internship pic.jpg MOLINE, ILLINOIS - WQPT is delighted to announce that Kristy Anne Phillipson has been awarded the 2012 WQPT Broadcast Scholarship.  "Every year it is our pleasure to present this award to a student pursuing a career in broadcasting.  Ms. Phillipson  is not only studying broadcasting but has been involved as an intern at a commercial broadcaster and involved in Westerns on air programming" said WQPT General Manager, Rick Best.

Ms Phillipson has been an intern at KWQC, a reporter for Black Hawk Colleges' student newspaper, a reporter for university television programming at Western Illinois University and a reporter for the Courier Reporter.

Upon hearing about the award Ms. 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. Thanks so much for choosing me as the recipient of the WQPT Broadcast scholarship.

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

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MOLINE, ILLINOIS - WQPT, Quad Cities PBS is pleased to introduce their 2012 WQPT/PBS Ambassadors, an elite volunteer corps made up of college students.

The program is entering its eighth year and provides college students the opportunity to represent their local public television station at a variety of events throughout eastern Iowa and western Illinois and acquire leadership skills.  "Past Ambassadors have gone on to be named "Leaders Under 40" and have moved on to jobs as a direct result of their time in the Ambassador Program" said WQPT Special Projects Coordinator, Bea Brasel.

The 2012 class of WQPT/PBS Ambassadors are:

Front Row:                                         Back Row:                          
Alicia Domino - WIU                            Gaia Iaccarino - Scott Community College
Elizabeth Stemlar - UNI                       Adam Sandoval - Black Hawk College
Irene Cruz - NIU                                  Nic Hoepfner - Augustana
Karri Foks - WIU                                 Celia Brasel - Black Hawk College
Grace Brasel - Augustana                 Melissa Gravert - WIU
Jana Hergert - WIU


Not Pictured
Michele Moreno - Black Hawk College and Onder Badur - NIU

"Our Ambassadors are extremely important to WQPT. With a staff of only 11, the Ambassadors serve as an extension of the staff," said Ms. Brasel.

WQPT is the public media service of Western Illinois University - Quad Cities located in Moline, Illinois

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MOLINE, ILLINOIS - WQPT, Quad Cities PBS is holding a series of events with the title character from "Martha Speaks" to help raise awareness and education on Pet Care. Martha will be at all events for a meet and greet, plus there will be children's activities and tours of the shelters.

Martha will appear at the following locations:

Monday, June 18
1:00 to 2:30 pm
Rock Island County Animal Care and Control
4001 78th Avenue, Moline, IL

Tuesday, June 19
10:00 to 11:30 am
Moline Public Library
3210 41st Street, Moline, IL

Thursday, June 21
2:00 to 3:30 pm
Humane Society of Scott County
2802 West Central Park Ave, Davenport, IA

Friday, June 22
1:00 - 2:30 pm
Geneseo Public Library
805 N. Chicago Street
Geneseo, IL

Kids will receive a free "Martha Speaks" book when they donate one of the following products to help keep our local shelters clean and safe:

Bleach
Cat Litter
HE Laundry Detergent
Antibacterial Hand and Dish Soap
Paper Towels.

WQPT is a media service of Western Illinois University located in Moline, Illinois.
MOLINE, ILLINOIS - WQPT recently received several grants to help support programming and technical capabilities for the station.

The Riverboat Development Authority awarded the station a $15,000 matching grant. This match will be used during the upcoming June Membership Campaign to encourage and maximize donations made to the station.

The Scott County Regional Authority confirmed a $19,820 grant award to cover a Technology Upgrade for the station. "It has been a great many years since we have updated our computers and fundraising hardware," said WQPT General Manager Rick Best. "This grant helps fulfill the new technology needs of the station.

The Hubbell-Waterman Foundation has supported the station with a grant of $50,000 for local outreach and educational programs. "The support of Hubbell-Waterman goes directly to our programs like the WQPT First Book Club, which helps bring literature to students in title one schools and up to 100 workshops in classrooms throughout our area," said WQPT Educational Outreach Director, Ana Kehoe.

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

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MOLINE, ILLINOIS - WQPT will be holding auditions for female voice talent for the Ballet Quad Cities production of "From the Pages of a Young Girl's Life" that will air April 27th at 7 pm on WQPT.  The ballet is being presented as a special edition of WQPT's new arts program "Artists in Profile."  WQPT and Ballet Quad Cities are looking for a young female voice to read Anne Frank's letters.  A script will be provided at the auditions.  Talent must sound like a young teenage girl. Special consideration to talent who can speak with a slight German accent. Most importantly talent must be able to read the letters with passion and conviction.

Auditions will take place on April 24th at WQPT's offices on 60th Street in Moline, Illinois. Directions will be given at the time you are given an audition slot.  The taping for the program will take place on April 25th.  Girls auditioning must have an appointment to be seen. No walk-ins allowed. To schedule an appointment call Lora Adams at WQPT 309-764-2400.  Attending with casting authority will be Joedy Cook, Ballet Quad Cities and Lora Adams, WQPT.

MOLINE, ILLINOIS - WQPT will be airing a variety of local programs to commemorate Holocaust Remembrance Month beginning with a very special "The Cities with Jim Mertens" on Thursday, April 5 at 6:30 pm with an encore presentation on Sunday, April 8 at 5:30 pm.  His guests include Eva Schloss, whose mother married Otto Frank, the father of Anne Frank. Ms. Schloss, a Holocaust survivor, is in town as a part of the Putnam Museums new exhibit "Anne Frank: A History for Today" which will run through May 28, 2012.

 

WQPT will also be airing a re-edited version of "3 Esthers," a documentary the station produced in 1983. The original documentary was researched and narrated by Dr. Art Pitz. Dr. Pitz returns to do a new opening and to bring the viewer up-to-date on the three women. "We're also adding some biographical photos from the three ladies and adding more photos to document the Holocaust through their stories" said Lora Adams, WQPT Director of Marketing and Local Content.

 

The re-edited documentary will be shown at a community screening on Thursday, April 26 at 6 pm at the Western Illinois University Quad Cities (Riverfront) campus in room 111. Dr. Alvin Goldfarb, the past President of Western Illinois University will be the guest speaker, discussing his growing up with parents who survived the Holocaust.

 

On April 27th at 7 pm on a special edition of "Artists in Profile," Ballet Quad Cities' production of "From the Pages of a Young Girls Life" will be presented.  The ballet was originally produced in 2005 with choreography by former Ballet Quad Cities Artistic Director, Johanne Jakhelln and tells the story of Anne Frank. WQPT taped the Ballet Quad Cities March 2nd performance.

 

Other programs include "Gefilte-Fish Chronicles" on Tuesday, April 3 at 8 pm and Jewish Soldiers in Blue & Grey on Tuesday, April 10 at 8 pm.

 

Sponsors for Holocaust Remembrance Month programs and educational outreach include : Premier Sponsor - The Singh Group, Merrill Lynch Quad Cities, Jewish Federation of the Quad Cities, Western Illinois University Student Government Association, The Rauch II Foundation, The Martin D. & Barbara H. Rich Family Foundation, Daniel Portes and Judy Shawver, and Western Illinois University Quad Cities.

 

WQPT is a media service of Western Illinois University located in Moline, Illinois
The Cities, WQPT's public affairs program, goes on location with host Jim Mertens interviewing Vice President Joe Biden during his visit to Davenport on Wednesday and Bishop Gene Robinson, who is in town to discuss religion and sexual identity at Augustana. It's all tonight on The Cities with Jim Mertens at 6:30 pm., with an encore presentation on Sunday at 5:30 pm.

WQPT Assists Efforts to Increase the Quad Cities Graduation Rate 

New Public Media Programming and Public Engagement Initiatives to Help Students and Teachers

WQPT Quad Cities PBS has initiated a series of broadcast, online and community activities as part of "American Graduate: Let's Make It Happen," a national public media initiative funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) to help the Quad Cities and other communities across America to address the high school dropout crisis.

 

Every year 1 million kids drop out of high school nationwide. In the Quad Cities, over 700 students fail to graduate each year, according to Achieve Quad Cities. The estimated economic impact on the Quad Cities is a loss of $2.3 million per student over a lifetime in revenues and earnings, according to the Alliance for Excellence in Education.

 

WQPT Quad Cities PBS is one of more than 60 public media and television stations around the country that are working directly with their communities to address the dropout crisis. WQPT Quad Cities PBS and "American Graduate" project partners, Achieve Quad Cities, area public schools, Big Brothers Big Sisters, the Putnam Museum and the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce have developed a blend of media across several platforms - TV, radio, online - and community engagement efforts designed to raise public awareness and offer solutions to increase Quad City high school graduation rates.

 

"Education has always been at the center of public broadcasting," said Rick Best, WQPT General Manager. "That's why we are proud to be a part of this important national initiative and are honored to work with the local community to make sure Quad City students stay in school and graduate.  We cannot allow a generation of our young people to fall through the cracks."

 

"Every year, one million of our nation's young people make the life altering decision to drop out of school resulting in severe consequences for their future and our country," said Patricia Harrison, president and CEO of CPB.  "Through the 'American Graduate: Let's Make It Happen' initiative, America's public radio and television stations - locally owned and operated - are engaging local  non-profit partners, business leaders, parents and teachers to help young people stay on the path to a high school diploma."

 

WQPT's "American Graduate" initiative began in July with awareness PSA's to encourage community members to volunteer as career mentors to area youth.  These are still airing today on WQPT and other area broadcast channels. In addition to increasing the number of adult mentors in the community, WQPT created local programming that educated viewers about the drop out crisis in the Quad Cities and how they could be a part of the community-wide effort to increase the high school graduation rate.

 

Roundtable "The Drop Out Crisis"

In December and January, WQPT aired a one-hour special featuring experts from the area who talked about the drop-out rate, the steps being taken to identify mentors, to inspire and encourage students to stay in school and to drive awareness about the economic impact to our community.

 

"I was deeply moved and truly surprised by what I learned in WQPT's Achieve Quad Cities special The Drop-Out Crisis. I've always known how much a personal tragedy it is when a student fails to complete high school. I had no idea of the scope of the impact on our community. Thank you WQPT, for shining light on this very challenging problem facing the QC and for motivating others, as it did me, to be a part of the solution," Deanna Jensen, WQPT viewer.

Visit youtube.com/wqptpbs to see episodes of WQPT's "The Cities with Jim Mertens" featuring Achieve Quad Cities partners in action. You'll also find the special roundtable "Tackling the Drop Out Crisis" featuring area education leaders.

 

About WQPT

WQPT is a public media service of Western Illinois University.

 

About American Graduate 

The public media initiative, American Graduate: Let's Make It Happen, is helping communities across America identify and implement solutions to address the high school dropout crisis. Supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), the multi-year campaign is designed to raise awareness and dialogue through national and local multiplatform programming.  Targeting communities with highest dropout rates, the initiative also increases local engagement and action through collaborations and partnerships, and increases student engagement through teacher professional development and classroom curricula. Public radio and television stations - locally owned and operated - reach 99% of the country over the air, have built models for successful intervention in early learning, and have deep connections in the communities they serve. Nearly 300 partnerships have been formed locally through American Graduate and CPB is partnering with America's Promise Alliance and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.  Visit American Graduate on Facebook, Twitter or AmericanGraduate.org.

 

About CPB

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), a private, nonprofit corporation created by Congress in 1967, is the steward of the federal government's investment in public broadcasting. It helps support the operations of more than 1,300 locally-owned and -operated public television and radio stations nationwide, and is the largest single source of funding for research, technology, and program development for public radio, television and related online services. 

 

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 Paul Strater said "As a nontraditional student, the financial realities of later life such as mortgages and car payments and the challenges of funding a college education without parental help or the loans available to parents are quite a challenge.  This scholarship will be a great help as I finish my degree at Western."

Interested students may log on to http://wqpt.org/scholarship for an application or by calling (309) 764-2400.  The criteria for the scholarship is:

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.                        

Applications will be accepted through May 18, 2012for this scholarship.  New and continuing students in any broadcast curriculum may apply.  WQPT will select the recipient prior to the fall semester.

WQPT General Manager, Rick Best said "The scholarship is just one of the ways that WQPT endeavors to be a community partner."

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

 

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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 at-kehoe@wiu.edu 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 mwc@midwestwritingcenter.org.

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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