Noteworthy News


I frequently receive email from companies asking me to share news and special offers with my readers. I’ll be selecting the best of them and sharing them, in their words, with you here each week.

2009 Design Scholarship Challenge Announced
Aspiring graphic designers have until June 8 to submit entries to the ?2009 Design Scholarship Challenge? to compete for the national prize, an opportunity to work with DC Comics on an upcoming marketing campaign for ?Absolute Justice? and a $25,000 tuition scholarship to one of the sponsoring design schools. Hopefuls should submit entries to one of the schools which are: the 11 International Academy of Design & Technology (Academy) campuses, located in Chicago, Detroit, Las Vegas, Online Campus, Orlando, Sacramento, San Antonio, Schaumburg (IL), Seattle, Nashville, and Tampa; as well as Brooks Institute, Brown College, Collins College, and Harrington College of Design.
The first round of judging will be conducted by a panel of faculty and employees at each local campus and winners will be selected by June 19, 2009. The final round will be conducted by a national panel including representatives from DC Comics. The National Winner will be announced in July at San Diego Comic-Con 2009.
?A local winner will be selected from each campus and all 15 will receive a $5,000 tuition scholarship to the sponsoring school of their choice plus a three-day, two-night expense-paid trip to San Diego to attend Comic-Con 2009 where the national winner will be named and will receive an additional $20,000 tuition scholarship to the sponsoring school of their choice,? said Tom McNamara, senior vice president, Art & Design group of Career Education Corporation. ?This is an opportunity to experience the real world of graphic design with all of its challenges. The entry requirements are demanding, but the rewards will jump start the education and future careers of several talented students.?
The contest is open to legal residents of the United States who will graduate from high school or receive a GED between January 1, 2006 and July 31, 2010. The contest application, along with detailed instructions is available at See rules for full eligibility requirements. Void where prohibited.

World?s ?Biggest Free Nights? Offer Launched by the World?s Biggest Hotel Company
Almost 5 million free nights at over 4,000 hotels around the globe are up for grabs, as IHG, the world?s largest hotel company, launches its ?Biggest Free Nights? offer, ever.
Guests can earn a free night by registering at and staying two nights at any Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, InterContinental, Crowne Plaza, Hotel Indigo, Staybridge Suites or Candlewood Suites around the world between May 4 and July 3, 2009.
?As the world?s largest hotel company we?re able to give guests more choice and more flexibility,? said Andy Cosslett, IHG?s Chief Executive. ?Our guests can choose from over 4,000 hotels in 100 countries, across seven brands, including the biggest of them all – Holiday Inn. Now, with our ?Biggest Free Nights? offer more guests can enjoy a free stay at IHG hotels around the world.?
How the promotion works:
? Register for the promotion at
? Stay any two nights between May 4 and July 3, 2009. The two nights do not have to be consecutive or at the same hotel brand
? Get one free night to use between July 3 and December 26, 2009
? Use your free nights at one of over 4,000 hotels around the world
? Earn up to four free nights (e.g. stay eight nights, get four free)
For more information about this offer and full terms and conditions visit:

Celebrity Campers Share the Importance of the Camp Experience
The American Camp Association? (ACA) is proud to announce the release of a public service announcement titled Because of Camp??. This PSA highlights celebrities including Emma Roberts, Hill Harper, Lisa Loeb, Kerri Strug, Michael DeLorenzo, Justin Chambers, Paul Adelstein, James Pickens, Blair Underwood, Sharon Lawrence, Frank Sesno, Glynn Turman, Ashlan Gorse, and Lisa Raye sharing how their lives have changed Because of Camp??.
?Because of Camp?? illustrates what the camp community has known for almost 150 years ? simply put, camp changes lives,? said Peg L. Smith, ACA?s chief executive officer. ?The benefits of camp extend further than just childhood development. Camp, and the experiences of camp, define us, even as adults. Camp has changed many lives, introduced people to new passions, and broadened horizons.?
Each year, camp provides ten million children with the opportunity to connect with nature, to participate in human powered activities, and to benefit from personal and primary relationships.
Because of Camp?? communicates the essentials gained from the camp experience, including developing lasting friendships, gaining self-esteem, learning to work as part of a team, and developing critical life skills such as empathy and compassion.
Because of Camp…? so much is possible.
Visit to view Because of Camp??.

The Container Store Treats Teachers with a Special Discount!
The Container Store is excited to launch for the first time ever its Organized Teacher Summer Discount Promotion ? 15% storewide discount for teachers during the summer months (May 1 ? Sept. 7). Teachers often spend their personal money to get their classrooms set up as most school districts don?t have enough in their budget to cover all of these costs. This special offer will save teachers money and help them organize their classrooms setting the stage for a productive learning environment for their students.
Teachers will be required to register on our website, to receive a Teacher Promotion Card. Each time they show their Teacher Promotion Card at checkout they will also need to provide their Teacher/School ID. This will give them a 15% discount off everything in the store. They can use the Teacher Promotion Card in the store, online and over the phone.
You can find out more about the program by visiting

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