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Anna Carolyn Windeknecht Graduates from William Woods University PDF Print E-mail
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Written by readMedia   
Tuesday, 11 January 2011 14:48
Anna Carolyn Windeknecht of Blue Grass, Iowa, has graduated cum laude in December from William Woods University with a bachelor of science degree. Windeknecht is the daughter of Todd Windeknecht and Mary Windeknecht of Bluegrass, Iowa.

William Woods University celebrated the largest December commencement in its history, and graduates heard an inspiring speech from Charles E. Kruse, president of the Missouri Farm Bureau. A total of 491 December graduates were conferred degrees. Another 158 graduates whose degrees were conferred in August were eligible to participate in the winter ceremony.

Kruse told the graduates that to become successful they should live and work "the Woods Way."

"When I first heard about the Woods Way, I was intrigued. I have observed that it is not just a slogan. I have learned that it does mean a lot. It says a lot about the culture of this university, the caring of the faculty and the closeness of the student body," Kruse said.

During her remarks later in the evening, WWU President Dr. Jahnae H. Barnett also spoke of "the Woods Way."

"At William Woods, the Woods Way is the way in which we live, learn and play. It is our small town campus, with big school opportunities. It is our knowledgeable faculty who impart their wisdom and experiences.

CommUniversity celebrates 31st year PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Alan Campbell   
Tuesday, 11 January 2011 08:28

As cabin fever begins to reach its height, area residents have a unique tool in their arsenal to ward off those mid-winter blahs.

For a mere $25, people can break out of their homes and spend Sunday afternoons in February learning about Celtic Spirituality, A History of Angels, The Modern Civil Rights Movement, Increasing Your Intuition, Conversational Italian, Spanish and French, Tai Chi, Georgia O’Keefe, Egyptology, Psychology of Film or one of  31 other topics at this year’s CommUniversity.

CommUniversity is a non-profit project, presented by a volunteer committee of representatives from various local educational and community groups. The public event has been held every February for 31 years with more than 600 people attending last year. Classes last four weeks, held from 2 – 4 p.m. every Sunday in February.

Classes are held at St. Ambrose University and will be kicked off February 6 with a keynote presentation at 1 p.m. in the university’s Galvin Fine Arts Center.

This year’s keynote speaker is Stephen Bloom, professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Iowa and author of Postville: A Clash of Cultures in Heartland America and The Oxford Project which won the prestigious 2009 Alex Award from the American Library Association.

Bloom’s presentation will be on storytelling and why it is still important to us today, even though the platforms used to bring news to people may be changing.

Following the keynote, students will move to their chosen classes.

Classes are informal, taught by experts in their field and, best of all, there are no tests. Other classes this year include: Exploring the Book of Genesis, Irish Poetry, Beginning Photography, Yoga, Tennessee Williams and Songwriting.

Participants can sign up as an individual and use the opportunity to meet others who share an interest or, in many cases, groups of friends or entire families enroll together. Either way, anyone wanting to fight off the winter chill has 42 different classes from which to choose.

People are invited to attend Bloom’s keynote address free of charge. Class registration is accepted at the door on February 6, however everyone is encouraged to register in advance. This helps to insure that there is room in the class for them, as well as makes sure the class isn’t cancelled due to low enrollment.

A full listing of all the available classes and registration information is available online at

CommUniversity is made possible in part through grants from Humanities Iowa, (state-based affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities) and the Scott County Regional Authority.

Local Students Named to Academic Lists PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 11 January 2011 08:14

The following local students were named to the Dean's List at Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, Minnesota:

Kelsey Francis, Bettendorf, and Samantha Good, Rock Island.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison has recognized students named to the Dean's List for the fall semester of the 2010-2011 academic year:

Maria Elena Ontiveros, School of Human Ecology, Bettendorf; Mehmet Gultekin Badur, College of Engineering, Moline; and Andrew James Hoogerwerf, College of Engineering, Rock Island.

Recognition for outstanding academic achievement has been given to the following students at Grand View University, Des Moines, for the 2010 fall semester:

Katelyn Christine Carlson of Rock Island with a 3.66667 GPA.

The Dean's List honor is awarded to the following Central College students who achieve a 3.5 grade point average or higher on a 4.0 scale while taking 12 or more graded credit hours for the semester:

Jessica Emard, junior, German studies/English, Bettendorf; Emily Huegel, sophomore, Bettendorf; Kelly Spavin, sophomore, English, Bettendorf; Katelyn Baker, junior, accounting, Davenport; Melissa Blanchard, junior, Spanish, Davenport; Patricia Braun, sophomore, Davenport; Melanie Louis, junior, biology, Davenport; Maaike Mielenhausen, sophomore, Davenport; Anthony Miller, senior, exercise science, Davenport; Allison Redman, sophomore, Davenport; and Caleb Rangel, senior, exercise science, Rock Island.

Governor Quinn Seeks Delegates for Summer Science Education Camp PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Andrew Mason   
Monday, 03 January 2011 08:37
CHICAGO – January 1, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn is calling on graduating high school seniors to apply for an opportunity to attend the National Youth Science Camp (NYSC) in West Virginia this summer.
Students from across Illinois are encouraged to apply for a full scholarship to the month-long NYSC program. Two students will be selected as official Illinois delegates, allowing them to take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, regardless of financial status.
“I want to encourage young people to learn the value of education – and particularly the sciences – not just during their time in school, but all throughout their lives,” said Governor Quinn. “A good education is the foundation for a good job, and good jobs are the foundation of a productive, healthy and vibrant society.”
The NYSC program gathers outstanding science students from all 50 states to participate in a month-long academic retreat. Lectures and hands-on research projects are presented by scientists from a wide variety of scientific fields. Delegates are challenged to explore new areas in the biological and physical sciences, art, and music with resident staff members.  Delegates also present seminars covering their own areas of research and interest.
The National Youth Science Camp was first held in 1963, established in the Monongahela National Forest in the mountains of West Virginia. With support from the National Youth Science Foundation, the State of West Virginia and corporate sponsors, each Governor can select two graduating high school students for an all-expenses paid scholarship to attend the NYSC.
In Illinois, representatives from the Governor’s Office and the Illinois State Board of Education will review applications from high school students who: are eligible to graduate before June 30, 2011; have shown exceptional achievement in the math or science fields; have shown leadership in school and community activities; have demonstrated skills outside of the sciences and academic pursuits and those who have demonstrated a curiosity and eagerness to explore many and varied topics.
Students who would like to be considered for this opportunity should complete the application and return it to: Illinois State Board of Education, Attn: Gil Downey, NYSC Selection Coordinator, 100 North First Street, C-215, Springfield, Illinois 62777-0001 or via email at gov.youthsciencecamp@illinois.. More information about the camp and electronic copies of the application can be found at For a paper copy of the application, or questions, please call 217-557-7323.
Applications are due January 28, 2011. The camp will run Thursday, June 30 through Sunday, July 24, 2011.

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Written by Brittany Marietta   
Monday, 03 January 2011 08:24

In the groundbreaking documentary “Race to Nowhere,” concerned mother turned filmmaker Vicki Abeles embarks on an inquiry into the insanely hectic lives of America’s overstressed, overscheduled, overcompetitive students.  Students rushing from class to sports practice and from volunteer work to homework, increasingly relying on stimulants and sleep deprivation, are facing consequences ranging from depression to eating disorders to suicide.  The film points to the silent epidemic in our schools: cheating becoming commonplace, students becoming disengaged, and young people arriving at college and the workplace unprepared and uninspired.  “Race to Nowhere” is changing the dialogue on education, with nationwide coverage including the Today Show and Oprah.

How do we foster healthy development while maintaining rigorous, high-quality curriculum?  Experts agree that increasing student voice in the classroom increases engagement and encourages real learning instead of memorization.  Research shows that students who believe teachers listen to them and want to get to know them are more engaged in learning, less likely to cheat, and show fewer signs of stress.  In addition, experts recommend giving students quality time off and productive ways to cope with stress.

At Rivermont Collegiate, small classes and a continued relationship with a faculty advisor encourage in-depth student-teacher interaction and provide focused attention and support.  Students are encouraged to customize their education and design their own “Rivermont experience.”  Rivermont features a nurturing, balanced environment where character counts as much as grades do.  Final exams followed by holiday, winter, and spring breaks offer quality time off and designated “no homework” nights allow students to enjoy extracurriculars without the added stress of homework.  Students are encouraged to participate in numerous stress-relieving activities, from video game parties at the end of finals week to yoga and knitting during “mini period.”

What are you waiting for?  Explore the Rivermont approach to learning!  Join us for Open Tours the first Tuesday of every month.  The next Open Tour will be held Tuesday, January 4th from 8:30-10:00 a.m.  No appointment necessary!  Drop in to explore our philosophy and curriculum, take a tour of campus, and see our teachers in action.  Rivermont Collegiate is the Quad Cities’ only PS-12th private, independent, nonsectarian college prep school, located at 1821 Sunset Drive, directly off 18th Street behind K&K Hardware in Bettendorf.

In a grassroots sensation, theaters and schools nationwide are hosting community screenings of “Race to Nowhere.”  The film will play in Des Moines, IA at Fleur Cinema & Café on January 25th at 7:30 p.m., as well as several locations in Illinois throughout January and February.

For additional information, including screening locations, visit

For additional information on Rivermont Collegiate or Tuesday’s Open Tours, contact Cindy Murray at (563) 359-1366 ext. 302 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


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