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Samantha Adrales of Davenport Named to Deans' List/Honor Roll at University of Nebraska-Lincoln PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tom Simons   
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 13:02

LINCOLN, NE (06/19/2012)(readMedia)-- Samantha Walton Adrales of Davenport was named to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Deans' List/Honor Roll for the spring semester of the 2011-12 academic year.

Adrales is a sophomore English major in the College of Arts and Sciences .

Qualification for the Deans' List varies among the eight undergraduate colleges and the Honor Roll for the Division of General Studies. Listed below are the minimum grade-point averages on a 4-point scale (4.0 equals A) for each entity and the name of its respective dean. All qualifying grade-point averages are based on a minimum of 12 or more graded semester hours. Students can be on the Dean's List for more than one college.

➢ College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, 3.75; Dean Steven F. Waller.

➢ College of Architecture, top 10 percent of the students in the college; Interim Dean Kim Wilson.

➢ College of Arts and Sciences, 3.7; Dean David Manderscheid.

➢ College of Business Administration, 3.6; Dean Donde Plowman.

➢ College of Education and Human Sciences, 3.75; Dean Marjorie Kostelnik.

➢ College of Engineering, 3.5; Dean Timothy Wei.

➢ College of Journalism and Mass Communications, 3.7; Interim Dean James O'Hanlon.

➢ Division of General Studies Honor Roll, 3.6; Director of Undergraduate Education Nancy Mitchell.

➢ Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts, 3.7; Interim Dean Christin Mamiya.

A full list of Deans' List/Honor Roll students can be found at:

Jobs Expert: Standardized People Won’t Win America’s Future PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ginny Grimsley   
Friday, 15 June 2012 12:28
Emphasis on Early Testing Leads to a Homogenized Workforce, He Says

Since former President George W. Bush amped up standardized testing throughout the nation in 2002 with the No Child Left Behind Act, critics say results have been negative.

“The bottom line is that there is no clear correlation between standardized testing and the knowledge and skills kids will need to prosper in the 21st century world of work,” says Peter Weddle, former CEO of Job Bank USA, Inc., and author of A Multitude of Hope: A Novel About Rediscovering the American Dream (

“It seems we’re more interested in creating a homogenized workforce than a nation of individuals who have learned what their talent is and how to bring it to work with them,” he says.

Consider these statistics:

Annual state spending on standardized tests has increased by 160 percent – from $423 million in 2002 to $1.1 billion in 2008, according to the Pew Center on the States.

Since 2002, the United States dropped from 18th in the world in math on the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) to 31st place in 2009, with a similar drop in science and no change in reading.

The NCLB Act has drastically narrowed content, according to a study by the Center on Education Policy.

“This problem begins very early on. We take kids in elementary school and give them tests. Those who do well are designated as ‘gifted and talented,’ which means that everyone else is, by definition, ungifted and untalented. And, that’s just not true.  In effect, we’re devaluing all the capabilities that are not reflected in a standardized test,” he says.

“Of course, we want to take care of our academically proficient kids, but we have to find a way to do that without signaling to every other child that they were at the end of the line when talent was handed out.”

Too many Americans are stuck in old ways of thinking, from the classrooms of our elementary schools and colleges to the workplace,” Weddle says. “But we’re in a new economy and the path to the American Dream has changed. That means our old-school thinking must change as well.”

He offers ways Americans can get back in the game as world leaders:

• We need to accept that the economy has changed: The first step to change is acknowledging it’s needed, Weddle says. “Our employers are no longer competing with cheaper labor; they’re up against smarter labor worldwide,” he says. We hold a trump card, however: We have the most diverse pool of talent on the globe, whereas countries such as China and India have, by choice, a homogenous workforce.

• We must give career education greater priority: In China, every college student must, as a requirement of graduation, take a yearlong course that teaches them the skills and knowledge to manage their own careers effectively.  In the United States, that instruction is missing from college curricula. Yet, 53.6 percent of all college graduates under the age of 25 are now either unemployed or underemployed.

• We need to redefine talent so we can use it: “Our culture has taught us that talent is the province of exceptional people doing exceptional things,” he says.  “We can see the talent of Lady Gaga, but not the talent of an accounts payable clerk.  And that’s myopic.  We are all endowed with talent, but we have to discover it, nurture it and then bring it to work with us.”

• We have to see ourselves as a ‘work in progress’: “The world of work is changing at warp speed – new technology, shifts in the global marketplace and changes in consumer tastes,” he says. “That’s why we need to be committed to continuous learning.  Regardless of our educational degree, years of experience or level of seniority, we need to be acquiring new skills and knowledge all of the time.”

About Peter Weddle

Peter Weddle, a former recruiter and human resource consultant, is the CEO of the International Association of Employment Web Sites, a trade organization. He has written or edited more than two dozen non-fiction books regarding careers and employment; “A Multitude of Hope” is his first work of fiction. Weddle is the founder and former CEO of Job Bank USA, Inc., one of the largest electronic employment services companies in the United States.

Concordia University of Nebraska releases spring honors list PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jenny Hammond   
Friday, 15 June 2012 09:45

SEWARD, NE (06/14/2012)(readMedia)-- Concordia University, Nebraska announced its term honors list for the second semester of the 2011-12 academic year.

The top 25 percent of undergraduate students who complete at least 12 credit hours qualify for the honors list.

Founded in 1894, Concordia University, Nebraska is a fully accredited liberal arts university committed to excellence in Christian higher education. Concordia was named to the top tier in a U.S. News & World Report's 2012 "America's Best Colleges" ranking in the Regional University- Midwest category and 28th in the "Top 50 Baccalaureate Colleges" of the 2011 Washington Monthly College Rankings. It is one of ten institutions belonging to The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod's Concordia University System.

The list of students includes:

Chelsey Creedon, Eldridge, Iowa

Naomi Iltis, Le Claire, Iowa

Lee Johanson, Davenport, Iowa

Concordia University, Nebraska, is located in Seward, Neb., and currently serves over 2,200 students. Concordia offers more than 50 professional and liberal arts programs in an excellent academic and Christ-centered community that equips men and women for lives of learning, service and leadership in the church and world. For more information, visit

Shannon Gambon named to Marquette University's Dean's List for Spring 2012 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Amanda Gottheardt   
Friday, 15 June 2012 09:44

MILWAUKEE, WI (06/14/2012)(readMedia)-- Shannon Gambon of Coal Valley, IL has been named to the Dean's List for the spring 2012 semester at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wis. Gambon is pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Physiology.

Marquette University is a Catholic, Jesuit university that draws its more than 11,500 students from all 50 states and more than 75 different countries. In addition to its nationally recognized academic programs, Marquette is known for its service learning programs and internships as students are challenged to use what they learn to make a difference in the world. Find out more about Marquette at

Local student awarded scholarships from Dordt College PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sarah Vander Plaats   
Friday, 15 June 2012 08:18

SIOUX CENTER, IA (06/14/2012)(readMedia)-- Scholarships from Dordt College have been awarded to incoming freshmen, including these area students:

Natalie Dailey of East Moline, Illinois, has been awarded Hester Hollaar Literary Studies, Kuyper, and Presidential scholarships.

Scholarship details are available at

Dordt College is a comprehensive Christian college in Sioux Center, Iowa. 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

Note: Though a scholarship has been awarded and the student has been granted acceptance, the student might not have made a final decision about whether he or she will choose to attend Dordt College.

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