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St. Ambrose Grabs Regional Honors PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joe Collins   
Tuesday, 25 August 2009 08:01

Two national ranking publications, The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report, have rated St. Ambrose University among the top universities in the region. St. Ambrose is one of the best universities in the Midwest, according to The Princeton Review. The New York City-based education-services company selected the university as one of 158 institutions of higher education it recommends in its "Best in the Midwest" designation. Colleges named "regional bests" represent only about 25 percent of the nation's four-year colleges. This is the fifth year in a row St. Ambrose has been selected. In U.S. News & World Report, St. Ambrose was ranked 36th among "master's universities" in the Midwest. For more information, go to SAU.edu.

 
Cultural Organizations Invited to Marketing Discussion PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joe Collins   
Tuesday, 18 August 2009 05:42

Quad Cities arts, cultural, heritage, and festival groups are invited to a community arts marketing discussion from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, August 26, at the Quad City Botanical Center, 2525 Fourth Avenue in Rock Island. The meeting is sponsored by the Quad Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau and Quad City Arts to explore ways the arts and cultural community can collaborate to develop larger audiences. In 2004, a study by CH Johnson suggested the Quad Cities could build a stronger arts community by working together. For more information or to RSVP, contact Joe Taylor at (309)277-0937 extension 116 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 
Davenport Awarded $200K in “Great Places” Grants PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joe Collins   
Tuesday, 11 August 2009 05:49

Seventeen cities and counties across Iowa will receive 23 "Great Places" grants totaling $1.9 million. Davenport will receive $100,000 for a Centennial Park "sprayground" and $100,000 for the "Front Porch Parkway." The program is in its fifth year and is sponsored by the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs. For more information, visit CulturalAffairs.org.

 
Viewpoint Series Features Olympia Dukakis and Scott Turow PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joe Collins   
Tuesday, 04 August 2009 09:08

Olympia DukakisThe second season of Eastern Iowa Community College's Viewpoint Distinguished Speakers Series features Academy Award-winning actress Olympia Dukakis (October 6), bestselling author Scott Turow (January 26), and the first female president of Ireland, Mary Robinson (April 13). Tickets for the series are $84, with single-performance tickets also available, and can be purchased through any Ticketmaster outlet and the Adler Theatre box office. All performances will be held at the Adler Theatre (136 East Third Street in Davenport) beginning at 7:30 p.m. For more information about the series, call (563)336-3321 or visit EICC.edu/viewpoint.

 
"Holocaust by Bullets" Researcher/Author to Speak at St. Ambrose PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joe Collins   
Tuesday, 28 July 2009 10:09

Father Patrick DesboisIn the early 1940s, mobile Nazi killing squads traveled across Ukraine executing an estimated 1.5 million Ukrainian Jews. The locations of some of the estimated 2,000 mass graves may well have remained undiscovered if not for the research of Roman Catholic priest Father Patrick Desbois, author of The Holocaust by Bullets: A Priest's Journey to Uncover the Truth Behind the Murder of 1.5 Million Jews. On Thursday, August 27, at 7 p.m., Desbois will be at St. Ambrose University to discuss his work. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will take place at the Rogalski Center, located at the corner of Ripley and Lombard streets in Davenport. A book-signing will follow, and donations in support of Desbois' work will be accepted.

Modern Woodmen of America has agreed to incorporate the parking lot east of its office building into the design of a new riverfront park. The agreement will also provide some additional parking that will be used by the organization during office hours and by park users evenings and weekends. Armory Park will cost $12.35 million and will be funded through the Downtown Tax Increment Finance District. The new park should be complete in 2010.

Dean Klinkenberg virtually lived in the Quad Cities in the summers of 2007 and 2008, exploring any place that might interest visitors. He then wrote The Quad Cities Travel Guide. The book can be purchased online at MississippiValleyTraveler.com and at tourist-oriented retail outlets.

The Figge Art Museum and Blick Art Materials have created a one-year artist-in-residence pilot program at the museum for emerging student artists at the master's level and above. Two participants began their residencies earlier this month. Included in the program are free studio space in downtown Davenport overlooking Second Street, free housing two miles away from the studio space, a flexible job at one of the sponsoring organizations, free art supplies provided by Blick Art Materials, the opportunity to exhibit on a monthly basis in downtown Davenport, free limited health insurance, and free marketing of the artists' work and exhibitions in printed material and online sources. For more information about the Figge Art Museum, visit FiggeArt.org.

The Iowa Whitewater Coalition has announced the Clean Rivers Team Stewardship Program -- a mini-grant program to help fund local river cleanup activities across Iowa. Any community group or organization in Iowa may apply for a grant of up to $500 for expenses related to river cleanup. Grants are limited to a maximum of $500. Details are available at IowaWhitewater.org. Questions can be addressed to Peter Komendowski at (319)269-8493.

Seniors are invited to the Davenport Public Library's Fairmount Street location on Wednesday, July 29, at 1 p.m. for the fourth-annual ice-cream social. The free event's featured entertainment will be the two-part PBS documentary Pioneers of Television. For more information, call (563)888-3371 or visit DavenportLibrary.com.

Susan Uthoff, Iowa State University Program Assistant, will discuss current food-preservation techniques at the program "Why Grandma's Canning Methods Won't Work." Call (563)359-7577 to register for the morning or afternoon session. This workshop is free and will be held on August 10 from 10 to 11 a.m. or 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the Scott County Extension Office (875 Tanglefoot Lane in Bettendorf).

Local not-for-profit organizations are invited to participate in a fundraising opportunity with local Younkers stores. The company's Community Day Event will be held on Saturday, November 14. Not-for-profit organizations can sign up at CommunityDayEvent.com. This event provides an opportunity for local organizations to gather the donations needed to support their missions.

 
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