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Academy of Art University Web Design and New Media Student Heather Tomkins Receives Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers Design Fellowship

San Francisco, California (PRWEB) May 20, 2013

Heather Tomkins, a Web Design and New Media graduate student at Academy of Art University, will be spending the summer working at Klout, the San Francisco tech company that measures the influence of social media users, thanks to the Kleiner Perkins Design Fellows Program. Tomkins is one of twelve design students from around the country to receive a fellowship from Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers, the venture capital firm that launched the Design Fellows Program to provide the most promising design students with mentorship, leadership and community and to nurture the interconnection of design and technology in developing innovative products and services. The program connects design students from the top universities in the country with some of the most design-influenced companies in the firm's portfolio.

As part of the application process, Tomkins submitted her Academy thesis project, an interactive childrens book for the iPad called The Bear and the Picture Camera. She designed the book in a way that allows the reader and the main character to explore and draw together a type of combination she felt was missing in the iPad childrens book market.

Not only did this project allow me to develop new skills in user experience and user interface design, it allowed me to further develop my skills as an illustrator, visual designer and storyteller, she said. Im honored and excited to be a 2013 KPCB Design Fellow. I look forward to my summer with Klout and this invaluable opportunity to grow as a designer.

Academy President Elisa Stephens explains how the universitys teaching strategy helps make accomplishments like Tompkins possible: One thing every Academy student must do in order to graduate is complete a portfolio of work that shows potential employers that the student has not only studied design, but has hands-on experience and can contribute to a company. Heather clearly knocked the ball out of the park with her thesis project, and we are excited that she will be able to further develop her skills this summer at Klout.

The Design Fellows Program is part of KPCBs strategy for supporting innovative companies. In establishing it, says Juliet de Baubigny, a partner at KPCB who helped build the program, What we wanted to do was to really support the field; we wanted to make sure that we helped our companies gain access to the best designers, and we wanted to continue, ourselves, to learn as the field of design innovation unfolds. I feel that design is going to be the key differentiator with many entrepreneurial ventures going forward.

Since its founding in 1972, KPCB has backed entrepreneurs in more than 500 ventures including AOL, Amazon, Citrix, Compaq, Electronic Arts, Genentech, Google, Intuit, Juniper Networks, Netscape, Sun, Symantec, Verisign and Zynga. The program aims to help bright students gain the experience and relationships they need to create meaningful careers at technology companies after graduation, and KPCBs portfolio companies benefit by tapping into the next generation of design thinking and talent.

About the Academy of Art University

With more than 18,000 students, Academy of Art University is the nation's largest private art and design university. Established in 1929, the school offers accredited AA, BA, BFA, B.Arch*, MA, M.Arch and MFA programs in 21 different majors, as well as continuing art education, with classes in Acting, Advertising, Animation & Visual Effects, Architecture, Art Education, Art History(BFA), Fashion, Fine Art, Game Design, Graphic Design, Illustration, Industrial Design, Interior Architecture & Design, Jewelry and Metal Arts, Landscape Architecture, Motion Pictures & Television, Multimedia Communications, Music Production & Sound Design for Visual Media, Photography, Visual Development and Web Design & New Media. Students can also enroll in flexible online degree programs in most majors. Academy of Art University is an accredited member of WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges), NASAD (National Association of Schools of Art and Design), Council for Interior Design Accreditation (BFA and MFA-IAD) and NAAB (M-Arch, B.Arch*). For more information, visit or call 1-800-544-2787.

*B.Arch program in candidacy status with NAAB


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Effective Student Marketing Wins 2013 AVA Digital Marketing Award

Andover, MA (PRWEB) May 16, 2013

National College asked the team at Effective Student Marketing to use their knowledge and expertise to help generate student inquiries for the federal government's Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP). The team organized an integrated online campaign that wove together content creation, social media, mobile optimization, and paid media to help the school reach its enrollment goals. The campaign performed so well it earned Effective Student Marketing a 2013 AVA Digital Award in Digital Marketing & Social Campaign.

National College asked the team at Effective Student Marketing to help increase awareness for the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP), highlight informational sessions and gather inquiries from potential veteran students who would qualify for the program. It was a natural extension since Effective Student Marketing was already in charge of the social media marketing for the schools campuses in Virginia, West Virginia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio, and Indiana.

After the team strategized how each phase of the campaign would rollout, the VRAP lead generation campaign officially launched in June 2012. During the first three months, half of the inquiries generated by Effective Student Marketing ended up enrolling at National College. Effective Student Marketing has not only gathered high quality prospective students for National College, but they also generated over 3,000 new likes for the National College pages on Facebook.

Here are more details about Effective Student Marketings lead generation campaign for the National College VRAP program:


Anthem Institute Student Kenneth Teores Photography Exhibit Featured at Monroe Township Public Library for National Autism Awareness Month

North Brunswick, New Jersey (PRWEB) May 03, 2013

Despite his complex learning disabilities and high-functioning autism, Teore is excelling in the Graphic Design and Animation program at Anthem Institutes North Brunswick campus. Teore is a gifted nature photographer and his education is helping him gain the skills and knowledge necessary to pursue his goals, which include working for National Geographic in film and photography.

Kenny sleeps, eats and drinks his program of studies, said his mother Joananne Teore. We are so grateful for Kennys incredible opportunity to attend Anthem, where not only does he have an excellent curriculum-based education, but also wonderful instructors who have enlightened him about reading social cues and enabled him to be successful by meeting his needs using assistive technology.

Through his exhibit, featuring a display of more than 20 photographs, Teores goal was to educate others about his experiences with autism, dyslexia and dysgraphia.

Kennys story is just one example of how we strive to work with each and every one of our students to help them succeed, said Maria Veglia, Executive Director at Anthem Institute in North Brunswick. We have full confidence that Kenny will successfully complete his program and look forward to helping him establish a fulfilling career.

Anthem Institutes Graphic Design and Animation diploma program gives students hands-on experience with Graphic Design Industry Standard applications. Students take courses in basic design, digital imaging and print, 3D modeling and 3D animation. They learn to use the same packages and tools as graphic design professionals, including 3D Studio Max and Adobe Master Collection Creative Suite and are introduced to standard markup/scripting languages such as HTML, PHP, CSS ActionScript and MySQL.

Taught by graphic design and web professionals, students can receive academic advising from professional education staff, which also arrange for tutoring services when needed and help organize study groups. Program graduates can compete for different kinds of entry-level positions in the graphic design field, including web designer or developer, flash animator, Photoshop specialist or multimedia designer or specialist.

Anthem Institute in North Brunswick is located at 651 US Route 1 South on the 1st floor. For more information about Anthem Education, please contact the campus locally at 855-331-7764.

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Northeast Indiana Innovation Center Provides Early Stage Capital Funding & Entrepreneurial Business Assistance to Two Innovative Student Businesses

Fort Wayne, IN (PRWEB) May 01, 2013

The Northeast Indiana Innovation Center ( is pleased to announce the entry of two new student venture companies into NIICs nationally recognized Student Venture Lab program. Live Capture Sound LLC and D-n-S Design Company have both moved in and begun the venture start-up process this month.

As part of the Student Venture Lab program (, student companies receive an early stage funding investment (typically $ 3,000) and six months of office space & business services at the Northeast Indiana Innovation Campus (an in-kind investment valued at $ 3,000) in exchange for a small amount of equity in the student venture.

During the six month period, the student ventures use the lean start-up canvas and customer development tools to create a product demonstration, a business model, and validate both of those with prospective customers. Ventures receive one-on-one coaching from Mike Fritsch, the Innovation Centers Entrepreneur-In-Residence (

At the end of the six month term, each venture will demonstrate their product and their customer-validated business model at Demo Day to investors, bankers, and other leaders of the regions business and technology community. Ventures that have shown tangible progress during the first six months may receive up to two additional phases of follow-on business funding (totaling over $ 8,500 in additional early stage capital) and office space & business services to accelerate their venture's growth and development.

Live Capture Sound LLC is led by Jeremy Harmeyer, a student at University of St. Francis and Andrew Miller, a recent graduate. Live Capture offers live event production and sound recording as well as recorded advertisements. Live Capture aims at delivering the highest quality product without the high cost. Live Capture provides records and produces live sound for musicians, venues, TV and radio ads, video games, Internet videos, and any other application requiring quality sound.

D-n-S Design Company is led by Lindal Walker and Matthew Vanlandingham, both students at ITT Technical Institute. D-n-S provides various digital media-based products including web sites, mobile apps, digital graphics design and their big project, video games.

"For the past five years, the Innovation Center has invested financial and entrepreneurial training in the next generation of student entrepreneurial leaders. Instead of taking a ob, our students are making a job and career for themselves and others," stated Karl R. LaPan, President and CEO.

For more information, contact Student Venture Lab Program Manager Mike Fritsch at 260-407-1754 or mfritsch(at)niic(dot)net.

Live Capture Sound LLC, Jeremy Harmeyer, can be reached at livecapturesound(at)gmail(dot)com.

D-n-S Design Company, Lindal Walker, can be reached at

Northeast Indiana Innovation Center (NIIC) - NIIC is a non-profit, community-based resource center that catalyzes the growth and development of innovative companies in Northeast Indiana, thereby diversifying, improving, and growing the region's economy and enhancing our community's vitality.

NIICs Student Venture Lab is made possible by generous contributions from The Lincoln Financial Foundation, iAB Financial Bank, The Edward M. & Mary McCrea Wilson Foundation, and private individual & corporate donors. Any future proceeds from NIICs equity investments in Student Venture Lab ventures will be reinvested in support of the mission to grow the next generation of student entrepreneurial leaders. Interested in applying for an investment in your student venture or business? Contact Mike Fritsch at mfritsch(at)niic(dot)net for more information.

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International Student Collaboration to Present ‘The Distance Between’ Sunday, November 25th from 3 – 5 PM at 421 Central Avenue Gallery, Sarasota, Florida, USA

Sarasota, FL and Antwerp, Belgium (PRWEB) November 21, 2012

Mapping a Site is an international student and faculty collaboration composed of two intensive one-week workshops at selected sites in Antwerp and Sarasota. This project puts students and faculty from four different colleges and cultural backgrounds into a collaborative, creative working group. The goal is to collectively interact, interpret and represent the essential history and possibilities of both sites based on the groups different cultural and artistic sensibilities. The visual responses and interpretations of the sites will be displayed at the end of the working sessions in each city with the potential for publication and further exhibitions in the future. The students work as a group creating the artwork with the faculty serving as project leaders.

'The Distance Between'

In Sarasota, the students have started to work on a site-specific communal art project in the Rosemary District and the Five Points area. The project is titled The Distance Between. In it the people from the local community are asked to take part by making their own flags and planting them in a place they feel to be connected to or a place of personal significance. The central idea is to map out individual people and their experiences by placing a flag in the same manner as Sarasota was founded when Lewis Colson drove a stake marking what was to become Five Points, the heart of Sarasota. At the same time the flags are a way to make the diversity of the area and the people more visible. The variety of flags will start appearing on the streets during the week.

Reception for the The Distance Between Project:

Sunday November 25th, 3-5 PM at 421 Central Avenue, Sarasota, FL.

Participating Institutions, students and faculty:

Ringling College of Art + Design, Sarasota, FL



St. Louis Rams Kendall Langford Treats Gateway Tech Student Athletes to Holiday Mentoring Dinner

St. Louis, MO (PRWEB) December 05, 2012

Senior members of Gateway Techs football team joined Rams defensive tackle, Kendall Langford for his inaugural First Line of Defense dinner at Mike Shannons Steak & Seafood. St. Louis-based Fun Tyme Limo and Mike Shannons Steak & Seafood partnered with Kendall to give the group a truly outstanding evening.

The festive occasion started with roundtrip transportation in Fun Tymes luxury, stretch SUV for the group of 12. Upon arrival at Shannons, Kendall greeted the group in a private dining room where Executive Chef Nick Zotos had customized a meal that highlighted the best of Shannons extensive menu. He wanted to guarantee that the choices, which included tenderloin filet and seared salmon, provided the group with an authentic knowledge of fine dining.

Kendalls mission was to use the dinner as an opportunity for positive reinforcement mentoring and to encourage the attendees as they prepare to transition from high school. During dinner, the group had the chance to get to know Kendall in a relaxed and candid atmosphere. Though the group discussed many topics, they honed in on football, Kendalls journey to the NFL and life in general.

At the end of the day, Im grateful that I have been blessed and I am able to give back, said Kendall. It was great to hang with these guys- theyre a great group of young men. I just wanted them to know that Im human just like anybody else; it just comes down to hard work and effort. If they always give it their all in life, theyll always come out successful.

Langford, a native of Petersburg, VA is in his first year with the Rams and fourth year in the league. Since entering the NFL, he has made being involved in the community a priority, from distributing turkeys for Thanksgiving in his hometown to his annual free youth camps for high school students.


Georgia Tech Recognizes Need for Multilingual Communication with International Student Population

Atlanta, GA. (PRWEB) December 04, 2012

TrueLanguage, a leading provider of professional localization and translation services, today announced that Atlanta-based Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), one of the nations top research universities with more than 21,500 undergraduate and graduate students, has introduced Spanish and Chinese (simplified) admissions and application pages to its website. This change will help the university improve communication with its existing and prospective international students.

The web pages also can be accessed via a mobile web browser to accommodate rapidly increasing smart phone adoption and usage, particularly among younger generations.

In an effort to address the needs of its international student body and to recruit more foreign students, Georgia Tech recognized the need to provide critical admissions information to Chinese and Spanish speaking audiences in their own language for the first time, said Uli Dendy, CEO for TrueLanguage. This is the first step in taking Georgia Techs communications strategy with prospective students to a global level and we are excited to have played a role."

Each year, Georgia Tech receives a vast number of applications from countries across the globe. In 2012, 14 percent of the incoming freshman population was from outside of the U.S. Of these, more than 30 percent were Asian and nearly 8 percent Hispanic. To ease the application process for international students and make the university more attractive to potential students from other countries, it was important for Georgia Tech to invest in high-quality, professional translation in order to most effectively reach a truly global applicant population.

Partnering with TrueLanguage, Georgia Tech developed admissions pages in the two of the most widely spoken languages Chinese and Spanish. TrueLanguage managed the technical implementation and translation into both languages.

Based in Atlanta, TrueLanguage is a full-service professional localization company that provides cost-effective translation, interpretation and localization services based on each clients specific needs. TrueLanguage offers clients a strong combination of professional language experts, centralized project management and outstanding customer service to ensure accurate, compatible, reliable and authentic translation and interpretation in more than 60 languages worldwide. For more information on TrueLanguage and its worldwide localization services, visit or contact the firm at or 770-850-1205.


Silicon Mechanics Sponsors Team from Massachusetts Green HPC Consortium in SC12 Student Cluster Competition

Bothell, WA (PRWEB) November 07, 2012

Silicon Mechanics, Inc., a leading manufacturer of rackmount servers, storage, and high-performance computing solutions, announces that it is sponsoring the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Consortium (MGHPCC) in the Student Cluster Competition at the SC12 Conference & Exhibition, taking place November 10-16, 2012 in Salt Lake City, Utah. The team, composed of undergraduates from Boston University, Harvard University, MIT, University of Massachusetts, and Northeastern University, will complete in a real-time, non-stop 48-hour challenge to demonstrate the best sustained performance on a series of applications.

The Student Cluster Competition showcases student expertise in deploying and using a high-performance cluster in four pre-determined applications. Students are given the application areas in advance to familiarize themselves and test their codes, but will not know the actual task until the starting whistle is blown. The MGHPCC team has been busy practicing, optimizing the contest applications, independent of configuration.

This years 6-member team is comprised of computer engineering, electrical engineering, computer science, and physics majors. Two additional students will observe, learning the ropes and preparing to take over for graduating seniors in next years contest.

Silicon Mechanics has configured an HPC cluster, valued at $ 80,000, comprised of hardware provided by partners NVIDIA, AMD, Mellanox, Supermicro, Kingston Technology, and Seagate. Equipped with NVIDIA


Lanny Sommese-designed, Penn State Emergency Student Aid Commemorative Tapestry Makes Its Central Pennsylvania Arts Festival Debut on Friday, July 13, 2012

University Park, Pennsylania (PRWEB) July 10, 2012

For the first time in more than three decades, legendary graphic designer Lanny Sommese will be the talk of the Central Pennsylvania Arts Festival for an original work of art that is woven and benefits the new emergency student loan fund at Penn State. His bold, widely acclaimed, all-wool tapestry design, Hand In Hand, makes its festival weekend debut Friday at a special exhibition in Robb Hall, within the Hintz Family Alumni Center in the heart of campus.

Lanny is synonymous with the Arts Festival as its brilliantly whimsical official poster creator, commented emergency loan fund founder Tom Sharbaugh (73), so it is a fitting tribute that his inspiring tapestry design be offered to festival visitors who otherwise might not have the opportunity to see his first foray into fabric art, and a chance to help our students.

The Sommese design, contributed to the effort, was interpreted in the tapestry through a creative partnership with Langhorne Carpet Company of Penndel, Bucks County. As part of its non-profit focused Carpets of Caring program, the world-renowned custom carpet mill wove each tapestry (27 x 36 and costing $ 300.00) on its historic Jacquard Wilton loom. The weaving technique accentuates the blue open interlocking hands, set against a robust red background, that are symbolically extended in support of the Emergency Student Loan Fund. Penn State is believed to be the only state university offering this type of fund, which provides timely low-interest financial aid ( primarily through alumni donations.

University officials, who handle fund administration, say in its first year it has been an educational lifesaver, raising more than $ 225,000 from donors in nearly 40 states to directly help undergraduates cover unexpected costs. With yearly costs topping $ 28,000 including tuition, room, board, and books more and more students risk dropping out for strictly financial reasons.

The Alumni Association is proud to have been involved since inception with the emergency student loan fund, explained Deborah J. Marron, Ed. D., Director of Program Development and Enrichment for the Alumni Association. It is a great example of generations of alums coming to the aid of future alumni. As a Board Member of the Arts Festival, I could not be happier that the Hand In Hand tapestry will be on display inside Robb Hall during this remarkable artistic exposition.

Pre-festival tapestry orders can be placed directly through Tom Sharbaugh (tomsharbaugh (at) gmail (dot) com/ 215-963-5004), or Steph Rosenfeld (steph (at) idadvisors (dot) com / 215-569-4343) and picked up at the Hand In Hand exhibit inside Robb Hall. Purchases can also be made online through Langhorne Carpet,

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Ringling College Graduate Eric Prah Wins Bronze 2012 Student Academy Award in Computer Animation from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences

Los Angeles, CA and Sarasota, FL (PRWEB) June 18, 2012

Ringling College of Art and Design Graduate Eric Prah was honored on Saturday, June 9th at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences 39th Annual Student Academy Awards with a Bronze Award for Computer Animation. The awards were presented by actors Laura Dern, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Greg Kinnear and Mena Suvari alongside Academy President Tom Sherak at the Academys Samuel Goldwyn Theater. Eric won the Bronze for his senior thesis animation, My Little Friend. Ringling College students have won 9 Student Academy Awards in the past 11 years, as well as the most consecutive Student Academy Awards since the awards began in 1973, with four awards in a row from 2005-2008.

Eric was one of 13 students from around the world who were selected as winners in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences 39th Annual Student Academy Awards competition. Erics film, My Little Friend, may be viewed at The Gold in animation was won by David Wolter for Eyrie and the Silver by Mark Nelson for Jockstrap Raiders. To view photos from the event please go to and to see the journey of the 2012 Student Academy Award

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