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Local Students Named to Dean's List at Cornell College PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 12 July 2011 11:57

MOUNT VERNON, IA (07/11/2011)(readMedia)-- Cornell College has named 364 students, or about 30 percent of its enrollment, to the Dean's List for the spring semester.

A grade point average of at least 3.6 on a 4.0 scale is required for this designation. "Highest honors" are granted to students with 4.0 averages; "high honors" are awarded to students with 3.8 to 3.99 averages; and "honors" include grade point averages of 3.6 to 3.79.

Leanna Doyle of Davenport was awarded High Honors.

Christine Nguyen of Davenport was awarded High Honors.

Cynthia Hampton of Illinois City was awarded High Honors.

Featured in Colleges That Change Lives, Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa, is a national liberal arts college with a distinctive One Course At A Time (OCAAT), or block, academic calendar. The OCAAT provides students with intellectual immersion, academic focus, and unique freedom to shed the confines of the traditional classroom to study off-campus, pursue research, or accept an internship-all without missing out on other classes. Cornell's excellent faculty, majors and pre-professional programs, and engaging residential life all combine to offer numerous extraordinary opportunities in the classroom, on campus, and around the world. Founded in 1853, the college's entire hilltop campus is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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Brett Vacek named to Dean's List at Taylor University PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 12 July 2011 11:53

UPLAND, IN (07/12/2011)(readMedia)-- Brett Vacek of East Moline, IL was named to the Spring 2011 Dean's List at Taylor University.

Full-time students are named to the Dean's List when they have earned a GPA of 3.60 or higher for the term and at least 12 hours carry credit point values.

About Taylor University: Founded in 1846, Taylor University is an interdenominational liberal arts university of evangelical faith located in Upland, Ind. The 2011 U.S. News and World Report survey America's Best Colleges ranked Taylor the number one Baccalaureate College in the Midwest. It marked Taylor's fourth straight top ranking following ten straight years of being ranked in the region's Top Three.

Taylor University is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU).

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Monday, 11 July 2011 13:35
MILWAUKEE - (first name) (last name) of (hometown), (state) has been named to the Dean's List for the spring 2011 semester at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wis. (last name) is pursuing a (degree description) in (plan).
Marquette University is a Catholic, Jesuit university that draws its more than 11,500 students from all 50 states and more than 75 different countries. In addition to its nationally recognized academic programs, Marquette is known for its service learning programs and internships as students are challenged to use what they learn to make a difference in the world. Find out more about Marquette at
Marquette University is a Catholic, Jesuit university dedicated to serving God by serving our students and contributing to the advancement of knowledge. Through our mission of Faith, Excellence, Leadership and Service we strive to graduate students who are not only better educated, but better people. We provide them with the necessary training to actively "Be the Difference" in our world.


Bettendorf, IA
52722, Katherine Ford, Bachelor of Science, Marketing; 52722, Mikhaila Norton, Bachelor of Science, Accounting;

Davenport, IA
52807, Kevan Kadavy, Bachelor of Science, Biomedical Sciences;

Rock Island, IL
61201, Matthew Noe, Bachelor of Science, Business Administration;

Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Help Prevent Violence Among Elementary Students PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 08 July 2011 12:34

Three Education Bills Will Equip Youth with Anti-Violence Training and Help Students Struggling in Math and Reading

CHICAGO – July 8, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation that will help students across Illinois to learn about how to prevent violence and resolve conflicts peacefully. The Governor also signed bills into law that will help elementary school students who are struggling with math and reading by ensuring that they spend more classroom time on these vital subjects.

“All of our students deserve a quality education, taught in a school that is free of violence,” said Governor Quinn. “Through these new laws, we are working to improve math and reading instruction for our struggling students while taking steps to address violence among our youngest children.”

House Bill 1204, sponsored by Rep. Constance Howard (D-Chicago) and Sen. Emil Jones III (D-Chicago), requires Illinois school districts to educate all students about ways to prevent violence and resolve conflicts peacefully. Older students in grades four through 12 have received this instruction since 1995, but in recent years violence among younger students has increased. The new law, which takes effect immediately, extends this important guidance to students enrolled in kindergarten through third grade, empowering them at an earlier age with a better understanding of how to handle conflicts appropriately.

House Bill 139, sponsored by Rep. La Shawn Ford (D-Chicago) and Sen. Annazette Collins (D-Chicago), requires school districts to emphasize reading and math during summer school instruction for students who have fallen two grade levels behind in those subjects for two consecutive school years. Currently, there is no specific requirement in place to ensure that struggling students spend more classroom time on these critical subjects. The new law takes effect Jan. 1, 2012.

"I would like to thank Governor Quinn for signing this bill into law and helping meet the needs of struggling students. Basic skills such as reading and math are necessary tools for a child's successful school career,” said Rep. La Shawn Ford. “I hope this law continues to build on Illinois' commitment to reforming education, supporting teachers and continuing to close the educational achievement gaps found in underperforming communities."

House Bill 2397 sponsored by Rep. Rita Mayfield (D-Waukegan) and Sen. Linda Holmes (D-Aurora), requires school boards across Illinois to promote at least 60 minutes of reading instruction in kindergarten through third grade for students who are one or more levels below their grade proficiency. Currently, there is no reading requirement in place. This new law takes effect immediately and will encourage schools across Illinois to provide more robust reading instruction.


Betty Gibson Earns Undergraduate Degree from Washington University in St. Louis PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 08 July 2011 12:33

ST. LOUIS, MO (07/08/2011)(readMedia)-- Betty Gibson, daughter of Mary Junck and Ralph Gibson of Pleasant Valley, Iowa (52767), received an undergraduate degree from Washington University in St. Louis on May 20. Gibson graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Art History, French, and German from the College of Arts & Sciences.

Gibson was among the 2,800 students who received degrees at the university's 150th Commencement ceremony, which was held in Brookings Quadrangle on campus. Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel, a Holocaust survivor and human rights activist, delivered the Commencement address. Wiesel received an honorary doctor of humane letters.

Gibson received the Merle King Undergraduate Honors Fellowship Award for Best Senior Presentation. Gibson is a 2007 graduate of Pleasant Valley High School in Bettendorf, Iowa.

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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