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Matthew Atha of Bettendorf Makes the Grade at Azusa Pacific PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 17 August 2011 09:11

AZUSA, CA (08/16/2011)(readMedia)-- Bettendorf, IA resident and Azusa Pacific University student Matthew Shawn Atha made the academic Deans' List at APU. Atha is honored for a spring 2011 academic standing of 3.5 or better grade-point average. Atha is A Political Science Major, who is joined by more than 1,575 students receiving the same honor.

Azusa Pacific University is an evangelical, Christian university committed to God First and excellence in higher education. With 53 undergraduate majors, 37 master's degrees, 21 credentials, 7 doctoral programs, and 5 certificates, the university offers its more than 9,200 students a quality education on campus, online, and at seven regional centers throughout Southern California.

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Buena Vista University Student Austin Baker Selected as UPS Scholar PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 15 August 2011 13:26

STORM LAKE, IA (08/15/2011)(readMedia)-- Buena Vista University junior, Austin Baker from Blue Grass, has been selected as a UPS Scholar and recipient of a scholarship through the Iowa College Foundation, an organization which raises funds for its 23 member independent colleges in Iowa.

The Iowa College Foundation, a Foundation of Independent Higher Education (FIHE) affiliated state association, distributed $62,100 in UPA Scholarship funds to its 23 member colleges in Iowa fro the 2011-2012 academic year.  FIHE awared more tne $1.5 million in scholarships from its UPS Educational Endowment Fund to private institutions of higher learning across the nation.  These scholarships are awarded annually to students selected as UPS Scholars.

The UPS Educational Foundation Endowment Fund, which is held and administered by FIHE, was initiated through endowment gifts from the UPS Foundation totaling $4 million and is now valued at $35 million.  Since its inception, this fund has awarded over $46 million in scholarship support to over 15,000 students nationwide.

In announcing this year's scholarships, Ken Sternad, president of The UPS Foundation, said, "A college degree opens the doors to countless opportunities.  UPS takes great pride in our long-standing partnership with FIHE and in our support of thousands of students over the years who have been able to pursue an education from our nation's private colleges."

Baker is majoring in psychology and criminology and criminal justice at BVU.



In Iowa’s Interest: Celebrating 50 Years of the U.S. Senate Youth Program PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 15 August 2011 12:32
The U.S. Senate Youth Program is offering two high school students (juniors or seniors) from each state a trip to Washington D.C. to participate in a week-long, intensive program that includes educational programs, talks with congressional leaders and visits to sights around our nation’s Capital. This year’s program will be held March 3-10, 2012. In 1962, the United States Senate unanimously passed a resolution creating the United States Senate Youth Program, and the program is celebrating its 50th year of operation.

Today I invite Iowa’s young, bright high school leaders in their junior or senior year to apply for the United States Senate Youth Program.

The Hearst Foundation, which funds the program, brings the highest-level officials from each branch of government to speak with the students. Participants learn about the United States government and each department’s duties while having the ability to speak one on one with our nation’s leaders. Each year, I look forward to meeting with Iowa’s scholarship winners and hearing about their goals and aspirations for the future.

Along with the visit to D.C.; each student is awarded a $5,000 one-time scholarship to the College or University of their choice to pursue history or political science.

Participants are chosen based on their leadership skills and merit. If chosen, students will enjoy an expense-free week with transportation, food, and activities. Interested students should contact their high school principals. Deadline for Iowa applications is October 3, 2011.

Scholarship rules and application forms can be found on the program’s website at And of course, if any Iowan has questions on this program, they may visit my web site at or call any of my Iowa offices.

A PDF version of the column is available by clicking here.

Elizabeth Jane Gibson of Pleasant Valley named to Dean's List at Washington University in St. Louis PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 12 August 2011 00:04

ST. LOUIS, MO (08/10/2011)(readMedia)-- Elizabeth Jane Gibson of Pleasant Valley, IA (52767), was named to the Dean's List for the spring 2011 semester at Washington University in St. Louis. Gibson is a graduate of Pleasant Valley Cmty High School in Pleasant Valley, IA, and is enrolled in the university's College of Arts & Sciences.

To qualify for the Dean's List in the College of Arts & Sciences, students must earn a semester grade point average of 3.5 or above and be enrolled in at least 14 graded units.

Washington University is counted among the world's leaders in teaching and research, and it draws students and faculty to St. Louis from all 50 states and more than 110 nations. The total student body is nearly 14,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students.

The approximately 3,400 faculty teach in seven schools: Arts & Sciences, Brown School, Olin Business School, Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts, School of Engineering & Applied Science, School of Law and School of Medicine. Twenty-three Nobel laureates have been associated with Washington University, with nine doing the major portion of their pioneering research there.

The university offers more than 90 programs and almost 1,500 courses leading to bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in a broad spectrum of traditional and interdisciplinary fields, with additional opportunities for minor concentrations and individualized programs.

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Governor Quinn Taps Alexi Giannoulias to Lead Illinois’ Community Colleges PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 11 August 2011 23:53

Former Treasurer to Advance Higher Education in Illinois

CHICAGO - August 10, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today appointed Alexi Giannoulias to serve as chairman of the Illinois Community College Board (ICCB) as it works to increase graduation rates at the state’s community colleges and advance Illinois’ competitive edge in the global economy. Giannoulias will lead the non-paid, voluntary 11-member board, which governs the state’s 48 community colleges – the third-largest system in the country.

“For Illinois to continue to grow jobs and advance our economic competitiveness, we must prepare our students for the jobs available in a 21st century economy,” Governor Quinn said. “As a former State Treasurer with a longtime passion for education reform, Alexi is the right leader to shepherd our community college system towards higher graduation rates and better job placement in Illinois.”

Under Governor Quinn’s leadership, Giannoulias will focus on increasing graduation rates to achieve the state’s “60 by 25” goal, which calls for 60 percent of Illinois’ adult population to hold a college degree or career certificate by 2025, up from about 40 percent today. Giannoulias will also develop success standards in terms of degrees awarded and job placement; seek to better prepare high school students who enroll in community colleges for college-level work; increase access to community colleges for low-income and rural residents; and boost the number of credits that can transfer from community college to public universities.

“Community colleges play a vital role in creating the workforce of the 21st century by providing economical, flexible and effective training degrees,” Giannoulias said. “Since putting Americans back to work is the single greatest challenge facing our country, a well-trained, well-educated workforce is absolutely crucial to America’s future. To ensure that every young adult has the tools for gainful employment, our community college system must help students graduate with a meaningful degree that will enable them to find a job.”

Giannoulias’ appointment was met with praise from U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan and the Governor’s point person on education, Lt. Governor Sheila Simon.

“I want to commend Governor Quinn for choosing Alexi Giannoulias for this critically important job,” Duncan said. “Alexi is a passionate believer in public education and I’m confident that his leadership will help the community colleges of Illinois do a better job of preparing young people to compete in the global economy.”

“I look forward to working with Chairman Giannoulias to help more students complete college and find good-paying jobs in Illinois,” Lt. Governor Simon said.

Giannoulias served as Illinois Treasurer from 2007 to 2011. He focused on job creation by promoting programs that help small business owners have access to capital, and by working with citizens to promote investments in communities. Giannoulias graduated cum laude from Boston University with a degree in economics and earned a law degree from Tulane University's School of Law. Beginning this September, he will teach a political science course at Northwestern University in Evanston as an adjunct professor.


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