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UW-Platteville hosts 187th commencement PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 03 February 2012 14:55

PLATTEVILLE, WI (02/01/2012)(readMedia)-- University of Wisconsin-Platteville hosted its largest winter graduation on Dec. 17 held at Williams Fieldhouse. 586 graduate and undergraduate students received degrees.

Among those receiving degrees, with their hometowns and majors, were

Matthew Randall a Industrial Technology Management major from Bettendorf,IA

Melissa Hillebrand a Business Administration major from Davenport,IA

Derek Cappaert a Broad Field Science major from Taylor Ridge,IL

University of Wisconsin-Platteville is settled in a historic mining town near the Iowa and Illinois borders and enrolls nearly 8,000 students. It is an institution whose mission is to produce intellectually astute individuals who will participate in society as competent professionals and knowledgeable citizens. For more information on the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, visit

Janie Almblade Graduates from Lakeview College of Nursing PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 03 February 2012 14:32

DANVILLE , IL (02/01/2012)(readMedia)-- Janie Almblade of East Moline, IL, graduated Cum Laude from Lakeview College of Nursing during the College's winter commencement ceremony held in Danville, IL. Almblade earned a bachelor of science in nursing degree through the College's Danville Campus.

Almblade is a 2009 graduate of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

She is the daughter of Gary and JoAnne Almblade of East Moline, IL.

Lakeview College of Nursing is a single-purpose, private institution that has specialized in nursing education in the Danville, IL area since 1894. Lakeview began offering a cooperative program with Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, IL, in the fall of 2001.

Braley Introduces Bill to Extend $2,500 College Tax Cut PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Giertz   
Friday, 03 February 2012 14:28

Unless Congress acts, American Opportunity Tax Credit will expire at the end of 2012


Washington, DC – After hosting a series of campus forums at colleges across eastern Iowa last week, Rep. Bruce Braley (IA-01) returned to Congress today and introduced a bill to extend a $2,500 tax credit for middle class families sending children to college.  Unless Congress acts, the existing tax credit will expire at the end of 2012.

The College Tax Cut Extension Act would extend for four years the American Opportunity Tax Credit, which provides up to $2,500 in tax credits to offset the cost of tuition, fees, and course materials for undergraduate students at two- or four-year colleges and universities.

“In the last 10 years, the cost of tuition at Iowa’s public universities has increased by 83 percent,” Braley said.  “Our colleges and universities are avenues of economic opportunity.  If America is to compete in a global economy, we need to keep college within reach for everyone who wants to attend.


“This tax credit makes a college education more affordable for thousands of Iowa families.  Congress needs to act now to keep this tax cut from expiring so the dream of college doesn’t slip out of reach.”

Braley spent Thursday and Friday of last week hosting campus forums at colleges in eastern Iowa.  Braley visited St. Ambrose University, Coe College, the University of Northern Iowa, and Grinnell College to hear about college affordability, student debt, and employability after graduation.

The American Opportunity Tax Credit was first passed into law in 2009 and set to expire at the end of 2012 if Congress fails to act.  Braley’s bill is the first legislative effort to extend the tax credit.  For more information on the American Opportunity Tax Credit, click the following link:

Last week, Braley introduced legislation to indefinitely keep the interest rates for federally subsidized Stafford loans at 3.4 percent, their current, low rate.  Without Congressional action, college loan interest rates are set to double to 6.8 percent in July, a fact that President Obama highlighted in his State of the Union address.

More information about this bill can be found at this link:

Full text of Braley’s bill can be downloaded here:


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Local Residents Make the Dean's List at DePaul University PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 03 February 2012 14:19

CHICAGO, IL (01/31/2012)(readMedia)-- The following local residents made the Dean's List at DePaul University for the fall quarter of 2011:

Alyssa Phelan of Bettendorf

Mark Lazio of Davenport

Alex Wolking of Rock Island

Cody Williams of Orion

Elizabeth Knowlton of Port Byron

In order to qualify for the Dean's List at DePaul, students must earn above a 3.0 grade point average on a four point scale.

With more than 25,000 students, DePaul University is the largest Catholic university in the United States and the largest private, nonprofit university in the Midwest. The university offers 275 graduate and undergraduate programs of study in ten colleges and schools on three Chicago campuses and three suburban campuses.

Isaac Spangler Earns Degree from Marshall University PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 03 February 2012 13:53

HUNTINGTON, WV (01/31/2012)(readMedia)-- Isaac David Spangler of Hillsdale, IL, was among nearly 1,250 Marshall University students who were recognized at the university's Winter Commencement Dec. 10 in Huntington, W.Va. Spangler earned a Bachelor of Science degree .

Marshall University is the oldest public institution of higher learning in West Virginia and one of the region's most dynamic universities, serving students from 47 states and more than 60 countries. Marshall offers undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs and competes in Division I intercollegiate sports in Conference USA. Headquartered in the college town of Huntington, W.Va,, Marshall University is known for its safe and beautiful campus, dedicated professors, small class size, successful graduates and great value.

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