“Living in Flow State” is Thursday Nov 19th

IG: carminabecerra

Division II schools recognized for academic excellence

Division II schools recognized for academic excellence


INDIANAPOLIS— Twenty-seven Division II member schools will be honored as part of the Presidents’ Award for Academic Excellence program, now in its fifth year, for achieving four-year Academic Success Rates of 90 percent or higher. Click here for full release

Questions about this release or other NCAA issues? Fill out our Media Inquiry Form, which goes directly to the appropriate staff member based on the fields you identify.

About academics
NCAA member universities and colleges strive to make athletics participation an integral part of the college athlete’s educational experience. NCAA membership develops rules and policies to ensure the academic commitment of college athletes and to increase the likelihood that they will earn degrees.
Learn more .

NCAA Resources
Stay up-to-date on NCAA news with
Twitter and find us on Facebook.

Media Center

Value of College Sports


NCAA Finances

Statistics and Records



New York – November 11, 2015: SHA Wellness Clinic, the pioneering luxury health resort near Alicante, Spain, garnered six awards last week from the prestigious  2015 Wellness Travel Awards by Spafinder Wellness 365™. Among the honors, SHA Wellness Clinic is recognized as “Best Spa in Europe” and, for the sixth year in a row, “Best Spa in Spain.”
Winners were selected by a panel of 33 travel and wellness industry journalists, who nominated 504 properties for consideration before narrowing the field to finalists in 53 countries and regions, and by over 10,000 consumers and travel agents who voted for their favorite locations across 20 categories.
SHA Wellness Clinic received a Crystal Award for “Best Spa in Europe” and “Best Spa in Spain,” an award only given to top spas, hotels/resorts and retreats around the world that offer exceptional wellness experiences, and collected additional awards for “Best Overall Healthy Living Program,” “Best for Healthy Cuisine,” “Best for Medical Services,” “Best for Nutrition,” “Best for Weight Loss,” “Best for Beauty & Anti-Aging,” “Best for Yoga,” and “Best for the ‘Wow’ Factor.”
“It is a tremendous honor to be given this award,” says Alejandro Bataller, Vice President of SHA Wellness Clinic.  “We continue to innovate, launch new treatments and welcome new professionals to our clinic – with now almost 300 experts from 35 different countries working at SHA – and this award is a testament to our hard work and dedication. We are proud to know that more than 40,000 people from all over the world have changed their health for the better, have enhanced their wellbeing and have managed to make a significant change to their lives. The best reward for these accomplishments is, precisely, this award.”
For more information about SHA Wellness Clinic, visit: www.ShaWellnessClinic.com.
To view more information about this year’s Wellness Travel Awards winners, visit: http://www.wellnesstravelawards.com/

SHA Wellness Clinic welcomes travelers from all six continents and features a 50,000-square-foot facility equipped with pools, fitness areas, 93 suites, and more than 80 treatment rooms. Linking traditional medicine and Eastern therapies, a staff of 250 – including highly renowned on-staff physicians – tends to guests’ every need, creating a tailored regimen that blends healthy cuisine, natural therapies, genetic/anti-ageing medicine, aesthetic medicine, fitness, and cognitive stimulation. A team of chefs prepare delicious macrobiotic meals – with each guest assigned his or her own nutrition regimen upon arrival. Guest suites are airy and large with terraces and wide views of the picturesque village of Altea and the Mediterranean. Founded by Alfredo Bataller, who converted to natural therapies as a way to successfully beat a serious illness, the SHA Wellness Clinic defines itself as an elegant, contemporary “temple of health and well-being.”

Spafinder Wellness, Inc. is the world’s largest marketing, gifting, incentives and rewards company for the wellness industry and the leading consumer resource for feeling good and living well all year round. With now over 26,000 wellness partners worldwide, including wellness travel destinations, fitness, yoga and Pilates studios, spas and salons, plus access to 4,500 massage therapists through Zeel’s on-demand massage services, millions of people find the resources and inspiration to keep well every day via the Spafinder Wellness 365™ brand.

SONIFI® has partnered with the Boston Park Plaza Hotel in deployment of New Guest Technology Solutions

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 11, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — SONIFI Solutions and the Historic Boston Park Plaza Hotel have partnered to deliver state-of-the-art in-room guest experiences.  The $100 million renovation will underscore the property as a Boston destination hotel that will showcase SONIFI’s innovative technology.

The Boston Park Plaza features 1,059 guest rooms, which will now be equipped with new Smart TVs powered by SONIFI’s STAY1000 platform.  SONIFI’s platform offers the flexibility and control to manage and launch value-added services, enriching the viewing experience of live TV channels, VOD and over-the-top (OTT) content.  In addition, the STAY1000 solution will create a unified brand experience for the Boston Park Plaza across guest room TVs and SONIFI’s patented mobile application.

“The Boston Park Plaza Hotel is pleased to partner with SONIFI in delivering the most advanced guest experience,” said June McDougall, General Manager. ‎“SONIFI has delivered innovative and rapid advancements in technology to address the ever-changing expectations of our hotel guests.”

“We’re looking forward to offering Boston Park Plaza Hotel the tools and technology to not only position their brand, but also to help them take their guest experience to the next level,” said Ahmad Ouri, Chief Executive Officer of SONIFI.  “With the addition of over-the-top applications, our unique early window for on demand movies and our industry leading mobile application, we’re helping them to stay at the forefront of guest entertainment technology and carve out their place as a true mainstay of Boston.”

About SONIFI® Solutions

SONIFI® Solutions, the leader in innovative guest engagement solutions for the hospitality and healthcare industries, serves 500 million travelers in approximately 1.2 million hotel rooms annually. The Company’s core services include: interactive television, mobility, guest internet access, and free-to-guest solutions along with unparalleled nationwide technical support and professional services.  For more information, please visit www.sonifi.com.

Casio America, Inc. Named As CES 2016 Innovation Award Honoree For Its Celviano Grand Hybrid Pianos

GP-500BP and GP-300 Pianos Combine the Advantages of Digital Technology with the Traditional Sound and Feel of Acoustic Pianos

DOVER, N.J., Nov. 11, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Casio America, Inc. today announced that it has been named as a CES 2016 Innovation Award Honoree for its newest CELVIANO Grand Hybrid GP-500BP and GP-300 pianos. Products entered in this prestigious program are judged by a preeminent panel of independent industrial designers, independent engineers and members of the trade media to honor outstanding design and engineering in cutting edge consumer electronics products across 27 product categories.

Bringing together the perfect combination of innovation and tradition, the new Grand Hybrid GP-500BP and GP-300 pianos have been refined for those who demand an authentic grand piano experience. They were designed to achieve a new level of piano authenticity and were in the development stages for more than three years. To simulate the complex and multi-faceted sound of an acoustic piano in a digital hybrid piano, the GP-500BP and GP-300 pianos feature Casio’s AiR Sound Source and are based on countless hours of precise analysis of not just one, but three of the world’s finest grand pianos. They also feature a Grand Acoustic System that faithfully represents the immersive sound of a grand piano. Using an exclusive amplification system, it reproduces the three-dimensional sound field generated by an acoustic grand. Additionally, a six-speaker multi-channel amplification system creates an immersive sound field like that of a 9-foot concert grand and fills the room with rich, complex sound, reaching both the performer and the audience.

“The Celviano Grand Hybrid Pianos provide musicians with ideal functionality and are a perfect fit for the most demanding and traditional pianists, all brought to life through our strong collaboration with C. Bechstein to reproduce incredible and iconic sounds,” said Stephen Schmidt, Vice President of Casio’s Electronic Musical Instrument Division. “We are honored to receive this recognition and will continue to provide the electronic music industry with innovative products by applying our technological expertise to increasingly take the piano experience to the next level.”

The prestigious CES Innovation Awards are sponsored by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™, the producer of CES 2016, the global gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies, and have been recognizing achievements in product design and engineering since 1976.

Entries are evaluated on their engineering, aesthetic and design qualities, intended use/function and user value, how the design and innovation of the product directly compares to other products in the marketplace and unique/novel features present. Products chosen as CES Innovation Honorees reflect innovative design and engineering in some of the most cutting edge tech products and services coming to market.

Casio’s GP-500BP and GP-300 pianos will be displayed at CES 2016, which runs January 6-9, 2016, in Las Vegas, Nevada and are available now at music dealers nationwide for MSRPs of $5,999 and $3,999, respectively. To learn more about Casio’s full portfolio of electronic musical instruments, please visit www.CasioMusicGear.com.

About Casio America, Inc.
Casio America, Inc., Dover, N.J., is the U.S. subsidiary of Casio Computer Co., Ltd., Tokyo, Japan, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of consumer electronics and business equipment solutions. Established in 1957, Casio America, Inc. markets calculators, keyboards, digital cameras, mobile presentation devices, disc title and label printers, watches, cash registers and other consumer electronic products. Casio has strived to fulfill its corporate creed of “creativity and contribution” through the introduction of innovative and imaginative products. For more information, visit www.casiousa.com.

BBB Scam Tracker is Important New Tool in the Fight Against Scams and Fraud


Ability to track regionally will help law enforcement find and prosecute scammers; consumers can see scams in their area

Arlington, VA (November 10, 2015) – Better Business Bureau has launched BBB Scam Tracker to provide consumers across North America with a place to report scams and fraud, and to warn others of malicious or suspicious activities. All 112 BBBs operating in Canada and the United States are now collecting information from consumers and processing data, which is shared with law enforcement agencies for use in identifying and prosecuting scammers.

“BBB helps consumers connect with businesses they trust, and warns them about dishonest practices,” said Mary E. Power, president and CEO of the Council of Better Business Bureaus (CBBB). “BBB has always been able to track specific information about businesses as part of the complaint process, and that procedure continues to evolve and grow, with nearly five million BBB Business Reviews. Scammers are different – they hone their techniques as they leave a trail of victims. As a crowdsourced tool with a human touch, BBB Scam Tracker exposes their fraudulent activity in real time.”

The free interactive online tool – found at bbb.org/scamtracker – offers a heat map showing where scams are being reported. Users can search using a variety of filters to see what scams are happening in their area, or track a particular type of scam, or even see how much money has been lost. Users can also report scams that they hear about, whether or not they have fallen victim.

BBB processes nearly a million complaints a year against legitimate businesses, but perpetrators of scams are not interested in resolving matters… even if they could be located. The data collection process for BBB Scam Tracker was designed to generate information that can be useful to law enforcement. Scam reports are being sent to the National Cyber-Forensics and Training Alliance (NCFTA) for analysis and collaboration with law enforcement to help stop the most flagrant scammers through prosecution and other legal means. BBBs also routinely share information on scams with federal, state and provincial agencies, and local law enforcement, and will make the data available to agencies in other countries to help shut down scammers based overseas.

In addition, BBB Scam Tracker reports will also prompt BBB tips and alerts, or serve as the basis for investigations, news releases, warnings, and trends analysis. BBB Scam Tracker is of great interest to the media, and the intake form asks consumers if they are willing to speak to a reporter about their experience.

BBB Scam Tracker began in 2014 as an innovative test among nine local BBBs. A grant from Target Corporation enabled CBBB to expand the service to all BBBs in Canada and the U.S. BBB Mexico is expected to join in the future.

In 2012, two local BBBs – one in Edmonton, Alberta, and one in Las Vegas, Nevada – were credited with helping bring down Jesse Willms, the notorious fraudster who bilked more than four million people. Power concluded, “Scammers use technology to defraud; BBB is using technology to stop them. This is one very significant case among thousands, and we were glad we could assist. Now that we have BBB Scam Tracker, we will be able to assist even more effectively.”



For more than 100 years, Better Business Bureau has been helping people find businesses, brands and charities they can trust. In 2014, people turned to BBB more than 165 million times for BBB Business Reviews on more than 4.7 million businesses and Charity Reports on 11,000 charities, all available for free at bbb.org. The Council of Better Business Bureaus is the umbrella organization for 113 local, independent BBBs across the United States, Canada and Mexico, as well as home to its national programs on dispute resolution, advertising review, and industry self-regulation.


Contact your local BBB. You can find your local office at bbb.org/bbb-locator


For more information, journalists should contact their local BBB (go to bbb.org/bbb-locator to find the nearest office). Your local BBB can tell you about scam reports in your area, connect you with scam victims, and pinpoint local trends.

National media outlets can contact CBBB at 703-247-9345 or khutt@council.bbb.org

Graduation Success Rate continues to climb


“More student-athletes than ever are earning degrees”


INDIANAPOLIS— The Graduation Success Rate for Division I college athletes has climbed to 86 percent – two points over last year and the highest rate ever. Click here for full release

Questions about this release or other NCAA issues? Fill out our Media Inquiry Form, which goes directly to the appropriate staff member based on the fields you identify.

About academics
NCAA member universities and colleges strive to make athletics participation an integral part of the college athlete’s educational experience. NCAA membership develops rules and policies to ensure the academic commitment of college athletes and to increase the likelihood that they will earn degrees. Learn more .

NCAA Resources
Stay up-to-date on NCAA news with Twitter and find us on Facebook.

Media Center

Value of College Sports


NCAA Finances

Statistics and Records