Congratulations to WQPT staff and Fourth Wall Films!
The award-winning documentary "Letters Home to Hero Street," produced by Lora Adams of WQPT-Quad Cities PBS and Kelly and Tammy Rundle of Fourth Wall Films, has received a Mid-America Emmy nomination in the historical documentary category. A gala award ceremony will take place in St. Louis (MO) Saturday, October 3. Read more about Letters Home to Hero Street.
The 25-minute historical documentary film was partially funded by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council and recently received a Silver Eddy and the Audience award at the 2015 Cedar Rapids Independent Film Festival. Read more about the Silver Eddy and Audience awards..
Congratulations Bea Brasel
Bea Brasel, WQPT's Publicity-Promotion Specialist, was named the Al and Elaine Goldfarb Civil Service Employee of the Month for June 2015 by Western Illinois University-QC.
Bea's responsibilities include event organization including Champagne on the Rocks and Imagination Station, as well as overseeing WQPT volunteer activities. She also participates in various activities for the university. Her nominator stated "She takes initiative to get things done. She actively participates in University events and committees.”
Meet Michael Carton
In June, Michael Carton joined WQPT as Director of Education and Outreach. "I'm excited to see how Michael expands on our exceptional Educational Outreach," said Mary Pruess, WQPT's General Manager.
Michael is no stranger to WQPT—he was a member of our first class of WQPT/PBS Ambassadors in 2004. Ambassadors are regional college students who volunteer and provide valuable assistance promoting WQPT and helping at our events, especially those oriented towards children.
Since then, Michael has remained a committed volunteer, most recently earning the National Friends of Public Television Outstanding Volunteer of the Year Award for his work on WQPT's new special event for families, Imagination Station. Michael was honored as the station's 2009 Volunteer of the Year.
Carton has been a teacher for seven years, most recently as a first-grade teacher at Frances Willard Elementary. He is a graduate of Western Illinois University with a degree in elementary education and has won several teaching awards.
Teens for Tomorrow Donate to WQPT First Book Program
Teens for Tomorrow made a gift to the WQPT First Book program to help low-literate, low-income children receive books throughout the school year and learn how to use them to increase their literacy skills. WQPT was honored to receive this funding assistance. Learn more about our First Book program
Teens for Tomorrow (T4T) is a youth philanthropy group for high school students from Rock Island County in Illinois and Scott County in Iowa. These young leaders become philanthropists by learning about community needs, developing a grant opportunity, evaluating applications, making site visits, and awarding grants. Each year, T4T awards a total of $10,000 to nonprofits meeting a variety of needs in the Quad City Area. Learn more about Teens for Tomorrow
WQPT Volunteers Honored
WQPT celebrates the accomplishments of three of our volunteers. The National Friends of Public Broadcasting honor six individuals or groups each year. Because of their outstanding work on WQPT's newest event—Imagination Station—our three nominees were award winners. Nicki Ellis received the Distinguished Service Award. Joan Kranovich received the Achievement Award in Volunteer Management. Michael Carton received the Outstanding Public Broadcasting Volunteer Award.
2015 WQPT/PBS Ambassadors
The WQPT/PBS Ambassadors program enters its 11th year. Ambassadors are a select group of college students (from various colleges and universities throughout the region) who represent WQPT at a variety of events throughout the region.
2015... What a Great Year!
Here's a peak look what we have been up to this year. Please join us as we congratulate these award winners. For more information about what we do beyond our programming, visit our myWQPT web page.
Governor's Volunteer Service Award
Scott Brouette, assistant director of student affairs at Western Illinois University-Quad Cities, recently received The Governor's Volunteer Service Award in recognition of his efforts to enhance early childhood literacy in the region.
The Governor's Volunteer Service Awards recognizes individual volunteers to highlight the importance of volunteerism and community service in the State of Illinois. Brouette, through an AmeriCorps Program grant, and in partnership with WQPT, led an initiative to improve literacy skills in the classrooms by 15 percent.
The grant for the program was funded by the Serve Illinois Commission, for WQPT's "Ready to Learn" program, which enhances and expands literacy for at-risk and under-served children in the Quad Cities area, according to Brouette. AmeriCorps volunteers, coordinated by Brouette, were assigned to area schools.
WQPT and Fourth Wall Films co-production of the documentary Letters Home to Hero Street, won two awards at the Cedar Rapids Independent Film Festival. The film won Silver in the Professional Documentary Long category and also the Gold Award for People's Choice. Pictured at right: Kelly Rundle, Tammy Rundle (Fourth Wall Films) and Lora Adams (WQPT).
"It was completely unexpected and such an honor, especially with members of Frank Sandoval's family in the audience. "We are thrilled that audiences responded to Frank's story, which is a universal tale experienced by every soldier and his or her family," Adams said.
Letters Home to Hero Street tells the story of Frank Sandoval, one of the eight Mexican American soldiers to die in World War II and Korea through the letters he sent home during his training up until the time he was killed in Burma.