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Loebsack to Tour St. Ambrose Health Science Building PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Vonnie Hampel   
Thursday, 04 April 2013 07:47

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Dave Loebsack will be touring the Health Science Building and Assistive Technology Lab at St. Ambrose University, TODAY, Thursday, April 4th. While on the tour, Loebsack will meet with staff and faculty to learn about the programs housed there.  They will also tour Jim’s Place, which is an assistive technology lab that is providing cutting edge training to help people live independently in their own homes.  Media are invited to attend.

Tour St. Ambrose Health Science Building

St. Ambrose University, Health Science Building

1320 W. Lombard St.




William J. Decker Named New Chief Administrator of Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Whitney Smith-Bringolf   
Wednesday, 03 April 2013 11:17
The Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency (Agency) Board of Directors is pleased to announce the
selection of a new chief administrator for the Agency. William J. Decker, currently the superintendent at the
Muscatine Community School District was selected from 6 semi-finalist candidates. Decker will succeed
Glenn M. Pelecky who has been Chief Administrator at the Agency since 1988.

Upon being selected, Mr. Decker commented, “I am looking forward to working with our outstanding AEA
staff, each of our school districts, and every public and private school building. We will make it our top
priority to improve student success by working together. I am convinced we can accomplish world class
results here in Eastern Iowa by collaborating with each other.”

In the position as chief administrator, Decker will oversee 328 permanent and 154 temporary employees,
who provide services to over 53,000 students, including 3,800 educators in 153 buildings throughout the six
counties of Cedar, Clinton, Jackson, Louisa, Muscatine and Scott.

The Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency Board of Directors is confident that their selection of William J.
Decker represents a philosophy that aligns with the mission and vision of the Agency.

A Sioux City native, with an undergraduate degree from Northwestern College in Orange City and graduate
degree and doctoral work at the University of South Dakota, Mr. Decker spent 10 years as a teacher, with
assignments including special education, alternative school, and talented and gifted. He then worked
as a building administrator for six years, before serving the last 10 years as a superintendent. Decker’s
superintendent experiences took place in Mt. Ayr, Harlan, and most recently, in Muscatine.

The executive search firm, Ray and Associates Inc., of Cedar Rapids, IA was retained by the Mississippi Bend
Area Education Agency in December, 2012 to assist them in the search for a new Chief Administrator. Ray
and Associates Inc., met with the Board of Directors and stakeholder groups to create and finalize a Chief
Administrator’s profile. Individuals who were interviewed for the position, in consideration of the criteria
developed by the Agency, were selected from 50 completed applications. The Board of Directors would like
to thank Ray and Associates Inc., for their objective process, recruiting and vetting of candidates that led to the
Mississippi Bend Area Education Board of Directors casting a unanimous vote approving William J. Decker as
Chief Administrator.

The mission of the Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency is to improve teaching and learning for all
students through active partnerships and assertive leadership in a climate of mutual respect.

Mr. Decker will assume the position of Chief Administrator at the Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency
effective July 1, 2013.


Genesis Offers Free Prom Photos PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Craig Cooper   
Wednesday, 03 April 2013 10:08
Come To Genesis Before Prom, Not After

DAVENPORT, Iowa – April 3, 2013 -- The final month of high school can provide life-long memories of prom and graduation. However, for hundreds of American teens, their friends and their families, spring becomes
a reminder of tragic loss or devastating injury.

Hundreds of teens die across the country each year in alcohol-related vehicle accidents in the final months of the school year.

The trauma services department at Genesis Medical Center, Davenport wants to make sure the upcoming proms are good memories for Quad Cities teenagers by stressing this message: “We want to see you before
prom ... Not after!’’

On Saturday, April 27 from 3-6 p.m., Genesis will be offering free, professionally taken prom photos at the campus of Genesis Medical Center, East Rusholme Street. The photos are shot with the attractive backdrop of
the fountains in front of the hospital. Each individual (two photos per couple) will receive a free 5-by-7 color photo.

There will also be an option to have the photos uploaded to Facebook pages rather than receiving photo prints.

Prom-goers taking advantage of the offer will be asked to sign a pledge that they will have not use alcohol or illegal drugs on prom night; they will use their seatbelts; and, they will not be distracted drivers. By signing the
pledge, they will be entered in a drawing for a $100 gift card.

“Prom Night should be a positive experience with wonderful memories. There is nothing more tragic for a family or friends than to go through a Prom Night accident that could have been prevented by simply practicing
safe driving on the special night,’’ said Andrea Bladel, Trauma Coordinator, Genesis Medical Center, East Rusholme St. “We hope everyone going to the prom will come and see us before the prom to have their picture taken and to sign a safe driving pledge so that we don’t see them under much sadder, or even tragic circumstances, on prom night.’’

No reservations are required for the photos. For more information, call (563) 421-9275.

Davenport Central, Davenport North and Davenport West will be among the high schools celebrating proms on April 27.

Here are safe prom tips from Genesis for parents and teens:

  1. Discuss your plans with your date and friends ahead of time. Know your plan and discuss the plan with your parents.
  2. Plan ahead how you will say “no’’ to alcohol or illegal drugs if they are offered.
  3. Keep your parents informed about a change in plans after the prom.
  4. Tell them where you are going and assure them you will keep your cell phone on.
  5. Teens should know where their parents will be in case they need to reach them quickly.
  6. Keep an eye on your date, driver and your friends to make sure they don’t drink alcohol during the night.
  7. Plan no-alcohol, post-prom activities in advance, such as cards or board games and snacks at someone’s house; a karaoke party; or keep dancing at someone’s house.
  8. If you are uncomfortable with the way the night is going, call your parents, a friend, or a cab and go home.


Praise continues to pour in for Gov. Branstad nominees to the Iowa Board of Regents PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tim Albrecht   
Monday, 01 April 2013 11:27

(DES MOINES) – Praise continues to pour in for Gov. Branstad’s nominees for the Iowa Board of Regents. Below are the most recent excerpts (emphasis added):

The Daily-Iowan (Iowa City):

It seems that the opposition to Branstad’s picks for the regents is, in large part, political…


The Editorial Board recognizes that the Senate absolutely has the right to confirm or deny any candidates appointed by the governor to the regents, but we do not believe that the Senate should turn the nomination process into an overtly partisan affair.


We have seen, in Washington, the deleterious effects of a hyper-partisan nomination process. Just this year, we have seen a few ugly confirmation battles in Washington, most notably the ultimately unsuccessful Republican filibuster of Chuck Hagel, now the secretary of Defense…


Indeed, we believe that the governor should have, within reason, some degree of freedom in the nomination process. Particularly with regard to Lang’s renomination, the Senate seems to be obstructing the confirmation process on insufficient, partisan grounds…


…the Senate majority should not obstruct the confirmation process for Lang and his fellow nominees on purely political grounds. It is a disservice to the political process. The Daily Iowan 


The Des Moines Register:

Both Lang and Cramer deserved the careful public scrutiny they have gotten in the Senate, but unless something new comes to light, we see no reason why both should not be confirmed…


The purpose of putting key gubernatorial appointments before the Senate for confirmation is a critically important legislative check on the state’s chief executive. It is a reminder that the people appointed to important positions represent the public interest, not just the governor’s.


As a rule, however, the Senate should approve the governor’s choices unless senators have reason to believe an appointee is clearly unfit for the job. That does not appear to be the case with these three appointees. The Des Moines Register

Chuck Offenburger (

I think Lang is particularly visionary about Iowa’s role and responsibility in feeding the world, and also about the great economic potential for the state in international trade.

As I told listeners to KMA radio in my hometown of Shenandoah last week, there is another reason Lang should be confirmed. He has something very important he can give to the students at our state universities. Most of those students know very little about farming, and even less about agricultural policy and food policy. Lang is one of the best spokesmen for all that I’ve ever heard.

Several times over the years, I’ve been at events when he explained it all for general audiences, using personal stories, colorful anecdotes and meaningful statistics. He is also cool enough that he can take questions from an audience, even loaded questions, and give good answers without getting defensive. People leave his presentations with real understanding and new appreciation for Iowa’s most important industry…

I think he’s a very effective public servant, and I hope the Iowa Senate will keep him in place on the Board of Regents.


QC Community Partners Collaborate for WIU-QC Minority Scholarships PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tami Seitz   
Thursday, 28 March 2013 15:11

March 27, 2013

DAVENPORT, IA— Western Illinois University-Quad Cities and six local community organizations will host a reception to support scholarships for minority students who attend WIU-QC. The reception is scheduled from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, April 18 at the Rhythm City Casino in Davenport.

Community partners participating in the event include 100 Black Men of the Quad Cities, Davenport Council 10 League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), Greater Quad Cities Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (Davenport Branch #4019), NAAPC Rock Island County Branch, NAACP and VIVA Quad Cities.

Cost to attend is $20 per person. The event will include refreshments, entertainment provided by The Westbrook Singers and a silent auction. All proceeds will benefit scholarships for minority students at WIU-QC.

For more information contact Gary Rowe at 309-762-3999, ext. 62261, or  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


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