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Written by Jeff Giertz   
Monday, 25 June 2012 07:59

In just over a week, student loan interest rates are set to double.

That means a college student who takes out the maximum in subsidized federal loans could pay nearly $10,000 more in interest. That's seriously unacceptable.

We've built a calculator that you and your friends can use to figure out how much more you could pay if Congress fails to stop the increase.

Click here to check out the calculator, then tell leaders in Congress how much more you'd pay!

Iowa ranks third in the nation in student loan debt. The last thing college students here in Iowa – and the 7.4 million students nationwide – need is even more debt after they graduate.

It's time to quit playing games. Congress needs to put partisanship aside and get to work NOW to prevent this rate hike.

Try out the student loan calculator, then tell Congress to act before July 1!

Thanks for all you do. -Bruce

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Written by Richard Martin   
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 14:04

Dubuque, Iowa - Clarke University in Dubuque, Iowa, awarded degrees and honors at its 169th Commencement Ceremony on May 12, 2012.

The following area students were honored at the ceremony:

Megan Chitty, Davenport, Magna Cum Laude, BA in Social Work

Sonia McCallister, Davenport, MSN in Nursing.

Clarke University is a Catholic, liberal arts and sciences university dedicated to preparing students to make an impact. Known for superb teaching and academics, Clarke offers more than 40 undergraduate liberal arts and pre-professional programs and five graduate degree programs. Founded in 1843 by the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Clarke is located near the Mississippi River in Dubuque, Iowa. Clarke's 55-acre campus is a blend of historic buildings and new, state-of-the-art facilities.


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Written by Dan Benson   
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 13:09

Mankato, MN...The Academic High Honor and Honor lists (Dean's lists) for the past spring semester at Minnesota State University, Mankato have been announced by Provost and Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs Scott Olson.

Among the 2,961 students listed, a total of 748 students qualified for the High Honor List by achieving a 4.0 straight "A" average, while 2,213 students earned a 3.5 to 3.99 average to qualify for the Honor List.

Keyvan Rudd, of Davenport, was named to the Honor List

To qualify for academic honors, undergraduate students must be enrolled for at least 12 credit hours for a grade.

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.

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