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 www.rvmt.org!

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




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 AT-Kehoe@wiu.edu.


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 Forbes.com 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


91 Iowa school districts to receive Harkin Grants to repair, modernize and build new schools

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) today announced that the Iowa Department of Education is set to distribute $7,068,390 in federal funds to 91 Iowa school districts for the 13th year of the Harkin Grants program.  Since 1998, Harkin has secured $132.6 million for the initiative, the first of its kind in the nation, to repair, modernize and build new schools.  Because of the local match requirements, districts across Iowa have leveraged their Harkin Grants to raise more than $536 million in additional funds.  Harkin chairs the Senate panel that funds education initiatives and the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee.

"All kids deserve safe, modern schools and well-equipped classrooms in which to learn.  These grants have been leveraged by communities across Iowa to finance upgrades and construction projects, which have the dual effect of improving our schools and creating local jobs," said Senator Harkin. "These grants are a great investment in Iowa communities and Iowa children."

Harkin's school construction demonstration program is intended to show that a modest infusion of federal resources can significantly contribute to the repair needs of school districts across the state.  Because of the local match requirements, districts have been very successful in leveraging their Harkin Grants to pass more generous school budgets and to raise private funds.

Details of the grant allocations follow.

-- School Construction and Modernization Grants: $4,594,455 will be available to fund new construction, remodeling, and renovation projects in 13 districts.  These funds require a local match of 75 percent of the project.

-- Fire Safety Grants: $3,181,914 will be available to fund projects to remedy fire safety defects in 78 districts. This includes new grant funds of $2,473,935 and $707,979 dollars in carry over funds.  All school districts that requested grant funds for fire safety projects received funding. No local match is required.

For a complete list of grants and project details, please click here for Fire Safety Grants and here for a separate list for School Construction and Modernization Grants.

WASHINGTON - Friday, March 11, 2011 - Senator Chuck Grassley today congratulated four Iowa high school students for winning 1st and 2nd prizes in C-SPAN's national 2011 StudentCam competition.  The honors were announced by C-SPAN on Wednesday.

Matthew Wicks, a junior at Aplington-Parkersburg High School, won a 1st prize, including a $3,000 award, for his documentary titled "After the Storm," about the role of the Federal Emergency Management Agency in helping Parkersburg recover from the tornado that hit the community in May 2008.

Three juniors at Cedar Falls High School, Sara Gabriele, Jarek Bakken and Daniel Yehieli, won 2nd prize, including $1,500, for their video titled "The Price Tag of the American Dream," about education.

Nationwide, C-SPAN recognized one grand prize winner, two 1st prize winners, eight 2nd prize winners, 16 3rd prize winners and 48 honorable mentions in this year's competition.  There were 1,481 entries total, according to C-SPAN.  In its seventh year, the StudentCam competition invites middle school and high school students to produce five-to-eight minute documentaries.  This year, the topic was "Washington, D.C., through my lens."  Information about all of the winners is at www.c-span.org/studentcam.  The winning entries can be viewed there

Grassley was interviewed online, via Skype, for both of the Iowa documentaries that won prizes this week.  "I really enjoyed the opportunity to talk with the students and see their enthusiasm and energy for gaining a better understanding of public policy and its impact on the lives of Americans," Grassley said.  "It's wonderful for all of us in Iowa to see these students gain national recognition and from an organization like C-SPAN, which has enhanced the process of representative government by making government more accessible."

C-SPAN said it plans to air the top 27 videos from the competition, one a day, starting April 1, at 5:50 am (CT), followed by an interview with the winning student at 7:30 am (CT) on "Washington Journal," which is C-SPAN's morning call-in program.


Kayla Norris a resident of East Moline, IL was named to the Dean's List at Rockford College. Students attending Rockford College were named to the Dean's List for the fall 2010 semester who earned at least a 3.5 GPA with no grades below "C."

Q.  What are service academies?

A.  U.S. service academies educate and train officers for the Army, Air Force, Navy, Merchant Marine and Coast Guard.  Service academies give students the opportunity to serve while earning their college degree.  Upon graduation, alumni serve in the active or reserve components of the military, the Merchant Marine or the U.S. Coast Guard for a minimum of five years.


Q.  What is required to be considered for an appointment to a service academy?

A.  Appointment to a U.S. service academy is an honor reserved for the most accomplished young men and women.  Consideration for appointment to the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y., the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in King's Point, N.Y., requires a congressional nomination.  The U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn., does not require applicants to obtain a congressional nomination.

Each year, Members of Congress can nominate 10 students to the Military, Air Force, Naval and Merchant Marine academies.  Every fourth year, Members of Congress can nominate 20 students to the Military, Air Force and Naval academies.  Interested Iowans can request nominations from their Representative in the U.S. House of Representatives, Senator Harkin or me.

Applications are highly competitive.  Applicants should rank in the top half of their high school class and have ACT scores in the 25-36 range in math and science, and in the 22-36 range in English.  They should also have extensive extracurricular activities, such as participation in school clubs, academic or athletic teams, community activities, volunteer service or work.  Applicants must be legal residents of Iowa or dependents of members of the military who are legal residents of Iowa.  Applicants must be unmarried with no children or legal obligation for a child, and at least 17 years of age but not past their 23rd birthday on July 1, 2012.


Q.  How can interested Iowans apply for your nomination?

A.  Iowa has such a large pool of impressive students that it gets more difficult to choose who to nominate for the few available slots each year.  The young people chosen are outstanding representatives of Iowa.  Interested students should complete and submit the form located on my website at http://grassley.senate.gov/info/academy_nominations.cfm.  The following materials are also required:  four letters of recommendation from Iowans -- one must be from the applicant's high school guidance counselor and one must be from a teacher; the applicant's ACT scores (SAT optional); the applicant's school transcript; the applicant's class size and rank; and an essay of no more than 300 words, written by the applicant.  The essay should describe what the applicant hopes to gain from an appointment to a service academy and how the experience would be used in the future.  Applications for nominations for the 2012-2013 school year must be submitted to my Cedar Rapids office by October 1, 2011.  Nominations will be made by February 2012, and appointments will be announced when they are offered by the academies.  I suggest that interested students start the application process in the spring of their junior year of high school.

By Senator Tom Harkin

As Iowa's high school students look past graduation, there are many great opportunities for them to consider.  One option, for those young people interested in military service, is our nation's military academies, which offer outstanding opportunities.  Following my graduation from Iowa State University in 1962, I served as a Navy pilot and understand both the challenges and rewards of a military career.  As a senator, it is a genuine honor to nominate outstanding young Iowans to military service academies.  For more information on how to apply for a nomination to a military academy, please keep reading.

Where are the military academies located and what can students study there?

Students can specialize in a variety of fields at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, the Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs and the Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point.

Who is eligible to receive a recommendation?

Each applicant must meet the following eligibility requirements as of July 1st of the year of admission to an academy.  They must be at least 17 years old but not have passed their 23rd birthday; must be a U.S. citizen; must not be married, pregnant, or have legal obligations to support children or other dependents.  Nominees must be a resident of the state from which they are nominated.

For every opening I have at an academy, I can nominate an unranked slate of up to ten Iowans for that opening.  After evaluating my nomination slate, the academy will make the final decision on which nominee(s) will be offered a letter of acceptance to the academy.

What is the selection process to be nominated?

Most of Iowa's high school guidance counselors should have information about the application procedures that prospective candidates must follow.  I use a competitive method to screen applicants, which includes the evaluation of ACT or SAT scores, high school grade point average, leadership abilities and physical aptitude.  I have also appointed an academy selection committee to conduct personal interviews with academy finalists and provide me with their recommendations.  I review the applicant's file and the selection committee's recommendations prior to making my decision on who to nominate.  It is always a difficult choice.    

How do I begin the nomination application process?

I am currently accepting applications for nomination to the United States' military academies for the class entering in the summer of 2012.  Interested individuals should complete the Service Academy Nomination application, which can be found on my website http://harkin.senate.gov.   Any additional questions should be directed to my Academy Nomination Coordinator, Tom Larkin, at 319-365-4504.

The best of luck to all of you who apply.