Archives for April 2014

Nicole Tieman Salutes Sergeant Nicholas Tieman of the 82nd Airborne Division

returning photoWrapped in a blanket, I sat staring out my bedroom window, watching fat snowflakes slowly fall. My eyelids were heavy from exhaustion but I was determined to stay awake. It was Thursday and Nick told me he’d try to call that week- I couldn’t fall asleep in case he did.

It had been one month since he deployed to Kandahar; two since we married. I hadn’t spoken with him since the day he left Wisconsin for Fort Bragg, but I had a feeling I’d hear from him that night.

Just after 2:00 a.m. the phone rang. It was a blocked number so it had to be him. As I answered, a loud rush of sounds overwhelmed my quiet room. I waited for his voice but it never came- instead I heard a meek, trembling whimper from a woman on the other end, saying there had been an accident.

“There was an accident on base. We don’t have all the information, but men have been killed and we can’t locate your husband. We’ll call again when we learn more.”


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LUNGevity Hero Monica Barlow

This article first appeared on the site of our client, Lungevity, on April 8 2014.


“LUNGevity Foundation is proud to honor our April LUNGevity Hero, Monica Barlow, an incredible, dynamic, talented young woman who passed away in late February.  An inspiration to so many and a beloved member of the LUNGevity team, Monica served as a vocal advocate for lung cancer research, both as a spokesperson for LUNGevity Foundation’s Breathe Deep Baltimore and DC events and in news articles raising awareness of the disease.  She also was always available as a resource to fellow lung cancer survivors.

Monica graduated from the College of William and Mary.  She began interning for the Baltimore Orioles in 1999 and, but for one year with the Richmond Braves, remained an Oriole until her death.  Monica became involved with LUNGevity Foundation after her own stage IV lung cancer diagnosis in 2009.  She had developed an incessant cough while training to run a half marathon.  A never smoker with no family history of lung cancer, she was shocked to learn that an inoperable nodule had developed on her left lung and had spread to her lymph nodes and liver. [Read more…]

Ex-Cameroon Presidential Candidate Speaks at Benefit

The article below appeared in the Palm Beach Daily News on April 16, 2014


“The woman who sought the presidency of Cameroon in the face of death threats and a kidnapping was the guest speaker at a reception to benefit Vital Voices, an international non-governmental organization for women. The reception took place March 27 at Wally Findlay Galleries. James Borynack hosted the evening, which included cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and a discussion with Kah Walla and Susan Davis.

Walla is a women’s activist in Cameroon, where she was a popular candidate for the presidency – so popular that she was kidnapped by four men who claimed to be police officers protecting her so she would not be at the National Day festivities to represent her political party. She is global ambassador for Vital Voices Global Partnership and is recognized internationally for her commitment to Africa, development, women and youth.

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Celebrate Military Appreciation Month By Saluting Your Hero

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For the last 39 years, Susan Davis International has had the opportunity to not only aid the men and women of our Nation’s armed forces, but to identify ourselves as the leader in military communications. Through museums, memorials, and moments of remembrance, SDI has built a rich history of excellence with the military. This month SDI celebrates not only the launch of a new website, but that rich history and the observance of Military Appreciation Month.

What makes SDI truly unique is passion. The team at SDI has a driving passion for their clients, and their missions, that push them to go above and beyond and rise to any occasion. Throughout the month we will be sharing the stories of their military passions.  We hope that their stories will inspire you to share your own.

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Marine Corps Heritage Foundation Announces Recipients of 2014 Annual Awards

Foundation to recognize exemplary examples of creative art depicting Marine Corps culture and history at Annual Awards ceremony

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Updated May 2: Award winners stand on stage following the April 26 cermony

April 22, 2014

Dumfries, Va. – The Marine Corps Heritage Foundation is pleased to announce the recipients of the Foundation’s 2014 Annual Awards. The Honorable John Glenn will be presented the Lieutenant General John A. Lejeune Recognition for Exemplary Leadership, and Mr. Charles C. Scianna, Jr., president of Sim-Tex, L.P. will receive the Heritage Award for his support of the Foundation. Sixteen additional winners from across the nation will be recognized for their exemplary portrayal of Marine Corps history, culture and service in a broad range of fields, including photography, documentaries, journalism, poetry, nonfiction and fiction writing. The 2014 recipients will be recognized during the Annual Awards ceremony on April 26, at the National Museum of the Marine Corps, in Triangle, Va.

A distinguished group of judges, including editors, photographers and Marine Corps personnel, chose the 2014 winners. This year’s judges included actor, Marine Corps veteran and founder of Arts in the Armed Forces (AITAF), Adam Driver, and actress and AITAF’s Artistic Director, Joanne Tucker. Driver, who was nominated for a 2013 Emmy for his role in the popular HBO series “Girls” and has acted in such recent movies as “Lincoln” and “Inside Llewyn Davis,” enlisted in the Marine Corps following the attacks of September 11, 2001.

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Davis selected to speak at Ireland Day at the NYSE

SDI is proud to announce that our SDI Chairman, Susan Davis, was selected to speak at Ireland Day at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on Friday, March 14th, 2014. This half day international business summit will be attended by a unique group of global business and political leaders.

Our Top 10 DCoE Blogs of 2013

For the past five years SDI has provided communications support to the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE). SDI’s team at DCoE recently reviewed some of the most useful advice given to our service members and their families during 2013. The team posted the following article to the DCoE Blog.

In managing the effects of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI) or caring for people in your life who have these concerns, have you learned helpful coping mechanisms? Maybe you discovered hopeful treatments, became more in tuned with your children, found expression in the fine arts, fought the stigma of mental health or embraced ways to improve your mental health. If you haven’t, we can help. The DCoE Blog brought you all of this and more in 2013 and we think it’s worth taking another look at this information. Read on for recaps, and start 2014 knowing there are resources available to help you. [Read more…]


New York, NY and Landover, Md. (February 18, 2014) – It was announced today that BrightFarms, Inc. and Giant Food® are entering a path-breaking partnership to deliver year-round local produce to Giant stores throughout the Washington metropolitan area. Constructed near Giant’s store at 1535 Alabama Avenue in Southeast, Washington, D.C., the 100,000 square foot facility will be the largest urban greenhouse of its kind in the world.

This partnership reflects Giant’s strong commitment to promoting health and wellness in local communities. By growing locally, BrightFarms delivers produce that is thousands of miles fresher, more flavorful, and better for the neighborhood. The farm will grow premium quality produce, year round, for thousands of customers in the D.C. area, while creating up to 20 full-time green-collar jobs, facilitating over 100 construction jobs, and converting underutilized land into a sustainable farm.BrightFarms also plans to offer educational opportunities for local schools to learn about urban agriculture and environmental sustainability.

“Giant is committed to serving our community by delivering the highest quality produce at the best value,” said Gordon Reid, president of Giant Food. “This unique partnership with BrightFarms will benefit the local economy while providing our customers with fresh, locally grown and sustainable produce year round. We’re excited about what this new partnership offers for our region.”

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Dumfries, Va. (December 22, 2013) – The Marine Corps Heritage Foundation today announced that Senator John Glenn will be presented the Lieutenant General John A. Lejeune Recognition for Exemplary Leadership. This honor recognizes “demonstrated leadership in ones chosen profession, appointed or elected position that is clearly exemplary and worthy of emulation. The recipient must epitomize the core values of Honor, Courage, and Commitment; and practice the leadership traits and principles ascribed to by the United States Marine Corps.” The Foundation also announced that the artistic team of Arts in the Armed Forces, founded by actor and Marine Corps veteran Adam Driver and his wife Joanne Tucker, will serve as guest judges for the Sergeant William Genaust Award for best documentary short subject. The Marine Corps Heritage Foundation is still accepting nominations in more than a dozen categories in journalism, writing, video production, drama, combat art and historical preservation. The deadline for nominations is January 8, 2014.

John Glenn is a highly decorated Marine with a storied career in public service. The bombing of Pearl Harbor inspired Glenn to join the military. He was commissioned into the Marine Corps in 1943 and flew combat missions in the Pacific Theater during World War II and the Korean War. Following the wars, Glenn was selected as one of the nation’s first astronauts and, in 1962, became the first American to orbit Earth. Senator Glenn was elected to represent Ohio in the U.S. Senate in 1974, serving as senator for more than 20 years. In 1998, Senator Glenn returned to space as a member of the Space Shuttle Discovery crew, earning him the record of oldest human to travel into space.

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Institute of Museum and Library Services Announces 20th Anniversary of National Medal Program

Celebrating 20 Years of Outstanding Museums and Libraries

WASHINGTON (February 18, 2014) – The Institute of Museum and Library Services today announced the 20th Anniversary of its National Medal for Museum and Library Service program, the nation’s highest honor conferred on museums and libraries for service to the community. In the last twenty years, the Institute of Museum and Library Services has recognized 132 institutions for remarkable community programming and resources.

“We are delighted to celebrate this milestone and salute our previous National Medal-winning museums and libraries,” said Susan Hildreth, director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services. “In the last twenty years, we have seen institutions adapt and innovate to the shifting needs of their communities, helping us to create a nation of learners. We are proud of the role we have been able to play in recognizing and aiding these organizations’ service to the public.”

The goal of the National Medal Program is to support exceptional institutions whose commitment to their community goes beyond what one expects of a museum or library. To mark this twenty-year milestone, IMLS will spotlight previous winning institutions through a special Share Your Story Facebook campaign. Visit to view and to share your own stories.

“Receiving the 2009 National Medal for Museum Service was an incredible honor for our organization and a great feather in the cap for our region,” said Elizabeth Pierce, Vice President of Marketing and Communications at the Cincinnati Museum Center. “We continue to work with elected officials to restore our Union Terminal landmark, and the award is an important tool as we communicate the effectiveness and leadership of our organization. “

“This recognition was particularly humbling due to the award’s community focus, “ said Dennis Wint, director of The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, a 2008 winner. “Although The Franklin Institute already had a public image of being a great family destination and one of the best science museums in the country, receiving the National Medal not only drew public attention to the value of the Institute’s comprehensive and dynamic exhibits and program experiences – but also to our efforts to welcome our community.”

“At the upcoming Mayoral State of the City address, our National Medal will be one of the highlights of the address,” said Robert Karatsu, the library director of Rancho Cucamonga Public Library in California. “It is widely acknowledged that the library being awarded the National Medal was perhaps the pre-eminent achievement in the city for 2013.”

Below is a complete list of winners of the National Medal for Museum and Library Service. A searchable file of the list is available on the IMLS website.

2013 Children’s Museum (Boston, Mass.)
2013 Marshalltown Public Library (Marshalltown, Iowa)
2013 Columbus Museum of Art (Columbus, Ohio)
2013 Delta Blues Museum (Clarksdale, Miss.)
2013 Discovery Science Center of Orange County (Santa Ana, Calif.)
2013 National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library (Cedar Rapids, Iowa)
2013 Pierce County Library System (Tacoma, Wash.)
2013 Public Library of Cincinnati (Cincinnati, Ohio)
2013 Rancho Cucamonga Public Library (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.)
2013 Waukegan Public Library (Waukegan, Ill.)
2012 Contra Costa County Library (Pleasant Hill, Calif.)
2012 Bootheel Youth Museum (Malden, Mo.)
2012 Cumberland County Public Library & Information Center, County of Cumberland (Fayetteville, N.C.)
2012 Garfield Park Conservatory (Chicago, Ill.)
2012 Long Island Children’s Museum (Garden City, N.Y.)
2012 Montrose Regional Library District (Montrose, Colo.)
2012 Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami (North Miami, Fla.)
2012 Pacific Science Center Foundation (Seattle, Wash.)
2012 Park View High School Library Media Center, Loudoun County Public School District (Sterling, Va.)
2012 Shaler North Hills Library, Township of Shaler (Glenshaw, Pa.)
2011 Alachua County Library District (Gainesville, Fla.)
2011 Brooklyn Institute of Arts and Sciences (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
2011 Weippe Public Library (Weippe, Idaho)
2011 Columbus Metropolitan Library (Columbus, Ohio)
2011 EdVenture (Columbia, S.C.)
2011 Erie Art Museum (Erie, Pa.)
2011 Hill Museum & Manuscript Library, Order of St. Benedict (Collegeville, Minn.)
2011 Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden (Richmond, Va.)
2011 Madison Children’s Museum (Madison, Wis.)
2011 San Jose Public Library (San Jose, Calif.)
2010 Conner Prairie (Fishers, Ind.)
2010 Explora Science Center & Children’s Museum of Albuquerque (Albuquerque, N.M.)
2010 Japanese American National Museum (Los Angeles, Calif.)
2010 Mississippi Museum of Art (Jackson, Miss.)
2010 Nashville Public Library (Nashville, Tenn.)
2010 New York Botanical Garden (Bronx, N.Y.)
2010 Patchogue-Medford Library (Patchogue, N.Y.)
2010 Peter White Public Library (Marquette, Mich.)
2010 Rangeview Library District (Thornton, Colo.)
2010 West Bloomfield Township Public Library (West Bloomfield, Mich.)
2009 Braille Institute of America Library (Los Angeles, Calif.)
2009 Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
2009 Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal (Cincinnati, Ohio)
2009 Gail Borden Public Library (Elgin, Ill.)
2009 Indianapolis Museum of Art (Indianapolis, Ind.)
2009 Multnomah County Library (Portland, Ore.)
2009 Museum of Science & Industry (Tampa, Fla.)
2009 Pritzker Military Library (Chicago, Ill.)
2009 Stark County District Library (Canton, Ohio)
2009 Tennessee Aquarium (Chattanooga , Tenn.)
2008 Buffalo Bill Historical Center (Cody, Wyo.)
2008 The Franklin Institute (Philadelphia, Pa.)
2008 General Lew Wallace Study and Museum (Crawfordsville, Ind.)
2008 The Jane Stern Dorado Community Library (Dorado, Puerto Rico)
2008 Skokie Public Library (Skokie, Ill.)
2008 Skidompha Public Library (Damariscotta, Maine)
2008 Kansas City Public Library (Kansas City, Mo.)
2008 Lower East Side Tenement Museum (New York, N.Y.)
2008 Miami-Dade Public Library System (Miami, Fla.)
2008 Norton Museum of Art (West Palm Beach, Fla.)
2007 Kim Yerton Memorial Library (Hoopa, Calif.)
2007 Ocean County Library (Toms River, N.J.)
2007 Georgetown County Library (Georgetown, S.C.)
2007 “Memphis Public Library & Information Center (Memphis, Tenn.)
2007 The Newberry Library (Chicago, Ill.)
2007 Birmingham Civil Rights Institute (Birmingham, Ala.)
2007 Chicago Zoological Society (Brookfield, Ill.)
2007 National Museum of Women in the Arts (Washington, District of Columbia)
2007 Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (Portland, Ore.)
2007 Vermont Historical Society Museum (Barre, Vt.)
2006 San Antonio Public Library (San Antonio, Texas)
2006 Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County (Charlotte, N.C.)
2006 Lincoln Children’s Zoo (Lincoln, Neb.)
2006 John G. Shedd Aquarium (Chicago, Ill.)
2006 Frankfort Community Public Library (Frankfort, Ind.)
2006 Artrain USA (Ann Arbor, Mich.)
2005 Saint Paul Public Library (Saint Paul, Minn.)
2005 Pratt Museum (Homer, Alaska)
2005 Mathews Memorial Library (Mathews, Va.)
2005 Levine Museum of the New South (Charlotte, N.C.)
2005 Johnson County Library (Overland Park, Kan.)
2005 COSI Toledo (Toledo, Ohio)
2004 Zoological Society of San Diego (San Diego, Calif.)
2004 Western Folklife Center, Inc. (Elko, Nev.)
2004 The Regional Academic Health Center Medical Library of the University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio (San Antonio, Texas)
2004 Mayaguez Children’s Library, Inc. (Mayagüez, Puerto Rico)
2004 Flint Public Library (Flint, Mich.)
2004 Chicago Botanic Garden (Glencoe, Ill.)
2003 Bozeman Public Library (Bozeman, Mont.)
2003 Free Library of Philadelphia (Philadelphia, Pa.)
2003 Pocahontas County Free Libraries (Marlinton, W.Va.)
2003 San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts (San Angelo, Texas)
2003 USS Constitution Museum (Charleston, Mass.)
2003 Carnegie Science Center (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
2002 The Bronx Zoo (Bronx, N.Y.)
2002 The Hartford Public Library (Hartford, Conn.)
2002 Please Touch Museum (Philadelphia, Pa.)
2002 Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art (Loretto, Pa.)
2002 Southwest Georgia Regional Library System (Bainbridge, Ga.)
2002 Boundary County District Library (Bonners Ferry, Idaho)
2001 Alaska Resources Library and Information Services (Anchorage, Alaska)
2001 Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose (San Jose, Calif.)
2001 Hancock County Library System (Bay St. Louis, Miss.)
2001 Miami Museum of Science and Space Transit Planetarium (Miami, Fla.)
2001 The New England Aquarium (Boston, Mass.)
2001 Providence Public Library (Providence, R.I.)
2000 Albright-Knox Art Gallery (Buffalo, N.Y.)
2000 Alutiiq Museum & Archaeological Repository (Kodiak, Alaska)
2000 B.B. Comer Memorial Library (Sylacauga, Ala.)
2000 Queens Borough Public Library (Jamaica, N.Y.)
2000 Simon Wiesenthal Center Library and Archives (Los Angeles, Calif.)
2000 Urie Elementary School Library (Lyman, Wyo.)
2000 Youth Museum of Southern West Virginia (Beckley, W.Va.)
1999 Lincoln Park Zoo (Chicago, Ill.)
1999 Nevada Museum of Art (Reno, Nev.)
1999 St. Simons Island Lighthouse Museum (St. Simons Island, Ga.)
1998 Belknap Mill Society (Laconia, N.H.)
1998 Henry Ford Museum & Greenfield Village (Dearborn, Mich.)
1998 New Jersey Historical Society (Newark, N.J.)
1997 The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis (Indianapolis, Ind.)
1997 The Museum of Fine Arts (Houston, Texas)
1997 National Aquarium in Baltimore (Baltimore, Md.)
1996 The Corcoran Gallery of Art (Washington, District of Columbia)
1996 The Field Museum (Chicago, Ill.)
1996 The Natural Science Center of Greensboro (Greensboro, N.C.)
1995 Brooklyn Children’s Museum (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
1995 The Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum (Chicago, Ill.)
1995 Montshire Museum of Science (Norwich, Vt.)
1995 The Wing Luke Asian Museum (Seattle, Wash.)
1994 Brukner Nature Center (Troy, Ohio)
1994 The Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens (Jacksonville, Fla.)
1994 The State Historical Society of Missouri (Columbia, Mo.)

Celebrating 20 Years
This year, IMLS celebrates the 20th anniversary of the National Medal for Museum and Library Service. For the past two decades, the National Medal has honored outstanding institutions that make significant and exceptional contributions to their communities. Including 2013 winners, 132 institutions have received this honor, and ten additional institutions will be awarded in 2014.

About the Institute of Museum and Library Services
The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. Our mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. Our grant making, policy development, and research help libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive. To learn more, visit and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.