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October 2014


Launch of Free Language Learning App For Over 30 Languages

OCTOBER 23 - BARCELONA, Spain -- Today the Vocabulary Trainer mobile app is launched by LanguageCourse.net. At absolutely no cost, users gain access to over ten thousand words and phrases and can choose among courses that cover slang, travel phrases, business terms, vocabulary for special exams such as the TOEFL or just the most frequently used words. With over 30 languages offered, users can learn English, Spanish, and many more languages ranging from Arabic to Vietnamese.

In addition to the large volume of free content the app also provides the unique option to create and learn your own word lists, based on your class text book, for example. When you upload a word, audio files with proper pronunciation and corresponding images are automatically retrieved by the Vocabulary Trainer to help you save time when making your own word list.

"Computer assisted flashcard systems can not only accelerate vocabulary learning, but they can also convert a formerly stressful and daunting task into a playful, enjoyable experience." said Daniel Spohn, director of LanguageCourse.net.

The app can be switched to the superlearning, listen-only mode, ideal for learning while driving or doing housework.

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Latin American and Latino studies program celebrates 40 years

OCTOBER 17 - The Latin American and Latino studies program at the University of Illinois at Chicago will celebrate its 40th anniversary with a series of events that includes a scholarship fundraiser, a film screening and panel discussions.

“Our program’s research and courses reflect the uniqueness of Chicago, which brings together Latinos of diverse national origins,” says Amalia Pallares, director of Latin American and Latino studies. “We look forward to strengthening our connections with faculty, students, alumni and friends in the community.”

The founding of the program in 1974 was driven by student activism. UIC students mobilized to raise concerns to the university administration and called for curriculum changes and targeted recruitment of students and faculty to make the campus more reflective of its neighboring Latino and multicultural communities.

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HACU’s Hispanic Higher Education Conference Sees Record Attendance

OCTOBER 16 - SAN ANTONIO, TX - - (HISPANICIZE WIRE) - The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities' (HACU) 28th Annual Conference “Championing Hispanic Higher Education: Investing in America’s Future,” held in Denver, Colorado, drew more than 1,500 participants from the U.S., Spain, the Caribbean, Central America, South America, and Mexico. The gathering, which took place on the first weekend in October, included more than 450 students from national colleges and universities at the Student Track focused on career preparation and development.

“HACU's Annual Conference continues to offer the Hispanic higher education community an essential forum to gather to share important initiatives, best practices and emerging trends at both Hispanic-Serving Institutions and emerging HSIs,” said HACU President and CEO, Antonio R. Flores.

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NJCU Council on Hispanic Affairs To Honor Three Visionary Leaders At 30th Anniversary Gala On Oct. 16

OCTOBER 10 - JERSEY CITY, N.J., PRNewswire/ -- New Jersey City University's Council on Hispanic Affairs (CHA) will celebrate its 30th anniversary and honor an international corporation and two distinguished alumni on Thursday, October 16, 2014 at Maritime Park in Jersey City, beginning at 7:00 p.m.

Three special awards will be presented at the 30th Anniversary CHA Gala:

• Goya Foods, Inc., based in Jersey City, will be honored with the CHA Corporate Citizenship Award.

• Carlos Beato '84 M.S.H.S., Chief Executive Officer of Bon Secours New York Health System, will receive the CHA Corporate Alumnus Award.

• The Hon. Jose Linares '75, United States District Judge, District of New Jersey, will be honored with the CHA Alumni Leadership Award for Public Service.

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The Firm Designed Georgia Gwinnett College's new Allied Health and Sciences Building.

OCTOBER 9 - ATLANTA,/PRNewswire/ -- The Design for Learning studio of tvsdesign is celebrating the opening of a new science laboratory project it designed at Georgia Gwinnett College (GGC) in the Atlanta suburb of Lawrenceville. On September 22, GGC officials held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its new Allied Health and Sciences Building. The new Allied Health and Sciences Building, located on the campus of Georgia Gwinnett College in Lawrenceville, Ga., was designed by Atlanta-based tvsdesign. "With STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education becoming increasingly important at our nation's colleges and universities, this project represents a significant investment by the University System of Georgia in the science programs at Georgia Gwinnett College," said Robert Balke, principal with tvsdesign. For more on this story click HERE to visit our Facebook page


OCTOBER 8 -- New York, NY -- COPIA Interactive, creator of one of the most robust, independent, full-featured digital content platforms and college digital bookstore sites, today announced relationships with seven additional publishers of higher-education textbooks and content.

COPIA partners with major global publishers to combine their vast content libraries and deliver them to students. The content is personalized to address the needs of each of the countries in which COPIA operates, thus ensuring that the publishers’ content can be best used no matter the language or format.

COPIA’s latest partnerships include material from top-named publishers, including Pearson, McGraw Hill, Macmillan Higher Ed, Cengage, Wiley and Lippincott and Wolters Kluwer Health. COPIA is pleased to share this news at the EDUCAUSE 2014 Conference.

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Columbia School of Social Work (CSSW) Expands MSSW Degree Program with New Online Option for Fall 2015 Semester

OCTOBER 7 - New York, NY— The School of Social Work at Columbia University—the nation’s first and most preeminent school of social work—today announced the expansion of its Master of Science in Social Work (MSSW) program through a new online option available in select U.S. regions. The program is open initially to residents of the areas of greater New York City, Albany, Buffalo, Syracuse, Hartford, Stamford, Washington, D.C., Miami/West Palm Beach, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and the entire state of New Jersey. Applications will be accepted through December 1st for the Fall 2015 semester. Prospective applicants should sign up for an informational Webinar on October 8 or November 21. See swadmissions.columbia.edu or call 1-855-532-5200 for details.

“We’re removing campus borders, and bringing Columbia—its quality education, its legacy and its network—to more people across the country,” said CSSW Dean Jeanette C. Takamura. “Our social work program is a nationally recognized leader in the field.

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Hispanicize City Groups Launch in Los Angeles, Miami and New York to Unite Latino Influencers in Blogging, Marketing, Journalism, Entertainment and Tech

OCTOBER 6 - LOS ANGELES, MIAMI and NEW YORK – (HISPANICIZE WIRE) - In recognition of the growing synergies between Latino influencers from the industries of marketing, blogging, journalism, film, music and tech, Hispanicize today announced the launch of Hispanicize city groups for Miami, Los Angeles and New York.

The three initial Hispanicize city groups will provide a one-of-a-kind, ongoing platform for Latino influencers from these industries in these metro areas to routinely connect with each other online and in person.

“The Hispanicize city groups are unlike anything anybody has ever seen in the U.S. Hispanic space because they are multi-industry focused, they regularly feature physical gatherings that will be fun and creative and they complement and don’t compete with other Latino organizations,” Manny Ruiz, chairman of the Hispanicize companies collective that owns Hispanicize 2015, the Latina Mom Bloggers network, Hispanicize Wire and the Hispanic PR Blog as well as a large interest in Being Latino.

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11 facts for National Hispanic Heritage Month


OCTOBER 3 - National Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates Latinos and their culture and history. Started as Hispanic Heritage Week in 1968 by President Lyndon Johnson, it was expanded to a month by President Ronald Reagan and enacted into law in 1988. Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica celebrated their independence days Monday followed by Mexico today and Chile on Thursday. Here are 11 facts that look at Latinos in the U.S. by age, geography and origin groups.

1. The U.S. Hispanic population now stands at over 54.1 million, making them the nation’s second-largest racial or ethnic group. Today Hispanics make up 17% of the U.S. population, up from 5% in 1970.

2. People of Mexican origin account for two-thirds (34 million) of the nation’s Latinos. Those of Puerto Rican origin are the next largest group at 4.9 million (with another 3.5 million on the island of Puerto Rico). There are five other Hispanic origin groups with more than 1 million people each: Cubans, Salvadorans, Dominicans, Guatemalans and Colombians.

3. There is diversity among Latino origin groups in major metro areas. Mexicans make up 78% of Latinos in the Los Angeles area but, in the New York City area, Puerto Ricans (28%) and Dominicans (21%) are the largest groups. Meanwhile, Salvadorans (32%) are most numerous in the Washington, D.C., metro area, and Cubans (54%) are the largest group in Miami.

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Hispanic Scholarship Fund Announces 2014-2015 College Camp Series

OCTOBER 2 -- LOS ANGELES -- The Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF), in a continuing joint effort with Groundbreaking Partner Wells Fargo, today announced that it will commence a second year of its College Camp program on the basis of a successful inaugural year.

The College Camp series offers free, bilingual workshops designed to help students and their parents prepare, plan and pay for college. Following the series kickoff in Chicago, additional College Camp workshops will be held through 2015, in Miami, Phoenix, Houston, Los Angeles, and Dallas.

"Last year's College Camp, which received top reviews from students and parents, was a resounding success, and we are very excited to launch this year's series with even more interactive sessions, presentations by top subject matter experts, and a tremendous slate of motivational speakers," said Fidel A. Vargas, President & CEO, Hispanic Scholarship Fund. "Everyone who attends will come away with some useful information about the college track, from vital information about academic requirements, applications, and financial aid to insights about campus life."

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National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts Will Honor Juanes With The Raul Julia Award

OCTOBER 1, 2014 WASHINGTON-- The National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts (NHFA) is pleased to name Latin Rock superstar and dedicated philanthropist Juanes as the recipient of the 2014 Raul Julia Award for Excellence. The two-time Grammy and 19-time Latin Grammy winner, as well as this year's Horizon Award recipients - actress Emily Rios (The Bridge) and actor Jesse Garcia (From Dusk Til Dawn) - will be honored at the NHFA's 18th Annual Noche de Gala. The special evening will be hosted by NHFA founders Jimmy Smits, Esai Morales, Sonia Braga, Merel Julia and Felix Sanchez on Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at the Mayflower Renaissance Hotel.

The Gala will also present the 2014 Scholarship recipients - with Marisa Medina,who is earning her MFA in film directing and graduating in May of 2015 from Columbia University - selected to speak on their behalf. The Noche de Gala dinner, underwritten by Ford Motor Company, will also feature a musical performance by "Best New Artist" Latin Grammy Winner Gaby Moreno.

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