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Governor Quinn Signs Law to Increase School Safety PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Erin Wilson   
Tuesday, 28 August 2012 14:32

ELGIN – August 27, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today signed a new law to keep both students and faculty safe as they head back to school.  House Bill 5602 allows juvenile criminal records to be shared with school officials when there is an imminent threat to individuals at the school and certain offenses have been committed by a student. Today's action is the latest by Governor Quinn to improve safety in Illinois schools.

“Our children and their teachers deserve to go to school everyday feeling safe,” Governor Quinn said. “This new law will help ensure that schools are safe learning environments where the bright young minds of our future can be nurtured without fear."

Sponsored by Rep. Carol Sente (D-Vernon Hills) and Sen. John Millner (R-Carol Stream), HB 5602 arose from an incident at School District U-46 in Elgin where a teacher was attacked by a student who was under investigation at the time for two other violent attacks. The new law, which is designed to strengthen safety in schools, provides that information from these law enforcement records may only be shared orally and may not become part of the student’s official school record or public record. This bill will require law enforcement and the school district to provide support services to an at-risk student when appropriate. The law is effective Jan. 1, 2013.

Also today, Governor Quinn signed two new laws that benefit community colleges in Illinois.

Senate Bill 3428, sponsored by Sen. Edward Maloney (D-Chicago) and Rep. Daniel Beiser (D-Alton), requires that one of the 12 members on the Illinois Community College Board (ICCB) must be a public community college president, the Chancellor of City Colleges of Chicago or the CEO of Illinois Eastern Community Colleges. The law, which is designed to improve community college representation, is effective immediately.

Senate Bill 2929, sponsored by Sen. Michael Noland (D-Elgin) and Rep. Keith Farnham (D-Elgin), allows community colleges seeking bids for projects to utilize the Procurement of Domestic Products Act, which requires the promotion and use of goods manufactured in the United States. However, in cases when available domestic products are too expensive, of low quality or when foreign purchases better serve the public interest, the use of domestic products is not required. The law is effective immediately.

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UI Office of Retention - supporting student success PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Hawkeye Caucus   
Tuesday, 28 August 2012 12:41

This year the University of Iowa Office of Retention staff met with more than 700 students to offer help navigating campus in order to improve their chances for success.

This fall the office is leading an effort help our newest Hawkeyes transition to Iowa through a first-year initiative called MAP-Works, an online survey that matches students with individualized resources.

The Office of Retention also provides a Study, Workshops And Tutoring (SWAT) Program, offering free academic support for all Iowa undergraduates.  Free workshops, supplemental instruction and tutoring are available for a variety of courses.

Finally, an online tutor referral service, Tutor Iowa (tutor.uiowa.edu), is now available, and private tutors are being recruited in a variety of subject areas.

DID YOU KNOW?
Throughout 2011-2012, more than 800 undergraduate students sought out private tutors in more than 200 different courses.

QUOTE/UNQUOTE
Director of Retention Michelle Cohenour: “We are thankful when students contact us and let us know he or she needs help identifying academic resources and campus connections.  Students are often very grateful to know they can contact us and get plugged in to the help they need.”

FYI
Watch members of the Class of 2016 form an enormous letter “I” on the field of Kinnick Stadium during the recent On Iowa! welcoming event: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1T2Xo9SslgY

 
Heather Decker-Davis of Clinton Graduates from the Savannah College of Art and Design PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jessica Thiergart   
Tuesday, 28 August 2012 12:23

SAVANNAH, GA. (08/23/2012)(readMedia)-- Heather Decker-Davis of Clinton, IA (52732), recently graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design. Decker-Davis earned a MFA degree in Interactive Design and Game Development.

SCAD: The University for Creative Careers

The Savannah College of Art and Design is a private, nonprofit, accredited institution conferring bachelor's and master's degrees to prepare talented students for professional careers. As the most comprehensive art and design university in the United States, SCAD offers more than 40 majors and more than 50 minors at distinctive locations in Savannah and Atlanta, Georgia; in Hong Kong; in Lacoste, France; and online through SCAD eLearning.

SCAD has more than 20,000 alumni and offers an exceptional education and unparalleled career preparation. The diverse student body, consisting of more than 10,000 students, comes from all 50 United States and nearly 100 countries worldwide. Each student is nurtured and motivated by a faculty of more than 700 professors with extraordinary academic credentials and valuable professional experience. These professors emphasize learning through individual attention in an inspiring university environment. SCAD's innovative curriculum is enhanced by advanced, professional-level technology, equipment and learning resources and has garnered acclaim from respected organizations and publications, including 3D World, American Institute of Architects, BusinessWeek, DesignIntelligence, U.S. News & World Report and the Los Angeles Times. For more information, visit scad.edu.

 
WIU-QC Riverfront Phase II Groundbreaking Ceremony PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tami Seitz   
Tuesday, 28 August 2012 12:09
Western Illinois University-Quad Cities  will host a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday, Aug. 29 at  3 pm directly west of Building One, 3300 River Dr. in Moline.Gov. Quinn has been invited to attend the celebration, and federal and state government representatives, area legislators, community leaders and University officials will take part in the ceremony.

 
Patilyn Lowery of Bettendorf Participates in University of Evansville Freshman Service Project PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kristen Lund   
Tuesday, 28 August 2012 12:08

EVANSVILLE, IN (08/23/2012)(readMedia)-- The University of Evansville is proud to announce that Patilyn Lowery of Bettendorf, IA, participated in the Freshman Service Project on Monday, August 20.

The project sent new UE students to 20 locations throughout Evansville, Indiana - including parks, community centers, and other nonprofit organizations - to perform tasks ranging from painting to cleaning to landscaping.

The Freshman Service Project is part of Welcome Week, a program designed to help incoming students transition into college life before classes begin.

"The goal of the Freshman Service Project is to help new students such as Patilyn Lowery get acquainted with the community they'll call home during their college years," said Geoff Edwards, director of UE's Center for Student Engagement and coordinator of the Freshman Service Project. "Last year, UE students contributed more than 19,000 hours of community service, and we hope the Freshman Service Project inspires many students to continue serving the Evansville community."

 
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