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Shannon Gambon named to Marquette University's Dean's List for Spring 2012 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Amanda Gottheardt   
Friday, 15 June 2012 09:44

MILWAUKEE, WI (06/14/2012)(readMedia)-- Shannon Gambon of Coal Valley, IL has been named to the Dean's List for the spring 2012 semester at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wis. Gambon is pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Physiology.

Marquette University is a Catholic, Jesuit university that draws its more than 11,500 students from all 50 states and more than 75 different countries. In addition to its nationally recognized academic programs, Marquette is known for its service learning programs and internships as students are challenged to use what they learn to make a difference in the world. Find out more about Marquette at

Local student awarded scholarships from Dordt College PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sarah Vander Plaats   
Friday, 15 June 2012 08:18

SIOUX CENTER, IA (06/14/2012)(readMedia)-- Scholarships from Dordt College have been awarded to incoming freshmen, including these area students:

Natalie Dailey of East Moline, Illinois, has been awarded Hester Hollaar Literary Studies, Kuyper, and Presidential scholarships.

Scholarship details are available at

Dordt College is a comprehensive Christian college in Sioux Center, Iowa. U.S. News & World Report,, Washington Monthly, and Princeton Review all list Dordt on their best colleges lists. Dordt is home to approximately 1,400 students. To learn more about Dordt College, visit

Note: Though a scholarship has been awarded and the student has been granted acceptance, the student might not have made a final decision about whether he or she will choose to attend Dordt College.

Braley Urges House and Senate to Work Together to Stop Doubling of Student Loan Interest Rates PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Giertz   
Friday, 15 June 2012 08:06

If Congress fails to act by July 1st, student loan interest rates will jump from 3.4% to 6.8%

Washington, DC – Rep. Bruce Braley (IA-01) today urged House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to put aside politics and work together to stop the looming increase in federally subsidized student loan interest rates.  Unless Congress acts, student loan interest rates will double from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent on July 1st.

“Iowa college graduates have the third highest student debt load in the nation and unless Congress acts Iowa students will have thousands of dollars more debt piled on at the end of the month,” Braley said.  “In our increasingly global economy, good jobs go to those with a good education.  Our colleges and universities are avenues of economic opportunity, and we need to keep higher education within reach of everyone who wants to attend.

“That’s why I’m urging the House and Senate to put aside partisan point-scoring and get to work to stop the student loan interest rate increase.  This shouldn’t be another issue that devolves into a down-to-the-wire partisan hostage situation.”

In January, Braley introduced a bill that would permanently keep the interest rate for federally subsidized Stafford loans at their current rate of 3.4 percent.  More information on the bill can be found at the following link:

Braley’s letter to Boehner and Reid can be downloaded at the following link; the full text of the letter follows:



June 14, 2012


The Honorable John Boehner                       


U.S. House of Representatives               

H-232, U.S. Capitol                       

Washington, DC 20515                         


The Honorable Harry Reid

Majority Leader

United States Senate

522, Hart Senate Office Building

Washington, DC 20510


Dear Speaker Boehner and Majority Leader Reid:

As you know, the interest rates on subsidized Stafford loans are scheduled to double in just over two weeks, unless congressional action is taken.  I urge you both to stop playing politics and come to an agreement over this issue.

College students across Iowa and the nation are waiting for Congress to solve this problem.   Many of them have no faith in our ability to come to an agreement.  If you cannot come to an agreement then these students will see tens of thousands dollars in extra costs when paying back their loans.  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.

While college students wait, both sides continue to play political games.  One solution offered would have us pay for this extension by forcing middle class Americans to take a pay cut through increased pension contributions.  Middle class Americans should not have to take a cut in pay because of failed leadership in Congress.

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.  Stop playing political games and pass an extension of the current student loan interest rates.  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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Written by Virginia Crandell   
Thursday, 14 June 2012 07:04

The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point honored 2,510 undergraduate students for attaining high grade point averages during the spring semester of the 2011-2012 academic year.  Those honored include Rachael M Wauer of Bettendorf.

Full-time undergraduates who earned grade points of 3.90 to 4.0 (4.0 equals straight A) are given the highest honors designation. High honor citations go to those with grade point averages from 3.75 to 3.89 and honor recognition is accorded to those with grade point averages from 3.50 to 3.74.

Braley and Student Leaders Launch Petition Urging Congress to Stop Student Loan Interest Hike PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Molly Scherrman   
Wednesday, 13 June 2012 13:37

Stop Student Loan Interest Hike

If Congress doesn’t act by July 1st, student loan interest rates will double

WATERLOO, IA -- Rep. Bruce Braley (IA-01) and over 100 Iowa student leaders today launched an online petition urging Congress to act immediately to prevent a looming increase in student loan interest rates.

If Congress fails to act by July 1st, the interest rates for federally subsidized Stafford student loans will double from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent.  An increase of that magnitude would mean a student taking out the maximum Stafford student loan of $23,000 could pay an additional $4,600 in interest over a 10 year repayment period.

“The clock is ticking, and unless Congress comes together and acts, student loan interest rates are going to double,” Braley said.  “Iowa students have the third highest student loan debt burden in the country at graduation.  They can’t afford to be put any further behind.

“That’s why we’re calling on Iowans to sign our petition urging Congress to act now.  This shouldn't be another issue bogged down in partisan gridlock.

“Our colleges and universities are avenues of economic opportunity.  If America is going to compete successfully in the global economy, we need to keep college within reach for everyone who wants to go.”

The petition, including the full list of student leaders who are leading the petition with Braley, can be viewed and signed at the following link.  Braley will hand-deliver the signed petition to Congressional leaders after gathering online signers:

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