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Students elected to Augustana's Phi Beta Kappa PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Keri Rursch   
Friday, 03 May 2013 13:50

ROCK ISLAND, IL (05/02/2013)(readMedia)-- Thirty-seven students at Augustana College, in Rock Island, Ill., recently were elected into the college's Phi Beta Kapp chapter. This national academic honor society recognizes scholarly achievement, character, integrity, and independence of mind. Members are elected by faculty. Election is less a reward for past success than a recognition of exceptional promise for future growth and achievement.

Among the students honored:

Manisha Kumar, a senior from Davenport, Iowa, majoring in biology and pre-medicine.

Douglas Peters, a senior from Port Byron, Ill., majoring in neuroscience and biology.

Moselle Singh, a senior from LeClaire, Iowa, majoring in anthropology.

Astrid Tello-Rodriguez, a senior from Milan, Ill., majoring in psychology.

Anna Tunnicliff, a senior from Bettendorf, Iowa, majoring in history.

The new Phi Beta Kappa members will be formally honored on campus and introduced at the Senior Honors Convocation on Saturday, May 18, at 12 noon, in Centennial Hall (3703 7th Ave., Rock Island).

Phi Beta Kappa was founded in 1776 and celebrates and advocates excellence in the liberal arts and sciences. It has more than half a million members and chapters at 283 American colleges and universities. Invitation to membership is a reflection of outstanding achievement. Only about 10 percent of the nation's institutions of higher learning have Phi Beta Kappa chapters, and only about 10 percent of the arts and sciences graduates of these institutions are selected for Phi Beta Kappa membership.

About Augustana: Founded in 1860, Augustana College is a selective four-year residential college of the liberal arts and sciences. Augustana is recognized for the innovative program Augie Choice, which provides each student up to $2,000 to pursue a high-impact learning experience such as study abroad, an internship or research with a professor. Alumni include 140 Academic All-Americans, a Nobel laureate, 14 college presidents and other distinguished leaders. The college enrolls 2,500 students and is located along one of the world's most important waterways, the Mississippi River, in a community that reflects the diversity of the United States.

Lt. Gov. Simon encourages passage of measure to support education funding reform PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kara Beach   
Friday, 03 May 2013 13:44

CHICAGO – May 2, 2013. As the state’s point person on education reform, Lt. Governor Sheila Simon today issued the following statement in support of Senate Joint Resolution 32 sponsored by Sen. Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill)

The resolution creates the General Assembly’s Advisory Committee on Education Funding, which will review the state’s system to fund education. The committee will issue recommendations by Feb. 1, 2014 that are aimed at reforming state funding of education in order to make it more equitable and boost student success.

“Under the current funding structure, students’ learning opportunities are influenced by zip code, perpetuating a system of haves and have-nots. We need to ensure that educational opportunity is available to every student, everywhere in the state, so we can build a skilled workforce and help our economy grow.  

“I encourage members of the General Assembly to pass Sen. Manar’s resolution, which will help us take a comprehensive look at our education funding system and could find areas where we can strengthen and expand the opportunities offered to our future leaders.”


Davenport Rotary scholarship recipients PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Rick Best   
Friday, 03 May 2013 13:36
On Monday, April 29, The Rotary Club of Davenport awarded $56,000 in college scholarships (one $16,000 scholarship and four $10,000 scholarships) to five Davenport High School Students.  Students from Davenport Assumption, Central, North and West were eligible to apply.
The Scholarship Committee is chaired by LaWanda Roudebush.  The Rotary Memorial College Loan and Scholarship fund was established with a $2,500 donation on May 29, 1922, in memory of the 276 men and women of Scott County Iowa that gave their lives during World War I. Along with donations from club members on their birthdays and significant other events, two major donations were received from James and Marguerite Dunn and Walter and Alice Ackerman.
Since its inception in 1922, the Fund has awarded scholarships to 82 students and made loans to over 400 students for a total of over $900,000. Winners are selected based upon GPA, test scores, community service, interview, and recommendations.
Recipients of this year’s awards were:
Danielle Moore - Assumption High School. Parents: Bruce and Margaret Moore.
Kristopher Burney - Davenport West High School. Parents: Nancy and Dennes Burney.
Dylan Beyhl - Davenport North High School. Parents: Randy and Bonnie Beyhl.
Claire Rayburn - Davenport Central High School. Parents: Mary and Chris Rayburn.
Daphne Cornish - Davenport Central High School. Parents: Mark and Julie Cornish.

State Treasurer Fitzgerald Announces May 29 is 529 Day PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Karen Austin   
Friday, 03 May 2013 13:35

Register for a chance to win a $5,290 College Savings Iowa Account

DES MOINES, IA (05/02/2013)(readMedia)-- State Treasurer Michael L. Fitzgerald is asking Iowans to celebrate 529 Day on May 29 by exploring the benefits of using a 529 plan, such as College Savings Iowa, to save for their loved ones future higher education expenses. "We want parents to know it's never too early to start planning for their child's education," Fitzgerald said. "As a way to raise awareness about 529 plans, families are able to gain a jump start on saving for their child's future education by registering for the chance to win a $5,290 College Savings Iowa account." For more information and to enter the giveaway, please visit before May 29.

May 29 was declared 529 Day in order to help bring attention to the fact that saving for college is one of the most significant things families can do for the children in their lives. Those who begin putting away money early and save little by little can, over time, make their college savings add up to a significant amount. Because saving for future educational expenses is so important, Iowa families are encouraged to consider opening a College Savings Iowa account for a special child in their life.

College Savings Iowa offers families a tax advantaged way to save money for their children's higher education. It only takes $25 to open an account, and anyone – parents, grandparents, friends and relatives – can invest in College Savings Iowa on behalf of a child. Participants who are Iowa taxpayers can deduct contributions up to $3,045 per beneficiary from their 2013 adjusted gross income, and there are no income or residency restrictions.*

Investors can withdraw their investment federally tax-free to pay for qualified higher education expenses including tuition, books, supplies and certain room and board costs at any eligible college, university, community college or accredited technical training school in the United States or abroad. To learn more about College Savings Iowa, please or call 1-888-672-9116.

*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.


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 888-672-9116 or 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.

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.

Local student displays art project at Central College PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Rachel Vogel   
Wednesday, 01 May 2013 14:25

PELLA, (05/01/2013)(readMedia)-- Central College senior art majors displayed their final works of art in the Central College Senior Thesis Show in the Mills Gallery on campus the week of April 22.

Samantha Scheckel, a Bettendorf native, will graduate from Central in May with an art major. Her thesis project was titled "People as Prey." Scheckel used distressed wood as a canvas and created the art with acrylics and spray paint.

Central College is a residential liberal arts college dedicated to the education of 1,500 undergraduate students. Guided by its ecumenical Christian tradition, the college community engages in vigorous, free, open inquiry in pursuit of academic excellence. 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. Central College is located in Pella, Iowa, a thriving community of 10,000 two minutes from the state's largest lake and 40 minutes southwest of Des Moines. Please visit the college website at

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