Sister Joan Lescinski, CSJ, Ph.D., has been chosen as the next president of St. Ambrose University. Currently the president of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College in Indiana, she will be the first woman to lead the university in its 125-year history. Lescinski, who is also a noted scholar in English literature, will take office in summer 2007, succeeding Dr. Edward Rogalski, who will retire after 20 years as the university's president. For more information on the university's next president, go to (


Welcome to the 22nd Annual IH Mississippi Valley Blues Festival. Many individuals and organizations have committed their time and resources toward this nationally recognized blues festival. A volunteer event of this magnitude simply does not continue to occur without a strong commitment and a passion for the blues and its impact on our lives. As the president of the Mississippi Valley Blues Society (MVBS), I have been proud to serve side-by-side with the board members, committee chairs, and members who give significant amounts of their time and talent to produce this festival, along with the educational and year-round event opportunities produced by the MVBS.

Hello and welcome to the 21st Annual I.H. Mississippi Valley Blues Festival. As is apparent from the name, the biggest change for this year will be the addition of "I.H." to our festival name. This addition of course stands for the I.
Excerpts from a speech by President George W. Bush last week Today we had a major victory to improve the health-care system in America. The United States Senate has joined the House of Representatives in passing historic reform of Medicare that will strengthen the system, that will modernize the system, that will provide high-quality care for the seniors who live in America.