News Article | May 5, 2017
LearnHowToBecome.org, a leading resource provider for higher education and career information, has released its list of the Best Colleges in Illinois for 2017. 50 four-year colleges were ranked, with Northwestern University, University of Chicago, Bradley University, Illinois Institute of Technology and Augustana College taking the top five spots on the list. 49 two-year schools were also selected; Carl Sandburg College, Illinois Central College, Richland Community College, Rend Lake College and Lincoln Land Community College were the top five. A complete list of schools is included below. “The schools on our list have shown that they offer outstanding educational programs that set students up for post-college success,” said Wes Ricketts, senior vice president of LearnHowToBecome.org. “Students exploring higher education options in Illinois can also look to these schools to provide top-quality resources that help maximize the overall educational experience.” To be included on the “Best Colleges in Illinois” list, all schools must be not-for-profit and regionally accredited. Each college is also evaluated metrics including annual alumni earnings, the opportunity for employment services and academic counseling, the selection of degree programs offered, financial aid availability and graduation rates. Complete details on each college, their individual scores and the data and methodology used to determine the LearnHowToBecome.org “Best Colleges in Illinois” list, visit: The Best Four-Year Colleges in Illinois for 2017 include: Augustana College Aurora University Benedictine University Blackburn College Bradley University Chicago State University Concordia University-Chicago DePaul University Dominican University Eastern Illinois University Elmhurst College Eureka College Governors State University Greenville College Illinois College Illinois Institute of Technology Illinois State University Illinois Wesleyan University Judson University Knox College Lake Forest College Lewis University Loyola University Chicago MacMurray College McKendree University Millikin University Monmouth College National Louis University North Central College North Park University Northern Illinois University Northwestern University Olivet Nazarene University Principia College Quincy University Rockford University Roosevelt University Rush University Saint Xavier University Southern Illinois University-Carbondale Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville Trinity Christian College Trinity International University-Illinois University of Chicago University of Illinois at Chicago University of Illinois at Springfield University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign University of St Francis Western Illinois University Wheaton College The Best Two-Year Colleges in Illinois for 2017 include: Black Hawk College Carl Sandburg College City Colleges of Chicago - Harry S Truman College City Colleges of Chicago - Malcolm X College City Colleges of Chicago - Wilbur Wright College City Colleges of Chicago-Harold Washington College City Colleges of Chicago-Kennedy-King College City Colleges of Chicago-Olive-Harvey College City Colleges of Chicago-Richard J Daley College College of DuPage College of Lake County Danville Area Community College Elgin Community College Frontier Community College Harper College Heartland Community College Highland Community College Illinois Central College Illinois Valley Community College John A Logan College John Wood Community College Joliet Junior College Kankakee Community College Kaskaskia College Kishwaukee College Lake Land College Lewis and Clark Community College Lincoln Land Community College Lincoln Trail College MacCormac College McHenry County College Moraine Valley Community College Morton College Oakton Community College Olney Central College Parkland College Prairie State College Rend Lake College Richland Community College Rock Valley College Sauk Valley Community College Shawnee Community College South Suburban College Southeastern Illinois College Southwestern Illinois College Spoon River College Triton College Wabash Valley College Waubonsee Community College ### About Us: LearnHowtoBecome.org was founded in 2013 to provide data and expert driven information about employment opportunities and the education needed to land the perfect career. Our materials cover a wide range of professions, industries and degree programs, and are designed for people who want to choose, change or advance their careers. We also provide helpful resources and guides that address social issues, financial aid and other special interest in higher education. Information from LearnHowtoBecome.org has proudly been featured by more than 700 educational institutions.
News Article | May 10, 2017
Go For Broke National Education Center (GFBNEC) today announced the launch of a national traveling exhibition, “Courage and Compassion: Our Shared Story of the Japanese American WWII Experience.” Funded in part by a 2016 grant administered by the National Park Service (NPS), the exhibit will chronicle the story of the Japanese American experience during WWII, and feature local stories of bravery and extraordinary support of Japanese Americans from communities across the country. From July 2017 through summer 2019, the exhibit will visit 10 U.S. communities where citizens extended a helping hand to Japanese Americans during and after the turbulent days of WWII. In the wake of the attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941, many officials and community members viewed residents of Japanese ancestry, U.S. citizens and immigrants alike, with fear and mistrust. Japanese Americans were targets for harassment and discrimination, and families on the West Coast were forcibly removed to government-run incarceration camps. “Courage and Compassion: Our Shared Story of the Japanese American WWII Experience” will reflect on the Japanese American experience from Pearl Harbor through the end of the incarceration and into the redress movement that resulted in the Civil Liberties Act of 1988. The interactive exhibit, designed by Quatrefoil Associates, will feature images and audio of firsthand accounts, including interviews of Japanese American soldiers from GFBNEC’s Hanashi Oral History Collection. Each community partner will research and curate unique local stories of courage and compassion within the exhibit. “The exhibit honors everyday people who rose above the public hysteria of WWII to recognize Japanese Americans as friends, neighbors and citizens,” Dr. Mitchell T. Maki, GFBNEC’s President and Chief Executive Officer, said. “These untold stories have real relevance today as we confront issues of loyalty, citizenship, due process and Constitutional rights. Thanks to a two-for-one matching grant from the NPS’ Japanese American Confinement Site Grant Program, we raised a total of $568,406 to educate the public on the nature of bravery during a dark chapter of our history.” “Courage and Compassion” will debut in Salem, Oregon on July 13, 2017, in partnership with the Willamette Heritage Center. Despite the hostile climate following the Pearl Harbor attack, some Willamette Valley locals and leaders spoke up in support of their Japanese American friends. From farmers who helped their incarcerated neighbors save their crops to a local Senator who braved political backlash to suggest that Japanese Americans might remain loyal to the U.S., these individual voices of conscience deserve to be remembered today. Other community partners will include: Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai′i, Honolulu, Kahului and Hilo, Hawaii; the Kingsburg Historical Society, Kingsburg, Calif.; Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio; St. Marys School of Nursing Alumni Association, Rochester, Minn.; Twin Cities Japanese American Citizens League, Minneapolis, Minn.; Monterey Japanese American Citizens League, Monterey, Calif.; History Department, Bradley University, Peoria, Ill.; Chicago Japanese American Historical Society and Japanese American Service Committee, Chicago; and New Mexico Japanese American Citizens League, Albuquerque, New Mexico. More information will be released on each venue and its unique stories as the tour progresses. Note to Media: “Go For Broke” was the motto of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, a segregated Army unit composed of Japanese Americans from Hawaii and the mainland. The term was Hawaiian slang for “shooting the works,” or risking everything for the big win in gambling—as the Nisei soldiers did while fighting in the field in WWII and facing prejudice at home in the U.S. About Go For Broke National Education Center Go For Broke National Education Center (GFBNEC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that educates the public on the valor of Japanese American veterans of World War II and their contributions to democracy. Our goal is to inspire new generations to embody the Nisei veterans’ core values of courage, sacrifice, equality, humility and patriotism. Founded in 1989, GFBNEC maintains the Go For Broke Monument and the interactive “GFBNEC’s Defining Courage Exhibition” in downtown Los Angeles, as well as extensive oral histories and archives, education and training programs, and other initiatives. For more information, please visit http://www.goforbroke.org. About the NPS JACS Program This project is funded, in part, by a grant from the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, Japanese American Confinement Site Grant Program. For more information regarding the JCAS grant program, please contact Kara Miyagishima, Program Manager, Japanese American Confinement Sites Grant Program, NPS, at 303/969-2885.
News Article | May 11, 2017
HotelPlanner and Meetings.com, the leading online providers of group bookings for hotels and meeting space, today announced the top 100 group sales managers in the U.S., recognizing those who experience continued success in both managing and booking group travel YOY. In celebration of this year’s National Travel & Tourism Week’s theme “Faces of Travel,” HotelPlanner and Meetings.com are helping to shine a spotlight on those individuals who have had an enormous impact on the U.S. travel industry. The top performing sales managers were selected based on a combination of factors including outstanding customer service, the most competitive rates, and fast response times. Tim Hentschel, CEO of HotelPlanner and Meetings.com said, “We want to recognize the top sales managers by giving them a badge of excellence in group travel. Their great attention to detail, dependability, and excellent sales skills makes them star players in the industry.” Best Western Plus BWI Airport Hotel/Arundel Mill, MD- Tina Comma Best Western Plus Philadelphia Convention Center, Days Inn Philadelphia Convention Center, and Four Points by Sheraton Philadelphia City Center, PA- Kevin Cushing Best Western Plus The Inn At King Of Prussia, PA- Katrina Richardson Boston Park Plaza, MA- Heather Schell, Linda Rindos, David Berkoski, Vanessa Kuo, Alexander Goldstein, and Francisco Martinez Comfort Inn Oxon Hill, MD- Shelley Peterson Comfort Inn at the Park, PA- Debbie Toomey Comfort Suites Hummelstown Hershey, PA- Joseph Jupoli Embassy Suites Philadelphia Center City, PA- Robert Hilton Holiday Inn Alexandria at Carlyle, VA- Deifilia Meneses Holiday Inn Express Philadelphia Penns Landing, PA- Gloria Mari Holiday Inn Inner Harbor, MD- Judy Wilbur Hotel RL Baltimore Inner Harbor, MD- Brandon Halstead Hyatt Place Baltimore/Inner Harbor, MD- Amy O’Connell Hyatt Place Boston Braintree, MA- Camille Murgo Hyatt Place Washington DC/National Mall, DC- Gilanie Bohulano Lancaster Host Resort & Conference Center, PA- Kathy Danz Loews Philadelphia Hotel, PA- Sabrina Haney Red Lion Hotel Harrisburg Hershey, PA- Brenda Ryneski Residence Inn Pittsburgh Monroeville, PA- Skip Phillips SpringHill Suites Annapolis, MD- Emily Mcauley The Kitano Hotel New York, NY- Tania Lavandeira The Liberty Hotel, MA- Peter Campisani, Jennifer Morelli, and Rebecca Lyons The Normandy Hotel, DC- Arnelda Broadaway Omni Providence Hotel, RI- Krista Sarasin Omni William Penn, PA- Carly Furlough and Randy Connolly One Washington Circle Hotel, DC- Elizabeth Simmons Park Lane Hotel, NY- Laura Ortiz Wingate by Wyndham Lancaster/PA Dutch Country, PA- Eric Corneilson Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown, PA- Michaela Morgan and Mary Jo Germaine Wyndham Philadelphia Historic District, PA- Mizetta Hopkins Ashton Inn & Suites Pensacola, FL- Ron Harper Best Western Palm Beach Lakes, FL- Richard Netzel Best Western Plus Cypress Creek, MS- San Naqvi Best Western Plus Hotel & Conference Center Dallas, TX- Roy Fisher Comfort Suites Huntersville, NC- Monisha Patel Country Inn & Suites, TN- Ron Harrell Country Inn & Suites DFW Airport South Irving, TX- Teresa Dehnel Crowne Plaza Atlanta Midtown, GA- Bill Spicer Crowne Plaza Greenville, SC- Lauren Bobo Crowne Plaza Memphis Downtown, TN- Kelsie Cain Crowne Plaza Tampa Westshore, FL- Sharon Haley Embassy Suites Downtown Fort Worth, TX- Laura Renfro Hampton Inn Dallas North, TX- Ruth Gallenberg Hilton Garden Inn New Orleans Convention Center, LA- Artemus Anderson Holiday Inn Charlotte University, NC- Deborah Slivensky Holiday Inn Downtown Superdome, LA- Amber Cashio Holiday Inn Express & Suites Atlanta Downtown, GA- Sharon Johnston Holiday Inn Nashville Vanderbilt, TN- Nancy Keiser Hyatt Place West Palm Beach/Downtown, FL- Todd Stone L'auberge Casino Resort Lake Charles, LA- Olga West Millennium Maxwell House Hotel, TN- Amy Allen and Carol Cochran Rodeway Inn & Suites Ft. Lauderdale Air & Cruise, FL- Nadine Bankley Seychelles and Tidewater Beach Resorts by Wyndham Vacation Rentals, FL- Joyce Danser Shephard's Beach Resort, FL- Cody Peer Sheraton Atlanta Hotel, GA- Lynn Caldwell Sheraton Sand Key Resort, FL- Monica Santiago SpringHill Suites Tampa Westshore Airport, FL- Kimberly Merilus Tampa Marriott Westshore, FL- Bonnie Dominguez Westgate Resorts Wild Bear Inn, River Terrace, and Smoky Mountain Resort & Spa, TN- Chris Brown Wingate by Wyndham Charlotte I 77/Tyvola, NC- Tim Jones Wyndham Garden Dallas North, TX- Will Tibbets Cambria Chicago Magnificent Mile, IL- Caramarie Keith Comfort Suites Chicago, IL- Daniel Grajdura Crowne Plaza St. Louis Downtown, MO – Chris Barr Drury Hotels USA- Maggie Schuh & Sharon Hooks Hampton Inn St. Louis Chesterfield, Hampton Inn & Suites St. Louis, MO- Lee Ann Howlett Hard Rock Hotel Chicago, IL- Carol Bader Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza River North, IL- Daisy Fuentes Holiday Inn Columbus Downtown Capital Square, OH- Sandi Hill Holiday Inn Country Club Plaza Kansas City, MO- Stephanie Porter La Quinta Inn & Suites St. Louis Airport-Riverport, MO – Debbie Loftus Sheraton Grand Chicago, The Westin Chicago River North, IL- Zully Soriano Westin Cincinnati, OH- Kaylee Wright Ayres Hotel & Suites Costa Mesa, CA- Kara Kellogg Crowne Plaza Los Angeles Airport, CA- Channa Perera Crowne Plaza Seattle Downtown, WA- Beth Harwood, Cory De Rooze and Rodney Clay Doubletree by Hilton Campbell Pruneyard Plaza, CA- Audrey Jablonszki-Hahn and Christina Fortune Downtown Grand An Ascend Hotel Collection Member, NV- Shavon Mclean Hampton Inn Tropicana, NV- Leah Harrison Holiday Inn Express in Downtown Salt Lake City, UT- Ashley Brock Hotel Angeleno, CA – Jackie Vargas Hotel Diva & Hotel Union Square, CA- John Sibley Hyatt House Seattle/Downtown, WA- Sam Samuelson Hyatt Regency Los Angeles International Airport, CA- Shavonna Cadle New York New York Hotel & Casino, NV- Dan Meisler Portland Marriott City Center, OR- Jessica Fox Quality Inn Placentia, CA- Jackie Parra Red Lion Hotel Bellevue, WA- Craig Troxell, Matthew Webster and Toyin Fofana San Diego Marriott La Jolla, CA- Heather Farnam Sir Francis Drake a Kimpton Hotel, CA- Lauren Vojvoda Stratosphere Casino Hotel & Tower, NV- Leslie Holland Treasure Island Hotel & Casino, NV- Shelly Ryser Wyndham Anaheim Garden Grove, CA- Jeremy Yujuico Wyndham San Diego Bayside, CA- Jill Marie Vaquera Courtyard by Marriott Waikiki Beach, HI- Brent Umehira and Darlene Plamenco Royal Garden at Waikiki, HI- Samantha Monet Shoreline Hotel Waikiki, HI- Rick Oberdahlhoff About HotelPlanner & Meetings.com HotelPlanner.com is the leading provider of online services in the global group hotel marketplace. Listed among the top 50 travel sites in the world and ranked number one in group travel, HotelPlanner.com is on track to produce nearly 1 million group leads this year, and is providing group hotel booking services to over 3,000 groups per day. The company’s robust technology and automated rate checkers provide customers with the guaranteed lowest available rates from a network of more than 100,000 quality hotel partners worldwide, making it easier and faster to book hotels for any corporate and leisure event. With its new eRFP group booking system, “Book-in-Block” and licensing technologies, HotelPlanner.com continues to advance the group booking process online for direct clients, market leading affiliates and hotel partners worldwide. The company owns and operates Meetings.com, a premier site that provides information, planning and booking services for meetings and hotel stays for corporations, associations and business-to-business enterprises. By combining advanced technology with a highly experienced staff of professional meeting planners and travel specialists, Meetings.com quickly finds clients the perfect space at the best price for meetings large and small. Customers can visit HotelPlanner.com online at http://www.hotelplanner.com, or on its mobile app, which provides users with the lowest, real-time hotel rates and availability, detailed hotel information and an easy booking tool right from the palm of their hand. They can also follow HotelPlanner.com on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Google+, YouTube and its Everything’s Better Together blog. Founded in 2002 by CEO Tim Hentschel and CIO John Prince, the company provides 24/7 customer service and has offices in London, England (European Headquarters), Hong Kong (Asian Headquarters), West Palm Beach, FL (USA Headquarters), and Las Vegas, Nevada. HotelPlanner.com is proud to provide hotel reservation services to valued clients within the sports team and university, corporate, and government organizations. The company’s Pro Sports Team clients most notably include Matchroom Sport, San Diego Chargers, Washington Redskins, St. Louis Rams, Professional Bowlers Association, European Professional Golfers (EuroPro), Super League (Rugby), AFC Wimbledon, Millwall F.C., and Queens Park Rangers F.C. In terms of college travel, Universities such as Texas A&M, New Mexico State, Saint Mary’s College, Bradley University, University of Reno-Nevada, University of Illinois-Chicago, Northeastern University, Cal Poly, and California State University Northridge use HotelPlanner to negotiate their group travel and recruiting stays. Corporations such as CROMPCO, Siemens,Ho Jackson Motor Sports, National Grid, Chicago Bridge & Iron, Publix, and Servpro and Government clients such as the State of Mississippi, Government Services Agency, US Marines-Camp Lejeune (Group), and US Communities also utilize HotelPlanner.com as their hotel procurement provider to negotiate hotel rates, book hotel reservations and provide excellent service year-round.