Unviersity of Chicago

University of Chicago Creates Greater Admissions Access for Low Income Students

University of Chicago

UChicago Empower, the First Test-Optional Admissions Process by a Leading College, Increases Access to Higher Education for First-Generation, Low-Income Students

The initiative includes expanded financial aid, new scholarships, and programs for under-represented communities

A strategic initiative to address key barriers encountered by underserved and under-represented students, the UChicago Empower Initiative has three areas of focus: (1) the use of technology for greater flexibility in the admissions process, including making submissions of standardized test scores optional; (2) increased financial support, on-campus programming, and online resources for first-generation, rural, and under-represented students, with full tuition aid for students whose families earn less than $125,000, and (3) new scholarships and access programs to recognize those who serve our country and local communities. Each aims to empower historically under-represented communities in the highly selective admissions process by increasing equity and access. "Today, many under-resourced and under-represented students, families and school advisers perceive top-ranked colleges as inaccessible if students do not have the means to help them stand out in the application process," said James G. Nondorf, vice president, dean of Admissions, University of Chicago. "The UChicago Empower Initiative levels the playing field, allowing first-generation and low-income students to use technology and other resources to present themselves as well as any other college applicant. We want students to understand the application does not define you – you define the application." Rollout of the UChicago Empower Initiative will begin with the Class of 2023. Specific offerings will include: Flexibility in the Application Process
  • Self-submission of transcripts, to eliminate fees and simplify the application process.
  • The ability to apply without submitting either SAT or ACT scores, and additional ways to exemplify strong academic work and demonstrate intellectual abilities.
  • The ability to submit a two-minute video introduction, to embrace technology in communicating merit.
Expanded Financial Aid
  • Full tuition aid for students whose families earn less than $125,000, to build on the College's history of ensuring access to all.
  • Scholarships of $20,000 over four years, and a guaranteed paid summer internship, for all first-generation College students.
  • Expanded funding for veterans and the children of veterans, police officers and firefighters at state and local departments across the U.S., in addition to covering all education costs for eligible Yellow Ribbon participants (veterans and their eligible children).
New Programming
  • New mentoring technology for first-generation and low-income students, to expand the ways in which engaged alumni can offer mentorship and support.
  • Partnership with the Posse Foundation's Veterans Program, to build an undergraduate veterans cohort.
  • Allison Davis Jr. Education Summit and the UChicago Summer Scholars Program for African American students sponsored by UChicago's Women's Board.
  • Partnerships and experiential learning opportunities that will be announced in 2019.
"The UChicago Empower Initiative continues the University and College's unwavering commitment to access and inclusion," said John W. Boyer, dean of the College, University of Chicago. "Throughout the past century, UChicago has considered a broad diversity of cultural perspectives and academic merit without regard to socio-economic class to be fundamental – as exemplified by our Odyssey Scholarship Program, Jeff Metcalf Internship Program, and No Barriers offerings that enable outstanding students of all backgrounds to enjoy a UChicago education. We are delighted to now also provide an admissions process that makes UChicago even more accessible by enabling students to present their best, most authentic selves." For more information on UChicago Empower or College Admissions at the University of Chicago, please visit: https://collegeadmissions.uchicago.edu/empower.

The 6th International Academy Of Web Television Awards


The 6th International Academy Of Web Television Awards (IAWTV), a division of The Caucus for Producers, Writers & Directors

Submission Deadline is Today! Monday, June 11th

The International Academy of Web Television will host its 6th Annual IAWTV Awards at a gala celebration honoring the best in streaming series starting at 8 p.m. on August 24, 2018, in the Ahmanson Ballroom at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles. Red Carpet will begin at 6 p.m. The IAWTV, a division of The Caucus of Producers, Writers & Directors, will recognize the finest creators, cast and crew of web series from around the world. The IAWTV Awards 2018 returns the ceremony to its second year at the Skirball Cultural Center. Open to IAWTV members and non-members through the festival submission site FilmFreeway, the show itself will recognize the contributions of creative professionals in 29 separate categories that run the gamut of genres and crew positions. The entire ceremony will be streamed live online. Former hosts for the show include Emmy-winners Kim Estes, Chris Hardwick and Carrie Preston; and Tony-winner and SAG Award-winner Roger Bart. The IAWTV will announce its 2018 host soon. The Caucus Co-Chairs, Tanya Hart and Robert Papazian, expressed their delight at the international platform that the IAWTV Awards represent. IAWTV Chairman and Executive Board Member of The Caucus, Tina Cesa Ward, was happy with the resounding success of the 2017 Awards and looks forward to even more submissions from the many new and outstanding web series that have been created this last year. “The IAWTV Awards serves an important role in the field of web series and digital content as we recognize excellence in 29 categories across genres and crafts,” Ward said. “It’s tough to win an IAWTV Award because there’s so much great content out there.” Ward, an award-winning writer/director and a seasoned veteran of independent television, has worked on more than four digital series, including IAWTV Award-winner (Best Directing in a Drama) “Anyone But Me,” a series that has garnered more than 50 million views and was the first Writers Guild of America winner for Original New Media. The Caucus mission is “leading the evolution of television by providing a creative forum for Producers, Writers & Directors to explore the issues of the ever-changing landscape of content and exhibition.” The IAWTV Awards supports this mission by rewarding shows that expand the boundaries of independent television.  


Creators, Cast and Producers of  “Snatchers,”  “I Love Bekka & Lucy” and “Independent” Discuss Storytelling, Authenticity and Diversity in Short Form Series Event
Stage 13, the fearless, original premium digital content brand that is a division of Warner Bros. Digital Networks, hosted it's 2018 EMMY FYC at NeueHouse in Hollywood, CA this past Saturday presenting three series for nomination consideration in the short form categories. FYC: Outstanding Short Form Comedy or Drama Series: “Snatchers” is Stage 13’s critically acclaimed premium, digital episodic horror comedy series about high schooler Sara, who wakes up pregnant…with an alien baby. Now she’ll have to team up with her ex-best friend Hayley to fight the extraterrestrial threat and save the world. The series premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival and season one of the series was distributed by Verizon’s go90, and the mobile leader has greenlit season’s two and three into production, with season two slated for a summer release. “Snatchers” is written by Stephen Cedars, Benji Kleiman & Scott Yacyshyn (Olde Money Boyz), and directed by Stephen Cedars & Benji Kleiman. The series stars Mary Nepi, Gabrielle Elyse (Nickelodeon’s “The Thundermans”), Austin Fryberger, JJ Nolan, Nick Gomez ( ’s “Bosch”) and Rich Fulcher (“Drunk History”).  Executive Producers of season one are Paul Young and Peter Principato, formerly of Principato-Young Entertainment, Cedars, Kleiman and Yacyshyn. Producers include Eric Fisher, Scott Hinckley, and Elli Legerski. FYC: Outstanding Short Form Comedy or Drama Series: The critically-acclaimed "I Love Bekka & Lucy” is about best friends Bekka and Lucy live together on a blissfully secluded block. All is well until a new neighbor moves in next door and Lucy's boyfriend unexpectedly proposes. The Stage 13 original scripted series was the first digital series to be showcased in the episodic category at SXSW 2017 and is viewable at Stage13.com. The series was created by creator/writer/director/executive producer Rachael Holder and stars Jessica Kennedy (“Black Sails”) as “Bekka,” Tanisha Long (“Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”) as “Lucy,” Alexis Denisof  (“How I Met Your Mother”) as “Glen,” and Chris Smith (“Paranormal Activity 3”) as “Harry.” FYC: Outstanding Short Form Nonfiction or Reality Series: “Independent” follows four of hip-hop’s most exciting independent artists – Futuristic, Reverie, Sean Brown, and Trinidad James – as they work to take over the music scene without the ties of a major record label. Produced by Adrianne Guillemet and Josh Greenberg, the “Independent” production team goes deep inside the minds (and lives) of these entrepreneurial spirits in search of the American Hip-Hop Dream. It’s about taking on these visions, fears and risking it all in the name of music.  The series screened at both Series Fest and Urban World Film Festival in 2017 and is viewable on Stage13.com. Screening it’s short-form scripted comedy or drama series contenders “Snatchers” and “I Love Bekka & Lucy,” it’s short-form nonfiction or reality series “Independent,” as well as presenting cast members from “Snatchers” and “I Love Bekka & Lucy” in the short form actor and actress characters, Stage 13’s SVP and GM Diana Mogollón introduced the event with Tubefilter’s David Bloom moderating the panel and audience Q&A.  

Lecrae & Zaytoven Announce Joint Project, Let The Trap Say Amen

lecraeLecrae & Zaytoven Announce Joint Project, Let The Trap Say Amen, Set To Arrive June 22

“Get Back Right” Releases Today, Available Now With Pre-Order On June 22, 2018, GRAMMY Award-winning recording artist, Lecrae, will release a special mixtape project via Reach Records with fellow GRAMMY Award-winning producer, Zaytoven, entitled Let The Trap Say Amen. Born out of a mutual respect for each other’s work and joined by common faith, the two Atlanta legends came together for a release aimed at bridging understanding and building community, especially in underserved neighborhoods across America often dubbed “The Trap.” In a guest editorial Lecrae penned for DJBooth.net to announce the project last week (May 24), The Trap Does More Then Say “Aye”, Lecrae explains, “When I hear the term ‘trap music,’ I don’t think of glorifying the negativity. I think of a soundscape that speaks a certain language. I think of music that tells real stories.” He continues, “There’s a whole other side to the trap that doesn't get exposed...You can’t pigeonhole our communities. Everyone in the Trap ain’t trappin'.” Brimming with Zaytoven’s thunderous beats and Lecrae’s vivid storytelling, the 13-track project, Let The Trap Say Amen, is available today (June 1) for pre-order. Download now and receive the first single “Get Back Right” as an instant gratis track. To bring his message home, Lecrae is hosting a city wide community contest in Atlanta to honor exemplary small business owners, youth entrepreneurs, artists and musicians. Contestants are instructed to submit videos via Instagram using the hashtag #trapsayamen and tagging @lecrae by June 15, 2018. To celebrate the positivity that exists in the trap, on July 6, Lecrae and Reach Records will also host a pop up performance in Atlanta and present the outstanding contest winners with a cash prize. Further details will be announced in the coming weeks.

Ryan Cameron Gets Lifetime Achievement Award from BMI



HOSTED BY NEIMA ABDULAHI AND DC YOUNG FLY ATLANTA’S RYAN CAMERON PRESENTED WITH THE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD [New York, NY – June 1, 2018] – On Thursday, May 31st at Atlanta’s Buckhead Theater, Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI), the global leader in rights management, presented the Know Them Now Experience – a platform for some of today’s hottest emerging and unsigned talent to showcase their artistry in front of fans and industry executives alike. Hosted by Atlanta’s own 11Alive newscaster Neima Abdulahi and multi-faceted entertainer DC Young Fly, music lovers were treated to dynamic sets by R&B songstress Kayla Brianna, rapper Gunna, R&B breakout Arin Ray, rapper and singer Kari Faux, and Ear Drummer recording artist Trouble. DJ Princess Cut kept the crowd moving between acts while BMI Legends of Atlanta Award recipient (2013) and V-103 Radio DJ, Greg Street, broadcasted live from the packed auditorium. BMI also presented two-time Emmy winner and legendary Atlanta radio personality Ryan Cameron with the Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the Atlanta music community.


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