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November 2014



LOS ANGELES, CA - Today, MALDEF announced the twelve recipients of its 2014 law school scholarships, doubling the number of law school students receiving the scholarships from last year. MALDEF has annually awarded scholarships to five or more law students of up to $5000 each. Additionally, MALDEF announced that the application for the 2015 Law School Scholarship is now open, and that applications are due Friday, January 15, 2015.

“We once again saw an abundance of highly qualified applicants for a limited number of scholarships, and we felt compelled to award more scholarships than usual this year,” stated Thomas A. Saenz, MALDEF President and General Counsel. “We look forward to the significant contributions each of our recipients will make in their legal careers to civil rights in the United States.”

The 2015 Law School Scholarship is open to all students who are enrolled at an accredited United States law school in school year 2014-2015. MALDEF awards scholarships to law students who seek to further the civil rights organization’s mission and commitment to advancing the civil rights of Latinos across the United States through their legal careers.

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The Mexican Museum Expands Leadership Staff for New Building Development Funding and Project Management

Armando E. Zumaya to oversee Museum’s Capital Campaign and Cynthia Ann Doll to act as Owners Representative for New Building Construction

SAN FRANCISCO, CA — November 21, 2014 — As The Mexican Museum plans for the July 2015 groundbreaking for its new home at 706 Mission Street in the heart of the Yerba Buena Gardens Art District, the premier West Coast museum of Mexican, Mexican-American, Chicano, Latin American, and Latino art, culture and heritage announces the addition of Armando E. Zumaya and Cynthia Ann Doll to the Museum’s leadership team. Their photos/headshots are available upon request.

In his role as Senior Vice President of Business Development and Campaign, Zumaya will be responsible for overall development funding and the Capital Campaign for the new Museum facility. He comes to The Mexican Museum with 30 years of experience directing development campaigns for such notable organizations as the University of California, Berkeley, the San Francisco Opera, Playworks in Oakland, CA, BRIDGE Housing in San Francisco, Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, and the Children’s Defense Fund in Washington, D.C.

Zumaya is a longstanding member of key industry associations, such as the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and American Prospect Research Association (APRA). An internationally-recognized speaker at fundraising and development conferences, he received a Master’s Degree in International Relations from the University of California, Riverside.

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Over 385 Minorities Considering New Careers as Business Professors to Attend Award-Winning PhD Project Conference

TAMPA, Fla - As a founding supporter, AACSB International (AACSB) is pleased to commend The PhD Project for inviting over 385 minority business professionals (of the approximate 735 who applied) to attend its 21st Annual PhD Project Conference, being held November 19-21, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare, Chicago, IL. Since 1994, AACSB has been a supporter of The PhD Project, which encourages minority business professionals to consider careers as business professors, as a way to attract and mentor a new generation of minority undergraduates within higher education.

As attendees, the selected candidates will hear about the benefits of pursuing a business PhD from esteemed deans, professors, and current minority doctoral students. Participants will also be exposed to more than 100 doctoral-granting universities represented via an exhibit fair, and will have the extensive opportunity to network with university reps, presenters, and attendees of all levels—providing prospective candidates with the tools and resources they need to be better prepared for the doctoral application/admission process.

When The PhD Project was created in 1994, there were only 294 doctorally-qualified African-American, Hispanic American or Native American business professors in all U.S. business schools. Now, as it celebrates its 20th Anniversary, there are 1,267 minority business professors. Further, over 320 minorities are currently enrolled in doctoral programs, and will take a place at the front of the classroom over the next few years.

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The PhD Project Reports on 20 Years of Changing the Face of U.S. Business School Faculties: Minority Professors More Than Quadrupled

The PhD Project, which works to provide role models to encourage more minority undergraduates to study business and pursue business careers celebrated its 20th anniversary this week. To mark the occasion, the project has released a report on the impact it has made in higher education.

Since its inception in 1994, The PhD Project has been responsible for more than quadrupling the number of those role models -- African-, Hispanic-, and Native American business professors.

There were just 294 minority professors teaching college level business in the entire United States in 1994. Today there are 1,267, The PhD Project reported. In addition, another 313 African-, Hispanic- and Native Americans are now enrolled in doctoral programs to become business professors. Of these numbers, 308 faculty and 100 doctoral students are Hispanic-American.

“The last 20 years have demonstrated that African-, Hispanic-, and Native Americans are indeed interested and ready to excel as business professors, and they are making an impact in classrooms across the country. In 1994, that wasn’t a universally held belief,” said Bernard J. Milano, The PhD Project’s co-founder and President of the KPMG Foundation, creator and lead sponsor of the program.

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Edward M. Kennedy Institute Hosts Leaders In Massachusetts Higher Education

Forty MA university presidents join Senator Markey, AmeriCorps VISTA volunteers for timely discussion on civic education.

BOSTON, Nov. 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- On Friday, November 14, 2014, the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate (EMK Institute) welcomed presidents and chancellors from 40 Massachusetts universities to a high-level dialogue on civic education and engagement. The day began with presidents and chancellors meeting for the 2014 Massachusetts Campus Compact (MACC) Breakfast, also attended by AmeriCorps VISTA volunteers, and featured a keynote address by Senator Ed Markey (D-MA).

Senator Kennedy helped launch the state compact network for Massachusetts' institutions of higher education twenty years ago. The statewide higher education association is dedicated to promoting student service. The coalition of more than 70 college and university presidents is committed to developing the civic engagement skills of students and fulfilling the public purpose of higher education.

"It was a great honor to host this distinguished group at the Kennedy Institute as well has have Senator Markey join us for this timely discussion on civic education," said Dr. Jean F. MacCormack, the Institute's president. "The Kennedy Institute is committed to promoting civic education and inviting educators at all levels inside our facility is something we are proud to do."

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IIE’s “Generation Study Abroad Initiative” prepares global citizens for the new workplace; tackles barriers that keep students from studying abroad.

(BALTIMORE, MD, AND PORTLAND, ME – Nov. 10, 2014) -CIEE: The Council on International Educational Exchange today announced a commitment to tackle the major barriers that keep students from studying abroad – cost, curriculum, and culture – with a centerpiece pledge of $20 million in scholarships and grants to American students through the Generation Study Abroad™ initiative. CIEE will also sponsor passports for 10,000 students to enable participation, and make an annual $20,000 grant to college faculty to support innovative approaches for custom study abroad programs.

“Globalization has changed the way the world works, and employers are increasingly looking for workers who have international skills and expertise. Studying abroad must be viewed as an essential component of a college degree and critical to preparing future leaders. CIEE’s greatly expanded outreach and scholarship offerings will make a significant contribution to expanding and diversifying the population of students who have the opportunity to study abroad,” said Institute of International Education President and Chief Executive Officer Allan E. Goodman.

Data shows that fewer than 300,000 U.S. students per year study abroad, which means that less than 10 percent of all U.S. college students experience international education before they graduate. The Generation Study Abroad initiative was launched earlier in 2014 and challenges institutions of higher education, governments, and associations to support study abroad and to double the number of U.S. students studying abroad by the end of this decade.

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Goya Foods Offers $20,000 Culinary Arts Scholarship To Students Nationwide

Nov. 14, 2014 SECAUCUS, N.J., /PRNewswire/ -- Goya Foods, America's largest Hispanic-owned food company, today announced the offering of the company's $20,000 nationwide Culinary Arts Scholarship Program granted annually to four students entering their freshman year of college to obtain their first undergraduate degree in culinary arts and/or a food sciences area of study.

Goya's Culinary Arts Scholarship is available on a competitive basis to students entering an accredited two-year or four-year institution. Scholarships are in the amount of $5,000 awarded per academic year starting in Fall 2015 and are renewable for up to three additional years provided the student remains eligible to receive funding.

"As the leader in Latin American food, Goya's Culinary Arts Scholarship Program is one of our educational pillars and part of our mission to celebrate, nurture, and preserve Goya's diverse culinary heritage and future," says Peter Unanue, Executive Vice President of Goya Foods. "We pride ourselves on authenticity, high-quality, and culinary traditions and established this special scholarship in order to provide students the opportunity to pursue their passion in the culinary arts and food sciences industries."

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CSU Dominguez Hills Awarded Second Multi-Million Dollar Grant to Improve Academic Skills of Hispanic Graduate Students

U.S. Department of Education’s $2.9 million grant to fund the creation of Graduate Writing Institute for Excellence at CSUDH

NOVEMBER 12 -- (Carson, CA) – California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) has received a five-year $2.9 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s (DOE) Title-V, Part B-PPOHA (Promoting Postbaccalaureate Opportunities for Hispanic Americans) program to launch the Graduate Writing Institute for Excellence (GWIE). The institute will advance the reading, writing and research skills of the university’s graduate students through a comprehensive skills enhancement program, and seek to develop additional academic and professional partnerships that will help foster student success. Thirty-six percent of CSUDH’s graduate student population is Hispanic.

The DOE grant will enable the GWIE to advance academic achievement by providing discipline-specific research assistance, subject-specific tutoring, and thesis and capstone project support using innovative pedagogical techniques based upon the proven success of Cross-Aged Peer Assisted Learning models. Doctoral students will be employed as Cross-Age Peer Student (CAPS) mentors, who will partner with Faculty Fellows from 24 graduate-level professional and credential programs at CSUDH, thereby implementing the multi-pathway writing and research skills enhancement program.

In 2010, the university was awarded its first PPOHA grant of $2.4 million, which was used to create the GWIE’s successful predecessor program: Promoting Excellence in Graduate Studies (PEGS).

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Florida Institute of Technology Honored for Supporting Service members, Veterans, Bisk Education Reports Florida Tech's 100% online degree and certificate programs can be accessed anytime, anywhere by military students.

TAMPA, Fla., Nov. 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Florida Institute of Technology is among the nation's Best Colleges for Veterans, according to the 2015 rankings from U.S. News & World Report. In its second year providing these rankings U.S. News & World Report again recognized Florida Tech for its support of veterans, active-duty servicemembers and their dependents.

To be ranked by U.S. News, universities must be certified for the GI Bill®, belong to the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) Consortium and participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program.

At Florida Tech, military students can also access benefits including:

Special military tuition rate of $250 per credit hour for active-duty servicemembers, selected Reserves, National Guard servicemembers and their spouses

10% savings on undergraduate tuition rates for veterans and their spouses, as well as dependents of deceased or disabled veterans

10% savings on graduate tuition rates for active duty, selected Reserves, National Guard, Veterans and their spouses, as well as dependents of deceased or disabled veterans

Military personnel can exit and re-enter online programs without penalty during temporary duty assignments.

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Unigo Launches Mobile App to Connect Students and Help Reduce Drop-Out and Transfer Rates

NOVEMBER 10 - PORTLAND, Ore., /PRNewswire/ -- Unigo Group, a portfolio company of Aequitas Capital, has launched Urge, a mobile application designed to enable college students to create and plan their own activities, then quickly and easily connect with other students at their school who want to participate.

Download Urge from Apple's App Store at: http://urge.do/download

Urge, a community-driven iPhone app, is an innovative communication tool that allows college students to generate activities, and immediately access other student-generated activities with just the tap of a finger. The app accommodates the spontaneous and flexible nature of college students' schedules, allowing them to discover activities happening at the moment or in the near future, and learn who else is planning to attend. They can organize social gatherings, study groups, or outdoor activities, post the activity on the app, and communicate directly with other students who want to join.

"We know that students are more likely to stay in college if they have a fulfilling social life. Urge encourages students to form strong, healthy bonds with their peers through socializing, outdoor trips, study groups, academic-related activities, and other community-driven pursuits," said Brad McMahon, Senior Vice President of Digital Services at Unigo Group. "But even in today's digital world, it is sometimes difficult for students, especially new ones, to discover what's happening on and around their campus, particularly if they are still forming a circle of friends. Urge makes that process immeasurably easier."

With the Urge app, users can add information to activities such as details on location, time, cost, and whether any gear or supplies are necessary. Once an activity is posted, users can also take advantage of a core feature that allows them to message peers one-on-one or in group settings. Urge profiles include photos, bios, mutual friend lists, and shared interests.

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