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Public Policy Tipoffs Involving Iowa Newsletter for Sunday September 15, 2019 ( 16 items )  

'A New Venture': Announcing American College Testing
IOWA CITY, Iowa, Sept. 9 -- ACT, a provider of financial and volunteer support to communities and organizations, issued the following news release: On Tuesday, September 8, 1959, the American College Testing (ACT) program made headlines. A press release announcing "the new venture" was sent out by the State University of Iowa (now known as The University of Iowa) to tell the nation that colleges and universities in 14 states had signed on to launch a new college entrance exam that would hold i  more

'A New Venture': Announcing American College Testing
IOWA CITY, Iowa, Sept. 9 -- American College Testing issued the following news release: On Tuesday, September 8, 1959, the American College Testing (ACT) program made headlines. A press release announcing "the new venture" was sent out by the State University of Iowa (now known as The University of Iowa) to tell the nation that colleges and universities in 14 states had signed on to launch a new college entrance exam that would hold its first administration in all participating states on Novem  more

49 Outstanding Students From Nebraska and Western Iowa Awarded 2019 Horatio Alger Aksarben State Scholarship
WASHINGTON, Sept. 12 -- The Horatio Alger Association issued the following news release: Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, Inc., a nonprofit educational organization honoring the achievements of outstanding individuals and encouraging youth to pursue their dreams through higher education, today announced the 49 recipients of its prestigious 2019 Horatio Alger Aksarben State Scholarship in the amount of $10,000. These scholarships are funded through the generosity of the Aksa  more

ACLU of Iowa Board Member Sonia Reyes-Snyder Receives LGBTQ Legacy Leaders Award
DES MOINES, Iowa, Sept. 13 -- The American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa issued the following news: ACLU of Iowa Board Member Sonia Reyes-Snyder of Des Moines has been selected to receive an inaugural LGBTQ Legacy Leader Award. The awards are a partnership between One Iowa and dsm magazine that aims to recognize important contributions of LGBTQ Iowans. Sonia Reyes-Snyder is the executive director of the Iowa Office of Latino Affairs. She has been doing grassroots work with the Latino communit  more

ACLU of Iowa Board Member Stephen Wilson Receives LGBTQ Legacy Leaders Award
DES MOINES, Iowa, Sept. 13 -- The American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa issued the following news: ACLU of Iowa Board Member Stephen Wilson of Des Moines has been selected to receive an inaugural LGBTQ Legacy Leader Award. The awards are a partnership between One Iowa and dsm magazine that aims to recognize important contributions of LGBTQ Iowans. Jonathan is an attorney and former Des Moines Public Schools board member. He clerked for the 8th US Circuit Court of Appeals, taught at the Austr  more

ACT's Center for Equity in Learning and Univision Team Up for Research and Recommendations to Support Hispanic Students in Their Quest to Attend College
IOWA CITY, Iowa, Sept. 12 -- ACT, a provider of financial and volunteer support to communities and organizations, issued the following news release: As students head back to school, ACT's Center for Equity in Learning and Univision Communications Inc., the leading Hispanic media company in the U.S., are issuing recommendations to help overcome higher education challenges Hispanic students face. The recommendations are found in the joint ACT-Univision report, Breaking Down Barriers: Understandi  more

American Association of University Professors: Kirkwood Community College Faculty Member's Termination Protected No One
WASHINGTON, Sept. 13 -- The American Association of University Professors issued the following news: In August, Kirkwood Community College in Iowa terminated Jeff Klinzman, an adjunct instructor of 24 years, for social media posts (some dating to 2012) that supported antifacism and were critical of the president of the United States. After a local TV station aired a news story critical of Klinzman's Facebook posts, Kirkwood president Lori Sundberg told Klinzman that she was "inundated" with com  more

American College Testing's Center for Equity in Learning and Univision Team Up for Research and Recommendations to Support Hispanic Students in Their Quest to Attend College
IOWA CITY, Iowa, Sept. 12 -- American College Testing issued the following news release: As students head back to school, ACT's Center for Equity in Learning and Univision Communications Inc., the leading Hispanic media company in the U.S., are issuing recommendations to help overcome higher education challenges Hispanic students face. The recommendations are found in the joint ACT-Univision report, Breaking Down Barriers: Understanding Hispanic High School Students' Perceptions on the Transit  more

Ames High School Transgender Student Wins 2019 ACLU of Iowa Mannheimer Award
DES MOINES, Iowa, Sept. 12 -- The American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa issued the following news: When she was in elementary school, Malika Davis began an initiative to uplift the mental health of her schoolmates: a community garden. Malika, often a target of bullying due to her skin color and gender identity, watched her peers grow empowered as they nurtured something new. The garden was a testament to the compassionate personal philosophy that Malika, now a 16-year-old Ames High School st  more

Former ACLU of Iowa Board Member Receives LGBTQ Legacy Leaders Award
DES MOINES, Iowa, Sept. 13 -- The American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa issued the following news: Fomer ACLU of Iowa board member Karen Mackey of Sioux City has been selected to receive an inaugural LGBTQ Legacy Leader Award. The awards are a partnership between One Iowa and dsm magazine that aims to recognize important contributions of LGBTQ Iowans. Karen is the executive director of the Sioux City Human Rights Commission. She is also the co-founder of the Siouxland Pride Alliance, promoti  more

Insured Retirement Institute: State Legislator Organization Joins Chorus of Secure Act Supporters
WASHINGTON, Sept. 13 -- The Insured Retirement Institute issued the following news release: The National Conference of State Legislators (NSCL) wrote a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) urging enactment of the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act today. Last month, IRI Chief Government and Political Affairs Officer Paul Ri  more

Iowa Farm Bureau Issues Statement on Need for Passage of U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa, Sept. 9 -- The Iowa Farm Bureau issued the following statement by President Craig Hill on the need for passage of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement: "Here in Iowa, agriculture accounts for one out of every five jobs. So, clearly, what we grow and raise benefits not just farmers, but many other economic sectors in this state. Passing the USMCA is key to the sustainability of agriculture and many other businesses in Iowa. "That's why Iowa Farm Bureau is proud to join 79 Io  more

Land Stewardship Project: Land Access Farm Tour Sept. 29 at Humble Hands Harvest in Decorah
DECORAH, Iowa, Sept. 12 -- The Land Stewardship Project issued the following news release: A farm tour on creative ways to get access to farmland will be held Sunday, Sept. 29, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., at Humble Hands Harvest in Decorah (2741 Hidden Falls Road). This Land Stewardship Project (LSP) event is free but RSVPs are required. To reserve a spot or for more information, contact LSP's Karen Stettler by Sept. 27 at 507-523-3366 or stettler@landstewardshipproject.org. During the tour, Hannah  more

National Pork Board: Pork Checkoff Moving Remittance Payments Into Online System
DES MOINES, Iowa, Sept. 12 -- The National Pork Board issued the following news release: The National Pork Board announced today plans to migrate Pork Checkoff remittances to its online platform. The online Checkoff remittance system is designed to significantly reduce the processing time, paper and other expenses for the Pork Board, while also providing pork producers flexibility with payment options, improve operational efficiencies and create cost savings. "Our expenses for collecting and r  more

Organic Trade Association: Where in the World is Organic? Find.Organic Will Show You!
GREENFIELD, Massachusetts, Sept. 10 -- The Organic Trade Association issued the following news release: * * * - Organic Trade Association unveils new online directory to help market U.S. organic products * * * It's not easy for an organic seed dealer in Oregon to get connected with that organic grain farmer in Iowa who's in need of organic seeds, or the organic granola maker in California who wants to use environmentally-friendly containers to find out about the sustainable packaging compa  more

UnityPoint Health: Baby Born at 28-Weeks Due to Rare Pregnancy Condition
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa, Sept. 9 -- UnityPoint Health issued the following news: No one thinks they will deliver a baby 12 weeks early. But Jenny Gezella did. From a rare pregnancy complication to a hurricane, nothing about baby Beckham's arrival into this world was "normal." "In June of 2017, I was 27 weeks pregnant and figured I was fine to fly from Florida to see family in the Wisconsin area before giving birth to my first baby," Jenny Gezella says. But the trip ended much differently than   more