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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 http://www.uiewb.org/.

 

DID YOU KNOW?

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 www.collegesavingsiowa.com.

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 www.collegesavingsiowa.com.* 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 collegesavingsiowa.com.

* 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.

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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 www.collegesavingsiowa.com 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.

 
Dustin Secrist Selected as Resident Assistant at Illinois College PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Elizabeth Findley   
Friday, 23 December 2011 16:20

JACKSONVILLE, IL (12/21/2011)(readMedia)-- Dustin Secrist of Hillsdale has been chosen to serve on the residence life staff at Illinois College for the 2011-2012 academic year.

Secrist, is the son of Casey Secrist of Hillsdale. He is a graduate of Riverdale High School.

Resident assistants, or RAs serve the college in many capacities: as peer advisers for new residents, coordinators of residential life, and liasons between the students and administration. RAs are responsible for creating an environment that promotes positive academic and social experiences.

Founded in 1829, Illinois College is a residential liberal arts college fostering academic excellence rooted in opportunities for experiential learning while preparing students for lifelong success.

 
Grassley: Coralville Student Selected by West Point PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Grassley Press   
Friday, 23 December 2011 16:20
WASHINGTON – Senator Chuck Grassley said today that Christopher J. Drew of Coralville has been selected for admission to the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, New York, for the 2012-2013 school year.

Drew will graduate in May from Iowa City West High School.  He is the son of Tracy and Stephen Drew.

“Admission to West Point is highly competitive and a great honor,” Grassley said.  “Students like Christopher Drew work incredibly hard to earn this kind of opportunity, and I join many others, no doubt, in wishing him well and expressing appreciation for his commitment to serving our nation.”

At Iowa City West High School, Drew has been active in National Honor Society, student government, Boy Scouts, track and field, jazz band, show choir, and the school musical.

Drew was one of the Iowa students Grassley recommended this year for appointments to the U.S. service academies.  Information about seeking a nomination is posted at http://grassley.senate.gov/info/academy_nominations.cfm.

For more than 200 years, the U.S. service academies have educated and trained the best and the brightest to lead and command the U.S. armed forces.

 

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HARKIN ANNOUNCES ACADEMY NOMINATIONS FOR 42 IOWA STUDENTS PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sen. Tom Harkin   
Friday, 23 December 2011 15:54
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) today nominated 42 Iowa students for appointments to the U.S. Air Force Academy, Naval Academy, Merchant Marine Academy and Military Academy, West Point for the 2012 classes.  

“I would like to congratulate these students for their many outstanding achievements,” Harkin said. “An academy nomination is a great honor because of the intense competition for these nominations across the state of Iowa.”

In a typical year, Harkin receives more than 150 applications from young Iowans interested in pursuing a career as a military officer.   Students apply for admission to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York; the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland; the U.S. Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs, Colorado; or the Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, New York.

Academy nomination finalists are interviewed by Senator Harkin's Academy Selection Board, during which time their motivation, poise and self-expression are measured.  Harkin may nominate up to ten applicants to compete for each available vacancy.  From the Senator's nominees, the academy then selects the final candidate who will be offered an appointment.  

“In order for an individual to be nominated, he or she must demonstrate superior leadership, academic and athletic abilities,” Harkin said.  “Nominees also must exhibit the necessary motivation for serving in the demanding role of a career military officer and be of outstanding moral character.”  

After March 1, 2012, men and women between the ages of 17 and 22 who are interested in pursuing a nomination to one of the academies for the class entering in 2013, should go to http://harkin.senate.gov/ and complete Senator Harkin’s online Service Academy application, or they may contact Senator Harkin’s Cedar Rapids Office at (319) 365-4504.  

A list of this year’s nominees is below.


Afton
Austin Bolinger has been nominated to the U.S. Air Force Academy. Austin is the son of Amanda and Clint Bolinger and is a senior at Creston High School.

Ainsworth
Jesse Hahn has been nominated to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. Jesse is the son of Teresa and Ted Hahn and is a senior at Highland Community High School.

Ankeny
Brett Deters has been nominated to the U.S. Naval Academy. Brett is the son of Karen Deters and Victor Vera and is a senior at Ankeny High School.

Ankeny
Logan Braadt has been nominated to the U.S. Naval Academy. Logan is the son of Kathy Amos and Walter Braadt and is a senior at Ankeny High School.

Argle
Richard Wilkerson has been nominated to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. Richard is the son of Stephanie Anderson and Randy Wilkerson and is a senior at Central Lee High School.

Bellevue
Dylan Meek has been nominated to the U.S. Naval Academy. Dylan is the son of Tracy Meek and Phillip Meek and is a senior at Bellevue High School.

Bettendorf
Samuel Kuznetsov has been nominated to the U.S. Miltary Academy. Samuel is the son of Danielle and Alexei Kusnetsov and is a senior at Bettendorf High School.

Bettendorf
Andrew Peterman has been nominated to the U.S. Naval Academy. Andrew is the son of George Peterman and Carolyn and a graduate of Bettendorf High School.  He is currently attending Greystone Preparatory School in Kerrville, TX.

Bettendorf
Matthew Miller has been nominated to the U.S. Miltary Academy. Matthew is the son of Kathryn and Marc Miller and is a senior at Bettendorf High School.

Cedar Falls
Ryan Giarusso has been nominated to the U.S. Air Force Academy. Ryan is the son of Deborah and Richard Giarusso and is a senior at Cedar Falls High School.

Cedar Falls
Nicholas Heth has been nominated to the U.S. Naval Academy. Nicholas is the son of Carol and Steve Heth and is a senior at Cedar Falls High School.

Clarion
Wyatt Sann has been nominated to the U.S. Miltary Academy. Wyatt is the son of Patricia Stockman-Sann and Dwight Sann and is a senior at Clarion Goldfield High School.

Clinton
Matt Truninger has been nominated to the U.S. Naval Academy. Matt is the son of Gina and Mark Truninger and is a senior at Northeast High School.

Clive
Stephen Sanburn has been nominated to the U.S. Air Force Academy. Stephen is the son of Lisa and Daniel Sanburn and is a senior at Waukee High School.

Clive
Jack Oberman has been nominated to the U.S. Naval Academy. Jack is the son of Karen and Tony Oberman and is a senior at Waukee High School.

Davenport
Daniel Sullivan has been nominated to the U.S. Air Force Academy. Daniel is the son of Jane and Richard Sullivan and is a senior at Bettendorf High School.

Davenport
Noah Jones has been nominated to the U.S. Naval Academy. Noah is the son of Julie and Todd Jones and is a senior at West High School.

Dubuque
Daniel Eichman has been nominated to the U.S. Air Force Academy. Daniel is the son of Choon and Bruce Eichman and is a graduate of Dulwich College - Bejing High School.

Dunkerton
Daniel Rigdon has been nominated to the U.S. Miltary Academy. Daniel is the son of Bommoe Sadler and Daniel Rigdon and is a senior at Dunkerton High School.

Earlham
Aloysius Tekippe has been nominated to the U.S. Miltary Academy. Aloysius is the son of Krista and Ronald Tekippe and is a senior at Earlham High School.

Glidden
Daniel Van Horn has been nominated to the U.S. Naval Academy. Daniel is the son of Cynthia and John Van Horn and is a senior at Gidden Ralston High School.

Granville
Collin Ascherl has been nominated to the U.S. Naval Academy. Collin is the son of Donna and Joe Ascherl and is a senior at MOC-Floyd Valley High School.

Grimes
Nathaniel Dyett has been nominated to the U.S. Miltary Academy. Nathaniel is the son of Laura and Jaswick Dyett and is a senior at Johnston High School.

Hamburg
Colby McGinley has been nominated to the U.S. Air Force Academy. Colby is the son of Sarah McGinley and Rodney McGinley and is a senior at Lourdes Central High School.

Hinton
Matthew Veach has been nominated to the U.S. Naval Academy. Matthew is the son of Jeana and Gerald Veach and is a senior at Hinton High School.

Hornick
Hanna Hubert has been nominated to the U.S. Naval Academy. Hanna is the daughter of Carla and Joel Hubert and is a senior at Woodbury Central High School.

Hubbard
Felix Knutson has been nominated to the U.S. Air Force Academy. Felix is the son of Danielle and Dallas Knutson and is home schooled.

Iowa City
Jindalae Suh has been nominated to the U.S. Miltary Academy. Jindalae is the daughter of Laura Crow and DaeHong Suh and is a senior at City High School.

Maquoketa
Isaac Kinrade has been nominated to the U.S. Naval Academy. Isaac is the son of Julia and Steven Kinrade and is a senior at Maquoketa High School.

Marion
Justin Fenske has been nominated to the U.S. Naval Academy. Justin is the son of Linda and James Fenske and is a senior at Xavier High School.

Mason City
Travis Mallo has been nominated to the U.S. Miltary Academy. Travis is the son of Wendy and Larry Mallo and is a senior at Mason City High School.

Mount Pleasant
Jackson Bell has been nominated to the U.S. Air Force Academy and to the U.S. Naval Academy. Jackson is the son of Martha and Richard Bell and is a senior at Mt. Pleasant High School.

Norwalk
Alec La Velle has been nominated to the U.S. Miltary Academy. Alec is the son of Nancy and Michael La Velle and is a senior at Norwalk High School.

Oelwein
Sean Steil has been nominated to the U.S. Naval Academy. Sean is the son of Karla  and John Steil and is a senior at Wapsie Valley High School.

Orange City
William Guthmiller has been nominated to the U.S. Air Force Academy. William is the son of Tamara and Martin Guthmiller and is a senior at MOC -Floyd Valley High School.

Ottosen
Adam Wachholz has been nominated to the U.S. Air Force Academy. Adam is the son of Cindi and James Wachholz and is home schooled.   

Paton
Chantel Blair has been nominated to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. Chantel is the daughter of Jackie Blair and Ricky Price and is a senior at Jefferson-Scranton High School.

Sioux City
Tyler Reiser has been nominated to the U.S. Naval Academy. Tyler is the son of Lisa and Gene Reiser and is a senior at East High School.

Story City
Christopher Morgan has been nominated to the U.S. Naval Academy. Christopher is the son of Rose and Keith Morgan and is a senior at Roland- Story High School.

Tabor
James Saker has been nominated to the U.S. Miltary Academy. James is the son of Susan and Jamie Saker and is a senior at Fremont-Mills Sr. High School.

Waterloo
Andrew Foster has been nominated to the U.S. Naval Academy. Andrew is the son of Patricia and Craig Foster and is a graduate of West High School.  He is currently attending Ohio State University in Columbus Ohio.

West Des Moines
Haley Wireman has been nominated to the U.S. Naval Academy. Haley is the daughter of Joi and Richard Wireman and is a senior at Valley High School.

 
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