Attending Online Colleges can Get you the Degree You've Always Wanted

Getting a higher education is a lifelong dream for many people. Unfortunately due to time, cost, other obligations, or accessibility, many people have to skip out on this dream. However, in today's world it has become very easy to get a college education online through online colleges.

Online colleges can either be a part of a brick and mortar school, or they can be their own separate, entirely online entity. You will have to apply, listen to lectures, turn in assignments, and take tests just like you would at a traditional school. In many cases, the syllabi are identical between the online and in person classes. If you want to go this route, it is important to find an accredited and legitimate school. You can check accreditation websites and search for online reviews in order to find a good program.

Benefits to Online Colleges

Many people think of online colleges as the "lazy" way to get a degree, and some people do not view them as highly. However, online college degree programs are just as difficult as traditional programs, and even more so for many people. However, they do come with some benefits:

  • Save time – you can plan your schoolwork around your schedule. You can keep a full time job, go on vacation, and tend to children or other outside obligations without it affecting your degree.
  • Save money – although tuition will likely be similar to a brick and mortar school, you will not have to pay for other fees as well as room and board, meal plans, and parking expenses. In many cases you can also keep your full time job, so there will not be a drop in income.
  • More options – you can get anything from an associate's degree to a doctorate online, in many different majors. Some people do not have access to the program they are interested in locally, and online is their only option.

Gary Michelson Found Animals Hires Dory A. Andraos as Vice President of Marketing

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) March 27, 2015

Gary Michelson Found Animals (, an independently funded nonprofit working to find the big ideas that reduce euthanasia in shelters and improve pets’ well-being, today announced Dory A. Andraos has joined the Found Animals executive team as Vice President of Marketing. Andraos is an industry leader with more than fifteen years of marketing experience in both the ad agency and corporate world, and will lead the internal and external marketing teams for the Los Angeles-based nonprofit.

In his new role, Andraos will be responsible for developing results-driven branding, marketing, and communication strategies and will oversee all advertising, media engagement, events, as well as market research for the brand.

“With Dory’s excellent relationships in the animal welfare space along with his expertise in strategic marketing and management, we have found a true agent of innovation to join the Found Animals team,” said Found Animals Executive Director, Aimee Gilbreath. “Dory is a passionate supporter of the health, betterment and safety of animals and we look forward to furthering the Found Animals mission together.”

Prior to joining Found Animals, Andraos oversaw new client acquisition marketing for VCA, Inc., a leading veterinary corporation of pet health care services across the United States. At VCA, one of Andraos’ key accomplishments was strategically developing the company’s animal welfare partnership program. He also led VCA’s customer acquisition digital search marketing campaigns and grew new client business revenue year-after-year.

“I am inspired by Found Animals’ goal of creating innovative animal welfare programs that will help improve the overall health and well-being of animals,” said Andraos. “I am equally encouraged by Aimee’s leadership to build and grow a team of professionals to deliver on that mission and am excited to apply my experience to help make this difference under the tutelage of such a remarkable non-profit organization like Found Animals.”

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About Gary Michelson Found Animals

The Gary Michelson Found Animals Foundation, funded by Dr. Gary Michelson and his wife Alya Michelson, is a Los Angeles based non-profit organization that works to achieve one goal: find the big ideas that help reduce the number of pets euthanized in shelters each year. Led by business and medical professionals, we develop innovative solutions that address the underlying causes of shelter euthanasia. Programs address pet adoption, low-cost spay neuter services, pet microchipping and registration, and sterilization research. By offering a wealth of educational resources to pet owners and animal care professionals, Michelson Found Animals advances the health and safety of animals everywhere. Follow our progress online at, or via social media at Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

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Academy of Art Universitys School of Landscape Architecture Sweeps San Francisco Garden Design Competition

San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) March 19, 2015

“Sublimation,” a garden designed and created by students of Academy of Art University’s School of Landscape Architecture, garnered an unprecedented eight awards, including the Golden Gate Cup for Best in Show, at the annual San Francisco Flower & Garden Show.

Sublimation was conceived by MFA student Nahal Sohbati and BFA student Eric Arneson and featured a collaborative effort of more than a dozen Landscape Architecture students. Its execution impressed a number of industry professionals, and earned the students an award from the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA).

At a ceremony on March 17, the garden was repeatedly acknowledged for its unique design, in keeping with this year’s “Going Wild” theme. This year marks the San Francisco Flower & Garden Show’s 30th anniversary and visitors will be able to explore the garden – as well as numerous other exhibitions – through March 22 at the San Mateo Event Center.

The Academy students’ 675-square-foot garden melds innovative, contemporary design with sustainability, incorporating gabions, stones and drought-tolerant plants – primarily succulents and agaves – as well other grasses and vegetation. All plants are labeled with their common and Latin names.

In their artists’ statement Sohbati and Arneson write, “Sublimation is defined as the transition of a substance directly from solid to gas without passing through the intermediate liquid phase. Sublimation is redefined in the gardenscape by emphasizing the transition from solid to void and from hard to soft.”

Healdsburg native Arneson and Iranian-born Sohbati are both members of the student chapter of ASLA. Several months ago, the pair created a number of garden designs and then invited input from other students to select the final plan.

Heather Clendenin, Director of the School of Landscape Architecture, and faculty member Yasmine Farazian, oversaw the project, which was refined over several months.

“Nahal brings with her a good sense of space and attention to detail and Eric has a deep-seated love and knowledge of plants and how to use them to their utmost effectiveness, both visually and spatially. Both are passionate about resource issues and wanted to make sure that the materials used in the project would result in as little waste as possible,” said Clendenin.

Throughout the process, the students were mindful of California’s water woes. “Since there’s a drought right now, it’s important to emphasize that there are opportunities to exchange high water plants with low water plants – and they’re just as beautiful,” said Arneson.

According to Clendenin, the real world challenges of how best to work with limited materials, time and resources, resulted in a project better than originally anticipated. Additionally, when it became obvious that the garden would beckon visitors to sit and contemplate the lush surroundings, Sohbati and Arneson went to work designing and building a unique curved bench in the woodshop of the Academy’s School of Architecture.

“Projects like this are essential for the development of our students as professional designers. This hands-on experience encourages students to make the connection between the design vision and what can actually be produced,” Clendenin said.

Sohbati said the greatest reward for the project was seeing visitors’ reaction to the garden. She was approached throughout the first hours of the San Francisco Flower & Garden Show by visitors asking for tips on how to grow similar plants at home. Sohbati believes that landscape architecture is a marriage of many different disciplines – from design to psychology.

“I really enjoy solving problems, figuring out what’s wrong with a space and adding a touch of art, a touch of science,” she said.

Academy of Art University’s Landscape Architecture program was founded in 2010. Since then, Clendenin’s students have entered the San Francisco Flower & Garden Show annually, earning gold and silver medals. Not only is 2015 a year of an unprecedented number of awards, it coincides with the School of Landscape Architecture’s first graduation ceremony of MFA students.

“The awards are are a testament to the growth and success of the School of Landscape Architecture. In only in four years, it has gone from just a brand-new school to being a medal-winning program,” said Arneson.

About Academy of Art University

Academy of Art University, the largest private university of art and design in the United States, is educating students for the art and design jobs of the 21st century. Established in 1929, the Academy is an output-based higher education model that provides an inclusive admissions policy to all students, but imposes a rigorous curriculum that requires the students to produce a portfolio of work that demonstrates a mastery of their field in order to graduate. Students are taught by a faculty of professionals from the existing marketplace, both online and on campus in San Francisco. The Academy’s hands-on curriculum produces graduates who possess outstanding artistic and design skills—and equally as important, the ability to put those talents to work immediately after graduation. As a result, Academy graduates are ready to compete for and win the jobs of the 21st century in the fields of Acting, Advertising, Animation & Visual Effects, Architecture, Art Education, Art History, Costume Design, Fashion, Fashion Journalism, Fashion Styling, Fine Art, Game Design, Game Programming, Graphic Design, Illustration, Industrial Design, Interior Architecture & Design, Jewelry & Metal Arts, Landscape Architecture, Motion Pictures & Television, Multimedia Communications, Music Production & Sound Design for Visual Media, Photography, Studio Production for Advertising & Design, Visual Development, Web Design & New Media and Art Teaching Credential, and Writing for Film, Television & Digital Media. Academy of Art University is accredited by WASC, NASAD, Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) (BFA/MFA-IAD), NAAB (B-ARCH*, M-ARCH), and California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC). *B-ARCH program in candidacy status. Visit for more information.

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Yale to offer full-time master's program online

Yale to offer full-time master's program online
Yale University is creating a full-time online master of medical science degree program for aspiring physician's associates. Though Yale offers a part-time online doctor of nursing practice program, this master's program, which is identical in many …
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College officials rankled by New York State's slow pace of approving degree
Eager to bolster its nursing program, D'Youville College in fall 2013 asked the state Education Department to approve a new accelerated bachelor's degree program that would train nurses in about a year. ¶ A year and a half later, the college still has …
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Benedictine, John Marshall offer dual MBA/JD degree program. Partnership
Students enrolling in the dual degree program can attend classes part-time or full-time. However, full-time law students must attend the first year of law school exclusively at John Marshall. After successfully completing the first year of law school …
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Centenary College's Earth Day celebration scheduled for April 25
The Centenary College School of Professional Studies offers degree programs in two locations: Parsippany and Edison, and at corporate sites throughout New Jersey. The School of International Programs recruits international students for study at …

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NCWIT and Bank of America Honor Thirty-five High School Women as Technology and Computing Innovators

Charlotte, North Carolina (PRWEB) March 06, 2015

The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) and Bank of America selected 35 high school women as national winners of the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing, an award recognizing young women for their outstanding aptitude and interest in computing, proven leadership ability, academic performance, and plans for post-secondary education.

These 35 young women will be honored at a Bank of America Technology Stars of the Future Showcase & Awards Ceremony on March 7, 2015 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The schedule of events includes mentoring and networking sessions, a technology expo, and remarks from workforce representatives on real-life examples of computing applications. Each award recipient will also receive $ 500 cash, a laptop computer, and two engraved trophies – one for her and for her school.

“We eagerly look forward to the wide-ranging innovations, solutions, and creations that only these amazing young women could bring to the technology design table,” said Lucy Sanders, NCWIT CEO and Co-founder. “This encouraging award program has a profound effect on a young woman’s decision to persist in computing, consequently producing a more competitive and diverse workforce. NCWIT is proud to partner with Bank of America in recognizing this outstanding group of technical young women and encouraging them to pursue technology careers.”

While girls and women in the U.S. are avid users of technology, they are significantly underrepresented in its creation. Women represent just 19% of all AP computer science test-takers and account for only 18% of computer and information sciences undergraduate degree recipients. ( Through the NCWIT Aspirations in Computing program, more than 83% of participants report a college major or minor in traditionally male-dominated STEM fields.

“The partnership with NCWIT and the Aspirations program is a key component of our commitment to encourage young women to pursue STEM programs and consider careers in technology,” said Denise Menelly, Bank of America Shared Services Operations executive and sponsor of the bank’s Women in Technology & Operations advocacy group. “These are the technology innovators of the future and we are seeing firsthand the importance and impact of these efforts and this program. We are truly honored to recognize this next generation of outstanding technologists.”

The following recipients are the 2015 winners of the prestigious NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing:

    Aleida Olvera: Brownsville, Texas, Veterans Memorial High School
    Alicia Purdum: Glenwood City, Wisconsin, Homeschooled
    Alka Pai: Redmond, Washington, STEM High School
    Ana Hernandez: Los Angeles, California, Foshay Learning Center
    Angela Chen: Arlington, Texas, Martin High School
    Ashley Loberger: Hillsboro, Oregon, Hillsboro High School
    Daniela Markazi: South Barrington, Illinois, Barrington High School
    Darartu Gamada: Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, Breck School
    Emily Oleisky: Owings Mills, Maryland, Garrison Forest School
    Gili Rusak: Loudonville, New York, Shaker High School
    Ilona Bodnar: Oakland, California, Piedmont High School
    Jessica Ivie: West Jordan, Utah, Cooper Hills High School
    Jessica (Yiyue) Xiang: Mason, Ohio, William Mason High School
    Joy Hsu: Cypress, California, Oxford Academy
    Kathleen D’Souza: Portage, Michigan, Kalamazoo Area Math and Science Center
    Kiana Dyson: Bronx, New York, Bronx High School of Science
    Laan ‘Rainbow’ Yeung: West Lafayette, Indiana, West Lafayette Junior/Senior High School
    Lauren Cook: Charlotte, North Carolina, Phillip O. Berry Academy Of Technology
    Maria DeAngelis: Santa Barbara, California, Santa Barbara Senior High School
    Mary McIntosh: Longwood, Florida, Lake Brantley High School
    Megan Charity: Richmond, Virginia, Deep Run High School
    Meghana Gudur: Alpharetta, Georgia, Woodward Academy
    Natalia Pacheco: San Juan, Puerto Rico, University High School
    Natalie Reed: Marlborough, Massachusetts, Advanced Math and Science Academy Charter School
    Paige Torres: Los Lunas, New Mexico, School of Dreams Academy
    Patricia Beekman: Charlotte, North Carolina, North Carolina School Of Science and Math
    Patricia Edou: Oak Ridge, Tennessee, Oak Ridge High School
    Sarah Darrow: Huntsville, Alabama, Huntsville High School
    Sharon Chen: Palo Alto, California, Henry M. Gunn High School
    Sonia Appasamy: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Fox Chapel Area High School
    Sophia Sanchez-Maes: Las Cruces, New Mexico, Mayfield High School
    Sophie Fisher: Broomall, Pennsylvania, Agnes Irwin School
    Stephanie Batarseh: Franklin Lakes, New Jersey, Bergen County Academies
    Valerie Ding: Portland, Oregon, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology
    Valerie Chen: Centreville, Virginia, The Catlin Gabel School

The NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing is a multi-tiered competition that includes recognition at the national level (sponsored by Bank of America) and at the local level (sponsored by Microsoft), serving 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. With the support of Microsoft, NCWIT will also recognize winners and runners-up at 60 regional affiliate award ceremonies nationwide.

In addition to Bank of America and Microsoft, the Aspirations in Computing program is supported nationally by AT&T, Bloomberg, Google, Hewlett-Packard, Intel, Motorola Solutions Foundation, Northrop Grumman, and the Symantec Corporation. Find out more at


The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) is a non-profit community of more than 600 universities, companies, non-profits, and government organizations nationwide working to increase women’s participation in computing and technology. NCWIT equips change leaders with resources for taking action in recruiting, retaining, and advancing women from K–12 and higher education through industry and entrepreneurial careers. Find out more at

NCWIT receives significant financial support from Strategic Partners NSF (the National Science Foundation), Microsoft, Bank of America, Google, and Intel, as well as from Investment Partners Avaya, Pfizer, Merck, AT&T, Bloomberg, and Hewlett-Packard. View all of NCWIT’s supporters at

About Bank of America

Bank of America is one of the world’s largest financial institutions, serving individual consumers, small- and middle-market businesses and large corporations with a full range of banking, investing, asset management and other financial and risk management products and services. The company provides unmatched convenience in the United States, serving approximately 48 million consumer and small business relationships with approximately 4,800 retail banking offices and approximately 15,800 ATMs and award-winning online banking with 31 million active users and approximately 17 million mobile users. Bank of America is among the world’s leading wealth management companies and is a global leader in corporate and investment banking and trading across a broad range of asset classes, serving corporations, governments, institutions and individuals around the world. Bank of America offers industry-leading support to approximately 3 million small business owners through a suite of innovative, easy-to-use online products and services. The company serves clients through operations in more than 40 countries. Bank of America Corporation stock (NYSE: BAC) is listed on the New York Stock Exchange.

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Labour would cut top level of university tuition fees to £6000

Labour would cut top level of university tuition fees to £6000
Ed Miliband is pledging to fund a planned cut in the maximum level of university tuition fees from £9,000 to £6,000 by potentially raising £2bn a year through the curtailing of pension tax reliefs if Labour comes to power. Ending months of internal …
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Jihadi John's old university was a 'hotbed of radicalism where students
'As a London-based university operating in a diverse multi-cultural city, we are fully aware of all the influences within this international city. With other universities in London, we are working together to implement the Government's Prevent strategy …
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Students protest Southwestern University's handling of recent 'druggings'
GEORGETOWN, Texas (KXAN) — Dozens of students gathered at various protests throughout the day at Southwestern University to voice their concerns about the school's handling of recent allegations of students being drugged while at parties on campus.

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Designing Successful Aquatics Programs for Seniors Topic of HydroWorx Webinar

Middletown, PA (PRWEB) February 20, 2015

Turning 65, 75 or even 85 is different for individuals today than it was only one or two generations ago. After all, it’s no longer uncommon to find seniors in the gym, on the track or on the court. In fact, aging in America can now be referred to as “active aging” thanks to the desire for individuals to stay healthy as long as possible. Of course, the normal process of getting older can make it increasingly difficult to engage in a variety of athletic pursuits, especially those that jar the joints, or put stressors on the upper or lower extremities. Yet for most people who crave the opportunity to freely move their bodies, giving up the pleasure of working out is not an option; instead, they seek out alternative methods such as aquatic programs where they can get all the benefits of regular exercise without the risk of injuries, increased pain or falling.

A webinar-based discussion of this topic, “Road Map to Creating a Successful Aquatics Program for Seniors”, will be offered by HydroWorx, the leading provider of therapy pools, on Tuesday, February 24, from 1-2 p.m. E.S.T. Presented by Rachel McDermott, PTA, former Director of Rehabilitation, and Paul Osterberger, Wellness Director, of Stonehill Care Center in Dubuque, Iowa, the one-hour event will cover a variety of topics including:

The successes of Stonehill Care Center’s aquatic therapy program for their senior living wellness and therapy center residents and clients.
Strategies for starting and continuing an aquatic-focused therapy and wellness program, including marketing tips and techniques to increase community engagement.
Methods to improve the return on investment of an aquatic therapy pool.

Both speakers have extensive backgrounds making them well-suited to explore this discussion with attendees. McDermott has been a director at multiple clinics, where she has continuously been able to utilize her training in nursing rehabilitation and aquatic therapy. She has been the Director of Rehabilitation at Stonehill Care Center for the last 5 years. She recently made the transition to Unity Point Hospital and is now the Director of their Acute Rehab Unit. Osterberger develops all-inclusive programming for fitness classes and workshops to enrich the lives of the members at Stonehill Care Center. Her professional degrees and experiences are in recreation management, health and wellness and mass communications.

Attendance for “Road Map to Creating a Successful Aquatics Program for Seniors” is free, but registration is required prior to the start time. Registration can be made at

About HydroWorx®

Since the late 1990s, HydroWorx has manufactured aquatic therapy pools with built-in underwater treadmills to enable clinicians to more effectively offer their patients the opportunity to increase range of motion, decrease risk of falls and joint stress and remain motivated through the rehab process.

Products such as the HydroWorx 2000 and 500 Series therapy pools have revolutionized the face of aquatic therapy; in fact, HydroWorx technology is used by world-class facilities like the renowned Kennedy Krieger Institute and The Andrews Institute, as well as physical therapy clinics across the country.

HydroWorx offers a wide range of underwater treadmill pools and peripheral products and services. Every day, more than 23,000 athletes and patients use HydroWorx technology to recover from injuries and health conditions.

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Online Classes: Tips for SUCCESS

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Guitar Classes Dvd

Guitar classes on DVD are much less pricey than in-studio guitar classes having a instructor. Most teachers charge $ 25-$ 50 for one private session. After i trained private guitar classes, my rates were 30 dollars for any one hour lesson! For $ 29.95 you can have over 9 hours of guitar lessons on several DVDs plus an extra DVD which has over 165,000 an eye on it! These DVDs are an easy way to learn how to take part in the guitar. You could take over 18 guitar classes on DVD for the cost of one guitar session with a instructor. Plus, with lessons on DVD, you spend no gas money travelling for your guitar instructor. Also, you are able to take part in the classes over and over again rather than remembering everything the instructor trained that week.

Since merits and worthlessness are just two sides of a coin, this method also has its share of disadvantages. Learning from guitar session DVD might not be always the best choice for all the learners. Those who cannot create a commitment to by themselves won’t be in a position to adhere to this process of learning . Just those who’ve the strong desire to learn and who are able to motivate themselves to master the art can succeed. Whether you want to study an electric guitar or perhaps a lead guitar, you can easily get it done either with the help of a private tutor or with the help of online guitar lessons or guitar lesson DVD.

One of the best methods to find the best course that will suffice your needs is to go through the guitar lesson DVD reviews . As such, there are numerous options available that you should learn to play guitar. According for your own assessment, if you are certain that it’s a good option that you should study guitar by using Guitar lesson DVD then getting a good guitar lesson DVD will be the next thing. However, not all guitar session DVD are made according to the same standard. Which means you should have an eye for selecting the very best DVD lesson. And you will greatly improve this skill by going through the guitar lesson DVD reviews.

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Diminished Value of Georgia Receives Top Rating

Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) January 30, 2015

Diminished Value of Georgia, Atlanta’s preeminent automobile appraisal company, has been awarded Best of 2014 by leading online directory, Kudzu.

This is the third consecutive year that Diminished Value of Georgia has received this honor from Kudzu, which bases its rankings on user reviews. Diminished Value of Georgia is an independent car appraisal company specializing in loss-in-value claims.

Their clients range in size, from individuals seeking appraisals for their personal vehicles to attorneys and insurance carriers.

When a car has been damaged by an accident or incident (such as fire or flood), its owner is entitled to reimbursement for the loss in value the vehicle incurs. This loss — or diminished value — is often underestimated by insurance companies that use an unreliable percentage-based formula which yields values that are much lower than the actual loss amounts. It is critical that car owners who have suffered an accident order an accurate and credible auto appraisal report to serve as proof-of-loss to insurance companies, thus enabling them to collect what they are rightfully owed.

For three consecutive years, DVGA has received the highest ranking on the website Kudzu for appraisal companies in Atlanta and surrounding areas. Reviewers offer overwhelmingly positive evaluations of the business, noting how helpful and knowledgeable the employees are.

“Thank goodness I found Diminished Value of Georgia,” wrote reviewer PattiJK. “They helped me not only deal with the insurance company, but also an uncooperative auto body shop. Tina was extremely helpful and knowledgeable. She kept in touch with me throughout the entire process. Tony, my appraiser, was straightforward and prompt with my report. I definitely feel I received a fair settlement and would recommend them!”

Another reviewer, nbons01, explained how DVGA delivered outstanding service. “I was hit by a driver who ran a red light and caused 15k in damage to my car. As expected, USAA was doing everything they could to avoid giving me a fair payment for diminutive value. I purchased the desk appraisal from Diminished Value of Georgia, and their knowledge, service, and overall result blew me away. Tony walked me through the process, gave me a trusted appraisal, and ending up negotiating on my behalf with USAA. In the end, USAA agreed to pay me almost twice their initial offer. This was the best $ 150 I could have spent.”

In addition to the Kudzu awards and five-star ratings, Diminished Value of Georgia ranks number one in the state of Georgia on the website Angie’s List in the auto appraisal category, and it has received an “A” grade by the Better Business Bureau.

Diminished Value of Georgia is a subsidiary of Car Appraisals & Claims LLC and offers helpful information on its website to educate consumers about diminished value, including a diminished value calculator that assists customers in determining how much money they may be entitled to for the loss in value of their car.

For more information, visit Diminished Value of Georgia or call (678) 404-0455.

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Gigi Davidson, Pioneer in Veterinary Pharmacy and Leader in Pharmacy Compounding, honored with USPs Beal Award for Dedication to Public Health

(PRWEB) January 23, 2015

The U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention is pleased to announce that Gigi Davidson, R.Ph., DICVP, Director of Clinical Pharmacy Services at North Carolina State’s College of Veterinary Medicine has been named the recipient of the 2015 Beal Award for Distinguished Volunteer Service—the organization’s highest award.

Since 1820, USP has relied on the contributions of volunteer experts to direct its work to improve the health of people around the world through public standards and related programs that help ensure the quality of medicines and foods. The Beal award honors a person (or persons) who have made outstanding contributions to the public health while serving as a USP volunteer.

The award is given once every five years and presented at the USP Convention Membership Meeting, which this year will take place April 22 – 25, 2015 in Washington, D.C.. Chosen for her contributions in developing standards for compounding for both human and veterinary patients during a critical period in public health, Ms. Davidson is the fifth person to receive the Beal Award and the first woman and the first veterinary pharmacist to be honored.

“Ms. Davidson is an exemplary leader,” said USP Chief Executive Officer Ronald T. Piervincenzi. “Although she has made significant contributions as a member of various Expert Committees since 2000; her strength as a leader really shone in the 2010 – 2015 cycle.”

Ms. Davidson was elected as chair of the Compounding Expert Committee and in that position played a major leadership role in USP’s response to several public health crises involving contaminated compounded preparations. During her tenure, Ms. Davidson was actively engaged in multiple expert committees, advisory panels and industry forums and oversaw the development of well in excess of 30 new compounded preparation monographs. She also spearheaded the development of the USP on Compounding: A Guide for the Compounding Practitioner which became the USP Compounding Compendium, USP’s newest publication – a collection of essential compounding standards for use or consideration by practitioners and regulatory authorities alike.

“We deeply appreciate not only Gigi’s unique expertise in compounding pharmacy, but her skill as an arbiter of challenging issues, her ability to balance the pragmatic needs of compounding practitioners while helping to ensure patient safety and her talent for working collaboratively across a wide variety of interest groups,” said Shawn Becker, MS, BSN – Senior Director of Healthcare Quality Standards.

Under her leadership, the Compounding Expert Committee won the 2012-2013 USP Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Standard-Setting Process in recognition to its response to the compounding crises and its impact on improving public health.

At a special ceremony during the USP Convention Meeting, Ms. Davidson will receive a crystal sculpture representing USP’s spirit of voluntarism, an honorary lifetime membership to the USP Convention and a $ 10,000 cash award which Ms. Davidson has directed be donated to the veterinary pharmacy residency program at North Carolina State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine.

“Among veterinary pharmacists, there is no equal,” said Mark Papich, DVM, MS – Professor of Clinical Pharmacology at the NC State University College of Veterinary Clinical Pharmacology. “Veterinary pharmacy is unique because of the variety of animals we treat and the need for specialized medications. There is no textbook or pharmacy curriculum course that teaches this material. So, Gigi Davidson invented it and in the process literally changed veterinary pharmacy from an obscure area of clinical pharmacy to its recognition as the highly specialized discipline it is today. She established one of the first veterinary residency training programs for veterinary pharmacists and this gift will help ensure that veterinary pharmacy will continue to develop as a specialized pharmacy practice.”

Recently Ms. Davidson was appointed to represent USP on the FDA Pharmacy Compounding Advisory Committee. In addition to her work at the national level, Ms. Davidson is frequently called upon by state boards of pharmacies to assist in their understanding of complex compounding issues related to specific laws and legislation.

Ms. Davidson is the director of Clinical Pharmacy Services at the North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine, a Clinical Associate Professor of Pharmacy at Wingate University School of Pharmacy, a Clinical Associate Professor of Pharmacy and Therapeutics at Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy, a Clinical Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Pharmacy, a Clinical Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice at Findlay University College of Pharmacy, a Clinical Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice at East Tennessee State University’s Gatton College of Pharmacy, and a Visiting Scholar at the University of North Carolina Eshelman School of Pharmacy.

Ms. Davidson also sits on multiple boards including the American College of Veterinary Pharmacists, the Pharmacy Compounding Accreditation Board Standards Committee and has served on FDA’s Task Force on Compounding in Veterinary Medicine as well as the FDA/AVMA Ad Hoc Committee on Veterinary Compounding.

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