February 14, 2014 - About ACC / Membership / FORUM / Beacon Awards
March 21 is the Entry Deadline for the 2014 Beacon Awards®
The 2014 Beacon Awards will be announced on June 4 in Atlanta, Georgia during FORUM 2014 in the Omni Hotel at CNN Center. Earlier this week all members were mailed a copy of the Call for Entry form or you may go to the ACC Web site to download a copy at your convenience from the Beacon page of the ACC site.
The entry deadline of March 21, 2014 is only five weeks away. Begin developing your entry and supporting materials now. The Beacon Awards have been cable’s highest recognition of communications and public affairs excellence for the past 25 years. All Beacon Award entries must represent work executed and results achieved between March 23, 2013, and March 21, 2014. More information may be found at: https://www.cablecommunicators.org/awards_beacon.php or contact Steve Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-222-2373.
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Bright House Networks Valentines for Veterans
More than 500 elementary students from Marion (Indiana) School District showed their appreciation for veterans as they created valentines as part of the Bright House Networks’ Valentines for Veterans program. Bright House Networks donated the art supplies to the schools for the project. The program is designed to educate students about veterans and the importance of recognizing them throughout the year.
“At the beginning of the project, I was amazed at how many students did not know what a veteran was,” said Karen Fry, art teacher for Frances Slocum Elementary and Kendall Elementary. “As a class, we discussed how much veterans did to protect our freedoms and why they might feel sad or lonely around this time of year.”
The valentines are designed as a welcome surprise to individuals staying at the Marion Campus of the Northern VA Hospital. Valentines will also be delivered to the former members of the military services at the Hoosier Veteran Assistance Foundation in Indianapolis.
“Recognizing our veterans is an expression of honor and appreciation, said Tammy Thompson, voluntary service specialist at Northern VA Hospital. “Valentines from our community schools give an extra special touch in saying ‘thank you’ to those gave so much.”
“We were thrilled that Marion Community Schools wanted to participate again this year, said Don Williams, vice president, Bright House Networks Indianapolis. “They do a wonderful job teaching students about our veterans and expressing that appreciation through artwork. Bright House Network is proud to support our veterans and we hope these valentines help make their day a little brighter.”
Each year, Bright House Networks believes this project demonstrates to the community the importance of volunteering their time and talents to brighten a day in the life of the nation's veterans. For additional information, contact Courtney Gilles at 317-632-9077 x 205 or Courtney.Gilles@mybrighthouse.com.
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Kids and Sports Town Hall with President Clinton, Kobe Bryant
ESPN, the Aspen Institute and the Clinton Foundation recently joined forces to facilitate a conversation about the role of sports in the lives of children and the health of the nation through a town hall event on the topic “Kids and Sports.” The program was moderated by Mike Greenberg of ESPN Radio’s Mike & Mike. President Bill Clinton and NBA All-Star and Olympic Gold Medalist Kobe Bryant highlighted the work of the Aspen Institute Project Play, which convenes leaders to explore potential solutions to the issue that in some U.S. communities just one in five kids play sports.
The town hall panel was made up of U.S. Olympic Committee CEO Scott Blackmun, Olympic Gold Medal sprinter Allyson Felix, Major League Baseball All-Star Matt Kemp and former Heisman Trophy winner Herschel Walker and was led by the Aspen Institute Sports & Society director and ESPN contributor Tom Farrey. In addition, ESPN commentator and former U.S. Women’s National Soccer team captain Julie Foudy joined Greenberg in a Q&A session with teens and explored their thoughts from a youth perspective.
For additional information go to http://es.pn/KidsAndSports or contact Carrie Kreiswirth at email@example.com.
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Time Warner Donates $500,000 in Cash and Support to Boys & Girls Clubs
Time Warner Cable and Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) this week announced details of a new partnership designed to help address America’s declining proficiency in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). As part of its Connect a Million Minds (CAMM) initiative, Time Warner Cable will provide $500,000 in cash and in-kind support to help BGCA engage and inspire youth around the country to become interested in STEM subjects.
The partnership was initially announced by professional football player and Boys & Girls Club alumnus Victor Cruz and Food Network Chef Anne Burrell at CAMM Day, which was held on February 1, 2014 at Time Warner Cable studios in New York City.
“We are proud to partner with TWC on this exciting STEM program for our members,” said BGCA President and CEO Jim Clark. “BGCA is committed to preparing globally competitive graduates for successful 21st century careers, and this new program will enable Club kids to unearth STEM concepts through fun, hands-on activities and explore the jobs of tomorrow.”
“Time Warner Cable believes in getting kids excited about STEM because having the next generation skilled in these areas is critical for our country’s continued success,” said Rob Marcus, chairman and CEO of Time Warner Cable. “We are very proud to partner with BGCA and support a new program that will help their members reach their potential by becoming inspired by the world of STEM.”
The funds from Time Warner Cable will enable BGCA to launch a new Do-It-Yourself (DIY) STEM program for Boys & Girls Clubs around the country. Available for all Clubs this summer, the DIY STEM program curriculum will engage Club youth ages 10 to 18 in a different strand of STEM, from robotics to electrodynamic propulsion, each week. Aligning to the Common Core State Standards Initiative, the project-based STEM activities will provide opportunities for critical thinking and peer exchange.
Additionally, Time Warner Cable will provide grants to 10 Boys & Girls Clubs in the New York City and New Jersey areas to run the DIY STEM program and host a culminating DIY Family night where family members, Club staff and other supporters can see the kids’ STEM project presentations. For additional information contact Eric Mangan at Eric.Mangan@TWCable.com or 212-364-8297.
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Survey Says Teens Don't Tell Adults about Online Bullying
In support of Safer Internet Day, a survey released this week by Cox Communications and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) says despite online bullying (also known as cyberbullying) being a serious concern for teens and their parents, many teens are not telling their parents about their experiences.
Key trends among the teens surveyed include: three in 10 teens claim to have been bullied online (31 percent); one in 10 admits to have bullied someone online; and of teens who admit to being bullied online, only 41 percent have told an adult.
The survey results offer insights regarding the pervasive role the Internet plays in our daily lives. The survey found that teens spend as much time online each day as they spend in the classroom (nearly six hours) and 83 percent log on to at least one social media site every day (Facebook and YouTube being the most popular).
Also, teens are sharing personal information or potentially inappropriate content online, including photos (73 percent), phone numbers (21 percent), curse words (21 percent), physical locations (19 percent), addresses (12 percent) and sexual comments or pictures (five percent).
Cox is committed to encouraging safe and healthy online behavior among youth. With mobile devices providing a gateway to the Internet, teens are constantly connected and therefore increasingly vulnerable. Hopefully the insights from this survey will help educate adults on ways to protect children from potentially dangerous or hurtful interactions.
"The most helpful way to address online safety and bullying is through open communication with children about these issues," said John Ryan, NCMEC president and CEO. "That's why we were encouraged that more parents are having these conversations. By keeping an open dialogue, parents can increase the likelihood that their children will come to them when something makes them uncomfortable online."
According to the survey, 84 percent of parents of teens surveyed nationally have talked to their children about online safety at some point, and 77 percent have talked about Internet safety within the past year. This is a significant improvement when compared to Cox and NCMEC's 2005 survey which found less than 25 percent of parents were talking to their teens about Internet safety.
To review the complete survey results and for tips on how to keep children safer online, go to www.cox.com/takecharge. For additional information contact Todd Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org or 404-269-3124.
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Volunteer for FORUM & Beacon Committees
Are you interested in connecting with your fellow cable communicators? ACC needs volunteers for the FORUM 2014 and 2014 Beacon Award Committees. Get involved and help put your stamp on ACC programs to meet the needs of cable communicators.
FORUM Committee members will help determine the agenda and promote FORUM 2014 to the industry. Beacon Award volunteers manage the complete entry process from promotion to judging to the Beacon Awards ceremony.
For more information on the committees, go to ACC’s Web site. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact ACC by emailing email@example.com or calling 202-222-2373. You can also print out a volunteer form and fax it to ACC at 202-222-2371.
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Charter Celebrates Black History Month with Movies
Charter is offering a diverse list of movies On Demand to celebrate the significance of African-Americans in film and culture during Black History Month. The collection is available on Charter On Demand.
Some movies are about famous historical figures, human struggles, love or hate. The ground-breaking television six episode miniseries "Roots" is among the months' selections. All of the films will entertain but in many cases, also educate. For additional information, contact Anita Lamont at firstname.lastname@example.org or 314-543-2215.
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ACC Webinar Covering the 2014 CES Show On Demand
Did you miss the recent ACC Webinar on the 2014 International CES? Wondering what were some of the hottest products showcased at the 2014 CES and their possible impact on the cable industry? You may now watch the Webinar anytime by going to ACC's Online Educational Portal, click on Live Webinars and Self-Paced Programs and then go to Self Paced Programs.
This ACC Webinar by Steve Jones provides an up close look at many of the most innovative products on display at CES. If you've never been to CES, the presentation provides a real world sense of what it's like to attend this huge event with more than 150,000 attendees. Plus, he reviews the top gadgets and apps exhibited at the 2014 CES. For additional information, contact Steve Jones at email@example.com or 202-222-2373.
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Thank You Corporate Members!
For information on how your organization can join ACC as a 2014 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.
AMC Networks Inc.
Bright House Networks
Cablevision Systems Corporation
Time Warner Cable
Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.
Friends & Associates
Cisco Systems, Inc.
Crown Media Family Networks
National Cable & Telecommunications Association
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