2010 Conference

2023 Conference Attendees

The Way Up XXIV Conference

"The Changing Landscape in Higher Education: Developing Your Strengths"

November 4-5, 2010

For nearly twenty-five years, women in the State of Iowa have hosted The Way Up Conference to assist women in higher education institutions as they continue to develop their leadership and administrative skills and expertise. The conference has always been designed to provide value for presenters and participants as well as networking opportunities for all.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

 Book Table & Other Vendors
 Continental Breakfast
 IOWAWHE Breakfast Roundtable
9:15-9:30amWelcome: Conference Planning Committee
9:30-10:15amKeynote Speaker: Dr. Sue Curry
 Dean, College of Public Health, University of Northern Iowa
 "Finding, Appreciating and Using our Strengths as Women Leaders"
10:30-11:45amContributed and Invited Sessions I
 Recognition Award
 Scholarship Awards
1:45-3:00pmContributed and Invited Sessions II
3:15-4:30pmContributed and Invited Sessions III
4:30-5:30pmSocial Hour (cash bar)
 IOWAWHE Organizational Meeting
 Dinner Speaker: Dr. Herma Williams
 Provost and VP for Academic Affairs, Fresno Pacific University
 "Develop your Strengths: Enlarge your Vision and Reach New Heights"
7:00-9:00pmMarion by Moonlight - Complete the day as we explore nearby uptown Marion main street (advertised as an Iowa Cultural and Entertainment District) with its historic and eccentric shops with some early holiday shopping for high-end clothing and hand-crafted jewelry, art shop with glass, stoneware and porcelain pieces, accessories, wall decorations, artwork from near and far, chocolate shop, Purse~N~ality shop, candle and soap making supplies, and much more. The shops created this event just for our conference participants. Car-pooling and shuttles available in the lobby.

Friday, November 5, 2010

 IOWAWHE Breakfast Roundtable
8:30-8:45amWelcome, Announcements
8:45-10:00amContributed and Invited Sessions IV
10:15-11:30amContributed and Invited Sessions V
 Closing Speaker: Dr. Lois Bartelme
 President, Kirkwood Board of Trustees
 "The Wisdom of Athena: Collaboration and Questions"
1:30pmConference completed

The 2010 Way Up Conference will be held at the Cedar Rapids Marriott Conference Center, Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

You may wish to view the Marriott website: http://www.marriott.com/CIDMC

The Marriott is now a 100% smoke-free facility. See the hotel front desk for information about any outdoor smoking areas.

The Cedar Rapids Marriott Conference Center offers free wireless Internet access throughout the conference center.

The 2010 Way Up Conference will be held at the Cedar Rapids Marriott  Conference Center, Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

You may wish to view the Marriott website: http://www.marriott.com/CIDMC

A limited block of rooms is reserved at the Cedar Rapids Marriott. To  make your reservations, please visit the Marriott website at  http://www.marriott.com/CIDMC. Enter dates for your stay; select  "special rates and awards"; and use the group code WAYWAYA to make your  reservation.

Rooms are only $99/night through October 20, 2010.

Note: The $99 rate is also available for Friday, November 5 for a  "Shop Til You Drop" special rate for The Way Up conference attendees.

Free wireless Internet access in guest rooms.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

9:30-10:15 am  Opening Keynote Speaker

Dr. Sue Curry
University of Iowa
Dean, College of Public Health

"Finding, Appreciating and Using Our Strengths as Women Leaders"

Dr. Sue Curry is the Dean of the University of Iowa College of Public Health and Distinguished Professor in the Department of Health Management and Policy. Prior to joining the College of Public Health, Dr. Curry served as professor of health policy and administration and director of the Institute for Health Research and Policy in the School of Public Health at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Curry is recognized internationally for her expertise in behavioral science and translation of research findings into health policy. Her bibliography includes over 180 publications. Dr. Curry has served as a principal investigator or co-investigator on 30 grants funded by NIH, CDC, and major foundations. Dr. Curry is a fellow of both the Society of Behavioral Medicine and the American Psychological Association. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the American Society for Preventive Oncology's Joseph R. Cullen Memorial Award in 2000 and the Society of Behavioral Medicine's Distinguished Scientist Award in 2001. She is past-president of the Society for Research in Nicotine and Tobacco, a member of NCI's Board of Scientific Advisors, and a member of the US Preventive Services Task Force.

5:30 - 7:00pm   Evening Banquet with Dinner Speaker

Dr. Herma Williams
Fresno Pacific University
Provost and VP for Academic Affairs

"Develop your Strengths: Enlarge your Vision and Reach New Heights"

Dr. Herma Williams joined Fresno Pacific University, a Mennonite Brethren Institution, as provost and academic vice president August 1, 2006. Dr. Williams' current goals include strengthening the university's commitment to teaching and research, and reaching out to Fresno and the surrounding communities. Dr. Williams came to FPU from Gordon College, Wenham, Massachusetts. As associate provost at Gordon, Dr. Williams helped build enrollments of under-represented students, recruit a more diverse faculty and engage students to address Boston's problems. These efforts helped Gordon College earn the Council of Christian Colleges and University's Racial Harmony Award. The author of one book and numerous articles and papers, Williams is committed to faculty scholarship and student research. As a Fulbright Scholar, she directed a program to strengthen academic excellence at two universities in South Africa.

Friday, November 5, 2010

11:30 - 1:15 pm Lunch with Closing Speaker

Dr. Lois Bartelme
Kirkwood Board of Trustees

"The Wisdom of Athena: Collaboration and Questions"

Dr. Lois Bartelme has more than 35 years experience in management and administration of programs in human resource development in corporate, military, and educational environments. She has 35+ years experience teaching in a variety of institutions and environments. Dr. Bartleme has 12 years experience in various aspects of community college operation including teaching credit courses, managing adult basic education programs, working as a graduate assistant in the Office of Community College Affairs, The University of Iowa. She is currently serving on the Board of Trustees at Kirkwood Community College and has been the Chair since 2003. She brings a wealth of experience, many ties to the community, leadership in education. Lois has had her work published in the areas of Leadership and Reward and Recognition.

Thursday, November 4

10:30 – 11:45 Contributed and Invited Presentations I

The Challenges of Change: Helping Others through Change

Pat Kenner, University of Iowa

This session will cover the missing piece of change management - using transitions theory to help people work through change; recognizing when your people are in transitions stages and how to respond effectively; and integrating resiliency practices into your area to support daily and lasting change.


Teaching Creative Problem Solving to Address Diversity Issues

Ana Donaldson, Walden University

Creative problem solving is a skill that can be taught. It requires extensive work by the learners, but the lessons, while not conveying traditional content, will change the learner in ways they do not foresee. And in ways not generally found at the University, but ways which are cherished.  While we look for our students to be creative, we as leaders and adminitrators don't work at developing those same skills.  This session will show how a qualitative research study explored how to develop these creative problem solving skills.


What Works in Student Retention: Overview

Wes Habley, ACT, Inc.

Results from ACT's fourth national survey "What Works in Student Retention" will be reported in this session.  The survey includes responses from more than 1,100 colleges (public and private, two-year and four-year).  The session will feature national retention and degree completion rates, a review of definitions and concepts in student retention.  Survey results highlighted in this session are causes of attrition, prevalence and ratings of 94 retention practices, and the identification of the top  retention practices cited by respondents from each institutional type.  Time will be provided for discussion.


Keeping Motivated in Mid-Career: How to Maintain Your Energy and Focus

Monica Forret, Ph.D., St. Ambrose University

Career patterns are changing, like the colors in a kaleidoscope, as individuals search for the best fit with their lives. Emphasis on pursuing challenge, balance, or authenticity shifts throughout time, especially during mid-career when individuals often encounter unanticipated issues. This session will help participants identify their career stage, examine what they find energizing, strategize how to craft their jobs, and enlist the help of others through mentoring and networking.


1:45 – 3:00 Contributed and Invited Presentations II

Leadership: Learning from Others

Sister Joan Lescinki, St. Ambrose University
Kacy Webster, Kaplan University
Dr. Deb Derr, North Iowa Area Community College

Ever wonder what it takes to become a successful leader in higher education? You have the opportunity to learn from three successful women leaders in higher education. This experienced panel will share many valuable experiences they have had in their vibrant roles as higher education leaders. Participants will be encouraged to ask questions to help broaden their understanding of successful leadership.


Fighting the Academic Glass Ceiling:  Gender Inequities in Higher Education

Ana Donaldson, Walden University

As our country celebrates a climate of diversity and inclusion, there is still a segment of the professional world that faces re-occurring situations of inequity.  This highly interactive session will share the reality of why women are a step behind many men in the challenges of tenure and promotion or advancing into higher administrative positions.  Participants will be asked to share their own experiences and suggestions.  The group will participate in several activities geared toward determining strategies and sharing resources to help us make a future difference.


Assisting Troubled Students

JoEllen Kubik, Allen College of Nursing and University of Northern Iowa
Shelley Matthews, University of Northern Iowa

This presentation will provide an understanding of how to work with troubled or disruptive students in the academic environment. The presenters will review ways to assist students, set guidelines and discuss when to make a referral to obtain additional help.


Getting Things Done in the Midst of Chaos

Susan R. Johnson, University of Iowa

This presentation will address the problem of getting things done, with principles and methods that can be applied both at work and at home. An approach to the decision about what you should be doing, and what you should stop or defer will be presented. The following specific techniques for managing activities will be presented: the creation of effective lists, the value of doing things "now," a method for keeping up with email, and a method for staying current with your work.


3:15 – 4:30 Contributed and Invited Presentations III

Life of an Administrator

Sister Joan Lescinki, St. Ambrose University

This will be an interactive session as Sister Lescinki leads participants through an exploration of a day in the life of a higher education administrator.


Thinking about General Education

Siobahn Morgan, University of Northern Iowa

Practically every college and university in the United States has some version of a "General Education" (Gen-Ed) program, with many of them structured in similar manners.  There have been recent calls to action for university administrators and faculty to bring their "Gen-Eds into the 21st Century" by various education reformers.  This discussion will cover various topics, including the background and structure of general education programs across the country, the goals of reformers, and the current issues faced at 4-year institutions by the changing background of the incoming Iowa college freshmen population.


A Case Study on What Adult Learners Want and What Adult Learners Need

Mark Ash, Kirkwood Community College

In this session, participants will review market research Kirkwood Community College recently undertook to better understand the wants and needs of current and future adult learners. We will review the lessons learned and how it impacted our marketing, recruitment and retention efforts. Please join us as we share our "Aha! Moments" when we discovered what adult learners really want....and need.


Changing Course: Redefining Leadership

Maureen McCormick, University of Iowa,

Utilizing concepts from Marcus Buckingham's book, "Go Put Your Strengths to Work," participants will learn about identifying their strengths, and how to take steps every week to move toward activities that strengthen them and away from those that don't.


Friday, November 5

8:45 – 10:00 Contributed and Invited Presentations IV

The Odyssey of Mentorship

Marilyn Rhinehart, Johnson County Community College

This session will focus on the principles and practices of a formal mentorship relationship but also on the less formal opportunities for mentorship from which we can benefit that can be as or more valuable than a formal mentoring arrangement.


Doing Less with Less

Virginia Arthur, University of Northern Iowa

In a period of economic uncertainty and reduced funding, it is common to hear administrators and managers talk about "doing more with less."  But there are limits to what employees can do before risking stress overload and burnout; neither of which add to productivity.  The presenter will focus on strategies for working "smarter not harder."  She intends to present the results of a survey of administrators about how they are coping with and resisting the pressures to do more with fewer resources.


Centers of Excellence for Veteran Student Success: What is the University of Iowa doing?

John Mikelson, University of Iowa Veterans Advisor

This presenter will discuss programs to aid returning student veterans at the University of Iowa with an emphasis on Woman Veterans and Veterans with Disabilities.


The Gift You Give Yourself

Debra (DJ) Corson, Hawkeye Community College;

Are you practicing what you know about taking care of yourself? Do you have any friends outside of work? When is the last time you read a "fun" book? Do your immediate family members ask, Who is this? when you phone? Learn 6 tips to help you focus on your priorities, create some balance in your life, and live with intention.


10:15 – 11:30 Contributed and Invited Presentations V

Panel on Trends and Issues in Higher Education

Thomas Coley, Scott Community College
Diana Gonzalez, Board of Regents, State of Iowa
Beth Richter, Noel-Levitz

This panel discussion will provide the opportunity to learn from experts representing three sectors of higher education. The panelists will share their expertise on the collaborative effort between the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, Iowa community colleges, and the Iowa Department of Education using technology to create a one-stop resource dedicated to helping Iowans make a seamless transfer from an Iowa community college to a public university in Iowa. Information will be presented on Iowa community colleges efforts towards an accreditation process for joint or concurrent enrollment courses.


10 Ways to Help Stop Students from Plagiarizing

Steve Holland, Muscatine Community College,

When students are caught plagiarizing they definitely must face the consequences. However, they often plagiarize because they are confused about the assignments, start too late, or have no other place to turn for help. In addition, it appears that students are coming to us more and more as rote-thinkers. Cutting and pasting, then, seems quite acceptable to them. What can we do about it? Here are 10 ways to address it.


Strategies for Helping Young Women Keep Their Power

Chris Peterson Brus, The University of Iowa

In this session we will look at psychosocial incentives that reward girls and young women for giving away their power to others.  In essence, they learn to value and monitor their worth and abilities based on the assessment of other's, instead of developing a strong internal understanding of their own strengths, weaknesses, hopes, and aspirations.  Secondarily, we will identify strategies for helping to decrease or neutralize the negative impact of these psychosocial incentives and apply these strategies to scenarios offered by the presenter or by session participants.


A Trustee's Prospective

Wayne Newton, Kirkwood Community College, Trustee

This session will provide insights from the governance point of view, mixed with many experiences helping community college boards carryout their responsibilities. We will leave lots of time to answer your questions.

The following scholarships and awards will be presented at The Way Up Conference.  Click the links for more details about each recognition:

Marriott Scholarship

The Marriott Scholarship Fund was established in 2010 to provide support for student participation in the 2010 The Way Up conference. The Cedar Rapids Marriott Hotel and Conference Center is proud to serve as the conference center for the 2010 The Way Up conference and wishes to encourage female student leaders to participate in The Way Up conference to enhance and strengthen their leadership skills. The Scholarship will cover conference registration and one night's stay in the conference hotel. The winner will be announced during the conference.


Women undergraduate or graduate students in any higher education institution in Iowa who are considered student leaders in any area of their higher education institution may apply or be nominated for this scholarship.


Nominations or applications should include the name, address, phone number and email address of the candidate, a one page statement addressing the student's skills and abilities as a student leader and what she hopes to gain from participation in this conference. After selection, the scholarship recipients must submit the text of a three minute presentation to be made at the Thursday lunch. The topic of the presentation will be "The Changing Landscape in Higher Education: Developing Your Strengths - A Student Leader’s Perspective."

Send Scholarship materials to:

Darlas Shockley
Indian Hills Community College
525 Grandview Avenue
Ottumwa, IA 52501


Due: Electronic submission only no later than October 1, 2010.
Notification will be made on or about October 20, 2010.


Individuals who wish to make contributions to the Scholarship Fund may do so by sending them to:

Doreen Hayek
ATTN: The Way Up Scholarships
120 ITTC Building
Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0301

Checks should be made payable to The Way Up Conference.

The Way Up Conference Thanks You for your Sponsorship!


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Buena Vista University

Buena Vista University's Mission Statement: We develop students for life long success through innovation and imaginative academic and professional preparation.

Iowa Coordinating Council

The Iowa Coordinating Council for Post High School Education is composed of representatives of the Presidents and Trustees of public and private colleges and universities in the State of Iowa. In addition, the Iowa College Student Aid Commission, the Iowa Department of Education, and Iowa Public Television are members.

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University of Iowa

Mission: In pursuing its missions of teaching, research, and service, the University seeks to advance scholarly and creative endeavor through leading-edge research and artistic production; to use this research and creativity to enhance undergraduate, graduate, and professional education, health care, and other services provided to the people of Iowa, the nation, and the world; and to educate students for success and personal fulfillment in a diverse world.

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Iowa State University

Mission: Create, share, and apply knowledge to make Iowa and the world a better place. We must prepare the leaders of our nation and the world. To make the world a better place, Iowa State will call upon its great strengths in student-centered education, global collaboration, and transformational basic and applied research. Iowa State will lead in developing more sustainable ways to produce and deliver safe and nutritious food, water, materials, and energy; integrate the protection of plant, animal, and human health; and care for our environment. We will design tools and infrastructure that will create entrepreneurial opportunities. The major changes sweeping the world are creating extraordinary opportunities for Iowa State to capitalize on its land-grant mission and be at the forefront in addressing our common, global challenges.

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University of Northern Iowa

The University of Northern Iowa provides transformative learning experiences that inspire students to embrace challenge, engage in critical inquiry and creative thought, and contribute to society.


Coral Ridge Mall

Lindale Mall

The Amana Colonies

The Old Creamery Theatre

Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum, West Branch

Cedar Rapids Museum of Arts

African American Museum

Czech Village

New Bohemia

Brucemore Historical Site

The Carl & Mary Koehler History Center

Indian Creek Nature Center's Cedar Greenbelt Trails  (Cedar Rapids)
Iowa Veterans Affairs Health Care System

University of Iowa

Hancher Auditorium - University of Iowa

Iowa City/Coralville

Cedar Rapids

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Wednesday, November 3

Indian Creek Nature Center's Cedar Greenbelt Trails  (Cedar Rapids)

Location: Indian Creek Nature Center

Details: About four miles of trails wind through riparian woods, tall grass prairies, oak-hickory savannas and deciduous forest.  Enjoy hiking, bird watching, cross-country skiing and jogging while you explore 210 acres of land in various stages of ecological restoration.  Our building is open Monday through Friday 9am to 4pm and Saturdays 11am to 4pm. The building is closed Sundays and national holidays.

Coralville Lake Visitor Center   (Cedar Rapids)

Time: 8:00am - 4:00pm open all year round.  
Location: Visitor Center
Contact:   1-877-444-6777 toll free, or visit www.Recreation.gov

Details: Maps, brochures, and information of all kinds abound. Even if you just want to know where the mall is or where you can camp or picnic, the answers are here. From taxidermy exhibits of local wildlife to an interactive touch screen display about the fossils the visitor will be pleasantly informed and enlightened. Check it out today! In the summer it is also open on Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm. The summer hours begin April 15 and end October 15.

Our Sisters’ Many Hats at the African American Museum of Iowa    (Cedar Rapids)

Dates: From May 15th 2010- November 27th 2010
Location: 55 12th Ave SE Cedar Rapids, IA 52401
Contact: 319-862-2101

Details: Come see the celebration of many achievements of Iowa’s African American Women! This Exhibit features the trials and triumphs of more than 20 African America women, told through photos, artifact, stories and interactive elements.

The Grant Wood Window: Drawings for the Veterans Memorial Stained Glass Window Commission at CRMA    (Cedar Rapids)

Date: June 19th 2010- November 14th 2010  
Location: Cedar Rapids Museum of Art 410 3rd Ave SE Cedar Rapids, IA 52401
Contact: 319-366-7503

Details: Come see Grant Wood’s largest drawings!

Kirkwood Student Art exhibit   (Cedar Rapids)

Location: Kirkwood Student Art Exhibit, Iowa Hall Gallery 6301 Kirkwood Blvd. SW Iowa Hall Gallery Cedar Rapids, IA 52404


Thursday, November 4

Indian Creek Nature Center's Cedar Greenbelt Trails   (Cedar Rapids)

Location:  Indian Creek Nature Center

Details: About four miles of trails wind through riparian woods, tall grass prairies, oak-hickory savannas and deciduous forest. Enjoy hiking, bird watching, cross-country skiing and jogging while you explore 210 acres of land in various stages of ecological restoration. Our building is open Monday through Friday 9am to 4pm and Saturdays 11am to 4pm. The building is closed Sundays and national holidays.

Kirkwood Student Art exhibit   (Cedar Rapids)

Location: Kirkwood Student Art Exhibit, Iowa Hall Gallery 6301 Kirkwood Blvd. SW Iowa Hall Gallery Cedar Rapids, IA 52404


Friday November 5

Indian Creek Nature Center's Cedar Greenbelt Trails    (Cedar Rapids)

Location: Indian Creek Nature Center

Details: About four miles of trails wind through riparian woods, tall grass prairies, oak-hickory savannas and deciduous forest. Enjoy hiking, bird watching, cross-country skiing and jogging while you explore 210 acres of land in various stages of ecological restoration. Our building is open Monday through Friday 9am to 4pm and Saturdays 11am to 4pm. The building is closed Sundays and national holidays.

Tomáš Kubínek and Orchestra Iowa  (Cedar Rapids/Iowa City)

Dates: November 5th 2010- November 7th 2010
Time: 7:30pm Located at West High School Auditorium 2901 Melrose Ave. Iowa City, IA USA 52246
Contact:  319-366-8203 or 800-369-TUNE or visit www.orchestraiowa.org for ticket information

Kirkwood Student Art exhibit   (Cedar Rapids)

Located: Kirkwood Student Art Exhibit, Iowa Hall Gallery 6301 Kirkwood Blvd. SW Iowa Hall Gallery Cedar Rapids, IA 52404


Saturday November 6

Indian Creek Nature Center's Cedar Greenbelt Trails    (Cedar Rapids)

Location: Indian Creek Nature Center

Details: About four miles of trails wind through riparian woods, tall grass prairies, oak-hickory savannas and deciduous forest.  Enjoy hiking, bird watching, cross-country skiing and jogging while you explore 210 acres of land in various stages of ecological restoration. Our building is open Monday through Friday 9am to 4pm and Saturdays 11am to 4pm. The building is closed Sundays and national holidays.

Grant Wood Studio   (Cedar Rapids)

Time: 12:00pm- 4:00pm
Located at Grant Wood Studio 810 Second Avenue SE Cedar Rapids, IA USA 52401
Contact: Kristan Hellige Email: khellige@crma.org Phone: (319) 366-7503

Details: Take advantage of a unique opportunity to take a guided tour of the original studio where Grant Wood lived and worked from 1924-1935.