Friday, February 17, Iowa Wesleyan University officially became 175 years old. Over 350 people (students, faculty, staff, alumni, community & friends) joined together on Founders Day by taking time to pause, remember and celebrate. This is a significant moment in the life of Iowa Wesleyan.
The celebration included a journey through Wesleyan’s first 175 years as shared by our emcee, Sara Titus, along with students presenting artifacts that represented significant eras and people throughout IW’s history. Additional speakers included our 175th Celebration Honorary Co-Chairs, Elizabeth ’67 and Richard ‘66 Garrels, Bruno Rwayitare ’08 sharing his Wesleyan story, and remarks from President Titus. The celebration concluded with the singing of our Wesleyan Hymn led by Broad Street Connection and a 175th birthday cake.
Proclamations from the City of Mount Pleasant and the State of Iowa were also shared with the Iowa Wesleyan Community, announcing February 17, 2017 as Iowa Wesleyan Day!
Founders Day Prayer – Elizabeth Garrels ’67
Honorary Co-Chair Welcome – Richard Garrels ’66