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Donald Morrison Receives Award from Augustana College PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Keri Rursch   
Tuesday, 05 June 2012 14:48

ROCK ISLAND, IL (06/01/2012)(readMedia)-- Donald Morrison, Rock Island, Ill., was honored by Augustana College, Rock Island, Ill., at the college's annual alumni association awards banquet on May 19, 2012.

Morrison received the Honorary Alumni Award. The Honorary Alumni Award is presented to friends of Augustana who have demonstrated a strong commitment to the college. Recipients are considered honorary alumni of Augustana and members of the Alumni Association. This is not an honorary degree.

Morrison, director of the Augustana Choir from 1966-1993, taught choir members about music and about life. In rehearsals, he introduced different music styles and composers, as he shaped the group into a unified choral ensemble. He shared the history and contexts in which pieces were written, as he helped students to discover the relevance of the pieces in their own lives. Morrison also allowed choir members to experience the unexpected emotional and spiritual elements that could bring them to tears in their performances. And whether they were music majors, business majors or biology majors, Morrison taught everyone that each of them had a voice-and their voice mattered.

When the choir stepped on the risers for a performance, whether in a rural church in Iowa or on the stage of Chicago's Orchestra Hall, the students were poised, polished and professional. When they went on tour and performed the same program for several weeks in a row, Morrison would remind his vocalists that "this" performance was the only one that "this" audience would hear, so the choir owed their guests its best effort. He taught students the invaluable lesson of striving for excellence in all they did, whether it was for themselves or others.

Morrison received his B.M. degree from Drake University in 1953 and an M.S.M. degree from Union Theological Seminary in 1957. He also studied at the University of Southern California, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and Oakbrook University. He received the Phi Mu Alpha Sinphonia Fraternity Orpheus Award in 1993.

Augustana honors Morrison for his extraordinary achievements and national recognition in choral conducting and his role as a 27-year ambassador for the college.

About Augustana: Founded in 1860 and situated on a 115-acre campus near the Mississippi River, Augustana College is a private, liberal arts institution affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The college enrolls 2,500 students from diverse geographic, social, ethnic and religious backgrounds and offers nearly 90 majors and related areas of study. Augustana employs 182 full-time faculty and has a student-faculty ratio of 12:1. Augustana continues to do what it has always done: challenge and prepare students for lives of leadership and service in our complex, ever-changing world.

 
Kendra Maxwell Receives Degree from Georgia Tech PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lisa Grovenstein   
Tuesday, 05 June 2012 14:47

ATLANTA, GA (06/01/2012)(readMedia)-- Kendra Maxwell of Davenport, IA, has earned a degree in Chemical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta.

Kendra was among approximately 2,500 undergraduate and graduate students who received degrees during Georgia Tech's 242nd commencement exercises.

The Georgia Institute of Technology is one of the nation's leading research universities, providing a focused, technologically based education to more than 20,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Georgia Tech has many nationally recognized programs, all top ranked by peers and publications alike, and is ranked in the nation's top ten public universities by U.S. News and World Report.

As a leading technological university, Georgia Tech has more than 100 interdisciplinary research centers operating through the Colleges of Architecture, Computing, Management, Engineering, Sciences and the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts that consistently contribute vital research and innovation to American government, industry and business.

For more information, visit Georgia Tech's website at www.gatech.edu.

 
Statement from Governor Quinn on Stabilizing Our Pension System PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Leslie Wertheimer   
Tuesday, 05 June 2012 13:57

SPRINGFIELD – May 31, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today released a statement regarding the status of pension reform in Illinois.

 

“While this has been a productive legislative session, our work is not done for the people of Illinois.

 

“Many members rose to the occasion to take difficult votes to save our Medicaid system from collapse, enact retiree healthcare reform and abolish the oft-abused legislative scholarship program. But we have not finished our work to reform Illinois’ pension system, which is drowning in an ocean of unfunded liability.

 

“As I have repeatedly made clear, inaction on pension reform is not a choice. We must fundamentally reform our pension system and we must enact bold reform that eliminates the unfunded liability.

 

“We have made great headway on stabilizing our pension system and we are very close to a solution, but we are not there yet. Therefore, I will convene a meeting with President Cullerton, Leader Radogno, Speaker Madigan, and Leader Cross in the coming week so we can forge a pension reform agreement as soon as possible and return to Springfield to enact it into law.”

 

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Augustana Announces Graduates PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Keri Rursch   
Tuesday, 05 June 2012 12:42
ROCK ISLAND, IL (05/30/2012)(readMedia)-- Augustana's 152nd commencement took place at the i wireless Center in Moline, Ill., on Sunday, May 20. In all, 558 undergraduates earned their degrees.

Students from your area earning degrees and graduating with honors include:

Erica Aten, from Coal Valley, graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology.

Courtney Brown, from Port Byron, graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in biology.

Owen Engstrom, from Davenport, graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science.

Tyler Henning, from Rock Island, graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in computer science and business administration-management information stystems.

Gaetano Iaccarino, from Davenport, graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in music general and anthropology.

Nathaniel McDowell, from Rock Island, graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, philosophy, and classics.

Lauren Reid, from Sherrard, graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration-marketing and communication studies.

Amber Soike, from East Moline, graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in elementary education and psychology.

Peter Wessels, from Bettendorf, graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration-finance and accounting.

Jennifer Youngs, from Taylor Ridge, graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and political science.

Students from your area receiving degrees include:

Amanda Eslinger of Coal Valley, received a Bachelor's of Arts degree in art.

Timothy Gillman of Rock Island, received a Bachelor's of Arts degree in geography.

Karla Guadarrama of Rock Island, received a Bachelor's of Arts degree in business administration-marketing.

Randi Johnson of Silvis, received a Bachelor's of Arts degree in communication sciences and disorders.

Megan Keller of Taylor Ridge, received a Bachelor's of Arts degree in communication studies.

Momina Khan of Rock Island, received a Bachelor's of Arts degree in religion and pre-medicine.

Adam Lang of Rock Island, received a Bachelor's of Arts degree in business administration-management.

Anthony Linden of Orion, received a Bachelor's of Arts degree in accounting and business administration-finance.

Conner Martinez of East Moline, received a Bachelor's of Arts degree in accounting.

Melissa Mc Greer of Illinois City, received a Bachelor's of Arts degree in biology.

Timothy Murga of Rock Island, received a Bachelor's of Arts degree in biology.

Michelle Nguyen of East Moline, received a Bachelor's of Arts degree in business administration-management and psychology.

Nicholas Nolte of Rock Island, received a Bachelor's of Arts degree in music general.

Samantha Ott of Milan, received a Bachelor's of Arts degree in sociology-social welfare.

Troy Rorer of Bettendorf, received a Bachelor's of Arts degree in business administration-finance.

Lisa Schippers of East Moline, received a Bachelor's of Arts degree in communication sciences and disorders.

Blythe Sharp of Milan, received a Bachelor's of Arts degree in English.

Dain Swetalla of Davenport, received a Bachelor's of Arts degree in communication studies.

Bo Weber of Illinois City, received a Bachelor's of Arts degree in physics.

Alexander Wenskunas of Davenport, received a Bachelor's of Arts degree in political science.

Laurel Williams of Milan, received a Bachelor's of Arts degree in communication sciences and disorders.

Augustana President Steve Bahls told the graduating Class of 2012 he hopes they will use their liberal arts education to tackle problems from all angles, and the commencement speaker, Broadway's SPIDER-MAN: Turn off the Dark director Philip William McKinley '73, urged them to use their talents and to take risks.

Mr. McKinley urged the grads to not treat their dreams like mom's fine China or save them up for a special vacation, he suggested students "try them out and test them as often as they can."

Founded in 1860 and situated on a 115-acre campus near the Mississippi River, Augustana College is a private, liberal arts institution affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The college enrolls 2,500 students from diverse geographic, social, ethnic and religious backgrounds and offers nearly 90 majors and related areas of study. Augustana employs 182 full-time faculty and has a student-faculty ratio of 12:1. Augustana continues to do what it has always done: challenge and prepare students for lives of leadership and service in our complex, ever-changing world.

 
Chase Wilson Education releases a new comprehensive Anti-Bullying Curriculum PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Chase Wilson   
Monday, 04 June 2012 15:27

This curriculum is for teachers, counselors and administrators grades 6-12 and identifies, in detail, the 20 motivations that lead to harassment, intimidation and bullying and goes far beyond traditional strategies.

 

Park Ridge, NJ - May 30, 2012- Chase Wilson Education is pleased to announce the release of a new comprehensive Anti-Bullying Curriculum The Building Blocks of HIB: Bullying Redefined for teachers, counselors and administrators. The curriculum was developed and written by Andrew Yeager, a NJ School Psychologist and Student Assistance Coordinator, who lectures extensively and conducts trainings on bullying and adolescent issues throughout the country.

 

Based on academic research and clinical experience, this extensive curriculum enables teachers in a variety of disciplines to educate students on the nature and risks of HIB and enables school counselors to assess, intervene, monitor and reduce HIB incidents.

The curriculum, designed for students in grades 6-12, is comprised of three distinct sections:

 

Part One: "The Building Blocks of Bullying" - We redefine bullying - dispelling common myths and exposing the underlying roots of bullying behavior. The curriculum provides a detailed description and analysis of the 20 "Building Blocks" that lead to harassment, intimidation, and bullying (HIB). This information allows educators and students to understand and interpret the true motivations behind bullying like never before.

 

Part Two: "Core Lessons, Classroom Infusion Lessons, & Film Analysis" - Using the "Building Blocks" as a foundation; this highly detailed section provides teachers with a wide variety of lessons to use in the classroom.

  • Core Lessons: An introduction and detailed description of the "The Building Blocks," including a Building Blocks Checklist and Behavioral Assessment Worksheet, to be used in conjunction with multiple Case Studies for student analysis.
  • Classroom Infusion: A variety of lessons that subtly "infuse" anti-HIB education within a variety of subject areas. Lessons are provided for English Language Arts, Math, Science, History, Physical Education and Health, World Languages, Music, Visual Arts, and accommodations for Special Education.
  • Film Analysis: Using the highly effective anti-bullying film Sticks & Stones, students address specific issues such as cyberbullying, homophobia, hate speech and peer pressure.

Part Three: "Counseling the HIB-Involved Student" - This section provides detailed therapeutic strategies for counseling HIB-involved students and includes assessment forms and guidelines for creating effective treatment plans and documenting student progress.

 

This curriculum is available for purchase at http://cweducation.com/BuildingBlocksofHIB.html for $799.99 and includes:

  • A comprehensive curriculum aligned to Core Curriculum Content Standards.
  • Detailed Infusion Lessons provided for 9 school subjects.
  • A FREE copy of Sticks & Stones with an updated Teacher's Guide.
  • Printable handouts, lessons, and treatment plans for enhanced in-school use.
  • Relatable HIB Case Studies inspired by real-life situations.
  • A comprehensive section on assessment and counseling HIB-involved youth. User-friendly assessment and progress forms that clearly demonstrate and document remedial measures and student progress.

Educator Expertise: Andrew Yeager has over 30 years of experience as a counselor working with adolescents, and has written a variety of curricula on cyber-bullying, Internet safety, and DWI prevention. He is a certified school psychologist and presently works as the Student Assistance Coordinator and Anti-Bullying Specialist at Park Ridge public schools in N.J. He is the President of The Association of Student Assistant Professionals of N.J., and lectures throughout the country on issues such as bullying, Internet safety, adolescent risk and substance abuse. Yeager works directly with bullying-related cases every day in the state with the most comprehensive anti-bullying laws in the country.

 

Enhanced Understanding: The Building Blocks of HIB: Bullying Redefined provides an in-depth understanding of the underlying motives behind harassment, intimidation and bullying. Simultaneously, it gives teachers, administrators, counselors and students a universal vocabulary that lays the foundation for better communication, awareness, and response to harassment, intimidation, and bullying.

 

School Inclusivity: Instead of purchasing anti-bullying resources from multiple sources, The Building Blocks of HIB: Bullying Redefined is a one-source solution for the entire school. This is not only cost-effective, but it also ensures a cohesive unity and direction for schools' anti-bullying initiatives.

 

Student Empowerment: By using the The Building Blocks of HIB: Bullying Redefined in coordination with core lessons, infusion lessons, and the film analysis -- educators re-frame the way students see themselves and the actions and motives of those around them. Lessons and activities encourage students to think analytically and introspectively. By making lessons more relevant to them and their unique personal experience, students raise understanding and empathy. "The Building Blocks" inspire students to alter their own behavior and stand up against HIB - enhancing their self-esteem, self-awareness, leadership skills, and overall character.

 

Climate & Culture: The Building Blocks of HIB: Bullying Redefined gives educators the tools they need to re-shape the culture and climate of their school from the inside out. This includes strategies to enhance engagement in classroom and school-wide programs, and promotes healthier teen relationships and positive role modeling.

 

This program is designed to create a healthier school climate and culture; one which resonates long beyond emotionally-charged assemblies, poster contests, and traditional lectures. The Building Blocks of HIB: Bullying Redefined creates an enduring experience that will greatly impact their day-to-day lives.

 

About Chase Wilson Education:

Chase Wilson Education is an organization in the state of New Jersey that is comprised of a diverse team of filmmakers, educators, law enforcement, and healthcare professionals all working together to improve education, health, and social development in our world.

Our Mission is to provide educator training and student programs centered on a values-based curriculum that provides a foundation of character, tolerance, and empathy.

CWE is a division of Chase Wilson; an Emmy-Nominated multimedia production company incorporated in the state of New Jersey. Chase Wilson Education was founded in 2011 with a sole focus on the future development, creation, and distribution of educational films and programs.

 

 

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