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Journalists, editors eligible for $5,000 scholarships for religion courses PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Amy Schiska   
Thursday, 03 May 2012 14:12

Study Islam, Religion and Politics, War, Theology—on us!

(Columbia, Mo.) — RELIGION | NEWSWRITERS invites journalists in the to apply to its Lilly Scholarships in Religion Program. The scholarships give full-time journalists up to $5,000 to take any college religion courses at any accredited institution at any time.

Religion headlines are dominating news coverage—sex abuse, religion and politics, Islam in America, Post-9/11— now is the perfect time to dig deeper into today’s hottest stories. More than 200 people have already taken advantage of RELIGION | NEWSWRITERS’ Lilly Scholarships in Religion Program for Journalists.

Topics reporters have studied include: Islamic Movements, God & Politics, Christianity and Culture, Religious Tradition and Scientific Inquiry, Buddhism and Science, Violence and Liberation, Religion and Medicine and many more.

“It goes without saying I can’t leave my social location behind when I write stories, but this course allowed me to be more aware of my own biases and prejudices, allowing me to be more cautious when I report about ethics and social issues, said Francisco Miraval a freelance writer who took the course “Ethical Perspectives on Justice and Peace” at Iliff School of Theology.

The scholarships can be used at accredited colleges, universities, seminaries or similar institutions.  Journalists can choose any religion, spirituality or ethics course. Scholarships cover tuition, books, registration fees, parking and other course-related costs. Online and travel classes are also eligible (as long as travel costs are part of the curriculum).

All full-time journalists working in the general circulation news media—including reporters, editors, designers, copy editors, editorial writers, news directors, researchers and producers—are eligible, regardless of their beat.

The next scholarship application deadline is June 15, 2012. Scholarships must be used within three academic quarters of their award date.

RELIGION | NEWSWRITERS is the world’s only association for journalists who write about religion in the mainstream news media. The scholarships are offered through its non-profit arm, the Religion Newswriters Foundation, with funding from the Lilly Endowment, Inc.

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RELIGION | NEWSWRITERS offers training and tools to help journalists cover religion with balance, accuracy and insight. Visit to learn more about our RELIGION | LINK story ideas, Religion stylebook and primer, contests for religion reporting, annual conference and more.

State Treasurer Fitzgerald Helps Iowa Students Score Touchdowns with Financial Football PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Karen Austin   
Thursday, 03 May 2012 14:10

DES MOINES, IA (05/03/2012)(readMedia)-- State Treasurer Michael L. Fitzgerald has once again solicited the help of Visa Inc. and the NFL to launch a statewide initiative to enhance the money management skills of Iowa teenagers. Thanks to this special partnership, high schools across the state will be provided with a useful means for teachers to offer financial education to the students. This tool, Financial Football, is an interactive money management computer game with an NFL theme.

"I think we can all agree that knowing how to manage the money you have is every bit as important as being able to earn it," stated Fitzgerald. "Financial Football is a great way to get students interested in personal finances and give them a fiscal playbook they can use the rest of their lives."

To kick start the program, Treasurer Fitzgerald, along with Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway, met with students at Lincoln High School in Des Moines last week. Together, they shared some valuable information about financial literacy and then led Lincoln students in an exciting game of Financial Football. Copies of the game have been sent out to all Iowa high schools. It can also be found at

"As State Treasurer, I am committed to providing Iowans access to unbiased financial information and education programs that can help improve their lives," Fitzgerald explained. "It is important that all Iowans know how to handle their finances. Equipping our youth with financial knowledge now will foster responsible behavior into adulthood."


Sarah Johnson of Davenport Recognized at Huntington University's Forester Night PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ashley Smith   
Thursday, 03 May 2012 13:28

HUNTINGTON, IN (05/02/2012)(readMedia)-- The 41st annual Huntington University Forester Night celebrated the accomplishments of students from across campus, as well as the recognition of the Foresters of the Year, the 2012 Outstanding Scholar Award, the Impact Initiative Scholarship and the Professor of the Year. The event was held May 1.

Sarah Johnson, a senior journalism and English major from Davenport, IA, was honored with the Outstanding Senior Award for English. The Outstanding Senior Awards are voted on by faculty. Recipients were presented plaques for their accomplishments at Forester Night.

Photos from the event are available online at,-faculty/?__taxonomyid=200. Click on the photos to open and download a high-resolution image.

Huntington University is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations. U.S. News & World Report ranks Huntington among the best colleges in the Midwest, and has listed the university as one of America's Best Colleges. Additionally, Princeton Review has named the institution to its "Best in the Midwest" list. Founded in 1897 by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, Huntington University is located on a contemporary, lakeside campus in northeast Indiana. The university is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU).

For text of this and all Huntington University news releases, visit

Danielle Vesneske Recognized at Central College Student Leadership Banquet PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Rachel Vogel   
Wednesday, 02 May 2012 08:52

PELLA, IA (05/01/2012)(readMedia)-- Danielle Vesneske, a native of Davenport, was recognized with a Campus Ministries Action Team Award at the Student Leadership Awards Banquet at Central College April 23. Vesneske is majoring in elementary education.

This awards banquet honors students who show exceptional leadership abilities in various areas on campus.

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 2011 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.

Christine Nguyen inducted into Phi Beta Kappa at Cornell College PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jamie Kelly   
Wednesday, 02 May 2012 08:41

MOUNT VERNON, IA (05/01/2012)(readMedia)-- Christine Nguyen of Davenport was one of 18 Cornell students inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, the country's oldest and most prestigious academic honor society, on April 21.

These students will have their names added to the permanent plaque in Cole Library listing all members elected to Cornell's chapter.

Election is based upon good character and a distinguished record of performance in courses that demonstrate a broad exposure to the liberal arts, i.e., the fine arts, humanities, languages, natural sciences and mathematics, and social sciences, as well as substantive work in areas outside the major. Phi Beta Kappa considers members of the top 15 percent of the senior class and the top five percent of the junior class. You can learn more about the Cornell chapter of Phi Beta Kappa here.

One of the 40 "Colleges That Change Lives," Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa, is a national liberal arts college with a distinctive One Course At A Time (OCAAT) academic calendar. The OCAAT schedule provides students with intellectual immersion, academic focus, and unique freedom to shed the confines of the traditional classroom to study off-campus, pursue research, or accept an internship-all without missing out on other classes. Founded in 1853, the college's entire hilltop campus is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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