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In Iowa’s Interest: Celebrating 50 Years of the U.S. Senate Youth Program PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Harkin Press Office   
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 www.ussenateyouth.org. And of course, if any Iowan has questions on this program, they may visit my web site at http://harkin.senate.gov/ 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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Written by readMedia   
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.

On the web: http://readabout.me/achievements/Elizabeth-Jane-Gibson-of-Pleasant-Valley-named-to-Dean-s-List-at-Washington-University-in-St-Louis/2933520.

 
Governor Quinn Taps Alexi Giannoulias to Lead Illinois’ Community Colleges PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Katelyn Tye   
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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2011 4-H Scholarships Awarded to Iowa 4-H’er PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joy Venhorst   
Thursday, 11 August 2011 23:44

Scott County 4-H’er Travis Dierickx, Long Grove, has received a $500 Paul 4-H Scholarship sponsored by the family of Henry and Mary Martin Paul. Dierickx is the son of Pat and Lora Dierickx.

An 8-year 4-H member, Dierickx has been involved in the horticulture, market beef, breeding beef, swine and cattle feeder project areas. He has served as club president, vice president and treasurer. He plans to attend Iowa State University to major in mechanical engineering.

“Being in 4-H has given me the opportunity to meet many people, make friends throughout the United States and travel to places I’ve never been before,” said Dierickx.

In Iowa, the 4-H program is part of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach headquartered on the ISU campus in Ames. For more information about 4-H, how to get involved or how to apply for a 4-H scholarship, contact any ISU Extension county office.

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ISU Scott County Extension Calendar PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joy Venhorst   
Thursday, 11 August 2011 23:38
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/

 
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