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Sydney Quandt Named to Dean's List at Bethel University PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Bethel University Office of Communications and Marketing   
Thursday, 12 July 2012 14:07

SAINT PAUL, MN (07/11/2012)(readMedia)-- Sydney Quandt, a student at Bethel University in St. Paul, Minn., has been named to the Dean's List for academic excellence for the spring 2012 semester. Sydney is the daughter of Jim and Julie Quandt from East Moline, IL.

The Dean's List honors students who achieve an outstanding scholastic record during a semester with a grade point average of 3.6 or greater.

Bethel University is a leader in Christ-centered higher education with approximately 6,600 students from 48 states and 25 countries enrolled in undergraduate, graduate, seminary, and adult education programs. Based in St. Paul, Minn., with additional seminary locations on both coasts, Bethel offers rigorous bachelor's and advanced degrees in nearly 100 relevant fields. For further information on Bethel University, go to

Lt. Governor Simon to open College Changes Everything conference PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Justin Stofferahn   
Thursday, 12 July 2012 14:04

TINLEY PARK – Lt. Governor Sheila Simon will kick off the 2012 College Changes Everything conference on Thursday morning in Tinley Park. The conference, coordinated by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission, brings together educators, legislators and other advocates to work towards the state’s college completion goal. To keep pace with employer needs, the state wants 60 percent of working-age adults to hold a college degree or credential by 2025, up from 41 percent today.

In her opening remarks, Simon will discuss two of her college completion initiatives. She crafted legislation signed by Governor Quinn this month that aims to reduce remedial needs at colleges and universities by implementing the state’s first middle school and high school math curricula. She also wants to create College Choice Reports for Illinois colleges and universities so prospective students can compare higher education options and make good choices about where to pursue certificates and degrees.

TIME: 8:30 a.m.

DATE: Thursday, July 12

PLACE: Tinley Park Convention Center, 18451 Convention Center Drive, Tinley Park


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

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