Theatre classes typically involve writing, acting, or stage production. But Western Illinois University is taking those expectations and putting a dagger in them. For the first time, the campus in Macomb will offer five classes to students who want to minor in “Stage Combat.”

The effort to save the University of Iowa's Labor Center comes to the Quad Cities Wednesday night. Unions and their supporters will hold a public hearing, as they try to reverse the university's decision to close the 67 year old center.


One year after construction began, the new Grant Wood Elementary School is ready to open in Bettendorf. Tuesday afternoon, students, parents, teachers, and district officials celebrated with a ribbon cutting.

A school in Moline has re-opened one year after suffering severe damage in a fire. Tuesday is the first day of classes at Franklin Elementary School since last September’s electrical fire.

Reprimand for Tate

Aug 20, 2018
Davenport School District

The superintendent of the Davenport schools has gotten off easy, with a reprimand instead of possibly losing his job. The Iowa Board of Educational Examiners has reprimanded Art Tate for spending more than the state allows districts to spend. Tate and the board staff negotiated the reprimand to settle the state's complaint. / Blue Diamond Gallery

In a few years, local companies may be able to add a big customer to their client list. But it depends on whether the Davenport Board of Education decides to outsource school district services to save money.

After one more year, an elementary school in Bettendorf will close. The school board voted Monday to close Thomas Jefferson, and send its students to Mark Twain Elementary School next year.

Loras College

The contract for the president of Loras College in Dubuque has been extended. Wednesday the board of regents announced a five year extension for Jim Collins that would make him the longest serving president in the history of the college. 


A new director has taken over at the Thomas Tredway Library at Augustana College. Monday was the first day on the job for Doctor Chris Schafer, following the retirement of Carla Tracy. 

submitted / St. Ambrose University

St. Ambrose University's College of Business has a new leader. This month, Dr. Maritza Espina began her new job as dean of the college in Davenport, where about 900 undergraduate and graduate students are enrolled.

Espina grew up in Puerto Rico and has 16 years experience in teaching, management research, publications, and service.