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New Report Shows Problematic Ties between Teachers Unions and Critics of Online Public Schools PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Center for School Options   
Tuesday, 29 January 2013 14:21

The Center for School Options (CfSO) has released a Report that takes a hard look at the relationships between special interest groups such as teachers unions, and the most vocal critics of online public schools.


"A Closer Look at Critics of Online Public Schools," showcases the grim reality that as beneficial as digital learning has been for a quarter of a million students in 30 states, especially children with learning disabilities or issues with bullying, the educational option is increasingly under attack by well-organized and vocal opponents.


Many of these individuals and groups, which are singled out by name, have financial ties to, and in many cases are openly funded by teachers unions.  The report also raises questions around the motivations of other critics of online schools, including specifically named elected officials and school administrators in five states.

Gustavus Adolphus College Announces 2012 Fall Semester Dean's List PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Matt Thomas   
Tuesday, 29 January 2013 14:17

ST. PETER, Minn. (January 28, 2013) - The Fall Semester Dean's List at Gustavus Adolphus College has been released. The list comprises students who have earned a 3.7 grade point average (based on a scale in which 4.0 = A) or higher for the semester ending in December 2012.
The following local students were named to the Dean's List at Gustavus Adolphus College:

Carla DeWit of Bettendorf.

Gustavus Adolphus College is a private liberal arts college in St. Peter, Minn., that prepares 2,500 undergraduates for lives of leadership, service, and lifelong learning. The oldest Lutheran college in Minnesota, Gustavus was founded in 1862 by Swedish immigrants and named for Swedish King Gustav II Adolf. At Gustavus, students receive personal attention in small-sized classes and engage in collaborative research with their professors. Fully accredited and known for its strong science, writing, music, athletics, study-abroad, and service-learning programs, Gustavus hosts a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa and is internationally recognized for its annual Nobel Conference.

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Written by Jackie King   
Tuesday, 29 January 2013 14:14

AMES, Iowa - More than 6,669 Iowa State University undergraduates have been recognized for outstanding academic achievement by being named to the 2012 fall semester Dean's List. Students named to the Dean's List must have earned a grade point average of at least 3.50 on a 4.00 scale while carrying a minimum of 12 credit hours of graded course work.

Bettendorf, IA
Michelle Lee Anderson, Open Option (LAS);
Jamie Marie Blaser, Event Management;
Stephanie Ann Blaser, Dietetics (H SCI);
Jessica Marie Blaum, English;
James Dewey Boddie, Software Engineering;
Kimberly Ann Booe, Chemical Engineering;
Molly Rebecca Bryant, Journalism and Mass Communication;
Sarah Anne Buck, Psychology;
Kailey Victoria Bueker, Elementary Education;
Brittney Corrine Carpio, Political Science;
Griffen Gerald Clark, Mechanical Engineering;
Elizabeth Rose Coffman, English;
Stephen F. Cramond, Agricultural Engineering;
Spencer Owen Crane, Finance;
Shayla Michelle Cudd, Performing Arts;
Emily Marcene Doerder, Music;
Gabriel S. Domingues, Agricultural Systems Technology;
Nicholas Joseph Downey, Pre-Business;
Madeline Skye Duque, Pre-Business;
Dillan P. Dwyer, Mechanical Engineering;
Brendan David Elizondo, Interdisciplinary Studies;
Safwan Elkhatib, Kinesiology and Health;
Katherine E. Finnegan, Animal Ecology;
Taylor Marikey Finney, Apparel, Merchandising, and Design;
Christopher Joseph Foss, Mechanical Engineering;
Rylan J. Freidhof, Pre-Computer Science;
Elizabeth Anne Fry, Kinesiology and Health;
Jenna Corinne Fussell, Biology;
Patrick John Garrity, Interdisciplinary Studies;
Jeremy Thomas Gillam, Mechanical Engineering;
Andrew Russell Healey, Construction Engineering;
Natalie S. Heiderscheit, History;
Kelly Marie Hering, Psychology;
Morgan Dale Hoke, Computer Engineering;
Ashley A. Holmes, Psychology;
Carolyn Anne Johnson, Animal Science;
Megan Michelle Johnson, Kinesiology and Health;
Jordan Graham Kerr, Kinesiology and Health;
Rachel E. Kirkpatrick, Child, Adult, and Family Services;
Christopher Ross Lamphier, Pre-Business;
Elizabeth Ilene Larsen, Psychology;
Jesse William Leonard, Mechanical Engineering;
Samantha Ann Matt, Open Option (LAS);
Thomas Ray McGee, Industrial Engineering;
Alexander C. Menke, Mechanical Engineering;
Tyler Benjamin Meseke, Biology;
Amanda Lauren Miller, Kinesiology and Health;
Matthew Henderson Miller, Political Science;
Brock Robert Mills, Psychology;
Emily Jeanne Misak, English;
Catherine Helen Mullen, Biology (AGLS);
Jared Paul Mumford, Psychology;
Haley Brooke Nellis, Pre-Interior Design;
Lauren A. O'Brien, Pre-Business;
Emily M. Oswald, Psychology;
James Vance Park, Biology;
Camille Elizabeth Perk, Industrial Engineering;
Katelynn E. Piotter, Open Option (LAS);
Lexie Renee Reed, Animal Science;
Erin Kathleen Robinson, Chemical Engineering;
Raena Lynn Sampson, Interior Design;
Keaton Michael Sandeman, Environmental Science (AGLS);
Caleb D. Schulze, Electrical Engineering;
Grant Bradley Sherrard, Animal Science;
Amrinder Singh, Biology (AGLS);
Patrick Hadley Smith, Chemical Engineering;
Benjamin Timothy Stecker, Kinesiology and Health;
Jason Marcellus Stewart, Pre-Business;
Sarah Fae Tank, History;
Emma Grace Thompson, Kinesiology and Health;
Joshua C. Thompson, Physics;
Erin Cathleen Toohey, Biology (AGLS);
Emory Stephen Traicoff, Engineering;
Sara Ann Turke, Apparel, Merchandising, and Design;
Kelly Ann Wagner, Dietetics (H SCI);
Paige Nicole Wear, Apparel, Merchandising, and Design;
David Clay Weinstein, Software Engineering;
Robert W. Wright, Industrial Engineering;
David Thomas Zimmerman, Industrial Engineering;
Samantha Christine Zust, Kinesiology and Health;

Davenport, IA
Grant L. Albansoder, Civil Engineering;
Heather Nicole Bennett, Sociology;
Bethanie Marie Blake, Architecture-Professional Degree;
Callie Renee Blake, Elementary Education;
Adam James Brandt, Industrial Engineering;
Molly E. Bridges, Elementary Education;
Fabian Andres Briesmoore, Computer Engineering;
Rebecca Joy Briesmoore, Civil Engineering;
Matthew Allen Burmeister, Mechanical Engineering;
Margaret Marie Carlin, Community and Regional Planning;
Abigail Nicole Clevenger, Animal Science;
Neal Robert Crooks, Aerospace Engineering;
Elizabeth Ann Davis, Dietetics (H SCI);
Elizabeth Marie Doebel, Mathematics;
Trevor Murphy Fennelly, Finance;
Ashley Nicole Freese, Marketing;
Marinda R. Gacke, Biology (AGLS);
Christopher Thomas Harre, Civil Engineering;
Kathleen Marie Hoil, Performing Arts;
Zachary Matthew Howell, Music;
Christine Nicole Jensen, Aerospace Engineering;
Kayla Marie Kaasa, Biology (AGLS);
Malcolm Andrew Kelly, Mechanical Engineering;
Lance David Keltner, Civil Engineering;
Emily Marie Kenneke, Elementary Education;
Joseph Valarius Kern, Construction Engineering;
Danielle Marie Kimler, Electrical Engineering;
Nicholas Aaron King, Landscape Architecture;
Austin Miles Laugen, Computer Engineering;
Amanda Margaret Malin, Music;
Megan Elizabeth Maller, Music;
Alex Clay Mallonee, Communication Studies;
Michael Webster Mulvihill, Technical Communication;
Nolan Garbutt Murray, English;
Sarah Maria Neighbour, Graphic Design;
Emily Mary Neubauer, Elementary Education;
Trang Thi Thuy Ngu, Mechanical Engineering;
Kara Nhu Nguyen, Hotel, Restaurant, and Institution Management;
Claudia Nicole Nuci, Early Childhood Education;
Tyler Jeffrey Patzner, Civil Engineering;
Alex James Pogue, Computer Science;
Bailey Christine Randone, Communication Studies;
Brittany Michelle Redmond, Biochemistry;
Erin Bates Sickels, Kinesiology and Health;
Brian Vincent Skalak, Advertising;
Aaron Wayne Stechmann, Industrial Technology;
Amanda Michelle Trammell, Animal Science;
Jeramie Lee Vens, Electrical Engineering;
Sylvina Marie Walk, History;
Katherine Michelle Walton, Psychology;
Kelsie Deanne Witt, Apparel, Merchandising, and Design;
Connor S. Young, Biology;
Jordan Thomas Youngerman, Interdisciplinary Studies;

Moline, IL
Brandon James Coopman, Industrial Design;
Brant Alan Mosley, Materials Engineering;
Amy Katharine Schaefer, Pre-Business;
Hans William Schaeffer, Mechanical Engineering;
Danika Marie Schroeder, Linguistics;
Caleb Jack Spiegel, Architecture-Professional Degree;

Riverdale, IA
Samantha Nicole Gerken, Advertising;

Rock Island, IL
Derrick J. Anderson, Electrical Engineering;
Ryan Joseph Bush, Industrial Design;
Taylor Marie Downing, Food Science (AGLS);
Charles T. Eagle, Mechanical Engineering;
Joseph Michael Johnson, Mechanical Engineering;
Jennifer T. Kirk, Microbiology;
Ashlen Kate Lincoln, Kinesiology and Health;
Benjamin T. Payne, Open Option (LAS);
Rachel Lee Storjohann, Elementary Education;

Local students make Lewis University's Dean's List PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kathrynne Skonicki   
Monday, 28 January 2013 16:44

ROMEOVILLE, IL (01/28/2013)(readMedia)-- Lewis University announces Dean's List honorees.These following students were among those honored on the Lewis University Dean's List for fall semester 2012.

Erie resident Kimberly Teats was studying biology at Lewis University.

Rock Falls resident Jennifer Beck was studying elementary education at Lewis University.

To be eligible for this honor, students must have completed a minimum of 12 semester hours of credit with a grade point average of 3.25 out of a possible 4.0.

Lewis University is a Catholic university offering distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to more than 6,500 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.

Bianca Sierra Graduates from Clarion University PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tina Horner   
Monday, 28 January 2013 16:37

LeClaire Resident Receives MSLS Degree

CLARION, PA (01/28/2013)(readMedia)-- Bianca Sierra of LeClaire, IA, received a MSLS degree in Library Science MSL during commencement ceremonies Dec. 15 at Clarion University.

Clarion University is the high-achieving, nationally recognized, comprehensive university that delivers a personal and challenging academic experience.

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