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Written by Pascious Prince   
Friday, 24 May 2013 07:29

Kaplan University’s Davenport campus will celebrate the graduation of 102 students on Friday, May 24 at 6:30 p.m. The ceremony will be held at the RiverCenter Great Hall, 136 E. 3rd St. in Davenport.

Student Melanie Baumann, candidate for the master of science in criminal justice degree, will address her fellow graduates.

The May 2013 graduates of Kaplan University’s Davenport campus are as follows:

Master of Science

Criminal Justice

Melanie Baumann, Davenport, IA

Jennifer DeCock, Moline, IL

Kimberly Hill, Bettendorf, IA

Kimberley Koller, Muscatine, IA

Melissa Vance, Davenport, IA

Information Technology

Thomas Beaudry, Buffalo, IA

Geoffrey Salyars, Wilton, IA

Environmental Policy

Libby Imming, Davenport, IA


Christopher L. McAfee, Davenport, IA

Bachelor of Science


Brian Dalton, Clinton, IA

Business Administration

Derrick Barry, Bettendorf, IA

Justin Burds, Peosta, IA

Jennifer Foster, Aledo, IL

Katie Gerst, Morning Sun, IA

Gail Johns, Clinton, IL

Brittany Johnson, Clinton, IA

Ishanti Johnson, Davenport, IA

Shawn Montagna, Muscatine, IA

LaMonté Nimmers, Rock Island, IL

Gabriella Palmer, Sterling, IL

John Pieper, Muscatine, IA

Darcy Raymie, Davenport, IA

Tiaira Walls, Davenport, IA

Chris Wheatley, Aledo, IL

Criminal Justice

April Davis, Davenport, IA

Kevin Esp, Moline, IL

Michael Grace, Tipton, IA

Dianna Head, Davenport, IA

LeAnna Heard, Davenport, IA

Bobbi Hepler, Davenport, IA

Eustace King, Davenport, IA

Jessica L. McIntyre, Davenport, IA

Michael Pearce, Whitten, IA

Hallie Petre, Davenport, IA

Crystal Roquet, East Moline, IL

Kelly Van Rycke, Davenport, IA

Health Care Administration

Jordan Brautigam, Rock Island, IL

Jennifer Buchanan, Galesburg, IL

Rebecca S. Klemme, Davenport, IA

Ashleigh Mayberry, Clinton, IA

Information Technology

Joseph Bates, Davenport, IA

Harold Boyd, Walcott, IA

Stephen Gibson, Davenport, IA

Randall Miller, Wilton, IA

Thomas Rivera, DeWitt, IA

Kelly Whitlow, Davenport, IA

Jason Wieneke, Geneseo, IL

Seth Yerington, Davenport, IA

Legal Studies

Whitney Dietz, Moline, IL

Vincent Jones, Moline, IL

Kayla M. Thorndike, Eldridge, IA


James Hollowell, Sterling, IL

Rachel Paetz, Muscatine, IA

Associate of Applied Science


Veronica Bales, Walcott, IA

Barbara Gonzales, Moline, IL

Chelsea Harland, Seaside, CA

Jackelin Moats, Kewanee, IL

Stan Rossmiller, Eldridge, IA

Business Administration

Ashley Atkins, Oceanside, CA

Rhonda Goettsch, Davenport, IA

Melissa Gottfreid, Eldridge, IA

Danny Lapsey, Bettendorf, IA

Justin MacIntyre, Bettendorf, IA

Jessica Mackin, DeWitt, IA

Emily Schwener, Eldridge, IA

Lateshia Sheets, Davenport, IA

Marshall Siegfried, Davenport, IA

Samantha Strohbehn, DeWitt, IA

Nathan Tutor, Eldridge, IA

Criminal Justice

Luke Garcia, Colona, IL

Heather Hammond, Muscatine, IA

Jessica Houseman, Moline, IL

William Lovel, Davenport, IA

Human Services

Jaime Barnes, Bettendorf, IA

Katlyn Gibson, Clinton, IA

Renea Harbison, Davenport, IA

Tiffany Hinkle, Davenport, IA

Bonnie Jenious, Davenport, IA

Ashley Jones, Eldridge, IA

Lynn Mizer, Walcott, IA

Information Technology

Jabes Blake, Clinton, IA

Edgar Grandberry, Rock Island, IL

Angela Leffler, Bettendorf, IA

Jeremy Mills, Moline, IL

Kenneth O'Donnell, Davenport, IA

Cody Schroeder, DeWitt, IA

Medical Assisting

Pamela Bonnewell, Sterling, IL

Tonya Cole, Muscatine, IA

Marcy Combs, Wilton, IA

Jennifer Hass, Davenport, IA

Shannon Lenz, Joy, IL

Kimberly Luke, Davenport, IA

Gwendolyn Marino, Davenport, IA

Katrina Norton, Muscatine, IA

Dallas Retherford, Joy, IL

Julie Smith, Sterling, IL

Leslie Villalpando, Milan, IL

Stephanie Willis, Thomson, IL

Medical Office Management,

Samantha Mayland, Park View, IA

Sonja Newell, Bettendorf, IA

Medical Transcription

Sariah Luna, Davenport, IA

Ellen M. Stone, Bennett, IA

Paralegal Studies

Benjamin Crichfield, Davenport, IA

Chasity Swift, Savanna, IL

About Kaplan University

Kaplan University offers a different school of thought for higher education. It strives to help adult students unlock their talent by providing a practical, student-centered education that prepares them for careers in some of the fastest-growing industries. The University, which has its main campus in Davenport, Iowa, and its headquarters in Chicago, is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission ( and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Kaplan University serves approximately 49,000 online and campus-based students. The University has 11 campuses in Iowa, Nebraska, Maryland and Maine, and Kaplan University Learning Centers in Maryland, Wisconsin, Indiana, Missouri and Florida.

Kaplan University is part of Kaplan Higher Education Group and Kaplan, Inc., a leading international provider of educational and career services for individuals, schools and businesses. Kaplan, Inc. serves approximately 67,000 students online and through approximately 70 campus-based schools across the United States. Kaplan’s higher education schools offer a spectrum of academic opportunities, from certificates and diplomas to graduate and professional degrees, including a juris doctor degree. Kaplan serves students of all ages through a wide array of offerings including higher education, test preparation, professional training and programs for kids in grades K-12. Kaplan, Inc., is a subsidiary of The Washington Post Company and its largest division. For more information, visit today.


Statement by Iowa State Education Association president Tammy Wawro PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jean Hessburg   
Friday, 24 May 2013 07:21

In response to passage of the Conference Committee report on education reform

DES MOINES, IA (05/22/2013)(readMedia)-- The Iowa State Education Association is pleased a compromise has been reached on the education reform package. We know there are pieces in the bill that will benefit Iowa's students and public schools tremendously. Allowable Growth is now set for the next two years giving school districts a reliable and stable budget stream to plan for class sizes, course offerings, and school technology. The Iowa Early Intervention Block Grant means that K-3 students will continue to receive essential learning tools that are needed to enhance and improve their chances for a good beginning in school; Home Rule was defeated which could have hindered our ability to maintain a statewide standard of excellence; the teacher leadership pathways will enhance the roles of educators in our schools; and the Legislature has provided an opportunity for educators to be involved in studying our evaluation system and recommending improvements.

While there are disappointing portions of the bill, overall we are pleased with the outcome. At the end of the day, this funds our schools and provides educators a voice in their profession.


The ISEA is a professional organization made up of nearly 34,000 educators who are dedicated to supporting and protecting a quality public education for all Iowa students. Great Education. It's an Iowa Basic!

Bettendorf Resident Simone Hermes Graduates from Concordia University, St. Paul PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ted Dunham   
Friday, 24 May 2013 07:20

ST. PAUL, MINN. (05/22/2013)(readMedia)-- Simone Hermes of Bettendorf, Iowa graduated from Concordia University, St. Paul during the graduate programs commencement ceremony held on Saturday, May 11, 2013 in Concordia's Gangelhoff Center. Hermes graduated with a Master of Arts in Human Resource Management.

Concordia University, St. Paul is a comprehensive Christian liberal arts university, one of 10 operated under the auspices of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. Concordia delivers an educational experience that is responsive to the needs of our students, relevant to the demands of the job market, and provides real preparation for thoughtful living and dedicated service, so that our students can achieve personal and career success. Visit us on the web:

Courtney Wachal Acknowledged at Mount Union Senior Recognition and Honors Convocation PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joni Poorbaugh   
Wednesday, 22 May 2013 16:04

ALLIANCE, OH (05/22/2013)(readMedia)-- Courtney Wachal of Bettendorf, IA, a French major, received The John O. Rouse International Travel Prize at the University of Mount Union's Senior Recognition and Honors Convocation on April 23, 2013.

The University of Mount Union's Senior Recognition and Honors Convocation recognizes graduating seniors and underclassman students who have excelled academically, displayed excellent leadership skills and shown dedication to the University and community through outstanding community service initiatives.

Awards were presented to deserving students, ranging from general to discipline-specific.

About the University of Mount Union

The University of Mount Union, founded in 1846, is a four-year private institution that has a liberal arts tradition. The University is located in Alliance, OH, 80 miles of both Cleveland and Pittsburgh. Mount Union offers many different programs and career specific undergraduate and graduate programs to its 2,200 students who experience outstanding opportunities for success after graduation. Ranked as one of America's Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report, the University is committed to providing a student centered approach and an exceptional educational experience. For more information, visit

Area students honored at Illinois College PDF Print E-mail
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Written by MaryEllen Roy   
Wednesday, 22 May 2013 15:59

JACKSONVILLE, IL (05/22/2013)(readMedia)-- The following students received the following scholarship(s) during the Illinois College third annual Celebration of Excellence, on Friday, April 26.

Taylor Brien of Bettendorf, Iowa received the Raymond L. Gillmore II Memorial Scholarship and the David S. Watson History Award.

Elizabeth Manary of Moline, Ill. received the Earle B. Miller Scholarship in Mathematics, Jeanne Rantz Rammelkamp Scholarship and the Rammelkamp Honor Scholar.

Kelsey McFarren of Fulton, Ill. received the Dennis J. Ryan Memorial Drama Award.

The Celebration of Excellence featured more than 40 students presenting recent research efforts during presentations and poster sessions in various locations on campus. Presentation and poster subjects covered all areas of the liberal arts curriculum.

The Illinois College Department of Music Honors Recital was performed in Rammelkamp Chapel and a dessert reception concluded the Celebration of Excellence activities later that evening. The reception was a final opportunity to recognize various academic departmental honors.

Founded in 1829, Illinois College is a residential liberal arts college fostering academic excellence rooted in opportunities for experiential learning while preparing students for lifelong success. Illinois College is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools. Visit or call 217-245-3048 for more information.


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