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Governor Quinn Announces Top Students to be Honored by Lincoln Academy November 1 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Dave Blanchette   
Friday, 31 October 2014 12:47

Ceremony at Old State Capitol Recognizes the Top Student from Each College and University in Illinois

SPRINGFIELD – Governor Pat Quinn today announced the state’s exceptional college students who will be honored by the Lincoln Academy of Illinois on November 1. The Academy will recognize students at the top of their class during the annual Student Laureate Convocation at 11 a.m. Saturday, November 1 at the Old State Capitol State Historic Site in Springfield.

“I want to commend these students for their hard work, both in the classroom and in their communities,” Governor Quinn said. “Their achievement and dedication attests to the value of higher education in Illinois, and the high quality students our schools produce.”

The Lincoln Academy’s Student Laureate Awards are presented for excellence in curricular and extracurricular activities to seniors from each of the state’s four-year, degree-granting colleges and universities, and one student from among the community colleges in Illinois. At the Student Laureate Convocation, each student will receive a Student Laureate Medallion, along with a $1,000 educational grant and a certificate of achievement. This is the 40th year Lincoln Academy has celebrated students’ excellence in Illinois.

Student Laureate Katie Landgrebe of Northwestern University will speak on behalf of all the Laureates. The invocation will be delivered by Dr. Robert Gervasi, President of Quincy University, and the benediction will be delivered by University of Illinois Springfield Chancellor Dr. Susan Koch. The Sangamon Woodwind Consort will provide music, and a luncheon at the Illinois Executive Mansion will follow the Student Laureate Convocation.

The Lincoln Academy, unique among the 50 states, was established more than 50 years ago to honor distinguished citizens with the state’s highest award, the Order of Lincoln. The 52nd Annual Convocation and Investiture of Laureates of The Lincoln Academy of Illinois will take place Saturday, May 9, 2015 at the Illinois State Capitol in Chicago.

The names and hometowns of the students to be recognized on November 1are listed in the attached document.

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A GRATEFUL NATION BY RICK WILLIAMS & RON CLARK, A NEW PLAY ABOUT HOW WWII AFFECTED MIDWESTERN COMMUNITIES WILL PREMIER AS A SCRIPT-IN-HAND PERFORMANCE AT RIVERSIDE THEATRE THIS NOVEMBER. PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Christina A. Patramanis   
Friday, 31 October 2014 09:14
October 29, 2014 – Iowa City, Iowa – Rick Williams & Ron Clark, natives of Columbus Junction, Iowa, will premier A GRATEFUL NATION at Riverside Theatre, a new play about how World War II affected their town, parents, community, and lives.

The script-in-hand performance will run for 2 shows only at Riverside Theatre, 213 N. Gilbert Street on Saturday, November 15, 7:30PM and Sunday, November 16 at 2:00pm. Ron Clark is also directing the play.  More information at riversidetheatre.org or 319-338-7672

Tickets: $20 adults, $15 Riverdog Season Pass holders. Veterans, military personnel and their immediate family receive a 20% discount off of regular adult-priced tickets as part of Riverside’s Blue Star Theatre Program.

“A Grateful Nation” is sponsored by River Products Company, Inc.

About the Play

“A Grateful Nation” recreates what life was like in small Midwestern towns during the World War II years using stories from interviews, old letters, family lore, and wartime editions of The Columbus Gazette.  Projections of local wartime photos will be shown throughout the play, giving faces and context to the stories with period music completing the mood.

The events and anecdotes in the play are centered on stories and people from Columbus Junction, Iowa - a town about 35 miles southeast of Iowa City where authors Rick Williams and Ron Clark grew up.  "Though the majority of the stories we tell are about people in our town," says Clark, "anyone from any town could do the research and uncover similar tales." Adds Williams, "It would be a stretch to say these stories are universal, but they are certainly national.  Every American living in the early 1940s was affected by the events of the war--and so were those of us who came after them."

Professional actors reading from the script will play multiple characters.  The cast includes Jody Hovland, Sean DeMers, Jack Sharkey and Katherine Slaven. Drew Bielinski will complete the show with lighting and projection design.

About the Playwrights 

Ron Clark and Rick Williams were childhood classmates in Columbus Junction, Iowa.  Both eventually migrated to Iowa City where they have lived for more than 30 years. Family obligations and work commitments limited their time together, however about a year ago Williams and Clark were inspired to collaborate on “A Grateful Nation”.

Writing for theater is nothing new for Clark.  He and his wife, Jody Hovland are two of the co-founders of Riverside Theatre.  Ron has authored three previous plays, including two about small town Iowa life.

Rick Williams is a newcomer to playwriting but is a historian with a journalism background, working as a newspaper reporter before becoming an ACT test editor, where he spent 29 years before retiring.

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A GRATEFUL NATION PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE

 

Sat 11/15, 7:30pm

Sun 11/16, 2:00pm


RELATED EVENTS 

There will be post-performance talkbacks after both shows with the writers and actors. 

 

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Local Professional to Compete for $20,000 Educational Package PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jennifer Naeve   
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 13:00

Alvaro Macias from Ascentra Credit Union to Compete for CUES® Next Top Credit Union Exec Challenge

Public May Vote for Alvaro Online this Monday and Tuesday

BETTENDORF — Alvaro Macias, Community Development Manager with Ascentra Credit Union in Bettendorf, is one of the five finalists in the 2014 CUES Next Top Credit Union Exec challenge that will compete on Monday, November 3rd for an educational package valued at $20,000.

CUES Next Top Credit Union Exec applicants are age 35 or under, employed by a credit union, and create a short video outlining the details of an innovative project they’re working on at their credit union. The online public voted for their favorite, and along with a judging panel, narrowed the field to the top 15. From there, a second judging panel selected five finalists. Macias, 35, submitted details of his credit union’s New Iowans Initiative, which helps immigrants and refugees in Iowa establish credit to pay for their immigration services, and won one of the coveted finalists’ spots.

Macias wins a $6,000 prize package, including coaching sessions from challenge sponsor DDJ Myers, Phoenix and registration, accommodation and airfare to CUES' CEO/Executive Team Network™ in Amelia Island, Fla., November 2-5, 2014.

While in Florida, Macias will compete against the other four finalists for the grand prize, a CUES educational package valued at $20,000, and the honor of being named the 2014 CUES Next Top Credit Union Exec on November 5.

Updates on the finalists’ progress will be featured on the website www.NextTopCreditUnionExec.com including video of their final presentation at CEO/Executive Team Network in November.

To vote for Alvaro Macias, go to www.NextTopCreditUnionExec.com during the online voting window. The vote period begins at 1:00 p.m. CST on November 3, 2014 and ends at 4:00 p.m. CST time on November 4, 2014.

The public may vote for their favorite candidate, with the public vote forming part of the candidate’s overall final score in the challenge.

About us:

Founded in 1950, Ascentra Credit Union, is Iowa's premier credit union with more than $340 million in assets and 10 branches serving the communities of Bettendorf, Clinton, Davenport, Le Claire, Muscatine, Iowa and Moline, Ill. Learn more about Ascentra Credit Union at ascentra.org. Follow Ascentra on Facebook and on Twitter @ascentra.

 
Special City Council Meeting October 29th at 5:00 PM PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jackie E. Holecek   
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 12:46

The agenda for the Special City Council Meeting October 29th at 5:00 p.m. is available at the following link: http://www.cityofdavenportiowa.com/egov/documents/1414521000_42064.pdf

Just a reminder that there is also a Special City Council Meeting October 29th at 5:30 pm  and that agenda is available at: http://www.cityofdavenportiowa.com/egov/documents/1414091983_8576.pdf

 
Murder Party: Film Screening and Fundraiser PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Dubuque Area Arts Collective   
Tuesday, 28 October 2014 15:18
Murder Party I & II

Premiere screening of the locally produced action/suspense film series, and fundraiser for the Dubuque Area Arts Collective


OCTOBER 29, 6pm - 9pm

Eronel, 285 Main St., Dubuque, IA

ADMISSION: $5 (Profits will be donated to the Dubuque Area Arts Collective, a local arts non-profit)

Join the cast and crew for the official premiere of Murder Party 2, preceded by a screening of the first film in the series. Featuring a cast of local talent, over-the-top thrills and chills await as you, too, are invited to experience the Murder Party!
In the film, Leonard “Whiskers” St. Elliott barely escapes the first night of mayhem, but the sinister forces behind the Murder Party aren’t through with him yet.  Framed for crimes he didn’t commit, Whiskers must fight to clear his name, all while trying to survive another night of mayhem within the haunted walls of the Kirby Building.

Meet the cast during the opening cocktail hour while receiving a recap of the first film. Then settle in for a second helping with the premiere of Murder Party 2. The evening will conclude with a short Q&A following the feature.


The films are rated R. Minors are to be accompanied by adult. Unaccompanied minors must bring a signed form to the event. Contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to receive form.

 
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