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Brittany Kahler graduates from Iowa Wesleyan College PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 24 June 2011 12:31

MOUNT PLEASANT, IA (06/24/2011)(readMedia)-- Brittany Kahler of Marengo, IA, graduated from Iowa Wesleyan College. Commencement ceremonies were held May 7 on the Mount Pleasant, Iowa, campus. Kahler earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Studio Art.

Students completing their degrees in May, as well as those who completed their studies at the end of the fall semester in December, were honored in the outdoor ceremony.

Iowa Wesleyan College is a four-year, liberal arts college. For information on programs and enrollment, go to

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Saint Michael's College Book Award given to Assumption High School student, Caitlin Poster of Eldridge PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 24 June 2011 12:25

COLCHESTER, VT (06/23/2011)(readMedia)-- Caitlin Poster of Eldridge, a student at Assumption High School was named the 2011 recipient of the Saint Michael's College Book Award for Academic Achievement with a Social Conscience.

The award recognizes students who demonstrate a commitment to leadership in volunteer service and academic achievement. Saint Michael's, located in Burlington, Vermont, one of America's top 10 college towns, was founded on the belief that serving others is part of its Catholic tradition, and through the award seeks to honor those who demonstrate the true spirit of volunteerism.

Award recipients, named at schools throughout the country, are high school juniors who are inductees of the National Honor Society or an equivalent school-sponsored honors organization. They must demonstrate a commitment to service activities in high school or community organizations, taking leadership roles in these activities.

Tomshot was presented the book First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers (HarperCollins 2000) by Loung Ung, a 1993 Saint Michael's College graduate who has become a widely acclaimed author. In "First They Killed My Father," Ung gives a powerful autobiographical account, from a child's perspective, of surviving captivity during the genocidal Pol Pot regime in Cambodia. She reveals an indomitable spirit in the face of profound suffering, including the loss of both her parents and two of her siblings. Ung has written a riveting memoir about a family's survival, and in turn, about the development of Ung's on-going crusade for a landmine free world.

Learn What Matters at Saint Michael's College, The Edmundite Catholic liberal arts college, Saint Michael's provides education with a social conscience, producing graduates with the intellectual tools to lead successful, purposeful lives that will contribute to peace and justice in our world. Founded in 1904 by the Society of St. Edmund and headed by President John J. Neuhauser, Saint Michael's College is located three miles from Burlington, Vermont, one of America's top college towns. It is identified by the Princeton Review as one of the nations Best 373 Colleges, and is included in the 2011 Fiske Guide to Colleges. Saint Michael's has 1,900 undergraduate students and 500 graduate students. Saint Michael's students and professors have received Rhodes, Woodrow Wilson, Pickering, Guggenheim, Fulbright, and other grants. The college is one of the nation's top-100, Best Liberal Arts Colleges as listed in the 2011 U.S. News & World Report rankings.

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Bettendorf Native Mark Travis Named to the Seaver College Dean's List at Pepperdine University PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 24 June 2011 12:24

MALIBU, CA (06/23/2011)(readMedia)-- Pepperdine University student Mark Travis has been named to the Seaver College Dean's List for the spring 2011 semester.

In order to earn Dean's List honors, students must be in the upper 10% of their class and maintain a 3.5 or better grade point average. Mark, a native of Bettendorf, IA is one of only 263 students to receive the honor.

The purpose of the Dean's List is to provide recognition for the positive academic achievements of students at the Seaver College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences and to serve as an additional incentive for academic excellence to all students.

Seaver College, located in Malibu, California, is the undergraduate school for Pepperdine University, a Christian institution committed to the highest standards of academic excellence and Christian values, where students are strengthened for lives of purpose, service, and leadership.

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Kassandra Sadlek Graduates from Gonzaga University PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 24 June 2011 12:20

SPOKANE, WA (06/23/2011)(readMedia)-- Kassandra Sadlek of Davenport participated in Gonzaga University's graduation exercises during a Commencement Ceremony held on May 8 in Spokane's Veterans' Memorial Arena. Sadlek graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Broadcast and Electronic Media.

Gonzaga University is dedicated to its Jesuit, Catholic and humanistic roots, educating the mind, body, and spirit to create women and men for others. By thinking critically and acting justly students are encouraged to embody the Ignatian ideals of faith, justice, service, ethics and leadership. Gonzaga offers 75 undergraduate programs of study, 25 Master's degrees, a Ph.D. in leadership studies and a juris doctorate in law. More information about Gonzaga University can be found online:

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Ready for Kindergarten PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 22 June 2011 15:42

Many parents wonder if their child is ready for kindergarten at age five. School readiness is complex. It is more than chronological age or the ability to recite numbers, letters, and colors. Here are some questions to think about as you decide if your child is school-ready.

Is your child socially ready?
For instance, does she trust other adults and children? Can she play ina group?

Is your child emotionally ready?
Does she have some degree of independence and self-direction? Does she have self-control; is she able to wait when there is a delay? Is she reasonably confident and willing to try new things?

Does your child have the language skills she’ll need?
Can she understand directions? Is she able to express her needs to adults and other children? Can she express her thoughts in sentences?

Is your child physically ready?
Can she dress, eat, and toilet herself? Can she run and jump? Does she have a sense of space and balance? Can she manipulate small objects? Can she copy simple line drawings and hold a pencil properly?

Is your child intellectually ready? Is she able to focus and concentrate on an activity for 10 to15 minutes? Does she understand that letters stand for something; that printed words are spoken language expressed in writing? Can she remember simple routines? Is she able to stick with and solve simple problems?

Children see everything and are influenced by what they see. For example, they notice how parentsspend their time, what they read, what TV programs they watch. One of the best things a parent cando is read to children. It prepares them for school in several ways. Reading to a child for as little as ten minutes a day:
§ Helps develop security and independence (through the close body contact/sitting on mom or dad’s lap).
§ Helps the child practice using language and learning concepts.
§ Helps to develop an interest in the world and its people, and most importantly.
§ Helps to develop the belief that learning can be fun.

Contact:Kathleen Olson, Extension Educator, Family Relations, University of Minnesota Extension, phone: 651-380-9339, email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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