iGive Retailers Support National Week of Making

nation of makers imageFrom June 17 -23, 2016 the White House, in conjunction with groups from around the country, will celebrate the National Week of Making.  The effort promotes the experiences that inspire creativity in students and spark interest in STEM Careers. iGive.com is excited to see several participating retailers taking a key role in promoting this effort.

AT&T Aspire is joining in this movement and collaborating with two organization that help to broaden participation in inventing among young people.

  • Bitsbox will launch a home-based making and coding education pilot. Their goals is to double the overall number of young people making apps on the Bitsbox website to more than 1.2 million and are working explicitly to reach thousands of youth in under-represented communities.
  • Maker Media, with support from AT&T and several other companies, is committing to engage over 1 million kids nationally over the next 12 months in hands-on project based learning through online Maker Camps, Maker Faires and School Maker Faires.

The National Week of Making coincides with the National Maker Faire June 18-19 in Washington, D.C., that features makers from across the country and will include participation of numerous Federal Agencies such as the Department of Education, National Science Foundation, Small Business Administration, Department of Commerce, Department of Health and Human Services, National Endowment of the Arts, Institute of Museum and Library Services, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Corporation for National and Community Service, and the Smithsonian Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden.  This event is sponsored by Barnes & Noble, Intel, Microsoft, Radio Shack and many others.

EPA Honors DIRECTV With 2 Energy Star® Awards

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today that DIRECTV, now part of the AT&T* family, received the 2016 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award.

This recognizes our continued leadership in environmental protection through superior energy efficiency achievements. Additionally, the EPA honored DIRECTV with a 2016 ENERGY STAR Climate Communicator Award for its outstanding efforts to elevate the issue of climate change.

DIRECTV is being recognized for its work with Discovery Education to host a first-of-its-kind live virtual event in celebration of National ENERGY STAR Day. During the October event, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy spoke to over 16,000 students about the benefits of ENERGY STAR and how energy efficiency impacts the environment. The program and information continues to be available to students through a video of the event.

In addition, DIRECTV is being acknowledged for its continued commitment to set-top box innovation – delivering the technology customers want while achieving unprecedented energy efficiency. By delivering more than 10 million ENERGY STAR receivers in 2015, DIRECTV has offered customers millions of dollars in energy savings. DIRECTV has also improved upon its energy-saving whole-home DVR solution with its latest generation Genie® delivering one-third more efficiency than the previous version.

“We are excited to know that our ENERGY STAR certified set-top boxes and programs are making an impact,” said Henry Derovanessian, senior vice president – technology, AT&T Entertainment Group. “As we integrate DIRECTV’s product planning with that of AT&T, we are looking forward to future successes.”

“As AT&T and DIRECTV come together, we’re creating even stronger environmental initiatives,” said Charlene Lake, senior vice president – corporate social responsibility and chief sustainability officer, AT&T. “This recognition from ENERGY STAR is an honor. We look forward to continuing to work with the program to develop more energy efficient products. This ultimately creates a better future for us all.”

Prior to and during its acquisition by AT&T in July 2015, DIRECTV was named ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year for 3 consecutive years. The 2016 Sustained Excellence Award recognizes this ongoing leadership.

“By continued collaboration with ENERGY STAR, DIRECTV is helping Americans save money, save energy, and do their part to reduce our nation’s greenhouse gas emissions that exacerbate climate change,” said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. “I’m proud to recognize DIRECTV with the highest form of ENERGY STAR recognition, as the winner of the 2016 Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award. This company demonstrates a strong commitment to energy efficiency and to preserving a healthy planet for future generations.”

*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.

About AT&T
AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) helps millions around the globe connect with leading entertainment, mobile, high speed Internet and voice services. We’re the world’s largest provider of pay TV. We have TV customers in the U.S. and 11 Latin American countries. We offer the best global coverage of any U.S. wireless provider*. And we help businesses worldwide serve their customers better with our mobility and highly secure cloud solutions.

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AT&T Issues Call For Nominations For 2017 Heritage Calendar

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Western Carolina University students to write profiles of honorees

AT&T* is accepting nominations of individuals to be honored in the 2017 edition of “The Heritage Calendar: Celebrating the NC African-American Experience.”

The project honors men and women of all races who have contributed significantly to the lives and experiences of African-Americans in the state. In addition to monthly honorees, the calendar highlights dates of significance in North Carolina and nationally.

To nominate an individual for consideration, please go to www.ncheritagecalendar.com/nominate. Nominations for consideration for the 2017 edition must be received by April 15, 2016.

Western Carolina University is joining The Heritage Calendar project this year.  A team of WCU students, led by Elizabeth Gillespie McRae, associate professor of history and director of graduate social science education programs, will interview the honorees and write profiles to be published in the printed edition of the 2017 calendar and on the project’s website.

“We are excited about this opportunity for our students and our university,” said WCU Chancellor David O. Belcher. “This promises to be a great educational enhancement for our students, giving them valuable hands-on experience both as writers and as historians, while also enabling Western Carolina University to help people across the state to connect with their heritage and their neighbors.”

The 2016 Heritage Calendar’s honorees included:

  • Julius Chambers, James Ferguson and Adam Stein, founding members of a Charlotte law firm who championed a series of major civil rights cases in the 1970s;
  • Dudley Flood, a nationally-known educator;
  • Jana Jones Halls, a non-profit leader in Wilmington,
  • Joan Higginbotham, the third African-American woman to fly in space;
  • the late Zora Neale Hurston, one of America’s most significant African-American women writers;
  • John Harding Lucas, a Rocky Mount native whose career as an educator included serving as a public school principal and university president;
  • the late Moses “Bicycle Man” Mathis and Ann Mathis, community activists who have impacted children in need;
  • Ruth Revels, a Native American teacher who has spent her life working to build understanding and unity among all ethnicities;
  • the late Mary Duke Biddle Trent Semans, a philanthropist who helped ensure that her family’s foundation faithfully executed its mission of supporting higher education, health care and children’s welfare in the Carolinas;
  • Sylvia Sprinkle-Hamlin, the director of the Forsyth County Public Library;
  • Cleon Thompson, who served as chancellor at two universities over the span of a 49-year career in higher education; and
  • the late LeRoy Walker, the first African-American president of the United States Olympic Committee, who also served more than 40 years at NC Central University.

Another component of the project is lesson plans based on the life of each honoree, developed by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (DPI) and available online as resources for educators statewide.

Other primary supporters on The Heritage Calendar project are The News & Observer, Capitol Broadcasting Company/WRAL-TV, PNC Bank, and the Sheraton Raleigh hotel.

*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.

About AT&T
AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) helps millions around the globe connect with leading entertainment, mobile, high speed Internet and voice services. We’re the world’s largest provider of pay TV. We have TV customers in the U.S. and 11 Latin American countries. And we help businesses worldwide serve their customers better with our mobility and highly secure cloud solutions.

Additional information about AT&T products and services is available at http://about.att.com. Follow our news on Twitter at @ATT, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/att and YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/att.

© 2016 AT&T Intellectual Property. All rights reserved. AT&T, the Globe logo and other marks are trademarks and service marks of AT&T Intellectual Property and/or AT&T affiliated companies. All other marks contained herein are the property of their respective owners.

Employees Extend Holiday Cheer to More Than 37,200 K-12 Students

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As the holidays come to a close and students are returning to school, teachers across the country will have a special announcement for more than 37,200 students.  Their classroom project has been funded!

Thanks to the generosity of hundreds of AT&T employees during the company’s holiday giving campaign; more than $200,000 was donated through employee’s gifts and the company’s match to fund projects on DonorsChoose.org. Through DonorsChoose.org, teachers post classroom projects that they need help funding. Once that project is funded, the resources are shipped directly to the school. AT&T’s support of DonorsChoose.org is part of the company’s signature philanthropic initiative, AT&T Aspire, which drives innovation in education to help students succeed in school and beyond.

Through this funding, students will be able to participate in classroom projects such as:

  • Learning the scientific process and collaboration by building and testing simple machines using LEGOs with a lab partner in Chicago.
  • Building a model home powered by the sun and wind with state-of-the-art data wireless sensors and a built-in graphing analysis application in Brown Deer, Wisconsin.
  • Partnering with a local artist who airbrushes and sells fishing tackle, to teach students the trade with their new airbrushes and glass fusion kiln in Kalkaska, Michigan.
  • Creating book clubs where dance students will be able to learn more about their craft by reading Michaela DePrince’s “Talking Flight” in Jersey City, New Jersey.

I am so proud of my fellow employees for supporting students and teachers this holiday season. I cannot wait to see what they accomplish during their second semester!