ROCK ISLAND, IL (12/15/2010)(readMedia)-- 903 students have been named to the Dean's List at Augustana College for the 2010-11 fall term. Students who have earned this academic honor have maintained a grade point average of 3.5 or higher on a four-point scale for courses taken during the term.

Martha Ade from Moline, IL was among the students named to the fall term Dean's List. Ade is a senior at Augustana and is majoring in music and English.

Sheila Ahuja from Rock Island, IL was among the students named to the fall term Dean's List. Ahuja is a first year at Augustana and is majoring in liberal studies.

Katie Alms from Rock Island, IL was among the students named to the fall term Dean's List. Alms is a senior at Augustana and is majoring in English and music.

Amber Anderson from Port Byron, IL was among the students named to the fall term Dean's List. Anderson is a sophomore at Augustana and is majoring in accounting and math.

Samuel Anderson from Rock Island, IL was among the students named to the fall term Dean's List. Anderson is a senior at Augustana and is majoring in math and computer science.

Anthony Ash from Davenport, IA was among the students named to the fall term Dean's List. Ash is a sophomore at Augustana and is majoring in accounting and business advising.

Erica Aten from Coal Valley, IL was among the students named to the fall term Dean's List. Aten is a junior at Augustana and is majoring in psychology.

Angela Bahls from Rock Island, IL was among the students named to the fall term Dean's List. Bahls is a sophomore at Augustana and is majoring in communication science & disorders and psychology.

Hannah Boyce from Rock Island, IL was among the students named to the fall term Dean's List. Boyce is a senior at Augustana and is majoring in psychology and history.

Austin Boyle from Moline, IL was among the students named to the fall term Dean's List. Boyle is a sophomore at Augustana and is majoring in business advising.

Jasmine Brooks from Davenport, IA was among the students named to the fall term Dean's List. Brooks is a sophomore at Augustana and is majoring in political science.

Allison Brown from Milan, IL was among the students named to the fall term Dean's List. Brown is a first year at Augustana and is majoring in liberal studies.

Courtney Brown from Port Byron, IL was among the students named to the fall term Dean's List. Brown is a junior at Augustana and is majoring in biology and pre-medicine.

Ryan Brummet from Port Byron, IL was among the students named to the fall term Dean's List. Brummet is a sophomore at Augustana and is majoring in math.

Anthony Chesser from Rock Island, IL was among the students named to the fall term Dean's List. Chesser is a senior at Augustana and is majoring in biology.

Tyler Cowherd from Bettendorf, IA was among the students named to the fall term Dean's List. Cowherd is a first year at Augustana and is majoring in liberal studies.

Adelle DeVolder from Moline, IL was among the students named to the fall term Dean's List. DeVolder is a senior at Augustana and is majoring in business finance.

Grace Drenth from Davenport, IA was among the students named to the fall term Dean's List. Drenth is a sophomore at Augustana and is majoring in psychology.

Brianna Dyer from Rock Island, IL was among the students named to the fall term Dean's List. Dyer is a senior at Augustana and is majoring in teaching English.

Owen Engstrom from Davenport, IA was among the students named to the fall term Dean's List. Engstrom is a junior at Augustana and is majoring in political science and multimedia journalism mass communication.

Trevor Fennelly from Davenport, IA was among the students named to the fall term Dean's List. Fennelly is a first year at Augustana and is majoring in liberal studies.

Kayla Ferguson from Orion, IL was among the students named to the fall term Dean's List. Ferguson is a sophomore at Augustana and is majoring in liberal studies.

Alyssa Harmon from Moline, IL was among the students named to the fall term Dean's List. Harmon is a senior at Augustana and is majoring in political science.

Thomas Harris from Davenport, IA was among the students named to the fall term Dean's List. Harris is a sophomore at Augustana and is majoring in biochemistry.

Taelar Hillyer from Bettendorf, IA was among the students named to the fall term Dean's List. Hillyer is a first year at Augustana and is majoring in liberal studies.

Darshan Hullon from Moline, IL was among the students named to the fall term Dean's List. Hullon is a first year at Augustana and is majoring in liberal studies.

Mohammed Hussain from Moline, IL was among the students named to the fall term Dean's List. Hussain is a senior at Augustana and is majoring in biology, pre-medicine and religion.

Gaetano Iaccarino from Davenport, IA was among the students named to the fall term Dean's List. Iaccarino is a senior at Augustana and is majoring in music and anthropology.

Michael Kautz from East Moline, IL was among the students named to the fall term Dean's List. Kautz is a sophomore at Augustana and is majoring in accounting.

Clare Kilbride from Rock Island, IL was among the students named to the fall term Dean's List. Kilbride is a sophomore at Augustana and is majoring in communication science & disorders.

Lauren Kirik from Moline, IL was among the students named to the fall term Dean's List. Kirik is a first year at Augustana and is majoring in liberal studies.

Kylie Koger from Davenport, IA was among the students named to the fall term Dean's List. Koger is a first year at Augustana and is majoring in liberal studies.

Manisha Kumar from Davenport, IA was among the students named to the fall term Dean's List. Kumar is a sophomore at Augustana and is majoring in pre-medicine and biology.

Matthew Kustes from East Moline, IL was among the students named to the fall term Dean's List. Kustes is a senior at Augustana and is majoring in business administration management information systems.

Mary Lambrecht from Moline, IL was among the students named to the fall term Dean's List. Lambrecht is a sophomore at Augustana and is majoring in sociology and psychology.

Anna Letendre from Rock Island, IL was among the students named to the fall term Dean's List. Letendre is a sophomore at Augustana and is majoring in business advising.

Madison Logan from Moline, IL was among the students named to the fall term Dean's List. Logan is a first year at Augustana and is majoring in liberal studies.

Kelsey Lovaas from Davenport, IA was among the students named to the fall term Dean's List. Lovaas is a sophomore at Augustana and is majoring in liberal studies.

Eryn Maccabee from East Moline, IL was among the students named to the fall term Dean's List. Maccabee is a first year at Augustana and is majoring in liberal studies.

Amy Malmstead from Moline, IL was among the students named to the fall term Dean's List. Malmstead is a junior at Augustana and is majoring in business marketing.

Crystina Mayfield from Coal Valley, IL was among the students named to the fall term Dean's List. Mayfield is a junior at Augustana and is majoring in French.

Courtney Mitten from Moline, IL was among the students named to the fall term Dean's List. Mitten is a senior at Augustana and is majoring in psychology.

Rayna Narvaez from Bettendorf, IA was among the students named to the fall term Dean's List. Narvaez is a senior at Augustana and is majoring in psychology and Spanish.

Jenna Nelson from Orion, IL was among the students named to the fall term Dean's List. Nelson is a sophomore at Augustana and is majoring in liberal studies.

Leart Neziroski from East Moline, IL was among the students named to the fall term Dean's List. Neziroski is a sophomore at Augustana and is majoring in pre-medicine and biology.

Justine Nuguid from Moline, IL was among the students named to the fall term Dean's List. Nuguid is a junior at Augustana and is majoring in pre-medicine and biology.

Jacob O'Rourke from Davenport, IA was among the students named to the fall term Dean's List. O'Rourke is a sophomore at Augustana and is majoring in pre-medicine, business advising and accounting.

Kayla Papish from East Moline, IL was among the students named to the fall term Dean's List. Papish is a senior at Augustana and is majoring in teaching math and math.

Aubree Payne from Moline, IL was among the students named to the fall term Dean's List. Payne is a junior at Augustana and is majoring in psychology.

Douglas Peters from Port Byron, IL was among the students named to the fall term Dean's List. Peters is a sophomore at Augustana and is majoring in neuroscience.

Owen Pomije from Rock Island, IL was among the students named to the fall term Dean's List. Pomije is a first year at Augustana and is majoring in liberal studies.

Sarah Potter from Rock Island, IL was among the students named to the fall term Dean's List. Potter is a senior at Augustana and is majoring in psychology.

Anna Press from Moline, IL was among the students named to the fall term Dean's List. Press is a senior at Augustana and is majoring in biology and pre-medicine.

Katherine Rea from Rock Island, IL was among the students named to the fall term Dean's List. Rea is a first year at Augustana and is majoring in liberal studies.

Michael Reeves from Moline, IL was among the students named to the fall term Dean's List. Reeves is a senior at Augustana and is majoring in accounting.

Lauren Reid from Sherrard, IL was among the students named to the fall term Dean's List. Reid is a junior at Augustana and is majoring in business marketing.

Alan Sabat from Moline, IL was among the students named to the fall term Dean's List. Sabat is a first year at Augustana and is majoring in liberal studies.

James Sales from Rock Island, IL was among the students named to the fall term Dean's List. Sales is a senior at Augustana and is majoring in biology.

Michael Seevers from Cordova, IL was among the students named to the fall term Dean's List. Seevers is a senior at Augustana and is majoring in geography.

Britta Shold from Rock Island, IL was among the students named to the fall term Dean's List. Shold is a senior at Augustana and is majoring in communication science & disorders.

Kalin Showers from Moline, IL was among the students named to the fall term Dean's List. Showers is a senior at Augustana and is majoring in political science.

Meghan Showers from Moline, IL was among the students named to the fall term Dean's List. Showers is a senior at Augustana and is majoring in Asian studies and political science.

Moselle Singh from Le Claire, IA was among the students named to the fall term Dean's List. Singh is a sophomore at Augustana and is majoring in anthropology.

Anna Smith from Moline, IL was among the students named to the fall term Dean's List. Smith is a senior at Augustana and is majoring in biology and psychology.

Jonathan Smith from Moline, IL was among the students named to the fall term Dean's List. Smith is a sophomore at Augustana and is majoring in liberal studies.

Amber Soike from East Moline, IL was among the students named to the fall term Dean's List. Soike is a junior at Augustana and is majoring in elementary education.

Cristina Stan from Davenport, IA was among the students named to the fall term Dean's List. Stan is a first year at Augustana and is majoring in liberal studies.

James Stratton from Sherrard, IL was among the students named to the fall term Dean's List. Stratton is a first year at Augustana and is majoring in liberal studies.

Mark Stumphy from Moline, IL was among the students named to the fall term Dean's List. Stumphy is a senior at Augustana and is majoring in biology.

Audrey Taylor from Moline, IL was among the students named to the fall term Dean's List. Taylor is a senior at Augustana and is majoring in teaching biology and biology.

Astrid Tello-Rodriguez from Milan, IL was among the students named to the fall term Dean's List. Tello-Rodriguez is a sophomore at Augustana and is majoring in biology and psychology.

Theodore Teros from Moline, IL was among the students named to the fall term Dean's List. Teros is a senior at Augustana and is majoring in philosophy.

Emma Thompson from Port Byron, IL was among the students named to the fall term Dean's List. Thompson is a first year at Augustana and is majoring in liberal studies.

Anna Tunnicliff from Bettendorf, IA was among the students named to the fall term Dean's List. Tunnicliff is a sophomore at Augustana and is majoring in history.

Anne VanSpeybroeck from Rock Island, IL was among the students named to the fall term Dean's List. VanSpeybroeck is a sophomore at Augustana and is majoring in liberal studies.

Janelle VanWatermeulen from Silvis, IL was among the students named to the fall term Dean's List. VanWatermeulen is a senior at Augustana and is majoring in business marketing.

Courtney Vandewiele from Rock Island, IL was among the students named to the fall term Dean's List. Vandewiele is a senior at Augustana and is majoring in political science and accounting.

Chelsea Vickerman from Silvis, IL was among the students named to the fall term Dean's List. Vickerman is a sophomore at Augustana and is majoring in business advising.

Emily Voigt from Bettendorf, IA was among the students named to the fall term Dean's List. Voigt is a senior at Augustana and is majoring in business marketing.

Katherine Voigt from Bettendorf, IA was among the students named to the fall term Dean's List. Voigt is a senior at Augustana and is majoring in biology.

Audrey Waner from Davenport, IA was among the students named to the fall term Dean's List. Waner is a senior at Augustana and is majoring in art.

Peter Wessels from Bettendorf, IA was among the students named to the fall term Dean's List. Wessels is a junior at Augustana and is majoring in business advising and accounting.

James Wiebler from Davenport, IA was among the students named to the fall term Dean's List. Wiebler is a first year at Augustana and is majoring in liberal studies.

Peter Wiese from Davenport, IA was among the students named to the fall term Dean's List. Wiese is a sophomore at Augustana and is majoring in neuroscience and math.

Ian Williams from Moline, IL was among the students named to the fall term Dean's List. Williams is a junior at Augustana and is majoring in biology and pre-medicine.

Laurel Williams from Milan, IL was among the students named to the fall term Dean's List. Williams is a junior at Augustana and is majoring in communication science & disorders and English.

Kelsey Winter from East Moline, IL was among the students named to the fall term Dean's List. Winter is a first year at Augustana and is majoring in liberal studies.

Jennifer Youngs from Taylor Ridge, IL was among the students named to the fall term Dean's List. Youngs is a junior at Augustana and is majoring in psychology and political science.

Alyssa Zwicker from Orion, IL was among the students named to the fall term Dean's List. Zwicker is a first year at Augustana and is majoring in liberal studies.

About Augustana: Founded in 1860 and situated on a 115-acre campus near the Mississippi River, Augustana College is a private, liberal arts institution affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The college enrolls 2,500 students from diverse geographic, social, ethnic and religious backgrounds and offers more than 70 majors and related areas of study. Augustana employs 287 faculty members and has a student-faculty ratio of 11:1. Augustana continues to do what it has always done: challenge and prepare students for lives of leadership and service in our complex, ever-changing world.

DES MOINES, IA (12/09/2010)(readMedia)-- State Treasurer Michael L. Fitzgerald wants shoppers to give themselves a present this holiday season while giving their children or grandchildren one of the best gifts of all - an education. He's talking about College Savings Iowa, a convenient and tax-advantaged way to help children save for college. "Opening a College Savings Iowa account has two-fold benefits," said Fitzgerald. "Not only are you helping a child prepare for his/her future education, you can take advantage of the tax benefits as well. It's the perfect gift!"

Iowa taxpayers contributing to College Savings Iowa can deduct up to $2,811 per account from their state taxable income in 2010.* To take advantage of this great tax-savings opportunity, investors can contribute online at www.collegesavingsiowa.com. All other contributions must be submitted by December 31, 2010. If the contribution is being mailed, checks must be postmarked by December 31, 2010.

College Savings Iowa lets anyone - parents, grandparents, friends and relatives - invest for college on behalf of a child. Investors do not need to be a state resident and can withdraw their investment tax-free to pay for qualified higher education expenses including tuition, books, supplies and room and board at any eligible college, university, community college or accredited technical training school in the United States or abroad.** For more information about College Savings Iowa, call 888-672-9116 or visit collegesavingsiowa.com.

* Adjusted annually for inflation. If withdrawals are not qualified, the deductions must be added back to Iowa taxable income.

** Earnings on non-qualified withdrawals may be subject to federal income tax and a 10% federal penalty tax, as well as state income taxes. The availability of tax or other benefits may be contingent on meeting other requirements.


Eastern Iowa Community College District (EICCD) has been recognized by Community College Week as one of the top 20 fastest growing community colleges in the nation.

EICCD was listed as the 14th fastest growing community college among those with enrollment between 5,000 and 9,999. The college posted a 22 percent enrollment increase between 2008 and 2009 (8,480 students in 2008 compared to 6,975 the prior year).

"I'm very excited that we made this list and received this recognition," said EICCD Chancellor Dr. Pat Keir. "We knew, of course, how much we have grown these past two years but we didn't realize how well that compared with other colleges across the country."

EICCD includes Clinton, Muscatine and Scott Community Colleges.

Dr. Keir pointed out that the ranking only tells part of the story. On top of the 22 percent increase in 2009, enrollment increased by another 10.4 percent in 2010. Fall enrollment at the three colleges this year was 9,365 students.

The college's students attend classes at the three main campuses and satellite sites in Maquoketa, Wilton, downtown Davenport and the Blong Technology Center just off Interstate 80 in Davenport. Partnerships with high schools throughout the EICCD region also allow for current high school students to take college classes right in their school buildings.

"There's no doubt that economic factors have contributed to that growth," Dr. Keir said. "But we need to also recognize the tremendous amount of work being done by our staff and faculty in providing educational opportunities to students. Without all of the work that our people are doing, without all of the partnerships they are building with high schools and the community, none of this would have been possible."

"It's also very important for me to mention and thank the public for its support," she added. "Without that support, especially their approval of our bond referendum three years ago, we would have not been able to accommodate the growing number of students."

Voters in the eastern Iowa district approved a 2007 bond referendum for $33 million. That funding has allowed the college to build new science centers at all three colleges, a new university center in Muscatine, CCC's Maquoketa Center, expansion of the career technologies wing and construction of the new Hospitality and Culinary Arts Center at SCC, and support of a new Wilton Library and Community Center with classrooms dedicated for MCC. Additional renovations are still underway and future plans call for construction of a new west Davenport center, located next to the city's Fairmount Street Library, scheduled to open next fall.

In addition to the students in the traditional classrooms, the college's online enrollment is also increasing. The number of students in online programs increased to 2,837 in 2010, compared to 1,957 in 2009. Approximately half of these students are enrolled exclusively in online classes while the other half are in both online as well as traditional classroom-based classes.

EICCD partners with six other Iowa community colleges in the online program, making it possible for students to earn their Associate in Arts Degree entirely online. The local college also has unique online programs available in Health Information Technology, Cancer Information Management, and Health, Safety and Environmental Technology.

For more information about the colleges' programs call 1-888-336-3907 or e-mail eiccinfo@eicc.edu


The Moline Foundation announces February 16, 2011 as the deadline to apply for the Lee Womack Scholarship. The Lee Womack Scholarship Fund is intended to provide funds to deserving students graduating from Moline High School who plan to obtain a college degree in education or teaching special education. Selected recipients shall use the funds for first year expenses for tuition, room, board, or books at any accredited two-year or four-year institution. Students should contact the counseling office at Moline High School for an application form.

Lee A. Womack graduated from Moline High School in 1956 and from Arizona State University in 1960. He taught school for eight years at Central Junior High School in Rock Island, Illinois. In 1978, he started work for Mr. Quick, Inc. and became President of the corporation in 1975. He served as President until 1980, when he founded the Lee Womack Insurance Agency. For 22 years, he owned and operated the insurance agency. Mr. Womack also served as President of Porkie's Restaurants, Ltd. from 1987 until he died in 2002.

Mr. Womack was highly respected in the Quad City community and had a reputation for providing others with an opportunity to succeed. By establishing the scholarship fund in his name, his family and friends continue to provide that opportunity for years to come.

The Lee Womack Memorial Scholarship award was established by Mr. Womack's wife, Peggy, and the Lee Womack Memorial Golf Outing Steering Committee. Since his death, a golf outing has been held in Mr. Womack's memory to raise funds for a local charity. In 2004, a scholarship fund was established and is administered through the Moline Foundation's scholarship program.

The Moline Foundation, founded in 1953, is a community foundation which provides grants to health, human services, education, community development, the arts and other charitable organizations which benefit the citizens of Moline and the surrounding area. For more information, contact Joy Boruff, Executive Director, at (309) 736-3800. The Moline Foundation receives and administers charitable gifts and has assets of approximately $15 million.

 

The Moline Foundation announces February 16, 2011 as the deadline to apply for the Charles Curry SMART Bus Scholarship. Applicant must be a 2011 graduate of a high school in Iowa or Illinois living in Henry, Mercer or Rock Island counties in Illinois or Scott or Muscatine counties in Iowa. Applicant may also be a freshman, sophomore or junior at an Illinois or Iowa college who graduated from a high school in one of the above five counties. Applicant must plan on majoring in or currently majoring in a Natural Resource curriculum or an Education curriculum. Students must enroll on a full-time basis. Students should contact their counseling office at your High School for an application or the Moline Foundation.

The scholarship award winner will be chosen by a local scholarship selection committee and will receive a scholarship of $500.00.

Charles E. Curry is the Founder of the Interstate Resource Conservation & Development (RC&D) SMART (Sharp Minds Are Reading Thoroughly) Bus.

The SMART Bus Program, committed to reducing illiteracy, which began in 2000, has handed out over 36,000 books to children in the Muscatine and Scott Counties in Iowa and Henry, Mercer and Rock Island Counties in Illinois.

Charles E. Curry is a successful farmer and businessman from Alpha, Illinois and has served his community as a volunteer with many organizations including Interstate RC&D, Inc., the Henry County Soil and Water Conservation District for the past 34 years, the Livestock Feeders Association, the Henry County Board of Education, the Black Hawk Shrine Club, the Ophiem, IL Lutheran Church, and many other civic organizations.

Mr. Curry is well-respected in the Quad Cities area serving in various capacities with the Interstate RC&D Council. His leadership qualities combined with a passion and a vision for improving our natural resources, promoting community and rural economic development and education has contributed greatly to the success of the RC&D program and to helping improve the quality of life in our area. The Charles E. Curry Scholarship Fund was established in November of 2008 by the SMART Bus Committee to honor the hard work and dedication of Mr. Curry.

The scholarships are also administered through the Moline Foundation founded in 1953 to further the growth and development of citizens living in the Quad Cities region in Iowa and Illinois.

The Moline Foundation is a community foundation which provides grants to health, human services, education, community development, the arts, and other charitable organizations which benefit the citizens of the Quad City region. The Moline Foundation receives and administers charitable gifts and endowments with a current endowment fund of approximately $15 million. For more information contact Executive Director Joy Boruff at (309) 736-3800 or visit The Moline Foundation web site at www.molinefoundation.org.

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University of Colorado at Boulder

"The program was better than I expected, mainly because of the educational opportunity. Once I realized how much I did not know, it truly became a renaissance experience for me. I feel like a new man, and I have much more intellectual energy to continue my journalism journey." - Jim Mimiaga, Fellow 2009-10, Four Corners Free Press

Apply now for the 2011-2012 academic year. Full-time U.S. print, broadcast and online journalists with a minimum of five years professional experience are eligible. Applicants may include reporters, editors, photographers, producers and full-time freelancers. Prior experience covering the environment is not necessary. Fellows will take classes, attend special seminars, go on field trips and engage in independent study at a university renowned for its environmental science and policy studies.

The fellowship provides a 9-month stipend of $50,000, and additionally covers tuition and fees.

Application Deadline: March 1, 2011

For more information and application instructions contact:

http://www.colorado.edu/journalism/cej

The Center for Environmental Journalism

University of Colorado at Boulder

1511 University Avenue, 478 UCB, Boulder, CO 80309-0478

(303) 492-4114

ROCK ISLAND, IL (12/08/2010)(readMedia)-- Sixty-eight Augustana students will study and work in Sydney, Australia, for the first two months of 2011. The international study program known as "Augustana in Australia" places students in career-relevant positions in Sydney and immerses them in Australian culture.

The students complete a five-week on-campus internship seminar and a class in intercultural communication before leaving for Australia on January 2. In Australia, students will intern four days a week for seven weeks and use their remaining time to experience Australia.

The program exposes students to a new culture, which is very marketable to employers. "Employers are seeking entry-level employees with knowledge and experience of the world's diversity and cross-cultural understanding," said Karen Petersen, Augustana's director of business internships and program director.

The students are looking forward to exploring their career interests. Erin Christian, a senior music and mathematics double major from Aurora, Ill., will intern at ii-A, a finance and insurance firm in downtown Sydney. "This internship is exactly what I need to move forward from Augustana," Christian said. "I hope to find a job as an actuary or in the finance/insurance field so being an intern at a company of this caliber will prepare me for obstacles I might face in the work world."

The students travel together with no faculty from Augustana, which gives them a lot of independence. "Students in the program demonstrate maturity and the ability to depend upon themselves and their peer group to deal with problems and issues as they arise," said Petersen. Students do receive on-site supervision by their organizational sponsor and their internship coordinator, the Centers for Academic Programs Abroad (www.capa.org), and Augustana faculty or staff conducts site-visits about halfway through the internship.

Students will stay at a five-star serviced apartment complex in Sydney, along with Australian and other international students. During their trip, they will visit the ANZ Stadium where the 2000 Olympics were held, the Sydney Opera House and the Blue Mountains just outside of Sydney. They also may travel to New Zealand or areas of Australia including Melbourne, Darwin and Cairns, where they can snorkel or dive the Great Barrier Reef. Students return to Rock Island on March 4.

You can read about students' experiences in Australia by visiting Augustana's Globablog at www.augustana.edu/blogs/international/.

Participating students from your area include :

Allison Hughes from Moline, IL, a senior majoring in accounting and business management

Lisa Schippers from East Moline, IL, a junior majoring in communication sciences and disorders

About Augustana: Founded in 1860 and situated on a 115-acre campus near the Mississippi River, Augustana College is a private, liberal arts institution affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The college enrolls 2,500 students from diverse geographic, social, ethnic and religious backgrounds and offers more than 70 majors and related areas of study. Augustana employs 287 faculty members and has a student-faculty ratio of 11:1. Augustana continues to do what it has always done: challenge and prepare students for lives of leadership and service in our complex, ever-changing world.


The Moline Foundation announces February 16 as the deadline to apply for the Clem T. Hanson scholarship. Residents of Moline School District No. 40 are eligible to apply for the four year college scholarship based on scholarship, financial need and extracurricular activities. Students should contact their counseling office at Moline High School, Alleman High School or Black Hawk College for an application. The three Hanson scholarship award winners will be chosen by a local scholarship selection committee and notified of their selection by May 1, 2011. They will receive $1,500 annually for the next four years with an annual renewal based on satisfactory progress in their post-secondary education.

Since 1985, over 100 students have received the Hanson Scholarship Funds as a result of an endowment fund established through the generosity of Clem T. Hanson (1901-1985), a former Moline businessman and community leader. He was the founder of Hanson Advertising Agency in Moline and was a co-founder of HON Industries in Muscatine. Mr. Hanson also served as president of Moline Rotary in 1952 and was a volunteer for Boy Scouts, Arrowhead Ranch and United Way. The Clement T. Hanson Memorial Scholarship Fund was established with the Moline Foundation by his family, following the death of Mr. Hanson on July 17, 1985.

The Moline Foundation, founded in 1953, is a community foundation which provides grants to health, human services, education, community development, the arts and other charitable organizations which benefit the citizens of Moline and the surrounding area. For more information, contact Joy Boruff, Executive Director, at (309) 736-3800. The Moline Foundation receives and administers charitable gifts and has assets of approximately $15 million.

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DES MOINES, IA (12/03/2010)(readMedia)-- State Treasurer Michael L. Fitzgerald's office awarded a $1,000 College Savings Iowa account in Pella today. Deputy State Treasurer Karen Austin was on hand to administer the award. The award, courtesy of the College Savings Iowa BABY 529 Giveaway, is given once a month to put one lucky baby on the right path toward saving for college. Baby Laurelei, born at Pella Regional Health Center, was this month's winner. The baby's parents, Lauretta MacCready and Shawn Melendrez, received information about the giveaway program before leaving the hospital after their child's birth.

"Little Laurelei may not be able to study yet, but she's already got a jump start on her college savings, and it will continue to grow right along-side her," stated Fitzgerald, plan administrator. "I encourage families with young children like Laurelei to put time on their side and start saving for college early. Anything they can put away today will offset what may need to be borrowed in the future."

Treasurer Fitzgerald and Deputy Treasurer Austin thank Pella Regional Health Center for helping them spread the message about the importance of saving for college. By participating in the College Savings Iowa BABY 529 Giveaway, the hospital provides new parents with information about saving early and a chance to win a $1,000 College Savings Iowa account for their baby. "We are pleased to have you as part of our team working to increase public awareness about the benefits of saving for college from day one," stated Fitzgerald.

Dr. Vande Zande, D.O., Marcia Schut, OB RN, Karen Westercamp, OB Manager, and Yvonne O'Brien, CNO were on hand to congratulate the family.

About the College Savings Iowa BABY 529 Giveaway

The BABY 529 Giveaway awards one $1,000 College Savings Iowa account each month to a randomly selected baby. All babies born in participating Iowa hospitals are eligible to win if they register for the monthly drawing. Seventy hospitals currently participate in the program and provide college savings materials to families before they leave the hospital. To learn more about the program, please visit www.iowababy529.com.

About College Savings Iowa

College Savings Iowa is a state-sponsored 529 plan designed to give families a tax-advantaged way to save money for college. Investors can choose from thirteen Vanguard investment options. Iowa taxpayers can deduct up to $2,811 in contributions per beneficiary account from their adjusted gross income in 2010,* and there are no income or residency restrictions. Withdrawals used to pay for qualified higher education expenses including tuition; books, supplies, and room and board are free of state and federal taxes. Funds can be used at any accredited college, university, community college or technical training school in the United States or abroad.** For more information on College Savings Iowa, visit www.collegesavingsiowa.com or call 1-888-672-9116.

*Adjusted annually for inflation. If withdrawals are not qualified, the deductions must be added back to Iowa taxable income.

** Earnings on non-qualified withdrawals may be subject to federal income tax and a 10% federal penalty tax, as well as state and local income taxes. The availability of tax or other benefits may be contingent on meeting other requirements.

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The Vanguard Group, headquartered in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, is one of the nation's largest mutual fund firms and a leading provider of 529 college savings plans. Vanguard manages nearly $1.3 trillion in U.S. mutual fund assets, including $25 billion in 529 plan assets invested in 25 plans in 23 states. Vanguard offers more than 150 funds to U.S. investors and more than 50 additional funds in foreign markets.

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Our nation's high school graduation rate, after declining in the latter part of the 20th century, is beginning to rise, according to a report released Tuesday by America's Promise Alliance. The U.S. graduation rate increased from 72% in 2002 to 75% in 2008, according to Building a Grad Nation: Progress and Challenge in Ending the High School Dropout Epidemic.  The report boasts more than half of states increased their graduation rate from 2002 to 2008.  Iowa shows an increase of 2.3% (84.1% in 2002 to 86.4% in 2008) and Illinois shows an increase of 3.3% (77.1% in 2002 to 80.4% in 2008).  The report is part of Grad Nation, a national movement aimed at ending the dropout crisis.  Despite these promising statistics, the rate of progress is too slow to reach the movement's goal of having 90% of students graduate from high school and obtain at least one year of postsecondary schooling by 2020.  To meet this goal, progress in graduation rates will need to increase fivefold over the next decade.  The challenge is large; in 2008, more than 2 million students still attended a school in which graduation was not better than about a 50/50 proposition.  Still, the central message of the report is that we can end the high school dropout crisis in America, through a targeted approach sustained over time, with clear goals and expectations and support to school leaders, teachers, and students.

Rivermont Collegiate, the Quad Cities' only private, independent, nonsectarian college-prep school, features a rigorous academic program that results in a meaningful diploma.  Students receive focused attention possible only in small classes, and are supported to take risks in academics, leadership, athletics, arts, and service.  Rivermont boasts 100% graduate acceptance to four-year colleges and universities, with over 90% of Rivermont grads earning four-year renewable merit scholarships.

What are you waiting for?  Explore the Rivermont approach to learning!  Join us for Open Tours the first Tuesday of every month.  The next Open Tour will be held Tuesday, December 7th from 8:30-10:00 a.m.  No appointment necessary!  Drop in to explore our philosophy and curriculum, take a tour of campus, and see our teachers in action.  Rivermont Collegiate is located at 1821 Sunset Drive, directly off 18th Street behind K&K Hardware in Bettendorf.

For additional information on Grad Nation, including the full Building a Grad Nation: Progress and Challenge in Ending the High School Dropout Epidemic report, visit  http://www.americaspromise.org

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

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Rock Island, Ill.-Selected from more than 300 top professors in the United States, Dr. Lendol Calder has been named the 2010 Illinois Professor of the Year. Sponsored by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), the award is the only national initiative specifically designed to recognize excellence in undergraduate teaching and mentoring.

Calder, a 14-year veteran of the history department, is the second Augustana professor to receive this coveted award since the program began in 1981. Dr. Dorothy Parkander, professor emeritus of English, was named Illinois Professor of the Year in 1992.

"This is a very special day for Augustana College, and it's a great honor to join Dr. Calder's colleagues and students in offering congratulations on this outstanding recognition," said Augustana President Steve Bahls. "For almost half a century, Dr. Dorothy Parkander transformed the lives of our students by introducing them to the world's greatest literature. Dr. Calder has the same kind of impact as he leads students to a deeper, more effective understanding of history."

An accomplished historian, Calder also is a leader in the growing movement to bring scholarly inquiry to teaching and learning in higher education. In 1999, the Carnegie Foundation invited Calder to join other distinguished academicians from diverse fields to invent and share new models to enhance student learning.

Calder's research findings, published in the March 2006 issue of The Journal of American History, examine the problem of "coverage" in introductory history courses and is part of a larger effort to forge a new way of teaching and learning college history. It was the first time the flagship journal for American history had published an article on the scholarship of teaching and learning.

"The kind of professor I've worked to be is the kind who approaches teaching with both the trained eye of a scholar and the wild eye of a poet or mystic or comic," Calder said. "Teaching for me is both scholarly work and soul work. Studies tell us that professors are not all that comfortable with spiritual discourse and moral inquiry in the classroom. But Augustana has given me a green light for this kind of inquiry so I've been able to run with it. In my courses I work to help students develop both the language of their hearts and the language of their minds."

For example, Calder's American history class covering 1945 to the present has no exams and no 60-minute lectures. Instead of a single textbook, students read two competing histories and dozens of documents from the past. Grades are based on seven essays in which students demonstrate their ability to construct sound historical arguments on the basis of document analysis. Class time is filled with lively discussions where students do what historians do: formulate questions, analyze evidence, construct claims, dispute inferences, correct initial conclusions and recognize what can't be known. Most importantly, students debate what story best makes sense of the American past. "If you don't have a story that makes sense of the world," said Calder, "then you don't know what to do, or how to live."

Caroline Sallee, a 2002 Augustana graduate, says the most important skills she learned in college were from Calder's classes. "I learned how to  approach history, to think about it critically and to write about it clearly,"Sallee said. "Today, as a 30-year-old economic consultant, I use these skills every day."

A native of Texas, Calder received his bachelor's at the University of Texas at Austin where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 1980. He earned his master's and doctorate from the University of Chicago. Calder came to Augustana in 1996, after having taught at Colby-Sawyer College; the University of Washington, Seattle; and the University of Chicago. In 1999, Princeton University Press published Calder's book Financing the American Dream: A Cultural History of Consumer Credit, which continues to be the authority on the subject, even after a decade.

Ceremonies honoring the state and national winners of the U.S. Professors of the Year Awards Program include an awards luncheon at the W Washington D.C. Hotel and a reception at the Folger Shakespeare Library, also in Washington, D.C.

About Augustana: Founded in 1860 and situated on a 115-acre campus near the Mississippi River, Augustana College is a private, liberal arts institution affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The college enrolls 2,500 students from diverse geographic, social, ethnic and religious backgrounds and offers more than 70 majors and related areas of study. Augustana employs 287 faculty members and has a student-faculty ratio of 11:1. Augustana continues to do what it has always done: challenge and prepare students for lives of leadership and service in our complex, ever-changing world.

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