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Samuel Lootens Named to Dean's List at University of Memphis PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Gabrielle Maxey   
Monday, 30 June 2014 09:37

MEMPHIS, TN (06/27/2014)(readMedia)-- Samuel A. Lootens of Rock Island, Illinois, was named to the Dean's List at the University of Memphis for the spring 2014 semester.

The Dean's List is composed of students who have earned 12 or more hours in either the fall or spring semester with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale for that semester.

The University of Memphis is a learner-centered metropolitan research university providing high quality educational experiences while pursuing new knowledge through research, artistic expression, and interdisciplinary and engaged scholarship.

 
National Federation of the Blind Applauds Historic Iowa Supreme Court Decision PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Chris Danielsen   
Monday, 30 June 2014 09:33

Decision Affirms Right of Blind People to Enter Chiropractic Medicine Field

Des Moines, Iowa (June 27, 2014): The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) today applauded the Iowa Supreme Court for its decision in the landmark case of Aaron Cannon and Davenport Civil Rights Commission v. Palmer College of Chiropractic. In a five to two ruling, the Iowa Supreme Court reinstituted the decision of the Davenport Civil Rights Commission, which found that Palmer College of Chiropractic violated Aaron Cannon’s rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act and Iowa law by requiring that chiropractic students possess sight and by not providing Cannon the reasonable accommodation of a sighted reader. The commission also ordered that Palmer reinstate Cannon and pay economic damages.

“We know that blind men and women have successfully obtained chiropractic degrees and practiced chiropractic medicine for decades,” said Marc Maurer, President of the National Federation of the Blind. “Today’s ruling affirms the right of all blind people to an equal education, specifically regarding the ability of the blind to pursue medical careers.”

“For a long time, courts have given academic institutions almost absolute deference in determining whether to provide accommodations to students with disabilities. Today’s decision makes a critically important statement that even though educational institutions have the right to determine their curricula, they still must provide equal opportunity and accommodations,” said Scott LaBarre, the attorney for Aaron Cannon who argued the case before the Iowa Supreme Court.

Aaron Cannon was represented by attorneys Scott LaBarre and Susan Rockwood Gashel of the Denver firm LaBarre Law Offices and by Alan Olson of Olson Law Offices from Des Moines, Iowa. Mehgan Sidhu, general counsel for the Federation, filed an amicus brief on behalf of the National Federation of the Blind.


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About the National Federation of the Blind

The National Federation of the Blind knows that blindness is not the characteristic that defines you or your future. Every day we raise the expectations of blind people, because low expectations create obstacles between blind people and our dreams. You can live the life you want; blindness is not what holds you back.

 
Moline's David Spitzfaden Earns Bachelor's Degree from Lawrence University PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Rick Peterson   
Monday, 30 June 2014 09:13

APPLETON, WI (06/27/2014)(readMedia)-- David Spitzfaden, son of Thomas Spitzfaden, Moline, and the late Cathy Spitzfaden, earned a bachelor of arts degree cum laude with a major in economics from Lawrence University Sunday, June 15 at the college's 165th commencement. Spitzfaden is a 2010 graduate of Moline Senior High School.

Award-winning broadcast journalist Charles Gibson, former anchor of ABC's "World News" and long-time co-anchor of "Good Morning, America," was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree as part of the commencement ceremonies.

About Lawrence University

Founded in 1847, Lawrence University uniquely integrates a college of liberal arts and sciences with a nationally recognized conservatory of music, both devoted exclusively to undergraduate education. It was selected for inclusion in the Fiske Guide to Colleges 2014 and the book "Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About College." Individualized learning, the development of multiple interests and community engagement are central to the Lawrence experience. Lawrence draws its 1,500 students from nearly every state and more than 50 countries.

 
Brooke Marriott named to Dean's List at UW-Whitewater PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Angileri   
Friday, 27 June 2014 14:18

WHITEWATER, WI (06/26/2014)(readMedia)-- Brooke Marriott from Moline, Ill., has made the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater dean's list for the 2014 spring semester.

These students have demonstrated their academic abilities by receiving a grade point average of 3.4 or above in a single semester.

The Registrar's Office reports 2,813 students were selected for the dean's List for the spring semester. About 12,000 students are currently enrolled at UW-Whitewater.

 
Michelle Paulus is Among May Grads at SUNY Oneonta PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lisa Miller   
Friday, 27 June 2014 14:13

ONEONTA, NY (06/26/2014)(readMedia)-- Michelle Paulus of Long Grove, IA, is among the 904 students who graduated from SUNY Oneonta following the spring 2014 semester. The college's commencement ceremony was held on Saturday, May 17.

A liberal arts institution with a strong focus on undergraduate research, SUNY Oneonta consistently gains recognition for delivering excellence and value. The college has been named to Kiplinger's list of "100 Best Values in Public Colleges" for eight consecutive years, was ranked No. 2 on the 2014 Kiplinger's list of "10 Best Public Colleges With Lowest Debt at Graduation" and sits at No. 16 on the 2014 U.S. News and World Report list of the best public institutions in the region.The college enrolls 6,000 students in its 70 undergraduate majors and 14 graduate programs.

 
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