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Bellevue University Celebrates January to June Degree Conferrals PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jim Maxwell   
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 12:30

(July 23, 2014 - Bellevue, Neb.) Bellevue University proudly acknowledges the accomplishments of students who have earned degrees from January through June 2014 - 813 total, including 247 graduate degrees and 566 bachelor's degrees.

Graduates include Cosby Johnson of Rock Island with a BS in Business.

Bellevue University offers more than 50 undergraduate degree programs and 21 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 has more than 7,000 online students from all over the globe enrolled in more than 400 courses. Overall, more than 13,000 students attend the University throughout the calendar year, making it the largest private university in Nebraska. The University recently earned a top twenty ranking by the U.S. News 2014 Top Online Education Program Rankings in the category of best online bachelor's degrees.

Bellevue University is ranked second among all Nebraska institutions conferring degrees and first among independent institutions, according to the Nebraska Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education.


Shannon Beshears Named to the Spring 2014 President's Honor Roll at Oklahoma City University PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Rod Jones   
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 08:16

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK (07/22/2014)(readMedia)-- Oklahoma City University is proud to announce that Shannon Beshears of Milan, IL has been named to the President's Honor Roll for the spring 2014 semester.

Students must complete a minimum of 12 credit hours during a semester and maintain a GPA of 3.9 or higher to meet the President's Honor Roll requirements.

Founded in 1904, Oklahoma City University is a non-profit, comprehensive, private United Methodist university that is consistently ranked among the best in its category. OCU students pursue academic excellence through a rigorous liberal arts & sciences core curriculum that focuses on their intellectual, moral and spiritual development.

Kathleen McNamara Named to Dean's List, Honor Roll at University of Northern Colorado PDF Print E-mail
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Written by University of Northern Colorado Dean of Students Office   
Tuesday, 22 July 2014 10:59
Kathleen McNamara of Bettendorf has been named to the Dean's List of Distinction in recognition of her outstanding scholarship for the 2013-14 academic year at the University of Northern Colorado.

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Written by Marco LaNave   
Monday, 21 July 2014 08:58

DAVENPORT, Iowa. (July 18, 2014) – The first-ever Batting for Scholars Home Run Derby to benefit the Bandit Scholars Program has been rescheduled for Sunday, Sept. 21. The event will give fans and people across the Quad Cities region the chance to swing for the fences at Modern Woodmen Park.

Presented by Modern Woodmen of America and Triumph Community Bank, the Batting for Scholars Home Run Derby will include a Minors Division, with participants from Tee Ball through age 17, and a Majors Division, including all ages at a competitive level. Registration will begin at 10 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 21. The Minors Division event will take place at 11 a.m., and the Majors Division event will be at 2 p.m. that day. Participants receive a free River Bandits T-shirt and a ticket to a 2015 River Bandits game. Non-participants are welcome to catch balls in the outfield of Modern Woodmen Park during the derby.

"The Batting for Scholars Home Run Derby offers a great opportunity for people in the Quad Cities to show off their skills and enjoy a unique and memorable experience on the field of Modern Woodmen Park," said River Bandits owner Dave Heller. "The best part is all of the money raised at this unique event will help pay the college tuition for Quad Cities area students - perhaps in the future including one of the young participants in this first-ever Batting for Scholars Home Run Derby!"

The Minors Division will have three competitions - Single A (players in Tee Ball through levels under age 10), Double A (ages 10 to 12), and Triple A (ages 13 to 17). The top three winners in each division will receive prizes. Registration is $20 per participant, and each hitter can choose to hit baseballs or softballs. The registration deadline is Monday, Sept. 15

Majors Division will include all ages at a competitive level, hitting softball pitches. The winner will receive $200 cash and a 2015 suite rental as prizes. Registration is $30 per participant and limited to the first 50 who register. The deadline is Monday, Sept. 15.

All fans are welcome to catch balls in the outfield during the derby. Non-participants for the home run derby are asked to make a $5 donation to the Bandit Scholars Program.

The Batting for Scholars Home Run Derby registration form is available at Modern Woodmen Park and at More information is available by contacting Brittany Carter at 563-333-2736 or emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

The Bandit Scholars Program was founded in 2009 by the Quad Cities River Bandits' team owners Dave Heller and Bob Herrfeldt; the program pays the entire first year of college tuition for Quad Cities area students through the Keith Lucier Memorial Scholarship and the Bandit Scholarship. The Keith Lucier Memorial Scholarship is named in honor of the late Keith Lucier, who passed away in 2009. The Bandit Scholars Program and, in particular, the Lucier Scholarship, honors Keith's strong belief in higher education and celebrates his love for sports, learning, charitable endeavors and the greater Quad Cities community. Lucier graduated from Bettendorf High School and the University of Iowa. He was the River Bandits' Assistant General Manager in 2008.

The scholarships are administered by the non-profit Community Foundation of the Great River Bend, and recipients are selected by a committee made up of Lucier's family, friends, River Bandits' staff, CFGRB volunteers and area community leaders. Awarded annually to Quad Cities area high school seniors, each scholarship includes a summer internship with the River Bandits following the winner's first year of college. Tax-free donations to the scholarship fund can be made through the CFGRB web site.

The scholarships are funded by fan donations and fund-raising efforts by the River Bandits and the team's ownership. Fundraising events include the annual Frost Fest, Bandits Race to Home 5K and Bandit Scholars Home Run Derby, set for July 26-27 this season. Through the partnership with the Community Foundation of the Great River Bend, donors can make online, tax-deductible donations to the Bandit Scholars Program by going to Fans can also visit the Bandit Scholars Program page on the team's website,, and follow a link to the Bandit Scholars page on the Foundation's website. Beginning with the next scholarship application cycle in 2015, students from eight Quad Cities-area counties - Henry, Mercer, Rock Island and Whiteside Counties of Illinois, and Cedar, Louisa, Muscatine and Scott Counties of Iowa - will be eligible for the scholarships.

Brian Knuth graduated with a Master of Arts in Teaching degree at Rockford University's 160th Commencement Ceremony. PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Rockford Univ Communications Office   
Friday, 18 July 2014 12:58

ROCKFORD, IL (07/17/2014)(readMedia)-- Brian Knuth of Davenport, IA received a Master of Arts in Teaching degree at Rockford University's 160th Commencement Ceremony.

Rockford University is a private four-year, co-educational institution founded in 1847 offering undergraduate and graduate degrees in traditional liberal arts and professional fields. The University offers approximately 80 majors, minors and concentrations, including the adult accelerated degree completion program for a B.S. in Management Studies and a BSN-C bachelor's completion program in Nursing. Through its Graduate Studies department, degrees are extended to include the Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT). Rockford University is home to one of only 11 Phi Beta Kappa (PBK) chapters in Illinois, the most prestigious honor society in the United States. Named by The Princeton Review as a Best Midwestern College and one of only 81 colleges in the nation as a "College with a Conscience," Rockford University currently serves approximately 1,250 full-and part-time students.

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