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Jurassic Quest × LA via 360 MAGAZINE.

Jurassic Quest × LA

JURASSIC QUEST, NATION’S BIGGEST DINOSAUR EXPERIENCE, MIRGRATES TO DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES – TICKETS ON SALE NOW

Close out the year walking among the dinosaurs as North America’s most popular, can’t-miss  dinosaur adventure stomps into the Los Angeles Convention Center Dec. 28-31

The largest and most realistic dinosaur event in North America is BACK, BIGGER and BETTER than EVER! SoCal families can walk among the nation’s biggest herd of photorealistic dinosaurs when Jurassic Quest® returns indoors in Los Angeles for the first time since 2019. Dinosaur fans of all ages can ring in the New Year downtown with the dinos at the LA Convention Center Dec. 28-31.

New for 2022! Jurassic Quest is bringing more hands-on activities, education and fun. This evolution, Jurassic Quest includes an expanded Excavation Station and more Jurassic-themed rides and inflatables. Even our animatronic herd has expanded to include more fan favorites and “The Quest,” a self-guided scavenger hunt style activity where budding paleontologists can become Jr. Dino Trainers, in addition to the most beloved and unique experiences for the whole family: life-like dinosaurs, some of the largest rideable dinosaurs in North America, live dinosaur shows, interactive science and art activities including a fossil dig and real fossils like T-Rex teeth, a triceratops horn and life-size dino skull, a “Triceratots” soft play area for our littlest explorers, bounce houses and inflatable attractions, photo opportunities, and more. 

Loved by millions, only Jurassic Quest can bring families memories this BIG! Walk through 165 million years of the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods to learn about the creatures that ruled on land, and “deep dive” into the “Ancient Oceans” exhibit to come face to face with the largest apex predator that ever existed – a moving, life-size, 50-foot-long megalodon! Meet the babies, hatched only at Jurassic Quest: Cammie the Camarasaurus, Tyson the T-Rex and Trixie the Triceratops – and, you may even catch one of our star dino trainers: Safari Sarah, Dino Dustin, Prehistoric Nick or Park Ranger Marty

The Jurassic Quest herd of animatronic dinos – from the largest predators to playful baby dinos – are displayed in realistic scenes with some that move and roar, allowing guests to experience them as they were when they roamed the earth billions of years ago. Jurassic Quest works in collaboration with leading paleontologists to ensure each dinosaur is painstakingly replicated in every detail, from coloration to teeth size, to textured skin, fur or feathers, drawing on the latest research about how we understand dinosaurs and ancient giants of the sea looked and moved. 

Get Ready for Your Dino Visit with NEW Online Content for At-Home Dino Fun!

The dino trainers recently celebrated International Dinosaur Day with online family fun virtual sessions. If you didn’t join, you can now experience Dino Storytime, Show & Tell and Dino Facts and Faves sessions anytime HERE. Families also can create their own dinosaur fun at home including craft activities, word searches, coloring pages and more provided for free HERE. And, the Jurassic Quest theme song HERE is newly remastered with captions so families can sing along!

TICKETS & LOGISTICS 

Tickets are timed entry and start at $19 — reserve online to ensure desired date and time at www.jurassicquest.com — or are available on-site, and include a 100% ticket guarantee that in the event of a show cancellation or postponement for any reason, ticket purchases will be automatically refunded for the full purchase amount. Tickets are for a timed arrival window, and advance ticket purchase is strongly encouraged. Guests can walk through the dinosaur experience at their own pace, and strollers are permitted. Some venues may have wheelchairs for use, but please contact the venue in advance to make arrangements.

General admission tickets include access to the dinosaur and marine exhibits, arts and crafts activities, and dinosaur shows. There are rides and activities that require activity tickets available on site, or guests can upgrade to the Kids Unlimited Rides ticket (the best value for children ages 2-12). Entry is free for children under age 2. Socks required for inflatable attractions.

Event: Jurassic Quest 

Admission:  Tickets available online

Cost for entry:

KIDS & ADULTS: $22

SENIORS: $19

KIDS UNLIMITED RIDES (INCLUDES ENTRY): $36 for all-you-can-ride access to dinosaur rides, inflatables, fossil dig 

General admission includes live shows, arts and crafts activities, dinosaur and marine exhibits. Tickets for individual activities available on-site (from $6). Free entry for children under 2. *prices subject to change

Where: Los Angeles Convention Center (1201 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90015)

South Hall K / Park in South Hall Garage

When (Public Hours):  

Wednesday, Dec. 28: 1-8pm

Thursday, Dec. 29: 9am-8pm

Friday, Dec. 30: 9am-8pm 

Saturday, Dec. 31: 9am-5pm 

ABOUT JURASSIC QUEST                                              

Jurassic Quest is the largest and most realistic dinosaur exhibition in North America. Since 2013, Jurassic Quest has been touring epic dinosaur experiences treating millions of people across North America to an as-close-as-you-can-get look at the giants that ruled the Earth and sea millions of years ago. Developed with leading paleontologists, each dinosaur has been painstakingly replicated in every detail including the most realistic likenesses, movement and sound. Whether their prehistoric counterpart had skin that was scaly, feathers or fur, Jurassic Quest has spared no expense in bringing the dinosaurs to life. Jurassic Quest sold more than one million tickets in 2019, and hosted more than 2.5 million fans at its Jurassic Quest Drive Thru beginning in 2020. Jurassic Quest now operates three touring versions of its classic indoor event, welcoming fans in 41 states and four provinces in the U.S. and Canada over the past year. For more information and tickets visit www.jurassicquest.com

Lexus Black Panther collaboration in Los Angeles via 360 MAGAZINE.

BLACK PANTHER × LEXUS

LEXUS JOINS FORCES WITH ADIDAS AND ADIDAS S.E.E.D TO CREATE

A CUSTOM ALL-NEW LEXUS RX

INSPIRED BY MARVEL STUDIOS’ ‘BLACK PANTHER: WAKANDA FOREVER’

Last night Lexus unveiled the Wakanda Forever-inspired RX 500h F SPORT AWD “Vibe-Branium.” The all-new Lexus was reimagined in by the women-led design crew of the adidas S.E.E.D (School for Experiential Education in Design) program under the guidance of Calty Design Research, creating a vehicle suited for Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,” now playing only in theaters.

To help celebrate the recent launch of adidas’s “Wakanda Forever Collection,” the team at adidas sought to bring their “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever”-inspired designs into the automotive space. Created for the best athletes in the world, this performance sportswear embodies what it means to be Wakandan and explores the question, “What if Wakanda had a national athletic team?” The vehicle wrap builds on the custom identity of the fictional African nation as envisioned by adidas, creating an automotive identity that matches the fashion collection.

The design of the interior was driven by a group of all-women students from adidas’ School for Experiential Education Design (S.E.E.D.), a 2-year program at adidas in partnership with Pensole Lewis College of Business & Design, that acts as an alternative to a university education in Footwear Design. Students from this program not only designed the interior of the Wakanda Forever-inspired RX 500h, but also contributed to the costumes in the film. Through a series of workshops, CALTY Design Research worked with the students to bring their Black Panther inspired vision to the RX 500h.  

“The all-new RX 500h is part of our expanding Lexus Electrified portfolio with evolved innovative technology that elevates the driver’s experience,” said Michael Moore, general manager, Lexus International. “There’s an athleticism in the performance of the RX that makes it a perfect fit to join the ‘Wakanda Forever’ team.”

The re-imagined exterior of the RX features the Wakandan-inspired print and purple colorway used throughout the adidas sportswear collection. A diamond pattern inlayed across the hood is inspired by the Black Panther’s claw necklace. Gold details, a tie to the new Black Panther’s suit, accent the exterior, with unique “F” center caps, F SPORT on the wheels and Lexus badging that are reimagined using the fictional Wakandan alphabet. The word “Vibe-Branium,” also spelled in the Wakandan alphabet, is added to the rear badging as part of its unique name: the Lexus RX 500h Vibe-Branium AWD DIRECT4.

Beyond the customized exterior wrap, the students at adidas S.E.E.D (School for Experiential Education in Design) embraced the challenge to reimagine the all-new Lexus RX interior by using the much-anticipated sequel as its source of inspiration.

“Lexus is passionate about fostering future designers,” said Sabina Charfauros-Redmon, creative lead, Lexus International. “We see adidas S.E.E.D as representing a new normal that opens doors for BIPOC women in the design space. It’s a special moment when young creators are given the opportunity to stretch their creativity beyond their own comprehension. Lexus believes in this narrative and is excited to be a part of this process.”

To help guide the students through the design process, Calty Design Research led the students through a series of workshops exploring automotive design, Lexus design, creative processes, color and materials and the power of collaboration.

“Lexus, adidas and Wakanda Forever may seem like they come from totally different worlds but the thread that draws everything together is the pursuit and leadership in unique storytelling and innovative technology,” stated Alex Shen, chief designer at Calty Design Research. “Because of this common thread, the S.E.E.D. designers have such a unique and exciting task ahead of them to create something really artful and cool. It’s a real pleasure and honor for us to witness all the creativity, enthusiasm and collaborative thinking and execution from the S.E.E.D. designers.”

“Collaboration is one of our core values at S.E.E.D. We believe that innovation exists at the intersection of creativity, collaboration, diversity, inclusion and equity,” adds Cheresse Thornhill-Goldson, director, Design Education & Growth | S.E.E.D., adidas. “A critical aspect of our curriculum is ‘open-source’ product creation where we team up with experts across various industries to educate and co-create with our S.E.E.D. designers to bring unique products to life. So, collaborating with Lexus, ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,’ Carbon, Calty and Annex to design the Lexus Vibe-Branium Direct4 RX 500h was such a transformative experience for our students. The end result is a powerful example of what can happen when we leverage the ‘collective genius’ across disciplines.”

Carbon, an adidas partner since 2017, has revolutionized athletic footwear by providing the technology platform for the production of adidas 4D midsoles. Carbon DLSTM (Digital Light Synthesis) technology is pioneered by 3D printing specialists aligning innovation and sustainability in collaboration with adidas to create a portfolio of athletic footwear that meet specific performance needs. In addition, Carbon’s footprint on the silver screen contributing to costumes, animatronics and other worldly environments make them the perfect partner to help realize the S.E.E.D student’s interior vision.

As part of Lexus’s mission to mine budding talent in the creative realm, versatile multi-hyphenated visual storyteller Cami Thomas will document the collaboration with a featurette which is set to release in mid-November on digital platforms.

The custom build will feature an interior re-imagined with future-focused designs, textures and materials. Using the modern luxury of the latest RX as a canvas, adidas’s custom Wakanda-inspired tribal gold print covers sections of the seating surfaces and are featured prominently on the seat bolsters in particular. The same pattern is applied to the door panel inserts and in purple sections of the steering wheel. The F SPORT door sill plate is translated in the Wakandan alphabet along with “Wakanda Forever”, which is embroidered on the steering wheel. Key tactile areas such as the steering wheel pad and front and rear headrests are covered in the Carbon 3D printed energy-returning athletic shoe mid-sole material used in the adidas 4D- FWD. The front head rests include Lexus’s signature emblem and the rear center head rest houses adidas’s iconic logo. Meanwhile, surfaces around the shifter are decorated in laser-cut wood and gold trim that accents the interior to help create a uniquely Wakandan-inspired in-car environment.

In celebration, the powerhouse brands dropped a limited-release T-Shirt designed by the students at adidas S.E.E.D., which was exclusively available at last night’s adidas creator’s camp. The front of the T-Shirt includes an African Proverb written in Wakandan “Educate a Woman, Educate a Nation” stylized in traditional Japanese format, tategaki. The back of the T-Shirt pays homage to mineral-rich Wakanda’s Vibranium that has helped shaped its future focused society through a periodic table transcribed in Wakandan. In addition, the T-Shirt’s wash tag houses emblems from the super power team, LEXUS, adidas, adidas S.E.E.D, Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” and Carbon.

In the hands of veteran custom car builder Gordon Ting, he helps fully realize the custom “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever”-inspired Lexus RX inside and out. 

Black Panther inspired LEXUS RX 500h by adidas S.E.E.D via 360 MAGAZINE.
Black Panther inspired LEXUS RX 500h by adidas S.E.E.D via 360 MAGAZINE.
Black Panther inspired LEXUS RX 500h by adidas S.E.E.D via 360 MAGAZINE.
Black Panther inspired LEXUS RX 500h by adidas S.E.E.D via 360 MAGAZINE.
Garett Bolles × Juvenile Anti-Recidivism via 360 MAGAZINE

Garett Bolles × Juvenile Anti-Recidivism

Broncos’ Garett Bolles Talks Juvenile Anti-Recidivism in New NFL Inspire Change content feature series

Today, the NFL premiered the October installment of its Inspire Change content feature series. The piece spotlights Denver Broncos veteran offensive tackle Garett Bolles work with the Juvenile Probation Court Mentorship Program in Arapahoe County, Colo., which he founded and participates in monthly. Garett speaks on his family history with abuse, drugs and alcohol noting he had to “grow up fast” and find ways to better himself. His hope is to be a mentor and positive role model for local youth in the probation court system, often finding ways to connect with them directly and show his support. The 2017 1st round NFL Draft selection and All-Pro, who has spent his entire career in Denver, has worked with the mentorship program for over two years.

Inspire Change showcases how NFL players, clubs and the league are joining together to ensure that access to opportunity is a reality for all and to create progress in social justice across four key pillars: education, economic advancement, police-community relations and criminal justice reform. As part of this effort, the league regularly produces content to showcase the impact and progress being made across the NFL family and its partners

Garett Bolles Quotes

  • “Just because you make a bad decision, or a bad choice doesn’t mean that you’re a bad kid. It just means you need help.”
  • “I always tell these kids before the end of the message that, ‘I love you,’ because you never know when the last time that they felt love.” 
  • “If I can change one kid a day or one kid a month, I feel like I’m doing my purpose. I want them to know, I love them and care for them and support them; and this program that I’m doing um with the Arapahoe County has been a huge blessing to me and my family. Hopefully I can continue to do this for a very long time.”

VIDEO of Inspire Change Garett Bolles x Juvenile Anti-Recidivism Spot

https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=837957247349632

Downloadable Link: https://f.io/Vu3BYcZQ

NFL.com Link: https://www.nfl.com/videos/garett-bolles-mentors-kids-in-colorado-inspire-change

impacX by Business Wire via 360 Magazine

Revolutionary Smart Gx Bottle

ImpacX, the innovative Internet of Packaging (IoP) company, has partnered with Gatorade, the global sports fuel brand. The result: Gatorade Smart Gx bottles powered by impacX’s science and technology.

The Internet of Packaging company that provides a full end-to-end connected experience for water, vitamins, supplements and CPG brands through an Internet of Things (IoT) smart packaging platform, announced a partnership with global sports fuel brand Gatorade. The result: Gatorade Smart Gx bottles powered by impacX’s science and technology.

At the heart of this partnership is the “connected experience” – a new and personal way for Gatorade Smart Gx bottle consumers to interact with the physical product. impacX’s patented smart cap technology transforms reusable bottles into a smart, digital device that, tracks and collects hydration data for the user while calculating beverage intake based on the user’s profile and sport activity when paired with the accompanying Gx app. This innovation encourages hydration with intelligent reminders that are triggered by sensors located within the bottle’s cap that detect the level of liquid inside the bottle.

“We’re excited to partner with an international brand such as Gatorade,” said Yoav Hoshen, co-founder and senior vice president of impacX. “At impacX, we empower consumers through our digital and personalized solutions to help them track their own hydration and wellness needs. We strive to be leaders of the smart hydration space and are dedicated to technology that brings a robust and well-rounded product for our customers and partners.”

The smart bottle technology benefits both customers and the brands. Customers gain insights from a user-friendly mobile app that coaches them to achieve their hydration and wellness goals once they have entered personal information catered to their current fitness and health journeys. The technology inside the users’ Smart Gx bottle also shows a progress gauge that reminds and coaches them when they should take another sip, when their bottle is empty, how many more ounces they need to consume, and more. Meanwhile, brands receive access to customer and usage insights using impacX’s unique smart hydration platform.

“We have been searching for an innovative technology company to partner with that can deliver personalized daily hydration recommendations and change the way athletes hydrate and fuel,” said Drew Palin, senior director of innovation at Gatorade. “impacX has created a smart packaging technology that precisely meets our needs. This new partnership represents the future of packaging and has the potential to improve athlete engagement.”

The Gatorade Smart Gx bottle powered by impacX is currently available in black and has the option for personalization. It comes in a kit including the bottle, a four pack of Gx pods, two Gx Sweat Patches, and is available now for $69.99 USD on Gatorade.com.

impacX was founded in 2015 and has two main product lines: Water.io – the world leading smart hydration platform, and Vitamins.io – an innovation platform for vitamins and supplements for tracking, reminding, and re-ordering.

To learn more about impacX, visit HERE.

About impacX

ImpacX (TASE: IMPC.TA) is a smart packaging company that delivers a connected experience for brands through innovative technology. Its end-to-end Internet of Packaging platform uses a unique combination of sensors, algorithms, cloud services and mobile apps to provide a complete personalized experience for consumers as well as products and brands. ImpacX is a publicly traded Israeli technology company that was originally founded as Water.io in 2015.

About Gatorade

The Gatorade Company, a division of PepsiCo (NASDAQ: PEP), meets the needs of consumers who participate in sports and fitness, through brands that include Gatorade, Propel, Muscle Milk, and Evolve. The solutions they provide are driven by a deep understanding of the unique occasions and needs across athletic activity. Gatorade, their marquee brand, is underpinned by a 56-year history of studying the best athletes in the world, and sports nutrition research by the Gatorade Sport Science Institute, allowing it to provide scientifically formulated products that meet athletes’ needs both on and off the field. For more information and a full list of products, please visit HERE.

“At impacX, we empower consumers through our digital and personalized solutions to help them track their own hydration and wellness needs. We strive to be leaders of the smart hydration space and are dedicated to technology that brings a robust and well-rounded product for our customers and partners.”

ABC Thankful Me via 360 MAGAZINE

POW! – ABC Thankful Me

POW! Kids Books is proud to present the Fall 2022 release of ABC Thankful Me

Written by Kyaw Lin /  Illustrated by Yuliya Pieletskaya

Children learn the alphabet and practice gratitude with this dazzling ABC book of everyday wonders.

There are endless things to be thankful for, but let’s start with 26. 
This delightfully illustrated picture book takes young readers (and adults) on an alphabetical adventure that is sure to leave them feeling abundant, positive, and joyful.

D is for dancing. 
Thank you, dancing. 

I shake my hips and swing them side to side. 
Life is a dance, so dance and feel alive. 
 
`
E is for evening. 
Thank you, evening. 

A gorgeous sunset floods the golden sky.
I lie on sunlit grass till stars come by.    

ABC Thankful Me, written in gentle, rhythmic rhyme, is an ideal read-aloud book and a perfect bedtime meditation on life’s many blessings.

Kyaw (Cho) Lin immigrated to the United States from Myanmar at the age of seven, barely speaking a word of English. Determined to learn the new language, he spent most of his childhood visiting public libraries in Queens, New York. After stumbling upon numerous romantic novels and human anatomy books, he would later come home with various uncomfortable questions for his parents. These days, he continues to visit local libraries. However, his wife and two know-it-all sons now accompany him.

Yuliya Pieletskaya is a children’s book illustrator and 3D environmental artist. Originally from Odessa, Ukraine, she immigrated to upstate New York at the age of 9. She currently lives in Chicago with her husband and two bunnies. In her spare time, she wanders the prairies of Illinois, looking for birds, flowers, and bunnies to admire from afar. She is passionate about protecting all of America’s public lands and wildlife, as well as environmental justice. This is her second published book.

A partial preview is available here: ABC Thankful Me

Alphabet / Thanksgiving / Values & Virtues
Hardcover, 28 pages, 7 x 8 inches
ISBN: 978-1-57687-999-3, $16.99 USD/$22.99 CAD

High-res scans to your specification are available upon request; scanning from the book or lifting images from the mechanical file are strictly prohibited. Mandatory credit line: ABC Thankful Me written by Kyaw Lin and illustrated by Yuliya Pieletskaya, published by POW! Kids Books

ABC Thankful Me is available for pre-order now through our website and book retailers

Politics by 360 Magazine via 360 Magazine

Extend the PSLF Waiver

Menendez, Kaine, Gillibrand, Van Hollen, Sarbanes, Hayes, Courtney Urge the Biden Administration to Extend the PSLF Waiver.

The bicameral group of lawmakers asked for the waiver deadline to be extended until July 1, 2023

U.S. Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), and Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), alongside U.S. Representatives John Sarbanes (D-Md.-03), Jahana Hayes (D-Conn.-05), and Joe Courtney (D-Conn.-02), today led a bicameral group of nearly 100 colleagues in urging U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona to extend the limited Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) waiver deadline until July 1, 2023 – when the Department of Education’s new PSLF regulations are set to take effect, in order to ensure all public servants with federal student loans can benefit from this historic waiver. Since the Department announced the limited PSLF waiver last October, more than 189,000 public servants have had their student loans forgiven through the program and one million have received an average of one additional year of PSLF credit.

“To date, the waiver has been overwhelmingly successful in reducing barriers for borrowers to receive PSLF relief, as the waiver accounts for almost all (91%) of the borrowers who have received forgiveness through the PSLF program through July 31, 2022,” wrote the lawmakers to Secretary Cardona. “The limited waiver [has] also [been] a lifeline for Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) borrowers who—for the first time—have seen their payments acknowledged in the PSLF program.”

Despite how many public servants have already benefited from the limited waiver, the lawmakers highlighted that these borrowers represent only a fraction of the public servants who are eligible for PSLF. According to the Student Borrower Protection Center’s estimates, only 15% of the 9 million public service workers with student debt have filed paperwork to track their qualifying payments under PSLF. The lawmakers also echoed the more than 20 state attorneys general who warned that fundamental programmatic problems with the PSLF program will immediately return – likely in a more exacerbated manner – if the waiver ends before the Department of Education implements its new PSLF regulations.

“Extending the PSLF waiver will also allow more military service members and federal employees to make progress towards loan forgiveness through PSLF. Though the Department has announced that it is currently working to ensure that all federal agencies and departments automatically provide credit for PSLF for members of the military and federal employees, this program is not yet in place,” added the lawmakers. “Military and federal data matches are critical to ensuring that the Department can identify which borrowers are eligible for PSLF and provide them automatic relief.”

Sen. Menendez and many of his colleagues have long called on the Department of Education to make comprehensive fixes to the PSLF program, which has faced scrutiny for several implementation challenges since its inception in 2007, with only 1 to 2 percent of PSLF applicants being approved each year prior to the Biden Administration proposing a sweeping overhaul of the PSLF program. Today’s effort comes more than a month after Sen. Menendez and several of his colleagues led a group of more than 100 lawmakers in calling on the Biden Administration to extend the PSLF waiver deadline.

This effort is supported by 35 advocacy groups, including: AASA, The School Superintendents Association, Accountable.us, American Association of University Women (AAUW), American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC), American Council on Education (ACE), American Federation of Teachers (AFT), American Psychological Association (APA), OCA- Asian Pacific American Advocates, Association of Young Americans (AYA), Chicago Foundation for Women (CFW), Community Service Society of New York (CSSNY), Consumer Action, Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), Fosterus, Maryland Center for Collegiate Financial Wellness (MCCFW), National Action Network Washington Bureau, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), National Association of Social Workers (NASW), National Council of Nonprofits, National Education Association (NEA), National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU), National Women’s Law Center (NWLC), New Leaders, New Jersey Citizen Action, Public Law Center, Social Current, Student Borrower Protection Center (SBPC), Student Debt Crisis Center (SDCC), The Arc, The Education Trust, The Institute for College Access & Success (TICAS), UnidosUS, and Virginia Poverty Law Center (VPLC).

Joining Sens. Menendez, Kaine, Gillibrand, and Van Hollen in the Senate in signing the letter are: Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), and Sens. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Bob Casey (D-Pa.), Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Alex Padilla (D-Calif.), Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), Tina Smith (D-Minn.), Mark Warner (D-Va.), Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.).

Joining Reps. Sarbanes, Hayes, and Courtney in the House in signing the letter are: Reps. Alma Adams (D-N.C.-12), Colin Allred (D-Texas-32), Cynthia Axne (D-Iowa-03), Nanette Barragán (D-Calif.-44), Karen Bass (D-Calif.-37), Suzanne Bonamici (D-Ore.-01), Jamaal Bowman (D-N.Y.-16), Brendan Boyle (D-Pa.-02), Shontel Brown (D-Ohio-11), Salud Carbajal (D-Calif.-24), Sean Casten (D-Ill.-06), Judy Chu (D-Calif.-27), David Cicilline (D-R.I.-01), James E. Clyburn (D-S.C.-06), J. Luis Correa (D-Calif.-46), Angie Craig (D-Minn.-02), Danny K. Davis (D-Ill.-07), Rosa L. DeLauro (D-Conn.-03), Mark DeSaulnier (D-Calif.-11), Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.-12), Lloyd Doggett (D-Texas-35), Adriano Espaillat (D-N.Y.-13), Dwight Evans (D-Pa.-03), Ruben Gallego (D-Ariz.-07), Jesús “Chuy” García (D-Ill.-04), Sylvia Garcia (D-Texas-29), Jimmy Gomez (D-Calif.-34), Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.-03), Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas-18), Sara Jacobs (D-Calif.-53), Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.-07), Derek Kilmer (D-Wash.-06), John B. Larson (D-Conn.-01), Brenda Lawrence (D-Mich.-14), Teresa Leger Fernandez (D-N.M.-03), Stephen F. Lynch (D-Mass.-08), Lucy McBath (D-Ga.-06), Betty McCollum (D-Minn.-04), James McGovern (D-Mass.-02), Jerry McNerney (D-Calif.-09), Gwen Moore (D-Wisc.-04), Grace Napolitano (D-Calif.-32), Marie Newman (D-Ill.-03), Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.-At-Large), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.-14), Frank Pallone Jr. (D-N.J.-06), Jimmy Panetta (D-Calif.-20), Bill Pascrell Jr. (D-N.J.-09), Chellie Pingree (D-Maine-01), Katie Porter (D-Calif.-45), Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.-07), Mike Quigley (D-Ill.-05), Jamie Raskin (D-Md.-08), Deborah K. Ross (D-N.C.-02), C. A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-Md.-02), Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.-01), Gregorio Sablan (D-N. Mariana Is.-At-Large), Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.-09), David Scott (D-Ga.-13), Adam Smith (D-Wash.-09), Abigail Spanberger (D-Va.-07), Haley Stevens (D-Mich.-11), Thomas Suozzi (D-N.Y.-03), Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.-15), Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.-13), David Trone (D-Md.-06), Juan Vargas (D-Calif.-51), Nydia M. Velázquez (D-N.Y.-07), Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-N.J.-12), Peter Welch (D-Vt.-At-Large), Susan Wild (D-Pa.-07), Nikema Williams (D-Ga.-05), and John A. Yarmuth (D-Ky.-03).

Find a copy of the letter HERE and below.

Dear Secretary Cardona:

Thank you for your continued efforts to improve the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program. As you are aware, the limited PSLF waiver, announced last October, has significantly improved the lives of the more than 189,0001 public servants who have had their student loans forgiven though the program and the one million2 who have received an average of one additional year of PSLF credit. Given the upcoming October 31, 2022 limited PSLF waiver deadline, we write to reiterate our request3 that the Department of Education extend its deadline until July 1, 2023—when the Department’s new PSLF regulations will take effect—in order to ensure that all public servants with federal student loans are able to benefit from this historic waiver. 

To date, the waiver has been overwhelmingly successful in reducing barriers for borrowers to receive PSLF relief, as the waiver accounts for almost all (91%) of the borrowers who have received forgiveness through the PSLF program through July 31, 2022.4 The limited waiver is also a lifeline for Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) borrowers who—for the first time—have seen their payments acknowledged in the PSLF program. Yet, data indicates that only a fraction of the public servants who are eligible for PSLF have utilized the waiver. According to the Student Borrower Protection Center’s estimates, only 15% of the 9 million public service workers with student debt have filed paperwork to track their qualifying payments under PSLF.5

As more than 20 state attorneys general have pointed out, “[g]iven the essential benefits provided by the limited PSLF waiver, and the fact that fundamental problems with the PSLF program will immediately return (likely in an exacerbated form) upon the waiver’s end, we have grave concerns about the plans to end the waiver . . . before the Department’s new PSLF regulations take effect.”These attorneys general, alongside the education advocacy, government, and non-profit community as a whole, agree that operationalizing and explaining the waiver has been an incredible challenge for the Department, as well as its servicers. Such challenges have left numerous public servants confused about how the waiver, consolidation, and the Department’s one-time review to fix forbearance and deferment failures will work. This is especially true for FFEL borrowers and borrowers who still hold joint consolidated loans from the Department, many of whom are still unaware that they may have an opportunity to qualify for PSLF under the limited PSLF waiver.

Importantly, extending the PSLF waiver will also allow more military service members and federal employees to make progress towards loan forgiveness through PSLF. Though the Department has announced that it is currently working to ensure that all federal agencies and departments automatically provide credit for PSLF for members of the military and federal employees, this program is not yet in place. Military and federal data matches are critical to ensuring that the Department can identify which borrowers are eligible for PSLF and provide them automatic relief.

Since the deadline of October 31, 2022 to qualify for PSLF under the waiver program is less than one month away, we ask that the Department extend this deadline in order to ensure that all public servants with federal student loans are able to benefit from this historic waiver.

Sincerely,

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HISPANIC HERITAGE AWARDS by John Reilly via 360 Magazine

THE 35th HISPANIC HERITAGE AWARDS

Complete Talent Lineup Now Set For The Friday, September 30th Broadcast On PBS

Host & Performers announced for the 35th Hispanic Heritage Awards:

The Already Announced 2022 Honorees Are:

 The Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF) today announces this year’s host, and performers for the 35thth Annual Hispanic Heritage Awards –  to be broadcast Friday, September 30th, on PBS Stations. The historic program, which was created by the White House to commemorate the establishment of Hispanic Heritage Month in America, is among the highest honors by Latinos for Latinos and supported by 40 national Hispanic-serving institutions. (An announcement about HHF’s in-person Hispanic heritage celebration in Washington, DC, is forthcoming.)

Modeled on the same format which set new ratings records for the broadcast across the last two years, this year’s presentation will once again feature intimately filmed segments captured on location across the United States and Latin America. In addition to the exclusive honoree profiles (detailed again below), the show will be hosted by actress Stephanie Beatriz – widely known for voicing the character of Mirabel Madrigal in Disney’s Oscar-winning 2021 film Encanto, as well as her portrayal of Carla  in the motion picture adaption of In The Heights, and as Detective Rosa Diaz in the action-comedy tv series Brooklyn Nine-Nine.

 Continuing the Hispanic Heritage Awards’ long-running tradition of also celebrating the richness and stylistic diversity of Hispanic music and culture, the 35th anniversary broadcast will once again spotlight special musical guests spanning from established superstars to the introduction of essential new voices that will carry the communities’ music well into the future.  This year, that collection features multi-GRAMMY and/or LATIN GRAMMY winners such as Colombian Vallenato champion and previous Hispanic Heritage Award honoree Carlos Vives, beloved Mexican singer-songwriter Julieta Venegas, and one of Cuba’s leading Timba/tropical music ambassadors Aymée Nuviola.  Standouts of a new generation are also represented by already Platinum certified Panamanian Urban singer-songwriter Boza,, Interscope signed rising Puerto Rican star Robi (who will perform a heartfelt tribute to LEGEND honoree Daddy Yankee), and the first national TV performance of Cuban raised, and now Nashville based captivating rock guitarist and singer Hector Tellez Jr,  – whose prowess already finds him backed by Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Peter Buck, and Seattle Rock Scene veterans Barrett Martin (producer & drums) and bassist Dune Butler.

“We are thrilled to honor yet another inspirational class of Hispanic Heritage Awardees, and to pay tribute to them through these amazing performers and entertainers on the PBS broadcast,” said Jose Antonio Tijerino, president and CEO of HHF.  “Thanks to PBS and our corporate partners we will be able to share our celebration of cultural pride, accomplishment, and vision with all of America during Hispanic Heritage Month and year-round.  Stay tuned for our announcement for the in-person celebration.”

 Presented by TARGET with Official Broadcast Sponsorship by Nationwide, and hosted by Google, the 35th Annual Hispanic Heritage Awards will air Friday, September 30th on PBS stations and stream on Public Broadcasting Service and the PBS Video app.  This year’s deserving honorees spotlighted throughout the broadcast and announced over the past two months are trailblazing Reggaeton superstar Daddy Yankee, Marvel Studios executive producer Victoria Alonso, Oscar Winner Ariana Debose, multiple GRAMMY winners Los Lobos, aviation pioneer Olga Custodio and ‘Back To The Roots’ co-founders Alejandro Velez & Nikhil Arora. They join the ranks of  HHA winners across the last 35 years, that includes Rita Moreno, Celia Cruz, Tito Puente, Gloria Estefan, Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Martin Sheen, Ricky Martin, Rubén Blades, Fania All-Stars, José Feliciano, Los Tigres Del Norte, Anthony Quinn, Juanes, Diego Luna, Juan Luis Guerra, and right up to the continued relevancy of recent winners such as Carlos Santana, Linda Ronstadt, Bad Bunny, Ivy Queen, Zoe Saldana, Residente, Selena Gomez and more inspiring figures ranging from essential farmworkers to pioneering NASA engineers.

About the Hispanic Heritage Foundation  

The Hispanic Heritage Awards serve as a launch of HHF’s year-round mission focused on education, workforce, social impact and culture through the lens of leadership.  HHF is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. 

For more information, visit www.hispanicheritage.org and follow the Hispanic Heritage Foundation on InstagramFacebookTwitter, and TikTok.

NEW RV WITH CORNER OFFICE

Remote work – it’s what RVers across the country are doing and Fleetwood RV is making that scenario easier with the introduction of its brand-new Frontier GTX Class A Diesel luxury motorhome that features a dedicated office. The Frontier GTX 37RT floorplan includes an office that’s been designed to deliver the space, technology, convenience, and privacy needed by those working from the road.

The Frontier® GTX 37RT is a 37-foot motorhome with three, flat-floor slide outs that deliver plenty of interior room. The Corner Office™ is an option and is strategically located at the rear of the coach so it’s away from daily life activities.

“We developed the 37RT office configuration after listening to our current customers, as well as new owners entering the RV space,” said Doug Miller, product manager for REV Recreation Group’s Class A products. “We found quite a bit of interest in the ability to work remotely and have children engage in distance learning. Based on that, we wanted to offer a floorplan that could accommodate the new reality of living, working, and educating anywhere.”

The space is cleverly arranged and includes an L-shaped desk with a built-in monitor and multiple nearby outlets. A large window tops the desk to bring in natural light and deliver a view of the outdoors. Drawers below and cabinets above provide convenient storage within easy reach for files and other supplies. A stylish barn door of frosted glass and wood closes off the space when ultimate quiet and privacy are needed. To ensure phone and video calls go off without a hitch, the GTX offers an optional connectivity package that includes WiFi Ranger™ Sky4 ProPack w/LTE and weBoost® Cell Booster.

“If you think about a family who’s traveling in a 37-foot RV, activities can continue in the main living area of the coach while someone is in the secluded office conducting a call, responding to emails, or taking a test,” said Miller. “We feel the 37RT floorplan provides privacy, flexibility, and function without sacrificing any of the features and amenities that are important to RVers.”

Frontier GTX Specs

The Frontier GTX model is built for a smooth and powerful drive on the open road and is stocked with upgrades that make RV life easy.  

  • Freightliner custom raised rail chassis that delivers stability and allows for full pass-through basement storage
  • Freedom Sport Foundation
  • Cummins® 6.7L, 360HP engine
  • Allison® 3000 series, 6-speed transmission
  • 10k towing capacity
  • Aqua-Hot® 400D for on-demand hot water
  • 8.0 KW Onan® generator
  • 100-gallon fuel tank and 100-gallon freshwater tank 

The Frontier GTX is available in two floorplans – the 37RT and 39TA. The interior of each boasts significant luxury appointments.

  • Full flat floor throughout the coach
  • Polished porcelain tile flooring
  • All-electric appliances, including a residential-sized refrigerator, induction cooktop, and convection microwave
  • Beautiful solid surface countertops in the living area, kitchen, and bathrooms
  • The kitchen also features a stainless-steel farmhouse sink and glass tile backsplash
  • Privacy window surround 

Frontier GTX Floorplans

The Frontier GTX is initially rolling out two floorplans – one that features an office and another with a unique bed configuration – and will expand the line in 2023 with one additional floorplan. 

37RT – With its three slides, including a full wall on the passenger/patio side, the 37’ RV can easily accommodate a family or traveling couple. The front living area features a Dream Dinette that quickly converts from a table into a bed and a queen sleeper sofa that can be upgraded to power motion loungers. For who would like extra sleeping capacity, an optional Hide-A-Loft drop-down bed with an LED TV can be added. For coziness, the 37RT offers a standard electric fireplace in the living area. The all-electric kitchen with top-tier appliances also includes a pantry and the lavatory features a roomy 38” x 30” shower with a glass door. The master bedroom is a dream with a king bed and deluxe wardrobe closet. The closet is decked out with a dresser, hanging wardrobe space, pull-out hamper, overhead shelf storage, and numerous drawers. An optional side-by-side washer/dryer can also be specified. The Corner Office™ takes a portion of the wardrobe area to create the ultimate “work-from-the-road” option that’s available to RVers.  

39TA – At 39’ and with two slides, the 39TA offers its own set of well-thought-out features. To begin with, both slides are located on the driver’s side, which means the passenger side of the coach is completely free for outside patio entertaining under the RV’s large awning. In addition, the coach’s luggage bays are easily accessible. Next, the front of the coach features the exclusive multi-purpose Adap-table® Dinette that serves as a convenient workstation or breakfast bar for two. By swinging the table out vertically, it easily hosts a dinner party for four.

In addition, the 39TA offers the much-sought-after 1-½ bath configuration. The full bath is located mid-ship with a half bath situated in the rear of the coach off the master bedroom. The layout means family members and guests have easy access to the full bath, which keeps the master area more private and less trafficked.

Finally, the master suite features a “north/south” queen bed. Instead of being against an outside wall, the bed is positioned in the center of the room, which allows ample space to walk around and easily make it in the morning. For those who like to watch TV in bed, a drop-down LED TV in the ceiling comes standard. Behind the bed and its headboard is a walled space that accommodates the half bath along with wardrobe storage.

“Another advantage of the “north/south” bed is the fact that, since the bed isn’t housed in a slide, it can remain fully extended while the coach is moving. That means you can access the entire bed and take a nap even when the slides are in,” explained Miller. “We’re extremely excited about each of the GTX floorplans because they are innovative in their own way and are designed to give RV owners exactly what they’re looking for.”

The Frontier GTX from Fleetwood RV has a starting MSRP of approximately $400,000. 

Fleetwood RV® is a brand within REV Recreation Group, Inc., a subsidiary of REV Group, Inc.  

To see the latest Fleetwood RV models and for travel tips and ideas, visit FleetwoodRV.com or follow Fleetwood RV on Facebook and Instagram.

Steve Harvey partners with EYL for Invest Fest via Nottingham Group for use by 360 MAGAZINE

STEVE HARVEY × EYL

Today, TV icon Steve Harvey and Earn Your Leisure the #1 business and financial literacy podcast partner to announce Invest Fest 2022 in Atlanta, Georgia. The annual event, which runs from August 5 to 7, offers a weekend-long assortment of activities focused on investing, entrepreneurship, pop culture, and entertainment. Speakers will include Steve HarveyEYL hosts Rashad Bilal and Troy MillingsRick RossT.I., Charlamagne Tha GodTerrence J and many more. Buy tickets HERE.

Based on the hugely successful Earn Your Leisure podcast, Invest Fest 2022 is equal parts education and entertainment. Attendees will gain access to the vendor marketplace, immersive activities based on finance, and panel discussions as well as food trucks and live music performances. Additionally, major celebrities and entrepreneurs will share their inspiring stories in live fireside chats and panel discussions.

“People have got to start investing in themselves, Steve Harvey says. When you go to Invest Fest, you invest in yourself. Why would you not do that?” He especially encourages people to go without preconceptions. Be open to learn everything that will be poured into you. Stay open-minded. The majority of things that have happened to me have happened in ways I didn’t see coming, but I was open to it.”

EYL co-founder Troy Millings believes Harvey’s philosophy and star power will take Invest Fest to the next level. “Steve’s illustrious career gives him an incredible reach around the world, which makes him a perfect partner as we’re on a mission to spread our message globally, he says. That sentiment is echoed by fellow co-founder Matthew Garland. “Our mission in partnering with Steve Harvey is that we will make Invest Fest the premiere festival for financial literacy, he adds, and further expand our reach with global top business leaders.”

Equally suited to the financially savvy and newcomers alike, topics covered at Invest Fest 2022 include crypto, estate planning, how to get money from the government, insurance, marketing, real estate, stocks, taxes, and more. General admission tickets start at $249, while there are also Silver, Gold, and Lifetime VIP packages that include backstage access, a VIP networking event, musical performances, and even a private dinner with EYL and friends. See the assorted packages HERE.

Invest Fest was founded by Rashad BilalTroy MillingsMatthew Garland, and Michael MacDonald. It is the #1 business and financial literacy podcast in the U.S. with more than 1.1 million Instagram followers and 859K YouTube subscribers. Invest Fest 2022 takes place at the Georgia World Congress Center between August 5 and 7.

Troy Millings & Rashad Bilal

Travel graphic via Samantha Miduri for use by 360 Magazine

2023 ZEITZ MOCAA × UNIVERSITY OF THE WESTERN CAPE MUSEUM

The 2023 Zeitz MOCAA & University of the Western Cape (UWC) Museum Fellowship Programme call for applications officially opens on 15 June 2022.

This call marks the second iteration of the year-long programme, developed to educate a new generation of art and museum professionals from Africa. With the aim to foster the growth of curatorial practice and advance scholarship on contemporary art discourse from the continent, the programme offers fellows exposure to museum practice facilitated by Zeitz MOCAA senior staff and is underpinned by rigorous academic scholarship at UWC’s Department of History and Centre for Humanities Research (CHR). 

“We are pleased to once again be collaborating with the University of the Western Cape on this incredible initiative to educate the next generation of exhibition makers and curatorial thinkers. We remain committed to merging scholarship on contemporary art production and circulation from Africa and its diaspora and hope to contribute to a new group of skilled professionals looking to work within museums, galleries, art centres, private and public collection management, biennials, art publishing, festivals, universities and more,” says Koyo Kouoh, Executive Director and Chief Curator at Zeitz MOCAA

During the 12-month Museum Fellowship Programme, fellows will engage in discourse around contemporary art, curatorial practice, art education, conservation, heritage and museology from Africa and the African diaspora. They will study and work with both institutions towards an accredited BA Honours qualification. This includes enrolling in courses on historiography, curatorship, museums, heritage and public history at UWC’s Department of History as well as obtaining work experience at Zeitz MOCAA in the Curatorial, Collections & Exhibition Management, Art Education and Institutional Advancement departments. Successful fellows will actively contribute to the research, planning, execution and management of museum projects, ranging from exhibitions, publishing and public programming to art education and fundraising.

“It is fitting that applications for the 2023 Zeitz MOCAA & University of the Western Cape (UWC) Museum Fellowship Programme opens one day before South Africa’s Youth Day on 16 June and during Youth Month. Our aim is to continue promoting narratives that are important to the building of artistic and curatorial communities and this feeds directly into the South African government’s goals of developing plans for a more effective arts and culture curriculum and supporting income and funding models for arts and culture initiatives,” says Rory Bester, Associate Professor in the Department of History at UWC.

The Fellowship begins in January 2023 and is open to individuals who are citizens of an African country. It covers the costs of tuition, accommodation, basic health insurance and a monthly stipend. Travel to South Africa and visa costs are not included. 

Applications for the 2023 programme close on 15 July 2022 and successful applicants will be contacted directly by 5 September 2022. Only the first 150 applications received will be considered for review.

For more information and to apply, visit zeitzmocaa.museum

Zeitz MOCAA and the University of the Western Cape (UWC) celebrate diversity in all its forms, including gender, ethnicity and sexual orientation. 

The Zeitz MOCAA & University of the Western Cape (UWC) Museum Fellowship Programme is supported by Zeitz MOCAA, the University of the Western Cape, AKO Foundation and Africa No Filter.