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Spring semester Deans' List, Honor Roll named at Univ. of Nebraska - Lincoln PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tom Simons   
Friday, 13 June 2014 13:11

LINCOLN, NE (06/11/2014)(readMedia)-- The University of Nebraska-Lincoln has announced its Deans' List and Honor Roll for the spring semester of the 2013-14 academic year. Those named included the following area students:

Rock Island: Joseph Jacquin Philibert, College of Engineering Dean's List, freshman, chemical engineering major.

Bettendorf: Nathaniel Robert Sullivan, College of Fine and Performing Arts Dean's List, senior, music major.

Qualification for the Dean's List varies among the eight undergraduate colleges and the Honor Roll for undeclared students. Listed below are the minimum requirements for each entity and the name of its respective dean or director. All qualifying grade-point averages are based on a 4-point scale and a minimum of 12 or more graded semester hours. Students can be on the Dean's List for more than one college.

College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, 3.75; Dean Steven F. Waller.

College of Architecture, top 10 percent of the students in the college; Interim Dean Kim Wilson.

College of Arts and Sciences, 3.7; Interim Dean Steve Goddard.

College of Business Administration, 3.6; Dean Donde Plowman.

College of Education and Human Sciences, 3.75; Dean Marjorie Kostelnik.

College of Engineering, 3.5; Dean Tim Wei.

College of Journalism and Mass Communications, 3.7; Interim Dean James O'Hanlon.

Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts, 3.7; Dean Charles O'Connor.

Honor Roll for undeclared students, 3.6; Director of Undergraduate Education Nancy Mitchell.

A full list of Deans' List and Honor Roll students can be found at

Lucas Strombeck Named to Dean's List at Cornell University PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Linda Glaser   
Friday, 13 June 2014 12:45

ITHACA, NY (06/11/2014)(readMedia)-- Cornell University's Lucas Strombeck of Davenport has been placed on the Dean's List of the College of Arts and Sciences for Excellence in Scholarship for the Spring 2014 semester.

The College of Arts and Sciences is Cornell University's largest undergraduate college. It provides a high-quality liberal arts education to its own students, and its courses are also accessible to all other students at Cornell. The college's faculty includes national and international leaders in their respective disciplines.

Iowa City, IA teen set to compete in national scholarship competition this month PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Megan Gunter   
Friday, 13 June 2014 12:33
Distinguished Young Women program promotes and rewards scholarship, leadership and talent in high school girls
Mobile, Ala. (June 11, 2014) – Alexandra Grady of Iowa City, IA will travel to Mobile, Ala. on Sunday, June 15 to participate in the 57th Distinguished Young Women National Finals to be held June 26, 27 and 28 at the Mobile Civic Center Theater. Grady is one of 50 state representatives competing for a share of more than $150,000 in cash scholarships and the opportunity to represent the program as the Distinguished Young Woman of America for 2014.

Following her selection as the Distinguished Young Woman of Iowa, Grady began preparations for the National Finals competition, which will include five categories of evaluation: scholastics (20%), interview (25%), fitness (15%), talent (25%) and self-expression (15%). During her two weeks in Mobile, Grady will participate in team building activities, complete community service projects, interact with the Gulf Coast community through various events and engage in many hours of rehearsal in preparation for the three night scholarship competition.

“We are delighted to have fifty of the best young women that America has to offer to come to our city to participate in the 57th National Finals,” said Pam Patterson, Interim Executive Director for Distinguished Young Women.  “Mobile always opens its arms and welcomes these young ladies into their hearts and their homes.  Sunday will be a great day as we meet these gifted individuals and begin our journey toward selecting the Distinguished Young Woman of America for 2014.”

If selected as the program’s overall winner, Grady will spend the next year representing Distinguished Young Women across the country through various appearances and promoting the program’s national outreach initiative of “Be Your Best Self.” The outreach program is designed to combat major issues facing children today including childhood obesity and high school drop out rates, as well as encourage young people to take an active interest in their communities through service. The outreach program consists of five elements - Be Healthy, Be Involved, Be Studious, Be Ambitious and Be Responsible.

Grady is a 2014 graduate of Iowa City West High School and the daughter of Marsha and David Grady.

To view the live webcast of the Distinguished Young Women National Finals, visit on Saturday, June 28 at 7 p.m. CST. To see photos of participants during their time in Mobile, visit

About Distinguished Young Women
Founded in 1958 in Mobile, Alabama, Distinguished Young Women is the largest and oldest national scholarship program for high school girls. During its 57 years of operation, the program has provided life-changing experiences for more than 730,000 young women. Last year, Distinguished Young Women provided more than $367 million in cash and college scholarship opportunities to program participants at the local, state and national level. Previously known as America’s Junior Miss, the program announced its new name in June 2010.

The mission of Distinguished Young Women is to positively impact the lives of young women by providing a transformative experience that promotes and rewards scholarship, leadership and talent. National sponsors include the City of Mobile, Mobile County, Barbara Barrington Jones Family Foundation, State of Alabama, Alabama Resource Conservation and Development Councils, Encore Rehabilitation, Wintzell’s Oyster House, Alabama Power Foundation, Master Boat Builders and Regions Financial Corporation.

For more information about Distinguished Young Women, contact Megan Gunter, National Headquarters Communications Director (251-622-5335, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) or visit Find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube:;;; The official Distinguished Young Women hashtag for the 57th National Finals is #DYW2014.

Samantha Glackin of Moline contributes to "The Emergence of Modern Joliet" art exhibit PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kathrynne Skonicki   
Friday, 13 June 2014 12:13

ROMEOVILLE, IL (06/11/2014)(readMedia)-- Samantha Glackin helped create "The Emergence of Modern Joliet: Art, Industry and Urbanization" art exhibit that will be on display from June 16-July 11 in The Brent and Jean Wadsworth Family Gallery, located on Lewis University's main campus in Romeoville. A special reception for the exhibit will be held at 5 p.m. on July 9. The free exhibit is open to the public from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on weekends.

The art exhibition features the work of Lewis University students and historical collections in a partnership between Lewis University and the Joliet Area Historical Museum. The History of Illinois class of Dr. Dennis Cremin, history professor and director of the Lewis University History Center, researched the topics and drafted text for the exhibit panels. The exhibit's scheme was a group effort by students in the Advanced Design class directed by Leslie Colonna, Lewis University instructor of art and design.

Those students who participated in the History of Illinois class included: Sean Barber, Nicholas Czerwinski, Jocelyn Davila, Joshua Dittman, Patrick Franks, Samantha Glackin, Adrienne Gonzales, Michael Hines, Sarah Langheld, Anthony Larocca, Zeferino Martinez, Kelsey O'Brien, Tyson Polack, Alan Rosas, Brittany Russell and Zachary Zalewski.

Advanced Design students who contributed significantly to the exhibit included: Elizabeth Apostolos, Lauren Kill, Connor McLennan, Kendra Mills, Cory Seng, Lauren Trzeciak and Sandra Zuchara.

At its core are original works of art from the past and present placed in the region's history. The exhibit features 15 original drawings by Adele Fay Williams (1858-1937), which are part of the Adelmann Regional History Collection at Lewis University.

The gallery is part of the Oremus Fine Arts Center at Lewis University. The Department of Art and Design manages the gallery events, which include Lewis University student shows, local and regional artist shows, annual high school exhibits, faculty shows, academic based exhibitions and cultural and religious based art shows. More information is available about the Art Gallery and exhibits by contacting Natalie Swain, art gallery coordinator, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Lewis University is a Catholic university in the Lasallian tradition offering distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to more than 6,600 traditional and adult students. Lewis offers multiple campus locations, online degree programs, and a variety of formats that provide accessibility and convenience to a growing student population. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis prepares intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected, and socially responsible graduates. The seventh largest private not-for-profit university in Illinois, Lewis has been nationally recognized by The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report. Visit for further information.

Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Strengthen Education in Illinois PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Katie Hickey   
Friday, 13 June 2014 12:03

Bills Increase Support for Birth-to-Three Early Childhood Programs and Help Provide Incentives for Deserving Teachers

CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation to strengthen education in Illinois. The new laws support early childhood education funding and make it easier to give incentives for teacher excellence. Today’s action is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to give every child the opportunity for a high-quality education.

“The period from birth to three years of age is the most critical time in a child’s development and we must do all we can to give our youngest residents the education they need to succeed in life,” Governor Quinn said. “We should also let our top educators know how much we appreciate their efforts, especially when those teachers serve the areas of our state with the greatest need.”

House Bill 4440, sponsored by State Representative Linda Chapa LaVia (D-Aurora) and State Senator Kimberly Lightford (D-Maywood), increases the percentage of Early Childhood Education Block Grant program funds that must be set aside for children ages 0 to 3. The bill raises that percentage from 11 to 14 percent in Fiscal Year 2015, and to 20 percent by Fiscal Year 2016. The block grants are distributed by the State Board of Education. The legislation is effective July 1, 2014.

“There have been numerous studies that have shown the importance of early childhood education for our children,” Representative Chapa LaVia said. “This stage is vital to the growth and development of young minds, and we must do all we can to expand funding for these crucial programs. In doing so, we can help put our children on the path towards a brighter future.”

House Bill 5393, sponsored by State Representative Emily McAsey (D-Lockport) and State Senator Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake), streamlines the requirements to provide a $1,500 annual incentive to teachers who achieve Illinois Master Teacher certification through the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards. Priority for the incentives will be given to teachers in low-performing schools or those in districts with high poverty rates. The legislation is effective July 1, 2014.

“Teachers are responsible for educating the leaders of tomorrow, so it is important they have the most effective training available,” Representative McAsey said. “This program allows highly qualified educators to continue sharpening their skills and provides for greater student achievement.”

“Quality teachers are key to student education,” Senator Bush said. “This both incentivizes and rewards teachers for getting their Masters’ certification.”

Governor Quinn is committed to properly funding education in Illinois in order to give every child the opportunity for success. The Governor's 5-year budget blueprint includes a historic $6 billion increase in classroom spending over the next five years, doubling the investment in college scholarships for students in need and increasing access to higher education through dual enrollment and early college programs. Over the next five years, the Governor’s plan would bring classroom funding to the highest levels in Illinois history.


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