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Branstad names Magee new Executive Director of the Board of Educational Examiners PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tim Albrecht   
Monday, 02 July 2012 12:46

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry Branstad today named Duane Magee as the new Executive Director of the Board of Educational Examiners.

Magee, who serves at the pleasure of the governor, will begin the appointment starting July 1, 2012.

“Duane will be a great leader and asset to the Board of Educational Examiners.  He holds a tremendous resume, which makes him highly skilled in educational administration,” said Branstad.

Magee currently is the assistant superintendent of human resources for the Waukee Community School District. Previously, he served as director of human resources in the Waukee Community School, and before moving to Waukee, Magee was a principal in the Harlan Community School District.

Magee holds an Ed. S. in Educational Leadership from Drake University, an M.S.E. in Education Administration from Buena Vista University and a B.S.E. in Secondary Business Education from Drake University. He is an Ames Senior High School graduate.

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Katherine Nelson Receives Bachelor's Degree from Saint Mary's College PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Gwen O'Brien   
Monday, 02 July 2012 10:50

NOTRE DAME, IN (06/29/2012)(readMedia)-- Katherine Nelson has graduated from Saint Mary's College in Notre Dame, IN. Katherine, daughter of Mary and William Nelson of Rock Island, IL, received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies and Student-Designed Major.

About Saint Mary's College: Saint Mary's College, Notre Dame, Ind., is a four-year, Catholic, women's institution offering five bachelor's degrees and more than 30 major areas of study. Saint Mary's College has six nationally accredited academic programs: social work, art, music, teacher education, chemistry and nursing. Saint Mary's College ranks among the top 100 "Best National Liberal Arts Colleges" in the U.S. News & World Report 2011 College Guide. Founded in 1844, Saint Mary's is a pioneer in the education of women, and is sponsored by the Sisters of the Holy Cross.

Dean's List announced for the University of Wisconsin-Platteville PDF Print E-mail
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Written by UW Platteville Public Relations   
Monday, 02 July 2012 10:49

PLATTEVILLE, WI (06/29/2012)(readMedia)-- University of Wisconsin-Platteville announced its 2012 spring semester Dean's List. Students receive this academic honor in the College of Business, Industry, Life Science and Agriculture and the College of Liberal Arts and Education must achieve a 3.75 grade point average and students in the College of Engineering, Math and Science must earn a 3.5 grade point average.

Among those who made the Dean's List were,

Christina Butler from Cordova, IL

Mary DePauw from Port Byron, IL

Joseph Fisher from Port Byron, IL

Kaela Hoggard from Taylor Ridge, IL

Jennifer Lincoln from Illinois City, IL

Kelsey Rumler from Sherrard, IL

Andrew Wright from Hampton, IL

UW-Platteville, founded in 1846, is located in the southwestern corner of Wisconsin, near the Iowa and Illinois borders. The University, the fastest-growing four-year school in the 13-college University of Wisconsin System, enrolls approximately 7,500 undergraduate students.

Ivy Pokorny of Davenport Named to President's List at Dickinson State University PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Heidi Larson   
Monday, 02 July 2012 10:31

DICKINSON, ND (06/29/2012)(readMedia)-- Ivy Pokorny of Davenport IA was among the 115 students recently named to the Dickinson State University Spring 2012 President's List.

In order to be selected to the President's List, a student must have a minimum semester grade-point average of 3.9 (on a 4.0 scale) and have completed at least 12 credits during the semester.

Dickinson State University is located in Dickinson, N.D., with a population of over 18,000. Dickinson State University offers approximately 60 programs to a diverse student body.

Loebsack Praises Passage of Bipartisan Legislation to Keep Student Loan Rates Low PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joe Hand   
Monday, 02 July 2012 10:08

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Dave Loebsack released the following statement today after the House passed bipartisan legislation to keep student loan interest rates at 3.4 percent for an additional year.  The House passed the legislation by a vote of 373-52 and it now heads to the President, which he is expected to sign.  An estimated 7.4 million families nationwide and 255,404 Iowa students over the next year will save an average of nearly $1,000 over the life of their loan.

“Today’s an important day for Iowa students and their families. I am relieved an agreement has finally been reached to help thousands of Iowa students that doesn’t add to the deficit and stops the endless political posturing on this issue.  However, this extension should have occurred long before now, should never have been subject to brinksmanship, and should have provided longer term relief for students. Ensuring any student who chooses to can access an affordable college education to pursue a degree or certificate is one of my highest priorities and I will continue working to keep rates low in the future for Iowa families.

“I grew up in poverty, and I would not have been able to attend college and have such amazing opportunities without student aid. It’s long past time that we ensure millions of families aren’t harmed by Congress’ inaction. Education is critical to securing a good job and economic security for families, and educating our future workforce is key to boosting our economy.”


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