June 14, 2013 - About ACC / Membership / FORUM / Beacon Awards
Inside This Issue:
Time Warner Cable and 826 National Expand Program
Time Warner Cable’s philanthropic initiative, Connect a Million Minds (CAMM), in partnership with 826 National, announced an expansion of its science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and Creative Writing program at the 2013 Clinton Global Initiative America. The expanded commitment to action will result in the publication of a book, a compilation of lesson plans fusing STEM and creative writing, in the fall of 2014 for use in various afterschool settings. The book will be developed from a series of workshops taking place over the next year that incorporates hands-on science learning into 826 National’s proven creative writing model.
“Cross disciplinary thinking is essential when it comes to innovation,” said Gerald Richards, CEO of 826 National. “Science and creative writing may sound like an unlikely pairing. By fusing the two topics, we are seeing a new sense of enthusiasm in students. We’re excited to expand and build more workshops with Time Warner Cable to make science relevant, accessible and fun.”
Starting this summer at 826LA, 826NYC, Operation Breakthrough (Kansas City) and the Flushing YMCA (NYC), students ranging in ages from eight to 12 will participate in workshops titled “The Science of Superheroes” and the “STEM of the Zombie Apocalypse” that aim to make science relevant and exciting. The program’s hands-on activities, designed for outside-the-classroom learning, will build off one another to employ different skill sets, from creative exploration to hypothesis-building skills.
“Time Warner Cable is proud to continue our partnership with 826 National and expand our commitment to fuse STEM and creative writing, which are essential skills for innovation,” said Glenn Britt, CEO of Time Warner Cable. “Connect a Million Minds encourages young people to get excited about science, and this unique program will foster creativity in scientific thought.”
The STEM and Creative Writing program is part of Time Warner Cable’s philanthropic initiative, Connect a Million Minds. This five-year, $100 million initiative seeks to motivate students to develop the STEM skills they need to become the problem solvers of tomorrow.
“There are great opportunity, demand and need for high quality curriculum in the afterschool space,” said Jodi Grant, Executive Director of the Afterschool Alliance, a non-profit working to ensure that all children have access to quality, affordable afterschool programs. “Time Warner Cable and 826 National’s unique partnership will result in a compelling resource that can be used in afterschool programs across the country. Together, they will help kids dispel common science myths with hands-on activities and writing prompts that make science and math engaging and fun.”
Visit Time Warner Cable’s corporate blog Untangled to view video and photos from last summer’s STEM and creative writing workshops at http://bit.ly/194Sur8 or for more information contact Tessie Topol at email@example.com or 212-364-8290.
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All FORUM 2013 Sessions Now Available On Demand
All FORUM 2013 sessions, including keynotes and panels, are available in the members-only area of the ACC Web site. To access the recordings, just login and go to the Online Education Portal. From there, click on the link, “FORUM 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010 & 2009 Sessions.” This link will open up to a page where you can access every recorded session from the past five ACC conferences, a total of 32 recorded sessions, indexed by each conference, just look for the specific conference logo.
Additionally, photos from both FORUM and the Beacon Awards have also posted on the ACC Web site. You may view them by going to FORUM page and clicking on the link for photos.
If you experience any trouble with your login or accessing a specific session, contact Steve Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-222-2373.
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Cox Virginia Closes Digital Divide with Connect2Compete
In early June at a ribbon cutting ceremony in Fairfax County, Cox Communications Virginia, joined by Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Acting Chairwoman Mignon Clyburn, Connect2Compete CEO Zach Leverenz and representatives from LULAC and Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington, announced the Virginia launch of Connect2Compete, a national not-for-profit initiative that aims to extend broadband Internet access to families with children (K-12) participating in the National Free Lunch program, by offering discounted high-speed Internet service.
“Cox has a strong history of supporting broadband adoption programs across the country, and doing so in a way that connects the most vulnerable members of our society – our children – so they can compete and have a greater chance of success in the digital world that awaits them,” said Gary McCollum, senior vice president and general manager, Cox Virginia.
“For years Cox Communications has been a tremendous partner to Fairfax County. With Connect 2Compete launching in Virginia, disadvantaged children and families will have the opportunity to connect to the Internet and the world,” said Chairman Sharon Bulova.
Broadband adoption programs have been an important part of Cox’s legacy. The expansion to Virginia follows a successful pilot of the program; the C2C program is modeled after a broadband adoption program Cox started in Santa Barbara, CA in 2002.
Registration for the program is open now until the end of the year. Families that qualify will be eligible for high-speed Internet service for $9.95 per month, a free modem and free professional installation. For more information on Cox’s Connect2Compete offer, visit www.connect2compete.org/cox or contact Emma Inman at email@example.com or 757-222-8432.
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ESPN Supports Armed Forces Classic
The second installment of the Armed Forces Classic will showcase men’s basketball programs from Georgetown University and University of Oregon on Nov. 8. The game will take place at a military installation as part of ESPN’s Veteran’s Week initiative honoring the men and women who are serving and who have served in the United States military, both at home and abroad.
“We’re excited about the opportunity to be a part of the Armed Forces Classic and for the opportunity to play Oregon,” said Georgetown head coach John Thompson III. “I think it’s important as we prepare for league play to compete against top-flight opponents. At the same time, it’s an honor for Georgetown to be involved in the Veteran’s Week festivities and to recognize the contributions of the United States military.”
“Our players and staff are very excited to take part in this event,” said Oregon coach Dana Altman.” This is an incredible opportunity for all of us and we look forward to entertaining the troops.”
The Armed Forces Classic is a series of Division I college men’s basketball games to be played on US military bases worldwide over a five-year rotation (one game per branch of service at a different military installation) that began in 2012. The inaugural contest took place on the Ramstein Air Base in Germany. For more information on the Armed Forces Classic go to www.armedforcesclassic.com or contact Rachel Margolis at firstname.lastname@example.org or 860-766-2798.
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Students Learn New Skills in Comcast’s Digital Connectors
As the school year draws to a close, kids all the country are working on final projects. At the Lacey branch of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Thurston County, Wash., participants in a technology program are working on a final project, one that draws on a year of intensive technology curriculum designed by Comcast’s Digital Connectors program.
Two years ago, the Lacey Boys & Girls Club applied for and won a grant from the Comcast Foundation to provide Digital Connectors in the Olympia area. The national program, created to help communities understand the benefits of broadband, makes it possible for young adults ages 14 to 21 to develop their skills in using computers, applications, and the Internet; and then take what they’ve learned out into their communities to make a difference.
The Digital Connectors group meets weekly learning technical skills, broadband technology, digital literacy, software, networks, hardware, and some computer programming. The curriculum also provides the students with additional skills, such as personal finance and budgeting. “It was interesting to learn about computers and other technology. My favorite part was learning how to take apart the computers and then how to put them back together,” notes Jamal Poole, an eighth grade student in Comcast’s Digital Connectors program.
In order to fulfill the program requirements, each student must complete a culminating video project. Some chose a current event; others a popular artist, while some chose to explore a controversial subject. One option is more personal – students create a “Where I’m From” poem transformed into a video format.
The students that completed the year-long program received recognition at a graduation ceremony in early June. They also displayed their final projects. Many of the kids were only familiar with the basics when they started in the group. Through the program students have added skills such as how to work with e-mail, use attachments, fix basic computer errors, and enhanced their vocabulary by learning technology terms. However, perhaps the most useful lesson these kids learned has nothing to do with technology. The students in the program have developed their work ethic in this labor intensive program. “I would tell any teen who was thinking about doing the program that they should because they’ll learn so much about technology. I’ve learned more about computers in the Comcast program than I have in school,” said sixth grader Khalie McClendon.
To learn more about Comcast Digital Connectors contact Lacey Boys & Girls Clubs branch manager Shellica Trevino at 360-438-6811.
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Congratulation ACC Members
Three ACC members are finalists for CableFAX Daily's PR Executive of The Year award. The winner will be announced during a luncheon program on June 24 in the Grand Hyatt New York. Nominated are board of directors member Chris Albert, senior vice president, communications and worldwide talent relations, National Geographic Channel; Marueen Huff, vice president, public relations, Time Warner Cable and past ACC president, Anita Lamont, senior director, corporate communications, Charter Communications. For additional information contact Saun Sayamongkhun at email@example.com or 301-354-1613.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-222-2373. For membership details, go to http://www.cablecommunicators.org/cmember.php.
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