MOLINE, IL - Western Illinois University-Quad Cities and WQPT's AmeriCorps program has completed its first year of service.

The original class of 12 AmeriCorps members served the Illinois Quad City area and set out to improve literacy skills in the classrooms they serve by 15 percent. After completing a pre-test and post-test based on Illinois Early Learning Standards, the results show improvement in literacy skills of the students served by 49 percent.

The AmeriCorps program has also undergone changes for the 2014-2015 class. The program is now able to serve both Illinois and Iowa and has been expanded to 24 members. Currently there are 20 members enrolled.

Fifteen of the members are new to the program, and five are returning for a second year of service. Members are serving at all three Skip-a-Long locations (Moline, Rock Island and Davenport, IA), Casa de los Ninos in Moline, Grant Wood Elementary and Thomas Jefferson Elementary School, both in Bettendorf, IA, Blackhawk Family Literacy Program in Moline, Hillcrest Elementary School in East Moline and the WIU Infant and Preschool Center in Macomb.

This is also the 20th anniversary of AmeriCorps and the Western/WQPT members celebrated in Springfield, IL, marching through the city and taking the oath of service on the steps of the Old State Capital.

Other projects included making 250 blank books for children to write and illustrate their own stories at the newly opened Newcome Early Learning Center in Davenport, IA, and helping at the National Bullying Prevention Month CommUNITY Party in Bettendorf, IA, promoting kindness and helping the children make Elmo puppets.

Anyone interested in applying to AmeriCorps can email Scott at s-brouette@wiu.edu.

WQPT is a media service of WIU.

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MOLINE, ILLINOIS - WQPT, Quad Cities PBS is just completing its first year of "Embracing Our Military," a two-year initiative designed to draw attention and resources to military families in the community.

From 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 7, WQPT will hold a free Military Workforce Symposium at Western Illinois University - Quad Cities in Moline, IL, to provide workshops, a job fair, resource booths and educational opportunities for National Guard, reserve, active duty, retired military and military spouses.

Businesses in attendance will be actively hiring with openings occurring in the next three-six months and who share a commitment to hiring veterans.

Workshop topics include "Reinventing Michael Banks," an interactive video that addresses the needs of both transitioning service members and employers by allowing participants to take an active role in the decisions and lives of a veteran, a corporate recruiter, a human resources professional and a supervisor. Other topics include "Dressing for Success," "Build Your Network: Build Your Future," "Volunteerism," and "Successfully Navigating USA Jobs."

To find out more about the Military Workshop Symposium or other aspects of "Embracing Our Military," visit wqpt.org/embracing.

The symposium is supported by presenting sponsors R.I.A Federal Credit Union, UnityPoint Health- Trinity and WQPT, Quad Cities PBS.

WQPT is a public media service of Western Illinois University.

 

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FOURTH WALL FILMS AND WQPT HOLD AUDITIONS FOR "LETTERS HOME TO HERO STREET"

MOLINE, ILLINOIS - Fourth Wall Films and WQPT Quad Cities PBS have partnered to create a new docudrama, "Letters Home to Hero Street." Auditions for the film will be held on Saturday, October 18 from 9 am to noon at WQPT's studio on the Western Illinois University-Quad Cities campus in Riverfront Hall.

To be scheduled for an audition and receive other details, please email your name, phone/email, address, experience, and photo before 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17, 2014 to LJ-Adams@wiu.edu.

KEY DATES

Re-enactment Auditions: October 18, 2014 9:00 AM-12:00 PM
(Please note all auditions will be given a specific time within this window)
Call Backs: October 21, 2014 6:00 PM-8:00 PM
Filming Dates: November 2, 15, 16, 17, 2014
Project Ends: The documentary will be completed in December 2014 and will premiere on WQPT-PBS in early 2015. Special screenings of the documentary will also take place, as well as a DVD release.

 

Synopsis:
A young Mexican-American veteran's personal view of World War II is told through the letters he sent home to his family in Silvis, Illinois.  He becomes one of eight veterans of WWII and the Korean War killed in combat from the same block-and-a half long neighborhood now called Hero Street, USA.

Character Descriptions:

SOLDIER, male, early 20s. Away from home for the first time, he writes letters to keep family members informed of his movements and responds to news from home. He is Mexican-American, slender, physically fit.

SISTER, female, age 11-13. The soldier's sister translates his letters from English to Spanish and reads them to her mother and father. She is Mexican-American, slender, long dark hair, speaks English and Spanish.

MOTHER, female, late 40s. The soldier's mother is a Mexican immigrant. Speaks Spanish.

TELEGRAM DELIVERY BOY, age 17-21. Young Caucasian male delivers "killed in action" telegrams. Will ride a period bike.

WQPT is a media service of Western Illinois University.

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MOLINE, ILLINOIS - WQPT, Quad Cities PBS is just completing its first year of "Embracing Our Military," a two-year initiative designed to draw attention and resources to military families in the community.

From 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 7, WQPT will hold a free Military Workforce Symposium at Western Illinois University - Quad Cities in Moline, IL, to provide workshops, a job fair, resource booths and educational opportunities for National Guard, reserve, active duty, retired military and military spouses.

Businesses in attendance have noted they are hiring with openings occurring in the next three-six months and who share a commitment to hiring veterans.

Workshop topics include "Reinventing Michael Banks," an interactive video that addresses the needs of both transitioning service members and employers by allowing participants to take an active role in the decisions and lives of a veteran, a corporate recruiter, a human resources professional and a supervisor. Other topics include "Dressing for Success," "Build Your Network: Build Your Future," "Volunteerism," and "Successfully Navigating USA Jobs."

To find out more about the Military Workshop Symposium or other aspects of "Embracing Our Military," visit wqpt.org/embracing.

The symposium is supported by presenting sponsors R.I.A Federal Credit Union, UnityPoint Health- Trinity and WQPT, Quad Cities PBS.

WQPT is a public media service of Western Illinois University.

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WQPT's Embracing Our Military initiative is holding a free Workforce Symposium for National Guard, Reserve, Active Duty, Retired Military and Military Spouses.

WHAT:              Workforce Symposium

WHEN:              November 7, 2014

10:00 am to 3:00 p.m.

WHERE:            Western Illinois University - Quad Cities

3300 River Drive, Moline, IL

Itinerary:

10:00 a.m.      Workshop: Reinventing Michael Banks

11:00 a.m.      Dressing for Success

Noon              Lunch and Fair

1:00 p.m.       Workshop: Speed Networking

2:00 p.m.       Workshop: Resume Building and Mock Interviewing

2:30 p.m.       Volunteerism - A New Mission for Veterans

 

Sponsored by: UnityPoint Health -Trinity, RIA, Dispatch, WQPT

WQPT airs documentary creation of local play

MOLINE, IL - WQPT cameras followed the creative process in the QC Theatre Workshop production of "A Green River" during the summer of 2013. The play tells the story about one soldier's struggle with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The documentary, "The Making of a Green River," produced by WQPT Director of Marketing and Local Content Lora Adams, features interviews with the playwright, actors, director, soldier and a counselor, intermingled with performance video. The documentary will air at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 5 on WQPT.

"We are very excited to highlight the work that brings a new play to the stage," said Adams.

WQPT will also be holding a screening and panel discussion Thursday, Aug. 7., beginning at 6 p.m. at the QC Theatre Workshop, where the play was originally produced. The theatre is located at 1730 Wilkes Ave., Davenport (IA). The public is invited to view the documentary and ask questions of the principles about the process of dramatizing the return of a soldier with PTSD to civilian life.

Since the play was originally produced at the QC Theatre Workshop, it was remounted at Augustana College under the direction of Broadway director and Augustana Alumni Philip Wm. McKinley.

WQPT is a media service of Western Illinois University.

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WQPT airs documentary creation of local play

MOLINE, IL - WQPT cameras followed the creative process in the QC Theatre Workshop production of "A Green River" during the summer of 2013. The play tells the story about one soldier's struggle with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The documentary, "The Making of a Green River," produced by WQPT Director of Marketing and Local Content Lora Adams, features interviews with the playwright, actors, director, soldier and a counselor, intermingled with performance video. The documentary will air at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 5 on WQPT.

"We are very excited to highlight the work that brings a new play to the stage," said Adams.

WQPT will also be holding a screening and panel discussion Thursday, Aug. 7., beginning at 6 p.m. at the QC Theatre Workshop, where the play was originally produced. The theatre is located at 1730 Wilkes Ave., Davenport (IA). The public is invited to view the documentary and ask questions of the principles about the process of dramatizing the return of a soldier with PTSD to civilian life.

Since the play was originally produced at the QC Theatre Workshop, it was remounted at Augustana College under the direction of Broadway director and Augustana Alumni Philip Wm. McKinley.

WQPT is a media service of Western Illinois University.

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WTVP to Host WQPT Master Control Operations

Peoria, IL, July 31, 2014 -- Public Television broadcasting in the Quad Cities has come home to Illinois. On June 30 at 7:01 p.m., WQPT-Quad Cities PBS officially moved control of its technical broadcast operations to WTVP-Public Television for Central Illinois in Peoria.

According to WTVP President and CEO Chet Tomczyk, this new arrangement represents months of behind-the-scenes work on infrastructure, equipment and technology by both stations.

"This transition has gone smoothly, and viewers in the Quad Cities won't know anything has changed," noted WQPT General Manager Mary Pruess. "This new broadcasting arrangement is a positive step forward for both stations and provides WQPT with stellar signal quality. Each station's programming, governance and community services continue as before."

Pruess added that master control operations for WQPT, a media service of Western Illinois University, have long been out-sourced; however, instead of coming from Texas, WQPT's signal will originate in Peoria and be sent via fiber to the WQPT transmitter in Orion.

"This change provides financial savings for WQPT, a new source of revenue for WTVP, valuable technological advances for both stations and an invaluable chance for the sister stations to work together," Tomczyk added.

"Western Illinois University has a long standing tradition of serving residents and students in our region. As the public broadcasting service of the University, WQPT in partnership with WTVP have established the beginnings of a win-win relationship with even more future opportunities for collaboration that will benefit our viewing audiences from Peoria, Macomb, Moline, and beyond," said Joe Rives, vice president for the Quad Cities and planning at WIU. "Both Mary Pruess and Chet Tomczyk deserve our thanks for their outstanding leadership in this important project."

The project was led by WTVP Chief Engineer Bill Porter and his team, including engineers James Jordan and Brett Ring, Operations Manager Jackie Luebcke, IT Director Mark Lasswell with Traffic Manager Jed Klabunde and operators Paul Coussens and Will Crotz, along with WQPT Traffic Coordinator Richard Diamond and Program Manager Jerry Myers.

"This collaboration between stations represents another way of being responsible stewards of the public trust placed in us by our members and contributors," Tomczyk said.

There will be a press conference on August 8 at 10 am at WTVP in Peoria to formally announce this new partnership. Please RSVP to Stacey Tomczyk at WTVP Ph 309.495.0594/Fx 309.677.4730

PBS KIDS WRITERS CONTEST ANNOUNCES NATIONAL WINNERS

 

 

ARLINGTON, VA/MOLINE, IL - Twelve children in grades K-3 were selected as winners by an acclaimed panel of judges in the PBS KIDS Writers Contest this year. The winning entries in the Contest were chosen from thousands of submissions from 62 participating PBS stations across the country. Paul Schwartz, a third grader from Bettendorf, IA, who partnered with WQPT- Quad Cities PBS, won third place in this grade category.

"This is the third time that one of our local winners has gone on to win on the national level," said WQPT General Manager Mary Pruess. "We are very proud Paul Schwartz of Bettendorf and his story 'If I Were An Engineer' and of all of the 450 entries we received. A special thanks to all of the parents, caregivers and teachers who encouraged the creativity of our young writers."

"We were thrilled to see another impressive batch of submissions for the annual PBS KIDS Writers Contest," said Lesli Rotenberg, General Manager, Children's Programming, PBS. "PBS KIDS and our local stations always enjoy encouraging children to use their imaginations to create memorable stories. We look forward to supporting the next generation of creative thinkers as they develop important writing skills that will lay the foundation of success in both school and life."

PBS stations throughout the country collaborated with schools, public libraries and other community-based organizations to present the PBS KIDS Writers Contest in local communities. Local winners were entered into the national contest, where a panel of esteemed judges ranked the top 12 entries. The national winners and their winning stories are featured on pbskids.org/writerscontest.

The national winners will receive prizes courtesy of national prizing sponsor, LeapFrog Enterprises, Inc. Winners will receive a prize package that will include LeapFrog's award-winning LeapReader Reading and Writing System along with educator-developed LeapReader books, maps and more to help children on every step of their reading and writing journey.

The 2014 national winners include :  

 

Kindergarten

1st place: "Grandpa Pig's Pizza" by Nikolai Nawrocki, Wayne, PA - WQED

2nd place: "Bill's Hat is Very Stuck" by Karsten Eckhoff, Stover, MO - KMOS

3rd place: "The Secret Alligator Key" by Inaaya Sethi, Binghamton, NY - WSKG

First Grade

1st place: "Once Upon a Pencil" by Ethan Mattocks, Guys Mills, PA - WQLN

2nd place: "A Survival Guide to South Dakota" by Samuel Ellenbecker, Cascade, WI - MPTV

3rd place: "The Colors I Feel" by Joshua Kafumbe, Middlebury, VT - Vermont Public Television

Second Grade

1st place: "Eric's Job" by Oniana Boulware, Las Vegas, NV - Vegas PBS

2nd place: "Rosy Helps Kathy Catch Her Bus" by Michelle Kang, Annandale, VA - Community Idea Stations

3rd place: "Seeds from Space" by Connor Smith, Pittsburgh, PA - WQED

Third Grade

1st place: "A Humble Book of Poems" by Jishnu Dey, Dover, NH - New Hampshire Public Television

2nd place: "My Special Granddaddy" by Mollie Hensley, Mebane, NC - UNC-TV

3rd place: "If I Were An Engineer..." by Paul Schwartz, Bettendorf, IA - WQPT, Quad Cities PBS

 

PBS KIDS Writers Contest Honorary Judges

A panel of America's leading children's writers, producers, and media creators served as honorary judges for the PBS KIDS Writers Contest this year. The 2014 honorary judges include :

 

  • Billy Aronson, creator, PEG + CAT
  • Jeff Kinney, author (Diary of a Wimpy Kid series), online game developer and designer
  • Martin Kratt, creator and co-executive producer, WILD KRATTS
  • Chris Kratt, creator and co-executive producer, WILD KRATTS
  • Joseph Mazzarino, head writer, director and puppeteer, SESAME STREET
  • Jennifer Oxley, creator, PEG + CAT
  • Bob Staake, author (THE DONUT CHEF, HELLO ROBOTS)
  • Vince Vawter, author (PAPERBOY)

 

The PBS KIDS Writers Contest is made possible through national promotional support from Highlights for Children. The Contest is produced by PBS and based on the Reading Rainbow Young Writers and Illustrators Contest, a concept developed by WNED-TV, Buffalo.

 

WQPT is a media service of Western Illinois University.

 

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MOLINE, IL - WQPT, Quad Cities PBS, has been awarded $30,000 from the Illinois Arts Council for the creation of a new documentary "Letters Home to Hero Street." The film will deal with correspondence from Hero Street soldiers to their families as they fought and died in World War II and the Korean conflict.

"We are so pleased to receive the grant because it allows us to create a documentary on a topic that is near and dear to our community," said WQPT General Manager Mary Pruess.

The project is being conducted in cooperation with Fourth Wall Films, headed by Kelly and Tammy Rundle.

"I am excited to be working with the Rundles. We have aired all of their documentaries and they always create compelling films that are beautiful and well researched," said Director of Local Content Lora Adams.

The documentary will be completed by the end of the year and will air on WQPT in early 2015.

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

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