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College Savings Iowa Reaches $3 Billion PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Karen Austin   
Tuesday, 02 October 2012 13:26

DES MOINES, IA (10/02/2012)(readMedia)-- State Treasurer Michael L. Fitzgerald announced today that College Savings Iowa has reached $3 billion in assets. "Families are taking advantage of the benefits of saving with College Savings Iowa," Fitzgerald said. "We are thrilled the Plan has continued to grow at such an exciting pace. More and more families are aware that saving early for their children's higher education is of the utmost importance."

As a way to encourage families to continue saving early, College Savings Iowa is giving away a $5,290 College Savings Iowa account – its largest giveaway to date. For more information about the program and to enter the giveaway, please visit any time before November 30, 2012.

College Savings Iowa, created in 1998, is a budget-friendly 529 plan that offers multiple investment choices, as well as significant federal and state tax benefits to help families grow their savings even more. An account can be started with as little as $25 and the assets can be used to pay for qualified higher education expenses at any eligible college, university, community college or accredited technical training school in the United States or abroad. Iowa state taxpayers can deduct up to $2,975 in contributions per beneficiary account from their 2012 adjusted gross income.*

*Adjusted annually for inflation. If withdrawals are not qualified, the deductions must be added back to Iowa taxable income. The earnings portion of nonqualified withdrawals may be subject to federal income tax and a 10% federal penalty tax, as well as state and local income taxes. The availability of tax or other benefits may be contingent on meeting other requirements.


Investment returns are not guaranteed and you could lose money by investing in the plan. Participants assume all investment risks as well as responsibility for any federal and state tax consequences. If you are not an Iowa taxpayer, consider before investing whether your or the designated beneficiary's home state offers any state tax or other benefits that are only available for investments in such state's qualified tuition program.

For more information about the College Savings Iowa 529 Plan, call 888-672-9116 or visit to obtain a Program Description. Investment objectives, risks, charges, expenses, and other important information are included in the Program Description; read and consider it carefully before investing. Vanguard Marketing Corporation, Distributor.

College Savings Iowa is an Iowa trust sponsored by the Iowa State Treasurer's Office. The Treasurer of the State of Iowa sponsors and is responsible for overseeing the administration of the College Savings Iowa 529 Plan. The Vanguard Group, Inc., serves as Investment Manager and Vanguard Marketing Corporation, an affiliate of The Vanguard Group, Inc., assists the Treasurer with marketing and distributing the Plan. Upromise Investment Advisors, LLC, provides records administration services. The Plan's portfolios, although they invest in Vanguard mutual funds, are not mutual funds.

Bettendorf's Emily Huegel is Central College homecoming queen PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Rachel Vogel   
Tuesday, 02 October 2012 09:07

PELLA, (10/02/2012)(readMedia)-- Emily Huegel, a native of Bettendorf and a senior at Central College, was voted Central's homecoming queen. Huegel is majoring in elementary education with endorsements in special education, reading and coaching. After graduating, she hopes to work with at an elementary school with special education students.

Huegelplays on the volleyball team and is involved in Campus Ministries leadership, and FCA leadership. She also works in the Central College admission office.

Each year, Central seniors are invited to nominate three men and three women from the senior class to represent Central on the homecoming court. The top five women and men are selected.

This year, the queen candidates also included Cara Soukup, Alyssa Schwartz, Liz Clancy and Morgan Remick. The king candidates were Tyler Mason, Gary Sorich, Ben Fry, Jack Flaherty and Cameron Van Kooten.

Huegel and Jack Flaherty were chosen by the enitre student body as queen and king.

Central College is a private, four-year, residential, liberal arts college in Pella, Iowa. Central's academic program offers 39 majors leading to a bachelor's degree along with pre-professional programs and advising. Central was recognized in the 2012 U.S.News & World Report's annual rankings of the best liberal arts colleges in the nation.

More information about Central College is available at or by calling 877-462-3687.

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Written by Brittany Marietta   
Tuesday, 02 October 2012 08:02

Congratulations to Rivermont Collegiate senior Darsani Reddy, who has been named a Commended Student in the 2013 National Merit Scholarship Program! Commended Students placed among the top five percent of the more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2013 competition by taking the 2011 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).  “Recognizing academically talented students plays a fundamental role in the advancement of educational excellence within our nation,” commented an NMSC spokesperson.  “The young people recognized as Commended Students represent some of the best and brightest minds in the country as demonstrated by their outstanding performance in our highly competitive program.”

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Darsani, daughter of Dr. Bouyella and Mrs. Kamala Reddy of Moline, IL, is a member of National Honor Society and President of the Rivermont Computer Club.  She is also a member of the Varsity Basketball team and Show Choir and enjoys participating in Rivermont theater productions, as well as volunteering at Trinity Medical Center.

Rivermont Collegiate, located in Bettendorf, is the Quad Cities’ only private, independent college prep school for preschool through twelfth grade.  At Rivermont there are no spectators, only participants!

For additional information on Rivermont Collegiate, contact Rachel Chamberlain, Director of Admissions, at (563) 359-1366 ext. 302 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Visit Rivermont online at!

Quad City International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) Presents a FREE Seminar PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kat Riley   
Monday, 01 October 2012 13:30

“Tips & Tricks for Microsoft Office 2010”  by Marie Herman, CAP-OM,  October 8, 2012

The Quad City International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) will hold a FREE Seminar on Monday, October 8, 2012 at MRA Administrative Offices and Conference Center located at 3800 Avenue of the Cities, Suite 100 in Moline, Illinois.


The guest speaker will be Marie Herman, CAP-OM, ACS.  Marie will be presenting a “Tips & Tricks for Microsoft Office 2010”. Following the presentation, a Chapter Business meeting will be held.


Networking/Gathering begins at 5:30 PM, Dinner at 6:00 PM (reservation is required – meal cost is $8.00) and the speaker will begin at 6:30 PM.

To make a reservation, please contact Stephanie Noyd by 11:00 AM on Friday, October 5, 2012 at (309) 764-8354 or email her at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

IAAP is the world’s largest international association of administrative professionals. IAAP offers professional development, leadership training and networking opportunities for administrative professionals. IAAP is a non-profit, volunteer association.

Joining a professional organization demonstrates your commitment to your career. Work is most rewarding when we do it with enthusiasm and give it our best. Through IAAP you will gain knowledge, confidence and contacts that will help you advance professionally. IAAP works to build a professional image of administrative professionals in the workplace.

IAAP membership is open to all persons working in the administrative field, along with business educators, students, firms and educational institutions. There is no test of sponsorship required. Through IAAP qualified professionals can test for the certification rating, the benchmark of excellence in the administrative profession.

For more information please contact Kathy Riley at (309) 786-2705

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Braley Announces President's Challenge State Champion School PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Amanda Bowman   
Monday, 01 October 2012 13:29

Braley Congratulates Heritage Christian School in DeWitt

Waterloo, IA – Rep. Bruce Braley (IA-01) today announced that Heritage Christian School in DeWitt, Iowa has once again been named a President’s Challenge “State Champion School” by the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition (PCFSN).

Heritage Christian is one of three schools in the state to be selected annually by scoring at or above the 85th percentile on the President’s Challenge Physical Fitness Test.

“I congratulate Heritage Christian on once again doing so well in their physical fitness testing,” said Braley. “Healthy living is important and it’s good to see kids making healthy lifestyle choices.”

Braley has made school fitness a priority in his work in Congress. Last December, he introduced the Shawn Johnson Fitness for Life Act to promote better health and the use of innovative technology in school physical exercise classes. This year, Braley and Johnson once again teamed up to bring greater awareness to fitness in schools.

This will be the last class of the President’s Challenge State Champion Schools program. This school year, the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition launched a new school-based program that promotes health and regular physical activity for America’s youth. For more information about the program please visit:


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