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Jason Woods of Clinton. Iowa earns degree from Benedictine University PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Phil Brozynski   
Thursday, 27 February 2014 10:00

LISLE, IL (02/26/2014)(readMedia)-- Benedictine University announced that it has awarded Associate of Arts (A.A.), Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Bachelor of Science (B.S.) and Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) degrees to 168 students who completed their degree requirements on or before December 2013.

Benedictine University has also awarded Master of Arts (M.A.), Master of Arts in Education (M.A.Ed.), Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.), Master of Arts in Education (M.Ed.), Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) and Master of Science (M.S.) degrees to 261 students who completed their requirements on or before December 2013.

Nine students were awarded an Ed.D. in Higher Education and Organizational Change and one was awarded a Ph.D. in Organization Development.

The December 2013 graduates include:

Jason L. Woods of Clinton. Iowa, who earned a Doctorate of Education in Higher Education and Organizational Change

Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago, and has branch campuses in Springfield, Illinois and Mesa, Arizona. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 55 undergraduate majors and 17 graduate and four doctoral programs.

Benedictine University is ranked No. 1 among the country's fastest-growing campuses between 2001-2011 in The Chronicle of Higher Education's list of private nonprofit research institutions, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among "America's Top Colleges" for the third consecutive year in 2013.

Benedictine University's Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain's Chicago Business as the fifth largest in the Chicago area in 2013.

Joann Weeks named to Benedictine University's Fall 2013 Dean's List PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Benedictine Univ.   
Thursday, 27 February 2014 09:07
LISLE, IL (02/26/2014)(readMedia)-- Benedictine University proudly announces that 846 students, including Joann Weeks of Pleasant Valley, Iowa, were named to the Fall 2013 Dean's List. The Dean's List recognizes full-time students who achieve a 3.5 grade point average or above.

Grassley: U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Selects Sioux Rapids Student PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Grassley Press   
Wednesday, 26 February 2014 13:00

WASHINGTON – Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa said today that Katie Marie Gibson of Sioux Rapids has received an appointment to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Great Neck, N.Y., for the 2014-2015 school year.

Gibson is the daughter of Carolyn and Thomas Gibson.  She will graduate in May from Sioux Central High School.  Gibson participated in volleyball, basketball, cross country, softball, individual speech club, 4-H, Future Business Leaders of America, National Honor Society and the Harlan Institute Program, a law-based debate club.

“Admission to the service academies is highly competitive and a great honor,” Grassley said.  “Students work very hard to earn this kind of opportunity.  I wish Katie well and thank her for her commitment to serve our nation.”

Gibson was among the 55 Iowans Grassley nominated this year for appointments to the U.S. service academies.  Information about seeking nominations can be found on Grassley’s website.

For more than 200 years, these academies have educated and trained individuals to lead and command the U.S. armed forces.


Iowa Schools Partner with Governor’s STEM Advisory Council to Engage in International Test of Science, Mathematics and Reading PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jacci Lynn   
Wednesday, 26 February 2014 12:57
CEDAR FALLS, IOWA – (Feb. 25, 2014) – Six high-achieving Iowa high schools are participating this spring in an international test of science, mathematics and reading, providing each of them and Iowa with a global benchmark for where our learners stand compared to their peers in over 65 countries and economies worldwide. Iowa's participation in the project, along with Minnesota, Illinois and Tennessee, is being funded by the Kern Family Foundation through a grant to the education organization Innovate + Educate. The voluntary PISA-based (Program for International Student Achievement) test engages 15-year-old students in critical thinking and contextual problem solving, attributes that college and business leaders say are critical. The test is produced by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), and is similar to the PISA test taken by over 500,000 15-year-olds around the globe every three years.
Iowa's schools were chosen based on aggregate ACT test scores (some of the highest in the state), size and geography. Each school will administer the test during spring semester 2014, and scores will be publicly reported. Each school commits to hosting conversations that engage business and community partners in gauging and improving performance in an international context. Three global business partners have signed on to help the schools leverage the results: Rockwell Collins, John Deere and DuPont Pioneer.
“This is a great opportunity for Iowa to see where we stand and look at how we can better prepare students for a knowledge-based, global economy,” said Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds, co-chair of the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council. “The schools’ participation demonstrates Iowans’ commitment to giving our children a world-class education.”
The six high schools taking the OECD test are Adel-DeSoto-Minburn (ADM), Ames, Decorah, Cedar Rapids Kennedy, Pella, and Cedar Rapids Washington.
“Iowa’s business sector competes worldwide not only for customers but for talent, so these results will be a welcome window into how we stack up,” said Vermeer CEO Mary Andringa who co-chairs the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council.“More important than any specific outcomes, the community conversations this test will drive hold great promise for advancing education in Iowa.”
For additional information regarding the OECD test, visit For additional information regarding the Governor's STEM Advisory Council, visit
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Loebsack Applauds Announcement of Investment to Bring Advanced Manufacturing Institute to Iowa’s Three Universities PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joe Hand   
Wednesday, 26 February 2014 12:56

$70 million investment will leverage additional $250 million in private funds to focus on digital manufacturing

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Dave Loebsack today praised the announcement by President Obama that will establish a public-private partnership to boost advanced manufacturing through the Department of Defense. All three of Iowa’s public universities, University of Iowa, Iowa State University and the University of Northern Iowa, will be involved in the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation (DMDI) Institute, which will be headed by UI Labs based in Chicago. Last year, Loebsack led the charge among the members of Iowa’s House delegation to ensure Iowa’s premiere universities would be included in this consortium of 73 companies, universities, nonprofits, and research labs. Iowa based companies involved with the DMDI Institute include Deere & Company, Rockwell Collins, General Dynamics - Ordnance & Tactical Systems, General Electric, Honeywell and Siemens.

“Today’s announcement will lead to the creation of good, high-paying jobs across the country in the manufacturing field,” said Loebsack. “We must continue to focus on growing the economy and putting Iowans back to work. Investing in our universities and other businesses, which in turn leverages public-private partnerships, helps strengthen the economy and promote job creation.”

Specifically, the DMDI Institute will create a novel partnership between world-leading manufacturing experts and cutting-edge software companies to enable interoperability across the supply chain, develop enhanced digital capabilities to design and test new products, and reduce costs in manufacturing processes across multiple industries.

The consortium consists of the following members:

23 Universities and Labs: University of Iowa, Iowa State University, University of Northern Iowa, Colorado University – Boulder, Illinois Institute of Technology, Indiana University, Missouri University of Science and Technology, Northern Illinois University, Northwestern University, Notre Dame, Oregon State, Purdue University, Rochester Institute of Technology, Southern Illinois University, University of Chicago, University of Illinois at Chicago, University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign, University of Louisville, University of Michigan, University of Nebraska- Lincoln, University of Texas – Austin, University of Wisconsin – Madison, Western Illinois University.


41 Companies: 3D Systems, ANSYS, Autodesk, Big Kaiser Precision Tooling Inc., Boeing, Caron Engineering Inc., Caterpillar, CG Tech, Cincinnati Inc., Colorado Association for Manufacturing & Technology, Cray, Dassault Systems, Deere & Company, DMG Mori, Evolved Analytics LLC, General Dynamics - Ordnance & Tactical Systems, General Electric, Haas Automation, Honeywell, Illinois Tool Works, Imagecom Inc. (Aspire 3D), International TechneGroup Inc., Kennametal, Lockheed Martin, Microsoft, MSC Software, North American Die Casting Association, National Instruments, Nimbis Services Inc., Okuma, Palo Alto Research Center, Parlec, Procter & Gamble, Product Development & Analysis, PTC, Inc., Rockwell Collins, Rolls-Royce, Siemens, System Insights, The Dow Chemical Company, UPS.

9 Other Organizations: American Foundry Society, City of Chicago – Department of Housing & Economic Opportunity, Colorado OEDIT, Commonwealth of Kentucky, Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity, Illinois Science & Technology Coalition, MT Connect Institute, Reshoring Initiative, UI Labs.


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