Friday, February 11, 2011

Annual LEEF Event Showcases Convergence of Learning & Entertainment Technologies

Change the nature of learning and work in your organization with games, simulations, and virtual worlds at the 2011 Learning and Entertainment Evolution Forum (LEEF) at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology in PA.

Harrisburg, PA, February 11, 2011 -- Change the nature of learning and work in your organization with games, simulations, and virtual worlds at the 2011 Learning and Entertainment Evolution Forum (LEEF) at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology in PA.

Set for June 16-17, LEEF 2011 is an interactive professional development event that explores the use of games, simulations and virtual worlds for learning. The program showcases how learning and entertainment technologies have converged and continue to evolve to produce solutions that are redefining the learning experience.

Keynote presentations include:

* “Fun is Not the Enemy of Work,” Nathan Verrill, Co-Founder of Natron Baxter Applied Gaming & Gameful, Thursday, June 16, 2011, 9:00 am;

* “Immersive Education and Training,” Michael Macedonia, Vice President and Vice President and Chief Scientist at SAIC, Friday, June 17, 2011, 8:30 am;

* “How IBM Leads Change with Serious Games,” Phaedra Boinidiris, Serious Games Program Manager at IBM, Friday, June 17, 2011, 2:15 pm.

Organized by the TechQuest PA 2010 Technology Educator of the Year and Harrisburg University faculty member, Andy Petroski, the University has become the ideal host for the annual forum since it is pursuing innovative approaches to games and learning for performance through its Learning Technologies Master of Science program and its Center for Advanced Entertainment and Learning Technologies.

Using case studies, exhibits, keynotes and other hands-on learning opportunities, the annual LEEF event showcases how games, simulations and virtual worlds are used from leadership and program management, to emergency evacuation or electrical safety. Attendees at past LEEF events enjoyed presentations of case studies from IBM, DAU, Applied Research Associates, Forio, the US Naval Academy, Centrax, Novonics and others who are overcoming challenges and implementing effective solutions with games, sims and virtual worlds!

Additionally, LEEF 2011 is expected to feature focused instructional workshops, one-on-one time with innovators and entrepreneurs in the exhibitors’ area, and lots of opportunities for networking with a diverse array of attendees. The annual event is ideal for training and development professionals, e-learning designers and developers, educators and instructors, and game designers and developers.

More information on becoming a presenter or exhibitor at LEEF 2011, or to sign up for updates, please email , call 717.901.5190 or go online to

Founded in 2001 to address Central Pennsylvania’s need for increased opportunities for study leading to careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields, Harrisburg University is an innovative and ambitious private institution that produces graduates who provide increased competence and capacity in science and technology disciplines to Pennsylvania and the nation. Harrisburg University ensures institutional access for underrepresented students and links learning and research to practical outcomes. As a private University serving the public good, Harrisburg University remains the only STEM-focused comprehensive university located between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.

For more information on the University's demand-driven undergraduate, graduate and certificate programs in applied science and technology fields, call 717.901.5146 or email

Steven Infanti
Harrisburg University Communications
326 Market Street
Harrisburg, PA 17101

The Cross - I Love You - the TV Game Show Jeopardy - Effingham, Illinois

This Effingham, Illinois landmark made news by being featured on the television game show Jeopardy. Answer: What is the Cross at The Crossroads.

Effingham, IL, February 11, 2011 (Straight Line PR) -- What do the words "I Love You", the Christian Cross and the Central Illinois town of Effingham have in Common? They were all featured on the nationally syndicated television show Jeopardy on January 14, 2011.

Effingham, Illinois, the "Crossroads of Opportunity," traces its roots back to 1814, when the first pioneers settled along the Little Wabash River. Located at the intersection of I-57 (direct route from Chicago to New Orleans) and I-70 (direct route from Washington D.C. to Los Angeles), Effingham has become a hub for America's motoring public.

The category was "Things That Begin With C." For $400 the answer was "The World's Largest of These Religious Symbols Soars 198 Feet High Over Effingham Illinois And Weighs 180 Tons." The question, given correctly was "What Is The Cross." With that answer, The Cross At The Crossroads, its "I Love You" message and the town of Effingham, Illinois were forever memorialized in American Trivia on Jeopardy.

A video, featuring some of the world's largest crosses, can be seen online at

The Cross at the Crossroads was originally the vision of the late John Herman Schultz, a successful businessman from Teutopolis, Illinois. An eternal optimist, Mr. Schultz was inspired to create the Cross At The Crossroads after seeing a similar monument in Groom, Texas in the 1990's. The Cross in Effingham took several years of planning and fund raising to materialize. The groundbreaking ceremony occurred on February 11, 2001 and was officially launched on September 16th, 2001.

"My father was inspired to create a monument that would induce a message of hope, love and wonder in people," said Jim Schultz, son of the founder and current Board member of The Cross Foundation, which manages the Cross at The Crossroads. "My dad nurtured a sense of wonder about life and love in everything that was important to him. He very much believed that when wonder looks upward, it contributes to a better understanding of all that we consider important and real."

A YouTube video of The Cross At The Crossroads can be found at

The Cross At The Crossroads has greeted 50,000 visitors each day who pass through the Central Illinois community. "Over the last ten years we estimate that close to 200 million people have been welcomed by The Cross," said Jim Schultz. The Cross literally climbs out of the neighboring corn fields and reminds people that they are loved and that there is more to life than what is plainly visible.

"We are very inspired by the feedback that we get from all of the visitors who visit the Cross each day," said Schultz. "Our Ministry and Mission is to promote genuine values of love, hope, faith and understanding through all of our outreach programs. We were thrilled to be referenced on the Jeopardy TV show, as most of the Foundation's Board members are big fans of the program."

The Foundation's "I Love You" program has been adopted by numerous hospitals throughout the country. In this program, parents of newborn infants receive a wallet size card encouraging them to say "I Love You" to their children every morning and evening. The Foundation believes that Love is the answer, and the best place to implement this philosophy is with newborn infants.

Jeopardy! began transmission in 1964. The show has a legion of 38 million weekly fans across the United States and Canada, and was created by American talk show host, Merv Griffin.

About The Cross Foundation:
The Cross Foundation is dedicated to building both faith and family on an ecumenical basis. The Cross Foundation has completed a 198 foot Cross at the intersection of Interstates 57 & 70 in Effingham, Illinois. This site is intended to serve as a beacon of hope to the 50,000 travelers estimated to pass the site each day. In addition, the Cross Foundation will promote the values of faith and family through other activities at the Effingham site.

To learn more about The Cross Foundation, please visit:

Press Contact: The Cross Foundation, P.O. Box 1103
Effingham, IL 62401, Phone: 217-347-2846, E-Mail:

Please contact for corrections or to update this press release.

Jim Schultz
The Cross Foundation
P.O. Box 1103
Effingham, IL 62401