Foothills Community Foundation Announces November Events at the Holland Community Center

Scottsdale, AZ, October 19, 2019 --( The Foothills Community Foundation and the Holland Community Center continue to present adventures in lifelong learning through its full schedule of November programs.

Area residents are invited to attend the following programs held in the Holland Community Center, Black Mountain Campus, 34250 N. 60th St., Building B, Scottsdale. Many programs are free but check the website for details and to register,

- Friday, Nov. 1, 10 a.m. to Noon, “Art, Coffee and Conversation,” monthly art critique of the current art show in the Holland Gallery
- Friday, Nov. 1, 4-5 p.m., “Coffee Designs: Art in a Cup,” Ron Bonnstetter will demonstrate incredible designs using different kinds of foam
- Friday, Nov. 1, 10 a.m. to noon, Friends and Family CPR
- Saturday, Nov. 2, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., “Weaving Mug Rugs” by Nancy Ryan, $60
- Saturday, Nov. 2, 10 -11:30 a.m., “Train Your Brian Basics” by Phyllis Strupp. Register early at, $30
- Monday, Nov. 4, 6-8 p.m., Desert Awareness Committee Seminar, “What Bugs You?” with speaker Dr. Richard Cochran
- Tuesday, Nov. 5, 6:30 to 8 p.m., “Geology of the Black Mountain Area” with speaker Stephanie Bradley, Cave Creek Museum
- Tuesday, Nov. 5, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., “Batik on Paper” with Valerie Hildebrand. $100
- First Wednesday, Nov. 6, 9-11 a.m., Morning Joe with TED®, “Politics and Leadership”
- Thursdays, Nov. 7, 14, and 21, 1:30 to 4 p.m., Bingo with cash prizes
- Saturday, Nov. 9, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., “Metal Embossing: Metalize Your Monogram,” with Lynda Abare. $75
- Monday, Nov. 11, 6 to 8 p.m., “Medicine Plants of the Desert Medicine Making Workshop,” $35
- Tuesdays, Nov. 12 & 19, 9:00 – 10:30 am, History Series with Mark Sweeney, “History of Corruption” $35
- Wednesday, Nov. 13, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., “All Hypnosis is Self-Hypnosis,” ($45)
- Thursday, Nov. 14 or Wednesday, Nov. 20, 10-11:30 a.m., “Travel Talk,” “Traveling to and within our National Parks” with David Decker
- Thursday, Nov. 14, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Asian Brush Painting: Landscape, with Martha Klare., $70
- Friday, Nov. 15, 10:30 a.m., Book Club, “This Time Together: Laughter and Reflection” by Carol Burnett
- Saturday, Nov. 16, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., “Simple Loop and Wrapped Beads” with Julia Harmon. $45
- Monday, Nov. 18, 5 – 6 p.m. “Native American Flute” with Ron Bonnstetter.
- Tuesday, Nov. 19, 11 a.m. to Noon, Hospice of the Valley Speaker Series, “Coping with Grief during the Holidays”
- Thursday, Nov. 21, 6 to 9:30 p.m., Star Party

The Black Mountain Campus, which recently celebrated 10 years, is a multi-generational facility providing lifelong learning and community service opportunities plus health and wellness. A partnership among Paradise Valley Community College, Desert Foothills YMCA and the Foothills Community Foundation, the campus is designed as a neighborhood gathering place for people of all ages to exercise their mind and bodies. The partners share a vision of bringing together the surrounding northeast Valley communities of Carefree, Cave Creek, North Phoenix and North Scottsdale. For more information, visit

Girls PIAA Basketball Kicks Off at EEACS in Allentown

Executive Education Academy Charter School in Allentown has officially announced a varsity girls basketball team.

Allentown, PA, October 15, 2019 --( A year after Executive Education Academy Charter School in Allentown was PIAA certified, a new sports team is finding a home at the school. Varsity girls basketball will kick off during the 2019-2020 academic year.

Over 75 girls in grades 5 through 12 signed up to play basketball. Twenty-five high school girls were chosen for the school’s first varsity team.

“We can’t wait to see our students take the court and have a successful season,” says Robert Lysek, founder and CEO of the Allentown charter school.

The girls team will play in the school’s new 16,000 square-foot, 1,600 seat gymnasium against other public, private, and charter schools.

The boys basketball team was the first sports team at the school. They had a successful season in 2018-2019 and even won a Basketball District Title. Other sports at the school include girls volleyball, baseball, softball, and wrestling.

To learn more about athletics at the Lehigh Valley charter school, visit

About EEACS: Founded in 2014 by highly experienced educators and management, Executive Education Academy Charter School, authorized for grades K-12 by the Allentown School District, leads the way in education by offering its 1,300 students opportunities for growth both in and out of the classroom. EEACS combines all mandated studies with a unique student-corporate culture. To learn more, visit

NACCE Awards San Diego Community College District Chancellor Constance Carroll Lifetime Achievement Award

Springfield, MA, October 15, 2019 --( The National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE), the nation’s leading organization focused on promoting entrepreneurship through community colleges, has awarded Constance Carroll, Ph.D., its 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award winner during its annual conference in Newport Beach, California. In her role as Chancellor of the San Diego Community College District (SDCCD) for the past 15 years, Carroll has demonstrated an entrepreneurial leadership style that embraces empowerment and inclusion.

“NACCE’s Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes inventive leadership and dedication to local communities and is presented to an individual who has achieved entrepreneurial success and played a pivotal role in the community through involvement and support of civic and philanthropic activities,” said NACCE President and CEO Rebecca Corbin, Ed.D. “This year’s selection of Chancellor Carroll is based on the many contributions she has made to students and the local communities served by the district’s colleges.”

SDCCD is the second largest community college district in California and the sixth largest in the United States. It serves 100,000 students annually. Carroll’s achievements include increased emphasis on equity and diversity, as well as support services to assure student success. “Each of our colleges has food pantries and weekly farmer’s markets to help students with food insecurities,” she stated. “We also provide services for under-supported students in the form of study groups, counseling, and mentoring services.”

Carroll was instrumental in establishing a baccalaureate degree option, a three-year effort that required (and received) state approval. One of her major goals is to increase the number of baccalaureate degrees offered. “This is being addressed in the state legislature and is an important entry point for many employers,” she said.

Carroll’s agenda for moving the district forward will continue to emphasize diversity. “We want to hire more faculty from diverse heritages and backgrounds,” she said. “We will also continue to do everything we can to provide students with the infrastructure and equipment they need,” said Carroll, under whose helm the district spent over $1.6 billion in building construction over the past several years.

In 2011, Carroll was nominated by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve on the National Council of the Humanities. Her breadth of achievements parallels that of Martha Kanter, former Under Secretary of Education during the Obama administration. Kanter served as chancellor of the Foothill-De Anza Community College District in California and established the first program for students with learning disabilities at San Jose City College. Kanter presented Carroll with the Lifetime Achievement Award at NACCE’s 2019 Annual Conference.

NACCE is an organization of educators, administrators, presidents and entrepreneurs focused on igniting entrepreneurship in their community and on their campus. NACCE has two main goals: to empower the college to approach the business of running a community college with an entrepreneurial mindset; and to grow the community college’s role in supporting job creation and entrepreneurs in their local ecosystem. The association represents 300+ community and technical colleges and 2,000 faculty, staff, administrators, and presidents who serve more than 3.3 million students. Visit:

Global Life Skills Day – 3rd Thursday of October Annually

October 17, 2019 is Global Life Skills Day Worldwide. Life Skills competency is not an optional choice. We learn life skills daily; sometimes easily, sometimes not. Life Skills educators bring rich talents to help all develop high competency and success in their daily life.

Seattle, WA, October 10, 2019 --( 21st Century Education for 21st Century Life Skills

Do you think Life Skills human beings use daily merit quality education? The international consciousness movement Parenting 2.0, (P20) agrees. Life Skills, as defined by Parenting 2.0, are “Skills every human being learns in some measure.” Examples include emotional, environmental and financial literacy – skills traditionally taught by parents.

“Reliance on parents – rarely formally educated themselves – to teach future generations critical twenty-first century Life Skills communicates a gross ignorance of their complexity and their importance,” maintains P20’s Founder “Mama Marlaine” Cover. “Take any chronic societal problem – bullying, divorce, wars, obesity, starvation, record personal debt, international financial collapse – and you will find its roots in an impoverished educational process.”

Parenting 2.0 is the top ranked parenting group on the world’s largest professional networking site – LinkedIn – with nearly 9,000 members in over a hundred countries, and host of the world’s only professional conference for Life Skills Educators – P20 Talks. P20 Talks alternates bi-annual international conferences on rotating continents in even years with regional events in odd years. The anchor date for P20 advocacy is Global Life Skills Day, celebrated annually on the third Thursday in October. For more information visit their website

Sausser Summers, PC Awards Intellectual Property Scholarship to Chicago-Kent College of Law Student

Charleston, SC, October 10, 2019 --( Sausser Summers, PC, one of the leading trademark filing law firms in the United States, is pleased to announce that Bridget Murphy of Chicago-Kent College of Law has been selected to receive a $1,000 scholarship as she pursues a career in Intellectual Property Law.

College students submitted applications for a chance to win the scholarship, which was given as a small token to help offset the expenses that college students must pay as part of their ongoing education.

Applicants were required to complete a detailed questionnaire, write an essay on why they wanted to pursue a career in Intellectual Property Law, and maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0.

As part of this year’s scholarship, a phone call with the winner was also included with a trademark attorney on the Sausser Summers, PC team to discuss the life of a trademark attorney and provide career advice for the student after graduation.

Sausser Summers, PC will be accepting submissions for their 2020 scholarship from February to July of next year, with the last day for submissions occurring on July 31.

The scholarship is free to enter for all students who meet the necessary requirements.

About Sausser Summers, PC

Sausser Summers, PC assists large and small businesses across the world with their intellectual property needs. Sausser Summers, PC uses a simplified 3-step process when filing U.S trademarks, and unlike other firms incorporates flat fees rather than charging clients on a per-hour basis. With a BBB (Better Business Bureau) A+ Rating, Sausser Summers, PC is consistently ranked among the top trademark filing law firms in the country*

To protect your intellectual property and safeguard your investments, contact Sausser Summers, PC at (843) 654-0078.

*Statistics based on total number of U.S. federal trademark applications filed in 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018 and listed within the top 100 law firms in the U.S. for the respective year.

Americans and the Holocaust Traveling Exhibition Coming to Scott County Public Library

The Scott County Public Library has been chosen to host Americans and the Holocaust, a traveling exhibition from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and the American Library Association. The exhibit dates will be February 24 through April 7, 2021. The Scott County Public Library is honored to be the only library in Kentucky to have been chosen to host this exhibition.

Americans and the Holocaust Traveling Exhibition Coming to Scott County Public Library
Georgetown, KY, October 10, 2019 --( The Scott County Public Library is one of 50 U.S. libraries selected to host Americans and the Holocaust, a traveling exhibition from the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum that examines the motives, pressures and fears that shaped Americans’ responses to Nazism, war and genocide in Europe during the 1930s and 1940s. The touring library exhibition - based on the special exhibition of the same name at the Museum in Washington, D.C. - will travel to U.S. libraries from 2020 to 2022

“We are very proud to be selected from a pool of more than 250 applicants to host this important and powerful exhibition,” said Library Executive Director Patti Burnside. “We will be partnering with many organizations in the area to offer programs during the exhibition, as well as with our local schools to host field trips. The exhibition will challenge people to not only ask ‘what would I have done?’ but also, ‘what will I do?’”

Americans and the Holocaust will be on display at SCPL, along with a series of related special events, from February 24 to April 7, 2021.

Drawing on a remarkable collection of primary sources from the 1930s and ’40s, the exhibition focuses on the stories of individuals and groups of Americans who took action in response to Nazism. It will challenge visitors to consider the responsibilities and obstacles faced by individuals - from President Franklin Delano Roosevelt to ordinary Americans - who made difficult choices, sought to effect change, and, in a few cases, took significant risks to help victims of Nazism even as rescue never became a government priority.

In addition to the traveling exhibition on loan, SCPL will receive a cash grant to support public programs. Melissa Gibson, SCPL Adult Services Manager, will be the project director and will also have expenses paid to attend an orientation workshop at the Museum.

For more information about Americans and the Holocaust, visit

Americans and the Holocaust: A Traveling Exhibition for Libraries is an educational initiative of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and the American Library Association.

Americans and the Holocaust was made possible by the generous support of lead sponsor Jeannie & Jonathan Lavine. Additional major funding was provided by the Bildners - Joan & Allen z”l, Elisa Spungen & Rob, Nancy & Jim; and Jane and Daniel Och. The Museum's exhibitions are also supported by the Lester Robbins and Sheila Johnson Robbins Traveling and Special Exhibitions Fund, established in 1990.

Patti Burnside
Executive Director
Scott County Public Library

Executive Education Academy Charter School Foundation to Hold Casino Night

The event will benefit the Allentown charter school and its student activities.

Allentown, PA, October 08, 2019 --( On Friday, October 25, the Executive Education Academy Charter School Foundation will hold a casino night event. The event will support student activities at the Allentown charter school. It will be held in the foundation’s auditorium at 555 Union Boulevard from 5:30 pm until 9:30 pm.

Tickets cost $100 and include dinner, a free drink voucher, and $50 in poker chips.

“This is the first time our foundation is holding this event,” says Stephen Flavell, founder and COO of the Lehigh Valley charter school. “We anticipate a big turn out and an exciting night of games, prizes, and maybe even a few jackpots.”

Executive Education Academy Charter School is a nonprofit charter school in Allentown, PA. Founded in 2014, the school offers a unique corporate curriculum for students in grades K through 12.

“We are so thankful for the community’s support,” adds Flavell. “They’re changing students’ lives.”

To learn more about casino night, contact the school by calling (610) 841-7044. To learn more about EEACS, visit

About EEACS: Founded in 2014 by highly experienced educators and management, Executive Education Academy Charter School, authorized for grades K-12 by the Allentown School District, leads the way in education by offering its 1,300 students opportunities for growth both in and out of the classroom. EEACS combines all mandated studies with a unique student-corporate culture. To learn more, visit

Alleged Victim of Childhood Sexual Abuse Files Civil Lawsuit Against Brooklyn Friends School

Allegedly, Victim Claims That School Janitor Sexually Assaulted Her When She Was a Student at Brooklyn Friends School.

Alleged Victim of Childhood Sexual Abuse Files Civil Lawsuit Against Brooklyn Friends School
New York, NY, October 06, 2019 --( A New York City resident who allegedly attended the Brooklyn Friends School as a child has filed a sexual abuse civil lawsuit against the school, alleging it failed to prevent her from being repeatedly abused by a janitor.

The suit, filed by the Zalkin Law Firm and Barasch McGarry Salzman & Penson in Kings County Supreme Court in Brooklyn pursuant to New York’s Child Victims Act, named as defendants the School, its Board of Trustees and The Brooklyn and New York Meeting organizations.

The Plaintiff, Amala Muhammed Redd, now age 47, allegedly attended Brooklyn Friends School from 1979 to 1990, when she graduated. The Brooklyn Friends is an independent, college preparatory Quaker school with more than 900 students and a tuition rate of $45,400 annually for grades 3 to 12, according to the school’s website.

The complaint alleges that during second and third grade, Amala was repeatedly sexually abused by a school janitor. Allegedly, the sexual abuse of Amala by the janitor included, but was not limited to, openly kissing Plaintiff on school grounds, oral sex and an alleged rape of the Plaintiff at the Brooklyn Friends School. The Plaintiff alleges in the lawsuit that this abuse occurred over the course of several months between second and third grade.

The complaint alleges Amala’s third grade teacher and her gym teacher allowed the janitor on many occasions to come into their class and remove Amala from class, facilitating the on-going sexual abuse.

“It is inexcusable, that teachers would allow a janitor to remove a child from their class repeatedly and not do anything about that,” said attorney Irwin Zalkin. “Schools, especially prestigious private schools like Brooklyn Friends, should be a safe environment for all students. Allegedly, The Friends School failed in its duty to protect Amala from this sexual predator and did nothing to educate and train their employees about protecting students from sexual abuse and harassment.”

The lawsuit alleges that as a child around the third grade, Amala began hurting herself by biting her lips until they bled and banging her arms against walls to cause injury in order to get herself excused from gym class to avoid contact with the janitor. The Complaint alleges that none of her teachers nor school administration protected her or reacted to these childhood displays of distress. The Complaint goes on to allege: following this long period of abuse, a teacher in the school discovered the janitor in the act of abusing Amala and then took Amala to the school’s office; the school then called Amala’s mother and the police.

The lawsuit alleges three Causes of Action against the Defendants; Negligence, Negligent Retention, Negligent Failure to Train Teachers and Administrators. The complaint alleges that Brooklyn Friends School and other Defendants were negligent in their legal duty to protect the Plaintiff from the alleged abuse by allowing easy access to a minor child by an unsupervised employee, in this case the janitor. The Complaint also alleges a complete absence of any training for teachers, staff and administrators and failure to establish policies and procedures to detect, prevent and address inappropriate employee behavior including employee-student boundary violations, sexually inappropriate employee behavior and conduct.

Allegedly, as a result of the sexual abuse outlined in the complaint, the Plaintiff claims severe and sustained emotional and psychological injuries of a permanent and lasting nature. The complaint asks for compensatory and punitive damages and costs.

About The Zalkin Law Firm
With offices in San Diego, CA and New York, NY, the firm's lawyers have represented hundreds of survivors of sexual abuse and sexual assault and achieved results in numerous high-profile sexual abuse and assault cases across the United States. The Zalkin Law Firm has aggressively represented survivors who suffered child sexual abuse and sexual assault while members of religious and other organizations, including the Catholic Church, Jehovah’s Witnesses, foster care, Boy Scouts, recovery homes, foreign student exchange programs, colleges. Irwin Zalkin was appointed a lead negotiator by United States Magistrate Judge Leo S. Papas on behalf of over 144 victims of childhood sexual abuse against the Roman Catholic Bishop of San Diego. These negotiations resulted in a global settlement of almost $200,000,000. He also was one of the lead trial lawyers and part of the trial team against the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Los Angeles where a global settlement was reached in the amount of $660,000,000.

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About Barasch McGarry Salzman & Penson
Barasch McGarry Salzman & Penson is a nationally known personal injury law firm, located in New York, with lawyers who concentrate in catastrophic injury and wrongful death cases arising out of auto accidents, construction accidents, plane, train and motorcycle accidents, and any other case where a serious personal injury was caused by someone’s negligence. Many of our clients are NYC firefighters who were injured in the line of duty. We also represent thousands of sick first responders and local residents who are survivors of the 9/11 World Trade Center attacks. For more than 100 collective years, the personal injury attorneys at the New York law firm of Barasch McGarry Salzman & Penson have been seeking justice for victims of personal injury and wrongful death throughout New York and the United States.

For more information, visit:

Patrick Henry College Begins New Season as Premier Forensics Program in the Nation

Patrick Henry College has earned an unmatched record in collegiate forensics competition by winning 12 of the past 15 American Moot Court Association (AMCA) National Tournament Championships, and consistently finishing in the top 1% of the nation in the American Mock Trial Association (AMTA).

Patrick Henry College Begins New Season as Premier Forensics Program in the Nation
Purcellville, VA, October 04, 2019 --( Patrick Henry College continues its run as the top forensics program in the nation by ranking #1 in the Moot Court Top 25 and #9 in the Mock Trial Top 25. Only two other colleges, the University of Chicago (#2 & #7) and Duke (#21 & #17), are also ranked in the Top 25 for both disciplines.

Patrick Henry College has earned an unmatched record in collegiate forensics competition by winning 12 of the past 15 American Moot Court Association (AMCA) National Tournament Championships (no other college has won more than one), and consistently finishing in the top 1% of the nation in the American Mock Trial Association (AMTA).

This season, the Patrick Henry College forensics program will, for the first time, have a dedicated Program Director, Susan Johnson, with an additional 11 coaches across all forensics activities, many of whom are Patrick Henry College alumni. Four student coaches, not listed below, are also on the leadership team.

The new staff includes:
- Program Director: Susan Johnson, current member of AMTA’s Board of Directors
- Peter Kamakawiwoole (PHC ‘08), 2005 moot court national champion & HSLDA attorney
- Christian Fernandez (PHC ‘16), 4-yr. mock trial competitor, national-level high school forensics coach, and adjunct professor at PHC
- Mackenzie Ehrett (PHC ’12), Deputy Associate Counsel to President Donald Trump
- Tyson Langhofer, Senior Counsel and Director of the Center for Academic Freedom for Alliance Defending Freedom
- Ben Sayre (PHC ’10), Cyber Security Threat Analyst at FireEye
- Melika McKinnis, Special Assistant to an Ambassador at Large, US Department of State

Michael Farris, President, CEO, and General Counsel at Alliance Defending Freedom and Chancellor Emeritus at Patrick Henry College comments, “When I learned that [alumnus] Peter Kamakawiwoole was under active consideration and later hired to become Patrick Henry College’s new moot court coach, I was thrilled. He is extremely well qualified to carry on our tradition of winning with grace.”

Coaches of this caliber, now serving the current Patrick Henry College forensics program, is an important shift, inaugurating the next season in Patrick Henry College’s rich legacy as the primer collegiate forensics program in the nation, following the unexpected passing of the former director, Dr. Frank Guliuzza, in February of 2019.

Patrick Henry College (founded in 2000) and its alumni have an unparalleled track record of success in forensics, law, and government. Within the last four years, four graduates have clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justices Alito, Kennedy, and Chief Justice Roberts. Other alumni have become state solicitor generals, argued before the Supreme Court of the United States, and served in the White House in various capacities, including press secretary of Vice President Mike Pence.

Primary Contact:
Stephen Allen, Assistant VP and Director of Communication
(540) 441-8722

U.S. News & World Report Ranks Southern Utah University Among Top 10 for Lowest Student Debt

According to U.S. News & World Report, Southern Utah University is one of the top universities in the country in ensuring its students aren’t loaded down with debt when they graduate.

U.S. News & World Report Ranks Southern Utah University Among Top 10 for Lowest Student Debt
Cedar City, UT, October 02, 2019 --( Southern Utah University is one of the top universities in the country in ensuring its students aren’t loaded down with debt when they graduate. Released Monday, the 2020 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges Rankings lists SUU as 7th in the nation and 2nd in the west for lowest student debt among regional universities. SUU ranks as the best public regional university in Utah.

“We value affordability. It is thrilling to learn that we are leading the nation in low debt for our graduates,” said Southern Utah University President Scott L Wyatt. “This ranking reaffirms the fact that we are being successful with our leading value – to prepare students for great jobs and enriched lives.”

With tuition costs rising, U.S. News compiled a list of schools that are graduating students with the lightest debt loads. The report looked specifically at students that graduated in 2017 and included loans taken out by students from the federal government. That year, more than half of SUU’s graduating class graduated debt-free and for those that did graduate owing, the median amount owed was $11,000. The average student loan debt nationwide is $37,000 per borrower.

SUU steadily works to make quality higher education financially accessible to everyone. This past year, SUU was the only school in the Utah System for Higher Education that didn’t raise tuition and student fees for the 2019-2020 school year. In August of 2019, the Utah State Board of Regents agreed to lower tuition for online-only undergraduate programs at SUU. And beginning in January 2020, the new 3-Year bachelor degree program will reduce barriers to graduation making it easier for students to save both time and money.

“We are not resting on our laurels,” said Wyatt. “We continue to work hard to reduce the cost of education at SUU and keep student debt as low as possible. SUU is a great investment.”

The report evaluates schools in up to 16 areas related to academics including peer assessment, retention, class sizes, student-faculty ratios, ranking of its incoming freshman and graduation rates. The schools are then ranked based on their overall scores in these various areas, and the top schools are recognized in the Best Colleges List. Southern Utah University has been consistently recognized as a top-level university and ranks 33 among Top Regional Public Universities in the western United States and is number 1 in Utah.

U.S. News and World Report is the top source for higher education rankings in the nation. Rankings are organized according to a school’s mission and region in the country. Peer assessment, retention and graduation rates account for more than half of U.S. News and World Report’s evaluation.