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25Feb/140

MUM Accounting Students First in World to Learn New Reporting System Required by US Government Agencies


Fairfield, IA (PRWEB) January 03, 2014

Accounting students at Maharishi University are gaining certification in a new worldwide standard for exchanging financial and accounting information that’s required by the US government as well as a growing list of international organizations. Maharishi U is the first university in the world to offer this certification training as an academic course.

"The government is increasingly expecting financial institutions to adopt this new standard, but there are very few accountants trained in this area," said accounting professor Andrew Bargerstock, PhD, CPA. "Our students are moving quickly to fill this void."

Extensible Business Reporting Language (XBRL)

The new standard, XBRL, or eXtensible Business Reporting Language, is a formal markup language with some similarities to computer programming that systematically defines business facts, values, contexts, units, and more in order to exchange financial information.

Common functions in many countries that make use of XBRL include regulators of stock exchanges and securities, banking regulators, business registrars, revenue reporting and tax-filing agencies, and national statistical agencies.

A Highly Marketable Skill

According to Dr. Bargerstock, the XBRL standard is rapidly spreading worldwide. In the U.S., both the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) require that all data reported to them use XBRL.

The Netherlands has adopted XBRL as a government-wide standard of reporting accounting and financial information. And in a recent report, the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) stated that "XBRL reporting has become an integral aspect of most registrants’ financial reporting infrastructures, and interactive data is more readily available to financial statement users than ever before."

"We want our students to be on the cutting edge," Dr. Bargerstock said. "This new system is very challenging to learn, but once an accountant is certified, he or she will be highly sought after by the many large institutions who are now having to prepare their data in this new way. This will give our students another credential that will make them attractive in the US and international job market."

Students, Faculty Earn Certification

XBRL International, (http://www.xbrl.org), which developed this new standard, offers testing to certify that accountants have mastered it. Dr. Bargerstock and six of his students have so far earned XBRL certification. According to XBRL International, Maharishi University of Management is the first university to offer XBRL instruction and certification as part of the curriculum. XBRL is offered as a one-credit course in MUM’s MBA Accounting program.

The MUM Accounting MBA

Maharishi University of Management offers an MBA for Accounting Professionals program that enrolls students from a variety of countries. They spend seven months on campus taking MBA courses, and then are placed in paid practicum positions around the US while completing their degree via distance education.

Track Record of Success

Dr. Bargerstock, director of the University’s MBA programs, received the 2009 Excellence in Lean Accounting Professor award from the Lean Enterprise Institute (LEI) at the Lean Accounting Summit. Since then, Dr. Bargerstock has published research articles in Management Accounting Quarterly and guided two Ph.D. students who won the Lean Accounting Student of the Year Award (2011, 2013) by LEI at the annual Lean Accounting Summit.

Dr. Bargerstock’s students have also placed in top 10 positions of the revolving CAPSIM business simulations CAPSIM business simulations. Every year since beginning the simulation as part of the MBA curriculum, MUM has placed student teams in the Top 10th percentile worldwide including #1 finishes in the world in 2011 and 2013. This online simulation addresses the need for accountants to become better acquainted with strategic thinking and decision-making in circumstances of uncertainty and in a team environment.

The XBRL training and certification adds to the growing list of skills MUM students have been developing, including their recent course in Data-Mining using the latest SPSS Modeler software and its application in business marketing.

"This combination of these three things—success is Business Simulations, understanding of Data Mining, and XBRL certification," said Dr. Bargerstock, "puts MBAs coming out of Maharishi University of Management in a whole new light with great potential for building long-term careers in the United States and internationally."

About the University

Founded in 1971, Maharishi University of Management (MUM) offers Consciousness-Based℠ Education, a traditional academic curriculum enhanced with self-development programs like the Transcendental Meditation® technique. Students are encouraged to follow a more sustainable routine of study, socializing and rest without the typical college burnout. All aspects of campus life nourish the body and mind, including organic vegetarian meals served fresh daily. Located in Fairfield, Iowa, MUM is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and offers bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees in the arts, sciences, humanities, and business. Visitors Weekends are held throughout the year. For more information, call the Admissions Office at 800-369-6480 or visit http://www.mum.edu.







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21Feb/140

Wiley Releases New Essential References for Students & Professional Interior Designers


Hoboken, NJ (PRWEB) October 09, 2013

John Wiley & Sons, a leader in architectural & interior design publishing, is releasing three new titles for interior designers and students that, combined, cover everything a new or practicing interior designer needs to know to build a solid foundation in their craft. From the history of interior design, to the best practices of working in the profession, and even the materials used and their application, it’s a complete library for interior designers no matter where they are in their careers.

The first title, A HISTORY OF INTERIOR DESIGN, 4th Edition, (ISBN: 978-1-118-40351-8, October 14, 2013, $ 120.00) is the gold standard for the history of interior design, completely revised and expanded, and it now reflects greater coverage of non-Western design, as well as vernacular and residential interiors. Additionally, more consideration of sustainable design also makes A HISTORY OF INTERIOR DESIGN the most relevant text available. Lavishly illustrated, this book is essential to anyone who appreciates interior design as well as antiques, furniture design, textiles, decorative objects and the general evolution of the space where people work and live.

PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE FOR INTERIOR DESIGNERS, 5th Edition (ISBN: 978-1-118-09079-4, September 23, 2013, $ 90.00) is the second title of the group. Considered the most comprehensive business guide for designers, PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE FOR INTERIOR DESIGNERS has been used by tens of thousands of aspiring designers and working professionals since it was first published in 1989. Author, Christine Piotrowski, covers the issues and tools essential to the interior design profession in a clear and well-organized fashion. From establishing a practice, design contracts, fees, financial management, project management, contract administration, and career options, the reader progresses through all aspects of the business, whether in a small or a large firm. The winner of the American Society of Interior Designer's prestigious Polsky Award for its First Edition, no other book approaches the comprehensiveness or relevance for the practicing interior designer.

Lastly, the third title, MATERIALS FOR INTERIOR ENVIRONMENTS, 2nd Edition (ISBN: 978-1-118-30635-2, November 4, 2013, $ 95.00) helps designers successfully address material evaluation and selection of interior components. Organized by types of materials and applications, the technical information for each material is presented in a concise reference format to aid designers in their design solutions. Covering all aspects of interior design materials, from aesthetic qualities to manufacturing and fabrication, applications, installation and maintenance, and specifications for materials used in commercial and residential applications, this book is engagingly written, highly detailed, and helpfully illustrated with more than 550 color illustrations.

All three titles are now available for purchase online and at retailers nationwide in both print and all e-book formats. For a list of retailers, visit http://www.wiley.com.

About the Authors

Professional Practice for Interior Designers, 5th Edition

Christine M. Piotrowski, FASID, IIDA, currently based in Phoenix, Arizona, provides consulting services to interior designers on business practices. She is a former professor of interior design at Northern Arizona University and has more than twenty-five years of commercial and residential design experience. She has won the ASID/Polsky Prize twice and received honorable mention once. Her books include Becoming an Interior Designer, Designing Commercial Interiors, and Problem Solving and Critical Thinking for Designers, all published by Wiley.

A History of Interior Design, 4th Edition

John Pile was Professor of Design at the renowned Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, for most of his career. He was the author of twelve books on furniture, color, draughtsmanship, office planning and other aspects of interior design. John Pile had taught interior and industrial design since 1948, and was also a practicing interior designer and design consultant who has worked for a number of prestigious firms including Knoll International, George Nelson, and Donald Deskey Associates.

Materials for Interior Environments, 2nd Edition

Corky Binggeli, ASID, is a principal at Corky Binggeli Interior Design in Boston and has taught at Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston and Boston Architectural College. A professional member of ASID and past President of ASID New England, she is the author of Graphic Standards Field Guide to Commercial Interiors, Building Systems for Interior Designers, co-author with Francis DK Ching of Interior Design Illustrated, and editor of Interior Graphic Standards, Second Edition, all from Wiley.







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15Oct/130

California Middle School Helps Struggling Students Conquer Math with ALEKS Individualized Learning


Irvine, CA (PRWEB) September 03, 2013

Deborah Burton, a seventh and eighth-grade math teacher at Big Bear Middle School in Big Bear, Calif., considers the color-keyed pie chart in ALEKS as one of her favorite teaching tools. The interactive pie chart displays the results of a students current knowledge and each pie slice corresponds to a particular group of math topics, such as fractions or equations. The larger the area of a slice that is darker, the more mastery the student has of the topic area. Content mastery can be visually tracked by determining how much of each slice is dark.

Before class begins each day, Burton studies students pie charts to determine which topics her students are ready to learn. For the first 10 minutes of class, she calls groups of students to the whiteboard to work on problems before sending them to the computer lab for independent study. She then spends the remainder of the class working with students as they work individually on the topics they are ready to learn.

ALEKS accomplishes two big goals: filling in the gaps of students knowledge and teaching them the topics they are ready to learn right now, said Burton. Normally, I would have to take the whole class to the lab and spend time focused only on the students who need the most help. Or, I would teach the whole class the same topics, even though not everyone would be ready to learn it. ALEKS allows for extremely targeted teaching, which is just wonderful.

With its completely individualized approach to learning, ALEKS enables students to successfully master course material by targeting their learning on the material they are precisely ready to learn right now. Since ALEKS is web-based, and accessible directly via common Internet browsers, students can quickly access their accounts anytime, anywhere, via a tablet, laptop or traditional computer. All ALEKS courses feature user-friendly answer input tools that allow students to enter mathematical expressions and free-response answers that avoid multiple-choice and demonstrate true content mastery.

Before coming to the middle school, Burton taught math for 18 years at the high school, which is where she first used ALEKS. Already sold on the program, Burton became a highly vocal advocate for bringing ALEKS to the middle school. Her enthusiasm convinced Principal Tina Fulmer that the program would help the math department meet its goals for the school year, and Fulmer and Burton worked together to find grant money to help cover the costs.

Once Burton began to use ALEKS at the middle school three years ago, the impact was immediate: Students who had been learning at a basic level were now at levels of advanced learning. After using ALEKS for a year, Algebra Readiness eighth graders more than doubled the increase of California Standards Test (CST) score typically seen at the school. Moreover, 56 percent of these students scored at least Proficient, compared with the usual 40 percent. Scores on the CST increased an average of 30 points, and students who used to need constant attention no longer required Burtons help, as they were now motivated and successful working independently.

For Principal Fulmer, ALEKS has been well worth the investment. Whenever she visits classrooms, she has found students to be completely engaged with the work and empowered enough to work at their own pace. Even students who dont struggle with math have been eager to share the success theyve found with ALEKS.

I had a student come into my office to show me her math grade, which was at 133 percent. When I asked her what she was doing, she said Im addicted to the ALEKS program. Even though this student already had an A, she was excited to keep going and push herself as far as she could.

In another instance, Fulmer was contacted by a parent who was in tears because her daughter was failing math. She was able to use some additional funding to give the student access to ALEKS from home. Within one month, the student went from a failing grade to a C- and her mother was thrilled. Her daughter was so motivated by her quick progress that she spent every spare minute at home working on ALEKS.

The success Big Bear Middle School has experienced is nothing short of extraordinary and is a prime example of how ALEKS makes for a truly personalized learning experience, allowing each student to learn at his or her own pace," said R.G. Wilmot (Wil) Lampros, president of ALEKS Corporation. "As always, our primary goal at ALEKS is to give educators powerful tools that enable them to help students master the basics of math in order to prepare them for life beyond the classroom."

Read more about the success at Big Bear Middle School: http://www.aleks.com/k12/ALEKS_at_Big_Bear_Middle_School.pdf

To learn more about how ALEKS works, visit: http://www.aleks.com/video/how_aleks_works. A free trial of ALEKS courses is available to teachers and administrators at: http://www.aleks.com/free_trial/instructor

About ALEKS Corporation

ALEKS Corporation is a leader in the creation of web-based, artificially intelligent educational software. In 2013, ALEKS was acquired by McGraw-Hill Education, a leading digital learning company. ALEKS assessment and learning technologies were originally developed by a team of cognitive scientists, mathematicians, and software engineers at the University of California, Irvine, with major funding from the National Science Foundation. ALEKS is founded on groundbreaking research in mathematical cognitive science known as Knowledge Space Theory. Through adaptive questioning, ALEKS accurately assesses a students knowledge state, and then delivers targeted instruction on the topics a student is most ready to learn.

ALEKS has been used by millions of students in over 100 different mathematics, science, and business courses at thousands of K-12 schools, colleges, and universities throughout the world.

For additional information, visit: http://www.aleks.com







9Oct/130

Todays Growing Need for Animators in the Gaming Industry Opens Up Many Job Opportunities for Animation Students


(PRWEB) June 21, 2013

In todays job market it can be difficult to find a position within the arts and design sector.

However, the current need for animators in the gaming industry is on the rise which provides many opportunities for those in an animation program. Centre for Arts and Technology's 2D and 3D Animation programs can help those looking to break into the animation world by teaching them the essential traits and skills required in the animation industry.

The gaming world is constantly changing from 2D pixelated animation to high definition graphics and 3D animation, its hard to believe that the gaming world started out with putting a quarter into an arcade machine.

Now, the animation and actual game play in the gaming world has become very complex. World of Warcraft, a RPG (role playing game), revolutionized the standards for animation in games as well as the difficulty of play. This game was one of the first that used an online system of play and had top of the line graphics never before seen in the gaming world. With the push from World of Warcraft, more games came into the world as online based and used high definition 3D animation. Many of these games include The Sims 3, Star Craft 2 and Cid Myers later Civilization games. Gaming has progressed so much that players go to international gaming competitions for specific games, such as Star Craft 2, and compete for 1st place to receive $ 50,000 in prize money.

The gaming industry is continuously getting larger and the need for animators in this industry is at an all-time high. In Canada especially, the gaming world is booming. Canada has come out with some of the most popular games of 2012 including, Mass Effects 3, Far Cry 3, Assassins Creed 3, and Sleeping Dogs. A major Canadian company producing games is Ubisoft Montreal, which creates the Assassins Creed franchise and the Far Cry series. With this need for more animation experts, the industry is calling for trained professionals to take on the daunting task, and where better to be trained than at an animation school.

Centre for Arts and Technology offers 2D Animation & Digital Art or 3D Animation for Game, Film & Visual Effects at our Kelowna, Fredericton and Halifax campuses.

With the gaming boom in Canada, now is the best time to take that next step into the future!







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16Sep/130

College Students Can Now Reveal the Real Story To PortPrep of How They Beat the Odds of Getting Accepted

Guelph, Ontario (PRWEB) May 31, 2013

Art and design students finally have a platform for sharing the truth about the challenges of battling for acceptance into coveted top university programs.

Karen Kesteloot of PortPrep is launching the Beating the Odds Student Success Stories Video Blog Contest on June 1st to give students a voice. Students from around the world can submit video entries by July 4th and win prizes that will prepare them for success.

Every participant will be rewarded 1/2 hour of instruction by Karen Kesteloot. The best entries will receive a full course of summer study that consists of six 2-hour classes within two months. Classes can be conducted in person at the PortPrep studio or through video. Through these classes, Karen aims to prepare students for post-secondary school and give them a competitive edge before classes start.

To join our contest, read the guidelines for your video entries by clicking on this link. http://portprep.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/Guidelines-for-Video-Blog-Entries.pdf

WHY SHOULD STUDENTS TELL THEIR STORIES ON HOW THEY GOT ACCEPTED INTO ART AND DESIGN PROGRAMS?

Karen Kesteloot, a leading expert in art portfolios for college admissions, revealed, The real story here is that between 2,000 and 4,000 students apply each year to a top arts program but only 60-150 students can gain admission. How do these students manage to get accepted when so few high schools know what colleges really need?

She also found out that the parents have been frustrated with the education systems limitations. Some of the more challenging programs to get accepted into like Sheridans esteemed Animation program, require students to have studied art in a post secondary institute before applying and often have to re-apply.

A mother of a graphics student named Kylie said, We had no idea she would need drawing for graphicswe realized the only way she could get a portfolio ready in time was to take private lessons.

With these roadblocks to the arts programs unbeknownst to applicants, it begs the question: which students are getting accepted into the better college programs and how are they managing to do it?

Through the entries that you will submit to us, Karen intends to show students applying to the best art and design colleges what they need to do to increase their chances of getting accepted. Students will finally learn what extra lessons or private schooling is truly necessary to get into the most competitive programs!

ABOUT KAREN KESTELOOT

Karen Kesteloot is a trusted authority on art portfolio preparation and founded PortPrep in a response to the increasing number of students that appealed for help. Karens broad education in art and design enables her to help students from many different disciplines get accepted. Karen has certificates, diplomas and degrees from the following institutions: Humber College, OCA, University of Guelph, Parsons (Paris), Institute Lorenzo de Medici, and Sheridan College and has taught at Sheridan College, University of Guelph, High Point University, and the several independent art schools.

PortPrep is headquartered in Guelph, Ontario, Canada and has enjoyed a 100% placement rate. Karen can be reached at info(at)portprep(dot)com or at 519-803-2539. You can also visit the site at http://portprep.com.







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7Sep/130

Equifax Advises Students Heading onto the Jobs Market Should Take Care Where They Share Their Personal Details


(PRWEB UK) 25 July 2013

The proliferation of social media has undoubtedly had an impact on how people look for jobs and probably nowhere more so than for students heading onto the jobs market for the first time. Data released earlier in the year* suggested that over the past two years, nearly two thirds of employers (59%) have increased the proportion of vacancies that they advertise on social media platforms such as Facebook and LinkedIn. This is good news for those looking for a new job, but leading ID fraud expert, Equifax, is urging job seekers to take care when posting CVs online and through social media sites.

Job seekers have become increasingly reliant on online recruitment sites to secure employment, explained Neil Munroe, External Affairs Director at Equifax. But people desperately trying to find a new job are also prime targets for fraudsters. Unfortunately, posting CVs online can increase the risk of falling victim to ID fraud and phishing emails.

Young people trying to get onto the jobs ladder could fall into the trap of placing more trust than they should in websites they find and post or provide an enormous amount of personal information online when they upload their CV. There are of course many job recruitment sites that are reputable and secure, but fraudsters are unscrupulous and will use any method to obtain personal information. We are therefore urging job hunters to look closely at the sites they are using to ensure they are legitimate and secure before providing any information.

The Metropolitan Police claims that it takes just 3 pieces of personal information to commit ID fraud. Equifax is, therefore, advising those looking for jobs to be cautious about what information they supply and ensure that they are not revealing too much. Equifax is also warning job seekers not to succumb to phishing emails they might receive asking for information in exchange for possible job interviews.

It is completely understandable that job hunters are going to want to get their CV out to as many potential employers as possible, concluded Neil Munroe. But they really must be careful how much personal information they give away.

To help protect job seekers from becoming victims of ID fraud when trying to find their dream job, Equifax has put together the following tips:

TOP TIPS TO PROTECT PERSONAL DETAILS WHEN APPLYING FOR JOBS ONLINE


Dont give out all your personal information on your CV when posting it online or making it available to others you can always provide more information at a later date

Ensure that the company or individual that has got in contact with you is genuine by carrying out some background checks on them

Check that websites on which you upload personal details have security locks to reduce the risk of them being hacked into

Never send any bank account details until you are totally sure that the job you have been offered is genuine and can transfer money securely

Make sure you have virus protection on your computer, which is regularly updated and a Firewall

*experHR March 2013

About Equifax

Equifax is a global leader in consumer, commercial and workforce information solutions, providing businesses of all sizes and consumers with information they can trust. We organize and assimilate data on more than 500 million consumers and 81 million businesses worldwide, and use advanced analytics and proprietary technology to create and deliver customized insights that enrich both the performance of businesses and the lives of consumers.







1Aug/130

Concordia University, Nebraska Students Recognized at OKeefe Elevator Company Art Show


Seward, NE (PRWEB) April 22, 2013

Concordia University, Nebraska student Grace Hollenbeck earned the Best of Show award 2013 OKeefe Elevator Company Art Show in Omaha, Neb., on April 11. Hollenbeck is a sophomore in Concordias art education program. Five other Concordia students also were honored at the show.

Art therapy major Jenelle Hallaert, a sophomore, won second place in the three-dimensional art category. Senior studio and ecclesiastical art major Evan Balleweg took third place in 3-D. This category included all forms of sculpture in any medium, ceramics and jewelry.

In the two-dimensional art category, junior graphic design major Mary Masur won second place and was selected as the recipient of a purchase award. Sophomore graphic design major Dane Stahr earned third place, and junior graphic design major Tasha Burrill received honorable mention. The 2-D category included drawing, painting, printing and all other forms of flat artwork.

An exciting aspect to me is that the award recipients represent each degree we offer out of the (art) department, said Don Robson, department chair and associate professor of art at Concordia, was especially pleased that the award recipients represented each area of art study at the university. I am reminded daily of how truly blessed I am to serve at a university and in a department with brothers and sisters in Christ who share a common faith and a desire to be the best we can be.

The show, sponsored by the Nebraska Independent College Foundation, marked its 10th anniversary this year. The exhibit features artwork by students from six of the foundations eight member colleges and universities. The show will remain open through April 26 in the OKeefe Elevator Buildings gallery space, located at 1402 Jones Street in downtown Omaha. The exhibit is open to the public weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at no cost.

Concordia University, Nebraska, founded in 1894, is a fully accredited, coeducational university located in Seward, Neb. that currently serves over 2,100 students. Concordia offers more than 50 professional and liberal arts programs in an excellent academic and Christ-centered community that equips men and women for lives of learning, service and leadership in the church and world. For more information, visit cune.edu.







30Jun/130

WIN Learning Named a Finalist in 2013 EdTech Digest Awards Program: Personalized Career and College Readiness Solution Prepares Students for Life After High School

Kingston, TN (PRWEB) May 01, 2013

WIN Learning, the leading provider of careerdriven courseware, education intervention initiatives and career-readiness certification programs, announced today that it has been honored as a trend setter finalist in the 2013 EdTech Digest Awards program. The third annual recognition program honors outstanding tools, trendsetters, and leaders in the education and technology sector.

We are honored to receive this recognition as it validates our solution and its important role in ensuring student readiness whether its to attend college or a trade school, enter the military or the workplace for life after they graduate from high school, said Joseph Goins, executive vice president, WIN Learning.

This years program featured some of the most robust entries ever for the more than 40 categories. WIN Learning was an honoree in the product or service setting a trend category. The Trendsetter awards include notable people or products shaping the space, while the Cool Tool awards recognize the best new, emerging and established technology solutions for education. The EdTech Leadership awards recognize outstanding forward-thinking contributions to learning and technology.

A distinguished panel of industry influencers and veterans conducted this years evaluation proceedings. Our judges are giants among us, having influenced millions through their efforts at improving, advancing and modernizing education, said Victor Rivero, who oversees the program as editor in chief of EdTech Digest. They are highly-regarded leaders from a variety of experiences, but what they all have in common is a keen eye for what works in education and technology.

WIN Learnings Personalized Career Readiness System for middle and high school students is a comprehensive solution comprised of a series of standards-aligned, web-based programs that help students understand and prepare for the realities of college and the workplace. Designed for middle and high school students, the WIN Learning system features personalized project-based learning and career exploration, particularly in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

The Personalized Career Readiness System is based on the WIN Educonomy Model an intersection between education and local and regional economies where data on job markets help students understand employability, foundational and social skills within the context of future careers. This real-world focus helps determine the personalized selection of coursework and other experiences in high school that will lead students to their desired careers, either directly after graduation or following further training and education.

The research-based Career-Driven Education model is a best-in-class career and college readiness solution that offers a three-pronged approach to prepare students for todays global economic opportunities and challenges. With the data-rich career exploration system WIN Strategic Compass

30Jun/130

Community College of Aurora Students Awarded $8,000 in Grant Funding to Make Short Films Designed to Attract Investors


Denver, Colorado (PRWEB) May 01, 2013

Three movie-making teams from the prestigious Colorado Film School were awarded $ 8,000 in game-based and immersive learning grant funding April 26, allowing them to make short films that will be ultimately used to pitch full-length features to potential investors.

The monetary outlay comes after the culmination of a three-month, interdisciplinary exercise at CCA, an Aurora and Denver community college, that involved numerous departments and tackled not only the creative aspects of filmmaking but also the business side.

Production teams pitched their ideas to Denver-area business leaders twice during the month of April in hopes of securing funding that was supplied by the Colorado Community College System.

Accounting, marketing, computer information systems, business communications, and graphic design classes backed the creative efforts, ensuring that the filmmakers had sales forecasts, developed realistic budgets, identified demographics, invented market strategies, and applied visual elements that reinforced each projects real-world viability.

Theres going to be a time when these kids are going to go out there trying to get something made, and maybe it wont be with the studios but with an investor, trying to put together a presentation that will attract attention, said Donald Zuckerman, commissioner of the Colorado Office of Film, Television and Media, who was on hand for the final round of judging.

Getting practice with the pitch process at Community College of Aurora, I think its a great idea, Zuckerman added. And I dont know if anybodys done this before. This could be a first of its kind.

Local business leaders including Duane Reed, CEO of CEOFocus Denver; Tery Larrew, of Caddis Capital; Sam C. Searcy of DCMI Data Communications; Larry Baird, principal of blufrog studios; and Diana Whye, director of CCAs Foundation graded each of seven projects on a wide variety of criteria including story, presentation and long-range viability.

The winner of the first prize of $ 4,000 to make a sizzle reel, ostensibly is a short trailer encapsulating the movie, was the project Ivory and Gold. The theme of the movie is about the crippling effects of regret, and the realization that our past choices do not have to dictate our future. The Fates who have motives of their own, grant a college professor an opportunity to correct his perceived miscues.

Spanish and Gold ($ 2,500) by John McSween was the runner-up, followed by Tachyon ($ 1,500) by Blake Talley.

Benjamin Erbach, director/writer/producer for the winning entry, said that finishing first in the competition gives his team one less thing to worry about and the ability to just jump into production. The five- to 10-minute short that ultimately evolves from the funding will be shown next fall.

The experience with the pitch process will then be used once again.

Were going to take it to more investors, Erbach said. Well take it to people who have money and are interested in film, show them, and say, Hey, look. This is what weve done for $ 4,000. If you invest and collaborate with us we can make something really special.

Four departments and six classes in total were involved in the project, whose funding was made possible by the Colorado Community College System. A documentary by the Colorado Film School has accompanied the entire filmmaking journey, culminated by producers and their teams sweating in front of the judging panel with the money on the line to green light their projects.

But such outside-the-box educational experiences are part of the reason why the Colorado Film School once was recognized by Hollywood Reporter as a top-25 film school in the world and gave it honorable mention this year.

The schools impressive, Zuckerman said. Its got a very hands on culture. Kids learn how to actually make a movie and not just talk about film theory. A lot of film schools are very heavy in theory and history and thats not the same as learning how to make a movie. I have seen work here. Ive gone to film presentations and seen some really remarkable work.

Will Hicks, faculty at the Colorado Film School, fully expects to see some of the projects involved in this competition one day made by a small Hollywood or independent studio because many of the stories at their core are marketable ideas.

So many schools do not have student-centric programs and this is a very student-centric program, said Reed, one of the judges. They took students from various aspects finance, computer, accounting, film and brought that all together in a challenge to come together as a team, which isnt the easiest thing to do, but its real world. Thats the part I really respect.

Whomever conceived this idea and brought it to fruition really believes in the student population and the mission of helping them become viable people that can go out to the real world and have a job.

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About CCA

Community College of Aurora has campuses at CentreTech and Lowry in the greater Denver area. Equipped with the latest technologies, CCA allows students to study new and traditional programs, while also offering Colorado online classes and degrees. CCAs service community spans 325,000 people in a 350-square-mile area and CCAs student population reflects that diversity. The college provides lifelong educational opportunities, prepares the current and future workforce, and promotes excellence in teaching, learning and service.







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20Feb/130

La Verne Business Students Link Theory and Practice to Charity


(PRWEB) December 17, 2012

With University of La Vernes mission towards civic engagement in mind, eight business students donated nearly $ 2,000 to the LeRoy Haynes Center(LHC) in La Verne on Dec. 12th funding they have earned through their own entrepreneurship efforts.

Our motivation was the kids, said La Verne Junior Blanca Mireles, Vice President of Operations and Production for LV Tech Designs, the company that designed, marketed, manufactured and sold different-sized laptop sleeves, bearing the universitys name. These sleeves were then sold by the students at different university campuses and functions.

The task was part of a combined four-class undergraduate block that included finance, marketing, management and an experiential course. LV Tech Designs, as they branded themselves, brought in nearly $ 2,000, almost twice as much as the previous student team did. Students were instructed to take business theory and practice and put it into action by creating their own company.

The project brings to life all the material that the students study in the integrated class, said Dean for the College of Business and Public Management, Dr. Abe Helou. It also goes beyond teaching students to work only to make a profit. We want our students to become responsible citizens by sharing their hard work with the less fortunate as well.

According to Assistant Professor of Marketing, Dr. Susan Caple, students had to come up with a business concept, assess its viability, develop a business plan, present their plan to a banker, secure the funding, find a source to manufacture the product, sell the product and donate the revenue to a charity of their choice.

LV Tech Designs chose The LHC as the donation recipient for their profits. The center is a La Verne non-profit organization that serves more than 450 boys and girls of all ages and their families through programs that include: Non-Public School, Residential Treatment, Mental Health Services and Community Outreach.

Our biggest challenge was not having enough time to create a product, Mireles said. It took us two to three weeks to come up with the idea of computer sleeves. She added that they had other ideas in mind but they would have needed at least six months to finalize them.

After identifying strengths and weaknesses, LV Tech came up with roles and titles for their team, all made up of junior and senior students. Karina Balmaceda acted as the President, Alicia Chhan was the Manager of Inventory & Logistics, Blanca Mireles was the Vice President of Operations and

Production, Jonathan Truong was the Manager for Campus Sales, Brianna Martinelli was the Vice President of Public Relations, Brenda Perez was the Vice President of Finance, Raul Rodriguez was the Vice President of Sales and Jonathan Agee was the Manager of Online Sales.

Ive learned so much from this program. I got more experience from doing this project than from reading books, Mireles said. I dont think that a lot of students can say, I started my own company when I was in college, we made a profit and donated it to a good cause.

A check was presented to the LHC with the student participants and La Verne President Devorah Lieberman.

Nothing is more inspiring than seeing our students take what they learn in the classroom and apply it to real life, said President Lieberman. Our goal is for our graduates to take their skills and become successful global citizens, but also to remember to stay connected by helping their communities. This project is an excellent reflection of the University of La Vernes efforts.







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