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Local students present at Scholarship Celebration Day PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Laura Billingsley   
Monday, 15 December 2014 09:40

PELLA, IA (12/10/2014)(readMedia)-- Area students will present during Undergraduate Scholarship Celebration Day, held Dec. 11 at Central College. The event will provide students with the opportunity to showcase their research and projects in a variety of disciplines.

Melissa Ketcham of Muscatine is a senior studying computer science and mathematics. Her presentations are called "CodeCraft: Engaging Middle School Students to Learn Computer Science by Playing Minecraft," and "Leave For Meeting: A Reminders App to Keep You On Time."

Dan Dankert of Davenport is a junior studying political science. His presentation is called "Yo te querí Homenaje a Pablo Neruda."

Jake Forgie of Le Claire is a junior studying biology. His presentation is called "Comparative Toxicology of Relative Ponds and Lakes."

Central College is a residential liberal arts college dedicated to the education of 1,500 undergraduate students. Founded in 1853, the college is affiliated with the Reformed Church in America and NCAA Division III athletics. Central is a recognized leader in study abroad as a result of its international, residential programs. The college is located in Pella, Iowa, a thriving community of 10,000 two minutes from the state's largest lake and 40 minutes southeast of Des Moines. Learn more at

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Written by Sandra Humes   
Saturday, 13 December 2014 11:07

MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin (December 10, 2014) Rhiannon M Seneli from Davenport is graduating from the College of Health Sciences with a Doctor of Philosophy. She is among the more than 1,800 prospective candidates for degree attending University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee commencement exercises Sunday, December 14, 2014 in Milwaukee.

UWM is the second largest university in the State of Wisconsin, with nearly 28,000 undergraduate and graduate students.


Truitt named new president of Black Hawk College PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Holly Smith   
Saturday, 13 December 2014 11:02

The Black Hawk College Board of Trustees has offered Dr. Bettie A. Truitt the position of president of Black Hawk College effective Jan. 1, 2015.

Dr. Truitt has been serving as interim president since July 1.

“In the six months she has filled that role, she has met many unanticipated institutional challenges with efficiency, intelligence and grace,” said David Emerick, chair of the Black Hawk College Board of Trustees.

“In every way, Dr. Truitt has demonstrated her ability to rise to the challenges of the presidency of Black Hawk College.”

Dr. Truitt began her career at Black Hawk College in 1989 as a full-time mathematics instructor. In her years on the faculty she was widely recognized as a student-centered teacher, a doctoral scholar earning her Ph. D. in mathematics education, statistics, higher education policy and planning from the University of Iowa. She had leadership roles on numerous internal and external committees and as faculty representative in IFT contract negotiations.  


From 2007-12, she was dean of instruction and academic support where, in addition to the responsibilities of that office, she continued her involvement in contract negotiations internally and as an AQIP strategy forum facilitator for the Higher Learning Commission. 

In 2012, Dr. Truitt became vice president for instruction. In 2013, she added student services to her vice-presidential responsibilities, and in June 2014 she assumed the additional duties of executive vice president.

“Regardless of the role I’ve been in, Black Hawk College has been a large and rewarding part of my life,” Dr. Truitt said. “We come to work each day knowing we can impact our students and help them achieve fulfilling lives.

“I appreciate the support of the Board of Trustees and look forward to working with the board. I also look forward to working with the faculty and staff. They are the people who make Black Hawk the special place that it is,” she added.

Dr. Truitt’s contract as president will be Jan. 1, 2015, through June 30, 2016.

Treasurer Fitzgerald Encourages Shoppers to Give the Gift of Higher Education this Holiday Season PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Karen Austin   
Wednesday, 10 December 2014 12:54

And get a gift of your own, a state tax deduction

DES MOINES, IA (12/09/2014)(readMedia)-- State Treasurer Michael L. Fitzgerald has a simple solution for the gift-giving dilemmas of the holiday season. "Instead of trying to put together a wish list of toys that will soon be forgotten or broken, invite the special people in your life to give one of the most meaningful gifts a child may ever receive," Fitzgerald said. "Opening a College Savings Iowa account has two-fold benefits, not only are you helping a child prepare for his or her future education, but you can take advantage of the tax benefits as well. Anyone can help toward paying for a college education."

"Families need all of the help they can get. That is why College Savings Iowa is pleased to offer the Ugift® service to plan participants," added Fitzgerald. "This easy-to-use service allows participants to invite family and friends to celebrate a child's milestones by contributing to his or her College Savings Iowa account."

. For more information about future events, find College Savings Iowa on Facebook and Twitter (@Iowa529Plan).

* Adjusted annually for inflation. If withdrawals are not qualified, the deductions must be added back to Iowa taxable income.




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 1-888-672-9116, or visit 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. Ascensus Investment Advisors, LLC, provides records administration services. The Plan's portfolios, although they invest in Vanguard mutual funds, are not mutual funds.

James Dewey Boddie, Jr. named outstanding senior at Iowa State University PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jessi Strawn   
Tuesday, 09 December 2014 16:03

AMES, IA (12/08/2014)(readMedia)-- The College of Engineering at Iowa State has named James Dewey Boddie, Jr., of Bettendorf, Iowa, the outstanding senior for fall 2014. Boddie, Jr. will graduate with a degree in Software Engineering during the university's commencement held December 20.

Each academic department nominates one senior to receive this honor. Outstanding seniors represent some of the best and brightest students in their program and boast impressive achievements.

Boddie has completed internships at Maverick Software Consulting, HERE: a Nokia company and VSI Aerospace. During these experiences, Boddie built his professional portfolio in various ways, including performing iPad testing for Thompson Reuters, worked within Nokia's autonomous vehicle team and helped develop an educational flight simulator known as DAVinCI Flight. He also served as teaching assistant, tutor and proctor.

On campus, Boddie was also active in educational outreach; he served as mentor and facilitator for first LEGO League Team and is developing an educational USS Battleship Iowa game for the naval vessel's museum. He was also selected for many scholarships during his time at Iowa State.

Boddie will be working for software engineer for IBM.

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