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The Fashion Institute of Technology, generally known as FIT, is a State University of New York college of art, business, design, and technology connected to the fashion industry, with an urban campus located on West 27th Street between Seventh and Eighth Avenues in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City. It was founded in 1944, accredited in 1957, and is ranked among the top five fashion schools in the world. It has an enrollment of more than 10,000 students. Wikipedia.


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News Article | May 1, 2017
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"With digital DIY inspiration, a broadened range of product offerings and accessibility to high-end vendors there is a unique opportunity for one to flex their own design capabilities without the trained eye of an interior designer. twelvehome was born when Paige and I observed there was a lack of knowledge with balancing color, layering textures and practically fabricating for these self-designers. The room offerings of twelvehome give you the essentials for a beautifully layered, unique room and allows you to visualize the end product and effortlessly implement your personal style." - Christi Rogers, Co-Founder Well-versed in the design world, twelvehome is the creative notion of interior designer Christi Rogers and marketing expert Paige Kramer. Christi's vast creative experience with her own design firm paired with Kramer's family background in the furniture industry, brings a new approach to designing interior spaces. twelvehome, the name which derives from 12th Street in New York City where both Christi and Paige once lived, is a creative collaboration of the duo and is breaking down the walls of the exclusive design world and making high-end, designer living accessible to all. "When designing a space there is an emotional element within the conceptual process, creating an environment that will live in one's home. Christi and I are drawn to designs that have character and depth when shopping the fabric market and work towards creating concepts that are adaptable to personal style. A light, delicate twelvehome palette can be paired with a punchy limited edition print to juxtapose the softness of the space and infuse an individual attitude." - Paige Kramer, Co-Founder twelvehome is a direct to consumer brand with each pre-designed room scheme available in numerous offerings, including full-room options and multiple sizes in soft goods. Essential room packages start at $1,749.00 and individual items start at $89.00 for a pillow up to $3,725.00 for a bespoke rug. twelvehome offers shipping within the continental US. For all press inquiries and image requests: Travis Paul Martin | travis@skoogproductions.com | 312.635.8222 Jess Gamblin | jessica@skoogproductions.com | 312.635.8226 Christi Rogers has spent her career designing luxurious interiors for her clients. Through her time living in Prague and London and her extensive travels throughout Europe, Christi developed a curiosity and appreciation for interiors around the world. Christi received a degree in Interior Design from The Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City and after completing the program landed a position with world-renowned interior designer Jamie Drake. There Christi managed over 25 projects ranging from the Showtime Metropolitan Home Show homes to resort villas in Aruba and gained experience in a vast array of areas from product and furniture design to tabletop styling. In 2009, Christi founded CRD Associates, where she creates residential and commercial interiors. In addition to her design degree, Christi also holds a degree in International Business and Finance from Loyola University New Orleans. Paige Kramer was born into the furniture industry. Paige's family owns one of Florida's oldest and most well respected home furnishings businesses. Having spent each summer working in the family business, she developed a deep love and appreciation for home furnishings and design. Through the construction of her family's homes in New York City and The Hamptons, she met interior designer Christi Rogers and the idea for twelvehome was born. Prior to co-founding twelvehome, Paige spent ten years with The Commissioner's Office of Major League Baseball handling entertainment and lifestyle public relations. In addition to twelvehome, Paige spends time volunteering with an educational and arts mentoring program for underserved children in New York City. Paige holds a Bachelor's Degree in Art History and Fine Art from The George Washington University. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/introducing-a-new-approach-to-home-interior-design-from-start-to-style-300448620.html


Dispute Over 'Fearless Girl' and 'Charging Bull' Statues Kevin L Smith Dean of Libraries, University of Kansas University of Kansas Smith can discuss the dispute over the "Fearless Girl" and "Charging Bull" statues in New York, the associated copyrights for each, copyright law and intellectual property: "This case is especially interesting since it involves a relatively new provision of the copyright act, the Visual Artists' Rights Act of 1990, which secures some specific 'moral rights' for a limited group of visual artists. Interpretation of VARA has been difficult for the courts, and this case could really push on the issue of what a right of integrity, not recognized in any other part of U.S. copyright law, really entails. How much, we might ask, should an artist be able to control the meaning of his or her own work?" Contact: Mike Krings, mkrings@ku.edu Supreme Court: Trinity Lutheran v. Pauley Daniel Conkle Professor Indiana University's Maurer School of Law "The Supreme Court in recent decades has moved steadily toward a 'neutrality' understanding of the First Amendment's Establishment Clauses. Under this approach, the government generally is free to include religious organizations in otherwise general programs of funding, for example, through voucher programs for private schools. At the same time, in the interest of federalism, the Court has permitted states, applying state constitutional law, to enforce a stricter separation of church and state. Missouri has denied funding for the church playground based upon a state constitutional provision. But by denying the funding the state has effectively discriminated against church-sponsored daycares, presenting the question of whether the state constitutional provision itself violates the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment," says Conkle. "The question is whether the First Amendment requires neutrality between religious and nonreligious organizations, and if so, then the state constitutional provision will have to give way. Many state constitutions include provisions similar to Missouri's, so as a result, the Court's decision could have broad implications." Conkle is available to comment on the oral arguments in Trinity Lutheran v. Pauley (4/19). According to Conkle, the case raises important issues, not only about church-state separation, but also about federalism and the intersection of state and federal constitutional law. An expert on the intersection of constitutional law and religion, Conkle is the author of Constitutional Law: The Religion Clauses, which provides a theoretical and conceptual framework for understanding and evaluating the components of the Supreme Court's constitutional doctrine. His research addresses constitutional law and theory, religious liberty and the role of religion in American law, politics and public life. Conkle is also a Nelson Poynter Scholar at the Poynter Center for the Study of Ethics and American Institutions. Bio: http://www.law.indiana.edu/about/people/bio.php?name=conkle-daniel-o Website: http://www.law.indiana.edu Contact: Kemba Neptune, Kemba.neptune@finnpartners.com Relationship-Building Between Law Enforcement and the Community Bill Cassell Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice Campbellsville University Campbellsville, KY The importance of fostering understanding between police departments and the communities they serve through pro-active education and relationship building has never been more apparent. Says Cassell: "Community policing is an essential step in building trust between local departments and the communities they serve. In light of today's divisive political environment pro-active outreach is a necessary relationship building step. Unfortunately, race relations and secure communities have been in the spotlight lately. No strategy that encourages officers to target certain racial or ethnic groups is going to turn out to be positive in today's culture. Local cooperation, mutual respect and education about use of force policies are key to increasing understanding of not only police work but of each other." Cassell is a retired law enforcement and chief of police, with over two decades of experience, most of which spent teaching others. In his role as manager at the Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice he planned, implemented and managed instructors for all law enforcement officer trainings across the state. Cassell has numerous certifications, in topics such as situational leadership, ethics, and community vulnerability assessment methodology.  In addition to these topics he is available to discuss ethics in policing, leadership and communications training, and the role of social media and technology in police departments. Contact: Jessica Brown, Jessica.brown@finnpartners.com The Increased Strain on Law Enforcement Dr. Walter E. Stroupe Chair & Graduate Coordinator, Criminal Justice Department at West Virginia State University West Virginia State University Charleston, WV The current challenges and controversies surrounding law enforcement departments include issues related to officer shortage, inadequate agency budgets, and public policy impacting state and local police departments. Says Dr. Stroupe: "Lost in our national conversation over policing is that America's social services are coming under an enormous amount of stress. We are seeing increased burnout and retirements across the spectrum, from child protective service workers and teachers to emergency responders, and it has been up to law enforcement to pick up the slack without increased budgets and staff. These new roles in policing are leading to departments stretched thin, funding shortages, and an overall inability to improve services. What law enforcement agencies across the country need now are more dedicated funds so that they can effectively adjust to new responsibilities, recruit better officers, and implement long-term strategies for their communities."  Dr. Stroupe has over 20 years of law enforcement experience, including as a state Field Trooper, First Lieutenant, and retiring as the Assistant Director of Training at the West Virginia State Police Academy. He has been involved in developing and instructing criminal justice curriculum, including classes in race and gendered issues, domestic terrorism, sex crimes, and community oriented policing. Contact: Michael Timberlake, michaeltimberlake@finnpartners.com The Future of Learning is Personal Dr. Mickey Blackwell Assistant Professor and Graduate Program Coordinator, Department of Education West Virginia State University Charleston, WV With advancements in the use of technology and student data in the classroom, personalized education initiatives are the future. Says Dr. Blackwell "Personalized learning is where we are all headed. Soon every child will have their own plans, tailored tests, and teachers will know in real-time how that student is performing. It will be up to teachers, with the help of their administrators, to craft new materials, exercises, and tasks that can bring out the best in their students. Plus with the right support, states and districts can that embrace this learning revolution and will be better equipped to understand the strengths and weaknesses of their students and what teachers need to be successful in the classroom. This is an immense challenge for the education system, but it will pay endless dividends if fully supported by teachers, policymakers, and parents." Dr. Blackwell has over 30 years of experience in teaching and school administration, including serving as superintendent and principal at multiple schools, and currently is the executive director for the West Virginia Association for Elementary and Middle School Principals. Dr. Blackwell can speak to developing district-based curriculum goals and related staff development and staff, as well as the impact of public policy on state public school educators and school administrators.  Contact: Michael Timberlake, michaeltimberlake@finnpartners.com Preparing College Students for Life After Graduation Marjorie Silverman Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Internship Studies FIT (Fashion Institute of Technology) State University of New York New York, NY The transition of college students to the working world can be extremely challenging and stressful. Says Silverman: "The pressure on college students is at a dangerous level. Student debt, academic demands and a highly competitive job market leave college students overwhelmed, overstressed and exhausted. It has never been more urgent for higher education institutions to provide real-life experiential education that prepares the student for life after graduation." Working with leading employers in multiple industries, her areas of concentration include engaging students in an increasingly distracted world, expanding opportunities and commitments for non-traditional age students and innovative experiential educational programming. Silverman holds an M.A.in Organizational Psychology/Leadership from Columbia University. Contact: Ken Ferber, ferber@trueify.net Liberal Arts Education in the World of STEM David Harrity English Professor, School of Arts and Sciences Campbellsville University Campbellsville, KY "We continually hear about the important role STEM education plays in regards to job opportunities. I argue that the movement toward pragmatic STEM education is creating a loss in the way people approach debate, communication and creativity. I see STEM degrees and liberal arts degrees as equally important. The ability to express differing opinions and take part in active listening is becoming an increasingly important skill needed to be effective in our deeply divided communities today. The philosophy behind a liberal arts education is for students to be exposed to challenging and thought provoking ideas. If we are truly committed to seeing the next generation succeed, we need to place equal value on both STEM and liberal arts education." An established writer, Professor Harrity has authored a number of books focused on poetry and imagination's connection to theology. In addition to the creative writing process, Harrity can discuss the positive and negative links between social media and human connection as well as the cultural shift toward enhanced self-selection which means people are no longer forced to process information that is difficult, emotional or uncomfortable. Contact: Jessica Brown, Jessica.brown@finnpartners.com Following are links to job listings for staff and freelance writers, editors and producers. You can view these and more job listings on our Job Board: https://prnmedia.prnewswire.com/community/jobs/ Following are links to other news and resources we think you might find useful. If you have an item you think other reporters would be interested in and would like us to include in a future alert, please drop us a line at profnetalerts@prnewswire.com PROFNET is an exclusive service of PR Newswire. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/profnet-experts-available-on-copyright-law-education-and-technology-law-enforcement-more-300442067.html


Known for her fantastical illusions and stylized eastern themes, Chen Man's work has been featured across top fashion publications including Vogue and Harper's Bazaar. The legendary model Carmen Dell'Orefice will also be recognized for her close connection to Chinese fashion and her role in sparking a worldwide conversation about China's influence on design. The centerpiece of the China Fashion Gala will be a full-length haute couture show by influential Chinese designer Lan Yu, whose designs have been featured at New York Fashion Week and worn by numerous celebrities including Kim Kardashian and Lady Gaga. In support of the gala and those being honored, Gala advisor Christian Louboutin commented, "Fashion is a powerful, communicative tool that carries rich traces of history and culture, as well as the designer's character. This is why I am happy to once again support an initiative that spotlights China's rich culture in a context where both heritage and innovation are praised." Vivienne Tam added, "I am honored to serve as an advisor for the China Fashion Gala and to show my support for the up-and-coming artists that capture China's influence through their medium. I am particularly excited to see Lan Yu's show and I applaud the China Beauty Charity Fund and China Institute for supporting individuals who take China's rich cultural history and interpret it in their own imaginative, contemporary designs, and for introducing young, talented Chinese designers to the U.S." The proceeds from the China Fashion Gala will support the China Beauty Charity Fund Scholarship at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT). The gala will benefit China Institute's new Fashion Initiative, which includes a Fashion Design Competition to support young designers and promote creativity inspired by China, a $10,000 award to the first prize winner and mentorship from a leading designer, and other public events including conversations with leading designers and workshops. "We are excited to diversify China Institute's offerings through the Fashion Initiative," said China Institute's SVP and Chief Development Officer Andrea Sanseverino Galan. "By shining a light on China's emerging artists and designers, we demonstrate the country's influence extends far beyond its unparalleled manufacturing expertise." To learn more about China Institute or purchase tickets to the China Fashion Gala, please visit https://www.chinainstitute.org/event/china-fashion-gala-2017/. Through its world class School of Chinese Studies, renown Gallery Exhibitions and Center for Business, China Institute is a nonpartisan organization that serves as a dynamic gateway between the US and China. China Institute is the foremost resource in the United States on "all things China"— a gateway to Chinese language, art, culture and business. China Institute has been part of the fabric of New York City since the Institute was founded nearly a century ago by forward thinking educators—including Dr. Hu Shih, John Dewey, Kuo Ping-Wen, and Paul Monroe. Henry Luce fueled a second chapter in the Institute's venerable history in 1944 when serving as president and chairman of the board. China Institute's impact on bicultural understanding began with the inspired vision of its founders: Today, China Institute has become the premier resource for public programs that illuminate China through art, culture, language history, philosophy, business and contemporary life. China Beauty Charity Fund ("CBCF") was established in 2011 in honor of Yue-Sai Kan by the Shanghai Soong Ching Ling Foundation, one of the most important and trusted charitable foundations in China. The word "beauty" in Chinese embodies caring, giving, honesty and beautification of the human spirit. True to this spirit, CBCF is dedicated to the betterment and advancement of women and children through education, health and cultural programs worldwide. Since its establishment, CBCF has raised a total of $US 3 million to fund cleft lip and palate surgeries, provide free medical supplies to underserved regions in China, and to provide scholarships for Chinese students through the CBCF Scholarship Program at the Fashion Institute of Technology. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/china-institute-and-china-beauty-charity-fund-partner-to-present-the-china-fashion-gala-2017-300451673.html


Grant
Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: RIA | Phase: INT-04-2015 | Award Amount: 3.72M | Year: 2016

This Project aims to address an increasingly pressing global challenge: How to achieve the EUs development goals and the UNs Sustainable Development Goals, while meeting the global target of staying within two degrees global warming and avoid transgressing other planetary boundaries. EU policies must align with sustainable development goals (Article 11 TFEU). The impacts of climate change and global loss of natural habitat undermine the progress achieved by pursuing the Millennium Development Goals and threaten the realisation of EU development policy goals. Our focus is the role of EUs public and private market actors. They have a high level of interaction with actors in emerging and developing economies, and are therefore crucial to achieving the EUs development goals. However, science does not yet cater for insights in how the regulatory environment influences their decision-making, nor in how we can stimulate them to make development-friendly, environmentally and socially sustainable decisions. Comprehensive, ground-breaking research is necessary into the regulatory complexity in which EU private and public market actors operate, in particular concerning their interactions with private and public actors in developing countries. Our Consortium, leading experts in law, economics, and applied environmental and social science, is able to analyse this regulatory complexity in a transdisciplinary and comprehensive perspective, both on an overarching level and in depth, in the form of specific product life-cycles: ready-made garments and mobile phones. We bring significant new evidence-based insights into the factors that enable or hinder coherence in EU development policy; we will advance the understanding of how development concerns can be successfully integrated in non-development policies and regulations concerning market actors; and we provide tools for improved PCD impact assessment as well as for better corporate sustainability assessment.


News Article | November 3, 2016
Site: co.newswire.com

This crucial hire supports the global expansion strategy of the company as an electronic payments leader IMPESA®, developers of Monibyte®, an innovative SaaS solution for corporate payment methods, and first in a suite of FinTech applications, announces that kHyal has been named Chief Marketing Officer as part of an ongoing commitment to their strategic global expansion plan. Mario Hernández, Impesa’s founder, Chairman and CEO explained that bringing kHyal on as CMO is part of a focused plan to develop and unify the company’s brand voice and market reach, while launching new and existing products across international channels. “We couldn't be happier with kHyal joining our team. kHyal brings amazing experience and an outstanding track record to the company; and in a very short time she has become a key member of our team. When building a global company, you need to bring world class people on board, and kHyal is definitely world class. I am sure she will lead our marketing, communications and public relations strategies beyond our expectations,” Hernandez said. Cliff Wildes, IMPESA’s Chief Strategy Officer, noted, “I have worked with kHyal for over 25 years. First, at Microtech International, Inc. where I was CEO and founder, and she spearheaded marketing initiatives as Creative Director, and later, when we became cofounders and partners at SunStar Interactive. I have never met a more creative and talented individual. Her role as Chief Marketing Officer is essential to the growth and success of the company.” Digitally Driven. kHyal’s experience in digital spans three decades. A pioneering internet professional and award-winning creative, she was a founding member of the Women’s Internet History project and recruited member of the MIT Enterprise Forum of New York City, Inc.’s Marketing Committee. Strategically Poised. Prior to joining IMPESA, kHyal was President at fiZz Agency, and has held the positions of Chief Creative Officer at Metropolitan interactive; Creative Director at Havas Worldwide, NetKey and Microtech International; Vice President of Marketing at blowtorch studios and SunStar interactive; and Controller at Cello, Ltd. Her client roster spans a wide range of brands and corporations including: Pitney Bowes, Sharp Electronics, Xerox, Lexmark, Konica Minolta, ProLabs, MTV, Showtime Networks, GAP, BMW, UPS, Diageo, Datto, Centerplate, LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton SE, Deutsche Bank, Black&Decker, UBS Investment Bank, Whitney Museum of American Art and Carnegie Mellon University. With extensive experience working with national and international brands, corporations and agencies in the US, UK, Canada, Argentina, Germany and Costa Rica, kHyal’s background traverses technology, healthcare, education/digital publishing, finance, non-profit and consumer product verticals with an emphasis on software and hardware development. Active in industry associations, kHyal has co-chaired the Fundraising Committee of Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, Los Angeles; and was a member of the Connecticut Technology Council’s Vice President of Marketing Forum. She has been a juror for the London Interactive Advertising Awards; a judge for Hasbro’s Project Upcycle Design Awards; served as Communications Chair for the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) Brand Central Chapter, and was on the advisory board of GraphicDesign.com. kHyal majored in Mass Communications at Emerson College in addition to studies at The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; The Art Institute of Boston; Boston Film and Video Foundation; Loyola Law School; Kodak’s Center for Creative Imaging and FIT. Passionate about education, kHyal is an Adjunct Instructor at Miami Ad School New York where she teaches Product Creation and Innovation; and was Adjunct Professor at Anhui Polytechnic University in Wuhu City, China through the Shintaro Akatsu School of Design at University of Bridgeport where she taught Design Thinking and Methodologies. She has been an invited senior portfolio reviewer at RISD, SVA, FIT, The One Club, ADC Global, Graduate Fashion Week London, Miami Ad School, The Portfolio Center, CADC, AIGA Rhode Island, AIGA Philadelphia, AIGA Connecticut, Pratt Institute, Parsons The New School for Design, Creative Circus, Hartford Art School at University of Hartford, Advertising Women of New York (AWNY), Moore College of Art and Design, Carnegie Mellon University, Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Cleveland Institute of Art, Tyler School of Art at Temple University, Kutztown University and Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). kHyal regularly speaks and facilitates workshops on branding, digital media, design, marketing, social media and business practices. Her engagements include: FleetBoston Financial’s Women Entrepreneurs’ Connection, Advertising Women of New York (AWNY) Annual Career Conference, Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), Sacred Heart University, Connecticut Art Directors Club (CADC) Student Conference, The Creative Circus–Atlanta, School of Visual Arts (SVA)–New York, The Grove–New Haven, HOW Design Live–Boston Creative Freelancers Conference, Hygienic Academy, Wakefield Boys and Girls Club, AIGA Rhode Island, The Amistad Center for Art & Culture at The Wadsworth Atheneum, AIGA Upstate New York Student Conference and Syracuse University. She was a media partner for the international design conference “A Better World by Design” at Rhode Island School of Design and Brown University; for the inaugural Leaders in Software and Art (LiSA) conference at the Guggenheim Museum in New York; and designed, planned and facilitated a fundraising event for New York Creative Tech Week 2016. A forerunner in the use of technology in her art and design practice in the early eighties, kHyal’s work has been exhibited in the American Visionary Art Museum, Ricco/Maresca Gallery—New York, Pavilion der Volksbühne–Berlin, New Britain Museum of American Art, la Gaîté Lyrique–Paris, Housatonic Art Museum, City Museum–Washington–DC, Intuit–Chicago, EGGO Arte–Buenos Aires, Cooper Union–New York, Art Basel–Switzerland, Art Basel—Miami and galleries worldwide. She is a contributing writer to numerous industry publications on art, design and technology. Founded in Costa Rica in 2013, IMPESA is an innovator of electronic payment solutions, licensed with VISA®and MasterCard®, and compliant with all government banking and card issuer regulations. The company has developed technologies such as card integration with satellite positioning systems (GPS) for large local and multinational distribution companies that use the software to manage their fleets. These technologies are included in IMPESA’s revolutionary flagship SaaS platform, Monibyte. Developed completely in-house by a dedicated team of engineers and programmers, the software has processed millions of transactions with major international corporate clients since launching in 2014, and will expand into US markets in Q4 2016. For banks, Monibyte is an unprecedented addition to their commercial credit card portfolios, and mitigates credit card fraud, potentially saving millions. For companies that are corporate customers of banks that offer Monibyte, it is an invaluable tool that allows 100% control of how every credit or debit card within the organization can be used. From sums of money, to type of currency, days of the week, time of day, geographic location and specific merchant; parameters can be changed instantly from the easy-to-use, web-based interface or smart phone app, without having to contact the bank. Monibyte integrates with most major ERPs, saving time and money on accounting tasks. IMPESA’s Founder, Chairman and CEO, Mario Hernández, is a known expert in the field of electronic payment innovation. He was honored with International Banker’s Best Innovation in Retail and Commercial Banking award in 2015, interviewed at The London Stock Exchange, and a featured speaker and panelist at the Mobile Payments Latin America Summit in 2016. IMPESA has offices in San José, Costa Rica and Orlando, Florida. For more information, visit impesa.net


DENVER, CO--(Marketwired - Feb 22, 2017) - FutureLand Corp. ( : FUTL), a dynamic growth company in the cannabis sector, announced today that it has signed an agreement with Greenleaf Holdings, LLC ("Greenleaf"). This exclusive agreement will provide FutureLand with the ability to make a series of strategic acquisitions, furthering its quest to become a major player in the cannabis industry, named as the fastest growing industry in the U.S. FutureLand's new partner, Greenleaf, includes a group of successful, experienced professionals with strong ties to the cannabis space and access to capital. This support team will help ensure that the Company has the ability to realize its full potential and make FutureLand stand out as one of the industry leaders. The agreement with Greenleaf is based on certain stock incentives for lining up or providing the funding to acquire companies with revenue producing assets in the cannabis sector. It will also allow Greenleaf to earn a board seat upon bringing $5,000,000 in revenue to the Company. But reaching $5,000,000 in revenue is just the beginning of what FutureLand plans to accomplish. This minimum benchmark should be a catalyst for bringing additional acquisitions and shareholder value to FutureLand. Greenleaf brings an impressive list of deals for FutureLand to immediately evaluate, prioritize and begin due diligence on. In a statement, Cameron Cox, CEO of FutureLand Corp., said, "There are almost unlimited opportunities in the world of cannabis right now, from new markets opening up, to purchasing licenses and quality real estate at attractive valuations, but access to capital is critical to being able to take advantage of these situations. We are thinking outside of the box as we enter into this agreement. Now we have a solid team and access to these resources. The relationship with Greenleaf is further strengthened by solid non-disclosure and non-compete agreements." With the partnership, Maury Winnick, one of the Principals of GreenLeaf and former CEO of VITACIG, a division of MCIG, will become a member of FutureLand's Board of Advisors. Mr. Winnick has more than 25 years of experience in building strategic distribution partnerships that drive corporate revenue, which will be applied to the Company's future growth plans. "I am so excited to be involved with FutureLand Corp. My modus operandi for any company I've ever worked with has always been to turn and burn. I am confident we are going to make FutureLand very successful," said Mr. Winnick. Mr. Winnick is also the former Vice President of Worldwide Sales for MCIG and former Vice President of Global Sales for VapeWorld, boasting an extensive sales resume related to retail distribution within the vaporizer industry. He has a proven track record of opening doors, driving sales and garnering opportunities through his vast network of account contacts. Mr. Winnick studied Textile Design at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia and Production Management at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. FutureLand Corp., a Colorado company, is a cannabis and hemp specialty zoned land leasing company formed to capitalize upon the emerging global cannabis market. FutureLand, focuses on target acquisition, zoning, license fulfillment, site plan preparation and financing of cannabis or hemp grow facilities throughout the United States. We give growers the opportunity to grow. We monetize through leasing the land, leasing the structures on the land, financing interest revenue and management fees associated with cultivation centers. FutureLand retains ownership of all the land and the structures. FutureLand leases to both medical marijuana, retail marijuana as well as industrial hemp growers. FutureLand does not currently grow, distribute or sell marijuana. To request further information about FutureLand, please email us at info@futurelandcorp.com, log onto our website at http://www.futurelandcorp.com, or visit us on FB @ futurelandcorp and Twitter @futurelandcorp. Safe Harbor Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 This press release may contain forward-looking statements covered within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements relate to, among other things, plans and timing for the introduction or enhancement of our services and products, statements about future market conditions, supply and demand conditions, and other expectations, intentions and plans contained in this press release that are not historical fact and involve risks and uncertainties. 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NEW YORK, Dec. 07, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Xcel Brands, Inc. (NASDAQ:XELB) is pleased to announce Christina Caruso as Creative Director for the Judith Ripka brands. With 15 years of experience in fashion accessory and jewelry design, Caruso joins the team to collaborate with Chief Designer, Judith Ripka on all Judith Ripka labels and further extensions of the brand. Additionally, Caruso will appear frequently on QVC as a presenter of the brand’s exclusive collection for the television network. Ripka and Caruso will work together to evolve the brand’s designs while continuing to reflect the latest trends and tastes of modern women. Robert W. D’Loren, Xcel’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer stated, “Christina will be a huge asset for both our QVC business and the future brand projects. Her natural design sensibility and taste level echoes what Judith has created over her 38-year history in jewelry design. I am confident Christina will excite those loyal to the brand while attracting new customers through her extensive knowledge and experience in jewelry and accessory design.” Judith Ripka, Chief Designer of Judith Ripka products, commented, “Christina’s entrepreneurial background resonated with me and the way in which I started my business. Her past work and her passion for jewelry design made her the perfect fit for this position. I’m so thrilled that Christina is joining the team and I’m truly excited to see the future of the brand with her creative direction.” A photo accompanying this announcement is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/6d8dec52-0db5-4316-8798-9bd6ebd71143 Newly appointed Creative Director, Christina Caruso commented, “Judith Ripka has inspired me as an entrepreneur from very early in my career. She is a legend in jewelry design, whose work I have admired for so long. To work alongside her and the amazing Judith Ripka team is such an honor.” Xcel Brands, Inc. (NASDAQ:XELB) is a brand management and media company engaged in the design, production, licensing, marketing and direct-to-consumer sales of branded apparel, footwear, accessories, jewelry, home goods, and other consumer products, and the acquisition of dynamic consumer lifestyle brands. Xcel was founded by Robert W. D’Loren in 2011 with a vision to reimagine shopping, entertainment and social as one. Xcel owns and manages the Isaac Mizrahi, Judith Ripka, H Halston, C. Wonder and Highline Collective brands, pioneering an omnichannel sales strategy which includes the promotion and sale of products under its brands through direct-response television, internet, brick and mortar retail, and e-commerce channels. Headquartered in New York City, Xcel Brands is led by an executive team with significant production, merchandising, design, marketing, retailing, and licensing experience, and a proven track record of success in elevating branded consumer products companies.  With a team of over 100 professionals focused on design, production, and digital marketing, Xcel maintains control of product quality and promotion across all of its product categories and distribution channels.  Xcel differentiates by design.  www.xcelbrands.com Judith Ripka started her acclaimed career in 1977 and since its inception her global brand has become known for its impeccable quality and distinctive and refined designs. Both the 18k Gold collection and a Sterling Silver collection are in fine jewelry stores worldwide.  Ms. Ripka was a pioneer in interactive TV, debuting a collection on QVC in 1996 and more recently on The Shopping Channel in 2014.  Ms. Ripka serves as the Chief Designer for Judith Ripka brands, overseeing design and design direction. Among her many milestones, Ms. Ripka was chosen as one of “The Leading Women Entrepreneurs of the World” and received the DeBeer’s Award for Outstanding Jewelry Design. Christina Caruso is the Creative Director and QVC on air guest for Judith Ripka. With 15 years of experience in fashion accessories and jewelry design, she has collaborated with Judith Ripka on invigorating the brand with the latest trends suited for a modern woman. Previously, Christina consulted as Design Director for major brands including Isaac Mizrahi Collection and Banana Republic’s jewelry and sunglasses division. Christina’s passion for the industry motivated her to teach Accessories Design to students at two renowned fashion universities in New York City: Fashion Institute of Technology and Parsons School of Design. She gained additional acclaim as a TV personality while she was an accessory design contestant on Lifetime’s Project Accessory in 2011. Christina embodies Judith Ripka’s entrepreneurial background and love for jewelry design, having founded her own namesake fashion jewelry and accessory line which was featured on Sarah Jessica Parker in Sex and the City.


News Article | November 8, 2016
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DuPont Packaging is once again requesting global packaging visionaries enter to win a sought-after DuPont Award for Packaging Innovation. Entries will be received through Feb. 10, 2017, and forms and information are accessible at packagingawards.dupont.com. The long-celebrated awards program distinguishes companies that have answered to the worldwide mandate for improvements in customer product experiences and sustainability. “As the industry’s longest-running, global, independently judged competition, the DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation helps outstanding innovations achieve industry validation and recognition,” said Dale Outhous, vice president – Ethylene Copolymers, DuPont Performance Materials. “Our global panel of judges brings their packaging expertise and diverse perspectives to help us honor truly game-changing packaging innovations.” Entry is free and applicants are not required to use DuPont materials in the packaging assembly. The international panel of packaging leaders who serve as judges consider excellence in technological advancement, responsible packaging and enhanced user experience. Winners will join an elite group of industry leaders to be showcased globally mid-May 2017. “The DuPont Packaging Awards stand out from many other competitions around the world, because they bring the best of what every competition has to bear as individual segments and use categories, packaging formats into one really well-rounded competition,” said Lead Judge David Luttenberger, global packaging director, Mintel Group Ltd. By bringing together the greatest innovators in packaging over three decades, the awards have fostered a truly worldwide collaboration and generosity of spirit, helping catalyze innovation across the value chain, from source reduction to production efficiencies to consumer education. Citing the value of the submission process for packaging innovators, 2016 Judge Marianne Rosner Klimchuk, associate chairperson, Fashion Institute of Technology, explained: “This is an opportunity to answer these important questions, look to meet the criteria, take a look at themselves and have the opportunity to share their innovations.” DuPont Performance Materials (DPM) is a leading innovator of thermoplastics, elastomers, renewably sourced polymers, high-performance parts and shapes, as well as resins that act as adhesives, sealants, and modifiers. DPM supports a globally linked network of regional application development experts who work with customers throughout the value chain to develop innovative solutions in automotive, packaging, construction, consumer goods, electrical/electronics and other industries. For additional information about DuPont Packaging Awards, visit packagingawards.dupont.com. DuPont (NYSE: DD) has been bringing world-class science and engineering to the global marketplace in the form of innovative products, materials, and services since 1802. The company believes that by collaborating with customers, governments, NGOs, and thought leaders we can help find solutions to such global challenges as providing enough healthy food for people everywhere, decreasing dependence on fossil fuels, and protecting life and the environment. For additional information about DuPont and its commitment to inclusive innovation, please visit http://www.dupont.com.


Grant
Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: | Award Amount: 150.00K | Year: 2010

This project is designed to better prepare graduates at the college to meet industry demands for the design, development, and manufacture of green and sustainable products such as textiles, toys, home products, cosmetics, and packaging. Through innovative curricula and creative pedagogies, faculty motivate students at the college, eighty-five percent of whom are female, to persist in the study of science and to improve their skills.

Intellectual Merit: The goals of the project are to improve (a) industry-critical science skills of students and 2) teaching effectiveness. The primary audiences are two-year college students and science faculty. The secondary audiences are high school students and science teachers from schools such as the High School of the Fashion Industries that typically send students to the college. The creative talents of students and faculty, scientific invention, and student persistence are being fostered through the following activities: (a) development and implementation of bi-level college and high school science modules jointly developed by college science faculty, high school teachers and industry partners, (b) creation of project-based, green/sustainable introductory science curricula based on industry needs, and (c) design of a new teaching model, guided by research, on how women learn science. Activities are anchored by a strengthened three-way bridge from high school to college to industry, paving a more seamless pathway from pre-college to the workforce.

Broader Impact: Because todays global market requires that all students be well informed in science, including art/design students who go on to make critical decisions in the design, development, and manufacture of products in ecologically sensitive fields, this project is producing an industry-based, green science curricula and a creative faculty development model that addresses the needs of full time as well as part time and off-campus faculty. This new curriculum is being developed to increase the math/science requirements for students because minimal requirements are problematic since todays art/design colleges routinely offer degrees in technical fields that include industrial design, interior design, packaging, toy, textile, cosmetics, fragrance, and home products development. The project also seeks to contribute to increasing the number of women who find business and industry employment in design-related technology. It adds to research on how women and art/design students learn science and contributes to efforts to safeguard the environment and protect the health of citizens. Plans for dissemination expand through the Professional Development Center of the State University of New York, the countrys largest public university system.


News Article | December 20, 2016
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Cameo Cleaners, New York’s premier couture dry cleaner and garment care services, is celebrating its recently opened stylish location in Gramercy Park. The company has also launched a new website in 2016, cameocleaners.com. Cameo Cleaners, which counts some of the world’s best-known fashion design houses among its clientele, has elevated its physical space to match the quality of its service. “The people we work with understand that we take their garment care seriously, that we’re doing more than just cleaning a dress,” said a spokesperson for the company. “For our clients, garments are part of their image. They have relationships with their garments. And, if nothing else, we’re often dealing with quite expensive clothing – you take a $2,500 dress to a conventional cleaner at your own peril. As per our customers, we really do offer the best service in New York City.” Cameo Cleaners’ new flagship store at 280 Third Avenue (near 22rd Street) offers clients tasteful waiting areas and spacious dressing rooms. The new website features an intuitive, fluid user interface and high-end fashion photography. The site provides an elegant visual showcase for the company’s services of dry cleaning, fur care, bridal, garment storage and more. It is a facility capable of doing almost any type of cleaning, ranging from full beaded gowns that need to be done completely by hand or a leather piece that needs to be restored. The company has been in business continuously since 1958, working with such world-famous customers as the Metropolitan Opera, Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) and the Cooper Hewitt Museum. They have offered free pickup and delivery for over 56 years. Other services include care of accessories and handbags, fur glazing, garment restoration, cleaning of delicate interior fabrics such as curtains and Oriental rugs, bed linens and tablecloths.

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