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Young ones with cabin fever? Young Scholars is here! Come hang out! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brittany Marietta   
Wednesday, 04 January 2012 14:11

What: Rivermont Collegiate Young Scholars Program

When: First Thursday of each month, 9:00-10:00 a.m. – first Young Scholars is Thursday, January 5th!

Who: Local children ages 2-4 (and an accompanying adult)

Where: Rivermont Collegiate – 1821 Sunset Drive, Bettendorf, IA 52722

Contact: Brittany Marietta, Director of Admission – (563) 359-1366 ext. 302 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Join the current Rivermont PreSchool class for crafts, stories, and new friends!  Children ages 2-4 and an accompanying adult are invited to participate in any (or all) of Rivermont’s Young Scholars days.  Young Scholars meets the first Thursday of every month, beginning in January, from 9:00-10:00 a.m. in Becherer Hall on the Rivermont campus.  Young Scholars is free and open to the community!  Don’t miss this fantastic opportunity for your child to socialize, enjoy a story, and learn a craft!

Young Scholars is a fantastic opportunity to visit campus and casually explore Early School at Rivermont.  Rivermont Collegiate is the Quad Cities’ only private, independent college-prep school for students in preschool through grade 12, where small class sizes ensure personalized attention for each student.  Our diverse student body comes from throughout the Quad City area.  Join us and explore Rivermont!

Brown Mackie College - Quad Cities selected as a 2012 Military Friendly School PDF Print E-mail
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Written by J. Stephen Dobbins   
Wednesday, 04 January 2012 13:31
“List shows veterans which colleges are a good fit”

(December 28, 2011 --- Bettendorf, IA)  For the second consecutive year, Brown Mackie College — Quad Cities  has received the honor and was selected as a Military Friendly School by G.I. Jobs magazine. The school now appears on the 2012 list of Military Friendly Schools. The list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools which are doing the most to embrace America’s veterans as students. The common bond that the schools listed have is their shared priority of recruiting students with military experience.

Brown Mackie College — Quad Cities has always held the deepest respect for the men and women who have served and continue to serve our country,” says Kao Odukale, President of Brown Mackie College — Quad Cities. “This ranking further acknowledges our long-term commitment to providing our military and veteran students with access to a quality education. We are extremely pleased to once again be included on this list and in the company of other distinguished colleges and universities.”

The list was compiled through exhaustive research starting last April during which G.I. Jobs polled more than 7,000 schools nationwide. Methodology, criteria and weighting for the list were developed with the assistance of an Academic Advisory Board (AAB) consisting of educators from Carnegie Mellon University, Duquesne University, Colorado State University, Dallas County Community College, Old Dominion University, Cleveland State University, Lincoln Technical Institute and Embry Riddle; as well as Keith Wilson, Veteran Administration’s Director of Education Services; Michele Spires, American Council on Education’s Assistant Director of Military Programs; Janet Swandol, Associate Director for College Level Examination Program (CLEP) and Derek Blumke, President of Student Veterans of America. A full list of board members can be found at

Criteria for making the Military Friendly Schools list included efforts to recruit and retain military and veteran students, results in recruiting military and veteran students, and academic accreditations.

G.I. Jobs (, a veteran-owned business, is published by Victory Media, which also publishes The Guide to Military Friendly Schools, Military Spouse and Vetrepreneur magazines and annually rates the nation’s “Military Friendly Employers,” “Military Spouse Friendly Employers” and “Best Corporations for Veteran-Owned Businesses.”

To learn more about how Brown Mackie College — Quad Cities can support the education needs of military and veteran students, call K.L. Allen at (513) 830-2052, toll free (866) 696-1222, e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or visit


Brown Mackie College — Quad Cities is one of 27 school locations of the Brown Mackie College system of schools (, which is dedicated to providing educational programs that prepare students for entry-level positions in a competitive, rapidly-changing workplace. Brown Mackie College schools offer bachelor's degree, associate’s degree, certificate, and diploma programs in health sciences, business, information technology, legal studies and design technologies. See for program duration, tuition, fees, and other costs, median debt, federal salary data, alumni success, and other important info.

Beginner Photography Workshop Jan 21 & 22 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Paula Neuhaus   
Tuesday, 27 December 2011 13:58
Maquoketa Art Experience announces a photography workshop for beginners led by MAE Affiliated Artist Sindi Mueller on January 21 and 22 for a two-day workshop exploring the fundamentals of photography in a hands-on environment. This workshop, held on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., will cover the effects of shutter speed, aperture, and ISO (speed and sensitivity to light). Students will learn about shooting modes, auto focus, file-formats, depth-of-field, composition, quality-of-light, critique, and will receive tips a bout choosing equipment. Skills mastered in the workshop can be applied to any genre of photography including portraiture, landscape, abstract, photojournalism, and more.

Sindi Mueller is a Maquoketa Art Experience Affiliated Artist and has permanent gallery space at MAE. She also owns Luxe Photography portrait studio and is the only Certified Professional Photographer within 25 miles of Maquoketa and one of only 55 in the entire State of Iowa. Her love of photography led her to the Chicago Photography Academy where her mentor and teacher, William Benson, inspired her to create photographs that did not look like  photographs. This opened a whole new world of surrealism, abstraction and interpretation for her. She began exploring kinetic photography, which is photography in which the camera is moved while the shutter is open, and her collection of images began growing by leaps and bounds. You can often find Sindi huddled in a dark closet with a collection of lamps, lenses, lights and mirrors feeling her way to the next "perfect shot".

Sindi's kinetic images were featured in her first show, December 2010 in Chicago and unveiled her first collection at a solo exhibit at Maquoketa Art  Experience, Maquoketa, Iowa in April 2011.

In addition to her growing catalog of kinetic and abstract images, Sindi also appreciates the beauty of nature in her home state of Iowa, as well as the magnetism of the Chicago urban landscape. Sindi's landscape images have been published in the Maquoketa Sentinel Press and Bellevue Herald Leader.

Her fine art photography is currently represented by Maquoketa Art Experience.  The cost for the two-session workshop is $150 and is open to adults 18 or older. Registration materials are available at For more information contact Paula Neuhaus at
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 563.652.9925.


UI students reaching across the globe PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Hawkeye Caucus   
Tuesday, 27 December 2011 11:37

You have probably heard about Doctors Without Borders but did you know that there is an Engineers Without Borders, too?  This national organization does exactly what its name suggests: reaches out to help lift up communities that cannot do it themselves. It is through this national organization that the University of Iowa Chapter of Engineers Without Borders has made a long-lasting, positive impact halfway across the globe.


Over the past few years UI engineering students have been working in Ghana, a country in Western Africa, to provide clean drinking water and sanitation. The students also provide the communities they serve with the knowledge they need to manage and maintain these systems for years to come.


In order to find out more information click here



There are more than 3,500 University of Iowa College of Engineering alumni living in 91 of Iowa’s 99 counties.

Treasurer Fitzgerald Reminds College Savings Iowa Investors to Bring in the New Year with Tax Savings PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Michael Fitzgerald   
Friday, 23 December 2011 16:23

Contributions to College Savings Iowa accounts must be made by December 31, 2011.

DES MOINES, IA (12/21/2011)(readMedia)-- Once again, the year has flown by, and it's already time to start looking ahead to 2012. However, State Treasurer Michael Fitzgerald has an important reminder about College Savings Iowa before the big ball drops on New Year's Eve. "Before you start celebrating, don't forget to make your final contributions to your College Savings Iowa account," Fitzgerald said. "To help ring in the New Year and remind Iowans about the importance of saving for college, College Savings Iowa is giving away a $529 College Savings Iowa account." For more information and to enter the giveaway, please visit

Contributions to College Savings Iowa must be made by the end of the year to qualify for 2011 state tax deductions. Account holders can deduct up to $2,865 for each open account and can contribute online at* Contributions sent by mail must postmark checks by December 31, 2011.

College Savings Iowa lets anyone – parents, grandparents, friends and relatives – invest for college on behalf of a child. Investors do not need to be a state resident and can withdraw their investments tax-free to pay for qualified higher education expenses including tuition, books, supplies and room and board at any eligible college, university, community college or accredited technical training school in the United Sates or abroad.** For more information about College Savings Iowa, call 888-672-9116 or visit

* 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.

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