May 21

CIEE Partners with Spelman College and Northeastern University to Launch Custom Study Abroad Programs for Undergrads in STEM Disciplines

Portland, Maine (PRWEB) May 20, 2015

CIEE: Council on International Educational Exchange has partnered with Spelman College, a global leader in the education of women of African descent, and Northeastern University, a global, experiential, research university in Boston, to offer custom study abroad programs this spring with the goal to increase international education opportunities for students majoring in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

For a second year, CIEE has partnered with Spelman College to support their Going Global initiative, which seeks to provide every student with an international travel experience before graduation. For two weeks, May 10-24, 161 Spelman students are taking part in an immersive program with a customized intercultural engagement curriculum to enhance intercultural competencies and leadership skills in one of six locations: Amsterdam, Netherlands; Barcelona, Spain; Seoul, South Korea; Lima, Peru; Lisbon, Portugal; and Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Forty-five of the students participating in the program are STEM majors, a 137 percent increase in participation from the previous year.

Our deliberate efforts to address the major barriers to international travel experience cost, culture, curriculum, and champions have yielded much fruition by providing global travel opportunities for a group that is traditionally underrepresented in study abroad, said Dimeji Togunde, Ph.D., associate provost for global education at Spelman College. This program has become the most effective strategy for us to achieve both Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) and strategic planning goals of yearly increase in student and faculty international travel experiences.

CIEE is also supporting a customized program for 23 Northeastern University students in Sao Paulo, Brazil, May 12-June 11. Designed specifically for students in STEM majors and those with an interest in sustainability, the Northeastern program will help students build an understanding of how energy resources are being utilized in the U.S. and Brazil, current alternative energy systems and technologies, and how these alternatives can impact the environment through fieldwork activities and meetings with industry leaders.

There is a huge need for students to understand the necessity of sustainable development, especially in developing countries that are ahead of the U.S. in this effort, said Courtney Pfluger, Ph.D., assistant teaching professor of engineering at Northeastern who will lead the students on the four-week program. Students who become globally competent will be the leaders in shaping our world and realizing the potential in bettering our environment and society.

A growing segment in study abroad, STEM students today make up nearly 23 percent of U.S. students studying abroad, representing a significant increase over the past 10 years according to Open Doors Data. CIEE has seen increased interest in STEM programs from both students and faculty and administrators at institutions across the country, said CIEE President and Chief Executive Officer James P. Pellow. Colleges and universities like Spelman College and Northeastern University are recognizing the importance of providing access to international experiences for all students. Spelman and Northeastern have both seen the positive impact of creating custom programs built to professors curricula and students academic requirements and schedules.

CIEE offers nine semester, summer, and winter study abroad programs focused on STEM disciplines, including tropical marine ecology and conservation, and engineering. The organization recently introduced a new Global Sustainability and Environment program on three continents: Shanghai, China; Berlin, Germany; and Cape Town, South Africa.

CIEE: Council on International Educational Exchange

Founded in 1947, CIEE is the countrys oldest and largest nonprofit study abroad and intercultural exchange organization, serving more than 300 U.S. colleges and universities, 1,000 U.S. high schools, and more than 35,000 international exchange students each year. CIEE operates 61 study centers in 43 countries, sponsors international faculty training programs, teach abroad programs, and various specialty and custom programs for secondary, post-secondary, and international students. Visit

Spelman College

Founded in 1881, Spelman College is a highly selective liberal arts college widely recognized as the global leader in the education of women of African descent. Located in Atlanta, Ga., the College’s picturesque campus is home to 2,100 students. Outstanding alumnae include Children’s Defense Fund founder Marian Wright Edelman; Sam’s Club CEO Rosalind Brewer; Broadway producer Alia Jones; former Acting Surgeon General and Spelman’s first alumna president Audrey Forbes Manley; Harvard University Professor Evelynn Hammonds; author Pearl Cleage; and actress LaTanya Richardson Jackson. Visit

Northeastern University

Founded in 1898, Northeastern is a global, experiential, research university offering undergraduate and graduate programs leading to degrees through the doctorate in nine colleges and schools, and select advanced degrees at graduate campuses in Charlotte, North Carolina, and Seattle. Visit

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First-Ever Sociological Examination of Civic Health as it Relates to Veterans Released by Got Your 6 and National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC)

Washington, DC (PRWEB) April 30, 2015

Got Your 6 today unveiled the findings of the first-ever Veterans Civic Health Index, a major study that reveals significant and positive trends in levels of civic engagement among veterans. Findings from the report were highlighted this morning at an event at The National Press Club featuring Secretary Robert A. McDonald of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Got Your 6 managing director Chris Marvin, and Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (D – Hawaii), who were joined by leaders from national veteran-focused groups.

Among other data points, the Veterans Civic Health Index found,

Service – Veteran volunteers serve an average of 160 hours annually the equivalent of four full workweeks. Non-veteran volunteers serve about 25% fewer hours annually.
Civic Involvement – 17.7% of veterans are involved in civic groups (versus 5.8% of non-veterans).
Voting – 59.5% of veterans under 50 vote in local elections, versus 48.7% of non-veterans under 50.
Community Engagement Veterans are more likely to fill leadership roles in community organizations, attend community meetings and fix problems in their neighborhoods.

The full report is available here.

Got Your 6 is a campaign that unites nonprofit, Hollywood, and government partners, to empower Americas military veterans. Working in partnership with the National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC), Points of Light and American Express, the Got Your 6 campaign developed the Veteran Civic Health Index by examining data from the Census Current Population Survey from 2012 and 2013 relating to volunteering, political participation and social connectedness.

Civic health, defined as a communitys capacity to work together to resolve collective problems, has been shown to positively impact local GDP, public health, upward income mobility, and has other benefits that strengthen communities. By releasing this study, Got Your 6 and its partners aim to eliminate common misconceptions about veterans, while highlighting the civic strength of Americas returning servicemen and women.

Service to our nation does not end when the uniform comes off, said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald. As proven leaders dedicated to public service, veterans are valuable assets. The Veterans Civic Health study highlights how those who continue to serve in their communities strengthen our nation.

Through our research, we have found that veteran status is a powerful predictor of civic engagement, which translates to tangible and measurable positive impacts in our communities, said Chris Marvin, Army veteran and managing director of the Got Your 6 campaign. Veterans return home from service hungry for their next mission and we, as a nation, should empower them to use their training to strengthen communities here at home.

The findings of the Veteran Civic Health Index suggest that veterans strengthen communities through volunteering, engaging with local governments and community organizations, voting, and helping neighbors, all at rates higher than their non-military counterparts. Additional key results include:

Income Over the past eight years, veterans have consistently earned more than their non-veteran counterparts
Housing Veterans only comprise 8.6% of the current homeless population, with non-veterans comprising 91.4%
Education Veterans who participate in the GI Bill program complete their degree programs at a similar rate to the general populations traditional postsecondary student.

Around a quarter of a million veterans return to communities across the nation each year, and Got Your 6 celebrates this as an enormous opportunity for the nation. Upon their return home, veterans should be met with high expectations and encouraged to continue their service in meaningful ways.

Got Your 6 will use the Veteran Civic Health Index to create a new dialogue in America, one that explores the unique experiences of Americas veterans, in efforts to foster understanding between veterans and civilians and build stronger communities.

About Got Your 6

Got Your 6 is a campaign that unites nonprofit, entertainment industry, and government partners. Got Your 6 believes that veterans are leaders, team builders, and problem solvers who have the unique potential to strengthen communities across the country. Got Your 6 works to integrate these perspectives into popular culture, engage veterans and civilians together to foster understanding, and empower veterans to lead in their communities. In 2013 and 2014, Got Your 6 and Macys raised and distributed more than $ 4.2 million in grants to the campaigns nonprofit partners. For more information, visit Be the Change, Inc., an independent 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, is the organizing body of Got Your 6.

About National Conference on Citizenship

At the National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC), we believe everyone has the power to make a difference in how their community and country thrive. We are a dynamic, non-partisan nonprofit working at the forefront of our nations civic life. Through our events, research, and reports, NCoC expands our nations contemporary understanding of what it means to be a citizen. We seek new ideas and approaches for creating greater civic health and vitality throughout the United States. For more information, visit

About Points of Light

Points of Light the worlds largest organization dedicated to volunteer service mobilizes millions of people to take action that is changing the world. Through affiliates in 250 cities and partnerships with thousands of nonprofits and corporations, Points of Light engages more than four million volunteers in 30 million hours of service each year. We put people at the center of change. For more information, visit

About American Express

American Express is a global services company, providing customers with access to products, insights and experiences that enrich lives and build business success. Learn more at and connect with us on,,,, and

May 05

National Association of Professional Women Inducts Virginia A. Sauk, Process Specialist at The WhiteWave Foods Company, into its 2015-2016 VIP Woman of the Year Circle

Garden City, NY (PRWEB) May 05, 2015

The National Association of Professional Women (NAPW) honors Virginia A. Sauk as a 2015-2016 inductee into its VIP Woman of the Year Circle. She is recognized with this prestigious distinction for leadership in business. NAPW is the nation’s leading networking organization for professional women in the country, boasting more than 700,000 members and over 200 Local Chapters.

Im pleased to welcome Virginia into this exceptional group of professional women, said NAPW President Star Jones. She and her company are making great strides in the food manufacturing field.

In her role as Process Specialist at The WhiteWave Foods Company, a leader in innovative food manufacturing, Ms. Sauk is instrumental in overseeing the execution of high priority, complex, deadline-driven projects and programs. She expertly manages a team of professionals, offering her knowledge and guidance as together, they successfully complete the tasks at hand.

According to its website, The WhiteWave Foods Company brings innovation and vision to several of the industrys most dynamic food categories: plant-based foods and beverages, coffee creamers and beverages, premium dairy products and organic greens and produce.

Before joining The WhiteWave Foods Company, Ms. Sauk held a number of management positions at leading manufacturing companies such as United Parcel Service, O-I and Fresh and Easy. Throughout her impressive career, Ms. Sauk has honed her leadership and communication skills as well as her expertise in operations, manufacturing and process improvement. She has a Bachelors in Philosophy from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, and is Lean Six Sigma Green Belt (LSSGB) Certified.

Awards & Accomplishments: Bachelors, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, Philosophy; Member, ASQ

About NAPW

NAPWs mission is to provide an exclusive, highly advanced networking forum to successful women executives, professionals and entrepreneurs where they can aspire, connect and achieve. Through innovative resources, unique tools and progressive benefits, professional women interact, exchange ideas, advance their knowledge and empower each other.

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Ponce, Puerto Rico (PRWEB) April 29, 2015

This year, the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), will kick off its health fair series entitled, Latinos Living Healthy: Feria de Salud in Ponce, Puerto Rico. The health fair is focused on ensuring that the Latino community has access to healthy food options, and understands the importance of physical activity. The health fairs are free and open to the public. As part of the health fair, Tyson Foods, Walmart and LULAC have joined forces to donate a truckload of protein to area food banks in Puerto Rico. Members of the press are invited to attend the press conference and additional details are provided below.

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