2012 Conference

2023 Conference Attendees

The Way Up XXVI Conference

"Women and Leadership: Catalysts For Change"

November 1-2, 2012

For nearly thirty 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 1, 2012

 Book Table & Other Vendors
 Continental Breakfast
Welcome: Conference Planning Committee

Keynote Speaker

            Sandy Hatfield Clubb
            Athletic Director, Drake University

            "Sandy's Top 5 Rules for Change"

10:45-12:00pmContributed and Invited Sessions I
 Recognition Award
 Scholarship Awards
1:45-3:00pmContributed and Invited Sessions II
3:15-4:30pmContributed and Invited Sessions III
4:30-5:30pmComplimentary Social Hour; Cash Bar; Silent Auction

Keynote Speaker

            Heather W. Hackman
            Hackman Consulting Group, Minnesota

            "Twenty-first Century Leadership for Twenty-first Century Change!"

Silent Auction winners announced

7:00pmDinner reservations at nearby restaurants

Friday, November 2, 2012

8:45-10:00amContributed and Invited Sessions IV
10:15-11:30amContributed and Invited Sessions V

Closing Speaker

                Cynthia Dorfman
                Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of Communications and Outreach, US Department of Education,
                Washington, DC

                "From Cat Fight to Catalyst"

1:30pmConference Completed

The 2012 Way Up Conference will be held at the Coralville Marriott Hotel and Conference Center, Coralville, Iowa.

You may wish to view the Marriott website.

The Marriott is a 100% smoke-free facility. See the hotel front desk for information about any outdoor smoking areas.
The Coralville Marriott Hotel and Conference Center offers free wireless Internet access throughout the conference center.


See the Lodging Link for the conference rate for guest rooms.

The 2012 Way Up Conference will be held at the Coralville Marriott Hotel and Conference Center, Coralville, Iowa.

You may wish to view the Marriott website.

A limited block of rooms is reserved at the Coralville Marriott. To  make your reservations, please visit the Marriott website.
Enter dates for your stay; select  "special rates and awards"; and use the group code waywaya to make your  reservation.

Or call 1-866-204-0539 with the group code to make a reservation.

Rooms are only $94/night through October 17, 2012.

Note: The $94 rate is also available for Friday, November 2 for a  "Shop Til You Drop" special rate for The Way Up conference attendees.

The Coralville Marriott Hotel and Conference Center offers free wireless Internet access throughout the conference center.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

9:45-10:30 am  Opening Keynote Speaker:

Sandy Hatfield Clubb
Athletic Director, Drake University 

"Sandy's Top 5 Rules for Change"

Sandy Hatfield Clubb is in her seventh year as director of athletics at Drake University, leading the athletic department through a transformation that impacts all areas of athletics and the student-athlete experience.  Hatfield Clubb guided the department through the process of developing a long-range strategic plan that was seeking a transformational model for developing a culture of excellence and ethics in athletics.

In her tenure as athletic director at Drake, Hatfield Clubb has overseen great success in the classroom and in the field of play, and made a significant impact in the community.  Hatfield Clubb began her tenure as Drake's athletic director in 2006, as the 16th athletic director in the school's history, and the first woman to serve as athletic director at an NCAA Division I school in the state of Iowa.  According to the Drake website, "Sandy's focus is on the quality of experience for student-athletes and on the value of recreation and wellness programs for the entire community. With her expertise, passion and considerable interpersonal skills, Sandy has been a model leader for Drake Athletics and a wonderful ambassador for the University as a whole."

Hatfield Clubb is the third woman to serve as athletic director at a Missouri Valley Conference school, and is one of 25 women athletic directors at the 334 schools playing NCAA Division I basketball, and the first in Iowa.  She is active as a board member in the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators, a member of the NCAA Men's Basketball Issues Committee and the WBCA Committee on Basketball Issues and is actively involved in the Des Moines community. Hatfield Clubb serves on the Board of Directors for The United Way, Character Counts in Iowa, Greater Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Iowa Sports Foundation.  Hatfield Clubb was honored by the Des Moines Business Record as one of the newspaper's 2010 Women of Influence.   Hatfield Clubb earned a bachelor's degree in business administration and a master's degree in education from the University of Texas-El Paso.

With her past and varied experiences,  Hatfield Clubb will talk about what it means to be a catalyst for change and her top 5 rules for preparing for the inevitable changes that will occur in any organization or institution.

12:00-1:30 pm   Lunch


The Way Up Scholarship and Recognition Awards:

* Carol Rocklin Kay Memorial Scholarships
* Eunice A. Dell Memorial Scholarship
* Recognition Award

5:30 - 7:00pm   Evening Social Hour with Dinner Speaker


Dinner Speaker

Heather W. Hackman
Hackman Consulting Group, Minnesota 

"Twenty-first Century Leadership for Twenty-first Century Change!   

Dr. Heather Hackman has been teaching and training on social justice issues since 1992 and most recently was a tenured professor in the Department of Human Relations and Multicultural Education at St. Cloud State University in St Cloud, Minnesota. She has taught courses in social justice and multicultural education (pre-service), race and racism, heterosexism and homophobia, social justice education (higher education leadership), oppression and social change, sexism and gender oppression, class oppression, and Jewish oppression. She received her doctorate in Social Justice Education from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 2000 and taught at St. Cloud since that time.

Hackman consults nationally on issues of deep diversity, equity and social justice and has focused most of her recent training work on issues of racism and white privilege, gender oppression, heterosexism and homophobia, and classism. She has published in the area of social justice education theory and practice, racism in health care (with Stephen Nelson), and is currently working on two books, one addressing anti-racism professional development training for P-12 professionals and another (with Susan Raffo) examining racism as trauma and the identification of more complex pathways of healing and working toward racial justice.  In 2009, she was awarded a Research Fellowship with the Great Place to Work Institute and has developed corporate training rubrics augmenting GPTWI’s frameworks. She has sat on the board of Minnesota NAME as president, the board of Rainbow Families, and has served on numerous committees committed to multicultural and social justice work.

A truly engaging speaker, Hackman will inspire us with her talk on Thursday evening.   Our human family, and indeed our entire planet, has never faced a   moment such as the one we are in: worldwide communications that link  people on massive scales, deeply interconnected economic, social and  political systems, tensions and conflicts that have planet-wide  impacts, and the pressing demands of an increasingly interconnected  global society all require new and dynamic forms of leadership. This  presentation touches briefly on some of these global complexities and  then offers a set of essential factors necessary in producing 21st  century leaders who can support and manifest 21st century change.  While focusing on a range of social justice issues, the presentation  will highlight how gender liberation and the voices and experiences of  all genders are essential to the shaping of this 21st century leadership vision.


Friday, November 2, 2012

11:30 - 1:15 pm Lunch

Closing Speaker:

Cynthia Dorfman
Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of Communications and Outreach, U.S. Department of Education, Washington, DC 

"From Cat Fight to Catalyst"

Cynthia Dorfman is responsible for the overall operational management of the Office of Communications and Outreach, ensuring that the career federal staff and political appointees are working hand-in-hand to accurately, effectively, and quickly convey the key messages about the policies and priorities of the U.S. Department of Education. She is responsible for the assessment of this Office's performance to comply with regulations from the President's Office of Management and Budget and assure responsible stewardship of federal funds through process improvement. 

Dorfman also oversees the national recognition programs (Blue Ribbon and Green Ribbon Schools and Presidential Scholars), the Department's call center at 1-800-USA-LEARN, internal communications among Department employees, and written and visual communication for the public. In addition, she coordinates the work of the Department's 10 Regional Communications Offices, which includes that of the team of Teaching Ambassador Fellows who serve as "teachers-in-residence" at the Department.  As an employee of the U.S. Department of Education for 28 years, she has held leadership positions in the Offices of Innovation and Improvement,  Educational Research and Improvement (now Institute of Education Sciences), and  Vocational and Adult Education.

Before entering government, Ms. Dorfman was a middle school English teacher, executive director of a project of a foundation, and dean of students for a national nonprofit educational organization. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Skidmore College, a Master of Arts in English from Middlebury College, and a Master of Arts in International Relations from International College, a precursor of the modern distance learning model for postsecondary education. In addition, she has done  graduate in public policy with the University of Virginia and was a Senior Executive Fellow at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. She is also a graduate of the Federal Executive Institute's Leadership for a Democratic Society program.  She has received many honors in the field of publication and has been recognized by her agency with the President's Volunteer Service Award.
As our Closing Keynote speaker, Dorfman will share her experiences with the changing role of women in supervision of a mostly female workforce.   

Thursday, November 1

10:45 – 12:00      Contributed and Invited Presentations I

Designing and Executing Action for Desired Change

Debra (DJ) Corson, CLO of Visions Unlimited; Recently retired from Director of the Teaching and Learning Center at Hawkeye Community College

A leader's effectiveness is often judged by their ability to influence improvement. In this session, you will learn "4 Cs" that are essential to planning and executing desired change. Tools used in this session can be used for at any level-from organization-wide to the classroom. Get the most out of this session by coming with an idea for change that you're working on!.

Taking Advantage of Structural Change to Enhance Student Learning Outcomes: A Process Approach

Paul C. Koch, Vice President, St. Ambrose University
Timothy Phillips, Dean, St. Ambrose University

St. Ambrose University was faced with a structural change that placed two major university units, Academic Affairs and Student Affairs, previously overseen by separate Vice President under the oversight of one Vice President.  While these units had worked together at times, each had its own vision of student learning and how best to achieve student learning outcomes that were not necessarily integrated with one another.  Rather than opting to continue with the status quo, senior leaders in each area chose to begin a process of more fully integrating Academic and Student Affairs with an outcome of more holistic and transformative learning.  The presentation will describe the process and change model used for the ongoing integration of Academic and Student Affairs at St. Ambrose along with progress to date.

Where in the World are We: Internationalization of US Campuses

Deborah Loers, Vice President, Wartburg College

The purpose of this program is to review the status of our US campuses regarding internationalization:  what skills are needed by practitioners as we work with our multicultural and internationalized campuses.   Specifically, what should practitioners be learning in their academic preparation? What kind professional development skills are needed to prepare them for the changes occurring on our campuses? The changes in our campus populations that include American ethnic and international students require both new knowledge, new skills and perhaps a new paradigm for helping all our students to thrive and to learn in this rich environment.

This session sponsored by Iowa Women in Higher Education (IOWAWHE)

Love what you do! You make a difference!  Finding Joy in the Job

 Kay Rooff-Steffen, Eastern Iowa Community Colleges

Confucius once said, "Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life." Sometimes we don't feel like we have a choice in our job assignments; however, we all have a choice in how we choose to feel about our work.  Come to this session if you would like to:  1. Share how YOU find joy or fulfillment in what you do professionally; 2. Share your NEED to find such joy, as you are feeling the heat of burn-out; or 3. Want to hear some coaching about how you can feel better about your professional contributions.


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

Catalysts for Change - Never Ending Challenges (a panel discussion)

Dr. Linda Allen, President, Hawkeye Community College
Dr. Barb Crittenden, President, Southwestern Community College
Dr. Deb Derr, President, North Iowa Area Community College
Dr. Alethea Stubbe, President, Northwest Iowa Community College

Are you ready to change the world?  Are you ready to be a catalyst for change in your institution?  Four female Community Colleges Presidents in Iowa will tell us that we don't need to change the world, but we can be catalysts for change.  This panel discussion will take you into their worlds as they share how and why they have been catalysts for change in their higher education careers.  Be ready to ask them questions about how they met the challenges they faced as they worked in their various leadership positions and helped their institutions position themselves for the never ending changes that occur in higher education.  

Engaging in Scholarship:  Changing Cultures, Changing Minds

Melody A. Graham, Provost, Mount Mercy University
Jan Handler, Vice-Provost, Mercy University

Encouraging a culture of scholarship has been an ongoing initiative at Mount Mercy University.  A culture of scholarship promotes intellectual curiosity and critical thinking, reinforcing the value of peer feedback and shared discoveries.  A campus culture that embraces scholarship is a culture that encourages best practices thinking in and outside the classroom.  This session will frame the importance of scholarship within the changing context of higher education, look at the benefits and opportunities for faculty, staff and students and discuss how Mount Mercy University began to realize a cultural shift.  Participants will be encouraged to actively participate as we explore various ways scholarship can impact culture change on a campus and explore the larger issue of changing a university culture.

Engaging Traditionally Underrepresented Groups in Higher Education

Ebony Williams, Iowa State University

Do you have marginalized students at your institution? During this session we will explore strategies to engage underrepresented students on your campus. Come to this session to gather ideas about what other institutions in Iowa are doing to meet the needs of this population of students. During this presentation we will share lessons learned on our individual campus’ as well as use social media, to encourage discussion on best practices for student success in Higher Education.

Positive Thinking - Impact on Iowa's Economy

Rob Denson, President, Des Moines Area Community College

This presentation will focus on the many things happening in Iowa in economic development, workforce issues, and their impact on higher education.  Participants will have the opportunity to brainstorm ways to positively impact their institutions as they evaluate the consequences and interrelationships of these important issues.


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

Our Role as Champions for Change

Deb Oliver, MBA Program Director, Mount Mercy University

This interactive presentation gives attendees an in-depth understanding of the critical elements of change management.   What are the reasons people in general resist change?   How can this resistance be overcome?  The presentation will include helpful tools to frame the case for change – the Bone Diagram, the "States" and a Coalition Matrix.

Creating Faculty Leaders (a panel discussion)

Sandy Cassady, Dean, St Ambrose University
Susan Lagos Lavenz, Associate Dean, University of Iowa
Brooke Strahn-Koller, Associate Professor, Kirkwood Community College

What is faculty leadership? How can faculty leadership capacity be nurtured? What faculty experiences can help them develop into campus leaders?  This panel of academic leaders will share their insights and experiences on strategies for creating faculty leaders.

If You Build It, They Will Come.  Or Will They?

Sarah Botkin, Student Affairs, Mount Mercy University

We all know that getting students involved in student organizations or participating in activities has numerous benefits. But in this technology crazed, over-programmed generation, how do we convince the students to see the benefits and get engaged in their college communities?  This session will take a look at a number of ways to engage student in your organizations and programs, how to promote that engagement and how to get support across campus.

Leading an Elephant by a Hair: A Process for Working through Emotional or Highly Controversial Issues

Kathleen Van Steenhuyse, Emeritus, Kirkwood Community College

Plan to join this interactive and participatory session in which you will learn by experiencing a new process for dealing with highly emotional or controversial issues in a way that promotes discussion and consensus-building.  This facilitated activity in leading controversial change is based upon applying the research of Edward de Bono, based his book, Six Thinking Hats, (Little, Brown, Company, Boston, New York, London and Toronto, 1985, by MICA Management Resources Inc., through Key Porter Books, Limited, Toronto, Ontario). DeBono's research area is primarily in creative and lateral thinking. 

Friday, November 2


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

Does Community Service Really Advance My Career???  (a panel discussion)

Mary Chapman, Des Moines Area Community College
Comfort Akwaji-Anderson, Iowa State University
Regina Matheson, St Ambrose University

This panel of administrators will share their experience about how involvement in community organizations and community service in general can help attendees to move up the ladder of positions within higher education.  How did they do it?   Why is this important?


The Passion Driven Classroom

Celina Peerman, Mount Mercy University

Come renew your passion for teaching!  This session will look at various best practices and strategies for mixing it up in our classrooms.  Creating the best conditions to drive learning in the classroom seems more mysterious today than ever.  Engaging various learning styles, finding new ways to deliver the same material, dealing with short attention spans and creating an environment for student learning isn't getting any easier.  This discussion will raise questions, ideas and new resources to help support your efforts in the classroom.  We'll build from the research to look at ways we motivate and communicate with students to build the classroom and future workplace behavior we desire!


Calling Out the Wizard Behind the Curtain: Understanding the Impact of White Privilege When Implementing Social Justice Education In 21st Century Student Affairs Work

Heather W. Hackman, Founder, Hackman Consulting Group

This intermediate/advanced workshop is designed for participants who have already done a fair bit of racial justice work and can readily discuss dynamics of race, racism and whiteness in the U.S.  As such, it is intended to help student affairs professionals (or others interested in racial justice work) understand and implement a racial justice focus while watching out for the trappings of whiteness (white privilege and white supremacy) and the way it undermines effective racial justice work on our campuses.  This interactive workshop begins with an initial framework for understanding an overall social justice focus in student affairs, then focuses on the key elements of a racial justice frame (race, racism and whiteness), and concludes with some racial justice implementation examples from my own consulting in higher education student affairs setting.

She Matters Report: 2012 Status of Women and Girls in Iowa

Terry Hernandez, Executive Director, Chrysalis
Diane Ramsey, Principal Project Manager, Rockwell Collins and Executive Director, Iowa Women's Leadership Project (IWLP)

Females comprise the majority of Iowa's population (50.49%), yet experience a greater percentage of economic disparities, diseases and disabilities, and barriers to corporate and civic leadership.  The She Matters: 2012 Status of Iowa Women and Girls report provides data on our state's female population demographics, health and well-being, achievement and autonomy, and employment and income.  The process of creating the report uncovered reasons to celebrate achievements as well as concerns about the disparities women and girls in Iowa face.  In 2011, the Iowa Women's Leadership Project (IWLP) was formed, involving an array of organizations and businesses that have a stake in the future of girls and women. As the group explored common goals, members recognized the need to have relevant and accurate data on the issues affecting women and girls' lives.  With this information, needs and gaps can be identified and actions and opportunities can be taken to create measurable impact on lives of Iowa's women and girls.  Please take this opportunity to hear about and discuss the results of this relevant and fascinating research.


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

Engaging Activities to Keep Your Teams Working and Winning Together

Gale J. Mote, Trainer and Organizational Development Consultant; Adjunct Lecturer for University of Iowa MBA for Professional and Manager's Program

According to Patrick Lencioni, author of The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, "Teamwork is not a virtue. It's a choice!" We get so busy we forget teamwork requires commitment – it doesn't happen naturally.  This session will share fun, engaging and energizing activities that do not require much time and resources. This is a small investment that reaps huge dividends in overall team performance.

Racial Microaggressions in Higher Education Classrooms

Stephanie R. Logan, Professor, University of Northern Iowa

Racial microaggressions are brief everyday verbal, behavioral, and environmental insults, indignities, and demeaning messages sent intentionally or unintentionally to people of color. While any marginalized group can experience microaggressions, racial microaggressions often trigger difficult conversations on race in classrooms that can produce misunderstandings, conflicts, and hostility.  Adding to this, teachers are often ill prepared to deal with the potentially explosive nature of racial interactions.  This presentation is designed for those with little to no understanding of microaggressions. In this presentation participants will hear highlights of the preliminary findings from a current research study seeking to document the insights of students of color at a predominately white institution. By the end of the presentation participants will be able to define racial microaggressions, discuss examples of racial microaggressions that occur in college classrooms, identify the negative effects of racial microaggressions on students of color, and explore preventative strategies for reducing racial microaggressions in classrooms.

A Newer Generation: Working with Diverse Millennial College Students

Alex Wenger, University of Iowa

How can we better understand our students? How can we use what we know about these individuals to provide effective and relevant services? Like many other methods of categorization, the field of generational differences has been useful in understanding Millennials, the current generation of traditionally-aged college students. This presentation will share the perspective of a student affairs practitioner from the Millennial generation and discuss recent research highlighting the diversity found among a group of students that has been narrowly generalized up to this point.  Following a brief overview of Howe & Strauss’ popular scholarly understanding of the Millennial generation, this presentation will look at new research on diverse Millennial college students, examine current practitioners' experiences working with diverse Millennial students, and discuss implications for educators and practitioners in student affairs.

Five Habits of Successful Investing

Nancy Foster, Consultant, Individual Client Services, TIAA-CREF

This presentation will provide a fundamental knowledge of investing.  Topics include: Setting financial goals; Realizing tax advantages; Reducing risk with diversification; Allocating assets; and Understanding expenses. 

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

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.

Drake University

Drake University

Drake's mission is to provide an exceptional learning environment that prepares students for meaningful personal lives, professional accomplishments, and responsible global citizenship. The Drake experience is distinguished by collaborative learning among students, faculty, and staff and by the integration of the liberal arts and sciences with professional preparation.


Des Moines Area Community College

DMACC provides quality, affordable, student-centered education and training to empower Iowans of all ages and backgrounds to pursue life's opportunities and achieve their career dreams.


Eastern Iowa Community Colleges

The Eastern Iowa Community Colleges deliver high-quality education and training that prepare a skilled workforce, provide affordable access to higher education, and build and strengthen our communities.  The Eastern Iowa Community Colleges will be the first choice for education, training, and partnerships that strengthen Eastern Iowa.

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Hawkeye Community College

Hawkeye Community College is a globally informed community of successful lifelong learners.  Hawkeye Community College will be recognized for educational excellence, exceptional student services, and responsiveness to diverse communities.

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Indian Hills Community College

Indian Hills Community College changes lives by inspiring learning, diversity, social enrichment, and regional economic advancement.


Iowa Central Community College

Iowa Central Community College promotes intellectual discovery, physical development, social and ethical awareness, and economic opportunities for all through an education that transforms lives, strengthens community, and inspires progress.

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Iowa Lakes Community College

Mission Statement: To provide opportunities for quality lifelong learning and promote economic development for our communities. Campuses in Algona, Emmetsburg, Estherville, Spencer and Spirit Lake.


Iowa Valley Community College District

Iowa Valley Community College District is committed to providing quality learning experiences, ensuring student success, responding to diverse community needs, and building community partnerships.

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Kirkwood Community College

Kirkwood Community College identifies community needs; provides accessible, quality education and training; and promotes opportunities for lifelong learning 

Northeast Iowa Community College

Northeast Iowa Community College

Northeast Iowa Community College provides accessible, affordable, quality education and training to meet the needs of our communities.

Northwest Iowa Community College

Northwest Iowa Community College

Northwest Iowa Community College is a progressive learning college rapidly responding to the changing needs of our global community.

Simpson College

Simpson College

Simpson College is an independent, selective, church-related, comprehensive, liberal-arts college dedicated to excellence in higher education.  The Simpson College community is equally committed to:  Promoting integrative learning that enables students of all ages to develop intellectual and practical skills; Nurturing values which foster personal worth and individuality within a creative, diverse and just community; Graduating students who continue to grow as free, responsible and fulfilled individuals in the world of family, work, service and scholarship; and Drawing upon our relationship with the United Methodist Church and our religious traditions that guide us on issues of personal integrity, moral responsibility, social justice and global citizenship. 


Southwestern Community College

Southwestern Community College exists in order that Area XIV community members have opportunities to gain skills and knowledge sufficient for successful employment, higher education achievement, or adult and continuing education.


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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Multi-Day Events:

The 39 Steps, A Comic Thriller

October 11– November 11, 2012
The Old Creamery Theatre
By Patrick Barlow from the novel by John Buchan from the movie of Alfred Hitchcock
Richard Hannay, usually just a regular guy, finds himself caught up in daring escapes, close encounters with beautiful women, and whispers of espionage in this hilarious man-on-the-run play. You'll have fun keeping up with the action in this fast-paced comedy thriller. This is one adventure you won't want to miss.

The Drowsy Chaperone

November 1,2,3 @ 7:30pm; November 4 @ 2:00pm
Join us for the opening of Kirkwood Community College's 2012-2013 season: The Drowsy Chaperone.  Book by Bob Martin and Don McKellar, music and lyrics by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison.

Art Nouveau Exhibition

August 3 - December 31; 10:00 - 5:00 pm
National Czech & Slovak Museum; 1400 Inspiration Pl SW; Cedar Rapids
More than 230 rare works by one of the world’s most famous artists will be on view for the opening exhibition at the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library in Cedar Rapids, Iowa from July 14, 2012 through December 31, 2012. Alphonse Mucha: Inspirations of Art Nouveau, features paintings, jewelry, Sculptures, and lithographs, is coming from the Mucha Foundation in Prague and London. Not since 1999 has an exhibit of this size and caliber appeared in the United States and it is the first of its type in the Midwest region. 


Friday November 2

Brian Stokes Mitchell

Friday, November 02, 2012; 7:30 PM
Hancher Auditorium - University of Iowa
Dubbed "The Last Leading Man" by the New York Times, Brian Stokes Mitchell has enjoyed an illustrious career on stage and screen. He's performed in Carnegie Hall, the White House, and other top venues; starred in numerous Broadway shows including Oh, Kay!, Porgy and Bess, Man of La Mancha, and Kiss Me, Kate (for which he won a Tony Award); and been featured on screen in Frasier, Glee, and DreamWorks' The Prince of Egypt, among many others. This ravishing baritone's chameleonic ability to shift vocal colors and personalities means he is equally at home with a jazz standard or a show tune—or really, any song that allows for thrilling interpretation and dazzling charm. 


Saturday November 3

Harry Konnick Jr. and Orchestra Iowa

Time: 7:30pm
Place: Paramount Grand Re-Opening Gala, Cedar Rapids  
Contact:  319-366-8203 or 800-369-TUNE or visit www.orchestraiowa.org for ticket information

 Fall Fibre & Clay Show

Time:  10:00 AM - 5:00 PM,
Place:  Amana Colonies Convention and Visitors Bureau
Indoor show and sale of fibre and clay art. Includes basketry, knitting, quilting, spinning, felting, needlework, weaving, textiles and pottery.