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ISU Extension Calendar mid-October 2014 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Amanda Heitz   
Saturday, 06 September 2014 07:52

Oct. 15, 2014 Roadside, Forest, and Aquatic Pest Management, Scott County Extension Office, 9:00 am-11:30 am

Oct. 23, 2014 Mosquito and Public Health Pest Management, Scott County Extension Office, 9:00 am-11:30 am

Oct. 28, 2014 Scott County Extension Council Meeting, Scott County Extension Office, 7:00 pm

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University of Iowa student Lindsey Bushman to study abroad in Italy PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Stephanie Grebe   
Friday, 05 September 2014 16:53

IOWA CITY, IA (09/04/2014)(readMedia)-- Lindsey Bushman, a native of Bettendorf, Iowa, has been selected to study abroad this summer with the University of Iowa Consortium Institute for Management and Business Analysis (CIMBA) Italy program. Bushman, who is majoring in Marketing, will be studying abroad for 12 weeks in Paderno del Grappa, Italy at the base of the Italian Alps.

While abroad, students complete 12-18 credit hours in the areas of business, journalism, communication, and Italian. Students have the opportunity to indulge in Italian culture through excursions in local towns, participate in international company tours, network with students from around the globe, and travel Europe during over 25 days of independent travel. This fall, 12 University of Iowa students were selected to attend the CIMBA Italy program.

The University of Iowa's Tippie College of Business is the degree and credit-granting institution for CIMBA. The Consortium is made up of 35 universities across the United States that annually send over 450 students and faculty to CIMBA's campus in northern Italy. CIMBA trains future professional leaders during undergraduate, graduate, and MBA study abroad opportunities. CIMBA's location in the Veneto region of Italy provides an environment rich with history, art, and an entrepreneurial spirit. To learn more about CIMBA, visit

Loebsack Office Now Accepting Service Academy Nominations PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joe Hand   
Friday, 05 September 2014 08:44

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Dave Loebsack announced today that his office is now accepting applications for nomination to the U.S. Service Academies for the 2015 freshman class. Each year, Congressman Loebsack may nominate up to ten Iowans for each Academy, with the final selection for admission made by the individual Academy.

“As a military parent with children who attended the Naval Academy, this process is very personal to me,” said Loebsack. “I look forward to nominating our future leaders and encourage all interested students to apply.”

Our nation’s Service Academies offer educational opportunities for young people interested in military service. Students can specialize in a variety of fields at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, the Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs, or the Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point.

Additional information on the selection process can be found on Loebsack’s website: Please contact Jared Mullendore, Loebsack’s Academy Coordinator, in his Davenport office at 563-323-5988 with any questions. Jared can also be emailed at


Governor Quinn Kicks-Off 2014-2015 School Year PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Dave Blanchette   
Thursday, 04 September 2014 08:01

Governor Visits Students on their First Day; Announces State is Moving Ahead with ‘Seal of Biliteracy’ Program

CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today visited students at two Chicago Public Schools on their first day of school to wish all students in Illinois a happy and healthy year of learning. The Governor visited Vanderpoel Elementary Magnet School and Schmid Elementary School on the south side of Chicago. Today’s events are part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to give every child in Illinois the opportunity for a high-quality education.

“As we kick-off a new year of learning, I wish all our students across Illinois a happy and healthy school year,” Governor Quinn said. “There’s no more important investment than an investment in our children’s education. As we work to try to bring classroom funding to the highest levels in Illinois history, it’s important to give thanks to all our teachers who are helping to make a difference across our state.”

Governor Quinn also announced today that the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) is moving forward with an initiative that aims to promote mastery of two or more languages. The state is among the first in the country to allow school districts to award a State Seal of Biliteracy to students who demonstrate a high level of proficiency in one or more languages, in addition to English. The seal will be placed on a student’s academic transcript and diploma.

“Language skills are increasingly valuable in today’s global economy,” State Superintendent of Education Christopher A. Koch said. “The seal will help promote and acknowledge the great value and many benefits that come with being multilingual and multicultural.”

Illinois was the third state to pass legislation offering a Seal of Biliteracy, joining California and New York. States such as New Mexico, Washington and Louisiana are among those that have since passed legislation offering the seal as well. Illinois education officials hope the seal will inspire students to pursue biliteracy, recognize students who excel in language skills, and provide evidence of these achievements to future employers and college admissions offices.

“We hope the opportunity to earn this credential will be another tool to encourage schools to offer foreign language earlier in students’ education, ideally before high school,” Illinois State Board of Education Chairman Gery J. Chico said. “Even with the rigorous process proposed for earning this credential, we expect thousands of Illinois students will attain it within a few years.”

School districts will use the language proficiency standards established by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) to qualify for the State Seal of Biliteracy program, which is optional for districts. The proposed rules also include standards for proficiency in American Sign Language, which is defined in the law as a foreign language for purposes of qualifying for the State Seal of Biliteracy.

In the 2012-13 school year, Illinois enrolled more than 200,000 English Learner (EL) students, nearly 10 percent of the state’s more than 2 million public school students. While the majority of EL students attend schools in Chicago and the collar counties and speak Spanish, EL students in Illinois speak more than 160 languages in addition to English.

Governor Quinn is committed to investing in education across Illinois and making sure that every child has the opportunity for success.

This past week Governor Quinn announced a $10 million state investment in the Safe Passage program for Chicago Public Schools (CPS). The investment will expand the program by increasing routes to 93 schools currently in the program and adding 27 new schools. These schools are attended by more than 65,000 elementary and high school students. The Safe Passage program places trained employees along designated routes to and from Chicago’s public schools to monitor student safety and notify school and law enforcement officials of any possible threats.

Governor Quinn is committed to properly funding education in Illinois in order to give every child the opportunity for success. The Governor's budget blueprint includes a historic $6 billion increase in classroom spending over the next five years, doubling the investment in college scholarships for students in need and increasing access to higher education through dual enrollment and early college programs. Over the next five years, the Governor’s plan would bring classroom funding to the highest levels in Illinois history.


Area residents receive Master of Arts in Teaching degrees from Morningside College PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jenny Thomas   
Tuesday, 02 September 2014 14:01

SIOUX CITY, IA (09/02/2014)(readMedia)-- Several area residents received Master of Arts in Teaching degrees from Morningside College in August.

The students are:

Tara Christensen, of Davenport, Iowa.

Katrina Serrano, of Davenport, Iowa.

Heath Kelley, of De Witt, Iowa.

Melissa Ruyter, of Eldridge, Iowa.

Aubrey Bockwoldt, of Moline, Ill.

Morningside College offers the Master of Arts in Teaching degree, as well as graduate teaching endorsements. The Graduate Program in Education at Morningside supports education professionals as they continue to develop the knowledge, skills and dispositions that are characteristic of an effective educator. Morningside also offers several undergraduate degrees. For more information, visit the college's website at

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