MOLINE, IL - The 2013 WQPT Broadcast Scholarship has been awarded to Victoria Hanson of Cambridge (IL), a senior broadcasting major at Western Illinois University's Macomb campus.

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"Victoria is the type of student who simply gets the work done, and she does a quality job at the same time," said Roger Sadler, WIU broadcasting professor.

Hanson is a member of Students in the Illinois News Broadcasters Association, and is a 2013 inductee in the National Broadcasting Society.

"I am so thankful to have won WQPT's broadcast scholarship. My final semester will be this fall, and I can't believe my college years are coming to an end. I am excited for my future,  and thanks to WQPT, I will have a little less financial stress." Hanson said. "I have been a television reporter on WIU's newscast for two years, and I will be a television anchor in the fall for a second semester. I hope to become a television anchor or reporter for a local television station on the East Coast."

WQPT is a media service of Western Illinois University located in Moline.

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A special celebration was held in their honor on Sunday, May 19, at the Deere-Wiman House in Moline, IL. Our 16 winners from Kindergarten through 3rd grade won some cool prizes for their outstanding stories, and the first place winners from each grade will go on to compete in the PBS national contest. All 405 children who entered the local contest received certificates for their efforts.

Their stories can be viewed at Butterworth Center in Moline, IL until May 30, at the Family Museum in Bettendorf, IA from June 3 to 16, and at the Figge Art Museum in Davenport, IA from June 18 to 30.

(The kids are in order in the photos...first place on left, then second place etc. The names are listed below.)

Kindergarten

First Place                 Rylan Edwards, Ekstrand Elementary, DeWitt, IA

Second Place            Ellie Curnyn, Jane Addams Elementary, Moline, IL

Third Place                Sophia Foad, Cody Elementary, LeClaire, IA

Hon. Mention             Oliver Borders, Longfellow Liberal Arts, Rock Island, IL

 

First Grade

First Place                 Georgia Brunkan, Ed White Elementary, Eldridge, IA

Second Place            Xion Owens-Holst, McKinley Elementary, Davenport, IA

Third Place                Gianna Schwartz, Paul Norton School, Bettendorf, IA

Hon. Mention             Nate Stanger, Garfield School, Davenport, IA

 

Second Grade

First Place                 Paul Schwartz, Paul Norton School, Bettendorf, IA

Second Place            Isabella Jones, Rivermont Collegiate, Bettendorf, IA

Third Place                Nikhil Ramaraju, Riverdale Heights, Bettendorf, IA

Hon. Mention             Jena Edwards, Ekstrand Elementary, DeWitt, IA

 

Third Grade

First Place                 Dalton Morrow, Harrison Elementary, Davenport, IA

Second Place            Alana Kruse, Morning Star Academy, Davenport, IA

Third Place                Eden Swails, Riverdale Elementary, Port Byron, IL

Hon. Mention             Calla Brunkan, Ed White Elementary, Eldridge, IA

MOLINE, IL -WQPT, Quad Cities PBS has received a grant from the PBS Warning Alert and Response Network (WARN) program to a fund power backup and hardening project for WQPT studios and transmitters.

WQPT will purchase, install and test back-up equipment required to maintain the station's broadcast of Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEAs) to cellular telephone companies for up to 72 hours in the event of a power outage. WQPT will have the system installed by August 31.

"We are pleased to be working with PBS and the Department of Commerce on the WARN program. Not only will it improve uninterrupted service to our viewers in times of emergency or crisis, but it will protect their investment in public television," said WQPT Director Mary Pruess.

On June 1, 2010, the Department of Commerce awarded PBS a grant under the WARN Act of 2005, which allowed PBS to implement a project establishing the PBS WARN program. With this grant, PBS assists stations like WQPT comply with an FCC a mandate to provide a backup pathway for sending WEAs from FEMA to cellular phone companies. One year later, the Department of Commerce authorized an additional round of funding, which allowed PBS to award sub-grants for the purchase and installation of the generators, UPS systems and related power backup and hardening equipment that would ensure continuous dissemination of WEAs.

For more information on Wireless Emergency Alerts and the Commercial Mobile Alert System (CMAS) visit http://www.pbs.org/about/WARN.

WQPT signed on the air November 3, 1983. WQPT's signal covers all or part of 10 counties in western Illinois and three in eastern Iowa. The station reaches 309,000 households and estimates 50,000 households view the station on a weekly basis.

WQPT is a public media service of Western Illinois University Quad Cities located in Moline, IL.

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MOLINE, IL -- WQPT received more than 400 stories from students in kindergarten through third grade for the annual PBS Kids Go Writers Contest. Sixteen winners (four from each grade) were selected by educators and contest sponsors. The winners and their families will be honored and awarded prizes at Deere-Wiman House at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 19.

"We received a record number of stories this year. We are thrilled that so many teachers and parents encouraged their young authors and illustrators to participate," said Ana Kehoe, WQPT's educational outreach director.

Kindergarten

First Place: Rylan Edwards, Ekstrand Elementary, DeWitt, IA

Second Place: Ellie Curnyn, Jane Addams Elementary, Moline, IL

Third Place: Sophia Foad, Cody Elementary School, LeClaire, IA

Honorable Mention: Oliver Borders, Longfellow Liberal Arts, Rock Island, IL

 

First grade

First Place: Georgia Brunkan, Ed White Elementary, Eldridge, IA

Second Place: Xion Owens-Holst, McKinley Elementary, Davenport, IA

Third Place: Gianna Schwartz, Paul Norton School, Bettendorf, IA

Honorable Mention: Nate Stanger, Garfield School, Davenport, IA

 

Second grade

First Place: Paul Schwartz, Paul Norton School, Bettendorf, IA

Second Place: Isabella Jones, Rivermont Collegiate, Bettendorf, IA

Third Place: Nikhil Ramaraju, Riverdale Heights Elementary, Bettendorf, IA

Honorable Mention: Jena Edwards, Ekstrand Elementary, DeWitt, IA

 

Third grade

First Place: Dalton Morrow, Harrison Elementary, Davenport, IA

Second Place: Alana Kruse, Morning Star Academy, Bettendorf, IA

Third Place: Eden Swails, Riverdale Elementary, Port Byron, IL

Honorable Mention: Calla Brunkan, Ed White Elementary, Eldridge, IA

 

All the entries will be returned, along with a certificate from PBS. Stories will be displayed at the Butterworth Center from May 19-30; the Family Museum from June 3-16; and Figge Art Museum from June 18-30.

The contest is supported by WQPT-Quad Cities PBS, the Butterworth Center, Deere-Wiman House, Family Museum in Bettendorf, Figge Art Museum and the Midwest Writing Center.

WQPT is a media service of Western Illinois University - Quad Cities located in Moline, Illinois.

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MOLINE, IL - The Moline Foundation awarded Sean Turnipseed of Moline, a senior elementary education student at Western Illinois University-Quad Cities, a $500 educational stipend for his winning entry in the River Vision 2020 video contest. The award was presented at a ceremony    April 22 at the WIU-QC Riverfront campus.

River Vision 2020 consisted of three community conversations attended by 65 residents and business owners from both sides of the river. The River Vision 2020 website had 3,300 views and 2,400 votes were cast online for the video competition. River Vision 2020 is set to move on to the next phase of the riverfront project.

River Vision 2020 has been a partnership between WQPT, The Moline Foundation, Renew Moline and the City of Moline.

For more information on River Vision 2020, visit wqpt.org/rivervision2020.

WQPT is a public media service of Western Illinois University Quad Cities located in Moline, IL.          

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Photo of Scott Turnipseed and Joy Boruff of the Moline Foundation.  

MOLINE, IL -WQPT and the Moline Foundation invite you to participate in River Vision 2020. This innovative project is designed to bring together citizens and community leaders to discuss ideas to enhance the Moline river front along the Mississippi River.  "We want to hear from everyone in our community on the ways they think we can best use our riverfront as well as the Floreciente neighborhood and the Moline Centre in downtown Moline," said Joy Boruff, Executive Director, The Moline Foundation.

The remaining community forums take place on, Thursday, February 28 and Thursday, March 14 from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm at the Western Illinois University Riverfront Campus, 3300 River Drive, Moline, IL. Dinner is served. Everyone in the Quad Cities region is invited to participate in one or all of the community forums.

In addition, students from Western Illinois University and members of The Network, are creating videos on their ideas for the riverfront and everyone is invited to view them and vote for their favorite by going to wqpt.org/rivervision2020.  Community voting will begin February 25 and continue until midnight on March 25. The winning video creator receives a $500 educational stipend from the Moline Foundation.

For more information on River Vision 2020 go to wqpt.org/rivervision2020.

 

WQPT is a public media service of Western Illinois University Quad Cities located in Moline, IL.                            

Press Conference will be held Monday, February 25th at 10:00 a.m.

Mayor Donald P. Welvaert is expected to speak

Western Illinois University Riverfront Campus, 3300 River Drive Moline, IL 61265

MOLINE, IL - WQPT-Quad Cities PBS, in conjunction with a collaboration of area non-profit organizations focused on bullying in our community (known as CARE QC - Connecting Anti-Bullying Resources and Education), will host a series of community conversations, television programming and online activities to inform parents, students and teachers about the resources available to combat bullying.

"CARE QC was formed as a result of information gathered during WQPT's 'American Graduate' work last year. At the community forums convened to discuss the drop-out crisis and the need for mentors in our community, we discovered that bullying was one of the top factors in a student's decision to drop out of school," said WQPT Interim General Manager Jamie Lange.

The community conversations will be held from 5-7:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 18 at the Martin Luther King Center in Rock Island, and Wednesday, Feb. 20 Wednesday, Feb. 20 at the Moline Public Library.

In addition, Ballet Quad Cities will offer a free performance of "The Ugly Duckling" from 7-8:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22 at Davenport North High School. The dance performance carries an anti-bullying message about treating on another with respect. Renowned anti-bullying expert Dr. Jennifer Caudle will host a short program following the event.

Related programming featured on WQPT includes:

Sunday, Feb. 17, 8 p.m.: "Official Best of Fest: Bullies." Get a glimpse into the world of bullying with two short films from Australia and the UK.

Sunday, Feb. 17, 8:30 p.m.: "Dissed Respect." The impact of bullying encourages dialogue about the need to reduce the high-risk behavior of bullying.

Monday, Feb. 18, 8 p.m.: "Teaching Channel: Bullying at School." The program visits three schools where parents, teachers and students are implementing bullying prevention programs.

Monday, Feb. 18, 9 p.m.: "Enough is Enough." Learn about the evolving interactive web, social networking and cyber-bullying. Learn how to protect your child on all internet enabled devices.

For more resources, interactive surveys and information, visit wqpt.org/stopbullying.

WQPT is a public media service of Western Illinois University-Quad Cities.

PBS Kids GO Writers Contest

MOLINE, IL - WQPT-Quad Cities PBS invites young authors and illustrators in kindergarten-third grade to submit their original stories to the PBS Kids Go Writing Contest.

Stories, which must be the original work of the child, may be non-fiction, fiction, prose or poetry. Entries, postmarked by Wednesday, April 10, can be dropped off at WQPT's office at Western Illinois University's 60th Street campus, or mailed to WQPT, 3561 60th St., Moline, Illinois 61265.

Sixteen local winners (four from each grade) will be honored with prizes at a ceremony held at the Butterworth Center in May and will appear on-air in a promotion for PBS Kids programs on WQPT. First place winners will compete for national prizes and their stories will appear on the WQPT website. Finalists and participating classrooms will also receive free books. Each participant will receive a Certificate of Achievement.

For more information, along with guidelines and entry forms, visit wqpt.org/storycontest or contact Ana Kehoe at (309) 764-2400 or AT-Kehoe@wiu.edu.

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

WQPT is a public media service of Western Illinois University-Quad Cities.

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MOLINE, IL -WQPT and the Moline Foundation invite you to participate in River Vision 2020. This innovative project is designed to bring together citizens and community leaders to discuss ideas to enhance the Moline river front along the Mississippi River.  "We want to hear from everyone in our community on the ways they think we can best use our riverfront as well as the Floreciente neighborhood and the Moline Centre in downtown Moline," said Joy Boruff, Executive Director, The Moline Foundation.

The project includes community forums which take place on Wednesday, February 6, Thursday, February 28 and Thursday, March 14 from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm at the Western Illinois University Riverfront Campus, 3300 River Drive, Moline, IL. Everyone in the Quad Cities region is invited to participate in one or all of the community forums.

In addition, students from Western Illinois University and members of The Network, are creating videos on their ideas for the riverfront and everyone is invited to view them and vote for their favorite by going to wqpt.org/rivervision2020.  Community voting will begin February 25 and continue until midnight on March 25. The winning video creator receives a $500 educational stipend from the Moline Foundation.

For more information on River Vision 2020 go to wqpt.org/rivervision2020.

WQPT is a public media service of Western Illinois University Quad Cities located in Moline, IL.

WQPT is a public media service of Western Illinois University Quad Cities located in Moline, IL.

MOLINE, ILLINOIS - WQPT, Quad Cities PBS is pleased to offer a $500 Broadcast Scholarship to students pursuing a career in broadcasting.

Last year's recipient Kristy Anne Phillipson said "As a senior in the broadcasting department at Western Illinois University in Macomb, I am honored and deeply grateful that I was chosen for this scholarship. It will help me pay for my final year at Western.  It will definitely take some of the stress off."

The annual award can be applied to tuition, books, and fees. Interested students may request an application through WQPT by calling 309-764-2400 or 1-800-877-413-2424 or through www.wqpt.org.

Applications will be accepted through April 19, 2013.

Criteria:

v Be accepted to or currently enrolled at Western Illinois University in the broadcasting program

v Reside in WQPT's viewing area or have recently graduated from a high school in the WQPT viewing area

v Overall 2.5 GPA

v Broadcast Classes 3.0 GPA (not applicable to incoming college freshmen)

v Preference given to full-time students although part-time students may apply.

WQPT is a public media service of Western Illinois University Quad Cities located in Moline, Illinois.

 

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