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Treasurer Fitzgerald Encourages Iowans to Take Advantage of Their Tax Refunds with College Savings Iowa PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Karen Austin   
Tuesday, 10 April 2012 11:58

DES MOINES, IA (04/10/2012)(readMedia)-- State Treasurer Michael Fitzgerald wants to encourage Iowans to make the most of their tax refunds this year by investing in College Savings Iowa. "Much like the April 17 deadline for taxes, the time to save for college is over before you know it," said Fitzgerald. "Put your refund to good use and start saving for a loved one's future educational needs today. By starting early, saving a little at a time and making smart investment choices, families can make their savings work for them."

College Savings Iowa is designed to provide families a tax-advantaged way to save money for their children's higher education. It only takes $25 to open an account, and anyone – parents, grandparents, friends and relatives – can invest in College Savings Iowa on behalf of a child. Participants who are Iowa taxpayers can deduct contributions up to $2,975 per beneficiary from their 2012 adjusted gross income, and there are no income or residency restrictions.* Investors can withdraw their investment federally tax-free to pay for qualified higher education expenses including tuition, books, supplies and certain room and board costs at any eligible college, university, community college or accredited technical training school in the United States or abroad.**

Saving for a child's education is always a smart investment, and College Savings Iowa is there to help. To learn more about College Savings Iowa or to open an account, please visit or call 1-888-672-9116.

*Adjusted annually for inflation. If withdrawals are not qualified, the deductions must be added back to Iowa taxable income.

**Earnings on non-qualified withdrawals may be subject to federal income tax and a 10% federal penalty tax, as well as state income taxes. The availability of tax or other benefits may be contingent on meeting other requirements.


Investment returns are not guaranteed and you could lose money by investing in the plan. Participants assume all investment risks as well as responsibility for any federal and state tax consequences. If you are not an Iowa taxpayer, consider before investing whether your or the designated beneficiary's home state offers any state tax or other benefits that are only available for investments in such state's qualified tuition program.

For more information about the College Savings Iowa 529 Plan, call 888-672-9116 or visit to obtain a Program Description. Investment objectives, risks, charges, expenses, and other important information are included in the Program Description; read and consider it carefully before investing.

WIU-Quad Cities Announces New Human Resource Management Major PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tami Seitz   
Tuesday, 10 April 2012 11:38
MOLINE, IL - Beginning this fall, a new major in human resource management (HRM) will be available to students at Western Illinois University’s Quad Cities campus.

WIU College of Business and Technology Dean Tom Erekson said the addition demonstrates WIU’s commitment to the future.

“WIU is educating business leaders for the Quad Cities by expanding the business majors offered to include the HRM program,” he said. “We have highly qualified faculty and a first-rate program that meet AACSB international accreditation standards.”

According to Susan Stewart, associate professor of human resource management at the WIU-QC campus, WIU students who major in HRM gain a robust skill set that will help them to effectively manage human capital within organizations.

“We’re excited to offer this major at the WIU-Quad Cities campus,” said Gordon Rands, interim chair of marketing and management at WIU. “In today’s global economy, the HRM field is ever evolving. This field is diverse and spans a broad variety of pivotal functions from equal employment opportunity law to staffing to training and development and more.”

While completing the degree, students take courses in several functional areas including staffing, compensation, legal compliance, performance management and training and development. These are in addition to courses in broader areas such as organization behavior and general management.

The national SHRM organization also provides a Professional in Human Resource (PHR) Certification Exam and an Assurance of Learning Exam for students. Recently, five students at the Quad Cities completed and passed the rigorous PHR exam and have achieved the certification.

“I’m proud that our students are taking this step in their careers as human resource professionals,” said Stewart. “By taking these exams they are demonstrating their knowledge of the most current principles and core practices of HRM, and they will better compete for the top HR positions across the nation and internationally.”

Stewart has planned “HRM Day” Friday April 27 for students to network with HR professionals from the Quad Cities, learn more about career tracks in HRM and understand the HRM major and minor programs at WIU-QC.

“HRM is our newest educational opportunity, joining recent announcements of new English and communication majors, that once again is based on requests and documented need for local and regional employers,” said Joe Rives, vice president for the Quad Cities, planning and technology. “We are proud to offer strong in-demand programs that help recruit and retain a highly talented workforce in the community and the region.”

For more information or to RSVP for HRM Day, contact Stewart at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

University of Iowa to Host Greater Together Student Summit TODAY PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Obama for America Press Office   
Tuesday, 10 April 2012 09:12

DES MOINES, IA – Today, actor and former White House Associate Director of Public Engagement Kal Penn and Obama for America Battleground States Director Mitch Stewart will host a student summit at the University of Iowa. This event is the latest Greater Together event designed to engage and mobilize young Americans in the 2012 campaign. Students from across the state will join via webcast from Luther College, St. Ambrose University, Drake University, Iowa State University and Loras College.

The Greater Together Student Summit Tour brings together senior campaign officials, community leaders, student representatives and celebrities to discuss key policy issues impacting young Americans like President Obama’s plan to make college more affordable, expanding access to quality health care and creating new job opportunities for graduates. This tour is a chance for students to weigh in on the issues that matter to them, and to learn about how they can start organizing on their campuses to ensure a victory in November 2012. Learn more at

WHERE: Downtown Sheraton Hotel

Amos Dean Ballroom

210 S Dubuque St

Iowa City, IA 52240


WHEN: Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Doors open at 5:00 PM CT

Event begins at 5:30 PM CT




Luther College
700 College Dr Rm 206


St. Ambrose University

Corner Of Gaines & Lombard W Rm 102


Loras Collge

1450 Alta Vista St



Iowa State University

Memorial Union Room 3505

2229 Lincoln Way



Drake University

Mars Cafe

2318 University Avenue

Des Moines


The Golden Age of Hollywood Comes to Rivermont PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Rivermont Collegiate   
Tuesday, 10 April 2012 09:11
14 Days until
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Braley Op-Ed: Iowa Should Be National Leader in School Bus Safety PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Giertz   
Tuesday, 10 April 2012 09:09

Kadyn Halverson, age 7, saw her school bus slow to a stop in front of her family’s home near Northwood, Iowa, one morning last May.  She crossed the street to climb aboard.  Like my own three kids and many other Iowa children, she took the flashing red lights of the bus as an article of faith that it was safe to cross.


But that morning, it wasn’t. A pickup truck driver traveling at 60 miles per hour ignored the warning signs and passed the stopped school bus, striking and killing Kadyn. The driver fled and later was convicted of vehicular homicide.


Since the tragedy, Kadyn’s family has worked tirelessly to honor her legacy by pushing the Iowa Legislature to strengthen penalties for drivers who ignore warning lights and illegally pass school buses.


Last month, Gov. Terry Branstad signed “Kadyn’s Law,” which mandates fines of at least $250 and up to $675, plus the possibility of jail time, for first-time offenders of school bus traffic safety laws. For a second conviction within five years, repeat offenders face up to a year in jail and fines up to $1,875. These strong penalties tell drivers to take school bus warning lights seriously.


The obvious next step is to make Kadyn’s Law the new national standard. Under a federal version of Kadyn’s Law I’ve introduced in Congress, if a state doesn’t pass a law that matches the standards set forth in Iowa this year, that state will face a 10 percent cut in federal highway funding.


Without this sort of motivation, the status quo is never going to change. Consider this: In North Dakota, the fine for passing a stopped school bus is $50 — less than some parking tickets!


Across the nation, drivers illegally pass stopped school buses 13 million times each year; in Iowa, 138,600 times every year.  If we cut that number, we’ll reduce the number of children killed and injured by reckless drivers. The best way to do that is to eliminate a weak, ineffective patchwork of state laws and replace it with a strong national standard that provides a real incentive for drivers to follow the law.


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