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Mary Andringa next co-chair of the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council starting July 1, 2013 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Office of the Governor of Iowa   
Monday, 03 December 2012 15:42

(DES MOINES) - Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds today announced that Mary Vermeer Andringa, president and CEO of Vermeer Corporation in Pella, will serve as co-chair of the Governor’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Advisory Council when University of Northern Iowa President Ben Allen steps down from that role on June 30, 2013. Andringa will assume the role of co-chair next July 1.

The 40-member STEM Advisory Council has been co-chaired by Reynolds and Allen since Branstad established it by Executive Order 74 in 2011. Reynolds will continue serving as co-chair. The new council is working to bolster STEM education, STEM innovation and to better position Iowa’s young people and economy for the future.

“It is with great pleasure that Lieutenant Governor Reynolds and I announce that Mary Andringa will become the next co-chair of the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council,” said Branstad. “Mary’s outstanding leadership and background in both business and education uniquely position her to continue to build Iowa’s commitment to STEM. We are determined to boost student interest and achievement in STEM and promote STEM economic development.”

Andringa began a two-year term as chair of the National Association of Manufacturers, the nation’s largest manufacturing association, in January 2011. As the association’s first woman chair, she leads its efforts to promote a robust manufacturing sector.  She is also one of 18 private sector members of President Obama’s Export Council, where she represents manufacturing on key trade matters. Andringa began her career as a K-6 music teacher in Iowa City, Iowa. She began working in market research at Vermeer in 1982.

“I am thrilled that Mary has agreed to serve as co-chair of the Governor’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Advisory Council,” said Reynolds.  “It has been a great honor to serve with President Allen, whose vision and insight have helped move the STEM Council and its 40 hard-working members forward.  I look forward to working with Mary and value the many perspectives that she brings to this initiative."

In May, the council created a network of six regional STEM hubs to meet local STEM needs across the state. In October, the council announced that more than 800 schools and community organizations will participate in scale-up programs in 2012-13 provided through the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council. A generous $4.7 million appropriation from the 2012 Legislature is making the council’s work possible.

The Governor’s STEM Advisory Council’s priorities moving forward include establishing STEM-focused schools to offer students more STEM education opportunities, building an online portal to house a best practices clearinghouse, and increasing retention of top math and science teachers.


Branstad names Hannah Walsh as student member to state Board of Regents PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tim Albrecht   
Friday, 30 November 2012 15:36

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry Branstad today named University of Iowa student Hannah Walsh as the student member to the state Board of Regents.

Walsh, 20, is from Spirit Lake and majoring in Political Science. She has served as a page in the Iowa Senate and serves as the co-chair of the University of Iowa Governmental Relations Committee.

“Hannah is an outstanding student leader, and I am excited to see what she accomplishes in working with the Board of Regents,” said Branstad. “It is important for students to have an effective advocate who understands their concerns, and Hannah will be an effective leader for students at all three state universities.”

Walsh’s term begins today. She will serve until April 30, 2015. Her term is subject to Senate confirmation. Walsh is filling the rest of Greta Johnson’s term, who is no longer a student at a Regent university.

“Hannah Walsh has demonstrated her passion through her involvement with numerous activities at the University of Iowa,” said Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds. “She will bring fresh ideas and a new outlook to the board.”

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Jordan Catholic School first quarter Honor Roll PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Janine Parr   
Thursday, 29 November 2012 15:23

Emma Beardsley
Gabe Beardsley
Chloe Boyd
Bryan Cook
Anna Darrow
John Do
Sydney Elliott
Jonathan Fernandez
Grant Florence
Julia Fout
Parker Georlett
Lauren Hird
Evan Juarez
Hannah Luppen
Olivia Manternach
Haley Mosely
Paige Nimrick
Mackenzie Parboosingh
Faith Pickslay
Vanessa Reger
Ava Reynolds
Lily Schoeck
Kaitlyn Zonnevylle

Alyssa Klauer
Rebecca Nonnenmann
Jenna Pauley
Lauryn Praet
Clare VanSpeybroeck
Aviana Zahara

Antonio Anderson
Megan Beckwith
Noel Huntley
Peter Moens
Samantha Sharp
Ashley Slaight
Peyton Tanghe

Ben Luppen
Makenna Freyberger
Collin Rogiers
Collin Solorzano
Luke Trondson

Jonathan Berry
Selena Castaneda
Emily Elliott
Nate Maynard
Aaron Mickelson
Mary Powers
Lily Steffen
Logan Swartz
Natika Woods

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



Zoe Arvanitis
Alyssa Carpita
Bailey Estes
Amber Guzzo
Brendan Hird
Kale Hyder
Cloie Jennings

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.

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Written by Tami Seitz   
Tuesday, 27 November 2012 12:37
Beginning at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29 at Rock Island High School, the AT&T Foundation, the corporate philanthropy organization of AT&T Inc., will announce a joint grant to Western Illinois University-Quad Cities counselor education department and Rock Island High School's PACERS program. PACERS is an intensive mentoring and academic support program designed to help at-risk ninth grade students with personal, social and academic success.

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Written by Laurie Johns   
Monday, 26 November 2012 14:41

Nearly $120,000 awarded in last three years of program

WEST DES MOINES, IOWA – Nov. 21, 2012 – Agriculture is much more than a farmer driving a tractor across a field. It’s the scientist at the seed company, the sales person at the local implement store and even the veterinarian who cares for pets and livestock alike. Modern agriculture reaches people every day from the jobs they hold, the food they eat, the fuel in their cars and the clothes in their closets.

Farming is a diverse and dynamic industry and the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation (IFBF) and the state’s county Farm Bureau offices continue to help teachers take that information to their students with an annual Teacher Supplement Grant program.

The program, established in 2003, awards $200 for use in classroom programs that promote agricultural literacy. With Iowans two to three generations removed from the family farm, IFBF’s program works to help today’s students learn about the diverse and dynamic nature of agriculture. The 2013 subject areas are health or wellness with an emphasis on nutrition, art, music, physical education or fitness.

“We’ve awarded nearly $120,000 to teachers in the last three years of the grant program and we’ve been so impressed with the creative ways teachers have devised to bring agriculture to their students,” said Barb Lykins, IFBF director of community resources. “It’s not just buying some books about farming. We’ve seen music teachers creating songs and nutrition classes incorporating information about raising food into their classes. With one of six Iowa jobs related, indirectly or directly, to agriculture, it’s a great opportunity to bring creative ag education to Iowa’s elementary schools and help them understand how farming is part of those students’ lives.”

The program is accepting applications until Feb. 8, 2013. To apply, go to and fill out the online form. Grants will be awarded in March 2013. For more information, contact Lykins at 515-225-5460.


About Iowa Farm Bureau

The Iowa Farm Bureau Federation is a grassroots, statewide organization dedicated to enhancing the People, Progress and Pride of Iowa.  More than 153,000 families in Iowa are Farm Bureau members, working together to achieve farm and rural prosperity.  For more information about Farm Bureau and agriculture, visit the online media center at

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