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Kirkwood Community College Honors PDF Print E-mail
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Written by TheLink Delivery Service   
Thursday, 04 October 2012 14:28

Cedar Rapids, Iowa --Kirkwood Community College has released its Dean's List for the Summer 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 Cities area earning this distinction are:

Kayla Corzette, Bettendorf, Horse Science Technology - Associate of Applied Science, Scott;

Kyle Kuehl, Bettendorf, Pre-Business Transfer - Associate of Arts, Scott;

Scott Ainslie Visits Quad Cities for Blues in the Schools October 22-26 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by MVBS   
Wednesday, 03 October 2012 12:58

Guitarist, educator, and historian Scott Ainslie will be the first artist-in-residence for the Mississippi Valley Blues Society's Blues in the Schools program for the 2012-2013 academic year.  He will visit schools in the Quad-City area during the week of October 22-26.  He will also present three open-to-the-public performances:

  • Monday October 22—LeClaire Community Library (3rd and Wisconsin, LeClaire IA), 6:00-7:00 p.m.
  • Thursday October 25—River Music Experience Café (2nd and Main, Davenport IA), 7:00-9:00 p.m.
  • Friday October 26—The Muddy Waters (1708 State St. Bettendorf IA), 9:00-9:45 p.m.

In 1967, at a Mike Seeger concert at his high school outside of Washington DC, Scott Ainslie heard Virginia bluesman John Jackson (1924-2002) play a couple of songs.  Things haven’t been the same since.  Scott started playing guitar a month later and has now spent nearly forty years studying and playing traditional music, visiting and documenting senior musicians in America’s old-time banjo and fiddle music, blues and gospel traditions.

Drawing  on the musical  legacies  of  Delta blues  legends  Robert  Johnson  and Muddy Waters, the East  Coast's Blind Blake,  and  Durham NC’s  Reverend  Gary  Davis  and Blind Boy  Fuller, Scott Ainslie  is  a  noted  performer  and  scholar  with  experience teaching elements  of African  and African-American music to  students  of  all  ages,  both  in the classroom  and  from the  stage.

With five CDs, a teaching DVD on the guitar techniques of Delta blues legend Robert Johnson, and a book on Johnson’s music—Robert Johnson/At The Crossroads (Hal Leonard, 1992)—to his credit, as a performer and a teacher Scott Ainslie continues to present programs that are vital and entertaining. On the road, Scott performs and presents workshops in schools, libraries, community arts venues, colleges and festivals. He is also a respected instructor at music programs across the country and maintains an active schedule teaching guitar out of his home in Brattleboro, Vermont.

His work includes teaching concerts on the African roots of American music using live performances of blues, worksongs, gospel, jazz, and rhythm and blues to illustrate the historical and musical connections between African and American cultures.  Scott’s performances always include interesting stories and anecdotes about the music that leave his audiences slyly better educated and fully entertained.

From 1986 until 2001, Scott served as a Visiting Artist in artist-in-residency programs throughout North Carolina and Virginia. Based at community colleges and serving local communities, he developed a strong educational component to his performances, seeking out the history and background of the music in order to make it moving and interesting to audiences of varying ages and backgrounds.  Performing on guitars, a one-stringed diddley bow (of African derivation) and recently, the gourd banjo and Southern old-time fiddling, Scott brings four decades of experience with traditional music and musicians to his audiences.

From community concert series and local schools to the Kennedy Center and the renowned Empire Music Hall in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Scott Ainslie plays and speaks of the music he loves with passion and authority. Combining over 30 years of scholarship and 40 playing guitar, Scott presents a beguiling mix of the African and American roots of the blues in story and song.

Ainslie's recordings include three roots-oriented acoustic blues projects, Jealous of the Moon (1995), Terraplane (1997)You Better Lie Down (2002), and a collection of Ainslie’s non-blues original songs, The Feral Crow (2004)—which continues his exploration and mastery of pre-World War II guitar styles, and his current Thunder’s Mouth (2008).

Major funding for Scott Ainslie’s Blues in the Schools residency comes from the Riverboat Development Authority.  Thanks also to our sponsors The Iowa Arts Council, The Moline Foundation, Alcoa, The Lodge, and KALA radio.

College Savings Iowa Reaches $3 Billion PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Karen Austin   
Tuesday, 02 October 2012 13:26

DES MOINES, IA (10/02/2012)(readMedia)-- State Treasurer Michael L. Fitzgerald announced today that College Savings Iowa has reached $3 billion in assets. "Families are taking advantage of the benefits of saving with College Savings Iowa," Fitzgerald said. "We are thrilled the Plan has continued to grow at such an exciting pace. More and more families are aware that saving early for their children's higher education is of the utmost importance."

As a way to encourage families to continue saving early, College Savings Iowa is giving away a $5,290 College Savings Iowa account – its largest giveaway to date. For more information about the program and to enter the giveaway, please visit any time before November 30, 2012.

College Savings Iowa, created in 1998, is a budget-friendly 529 plan that offers multiple investment choices, as well as significant federal and state tax benefits to help families grow their savings even more. An account can be started with as little as $25 and the assets can be used to pay for qualified higher education expenses at any eligible college, university, community college or accredited technical training school in the United States or abroad. Iowa state taxpayers can deduct up to $2,975 in contributions per beneficiary account from their 2012 adjusted gross income.*

*Adjusted annually for inflation. If withdrawals are not qualified, the deductions must be added back to Iowa taxable income. The earnings portion of nonqualified withdrawals may be subject to federal income tax and a 10% federal penalty tax, as well as state and local income taxes. The availability of tax or other benefits may be contingent on meeting other requirements.


Investment returns are not guaranteed and you could lose money by investing in the plan. Participants assume all investment risks as well as responsibility for any federal and state tax consequences. If you are not an Iowa taxpayer, consider before investing whether your or the designated beneficiary's home state offers any state tax or other benefits that are only available for investments in such state's qualified tuition program.

For more information about the College Savings Iowa 529 Plan, call 888-672-9116 or visit to obtain a Program Description. Investment objectives, risks, charges, expenses, and other important information are included in the Program Description; read and consider it carefully before investing. Vanguard Marketing Corporation, Distributor.

College Savings Iowa is an Iowa trust sponsored by the Iowa State Treasurer's Office. The Treasurer of the State of Iowa sponsors and is responsible for overseeing the administration of the College Savings Iowa 529 Plan. The Vanguard Group, Inc., serves as Investment Manager and Vanguard Marketing Corporation, an affiliate of The Vanguard Group, Inc., assists the Treasurer with marketing and distributing the Plan. Upromise Investment Advisors, LLC, provides records administration services. The Plan's portfolios, although they invest in Vanguard mutual funds, are not mutual funds.

Bettendorf's Emily Huegel is Central College homecoming queen PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Rachel Vogel   
Tuesday, 02 October 2012 09:07

PELLA, (10/02/2012)(readMedia)-- Emily Huegel, a native of Bettendorf and a senior at Central College, was voted Central's homecoming queen. Huegel is majoring in elementary education with endorsements in special education, reading and coaching. After graduating, she hopes to work with at an elementary school with special education students.

Huegelplays on the volleyball team and is involved in Campus Ministries leadership, and FCA leadership. She also works in the Central College admission office.

Each year, Central seniors are invited to nominate three men and three women from the senior class to represent Central on the homecoming court. The top five women and men are selected.

This year, the queen candidates also included Cara Soukup, Alyssa Schwartz, Liz Clancy and Morgan Remick. The king candidates were Tyler Mason, Gary Sorich, Ben Fry, Jack Flaherty and Cameron Van Kooten.

Huegel and Jack Flaherty were chosen by the enitre student body as queen and king.

Central College is a private, four-year, residential, liberal arts college in Pella, Iowa. Central's academic program offers 39 majors leading to a bachelor's degree along with pre-professional programs and advising. Central was recognized in the 2012 U.S.News & World Report's annual rankings of the best liberal arts colleges in the nation.

More information about Central College is available at or by calling 877-462-3687.

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Written by Brittany Marietta   
Tuesday, 02 October 2012 08:02

Congratulations to Rivermont Collegiate senior Darsani Reddy, who has been named a Commended Student in the 2013 National Merit Scholarship Program! Commended Students placed among the top five percent of the more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2013 competition by taking the 2011 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).  “Recognizing academically talented students plays a fundamental role in the advancement of educational excellence within our nation,” commented an NMSC spokesperson.  “The young people recognized as Commended Students represent some of the best and brightest minds in the country as demonstrated by their outstanding performance in our highly competitive program.”

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Darsani, daughter of Dr. Bouyella and Mrs. Kamala Reddy of Moline, IL, is a member of National Honor Society and President of the Rivermont Computer Club.  She is also a member of the Varsity Basketball team and Show Choir and enjoys participating in Rivermont theater productions, as well as volunteering at Trinity Medical Center.

Rivermont Collegiate, located in Bettendorf, is the Quad Cities’ only private, independent college prep school for preschool through twelfth grade.  At Rivermont there are no spectators, only participants!

For additional information on Rivermont Collegiate, contact Rachel Chamberlain, Director of Admissions, at (563) 359-1366 ext. 302 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Visit Rivermont online at!

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