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Grand View University Commencement Held; Judy Bradshaw Keynote Speaker PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Rachelle Mitchell   
Wednesday, 12 June 2013 13:48

Des Moines, IA. Aaron Warlop of Rock Island, Illinois, has received a BSN, Nursing baccalaureate degrees at Grand View University (Des Moines, Iowa) commencement ceremonies held on Saturday, April 27, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at Hy Vee Hall in the Iowa Events Center, 730 3rd Street, downtown Des Moines. Additional graduates include Davenport residents Amber Bloch, BA, Psychology;  Ashlee Martin, BA, Human Services; and Deanna Pingel, BSN, Nursing, cum laude.

Judy Bradshaw was the keynote speaker and Grand View conferred upon Bradshaw an honorary degree at commencement.

Chief Bradshaw is a 32-year veteran of the Des Moines Police Department, starting out as a police cadet in 1980. As she climbed through the ranks of the department, she was considered a pioneer as the first woman lieutenant, captain, major, and now chief of police. Chief Bradshaw is the 60th chief of the department.

Chief Bradshaw has worked and supervised in every area of the Police Department, including commanding the Detective Bureau and the Patrol Services Bureau. She developed numerous policies and programs over the course of her career that are still in place today.

Since Chief Bradshaw took the position of Chief of Police in July of 2007, she has expanded our Neighborhood Based Service Delivery Program, assigning detectives and Traffic Unit officers to neighborhoods to provide citizens with greater access to department resources. She also began the LOST Program (Loved Ones Safe and Together) to help find dependent adults with Alzheimer's or other diseases who may become lost or disoriented.

Chief Bradshaw recently implemented an innovative new program called the Community Ambassador Program (CAP). CAP is a team of volunteers consisting of community leaders and clergy who serve as a liaison between the police department and the community. They participate with us in community events, including the Iowa State Fair, and are on-call to respond to incidents and serve as a resource for officers in defusing potentially volatile situations

Under Chief Bradshaw's administration, the Des Moines Police Department has focused attention on high-risk youth, realizing that our investments in mentoring them will pay dividends in the future. We have initiated a youth mentoring program called MY COP (Mentoring Youth With Cops). This initiative connects high-risk youth and police officers at recreational events. The youth contribute to the community by participating in two community service projects and take part in visiting area colleges.
Other significant new programs include online crime-mapping, where the public can retrieve crime stats for different neighborhoods online; and the Crime Free Multi-Housing Program, which targets crime in apartment complexes, duplexes, and other multi-housing facilities. A Traffic Unit hotline has been added, and an online program for reporting crime and complaints is being studied.

Chief Bradshaw has expanded our outreach efforts, reaching out to both the Hispanic community and the Asian community. She developed the Second Chance Initiative Program, which is aimed at assisting youth who commit minor drug offenses. This program has had a positive impact on at-risk youth.
A graduate of the FBI National Academy, Chief Bradshaw also holds a Master's Degree in Public Administration from Drake University. She was selected by the American Legion as their 2008 National Police Officer of the Year.

Grand View University, with an enrollment of approximately 2,200 students, is an independent, liberal arts college affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.


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.

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