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Written by Rachel Vogel Quinn   
Friday, 03 May 2013 14:34

Local Students Participate In Education Senior Showcase at Central College

PELLA, IA (05/03/2013)(readMedia)-- Local students participated in the Education Department Senior Showcase at Central College in Pella, Iowa, on April 29. Students presented their portfolios, student teaching experience and progress monitoring projects. The event was meant to honor and celebrate Central's student teachers.

The following senior majors participated:

Emily Huegel of Bettendorf, Iowa, elementary education major

Nancy Huddleston of Muscatine, Iowa, mathematics major

Stephanie Hasken of Davenport, Iowa, exercise science major

Kevin Templeton of Muscatine, Iowa, music education - vocal major

Allison Garman Presents Social Research at Central College

PELLA, (05/03/2013)(readMedia)-- Allison Garman, a native of Bettendorf, Iowa, presented a group semester-long research project at Central College on April 29. The research was done as part of the Methods of Social Research course. The presentation was titled: "Grief Among College Students."

Garman is a sophomore sociology and English major at Central College.

Patricia Braun Presented Senior Honors Thesis at Central College

PELLA, (05/03/2013)(readMedia)-- Patricia Braun of Davenport, Iowa presented a senior honors thesis at Central College in Pella, Iowa, on Thursday, April 25. The title of the thesis was: "Chlamydial RodZ Homolog CT009 Interacts with Actin-Like Protein MreB using Conserved Interaction Residues when Localized to the Inner Membrane Chlamydial RodZ Homolog CT009 Interacts with Actin-Like Protein MreB using Conserved Interaction Residues when Localized to the Inner Membrane."

A senior thesis is a yearlong, specialized, independent study course carried out within the student's major discipline. Braun, a biology, Spanish and international studies major, was awarded an honors designation on their final transcript.

Honors at Central College provides a distinct, but flexible plan encouraging student creativity, intellectual engagement and leadership. Beginning broadly the first year, Honors gradually focuses by helping students move towards greater independence, more advanced work in a discipline and increased leadership responsibilities.

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.

 

 

 
Simon to give City Colleges commencement address PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kara Beach   
Friday, 03 May 2013 14:00

CHICAGO – Lt. Governor Sheila Simon will give the commencement address on Friday for the City Colleges of Chicago Class of 2013. Nearly 4,000 students are expected to earn an associate’s degree this year – the largest number in more than 20 years.

Simon will highlight the accomplishments of seven graduates who overcame obstacles to earn associate degrees that link them to in-demand jobs or bachelor’s degree programs. Her featured students include a teenage mother turned valedictorian, a high school dropout turned Field Museum biologist, and an undocumented immigrant who learned Braille and English en route to a degree.

“Just as the City College system is reinventing itself, its graduates are reinventing themselves and making a difference in our communities,” Simon said.  

In her first year in office, Simon visited each of the state’s 48 community colleges in an effort to increase the proportion of adults with a college credential to 60 percent, up from the current 41 percent, by 2025.

DATE: Friday, May 3

TIME: 4 p.m.

PLACE: UIC Pavilion, 525 S. Racine Ave., Chicago

 
Students initiated into Augustana's Mortar Board PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Keri Rursch   
Friday, 03 May 2013 13:55

ROCK ISLAND, IL (05/02/2013)(readMedia)-- Forty-three juniors were initiated into Augustana's Aglaia Chapter of the Mortar Board National Senior Honor Society on April 14.

Mortar Board members are selected annually by their peers in recognition of their devotion to scholarship, leadership and service. Students are eligible for membership in their junior year. Each member must have at least a 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) GPA or be in the top 35 percent of his orher class, whichever is higher. Approximately 9% of the Class of 2014 was selected to join this prestigious society.

Selected to join this group include:

Breann Nelson, a junior from Moline, Ill., majoring in psychology and sociology.

Hiba Ansari, a junior from Clinton, Iowa, majoring in business administration-management.

Sheila Ahuja, a junior from Rock Island, Ill., majoring in language arts and English education.

Taelar Hillyer, a junior from Bettendorf, Iowa, majoring in language arts and English education.

Kelsey Winter, a junior from East Moline, Ill., majoring in biology.

Eryn Maccabee, a junior from East Moline, Ill., majoring in English and Scandinavian.

The Aglaia chapter at Augustana was chartered in 1965. It succeeded an Augustana Honors Society founded in 1940 for senior women. The name comes from one of the three Greek Graces, along with Euphrosyne and Thalia. Aglaia signifies "brilliance." In 2009, the chapter received a Silver Torch award from the national organization.

Students will be recognized at the Senior Honors Convocation on Saturday, May 18th, at 12 noon at Centennial Hall (3703 7th Ave. Rock Island, Ill.).

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.

 
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.”

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