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Stories of Service | Delivered to the US Library of Congress

Viewer Satisfaction Survey | Tell Us What You Think

Snap Shots | Recent WQPT Events

Volunteers Honored | Celebrating Service to WQPT

Congratulations Bea Brasel | Civil Service Employee of the Month

Meet Michael Carton | New Director of Education & Outreach

Teens for Tomorrow | Big Donation for First Book Program

Stories of Service

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In October, more than 30 "Stories of Service" were collected at eight locations across the Quad Cities by WQPT as a part of the station's Embracing Our Military initiative. In November, those stories were delivered to the Library of Congress' Veterans History Project by Congressman Dave Loebsack and Congresswoman Cheri Bustos in a ceremony attended by Paula Kerger, PBS president and CEO.

"WQPT's 'Stories of Service' is a wonderful collaboration between public television staff and local agencies, including libraries, veterans service providers and retirement communities. WQPT's staff created a thoughtful model which included easy-to-use recording equipment and community volunteers to preserve stories for future generations," Susan Eleuterio, Veterans History Project trainer on behalf of the Oral History Association and the American Folklore Society, which are partners with the Veterans History Project.
"We are thrilled that our representatives have presented these stories to the Library of Congress and we are proud of the impact that our Embracing Our Military initiative has had on our veteran community," said Mary Pruess, WQPT general manager.

The event was part of WQPT's Embracing Our Military initiative.

Pictured above (from left to right): Ron Pierce, PBS Veterans Initiative, Paula Kerger, PBS President & CEO, Iowa Representative Dave Loeback, Illinois Representative Cheri Bustos, David Mao, Acting Librarian of Congress and Bob Patrick, Director Veterans History Project.


Viewer Survey

Your participation in our Viewer Interest & Satisfaction Survey will help WQPT identify programming and community resource priorities over the next few years. We are interested in your opinions and your participation is crucial in helping us make these decisions and improving your experience with WQPT. Take the survey

Participation in this survey is voluntary and will take about 15 minutes to complete. Your individual responses are anonymous and confidential - no name or contact information is required to participate in this survey. Take the survey

WQPT has partnered with the University of Illinois Extension to identify community perceptions of WQPT, public television viewing patterns, and satisfaction levels with current programming.


Snap Shots

Featured Program

In October we hosted screening and discussion of On Two Fronts: Latinos and Vietnam. After the screening Gunter Terronez moderated a conversation of the film and the experience of local Hispanic veterans who served in Vietnam.

The event was part of WQPT's Embracing Our Military initiative.


Featured Program

Also in October, WQPT hosted a premiere screening of Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries, Season Three. Guests dressed in their favorite 1920's attire and were treated to hors'doeurves and a sneak peek at the newest episode.


Volunteers Honored

EmmyCongratulations to Norma Juarez (left) named our 2015 Volunteer of the Year for her work at our front desk and help with Letters Home to Hero Street. Special recognition to Margarita Lawson (right) for volunteering more than 1,000 hours to WQPT. We are grateful for the support and dedication all of our volunteers provide to the station. Thank you!

Learn more about becoming a WQPT Volunteer.


Congratulations Bea Brasel

Bea BraselBea 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

Michael CartonIn 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.

Learn more about our Educational Outreach


Teens for Tomorrow Donate to WQPT First Book Program

Teens for TomorrowTeens 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

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