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Local Student Named to Buena Vista University Dean's List PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jennifer Felton   
Thursday, 06 June 2013 08:41

STORM LAKE, IA (06/05/2013)(readMedia)-- Austin Baker of Blue Grass was named to the Dean's List for the spring semester at Buena Vista University:

Students named to the Dean's List must have a minimum grade point average of 3.5 for the semester based on a 4.0 grade point system and must have taken at least 12 hours of coursework.

Buena Vista University is a regionally acclaimed university that relentlessly focuses on learning. The faculty, staff and students set and meet the highest standards of academic achievement, character, conscience and compassion. Visit www.bvu.edu.

 
Augustana College announces 2013 graduates PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Keri Rursch   
Thursday, 06 June 2013 08:25

ROCK ISLAND, IL (06/05/2013)(readMedia)-- Augustana College, Rock Island, Ill., held commencement ceremonies on Sunday, May 19. lllinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Thomas L. Kilbride delivered the commencement speech, and 522 students graduated.

Among the graduates:

Kyle Amati, from Rock Island, Ill., graduated with a major in music education instrumental.

Amber Anderson, from Port Byron, Ill., graduated with a major in accounting.

Courtney Anderson, from Rock Island, Ill., graduated with a major in English.

Anthony Ash, from Davenport, Iowa, graduated with a major in accounting and business administration-finance.

Jennifer Baker, from Rock Island, Ill., graduated with a major in psychology.

Hannah Barney, from Bettendorf, Iowa, graduated with a major in business administration-marketing and communication studies.

Samantha Bazely, from Coal Valley, Ill., graduated with a major in communication studies.

Allie Bierhaus, from Bettendorf, Iowa, graduated with a major in elementary education and Spanish.

Brandy Blakeney, from East Moline, Ill., graduated with a major in applied mathematics and Scandinavian.

Christopher Boley, from Moline, Ill., graduated with a major in political science.

Austin Boyle, from Moline, Ill., graduated with a major in business administration-finance, political science, and accounting.

Joe Bright, from Erie, Ill., graduated with a major in political science and international business.

Jasmine Brooks, from Moline, Ill., graduated with a major in political science.

Ryan Brummet, from Port Byron, Ill., graduated with a major in mathematics, applied mathematics, and computer science.

Arielle Campos, from Rock Island, Ill., graduated with a major in art.

Ceara Campos, from Rock Falls, Ill., graduated with a major in business administration-management.

Richard Coppula, from Rock Island, Ill., graduated with a major in environmental studies.

Angela Cummins, from Rock Island, Ill., graduated with a major in communication sciences and disorders.

Nicholas Cummins, from Rock Island, Ill., graduated with a major in biology.

George Dexter, from Moline, Ill., graduated with a major in communication studies.

Grace Drenth, from Davenport, Iowa, graduated with a major in psychology.

Zachary Dryoel, from Moline, Ill., graduated with a major in economics.

Alannah Golden, from Davenport, Iowa, graduated with a major in elementary education.

Aurora Graze, from Rock Island, Ill., graduated with a major in sociology-social welfare.

Jonathan Grchan, from Moline, Ill., graduated with a major in business administration - management information system.

Asta Gustafson, from Rock Island, Ill., graduated with a major in psychology.

Thomas Harris, from Davenport, Iowa, graduated with a major in biology.

Sallie Hohenboken, from Prophetstown, Ill., graduated with a major in multimedia journalism and mass communicationunication.

Paul Hurd, from Wilton, Iowa, graduated with a major in business administration-management.

Kjerstin Hurty, from Moline, Ill., graduated with a major in business administration-marketing.

Mary Kandis, from East Moline, Ill., graduated with a major in biology.

Michael Kautz, from East Moline, Ill., graduated with a major in accounting.

Rachael Kellums, from Moline, Ill., graduated with a major in sociology-social welfare.

Clare Kilbride, from Rock Island, Ill., graduated with a major in communication sciences and disorders.

Ryan Kopatich, from Davenport, Iowa, graduated with a major in psychology.

Zachary Kozelichki, from Rock Island, Ill., graduated with a major in biology.

Manisha Kumar, from Davenport, Iowa, graduated with a major in pre-medicine.

Mary Lambrecht, from Moline, Ill., graduated with a major in sociology.

Kate Lang, from Rock Island, Ill., graduated with a major in business administration-finance.

Anna Letendre, from Rock Island, Ill., graduated with a major in business administration-marketing.

Courtney Linn, from Bettendorf, Iowa, graduated with a major in biology.

Ryan Lundeen, from Moline, Ill., graduated with a major in biology.

Hannah Maloney, from Davenport, Iowa, graduated with a major in psychology.

Jared McIntosh, from Davenport, Iowa, graduated with a major in business administration-marketing.

Lauren Mentado, from Moline, Ill., graduated with a major in business administration-international business.

Kelsey Miller, from Milan, Ill., graduated with a major in psychology and women and gender studies.

Leart Neziroski, from East Moline, Ill., graduated with a major in pre-medicine and biology.

Jacob O'Rourke, from Davenport, Iowa, graduated with a major in accounting and business administration-finance.

Andrew Palm, from Rock Island, Ill., graduated with a major in physics.

Eric Pease, from Sterling, Ill., graduated with a major in neuroscience and pre-medicine.

Douglas Peters, from Port Byron, Ill., graduated with a major in neuroscience and biology.

Nicholas Petre, from Moline, Ill., graduated with a major in philosophy, pre-medicine, and biochemistry.

Lauren Ploen, from Rock Island, Ill., graduated with a major in biology.

Richard Rector, from Davenport, Iowa, graduated with a major in communication sciences and disorders.

Jessica Roche, from Moline, Ill., graduated with a major in biology.

Amie Rogers, from Rock Island, Ill., graduated with a major in art.

Jessica Scheckel, from Taylor Ridge, Ill., graduated with a major in biology and psychology.

Jennifer Schroder, from Rock Island, Ill., graduated with a major in communication studies.

Katelyn Sedig, from Morrison, Ill., graduated with a major in communication sciences and disorders.

Moselle Singh, from Le Claire, Iowa, graduated with a major in anthropology.

Jonathan Smith, from Moline, Ill., graduated with a major in biology.

Astrid Tello-Rodriguez, from Milan, Ill., graduated with a major in psychology.

Will Tolmie, from Moline, Ill., graduated with a major in accounting.

Michael Tovar, from Rock Island, Ill., graduated with a major in sociology and business administration-management.

Megan Vandersee, from Sterling, Ill., graduated with a major in chemistry education and chemistry.

Chelsea Vickerman, from Silvis, Ill., graduated with a major in business administration-finance.

Calvin Vo, from Moline, Ill., graduated with a major in theatre arts and English.

Kaleigh Wall, from Eldridge, Iowa, graduated with a major in art.

Drew Wiersema, from Prophetstown, Ill., graduated with a major in accounting.

Peter Wiese, from Davenport, Iowa, graduated with a major in neuroscience and mathematics.

Stormy Almanza, from Rock Island, Ill., graduated with a major in sociology.

Rebecca Anderson, from Taylor Ridge, Ill., graduated with a major in biology.

Saleta Anderson, from Rock Island, Ill., graduated with a major in business administration-management.

Kayle Boggs, from Reynolds, Ill., graduated with a major in biology and women & gender studies.

Stacey Bollinger, from Silvis, Ill., graduated with a major in business administration - management information system.

Kayla Descamps, from Coal Valley, Ill., graduated with a major in biology.

Erin Gehn, from Rock Island, Ill., graduated with a major in applied mathematics.

Elaine Guthrie, from Coal Valley, Ill., graduated with a major in biology.

Jessica Larrison, from Hampton, Ill., graduated with a major in English.

Kelsey Lovaas, from Davenport, Iowa, graduated with a major in business administration-management and accounting.

Floyd Mays, from Rock Island, Ill., graduated with a major in multimedia journalism and mass communication and psychology.

Stephanie Morris, from Bettendorf, Iowa, graduated with a major in business administration-management.

John Peters, from Milan, Ill., graduated with a major in history.

Abdur Razzaque, from Moline, Ill., graduated with a major in accounting.

David Richard, from Rock Island, Ill., graduated with a major in psychology.

Jeffery Siirila, from Rock Island, Ill., graduated with a major in psychology.

Abbigale Staples, from Sterling, Ill., graduated with a major in elementary education.

Anna Tunnicliff, from Bettendorf, Iowa, graduated with a major in honors history major.

Alex Wilson, from Bettendorf, Iowa, graduated with a major in biology and pre-medicine.

Those graduating were given advice by Justice Kilbride, who said, "In doubt, do right. You will gratify some and probably stun others."

It was President of Augustana College, Steven Bahls, who quoted scripture, saying, "Pursue justice, love mercy and walk humbly."

Representing the class, Moselle Singh, noted the happiest of times come when happiness is being shared.

During the ceremonies, honorary degrees were presented to three individuals: Justice Kilbride; Don Wooten, the founder and former general manager of Augustana Public Radio; and Kim Brunner, chairman of Augustana's Board of Trustees.

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. Current students and alumni include 142 Academic All-Americans, a Nobel laureate, 13 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.

 
Foundation Financial Group Funds High School Music Scholarships PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jessica L. Groves   
Wednesday, 05 June 2013 07:35

St. Paul, Minnesota - Foundation Financial Group completed its second quarter national philanthropic initiative, FFG’s Viva Musica. The corporation supported Viva Musica’s mission to ensure music education stays in schools. Through a significant financial contribution, Foundation Financial was also able to finance musical scholarships for Minnesota high school students.

Due to limited funding, many schools are having difficulty maintaining music and art programs. By implementing FFG’s Viva Musica initiative, Foundation Financial Group employees were able to directly affect and improve the education of Minnesota's youth. The initiative included employee fundraising, volunteer efforts, and a significant corporate donation.

Foundation Financial Group employees from the corporation’s Saint Paul Branch Office also volunteered to staff Viva Musica’s first fundraising event of the year, the Drive for 5 Anniversary Event. One musically inclined FFG volunteer even performed as the event’s opening act. In addition to FFG’s generous donation, the Drive for 5 Anniversary Event generated over $2,000 which will benefit Minnesota’s youth through Viva Musica’s “The Lucille Project.” Named after B.B. King’s beloved guitar, Lucille, the project awards musical scholarships that provide custom built guitars to local aspiring musicians.

“In true FFG fashion, the company just couldn’t resist joining in on the Viva Musica excitement,” said Foundation Financial Group Event Coordinator Kirk Brown. “Foundation Financial donated $4,600 to help the local charity keep the arts alive in public education. The generosity of Foundation Financial Group and its employees have helped make 2013 the most successful fund raising year in Viva Musica’s history. I am so blessed to work for a company that takes such pride in making a difference. FFG’s heart is as big as the sky.”

Foundation Financial Group’s Viva Musica campaign funded three Apprentice Program Scholarships for local high school students. The scholarships will be awarded to high school musicians who are currently learning to play guitar. The students will receive guitars made exclusively for the students by LaDoten Custom Guitars. The owner of LaDoten Custom Guitars will also provide three guitar instruction sessions and a lesson on the guitar making process.

“Music has brought me comfort, energy, and purpose from a very young age, so I can’t help but want that same opportunity for every child,” continued Brown, who has been a passionate supporter of Viva Musica since the organization began in 2007. “The work that Viva Musica does with the Minnesota school system has the potential to positively influence thousands of kids. We’re bringing children one of the world’s greatest gifts - music.”

Viva Musica is working towards a future filled with music and art; a world where all students have access to music and art education and can benefit from a well-rounded education. The organization is dedicated to growing music programs by supplying instruments and resources to schools in need. Viva Musica’s goal is to advance children’s education, spark creativity, and enhance brain development through the medium of music. With the disbursement of instruments and resources to music and art programs, Viva Musica has become a vital asset to Minnesota schools by ensuring music remains a part of every student's curriculum.

About Foundation Financial Group

Foundation Financial Group is a multibillion dollar financial services corporation. FFG offers its customers Best in Class service through its Insurance, Retirement and Mortgage Services. Named one of the fastest growing financial companies in the country by INC magazine, FFG has continued to grow its nationwide presence with over 100,000 new customers per year in 39 states. In addition to the value that Foundation Financial provides every customer, it is also dedicated to its communities and the people who live in them. Through a vast array of philanthropic endeavors the company not only provides significant monetary donations but also fosters a workforce environment that encourages all team members to personally make a difference. Foundation Financial is committed to its strong focus on customer service and community investment as it continues to grow and compete with the largest financial institutions in the world.

Foundation Financial Group reviews all public relations inquiries. For additional information, interview and image requests, contact the Foundation Financial Group Public Relations team.

 
Governor Quinn Names New Chair for Illinois Board of Higher Education PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brooke Anderson   
Wednesday, 05 June 2013 07:25

Lindsay Anderson to Succeed Carrie Hightman

CHICAGO - Governor Pat Quinn today announced that Lindsay Anderson, a senior advisor for his administration, will succeed Carrie Hightman as chair of the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE). Anderson brings extensive legal and governmental experience, including the coordination and oversight of legislative agendas for state agencies such as the Illinois State Board of Education and the Illinois Student Assistance Commission. Today’s announcement continues the governor’s commitment to making Illinois government more accountable, transparent and effective.

“Carrie Hightman has contributed a significant amount to thousands of students and I thank her for her service to the state of Illinois,” Governor Quinn said. “Lindsay Anderson is a talented public servant who will work hard to improve higher education in Illinois, and encourage our young residents to pursue post secondary schooling, which will strengthen Illinois’ economy.”

Anderson most recently served as a Senior Advisor to Governor Quinn and as Chair of the Illinois Campaign finance Reform Task Force. Prior to those roles, Anderson acted as legislative director and counsel to Governor Quinn, working directly with the members of the Illinois General Assembly on targeted issues facing state government, including education.

Prior to joining the Quinn Administration in February 2009, Anderson worked at McGuireWoods as an Attorney in the State Government Relations practice group where she provided clients with lobbying assistance and insight on the development and execution of strategic legislative plans. Prior to joining McGuireWoods, Lindsay worked as an Assistant Counsel to the Illinois Speaker of the House. In that capacity, she served as counsel and parliamentarian for committees on revenue and local government. Anderson also worked in the Mayor of Chicago’s Office of Intergovernmental Affairs.

Under Hightman’s leadership as Chair of the IBHE, the state of Illinois adopted a 10-year master plan for higher education, the Public Agenda for College and Career Success, and made significant progress towards achieving its goals of affordability, accessibility and degree completion. The state is on track to meet its goal of 60 percent of the adult population having post secondary degrees by 2025. Hightman created a collaborative environment for all higher education stakeholders during her six years leading IBHE.

The IHBE oversees the programs, activities and policies related to higher education within the state and is responsible for planning and policy development; budgetary and fiscal affairs; academic program reviews and approval; and higher education grant administration and evaluation.  The four primary components of the Illinois’ blueprint for higher education include:

  • Increase educational attainment to match the best-performing states and world countries;
  • Ensure college affordability for students, families, and taxpayers;
  • Increase production of high-quality postsecondary credentials to meet the demands of the economy and an increasingly global society; and
  • Better integrate Illinois’ educational, research, and innovation assets to meet the economic needs of the state and its regions.

Anderson’s new position as Chair of IBHE will be effective beginning on June 5, 2013.

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Caleb Chovan Named to Dean's List at Grove City College PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Janice Inman   
Tuesday, 04 June 2013 15:57

GROVE CITY, PA (06/04/2013)(readMedia)-- Caleb Chovan, a senior Mechanical Engineering major at Grove City College, has been named to the Dean's List with Distinction for the spring 2013 semester. Caleb is a 2009 graduate of Pleasant Valley HighSchool and is the son of Paul and Janet Chovan from Bettendorf, IA.

Students eligible for the Dean's List have a GPA of 3.40 to 3.59; for the Dean's List with Distinction a GPA of 3.60 to 3.84 and for the Dean's List with High Distinction a GPA of 3.85 to 4.0.

Founded in 1876, Grove City College stands on its founding ideals of faith and freedom, made possible by an unwavering commitment to Christian principles and rigorous academics at a price within the reach of families with modest means. The College, located 60 miles north of Pittsburgh, Pa., has an enrollment of 2,500 students and teaches the liberal arts, sciences and engineering. It is an advocate of the free market economic system and accepts no federal funding. Tuition is about half the national average for private colleges. Grove City College has been named the Top Value in Private Liberal-Arts Schools by Consumers Digest Magazine. The Intercollegiate Studies Institute has named the College one of 50 All-American Colleges, ranking it high for increasing students' civic literacy. Grove City College has been named a Best Value and one of the best colleges in America by Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report. The Young America's Foundation calls Grove City College one of the Top Conservative Schools in the country.

 
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