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Branstad names Hannah Walsh as student member to state Board of Regents PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tim Albrecht   
Friday, 30 November 2012 15:36

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry Branstad today named University of Iowa student Hannah Walsh as the student member to the state Board of Regents.

Walsh, 20, is from Spirit Lake and majoring in Political Science. She has served as a page in the Iowa Senate and serves as the co-chair of the University of Iowa Governmental Relations Committee.

“Hannah is an outstanding student leader, and I am excited to see what she accomplishes in working with the Board of Regents,” said Branstad. “It is important for students to have an effective advocate who understands their concerns, and Hannah will be an effective leader for students at all three state universities.”

Walsh’s term begins today. She will serve until April 30, 2015. Her term is subject to Senate confirmation. Walsh is filling the rest of Greta Johnson’s term, who is no longer a student at a Regent university.

“Hannah Walsh has demonstrated her passion through her involvement with numerous activities at the University of Iowa,” said Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds. “She will bring fresh ideas and a new outlook to the board.”

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Jordan Catholic School first quarter Honor Roll PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Janine Parr   
Thursday, 29 November 2012 15:23
CONGRATULATIONS TO THESE FIRST QUARTER HONOR ROLL STUDENTS

GRADE 6
OUTSTANDING
Emma Beardsley
Gabe Beardsley
Chloe Boyd
Bryan Cook
Anna Darrow
John Do
Sydney Elliott
Jonathan Fernandez
Grant Florence
Julia Fout
Parker Georlett
Lauren Hird
Evan Juarez
Hannah Luppen
Olivia Manternach
Haley Mosely
Paige Nimrick
Mackenzie Parboosingh
Faith Pickslay
Vanessa Reger
Ava Reynolds
Lily Schoeck
Kaitlyn Zonnevylle

Alyssa Klauer
Rebecca Nonnenmann
Jenna Pauley
Lauryn Praet
Clare VanSpeybroeck
Aviana Zahara

GRADE 8
DISTINGUISHED
Antonio Anderson
Megan Beckwith
Noel Huntley
Peter Moens
Samantha Sharp
Ashley Slaight
Peyton Tanghe

GRADE 7
DISTINGUISHED
Ben Luppen
Makenna Freyberger
Collin Rogiers
Collin Solorzano
Luke Trondson

GRADE 6
DISTINGUISHED
Jonathan Berry
Selena Castaneda
Emily Elliott
Nate Maynard
Aaron Mickelson
Mary Powers
Lily Steffen
Logan Swartz
Natika Woods

GRADE 8
OUTSTANDING
Lucy Adlfinger
Maris Boelens
Sidney Boelens
Conner Boyd
Augie Darrow
Brian Do
Lisa Do
Sam Dodson
Emily Ostrowski

GRADE 7

OUTSTANDING

Zoe Arvanitis
Alyssa Carpita
Bailey Estes
Amber Guzzo
Brendan Hird
Kale Hyder
Cloie Jennings

The Outstanding Honor Roll requires more A’s than B’s with no C’s. The Distinguished Honor Roll requires more
B’s than A’s with no more than one C.

 
ANNOUNCEMENT AT ROCK ISLAND HIGH SCHOOL PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tami Seitz   
Tuesday, 27 November 2012 12:37
Beginning at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29 at Rock Island High School, the AT&T Foundation, the corporate philanthropy organization of AT&T Inc., will announce a joint grant to Western Illinois University-Quad Cities counselor education department and Rock Island High School's PACERS program. PACERS is an intensive mentoring and academic support program designed to help at-risk ninth grade students with personal, social and academic success.

 
IOWA FARM BUREAU OFFERS GRANTS TO IOWA TEACHERS TO BRING AGRICULTURE TO THE CLASSROOM IN A VARIETY OF WAYS PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Laurie Johns   
Monday, 26 November 2012 14:41

Nearly $120,000 awarded in last three years of program

WEST DES MOINES, IOWA – Nov. 21, 2012 – Agriculture is much more than a farmer driving a tractor across a field. It’s the scientist at the seed company, the sales person at the local implement store and even the veterinarian who cares for pets and livestock alike. Modern agriculture reaches people every day from the jobs they hold, the food they eat, the fuel in their cars and the clothes in their closets.

Farming is a diverse and dynamic industry and the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation (IFBF) and the state’s county Farm Bureau offices continue to help teachers take that information to their students with an annual Teacher Supplement Grant program.

The program, established in 2003, awards $200 for use in classroom programs that promote agricultural literacy. With Iowans two to three generations removed from the family farm, IFBF’s program works to help today’s students learn about the diverse and dynamic nature of agriculture. The 2013 subject areas are health or wellness with an emphasis on nutrition, art, music, physical education or fitness.

“We’ve awarded nearly $120,000 to teachers in the last three years of the grant program and we’ve been so impressed with the creative ways teachers have devised to bring agriculture to their students,” said Barb Lykins, IFBF director of community resources. “It’s not just buying some books about farming. We’ve seen music teachers creating songs and nutrition classes incorporating information about raising food into their classes. With one of six Iowa jobs related, indirectly or directly, to agriculture, it’s a great opportunity to bring creative ag education to Iowa’s elementary schools and help them understand how farming is part of those students’ lives.”

The program is accepting applications until Feb. 8, 2013. To apply, go to www.iowafarmbureau.com/articles/73415/2012_-_2013_teacher_supplement_grant_program and fill out the online form. Grants will be awarded in March 2013. For more information, contact Lykins at 515-225-5460.

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About Iowa Farm Bureau

The Iowa Farm Bureau Federation is a grassroots, statewide organization dedicated to enhancing the People, Progress and Pride of Iowa.  More than 153,000 families in Iowa are Farm Bureau members, working together to achieve farm and rural prosperity.  For more information about Farm Bureau and agriculture, visit the online media center at www.iowafarmbureau.com.

 
Simon: Make affordable higher education a higher priority PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Annie Thompson   
Friday, 16 November 2012 11:30
Lt. Governor calls for transparency, tax credit, targeted state aid
DEKALB – November 16, 2012. After meeting with students at Northern Illinois University, Lt. Governor Sheila Simon called on federal, state and higher education officials to work together to keep college affordable so thousands of Illinois students can earn the credentials needed for good-paying jobs.
According to a College Board trends report published last month, costs at public and private universities nationwide increased more than 4 percent this school year, while the cost of community college increased more than 5 percent since last school year. Compounding the burden on students, federal aid declined for the first time in three years.
“In order to retain and attract high-wage and high-skill jobs in Illinois, we will need 60 percent of our working-age population to hold a college credential by 2025,” Simon said. “We cannot expect students to complete college if they cannot afford college. I urge our state, federal and higher education leaders to work together to ensure college is not only accessible to the privileged, when it will be a prerequisite for a good job in our state.”
Simon is visiting all 12 public universities in Illinois this fall to hold College Affordability Summits with students, faculty and administrators. While at Northern, Simon shadowed Noemi Rodriguez, a federal work study recipient, at the Latino Resource Center.
“College affordability is an issue that needs to be addressed. I’ve seen students who were honor and AP students in high school have to drop out because they can’t afford college,” said Rodriguez. “I have work study, which helps make everything affordable, but it’s still a struggle. I had to work all summer so that I could make it through this semester.”
Rodriguez, a Dean’s List student majoring in nursing, established the Latino Honor Society on campus and, despite taking a full course load, remains very active in her community. Over the past two academic years, Rodriguez has volunteered over 300 hours with the Huskie Service Scholar Program, and has also interned at Children’s Memorial Hospital.
Following her affordability summit, Simon outlined three ways stakeholders can work together to make college affordable for students like Rodriguez:
  • Consumer protections: Simon supports House Bill 5248, which would require all degree-granting institutions that operate in Illinois to publish online College Choice Reports. The reports would contain information such as net costs, average debt and completion rates in an easy-to-read and easy-to-find format. Unlike the federally proposed “shopping sheet” which provides cost information after a student applies to a school, the College Choice Report would be available to students online before they apply, to help them find a college or university that fits their needs and their budget.
  • Targeted assistance: To better use state resources, Simon wants to strengthen the Monetary Award Program and ensure MAP grants promote college attendance and completion, and reduce the achievement gap between low-income and higher-income students. MAP grants are currently awarded on a first-come, first-served basis to students based on financial need, but that means state funding reaches only about half of eligible students. Simon currently serves on a MAP Eligibility Task Force that is evaluating ways to improve distributional equity and encourage timely degree completion. A task force report to the General Assembly is due Jan. 1, 2013.
  • Tax credits for tuition payments: More than 9 million students and families are taking advantage of the American Opportunity Tax Credit, saving them up to $10,000 over four years of college. Simon supports making this federal tax credit permanent and preventing it from expiring at the end of this year.
“Cutting investments directly related to economic growth doesn’t make sense. We should work together on policies that prioritize education and employment, not shortchange Illinois students and quality employers,” Simon said."Together we could stabilize the cost for public universities and community colleges, following tuition and fee increases that have outpaced inflation, family incomes and available aid over the past 20 years."
Eric Zarnikow, executive director of the Illinois Student Assistance Commission, cited recent MAP award activity as evidence that affordability should be a key issue for Illinois leaders. For every eligible student who received a MAP grant this school year, another was denied due to lack of state funds.
“MAP is one of the largest needs-based financial aid programs in the country. While approximately 150,000 students will receive an award this year, just as many will be left on the sidelines as a result of limited funding,” Zarnikow said.
Illinois ranks at the bottom of states when measuring the ability of low-income families to afford the net cost of an education at a public four-year institution in Illinois, and 46th in the net cost as a percent of income for middle-income families, according to the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems.
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