Who's in the news in Bettendorf, LeClaire and Pleasant Valley

Who's in the news in Bettendorf, LeClaire and Pleasant Valley

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Sigma Iota Epsilon

inducts local student 

Brittany Vazqez, Bettendorf, was one of 13 undergraduate students inducted during the fall 2019 semester into Western Illinois University's chapter of Sigma Iota Epsilon, a nationally-recognized management honorary and professional fraternity.

Carius on Fighting

Scots men's BB team 

William Carius, Bettendorf, is a member of 2019-2020 Monmouth College men's basketball team.

Concrete award goes

to Ascentra project 

Ascentra Credit Union's new headquarters were among the projects recognized Nov. 14 at the 26th annual Excellence in Concrete Awards in Ames.

The Iowa Ready Mixed Concrete Association and American Concrete Institute - Iowa Chapter hosted the awards luncheon during the Iowa Better Concrete Conference.

The awards recognize outstanding projects from throughout the state. Entries were judged on: architectural design, engineering and construction challenges, complexity of project, uniqueness of project, workmanship, finished impression and diverse application of ready mixed concrete.

Ascentra's new headquarters in downtown Bettendorf won an award in the Low-Rise Buildings category. The award honors the owner Ascentra and the project's engineer, Select Structural Engineering, Bettendorf.

Local residents compete

in NCAA championships 

Elliot and Vince Klim, Bettendorf, are members of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater football team, which will compete in the NCAA Division III Championship playoffs. It marks the team's 13th time in the last 15 years and 16th time in program history it has made the championships.

Local chef named

Mentor of the Year

Chef Michael Gabrielson, or "Chef Gabe," has been honored by the Iowa Restaurant Association as the 2019 Mentor of the Year for his desire to build future culinary talent.

After suffering a traumatic brain injury in the Army and recovering for two years, Gabrielson went to college and graduated with an Associate’s Degree in Culinary Arts, Food Service Management and Hospitality-Tourism Management, the association said in a news release.

He worked in upscale restaurants and private clubs and owned his own establishment, before landing the role as Chef De Cuisine at the Isle Hotel Casino and Convention Center, Bettendorf.

In this job he became connected with the Davenport ProStart program and began serving as a mentor for the Davenport high school culinary team. He appreciates the exposure it provides students, but also the opportunity he has to showcase the industry.

Hudson named 2019

Employee of the Year

Emily Hudson, of Hemispheres Bistro in Bettendorf, has been honored as the Iowa Restaurant Association's Employee of the Year for her to commitment to the industry, as well as her team and every guest experience.

According to the association, Hudson is quick to share how Hemisphere's Bistro takes great care to offer its guests an exceptional experience with every service, every plate and every pour. All who work with her agree that Emily is at the heart of it all, the association said in a news relase.

The locally-owned restaurant opened four years ago and allows guests to virtually build their own dining experiences by selecting dishes, sauces, cooking techniques and pairings with flavors influenced by India, Asia, Italy, and France.


Palmer College of Chiropractic 

Davenport, Iowa

Bettendorf: Jacey McDowell, Kyle Rahn

Upper Iowa University

Fayette, Iowa

Bettendorf: Monica Hayes, Janie Stratton

LeClaire: Gabrielle Cruz, Sally Weiland


DePauw University

Greencastle, Indiana

Princeton: Allison Miller, Rachele Miller


The University of


Madison, Wisconsin

Bettendorf: Hallie Jones and Caroline Mack


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