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Olivia Storjohann named to Fall Dean's List at William Woods University PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mary Ann Beahon   
Thursday, 09 February 2012 14:35

FULTON, MO (02/09/2012)(readMedia)-- Olivia Storjohann of Eldridge, Iowa, has been named to the Dean's List at William Woods University for academic accomplishments during the 2011 fall term.

To be named to the Dean's List, a student must be full-time and have achieved a minimum 3.6 semester and cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale.

William Woods University is an independent, professions-oriented, liberal arts-based institution serving the educational needs of both men and women. William Woods has an enrollment of about 3,800 students, and offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in a variety of disciplines in both campus and outreach settings.

The 180-acre main campus is located in the mid-Missouri community of Fulton. Since its founding in 1870, the mission of William Woods has been to provide a quality education while ensuring the development of the individual.

Distinguished Finalist Honor Bestowed on QC Youth Volunteers PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brittany Marietta   
Wednesday, 08 February 2012 13:50

A school fitness and nutrition program.  A campaign to make personal care kits for families in transition out of homeless shelters.  25 handmade quilts to be sent to Ethiopian women recovering from surgery.  Packaging over 25,000 meals to feed needy children.  What do these things have in common?  They are all initiatives organized by Iowa students!

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards have named Kayla De Weerd, 14, of Hull, IA and Hannah Jorgensen, 13, of Adair, IA as State Honorees for outstanding acts of volunteerism.  Kayla, who piloted a nutrition and physical activity program at her school, and Hannah, who organized a campaign to make personal care kits for families transitioning from homeless shelters, will each receive $1,000 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C.  In Washington, Kayla and Hannah will join the top two honorees from each state, ten of which will be named National Honorees.

The Quad Cities is home to two Distinguished Finalists in the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards!  Pavane Gorrepati, a senior at Rivermont Collegiate in Bettendorf, and Julianne Delessio, a junior at Pleasant Valley High School, are among four students recognized as Distinguished Finalists for their impressive community service activities.

Pavane Gorrepati, 18, of Davenport, created a nonprofit organization called Warning about Warming (WaW) to educate young people about environmental issues.  Her work has included speaking at rallies and conferences, traveling to India to teach students about sustainable practices, and persuading the Rivermont Collegiate Board of Trustees to initiate a “no-idling” policy for parents dropping off and picking up students.

Julianne Delessio, 17, of Bettendorf, brings the joy of dance to those who otherwise could not participate due to illness, disability, or financial restraints with her program Dance for Me.  Julianne has provided workshops for the Multiple Sclerosis Society, children with cancer, and children from low-income families.  She is currently developing a dance workshop for children with Down syndrome.

The Quad Cities is extremely proud to be home to these outstanding young women!  “Through their selfless acts of service, these award recipients have greatly improved the lives of others,” said Prudential Chairman and CEO John Strangfeld.  “We hope their stories and their dedication inspire other young people to do the same.”  The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards represents the United States’ largest youth recognition program based solely on volunteer service.  More than 5,000 Local Honorees were reviewed by a judging panel, which selected State Honorees and Distinguished Finalists based on personal initiative, creativity, effort, and impact.

For additional information on Rivermont Collegiate, contact Brittany Marietta, Director of Admission, at (563) 359-1366 ext. 302 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

For additional information on The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, visit


Grant Helps Provide Stability and Room for Growth PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Whitney Smith-Bringolf   
Wednesday, 08 February 2012 13:31
In the spring of 2011, the Scott County Regional Authority awarded the Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency (AEA) a grant in the amount of $44,240. This grant was provided for the two-year maintenance contract/license renewal of the Fortinet Firewall used at the Mississippi Bend AEA. The renewal of the maintenance and license agreement is a small, but important piece of a larger project.

In 1995, the Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency (AEA) led its partner districts and schools to form a wide area network (WAN) in order to consolidate services, facilitate communication between districts, and benefit from economies of scale. Today, data lines for the districts and schools aggregate at the AEA, which provides a connection to the Internet and firewall, DNS, filtering, traffic shaping, monitoring and data archiving services. The Mississippi Bend AEA provides services to districts and schools in Cedar, Clinton, Jackson, Louisa, Muscatine and Scott Counties; a client-base of approximately 50,000 students and 4,000 faculty and staff.

The WAN has become an integral part of education throughout the districts served by the AEA. Students and staff rely upon this valuable resource daily and therefore need a stable environment in which to learn, teach and communicate. Along with the increased demand for bandwidth has come increased use of the WAN outside traditional school hours. Parent portals, online learning resources, electronic grade books, one-to-one computer initiatives and other network intensive resources, require access to more bandwidth, and have also caused a shift in the operating model of the WAN. The previous acceptance of service from 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM, five days a week has now become an expectation of continuous 24 hour a day service with decreased frequency and duration of any unavoidable outages. This grant will help provide a firewall that should reduce down time where students and staff lose access to the WAN and Internet to minutes rather than hours.

The districts and schools count on the AEA Information Technology (IT) Department to maintain a network that can grow as their demands grow with as few interruptions of service as possible. This grant will not only help provide the stable, responsive network districts need today, but will also support future growth as they expand their one-to-one laptop initiatives and increase online learning opportunities.


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The Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency is one of nine AEAs across the state of Iowa created by the 1974 Iowa Legislature. It provides educational services, media services and special education services to approximately 50,000 students in twenty-two public school districts and twenty-two approved non-public schools in Cedar, Clinton, Jackson, Louisa, Muscatine and Scott Counties.


The Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, gender identity, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, socioeconomic status, or disability in its educational programs, services or employment practices. Inquiries concerning this statement should be addressed to Dr. Edward Gronlund, Equity Coordinator, at 563-344-6315.


Iowa’s First Statewide K-12 Virtual Public School, Iowa Connections Academy, to Host Free Information Sessions for Families in Davenport on Feb. 8th and Feb. 29th PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Allison Bazen   
Wednesday, 08 February 2012 13:30

—Local families invited to learn about innovative public school option that delivers a high quality, individualized education to students online—

Anita, IA (Feb. 7, 2012)— Iowa Connections Academy, a new statewide K-12 virtual public school, will host a free information session in Davenport for families interested in learning more about its tuition-free online public school program and customized approach to learning.

Iowa Connections Academy has begun enrollment as part of the state’s open enrollment period for the 2012–13 academic year - interested families should be aware of the March 1, 2012 deadline.

The Davenport  Information Sessions will take place:

Wednesday, February 8 and February 29  -  6:30 pm - 8:00 pm 
Hampton Inn and Suites
5290 Utica Ridge Road, Davenport

Families unable to attend the in-person session are invited to attend a real-time online session with a Connections Academy representative. More information below and at

Iowa Connections Academy combines the expertise and accountability of public education and the flexibility of online classes and learning at home. As a public school, there are no fees to attend. Hallmarks of the program include Iowa-licensed teachers, a standards-aligned curriculum and unique technology tools to help students succeed. Social growth will be encouraged through electives, clubs and community events.

Learning outside of the traditional classroom can be a great fit for all types of students including those who are ahead or behind in the classroom, those who require a flexible schedule, as well as those who live in rural settings. Homebound and previously home-schooled students can also thrive in Connections Academy’s program.

At the in-person and online information sessions families can meet and talk to a representative of Iowa Connections Academy, explore the program and curriculum, and learn more about the enrollment process. For more information, visit


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About Connections Academy
Connections Academy is a leading, fully accredited provider of high-quality, highly accountable virtual schooling for students in grades K through 12. Through tuition-free public schools, and full-time and part-time private school programs, Connections Academy delivers superior, personalized education for students, with the freedom and flexibility to experience our online learning community from anywhere. The combination of certified teachers, a proven curriculum, technology tools, and community experiences creates a supportive and successful online learning opportunity for families and children who want an individualized approach to education. In the 2011-2012 school year, Connections Academy will serve students in 22 states via 23 virtual public schools. It serves students worldwide through the online private school, National Connections Academy. Connections Academy offers grades K through 12, though some public school programs do not offer all grades. Connections Academy is a division of Connections Education LLC. For more information, call 800-382-6010 or visit Connections Academy and its parent company, Connections Education, are part of the global learning company Pearson (NYSE:PSO)


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Braley Urges House Leadership to Act Now to Keep Student Loan Interest Rates Low PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Giertz   
Wednesday, 08 February 2012 13:28

If Congress fails to act, student loan interest rates will double in July

Washington, DC – Rep. Bruce Braley (IA-01) today urged House leaders to begin working immediately to pass legislation to stop the looming increase in federally subsidized student loan interest rates.  Unless Congress acts, student loan interest rates will double to 6.8 percent on July 1, 2012.

Last month, Braley introduced a bill to indefinitely keep the interest rate for federally subsidized Stafford loans at their current rate of 3.4 percent.

“Iowa college graduates have the 3rd highest student debt load in the nation,” Braley said.  “Piling thousands of dollars more in debt on them puts Iowa students even further behind at graduation. Our colleges and universities are avenues of economic opportunity, and we need to keep higher education affordable for every person who wants to attend.

“That’s why I’m urging House leaders to begin working now to pass legislation keeping student loan rates low.  After witnessing the debacle over extending the middle class tax cut, we don’t need college affordability to devolve into another down-to-the-wire partisan shouting match.”

Braley made the request in a letter to House Speaker John Boehner and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, which can be read below and downloaded at the following link:



February 7, 2012


The Honorable John Boehner                       


U.S. House of Representatives               

H-232, U.S. Capitol                       

Washington, DC 20515                         


The Honorable Nancy Pelosi

Minority Leader

U.S. House of Representatives

H-204, U.S. Capitol

Washington, DC 20515


Dear Speaker Boehner and Minority Leader Pelosi:

As you may know, interest rates on subsidized Stafford loans are scheduled to double on July 1st, 2012, unless congressional action is taken.  Please work together to pass legislation to prevent this drastic increase.

Currently, the interest rate for subsidized Stafford loans is set at 3.4%, as a result of legislation passed into law in 2007.  If this provision expires, then interest rates on subsidized Stafford loans will double to 6.8% on July 1st.  This increase would add tens of thousands of dollars in extra cost for students trying to pay for college.  For example, a student taking out the maximum $23,000 in subsidized student loans would see an increase of $5,200 over a 10-year repayment period and $11,300 over a 20-year repayment period.

As college tuition continues to drastically rise, students cannot afford thousands of more dollars in bills because Congress failed to act.  After witnessing the debacle that occurred over the payroll tax extension, I would hate to see a similar scenario occur with this issue.  Please pass legislation to prevent an increase in student loan interest rates before July 1st.  I stand ready to work in any way possible to make sure we keep student loan interest rates at their current level.



Bruce L. Braley


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