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Valerie Van Ee of Eldridge Recognized at Huntington University's Forester Night PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ashley Smith   
Thursday, 09 May 2013 14:41

Event honors outstanding students, faculty

HUNTINGTON, IN (05/08/2013)(readMedia)-- The 42nd annual Huntington University Forester Night celebrated the accomplishments of students from across campus, as well as the recognition of the Foresters of the Year, the 2013 Outstanding Scholar Award, the Impact Initiative Scholarship and the Professor of the Year. The event was held May 7.

Valerie Van Ee, a senior computer science and digital media animation major from Eldridge, IA, was honored with the Outstanding Senior Award for Computer Science. The Outstanding Senior Awards are voted on by faculty. Recipients were presented plaques for their accomplishments at Forester Night.

Photos from the event are available online at,-faculty/. Click on the photos to open and download a high-resolution image.

Huntington University is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations. U.S. News & World Report ranks Huntington among the best colleges in the Midwest, and has listed the university as one of America's Best Colleges. Additionally, Princeton Review has named the institution to its "Best in the Midwest" list. Founded in 1897 by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, Huntington University is located on a contemporary, lakeside campus in northeast Indiana. The university is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU).

Luther College students inducted into Phi Beta Kappa PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Julie Shockey   
Thursday, 09 May 2013 14:12

DECORAH, IA (05/07/2013)(readMedia)-- Forty-nine Luther students were inducted into the Luther chapter of the Phi Beta Kappa national academic honor society at a ceremony held Sunday, April 28 in the Noble Recital Hall on the Luther campus.

Nicole Woodson, a Luther senior of Davenport, Iowa, was one of the 49. Woodson is the daughter of Judy Woodson of Davenport. She is majoring in biology at Luther, and is a graduate of North High School.

Shari Huber, a Luther senior of Eldridge, Iowa, was one of the 49. Huber is the daughter of Barry and Lisa Huber of Eldridge. She is majoring in exercise science at Luther, and is a graduate of North Scott High School.

Greg Daniels, a Luther senior of Long Grove, Iowa, was one of the 49. Daniels is the son of Scott and Julie Daniels of Long Grove. He is majoring in biology at Luther, and is a graduate of North Scott High School.

Randa Duvick, department chair and professor of French at Valparaiso University, was introduced as an alumna member and delivered the Ruth A. Davis Memorial Lecture, titled "Truth, Metaphor and War Stories: Valuing the Liberal Arts and Sciences."

Duvick graduated from Luther in 1978 with majors in French and linguistics. She spent a year studying in Switzerland on a Fulbright Fellowship and then earned a master's and doctorate degree in French literature at the University of Chicago.

Duvick has been a faculty member at Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, Ind., since 1986 and just completed 12 years as chair of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literature.

Her research has focused on 19th century French authors Arthur Rimbaud and Guy de Maupassant. Most recently, Duvick has been working on a project involving the French language account books of a 19th century Quebec fur trader who settled in Porter County, Ind., and has presented and published on the French heritage of the Midwest. Following a trip to Senegal last June, Duvick was inspired to turn more teaching and research on Francophone African topics.

The Memorial Lecture was given in honor of Ruth A. Davis, a member of the mathematics and computer science faculty at Luther until her death in 1983. Elected to Phi Beta Kappa from Illinois College in Jacksonville, Ill., she was instrumental in founding the Luther chapter as a charter member.

Davis held a master's degree in mathematics from George Peabody College and a master's degree in computer science from the University of Southwestern Louisiana. She was particularly interested in the roles of women in scientific fields.

Luther College is one of a select group of private liberal arts colleges in the United States with a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. Each year, Luther honors outstanding seniors with selection to Phi Beta Kappa. Members are elected on the basis of broad cultural interests, scholarly achievement and good character.

Phi Beta Kappa is the oldest and most respected undergraduate honors organization in the United States. The society has fostered and recognized excellence in the liberal arts and sciences since 1776, and the society's distinctive emblem, a golden key, is widely recognized as a symbol of academic achievement.

Luther Seminary Scholarship Announcement PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Elisabeth Janke   
Monday, 06 May 2013 15:23

It is our pleasure to announce that Emily Martin of St. Mark Lutheran Church, Davenport, Iowa, has received a Trustee scholarship from Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minn.

Emily has been accepted into the Master of Divinity degree program, and is scheduled to begin studies this summer.

Luther Seminary educates leaders for Christian communities, called and sent by the Holy Spirit, to witness to salvation through Jesus Christ and to serve in God’s world.  It is with great joy that we welcome Emily to our community to engage in theological learning with heart, mind and spirit!

Hannah Kurth of Bettendorf Graduates from University of Nebraska-Lincoln PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tom Simons   
Monday, 06 May 2013 14:47
LINCOLN, NE (05/06/2013)(readMedia)-- Hannah Marjorie Kurth of Bettendorf was among more than 2,750 students who received degrees from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln at commencement exercises May 3rd and 4th.

Kurth received a bachelor of music degree with high distinction from the College of Fine and Performing Arts.

The graduates are from 44 states and 36 countries.

A full list of graduates can be found at The list includes 27 students who received degrees from the University of Nebraska at Omaha College of Public Affairs and Community Service, but studied on the UNL campus.

North Scott history students qualify for national contest PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Morgan   
Friday, 03 May 2013 14:38

Twelve  North   Scott   High School  students – Ansel Bare, Laura Bainter, Kenzie Carmody, Jordyn Head, Sami Maher, Dexter Golinghorst, Gretchen Mohr, Alexander Bare, Allie Stutting, Dan Stutting, Ali Watkins, Halle Wilmott – qualified for the National History Day contest next month at the   University  of Maryland. The students competed this week in the senior division of the National History Day in Iowa state contest and will represent Iowaat the national contest. See press release below for more information.

38 Iowa students win National History Day in Iowa contest

Students advance to national contest at University ofMaryland next month

DES MOINES – Thirty-eight Iowa students took top honors in a statewide history contest this week and will represent Iowa at the National History Day competition next month at the University of Maryland.

The 38 students competed against 275 other students in the senior division (grades 9-12) of the National History Day in Iowa contest this week at the State Historical Museum of Iowa in Des Moines. About 375 students in grades 6-8 will compete in the NHD in Iowa junior division contest Monday, also at the State Historical Museum.

Students advancing from the senior and junior division state contests will compete against nearly 2,500 students from the United StatesGuamAmerica Samoa, Department of Defense Schools in Europe, and ShanghaiChina, June 9-14, 2013, at the 2013 Kenneth E. Behring National History Day Contest at the University of Maryland.

National History Day is an academic-enrichment program that helps students learn about historical issues, ideas, people and events. The year-long academic adventure fosters students’ enthusiasm for learning and encourages them to use primary, secondary, community and statewide resources on a subject of their choice related to an annual theme. The theme for 2013 is “Turning Points in History: People, Ideas, Events.

Working individually or collaboratively in groups of two to five, students compete in the following categories: historical papers, individual and group exhibits, documentaries, performances and websites. Nearly 10,000 Iowa students competed in the program this year, with winners at school and district competitions advancing to the state contests inDes Moines.

In addition to helping students discover the world of the past, the NHD program helps them develop the following attributes that are critical for future success:

  • critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • research and reading skills
  • oral and written communication and presentation skills
  • self-esteem and confidence
  • a sense of responsibility for and involvement in the democratic process

The NHD in Iowa program has been coordinated by the State Historical Society of Iowa since 1994 and is sponsored by the State Historical Society, Inc., and the History Channel. More information about NHD in Iowa is available at or by contacting Millie Frese at 515-281-6860 or  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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