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Local Schools Calling Astronauts! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Associated Press   
Thursday, 24 January 2013 11:07

 DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) _ About 250 students from Davenport and nearby Illinois schools have an appointment to talk with astronauts on board the International Space Station on Friday.

The event is scheduled for 11 a.m. for students gathered at the Putnam Museum of History and Natural Science in Davenport.

Participating students are from North High School, Smart Middle School and Buffalo Elementary in Davenport. In addition students from elementary schools in Rock Island and Moline in Illinois are invited.

Their conversation with astronauts Kevin Ford and Tom Marshburn will be carried live on NASA Television and the agency's website.

NASA works with educational organizations in the United States to improve teaching and learning in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics using the unique environment of space and the human spaceflight program.

 
Bellevue University Celebrates Fall and Winter 2012 Degree Conferrals, Dynamic Conferral Increase Over Previous Decade PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jim Maxwell   
Wednesday, 23 January 2013 13:55

(January 21, 2013 - Bellevue, Neb.) Bellevue University proudly acknowledges the accomplishments of students who have earned degrees from July through December 2012 - 1,317 total, including 403 master's degrees and 914 bachelor's degrees.

Jerome Richardson of Davenport earned his BS in Project Management.

Bellevue University is ranked second among all Nebraska institutions awarding the highest number of degrees and first among independent institutions, according to the most recent report from the Nebraska Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education. The report cites that Bellevue University conferred 3,101 degrees in the 2010-2011 academic year, just behind the University of Nebraska - Lincoln, the state's largest academic institution. A private, non-profit institution, the University accounted for 55 percent of the increase in the number of degrees awarded by independent Nebraska institutions between 2000-01 and 2010-11.

Bellevue University offers more than 40 undergraduate degree programs and 18 graduate degree programs, with more programs in development. Those programs apply the University's unique active learning approach which allows students to attend class in a classroom or online, and meet with fellow students, discuss lessons with instructors, complete assignments and conduct research.

Bellevue University first offered online classes in November 1996 with a handful of students and six courses. Today, Bellevue University has more than 7,000 online students from all over the globe enrolled in more than 400 courses. Overall, more than 10,000 students now attend Bellevue University, making it the largest private university in Nebraska. The University recently earned a top ten ranking by the U.S. News 2013 Top Online Education Program Rankings in the category of best online bachelor's degrees.

Bellevue University is a recognized national leader in providing post-secondary education opportunities for working adults. A private, non-profit institution, Bellevue University serves students at learning sites in three states, as well as worldwide through its award-winning online learning platform. Bellevue University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. For more information, visit www.bellevue.edu.

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Iowa Farmers Support local schools through Second Annual America’s Farmers Grow Rural EducationSM PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Stephanie Miller   
Wednesday, 23 January 2013 13:52

Iowa to receive up to $115,000 for math and science programs across the state

ST. LOUIS (Jan. 16, 2013) – For the second consecutive year, America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education SM, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, will give Iowa farmers the opportunity to enhance math and science programs in their communities. Now until April 15, 2013, farmers can nominate a local public school district to compete for a merit-based grant of up to $25,000. Administrators of nominated school districts may then submit grant applications through April 30, 2013. This year, the program expands to 26 new counties, for a total of 1,271 eligible counties across 39 states.

The America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education program is part of a broad commitment by the Monsanto Fund to highlight the important contributions farmers make every day to society.  Following a successful pilot in Minnesota and Illinois, America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education debuted nationally last year, awarding $2.3 million to school districts coast to coast.

“We believe engaging rural youth in their math and science studies lays the foundation for a bright future,” said Deborah Patterson, Monsanto Fund president. “This generation is the future of agriculture, and funding from the Grow Rural Education program helps ensure they are ready to be the next great leaders.”

Eligible farmers can nominate their favorite public school district by visiting www.GrowRuralEducation.com and following the “Nominate Now” link on the top, left-hand corner of the page. Farmers may also nominate a school district by calling 1-877-267-3332.

In 2012, the following Iowa school districts received a total of $165,000 to enhance math and science curriculums:

·         George Little Rock Community Schools, $10,000

·         Hampton-Dumont Community School District, $10,000

·         Lamoni Community School District, $10,000

·         Logan-Magnolia School District, $10,000

·         Marmon Trail Community School District, $25,000

·         New Hampton School District, $25,000

·         New London Community School District, $10,000

·         North Tama County Community School District, $10,000

·         Northeast Community School District, $10,000

·         Riceville Community School District, $10,000

·         Schleswig Community School District, $25,000

·         Sidney Community School District, $10,000

Thanks to the support of local farmers and the grant from America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education℠, Lamoni School District received a $10,000 grant to purchase modern scientific tools to expand student understanding.

“Using the funds from the America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education grant, we purchased new lab equipment so our students can apply science to real life,” said Shirley Kessel, 2012 grant application writer for Lamoni Schools. “Schools are at the heart of smaller communities and we greatly appreciate the support of our local nominating farmers.”

Grants will be awarded by the Monsanto Fund based on merit, need and community support. The America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education Advisory Council, a group of 30 farmer leaders from across the country, will select the winning grant applications.  Advisory Council members were selected based on their passion for agriculture and education, as well as experience in rural school districts.

America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education is part of the Monsanto Fund’s overall effort to strengthen America’s farming communities. Another program that is part of this effort is America’s Farmers Grow Communities, which gives winning farmers the opportunity to direct a $2,500 donation to a community nonprofit organization in their county.
For more information about the America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education program and to view the official rules, visit www.GrowRuralEducation.com. To read more about the 2013 Grow Rural Education launch, and to view the 2013 launch video, please visit http://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/1/prweb10308518.htm.

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Local Students Volunteered In Texas During Winter Break PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Rachel Vogel Quinn   
Wednesday, 23 January 2013 13:40

PELLA, (01/22/2013)(readMedia)-- The following local students volunteered on a mission trip in McAllen, Texas, during winter break at Central College:

Emily Huegel, a native of Bettendorf, Iowa and a elementary education major at Central College

Ashlyn Huegel, a native of Bettendorf, Iowa and a exploring major at Central College

Levi Spain, a native of Lost Nation, Iowa and a business management major at Central College

Angie Allgood, a native of Muscatine, Iowa and a exploring major at Central College

Meghan Brophy, a native of Bettendorf, Iowa and a religion major at Central College

Alicia Huegel, a native of Bettendorf, Iowa and a exploring major at Central College

Kevin Templeton, a native of Muscatine, Iowa and a music education-vocal major at Central College

Students traveled during winter break at Central College in order to volunteer on a mission trip in McAllen, Texas from Jan. 3 to Jan. 12.The group of 84 students was led by the Campus Ministries team, including Chaplain Joe Brummel, Sarah Schlager and Nick Rohner.

The students had the opportunity to volunteer in public schools, Habitat for Humanity houses and boarding schools for Mexican girls; serve meals at Boarder Missions; and put on kids' carnivals in impoverished neighborhoods.

Central College is a residential liberal arts college dedicated to the education of 1,500 undergraduate students. Guided by its ecumenical Christian tradition, the college community engages in vigorous, free, open inquiry in pursuit of academic excellence. Founded in 1853, the college is affiliated with the Reformed Church in America and NCAA Division III athletics.

Central is a recognized leader in study abroad as a result of its international, residential programs. Central College is located in Pella, Iowa, a thriving community of 10,000 two minutes from the state's largest lake and 40 minutes southwest of Des Moines. Please visit the college website at www.central.edu.

 
Community Foundation of North Lee County Announces Lawrence and Marilyn Matteson Foundation Scholarship PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Natalie Anderson   
Wednesday, 23 January 2013 13:36
Lee County, IA – The Community Foundation of North Lee County, an affiliate of the Community Foundation of the Great River Bend, is excited to announce a scholarship opportunity available to graduating seniors who are entering 2-year degree or certificate programs.

The Lawrence and Marilyn Matteson Foundation Scholarship was established in 2012 to assist graduating seniors from select area high schools pursuing degrees leading to careers in career & technical programs or engineering. Examples of 2-year degree or certificate programs include fields like construction, technology, industrial production, electronics, or similar fields.

Seniors from the following high schools are eligible to apply: Central Lee, Danville, Fort Madison, Keokuk, Mediapolis, Mount Pleasant, New London, Waco, Wapello, Winfield and home school students who live in these school districts.

Scholarships will be awarded for either $1000 or $2000 for the 2013-14 school year. Students who make adequate academic progress can qualify for a second year of funding, at the same amount as the first year.

For the 2013-14 academic year, applications will be accepted until March 31, 2013. A panel of volunteers who live in the Lee County region will review applications and select recipients. Recipients will be notified by the end of June and scholarship checks mailed to the student's college or program by the end of August, 2013.

To learn more and to apply, visit www.iowacommunityfoundations.org/north-lee-county-community-foundation.aspx.

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