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August 28, 2012
Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

MARSHALLTOWN Christopher Duree, chancellor of Iowa Valley Community College District, has been named to the board of the National Community College Hispanic Council. He was nominated for the honor by Iowa State University and is the only Iowa representative on the NCCHC Board.

"It was a great honor to be nominated by Marisa Rivera and Larry Ebbers from Iowa State University, and it's an even great honor to have been selected," says Dr. Duree. "NCCHC is on the cutting edge of leadership development service to Hispanics, and I am sure this opportunity will enable me to learn about many opportunities and best practices that I can bring back to Iowa Valley and the other Iowa community colleges as we work to serve our growing Hispanic population. I'm looking forward to meeting the other Board members in September and becoming more educated about and involved in this outstanding organization."

GRINNELL- More than 100 original drawings by Civil War era artist-reporters will be on display at Grinnell College's Faulconer Gallery, opening Aug. 31. "Civil War Era Drawings from the Becker Collection," a travelling exhibition from Boston College's McMullen Museum of Art, includes hundreds of drawings by Joseph Becker and his colleagues, 19th-century artists who worked as artist-reporters for "Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper," observing, drawing and sending back for publication images from the camps and battlefields of the Civil War.

"Civil War Era Drawings from the Becker Collection" is open Aug. 31 through Oct. 14 during regular gallery hours: Tuesday through Sunday, 12 to 5 p.m.; open Thurs. and Fri. until 8 p.m.; closed Monday. For more information about the exhibition and related programs, call 641-269-4660 or visit

OTTUMWA- On Aug. 16 Interstate Power and Light Company (IPL), an Alliant Energy company, along with co-owner MidAmerican Energy, formally celebrated the start of construction today on a $345 million emissions reduction technology project at the 726 megawatt Ottumwa Generating Station (OGS), located near Chillicothe.



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