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Statement by Iowa State Education Association President Chris Bern PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jean Hessburg   
Wednesday, 09 May 2012 14:38

On the Education Reform Package

DES MOINES, IA (05/08/2012)(readMedia)-- "The ISEA is pleased with the steps taken giving educators more time to collaborate and work together to improve their craft. Preparing and supporting quality teachers in the classroom is an integral part of student success and the ISEA has supported this concept from the beginning of our discussions on education reform. Iowa has a long history of great schools and outstanding teachers in the classroom. We have high graduation rates and test scores and our teacher mentoring program is one of the best. We can be proud of the work our educators are doing and continue to do on a daily basis. The education reform package also takes some important first steps toward early literacy and kindergarten readiness programs which are important building blocks on the road to high student achievement. However, it is very important to remember that there also has to be a willingness to invest the resources needed for our students to succeed. The education reform package falls short in finding those resources."

The ISEA is a professional organization made up of nearly 34,000 educators who are dedicated to supporting and protecting a quality public education for all Iowa students. Great Education. It's an Iowa Basic!

Culver-Stockton College students recognized during Honors Day PDF Print E-mail
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Written by C-SC Communications Office   
Wednesday, 09 May 2012 14:35

CANTON, MO (05/08/2012)(readMedia)-- Culver-Stockton College continued its tradition of honoring the accomplishments of students during the annual Honors Day Convocation Monday, May 7.

Dozens of students were awarded for overall academic achievement, outstanding performance within their major, academic competition and scholar-athlete rankings. Many of the awards have been established by or in memory of Culver-Stockton alumni/ae. "This long-standing tradition of the college not only unites the student body as they honor their classmates and friends for achievements in the 2011 - 2012 academic year, but also represents the culmination of a year of hard work. I can think of no finer way to end another academic year on 'the Hill' than to pay tribute to members of our student body," commented C-SC President Richard Valentine.

Awards and recipients include:

- The Frank T. Edgar Award in History & Political Science - Kaitlyn Gutheil from Bettendorf, IA.

- The J. David Bursewicz Senior Scholarship Award - Kaitlyn Gutheil from Bettendorf, IA.

- The Koch Divisional Award - Kaitlyn Gutheil from Bettendorf, IA.

- The Mahan Prizes in Creative Writing - One-Act Play - Kaitlyn Gutheil from Bettendorf, IA.

- The Phi Eta Sigma Book Award - Kaitlyn Gutheil from Bettendorf, IA.

- The Stuart Hoyle Purvines English Award - Kaitlyn Gutheil from Bettendorf, IA.

Members of the class of 2012 will receive their diplomas during the Commencement Ceremony to be held Saturday, May 12 at 9:30 a.m. on the campus of Culver-Stockton College.

Internship applications are due June 15 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Grassley Press   
Wednesday, 09 May 2012 14:26

WASHINGTON — Applications for fall internships with Senator Chuck Grassley are due June 15.


Internships are available for college-age Iowans in Grassley offices in Washington, D.C., Cedar Rapids, Council Bluffs, Davenport, Des Moines, Sioux City and Waterloo.  The internships last from August 20 through December 15.


Senate interns assist staff members with administrative, legislative and communications work, including that of Grassley’s staff on the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, where he serves as Ranking Member.  A video about Grassley internships produced by last year’s summer interns can be seen here.


Grassley said he encourages young Iowans who are interested in learning more about government to apply.  “Working in a congressional office is a good way for college students and new graduates to learn more about the legislative branch of the federal government while gaining valuable work experience.  Internships in my offices are available to students in all areas of study,” he said.


Application forms are available on Grassley’s Senate website and in Grassley’s offices in Iowa. Due to security-related delays in postal mail delivery to U.S. Senate office buildings, internship applications should be emailed to  For additional information, send messages to or call 202-224-3744.



Nolan Hagge Graduates from Dordt College PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sarah Vander Plaats   
Wednesday, 09 May 2012 12:42

SIOUX CENTER, IA (05/07/2012)(readMedia)-- Nolan Hagge of Princeton, Iowa, was among 321 Dordt College students awarded diplomas at the 2012 commencement ceremony held Friday, May 4, in the B.J. Haan Auditorium.

Hagge graduated with a Bachelor of Science - Engineering degree in engineering.

Among this year's graduates, 298 earned Baccalaureate degrees, 14 Associate of Arts degrees, and nine Master of Education degrees. The Baccalaureate degrees presented included Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science in Engineering, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and Bachelor of Social Work degrees.

Outgoing college president Dr. Carl E. Zylstra gave the commencement address, "To The Hilt." Zylstra has been president of Dordt College since 1996, during which time the college has seen significant expansion in its facilities, endowment, and academic programs.

Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa, is a comprehensive Christian college rooted in the Reformed tradition. U.S. News & World Report,, Washington Monthly, and Princeton Review all list Dordt on their best colleges lists. Dordt is home to approximately 1,400 students. To learn more about Dordt College, visit

Peter Wiese participated in Celebration of Learning PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Keri Rursch   
Wednesday, 09 May 2012 12:41

ROCK ISLAND, IL (05/07/2012)(readMedia)-- More than 75 Augustana students from all academic areas shared their advanced research projects on Saturday, May 5, at the Celebration of Learning. This on-campus research symposium annually gives students an opportunity to show off their academic accomplishments to their families and the Augustana community.

Among the students involved:

Peter Wiese, a senior from Davenport, Iowa, majoring in neuroscience and mathematics. Wiese presented two research projects. The first project was titled Using Conditioned Place Preference to Investigate Rewarding Stimuli in Young Chickens. Chickens are readily used as models in learning, as they demonstrate a variety of behaviors and the ability to learn at a young age. The objective of our study was to determine if young chicks would have a stronger preference for social contact with other chicks or a food reward. Our experiment tested this question by exploring whether chicks could be conditioned to prefer a certain environment over another based on a learned association. Using a conditioned place preference paradigm, chicks were exposed to a colored environment paired with one of two rewards. We predicted that chicks would spend more time in the environment paired with the stimulus that they found most rewarding. Our results showed that, in contrast to previous studies, the chicks preferred the red side of the box, independent of conditioning. We are currently considering reasons as to why this occurred.

The second project was titled Parametric Equations for Video Games. Danmaku, or "manic shooters," are a genre of video games that feature intricate patterns of bullets that the player must avoid. The motion of the bullets is determined by parametric equations of varying complexity. Using a game engine, we will explore how various patterns can be produced through the use of parametric equations using both polar or Cartesian coordinate systems.

Celebration participants presented their research through a poster display or an oral presentation. Many students expounded on the results of their Senior Inquiry, a multiple-term research project required for most academic programs. Other students shared honors capstone projects or student-faculty research findings. Because of the advanced level of research involved, most of the presenters are upperclass students.

Anne Earel and Stefanie Bluemle, Augustana reference librarians and the event's co-directors, said the Celebration of Learning provided an outlet for students to showcase their accomplishments.

Presentations topics varied greatly and included anthropology, biology, physics, geography, gender studies, theater and more.

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