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University of Dubuque Announces Spring 2023 Graduates

The University of Dubuque recognized and celebrated the academic achievements of undergraduate, graduate, and seminary students during its 171st commencement with two ceremonies on Saturday, April 29, 2023.Local graduates include:Keystone,  Morgan Klopping, Associate of ArtsVinton,  Brock Radeke, Bachelor of Business Administration, Magna Cum Laude The University of Dubuque Spring Commencement was held in the Chlapaty Recreation and Wellness Center.


 McPherson College, a four-year private college located in central Kansas, recognizes its highest academic achievers in its spring 2023 Honor Roll and Honorable Mention. Rebecca Steffen, of Vinton was named to the Honor Roll. Students must be enrolled full-time and earn a grade point average of 3.55 or higher during the last term to qualify for the honor roll.
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Mount Mercy University Celebrates area Graduates as part of the Class of 2023

The students listed below graduated from Mount Mercy University this May. A commencement ceremony was held Sunday, May 14, 2023, at the Alliant Energy PowerHouse in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.Atkins Shane Finn, Bachelor of Arts Shelby Hoeppner, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Magna Cum Laude Jacqueline Vangilder, Bachelor of Business Administration, Summa Cum LaudeGarrison Rachel Harris, Master of Business AdministrationNewhall Jacob Heit, Bachelor of Science, Honors, Summa Cum LaudeNorway Shelby Rust, Master of Business AdministrationUrbana Kelsey Zieser, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Summa Cum LaudeVan Horne Jarred Childs, Bachelor of ScienceWalford Chelsey Heisdorffer, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Summa Cum Laude Located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Mount Mercy University is the regional Catholic, Mercy University that promises students of diverse backgrounds, ages, and faiths a challenging, practical education that inspires them to discover knowledge, build community, and live their values.

Mount Mercy University Nursing Grads

Nursing graduates honored at nursing pinning ceremony On May 12, Mount Mercy University pinned over 30 nursing graduates at the Nursing Pinning Ceremony. Graduate Olivia Vander Sanden '23 was featured as the student speaker at the event. Two nursing awards were given out. The Sister Mary Edward McConohy Nursing Award was given to Molly Jean Kvidera '23.

Roadside Chat - Words can do harm. Phone down. Enjoy the silence.

When you’re behind the wheel, words on your phone screen are very unnecessary. The fear of missing out on information can be controlled while you are driving but it’s up to you to make the conscious decision to put your phone down. Value your life and the lives of those on the road above what may be said over a text message or social media post.
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Hawkeye Community College Launches New Flooring Installation Apprenticeship

Hawkeye Community College is launching a new Flooring Installation Apprenticeship program for individuals to gain basic floor covering installation skills. Flooring installers are in high demand and can find work virtually anywhere. If you’re looking for a career where you can work with your hands, take control of your future and be proud of your work each and every day, there’s no better time to get started.

Informational Webinars for Parents on Students First Education Savings Accounts

Governor Reynolds has announced a schedule of informational webinars to assist parents and guardians who plan to apply for the state’s new Students First Education Savings Accounts (ESAs). The live webinars will be hosted by Odyssey, the program administrator selected by the state. Webinars begin Tuesday, May 23, and a total of six sessions will be offered through June 7.

7 Ways to Help Your Student Prepare for Life Away from Home

After high school graduation, your student will face many new experiences beyond academics and social situations. At ISL Education Lending, we know that preparation for the next step helps students increase their chances of graduation, finding a job and successfully repaying any student loans.1. Plan for medical emergencies. Parents may not have access to health information or be able to make medical decisions for incapacitated students who are 18 or older, no matter who carries the insurance and pays the bills.
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Knaack's celebrate 50th Anniversary

Harold and Cheryl Knaack will be celebrating their 50th Wedding Anniversary on May 26, 2023. The couple were married at the Wesley United Methodist Church in Vinton. The couple has been blessed with three children and six grandchildren.Please join us in sharing well wishes with Harold and Cheryl the next time you see them.

Yard and Garden: Selecting and Planting Perennials in Spring

Perennials can help keep a garden interesting all seasonPerennials are a great way to provide flowers and color in the garden and by planting perennials with different seasons of bloom, you can have interest throughout the growing season. In this article, horticulturists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach provide tips for selecting and planting perennials in your Iowa garden.
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