Cabinet Updates

Cabinet Update 1.20.2017

Sent on: 2017-01-20 22:29:40

Founders Day Celebration – February 17

Please join us as we celebrate our Founders Day on Friday, February 17, celebrating the 175th Anniversary of Iowa Wesleyan University.  Please make plans to attend this momentous occasion.  This celebration will include a program and luncheon in the Ruble Arena with the entire IW community.  Please RSVP to Mary Notestein at by February 10 if you plan to attend.  Additional tickets will be made available to the general public who want to join us in this celebration as well.

2016 Fall Semester Dean’s List Announced

Iowa Wesleyan University is pleased to announce our Dean's List for the fall 2016 semester.  Students exemplifying academic excellence represent the United States and multiple countries. Click here to see the full list. Criteria to be a part of the Dean's List includes degree-seeking students taking 12 or more hours per semester with a GPA of 3.5 or higher. Congratulations to all of our students who have obtained excellence in their academic achievements in our first semester!

Martin Luther King, Jr. Worship Service/Celebration

On Tuesday, January 17, IW hosted a special Martin Luther King Worship Service and Celebration at the Chapel.  The service featured the IW Student Praise Band led by Jazay McBride and IW students offering their favorite Dr. King quotes.  An outstanding message was delivered by Rev. Matthew Smyzer, Jr., Pastor of Beargrass Missionary Baptist Church, Superintendent of Missions for Central District Association of Baptists and Executive Director of the Baptist Fellowship Center in Louisville, Kentucky.   Dr. Joel Brown and Professor Donna Debose provided special music selections as well.

Thank you to Dr. DeWayne Frazier and his assistant, Patty Carson, for organizing this important event.

Iowa Wesleyan University Ranks 2017 Best Online Bachelor's Program

Iowa Wesleyan University was named by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top 200 best online bachelor's programs in the country ranking 174th on the list. According to U.S. News & World Report, the combination of Iowa Wesleyan’s excellent student engagement, faculty credentials and training, student services and technology, and peer reputation make it a top university in the United States for online bachelor’s program.

Cabinet Meets for Mid-Year Retreat

IW’s Cabinet members met for their annual mid-year retreat on January 17 in the Heising Room at the Chadwick Library.  The purpose of the retreat was to evaluate progress of FY17 university-wide and division initiatives.  Several key topics were also discussed including the strategic plan and the FY17 budget.  Information concerning these important topics will be provided to faculty and staff at the Campus Community Update on January 24.

Upcoming Events

Jan 23           Faculty Meeting, Social Hall, 4:00 p.m.

Jan 24           Campus Community Update, Social Hall, Reception 3:30 p.m., Update 4:00 p.m.

Feb 11           Tiger Appreciation Day, Ruble Arena, 1:00 p.m.

Feb 13           Faculty Meeting, Social Hall, 4:00 p.m.

Feb 17           Founders Day Celebration and Luncheon, Ruble Arena, 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Feb 20           Presidential Scholars Day

Feb 25           Music Scholarship Day

Feb 28           Campus Community Update, Social Hall, Reception 3:30 p.m., Update 4:00 p.m.



HR Connection 1.20.2017

Sent on: 2017-01-20 21:01:51

Note From HR

January 2017 is the start of a new calendar year for Iowa Wesleyan University employee voluntary benefits.  What this means is deductible balances will start over and maybe changing what you pay for services and prescriptions and new cards maybe issued that will be required be given to your medical provider and pharmacy so they are able to update you insurance information within their system for claim processing.

You will find a lot of information regarding benefit coverage or claims processing on the IW website under Faculty and Staff – Human Resources and Business Office Documents – Insurance Information.  If these documents do not answer your questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

January is Thyroid Awareness Month

The thyroid gland is rather small but plays us huge role in our body influencing the function of many of the body’s most important organs such as the heart, brain, liver, kidneys and skin.  Ensuring that the thyroid gland is healthy and functioning properly is vitally important to the body's overall well-being.

Our thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland that is located at the front bottom of your neck that releases the hormone thyroxine that travels through your bloodstream to control practically every cell, tissue and organ in the body.  When your thyroid is not functioning properly you can be at risk of developing hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism.

Hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid) happens when the thyroid produces too much of the hormone thyroxine.  The signs and symptoms hyperthyroidism differs between people but may include irritability, muscle weakness, sleeping problems, a fast heartbeat, heat intolerance, diarrhea, enlargement of the thyroid, and weight loss.  Hyperthyroidism, if left untreated can lead to complications including heart problems, brittle bones, eye problems, red swollen skin or cause you to go into a thyrotoxic crisis.

Hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid) happens when the thyroid produces too little of the hormone thyroxine.  The signs and symptoms of hypothyroidism can be vague and copycat other problems but may include Changes in the menstrual cycle, constipation, depression, dry hair and hair loss, dry skin, fatigue, greater sensitivity to cold, slow heart rate, swelling of the thyroid gland (goiter), unexplained weight gain or difficulty losing weight, carpal tunnel syndrome. Hypothyroidism, if left untreated can lead to heart problems, infertility, joint pain, obesity and myxedema coma.

It is estimated that 15 million Americans are living with undiagnosed thyroid problems.  Your doctor will diagnose if there is a problem with your thyroid by taking into account both your symptoms and through a thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) test.


Cabinet Update 1.11.2017

Sent on: 2017-01-11 23:09:40

President and Sara Titus Participate in 2017 CIC Presidents Institute

President Steve and Sara Titus recently attended the 2017 Council of Independent Colleges Presidents Institute on January 4-7 in Orlando, Florida.   This year’s conference, “Education for America’s Future”, featured several speakers and sessions exploring independent colleges’ and universities’ roles in preparing graduates to become leaders of America’s workplaces and communities.  In addition, Sara Titus presented a session for presidential spouses and partners, “Tips for Being Healthy in the Role of Presidential Spouse or Partner”, which explored yoga and meditation techniques that can be used anywhere and at any time for those spouses and partners who experience many scheduling demands and events, careers, and managing family life.

CIC’s 2017 Presidents Institute—the largest annual meeting of college and university presidents in the country— explores various issues of presidential leadership, drawing on the lessons learned by experienced presidents and the perspectives of other distinguished speakers.  The Institute provides a forum for candid discussion of critical issues, opportunities to learn from experts, and occasions to network with presidential colleagues who lead similar institutions.


Enrollment Strengthens Strategic Partnership

On December 14 President Steve Titus; Nick Boone, Vice President for Enrollment Management; Julie Duplessis, Director of Enrollment; and Jennie Allworth, Records Coordinator, traveled to Richmond, Virginia, to meet with representatives from Royall and Company, IW’s enrollment services partner.  The primary purpose of the trip was to get an update from Royall on the status towards our enrollment goals for this year as well as strategize ways we can continue to maximize the partnership moving forward.  It was a productive meeting and the team was able to leave with some plans on how to continue to improve the processes that have been put in place over the last couple of years.  Royall and Company was also able to provide some insights into the ever changing landscape of higher education.  While there have been some major changes in accepting policies, awarding strategies and recruitment tactics over the last year, it is reassuring to know we've aligned with such a valuable partner.  The meeting also focused on upcoming enhancements to our recruiting efforts as we will be including sophomores and juniors in our search and communication correspondence going forward.  Both teams feel this is essential in continuing the aggressive and sustainable growth goals as outlined in the University’s strategic plan.

Dr. Dang Van Cuong Joins IW Community as International Faculty Scholar

In support of the Iowa Wesleyan Strategic Plan, Igniting Our Passions 2020, the University will be hosting a visiting international faculty scholar, Dr. Dang Van Cuong, for the Spring 2017 semester.  Dr. Cuong is the Dean of the Faculty of Natural Sciences at Duy Tan University.  Dr. Cuong is a research specialist who focuses on differential geometry and optimization analysis and has significant experience teaching math at the undergraduate level.  Duy Tan University is a 20,000 person institution located in Da Nang, Vietnam, and is ranked as one of the best in the country.  The scholar program will assist with Initiative 7.3 by expanding the international student recruitment market as well as support Goal 6 and strengthen the University’s natural science program.

Upcoming Events

Jan 12 Catfish Keith Concert, Chapel, 7:30 p.m. (Haselmayer Endowment for the Arts Series)
Jan 17 Martin Luther King Day Service, Chapel, 7:00 p.m.
Jan 23 Faculty Meeting, Social Hall, 4:00 p.m.
Feb 11 Tiger Appreciation Day, Ruble Arena, 1:00 p.m.
Feb 13 Faculty Meeting, Social Hall, 4:00 p.m.
Feb 17 Founders Day Celebration
Feb 20 Presidential Scholars Day
Feb 25 Music Scholarship Day
Feb 28 Campus Community Update, Social Hall, Reception 3:30 p.m., Update 4:00 p.m.