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Solon student selected by Merchant Marine Academy PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Grassley Press   
Monday, 27 February 2012 14:39

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

WASHINGTON – Brady St. John of Solon has been selected for admission to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, New York, for the 2012-2013 school year, according to U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley.

St. John will graduate in May from Solon High School.  He is the son of Lynn and Edward St. John of Solon.

“Admission to the service academies is highly competitive and a great honor,” Grassley said.  “Young people like Brady St. John work very hard to earn this kind of opportunity, and I join many others, no doubt, in wishing him well.”

In high school, St. John has been a member of the Robotics Team, the Community Youth Leadership Program, the Iowa City Eels Swim Club, and the City High Swim Team.

For more than 200 years, the U.S. service academies have educated and trained the best and the brightest to lead and command the U.S. armed forces.  In time of war, the Merchant Marine can be called upon to deliver troops and supplies for the military.

Grassley nominated St. John for admission to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.  Information about seeking an academy nomination is posted at


Braley in Davenport for National Guard Ribbon Cutting, Dubuque for Community College Roundtable PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Giertz   
Friday, 24 February 2012 14:38

Braley traveling in eastern Iowa this week to hear about community college affordability


Washington, DC – Beginning today, Tuesday February 21st, Rep. Bruce Braley (IA-01) will embark on a three-day tour of eastern Iowa community colleges to host a series of roundtable discussions on community college affordability and accessibility.


Braley will host the first roundtable discussion at Northeast Iowa Community College in Dubuque tomorrow afternoon.


This morning, Braley will also attend a ribbon-cutting event at the recently renovated Iowa National Guard’s Army Aviation Support Facility #3 in Davenport.  Braley helped secure $2 million in funding for the renovation project in 2009.

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012


10:00am               Ribbon Cutting Event

Iowa National Guard Army Aviation Support Facility #3

9650 Harrison St.

Davenport, Iowa


2:00pm                 Northeast Iowa Community College Roundtable

Northeast Iowa Community College, Town Clock Center for Professional Development

700 Main Street

Dubuque, Iowa


TOMORROW, Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012


10:30am               Kirkwood Community College Roundtable

Kirkwood Community College, Kirkwood Hall Room 309

6301 Kirkwood Blvd. SW

Cedar Rapids, Iowa


Thursday, February 23rd, 2012


9:45am                 Iowa Valley Community College Roundtable

Iowa Valley Community College, Student Union Room 301

3700 South Center St.

Marshalltown, Iowa


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Gaetano Iaccarino Inducted Into Leadership Society at Augustana College PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Keri Rursch   
Friday, 24 February 2012 10:01

ROCK ISLAND, IL (02/20/2012)(readMedia)-- Gaetano Iaccarino, a senior from Davenport, Iowa, majoring in music general and anthropology, was among 38 students initiated into the Augustana Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa, the national leadership honor society founded in 1914.

Dean of the College Dr. Pareena Lawrence spoke and congratulated the students at a ceremony held Jan. 14 at the Butterworth Center in Moline, Ill.

Omicron Delta Kappa recognizes students who do excellent academic work (above a 3.4 GPA) and demonstrate leadership in co- and extra-curricular activities. No more than 3 percent of a school's enrollment may be elected into the local circle. Omicron Delta Kappa recognizes and promotes accomplishments in the areas of academics, athletics, service, social and religious activities, campus government, journalism, speech, mass media, and creative and performing arts.

Omicron Delta Kappa was founded Dec. 3, 1914, at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va. Since its founding, Omicron Delta Kappa has initiated more than 300,000 members nationally. Augustana's circle started in 1962.

National Career Awareness Camps Held for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Students PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Greg Livadas   
Thursday, 23 February 2012 16:37

Rochester. N.Y. – Deaf and hard-of-hearing students from across the country are invited to attend one of three summer career awareness camps focusing on science, technology, business and art at Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf. Hundreds of students are expected.

Each program features hands-on activities during the day, social activities in the evenings and accommodations in a college dorm room. The programs are intended to promote interest in specific fields and determine what career options may interest and motivate the students.

  • Explore Your Future is a six-day career awareness program for college-bound high school sophomores and juniors who are deaf or hard of hearing. Students experience college life, enjoy hands-on activities, and get a taste of careers in the fields of business, computing, engineering, science and art. Choice of two sessions, July 14 – 19 or July 21 – 26, 2012. Registration deadline is April 30. Details are available at


  • TechGirlz and TechBoyz are week-long summer camps held July 28 – Aug. 3, 2012, for deaf and hard-of-hearing girls and boys respectively, entering 7th, 8th and 9th grade who are interested in careers in science, technology, engineering and math. Campers build computers to take home, discover the secrets of roller coasters, conduct experiments in a high-tech lab and more. Registration deadline is May 31. Details are available at or


  • Steps to Success is a weekend mini-camp on Aug. 3 – 5, 2012, for 7th, 8th and 9th grade African American, Native American and Latino students who are deaf or hard of hearing. Campers enjoy hands-on career-related activities and meet new friends. Registration deadline is May 31. Details are found at


RIT is internationally recognized for academic leadership in computing, engineering, imaging technology, sustainability and fine and applied arts, in addition to unparalleled support services for students who are deaf or hard of hearing. RIT enrolls 17,000 full- and part-time students in more than 200 career-oriented and professional programs, and its cooperative education program is one of the oldest and largest in the nation.

NTID, one of nine colleges of RIT, was established by Congress in 1965 to provide college opportunities for deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals who were underemployed in technical fields. A record 1,547 students attend NTID; more than 1,350 are deaf or hard of hearing. Others are hearing students enrolled in interpreting or deaf education programs. Visit:


Zachary Sandry Named to the Academic Honors List at Spring Arbor University PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Julie Tison   
Tuesday, 21 February 2012 09:44

SPRING ARBOR, MI (02/17/2012)(readMedia)-- Spring Arbor University is pleased to announce that Zachary Sandry was named to the Fall 2011 Academic Honors List. The Academic Honors List recognizes full-time students who have received a grade point average of 3.7 or higher for the semester. Part-time students must receive a 3.7 GPA for the semester and carry a cumulative 3.7 GPA.

Zachary Sandry of Bettendorf is a Senior majoring in Youth Ministry and earned a semester GPA of 4.0. Son of William and Karla Sandry

Spring Arbor University is a private, four-year Christian liberal arts university located eight miles west of Jackson, Mich. With total enrollment around 4,200, the University is affiliated with the Free Methodist Church of North America and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

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