Iowa Wesleyan College
|Iowa Wesleyan College|
|Motto||Learning in Community: An Academic Vision|
|Religious affiliation||United Methodist Church|
|President||Steven E. Titus|
|Location||Mount Pleasant, Iowa, USA|
|Former names||Iowa Wesleyan University|
|Colors||Purple and White|
|Affiliations||NCAA Division III, SLIAC|
Iowa Wesleyan College is a private four-year liberal arts college of the United Methodist Church located in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa.
Iowa Wesleyan is recognized as a pioneer in higher education in America. Founded in 1842, it ranks as the second oldest coeducational college located west of the Mississippi River. Iowa Wesleyan was originally founded as Iowa Wesleyan University which switched to Iowa Wesleyan College in 1912. Among its innovations include unique concepts of undergraduate lab science, career experience, and service learning.
The college occupies a central campus of historic red brick buildings and modern structures, including National Register of Historic Places designates Old Main and the Harlan-Lincoln House. The Chapel, erected in 1896, recently received a complete renovation and restoration.
Iowa Wesleyan is fully accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools to offer academic program leading to the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, and Bachelor of Music Education degrees. Undergraduate enrollment at the college is approximately 600 full-time students.
When Dr. Jay K. Simmons announced that he was leaving Iowa Wesleyan in the summer of 2013 to assume the presidency of Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa, Dr. Steven E. Titus was named his successor effective June 2013.
Students at Iowa Wesleyan can gain a variety of degrees in the fields of Business, Education, Fine Arts, Human Studies, Language and Literature, Nursing, and Science Math and Computer Science.
Being ahead of the time, Iowa Wesleyan started its Responsible Social Involvement program, or "RSI" in the late 1960s. This program is now called Service Learning has two main goals:
- Service to the Greater Community, and
- Having students participate more actively in their own education.
Service Learning allows students hands-on experiences outside the traditional realms of textbooks, classrooms, and professors.
Additionally, all students at Iowa Wesleyan are required to complete an approved internship through the Office of Field Experience.
Iowa Wesleyan College offers many activities for students to get involved with outside the classroom, including the Student Government Association, the Student Union Board, Intramurals, College Radio (IWCR), Hall Councils, Student Ambassadors, as well as a number of performing groups such as the Concert Choir.
Greek Life has a rich history at Iowa Wesleyan College. Currently there is only once active chapter on campus, the Beta chapter of Alpha Xi Delta Sorority, which has been on campus since 1902, and is the oldest chapter of Alpha Xi Delta in the country.
The P.E.O. Sisterhood was also founded at Iowa Wesleyan College on January 21, 1869.
Other Greek Organizations which have been on campus:
National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) Sororities
Pi Beta Phi, 1868–2004
Phi Mu, 1914–1943
Zeta Tau Alpha, 1918–1987
North American Interfraternity Conference (IFC) Fraternities
Phi Delta Theta, 1871–2009
Beta Theta Pi, 1868–1915
Delta Tau Delta, 1875–1980
Sigma Phi Epsilon, 1913–1976
Lambda Chi Alpha, 1924–1974
Tau Kappa Epsilon, 1947–1954
Phi Kappa Tau, 1968–1984
Iowa Wesleyan teams are known as the Tigers. The college is currently a member of the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) and a provisional member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), primarily competing in the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SLIAC); while the football team competes in the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC). The Tigers were formerly part of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), primarily competing in the Midwest Collegiate Conference (MCC) until the end of the 2011-12 season. Men's sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer and track & field; while women's sports include basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, track & field and volleyball.
In 2009, for the second time in college history, both the men's and women's teams qualified for the NAIA National Basketball Tournament. The last time both teams made it to the tournament simultaneously was in 2006.
Noted college alumni include:
- Belle Babb "Arabella" Mansfield, the first female lawyer in the United States.
- James Van Allen, world-renowned astrophysicist and discoverer of the Van Allen radiation belt circling the earth.
- Peggy Whitson, current NASA Astronaut.
- William Andrews Clark, early 20th century business magnate.
- John H. Mickey, the 17th governor of Nebraska from 1903 to 1907.
- Mary Pickford, was an early notable awarded an honorary degree from Iowa Wesleyan. Motion picture pioneer and founder of United Artists.
- Dana Holgorsen, current West Virginia University Head Football Coach.
- Rodger Bowers, 3 Time All-American Free Safety, with 11 interceptions as a freshman
- D. Bryant, Current Arena Football League Quarterback, 2008 All-Rookie selection.
- In October 2011, the Board of Trustees voted to apply for membership in the NCAA Division III by January 15, 2012. With its application to the NCAA, Iowa Wesleyan has pursued admission to the SLIAC.
- "Athletic Quick Facts". Iowa Wesleyan College. Retrieved February 2, 2013.
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- Official website
- Official athletic website
- "Iowa Wesleyan University". Collier's New Encyclopedia. 1921.