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Barnes & Noble Education Announces Expanded Library of Digital Courseware in Criminal Justice

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BASKING RIDGE, N.J.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Barnes
& Noble Education, Inc. (NYSE: BNED)
, a leading provider of
educational products and services solutions for higher education and
K-12 institutions, today announced it has expanded its library of BNC
OER+
digital courseware to include 10 criminal justice courses.

Access to affordable learning materials remains a significant barrier to
student engagement in higher education. While instructors in many
academic disciplines have begun to adopt lower cost materials to support
student affordability, criminal justice professors have had fewer
high-quality, low-cost options available in their discipline, making
these materials more difficult to adopt.

Priced at $25 per student, BNC OER+, formerly known as LoudCloud
Courseware, blends open educational resources (“OER”) and originally
authored content with a full range of ancillary materials, such as
auto-graded practice problems, summative exams and homework activities.
The courseware is highly customizable, empowering faculty to easily
personalize their course material. Powered with analytics, the platform
also provides integrated insights, enabling both students and their
faculty to monitor performance and improve learning outcomes.

In talking with various faculty members, we recognized an increased
need for more low-cost, customizable content in the criminal justice
discipline, and felt it was important to expand our library of
courseware content to further drive affordability, accessibility and
achievement for these students and faculty,” said Sesha Bolisetty, Head
of Content Operations, BNED. “We look forward to partnering with
additional faculty members in the coming semesters to deliver these
engaging digital courses in the criminal justice field.”

According to a recent BNC OER+ user survey, more than 90 percent of
students found the courseware content to be helpful in understanding the
subject matter better. More than 85 percent of students felt the
courseware platform interface was easy to use.

BNC OER+ has been well-received among faculty members leveraging the
criminal justice material for their courses. Feedback includes:

  • I have utilized the BNC OER+ platform at Penn State Beaver for two
    semesters. My students have found the platform easy to access,
    engaging, and they love the affordability. They particularly enjoy the
    videos directly linked to their readings. As a professor, I am excited
    that I can tailor the material to my lectures and state specific
    laws, issues, and current events while having a strong foundation
    already established in the platform. This provides me the opportunity
    to increase engagement and, ultimately, retention.” – Jodi Ann
    Gill, Criminal Justice Instructor, Penn State Beaver
  • The Juvenile Delinquency course was developed by a team
    of experts who are actively teaching the subject and know firsthand
    the complexity of its themes in both the classroom and online
    settings. The course’s design is student-centered, explaining the
    factors that contribute to juvenile delinquency and the process that
    juveniles face once in the juvenile justice system, in a clear and
    concise way. The course also includes thought-provoking learning
    resources such as videos, discussion questions and assignments to help
    instructors meet the learning objectives of the course. This course is
    a great platform for both instructors and administrators looking to
    update their Criminal Justice courses offered at their institution.” – Glenda
    Torrealba, MCJ, Hillsborough Community College & Ana G. Mendez
    University
  • Being able to rely on a rich set of course materials to use as a
    starting point is tremendously helpful, especially for professors who
    are teaching a new topic for the first time or who teach a topic only
    occasionally. The Homeland Security course is a good example. It
    provides a baseline package that our adjuncts can ‘grab and go fast.’
    It also helps ensure that the course is consistent from semester to
    semester, and that it delivers the essential prerequisite baseline
    knowledge that is important for our more advanced courses. No matter
    who is teaching the course, we know the content will be right. BNED’s
    courses contain rich material that is relevant, visually appealing and
    easy to use.” — Dr. Daniel T. Murphy, Massachusetts Maritime Academy
  • Introduction to Criminal Law provides an excellent foundation for
    anyone interested in examining the topic. The reader is provided with
    the historical building blocks of criminal law and a tour through its
    development in the United States. Most importantly, the text provides
    an understanding of how individual criminal statutes are created,
    interpreted and applied. As a practitioner as well as an academic, I
    believe a student of criminal justice needs to understand how the
    criminal laws are actually applied by law enforcement and our federal
    and state courts. This text offers a balance between the theoretical
    approach and ‘real world’ impact of criminal law.” — Roger Wright,
    Professor Emeritus, University of Cincinnati Criminal Justice

BNC OER+ criminal justice course offerings include:

  • Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • Criminal Investigation
  • Homeland Security
  • Victimology
  • Police Function
  • Criminal Procedure
  • Introduction to Criminal Law
  • Criminology
  • Correction Institutions
  • Juvenile Delinquency

All courses are available now for immediate use and class adoptions.

To learn more about BNC OER+ or to request a demo, visit: www.bncoerplus.com
or contact Courseware@bnedloudcloud.com.

ABOUT BARNES & NOBLE EDUCATION, INC.

Barnes & Noble Education, Inc. (NYSE: BNED) is a leading
provider of higher education and K-12 educational products and
solutions. Through its Barnes & Noble College and MBS Textbook Exchange
segments, Barnes & Noble Education operates 1,453 physical and virtual
bookstores across the U.S., serving more than 6 million students and
faculty. Through its Digital Student Solutions segment, the Company
offers direct-to-student products and services that help students study
more effectively and improve academic performance, enabling them to gain
the valuable skills necessary to succeed after college. The Company also
operates one of the largest textbook wholesale distribution channels in
the United States. For more information please visit www.bned.com.

BNED companies include: Barnes
& Noble College Booksellers, LLC
, MBS
Textbook Exchange, LLC
, BNED
LoudCloud, LLC
, Student
Brands, LLC
, Promoversity,
LLC
, and PaperRater,
LLC
. General information on Barnes & Noble Education may be obtained
by visiting the Company’s corporate website: www.bned.com.

Contacts

Media:
Barnes & Noble Education
Carolyn J.
Brown
Senior Vice President
Corporate Communications & Public
Affairs
(908) 991-2967
cbrown@bned.com

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First Trust Energy Infrastructure Fund Declares its Monthly Common Share Distribution of $0.11 Per Share for July

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WHEATON, Ill.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–First Trust Energy Infrastructure Fund (the “Fund”) (NYSE: FIF) has declared the Fund’s regularly scheduled monthly common share distribution in the amount of $0.11 per share payable on July 15, 2019, to shareholders of record as of July 2, 2019. The ex-dividend date is expected to be July 1, 2019. The monthly distribution information for the Fund appears below.

First Trust Energy Infrastructure Fund (FIF):

Distribution per share:

$0.11

Distribution Rate based on the June 19, 2019 NAV of $17.84:

7.40%

Distribution Rate based on the June 19, 2019 closing market price of $15.76:

8.38%

The Fund’s Board of Trustees has approved a managed distribution policy for the Fund (the “Plan”) in reliance on exemptive relief received from the Securities and Exchange Commission which permits the Fund to make periodic distributions of long-term capital gains as frequently as monthly each tax year. Under the Plan, the Fund intends to continue to pay its recurring monthly distribution in the amount of $0.11 per share that reflects the distributable cash flow of the Fund. A portion of this monthly distribution may include long-term capital gains. This may result in a reduction of the long-term capital gain distribution necessary at year end by distributing long-term capital gains throughout the year. The annual distribution rate is independent of the Fund’s performance during any particular period. Accordingly, you should not draw any conclusions about the Fund’s investment performance from the amount of any distribution or from the terms of the Plan.

The distribution may consist of net investment income earned by the Fund, net short-term and long-term capital gains and/or tax-deferred return of capital. Tax-deferred return of capital, if any, is primarily due to the tax treatment of cash distributions made by master-limited partnerships (“MLPs”) in which the Fund invests. The final determination of the source of tax status of all 2019 distributions will be made after the end of 2019 and will be provided on Form 1099-DIV.

The Fund is a non-diversified, closed-end management investment company that seeks to provide a high level of total return with an emphasis on current distributions paid to shareholders. The Fund seeks to achieve its investment objectives by investing primarily in securities of companies engaged in the energy infrastructure sector. These companies principally include publicly-traded MLPs and limited liability companies taxed as partnerships, MLP affiliates, YieldCos, pipeline companies, utilities, and other companies that derive at least 50% of their revenues from operating or providing services in support of infrastructure assets such as pipelines, power transmission and petroleum and natural gas storage in the petroleum, natural gas and power generation industries (collectively, “Energy Infrastructure Companies”). To generate additional income, the Fund expects to write (or sell) covered call options on up to 35% of the managed assets held in the Fund’s portfolio.

First Trust Advisors L.P. (“FTA”) is a federally registered investment advisor and serves as the Fund’s investment advisor. FTA and its affiliate First Trust Portfolios L.P. (“FTP”), a FINRA registered broker-dealer, are privately-held companies that provide a variety of investment services. FTA has collective assets under management or supervision of approximately $126 billion as of May 31, 2019 through unit investment trusts, exchange-traded funds, closed-end funds, mutual funds and separate managed accounts. FTA is the supervisor of the First Trust unit investment trusts, while FTP is the sponsor. FTP is also a distributor of mutual fund shares and exchange-traded fund creation units. FTA and FTP are based in Wheaton, Illinois.

Energy Income Partners, LLC (“EIP”) serves as the Fund’s investment sub-advisor and provides advisory services to a number of investment companies and partnerships for the purpose of investing in MLPs and other energy infrastructure securities. EIP is one of the early investment advisors specializing in this area. As of May 31, 2019, EIP managed or supervised approximately $6.1 billion in client assets.

Past performance is no assurance of future results. Investment return and market value of an investment in the Fund will fluctuate. Shares, when sold, may be worth more or less than their original cost. There can be no assurance that the Fund’s investment objectives will be achieved. The Fund may not be appropriate for all investors.

Principal Risk Factors: The Fund is subject to risks, including the fact that it is a non-diversified closed-end management investment company.

Because the Fund is concentrated in securities issued by energy infrastructure companies, it will be more susceptible to adverse economic or regulatory occurrences affecting that industry, including high interest costs, high leverage costs, the effects of economic slowdown, surplus capacity, increased competition, uncertainties concerning the availability of fuel at reasonable prices, the effects of energy conservation policies and other factors.

The Fund invests in securities of non-U.S. issuers which are subject to higher volatility than securities of U.S. issuers. Because the Fund invests in non-U.S. securities, you may lose money if the local currency of a non-U.S. market depreciates against the U.S. dollar.

There can be no assurance as to what portion of the distributions paid to the Fund’s Common Shareholders will consist of tax-advantaged qualified dividend income.

Use of leverage can result in additional risk and cost, and can magnify the effect of any losses.

The risks of investing in the Fund are spelled out in the shareholder reports and other regulatory filings.

The information presented is not intended to constitute an investment recommendation for, or advice to, any specific person. By providing this information, First Trust is not undertaking to give advice in any fiduciary capacity within the meaning of ERISA, the Internal Revenue Code or any other regulatory framework. Financial advisors are responsible for evaluating investment risks independently and for exercising independent judgment in determining whether investments are appropriate for their clients.

The Fund’s daily closing New York Stock Exchange price and net asset value per share as well as other information can be found at www.ftportfolios.com or by calling 1-800-988-5891.

Contacts

Press Inquiries Jane Doyle 630-765-8775

Analyst Inquiries Jeff Margolin 630-915-6784

Broker Inquiries Jeff Margolin 630-915-6784

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First Trust/Aberdeen Global Opportunity Income Fund Declares its Monthly Common Share Distribution of $0.07 Per Share for July

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WHEATON, Ill.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–First Trust/Aberdeen Global Opportunity Income Fund (the “Fund”) (NYSE: FAM) has declared the Fund’s regularly scheduled monthly common share distribution in the amount of $0.07 per share payable on July 15, 2019, to shareholders of record as of July 2, 2019. The ex-dividend date is expected to be July 1, 2019. The monthly distribution information for the Fund appears below.

 

First Trust/Aberdeen Global Opportunity Income Fund (FAM):

     

 

Distribution per share:

     

$0.07

Distribution Rate based on the June 19, 2019 NAV of $11.65:

     

7.21%

Distribution Rate based on the June 19, 2019 closing market price of $10.21:

     

8.23%

This distribution will consist of net investment income earned by the Fund and may also consist of return of capital and/or realized capital gains. The final determination of the source and tax status of all distributions paid in 2019 will be made after the end of 2019 and will be provided on Form 1099-DIV.

The Fund is a diversified, closed-end management investment company that seeks to provide a high level of current income. As a secondary objective, the Fund seeks capital appreciation. The Fund pursues these investment objectives by investing in the world bond markets through a diversified portfolio of investment grade and below-investment grade government and corporate debt securities.

First Trust Advisors L.P. (“FTA”) is a federally registered investment advisor and serves as the Fund’s investment advisor. FTA and its affiliate First Trust Portfolios L.P. (“FTP”), a FINRA registered broker-dealer, are privately-held companies that provide a variety of investment services. FTA has collective assets under management or supervision of approximately $126 billion as of May 31, 2019 through unit investment trusts, exchange-traded funds, closed-end funds, mutual funds and separate managed accounts. FTA is the supervisor of the First Trust unit investment trusts, while FTP is the sponsor. FTP is also a distributor of mutual fund shares and exchange-traded fund creation units. FTA and FTP are based in Wheaton, Illinois.

Aberdeen Standard Investments Inc. (“ASII”), (formerly, Aberdeen Asset Management Inc.), serves as the Fund’s investment sub-advisor. ASII is an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of Standard Life Aberdeen plc. Aberdeen Standard Investments is the brand name for the asset management group of Standard Life Aberdeen plc, managing approximately $702.4 billion in assets as of December 31, 2018, for a range of pension funds, financial institutions, investment trusts, unit trusts, offshore funds, charities and private clients.

Past performance is no assurance of future results. Investment return and market value of an investment in the Fund will fluctuate. Shares, when sold, may be worth more or less than their original cost. There can be no assurance that the Fund’s investment objectives will be achieved. The Fund may not be appropriate for all investors.

Principal Risk Factors: The Fund invests in securities of non-U.S. issuers which are subject to higher volatility than securities of U.S. issuers. Risks may be heightened for securities of companies located in, or with significant operations in, emerging market countries. Because the Fund invests in non-U.S. securities, you may lose money if the local currency of a non-U.S. market depreciates against the U.S. dollar.

The Fund invests in non-investment grade debt instruments, commonly referred to as “high-yield securities”. High yield securities are subject to greater market fluctuations and risk of loss than securities with higher ratings. Lower-quality debt tends to be less liquid than higher-quality debt.

The debt securities in which the Fund invests are subject to certain risks, including issuer risk, reinvestment risk, prepayment risk, credit risk, and interest rate risk. Issuer risk is the risk that the value of fixed-income securities may decline for a number of reasons which directly relate to the issuer. Reinvestment risk is the risk that income from the Fund’s portfolio will decline if the Fund invests the proceeds from matured, traded or called bonds at market interest rates that are below the Fund portfolio’s current earnings rate. Prepayment risk is the risk that, upon a prepayment, the actual outstanding debt on which the Fund derives interest income will be reduced. Credit risk is the risk that an issuer of a security will be unable or unwilling to make dividend, interest and/or principal payments when due and that the value of a security may decline as a result. Interest rate risk is the risk that fixed-income securities will decline in value because of changes in market interest rates.

Use of leverage can result in additional risk and cost, and can magnify the effect of any losses.

The risks of investing in the Fund are spelled out in the shareholder reports and other regulatory filings.

The information presented is not intended to constitute an investment recommendation for, or advice to, any specific person. By providing this information, First Trust is not undertaking to give advice in any fiduciary capacity within the meaning of ERISA, the Internal Revenue Code or any other regulatory framework. Financial advisors are responsible for evaluating investment risks independently and for exercising independent judgment in determining whether investments are appropriate for their clients.

The Fund’s daily closing New York Stock Exchange price and net asset value per share as well as other information can be found at www.ftportfolios.com or by calling 1-800-988-5891.

 

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Press Inquiries Jane Doyle 630-765-8775

Analyst Inquiries Jeff Margolin 630-915-6784

Broker Inquiries Jeff Margolin 630-915-6784

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UDR Declares Quarterly Dividend

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DENVER–(BUSINESS WIRE)–UDR, Inc. (NYSE: UDR), a leading multifamily real estate investment trust, today announced that its Board of Directors declared a regular quarterly dividend on its common stock for the second quarter of 2019 in the amount of $0.3425 per share, payable in cash, on July 31, 2019 to UDR common stock shareholders of record as of July 10, 2019. The July 31st dividend will be the 187th consecutive quarterly dividend paid by the Company on its common stock.

UDR also announced that its Board of Directors declared a regular quarterly dividend on its Series E preferred stock for the second quarter of 2019 in the amount of $0.3708 per share. The preferred dividend is payable on July 31, 2019 to Series E preferred stock shareholders of record as of July 10, 2019.

About UDR, Inc.

UDR, Inc. (NYSE: UDR), an S&P 500 company, is a leading multifamily real estate investment trust with a demonstrated performance history of delivering superior and dependable returns by successfully managing, buying, selling, developing and redeveloping attractive real estate properties in targeted U.S. markets. As of March 31, 2019, UDR owned or had an ownership position in 49,795 apartment homes including 366 homes under development. For over 46 years, UDR has delivered long-term value to shareholders, the best standard of service to residents and the highest quality experience for associates.

Contacts

UDR, Inc.

Chris Van Ens

cvanens@udr.com

720-348-7762

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