Sturm College of Law Dean to Meet With More Than 5,000 Alumni in His First Year

Newly appointed Dean of University of Denver’s Sturm College of Law announces plan to meet with more than 5,000 alumni throughout the US during his first year.

Bruce Smith, Dean of the University of Denver’s Sturm College of Law, plans to meet with thousands of Sturm alumni in Colorado and around the U.S. during his first year as Dean. The goal is to engage with 5,280 alumni this academic year in a campaign known as the DU Extra Mile. The goal of meeting with 5,280 alumni symbolizes an important number to the University of Denver community. Commonly heard around campus, the city of Denver sits 5,280 feet above sea level, also earning it the nickname “Mile High City”.

Dean Smith’s journey is being documented in an interactive map on the Sturm College of Law website, with the dean also sharing posts and updates about his meetings on Twitter. To date, he has visited with 2,112 alumni in 61 cities in Colorado and in San Francisco. During his meetings, he has taken part in discussions with alumni related to law, philanthropy and new concepts for alumni engagement.

Dean Bruce Smith was appointed to be the 20th Dean of Sturm College of Law in July 2016. Prior to joining the University of Denver, he served as dean of the University of Illinois College of Law from 2009-2014, where he also taught since 2006. Specializing in Anglo-American criminal procedure, Dean Smith is internationally recognized and authored History of the Common Law: The Development of Anglo-American Legal Institutions. He has taught as a visiting faculty member at George Washington University, the University of Luxembourg and University of Michigan Law School. He also practiced law in Washington, D.C., focusing on intellectual property law and sports law. His appointment to the position of Dean in 2016 represented a continued commitment to the advancement of Sturm, and a commitment to increasing alumni engagement and deepening collaboration within the Denver community and beyond. The DU Extra Mile campaign represents one major step towards realizing these long-term goals.

For more information and to track where Dean Smith has been, visit the DU Extra Mile page on the Sturm College of Law website, or follow along on Twitter at #duxtramile.

CURE Brings Together Citizens and Researchers to Find a Cure For Epilepsy

The CURE founders joined together to “spearhead the search for a cure.” Since CURE’s Inception, they have helped create a dramatic shift in the way epilepsy is researched and understood.

 

Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy (CURE) is a non-profit organization committed to raising awareness and finding a cure for epilepsy. The organization was founded in 1998 by a small group of parents of children who suffered from epilepsy who were unwilling to take a passive role in protecting their children from seizures and negative side effects of existing epilepsy medications and treatments. The CURE founders joined together to “spearhead the search for a cure”, and have helped create a dramatic shift in the way epilepsy is researched and understood. Since the organization’s founding, it has grown into a worldwide movement and raised more than $43 million to fund research initiatives that are helping to develop a cure.

CURE has several programs that are helping the scientific and medical community better understand the underlying causes of epilepsy. The Epilepsy Genetics Initiative (EGI) focuses on collecting data that will help develop a personalized approach to epilepsy. CURE also leads research initiatives for different types of epilepsy including Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP) and Infantile Spasms (IS).  The organization works with an internal scientific team of epilepsy researchers, a Scientific Advisory Council and a Lay Review Council. All three bodies help review grant applications and distribute funding for new and expanded epilepsy research being conducted all over the world.

Each year, CURE presents grant awards to promising research working towards a breakthrough in understanding and finding a cure for different types of epilepsy. These awards are in the form of two year research grants of up to $250,000, and have the potential to make a significant impact on the lives of individuals living with epilepsy.

The 2016 CURE Research Award Recipients represent scientific researchers working on breakthrough discoveries in epilepsy all around the globe. Grant recipients include researchers from University of Colorado, Boulder, Boston Children’s Hospital, Baylor College of Medicine, the University of Melbourne, the University of British Columbia and others. CURE also gives Innovator Awards in the form of 1 year grants of up to $50,000 to highly innovative concepts relevant to epilepsy. 2016 Innovator Award recipients represented researchers from Italy, Connecticut and Massachusetts.

For more information on CURE and the CURE Research Awards, visit  the CURE website.

Cachet Hospitality Group to Debut SAVANT Hotel Bangkok

Cachet Hospitality Group announces its partnership with Vela Hotels Co., Ltd in opening its SAVANT Vela Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand.

Cachet Hospitality Group (CHG) will debut SAVANT Vela Hotel, its affordable lifestyle brand, in Bangkok, Thailand later this year. Cachet is partnering with real estate owner and developer Vela Hotels Co., Ltd. to develop the hotel, which will open near Siam Square in Bangkok. The SAVANT Vela will be located in close proximity to major tourist destinations in the city including Siam Center, MBK Shopping Mall and Sea Life Bangkok Ocean World.

The opening of the SAVANT Vela-Bangkok represents one of the first steps in Cachet Hotel Group’s plans for rapid expansion in Southeast Asia. The hotel is CHG’s second property in Bangkok and the first SAVANT brand hotel in the Southeast Asia region.

Designed to be a stylish and affordable space for travelers in one of the world’s highest ranked travel destinations, the SAVANT is set to open in November 2017 and will feature 72 guest rooms, a bar with an array of affordable wine tasting options, a lounge and a workout studio.

Following the announcement of SAVANT’s debut, Cachet Hospitality Group also announced the appointment of new leaders that will oversee the brand’s growth in Southeast Asia. Kimy Chen was promoted to President of Southeast Asia, Pauline Choo was promoted to CHG’s Bangkok- based Cachet Global Interior Design Division, Jitsak Lim-Pakornkul joined CHG Southeast Asia as Director of Brand Marketing, and Sorachai Rojanasuwan joined the team as Director of Business Development, Southeast Asia.

Alex Mirza, CHG’s President and CEO, stated that the appointment of new leadership and the signing of the SAVANT Bangkok represented the company’s commitment to expansion in the region.

The Cara Program Annual Gala Will Celebrate 5,400 Chicagoans Who Have Bettered Their Lives Through Cara

The Cara Program hosted its annual gala celebrating the program graduates who have been placed in jobs in conjunction with the organization.

The Cara Program is a Chicago-based nonprofit that provides job training and placement services for city residents impacted by homelessness and poverty. The organization holds its annual gala on March 31st at Morgan MFG in Chicago celebrating more than 5,400 Cara graduates who have been placed in jobs since the organization opened its doors.

Cara was founded in 1991 by Chicago philanthropist Tom Owens and serves individuals who face conditions that make it difficult for them to find quality jobs and stay employed. In addition to offering professional development and employment placement, Cara also offers personal development opportunities. These services equip individuals with the tools they need to break the cycle of poverty and empower them to make impactful changes within their own lives.

Cara’s annual gala will recognize community partners who have supported the organization and its graduates and will honor the many individuals Cara has served. Among those accepting honors at the Gala will be businessman Neil Bluhm, owner of Rivers Casino. He and Greg Carlin, CEO of Rush Street Gaming, the company that operates the casino, will be recognized for working with Cara graduates. Over the past five years, the Casino has hired 26 individuals who have graduated from Cara’s job training programs.

For more information on the Cara Program, visit: http://www.thecaraprogram.org/

Cachet Hospitality Group Recognizes Women Leaders in the Hospitality Industry

Cachet Hospitality Group honors the women a part of their leadership team in celebration of International Women’s Day.

In honor of International Women’s Day on March 8th, Cachet Hospitality Group published a post on their website honoring the women on the company’s leadership team. Women who were recognized included senior level managers Meredith Gelacak Mulligan, President of Hotel Operations-Americas, Kimy Chen, President of Southeast Asia, Lei Li, General Counsel, Yvonne Choi, Chief Marketing Officer, Pauline Choo, Managing Director of Design, Nicole Hendrix, Director of Operations – Americas and Jessie Li – Vice President of Business Development – Asia.

Cachet Hospitality Group, one of the Asia-Pacific’s leading international hospitality branding and management companies, has the most gender-diverse executive team of any Asian-based company in their industry. Women represent more than half of the company’s senior management team.

According to Accor and Diageo, women make up half of Asia’s workforce. However, in the hotel and hospitality industry, women represent only 20% of managerial positions and less the 10% of General Manager positions. While there is progress being made toward equal gender representation in the industry’s leadership, companies like CHG have recognized that more work needs to be done.

In their International Women’s Day post, CHG stated that they have made working towards gender equality a priority within their own business. The company has set a goal for women in company management positions to reflect the representation of women in the overall workforce. CHG has hotels and restaurants in Southeast Asia and China, and in North America in the U.S. and Mexico, and plans to foster the growth of women in management positions in all of their locations. CHG is working to achieve this goal by providing mentorship and growth opportunities for women in the company, and growing the pipeline for the next generation of women leaders in the hospitality industry.

Gallup Energy Logistics Park (GELP) Receives National Certification for Development Potential

New Mexico announces their selection by GELP to develop their railway system.

In January 2017, BNSF Railway Company selected Gallup Energy Logistics Park (GELP) in Gallup, NM as one of six new certified rail sites, recognized for its development potential. The BNSF Site Certification program not only recognizes these sites for their growth potential but also features them on certain BNSF marketing materials and helps connect them with new economic development opportunities.

GELP is one of two New Mexico certified sites, joining Central New Mexico Rail Park in Los Lunas, NM. Four other sites named in January include AgriTech Park in Great Falls, MT, Ameripointe Logistics Park in Ardmore, OK, Commerce Center of Southeast Iowa in Middletown, IA and John W. Kelsey Business and Technology Park in Greenville, IL. These six newly-certified sites are among only ten sites nationwide.

According to a press release from BNSF Railways, factors that were analyzed while making the site selection included the availability of utilities and public services, site access to highways, proper industrial zoning and land ownership and transparency. GELP was selected because of its central location, existing and planned state investment and a planned expansion of up to 2,500 acres.
On February 9, 2017, New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez announced the selection of GELP and Central New Mexico Rail Park and recognized the potential the Gallup site brought to the state’s economic development opportunities. Governor Martinez noted that one of the state’s top priorities is becoming a leader in commerce and trade, and stated the value of the certification in helping New Mexico become a leader in national and international business.

Cachet Boutique New York Hotel to Debut in Spring 2017

A Cachet Boutique hotel is planning to open in Manhattan in Spring 2017.

In January 2017, Merchants Hospitality, Inc. and Cachet Hospitality Group (CHG) entered into an agreement to open Cachet Boutique New York Hotel in Manhattan during Spring of 2017. Located in midtown Manhattan on West 42nd St., the hotel will open in an important cultural center of the city with close proximity to Times Square, Broadway theaters, the Javits Convention Center, Central Park, Madison Square Garden and more social and cultural destinations.

Cachet Boutique New York will be the first Cachet Boutique in the United States, and its opening marks the continued expansion of the brand into North America. The Cachet Boutique brand has locations across the Asia-Pacific in China and Thailand.

Meredith Gelacak, Cachet Hospitality Group’s President of Hotel Operations-America, stated in a press release that Cachet was honored to be partnering with Merchants Hospitality and bringing the brand to New York City.

Cachet Boutique New York will feature a signature farm-to-table bar and restaurant, an indoor-outdoor wine terrace and outdoor wellness area, as well as the Cachet brand’s signature luxury and technology offerings within guestrooms. Hotel renovations will be completed in Spring 2017, with interior renovations being led by Cachet Interior Design (CID).