Station News

May
2015

Last Days in Vietnam | Special Screening Event

WQPT's Scott Brouette | Recipient of Governor's Volunteer Service Award

WQPT Wins Two Awards | Letters Home to Hero Street

Changes for DirecTV Customers | Now in High Definition

For Viewers (Just) Like You | We Listen!

Imagination Station | Our NEW Kids & Families Event

Last Days in Vietnam: Special Screening Event

Scott BrouetteAs part of WQPT’s Embracing Our Military initiative, we hope you will join us for a public screening of American Experience’s “Last Days in Vietnam.” Nominated for a 2015 Academy Award the film focuses on a group of unlikely heroes who attempt to save as many South Vietnamese as possible during the last days of the war. The screening will be followed with a keynote address by William Albracht.

Read more about Embracing Our Military.

Join us on Tuesday, May 12, 2015

CityView Celebrations at Trimble Pointe, 701 12th Street, Moline
Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Refreshments served. No RSVP.


Featured Keynote Speaker

Featured KeynoteWilliam Albracht is a highly decorated Vietnam veteran and retired Secret Service officer. Over a White House career spanning 25 years, he served on the protection details of four American Presidents and of numerous foreign dignitaries. Following his retirement, Albracht managed Executive Security Operations for the Ford Motor Company before returning to his hometown to open a security consulting business.

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Governor's Volunteer Service Award

Scott BrouetteScott 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.

After completing a pre-test and post-test based on Illinois Early Learning Standards, the results show improvement in literacy skills of the students in the Quad Cities region by 49 percent. Projects included making 250 blank books for children to write and illustrate their own stories at the newly opened Newcome Early Learning Center in Davenport, and helping at the National Bullying Prevention Month CommUNITY Party in Bettendorf, promoting kindness and helping the children make Elmo puppets.

"National studies indicate that one out of three kindergarten children lack skills to succeed in school. By partnering with AmeriCorps and WQPT, we are helping area children increase their literacy skills, and hopefully instill a lifelong love of reading and learning," he added.

For more information about the literacy grant, contact Scott at 309/764-2400 or e-mail. Read more about WQPT's Educational Outreach.

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WQPT Wins Two Awards

FeatureWQPT 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).

"Receiving the Gold Audience Choice Award for the documentary meant so much to all of us," Ms. Adams of WQPT said. "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," she 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.

The film was supported in part by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council.

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Changes for DirecTV Customers

DirecTVVFor DirecTV customers, WQPT can now be seen in full High Definition. The station is glad to provide this service to our many DirecTV viewers who have requested it. WQPT viewers who are also fans of our secondary channel MHz Worldview will also notice a change.

In order to satisfy the requests for our main channel in HD, WQPT had to trade in our Standard Definition carriage of Worldview. MHz Worldview, however, is carried by DirecTV on channel 2183, or free over the air anytime on WQPT–2. Mediacom viewers are not affected by this change.

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For Viewers (Just) Like You

Komora

When a Social Studies class at Orion (Illinois) Junior High School sent us over 200 emails asking us to air the documentary Komora: to heal because they were studying genocide in class, we listened.

We adjusted our May programming schedule and acquired Komora: to heal, which aired earlier this month.

Komora: to heal is new film about the orphan survivors of the 1994 Tutsi genocide in Rwanda and the people who stepped up to raise them. Emmanuel Habimana, a law student and orphan of the genocide, teams up with Natalia Ledford, an American independent filmmaker, to travel throughout Rwanda and around the world, interviewing his peers, family, heroes, and even former killers. From them they learn what survival has meant for his peers across Rwanda and what it means for them to live in a society where they must share their communities with killers.

Have a program suggestion or idea? We want to hear from you, please contact us and share your comments, feedback and suggestions.

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Imagination Station

Imagination Station

In March we welcomed approximately 2,000 children and their families to our newest event, Imagination Station. In addition, 500 people attended the WQPT Kids Club VIP party and early morning breakfast. PBS characters, including Curious George, Elmo, WordGirl and Clifford, led the way with wonderful photo opportunities and educational games and crafts to help tell their story. Mr. Steve (PBS KIDS host) held engaging and entertaining concerts for our attendees. We received a lot of positive feedback about the event and are looking forward to 2016 Imagination Station.

We reinvented Imagination Station—a regional favorite (from the 1990's) into a children and family event aimed at having fun, with entertaining and educational activities for families that highlight the educational programming strength of PBS KIDS.

We were simply overwhelmed by the community's enthusiasm for Imagination Station! While we sold-out the event with days of releasing tickets.

Learn more about WQPT's Imagination Station.

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