Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Panelists to Offer Insights on Establishing a Career in Video Games During Free Event

Game designers, producers, programmers and technical directors will be among the panelists at the "Establishing a Career in Video Games"

Harrisburg, PA, March 08, 2011 -- Game designers, producers, programmers and technical directors will be among the panelists at the "Establishing a Career in Video Games" event set for April 15, 2011 at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology.

The free event is scheduled for 10 a.m. to noon in the Auditorium of the University, which is located at 326 Market Street in Harrisburg.

Panelists will include representatives EA™, Schell Games, THQ, and Firaxis Games who will share insights on what it takes to bring a product to market, how to land a career in the video game industry, and provide tips on how to make it in the fastest growing segments of the entertainment industry. Charles Palmer, executive director of the University’s Center for Advanced Entertainment and Learning Technologies, will facilitate the panel discussion.

There is no charge to attend and participation is open to all! An RSVP is requested and can be sent to Connect@HarrisburgU.edu or online at http://www.HarrisburgU.edu/VideoGameCareers

Harrisburg University is the only higher education institution in Central Pennsylvania currently offering an academic program in video game design, development, programming and art during the 2010-11 academic year, according to research from the Entertainment Software Association (ESA).

The private comprehensive science and technology-focused university offers New Media Design and Production as an academic program for undergraduate students.

Additionally, the University 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. The University also offers an annual Summer Gaming Academy and hosts the annual Learning and Entertainment Evolution Forum (LEEF).

"Prospective students interested in game design and development careers can now stay in this region and pursue the field of study which can lead to a rewarding career in healthcare, education, business or government as well as the gaming industry itself," says Palmer. "The engine behind some of the favorite first-person shooter games is being used to create training simulators for everyone from firefighters to dock workers to medical professionals. Public and private sector organizations in the fields of healthcare, education and business are increasingly relying on computer and video games to modernize and improve their operations."

According to the ESA's 2010 Essential Facts about Computer and Video Games Report, 67 percent of American households now play computer and video games, and 70 percent of major employers utilize interactive software and games to train employees and more than 75 percent of businesses and non-profits already offering video game-based training plan to expand their usage in the next three to five years.

You can literally take planes, trains and automobiles to the event. The University’s location in downtown Harrisburg is near Interstates 83 and 81 and the Pennsylvania Turnpike, making it an easy drive to the University from any of Pennsylvania’s major cities. And it’s only a two-hour drive from the University to Baltimore, Washington, DC or Philadelphia. The Amtrak Passenger Train Station and Greyhound Bus Station are one block from our location. And the Harrisburg International Airport is only nine miles from the University. http://www.harrisburgu.edu/campuslife/directions.php

Harrisburg University is located at 326 Market Street in Harrisburg. Parking is available in the Harrisburg Parking Authority operated garage accessible via Fourth Street. Cost for parking in the garage is $5.00 for 0-2 hours. Kiosk for parking accepts cash only. More information on parking rates and directions to the University are found online at http://www.harrisburgu.net/campuslife/directions.php#parking

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 Connect@HarrisburgU.edu.

Steven Infanti
HU Communications
326 Market Street
Harrisburg, PA 17101

'Success' at MAX Agency Toronto is a very common word among their Toronto Models and Toronto Actors!

Max Agency Toronto maintains a highly talented roster, as well an enthusiastic and industry knowledgeable team, to eagerly support them.

Toronto, ON, Canada, March 08, 2011 - 'Success' at MAX Agency Toronto is a very common word! Max Agency, the highly established principal Television/ Film and modeling agency in heart of Toronto, announces their enthusiasm and dedicated success moving forward into Spring 2011.

Max Agency Toronto maintains a highly talented roster, as well an enthusiastic and industry knowledgeable team, to eagerly support them. Having experience in the industry for a decade, has given Max Agency the credit of working with only the best.

Moving forward, Max Agency Toronto is on the search for fresh faces for their Spring/ Summer 11 roster. Unlike many other agencies, Max Agency Toronto requires no registration fees. Furthering their dedication, they offer free classes to those in the Max Agency roster, contributing to greater success.

MAX Agency: Toronto Based Model And Talent Management Agency
Welcome to Max Agency - one of the most successful model and talent management agencies in Canada representing men, women and children. Max Agency is involved in providing actors, models and entertainers for the film, television, fashion and advertising industries as well as appearance in trade shows, promotions and special events.

Max Agency has a team of dedicated professionals that know the ins and outs of the fashion and modeling game. Whether the talent is an established face with a working portfolio or someone who is unsure of their ability to work in the industry, Max Agency provides qualitative evaluation to find the right fit for an individual’s career goals. Max Agency's ability to recognize and identify new talent from around the world has positioned it at the forefront of model management and talent discovery. We have a wealth of experience and knowledge in the fashion, modeling and entertainment industries resulting in it expertly overseeing the careers of a wide variety of models and talents.

Talent Management Agency: Toronto Models And Actors
If you are a new or experienced Toronto model/actor who would like the benefits of working with a top model agency in Toronto, then Max Agency is your modeling agent. As one of the top modeling agencies in Toronto, we make it easier for Toronto models to break into the modeling industry and be seen by top agents and clients. With an emphasis on personal detail & development, new Toronto models and actors receive the attention needed to achieve success. We help Toronto models realize their full potential.

If you would like to book any of the MAX talent at MAX Agency Toronto, please visit www.maxagency.com

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Call them directly at 416- 482-5392

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Natalya O
MAX Agency
2063 Yonge St. Suite 202
Toronto, ON M4S-2A2

Extreme Makeover - Website Edition

Texas based marketing agency specializing in web design announced the J2O Designs Extreme Makeover - Website Edition contest

San Antonio, TX, March 07, 2011 -- J2O Designs, Inc., a boutique full-service marketing agency specializing in web design, begins its journey to make one well-deserving, business owner very happy through the J2O Designs Extreme Makeover - Website Edition.

J2O Designs, Inc., a boutique full-service marketing agency specializing in web design, begins its journey to make one well-deserving, business owner very happy through the J2O Designs Extreme Makeover - Website Edition.

Today through April 7th, small business owners in need of an extreme website makeover can enter the contest on the J2O Designs Facebook Fan Page.

The Grand Prize Winner will receive a J2O Designs, Inc. Custom Web Design Package (Valued at $7,500.00). The package includes a custom design unique for the business and its target audience, Flash photo gallery to display multiple photos of the business, products or services, custom contact form with interactive Google map, social media integration, email newsletter sign up and search engine optimization and 1 - year of site maintenance and ongoing support.

"For years we have been fortunate to work with businesses of all sizes from a range of industries executing successful extreme website makeovers. Now we look forward to identifying a lucky business in desperate need of a change that can challenge our team of talented designers, developers and strategic planners. Our goal is to document the journey through our blogs and social media platforms. Through our updates, we will highlight our process and showcase how important a successful web strategy is for any business. We hope to use the Extreme Makeover - Website Edition Contest project as an example of how a successful web redesign helps to not only display a better image to the world, but can also generate more interest in a businesses products and services, increasing positive exposure and revenue," stated Jamie Odom, J2O Designs, Inc. CEO and Director of Marketing Services. "This is the first time that we have ever rolled out a contest of this scale and we’re excited kick things off."

If you are a business owner and would like to participate, entry is through Facebook. To submit your entry, visit J2O Designs Facebook Fan page, post a message on the wall with a link to your website with a statement as to why your business website is in need of a makeover then encourage your friends to show support by clicking LIKE on your post.

A panel will select the winner based on originality/creativity, relevance, clarity of expression and support and number of likes the post receives. All participants who enter will receive a free 30 minute consultation with a J2O Designs Small Business Advisor.

To learn more about the Extreme Makeover - Website Edition content, please visit J2O Designs Extreme Makeover - Website Edition Contest Details. To learn more about J2O Designs, please visit www.J2ODesigns.com

About J2O (jay-two-oh) Designs, Inc:
J2O (jay-two-oh) Designs, Inc. is a full-service, strategic marketing firm that is constantly redefining the services it provides. The team of over 30 designers, coders, writers, strategic brand managers provides a variety of services that working together create campaigns both large and small helping businesses communicate the right message to the right audience at the right time. J2O Designs, Inc. expertly adapts to the ever-changing internet trends and economic developments. It is an agency large enough to deliver successful national campaigns but small enough to provide the flexibility and agility that clients need.

Jamie Odom
J2O Designs, Inc.
24165 IH -10 West, Suite 217
San Antonio, Texas 78257