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Governor Quinn Surprises Outstanding Teacher with Golden Apple Award PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Leslie Wertheimer   
Wednesday, 09 May 2012 14:43

CHICAGO – May 9, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today surprised Elizabeth Luna, a kindergarten teacher at Murray Language Academy, with a 2012 Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching. The governor presented the award, which is one of the education community’s most prestigious, during National Teacher Appreciation Week. As part of his commitment to protect and improve education in Illinois, the governor also emphasized the need for legislative action this spring to stabilize the state’s Medicaid and pension systems to ensure adequate funding for education.

“An outstanding teacher can have more influence on a student than almost anyone else,” Governor Quinn said. “The best economic tool a state can have is a solid education system. That’s why we must work together to address our financial challenges today, so that we can invest in education and the futures of our children tomorrow.”

Governor Quinn recently proposed bold plans to restore fiscal stability to Illinois, which would protect funding for education. Governor Quinn recently proposed a plan to fundamentally restructure the Medicaid system and save it from collapse by creating $2.7 billion in savings. The governor’s plan cuts waste, fraud and abuse, and raises the price of cigarettes to bring back dollar for dollar federal matching funds and help make people healthier. The governor also recently proposed a bold plan to stabilize the pension system, which is expected to save taxpayers $65 to $85 billion, eliminate the unfunded liability and allow public employees who have faithfully contributed to the system to continue to receive pension benefits. Pension and Medicaid costs currently account for 39 percent of the budget, which will continue to grow and take away resources from education.  If nothing is done this spring, they will account for 50 percent of the budget next year.

Luna began teaching in Chicago Public Schools in 2003 as a substitute, leaving the restaurant industry for a second career in education. After joining Murray Language Academy to teach intermediate grades, she was placed in kindergarten, a move that allowed her to find her calling in early childhood education. Luna is also a teacher of future teachers. She works with The University of Chicago Urban Teacher Education Program (Chicago UTEP) as a mentor teacher. Luna is one of ten teachers to win the award, out of 560 Pre-Kindergarten-3rd grade teachers nominated this year in Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake and Will counties.

Golden Apple winners receive an honorarium, a tuition-free semester sabbatical at Northwestern University and become lifetime members of the Golden Apple Academy of Educators, which supports and assists teachers in developing their skills and encourages students to pursue a career in education. John Quinn, the Governor’s younger brother and long-time history teacher and boys basketball coach at Fenwick High School in Oak Park, received the Golden Apple award in 1992.


Statement by Iowa State Education Association President Chris Bern PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jean Hessburg   
Wednesday, 09 May 2012 14:38

On the Education Reform Package

DES MOINES, IA (05/08/2012)(readMedia)-- "The ISEA is pleased with the steps taken giving educators more time to collaborate and work together to improve their craft. Preparing and supporting quality teachers in the classroom is an integral part of student success and the ISEA has supported this concept from the beginning of our discussions on education reform. Iowa has a long history of great schools and outstanding teachers in the classroom. We have high graduation rates and test scores and our teacher mentoring program is one of the best. We can be proud of the work our educators are doing and continue to do on a daily basis. The education reform package also takes some important first steps toward early literacy and kindergarten readiness programs which are important building blocks on the road to high student achievement. However, it is very important to remember that there also has to be a willingness to invest the resources needed for our students to succeed. The education reform package falls short in finding those resources."

The ISEA is a professional organization made up of nearly 34,000 educators who are dedicated to supporting and protecting a quality public education for all Iowa students. Great Education. It's an Iowa Basic!

Culver-Stockton College students recognized during Honors Day PDF Print E-mail
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Written by C-SC Communications Office   
Wednesday, 09 May 2012 14:35

CANTON, MO (05/08/2012)(readMedia)-- Culver-Stockton College continued its tradition of honoring the accomplishments of students during the annual Honors Day Convocation Monday, May 7.

Dozens of students were awarded for overall academic achievement, outstanding performance within their major, academic competition and scholar-athlete rankings. Many of the awards have been established by or in memory of Culver-Stockton alumni/ae. "This long-standing tradition of the college not only unites the student body as they honor their classmates and friends for achievements in the 2011 - 2012 academic year, but also represents the culmination of a year of hard work. I can think of no finer way to end another academic year on 'the Hill' than to pay tribute to members of our student body," commented C-SC President Richard Valentine.

Awards and recipients include:

- The Frank T. Edgar Award in History & Political Science - Kaitlyn Gutheil from Bettendorf, IA.

- The J. David Bursewicz Senior Scholarship Award - Kaitlyn Gutheil from Bettendorf, IA.

- The Koch Divisional Award - Kaitlyn Gutheil from Bettendorf, IA.

- The Mahan Prizes in Creative Writing - One-Act Play - Kaitlyn Gutheil from Bettendorf, IA.

- The Phi Eta Sigma Book Award - Kaitlyn Gutheil from Bettendorf, IA.

- The Stuart Hoyle Purvines English Award - Kaitlyn Gutheil from Bettendorf, IA.

Members of the class of 2012 will receive their diplomas during the Commencement Ceremony to be held Saturday, May 12 at 9:30 a.m. on the campus of Culver-Stockton College.

Internship applications are due June 15 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Grassley Press   
Wednesday, 09 May 2012 14:26

WASHINGTON — Applications for fall internships with Senator Chuck Grassley are due June 15.


Internships are available for college-age Iowans in Grassley offices in Washington, D.C., Cedar Rapids, Council Bluffs, Davenport, Des Moines, Sioux City and Waterloo.  The internships last from August 20 through December 15.


Senate interns assist staff members with administrative, legislative and communications work, including that of Grassley’s staff on the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, where he serves as Ranking Member.  A video about Grassley internships produced by last year’s summer interns can be seen here.


Grassley said he encourages young Iowans who are interested in learning more about government to apply.  “Working in a congressional office is a good way for college students and new graduates to learn more about the legislative branch of the federal government while gaining valuable work experience.  Internships in my offices are available to students in all areas of study,” he said.


Application forms are available on Grassley’s Senate website and in Grassley’s offices in Iowa. Due to security-related delays in postal mail delivery to U.S. Senate office buildings, internship applications should be emailed to  For additional information, send messages to or call 202-224-3744.



Nolan Hagge Graduates from Dordt College PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sarah Vander Plaats   
Wednesday, 09 May 2012 12:42

SIOUX CENTER, IA (05/07/2012)(readMedia)-- Nolan Hagge of Princeton, Iowa, was among 321 Dordt College students awarded diplomas at the 2012 commencement ceremony held Friday, May 4, in the B.J. Haan Auditorium.

Hagge graduated with a Bachelor of Science - Engineering degree in engineering.

Among this year's graduates, 298 earned Baccalaureate degrees, 14 Associate of Arts degrees, and nine Master of Education degrees. The Baccalaureate degrees presented included Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science in Engineering, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and Bachelor of Social Work degrees.

Outgoing college president Dr. Carl E. Zylstra gave the commencement address, "To The Hilt." Zylstra has been president of Dordt College since 1996, during which time the college has seen significant expansion in its facilities, endowment, and academic programs.

Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa, is a comprehensive Christian college rooted in the Reformed tradition. 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

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