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ARTERS In 2010, Alexander Salahshour ’06 learned that more than 6,000 Americans die each year as a result of distracted driving and that the population with the greatest percentage of these deaths is teens. He created a software solution that would make it impossible to text and drive. Salahshour uncovered scores of parents who voiced additional concerns about their children and cell phone use, including cyber bullying, sexting and other forms of cell phone harassment. What began as a texting-and-driving solution expanded to include more than 10 features to help families better manage modern challenges. The smart phone app, called CellFamily, is truly a “one-stop shop” for all a family’s mobile safety needs. Some of its capabilities allow parents to: • View the contents of text messages • Automatically identify and flag messages that contain possible cyber bullying, “sexting,” violent terms and drug reference • Block harmful people from calling and texting a child • Locate a child 24/7 • Set a “quiet time” to silence a child’s phone during critical developmental times, such as during school and late at night • View a list of people a child talks with most • View a complete history of the web browsing done from a child’s phone • Prevent texting and driving • Provide a “panic button” so that, if a child feels threatened, he/she can push it and a text message will automatically be sent to the parents with a GPS map of the child’s last-known location. CellFamily was just designated as the official

“The important thing is not being afraid to take a chance. Remember, the greatest failure is to not try. Once you find something you love to do, be the best at doing it.” Debbi Fields Founder of Mrs. Fields Cookies anti-texting-and-driving application for AAA Northwest Ohio after four months of testing virtually every application on the market. To get the app, parents can register at and download the app through the android marketplace. (It is currently available for android with an iPhone version to follow.) Kate O’Neil ’88 was living in New York City working on Wall Street at a Real Estate Investment Trust and her husband, Kevin Kerwin, had just graduated with his master’s degree in fine arts from Columbia University when 9/11 struck. O’Neil says that event changed everything and they decided to work together on a feature film called “Filmic Achievement.” They moved to Cleveland to finish post-production work and, after the film premiered in Cleveland and then screened in 20 other film festivals, the duo began to receive requests for commercial work. They started Authentic Films to handle these requests. Authentic Films has won the top national advertising awards for its commercial work. Some of the company’s clients include Huggies, Progressive Insurance, Hoover, Dirt Devil, Nestle, Hot Pockets and Akron Children’s Hospital. The Akron Children’s Hospital ads, featuring the stories of actual patients and their families, earned them three of the top 20 spots in the largest international trade journal of visual communication, Communication Arts’, annual list of the best commercials. Some of the others on the list were Super Bowl spots! The couple continues to work on feature films as well and have produced several award-winning independent films, including “Running America” and “Filmic Achievement.” For another production, they partnered with a Swiss company to make a documentary


Gilmour Academy Magazine Spring/Summer 2012  

Gilmour Academy Magazine Spring/Summer 2012