Study Guides, Test Prep and College Success/Career Support for $69.99 a Semester

BOSTON— August 4, 2020 – Whether students are heading back to school in-person or virtually, they have another option for affordable textbooks with the commercial launch of Cengage Unlimited eTextbooks. Following the success of the Cengage Unlimited subscription, which has helped 2.2 million college students save more than $200 million on textbooks and course materials, Cengage Unlimited eTextbooks gives students access to 14,000 eTextbooks, study tools and more for $69.99 a semester.

“You don’t have to look far to see that the pandemic has widened education disparities and put higher education out of reach for more students simply because they cannot afford it,” said Michael E. Hansen, CEO of Cengage. “While at the same time, more than 40 million adults are out of work and many will need to enroll in some post-secondary education in order to reskill and find sustainable employment. Expanding Cengage Unlimited to provide another affordable option for course materials helps remove one barrier for current and prospective students.”

For less than the average price of one print textbook, Cengage Unlimited eTextbooks includes thousands of eTextbooks and free access to college success and career support, as well as free resources from Kaplan, Quizlet, Evernote and Dashlane. In addition to the eTextbooks and other tools, students who prefer print can rent up to four free hardcopy textbooks, with a $7.99 shipping fee per book. Students may upgrade to a full Cengage Unlimited subscription that includes online homework access codes/courseware.

With Cengage Unlimited eTextbooks, students can also access all of their Cengage eTextbooks offline via the free Cengage Mobile App. Available on iOS and Android devices, the app provides offline e-reader capabilities, allowing students to download entire eTextbooks to their smartphone. Once downloaded, students can highlight, make notes, search and bookmark material, regardless of whether they are connected to the internet or working offline. In addition to e-reader capabilities, the Cengage Mobile App provides organizational tools, study materials and push notifications to help students stay on track.

Professors also benefit from the easy integration of Cengage eTextbooks directly into their campus’ Learning Management System (LMS), and access to thousands of eTextbooks to customize their course.

Students can purchase Cengage Unlimited eTextbooks through Cengage and at online or campus bookstores. Students can also use financial aid to purchase a subscription.

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College Sports Face Permanent Elimination after COVID-19 Budget Cuts

Athletes, alumni and fans are rallying communities on GoFundMe to help college athletics stay afloat

Redwood City, California | July 23, 2020 — As the economic effects of the coronavirus continue to devastate communities, some college sports are facing permanent elimination while athletic departments grapple with budget cuts. Athletes and alumni are scrambling to save their programs and are turning to GoFundMe to generate support for university and college sports during coronavirus.

College sports ranging from the University of Alabama hockey to Winthrop University tennis to Furman University baseball to South Carolina State soccer are in danger of elimination, with some fighting back to be reinstated. The loss of college sports will leave many students unable to afford college, as athletic scholarships provide financial assistance that allows them to attend school. The programs also provide jobs to coaches, students and university faculty.

In response, many programs are rallying their communities and raising funds on GoFundMe to help their programs weather the economic turmoil. In May, University of Alabama in Huntsville Hockey nearly lost their program due to the school’s athletic budget cuts. They were given a chance to save their program and had only a few days to find the $1 million needed. Their GoFundMe campaign raised over $500,000 in donations in just four days, and paired with private donations, the team is now preparing for their next season.

Many other programs are hoping for this same outcome. Sports have a way of uniting communities but their future remains hanging in the balance. For more information about programs looking for support, and how alumni and communities can help college sports programs stay afloat, please visit:

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Started in 2010, GoFundMe is the world’s largest free social fundraising platform. The GoFundMe community has raised over $9 billion from more than 120 million donations for people, causes, and organizations. GoFundMe is changing the way the world gives. Find us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.


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