Sgt. 1st Class Evadne Benson, center, First Army Equal Opportunity Advisor, meets with two squads of Military Explorers, from Post 9044 in Davenport, Iowa, and Post 120 from Wisconsin Rapids, Wis. The cadets, ranging from 11 to 21 years of age, are learning about the military ways of life prior to their potential future affiliation with the service of their choosing. The "Nighthawk" and "Green Dragon" squads took a guided tour of the new First Army headquarters building on Rock Island Arsenal, Ill. The group is conducting a four-day Explorer Challenge on "The Rock", consisting of military training and orientation events.   (Photo by Master Sgt. Danette Rodesky-Flores, First Army Public Affairs)

As we know, Davenport has a strong German background. Yet it is different from other traditionally German cities like St. Louis, Cincinnati and Milwaukee. Davenport was deeply shaped by the so-called Forty-Eighters, young German revolutionaries who in 1848 opposed monarchies in Germany, particularly in Schleswig-Holstein, but were defeated and had to leave the country. Most of them were intellectuals who brought with them special gifts and talents which they put to use in Davenport.


What were these gifts and talents? Who were these Forty-Eighters and what had shaped them in Germany before they crossed the ocean?


Ms. Helen Reinold, a graduate of Augustana College and a graduate student at the University of Oldenburg in Germany, has researched this topic during her recent internship with the German American Heritage Center in Davenport.  Ms. Reinold will present her findings to the interested public in a lecture and discussion, entitled The Intellectual Origins of the Davenport Forty-Eighters, at the German American Heritage Center at 712 Second Street in Davenport, on Thursday, June 30, 2011, at 5:30 p.m.  It is free of charge.


You are cordially invited to attend this event. We are looking forward to greeting you among us.


Dr. Egon W. Gerdes, Executive Director, German American Heritage Center

MOUNT PLEASANT, IA (06/24/2011)(readMedia)-- Dr. Nancy Erickson, vice president for academic affairs at Iowa Wesleyan College, Mount Pleasant, has announced the names of students who have qualified for the 2011 spring semester Dean's List. To qualify for the Dean's List, a student must attain a grade point average of 3.50 or better on a 4.00 scale with 12 credit hours or more and no incomplete grades at the time the list is declared.

Ayla Serrano of Rock Island, IL is among those named to the academic honors list this semester.

The mission of Iowa Wesleyan College is to prepare students to succeed in a changing global environment. Iowa Wesleyan is a four year liberal arts college providing quality, individualized learning experiences that combine the development of the intellect with adaptive life skills. The college is affiliated with the United Methodist Church, with which it shares a commitment to spiritual values, social justice and human welfare.

Iowa Wesleyan College is the oldest private coeducational liberal arts college west of the Mississippi River. For more information about Iowa Wesleyan College please visit

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MOUNT PLEASANT, IA (06/24/2011)(readMedia)-- Brittany Kahler of Marengo, IA, graduated from Iowa Wesleyan College. Commencement ceremonies were held May 7 on the Mount Pleasant, Iowa, campus. Kahler earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Studio Art.

Students completing their degrees in May, as well as those who completed their studies at the end of the fall semester in December, were honored in the outdoor ceremony.

Iowa Wesleyan College is a four-year, liberal arts college. For information on programs and enrollment, go to

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WASHINGTON - Senator Chuck Grassley today encouraged new college graduates in Iowa who are interested in gaining valuable work experience and learning more about American government to apply for a fall internship in his office in Washington and in local offices in Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, Waterloo, Davenport, Council Bluffs and Sioux City.

"Spending a semester after college working in a congressional office is a good way to learn a lot about the legislative branch of government," Grassley said.  "It's important to me to encourage greater understanding and involvement in the process of representative government, so the internships are available to college graduates and students of all areas of study."

Grassley's fall interns will work from late August to mid-December.  Interns assist staff members with constituent services and administrative, legislative and communications work, including that of Grassley's staff on the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, where he serves as Ranking Member.

The application deadline is Friday, July 8.  Application forms are available on Grassley's Senate website and in his offices in Iowa.  Due to security-related delays in postal mail delivery to U.S. Senate office buildings, internship applications should be faxed to 202-224-5136 or emailed to  For more information, send messages, or call 202-224-3744 and ask for Emily Smith.


July Cool Beanz Music

July 2nd - Mr. Bill and Lee 7-9pm

July 5th- Open Mic Night 7-9pm

July 6th- TJ Sapp 7-9pm

July 7th- Bailey Kakert 7-9pm

July 8th- Luis Ochoa 7-9pm

July 9th- Dani Lynn Howe Band Unplugged 7-9pm

July 12th- Open Mic Night 7-9pm

July 14th- Kevin Carton 7-9pm

July 15th- Nashville Songwriters Association 7-9pm

July 16th- Emily Jawoisz 7-9pm

July 19th- Open Mic Night 7-9pm

July 20th- TJ Sapp 7-9pm

July 21st Toby Brown 7-9pm

July 22nd- Angela Meyer 7-9pm

July 26th- Open Mic Night 7-9pm

July 28th- Kevin Carton 7-9pm

July 28th- Austin Villejo 7-9pm

July 30th- Bluegrass at Beanz 6:30-9:30pm

Dubuque, Iowa (June 23, 2011) - Clarke University in Dubuque, Iowa, awarded degrees and honors at its 168th Commencement Ceremony on May 14, 2011.
The following area students were honored at the ceremony:
Clarke University is a Catholic, liberal arts and sciences university dedicated to preparing students to make an impact. Known for superb teaching and academics, Clarke offers more than 40 undergraduate liberal arts and pre-professional programs and five graduate degree programs. Founded in 1843 by the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Clarke is located near the Mississippi River in Dubuque, Iowa. Clarke's 55-acre campus is a blend of historic buildings and new, state-of-the-art facilities.

Bettendorf, IA
Andrea Sherrick,  , Master of Science in Nursing, Nursing,  ,  ; Sarah M. Woodham,  , Doctor of Physical Therapy, Physical Therapy,  ,  ;

Davenport, IA
Julie A. Pluemer,  , Master of Science in Nursing, Nursing,  ,  ;

Moline, IL
Kaitlyn L. Tipsword, Magna Cum Laude, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Nursing,  ,  ;

Dubuque, Iowa (June 23, 2011) - The following area students were named to the Dean's List at Clarke University for the spring 2011 semester. The list recognizes full-time Clarke students who have earned a 3.65 grade point average or above, on a 4.0 scale, with a minimum of 12 graded hours.
Clarke University is a Catholic, liberal arts and sciences university dedicated to preparing students to make an impact. Known for superb teaching and academics, Clarke offers more than 40 undergraduate liberal arts and pre-professional programs and five graduate degree programs. Founded in 1843 by the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Clarke is located near the Mississippi River in Dubuque, Iowa. Clarke's 55-acre campus is a blend of historic buildings and new, state-of-the-art facilities.


Davenport, IA
Megan M. Chitty; Kristina M. McKenna; Katelyn M. Shima;

Moline, IL
Kaitlyn L. Tipsword;

COLCHESTER, VT (06/23/2011)(readMedia)-- Caitlin Poster of Eldridge, a student at Assumption High School was named the 2011 recipient of the Saint Michael's College Book Award for Academic Achievement with a Social Conscience.

The award recognizes students who demonstrate a commitment to leadership in volunteer service and academic achievement. Saint Michael's, located in Burlington, Vermont, one of America's top 10 college towns, was founded on the belief that serving others is part of its Catholic tradition, and through the award seeks to honor those who demonstrate the true spirit of volunteerism.

Award recipients, named at schools throughout the country, are high school juniors who are inductees of the National Honor Society or an equivalent school-sponsored honors organization. They must demonstrate a commitment to service activities in high school or community organizations, taking leadership roles in these activities.

Tomshot was presented the book First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers (HarperCollins 2000) by Loung Ung, a 1993 Saint Michael's College graduate who has become a widely acclaimed author. In "First They Killed My Father," Ung gives a powerful autobiographical account, from a child's perspective, of surviving captivity during the genocidal Pol Pot regime in Cambodia. She reveals an indomitable spirit in the face of profound suffering, including the loss of both her parents and two of her siblings. Ung has written a riveting memoir about a family's survival, and in turn, about the development of Ung's on-going crusade for a landmine free world.

Learn What Matters at Saint Michael's College, The Edmundite Catholic liberal arts college, Saint Michael's provides education with a social conscience, producing graduates with the intellectual tools to lead successful, purposeful lives that will contribute to peace and justice in our world. Founded in 1904 by the Society of St. Edmund and headed by President John J. Neuhauser, Saint Michael's College is located three miles from Burlington, Vermont, one of America's top college towns. It is identified by the Princeton Review as one of the nations Best 373 Colleges, and is included in the 2011 Fiske Guide to Colleges. Saint Michael's has 1,900 undergraduate students and 500 graduate students. Saint Michael's students and professors have received Rhodes, Woodrow Wilson, Pickering, Guggenheim, Fulbright, and other grants. The college is one of the nation's top-100, Best Liberal Arts Colleges as listed in the 2011 U.S. News & World Report rankings.

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State and national checkoff organizations fund numerous research projects each year to protect yields from diseases and pests. But, in order for this research to achieve its maximum benefit, farmers need to know about the results.

That's why USB recently began stepping up its efforts to get more checkoff-funded research results into the hands of U.S. soybean farmers.

Click here to download an audio news report with checkoff farmer-leaders Jimmy Sneed, of Mississippi, and John Butler, of Tennessee, on how they expect this project to help farmers.

If you would like to conduct additional interviews, please call Erin Hamm at 888.235.4332 or e-mail your request to

MALIBU, CA (06/23/2011)(readMedia)-- Pepperdine University student Mark Travis has been named to the Seaver College Dean's List for the spring 2011 semester.

In order to earn Dean's List honors, students must be in the upper 10% of their class and maintain a 3.5 or better grade point average. Mark, a native of Bettendorf, IA is one of only 263 students to receive the honor.

The purpose of the Dean's List is to provide recognition for the positive academic achievements of students at the Seaver College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences and to serve as an additional incentive for academic excellence to all students.

Seaver College, located in Malibu, California, is the undergraduate school for Pepperdine University, a Christian institution committed to the highest standards of academic excellence and Christian values, where students are strengthened for lives of purpose, service, and leadership.

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