Tuesday, August 21, 2012

GoingOn Kicks Off “Connected Educator” Webinar Series on Aug. 28 with Session on Faculty Commons

Free Webinar Will Discuss Varying Models of Institution-wide Faculty Commons Being Used to Improve Faculty Communication, Connection and Collaboration

San Francisco, CA, August 21, 2012 - In recognition of August as Connected Educator Month, GoingOn Networks today announced that it will kick off its free “Connected Educator” webinar series on August 28th with the session, “Benefits of Deploying an Institution-wide Faculty Commons: How CUNY, National University and Academia.edu are Utilizing Social Technologies to Improve Professional Development, Curriculum Sharing, Grant Collaboration and Broader Faculty Communications.” The 45-minute webinar begins at 2pm ET/11am PT on Aug. 28 and it will also be offered again at 2pm ET on September 18. Registrations are currently being accepted on the GoingOn website.

In these two sessions, Jon Corshen, CEO of GoingOn Networks, and Dr. Colin Marlaire, Director of the Faculty Center for Excellence in Teaching and Training at National University, will explore varying models of deploying an institution-wide Faculty Commons by examining the approaches of CUNY Faculty Commons, National University’s Faculty Network and consumer offerings such as Academia.Edu.

“With so much attention focused on online learning, the potential of social technologies to transform faculty communications and collaboration has often been overlooked. But today, many institutions are beginning to recognize the power of creating a common online space where faculty can connect, share ideas, develop multi-disciplinary curriculum and discover opportunities for collaborative work,” said Corshen. “For school administration, Faculty Commons offer a dramatically better way to manage communications, replacing antiquated portals, list-serves and ‘institutional SPAM’.”

In fact, earlier this month in a video about Connected Educator Month, U.S. Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan remarked on the importance of educators connecting with one another in online social environments. In his remarks, Secretary Duncan said, “We know that online professional learning through communities and networks is powerful, particularly when done in collaboration with a school’s professional learning community.” He continued, saying: “The model of continuous learning and problem solving within these online spaces is integral to teaching and leading in the 21st century.”

GoingOn Networks serves a spectrum of education institutions including colleges and universities as well as K-12 organizations such as New Teacher Center, National Writing Project and Reach Associates. While Connected Educator month is largely a celebration of connecting educators in the K-12 grades, GoingOn recognizes the value and benefit of educators working with one another to share best practices and collaborate at all levels of education, including at the university and college level.

To help higher education faculty members understand the benefits of participating with their colleagues in an online social environment, GoingOn developed the Connected Educator webinar series. During the Aug. 28 and Sept. 18 sessions, participants will:

* Understand the basic design & features of today’s Faculty Commons

* Examine the various uses, benefits and resource savings of a commons-based approach

* Learn how to avoid common challenges and pitfalls of implementation and adoption

* Gain a better understanding of how a Faculty Commons fits within your broader technology landscape, as well as different deployment and integration models

As recently stated in CUNY’s Faculty Commons Quarterly, “[the Commons model] assumes a definition of faculty professional development as something done by faculty, not something done to them.”

Space is limited for these free sessions. Professionals from the office of CIO, academic affairs and continuing education, provosts, chancellors, deans of faculty and others interested in attending either session should go to the following link to register:

For more information about GoingOn, visit www.GoingOn.com.

About GoingOn Networks, Inc.;
GoingOn provides colleges and universities and educational organizations with an innovative, On-Demand communications and collaboration environment where students, faculty and administrators can more effectively connect, converse and engage across all aspect of their academic life experience.  As the reliance on social and mobile technologies continues to accelerate, institutions are being challenged to create a more modern connected campus where students and faculty can more easily communicate, share resources and connect with each other, from anywhere and at any time.

The GO Platform allows institutions to build a privately branded academic social network where users can more easily access school-wide information and resources and come together to interact, share ideas and expand their knowledge base.  The GoingOn solution can be easily and quickly deployed without requiring development or technical resources and will grow organically across the campus.  The platform combines an intuitive Personal Virtual Commons with Facebook-like activity streams, self-service tools for building collaborative spaces and integrated academic networking features.  For more information or to learn more about GoingOn, visit www.GoingOn.com.

Contact:
Lindsey (Mikal) Read
Communications Strategy Group
3225 East 2nd Avenue
Denver, CO 80206
937-408-9321

Luxury Tour Operator Wins Award

Vietnam’s First Luxury Tour Operator and DMC — Luxury Travel Ltd has won a 2012 Guide Award, marking the fifth consecutive year that the company has been recognised by luxury travellers for excellent performance.

Hanoi, Vietnam, August 22, 2012 - Vietnam’s First Luxury Tour Operator and DMC — Luxury Travel Ltd (www.luxurytravelvietnam.com) has won a 2012 Guide Award, marking the fifth consecutive year that the company has been recognised by luxury travellers for excellent performance.

Presented by the Guide Magazine, a Vietnamese travel and hospitality magazine, the 13th batch of awards aimed to honour the travel providers offering the best products and services to travellers, hotel guests, diners and shoppers in Viet Nam.

The awards are sponsored annually by the Viet Nam National Administration of Tourism and the Viet Nam Economic Times newspaper. In 2012, newspaper readers and travellers chose Luxury Travel Ltd for their unique products.

Established in 2004, Luxury Travel Co is the first luxury tour operator in Viet Nam. The company sees an annual growth of 30 per cent and serves some 10,000 travellers each year.

“We are proud of receiving this award in coincidence with our company’s 8th birthday celebration, opening a new office in Danang, and launching our newest 2013 brochure for travel professionals with new niche and innovative luxury travel products. We also publish tourist maps of Vietnam, Vietnam luxury villa collections and listings of new Vietnam luxury hotels and resorts. As the first luxury travel tour operator in Vietnam, we not only want to capitalize on our position, but we also want to develop it further. We continue to promote Vietnam as a high end destination and provide quality holidays for the most discerning travelers.“ said Pham Ha, founder and CEO of Luxury Travel Ltd.

The award ceremony took place in the coastal city of Vung Tau, Vietnam on 18 August 2012.

As many as 120 Vietnamese tourist businesses have won the 13th Guide Awards for their outstanding contributions to the country’s tourism sector.

According to Vietnam Economic Times, the winners include 29 hotels; 34 resorts and eight providers of apartment leasing services; 25 restaurants, bars and caf├ęs; 10 beauty salons and health care establishments; 10 travel and tour transport companies; and four sports and entertainment service companies.

Businesses that have won the award for many consecutive years are the Caravelle Hotel Saigon, the Melia Hanoi Hotel, Buffalo Tours and Luxury Travel.

According to the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism, in the first six months of 2012, Vietnam welcomed over 3.36 million international tourists, up 14 percent year-on-year.

Vietnam’s first luxury tour operator/DMC (www.luxurytravelvietnam.com) based in Hanoi with offices throughout Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Thailand, Luxury Travel is exceptional in designing tailor-made tours and providing unique travel experiences. Opened in 2004, the Luxury Travel Company Limited has its own offices, luxury vehicles, luxury travel advisors, and reprentative offices in California, London, Paris, and Sydney. The company’s depth of experience and large infrastructure enable it to create unique itineraries with the operational confidence to fulfill client expectations. Luxury Travel Ltd won numerous travel awards for excellent performance including the most recent award: Best Luxury Tour Operator in Vietnam.

Contact:
Link Doan
Luxury Travel Ltd
05 Nguyen Truong To Str.,
Ba Dinh Dist, Hanoi 84444
Vietnam
84439274120

Timber Prices Growing "Thanks to Asian Housing Boom", says FRA

Timber prices are increasing in the US because the demand for lumber continues to grow in Asia, according to FRA and research from the Claymore Beacon Global Timber Index.

Bainbridge Island, WA, August 22, 2012 - Timber prices are increasing in the US because the demand for lumber continues to grow in Asia, according to Forestry Research Associates (FRA) and research from the Claymore Beacon Global Timber Index.

The figures show that log exports from the US to Asia increased by 5.2 per cent in the first three months of 2012 and analysts believed that the boost to demand came as a result of the booming global housing market.

“Growing economies, like China and India, are all hard at work building new homes for people increasingly moving into urban areas to take the newly created jobs in these regions,” explained FRA’s analysis partner, Peter Collins. “Lumber is one of the main building materials used in these countries and they are shopping millions of tons of logs in form elsewhere to meet demand, which is great news for timber and forestry investors worldwide.”

An example of the house-building boom in China comes from the latest figures from Xinyuan Real Estate Company, which reported growth of 73.53 per cent for so far in 2012.

Now is a great time to invest in timberland, according to FRA and other forestry investment experts. The market for housing in the US is also looking to be improving, which will mean the domestic demand for timber logs will also increase over time.

“Timber is a great medium to long-term investment solution for those who want a low-risk portfolio,” stated Mr Collins.

Investing in forestry through sustainable plantation projects, such as those run by firms like Greenwood Management in Brazil and Canada, is a popular option. These plantations investment plans allow people to directly buy forestry land with as little as $10,000. The plantations are already in operation and the cyclical growing model means returns start to be seen by investors before their specific trees come to maturity.

Contact:
Peter Collins
Forestry Research Associates
620 Vineyard Lane
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
(206) 316 8394

Tom Mower Joins Efforts with the Dalai Lama

Tom Mower has chosen Whole Child as his charity and cause for his business Sisel International.

Provo, Utah, August 20, 2012 - Tom Mower joins efforts with the Dalai Lama. Tom Mower has chosen Whole Child as his charity and cause for his business Sisel International. Support from the Dalai Lama

In February, 2010 the 14th Dalai Lama, winner of the 1989 Nobel Peace Prize and the spiritual leader of Tibet, traveled to Los Angeles to support the global work of Whole Child. The Dalai Lama joined Whole Child to launch a new initiative to create awareness of the plight of the estimated 145 million orphaned children worldwide.

At the Whole Child International luncheon the Dalai Lama engaged the audience in a discussion on the needs of vulnerable children, and the connection between nurturing and compassion. During the luncheon, The Dalai Lama received the first Whole Child International Humanitarian Award. This award honors one visionary global leader driven by a passion to elevate the lives of vulnerable populations; Whole Child International Humanitarians are recognized by their innovative and unyielding work to solve our most pressing global problems.

On February 21, 2010 at the Gibson Amphitheatre, the Dalai Lama presented a public address “Cultivating Compassion and the Needs of Vulnerable Children,” his first in Los Angeles since 2006. They were joined by a musical performance by Sheryl Crow. At the Gibson, the Whole Child International Champion Award, honoring an exceptional individual noted for his or her dedication to improving the lives of vulnerable children globally, was presented to Whole Child supporter Tom Mower, Sr., founder and Chairman of the Board of SISEL International.

While in Los Angeles, the Dalai Lama was interviewed by Larry King in Beverly Hills. The interview included the Dalai Lama speaking on the need to address the emotional needs of children around the world.

Tom Mower enjoys his friendship with the Dalai Lama and is humbled to know for the first time in history the Dalai Lama has endorsed a charity which is Whole Child. Together Tom Mower, Karen Gordon, and the Dalai Lama are enriching children’s lives all over the world.

To learn more about Tom Mower Sr.’s company Sisel International visit http://www.siselreviews.com

Dan Block
123 N. Alpine rd.
Rockford, Il 61107
815-980-0664
Skype block6525

SISEL International was founded in 2006 by Tom Mower, and his son Tom Jr., with the mission to create the most powerful personal care products and dietary supplements in the world. The term SISEL (pronounced "sizzle") is an acronym for; Science, Innovation, Success, Energy, and Longevity. These are the key foundational principles for our company.

At SISEL, we research the research to find exciting new discoveries in modern science, and bring to market spectacular products unlike the world has ever seen. We are committed to the use of evidence-based nutraceutical ingredients, known to be of scientifically-proven biological value, in the most concentrated strength and form possible, combined with other synergistic ingredients to achieve maximum results.

Contact:
Dan Block
SISEL International, LLC
123 N. Alpine rd.
Rockford, IL 61107
815-980-0664