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More Stars Join Stand Up To Cancer Telecast On Sept. 9; Will Rally Viewers By Sharing Public’s #reasons2standup

Viola Davis, Jon Hamm, Kristen Wiig, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, Dierks Bentley, Matt Bomer, Dave Franco, Sonequa Martin-Green, Rob Riggle, Tony Hale, Terry Crews, Mel B and Bree Turner Join Previously Announced Lineup

One-Hour Fundraising Event to Air on more than 60 Broadcast and Cable Networks and Streaming Channels in U.S. and Canada | | | Instagram: @SU2C | Twitter: @SU2C

Press Release – LOS ANGELES – September 1, 2016 – The lineup of celebrities participating in Stand Up To Cancer’s fifth biennial telecast on Friday, Sept. 9 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT / 7:00 PM CT), got longer today with the addition of Viola Davis, Jon Hamm, Kristen Wiig, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, Matt Bomer, Dave Franco, Sonequa Martin-Green, Rob Riggle, Tony Hale, Terry Crews, Mel B and Bree Turner.

They join an already impressive list of stars committed to the hour-long show, including Ben Affleck, Matthew McConaughey, Emma Stone, Anna Kendrick, Josh Gad, Niecy Nash, Eric Stonestreet, Alison Sweeney, Ken Jeong, Marcia Cross, Greg Grunberg, Danielle Campbell, Charlie Wilson, Brittany Daniel and SU2C co-founder Katie Couric, with special musical performances by celebrated recording artists Celine Dion and Dierks Bentley, who will join Keith Urban and Little Big Town.

Some of the newly announced stars will have an opportunity to interact with the public, via the SU2C phone bank and across social media. Additionally, SU2C is harnessing its digital presence by rallying the public through its #reasons2standup campaign. Leading up to and on the night of the telecast, Stand Up To Cancer is encouraging its supporters to share the reasons they have been moved to join in the fight against cancer by sharing photos and videos on social media with the hashtag #reasons2standup

Bradley Cooper, Academy Award-nominated actor and founder of the Bradley Charles Cooper Foundation, will executive-produce the broadcast alongside renowned live event producers Done + Dusted, in collaboration with Stand Up To Cancer’s production team. Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) is a program of the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF).

“It’s truly inspiring to see so many people come together for this cause,” says Katie Couric, Co-Founder of SU2C and Yahoo! Global News Anchor. “We have a great show lined up this year and are grateful to the amazing individuals taking time out of their schedules to participate. It will be a fantastic opportunity for people to learn about some of the incredible new breakthroughs in cancer research and treatment that are giving real hope to many patients and their loved ones.”

The telecast will broadcast live from The Music Center’s Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles. ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC, along with American Forces Network, ASPiRE, AUDIENCE Network, Bloomberg TV, Bravo, Comedy Central, Discovery Life, E! Entertainment, EPIX, ESPNEWS, FM, FS2, Fusion, FXM, Great American Country, HBO, HLN, ION Television, LMN, Logo, MLB Network, National Geographic, Pivot, RLTV, SHOWTIME, Smithsonian Channel, STARZ, STARZ ENCORE, TBS, Tr3s, VH1 and WGN America are donating one hour of simultaneous commercial-free primetime for the telecast. For the first time, there will be a Spanish version of the Stand Up To Cancer telecast airing nationally on Galavision, HBO Latino, STARZ ENCORE ESPAÑOL and Univision Deportes, and locally on Univision Puerto Rico. In addition, the show will stream live on SU2C’s Facebook page, Yahoo, SU2C’s YouTube page, and in Spanish on USA Network will air the Stand Up To Cancer telecast on Friday, Sept. 9 at 11:00 PM- 12:00 AM ET/PT / 10:00 PM CT. The entire telecast will also become available to stream on Hulu beginning Saturday, Sept. 10.

The first four SU2C telecasts took place on Sept. 5, 2008, Sept. 10, 2010, Sept. 7, 2012, and Sept. 5, 2014, and were made available to more than 190 countries. The first Canadian-inclusive SU2C telecast aired in 2014, and this year’s show will again air across all four major English-language Canadian broadcasters: CBC, City, CTV and Global. Additionally, Canadian services AMI, Bloomberg TV Canada, Blue Ant Media, CHCH, CHEK, Fight Network, Hollywood Suite, Joytv, NTV and TLN Television will also air the telecast, the show will stream live on Yahoo Canada and it will be available on-demand on shomi and Telus Optik TV in Canada.

To date, more than $370 million has been pledged to support SU2C’s innovative model of collaborative cancer research. Since launching in 2008, Stand Up To Cancer has brought together more than 1,200 of the best and the brightest research scientists from 144 leading institutions in seven countries to fund 19 “Dream Teams,” and six translational research teams; as well as 36 early-career, innovative scientists carrying out high-risk, potentially high-reward projects. The research is aimed at ending cancer’s reign as a leading cause of death worldwide. SU2C-funded researchers have planned, launched or completed more than 160 clinical trials involving more than 9,000 patients. Work by SU2C-supported researchers has led to FDA approval of two treatments.

The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), the world’s first and largest professional organization dedicated to advancing cancer research, is the official Scientific Partner of Stand Up To Cancer. In the United States, AACR is responsible for administering the grants and providing scientific oversight in conjunction with the SU2C Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC).

As SU2C’s founding donor, Major League Baseball has provided both financial support and countless opportunities to build the Stand Up To Cancer grassroots movement by encouraging fans worldwide to get involved. In addition to MLB, SU2C’s “Visionary” donors include Bristol-Myers Squibb Company; Cancer Treatment Centers of America; Genentech, a member of the Roche Group; MasterCard; and The Sidney Kimmel Foundation. Major donors and collaborators include American Airlines, American Cancer Society, CVS Health, Fifth Third Bank, The Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research, Merck and Rally Health. Other key supporters and collaborators include Cancer Research Institute, Cancer Research UK, Dutch Cancer Society, Farrah Fawcett Foundation, The Laura Ziskin Family Trust, Lilly Oncology, Melanoma Research Alliance, National Ovarian Cancer Coalition, Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance, The Parker Foundation, Prostate Cancer Foundation, St. Baldrick’s Foundation and Van Andel Research Institute.

Collaborators providing multi-year support for SU2C Canada research through the inaugural Stand Up To Cancer Canada Initiative include: Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation (CBCF), with support from CIBC; Canadian Institutes of Health Research; Cancer Stem Cell Consortium; Genome Canada; and the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research. AstraZeneca Canada and MasterCard are the first corporate supporters of SU2C Canada.


Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) raises funds to accelerate the pace of research to get new therapies to patients quickly and save lives now. SU2C, a program of the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF), a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, was established in 2008 by film and media leaders who utilize the industry’s resources. This program engages the public in supporting a new, collaborative model of cancer research that is increasing awareness about cancer prevention as well as the progress being made in the fight against the disease. As SU2C’s scientific partner, the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) and a Scientific Advisory Committee led by Nobel Laureate Phillip A. Sharp, Ph.D., conduct rigorous, competitive review processes to identify the best research proposals to recommend for funding, oversee grants administration, and provide expert review of research progress.

Current members of the SU2C Council of Founders and Advisors (CFA) include Katie Couric, Sherry Lansing, Kathleen Lobb, Lisa Paulsen, Rusty Robertson, Sue Schwartz, Pamela Oas Williams, and Ellen Ziffren. All current members of the CFA were co-producers of the 2012 televised special. The late co-founder Laura Ziskin executive produced both the Sept. 5, 2008, and Sept. 10, 2010, broadcasts. SU2C was formally launched on May 27, 2008. Sung Poblete, Ph.D., R.N., has served as SU2C’s president and CEO since 2011.


Founded in 1942, the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF) is a multifaceted organization that occupies a unique place in the world of philanthropy. By mobilizing and leveraging the powerful voice and creative talents of the entertainment industry, as well as cultivating the support of organizations (public and private) and philanthropists committed to social responsibility, EIF builds awareness and raises funds, developing and enhancing programs on the local, national and global level that facilitate positive social change. For more information, visit


Founded in 1907, the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) is the world’s first and largest professional organization dedicated to advancing cancer research and its mission to prevent and cure cancer. AACR membership includes more than 36,000 laboratory, translational, and clinical researchers; population scientists; other health care professionals; and cancer advocates in more than 107 countries and territories around the world; over 30 percent of members live outside the United States and Canada. The AACR convenes more than 20 conferences and educational workshops every year, the largest of which is the AACR Annual Meeting with nearly 19,500 attendees in 2016. The AACR publishes eight peer-reviewed scientific journals and a magazine for cancer survivors, patients, and their caregivers and funds meritorious research directly as well as in cooperation with numerous cancer organizations. As the Scientific Partner of SU2C, the AACR provides expert peer review, grants administration, and scientific oversight of team science and individual grants. For more information about the AACR, visit

SDSU Named Top School For LGBT Students

The Campus Pride Index ranked SDSU on its list of Top 30 LGBTQ-friendly universities for the seventh consecutive year.

Press Release – San Diego State University is among the best universities in the nation for supporting LGBT students. The Campus Pride Index recently ranked SDSU on its 2016 “Best of the Best” Top 30 list of LGBTQ-friendly colleges and universities. SDSU has been included in this ranking for the past seven years in the company of institutions like Princeton University and Cornell University.

The Campus Pride Index is a tool that compares LGBT-friendly policies, programs and practices on college campuses. Each campus updates its index annually and uses the Campus Pride benchmarking tool to make improvements for LGBTQ life on campus.

“We are proud and excited about Campus Pride’s ranking of SDSU as one of our nation’s most LGBTQ-friendly universities,” said President Elliot Hirshman. “This recognition is a tribute to the efforts of our students, faculty, staff, alumni and community supporters who ensure that our campus is a community where all are valued and respected.”

LGBT resources and programs

SDSU has been expanding its resources for LGBT students. Since 2009, students have been able to minor in LGBT studies. In 2012, the university began offering a major in LGBT studies. The program is the second of its kind in North America. It recently received a $100,000 endowed gift from San Diego donor David Gubser.

Gubser committed an additional $100,000 to the university’s Pride Center. The center was opened in 2014 and provides resources and support services to assist students in their process of sexual and gender self-identity development. The goal of the center is to foster campus-wide dialogue about education, awareness, intellectual exploration, understanding and research on issues related to sexuality and gender.

Students, faculty and staff also celebrate San Diego Pride Week. Each year, SDSU hosts a Rainbow Flag Raising Ceremony at the beginning of San Diego Pride Week to ring in a week of LGBT-friendly festivities.

Creating an LGBT-friendly environment

Another related program is SafeZones@SDSU. It works to ensure a campus atmosphere that is welcoming, informative, educational, and safe for all lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, and ally students, faculty, staff, administrators and members of the campus community.

Established in 2007, SafeZones@SDSU offers an Ally Training Program, which teaches participants to become effective listeners, capable of offering referrals, support, and foster a proactive campus climate. The program also stages numerous events including National Coming Out Day and the Lavender Graduation ceremony for students who openly identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or intersexed.

SDSU students can also join a number of LGBT-friendly student groups including the LGBT Student Union, the queer based social sorority Gamma Rho Lambda, and Delta Lambda Phi, a national social fraternity for gay, bisexual and progressive men.

“When students feel accepted and welcomed, they have the capacity to grow academically and personally,” said Eric Rivera, vice president of Student Affairs. “Combined, SDSU’s curriculum, policies, programs and practices establish the foundation for all students to make connections and build community, which creates an affinity to the university long after graduation.”

About San Diego State University

San Diego State University is a major public research institution that provides transformative experiences, both inside and outside of the classroom, for its 35,000 students. The university offers bachelor’s degrees in 91 areas, master’s degrees in 76 areas and doctorates in 23 areas. Students participate in research, international experiences, sustainability and entrepreneurship initiatives, and a broad range of student life and leadership opportunities. The university’s rich campus life features opportunities for students to participate in, and engage with, the creative and performing arts, a Division I athletics program and the vibrant cultural life of the San Diego region. For more information, visit

Noodles & Company Invites Guests to Share A Little, Get a Shareable, To Fight Childhood Hunger

Company offers coupon for free shareable with donation of $2 to No Kid Hungry® throughout the month of September as part of “20 for $2” program

Press Release – Broomfield, CO (September 1, 2016)Noodles & Company, serving classic noodle and pasta dishes from around the world, today announced it is teaming up with No Kid Hungry to help end childhood hunger in America. For the entire month of September, Noodles & Company guests will receive a coupon for a FREE shareable item with the donation of $2 to No Kid Hungry as part of its “20 for $2” program. A $2 donation can help provide up to 20 healthy meals to the one in five U.S. children struggling with hunger.

The No Kid Hungry campaign works to shine a national spotlight on the crisis of child hunger in America, creating a powerful movement of individuals committed to bold action. Throughout September, Noodles & Company invites guests to donate $2 to the cause while dining in-restaurant or ordering online. Those who make a donation will receive a coupon for a FREE shareable to enjoy with family and friends during their next visit (coupon valid through Oct. 5).

“Noodles & Company is proud to expand our existing relationship with No Kid Hungry as we continue our mission to nourish and inspire every team member, guest and community we serve,” said Dave Boennighausen, interim Chief Executive Officer of Noodles & Company. “No child should grow up hungry in America. Small steps can make a big difference, and we invite all of our guests to join in the fight to end childhood hunger once and for all.”

The “20 for $2” fundraising campaign comes off the heels of the Company’s year-long kid’s meal donation program, whereby 5¢ from every Kids Meal purchased within the past year was donated to No Kid Hungry. The effort raised $100,000 from the more than 2 million kids meals sold since last fall and will help provide up to one million meals for U.S. children in need through No Kid Hungry’s programs and partnerships. Noodles & Company presented the $100,000 check to Diana Hovey, Senior Director of No Kid Hungry at its annual Operators Summit on Aug. 31.

“We are grateful for Noodles & Company’s continued commitment in the fight to end childhood hunger,” said Hovey. “Ending child hunger is possible, and when people dine out at Noodles, they’re making their meal count for kids in need. Even a small donation makes a real difference in the lives of children all over the country.”

For more information on Noodles & Company fight to end childhood hunger with No Kid Hungry please visit:

About Noodles & Company

Noodles & Company is a fast-casual restaurant chain where its globally inspired dishes come together to create a World Kitchen. Recognized by Parents Magazine as a Top Family Friendly Restaurant, and Health Magazine as one of America’s Healthiest Fast Food Restaurants, Noodles & Company is a restaurant where Japanese Pan Noodles rest comfortably next to Penne Rosa and Wisconsin Mac & Cheese, but where world flavors don’t end at just noodles. Inspired by some of the world’s most celebrated flavor combinations, Noodle & Company’s menu offers soups, salads, sandwiches and shareables, too. Everything is made fresh to order, just as you like it, using quality ingredients. Dishes are delivered to the table allowing guests time to sit and relax or grab a quick bite. With more than 500 locations nationwide, from California to Connecticut, guests can find a location nearest them and take a tour of the global World Kitchen menu by visiting

Sexual Health Awareness Month 2016: DKT International Markets Safe Sex and Expands Borders to Francophone West and Central Africa

Sexual Health Awareness Month 2016: DKT International Markets Safe Sex and Expands Borders to Francophone West and Central Africa

Press Release – Washington, D.C. (September 2, 2016): At least one in ten women in most regions of the world have an unmet need for family planning, according to the United Nation’s report on worldwide trends in contraceptive use. DKT International has responded by expanding into 8 countries in West Africa by 2017.

“Our definition of innovation varies from one country we work in to the next,” says Chris Purdy, President and CEO of DKT International. “In our Mexico and Brazil programs, we utilize digital and mobile technology to engage young people, while in Ghana and other West African countries, we take to the streets with mobile vendors to educate and sell contraceptives.”

Most healthcare providers are unwilling to invest in countries with small populations and limited disposable income. But, by establishing regional programs, DKT has minimized financial resources per country and leveraged the common culture, language, and regulatory environment of the region. Offices in Senegal, Cote d’Ivoire, and Cameroon oversee operations in several countries, operate a toll free hotline for customers, and coordinate marketing and education efforts, including a new Kiss condom commercial.

In 2016, they will open programs in Kenya and Uganda and expand regional platforms covering most of Latin America, including FP2020 countries like Bolivia, Honduras and Nicaragua. DKT will continue efforts to bring innovative products like Sayana Press and hormonal IUDs to new markets, and find practical solutions to the challenges women face in obtaining family planning.

“There will continue to be many challenges preventing women and men from accessing high quality, affordable family planning products and services,” adds Purdy. “But, we are grateful to be part of the solution.”

2016 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship Winners Announced

$129,000 in prizes awarded to five young poets

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Kaveh Akbar, Jos Charles, Angel Nafis, Alison C. Rollins, and Javier Zamora

Press Release – CHICAGO — The Poetry Foundation and Poetry magazine are pleased to announce the five recipients of the 2016 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowships: Kaveh Akbar, Jos Charles, Angel Nafis, Alison C. Rollins, and Javier Zamora. Among the largest awards offered to young poets in the United States, the $25,800 prize is intended to encourage the further study and writing of poetry and is open to all U.S. poets between 21 and 31 years of age.

“Poets aren’t just makers, they are doers,” says Don Share, editor of Poetry magazine. “Each one of the 2016 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellows excels at both of these things. They have all already had a salutary influence on American poetry, and it’s an honor for us to support their distinctive and essential efforts in an art form that is reaching more people than ever before.”

Established in 1989 by Ruth Lilly, the Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowship program has dramatically expanded since its inception. Until 1995, university writing programs nationwide each nominated one student poet for a single fellowship; from 1996 until 2007, two fellowships were awarded. In 2008, the competition was opened to all U.S. poets between 21 and 31 years of age, and the number of fellowships increased to five, totaling $75,000. In 2013, the Poetry Foundation received a generous gift from the Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Memorial Fund to create the Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowships, which increased the fellowship amount from $15,000 to $25,800.

Kaveh Akbar is the founder and editor of Divedapper, a home for interviews with the most vital voices in contemporary poetry. His poems have appeared in Poetry, American Poetry Review, Guernica, PBS NewsHour, Boston Review, and elsewhere. Alice James Books will publish Akbar’s debut full-length collection, Calling a Wolf a Wolf, in November 2017 and Sibling Rivalry Press will publish his chapbook, Portrait of the Alcoholic, in January 2017. Akbar founded and cohosts the monthly poetry podcast All Up in Your Ears with Gabrielle Calvocoressi, francine j. harris, and Jonathan Farmer. He was born in Tehran, Iran, and currently lives and teaches in Florida.

Jos Charles is a trans poet and the author of Safe Space, published by Ahsahta Press in 2016. They are the founding-editor of THEM: a trans literary journal. Their writing is published in or forthcoming from Poetry, Denver Quarterly, Washington Square Review, PEN America, Action Yes, GLAAD, LAMBDA Literary, and elsewhere. Charles received their MFA from the University of Arizona in Tucson, where they now reside.

Angel Nafis is an Ann Arbor, Michigan native and earned her BA at Hunter College. The author of BlackGirl Mansion (2012), Nafis is a Cave Canem fellow and a recipient of the Millay Colony residency. Her work has appeared in The Rattling Wall, The BreakBeat Poets Anthology, MUZZLE Magazine, The Rumpus, Poetry, and more. Nafis tours internationally as the Black Feminist poetry duo The Other Black Girl Collective with Morgan Parker and has represented New York City at both the National Poetry Slam and the Women of the World Poetry Slam. She is an Urban Word NYC Mentor and the founder, curator, and host of the Greenlight Poetry Salon. Nafis is an MFA candidate at Warren Wilson College and lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Alison C. Rollins was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. A Cave Canem Fellow, she is the second prizewinner of the 2016 James H. Nash Poetry Contest and her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Poetry, River Styx, Vinyl, and elsewhere. She currently works as the librarian for Nerinx Hall, a high school in Webster Groves, Missouri.

Javier Zamora was born in El Salvador and migrated to the United States when he was nine. He holds fellowships from CantoMundo, Colgate University, MacDowell, the National Endowment for the Arts, and Yaddo. The recipient of the 2016 Barnes and Noble Writers for Writers Award, his poems appear or are forthcoming in American Poetry Review, Ploughshares, Poetry, The Kenyon Review, The New Republic, and elsewhere. His first poetry collection, Unaccompanied, is forthcoming from Copper Canyon Press in fall 2017. He currently lives in California, where he is one of Stanford University’s 2016-2018 Wallace Stegner Fellows.

New Initiative Aims to Build National Movement for Ending Violence against People with Disabilities

Press Release – New York, NY—The Vera Institute of Justice today announced a new project, made possible by the support of the NoVo Foundation, to build a national coalition to address violence against people with disabilities. The initiative will identify and support a national coalition of leaders to develop a shared vision, goals, and strategy for leveraging existing—but disparate—efforts to serve survivors with disabilities and engage new allies to build a cohesive movement.

According to a federal crime victimization survey, people with disabilities experience violent victimization at rates 3 times higher than people without disabilities. For people with certain disabilities, rates are even higher—one study found that 83% of women and 32% of men with cognitive disabilities reported being victims of sexual assault. Despite these alarming rates, survivors with disabilities are less likely to receive formal support due to a number of factors, including communicative, physical, programmatic, and attitudinal barriers that prevent people with disabilities from receiving support from victim service organizations and the justice system.

This project aims to address this service gap by bringing a focus on people with disabilities into the larger national conversation on ending domestic and sexual violence. The NoVo Foundation—a philanthropic organization dedicated to catalyzing a transformation in global society, with a core priority of ending violence against women and girls—is aiding Vera’s Center on Victimization and Safety in this work through a 3-year, $450,000 grant.

“Survivors with disabilities have lived too long in the shadows, without recognition of their pain, or welcoming and compassionate responses to help them heal,” said Nancy Smith, director of Vera’s Center on Victimization and Safety. “We are thrilled to have the NoVo Foundation’s support in this effort to unite the people doing the vital work to serve survivors with disabilities, and ultimately, to address the root causes of violence that affect far too many children and adults with disabilities.”

The project will first convene a core working group of people involved with addressing violence against people with disabilities—including policymakers, researches, advocates, and people with relevant lived experiences—who will develop a shared roadmap for developing a national coalition. Vera will inform the group’s work by taking stock of existing efforts to address violence against people with disabilities and guiding the strategic planning process. Subsequent phases of the project will focus on expanding the working group into a full-fledged coalition. The coalition will address the immediate priorities identified by the working group, and engage allies, such as those in the disability rights and anti-violence movements, to support long-term goals.

This initiative builds on Vera’s longstanding commitment to address the justice needs of people with disabilities and Deaf people. Most recently, Vera’s Center on Victimization and Safety launched a website dedicated to ending abuse of people with disabilities, which features five first-in-kind guides to help a range of victim service and disability organizations track their progress towards addressing violence against people with disabilities.

Former UA/NFL standout, Local Ad Exec Named as New MCSF Board Members

Press Release – BIRMINGHAM, AL (August 31, 2016) – The Mattie C. Stewart Foundation has named former University of Alabama and NFL football player Bobby Humphrey and o2ideas President and Partner Bill Todd to its Board of Directors.

“We are delighted to welcome Bobby and Bill into The Mattie C. Stewart Foundation family,” MCSF founder and president Dr. Shelley Stewart said. “They will be great resources to the foundation through their experiences and passion for education.”

Humphrey is a graduate of The University of Alabama with a degree in social science. He played for The University of Alabama, then went on to play with the Miami Dolphins and Denver Broncos in a five-year NFL career from 1992-96. Humphrey is the vice president of Business Development for Bryant Bank.

Bill Todd joined o2 in 2001 after 13 years at BellSouth, beginning his career as a reporter with WVTM-NBC 13. He has a B.A. from The University of Alabama, an M.A. from UAB, and an MBA from Auburn University.

Both will join fellow MCSF Board members Carmen J. Smith, vice president of Creative Development and Inclusive Strategies for Walt Disney Imagineering; Rick Schostek, executive vice president of Honda North America, Inc.; Stan Lawler, president of Lawler Foundry Corporation; and Emily Clark, State Farm Insurance public affairs specialist.

With the announcement, Stewart also took the opportunity to thank Matthew Dent, president and COO of Buffalo Rock, for his outstanding years of service as an original board member since 2007. “Matthew Dent’s leadership was critical to the MCSF’s being successful in its formative years. Although his board tenure has concluded, he will always be a part of our family as he stays active in our community and region,” Stewart said. Dent’s board spot rolls over this year to create an open board seat.

“My favorite part of being involved with The Mattie C. Stewart Foundation is seeing first-hand the impact the program can have on people’s lives,” said Dent. “Dr. Stewart has an incredible vision of educating our rising young people, and it’s truly amazing that millions have been through the program to date. For Buffalo Rock–Pepsi to be involved with these efforts has been rewarding, and we’re certainly proud to have been part of the journey alongside other great companies and community leaders.”

Shelley Stewart founded the MCSF in 2007 in honor of his late mother, Mattie C. Stewart. The Birmingham-based nonprofit has since reached some 17 million students, teachers, parents and community leaders in 49 states and Canada through tools such as The Choice Bus, the InsideOut documentary and toolkit, and the Learn2Earn financial curriculum. The recently published book, Mattie C.’s Boy – the Shelley Stewart Story, covers Stewart’s amazing life story, with proceeds going to the foundation (

About The Mattie C. Stewart Foundation

The Mattie C. Stewart Foundation is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing the dropout rate. The foundation was established in honor of Dr. Shelley Stewart’s late mother, Mattie C. Stewart, in the summer of 2007 and is headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama. The mission of the foundation is to create tools and resources to help educators, community leaders and parents effectively address the dropout rate and increase the graduation rate. The foundation also partners with America’s Promise Alliance, Communities In Schools, Jobs for Alabama’s Graduates, the National Dropout Prevention Center, PepsiCo, Shelby County, State Farm and Verizon Wireless. For more information, visit

SDSU Recognized for Commitment to Diversity

SDSU chosen for INSIGHT Into Diversity’s Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award.

Press Release – For the fourth consecutive year, San Diego State University has been awarded the INSIGHT Into Diversity Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award. The HEED Award is the only national recognition honoring colleges and universities that exhibit outstanding efforts and success in the area of diversity and inclusion throughout their campuses.

INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine is the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education. SDSU will be featured along with 82 other recipients, in the magazine’s November 2016 issue.

“We are honored to once again be selected as a recipient of the HEED Diversity award,” said Aaron Bruce, SDSU’s chief diversity officer. “This recognition reflects the ongoing commitment to inclusion on our campus, where we take great efforts to ensure everyone in the SDSU community feels welcomed and supported.”

INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine selected SDSU for its exemplary diversity and inclusion initiatives and for its ability to embrace a broad definition of diversity on campus, including gender, race, ethnicity, veterans, people with disabilities and members of the LGBTQ community.

At SDSU, students from all backgrounds are achieving academic excellence. Steady improvement in graduation and retention rates spans all genders and ethnicities, including students from historically underrepresented groups.

“The university implemented its strategic plan in 2012 to advance student success, diversity and academic excellence,” said Chukuka S. Enwemeka, provost and senior vice president. “INSIGHT Into Diversity’s recognition affirms that the strategic plan is producing the desired results and advancing the university to the next level.”

The HEED Award is open to all colleges and universities throughout the United States. It measures an institution’s level of achievement and intensity of commitment in regard to broadening diversity and inclusion on campus through initiatives, programs, and outreach; student recruitment, retention, and completion; and hiring practices for faculty and staff.

“While we look at numbers and expect continued improvement for those schools that receive the HEED Award year after year, we also use a holistic approach in reviewing each application,” said Lenore Pearlstein, publisher of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. “Our standards are high, and we look for institutions where diversity and inclusion are woven into the work being accomplished every day across their campus.”

About San Diego State University

San Diego State University is a major public research institution that provides transformative experiences, both inside and outside of the classroom, for its 35,000 students. The university offers bachelor’s degrees in 91 areas, master’s degrees in 76 areas and doctorates in 23 areas. Students participate in research, international experiences, sustainability and entrepreneurship initiatives, and a broad range of student life and leadership opportunities. The university’s rich campus life features opportunities for students to participate in, and engage with, the creative and performing arts, a Division I athletics program and the vibrant cultural life of the San Diego region. For more information, visit

Eighth Annual SCORE Awards Honor Outstanding Small Businesses and Supporters

Small Business Committee Chairman Steve Chabot and The Honorable Christopher Coons to Receive Awards

Press Release – WASHINGTON, D.C. – September 1, 2016 – SCORE, mentors to America’s small businesses, announces the winners of the 2016 SCORE Awards, which recognize outstanding examples of successful, innovative SCORE clients, as well as important advocates for small business. Winners will be honored at the SCORE Awards gala on September 15, 2016 at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Hall of Flags in Washington, D.C.

Small Business Committee Chairman Steve Chabot will receive the House Small Business Champion Award and The Honorable Christopher Coons will receive the Senate Small Business Champion Award. As SCORE’s top small business awards, these are presented annually to members of Congress in recognition of outstanding advocacy and action, both within Congress and beyond, on behalf of small businesses and their owners.

SCORE CEO Ken Yancey said, “SCORE is proud to celebrate the accomplishments of its outstanding small business clients, as well as the individuals and organizations that support entrepreneurship nationwide. Through their courage and determination to make their dreams a reality, these small business owners are investing in their own bright futures, and profoundly impacting our nation and its economy.”

David R. Bobbitt, President of the SCORE Foundation, said, “This year’s SCORE Award winners and American Small Business Championship finalists epitomize the positive impact of the 55,000 new businesses that SCORE mentors help to create each year. These main street businesses enliven their communities, create jobs and inspire others to pursue their goals. We congratulate these honorees, and indeed all small business owners who take the leap and follow their dreams.”

Congratulations to this year’s SCORE Award recipients, who were nominated based on their community impact and strong relationship with their SCORE mentor:

Outstanding Diverse Business, presented by AT&T
GaBBY Bows of Columbia, SC
Mentors: John LaFond & Maxey Love

Outstanding Encore Entrepreneur, presented by by FranNet
Eric & Christopher of Perkasie, PA
Mentors: Tim Fielder, John Small & Ken Haldeman

Outstanding Young Entrepreneur, presented by Deluxe Corporation
Carmel Honey Company of Carmel, CA
Mentor: Lawrence Horan

Outstanding American Manufacturer, presented by Sam’s Club
Homestead Beer Co. of Heath, OH
Mentors: John Martin, Ken Williams

Outstanding Community Impact Business, presented by MassMutual
Fit To Recover of Salt Lake City, UT
Mentors: Doug McNeil

Outstanding Franchise Business, presented by The UPS Store
Home Helpers Home Care of Tulsa, OK
Mentors: Joseph Gagliardi and Chris Borne

Outstanding Green Business, presented by Kimco Realty
Zeponic Farms LLC of Springfield, VA
Mentor: Len Johnson

Outstanding Innovative Business, presented by Verisign
Specs4Us of Burton, OH
Mentor: Jon Slaybaugh & Dick Coyne

Outstanding Job Creator Business, presented by Intuit
Barkly of Washington, D.C.
Mentor: Hal Shelton

Outstanding Woman-Owned Business, presented by Constant Contact
Copiosity, LLC of Silver Spring, MD
Mentor: Bruce Gitlin

American Small Business Championship Grand Champion Announced:

The SCORE Awards Gala will also feature a special announcement of the Grand Champion winner of the 2016 American Small Business Championship, who will be presented with a $25,000 grand prize. Made possible by a generous grant from Sam’s Club, the American Small Business Championship brought together small business owners and entrepreneurs from across the U.S. 103 finalists were awarded a $1,000 Sam’s Club gift card, trips to training events, SCORE mentoring and publicity. A judging panel of small business experts then determined the Grand Champion based on how effectively these prizes were utilized.

The SCORE Awards Gala is open to members of the press. To join us on September 15, 2016 at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C., please email Learn more at


Since 1964, SCORE has helped more than 10 million aspiring entrepreneurs to start and grow their small businesses. Each year, SCORE’s 10,000+ volunteer business experts provide 350,000+ free and low-cost small business mentoring services, workshops and education to clients. In 2015, SCORE mentors in 300 chapters volunteered 2.2+ million hours to help create over 45,000 jobs and 55,000 small businesses.

For more information about starting or operating a small business, call 1-800-634-0245 for the SCORE chapter nearest you. Visit SCORE at Follow SCOREMentors on Facebook and Twitter.

Pennsylvania Fair Cancels Pig Terror Event

Positive Step for Animals and Local Who Campaigns to Protect Them

Press Release – Ephrata, Pennsylvania (August 31, 2016) – International animal protection organization In Defense of Animals is celebrating a big step forward for animals in Pennsylvania with a local activist leading the campaign to end the violent animal chase, after the Ephrata Fair announced yesterday that it has suspended its cruel pig and rooster chase events.

The pig chase at the Ephrata Fair comprises organizers greasing up pigs, putting them in a field and encouraging dozens of screaming children and adults to chase, grab and slam terrified pigs to the ground. Whoever grabs the pig and carries her back to a crate receives a trophy. These events last for several hours and the same scared pigs are abused over and over again. The sensitive, intelligent, loving animals instinctively fear being chased by predators. Tormented individuals end up covered in cuts, scrapes, and internal injuries by the end of the Ephrata Fair pig chase event.

Ephrata Fair has been holding this cruel ‘entertainment’ for over 39 years, and an equally outdated rooster chase event. It calls the animal abusing spectacle a “family fun event.”

The Board of Directors of the Ephrata Farmer’s Day Association released a statement yesterday announcing that it has “decided to suspend the annual Pig and Rooser Chase at Tent City”, citing the disruption to last year’s pig chase, ongoing attention throughout the year and concerns of disruption at this year’s event.

Animal activist Kelly Lehman was arrested at the fair last year for her efforts to stop fair-goers from abusing animals at the Ephrata pig chase. She has welcomed the news and is calling for a permanent ban, “This is a fantastic step in the right direction by the Ephrata Fair, but a permanent ban on animal chase events is needed to protect animals. We will continue our campaign until animals are never terrorized or abused at the Ephrata Fair again.”

Almost 10,000 In Defense of Animals supporters demanded a complete end to the violent animal events at the Ephrata Fair earlier this month. “We welcome the Ephrata Fair’s decision not to abuse animals for fun this year,” said the organization’s President, Dr. Marilyn Kroplick. “For the sake of the animals who are physically and emotionally abused, and children who are sent a damaging message by the event, we call on fair organizers to turn the suspension into a permanent ban.”

In Defense of Animals supports local activists as part of its Sustainable Activism campaign. “We applaud Pennsylvania local Kelly Lehman for campaigning for basic respect and compassion for animals,” said Dr. Kroplick. “Please speak out for animals wherever you see them mistreated.”

In Defense of Animals runs a mentor line for everyone who campaigns for animals:

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