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Madison Logan Studies Abroad Through the 'Augustana In Australia' Program PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Keri Rursch   
Friday, 22 March 2013 13:21

ROCK ISLAND, IL (03/21/2013)(readMedia)-- Fifty Augustana College students studied and worked in Sydney, Australia, for the first two months of 2013. The international study program known as "Augustana in Australia" places students in career-relevant positions in Sydney and immerses them in Australian culture. Over 250 students have participated in the program in the last seven years.

Madison Logan from Moline, Ill., was among the participants. Logan is a junior at Augustana and is majoring in communication sciences and disorders and psychology. Logan interned at The Lizard Centre.

The students completed a five-week on-campus internship seminar and a complimentary class in either intercultural communication or business ethics before leaving for Australia on January 2. Once in Australia, students worked for a variety of employers in numerous fields – from healthcare to education and from hospitality to non-profit work.

During their trip, the students also visited the ANZ Stadium, where the 2000 Olympics were held; the Sydney Opera House; and the Blue Mountains just outside of Sydney. Some students traveled to New Zealand and other areas of Australia, including Melbourne, Darwin and Cairns, where they were able to snorkel and dive the Great Barrier Reef. Students returned to the United States on March 2.

According to Karen M. Petersen, Augustana's director of business internships and the Australia program's director, "The highlight of the Australia internship program is the personal growth students experience by integrating into a totally new culture – both personally and professionally."

At Augustana, students choosing to intern or study abroad can receive financial support from the college thanks to a program launched in 2009 called Augie Choice. Focused on advancing student learning in the liberal arts in alignment with the college's strategic plan, Augie Choice grants students in their junior year or beyond the opportunity to receive a one-time grant of $2,000 to offset the expenses of study abroad, an internship or research project. Augie Choice funding is a visible symbol of the college's commitment to experiential learning as a way of preparing students to stand out among their peers.

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. Alumni include 140 Academic All-Americans, a Nobel laureate, 14 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.

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Written by Rep. Mike Smiddy   
Friday, 22 March 2013 12:55
PORT BYRON, IL – State Rep. Mike Smiddy (D-Hillsdale) invites local educators, parents, and advocates to
attend the upcoming meeting of his Education Citizens Advisory Committee on Tuesday, March 26 from 3:15
p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Riverdale High School Library, located at 9622 256th St. N in Port Byron.

“Improving educational opportunities for our children is very important to me, especially as a father of two
young sons in the local public education system,” said Smiddy. “Collaborating with dedicated parents and the
teachers who spend every day in the classroom helps me better understand the complex issues and challenges
we must address in Springfield. Education is the key to a strong community.”

Illinois’ 71st District includes all of Albany, Cleveland, Coal Valley, Colona, Como, Cordova, Deer Grove, Erie,
Fulton, Hampton, Hillsdale, Lyndon, Morrison, Port Byron, Prophetstown, Rapids City, Rock Falls, Savanna,
Sterling, Tampico, and Thomson and portions of Carbon Cliff, East Moline, Moline and Silvis.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information or to RSVP, contact Smiddy’s full-time
constituent service office at (309) 848-9098, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or toll-free at (855) 243-4988.

Jordan Catholic School Honor Roll 3rd Quarter PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Janine Parr   
Wednesday, 20 March 2013 08:20


Lucy Adlfinger
Maris Boelens
Sidney Boelens
Conner Boyd
Augie Darrow
Brian Do
Lisa Do
Sam Dodson
Emily Ostrowski
Samantha Sharp

Michael Elliott
Molly Hunter
Noel Huntley

Zoe Arvanitis
Alyssa Carpita
Bailey Estes
Amber Guzzo
Brendan Hird
Kale Hyder
Cloie Jennings
Alyssa Klauer
Ben Luppen
Rebecca Nonnenmann
Jenna Pauley

Bridget Ferguson
Mindy Hoang
Jessica Pauley
Lauryn Praet
Clare VanSpeybroeck

Emma Beardsley
Gabe Beardsley
Jonathan Berry
Chloe Boyd
Bryan Cook
Anna Darrow
John Do
Tony Dockery-Jackson
Sydney Elliott
Jonathan Fernandez
Julia Fout
Parker Georlett
Lauren Hird
Evan Juarez
Hannah Luppen
Olivia Manternach
Nate Maynard
Aaron Mickelson
Haley Mosley
Paige Nimerick
Mackenzie Parboosingn
Faith Picksley
Mary Powers
Vanessa Reger
Ava Reynolds
Lily Schoeck
Kaitlyn Zonnevylle
Lily Schoeck

Grant Florence
Bella Milani
Lily Steffen
Natika Woods

CONGRATULATIONS!  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.

Rivermont Summer Camp Now Enrolling! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brittany Marietta   
Wednesday, 20 March 2013 08:13

From Dr. Seuss to Weather Investigators:  Rivermont Summer Enrichment Camp Has It All!               

Rivermont Collegiate’s Summer Enrichment Camp is now accepting registrations! Classes are open to the entire Quad City community and are only $80 each.  Over 85 week-long classes are offered beginning June 10 for preschool through high school.  Students have the option of attending morning, afternoon, or the entire day.

Rivermont Summer Camp is a fantastic opportunity for local students to spend their summer doing everything from exploring computer programming to creating unique artwork to experimenting with science.  Popular classes include Robotics, Anatomy Academy, Olympic Sports, Spy Camp, Dr. Seuss, Harry Potter-ology, Young Actors’ Studio, Web Design, and Photography.  Don’t delay – classes will fill up!

Classes will be held on the Rivermont campus, located directly off 18th Street behind K&K Hardware in Bettendorf.  The entire catalog may be viewed online at or contact Linda Paget at (563) 359-1366 for more information.

Leanna Doyle Takes Part in Alternative Spring Break PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jamie Kelly   
Friday, 15 March 2013 15:09

MOUNT VERNON, IA (03/15/2013)(readMedia)-- Leanna Doyle of Davenport is one of nearly 100 Cornell College students taking part in the college's annual Alternative Spring Break. This is the ninth year the college has sponsored a service trip that takes place during its 10-day Spring Break.

This year, students are going to Pine Ridge, S.D., Atlanta, Ga., Chicago, Austin, Texas, Elm Mott, Texas, Selma, Ala., and Tom's River, N.J.

Doyle is taking part in the trip to World Hunger Relief, Inc. in Elm Mott, Texas

You can find out more about the Alternative Spring Break program, including details about each trip, here.

One of the 40 "Colleges That Change Lives," Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa, is a national liberal arts college with a distinctive One Course At A Time (OCAAT) academic calendar. The OCAAT schedule provides students with intellectual immersion, academic focus, and unique freedom to shed the confines of the traditional classroom to study off-campus, pursue research, or accept an internship-all without missing out on other classes. Founded in 1853, the college's entire hilltop campus is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

You can find out more at

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