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Written by Jackie King   
Thursday, 15 January 2015 11:42
1,806 receive degrees at ISU commencement

AMES, Iowa (January 13, 2015) - At Iowa State University's fall 2014 commencement ceremonies, 1,806 students received degrees. Iowa State awarded 1,492 undergraduate degrees, 207 master's degrees, and 107 doctor of philosophy degrees.

Of the students receiving bachelor's degrees, 264 graduated "With Distinction" (cum laude, magna cum laude or summa cum laude). Eleven students graduated "With Distinction" and as members of the Honors Program.

(EDITORS: The list below includes graduates from your area. A student may be listed more than once if they have multiple degrees and/or majors, or if they have listed more than one zip code that is covered by your publication).



Atlantic City, NJ

Brion Coleman, Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering

Bettendorf, IA

James Boddie Jr., Bachelor of Science, Software Engineering, Magna Cum Laude
Tyler Cline, Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering
Bryan Daxon, Bachelor of Science, Management
Gabriel Domingues, Bachelor of Science, Agricultural Systems Technology, Summa Cum Laude
Alain Gilles, Bachelor of Science, Industrial Engineering
Andrew Healey, Bachelor of Science, Construction Engineering
Alexander Krist, Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering
Jesse Leonard, Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering, World Languages and Cultures
Grant Sherrard, Bachelor of Science, Animal Science, Magna Cum Laude
Matthew Stoehr, Bachelor of Science, Supply Chain Management

Blue Grass, IA

Dana Schweitzer, Master of Business, Business Administration

Charlotte, IA

Mallory McLaughlin, Bachelor of Science, Animal Science

Davenport, IA

Jeffery Adams, Master of Science, Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, Biorenewable Resources and Technology
Jillian Belman, Bachelor of Science, Kinesiology and Health
Matthew Brueggen, Bachelor of Science, Finance
Samantha Burmeister, Bachelor of Science, Marketing, International Business
Matthew Decker, Bachelor of Science, Aerospace Engineering
Michael Potter, Bachelor of Science, Computer Engineering
Michael Shepard, Bachelor of Science, Management Information Systems
Kayla Vance, Bachelor of Science, Environmental Science (AGLS)

Durant, IA

Andrew Lensch, Bachelor of Science, Construction Engineering, Magna Cum Laude

Le Claire, IA

Jeremy Gillam, Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering, Cum Laude

Long Grove, IA

Bryce Uitermarkt, Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering

Maquoketa, IA

Ryan Flagel, Bachelor of Science, Agricultural Studies
Connor Hardison, Bachelor of Science, Industrial Technology, Agricultural Systems Technology

Moline, IL

Neil Rowe, Master of Science, Human Development and Family Studies

Rock Island, IL

Andrew Doyle, Bachelor of Science, Horticulture
Charles Eagle, Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering

Urbana, IA

Rachel Kirkpatrick, Bachelor of Science, Child, Adult, and Family Services, Magna Cum Laude

Walcott, IA

Emily Andry, Bachelor of Science, Accounting, Marketing

Response by Tammy Wawro, President of the Iowa State Education Association to Governor Branstad's 2015 Condition of the State PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jean Hessburg   
Thursday, 15 January 2015 11:16

DES MOINES, IA (01/13/2015)(readMedia)-- The Iowa State Education Association's (ISEA) priorities for Iowa students have always been clear. Every student, regardless of ZIP code is entitled to a secure, healthy and robust educational environment so they are able to learn. This means funding must be adequate, equitable and sustainable and 6 percent State Supplemental Aid (SSA) for the FY 2016-17 and FY 2017-18 school years is absolutely necessary to meet this goal.

While we applaud the Governor for making anti-bullying legislation a priority, we deeply regret he has ignored the details in how he is proposing to fund Iowa's K-12 public education system. Currently, Iowa ranks 35th in the nation in educational funding per student which is $1,612 below the national average.

Iowa's schools cannot function on a wing and a prayer. We have seen the results of a slight-of-hand approach when the Governor claims he wants our public schools to be the best, yet still underfunds them. It seems to us that he can only tout our 1:1 technology schools and their opportunities for advanced student learning if he funds them properly so they have up- to-date equipment; he can only support our STEM program if he provides the program with enough tools in the labs to teach; and he can only brag about our Advanced Placement classes if he provides the funds for new text books which reflect the current world around us. Our leaders must realize that many Iowa classrooms are operating with outdated equipment, with history books that are over a decade old, technology that predates our students, and crowding with not a desk or square inch of space to spare.

We simply must fund our schools with adequate cost of living adjustments if we want to be competitive. Our hope today was that the Governor would not play politics and claim to support our schools with too little funding. Unfortunately, that is exactly what he has done.


The ISEA is a professional organization made up of more than 34,000 educators who are dedicated to supporting and protecting a quality education for all Iowa students.

Gustavus Adolphus College Announces 2014 Fall Semester Dean's List PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Matt Thomas   
Thursday, 15 January 2015 10:32
ST. PETER, Minn. (January 13, 2015) - The Fall Semester Dean's List at Gustavus Adolphus College has been released. The list comprises students who have earned a 3.7 grade point average (based on a scale in which 4.0 = A) or higher for the semester ending in December 2014.

The following local students were named to the Dean's List at Gustavus Adolphus College:

Carla DeWit of Bettendorf and Alec Aunan and George Roderick of Rock Island

Gustavus Adolphus College is a private liberal arts college in St. Peter, Minn., that prepares 2,500 undergraduates for lives of leadership, service, and lifelong learning. The oldest Lutheran college in Minnesota, Gustavus was founded in 1862 by Swedish immigrants and named for Swedish King Gustav II Adolf. At Gustavus, students receive personal attention in small-sized classes and engage in collaborative research with their professors. Fully accredited and known for its strong science, writing, music, athletics, study-abroad, and service-learning programs, Gustavus hosts a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa and is internationally recognized for its annual Nobel Conference.

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Written by Lora Adams   
Wednesday, 14 January 2015 16:11

MOLINE, IL – WQPT-Quad Cities PBS invites young authors and illustrators in kindergarten-third grade to submit their original stories to the PBS Kids Writing Contest.

Stories, which must be the original work of the child, may be non-fiction, fiction, prose or poetry. Entries, postmarked by Thursday, April 9, can be dropped off at WQPT's office at Western Illinois University's riverfront campus, or mailed to WQPT, 3300 River Drive, Moline, Illinois 61265.

Sixteen local winners (four from each grade) will be honored with prizes at a ceremony held at the Butterworth Center in May and will appear on-air in a promotion for PBS Kids programs on WQPT. First place winners will compete for national prizes and their stories will appear on the WQPT website. Finalists and participating classrooms will also receive free books. Each participant will receive a Certificate of Achievement. Finalists and participating classrooms will receive free books.

For more information, along with guidelines and entry forms, visit or contact Esther Smith at (309) 764-2400 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Funding and support for the writing contest has been provided in part by the Butterworth Center and Deere-Wiman House, Family Museum, Figge Art Museum, Midwest Writing Center and WQPT.

WQPT is a public media service of Western Illinois University-Quad Cities.



Loebsack Encourages Students to Apply for Internships in Iowa City, Davenport PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joe Hand   
Tuesday, 13 January 2015 14:30

Washington, D.C – Congressman Dave Loebsack today announced that his district offices are now accepting applications from Iowa college students to participate in an internship program in Iowa City and Davenport. The internship program is open to undergraduate students and recent graduates, regardless of major. Interested candidates should be prepared to begin immediately, though specific start and end dates and work schedule will be set for each individual.

“As a former educator, I have seen the benefits that internships can provide by giving students a firsthand look into the government process,” said Loebsack. “I encourage all hardworking, motivated students and recent graduates to apply.”

Interns will have the opportunity to learn how a Congressional office provides constituent services and interacts with members of the community. For additional information, interested candidates should contact David Leshtz, Loebsack’s district representative at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 319-351-0789.


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