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Local Students Graduate Spring '12 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Various sources   
Thursday, 12 July 2012 13:02


More than 1,500 students completed their degrees at Wichita State University in spring 2012.  These include Nishant Gorrepati of Bettendorf with a Graduate Certificate in Lean Systems and Jennifer A Weiman of Davenport with a Master of Music in Music-Opera Performance.

Undergraduate students who have attained a grade point average of 3.9 out of a possible 4.0 received the summa cum laude award; those with an average of 3.55 received the magna cum laude award; and those with an average of 3.25 received the cum laude.


Kenosha, Wis. - Carthage College celebrated commencement May 20, 2012.
Students from your local area receiving degrees include: (student(s) listed below)

Anne Boyler, Bettendorf. with a BA Cum Laude in Athletic Training; Pace Bennett of Moline with a BA in Accounting; and Joseph Finnemann, Rock Island, with a BA in Political Science

Established in 1847, Carthage is a college of the liberal arts and sciences affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The College enrolls 2,500 students and is situated on the Lake Michigan shore in Kenosha, Wis., midway between Chicago and Milwaukee. The Collegiate Learning Assessment has ranked Carthage among the top eight percent of colleges and universities nationwide for the academic gains of its students.


Local student(s) earn recognition on University of Minnesota Twin Cities Dean's List for spring semester

MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (07/11/2012) - The University of Minnesota Twin Cities has named Cresston D Gackle of Bettendorf  to the spring semester Dean's List. Gackle is a student in the university's College of Liberal Arts.  Also named was Ann C. Motto of Davenport. Motto is a student in the university's  College of Liberal Arts.

Governor Quinn Abolishes Political Scholarships in Illinois PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Leslie Wertheimer   
Thursday, 12 July 2012 13:00

New Law Ends General Assembly Tuition Waiver Program Plagued by Abuse

CHICAGO – July 11, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today signed a new law abolishing the century-old political scholarship program in Illinois, one of his ethics reform goals since taking office. The Governor proposed to abolish this troubled program in 2009, 2010 and in 2011, and worked with the General Assembly to get it done this spring. Governor Quinn is committed to increasing college scholarships to students with merit who are in true financial need as well as restoring integrity to state government.

“There is no place for political scholarships in Illinois,” Governor Quinn said. “I believe in the power of education, the importance of ethics and integrity, and the idea that you can get ahead in life with a little hard work. That’s why today I enact this long-overdue reform and redouble our efforts to increase scholarships for deserving college students.”

House Bill 3810, sponsored by Representative Fred Crespo (D-Hoffman Estates) and Senate President John Cullerton (D-Chicago), provides that members of the General Assembly may no longer award higher education scholarships after September 1, 2012. Recipients nominated for the 2012-2013 school year will still be awarded their scholarship. The legislation was passed following numerous news reports documenting abuse of scholarships and advocacy from the Governor, Lt. Governor and good government groups.

The General Assembly Scholarship program allowed legislators to annually award eligible persons from their district with scholarships waiving tuition fees at state universities. Legislators were found to have awarded scholarships to relatives, political insiders and to people living outside their district. During the 2010-2011 school year, the program cost 11 of 12 public state universities an aggregated $13.4 million in waived tuition fees.

“While legislative scholarships help a small number of students, the program’s abuse comes at an incredibly high cost in terms of trust in government and absorbed tuition at colleges and universities," Lt. Governor Sheila Simon said. "By eliminating the legislative scholarship program, Illinois can take a meaningful step toward improving our ethical standards, while focusing our efforts on making college more affordable for all students.”

“Abolishing the political scholarship program ends a needless waste of taxpayer dollars and helps to alleviate state universities from an unfair financial burden,” said Rep. Crespo. “Signing this legislation into law stops these abuses in the General Assembly and restores faith in our government.”

HB 3810 also creates a task force to review all tuition and fee waivers offered by state universities, ensuring that taxpayer dollars funding these public institutions are being spent appropriately and helping those of merit in financial need. The task force must report its findings on or before April 15, 2013.

“It is unfortunate that the legislative scholarship program was misused by legislators, taking away what for some students was their only way of attending college,” said President Cullerton. “This new law will allow us to take a comprehensive look at all tuition waivers and how we can make higher education more accessible for those who need the most help.”

The new law is supported by the Better Government Association and numerous reform advocates. The law is effective immediately.


Private School Credit PDF Print E-mail
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Written by M. McNeil   
Thursday, 12 July 2012 12:58
Time is running out for members who wish to establish optional credit for up to two years of service as a teacher or administrator employed by a private school recognized by the Illinois State Board of Education. The opportunity to verify private school teaching ends on August 1, 2012. Contact TRS at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call (800) 877-7896 to request the required form. TRS must receive your written request to verify this service on or before August 1, 2012. Making a request does not obligate you to purchase the credit.

A member may establish optional credit for up to two years of service as a teacher or administrator employed by a private school recognized by the Illinois State Board of Education, provided that the teacher:
•                    was certified under the law governing the certification of teachers at the time the service was rendered,
•                    applies in writing on or after August 1, 2009 and on or before August 1, 2012,
•                    supplies satisfactory evidence of the employment,
•                    completes at least 10 years of contributing TRS service, and
•                    pays the contribution required.

The member may apply for credit and pay the required contribution before completing the 10 years of contributing service required, but the credit may not be used until he/she has accrued the 10 years of service.

A link to a list of recognized private schools is found on the TRS Web site at:

TRS Member Services Department

Rock Island County Recognized Private Schools Past and Present:
Alleman High School – RI                Our Lady of Grace Academy - EM
East Moline Christian – EM              St Anne’s School - EM
Immanuel Lutheran – RI          St Mary’s School - EM
Jordan Catholic – RI            St Paul’s Lutheran - RI
Morning Star Academy            Seton Catholic School – Mol
Temple Christian Academy – Mol  Villa Montessori - Mol

Meet the Graduates from Midwest Technical Institute PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sarah May   
Thursday, 12 July 2012 12:56

At theQuad Cities Campus located at 3620 Avenue of the Cities in Moline.

Thursday, July 19, 2012 from 11:00am – 1:00pm

Midwest Technical Institute will be hosting its “Meet the Grads” event on Thursday, July 19 from 11:00am to 1:00pm. “Meet The Grads” is a casual meet and greet function to allow prospective employers to talk with the graduates from our mechanical trades and health care programs. The event gives graduates the opportunity to showcase their abilities and for employers to check out prospective employees in a stress free environment. Graduates will be prepared with resumes and be able to show employers skills in the shops if requested. The event is open to all interested employers in the Quad Cities area.

Employers can stop in any time between 11:00am and 1:00pm. Lunch is provided and a private interview area will also be available.

Midwest Technical Institute (MTI) has been a part of the Illinois community since 1995 and the Quad Cities campus was established in 2011. It is our mission to be a leader in promoting student learning and achievement in a variety of careers and trades. Graduates from all our programs will be in attendance at “Meet the Grads.” Our programs include Journeyman Welding, HVAC – Major Appliance Repair, Medical Assisting, Dental Assisting, Pharmacy Tech and Massage Therapy. The “Meet the Grads” event is held several times a year.

If you’d like more information about the event please contact the Midwest Technical Institute’s Quad Cities Campus at 309-277-7900. You can also find us on the web at


Randi Luxmore, daughter of Rock Island Residents, Earns Graduate Degree From Washington University In St. Louis PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Melanie Pittaluga   
Monday, 09 July 2012 13:48

ST. LOUIS, MO (07/09/2012)(readMedia)-- Randi Luxmore, daughter of Deborah and Bradley Luxmore of Rock Island, Illinois (61201), earned a graduate degree from Washington University in St. Louis on May 18. Luxmore graduated with a doctor of audiology from the School of Medicine.

Luxmore was among the 2,800 students who received degrees at the university's 151st Commencement ceremony, which was held in Brookings Quadrangle on the Danforth Campus. Mike Peters, the 1981 Pulitzer Prize winner for editorial cartooning and creator of the award-winning cartoon strip Mother Goose & Grimm, delivered the Commencement address. Peters received an honorary doctor of humane letters.

Luxmore is a 2008 graduate of University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Champaign, Illinois.

Washington University is counted among the world's leaders in teaching and research, and it draws students and faculty to St. Louis from all 50 states and more than 110 nations. The total student body is nearly 14,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students.

The approximately 3,400 faculty teach in seven schools: Arts & Sciences, Brown School, Olin Business School, Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts, School of Engineering & Applied Science, School of Law and School of Medicine. Twenty-three Nobel laureates have been associated with Washington University, with nine doing the major portion of their pioneering research there.

The university offers more than 90 programs and almost 1,500 courses leading to bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in a broad spectrum of traditional and interdisciplinary fields, with additional opportunities for minor concentrations and individualized programs.

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