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Muscatine Community College is now $150,000 closer to bringing its 40-year-old library into the 21st century. This week, the college announced a donation from Kent Corporation will help make it possible to start construction on Loper Hall next spring. 

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One Augustana College student spent his summer mapping out what areas of Scott County are at the highest risk for lead contamination. Today, senior Tanner Osing presented his findings-- the first step in a series of projects aimed at eliminating lead paint exposure in the area. 

A former member of Congress and President Obama's cabinet will visit Augustana College. On Tuesday Ray LaHood will present this year's Ellwood F. Curtis Family Lecture in Public Affairs entitled "Seeking Bipartisanship: My Life in Politics."

He represented Illinois' 18th District in Congress from 1995 to 2009, then served as Secretary of Transportation from 2009 to 2013.

Funding for renovating both campuses will be considered Thursday night by trustees of Black Hawk College. 

The vice president for finance and administration, Steve Frommelt, is recommending the college borrow 32 million dollars for a variety of building and infrastructure improvements.

Frommelt says bonds would probably be sold in December, for eight years, with an interest rate of 2.5 per cent. And the bond issue would not add to the college's current tax levy. 

Just as the new school year gets started, the Rock Island school board is nearly finished preparing a budget. Tuesday night, the board gave its tentative approval to a 63.8 million dollar budget, with final approval in a month.

Chief Financial Officer, Bob Beckwith, says the one major change from last year is state aid - the governor has promised state aid for the coming year will be fully funded instead of being pro-rated as it was last year at 92 per cent.

Health Care at City Hall

Aug 23, 2016

Starting next month, employees of Augustana College will get many of their health care needs taken care of at Rock Island city hall. Monday night the city council approved a one-year agreement with the college to use the city's Wellness Center. 

Rock Island human resources director, John Thorson, says the walk-in clinic opened seven years ago for employees, but has since added pre-employment physicals, drug testing, and workmen's compensation claims. And so far it's more than paid for itself.

It's staffed by a nurse practitioner and l.p.n, both employees of Genesis Health System, who take care of cuts, sprains, blood tests, and drug prescriptions.

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On Thursday, Augustana College welcomed 750 first year students during its annual move in day. But one of the new campus residents is definitely not a recent high school graduate.

Doctor Kathy Jakielski is chair of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, and the first participant in the new, faculty-in-residence program. 

Living in Swanson Commons, Jakielski will act as a mentor for students, especially sophomores. She says younger and older college students get a lot of special attention, but not those in their second year. 


The next step in the project to build a new downtown campus in Davenport for Scott Community College might be taken Monday night. Trustees of the Eastern Iowa Community Colleges will hold a public hearing on the proposed sale of two former bank buildings to a newly-created foundation.

The chancellor, Don Doucette, says the E-I-C-C-D Downtown Campus Foundation will be able to use historic tax credits and other options to build the new campus.

And once the project is finished the college will lease the new downtown campus from the L-L-C.

Doucette says the community college district bought the former First Midwest Bank and First Federal Savings and Loan in June, and would sell them to the foundation for the nominal price of 100 dollars. They're located on West Third Street, between Main and Brady.

Kent Barnds talks with Krista Rittenhouse from the Augustana College Advancement Department about what a college means when it says about “test optional."

Kent Barnds talks with Debbie Blaylock from the Augustana College Office of Communication and Marketing about what a college means when it talks about “demonstrated interest."