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Arizona couple wills $125,000 to Upper Iowa University


Mon, Mar 1st, 2010
Posted in Education

FAYETTE, Iowa (February 25, 2010) - Upper Iowa University is the recent recipient of a $125,000 gift from the estate of La Vonne I. Gutches, wife of the late William F. Gutches, a 1929 graduate of UIU. Upper Iowa will establish an endowed annual scholarship in the couple's names. The value of the gift is expected to increase to about $200,000.



William and La Vonne Gutches were married in 1932. He had a successful 41-year career teaching and coaching in secondary education, starting out in the Iowa schools of Maynard, Dows, Soldier and Onawa. After he earned his master's degree in physical education from Columbia University, the couple moved to Illinois where he served as high school football coach and athletic director at Dwight D. Eisenhower and Harold L. Richards High Schools, both in the southern suburbs of Chicago. La Vonne worked at Northern Trust in Chicago for 26 years. They retired to Mesa, AZ, in 1976.



The William F. and La Vonne I. Gutches Scholarship will be awarded to a deserving UIU junior or senior, majoring in education or physical education, who maintains a minimum 3.0 grade point average who plans to coach, and who has long-term career aspirations of becoming an athletic director or administrator.



"A bequest from our alumni is always greatly appreciated," said Dr. Alan G. Walker, president. "But a cash gift of this level that is intended to aid our students at a time when all types of educational assistance are being cut is especially meaningful."



The Gutches' estate is being administered by long-time friend of the couple, Elva Davies, wife of the late John Leonard Davies, also a 1929 graduate of UIU. Bill and Len became friends during their college years at Upper Iowa. Bill played football under legendary Coach John 'Doc' Dorman. Both men became members of "The Old Time Peacocks" that was organized by another UIU graduate, "Swede" Selgelid. Elva Davies currently resides in Apache Junction, AZ.



For more information about Upper Iowa University, go to www.uiu.edu.



About Upper Iowa University

Founded in 1857, Upper Iowa University is a private, not-for-profit university providing undergraduate and graduate degree programs and leadership development opportunities to over 6,600 students-nationally and internationally-at its Fayette campus and learning centers worldwide. Upper Iowa University is a recognized innovator in offering accredited, .....
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Minnesota teacher wins national human rights award

Mon, Mar 1st, 2010
Posted in Education

Eagan, Minn., March 1: A Twin Cities teacher who came to the United States as a young girl unable to speak English has become the first educator from Minnesota to win a prestigious human rights award from the National Education Association (NEA).
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Upper Iowa University named to 2009 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll

Mon, Mar 1st, 2010
Posted in Education

FAYETTE, Iowa (March 1, 2010)-Upper Iowa University has been named to the 2009 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service- ..... 
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FC School Board votes to move 7th and 8th graders

Fri, Feb 26th, 2010
Posted in Education

In a unanimous decision, the Fillmore Central School Board has voted to move the seventh and eight graders to the high school building in Harmony for the 2010-2011 school year.

There were several people from the community in attendance to vo ..... 
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Fillmore SWCD scholarship

Fri, Feb 26th, 2010
Posted in Education

The Fillmore Soil and Water Conservation District is offering a scholarship for Fillmore County high school graduating seniors. To be eligible students must be pursuing a degree in natural resources, agriculture or related fields.

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R-P school board reading goals

Fri, Feb 26th, 2010
Posted in Education

74,000 minutes. That's a lot of reading in a short four days for the students of Rushford-Peterson Elementary School, but the potential reward for achieving their ultimate goal of 250,000 minutes in the month of February is even greater: the opportu ..... 
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Local student studying environmental studies in Australia

Mon, Feb 22nd, 2010
Posted in Education

Katherine Halvorson from Peterson, a student at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, is spending this semester pursuing her studies in environmental studies in Australia.

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Rushford-Peterson middle school honor roll 2nd quarter

Mon, Feb 22nd, 2010
Posted in Education

A Honor Roll

Grade 6

Keean Benson, Carissa Bieberdorf, Noah Dahl, Kate Klungtvedt, Savannah Neitzke, Bailey O'Hare, Rachel O'Shaughnessy, Morgan Vitse, Clara Wieser, Caryn Wolter.

Grade 7

Jordan Agrimson, Joshua Agrimson, ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson school district enters Minnesota's nation leading Q Comp Program

Mon, Feb 22nd, 2010
Posted in Education

Minnesota Education Commissioner Alice Seagren announced today that the Rushford-Peterson School District will implement Minnesota's nation-leading Q Comp performance and professional pay program. The school district will receive $165,100 in total r ..... 
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