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Michael Ryan Named to Dean's List at Bethel University PDF Print E-mail
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Written by readMedia   
Thursday, 17 July 2014 08:36

SAINT PAUL, MN (07/16/2014)(readMedia)-- Michael Ryan, a Sophomore at Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota, has been named to the Dean's List for academic excellence for the spring 2014 semester. He is the son of Denny and Nan Ryan from Moline, IL.

The Dean's List honors students who achieve an outstanding scholastic record during a semester with a grade point average of 3.6 or greater.

Bethel University is a leader in Christ-centered higher education with approximately 6,600 students from 49 states and 31 countries enrolled in undergraduate, graduate, seminary, and adult education programs. Based in St. Paul, Minnesota, with courses offered online and at satellite locations, with additional seminary locations in San Diego and on the East Coast, Bethel offers bachelor's and advanced degrees in nearly 100 fields. Educationally excellent classroom-based and online programs equip graduates to make exceptional contributions in life-long service to God and the world.

 
Treasurer Fitzgerald Awards $5,290 Spring Giveaway College Savings Iowa Account to Sioux City Child PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Karen Austin   
Thursday, 17 July 2014 08:34

DES MOINES, IA (07/16/2014)(readMedia)-- State Treasurer Michael L. Fitzgerald met with the family of a Sioux City child yesterday to present a $5,290 College Savings Iowa account. Mia Cramer, age 5 months, was randomly chosen to receive the award after her grandmother, Barb, entered her for the giveaway as part of College Savings Iowa's Spring Giveaway. "This is the first grandparent to win one of our seasonal giveaways," Fitzgerald stated. "It demonstrates how families can work together to help a child accomplish their educational dreams."

"With college tuition rising faster than inflation, saving for college is not an easy task these days," added Fitzgerald. "Saving ahead of time is one of the most significant things a family can do to help make college a reality for their child. It can reduce a need to borrow to cover educational expenses, which can help families get through college with less debt."

College Savings Iowa offers a convenient, affordable, tax-advantaged way for families to start saving for their children's education. It takes just $25 to open a College Savings Iowa account, and anyone – parents, grandparents, friends and relatives – can invest on behalf of a child. Participants who are Iowa taxpayers can deduct contributions up to $3,098 per beneficiary account from their adjusted gross income in 2014 and there are no income or residency restrictions.*

. You can also like the plan on Facebook and follow it on Twitter (@Iowa529Plan) to keep up to date on other giveaway opportunities.

*Adjusted annually for inflation if withdrawals are not qualified, the deductions must be added back to Iowa taxable income. The earnings portion of nonqualified withdrawals may be subject to federal income tax and a 10% federal penalty tax, as well as state and local income taxes. The availability of tax or other benefits may be contingent on meeting other requirements.

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Investment returns are not guaranteed and you could lose money by investing in the plan. Participants assume all investment risks as well as the responsibility for any federal and state tax consequences. If you are not an Iowa taxpayer, consider before investing whether your or the designated beneficiary's home state offers any state tax or other benefits that are only available for investments in such state's qualified tuition program.

For more information about the College Savings Iowa 529 Plan, call 1-888-332-7545, or visit www.collegesavingsiowa.com to obtain a Program Description. Investment objectives, risks, charges, expenses, and other important information are included in the Program Description; read and consider it carefully before investing. Vanguard Marketing Corporation, Distributor.

College Savings Iowa is an Iowa trust sponsored by the Iowa State Treasurer's Office. The Treasurer of the State of Iowa sponsors and is responsible for overseeing the administration of the College Savings Iowa 529 Plan. The Vanguard Group, Inc., serves as Investment Manager and Vanguard Marketing Corporation, an affiliate of The Vanguard Group, Inc., assists the Treasurer with marketing and distributing the Plan. Upromise Investment Advisors, LLC, provides records administration services. The Plan's portfolios, although they invest in Vanguard mutual funds, are not mutual funds.

 
Upper Iowa University announces May 2014 graduates PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Monica Bayer Heaton   
Tuesday, 15 July 2014 14:20

FAYETTE, IA (07/15/2014)(readMedia)-- Upper Iowa University is pleased to announce the names of its May 2014 graduates, followed by the degree earned and respective honors.

Nicole Belz of Davenport, IA, Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Business Admin in May.

Amanda Smith of Moline, IL, with a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training in May.

Dustin Snow of Bettendorf, IA, with a Associate of Arts in General Business in May.

Samantha Thrapp of Davenport, IA, with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in May.

James Yackley of Davenport, IA, with a Bachelor of Science in Business Admin in May.

Allan Jackson of Davenport, IA, with a Bachelor of Science in Financial Management in May.

About Upper Iowa University Founded in 1857, Upper Iowa University is a private, not-for-profit university providing undergraduate and graduate degree programs and leadership development opportunities to more than 6,200 students-nationally and internationally-at its Fayette campus and learning centers worldwide. Upper Iowa University is a recognized innovator in offering accredited, quality programs through flexible, multiple delivery systems, including online and self-paced degree program. For more information, visit www.uiu.edu.

 
Local residents graduate from Drake University PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Theresa Jubert   
Tuesday, 15 July 2014 14:10

DES MOINES, IA (07/15/2014)(readMedia)-- The following local residents graduated from Drake University at the conclusion of the spring 2014 semester:

Kelsey Brandt of Bettendorf with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the College of Business & Public Administration

Scott Copeland of Davenport with a Master of Accounting from the College of Business & Public Administration

Ryan Flynn of Bettendorf with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the College of Business & Public Administration

Matthew Gannon of Rock Island with a Juris Doctor from the Law School

Talor Gray of Port Byron with a Bachelor of Science from the College of Arts & Sciences

Marlana Kulig of Coal Valley with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the College of Business & Public Administration

Erika Milas of Bettendorf with a Doctor of Pharmacy from the College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences

Nicholas Mims of Davenport with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the College of Business & Public Administration

Nicholas Oestreich of Bettendorf with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the College of Business & Public Administration

Calla Parochetti of Le Claire with a Juris Doctor from the Law School

Jordan Porter of Eldridge with a Doctor of Pharmacy from the College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences

Jared Simmer of Davenport with a Bachelor of Science from the College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences

Hayley Thomson of Davenport with a Bachelor of Science in Education from the School of Education

Seth VanDeest of Bettendorf with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the College of Business & Public Administration

Claire Vandercar of East Moline with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the College of Business & Public Administration

Drake University is a midsized, highly selective private university in Des Moines, Iowa. Drake enrolls more than 3,300 undergraduates and 1,900 graduate students from 47 states and more than 45 countries.

 
Branstad, Reynolds provide update on Iowa Teacher and Principal Leadership Symposium PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Office of the Governor of the State of Iowa   
Monday, 14 July 2014 12:56

Symposium is open to the public, Registration available online at EducationLeadership.Iowa.gov. 

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds today provided Iowans with an update on the second Iowa Teacher and Principal Leadership Symposium, scheduled to be held at the Des Moines Area Community College’s (DMACC) FFA Enrichment Center in Ankeny, Iowa, on August 4, 2014.

REGISTER NOW FOR THE TEACHER AND PRINCIPAL LEADERSHIP SYMPOSIUM

“We’re holding the symposium because 39 school districts, with a third of Iowa students, are about to launch the first year of Iowa’s new statewide Teacher Leadership and Compensation System,” said Branstad. “This marks a turning point. Iowans recognize that giving our children a world-class education requires this type of transformational change. Iowa’s new Teacher Leadership and Compensation System will revolutionize the teaching profession by better utilizing teacher expertise to improve instruction and raise student achievement.”

The Teacher Leadership and Compensation System is the centerpiece of the Branstad-Reynolds landmark transformational education reform package of 2013. In addition to raising student achievement, the reforms aim to make the teaching profession more attractive by increasing career advancement opportunities for Iowa educators.

Branstad and Reynolds highlighted statistics demonstrating the need for Iowa to take action to build on our state’s proud education tradition:

  • Nearly 25 percent of third-graders and about one-third of eighth-graders read below proficiency on state tests.
  • Iowa used to be a leader on national reading and math tests, but today ranks in the middle of the pack.
  • Just 32 percent of Iowa’s Class of 2013 who took the ACT exam met all four college-ready benchmarks.

“Transforming our schools so we can give Iowa students the world-class education they deserve has begun,” said Reynolds. “Sustaining this work will depend on the commitments of Iowans, on continuing broad, bipartisan support in the Legislature, and most of all on Iowa’s dedicated teachers and principals. We appreciate the wonderful work of teachers and principals and look forward to continuing our conversation at the symposium.”

Featured speakers at the symposium include:

  • Iowa’s 2014 Teacher of the Year Jane Schmidt
  • Iowa’s 2014 Secondary Principal of the Year Aiddy Phomvisay
  • Vivien Stewart from the Asia Society
  • Ee-Ling Low from the National Institute of Education in Singapore
  • Barnett Berry from the Center for Teaching Quality.

Also featured are Iowa’s first 39 school districts to launch teacher leadership systems in 2014-15 as part of Iowa’s landmark 2013 education reform package, two Iowa school districts – Central Decatur and Saydel – that started teacher leadership systems in 2013-14 with the help of a federal grant, and a student panel discussing the difference great teaching makes.

Registration is available through July 21, 2014, and registration is open to the public. Iowans may register online at https://educationleadership.iowa.gov/. Registration costs $30.

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