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Mount Mercy University recognizes May graduates

By Vinton Today · 11:21am May 22nd, 2015
The student(s) listed below graduated from Mount Mercy University this May. A commencement ceremony was held Sunday, May 17, 2015, at the U.S. Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Founded in 1928, Mount Mercy University offers students a personal, practical and faith-inspired education that distinctly blends professional career preparation and liberal arts with a strong curriculum grounded in leadership and service.

Kelsey Kankelfitz Presents at Buena Vista University's Scholars Day

By Vinton Today · 10:58am May 22nd, 2015
Buena Vista University's (BVU) eleventh annual Scholars Day was held Friday, April 24. The event provided students from all disciplines an opportunity to present their best presentations, original research, academic posters, artistic creations and performances to their peers, professors and the public.

AmeriCorps NCCC Team Gets Down and Sandy in Nebraska

By AmeriCorps NCCC · 12:17pm May 20th, 2015
By Maria Vaughan AmeriCorps NCCC team Cedar 7 left Vinton on April 30, excited to serve on their second project with the Nebraska State 4-H Camp in Halsey, Nebraska. Over the past two weeks Cedar 7 has assisted campers in various activities such as zip lining, high and low ropes courses, and initiatives.

NCCC Team Performs Restorative Burns in Wisconsin

By AmeriCorps NCCC · 10:31pm May 19th, 2015
By: Steven Pisacrita AmeriCorps NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps) team Maple 1 is serving with the Necedah National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) in Necedah, Wisconsin. Their goal is to perform prescribed burns to between 2,500-5,000 acres of land in order to restore wild lupine, a plant that is necessary for the survival of the endangered Karner blue butterfly.

Eastern Iowa Honor Flight Receives Grant

By George Rickey, Eastern Iowa Honor Flight · 10:31pm May 19th, 2015
On May 6, 2015, the Eastern Iowa Honor Flight received a grant of $10,000.00 from the Washington County Riverboat Foundation during their spring awards meeting. This grant will significantly contribute to continuing our mission of honoring our veterans with a trip to Washington, DC. A 501(c)3 federally recognized charity, the Eastern Iowa Honor Flight depends on donations from individuals, organizations, and businesses to fund and support flight operations.

NCCC FEMA Corps Class 21 Team Leader Spotlight: Octavia Johnson

By Marilyn Ponce, NCCC · 11:09am May 18th, 2015
Octavia Johnson from Richmond, Virginia is serving on team Cedar 5 in AmeriCorps NCCC Corps Class 21. She arrived in Vinton in February of 2015 to start her 10-month service term with the program. Cedar 5 is made up of seven people from across the country who serve together around the Midwest. Before her term of service, Octavia graduated from the University of Tennessee as a Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism major and Business minor.

NCCC Corps Class 21 Spotlight: Bailey Kovall

By AmeriCorps NCCC · 1:39pm May 14th, 2015
By: Marilyn Ponce Name: Bailey Kovall Hometown: Clearwater, MN Bailey Kovall from Clearwater, Minnesota is a Team Leader serving on team Oak 4 in AmeriCorps NCCC Corps Class 21. She arrived in Vinton in January of 2015 to start her 10-month service term with the program. This is not Bailey’s first experience with national service and NCCC.

Purple and Old Gold awards presented at UNI Commencement

By Vinton Today · 7:18pm May 13th, 2015
Purple and Old Gold awards, were given recognizing meritorious scholarship or conspicuous achievement. They were presented to 56 seniors during the University of Northern Iowa's Commencement ceremonies Saturday, May 9, in the UNI-Dome. Named after the university colors, the traditional awards were first presented at Commencement ceremonies on May 29, 1939.

Conservation Poster Contest Winners Announced

By Rhonda Saunders, Benton Co. SWCD · 6:49pm May 12th, 2015
The Benton Soil & Water Conservation District Commissioners are happy to announce the 2015 Poster Contest Winners for Benton County. This contest is open to students K-12 who live in Benton County. Entries were judged in March by the Benton SWCD Commissioners. This year’s contest Theme was “Local Heroes – Your Hardworking Pollinators”.

Benton SWCD Awards Scholarship

By Rhonda Saunders, Benton Co. SWCD · 6:14pm May 12th, 2015
This year, the Benton Soil & Water Conservation District Commissioners sponsored a scholarship of $250. Students who reside in Benton County and are pursuing a course of study in the field of Natural Resources or Agriculture are eligible to apply. The Commissioners received and reviewed applications in March, making their selection.

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