September 14, 2017
IW Attends Press Conference at Johnson Space Center
NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson ’81 returned to Earth on September 2 from a record-breaking mission to the International Space Station. She holds the U.S. record for cumulative time in space with 665 days in orbit during three long-duration missions. She originally was scheduled to return to Earth in June, but her mission was extended in March, thereby increasing the amount of valuable astronaut time available for hundreds of experiments she and her crewmates participated in. She also has spent the longest time in orbit during a single spaceflight – 288 days on this mission – than any other female astronaut.
In addition, Whitson holds the records for most spacewalks and time spent spacewalking by a female astronaut — 10 spacewalks totaling 60 hours and 21 minutes. Whitson was the first woman to command the Space Station and during this mission, she became the first woman to command the station twice – a position she held from April 9 through June 1.
On September 11, Iowa Wesleyan was invited to attend the press conference at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, to discuss the mission. This event also included astronaut Jack Fischer who returned to Earth with Whitson.
President Steve Titus and Meg Richtman, Vice President for Strategic Initiatives, attended this event along with Dr. D.P. Wilson, Professor of Biology, who was Whitson’s advisor, mentor, and long-time friend. The reunion of these two was quite extraordinary! Iowa Wesleyan is incredibly proud of Dr. Peggy Whitson and the amazing accomplishments she has achieved in the name of science.
Iowa Wesleyan University Gives to Houston Hurricane Victims
Continuing support of Houston Strong, Iowa Wesleyan University Nursing Students conducted a Diaper Drive for Houston families on September 8-9 at the Fort Madison Hy-Vee Food Store and the Mt. Pleasant Hy-Vee Drugstore. Two truck beds full of diapers were collected and 1,000 orders for diapers and supplies were bought through Amazon. Also, a check in the amount of $1,000 was sent to the Galveston Diaper Bank.
A Blood Drive was also held in the International Room at the J. Raymond Chadwick Library. Fifty people donated blood and 38 units was collected, a new record for the IW community! The next blood drive will be held in early November and persons who donated last week will be eligible to do so again.
In addition to the Diaper and Blood Drives, and in collaboration with the Mt. Pleasant School District, free admission to the Tiger football game was offered on September 9 to those attendees with a donation of a pair of new or gently used shoes. The response to this offer was overwhelming as over 600 pounds of shoes were sent to the University of Houston for distribution to those in need.
A big “thank you” to the entire Iowa Wesleyan community, in particular the students, faculty and staff who spearheaded these service projects, for their compassion and kind-hearted support for the hurricane victims in Houston.
“Ask Me Anything” Tent Stationed on the IW Campus Lawn
“Ask Me Anything” was established by the Office of Student Development to answer questions students may have about the University and Mount Pleasant, or questions about life in general.
One of Student Development’s retention initiatives is to connect with students. “Being out among the students allows us to connect on a more personal level,” said Luis Aranda, Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Residential Life.
The purple “Ask Me Anything” tent is located on the campus lawn outside of the Howe Student Activity Center each Thursday from 8:15-11:45 a.m. through September 28.
September 14: Step Afrika!, University Chapel, 8:00 p.m.
September 26: Campus Community Update, Social Hall, Reception 3:30-4:00 p.m., Update 4:00-5:00 p.m.
October 5-6: Board of Trustees Meetings
October 20-21: Homecoming Weekend
October 21: Purple & White Ball, Ruble Arena, 6:00 p.m.
October 24: Campus Community Update, Social Hall, Reception 3:30-4:00 p.m., Update 4:00-5:00 p.m.
October 28: Tiger Spirit Day