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Local Students Volunteered In Texas During Winter Break PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Rachel Vogel Quinn   
Wednesday, 23 January 2013 13:40

PELLA, (01/22/2013)(readMedia)-- The following local students volunteered on a mission trip in McAllen, Texas, during winter break at Central College:

Emily Huegel, a native of Bettendorf, Iowa and a elementary education major at Central College

Ashlyn Huegel, a native of Bettendorf, Iowa and a exploring major at Central College

Levi Spain, a native of Lost Nation, Iowa and a business management major at Central College

Angie Allgood, a native of Muscatine, Iowa and a exploring major at Central College

Meghan Brophy, a native of Bettendorf, Iowa and a religion major at Central College

Alicia Huegel, a native of Bettendorf, Iowa and a exploring major at Central College

Kevin Templeton, a native of Muscatine, Iowa and a music education-vocal major at Central College

Students traveled during winter break at Central College in order to volunteer on a mission trip in McAllen, Texas from Jan. 3 to Jan. 12.The group of 84 students was led by the Campus Ministries team, including Chaplain Joe Brummel, Sarah Schlager and Nick Rohner.

The students had the opportunity to volunteer in public schools, Habitat for Humanity houses and boarding schools for Mexican girls; serve meals at Boarder Missions; and put on kids' carnivals in impoverished neighborhoods.

Central College is a residential liberal arts college dedicated to the education of 1,500 undergraduate students. Guided by its ecumenical Christian tradition, the college community engages in vigorous, free, open inquiry in pursuit of academic excellence. Founded in 1853, the college is affiliated with the Reformed Church in America and NCAA Division III athletics.

Central is a recognized leader in study abroad as a result of its international, residential programs. Central College is located in Pella, Iowa, a thriving community of 10,000 two minutes from the state's largest lake and 40 minutes southwest of Des Moines. Please visit the college website at

Community Foundation of North Lee County Announces Lawrence and Marilyn Matteson Foundation Scholarship PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Natalie Anderson   
Wednesday, 23 January 2013 13:36
Lee County, IA – The Community Foundation of North Lee County, an affiliate of the Community Foundation of the Great River Bend, is excited to announce a scholarship opportunity available to graduating seniors who are entering 2-year degree or certificate programs.

The Lawrence and Marilyn Matteson Foundation Scholarship was established in 2012 to assist graduating seniors from select area high schools pursuing degrees leading to careers in career & technical programs or engineering. Examples of 2-year degree or certificate programs include fields like construction, technology, industrial production, electronics, or similar fields.

Seniors from the following high schools are eligible to apply: Central Lee, Danville, Fort Madison, Keokuk, Mediapolis, Mount Pleasant, New London, Waco, Wapello, Winfield and home school students who live in these school districts.

Scholarships will be awarded for either $1000 or $2000 for the 2013-14 school year. Students who make adequate academic progress can qualify for a second year of funding, at the same amount as the first year.

For the 2013-14 academic year, applications will be accepted until March 31, 2013. A panel of volunteers who live in the Lee County region will review applications and select recipients. Recipients will be notified by the end of June and scholarship checks mailed to the student's college or program by the end of August, 2013.

To learn more and to apply, visit


Governor Quinn Convenes School Safety Summit PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ryan C. Woods   
Tuesday, 22 January 2013 16:12

More than 50 Education, Public Safety, Mental Health and Law Enforcement Officials Meet to Seek Ways to Further Safeguard Illinois Schools


SPRINGFIELD – January 22, 2013. Governor Pat Quinn today convened top experts from across the state for a summit to develop short and long-term actions to further safeguard schools in Illinois. The governor brought together the group of more than 50 representatives from the fields of education, public safety, mental health and law enforcement following last month’s deadly school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. Today’s meeting is part of the governor's ongoing commitment to ensuring safe schools in Illinois.

“Every parent should feel that their child is safe in school,” Governor Quinn said. “Today we brought together teachers, school administrators, mental health experts, law enforcement and public safety officials to discuss ways to further safeguard our schools. We must continue to take every step possible to ensure our children are protected.”

During the meeting at the State Emergency Operations Center in Springfield, participants discussed crisis prevention, school and community planning and coordination and facility protection and security. Additional meetings of the full group or smaller working groups will be scheduled to address specific problems and develop solutions.

Today’s meeting followed an initial conference call on the subject on Dec. 21, 2012, one week after the tragic shooting in Connecticut.

Organizations represented at today’s summit included:

·         Governor Quinn's Office

·         Illinois Emergency Management Agency

·         Illinois Terrorism Task Force

·         Illinois State Police

·         Illinois State Board of Education Illinois Department of Human Services

·         Illinois Department of Public Health

·         Office of the Illinois Attorney General

·         Office of Senator Dick Durbin

·         Illinois Principals Association

·         Illinois Association of School Administrators

·         Illinois Education Association

·         Chicago Teachers Union

·         Illinois Federation of Teachers

·         Illinois Law Enforcement Alarm System

·         Illinois Association of School Boards

·         Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police

·         Association of Community Mental Health Authorities of Illinois

·         American Association of Architects

·         U.S. Attorney’s Office

·         University of Illinois-Springfield Center for Public Safety and Justice

·         Illinois Association of Rehabilitation Facilities

·         American Red Cross

·         Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications

·         Cook County Homeland Security and Emergency Management

·         DuPage County Sheriff’s Office

·         Madison County Sheriff’s Office

·         Ball-Chatham School Board and School District

·         Sangamon County Regional Office of Education

·         Illinois Math and Science Academy

In addition, the School and Campus Security Training Program, a cooperative effort of the Illinois State Board of Education, Illinois Terrorism Task Force and the Illinois Law Enforcement Alarm System, recently rolled out a School Safety Drill Video and Computer-Based Training tutorial, which reflect best practices based on lessons learned from real life emergency events. The videos are free and currently available for distribution to public and private schools. The videos detail specific actions for administrators, teachers and support staff for each drill, based on post-incident reports and de-briefings from real school events.

Since 2009, schools in Illinois have been required to perform an emergency drill at least once per year. In addition, schools must have emergency and crisis plans in place and review them annually. Since 2005, the School and Campus Security Training Program provided more than 250 K-12 school safety planning courses attended by more than 8,600 participants representing 817 public school districts and 545 non-public schools. In 2012 the program delivered 55 preparedness training courses for both K-12 and higher education institutions, which were attended by 1,486 participants, to update emergency operations plans and increase their capacity to respond to and recover from all hazards, including active shooters. Currently, there are 11 courses scheduled from January through March of 2013.

For more information, please visit and


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Written by Angela Parenteau   
Monday, 21 January 2013 10:15

[Cedar Rapids, Iowa] --Kirkwood Community College has released its Dean's List for the Fall 2012 Semester. These students have achieved a 3.3 grade point average or higher after completing 12 or more credit hours with the college. Kirkwood students from the Quad City area earning this distinction are: 

  • Tony Bakeris of Davenport, Liberal Arts - AA

  • Cara Bergman of Bettendorf, Nursing – AAS

  • Brent Cribbs of Davenport, Landscape Construction and Design – AAS

  • Abrian Edwards-Williams of Davenport, Liberal Arts - AA

  • Matthew Gasser of Bettendorf, Liberal Arts - AA

  • Thomas McNair of Bettendorf, Liberal Arts

  • Ashley Stichter of Davenport, Administrative Assistant – AAS

  • Elizabeth Teichler of Davenport, Respiratory Therapist - AAS

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Written by Mount Mercy University   
Monday, 21 January 2013 10:11

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (January 18, 2013) - Dana Ewan of Bettendorf, Iowa, has been named to the fall 2012 Dean's List at Mount Mercy University.

Taylor Eaker of Moline, Illinois, has been named to the fall 2012 Dean's List at Mount Mercy University. Eaker is studying Nursing at Mount Mercy.

Students with a semester grade point average of 3.60 or better, and who are graded (letter grade, not pass/fail) for six or more semester hours, are eligible for inclusion on the Dean's List.

Founded in 1928, Mount Mercy University offers students a personal, practical and faith-inspired education that distinctly blends professional career preparation and liberal arts with a strong curriculum grounded in leadership and service. Located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Mount Mercy University is sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy and a member of the Conference for Mercy Higher Education (CMHE).

In more than 80 years, Mount Mercy has grown in size and reputation, adapting to meet the changing educational needs of the Cedar Rapids community. Mount Mercy offers baccalaureate and graduate education to more than 1,800 traditional, transfer, adult and graduate students. Popular undergraduate majors include business, nursing, criminal justice, education and social work. Graduate programs are offered in business, education, nursing, and marriage and family therapy. For more information on Mount Mercy, visit

Located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Mount Mercy University is the regional Catholic, Mercy University that promises students of diverse backgrounds, ages and faiths a challenging, practical education that inspires them to discover knowledge, build community and lead courageous lives. Mount Mercy offers baccalaureate and graduate education to more than 1,800 enrolled students and uniquely blends liberal arts education with professional preparation.


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