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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 including video of their final presentation at CEO/Executive Team Network in November.

To vote for Alvaro Macias, go to 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 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:

Just a reminder that there is also a Special City Council Meeting October 29th at 5:30 pm  and that agenda is available at:

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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Written by Barb McBreen   
Thursday, 23 October 2014 14:28

AMES, Iowa (October 21, 2014) - The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Iowa State University recognized its scholarship recipients for the 2014-15 academic year.

The college and its departments award more than $2 million in scholarships each year. Students interested in enrolling in the college and applying for scholarships should go to to view deadline applications.

Along with scholarship support for students, the college continues to attract a record number of students and maintain high placement rates for graduates.

For a third year in a row the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences reached record enrollments. This year the college has 4,475 undergraduate students and 730 graduate students for a total of 5,205.

Employers nationwide attend the largest annual Ag Career Day in the nation in October, which attracted a record number of employers with 269 companies and organizations. Placement of graduates has been 97 percent for 17 consecutive years.

The College also:
* ranks as one of the top five colleges in the world.
* has award winning faculty - eight professors have received the USDA Excellence in Teaching Award since 2006.
* has a study abroad program that will send students to study on all seven continents this year.
* has award winning student clubs that help develop global leaders.

Scholarship awards for this academic year were presented to:

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Bettendorf, IA

Jennifer Klindt, Fejervary Trust Scholarship
Catherine Mullen, Ag General Scholarship
Scott Payne, Wise Scholarships in Agriculture
Emily Schwake, Fejervary Trust Scholarship
Amrinder Singh, Kenneth M. & Ruth I. Wagner Agricultural Memorial Scholarships

Davenport, IA

Abigail Clevenger, Fejervary Trust Scholarship
Emily Forrest, Fejervary Trust Scholarship
Madison Walker, Fejervary Trust Scholarship

Moline, IL

Aubrey Foulk, Monsanto Nick Reding Agriculture Scholarship

Rock Island, IL

Julianna Jespersen, Scholarship for Excellence in Agriculture

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Written by Megan Flanagan   
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 10:44

Dazzling and Unique Blend of Puppetry, Technology and Dance As Seen on America’s Got Talent

The Coralville Center for the Performing Arts is thrilled to bring Lightwire Theater’s production of DiNO-LIGHT to the Coralville on Tuesday, November 11, with a public performance at 6:30pm and a special 12:30pm matinee for school groups.

Created by Corbian Visual Arts and Dance, DiNO-Light (also known as Darwin the Dinosaur) is a heart-warming original story that features a friendly dinosaur who wanders away from home and discovers a world of creatures who light up the darkness and help him find the true meaning of love. The story is told through electroluminescent puppetry, music, sound, and movement and has delighted children and adults around the world.

Tickets for the 6:30pm performance on Tuesday, November 11 are $16 for adults and $12 for children 12 and under and are available online at, by phone at 319.248.9370, and in person at the CCPA box office and Coralville Rec Center.  Special group pricing is available for the 12:30pm matinee performance; those interested can learn more by calling 319.248.9372.

Corbian creators Ian Carney and Corbin Popp met while dancing in Twyla Tharp’s Broadway show Movin’ Out. They immediately connected over their mutual love of art, theater, and technology.  After they discovered a product called EL wire, they developed puppetry based creatures that quickly gained personality.  “EL wire” is short for electroluminescent wire: unlike black lights, the technology can be powered by batteries and requires no theatrical lighting.

Based in New Orleans, Lightwire Theater rose to national prominence through its appearance on America’s Got Talent in 2012, where the group made it to the semi-finals, and has toured extensively.  Lightwire Theater will be competing on the truTV series FAKE OFF, which premieres on October 27.

Owned and operated by the City of Coralville, the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts is dedicated to enriching the community and contributing to the vitality of Coralville by offering an accessible, affordable venue for a variety of performances, presentations, and public and private events.  The 472 seat theater opened August 26, 2011 and has hosted performances from City Circle Acting Company, Orchestra Iowa, Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre, Dan Knight, Lola Astanova, Lorie Line, Judy Carmichael, Jim McDonough, Nolte Academy of Dance, and many others.  Coralville schools are also able to use the Center free of charge up to three times per year; 15 school events took place at the Center in the 2013-2014 school year. The Center was named 2012 Member of the Year by the Iowa City/Coralville Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.


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