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Maria Yoder Graduates from Eastern Mennonite University PDF Print E-mail
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Written by readMedia   
Monday, 18 July 2011 13:30

HARRISONBURG, VA (07/14/2011)(readMedia)-- Maria Yoder, a Liberal Arts degree recipient at Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, Va., was recognized as a member of the 2011 graduating class.

Yoder is Yoder is the daughter of Galen & Gloria Yoder of Wellman Ia.

Eastern Mennonite University is a four-year, fully-accredited Christian liberal arts college that prepares students to serve and lead in a global context. Peace, restorative justice, sustainability and inter-cultural understanding are core values. EMU offers an interdisciplinary undergraduate curriculum, graduate programs, a seminary, and houses the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding. See more at: www.emu.edu/about.

On the web: http://readabout.me/achievements/Maria-Yoder-Graduates-from-Eastern-Mennonite-University/2834402.

 
Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Advance Innovative Education Practices PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Laurel White   
Monday, 18 July 2011 13:15

Law Supports Creation of Innovative Partnership School in Aurora to Advance Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education

AURORA – July 13, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation that will advance STEM learning in Illinois by allowing the creation of an innovative school that will offer specialized education opportunities. Senate Bill 621 supports the creation of a math and science partnership school operated by Aurora’s four school districts and Aurora University on campus. Joined by local middle school students attending summer science camp, Governor Quinn called for increased STEM learning opportunities in Illinois as a way to prepare students for 21st century jobs. 

“We want our children to be prepared to compete for the jobs of today and tomorrow,” said Governor Quinn. “This innovative school will increase learning opportunities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics and give students more opportunities to succeed.”

Sponsored by Sen. Linda Holmes (D-Aurora) and Rep. Tom Cross (R-Oswego), Senate Bill 621 authorizes Aurora University (AU) and its four partner school districts — West Aurora, East Aurora, Indian Prairie and Oswego — to jointly operate a STEM school on the AU campus. When fully operational, the partnership school will serve more than 400 third through eighth grade students who have demonstrated a proficiency in mathematics and science. The school will also train teachers who return to their home school districts as leaders in mathematics and science education.

“By signing this legislation, Governor Quinn is leading the way to make STEM learning more available for children in Illinois,” said Aurora University President Rebecca L. Sherrick.

In addition to nurturing students talented in mathematics and science, the partnership school will provide access to cutting-edge STEM education methods. Best practices and research results will be shared to improve mathematics and science education throughout the community.

“This is an important step to improving student achievement and increasing their interest in school,” said state Sen. Holmes, who introduced the bill in the Senate. “We owe it to our students to ensure that they aren’t being shortchanged during these tough economic times. It’s essential that we give them the tools needed to become future leaders in Illinois.”

“This has truly been a collaborative effort with one goal in mind – to provide a partnership school with area school districts at Aurora University placing an emphasis on science, technology, engineering and mathematics – something that we need to focus on in our state,” said state Rep. Cross.

The university will begin to raise private funding for the partnership school immediately and estimates the cost to be $15 million. This new law passed both the Illinois House and Senate with unanimous support and takes effect Jan. 1, 2012.

The partnership school is the cornerstone of the Mathematics and Science Education Center of Aurora University, which was launched by the university's Institute for Collaboration in 2009 to address the deficiencies in STEM education in the United States. The center's programs also include content-based bachelor's and master's degrees, professional workshops and institutes for teachers, and after-school and summer studies programs for students.

“Because it engages learners of all ages, we believe the STEM partnership school holds great potential as a groundbreaking model for similar communities throughout the state and nation,” said Sherry Eagle, Executive Director of the Institute for Collaboration of Aurora University, which is leading the project.

More information about this partnership school is available at www.aurora.edu/institute.

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Mondak Named ANR Extension Assistant Director PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joy Venhorst   
Monday, 18 July 2011 12:48

AMES, Iowa—John Lawrence, director, Iowa State University Extension to Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR), announced the selection of Dr. Chris Mondak as the ANR Extension assistant director. Prior to starting this position on July 6, Mondak served as the ISU Extension dairy specialist in northwest Iowa; a position she held since 2000. She was a veterinarian in Minnesota and Wisconsin before coming to Iowa State.

As ANR Extension assistant director, Mondak will work with Lawrence to coordinate new program development initiatives and develop the Federal Plan of Work and reporting. “Chris brings excellent communication and team building skills to this position, as well as a field perspective,” said Lawrence.

“She will be instrumental in coordinating the development of program initiatives and issue teams that include other extension program areas and various campus departments and colleges," he said. "Her first-hand knowledge of Iowans’ needs, and ability to listen and hear those needs will be essential as we continue to fulfill the land-grant mission.”

Due to current renovation in Curtiss Hall, Mondak will temporarily have an office at 2019 Agronomy Hall. She can be reached at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; messages may be left at 515-294-7801 until her office phone is connected. ANR Extension administration and the dairy team will evaluate the needs of the dairy industry in northwest Iowa as they make decisions about the dairy specialist position previously held by Mondak.

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ISU Scott County Extension Calendar PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joy Venhorst   
Monday, 18 July 2011 12:02

July 26                                   
Scott County Extension Council Meeting at the Extension Office
7pm 

August 5                                
Pesticide Applicator Testing
10am-2pm at the Extension Office

August 23                              
Scott County Extension Council Meeting at the Extension Office
7pm 

September 2                          
Pesticide Applicator Testing
10am-2pm at the Extension Office 

September 27                        
Scott County Extension Council Meeting at the Extension Office
7pm 

October 5                              
Aquatic, Forest and Roadside Pest Management CIC, $35 if registered by 9/28/11, after that $45
At the Scott County Extension Office, 9am-11:30am

October 7                              
Pesticide Applicator Testing
10am-2pm at the Extension Office 

October 25                            
Scott County Extension Council Meeting at the Extension Office
7pm 

October 27                            
Mosquito & Public Health Pest Management CIC, $35 if registered by 10/20/11, after that $45
At the Scott County Extension Office, 9am-11:30am 

November 4                           
Pesticide Applicator Testing
10am-2pm at the Extension Office 

November 9                           
Ornamental & Turf Applicators CIC, $35 if registered by 11/2/11, after that $45
At the Scott County Extension Office, 1:30pm-4pm 

November 16                         
Commercial Ag Weed, Insect, and Plant Disease Management CIC, $35 if registered by 11/9/11, after that
$45, at the Scott County Extension Office, 9am-11:30am 

November 29                         
Fumigation CIC, $35 if registered by 11/22/11, after that $45, at the Scott County Extension Office,
9am-11:30am 

December 2                           
Pesticide Applicator Testing
10am-2pm at the Extension Office

December 7                           
Pest Control Operators CIC, $35 if registered by 11/30/11, after that $45, at the Scott County Extension
Office, 9am-11:30am

Visit our events calendar at our web site:   http://dbs.extension.iastate.edu/calendar/

 
Excelsior College Announces Recent Graduate Kevin Stanek PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 18 July 2011 10:34

ALBANY, NY (07/18/2011)(readMedia)-- Kevin Stanek, a resident of Silvis, IL (Zip Code 61282) has earned a(n) Bachelor of Science from Excelsior College.

Excelsior College (www.excelsior.edu) 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.

Founded in 1971 and located in Albany, N.Y., it is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Its bachelor's degrees in nuclear engineering technology and electronics engineering technology are accredited by the Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET. Excelsior's degree programs in nursing are accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC). The School of Nursing has been designated a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education by the National League for Nursing. Excelsior's bachelor's degrees in accounting (NYS CPA Track) and business are recognized by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE). Its Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program is the first exclusively distance learning-based program to be admitted to full membership in to the Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs (AGLSP).

On the web: http://readabout.me/achievements/Excelsior-College-Announces-Recent-Graduate-Kevin-Stanek/2842370.

 
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