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Nine states join Iowa in Midwest STEM Forum PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Office of the Governor of Iowa   
Wednesday, 12 June 2013 13:47

(Des Moines) – Thirty-four business, workforce, education and STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) leaders from nine Midwest states joined representatives from the Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council in Des Moines yesterday to exchange best practices and collaborative opportunities regarding state and regional STEM education.

“It was inspiring to see a group of engaged and active representatives from all across the Midwest who are excited about STEM education,” said Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds, Co-Chair of the Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council. “We must raise the skill level in today’s workforce in order to remain competitive in this knowledge-based, global economy. All of the Midwestern states are in this together - and together we can make greater progress in STEM sooner for the benefit of the thousands of Midwestern students.”

In addition to intensive brainstorming, forum guests ACT, Inc., STEMconnector and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy briefed the group on STEM learner workforce data and trends.

“The collective wisdom in the room has accelerated each of our state’s STEM programs," said Jeff Weld, executive director of the Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council. “From here we have committed to sustaining our collective community and continuing to grow and strengthen our common interest in first-rate STEM education from toddler to tassel.”

Representatives from Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin joined business leaders from DuPont-Pioneer, IBM, John Deere, Rockwell Collins , Vermeer and Boston Scientific to discuss funding models, STEM schools and career academies, and other ways STEM education can be moved to the forefront  of community discussions. Establishing regional networks and engaging rural communities were also topics of discussion.

To learn about STEM in Iowa, go to

About the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council: Formed in 2011, the Council is a 40-member, public-private partnership dedicated to building a strong STEM education foundation for all Iowans.  


Luther College Announces 2013 Spring Semester Dean's List PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Julie Shockey   
Wednesday, 12 June 2013 13:34

DECORAH, IA (06/11/2013)(readMedia)-- Kevin Kraus, Luther College vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college, has announced that 792 were named to the 2013 spring semester Dean's List.

Zachary Jipp, Luther College senior from Bettendorf, Iowa, was named to the list.

Jenna McGee, Luther College sophomore from Bettendorf, Iowa, was named to the list.

Kelsey Rose, Luther College junior from Bettendorf, Iowa, was named to the list.

Elisabeth Athas, Luther College sophomore from Blue Grass, Iowa, was named to the list.

Reece Rickertsen, Luther College senior from Bryant, Iowa, was named to the list.

Molly Eversoll, Luther College junior from Clinton, Iowa, was named to the list.

Madison Johnson, Luther College sophomore from Clinton, Iowa, was named to the list.

Mitchell DeFauw, Luther College senior from Davenport, Iowa, was named to the list.

Kelli Golinghorst, Luther College junior from Dixon, Iowa, was named to the list.

Matthew McKinney, Luther College junior from Donahue, Iowa, was named to the list.

Chloe Gumpert, Luther College senior from Eldridge, Iowa, was named to the list.

Kayla Naber, Luther College junior from Eldridge, Iowa, was named to the list.

Alexander Heiselman, Luther College senior from Le Claire, Iowa, was named to the list.

Gregory Daniels, Luther College senior from Long Grove, Iowa, was named to the list.

To be named to the dean's list, a student must earn a semester grade point average of 3.5 or better on a 4.0 scale and must complete at least 12 credit hours with 10 hours of conventional grades (A, B, C, D).

Luther is a selective four-year college located in northeast Iowa. The college has an enrollment of 2,500 students and offers a liberal arts education leading to the bachelor of arts degree in 60 majors and pre-professional programs.

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Written by Jennifer Jentz   
Tuesday, 11 June 2013 13:33

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (June 7, 2013) - [Name] of [City] was recognized with [Award(s)] for outstanding achievement at Mount Mercy University during Honors Convocation this spring. Over 100 students were recognized during the ceremony for excelling in academics and extra-curricular activities while demonstrating leadership and personal growth during their time at Mount Mercy.

Located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Mount Mercy enrolls over 1,800 students and offers 35 majors and as many minors in eight academic departments. The university also has four graduate programs.

Teri Anson of Davenport,  Kappa Xi Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau National Honor Society of Nursing.

About Mount Mercy University

Located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Mount Mercy University is the regional Catholic, Mercy University that promises students of diverse backgrounds, ages and faiths a challenging, practical education that inspires them to discover knowledge, build community and lead courageous lives. Mount Mercy offers baccalaureate and graduate education to more than 1,800 enrolled students and uniquely blends liberal arts education with professional preparation.

Joseph Dickens Named to Dean's List at St. Olaf College PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marie Frederickson   
Tuesday, 11 June 2013 13:32

NORTHFIELD, MN (06/11/2013)(readMedia)-- Marci Sortor, Dean and Provost of St. Olaf College, has named Joseph Dickens from Bettendorf to the St. Olaf College Dean's list for the Spring 2013 semester. Dickens is a Mathematics major. He is the son of Dan Dickens and Jayne Rose.

The Dean's list recognizes students with a semester grade point average of 3.75 or higher on a 4-point scale. Dean Sortor stated, "These students have distinguished themselves among a talented and highly qualified student body. We celebrate their success in gaining recognition for academic excellence."

St. Olaf College

As one of the nation's leading liberal arts colleges, St. Olaf College offers an academically rigorous education with a vibrant faith tradition as a college of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. St. Olaf prepares students to become responsible citizens of the world by fostering the development of mind, body, and spirit. Widely known for its programs in mathematics, the natural sciences, and music, St. Olaf also provides dynamic opportunities for interdisciplinary study. Committed to global education, more than three-quarters of St. Olaf students participate in off-campus study programs. Over the years, St. Olaf College has been a national leader among liberal arts colleges in producing Rhodes Scholars, Fulbright Fellows, and Peace Corps volunteers.

Maria Byrd of Donahue Graduates from Mount Mary College PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Susan Shimshak   
Tuesday, 11 June 2013 07:14

MILWAUKEE, WI (06/10/2013)(readMedia)-- On May 18, 2013, Maria Byrd, Donahue, received a Master of Science degree in Art Therapy.

Mount Mary College conducted its commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. in the College's Bloechl Recreation Center located at 2900 N. Menomonee River Parkway, Milwaukee. Undergraduate degrees representing 25 majors were conferred on approximately 165 students. Graduate degrees representing seven programs were conferred on approximately 115 students. Eight certificates representing three areas of certification were also awarded. The 288 degree recipients in May combine with 140 degree recipients in December for a total of 428 for the 2012-13 academic year.

Mount Mary College, founded in 1913 by the School Sisters of Notre Dame, was Wisconsin's first four-year, degree-granting Catholic college for women. Located on an 80-acre campus in Milwaukee, the College offers more than 30 undergraduate majors for women and eight graduate programs for women and men. Mount Mary also emphasizes study abroad, service learning, and social justice initiatives. Its more than 1600 students enjoy small class sizes (average 15) and over 90 percent of full-time students receive financial aid or scholarships. Through classroom instruction and community service, Mount Mary develops women to be leaders in their professions and their communities, serving as role models to inspire achievement in others. Visit Mount Mary at

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