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Simon to testify on college affordability PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kara Beach   
Thursday, 28 February 2013 09:48

SPRINGFIELD – Lt. Governor Sheila Simon will testify at a joint hearing of the Senate and House Higher Education Committees on Wednesday, presenting her findings on affordability at the state’s public higher education institutions.

Simon, the state’s point person on education reform, recently released “Game Changers,” a culminating report on her Affordability Summits at Illinois’ 12 public universities this past fall. Coupled with her first-hand experience visiting the state’s community colleges, Simon will outline financial barriers to higher education access and completion, and improvements that can help make college more affordable. Among her suggestions is an income tax credit for Illinois college graduates who stay in Illinois to work.

“Higher education affordability is an overwhelming barrier to our students’ achievement and our state’s economic growth,” Lt. Governor Simon said. “Affordable community colleges and universities prepare our students for in-demand jobs and demonstrate our commitment to fostering a highly-skilled workforce.”


DATE: Wednesday, Feb. 27
‪TIME: 3 p.m.
PLACE: Stratton Office Building Room D-1, Springfield

NOTE: Lt. Governor Simon will hold a brief media availability immediately following her testimony.

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Grassley: West Point Appoints Students from Dubuque, Davenport, Cedar Rapids, Coon Rapids PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sen. Chuck Grassley   
Thursday, 28 February 2013 08:54

WASHINGTON – Senator Chuck Grassley said today four young Iowans have received appointments to the United States Military Academy at West Point for the 2013-2014 school year.  The students are:

·         Adam Bradley of Dubuque, son of Joan and Pat Bradley. Adam will graduate in May from Wahlert Catholic High School where he is a member of the National Honor Society and a Student Ambassador.  He also participated in Step-Up Club, Interact Club, Spanish Club, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, football, tennis, and Show and Chamber Choir.  He is in Thespian Troupe #3842 and on the Dubuque Area Youth Leadership Council.

·         Brett Morales of Davenport, son of Sandra and Mark Nissen. Brett will graduate in June from West High School where he is a Junior ROTC student.  He also participated in cross country, rifle and marksmanship, and track and field.  While a student in Baumholder, Germany, Brett participated in the International Student Leadership Institute.

·         Patrick Mullin of Cedar Rapids, son of Sharon and David Mullin. Patrick will graduate in May from Xavier High School where he is on the Principal Advisory Team and a member of the Student Senate, Key Club, Marching and Concert Band, Science Club, and Spanish Club.  He participated in football, basketball, and track.  Patrick also is active in Youth Leadership for Five Seasons, the National Council on Youth Leadership, Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD), the International Round Table, and the Iowa Association of Student Councils.

·         Wilson Pingrey of Coon Rapids, son of Julie and Kenneth Pingrey. Wilson will graduate in May from Coon Rapids-Bayard Junior-Senior High School where he is a member of the National Honor Society, the Student Advisory Council, the Mentoring Program, Chorus, and Spanish Club.  He participated in American Legion Boys State and is a class officer.  Wilson also participated in Mock Trial, Olympic Weightlifting, football, trapshooting, and swimming.

Already this year, Orion Boylston of Ames and Matthew Lee and Jackson Peplow of Iowa City were selected by the United States Naval Academy for fall admission.

All of these students were among the Iowans Grassley nominated this year for appointments to the U.S. service academies.  Information about seeking nominations is posted at http://grassley.senate.gov/info/academy_nominations.cfm.

For more than 200 years, these academies have educated and trained individuals to lead and command the U.S. armed forces.

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Host an Exchange Student PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Courtney Wade   
Tuesday, 26 February 2013 15:30

World Heritage Student Exchange Program, a highly respected, non-profit, public-benefit organization, is seeking local host families for high school boys and girls from Scandinavia, France, Germany, Italy, Thailand, China, South Korea, and the former Soviet Republics. Students are already awaiting word on their host families for the 2013-2014 academic school year. Host families provide room, board, and guidance for a teenager living thousands of miles from home. Couples, single parents, and families with or without children in the home are all encouraged to apply.

The exchange students arrive from their home country shortly before the 2013-2014 school year begins and each World Heritage student is fully insured, brings his/her own personal spending money and expects to bear his/her share of household responsibilities, as well as being included in normal family activities and lifestyles.

If you are interested in opening your home and sharing your family life with a young person from abroad or helping others become host families, please call Area Coordinator Courtney Wade at 866-939-4111 or email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Please also visit our website at www.whhosts.com.

 
UNIVERSITY OF IOWA FALL DEAN'S LIST PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lois J. Gray   
Tuesday, 26 February 2013 15:26

Iowa City, Iowa - Some 4,000 undergraduate students at the University of Iowa were named to the Dean's list for the 2012 fall semester. The guidelines for inclusion on the list are as follows:

Moline, IL
Jessica Michele Brower, Liberal Arts & Sciences;
Melissa Diane Dawkins, Liberal Arts & Sciences;
Carissa Marie Dewaele, Liberal Arts & Sciences;
Ross Parker Elliott, Liberal Arts & Sciences;
William Exon Elliott, Liberal Arts & Sciences;
Drew Matthew Marlier, Liberal Arts & Sciences;
Samantha Nicole McCarthy, Liberal Arts & Sciences;
Eugene Mitchell Pavinato, Liberal Arts & Sciences;


Rock Island, IL
Nicholas Robert Carlson, Liberal Arts & Sciences;
Sarah Marie Jacoby, Liberal Arts & Sciences;
Kevin Robert Johnson, Engineering;
Nick Henry Neppl, Liberal Arts & Sciences;
Donte Mikael Nesbitt, Liberal Arts & Sciences;
Brittney Janae Ross, Nursing;

Undergraduate students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the College of Engineering, and the Tippie College of Business who achieve a grade point average of 3.50 or higher on 12 semester hours or more of UI graded course work during a given semester or summer session and who have no semester hours of I (incomplete) or O (no grade reported) during the same semester are recognized by inclusion on the Dean's List for that semester.
Undergraduate students in the Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine may qualify for the Dean's List with fewer than 12 semester hours of graded credit if deemed appropriate by the college.
Beginning fall 2011, College of Nursing students participating in clinical courses must have a total of 12 semester hours of earned credit, with 8 semester hours of graded credit with a grade point average of 3.50 or higher.

 
UNIVERSITY OF IOWA FALL GRADS LIST PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lois J. Gray   
Tuesday, 26 February 2013 15:24

The University of Iowa awarded an estimated 1,500 degrees at the close of the 2012 fall session. Among the students from the Quad Cities area who received degrees at the UI commencement are:

Moline, IL
Jessica Michele Brower, Liberal Arts & Sciences;
Melissa Diane Dawkins, Liberal Arts & Sciences;
Carissa Marie Dewaele, Liberal Arts & Sciences;
Ross Parker Elliott, Liberal Arts & Sciences;
William Exon Elliott, Liberal Arts & Sciences;
Drew Matthew Marlier, Liberal Arts & Sciences;
Samantha Nicole McCarthy, Liberal Arts & Sciences;
Eugene Mitchell Pavinato, Liberal Arts & Sciences;


Rock Island, IL
Nicholas Robert Carlson, Liberal Arts & Sciences;
Sarah Marie Jacoby, Liberal Arts & Sciences;
Kevin Robert Johnson, Engineering;
Nick Henry Neppl, Liberal Arts & Sciences;
Donte Mikael Nesbitt, Liberal Arts & Sciences;
Brittney Janae Ross, Nursing;

 
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