SOURCE: CollegeWeekLive

October 20, 2008 09:40 ET

CollegeWeekLive Adds Comic Relief to the Admissions Experience With Speaker Iliza Shlesinger, NBC's "Last Comic Standing" Winner

Free Online College Fair Slated for November 12-13 Boasts 200 Schools, Expert Speakers, Scholarship Giveaways, and a Dose of Humor

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwire - October 20, 2008) - Whether you are a student searching for the perfect college or a parent facing the prospect of paying for a college education, the college admissions process can be a pressure-cooker. That is why CollegeWeekLive is pleased to announce that Iliza Shlesinger, winner of NBC's Last Comic Standing, will speak at the November 12th and 13th event, adding her comedic viewpoint to the academic rite-of-passage. CollegeWeekLive, the world's largest virtual college fair, makes the admissions process easy by enabling attendees to connect to more than 200 schools in one place, live, online.

"CollegeWeekLive offers students and their parents the opportunity to speak live with admissions representatives and even file an application to a school on the spot, and it also provides attendees the chance to see and interact with speakers on a wide variety of topics," said Robert Rosenbloom, CEO of Platform Q, which stages the event. This year's speaker line-up includes experts from the admissions field covering topics such as how to prep for the SAT or how to ace an admissions interview, and career track speakers that are leaders in their respective fields.

CollegeWeekLive provides attendees of the free two-day event a diverse selection of speaker sessions to choose from. Practical advice on the admissions process will be offered by speakers such as Jaye Fenderson, Author & Columnist speaking on "Beyond Fill-in-the-Blanks -- Telling Your Story in the College App." Students can also learn firsthand about potential careers from young leaders in fields ranging from culinary arts to entrepreneurship, as in the case of Inc. Magazine recognized "Cool Young Entrepreneur Under 30" Nick Friedman, co-founder of "College Hunks Hauling Junk." Lastly, students seeking a morale boost can hear motivational speaker and Survivor contestant Chad Crittenden speak on "Getting Off On The Right Foot (Even If You Don't Have One!)."

The speaker list includes:


Sue O'Flaherty, Federal Student Aid, US Dept of Education, "Understanding the FAFSA Forms"

Catherine Graham - Director of Financial Aid, Loyola Marymount University, "Perspective from the Financial Aid Office"

Peter Van Buskirk, Author, "Understanding the College Admissions Process"

Elizabeth Weisner-Gross, Author, "Writing a College Essay"

Dr. Ira Wolfe, Author, "Preparing for and Taking the SAT"

Brandon Rogers, Author, "Ten things You Gotta Know About Paying for College"

Sonja Montiel, President College Confidence, WACAC Chair, "Choosing a College"

College Parent's of America Presents (panel session): "Parents Helping Parents"

Dr. Gary Gruber, Author, "The Gruber Guide to SAT's 2009"

Penny Hastings, Author. "Understanding Sports Scholarships"

Jaye Fenderson, Author & Columnist, "Beyond Fill-in-the-Blanks -- Telling Your Story in the College App"

Chad Crittenden - Former Contestant on TV's Survivor, "Getting Off On The Right Foot (Even If You Don't Have One!)"

Iliza Shlesinger, Comedian & Winner of NBC's "Last Comic Standing."

"Comic Relief on College Admissions"

Career Panels

Patrick Farrell, Public Relations, Ableson Group

Josh Sylvester, Software Producer, Gaia Interactive

Kyla Coburn, Kyla Coburn Design

Rachel Klein, Culinary Arts, Aura Restaurant

Matt Moore, Hospitality, Seaport Hotel

Nick Friedman, Entrepreneur, College Hunks, Hauling Junk

Aaron Patzer, Web technology,

Karen Jill Yu Entrepreneur,

CollegeWeekLive is the world's biggest online college fair, with colleges and universities from around the world represented and more than 20,000 attendees expected. The event is completely free to attendees, but advance registration is recommended to all, and specifically for those high school students who want to participate in scholarship giveaways that take place during the two days. To learn more and register, visit CollegeWeekLive at

About CollegeWeekLive

CollegeWeekLive is a unique virtual event designed to allow people involved in the college admissions process (students, parents, teachers, counselors, colleges and universities) to connect and successfully interact with one another in ways that are impossible at physical events, through powerful Web-based software and services. PlatformQ, the producer of the CollegeWeekLive, is a new company whose mission is to leverage the accessibility of online events to connect individuals, companies and organizations -- across North America and internationally -- who might otherwise not be able to travel to physical events or communicate with leading experts or thought leaders.

CollegeWeekLive and PlatformQ are trademarks of PlatformQ, Inc. All other trademarks or service marks are property of their respective owners.

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