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Sarah Dooley Named to Dean's List at Emory College PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jill Hennecy   
Monday, 19 March 2012 11:45

ATLANTA, GA (03/08/2012)(readMedia)-- Sarah Dooley of Bettendorf, Iowa (52722), daughter of Dr. John Dooley and Karen Dooley, was named to the Dean's List of Emory College, the undergraduate, liberal arts college of Emory University in Atlanta, Ga., for the 2011 fall semester.

Students must be in the top 20 percent of Emory College or have approximately a 3.81 grade point average or higher to be named to the Dean's List.

Emory University is known for its demanding academics, outstanding undergraduate experience, highly ranked professional schools and state-of-the-art research facilities. Emory encompasses nine academic divisions as well as the Carlos Museum, The Carter Center, the Yerkes National Primate Research Center and Emory Healthcare, Georgia's largest and most comprehensive health care system.

 
WQPT helps tackle the Drop-Out Crisis PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lora Adams   
Monday, 19 March 2012 11:02

WQPT Assists Efforts to Increase the Quad Cities Graduation Rate 

New Public Media Programming and Public Engagement Initiatives to Help Students and Teachers

WQPT Quad Cities PBS has initiated a series of broadcast, online and community activities as part of ”American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen,” a national public media initiative funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) to help the Quad Cities and other communities across America to address the high school dropout crisis.

 

Every year 1 million kids drop out of high school nationwide. In the Quad Cities, over 700 students fail to graduate each year, according to Achieve Quad Cities. The estimated economic impact on the Quad Cities is a loss of $2.3 million per student over a lifetime in revenues and earnings, according to the Alliance for Excellence in Education.

 

WQPT Quad Cities PBS is one of more than 60 public media and television stations around the country that are working directly with their communities to address the dropout crisis. WQPT Quad Cities PBS and “American Graduate” project partners, Achieve Quad Cities, area public schools, Big Brothers Big Sisters, the Putnam Museum and the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce have developed a blend of media across several platforms – TV, radio, online – and community engagement efforts designed to raise public awareness and offer solutions to increase Quad City high school graduation rates.

 

“Education has always been at the center of public broadcasting,” said Rick Best, WQPT General Manager. “That’s why we are proud to be a part of this important national initiative and are honored to work with the local community to make sure Quad City students stay in school and graduate.  We cannot allow a generation of our young people to fall through the cracks.”

 

“Every year, one million of our nation’s young people make the life altering decision to drop out of school resulting in severe consequences for their future and our country,” said Patricia Harrison, president and CEO of CPB.  “Through the ‘American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen’ initiative, America’s public radio and television stations – locally owned and operated – are engaging local  non-profit partners, business leaders, parents and teachers to help young people stay on the path to a high school diploma.”

 

WQPT’s “American Graduate” initiative began in July with awareness PSA’s to encourage community members to volunteer as career mentors to area youth.  These are still airing today on WQPT and other area broadcast channels. In addition to increasing the number of adult mentors in the community, WQPT created local programming that educated viewers about the drop out crisis in the Quad Cities and how they could be a part of the community-wide effort to increase the high school graduation rate.

 

Roundtable “The Drop Out Crisis”

In December and January, WQPT aired a one-hour special featuring experts from the area who talked about the drop-out rate, the steps being taken to identify mentors, to inspire and encourage students to stay in school and to drive awareness about the economic impact to our community.

 

“I was deeply moved and truly surprised by what I learned in WQPT’s Achieve Quad Cities special The Drop-Out Crisis. I’ve always known how much a personal tragedy it is when a student fails to complete high school. I had no idea of the scope of the impact on our community. Thank you WQPT, for shining light on this very challenging problem facing the QC and for motivating others, as it did me, to be a part of the solution,” Deanna Jensen, WQPT viewer.

Visit youtube.com/wqptpbs to see episodes of WQPT’s “The Cities with Jim Mertens” featuring Achieve Quad Cities partners in action. You’ll also find the special roundtable “Tackling the Drop Out Crisis” featuring area education leaders.

 

About WQPT

WQPT is a public media service of Western Illinois University.

 

About American Graduate 

The public media initiative, American Graduate: Let's Make It Happen, is helping communities across America identify and implement solutions to address the high school dropout crisis. Supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), the multi-year campaign is designed to raise awareness and dialogue through national and local multiplatform programming.  Targeting communities with highest dropout rates, the initiative also increases local engagement and action through collaborations and partnerships, and increases student engagement through teacher professional development and classroom curricula. Public radio and television stations – locally owned and operated – reach 99% of the country over the air, have built models for successful intervention in early learning, and have deep connections in the communities they serve. Nearly 300 partnerships have been formed locally through American Graduate and CPB is partnering with America's Promise Alliance and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.  Visit American Graduate on Facebook, Twitter or AmericanGraduate.org.

 

About CPB

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), a private, nonprofit corporation created by Congress in 1967, is the steward of the federal government's investment in public broadcasting. It helps support the operations of more than 1,300 locally-owned and -operated public television and radio stations nationwide, and is the largest single source of funding for research, technology, and program development for public radio, television and related online services. 

 

 
Regional Math Bee held at the Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Whitney Smith   
Monday, 19 March 2012 10:43

Regional Math Bee held at the Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency

 

200 area sixth grade students participated in the Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency’s 34th annual Regional Math Bee held at the Mississippi Bend AEA in Bettendorf, Iowa March 6, 2012.

47 enthusiastic teams of students worked individually and as a team to solve problems and demonstrate their math skills.  The top five teams as well as the top 3 individuals will represent our region at the State Math Bee in Fort Dodge on April 27, 2012

The top five teams of the 2012 Regional 6th Grade Math Bee:

1st Place Team: Pleasant View Elementary, Pleasant Valley School District

Students: Ethan Good, Jack Lynn, Konnor Sommer, Keshav Wagle

Coach: Zachary Day

2nd Place Team:         Hopewell Elementary, Pleasant Valley School District

Students: Caleb Arnold, Jacob Fuhrmeister, Austin Halupnik, Tyler Helmers

Coach: Marci Furlong

3rd Place Team: Riverdale Heights Elementary, Pleasant Valley School District

Students:  Mark Kessler, Roshni Nair, Abinaya Paravasthuramesh, Vishwajit Subramanian

Coach:  David Barber

4th Place Team: Cody Elementary, Pleasant Valley School District

Students: Alec Gelande, Ashlyn Haack, Max Royer, Caroline Sharis

Coach: Cathi Betts

5th Place Team:         Rivermont Collegiate, Bettendorf, Iowa

Students: Kenton Fee, Naina Ninan, Collin Smith, Sophia Xiao

Coach: Chae Hee Porubcin

 

The top three individuals of the 2010 Regional 6th Grade Math Bee:

1st Place Individual:   Abinaya Paravasthuramesh, Riverdale Heights Elementary, Pleasant Valley

Coach: David Barber

2nd Place Individual:   Tyler Helmers, Hopewell Elementary, Pleasant Valley

Coach: Marci Furlong

3rd Place Individual:   Konnor Sommer, Pleasant View Elementary, Pleasant Valley

Coach: Zachary Day

 
Bettendorf Native Mikhaila Norton Inducted to Prestigious Honor Society at Marquette University PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kate Venne   
Monday, 19 March 2012 10:40

MILWAUKEE, WI (03/06/2012)(readMedia)-- Mikhaila Norton of Bettendorf, IA has been inducted into Alpha Sigma Nu, a prestigious international Jesuit honor society, at Marquette University. Norton is a senior in the College of Business Administration majoring in accounting and human resources.

Alpha Sigma Nu is a worldwide honor society for students at Jesuit colleges and universities who distinguish themselves in scholarship, loyalty, and service. Alpha Sigma Nu members exemplify and demonstrate a commitment to the Jesuit ideals of higher education, which are intellectual, social, moral, and religious in nature. Induction to Alpha Sigma Nu is one of the highest honors a student can receive on a Jesuit campus.

Alpha Sigma Nu applicants go through a rigorous application process. For eligibility, Alpha Sigma Nu candidates must rank in the top fifteen percent of their class, and no more than four percent of the junior and senior class is inducted. Nominees are chosen first by a student selection committee, and then approved by the students' respective college deans and Marquette University President Rev. Scott R. Pilarz, S.J.

Alpha Sigma Nu was founded in 1915 by Fr. John Danihy, S.J. at Marquette University. Danihy was the university's first athletic director and first dean of journalism.

An induction banquet to honor new members will take place on Saturday, April 14, in the AMU Ballrooms.

 
Iowa Supreme Court to Visit Seven High Schools and Community College Classes in Council Bluffs Area PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Iowa Judicial Branch   
Wednesday, 14 March 2012 13:43

Des Moines, March 5, 2012 — On Thursday, March 8, members of the Iowa Supreme Court will visit seven Council Bluffs area high schools and also classes at Iowa Western Community College to talk with students about the role of the courts. In Council Bluffs, the justices will visit with students at Jefferson, Lincoln, and St. Albert High Schools and the Iowa School for the Deaf. Justices will also visit Glenwood High School and Treynor High School.

 

In addition to the school visits, the court will hold a special session in Council Bluffs on the evening of Wednesday, March 7. The court will hear oral arguments in two cases at the Iowa Western Community College Arts Center. This session begins at 7 p.m. As always, oral arguments are open to the public. A public reception with the justices, sponsored by the Pottawattamie County Bar Association, will follow the oral arguments.

 

High school visit schedule March 8, 2012:

8:30 a.m.—Chief Justice Mark Cady will visit The Iowa School for the Deaf

8:30 a.m.—Justice Daryl Hecht will visit Council Bluffs Lincoln High School

8:40 a.m.—Justice Thomas Waterman will visit Council Bluffs Lewis Central High School

9:00 a.m.—Justice David Wiggins will visit Council Bluffs Jefferson High School

8:50 a.m.—Justice Edward Mansfield will visit Glenwood High School

9:30 a.m.—Justice Brent Appel will visit St. Albert High School

10:30 a.m.—Justices Wiggins and Waterman will visit Iowa Western Community College

1:00 p.m.—Justice Mansfield will visit Treynor High School

 

Special session:

Wednesday, March 7 at 7 p.m.

Iowa Western Community College Arts Center

2700 College Road

Council Bluffs, Iowa

 

The court will hear attorneys argue in two cases:

Mall Real Estate v. City of Hamburg

Plaintiff, Mall Real Estate, asked the Iowa District Court for Fremont County to declare that the City of Hamburg's "sexually-oriented business" ordinance either did not apply to plaintiff's business or that it was an unconstitutional regulation and could not be enforced against plaintiff's business. The district court found the ordinance did apply to plaintiff's business and that it was a constitutional regulation. Plaintiff appeals the district court determination.

 

The lawyers for Mall Real Estate are: Brian B. Vakulskas and Daniel P. Vakulskas, Sioux City, and W. Andrew McCullough, Utah. The lawyer for the City of Hamburg is Raymond R. Aranza, Cedar Rapids.

 

American Civil Liberties Union v. Atlantic School District

Petitioner, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), seeks additional information regarding discipline imposed on two school district employees after a "locker room strip search" of five female students. The Atlantic School District claims Iowa law does not require public disclosure of such job performance documents. The ACLU argues the Iowa Court of Appeals incorrectly interpreted a recent legislative amendment that should have permitted disclosure of the disciplinary action.

 

The lawyer for the American Civil Liberties Union is: Randall C. Wilson, Des Moines. The lawyers for the Atlantic Community School District are: Brett S. Nitzschke, and Emily K. Ellingson, Cedar Rapids.

 
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