Association of Cable Communicators, CPR Facts

November 2, 2012 - About ACC / Membership / FORUM / Beacon Awards

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National Geographic Names Big Cats Initiative Sister Schools

Four public schools in New York City, Philadelphia, St. Louis and Salt Lake City have been selected to participate in a unique cross-cultural initiative, National Geographic’s Big Cats Sister School Program for the 2012-2013 school year. Beginning this fall, the Big Cats Sister School Program paired the U.S. schools with schools in Kenya, Tanzania and Botswana under the shared theme of big cat conservation.

Students in all four countries will learn why big cats are important to the ecosystem and how they each perceive big cats in their own countries, using photos, letters, essays, stories, virtual assemblies and other forms of digital media to connect. The student groups will also interact with National Geographic conservationists and Nat Geo WILD television channel talent to raise awareness about the severe decline of the big cat population in the wild. The U.S. students will create and conduct high-profile activities in their schools and communities to spread the word about the significance and scope of this crisis.

Big cats are victims of conflict with humans and habitat loss or degradation. National Geographic’s Big Cats Initiative is a long-term commitment to halt the decline of these iconic animals in the wild through on-the-ground conservation projects, education and a global public awareness campaign. The Big Cats Sister School Program, launched by the National Geographic Society and Nat Geo WILD, provides teachers and students an ongoing opportunity to “Cause An Uproar” to help save big cats throughout the school year as well as engage in a cultural exchange.

The four U.S. schools were selected through an application process in which they highlighted how they would raise awareness of big cats within their schools and communities while the four schools in Kenya, Tanzania and Botswana were identified by National Geographic field researchers. The program provides much needed school supplies to schools and children in Africa and demonstrates support, charity and goodwill in these regions. Throughout the school year, the Big Cats Sister Schools will utilize free online multimedia activities and education resources provided by National Geographic Education and a variety of programming elements from Nat Geo WILD’s big cats-related films. For additional information contact Mimi Koumanelis at 202-857-5814 or

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Congratulations, Kirsten Brooks!

Congratulation to Kirsten Brooks, manager of corporate outreach, A+E Networks! She is the winner of an $100 gift card for completing the FORUM 2012 post conference survey. Brooks’ email was randomly drawn earlier Thursday, November 1 by NCTA’s Vice President of Research Greg Klein. Enjoy shopping, Kirsten, and thank you to every ACC member who completed the survey. Your feedback is greatly appreciated and extremely useful as the planning for FORUM 2013 begins early next year.

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Team TWC Raises $15K for AIDS Walk LA

Nearly 300 Time Warner Cable employees and family members braved the scorching heat on Sunday, October 14, the largest turnout in company history, to participate in the 28th annual AIDS Walk Los Angeles in West Hollywood, California. In support of diversity initiatives in the community, Time Warner Cable’s involvement included employee engagement, volunteerism and community relations efforts.

Donned in black Team TWC t-shirts, hundreds of employees joined nearly 30,000 walkers for a 6.2-mile trek through LA’s city streets. The event attracted dozens of celebrities, AIDS activists and elected officials such as Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.

Time Warner Cable was a grand sponsor this year and hosted the Star Walkers breakfast, which included food and drinks, WiFi Internet, two HDTVs and a photo shoot area, exclusively for participants who raised more than $1,000 for AIDS Walk LA. Overall, Time Warner Cable helped raise almost $15,000 for the cause.

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ACC Offers Free Trial Membership until December 31

Now is the best time to encourage your peers to join ACC! The association has a “test drive” trial membership initiative that allows prospective members to participate in the association’s various programs and professional development activities on a trial basis for six months free and without further obligation. This offer is only available until December 31.

With the “test drive” membership, prospective members can join the organization without paying any up-front fees, and experience all the benefits ACC has to offer, including a comprehensive Web site, online chats, webinars and ACC Briefs on key topics of interest for six months. To continue benefits and access to ACC programs after the trial period ends, new members simply pay half of the first year’s dues, or $100 to complete the year. The “test drive” program has been expanded and now runs through December 31, 2012. For more information, check out the ACC registration form online or contact Steve Jones at or 202-222-2373.

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Hurricane Sandy Benefit Concert Tonight

The networks of NBCUniversal -- NBC, Bravo, CNBC, E!, G4, MSNBC, Style, Syfy and USA -- will air a one-hour live benefit telethon, Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together, tonight at 8 p.m. ET. Hosted by Today Show anchor Matt Lauer and broadcast from 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York City, the event will feature performances by Christina Aguilera, Jon Bon Jovi, Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen and Sting. Jimmy Fallon and Brian Williams will also appear. Money collected will be donated to the American Red Cross relief efforts for Hurricane Sandy. Donations can be made at the organization’s Web site and by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS or texting “REDCROSS” to 90999 for a $10 donation. “Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together” will also stream live on

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Michelle Butler Leaves ACC Staff

After nearly 12 years at ACC, Michelle Butler is leaving the association staff. She has accepted the position of executive director with the International Society for the Advancement of Cytometry (ISAC) in Bethesda, MD. Cytometry is a general name for a group of biological methods used to measure various parameters of cells.

During her tenure at ACC, Butler has overseen the Beacon Awards as well as a number of other ACC programs. She led the redesign of the ACC Web site that was named a Webby Award national honoree and won a national marketing communications award. Butler’s last day with ACC is Thursday, November 8, 2012. If you need to contact her after that date, her personal email is

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Thank You, Corporate Members!

For more information on how your organization can join ACC as a 2013 corporate member, please contact Steve Jones at or 202-222-2373. For membership details, go to

Golden Benefactors
A+E Networks
AMC Networks Inc.
Bright House Networks
Cablevision Systems Corporation
Cox Communications
ESPN, Inc.
Time Warner Cable
Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.

Friends & Associates
Cable ONE
Cisco Systems, Inc.
Crown Media Family Networks
C-SPAN Networks
Discovery Communications
Florida Cable Telecommunications Association
Midcontinent Communications
NBC Universal TV Networks Distribution
Ohio Cable Telecommunications Association
Scripps Networks
Showtime Networks
Starz Entertainment
Suddenlink Communications

Sard Verbinnen & Company

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