The final Moline School Board candidate forum is being held tonight, Tuesday, March 29, 2011 at John Deere Middle School in Moline at 7:00 pm.  Eight candidates have announced they will attend and field questions.  There are 11 seats at stake.  The media is invited to attend.
Washington, D.C. - March 25, 2011 - Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) today announced that the U.S. Department of Education's had awarded Iowa $2.9 million through the School Improvement Grants (SIG) program to turn around its persistently lowest achieving schools. Harkin is the Chairman of the Senate panel that funds education initiatives and the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee.

"Investing in our children's future means directing resources where they are needed most.  When schools consistently have low graduation rates, it is important we focus our attention there," Harkin said.  "Today's funding is a step in the right direction.  It will help districts take the necessary steps to improve their weakest schools.   And, it could not have come at a better time for districts that are already struggling with tough budgeting decisions."

The $2.9 million made available to Iowa is being distributed by formula to the state and will then be competed out by the state to school districts. Iowa's application, which includes its list of persistently lowest-achieving schools, as defined by the state, can be found here.

School districts will apply to the state for the funds this spring.  When school districts apply, they must indicate that they will implement reforms to the lowest achieving schools.

Once schools receive SIG funds, they will be able to begin to spend them immediately to turn around schools this fall.  Iowa may apply to the Education Department for a waiver to allow them to spend funds over a three-year period.

You deserve a break!  Rivermont Collegiate has introduced the Rewarding U Now Scholarship for the 2011-12 academic year!  This renewable academic merit scholarship is available to all students entering grades 9-12 in 2011-12 who have earned a current year (2010-11) GPA of 3.85 or higher.  All qualifying students will be awarded $2,000 toward Rivermont annual tuition, renewable every year they attend Rivermont in grades 9-12 and meet scholarship criteriaThis is a potential value of $8,000 over 4 years!

The deadline for this fantastic opportunity is fast approaching!  Interested students must complete a Rivermont application, submit an official transcript from their current school, and compose an original 350-550 word essay.  Application materials and essays must be submitted to Rivermont no later than Monday, March 28th at 4:00 p.m.

This opportunity is available to both current Rivermont students and new applicants.  We wish to take as many eligible applications as possible and there is no limit on the number of scholarships to be awarded!  For details instructions on how to apply and essay topics, visit

For additional information on Rivermont Collegiate and the Rewarding U Now Scholarship, contact Cindy Murray, Director of Admissions, at (563) 359-1366 ext. 302 or

Keep young minds sharp over the summer with educational programs at Rivermont Collegiate! Rivermont is offering an assortment of Summer Adventures for children from preschool age and up.  Programs cover a wide variety of interests - from cooking to poetry - to French and microbiology. Children from any school may register. Sessions run for one week from 8:30 - 11:30 a.m. or from 12:00 - 3:00 p.m.; each session cost $110 and some require an additional $25 lab fee. Students attending two classes per day need to bring a sack lunch. Lunch time will be from 11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Rivermont strives to prepare students who are grounded in the basics, yet able to think analytically and creatively, to confidently meet the challenges of the 21st century.  Check out full class descriptions and obtain a registration form at

Preschool - Junior Kindergarten - Kindergarten

June 20-24          Mad Science! (8:30 - 11:30 a.m.)

June 20-24          Stories & More (12:00 - 3:00 p.m.)

June 27-July 1     Cooking Class     (8:30 - 11:30 a.m.)

July 18-22            Take Me Out to the Ballgame (8:30 - 11:30 a.m.)

Grades K - 2

July 18-22        Dig Into Dinosaurs (8:30 - 11:30 a.m.)

Grades 1 - 5

June 20-24        Bits, Bytes and Hopefully NO Bugs! (8:30 - 11:30 a.m.)

June 27-July 1     Poetry, The Symphony of Words (8:30 - 11:30 a.m.)

June 27-July 1     Got Game? (12:00 - 3:00 p.m.)

Grades 3 - 12

June 27-July 1     Une Semaine à Paris! (8:30 - 11:30 a.m.)

July 18-22            Scrapadoodle (8:30 - 11:30 a.m.)

Grades 8 - 10

July 18-22            Seeing the Unseen: Basic Microbiology Techniques (8:30 - 11:30 a.m.)

July 25-30            Plagues & Poxes & Pestilence - Oh, My! (8:30 - 11:30 a.m.)

For enrollment information on Rivermont Collegiate contact Cindy Murray at 563-359-1366 ext. 302 or

For additional information on Summer Adventures at Rivermont Collegiate contact Tammi Burrell at 563-359-1366 ext. 337 or

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Rivermont Collegiate is the Quad Cities' only independent, non-sectarian, PS-12 college preparatory school, ranked #1 on Iowa's AP Index.


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

"For the last four years WQPT has been awarding a scholarship to a student majoring in broadcasting," said WQPT General Manager, Rick Best.   The annual award can be used for tuition, books and fees in any broadcast curriculum. WQPT will forward the scholarship funds to the student's educational institution.

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

Overall 2.5 GPA

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

Preference given to full-time students although part-timers are encouraged to apply.                                                    

Applications will be accepted through May 15, 2011for this scholarship.  New and continuing students in any broadcast curriculum may apply.  WQPT will select the recipient prior to the fall semester.

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

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Learn about the Role of the Visual Arts in Education

The Figge Art Museum presents the program "Why Art History Matters" in conjunction with the new exhibition Celebrating Ideas: Bridging Communities with Augustana's Liberal Arts through the AGES from 4-5:30 pm Tuesday, March 29. The program will be presented by Dr. Catherine Goebel, Paul A. Anderson Chair for the Arts and Chair of the Art History Department at Augustana College. She is also co-curator of the exhibition, which runs through May 29. Dr. Goebel will explain how the visual arts are a resource for teaching critical thinking, comparative analysis, and chronological developments while highlighting several works in the exhibition. The program is also open to the public. Light refreshments will be served from 3:30-4:00 pm. Reservations are appreciated; please call 563.326.7804 x2045.

Admission to the museum and program is $5. Admission is free to Figge members, college professors and students.  

Extraordinary things happen at Rivermont Collegiate!  Join us for a cup of coffee Saturday morning and explore our approach to learning!  Rivermont is the Quad Cities' only private, independent, nonsectarian college prep school for preschool through twelfth grade.  Rivermont turns traditional education inside out, supporting students to take risks in academics, leadership, athletics, arts, and service.  Students explore unique opportunities and programs and are encouraged to customize their education and design their own Rivermont Experience.  Dedicated faculty and small class sizes ensure individualized attention and a nurturing environment.  100% of Rivermont graduates are accepted to four-year colleges and universities and over 90% earn renewable college merit scholarships.

What are you waiting for?  Discover Rivermont!  Local families are invited to join us for a cup of coffee and a tour at an Open House Coffee on Saturday, March 26th from 8:30-11:00 a.m. No appointment necessary!  Drop in to explore our philosophy, curriculum, and programs.  This informal open house is a terrific opportunity to get answers to all your questions about Rivermont!

Rivermont Collegiate is located at 1821 Sunset Drive, directly off 18th Street behind K&K Hardware in Bettendorf.  Visit us online at!

For additional information on Rivermont Collegiate or Saturday's Open House, contact Cindy Murray at (563) 359-1366 ext. 302 or




MOLINE, ILLINOIS - WQPT, Quad Cities PBS is holding two seminars focusing on Jim Crow and the Civil Rights movement to coincide with their presentation of "Freedom Riders", a documentary that tells the inspirational story of more than 400 black and white Americans risking their lives for simply traveling together on buses and trains throughout the Deep South. "Freedom Riders" celebrates the 50th Anniversary of this historic event.  WQPT will air the two hour documentary on May 25 at 8 pm.


Part I will provide teachers with the knowledge and skills needed to teach the history of Jim Crow laws, racism, the philosophy of nonviolent activism, the Freedom Rider event, and Civil Rights both nationally and here in the Quad Cities area. Teachers will views a portion of the documentary and discuss ideas of how to disseminate information to their students.

Date:                March 29, 2011

Time:                4:00 - 6:00 pm

Location:          ROE Moline

Presenter:         Dr. Art Pitz

Audience:         Middle/Jr. High and High School Teachers

Cost:                $15

CPDUs:           2


Part 11 will provide teachers with curriculum resources. A computer lab will be made available for teachers to explore resources to enhance unit and lesson plans.

Date:                May 10, 2011

Time:                4:00 - 6:00 pm

Location:          ROE Moline

Presenter:         Dr. Art Pitz

Audience:         Middle/Jr. High and High School Teachers

Cost:                $15

CPDUs:           2


To register contact WQPT at 309-764-2400 or contact Ana Kehoe at


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


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HUNTINGTON, IN (03/17/2011)(readMedia)-- Sarah Johnson, a member of the Indiana Beta Chapter of Alpha Chi at Huntington University, will be attending and giving a presentation at the Alpha Chi National Convention in San Diego March 31 through April 2. Johnson is one of 15 students attending which is the largest group of HU students ever to present at an Alpha Chi convention.

Johnson, of Davenport, IA, will also be competing for AX presentation prizes. Johnson will also be competing for Alpha Chi Region V scholarships and fellowships. In addition, the HU chapter will be one of 17 chapters presenting at the convention on chapter activities.

The group will be accompanied by chapter sponsors Dr. Paul Michelson, distinguished professor of history at HU, and Jean Michelson, circulation coordinator for the RichLyn Library at HU. Michelson also serves as secretary-treasurer of Region V and is a member of the Alpha Chi National Council.

The Indiana Beta chapter will be presented with the Alpha Chi Star Chapter award at the convention. It is one of only four chapters that have won this award every year since its inception in 1996.

Membership in Alpha Chi is the highest academic honor at Huntington University and represents both a recognition of scholastic achievement and a commitment to promoting academic excellence on and off campus.

Johnson, a junior Journalism and English major, will give a presentation titled, "Dirty Old Women: Sexual Correctness of Dominant Female Characters from Ancient Literatures," on the topic of British Literature.

Huntington University is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations. U.S. News & World Report ranks Huntington among the best colleges in the Midwest, and has listed the university as one of America's Best Colleges. Additionally, Princeton Review has named the institution to its "Best in the Midwest" list. Founded in 1897 by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, Huntington University is located on a contemporary, lakeside campus in northeast Indiana. The university is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU).

Dubuque, Iowa (March 15, 2011) - The following area students were named to the Dean's List at Clarke University for the fall 2010 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:

  • Sarah E. Christison, Bettendorf
  • Megan M. Chitty, Davenport
  • Kirk D. Garrison, Moline
  • Kaitlyn L. Tipsword, Moline


GALESBURG, IL (03/18/2011)(readMedia)-- Carl Sandburg College has released the names of those students who qualify for the Dean's List and the Honor's List for fall semester 2010.

To qualify for the Dean's List, a student must be enrolled full-time enrolled in at least 12 credit hours, and earn a grade point average of at least 3.5.

  • Taylor Shumaker of Bettendorf.
  • Buffy Vogt of Davenport.
  • Gracey Norris of Galesburg.
  • Brittney Kessler of Hillsdale.
  • Steven Coffey of Port Byron.
  • Lauren Herkes of Sherrard.

To qualify for the Honor's List, a student must be enrolled full-time enrolled in at least 12 credit hours, and earn a grade point average of 3.0 to 3.49.

  • Corinna Young of Davenport.
  • Stevy Bacon of East Moline.
  • Ashley Rader of Orion.
  • Cassidy Carman of Silvis.

Carl Sandburg College is dedicated to serving the educational needs of west and central Illinois. The College has served the area for over 40 years with accreditation that has been approved by the North Central Association of Colleges. Individual and community improvement through education is the goal of CSC and we strive to give individuals the ability to think critically, to realize their human potential, and to become a constructive force in their environment. The mission of Carl Sandburg College is to provide accessible, quality education in a caring environment by keeping the learner's needs at the center of decision making and by working in partnership with communities of the College district.


OKLAHOMA CITY (March 21, 2011) - Oklahoma City University has named the following local students to its honor roll for the fall 2010 semester.
Students must complete a minimum of 12 credit hours during a semester to meet the honor roll requirements and maintain a GPA of 3.9 for the President's Honor Roll or 3.5 for the Dean's Honor Roll.

  • Kelsey Guard, Davenport, President's List