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Written by Jacqueline Langland   
Monday, 27 February 2012 14:21

March 1 event features experts and ground-breaking women in the legal and political fields who will open up a dialogue about the lack of gender diversity in all levels of Iowa's government and examine the implications of the problem.

IOWA CITY – When it comes to gender diversity in the halls of power, Iowa has mixed traditions. Although slow to grant women full rights to vote, Iowa was the first state to admit women to the bar. The Iowa Supreme Court has furthered progressive goals, as in Varnum v. Brien, yet only two women have ever presided on the Court. Iowa and Mississippi are the only two states in the country never to have elected a woman as governor or to national Congress.

On March 1, 2012, female judges, lawyers, politicians, and experts will speak at the Boyd Law Building’s Levitt Auditorium, 130 Byington Road, Iowa City, I.A., at The University of Iowa. The event runs from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. with a reception to follow at Hotel Vetro, Plaza Towers #1106, 201 South Linn Street, Iowa City, I.A.

“The Journal of Gender, Race & Justice has historically hosted annual symposia that focus on national legal issues related to our mission. This year, we thought that it was important to host a conference that would focus on an issue specific to Iowa--the lack of gender diversity throughout all levels of Iowa's government,” said Rachael Jensen, Editor-in-Chief of the Journal and third-year law student. “The possibility for dialogue on this issue is far-reaching, and we expect a wide audience that will include the legal community, student groups, and citizens. This discussion is important because as it stands now, when branches of the government are making important decisions, critical voices and perspectives are missing. In addition to critiquing the status quo, we also hope to provide a positive message by highlighting the achievements of women who have succeeded and giving them a forum to share their experiences.”

Speakers include:

  • Dianne Bystrom, Director of Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics at Iowa State University
  • Judge Marsha Beckelman, District Court Judge, Iowa’s Sixth Judicial District
  • Judge Celeste Bremer, Magistrate Judge, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa
  • Judge Lucy Gamon, District Court Judge, Iowa’s Eighth Judicial District
  • Judge Mary Tabor, Iowa Court of Appeals
  • Roxanne Conlin, Attorney, Roxanne Conlin & Associates, P.C.
  • Maggie Tinsman, Maggie Tinsman, LLC, 50-50 in 2020
  • Brenna Findley, Legal Counsel to Governor Brandstad
  • Tracy L. Osborn, Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Iowa

The conference is sponsored by The Journal of Gender, Race & Justice, a student-run law journal at The University of Iowa College of Law. More information about the event and the Journal can be found at http://blogs.law.uiowa.edu/jgrj.

The conference is free and open to the public. People in need of accommodations are asked to contact the Journal in advance at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


RE: The 26th Annual Quad City Youth Conference PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lenore Alonso   
Friday, 24 February 2012 15:21
The 26th Annual Quad City Youth Conference welcomes Shellie Moore-Guy as its keynote speaker. Ms. Moore­Guy is the current Poet Laureate of the Quad Cities. Ms. Moore­Guy is a lifelong resident of Rock Island, a dedicated community advocate, motivational speaker, and story teller. She is the director of Healing Waters Empowerment Project, a grassroots organization that addresses family and community violence.

Ms. Moore-Guy will headline the keynote presentation on both Thursday and Friday, February 23-24, 2012, at 9:00 a.m. in the Mississippi River Hall at The River Center, located at 136 E. 3rd Street in Davenport. Hundreds of students from 28 Illinois and Iowa high schools and junior high schools are expected to attend this 2012 edition of the Quad Cities Youth Conference  high school students on Thursday and junior high students on Friday.

Following the keynote presentation, the Quad City Youth Conference also offers students a choice of three Workshop Sessions. Nearly 20 different community agencies have come together to offer workshops to enhance decision-making skills necessary for living in a socially complex world. In addition, during the lunch hour students will have an opportunity to attend a career/college fair on senior high day and a community fair on junior high day.

The Quad City Youth Conference is an annual event for area young people to come together and experience workshops and speakers specitically for youth! The Quad City Youth Conference is the only event of its kind in the Quad Cities and one of the few nationally. For 26 years, local schools and human service agencies have joined hands to plan and present the annual Quad Cities Youth Conference, an event that is focused on positively impacting area youth.

QCYC Agenda
February 23 & 24, 2012
8:00-8:30 AM Registration & Interactive Warm-Up
8:45 AM Opening Remarks
9:00 AM Welcome & Keynote Kickoff:  Moore-Guy
9:50 AM Session 1: Workshops from QC Area Presenters
10:45 AM Session 2; Workshops from QC Area Presenters
11:40 AM Lunch

12:45 PM Session 3: Workshops from QC Area Presenters
1:40 PM Keynote Kickback:

New Name, New Races For 'Nature Valley Pro Chase' PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Donnie Miller   
Friday, 24 February 2012 14:53
Minneapolis – The only race series in the United States offering amateur cyclists trips to the Nature Valley Grand Prix, where they will compete against the country’s top men and women professionals, has a new name and several new cities for 2012.

Formerly known as the Nature Valley Pro Ride, the new "Nature Valley Pro Chase" will select the top amateur man and woman at six races to become part of a pair of composite Nature Valley Cycling Teams for the 14th annual edition of the premier stage race on the 2012 USA Cycling National Racing Calendar.

”This name better reflects the goal of the program, which is to emotionally engage the entire cycling community by telling the stories of the participants,” Nature Valley Grand Prix Executive Director David LaPorte said. ”What hasn't changed is the opportunity it gives top amateurs to be noticed by pro team managers and potentially receive a pro contract.”

Rider invitations will be issued following each of the six stops on the Nature Valley Pro Chase national tour: Tour de Murrieta (March 9-11) near San Diego; Jefferson Cup (April 1) near Charlottesville, Va.; Tour de Moore (April 28) near Raleigh, N.C.; Superior Morgul Classic (May 18-20) near Boulder, Colo.; Memorial Day Weekend Omnium (May 26-28) in the Quad Cities of Iowa and Illinois; San Jose Omnium (May 30-31) near San Jose, Calif.

The Tour de Murrieta, the Tour de Moore and the Superior Morgul Classic are new to the calendar while the Memorial Day Weekend Omnium and Jefferson Cup return from last year. The San Jose Omnium was a stop on the series in 2010.

Tour de Murrieta promoter Ernie Sanchez said he looks to add a new element to his race each year and the Nature Valley Pro Chase is a perfect fit.

"This is huge for us it's going to add that extra element of excitement to our race," Sanchez said. "We've had some great competitors over the years, from Chris Horner to Sarah Hammer and Chad Beyer and we always have a very strong, competitive men's category 1 field. I know they'll be looking forward to what some refer to as the "American Idol" of cycling. So we're proud to be a part of it."

Nature Valley Pro Chase qualifiers will earn free entries to the Nature Valley Grand Prix, generous travel stipends, team clothing, housing, ground transportation, and staff support for their composite teams. They will also receive pro-level recognition before, during and after the events, including pre-race call-ups and participation in promotional and media appearances. Their entire journey can be followed through blogs and on-line videos on the Nature Valley Pro Chase website (www.naturevalleyprochase), the Nature Valley Grand Prix Facebook page  (www.facebook.com/NatureValleyGrandPrix) and on Twitter (@NVBikeFest).

Snapshot glances at the six Nature Valley Pro Chase events:

Tour de Murrieta (March 9-11), San Diego: Three unique courses comprise a weekend of racing – Friday's time trial features a 1.2-mile portion of unpaved/dirt road. Saturday's criterium is run on a lightning-fast, one-mile course in historic Downtown Murrieta, while Sunday’s circuit race is run on a 3.5-mile course (56 miles for men, 46 miles for women).

Jefferson Cup (April 1), Charlottesville, Va.: Nearly two dozen editions make this is the oldest continually run road race in the Mid-Atlantic region. The course for the one-day race winds through rolling countryside south of Charlottesville. The race is 70 miles for men and 50 miles for women.

Tour de Moore (April 28), Southern Pines, N.C.: The oldest road race in the South (this is the 37th edition) has previously been used as both a Pan American games qualifier and a qualifier for the Quebec Provincial Team. Men will tackle four laps of a 27-mile rolling loop of the Fort Bragg Military Reservation (112 miles) while women do two laps for a 58-mile race.

Superior Morgul Classic (May 18-20), Boulder, Colo.: The Morgul Classic has three days of racing and roots in the famed Red Zinger and Coors Classic races. Friday's time trial starts on top of “The Hump” and is a 6.5-mile course up “The Wall." Satruday is a criterium through the town of Superior, followed by Sunday's road race on the fabled Morgul Bismark course.

Memorial Day Weekend Omnium (May 26-28), Iowa and Illinois: Returning for the second straight year, the three days of racing consist of a trio of unique criteriums: Snake Alley, Melon City and the Quad Cities Criterium – which, at 47 years old, is the fourth oldest criterium in the nation and the oldest in Illinois. All three have been a fixture on the Midwest racing circuit on Memorial Day weekend for more than a quarter century.

San Jose Omnium (May 27-28), San Jose, Calif.: One of the longest running bike races in San Jose, Calif., the road race (63.5 miles for men, 63.5 miles for women) climbs 4,500 feet in 20 miles over Mt. Hamilton, the highest peak in the Bay area, on a course that was part of the 2010 Amgen Tour of California. The criterium is run over a one-mile course in Morgan Hill, Calif.

About the Nature Valley Bicycle Festival
Now in its 14th year, the Nature Valley Bicycle Festival is a ten-day celebration of bicycling that includes amateur and professional racing and community events. The Nature Valley Grand Prix has become the premier professional bike race in the U.S., attracting top American racing teams and nearly 300 top riders from around the world. Races are free and open to the public. It is the only professional sporting event in Minnesota for which no admission ticket is required. Proceeds from the Nature Valley Grand Prix are donated to Children’s Lighthouse of Minnesota, a pediatric hospice project. For a detailed schedule of events visit www.naturevalleybicyclefestival.com.

About Nature Valley
Nature Valley, the brand that created the granola bar category in 1975, brings variety to healthy, active consumers looking for wholesome and great-tasting snacks. Headquartered in Minneapolis, Nature Valley is part of General Mills, a leading global manufacturer and marketer of consumer foods products.

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Written by Lora Adams   
Friday, 24 February 2012 09:43

MOLINE, ILLINOIS – WQPT, Quad Cities PBS calls on all children in kindergarten through 3rd grade to enter the PBS Kids Go Writing Contest. Every entrant will receive a Certificate of Achievement.  Stories must be the original work of the child. They may write fact or fiction, prose or poetry. All entries must be postmarked by Friday, April 10, 2012 and mailed or dropped off at WQPT at the Western Illinois University 60th Street Campus as 3561 60th Street Moline, Illinois 61265 Sixteen winners (four selected from each grade) will receive local recognition on WQPT and win special prizes.  Winning stories will be displayed at the Butterworth Center in Moline, Illinois, the Figge Art Museum in Davenport, Iowa, the Family Museum in Bettendorf, Iowa, the Midwest Writing Center in Davenport, Iowa and on the WQPT website. Winners will be notified in late April and a reception will be held to honor the winning stories at the Butterworth Center in Moline.

Sponsors of the writing contest are also hosting workshops to help Kindergarten through 3rd grade students with their writing and illustrating skills. Participants are not required to enter the contest. Parents are also invited to learn how to assist children with writing and editing stories.  These workshops will be held:

Saturday, February 25     Moline Public Library
10:00am–11:00am The workshop is for young writers focused on kids in grades Kindergarten through 3rd grade. For more information, contact the Moline Public Library Children's Department at 309/524-2440. FREE

Saturday, March 3     Davenport Public Library (Fairmount)
10:00am–11:15am For young writers in Kindergarten through 3rd grade (but older children may attend). Parents are also invited. For more information, contact Ana Kehoe at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 309/764-2400. FREE

Tuesday, March 6     Family Museum (Bettendorf)
3:30pm–5:00pm. For young writers (and their parents/guardians) who would like to begin a book. For more information, contact Julie Klein at 563/344-4170. Workshop is free with museum membership or paid admission.

Friday, March 9, Bucktown Center for the Arts (Davenport)
4:00 pm Midwest Writing Center at Bucktown Center for the Arts, 225 E. Second St., Suite 303, Davenport, IA. A workshop on how to write and publish a book before age 10. Young author Anna Shammas will talk to kids about how she published her first book. FREE  For more information, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

To find out more about entering the contest log on to www.wqpt.org.

Funding and support for the project has been provided in part by the Butterworth Center & Deere-Wiman House, Figge Art Museum, Family Museum and Midwest Writing Center.

Please note that WQPT has moved their offices since the last contest. WQPT is a media service of Western Illinois University.

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Written by Davenport Public Library   
Thursday, 23 February 2012 08:21



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