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Students Demanded Short-Term International Trips, WorldStrides Delivered

New quick itineraries to destinations such as Spain, Morocco, England and Thailand are designed to provide students international experience and maximize time on campus after two years in a pandemic

WASHINGTON, D.C. – April 12, 2022WorldStrides, the leader in educational travel experiences, has created a brand new set of condensed itineraries for students to experience Europe, Asia and other popular destinations. Break Escapes trips are 7-10 day adventures led by local tour guides and are reinventing the overseas study abroad experience, providing insider access to the worlds’ top destinations.

“We designed BreakEscapes to occur during winter, summer, and spring breaks to cater to students who want an international experience and still want to have time for a full semester on campus or an internship during their scheduled breaks from school,” said Brian DeMoss, head of higher education marketing at WorldStrides. WorldStrides listened to feedback from their student travelers who have missed out on so much the last two years, both studying abroad and through on-campus living, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Destinations for Break Escapes include: Spain (Madrid & Barcelona), England (London), Costa Rica (San Jose & Tortuga Island), Fiji (Naviti & Beachcomber), Australia (Sydney & Cairns), Morocco (Fez & Merzouga), France (Paris), and Thailand (Chiang Mai & Krabi).

​​Break Escapes is different from other study abroad experiences – each trip is led by a local guide, familiar with each destination inside and out. Students will also stay in three- or four-star hotels rather than a hostel. Students can refer their friends, classmates and peers on campus for a reduced rate, and can even request the same roommate(s) for the duration of their trip. The fee for each seven-day, six-night adventure varies by location, but each includes premium hotel accommodations each night, most meals, exclusive cultural excursions led by local guides, and so much more. Students are responsible for their own roundtrip airfare. The deadline to apply is Sunday, May 1, 2022.

Students can learn more about BreakEscapes and begin planning their adventure here.

About WorldStrides
WorldStrides is the global leader in educational travel and experiential learning. The company was founded in 1967 to provide middle school travel programs to Washington, D.C., and has grown to provide a wide range of programs for more than 550,000 students annually from more than 5,000 K12 schools and universities to over 100 countries around the world. WorldStrides offers experiential learning programs in educational travel, performing arts, language immersion, career exploration, service-learning, study abroad, and sports. Each of these experiences helps students to see beyond the classroom and to see the world – and themselves – in new ways.

Contact
Chris Tygar
KWT Global for WorldStrides
ctygar@kwtglobal.com / (973) 229-0571

CrowdStrike Accepting NextGen Scholarship Applications For 2022-23 Academic Year

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

AUSTIN, Texas. (April 12, 2022) – CrowdStrike (Nasdaq: CRWD), a leader in cloud-delivered protection of endpoints, cloud workloads, identity and data, today announced the application period for its 2022-23 NextGen Scholarship Program is now open for submissions. This year, up to eight (8) scholarships of $10,000 will be awarded to select undergraduate and graduate students studying cybersecurity or artificial intelligence (AI). NextGen Scholarship applicants will also be included in the candidate pool for CrowdStrike internships, giving aspiring students both greater access to world-class education and marketable, real-world experience in one of today’s most critical and fastest growing industries.

CrowdStrike established the scholarship program in 2017 to nurture and develop the next generation of talent and research in cybersecurity and artificial intelligence (AI). To date, CrowdStrike has awarded more than $165,000 in scholarships to 24 of the top students in the U.S. and Canada.

Applicants for the 2022-23 academic year must be current undergraduates, graduate students or high school seniors who will be enrolled full-time at a college/university in the United States or Canada in the fall of 2022, majoring in cybersecurity or AI and achieving a minimum 3.30 GPA. Recipients will be evaluated based on academic achievement, essay content, expressed career interest and work/internship/volunteer experience in cybersecurity, AI or related fields.

“Cybersecurity is a field becoming more and more important every year, especially as our lives become increasingly digital. In the news, I constantly hear about data breaches, ransomware attacks, and numerous other cybersecurity threats,” said Aneesh Boreda, a 2021-22 NextGen Scholarship award recipient who is studying computer and information sciences at the University of Pennsylvania. “By pursuing a career in utilizing artificial intelligence to build powerful security tools to prevent these threats, I can help develop the next generation of algorithms used in the arms race between cyberattackers and security companies.”

How to apply

The scholarship program is administered by International Scholarship and Tuition Services, Inc. (ISTS), an independent company that specializes in managing sponsored educational assistance programs. ISTS hosts the online application process, responds to applicant inquiries and performs preliminary ranking for the selection process. For more information about the program and to begin the application process, visit here. The deadline to apply is June 2, 2022.

Past award winners

The recipients of the NextGen Scholarships for the previous academic year 2021-2022 were:

• Kehinde Ayano, graduate student at Purdue University
• Aneesh Boreda, undergraduate student at University of Pennsylvania
• Zachary Espiritu, undergraduate student at Brown University
• Wesley Muthemba, graduate student at University of Washington
• Ly Na Nguyen, undergraduate student at Columbia University
• Arianne Ghislaine Rull, undergraduate student at York University
• Sara Takhim, undergraduate student at Northeastern University
• Samuel Watson, undergraduate student at University of Alabama

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About CrowdStrike

CrowdStrike (Nasdaq: CRWD), a global cybersecurity leader, has redefined modern security with one of the world’s most advanced cloud-native platforms for protecting critical areas of enterprise risk – endpoints and cloud workloads, identity and data.

Powered by the CrowdStrike Security Cloud and world-class AI, the CrowdStrike Falcon® platform leverages real-time indicators of attack, threat intelligence, evolving adversary tradecraft and enriched telemetry from across the enterprise to deliver hyper-accurate detections, automated protection and remediation, elite threat hunting and prioritized observability of vulnerabilities.

Purpose-built in the cloud with a single lightweight-agent architecture, the Falcon platform delivers rapid and scalable deployment, superior protection and performance, reduced complexity and immediate time-to-value.

CrowdStrike: We stop breaches.

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Contact
Kevin Benacci
CrowdStrike Corporate Communications
press@crowdstrike.com

Smile Train Announces College Scholarship Program

NEW YORK – April 11, 2022 – Smile Train, the world’s largest cleft-focused organization, is pleased to announce a new college scholarship available for cleft-affected American high school students entering college. Two scholarship recipients will be selected by a Smile Train appointed College Scholarship Committee by sharing how their cleft is their superpower and demonstrating an inspiring vision for their academic future. The funds received can be used toward tuition, fees, course-related expenses, and room and board.

The scholarship was established to continue to celebrate Smile Train’s vision of fostering a truly global #CleftProud community and helping cleft-affected seniors each year receive access to quality higher education to pursue their academic desires. The application process invites students born with a cleft lip and/or palate, between the ages of 14 and 19, to share in an essay their academic achievements and extracurriculars, along with the leadership skills and lessons they garnered from being cleft-affected. Recipients are responsible for notifying their institution’s financial aid office of the scholarship award through appropriate forms, and are required to provide Smile Train with the details of sending the scholarship to their school.

Applications must be submitted online by the deadline of May 13, 2022. Scholarship Recipients will be notified through email by June 6, 2022. Students can learn more and apply online at smiletrain.org/college-scholarship.

About Smile Train

Smile Train empowers local medical professionals with training, funding, and resources to provide free cleft surgery and comprehensive cleft care to children globally. We advance a sustainable solution and scalable global health model for cleft treatment, drastically improving children’s lives, including their ability to eat, breathe, speak, and ultimately thrive. To learn more about Smile Train’s sustainable approach, please visit smiletrain.org.

Media Contacts

Nijha Diggs
Smile Train
ndiggs@smiletrain.org

Allison+Partners
SmileTrain@allisonpr.com

Short-Term Study Abroad Experiences Available at Oxford’s Oriel College

The program offers three-week classes for students to earn college credit

WASHINGTON, D.C. – April 6, 2022 – WorldStrides, the leader in educational travel and experiences, has partnered with Oxford’s Oriel College to offer university students from around the world an exciting educational experience at their historic campus in Oxford, England.

Designed to provide students a condensed study abroad experience, the Summer Institute will offer students three two-week sessions to choose from, and it allows them the flexibility to select the duration and courses that best meet their goals and time constraints.

“The program is built to give students back the time they have lost on campus the past two years during the pandemic and still offer a high-caliber study abroad experience at a world-class institution,” said Brian DeMoss, head of higher education marketing at WorldStrides. “We want to provide students with options to travel this summer and these courses are fun, intense two-week courses to gain credits while enjoying the summer in Oxford and nearby London.”

The programs are two weeks in length, and students will earn three credits per two-week session. Students will live in the Oriel College at Oxford dorms while being immersed in the culture of the historical city of Oxford, which is just an hour outside of London. The curriculum includes diverse course offerings such as artificial intelligence, modern philosophy, entrepreneurship in the 21st century, Shakespeare and shifting economic policies. The deadline to apply is April 20, 2022.

About WorldStrides
WorldStrides is the global leader in educational travel and experiential learning. The company was founded in 1967 to provide middle school travel programs to Washington, D.C., and has grown to provide a wide range of programs for more than 550,000 students annually from more than 5,000 K12 schools and universities to over 100 countries around the world. WorldStrides offers experiential learning programs in educational travel, performing arts, language immersion, career exploration, service-learning, study abroad, and sports. Each of these experiences helps students to see beyond the classroom and to see the world – and themselves – in new ways.

About Oriel College
Oriel College is the fifth oldest of the University of Oxford’s constituent colleges, founded in 1326. Situated in the heart of Oxford, Oriel is home to around 330 undergraduate and 250 postgraduate students, as well as over 100 members of academic staff. The majority of Oriel’s buildings date from the 17th century onwards and include the Chapel, Pantin Library, Senior Library, and Hall. The College prides itself on being a welcoming academic community, home to world-class teaching, learning and research.

Contact
Chris Tygar
KWT Global for WorldStrides
ctygar@kwtglobal.com / (973) 229-0571

RAD Announces ‘RAD Light My Way’ an Integrated Campus Safety Application

Detroit, Michigan, March 31, 2022 — Artificial Intelligence Technology Solutions, Inc., (OTCPK:AITX), today announced that its wholly owned subsidiary Robotic Assistance Devices, Inc. (RAD) has formally released RAD Light My Way™, the first of its kind facility and campus safety solution where users can control the lighting and security conditions of their environment.

“With RAD Light My Way, consumers whether they’re employees in a corporate office building, or students on a college campus can take control of their immediate safety surroundings while outdoors, especially at night,” said Steve Reinharz, CEO of AITX. “For years RAD has been producing remarkable security solutions based on our advanced artificial intelligence technologies, and corporate clients have benefited from the enhanced security and low cost they deliver.”

RAD Light My Way offers property management and campus security professionals a new and better way to address security. This breakthrough solution puts the power of security in the hands of employees, faculty, and students through the combination of affordable, smart, interactive technologies, a mobile app, and live remote monitoring and response services.

The facility management industry has taken notice. RAD Light My Way is the winner of the 2021 Best Workplace Experience Award, part of CBRE’s annual Supplier Innovation Challenge.

“We’re seeing that students and faculty members on college campuses want to be more empowered over how their security and safety is implemented,” said Michael Martin, CEO at Circadian Risk, a company which provides tools for risk analysis to optimize for risk solutions and help with OSHA, ISO, and unlimited compliance, threat, and hazard scenarios. “RAD Light My Way will certainly give end-users the peace of mind that’s often absent from outdated security systems,” Martin concluded.

The foundation of RAD Light My Way is RAD’s suite of artificial intelligence-driven security robotic devices. Each features a combination of high-resolution cameras, human and vehicle detection, license plate recognition, responsive digital signage and audio messaging, lights, sirens, and two-way communication with remote monitoring security personnel. Units are available in several form-factors: tower, wall-mounted panel, overhead device, and rugged, autonomous 4-wheeled mobile robot. These devices have already proven effective at performing many of the same tasks as onsite human guards. They deter the occurrence of crime, identify security threats, provide autonomous and human-assisted remote response, and provide “eyewitness” documentation of events via high-resolution, recorded video. Remotely monitoring personnel receive alerts whenever a device senses the motion of a human or vehicle.

“RAD Light My Way is a fantastic integration of technology that solves many parking lot security issues,” commented Jeffrey A. Slotnick, CPP, PSP, President of Setracon Enterprise Security Risk Management Services. “Almost every one of my clients has parking facilities. In the Pacific Northwest, we have short days and long nights in the winter, and often it is dark by 3:30 pm. I have spoken with many employees at various organizations. A primary concern is going from their workspace’s protected environment and out to the unprotected parking lot. It’s a cost-effective solution to a well-known problem and one I am recommending to any of my clients with parking lots.”

Robotic Assistance Devices (RAD) is a high-tech start-up that delivers robotics and artificial intelligence-based solutions that empower organizations to gain new insight, solve complex security challenges, and fuel new business ideas at reduced costs. RAD developed its advanced security robot technology from the ground up including circuit board design, and base code development. This allows RAD to have complete control over all design elements, performance, quality, and the user’s experience of all security robots whether SCOT™, ROSA™, Wally™, Wally HSO™, AVA™, ROAMEO™, or RAD Light My Way™. Read about how RAD is reinventing the security services industry by downloading the Autonomous Remote Services Industry Manifesto.

To learn more, visit www.radlightmyway.com or www.radsecurity.com

Media Contact
Doug Clemons
Chief Marketing Officer
doug.c@radsecurity.com

Fashionably executed: a collaboration with Hardware LDN and Biohaven Pharmaceuticals at New York Fashion Week

Lauren Durham, print editor-in-chief, Flyer News
Dayton, Ohio

London fashion designer Jessica Horwell debuted her grungy, eclectic Fall/Winter 2022 collection at New York Fashion Week on Feb. 12. Pieces included form-fitting dresses, flattering knits with shape-enhancing accents from balloon sleeves to fur cuffs, and a leather bomber jacket embroidered with the words “Fearless, “Grateful,” and “Relief” across the front to raise awareness for a disease that affects women three times more than men – migraine.

Biohaven Pharmaceuticals partnered with Hardware LDN to help empower women with migraine to advocate for themselves and demand more from their treatment.

“We’re about women empowerment. We’re about changing women’s daily lives, and that’s really where I see the connection,” Horwell said. “Not every woman cares about what they wear. But I do feel that when women feel confident in what they are wearing and when they feel healthy, they want to be out. They want to be seen and living their best lives.”

The Hardware LDN style is for tomboys to the girly girls to the latest up-and-coming rappers and creatives. Defined by leather, dress silhouettes and metal trims and embellishments, the brand is a mix of grungy and glamorous.

“Hardware LDN is about authenticity,” Horwell said. “When you buy Hardware, it’s because you want to be bold. You want to make a statement. You want to emphasize to people that you are part of that lifestyle.”

Established in 2014 by Horwell, Hardware LDN began with jewelry creations made with hardware she found in her friend’s garage. Horwell made custom pieces for her close circle of friends and creatives, including Cara Delevigne and Rita Ora, until eventually the brand grew into a high fashion line.

“It’s really important for me to make high quality garments, timeless pieces – jackets you’re going to look at five to ten years down the line and love them just as much as the day you bought them,” Horwell said. “I think there is so much fast fashion and badly made garments, and I want to make something different where people can see the love, quality and care that’s gone into making them.”

Two models living with migraine who use Biohaven Pharmaceuticals’ migraine treatment, Nurtec® ODT (rimegepant), walked the runway to further amplify the message of confidence and female empowerment.

Nurtec ODT is a prescription medicine used in adults for the acute treatment of migraine attacks with or without aura and the preventive treatment of episodic migraine. Nurtec ODT is contraindicated in patients with a history of hypersensitivity to rimegepant, Nurtec ODT, or to any of its components. Nurtec ODT may cause serious side effects including allergic reactions, including trouble breathing and rash. This can happen days after you take Nurtec ODT. Call your HCP or get emergency help right away if you have swelling of the face, mouth, tongue, or throat or trouble breathing. This occurred in less than 1% of patients treated with Nurtec ODT.

“My heart is racing. It’s so inspiring. I love being around other creative people,” said Amy Marietta, blogger and Nurtec ODT influencer, minutes after the show ended.

“I’m so happy to spread awareness about [migraine] because so many people are affected. This is the perfect partnership.”

Several other Nurtec ODT influencers and real-life migraine patients attended the show, including college student Ellie Wiese.

As a junior in high school, Wiese did not think she would be able to go to college because her migraine was so debilitating. When she turned 18, she enrolled in the Nurtec ODT trial.  Almost four years later, she is in her fourth year of a dual-degree program at Wagner College in Staten Island where she is studying to be a physician’s assistant.

“It’s a very intense, expedited program where you are just studying constantly. I absolutely know I would never have made it through this last year,” Wiese said, crediting Nurtec ODT for relieving her migraine pain and enable her to achieve her academic success. “I’m very grateful for everything everyone at Biohaven has done.”

She enjoyed her time at the show, noting how meaningful it was to interact with other women who also struggle with migraine.

“To see what the drug has done to change the lives of these women is really impactful because I know how much it’s changed my life,” Wiese said.

“Everyone thinks it’s just a headache, and it’s not. It’s not just a headache. To be able to be with a group of people that understand what you’re going through – because a lot of people don’t understand what you’re going through – to be heard and to share experiences and know you’re not alone is a very moving thing.”

Wiese noted that the words on the Nurtec ODT jacket were particularly meaningful, given the battles migraine patients fight all the time.

Horwell shared specific advice for college students or men and women in their early-20s.

“Don’t be afraid to be different. In fact, being different is one of the best things you can ever be. Thinking outside the box and thinking uniquely and creatively is a gift, and if you see that you have it, you need to follow it,” Horwell said.

Next up, Horwell is planning Hardware LDN pop ups in New York in June. She is also working on plans to expand her jewelry, accessories, and menswear. Her goal is to build upon the success of her New York show and continue to expand the brand.

And you might be wondering beyond the styles presented at the Hardware LDN show… what color is in for 2022? Conveniently, it’s Very Peri – a soft purple and a familiar hue to the color of the Nurtec ODT brand.

Amy Marietta, blogger and Nurtec ODT influencer, walks in the Hardware LDN Show

Nurtec® ODT 75 mg orally disintegrating tablets is a prescription medicine that is used to treat migraine in adults. It is for the acute treatment of migraine attacks and the preventive treatment of episodic migraine. Do not take if you are allergic to Nurtec ODT or any of its ingredients. The most common side effects were nausea (2.7%) and stomach pain/indigestion (2.4%). Please visit Nurtec.com for full Prescribing InformationPatient Information and Important Safety Information.

For more information about Nurtec ODT, visit https://www.nurtec.com.
For more information about Biohaven Pharmaceuticals, visit https://www.biohavenpharma.com.

Watch the NYFW 2022 Hardware LDN show here: https://www.vogue.com/fashion-shows/fall-2022-ready-to-wear/hardware-ldn
Runway photography courtesy of Filippo Fior, IMAXtree
FOH photography courtesy of Ben Rosser, BFA

US-RIMODT-2200237 03/15/2022

Phi Kappa Phi Celebrates 125th Anniversary

BATON ROUGE, LA — Today The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines, marks its 125th anniversary of honoring excellence and serving others.

The Society was established in 1897 at the University of Maine by a small group of seniors led by Marcus L. Urann.  Urann proposed that a society be formed to elect the ten highest-ranking seniors to an honor group. Following discussion with A.W. Harris, president of the University, and several interested professors, the Society of Lambda Sigma Eta was created. In 1899, the name of the group was changed to the Morrill Society, in honor of the senator who sponsored the act that created land-grant colleges. In 1900, the Society expanded to other campuses and adopted its present name, Phi Kappa Phi.

“The Society has a long tradition of celebrating academic excellence and service. This year we are particularly thankful as we reflect on our storied past, celebrate our members and look forward to a bright future. We are thankful for our many supporters over the past 125 years and look forward to building on their legacy as we work to deepen the impact of our numerous recognition, award, and grant programs,” said Society Executive Director and CEO Bradley Newcomer.  “Here’s to the next 125 years of recognizing academic excellence and supporting the community of scholars as they continue to serve their communities.”

Currently, the Society has chapters on more than 325 select colleges and universities in the United States, its territories and the Philippines and initiates approximately 25,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni each year. Membership is by invitation only to the top 10 percent of seniors and graduate students and 7.5 percent of juniors.

To celebrate, the national office will hold a celebratory luncheon for its staff. In addition, the Society will celebrate the milestone at its Biennial Convention this year in Orlando, Florida, Aug. 4 – 6.

To learn more about Phi Kappa Phi, including member benefits and eligibility requirements, visit www.PhiKappaPhi.org.

About Phi Kappa Phi
Founded in 1897, Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. Phi Kappa Phi inducts approximately 25,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni annually. The Society has chapters on more than 325 select colleges and universities in the United States, its territories and the Philippines. Membership is by invitation only to the top 10 percent of seniors and graduate students and 7.5 percent of juniors. Faculty, professional staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction also qualify. The Society’s mission is “To recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education and engage the community of scholars in service to others.” For more information, visit www.PhiKappaPhi.org.

Media Contact
Alyssa Papa
Communications Director
apapa@phikappaphi.org
(225) 923-7777

SPRING BREAK 2022: A COLLEGE STUDENT’S GUIDE TO RISKS

5 tips for college students as they embark on long awaited spring break adventures.

PHOENIX (March 7, 2022):  Nationwide, nearly 20 million college students are preparing to take their midterm exams before heading off to enjoy spring break. With dropping Covid-19 case numbers and an overall better outlook on the pandemic, many students are extra eager to escape from hectic college life.

Before students leave campus, GradGuard, the nation’s leading authority on helping protect college students and their families from the risks of college life, recommends students consider the following tips so they are prepared if something goes wrong.

1. Protect your health – Be sure you have your health insurance card, and if applicable, your COVID-19 vaccination card, with you and confirm your student health insurance will work while traveling.

2. Protect personal belongings – Be sure to consider purchasing GradGuard’s renters insurance, which is specifically designed for college students. It provides coverage for students’ belongings not only while on campus, but also while they are traveling worldwide.

3. Protect your identity – Be prepared with backup identification cards by taking photos of all your personal IDs and payment cards. If your wallet is stolen, you can quickly restore your life and return home easily.

4. Protect your trip – If you are leaving the United States, travel insurance can be a smart purchase and can include valuable services to help you overcome a financial loss and also help you return home in case something goes wrong on your trip.

5. Protect your dorm or apartment – Remember you are likely responsible for damages that may occur at your campus residence while you are away. Be sure to turn off all electronics and appliances before leaving.  But if something happens, GradGuard’s renters insurance can provide coverage for damages that occur while you are away from school.

“Understanding the risks of college life is always important and it is useful to consider these tips before spring break,” said John Fees, co-founder of GradGuard and a college parent himself. ”Students may be surprised that they will likely lose hundreds, if not thousands of dollars if their student’s semester is disrupted by a theft, unintentional damage to their student housing or a medical condition forces them to withdraw.”

GradGuard’s renters insurance enables students and families to easily replace a bike, laptop, cell phone, or other items that are stolen or damaged, not only while the student is on campus, but also while they are traveling to and from school or away on vacation.  In addition, GradGuard’s industry-leading tuition insurance program allows families to get a refund if they are forced to withdraw from school for covered medical conditions including COVID-19.

“While students have diverse goals for spring break, students are smart to be prepared and to protect themselves from a financial loss that could disrupt their semester or create greater financial stress,” said Fees. “Many colleges and universities agree, with more than 450 institutions partnering with GradGuard to help families protect against the risks of college life.”

About GradGuard:
GradGuard is the nation’s leading provider of college renters and tuition insurance. GradGuard is trusted by more than 450 colleges and universities to educate and protect nearly one million students and families from the risks of college life. Visit GradGuard.com to use its college insurance search tool to find the insurance programs that are right for your college student or recommended by their college or university.

Contact:
Natalie Tarangioli
ntarangioli@gradguard.com

Phi Kappa Phi Announces Semifinalists for Excellence in Innovation Award

BATON ROUGE, LA — The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi today announced the six semifinalists for the 2022 Excellence in Innovation Award. The $100,000 award, given once per biennium, will recognize an institution for achievement in finding powerful answers to important local, regional, national or global challenges.

The semifinalists were chosen from a large pool of applicants representing multifaceted projects at colleges and universities across the nation. The six semifinalists were selected based on the project’s ability to achieve meaningful, measurable outcomes to create systemic large-scale change.

The six semifinalist institutions are:

• Ball State University
• Boise State University
• Longwood University
• Pittsburg State University
• University of Colorado Colorado Springs
• University of North Georgia

“Since 2016 the Phi Kappa Phi Excellence in Innovation Award has showcased remarkable innovations at higher education institutions across the country. This year’s semifinalists are adding to this tradition of academic excellence and demonstrate a deep commitment to engaging their community of scholars in service to others,” said Society Executive Director and CEO Bradley Newcomer. “Phi Kappa Phi is proud to recognize and support these institutions and their faculty and staff as they work to improve their campus and local communities.”

Three finalists for the award will be announced in April. The recipient institution will receive $100,000 in tangible recognition of its best practice in response to the changes and challenges facing higher education in the 21st century. The award will be presented at the Society’s biennial convention on Aug. 5 in Orlando, Florida.

Since 1932, Phi Kappa Phi has awarded fellowships and grants to members and students on its chapter campuses. Currently, more than $1 million is awarded annually through programs that last year recognized over 425 individuals. The Excellence in Innovation Award, first awarded in 2016 is the Society’s only award for institutions.

For more information about the award, visit www.phikappaphi.org/innovation.

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About Phi Kappa Phi
Founded in 1897, Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. Phi Kappa Phi inducts approximately 25,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni annually. The Society has chapters on more than 325 select colleges and universities in the United States, its territories and the Philippines. Membership is by invitation only to the top 10 percent of seniors and graduate students and 7.5 percent of juniors. Faculty, professional staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction also qualify. The Society’s mission is “To recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education and engage the community of scholars in service to others.” For more information, visit www.PhiKappaPhi.org.

Media Contact
Alyssa Papa
Communications Director
apapa@phikappaphi.org
(225) 923-7777

Managing a Mental Health Diagnosis in College

Transitioning to college is a pivotal milestone for young adult students, and access to mental health support is crucial.

This article is the third in a three-part series sponsored by Alkermes, Inc. focused on supporting adult students and their community as they navigate mental health concerns. Check out parts 1 & 2 in this series for potential ways to access support throughout the transition to college and recognize some symptoms of mental illness.

As college students hit the books in the fall, health professionals are busy monitoring growing mental health issues in young adults.1 Since the pandemic began, there has been a rise in mental health issues in young adults age 18 to 24 years old, according to a report released by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in 2020.2

Another report from the Student Experience in the Research University Consortium found that, of 30,725 undergraduate students screened at nine research universities from May to July 2020, about one third had a serious mental illness.3

While these numbers are concerning, there’s a hopeful message for college students facing a mental health diagnosis: you are not alone. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), 75% of mental illnesses develop by age 24. It’s important to understand that a mental health condition is not your fault, and that help is available. In fact, the earlier people seek and attain help, the better.4

Early detection of mental health conditions is associated with more positive outcomes. In fact, according to National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), accessing support early on may also lessen long-term disability risks while preventing undue years of suffering.5 This makes it so important to find support for mental health as soon as needed, especially for college students.

If you or a friend are facing a mental health diagnosis, here are some things you may want to consider:

• Find healthcare providers you trust. Healthcare professionals you trust and who understand your situation can help you navigate your diagnosis and treatment journey.6

• Remember, you are not alone. There is an entire community of professionals, advocates and individuals living with mental illness who can help.7 There are many places to get started—consider looking into resources from Mental Health America, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) or The Schizophrenia & Psychosis Action Alliance, among others.

• Do what is most helpful to you. Living with a mental illness is not a one-size-fits-all experience. Whether you choose support groups, community resources, psychotherapy, medication or a combination, it’s important to work with your healthcare provider to choose the treatment options that work for you and your unique experience.8

• Keep going. It’s important to remember that getting appropriate care early can improve long-term mental health outcomes.5

To recap, whether you’re working to support your own mental health or helping to support a friend or family member, remember the importance of seeking help as soon as possible and taking advantage of available resources. If you are concerned, consider reaching out to a trusted medical professional in your area or accessing resources such as mental illness screening tools, tools for locating treatment providers and other educational materials.

Click HERE for Part 1 and HERE for Part 2 of this series, which provide more information on the challenges associated with transitioning to college, how that transition may impact a student’s mental health or signs that might indicate it’s time to seek support.

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 condition. Alkermes does not endorse and is not affiliated with the organizations listed in this article.

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