Avitus Group Named 2015 Employer of the Year

Billings, Montana (PRWEB) March 19, 2015

Avitus Group has been awarded Employer of the Year from among more than 7,000 businesses in Billings, said John Brewer, Billings Chamber of Commerce’s President/CEO. Avitus Group exemplifies Business Excellence award winners characteristics of having a heart for service, for their staff and for our community.

The chamber’s award is part of the annual Business Excellence Awards, which recognizes top local leaders of commerce in the community. The chamber is set to present the 2015 Employer of the Year award at its Enter The Tank Chamber Breakfast 2015. The chamber noted several qualities in Avitus Group that led to its selection, including open communication, team building, employee advancement practices, boosting the local and state economy and commitment to the community.

“We’re truly honored and humbled to be selected as the 2015 Employer of the Year, as we work with so many excellent businesses,” says Avitus Group Public Relations Manager, Dianne Parker. “This wouldn’t be possible without top notch employees who are committed to the community, our clients and our company.”

Avitus Group started in 1996 with only a handful of employees. Today, the company has nearly 180 internal employees with nearly 140 of them in the Billings Operations Center. Through the company’s co-employer relationship, Avitus Group is also one of Montana’s top 10 largest employers. “Avitus Group’s internal staff has more than doubled in the past two years. That is impressive growth. It is a reflection of our high quality service to clients, commitment to our staff and commitment to the communities we live and work in,” says Avitus Group Public Relations Manager Dianne Parker.

Avitus Group leaders Ken Balster, President of Avitus Business Services, Inc., Don Reile, President of Avitus, Inc., and Steve Bentley, Senior VP of Finance, have steered the company through a changing economic climate to become a top Montana employer as well as an employer that serves the entire United States through 12 regional offices in Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Idaho, Colorado, Indiana, California, New York and Florida.

Reile explains, We want this to be a nice place to work, a fun place to work. We are engaged with our employees. We treat them well and, we give them a say in what they are doing.

The number one reason employees are happy is they like who they work for; the number two reason is they like what they do. We work hard to find our employees best skill sets and manage to their strengths, not their weaknesses, said Balster. I say this every day of my life: Surround yourself with people who are smarter, more talented and better than you, and life is good at work. Our team is exactly that.

Avitus Group simplifies, strengthens and grows businesses by providing ‘back office’ support. Things like bookkeeping, taxes, payroll, IT and marketing. Were providing resources and assets to our clients. Our employees are those resources and assets, and they are the very best they can be,” says Bentley. “Because of our employees, our clients in the business community can free up their time to grow their business.

Avitus Group believes in giving back to the community and focuses on three main giving pillars: veterans, education and wellness. This past year, Avitus Group has been involved with numerous giving campaigns, including the Big Sky Honor Flight program, the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve’s Toys for Tots program, an IT donation of Google Chromebooks to a non-profit school, Relay for Life, the Chase Hawks Memorial, a partnership that highlights community through communication with Community 7 Television, the St. Vincent Healthcare Saints Ball, the Pink Tie Affair for the Ramsey Keller Memorial and the Rocky Mountain College Community Fund and Black Tie Blue Jeans event for student scholarships.

For more information about Avitus Group, please visit the company’s website.

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Career Step to Exhibit at 2015 UPCEA 100th Annual Conference March 30 through April 1

Provo, Utah (PRWEB) March 25, 2015

Career Step, an online provider of career-focused education and corporate training, will be exhibiting in booth 407 at the 2015 University Professional & Continuing Education Association (UPCEA) conference being held in Washington, D.C., March 30 through April 1.

We work closely with many universities throughout the course of the year, but we are excited for the UPCEA event because it gives us a chance to better connect with the higher education space as a whole, said Diana Olson, Career Step Academic Partner Regional Account Executive. We are excited for the opportunity to hear about the day-to-day challenges that exist, offer solutions and learn what more we can be doing to support our partners.

At this years event, Career Step representatives are focusing on helping organizations increase revenue while decreasing administration overhead and burden. With spending cuts, many universities are facing tough decisions on what they can continue offering students and figuring out how to do more with less. Career Step representatives will be providing information in booth 407 at the conference on how organizations can serve their students, lift their bottom line and work smarter.

This year we will be focusing on helping universities find the resources they need to serve their students without increasing the administrative burden on the school, said Ryan Ewer, Career Step Vice President of Enrollments and Marketing. We have some very exciting results to share about the partnership model we debuted at last years UPCEA eventpartners are seeing increase revenue, lowered administrative burdens and increased enrollments, which can be replicated for many other institutions.

Career Step introduced its Academic Partner Direct partnership model at last years UPCEA event, and over the course of the year has seen more than 75 percent of its partners move to this model because of its strong record of positive results. More information about this partnership model as well as Career Steps variety of online healthcare, technology and administration programs will be available in booth 407 at the 2015 UPCEA show.

For more information Career Steps academic partnership opportunities, visit CareerStep.com/partner or a call 1-888-355-4144.

About Career Step

Career Step, an online provider of career-focused education and corporate training, has trained over 85,000 students, has more than 150 partnerships with colleges and universities nationwide, and provides training for several of the most respected healthcare employers in the nation. Career Step is committed to helping students and corporate employees alike gain the skills they need to be successful in the workplace, improving lives and business results through education. Career Steps training programs are currently focused in healthcare, technology and administration, and more information can be found at http://www.careerstep.com or 1-800-246-7836.

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How to avoid credit problems before traveling on spring break

Boston, Massachusetts (PRWEB) March 24, 2015

College and high school spring break is underway and tens of thousands of students across the country will soon flock from the classroom to beach chairs in tropical destinations. While its a time for sunshine, parties and fun, the risk of not preparing for your trip abroad could leave you with credit problems and a financial emergency.

In an effort to spare travelers from spring break headaches, American Consumer Credit Counseling has developed credit management tips to avoid unnecessary expenses and credit problems during their trips.

With the amount of time it takes to plan and organize a vacation, its easy to forget to contact your bank or credit card company before traveling out of state or overseas, said Steve Trumble, President and CEO of American Consumer Credit Counseling. It is always important to let your bank or credit card provider know that you’re going to be out of town so they should expect to see some new charges. If you start charging in an unfamiliar city without making that call, you’re likely to trigger a fraud warning system, which could make your credit or debit cards unusable.

ACCC offers the following credit management tips to prevent the most common banking and credit problems from ruining a vacation:


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US Sports Camps and Nike 5meter Water Polo Camps Announce 2015 Lineup

San Rafael, CA (PRWEB) March 17, 2015

Led by Olympian Genai Kerr, as well as former Olympians and college coaches, Nike 5meter Water Polo Camps offer outstanding coaching and take every step to stimulate a love for water polo in a positive and healthy environment. Genai Kerr is a USA Water Polo Olympian, coach, mentor, and true ambassador of the sport. Genai was a member of the United States Men’s National Water Polo Team for 12 years and played in the 2004 Athens Olympics, 2003 & 2007 Pan American Gold Medal games, and multiple World Championships.

Nike 5meter Water Polo Camps are designed to make an immediate impact by providing the highest level of detailed position specific instruction for water polo players, says Genai Kerr. Not only do the staff members get in the water with the campers, dry land, mental edge and college planning activities are integrated to provide a beneficial experience for any emerging water polo player.

Nike 5meter Water Polo Camp locations: Bakersfield, CA; Coronado, CA; Moraga, CA; Napa, CA; Novato, CA; Redlands, CA; Rohnert Park, CA; San Diego, CA; Santa Cruz, CA; Hoffman Estates, IL; Portland, OR; Collegeville, PA; Mechanicsburg, PA; Shillington, PA; Murray, UT.

At each camp location, players receive focused instruction on both fundamental and advanced techniques. Position specific training is offered for drivers, shooters, goalies and 2 meter offense and defense. Upon arrival, campers are placed in groups with other players that have similar abilities and goals. Camp staff does their best to accommodate campers needs, taking into consideration experience and desire to improve.

There is no deadline to register and flexible payment plans are available. Team discounts are available at all locations.

Coaches, Parents, and Campers interested in the 2015 Nike 5meter Water Polo Camps can visit http://www.ussportscamps.com or call 1-800-645-3226.

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Academy of Art University President Elisa Stephens Named to the Haute 100 List

(PRWEB) February 06, 2015

Dr. Elisa Stephens, President of San Franciscos Academy of Art University, has been named one of the Haute 100 most influential Bay Area residents in Haute Living magazines annual list of Billionaires, Philanthropists, Power Couples, Entrepreneurs, Athletes and Tech Titans.

Dr. Stephens, who makes a repeat appearance this year, was named a top Commander in the education realm in the January/February 2015 San Francisco issue, which also includes a separate Day in the Life profile on Stephens. She holds the distinction of being part of a very small number of female university presidents nationwide, and one of only 23 women on the Haute list. Other high profile women in the Top 100 include Senator Dianne Feinstein, Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, Condoleezza Rice and Sheryl Sandberg.

Haute Living has issued its Top 100 list for the past six years and Dr. Stephens has appeared four times. Since her last inclusion in 2014, Dr. Stephens has received a number of additional honors, including her recent appointment to the Smithsonian National Board and, closer to home, the Community Hero award from the SF Firefighters Local 798 for her invaluable contributions to the SF Firefighters Toy Program.

In the past year, she has expanded Academy of Art Universitys accredited degree programs to a total of 28. The university now offers its first Bachelor of Science degree in Game Programming, as well as accredited degree programs in Costume Design and Writing for Film, Television & Digital Media. In addition, Dr. Stephens has kicked off a global outreach initiative, designed to attract students from all over the world.

Haute always surprises me with its great content from travel tips to profile stories and restaurant reviews. Im really honored to be included on a list of such remarkable, innovative thinkers. It makes me very proud to live in the Bay Area, she said.

A native of San Francisco, Stephens became President of Academy of Art University in 1992, the third-generation Stephens to lead the university since its founding by her grandfather in 1929. Under her leadership, Academy of Art University has become the largest accredited private university of art and design in the United States. In addition to offering undergraduate and graduate programs at its unique urban campus in downtown San Francisco, Dr. Stephens created online education programs in art and design, propelling Academy of Art University to a premier position in the digital education world.

Dr. Stephens is a member of the Prince of Wales Foundation, Young Presidents Organization, World Presidents Organization, Vistage International, Council on Competitiveness, Committee on Jobs, San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, SPUR, San Francisco City Club, Metropolitan Club, University Club, Belizean Grove, San Francisco Junior League, Nob Hill Association, Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS Foundation) and the Royal Society of Arts.

About Academy of Art University:

Academy of Art University, the largest private university of art and design in the United States, is educating students for the art and design jobs of the 21st century. Established in 1929, the Academy is an output-based higher education model that provides an inclusive admissions policy to all students, but imposes a rigorous curriculum that requires the students to produce a portfolio of work that demonstrates a mastery of their field in order to graduate. Students are taught by a faculty of professionals from the existing marketplace, both online and on campus in San Francisco, who provide them with an understanding of what it takes to succeed in todays business environment. The Academys hands-on curriculum produces graduates who possess outstanding artistic and design skillsand equally as important, the ability to put those talents to work immediately after graduation. As a result, Academy graduates are ready to compete for and win the jobs of the 21st century in the fields of Acting, Advertising, Animation & Visual Effects, Architecture, Art Education, Art History, Costume Design, Fashion, Fashion Journalism, Fashion Styling, Fine Art, Game Design, Game Programming, Graphic Design, Illustration, Industrial Design, Interior Architecture & Design, Jewelry & Metal Arts, Landscape Architecture, Motion Pictures & Television, Multimedia Communications, Music Production & Sound Design for Visual Media, Photography, Studio Production for Advertising & Design, Visual Development, Web Design & New Media and Art Teaching Credential, and Writing for Film, Television & Digital Media. Academy of Art University is accredited by WASC, NASAD, Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) (BFA/MFA-IAD), NAAB (B-ARCH*, M-ARCH), and California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC). *B-ARCH program in candidacy status. Visit http://www.academyart.edu for more information.

About Haute Living:

Haute Living was founded by Seth Semilof and Kamal Hotchandani and recently celebrated its 10th anniversary with a celebration in Miami, where it was launched. It has an international following online and circulation for the San Francisco magazine is 35,000. The publication is distributed to an affluent audience from Pebble Beach to Napa. Visit http://www.hauteliving.com for more information.

Penn State to offer courses to military community at San Diego Marine base

University Park, Pa. (PRWEB) March 18, 2015

Penn State will begin offering select courses this fall at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego with the goal of giving military personnel more access to a college degree.

The courses, from defense- or business-related academic programs, will be taught in a dedicated Penn State classroom at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot via Penn State World Campus, the Universitys online campus. The site will be the Universitys first classroom on a military base.

The academic operations will be managed by Penn State World Campus through a five-year agreement with the Marine Corps, and military personnel who take classes on-site will be registered as World Campus students. The agreement calls for on-site face-to-face instruction, which is designed to orient military personnel into an education setting for them to finish their degrees online through World Campus.

We are excited to expand access to higher education to the San Diego military community, Penn State President Eric Barron said. The University has a long history of educating members of our armed forces, and we are committed to providing them with a high-quality academic experience and the opportunity to become part of the Penn State community.

The San Diego area has one of the largest concentrations of military installations in the country, which include Naval Base San Diego, Naval Amphibious Base Coronado and Marine Corps Air Station Miramar. Within a 15-mile radius of the Marine Corps Recruit Depot, there are more than 55,000 military personnel, according to the Department of Defenses 2012 Demographics Report, which has the most recent data available.

Select courses from the following degree programs will be taught through the Marine Corps Recruit Depot classroom:

DNA New Discovery Fact & Findings Hearing Scheduled March 18 in Caddo County Oklahoma District Court

TULSA, OK (PRWEB) March 11, 2015

James L. Hankins Attorney at Law, and Thomas R. Zynda Attorney at Law, will be representing Michael A. Nolte in Caddo County District Court exactly twenty-eight years later on the day March 18, 1987 four men quietly stole from the Tazewell County jail in Pekin, Illinois. All were prisoners. (2) (4)

A day later, Mr. Edgar Allen was murdered while ferrying a new motor home to a buyer. Twenty-eight years later, only one of the escapees has been charged with this crime. (3)

The history of the following events is complicated, ending with Michael Nolte being sentenced to death as the sole slayer of Edgar Allen, chiefly based on the testimony and statements of the other three jailhouse witnesses who all stated they were never present at the murder scene (2) (3) (4). Nolte was re-sentenced to life in prison without parole in 1996. (3)

In 2008, some significant scraps of evidence of the 100 plus items listed on the OSBI trial evidence list were located in the Caddo County Courthouse. (3) Privately funded DNA testing was conducted on these elements by SERI, a California laboratory often used by the Innocence Project.

The testing excluded Mr. Nolte as being a contributor of blood found in pieces of carpet and rope testified to in the trials: it did not exclude two of the other escapees who testified as witnesses for the prosecution in Noltes trial. (3)

Nevertheless, on March 1, 2013, Caddo County denied Mr. Noltes Petition for Post-Conviction Relief: nearly four years after the petition was filed.(3)

On February 13, 2014, the Criminal Court of Appeals issued a mandate to Caddo County, which has yet to be responded to as of this day March 10, 2015.(1) (6) Thus the continued hearings scheduled for March 18, 2015.

After five and one-half years, on February 9, 2015, the State responded for the first time in writing to the Nolte Petition for Post-Conviction Relief, chiefly citing the testimony of one of the escapees. (5)

It will be interesting to watch the progression of this case in light of the new Oklahoma HB 1068.(7)


Discounted Shania Twain Tickets: SuperbTicketsOnline.com Announces Reduced Pricing on Tickets for Shows in Pittsburgh, Grand Rapids, Indianapolis, Jacksonville and Miami

Milwaukee, WI (PRWEB) March 13, 2015

It is wonderful news that the popular singing star is touring again after an absence of more than ten years, but the news is also sad since it will be the performers final tour. Tickets go on sale March 13 and are not expected to last. Fans have been waiting for the star to take part in another tour, and they do not want to miss attending a final performance.

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Besides the shows in Pittsburgh, Grand Rapids, Indianapolis, Jacksonville and Miami, the talented 49-year-old entertainer will also visit such locales as Greenville, Charlotte, Rosemont, Atlanta, St. Louis, Des Moines, Kansas City, Austin, Denver, Anaheim, San Diego and Fresno. Shania Twain tickets will definitely sell out for upcoming tour appearances.

Canadian performances have been planned for Montreal, Vancouver, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Edmonton, London, Hamilton, Nepean and Toronto. Wes Mack will open for the star during those events in Canada plus the Seattle show that will kick off the tour on June 5. From June 30 until the close of the tour on August 23, the singer will perform her final concerts in the U.S., and Gavin DeGraw will open for the star during those shows.

The country music artist has recently finished a two-year residency at Las Vegas Caesars Palace, and it was a highly successful venture for the star. She will also be releasing another studio album on or around the time of her 50th birthday on August 28, and this release will be her first since Up, which came out in 2002.

Since the singing star has had such a successful residency, she is referring to her final tour as an after-party. It will be the biggest tour of her career as well as the last one, and her many fans will want to be a part of the final live events that will wrap up active touring for the star.

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May 15th and 16th!

May 15th:

Join the SSC for the Last Movie night of the semester! Bring your own REUSABLE bowl/cup for popcorn and drinks!



May 16th:

Ladies, join us for a free self defense class brought to you by the SSC and the Riverside Area Rape Crisis Center. According to Hirsch, Kathleen (1990)”Fraternities of Fear: Gang Rape, Male Bonding, and the Silencing of Women.” Ms., 1(2) 52-56., At least 1 in 4 college women will be the victim of a sexual assault during her academic career. Let’s do something about this! Let’s not be a statistic and learn how to defend ourselves in any situation. This is an RSVP, women-only event. To reserve a space, contact SSC President, Claudia Marin at claudiace.marin@gmail.com