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UMCOR Helps Tornado Devastated Community

Written by Featured Organization on Wednesday, 29 May 2013 12:19.

NEW YORK – United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), the relief and development arm of The United Methodist Church, has been in contact with local partners after a mile-wide tornado claimed dozens of lives and injured hundreds in Moore, Oklahoma on Monday. Greg Forrester, the executive in charge of US Disaster Response for UMCOR, implored concerned persons to stay out of the way of first responders, who are still looking for survivors.

Food and Exercise Tips for a Summer Slim Down

Written by Featured Organization on Monday, 20 May 2013 12:05.

With spring in full bloom, many hope to lose pounds before summer’s heat descends. University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) exercise and nutrition experts offer tips for those in search of a summer slim down.
EatRight by UAB Weight Management Services Clinical Dietitian Lindsey Lee R.D., said nutrition is necessary to support weight loss efforts.

Howard 17-Year Old Black Female Golfer Turns Pro

Written by Featured Organization on Monday, 20 May 2013 12:04.

Ginger Howard, a 17-year old golf player, has officially become a member of the LPGA (Ladies Professional Golf Association), making her the youngest ever. She is also the fifth black American woman to join the LPGA Tour. While her popularity is still very low, all of that will likely change as Howard continues to advance with her performance. Ginger has won 78 trophies, including 1st place at 41 out of 66 events. She was named to Tiger Wood's Junior Golf Foundation in 2003 & 2005, and recently made national TV appearances on the John Walsh Show for Amazing Kids, Comcast SportsNet, NBC4 and George Michael Sports Machine. She's also been featured on and in the New York Times' Play Magazine. For more details about her, visit her official web site at or her Facebook page at •

Jinja, Uganda/ Skellefteå, Sweden

Written by Featured Organization on Monday, 13 May 2013 16:52.

On May 11, 2013, history will be written in the Ugandan town of Jinja, when the first African Ice Swimming Championship is arranged. Jinja residents received inspiration for this from the city of Skellefteå in Northern Sweden, where over the past two years the Swedish and Scandinavian Winter Swim champi-onships in have been arranged and hosted. "In order to succeed in implementing this spectacu-lar event, we will fill a swimming pool with about 50 tons of ice," says Jinja's Mayor, Mo-hammed Baswari Kezaala Al-Hajji.

Study Prompt calls for Policy Reforms to Eliminate Racial Wealth Gaps

Written by Charlene Crowell on Monday, 13 May 2013 16:50.

According to a new research report, America’s racial wealth gaps will persist until public policy reforms provide every family the opportunity to build wealth. Less than Equal: Racial Disparities in Wealth Accumulation, from the Urban Institute’s Opportunity and Ownership project, analyzed data and trends from 1983-2010. Over these years, the average household income of Whites remained double that of either Black or Latino families.

Optimal Workout Partner Encourages Less to Motivate

Written by Featured Organization on Monday, 13 May 2013 16:47.

The best workout partner may be one who understands that silence is golden, according to one Kansas State University researcher in the College of Human Ecology. Brandon Irwin, assistant professor of kinesiology, recently found that individuals tend to work out longer when their partner was perceived to be more skilled and was one who kept verbal encouragement to a minimum.

401(k) Hidden Fees Now Revealed – But Do You Know What They Mean?

Written by Featured Organization on Monday, 06 May 2013 15:07.

You wouldn’t authorize a company to dive into your checking account at will to withdraw money for undisclosed “services rendered,” right? “But that’s what many people are unwittingly doing with the retirement plans,” says financial advisor Philip Rousseaux, a member of the esteemed Million Dollar Round Table association’s exclusive Top of the Table forum for the world’s most successful financial services professionals.

Johns Hopkins and Barclays to Develop Youth Entrepreneurship to Benefit American Indians

Written by Featured Organization on Monday, 06 May 2013 15:06.

The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has partnered with Barclays Bank to develop a youth entrepreneurship program with the Bloomberg School’s Center for American Indian Health. The new initiative is aimed at designing an evidence-based program to inspire American Indian youth to stay in school and create business and social entrepreneurship opportunities.

Reasons for Attending College Affect Students’ Academic Success

Written by Featured Organization on Monday, 06 May 2013 15:04.

Students not performing well academically? Look no further—the answer may be in their motivation for attending college in the first place. Researchers at the Warner School of Education at the University of Rochester found that student motivation for attending college is related to academic success. And, they uncover unique relationships that exist between the different types of student motivation—as conceptualized by Self-Determination Theory (SDT)—and academic achievement and persistence.

Choosing the Right College

Written by Featured Organization on Tuesday, 30 April 2013 12:49.

Choosing the right college can be a hassle and in some cases overwhelming. These are the most crucial four years of your life and it is important that you choose the institution that suits you best. It is never an easy task to choose a college to go to. After all, this will be a new experience for you and many times you go in blindly. There are numerous factors that play in the decision-making. Some of them include family preferences, distance from home, peer pressure, the reputation of the college, costs and what programs they offer, to name a few. But what is really important when choosing a college?