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Local Students to Attend Creighton University in the Fall PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Deborah Daley   
Wednesday, 15 August 2012 14:17

OMAHA, NE (08/14/2012)(readMedia)-- Local students will be attending Creighton University along with almost 1,000 other freshmen this fall. They will be part of a freshman class that is academically strong, diverse and engaged in community and service activities.

The academic profile of the 2012 freshman class places Creighton among the top six private universities in the Midwest with more than 4,000 undergraduates. Move-in for freshmen is Saturday, Aug. 18, and marks the beginning of a weeklong schedule of activities for the new students.

Michael Holdsworth of Sherrard, Ill., a Sherrard High School graduate entering the College of Arts & Sciences

Katherine Huiskamp of Davenport, Iowa, a Davenport Assumption Catholic High School graduate entering the College of Business

Christina Laubenthal of Davenport, Iowa, a Davenport Assumption Catholic High School graduate entering the College of Business

Ellie Simpson of Davenport, Iowa, a Davenport Assumption Catholic High School graduate entering the School of Nursing

Andrew Wilson of Eldridge, Iowa, a North Scott High School graduate entering the College of Arts & Sciences

About Creighton University: Creighton University, a Catholic, Jesuit institution located in Omaha, Neb., enrolls more than 4,200 undergraduate and 3,500 professional school and graduate students. No other university its size offers students such a comprehensive academic environment coupled with personal attention from faculty-mentors.With nine colleges and schools on the same campus, Creighton affords incomparable interdisciplinary learning and unique opportunities for collaborative research among arts and sciences, business, health sciences and law. Creighton has been a top-ranked Midwestern regional university in the college edition of U.S. News & World Report magazine for more than 20 years. For more information, visit our website at: www.creighton.edu.

 
Orion Community School District Receives Significant Gift from Local Entrepreneur PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Natalie Anderson   
Tuesday, 14 August 2012 13:26
BETTENDORF, Iowa – The Community Foundation of the Great River Bend and Orion High School invite you to join us for a school-wide assembly at the Orion High School (OHS) gymnasium on Wednesday, August 15, 2012 at 2:45pm. OHS principal, Nathan DeBaillie, will announce the charitable gift at this time. He will also be available to talk with media about this wonderful opportunity for college and trade-school bound students.

A full press release will be available following the assembly.

 
Branstad, Reynolds to hold 14 education town hall meetings PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Office of Governor Terry Branstad   
Tuesday, 14 August 2012 11:10

(DES MOINES) -  Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds today announced that they will hold 14 education town hall meetings. The governor and lt. governor are holding the upcoming town halls across the state, continuing the discussion and soliciting feedback from Iowans on education reform policies, as part of preparation for the 2013 legislative session.

The following events are open to the public:

 

Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2012

10:30 a.m. Gov. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Reynolds hold Pocahontas County Education Reform Town Hall @ Pocahontas High School's Vocal Music Room, 205 Second Avenue NW, Pocahontas, IA

5:30 p.m. Gov. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Reynolds hold Kossuth County Education Reform Town Hall @ Algona High School's Theatre, 600 S. Hale, Algona, IA

 

Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2012

8:30 a.m. Gov. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Reynolds hold Hancock County Education Reform Town Hall @ Garner-Hayfield High School's Auditorium, 605 Lyon St., Garner, IA

10:15 a.m. Gov. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Reynolds hold Wright County Education Reform Town Hall @ Belmond-Klemme Junior-Senior High School's Luick Auditorium, 411 10th Avenue NE, Belmond, IA

12:00 Noon Gov. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Reynolds hold Humboldt County Education Reform Town Hall @ Humboldt High School's Auditorium, 1500 Wildcat Road. Humboldt, IA

2:00 p.m. Gov. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Reynolds hold Hamilton County Education Reform Town Hall @ City Hall, 400 Second St., Webster City, IA

 

Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012

5:30 p.m. Gov. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Reynolds hold Cedar County Education Reform Town Hall @ Tipton Middle School's Gymnasium, 725 West 7th St., Tipton, IA

 

Friday, Aug. 24, 2012

8 a.m. Gov. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Reynolds hold Jones County Education Reform Town Hall @ the Lawrence Community Center, 600 E. Main St., Anamosa, IA

9:30 a.m. Gov. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Reynolds hold Jackson County Education Reform Town Hall @ Maquoketa High School's Gymnasium, 600 Washington St., Maquoketa, IA

1:30 p.m. Gov. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Reynolds hold Delaware County Education Reform Town Hall @ the West Delaware High School Auditorium, 605 New St., Manchester, IA

 

Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012

10 a.m. Gov. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Reynolds hold Wapello County Education Reform Town Hall @ Ottumwa High School's Auditorium, 501 E. 2nd St, Ottumwa, IA

1 p.m. Gov. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Reynolds hold Muscatine County Education Reform Town Hall @ the Muscatine Community School Administration Center, 2900 Mulberry Ave., Muscatine, IA

5 p.m. Gov. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Reynolds hold Polk County Education Reform Town Hall @ Stilwell Junior High'sAuditorium, 1601 Vine St., West Des Moines, IA

 

Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012

4 p.m. Gov. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Reynolds hold Pottawattamie County Education Reform Town Hall @ the Abraham Lincoln High School Auditorium, 1205 Bonham Ave., Council Bluffs, IA

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Quinn Administration Releases Study Showing Impact of Pension Inaction on Higher Education PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Leslie Wertheimer   
Monday, 13 August 2012 14:24

Governor Meets with Business Leaders to Discuss Impact of Pension Inaction on Universities, Community Colleges and MAP Grants

CHICAGO - August 13, 2012. In a meeting today with the Executives’ Club of Chicago, Governor Pat Quinn shared new data showing that higher education in Illinois is likely to receive more significant funding reductions in the coming years if comprehensive pension reform is not enacted. According to an analysis conducted by the Governor’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB), approximately 26,000 students may not have the needed resources to go to college in five years due to projected reductions to MAP grant funding.

The governor discussed the need for pension reform today with business leaders and CEOs who often stress their need for a stable business climate and a strong, well-trained workforce. Governor Quinn is urging legislators to restore fiscal stability to Illinois and pass comprehensive pension reform during special session on August 17.

“A strong higher education system drives economic development and is essential to moving Illinois forward,” Governor Quinn said. “We must rise to the occasion, act responsibly and get the job done on pension reform for the people of Illinois."

If comprehensive pension reform is not enacted, funding for state universities, community colleges and college scholarships for needy students with merit could be reduced by more than $280 million by FY 2018. Higher education has seen steady reductions in recent years as fast-rising pension costs continue to squeeze out critical services.

Pension reform that includes a gradual normal cost realignment will alleviate funding pressure for state universities and community colleges, who have also written in support of a phased-in cost realignment. According to the data, universities and community colleges will face reductions that greatly exceed any normal cost expenses they would gradually assume under the governor’s pension reform plan.

For example, under the governor’s plan, state universities and community colleges are projected to assume $21.3 million in new normal pension costs in FY 2014. If comprehensive pension reform with a normal cost realignment is not enacted, the analysis shows that state universities and community colleges could see more than $60 million in reductions in FY 2014.

Currently, Illinois’ pension system faces $83 billion in unfunded liability – the worst in the nation. This deficit is expected to grow to more than $92 billion by the end of FY 2013 unless major reforms are enacted. Governor Quinn has proposed a comprehensive pension reform plan that will eliminate the unfunded liability over the next 30 years.

State universities and community colleges help shape the future of Illinois by fostering innovation and economic growth. Illinois' higher education institutions provide students with more opportunities and prepare them for the workforce, to ensure that businesses have access to strong workforce talent.

The analysis is attached. For more information on the need for pension reform and to contact your legislator, please visit SaveOurState.Illinois.gov.

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BVU partners with online consortium of Iowa community colleges PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Buena Vista University   
Monday, 13 August 2012 14:22

STORM LAKE, IA (08/13/2012)(readMedia)-- Buena Vista University (BVU) recently signed a cooperative agreement with the Iowa Community College Online Consortium (ICCOC) as a way to enhance degree completion opportunities for undergraduate students.

The ICCOC (www.iowacconline.org) is an online platform comprising seven Iowa community colleges that provide online educational opportunities and courses for students looking to earn associate's degrees. The community colleges include Eastern Iowa, Iowa Lakes, Iowa Western, Northwest Iowa, Southeastern, Southwestern and Western Iowa Tech.

The agreement between BVU and the ICCOC gives community college students the opportunity to transfer to BVU and pursue a bachelor's degree entirely online or through a BVU Graduate & Professional Studies (GPS) location.

As part of the consortium agreement, the ICCOC will post BVU transfer information and program offerings on its Web site. BVU will reciprocate by providing information on its Web site about the ICCOC.

Stacy Gibbs, the south regional director for BVU's GPS program, played an instrumental role in finalizing the agreement between BVU and ICCOC. Gibbs also worked closely with other BVU staff including Laura Newhouse, director of online programs, and Sibyl McIntire, GPS admissions counselor/recruiter, to cement the partnership.

"This is a marketing and growth opportunity for both BVU's online and GPS programs," says Gibbs. "The main advantage to the partnership is that the ICCOC will function as a gateway for students who are looking to advance their degrees. These students will be able to access our information and seamlessly transfer and obtain their bachelor's degree through BVU."

"I'm very excited about this partnership," says Dr. Suzi Kalsow, associate vice president for academic affairs and dean of GPS at BVU. "It is a natural progression for students who have earned their associate's degree to go on and pursue a bachelor's degree. Having a connection with the ICCOC and being easily accessible through the consortium is the perfect next step for BVU's online and GPS programs."

 
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