The Most Popular Entry-Level Jobs and Companies for College Graduates


Looking for your first job out of college? These are the companies hiring the most new grads and the most popular jobs among 2016 grads.

Graduation is fast approaching, and companies have posted millions of internships and entry-level jobs on LinkedIn. But like many students, you may not know how to start looking for a job, or even what your options are.

Our biggest advice is — don’t wait. Build your LinkedIn profile, and get started on your job search today.

Here are the companies that have hired the most U.S. grads in 2016, and the most popular jobs for college grads.

Most Popular Companies for Recent Graduates:
1. Deloitte
2. EY
3. PwC
4. Amazon
5. Oracle
6. Accenture
7. Target
8. JPMorgan Chase
9. Insight Global
10. Lockheed Martin

Most Popular Entry-Level Jobs and Median Salaries for Recent Graduates:
1. Account Manager - $50,000
2. Software engineer – $80,000
3. Business analyst – $59,000
4. Customer service representative - $35,000
5. Administrative assistant – $39,500
6. Recruiter - $39,200
7. Consultant - $73,000
8. Investment Banking Analyst - $85,000
9. Graphic Designer - $36,000
10. Staff Accountant - $50,000

LinkedIn is here to help you every step of your career journey to land a job you love. Browse entry level jobs on LinkedIn, and get started on planning your career journey today.

Methodology: To create this list, we looked at the 10 most popular entry-level jobs and companies that 2016 college graduates went into in the U.S. based on LinkedIn profile data of millions of students. Median salaries are the U.S. median of 0-1 year(s) of experience for each role as reported by LinkedIn Salary. The results of this analysis represent the world as seen through the lens of LinkedIn data. As such, it is influenced by how members choose to use the site, which can vary based on professional, social, and regional culture, as well as overall site availability and accessibility.

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Sophie Sieck
(415) 717-6241

National Meningitis Association Urges Students to take Pledge2Prevent

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FORT MYERS, FL – November 15, 2016 – In response to outbreaks of meningococcal disease on college campuses and the increased risk of infection among college-age populations, the National Meningitis Association (NMA) launched the Pledge2Prevent toolkit this week. The toolkit contains a variety of materials that will help student organizations, including fraternities and sororities, advocate for campus vaccine mandates and educate fellow students about meningococcal disease and its prevention.

Recent meningococcal disease outbreaks on U.S. college campuses, including University Wisconsin Madison, Santa Clara University, and Rutgers University illustrate the importance of vaccination against this devastating disease. Since these outbreaks, as well as most of the recent cases on college campuses, have primarily involved cases of serogroup B disease, the toolkit emphasizes that students should receive both the MenACWY and the MenB vaccines to be fully protected.

“Vaccination is the only way to protect yourself from meningococcal disease,” says Lynn Bozof, NMA President, “and everyone at increased risk needs to know that you need both kinds of vaccines to be best protected against the five major types of this disease.”

As part of the campaign, NMA included the stories of two advocates: Kolton Kreston, who survived serogroup B disease when he was a college junior, and Claudette Lewis, who lost her daughter Cherice to the disease when she was a sophomore.

“Fighting meningitis was the biggest obstacle I ever faced. The pain was so intense at times I didn’t want to live. I urge every student to learn more about meningitis and get both vaccines.” said Kolton, who now coaches wrestling at Northwestern College in Iowa.

The toolkit also features a video with more advocate stories. The video urges adolescents and young adults to talk to their doctors about both kinds of meningococcal vaccines.

Adolescents and young adults 16-23 years old are at increased risk of contracting meningococcal disease, which is fast moving and can be deadly or debilitating. Two vaccines offer protection against all five of the major strains of the disease: A, C, W, Y and B.

Other components of the toolkit include materials, such as a poster, fliers, an FAQ, and a sample petition, that can be used by members of the college community to educate others or advocate for change.

About meningococcal disease
Meningococcal disease is a serious bacterial infection that most often leads to severe swelling of the tissues surrounding the brain and spinal cord (meningitis) or infection of the bloodstream (meningococcemia). Even with antibiotic treatment, 10 to 15 out of 100 people infected with meningococcal disease will die; about 11 to 19 out of every 100 survivors will have long-term disabilities, such as loss of limb(s), deafness, nervous system problems, or brain damage.

About the National Meningitis Association
The National Meningitis Association (NMA) works to protect families from the potentially devastating effects of meningococcal disease by educating the public, medical professionals and others about the disease and its prevention. The NMA network also provides critical emotional support for families who have been affected by meningococcal disease. Visit for more information.

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Thomas Lloyd
National Meningitis Association
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American Cancer Society and CVS Health Foundation Award Grants to Help 20 Colleges and Universities Go Tobacco-Free in Largest Initiative of Its Kind


University of Pennsylvania is first Ivy League school to pursue 100% tobacco-free campus policy
Morning Consult survey shows strong public support for addressing smoking and tobacco use among college students
Now accepting online applications for next round of tobacco-free campus grants

ATLANTA, GA (November 14, 2016) – The American Cancer Society and the CVS Health Foundation today awarded grants to 20 U.S. colleges and universities as part of their Tobacco-Free Generation Campus Initiative (TFGCI), a $3.6 million multi-year program intended to accelerate and expand the adoption and implementation of 100 percent smoke- and tobacco-free campus policies. The announcement coincides this week with the American Cancer Society Great American Smokeout.

The Tobacco-Free Generation Campus Initiative is part of Be The First, CVS Health’s five-year, $50 million initiative that supports education, advocacy, tobacco control, and healthy behavior programming to help deliver the nation’s first tobacco-free generation. CVS Health has set actionable and measurable goals for Be The First, including a doubling of the number of tobacco-free college and university campuses in the United States.

“With our partners at CVS Health, we are excited to support the efforts of many dedicated students, faculty and staff to make their campuses smoke- and tobacco-free using proven strategies that will also reduce tobacco use among students,” said Gary M. Reedy, Chief Executive Officer for the American Cancer Society. “To be successful in creating a tobacco-free generation, it is important that we prevent and eliminate lethal and addictive tobacco use among college students.”

The American Cancer Society Great American Smokeout will take place on Thursday, November 17. The annual intervention effort encourages smokers to quit for a day, quit for good, or make a plan to quit, and raises awareness around the many tools and resources they can use to help them quit.

Grant Recipients from Coast to Coast
Over the next three years, the Tobacco-Free Generation Campus Initiative will award grants to a total of 125 colleges and universities throughout the U.S. with the greatest need for stronger tobacco prevention and control. The grants will help schools successfully advocate for, adopt and implement 100 percent smoke- and tobacco-free campus policies. Campuses will also receive technical assistance and resources to support their efforts with education, communications, cessation, and evaluation.

The University of Pennsylvania is one of the first 20 grant recipients, and is working towards becoming the first Ivy League institution to adopt a 100 percent tobacco-free campus policy.

“We are grateful to be among the recipients of the American Cancer Society/CVS Health Foundation tobacco control grant as it recognizes and supports Penn’s commitment to a tobacco-free campus,” said Penn President Amy Gutmann. “Under the leadership of Penn pulmonologist Frank Leone, we have developed an innovative, interdisciplinary approach to smoking cessation that has yielded unprecedented success in just two years. Frank Leone and his colleagues understand the complexity of the problem of tobacco dependence and the need to take a long-term view to change tobacco behaviors. This generous grant will greatly aid the University’s ongoing efforts to effectively address this major public health epidemic.”

Other grant recipients include: Bowling Green State University (Ohio), California State University San Marcos, Davenport University (Mich.), East Carolina University (N.C.), El Paso Community College (Texas), Indiana University – Bloomington, Lenoir-Rhyne University (N.C.), Merritt College (Calif.), Montclair State University (N.J.), Oakland University (Mich.), Penn State University (Pa.), Piedmont Community College (N.C.), Saint Mary’s College of California, Springfield College (Mass.), St. Xavier University (Ill.), Texas Christian University, Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi, University of Cincinnati Blue Ash College (Ohio) and University of Michigan.

Public Support for Tobacco Control on Campus
TFGCI grants are intended to address a critical, unmet need by supporting efforts to advocate for, establish and institute smoke- and tobacco-free campus policies. The U.S. Department of Education reports there are approximately 4,700 institutions of higher education in the United States. According to the Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation, only 1,427 campuses are 100-percent smoke- and tobacco-free. That reflects major progress over earlier years, but much remains to be done.

According to a new national Morning Consult poll of 2,202 registered voters commissioned by CVS Health on October 12-18 2016, there is strong public support for addressing the continued impact of tobacco use on college and university campuses. Among the key poll findings:

- Seventy-six-percent of Americans think youth smoking and/or tobacco use is a problem. Similarly, 69% of Americans think college student smoking and/or tobacco use is a problem.
- More than half of Americans (56%) think the number of tobacco-free campuses is too low. This is similar among U.S. college students where the combined percentage is 54 percent.
- Three-quarters (75%) of Americans support policies that prohibit smoking and other tobacco use on college campuses.
- Fifty-two percent of Americans think whether or not a campus is tobacco-free is an important consideration when applying to, and potentially attending, a college/university, ranking behind academic quality (86%) and quality of housing (79%), but ahead of how competitive athletic teams are (38%).

“We’re at a critical moment in our nation’s efforts to end the epidemic of smoking and tobacco use, and expanding the number of tobacco-free college and university campuses is an important step in our efforts,” said Troyen A. Brennan, M.D., M.P.H., and Chief Medical Officer for CVS Health. “We’re confident our strategy will drive a significant decline in the number of new college-age smokers, and contribute to the progress being made where a tobacco-free generation in the U.S. seems possible.”

Accepting Applications for New Grants
In partnership with the CVS Health Foundation, the American Cancer Society will begin accepting online applications for the next round of Tobacco-Free Generation Initiative (TFGCI) grants. The fall grant cycle will run through February 28, 2017 with the names of grant recipients to be announced in May 2017.

In addition to grants, colleges and universities will receive technical assistance throughout the tobacco-free policy planning and implementation process. Technical assistance will be provided through webinars, online resources and limited one-on-one consultations.

To learn more about the Tobacco-Free Generation Campus Initiative (TFGCI), U.S. colleges and universities are encouraged to visit To apply for a TFGCI grant, visit

For downloadable multimedia assets related to this announcement, visit

About The American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society is a global grassroots force of 2 million volunteers saving lives in every community. As the largest voluntary health organization, the Society’s efforts have contributed to a 23 percent decline in cancer death rates in the U.S. since 1991, and a 50 percent drop in smoking rates. We’re finding cures as the nation’s largest private, not-for-profit investor in cancer research, ensuring people facing cancer have the help they need and continuing the fight for access to quality health care, lifesaving screenings and more. For more information, to get help, or to join the fight, call us anytime, day or night, at (800) 227-2345 or visit

About the CVS Health Foundation
The CVS Health Foundation is a private charitable organization created by CVS Health that works to build healthier communities, enabling people of all ages to lead healthy, productive lives. The Foundation provides strategic investments to nonprofit partners throughout the U.S. who help increase community-based access to health care for underserved populations, create innovative approaches to chronic disease management and provide tobacco cessation and youth prevention programming. We also invest in scholarship programs that open the pathways to careers in pharmacy to support the academic aspirations of the best and brightest talent in the industry. Our philanthropy also extends to supporting our colleagues’ spirit of volunteerism through Volunteer Challenge grants to nonprofits where they donate their time and fundraising efforts. To learn more about the CVS Health Foundation and its giving, visit


American Cancer Society: Charaighn Sesock, 559.972.4877,
CVS Health: Joe Goode, 401.770.9820,

BPU Offers Sentiment Analysis Free to Universities


SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA—November 2, 2016–BPU Holdings Corporation (BPU) of Seoul, South Korea and BPU International today announced plans to offer free licenses for its ZimGo sentiment analysis platform to university development partners in Korea and the U.S. ZimGo leaps over competitive natural language processing (NLP) offerings in major ways with limited beta available first in Korean. BPU will soon announce details of a scholarship competition among participating universities.

“It is time to unleash the power of young college developers on the potential for sentiment analysis, machine learning, and the ZimGo platform,” states Oh Sanggyoon, CEO for BPU Holdings. “ZimGo is already ahead of very large competitors with its advanced features. Bright young minds can help us explore applications the world has yet to think of for natural language analytics and deep learning leveraging big data.“

While BPU is researching potential ZimGo applications for Law Enforcement, HealthCare, and Education, the company seeks to empower educational partners to advance this technology. Each university receiving free licenses will agree to mutually beneficial milestones while gaining access to the world-class BPU team pioneering this field for more than half a decade.

Another clear beneficiary of ZimGo’s potential is in the Political/Governmental area. ZimGo analysis of social media sentiment between U.S. presidential candidates reveals neck in neck public positive/negative feeling towards the candidates. Measuring areas like economy, foreign affairs, healthcare, immigration, income distribution, and Washington culture, the recent debates only minimally affected sentiment—perhaps confirming the level of follower commitment this late in the election process.

There are notable exceptions in two measured areas. Whereas, overall social sentiment regarding immigration is more positive for Trump, Clinton sentiment is more positive in the area of income distribution.

“This kind of social analytics empowers people to make more informed decisions as they seek to deal with the flood of social interactivity and manage their tribe while protecting privacy,” states Craig Burton, legendary technologist, advisor and BPU technical strategy leader.”

Recently announced solutions by large competitors tout limited Sentiment Analysis, as most are announcing simple API’s. BPU Holdings has support for API’s and ZimGo is a complete Sentiment Analysis application. While these recently announced platforms perform Syntax Analysis one sentence at a time, ZimGo scores entire paragraphs. More importantly, ZimGo has added support for emoticons. While others use a standard dictionary, in the English version due out later this year, slang is also analyzed using configurable dictionaries. ZimGo provides Entity Recognition for people or organizations. Planned Premium versions allow for in-depth analysis over time by person, brand, or entity.

Initially available in Korean, English and Japanese versions will soon be available in limited beta release. Those interested in joining the Beta may enroll for the beta at

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About BPU
BPU Holdings is a private Korean corporation that makes social networks better and search tech smarter, empowering the individual as the center of the connected universe, while protecting privacy. They bring this advanced technology first to the Korean market, then the world. The company currently focuses on Big Data, Sentiment Analysis, Natural Language Pattern recognition, Machine Learning algorithms, Social Science and Tribe Management as a service. Information about BPU is available by contacting


Press Contacts:
Korea – Kim, Heawon +82 10 502 94461 -
U.S. – John Pilmer 801-369-7535 -

DePauw Student Wins $15K Scholarship to Study in New Zealand

GoOverseas New Zealand Education

Berkeley, CA and Wellington, New Zealand – Go Overseas and Education New Zealand have announced the winner of their 3rd annual full-tuition scholarship to study abroad in New Zealand for a semester. Alicia Cotsoradis, a junior biochemistry major at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana, found out that she has won the $15,000 (USD) scholarship towards semester tuition and accommodation stipend.

With this scholarship, she will have the opportunity to gain a world-class education, make lifelong friendships, have unbeatable experiences and learn new ways of thinking – all for free. In addition, STA Travel will be sponsoring the student’s round-trip flight.

Originally from Lawrence, Kansas, Cotsoradis who plans to eventually study medicine, wrote in her application, “I chose to study abroad in order to eventually make me a better doctor. My patients will have such a large array of backgrounds, and during this semester abroad I want to work to know cultures other than my own so I can better my empathy skills and set myself up for success.”

She continued, “Specifically, I chose New Zealand because it represents a culture of imagination and an appreciation for all things beautiful. Between the incredible scenery, the love for adventure, and a culture based on long standing traditions, New Zealand holds all the elements necessary for me to explore myself and merge my science background with more hands on skills that will help me later in life.”

Representatives from Go Overseas and Education New Zealand traveled to the DePauw University campus in Greencastle, Indiana, to deliver the news.


Photo of Alicia Cotsoradis, a junior biochemistry major at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana, who is bound to New Zealand.

Alanna Dick, Field Director for North America for Education New Zealand, said, “After meeting Alicia and her family and friends at the DePauw campus, I am even more excited for Alicia to start her semester in New Zealand. Alicia’s drive to become a better doctor by experiencing New Zealand culture and meeting people from diverse backgrounds is inspiring and we are excited to be able to support her dream and follow her on this journey.”

The two past winners of the scholarship have had incredible adventures during their semester abroad in New Zealand. The 2014 winner was Emma Faucher of Castleton University in Vermont. Last year’s winner, Colin Murchison, of Wheat Ridge, Colorado, from the University of Arkansas has extended his stay and launched a blog called Adaptography with the goal of promoting cultural, financial and environmental sustainability through multiple forms of artwork including photography, videography and the written word.

Murchison said, “During my semester here, a passion and drive was lit inside me, and I knew I needed to do whatever I could to promote and educate others on environmental, cultural, and financial sustainability. To do so, I went through much self-evaluation and determined a way to best utilize my skill sets, ultimately creating”

“We’re incredibly excited that the New Zealand government shares our enthusiasm about international education and it’s so rewarding to offer such a meaningful scholarship,” says Mitch Gordon, Co-Founder and CEO of Go Overseas. Safe, culturally diverse and outstandingly beautiful, New Zealand is ranked in the top 10 countries in the world for its higher education and training.

The paperless scholarship application is unlike a traditional essay format. The goal is to get students engaged and excited about New Zealand from the get-go so even if they don’t win the scholarship, they will still be invested in studying abroad. Students can find information about the prestigious New Zealand universities they can attend, as well as learn about what it’s like to live in the island nation. During the application, students can choose whether they’d like to apply for Spring, Summer or Fall terms. They can also select up to three programs, either directly through a university or a study abroad program provider. The final step is to submit a high quality essay and New Zealand themed photo. The application for next year’s scholarship opens in late August on the website.

About Go Overseas
Go Overseas has a mission to empower everyone to engage in meaningful travel. Peer reviews, interviews, articles, and more help people make educated decisions on their travel programs. Go Overseas strives to provide reliable resources for our nearly 1 million monthly visitors so they are inspired to travel with a purpose.

About Education New Zealand (ENZ)
Education New Zealand’s primary role in student recruitment is to market New Zealand as an education destination to international students. Through their research and marketing programs, collaboration with international education partners and involvement in student recruitment and business development initiatives, ENZ aims to help their industry achieve growth. They have staff in 18 overseas locations and their head office is in Wellington.

Contact Information and Social Media Links

Mandi Schmitt, PR & Special Projects Director, Go Overseas | +1 (410) 533-9987 | @Mandi_Overseas | LinkedIn
Go Overseas: Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Google+ | LinkedIn

Deborah Pleva, Weinstein PR for Education New Zealand | +1 (503) 250-4750
Education New Zealand: Facebook | Twitter | YouTube


GoFundMe Awards $100,000 in Scholarships to 10 Promising Students

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Oct. 20, 2016 – GoFundMe, the world’s largest social fundraising platform, today announced the ten recipients of the first GoFundMe Scholarship program, giving a total of $100,000 toward their education. Each of the ten students will be awarded $10,000 to help pay for their college expenses.

To qualify for the scholarship, each student created a GoFundMe campaign, sharing personal stories of obstacles they’ve overcome in pursuing their education, how they’ve demonstrated character, and what winning the scholarship would mean to them with the hashtag #GFMScholarship. In just a week, the contest had more than 600 campaigns raise over $200,000 towards college expenses.

“We’re proud and excited to help these remarkable, determined students achieve their educational dreams,” said Rob Solomon, GoFundMe CEO. “All of us here have been touched by the stories shared by the scholarship winners, and we can’t wait to see how they’ll continue to give back to their communities.”

The ten GoFundMe scholarship winners come from different backgrounds and have unique life goals, but all have been determined to get an education despite challenges that have come their way. From Emettra, a single mother who went back to school and is finishing up her senior year to Alan, who went from a life of gang violence to college dean’s list.

Over the past several years, students, teachers, and parents are increasingly turning to GoFundMe to raise money for education expenses, including tuition. In fact, in the last two years, over $100 million has been raised on GoFundMe for education related campaigns, making it the fastest growing category on the platform.

Here are the winners of this year’s GoFundMe Scholarship:

Aubriana Mency is attending Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts. When she was in second grade her father died of bone cancer, and she and her mother became homeless. Without a reliable home, the Boston native missed several months of school, but made a promise to both of her parents that she would always work hard in school.  Mency received a scholarship from Hampshire that will pay for her first year in full, but she’s raising money on GoFundMe to help with additional expenses in the years to come.

Pauline Muturi came to the U.S. with her family from East Africa 19 years ago, and despite their struggles, her parents taught her the importance of perseverance and the value of getting an education. Pauline is a DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) student and is not eligible for federal financial aid. She is currently attending Florida State University (FSU) in Tallahassee, and while she works two jobs and maintains a 3.56 GPA, she worries if she’ll be able to stay.

Emettra Nelson is a single mother in her final year at Michigan State with only 19 credit hours between her and a degree in Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources. Currently living in East Lansing, she recently learned she was not awarded the financial aid that she’s had in previous years. While she works part-time, the money she makes is not enough to cover tuition. Emettra turned to GoFundMe to get to the finish line and make her daughter proud.

Amir Fluellen‘s father has been incarcerated since before Amir could walk. The Philadelphia native is starting his freshman year atSalisbury University in Maryland. He and his two brothers were raised primarily by his mother, and at age 5, Amir made a promise to his parents that he would graduate from college. He was well on his way until his mother was diagnosed with cancer. Though she has recovered, the financial burden of her illness limited his family’s ability to help him pay for college. Amir, an avid lacrosse player, turned to GoFundMe for help.

Alyssa Wray is an honor student who graduated high school with a 4.01 GPA. Wray has always prioritized her education and was excited to attend Virginia Tech this fall. When her sister contracted a rare “flesh-eating” bacterial infection, which requires someone to be with her 24 hours a day, Alyssa and her family focused on her sister’s recovery. Medical bills have taken a toll on the family, so Alyssa turned to GoFundMe to help with tuition for her first year at Virginia Tech.

Alan Gonez loved school when he was younger, but after getting mixed up with the wrong crowd in middle school, and losing his close friends in gang shootings, Alan moved to a different school. It was there he joined the P.R.I.D.E program and turned his life around, raising his GPA from 1.8 to 3.8. After high school, Alan attended Cerritos Community College where he obtained a 4.0 GPA and made the Dean’s List his last two semesters. Along with his full school load, he pursued extracurricular activities and volunteer opportunities to give back to his community. Alan is now attending UCLA studying Geography.

Bezaleel (Bez) Balan was born in the Philippines and grew up in Guam. Her family then moved to San Francisco so she could pursue her college education. Her parents did cooking, cleaning, and construction jobs to support her undergraduate education at University of San Francisco, where she graduated magna cum laude. Bez is now in her final year of graduate school at the UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture. Bez has designed an elementary school in Sudan and orphanages in Haiti. She works multiple jobs and maintains straight As in hopes of continuing to pay it forward.

Sandy Gonzalez moved to the U.S. from Mexico at age 6, only to be abandoned by her mother. Her grandmother, an immigrant herself, fought to become her legal guardian and get Sandy permanent residency so she could stay in the U.S. and continue her education. Sandy is the first person in her family to attend college and is a sophomore at California Lutheran University with a GPA of 3.7.

In three years, Gonzalez will be able to apply for citizenship and will also help her grandmother become a citizen. Sandy says she wants to help those in need so that they never have to feel alone in a big world like she did. She plans to go on to get her PhD in Psychology.

Mayia Vranas was diagnosed with Tourette’s and OCD in the 3rd grade. Despite her disability, Mayia stayed focused and graduated with straight As. She’s now attending UC Berkeley, where she is studying physics and is the Co-VP of the Society for Physics Students. Because of her disability, Mayia cannot maintain a job on top of her academic schedule, but needs to take an extra semester for her courses.  She plans to go on to graduate school in physics to receive her Ph.D., which she has dreamed of doing since she was a young girl.

Thayne Yazzie grew up on a Navajo reservation without running water or electricity. When he was a child, he had an emergency where he was airlifted out of the remote area and rushed to a hospital. If not for that flight, he wouldn’t have received the necessary medical treatment. He realized then that he wanted to help the Navajo Nation by giving them more access to healthcare and get a Medevac certification. He graduated from Western Washington University, moved back home to teach at his childhood school and is now atEastern New Mexico University working towards his flight certification. Thayne is also a talented artist, and for each donation he received on his GoFundMe campaign he sent a piece of his art.

About GoFundMe
Launched in 2010, GoFundMe is the world’s largest online fundraising platform, with over $3 billion raised so far. With a community of more than 25 million donors, GoFundMe is changing the way the world gives.

Media Contact
Bobby Whithorne
(949) 233-9977

New PEN America Report on Campus Free Speech Controversies and Call

New PEN America Report Sets Out Principles to Defuse Campus Free Speech Controversies

NEW YORK – OCTOBER 17, 2016 – Addressing concerns that recent campus controversies may lead a rising generation to grow alienated from core American values of free speech, PEN America today released the “PEN America Principles on Campus Speech” to help guide university students, faculty, and administrators to advance inclusion and equality while safeguarding intellectual and academic freedom.

The Principles were released as part of the groundbreaking investigative report And Campus for All: Diversity, Inclusion, and Free Speech at U.S. Universities, which examines the future of free speech in American higher education. While declaring that there is no current crisis for free speech on campus, the report notes that “Free speech advocates face an urgent task to articulate how unfettered expression can be reconciled with acute demands for greater equality and inclusion, and, indeed, how such freedoms are essential to the realization of these goals.”

Coming from the American arm of the world’s leading free expression organization, the PEN America Principles on Campus Speech stand to shape the direction of these raging debates nationally, offering a way to address some of the most polarizing campus unrest in decades over issues such as sexist speech, racial epithets, controversial campus speakers, trigger warnings, and so-called “safe spaces” and “microaggressions.”

“The debates over racism, sexism, and homophobia that are rocking the national political discourse are also roiling American campuses, at times seeming to pit activists demanding diversity, fairness, and inclusion against advocates of free speech,” said Suzanne Nossel, Executive Director of PEN America. “The PEN America Principles on Campus Speech recognize that our universities are more diverse than ever before, but not everyone feels heard. We aim to point the way toward a campus that is truly open to full participation by students of all backgrounds and viewpoints, while upholding–and in fact advancing–the values of free speech and unfettered inquiry that have made the American system of higher education the envy of the rest of the world.”

The report combines extensive research and thorough analysis of all sides of recent debates as well as three case studies informed by exclusive interviews with protagonists in some of the most pitched campus battle in recent years: skirmishes over free speech and issues of race at Yale, conflict around anti-Semitism and the movement to Boycott, Divest, and Sanction Israel at UCLA, and controversies over the implications for free speech of specific provisions of Title IX, the law that bars sex discrimination at educational institutions, at Northwestern University.

The PEN America Principles offer concrete guidance on how universities can approach campus speakers, the concept of safe space, campus civility, microaggressions and the language of harm, trigger warnings, and the relationship between speech and harassment under Title IX, among other topics.

In addition to releasing the report, PEN America will be continuing the conversation at a convening November 17-18 at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, featuring Yale Dean Jonathan Holloway, UCLA’s Jerry Kang, Slate’s Michelle Goldberg, and a number of the most prominent student leaders active in these debates.

The report, executive summary, and PEN America Principles are available at

To encourage and support informed media coverage of this important issue, PEN America will offer student journalists privileged access to cover the release with a conference call briefing on the report and the related free speech issues at 5pm today, featuring a Q&A with PEN America Executive Director Suzanne Nossel, award-winning journalist and lead investigator for the report EJ Graff, and PEN America Trustee and Buzzfeed Culture Editor Saeed Jones. Journalists who wish to join the conference call should register at or call in directly:

The dial-in number is 1-888-585-9008.

You will be then prompted to enter a “conference room code.” Enter: 731-634-296.


PEN America stands at the intersection of literature and human rights to protect open expression in the United States and worldwide. We champion the freedom to write, recognizing the power of the word to transform the world. Our mission is to unite writers and their allies to celebrate creative expression and defend the liberties that make it possible.

Omar Safadi
(708) 663.0807

Emily Whitfield
(917) 686.4542

Student Briefing: Diversity, Inclusion, and Free Speech at US Colleges


For Monday, October 17, 2016

Omar Safadi, PEN America:, +1 (646) 779 4830

And Campus for All: Diversity, Inclusion, and Free Speech at U.S. Universities
New PEN America Report Examines the State of Free Expression on Campus

NEW YORK—On Monday, October 17, PEN America will release the groundbreaking new report And Campus for All: Diversity, Inclusion, and Free Speech at U.S. Universities, which examines the future of free speech in American higher education. To encourage and support informed media coverage of this important issue, PEN America will offer student journalists privileged access to cover the release with a conference call briefing on the report and the related free speech issues at 5:00pm on October 17, featuring a Q&A with PEN America Executive Director Suzanne Nossel and award-winning journalist EJ Graff, the lead investigator for the report.

And Campus for All combines extensive reporting and thorough analysis of all sides of recent debates, as well as three case studies informed by exclusive interviews with protagonists in some of the most pitched campus battles in recent years: skirmishes over free speech and issues of race at Yale, conflict surrounding activism on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict at UCLA, and controversies over the implications for free speech of specific provisions of Title IX—the law that bars sex discrimination at educational institutions—at Northwestern University. Coming from the American arm of the world’s leading free expression organization, the incorporated “PEN America Principles on Campus Speech” stand to shape the direction of these raging debates nationally. The PEN America Principles offer a way to address some of the most polarizing campus unrest in decades over issues such as sexist speech, racial epithets, controversial campus speakers, trigger warnings, and so-called “safe spaces” and “microaggressions.”

Participants in the briefing call will be eligible to apply for financial support to attend a follow-up closed-door symposium with 30 prominent figures involved in campus free speech controversies at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia on November 17-18, 2016.

WHO: PEN America Executive Director Suzanne Nossel and Journalist EJ Graff

WHAT: Student journalist briefing call for new report And Campus for All: Diversity, Inclusion, and Freedom of Speech at U.S. Universities

WHEN: Monday, October 17, 2016, 5:00pm

WHERE: Conference call dial-in will be provided upon registration

WHY: Amid concerns that recent campus controversies may lead a rising generation to grow alienated from core American values of free speech, PEN America will release on Monday the “PEN America Principles on Campus Speech” to help guide university students, faculty, and administrators to advance inclusion and equality while safeguarding intellectual and academic freedom.

Journalists who wish to join the conference call must register here. An embargoed copy of the report and dial-in number for the conference call will be provided to all those who register.


PEN America stands at the intersection of literature and human rights to protect open expression in the United States and worldwide. We champion the freedom to write, recognizing the power of the word to transform the world. Our mission is to unite writers and their allies to celebrate creative expression and defend the liberties that make it possible.

Kaplan Survey: Law School Slump May be Over, but Recovery is Fragile

Kaplan Test Prep Survey: Law Schools Show Continued Optimism, but Fragile Recovery Leads Most to Favor the Closure of Existing JD Programs and Limiting New Ones


New York, NY (October 6, 2016) – This past admissions cycle, the legal education community saw something they haven’t seen since 2009: an increase in the number of law school applications and LSAT® takers. This momentum is reflected in continued optimism that Kaplan Test Prep finds in its 2016 survey of law school admissions officers.* Of the 111 law schools from around country that participated in the annual survey, 92 percent say that they are feeling “more optimistic about the state of legal education” than they did one year ago. That optimism leads 78 percent of respondents to express confidence that their law school will see another increase in applications for the 2016-2017 application cycle — a far cry from the 46% who expressed such confidence, when Kaplan conducted its 2014 survey.

But perhaps still wary from a multi-year application slump and the continued tight job market for law school graduates, America’s law schools want to tread carefully. Nearly two-thirds of law schools (65 percent) agree that it “would be a good idea if at least a few law schools closed.” Additionally, 52 percent support a recent recommendation by the National Advisory Council on Institutional Quality and Integrity to the U.S. Department of Education, which was ultimately rejected, that the American Bar Association be stripped of its ability to accredit new law schools for a period of one year.

“Law schools are in the midst of what we might call a fragile application and financial recovery. We see cautious optimism, but by no means are they roaring back to life, so opening additional law schools could set things back by contributing to a job market saturated with too many lawyers looking for a limited number of jobs,” said Jeff Thomas, executive director of pre-law programs, Kaplan Test Prep. “The good news for pre-law students is that the data shows that the worst of the law school application crunch and job crisis is likely over, but we encourage aspiring attorneys to be thoughtful about what they want from law school and what that want to do with their degree.”

Kaplan’s survey also found that just 24 percent of law schools cut the number of seats for their 2016 class of first-year students, lower than the 35 percent who reported doing so for the 2015 class of 1Ls and and the 54 percent who did for the 2014 class.

“It is exciting to see increasing interest in attending law school,” said Robert Schwartz, assistant dean of admissions at UCLA School of Law. “With the job market for lawyers improving, it’s entirely plausible that we will continue to see another increase in applications this year. In the meantime, it remains imperative for law schools to keep innovating and keep tuition in check to help make law school a more attractive place for would be professionals.” Schwartz noted that UCLA Law froze tuition for the class of 2019.

“Law school is, and has been, an investment,” added Stephen Brown, assistant dean, Fordham University School of Law. “The happiest and most successful law students are the ones who come to school with a reasonable goal, a plan to achieve it – and passion.”

* For the 2016 survey, 111 of the 205 American Bar Association-accredited law schools were polled by telephone between August and September 2016. Included among the 111 are 12 of the top 25 law schools, as ranked by U.S. News & World Report.

LSAT® is a registered trademark of the Law School Admission Council, which neither sponsors nor endorses this product.

About Kaplan Test Prep
Kaplan Test Prep ( is a premier provider of educational and career services for individuals, schools and businesses. Established in 1938, Kaplan is the world leader in the test prep industry. With a comprehensive menu of online offerings as well as a complete array of print books and digital products, Kaplan offers preparation for more than 100 standardized tests, including entrance exams for secondary school, college and graduate school, as well as professional licensing exams for attorneys, physicians and nurses. Kaplan also provides private tutoring and graduate admissions consulting services.

Note to editors: Kaplan is a subsidiary of Graham Holdings Company (NYSE: GHC)
Press Contact: Russell Schaffer,, 212.453.7538
Twitter: @KapTestNews@KaplanLSATPrep

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Sports Network Announces College Volleyball and Soccer Schedule for September 30 – November 11

WHAT: beIN SPORTS’ 2016 College Olympic Sport coverage kicks off with Rice University visiting Middle Tennessee State University for a women’s volleyball face-off in Murfreesboro, Tennessee on Friday, September 30th exclusively on beIN SPORTS CONNECT. The action continues through October and November with women’s volleyball and men’s soccer.



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