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Excelsior College Announces Recent Graduates PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 22 September 2011 08:02

ALBANY, NY (09/20/2011)(readMedia)-- The following Quad Cities area students have graduated from Excelsior College:

Ramon I. De La Fuente, a resident of Bettendorf, IA, has earned a Bachelor of Science.

Amanda Maria Sansone, a resident of Davenport, IA, has earned a Bachelor of Science.

Excelsior College is an accredited, private, nonprofit institution that focuses on the needs of working adults. Its primary mission is to increase access to a college degree for adult learners by removing obstacles to their educational goals. Excelsior's unique strength is its acknowledged leadership in the assessment of student knowledge. It does so by providing working adults multiple avenues to degree completion that include its own online courses and college-level proficiency examinations, and the acceptance of credit in transfer from other colleges and universities.

Rock Island's Tyler Fisher chosen as UW-Platteville Resident Assistant PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 20 September 2011 11:58

PLATTEVILLE, WI (09/20/2011)(readMedia)-- Tyler Fisher of Rock Island, IL has been selected to be a resident assistant for Brockert Hall at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville for the 2011-12 academic year.

It is the job of an RA to help residents in adjusting to university life. The RA informs students of university resources and programs, works with different parts of hall government, gives and receives personal feedback, promotes an educational atmosphere, encourages involvement in campus functions and responds to personal and disciplinary concerns. RAs also work to provide students with a sense of identity, growth experiences and the feeling of responsibility toward others.

UW-Platteville is located in the southwest corner of Wisconsin. The school reached a record-breaking enrollment with 7,212 students in 2011-12 and looks to surpass that record this year. UW-Platteville provides 41 majors and 70 minors to students, as well as the Tri-State Initiative program, a tuition savings program offered only at UW-Platteville. This program offers competitive pricing for students in Wisconsin, Illinois and Iowa when annual tuition, fees, room, board and books are included.

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'Design-a-Decal' is long-standing contest that creates fun PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jean Hessburg   
Tuesday, 20 September 2011 11:37

DES MOINES, IA (09/19/2011)(readMedia)-- Iowa State Education Association (ISEA) members around the state have used ISEA's student-designed stickers to celebrate student achievement and good work for over 26 years. Now in its 27th year, the popular Design-a-Decal program helps give statewide recognition to budding art students when their winning designs are printed on stickers and teachers use them to give positive feedback to their students. With encouraging messages like "Sweet Job" and "You Rule," the stickers get used on anything from homework assignments, to papers and projects-anything that can get stuck!

Students competed in three, grade-level categories: elementary (K-5); junior high/middle school (6-8); and high school (9-12). The 24 winning designs are printed in full color on sheets of one-inch square stickers and each design is featured twice.

"The Design-a-Decal contest is one of our longest-standing programs because it's so much fun for the students. The art teachers who administer the program are very enthusiastic and the students who submit designs love to participate, so it's a win-win for everyone. It's a wonderful way to encourage creativity and the end result are stickers teachers can use on homework and other assignments to encourage more great work," said Chris Bern, president of the ISEA.

The students who created the designs used on the decal sheets receive two plaques from the ISEA-one they can keep and one to be displayed at their school.

(A listing with names of the schools, supervising art teacher, and students whose designs were selected for use on the decal sheets is attached. Also attached is a sheet of the winning decals.)


Grassley Internships Available for Iowa Students PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 20 September 2011 11:35

Monday, September 19, 2011

WASHINGTON — Senator Chuck Grassley said today that internships in his Washington, D.C., and Iowa offices are available for college-age Iowans.

Grassley said he encourages all young Iowans who are interested in learning more about government to apply.  The next internship session begins in January.  Applications should be submitted by October 15.

“Spending a semester working in a congressional office is a good way for college students and new graduates to learn more about the legislative branch of the federal government while gaining valuable work experience,” Grassley said.  “Exposure to the work of a Senate office can enhance a college education and make students more competitive job applicants when they graduate.  These internships are available to students in all areas of study.”

Full- and part-time internships are available for Iowans in Grassley’s offices in Washington, D.C., Cedar Rapids, Council Bluffs, Davenport, Des Moines, Sioux City and Waterloo.  The next session of internships runs from January through May.  Interns assist staff members with administrative, legislative and communications work, including that of Grassley’s staff on the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, where he serves as Ranking Member.

This summer, Grassley interns in the Washington office produced a video describing their experience.  Click here to watch.

Application forms are available on Grassley’s Senate website, in the placement offices of many Iowa colleges and universities, and in Grassley’s offices in Iowa. Due to security-related delays in postal mail delivery to U.S. Senate office buildings, internship applications should be faxed to 202-224-5136 or emailed to  For more information, send messages to or call 202-224-3744.



Sport for the Mind: LEGOS Much More than Child’s Play for Rivermont 5th Grade PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brittany Marietta   
Tuesday, 20 September 2011 11:26

The fifth grade class at Rivermont Collegiate is discovering it’s more fun to design and create a robot than it is to play with one – and having the hardest fun they’ve ever had!  Rivermont’s fifth graders have formed 2 teams to participate in the FIRST LEGO League (FLL) robotics program!  Team Masterminds and Team Technical Difficulties are applying real-world math and science concepts to design, build, program, and test a fully autonomous robot capable of completing pre-assigned missions!  Teams will be competing at the FLL Regional Qualifier at the Putnam Museum on Saturday, December 10th.  Top performing teams at this local tournament will be invited to state and international tournaments.

FIRST LEGO League is a robotics program for children ages 9-16 designed to get children excited about science and technology, while teaching them valuable employment and life skills.  FIRST LEGO League 2011 features 19,800 teams from over 50 countries competing in 560 Qualifying Tournaments, which will be followed by 117 Championship Tournaments, 3 Open Championships, and 1 World Festival.  Teams, composed of up to ten children with at least one adult coach, program an autonomous robot using the Lego Mindstorms set to score points on a thematic playing surface.  Teams also create an innovative solution to a problem, which is different every year and based on a real-world scientific topic.  This year’s “problem” – also referred to as the Challenge – is titled “Food Factor – Keeping Food Safe” and challenges teams to identify points of contamination our food encounters and develop an innovative solution.

Rivermont fifth graders and their families and volunteer coaches have made a big commitment to this ambitious challenge, with scheduled weekly robotics practice and assignments, as well as a presentation to families in December before the regional competition at the Putnam.  In addition, the class is tracking lessons and progress, including photos and a blog, at – follow their exciting progress!

For additional information on the FIRST LEGO League, visit

Rivermont Collegiate, located in Bettendorf, is the Quad Cities’ only private, independent, nonsectarian college prep school for students in preschool through 12th grade.


For additional information on Rivermont Collegiate, contact Cindy Murray at (563) 359-1366 ext. 302 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and visit us on the web at!

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