Campus Calm University Wins Gold Medal in 13th Annual Independent Publisher Book Awards

Maria Pascucci
President & Founder – Campus Calm
Ph: 716-510-4402
446 Parker Avenue
Buffalo, New York 14216

BUFFALO, NY-MAY 28, 2009-Organizers of the 13th annual Independent Publisher Book Awards, conducted to honor the year’s best independently published books, have announced the results for the 2009 competition. Campus Calm University, by Maria Pascucci, won the gold medal in the Self-Help category out of 135 entrants.

This year’s awards attracted 4,090 entries from throughout the U.S. and Canada, plus most English-speaking countries worldwide. Medal-winning books came from 44 U.S. states plus the District of Columbia, eight Canadian provinces, and six countries overseas. Launched in 1996 as the first unaffiliated awards program open exclusively to independent, university, and self-published titles, the 2009 IPPY Awards will be presented to winners at a gala celebration during BookExpo America in New York on Friday, May 29th.

“While I’m honored to have my book recognized in the 2009 Independent Publisher Book Awards, it’s not the award or the notch on my résumé that I care most about,” said Maria Pascucci, founder and president of Campus Calm. “The more my work is recognized, the farther I can carry the Campus Calm message and help more students. That is something worth winning an award for.”

Campus Calm’s mission is to empower high school and college students around the world to BREATHE, become stress-resistant and create their own paths to lifelong success and happiness.

According to the American College Health Association, stress is the number one life issue that students say affects their studies. A 2008 mtvU study of over 2,200 college students revealed that 58 percent of students reported feeling worried or anxious and over half of students reported having trouble sleeping. A 2008 study out of Georgia Southern University revealed that the top two “life events” leading to stress include parental pressure to do well in school and GPA.

“We teach students that self-love positions them for success in school and in life,” said Pascucci. “Instead of stressing to the point of sickness over every single grade, test, paper and résumé builder, we help students focus on the big picture, which is remaining grateful for the gift of time that college affords them to learn, create relationships and develop their unique strengths and passions.”

“Today’s readers are seeking diverse perspectives on hot-button issues,” said awards director Jim Barnes. “This year’s list represents a mix of established independents and bold new voices, and their messages echo the call for change and a straightforward approach to dealing with the world’s social, political and economic problems.”

See the complete results for the 2009 Independent Publisher Book Awards:

A summa cum laude college graduate, Pascucci is now a leading authority on student stress. She gives voice to the secret practices, concerns and conversations of a generation of young men and women who believe that it is acceptable, even necessary, to sacrifice health and happiness in pursuit of perfection. Campus Calm has been featured in The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Huffington Post and media outlets around the world.

For more information about Campus Calm and Pascucci’s book, please visit

The IPPY Awards are presented by, the online “voice of independent publishing” operated by publishing services firm Jenkins Group of Traverse City, Michigan. The annual IPPY Awards celebration on Friday night during BookExpo America is a highlight of the weekend and publishing media are welcome to attend.

For more details about the Awards, to attend the event, or to interview recipients, please contact:

Jim Barnes, Managing Editor & Awards Director
Independent Publisher Online/Jenkins Group
Ph: 1.231.933.4954 x1011


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