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Local students study abroad through the 'Augustana in Australia' program PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Keri Rursch   
Monday, 19 March 2012 14:56

ROCK ISLAND, IL (03/16/2012)(readMedia)-- Forty-seven Augustana College students studied and worked in Sydney, Australia, for the first two months of 2012. The international study program known as "Augustana in Australia" places students in career-relevant positions in Sydney and immerses them in Australian culture.

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Rebecca Anderson from Taylor Ridge, Ill., was among the participants. Anderson is a senior at Augustana and is majoring in biology. (More info on Anderson is available at

Thomas Harris from Davenport, Iowa, was among the participants. Harris is a junior at Augustana and is majoring in biology. (More info on Harris is available at

Clare Kilbride from Rock Island, Ill., was among the participants. Kilbride is a junior at Augustana and is majoring in communication sciences and disorders. (More info on Kilbride is available at

The students completed a five-week on-campus internship seminar and a complimentary class in either intercultural communication or business ethics before leaving for Australia on January 2. Once in Australia, students worked for a variety of employers in numerous fields – from healthcare to education and from hospitality to non-profit work.

During their trip, the students also visited the ANZ Stadium, where the 2000 Olympics were held; the Sydney Opera House; and the Blue Mountains just outside of Sydney. Some students traveled to New Zealand and other areas of Australia, including Melbourne, Darwin and Cairns, where they were able to snorkel and dive the Great Barrier Reef. Students returned to the United States on March 2.

According to Karen M. Petersen, Augustana's director of business internships and the Australia program's director, "The highlight of the Australia internship program is the personal growth students experience by integrating into a totally new culture – both personally and professionally."

At Augustana, students choosing to intern or study abroad can receive financial support from the college thanks to a program launched in 2009 called Augie Choice. Focused on advancing student learning in the liberal arts in alignment with the college's strategic plan, Augie Choice grants students in their junior year or beyond the opportunity to receive a one-time grant of $2,000 to offset the expenses of study abroad, an internship or research project. Augie Choice funding, which recently surpassed the $1 million milestone, is a visible symbol of the college's commitment to experiential learning as a way of preparing students to stand out among their peers.

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 (ELCA). 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 287 faculty members and has a student-faculty ratio of approximately 11:1. 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.

Local students rank in the top 2 percent in agriculture and life sciences at ISU PDF Print E-mail
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Written by TheLink Delivery Service   
Monday, 19 March 2012 14:49
AMES, Iowa - Stephanie Blaser and Gabriel Domingues, both of Bettendorf, Iowa, have achieved academic ranking in the top 2 percent of students in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Iowa State University.

Farmers get last chance to put their school district first PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kevin Stillman   
Monday, 19 March 2012 14:40

Deadline approaching for $10,000 or $25,000 grant opportunities

ST. LOUIS (March 15, 2012) – With rural schools feeling the pinch of tightening budgets, now is the time for farmers to support their school district through America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education℠.  Sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, the program gives farmers the opportunity to nominate their public school district to compete for a grant of $10,000 or $25,000 to support a science and/or math educational program.
“The deadline to nominate your school district is April 15, so act now before you head back into the field,” said Monsanto Fund President Deborah Patterson. “A $25,000 grant can make a big difference in school districts that support small farming towns. The nomination process is quick, easy and can be completed at”
This past fall, Olympia Community School District in McLean County, Ill., was one of 16 school districts to receive a grant through the America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education pilot. The school created the Growing Our Own Vegetable program with the $25,000 grant they received this past fall. The Olympia students are now able to grow vegetables in their greenhouse to study in science class and, ultimately, to be used in the school’s cafeteria.
“The Growing Our Own Vegetable program is something we’ve wanted to do for years, and we finally got the opportunity, thanks to the Monsanto Fund and America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education,” said Brad Hutchinson, superintendent of Olympia CUSD. “We now have the resources to continue providing the very best education to our students.”
Farmers can nominate their local school district by visiting until April 15, 2012.
Through America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education:

  • Farmers in 1,245 eligible counties can nominate their local public school districts to apply for a $10,000 or $25,000 grant.
  • The Monsanto Fund will award 199 grants this year. There will be 177 $10,000 grants and 22 grants of $25,000 awarded.
  • The Monsanto Fund will invest more than $2.3 million to school districts in 39 states this year.
  • A list of eligible states and regions can be found at

America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education is part of a broad commitment by the Monsanto Fund to highlight the important contributions farmers make every day to our society by helping them grow academic opportunities for their youth. Visit for additional information.

About the Monsanto Fund
The Monsanto Fund, the philanthropic arm of the Monsanto Company, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening the farm communities where farmers and Monsanto Company employees live and work. Visit the Monsanto Fund at


New Children’s Book Teaches Kids About Semi Trucks PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Trattford   
Monday, 19 March 2012 14:37

Inspired by children’s attentions, Papa Rolly offers a new guide to long-haul trucking

THORSBY, Alberta – In the endearing new children’s book Sam The Semi Goes to Chicago (published by Trafford Publishing), author and longtime trucker Papa Rolly offers young readers a glimpse into the often unseen world of long-haul trucking.


“I was on a dedicated run from Edmonton, Alberta to Chicago, Illinois, and was inspired by children’s fascination with my truck,” Rolly writes. “It didn’t matter if they were in their parent’s car, waiting for the school bus or in the schoolyard playing games, they would give me the signal to honk my air horn. It was then that I believed children needed a semi truck storybook.”


Rolly asks readers to share in the world of Sam the Semi, who demonstrates good work ethic and obeys the laws of the highway. He encourages parents to draw their children into the world of the unknown as Sam explores new towns, cities and countryside locations with this friends – Pete the Puller, who thrives on trouble, and Pug, a follower. Between the two of them, they keep Denture the Deputy busy!


Rolly wants to entertain young readers, but he also hopes that they learn an interesting lesson. He wants to “… entertain and educate children about products and where they are produced; to emphasize the importance of semi trucks in the everyday lives of everyone, including the children and their families.”


About the Author

Papa Rolly has been driving truck for forty years. “At any point in my career,” he says, “you may have passed me on the road hauling hay, lumber, logs, milk, oil, or even the clothes you are wearing right now.”


Rolly loves the highway, and is excited to share his trucking experience.

One million dollars in federal grant money helps two local schools keep the “Lights ON “for Learning during after school hours PDF Print E-mail
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Written by M. McNeil   
Monday, 19 March 2012 14:04
Bright yellow Lights ON for Learning Center banners have been raised at Glenview Middle and
United Township High School in East Moline. The Rock Island County Regional Office of
Education (RIROE) has received two new 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC)
federal grants. These are highly competitive grants administered through the Illinois State
Board of Education (ISBE) to provide students with academic enrichment opportunities and activities

in “Lights ON” Community Learning Centers offered beyond regular school hours.

Glenview Middle School and United Township High School in East Moline are the recipients of
the two new grants of $250,000 each year over the next three years. These will fund Lights ON
academic, artistic, and cultural enrichment opportunities to students and their families during non-school
hours (before or after school) or periods when school is not in session (including holidays, weekends,
or summer recess). Glenview and UTHS will work with community partners to offer students a broad
array of additional services, programs, and activities designed to reinforce and complement the regular
academic programs of participating students.

For Glenview Middle, activities include youth development activities, drug and violence prevention
programs, counseling programs, art, music, and recreation programs, technology education programs, and
character education programs; and literacy and related educational services to the families of participating
children. Jeff Fairweather, Glenview principal, is excited about the grant money and says the program is
sorely needed. “The CCLC Grant and the Lights ON program have provided desperately needed funding
and a system of support for our students that did not exist previously. It has allowed us to provide our
students with needed academic support as well as develop programs to meet the social/emotional needs
of our middle school students.” Glenview will receive $130,000 each year for three years of the program.

Teresa Dothard-Campbell is Glenview’s Lights ON Site Coordinator. She says the program is very
popular with the students. “We currently have 407 students enrolled in the program and see an average
of 120 students each evening. Students who attend on a regular basis are making great strides in their
academic achievement and the proof is in their grades. Our students are enjoying the partnerships we have
established with Two Rivers YMCA, the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center and Red Cross; along
with enrichment activities through Q.C. Social Dancing. ”

Principal of United Township High School, Carl Johnson, oversees their program with Anthony Ragona,
Assistant Principal. Mr. Johnson said the program is already having a positive impact on students. “We
currently have students participating in English, Math, Science and Reading enrichment and support
programs. During our 1st week of spring intercession alone we were able to provide academic help for
more than 200 students. We anticipate strong participation in the spring Advanced Placement exams due
to several of these programs. The activities offered at UTHS are opportunities students would not have
were it not for this grant!”

Glenview and UTHS will join the network of Lights ON CLCs developed by the RIROE and local Rock
Island County school districts in 2001. Over the past ten (10) years, twenty (20) Rock Island County
schools have received 21st CCLC grant funds to establish Lights ON Community Learning Centers
in their schools. The programs are collaborative ventures that engage community organizations and
agencies contributing programs and services. The CLCs are to serve the families of participating

students by offering literacy and related educational development activities. Black Hawk College

Adult Education Program is the partner who provides the family programming offering family

literacy, English As a Second Language, and GED preparation classes. The Lights ON CLCs established
under the 21st CCLC program must provide a safe environment for students when school is not in session
including safe travel accommodations to and from the center and home.


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