2018 Conference

2023 Conference Attendees

The Way Up XXXII Conference

"Women on the Way Up:   Engaging Higher Education in the Paradigms of Change"

For over 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, 2018

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

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Marcella David
Visiting Professor of Law, Florida State University, College of Law
Tallahassee, Florida

"So you want to be an academic administrator: the challenges of and opportunities for transformative leadership in today’s academies"

10:45-12:00pmContributed and Invited Sessions I
 Recognition Awards
 Scholarship Awards
1:45-3:00pmContributed and Invited Sessions II
3:15-4:30pmContributed and Invited Sessions III

Complimentary Social Hour; Cash Bar

Silent Auction

Entertainment:    The University of Iowa Art Share Program.



Banquet Speaker

      Carolyn Nordstrom
      Purdue University Global, Vice President, Faculty and Academic Resources

      "Are Women Leaders the Chicken or the Egg?"

Silent Auction winners announced

 7:30 - ??? pm

Friday, November 2, 2018

7:30-8:30amBreakfast Buffet
8:45-10:00amContributed and Invited Sessions IV
10:15-11:30amContributed and Invited Sessions V

Closing Speaker

    Dr. Linda Allen
    President, Hawkeye Community College, Waterloo

    "Leading and Work:  What’s Purpose got to do with it?”

1:30pmConference Completed

The 2018 Way Up Conference will be held at The Coralville Marriott Hotel and Conference Center, in Coralville, Iowa

You may wish to view the Coralville 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.


Parking - On-site parking; fees: $1 hourly; $8 daily


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


Coralville Marriott Hotel & Conference Center
300 East 9th St.
Coralville  Iowa  52241

The 2018 Way Up Conference will be held at the Coralville Marriott Hotel and Conference Center, Coralville, Iowa.  

You may wish to view the Coralville Marriott website.

A limited block of rooms is reserved at the Coralville Marriott Hotel. To  make your reservations, please visit the Marriott Hotel website.
Enter dates for your stay; Select  "special rates"; and Use the group code  wupwupg   (if requested) to make your  reservation.

Or you can call 1-319-688-4000 to reserve your room and indicate that you are with The Way Up Conference.


Rooms are only $114/night through October 17, 2018.

Note: The $114 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, 2018

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

Dr. Marcella David
Visiting Professor of Law, Florida State University, College of Law
Tallahassee, Florida

"So you want to be an academic administrator: the challenges of and opportunities for transformative leadership in today’s academies"

It may be hard to see the upside of academic administration in an environment of uncertain enrollments, unreliable budgets, campus unrest, and unrelenting criticism of the goals and values of higher education.  Professor David will share some of her own experiences, lessons learned and encouragement to those embarking on an administrative path.

 Dr. Marcella David is an engineer and lawyer, studying Computer & Systems Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute “long enough ago so that I saved my freshman homework on punch cards” and earning her Jurisprudence Doctorate from The University of Michigan Law School.  After a few years working as a litigation associate at a New York firm, she happily transitioned to the academy as a tenure-track professor at The University of Iowa College of Law in 1995.    When asked about her time at Iowa, Professor David nearly always focuses on the vibrant and caring community with which she interacted, both on campus and throughout the state. She points to the many administrative roles she held post-tenure as providing the necessary professional growth and satisfaction to keep her happily working at Iowa for nearly 20 years, about 15 years longer than she expected to stay.   Her many collegiate administrative titles included Director of the Phillip G. Hubbard Law School Preparation Program, Associate Dean for Admissions, Associate Dean for International and Comparative Law Programs, Associate Dean focusing on strategic initiatives, Interim Associate Provost for Diversity and as the university’s first chief diversity officer under a new configuration of responsibilities with the unwieldy (if descriptive) title of Special Assistant to the President for Equal Opportunity and Diversity and Associate Provost for Diversity.  In February 2015 Professor David was appointed Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Florida A&M University, Florida’s only public historically black university.  Today David is in her second year as the Betty T. Ferguson Visiting Professor of Law at The Florida State University College of Law, where she is happily teaching Civil Procedure, international law classes, and a class on disaster law. She describes herself as looking out for her next opportunity for academic leadership. Her research interests include the use of economic and other sanctions, and questions related to international organizations.



12:00-1:30 pm   Lunch


The Way Up Scholarship and Recognition Awards:

* Carol Rocklin Kay Memorial Scholarship
* Eunice A. Dell Memorial Scholarship
*“Iowa Community Colleges Support The Way Up” Scholarship

* Recognition Award

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


Dinner Speaker

Carolyn Nordstrom
Purdue University Global, Vice President, Faculty and Academic Resources

"Are Women Leaders the Chicken or the Egg"

Much attention is focused on leadership generally because our “gut” and our data confirm that it matters.  Attention to women as leaders, and more recently to their roles in the C-Suite and on Boards, is part of the larger conversation about who leads where and how gender factors into those expectations.  It can be argued that higher education has had more women in “leadership” roles than some other sectors, but proportional representation in the top spots could be questioned there, just as it is elsewhere. Clearly, just being in the game isn’t enough to claim victory.  And what does victory look like anyway?  For women, is leadership a leading or lagging indicator?  As women, how exactly do we name, own and manage our personal leadership style to fit the changing world around us?  Are we giving away our personal power in the service of the wrong change?

Dr. Carolyn Nordstrom is the Vice President, Faculty and Academic Resources for Purdue University Global.  In this role, Carolyn has oversight and responsibility for the Learning & Leadership Community, which contains the Center for Teaching and Learning, Academic Support Centers, Student Clubs & Honor Societies, the University Library, Alumni Relations and Title IV Administration.  Dr. Nordstrom joined Kaplan Higher and Professional Education (KHPE) in 2007 and has held various senior leadership positions.   Carolyn's work has included policy, curriculum, faculty development, accreditation, assessment and institutional effectiveness.   Previously, Dr. Nordstrom's experience includes leadership roles in both public and proprietary institutions of higher education, as well as 10 years as CEO of a Chicago corporate membership organization that worked in the city and state on education and economic development projects.   Dr. Nordstrom earned her Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education, Masters in Counseling Psychology and Ph.D. in Educational Administration and Policy Analysis from Northwestern University.


Friday, November 2, 2018

11:30 - 1:30 pm Lunch

Closing Speaker:

       Dr. Linda Allen
       President, Hawkeye Community College, Waterloo

       "Leading and Work:  What’s Purpose got to do with it?” 

Leadership is more than solving problems, especially during the changing world of higher education today.  In the midst of shifting expectations and evolving models of work, leadership requires clarity of purpose.  Dr. Allen will help us explore the value of clarifying our sense of purpose as a leader for ourselves and, more importantly, for those we lead.

Dr. Linda Allen has served as the President of Hawkeye Community College since March 2011. Dr. Allen holds a Ph.D. in Medical Anthropology from the University of Iowa with her scholarly research and publications in the areas of medical anthropology, transcultural psychology, immigration studies, Asia-Pacific Rim relations, and gender studies.  At the national level, her professional involvement includes serving as the Past-President and member of the Executive Board of the Council of North Central Two-Year Colleges (CNCTYC) and as a member of the state policy legislative committee of the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP).   Dr. Allen also serves on a number of Iowa regional, state and local boards.  Her passion is helping people and much of her time is focused on student success.    Dr. Allen is also focused on excellence in her own work as the President and CEO of Hawkeye Community College, and her efforts were recognized in 2015 when she was the recipient of the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) National CEO of the Year Award, presented by ACCT to recognize leadership and innovative contributions made by community college chief executive officers.


Thursday, November 1

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

Trends in Transfer and Reverse Transfer

    Erica Spiller, Des Moines Area Community College
    Tom Paulson, University of Iowa 
    Kelly Friesleben, Iowa State University

The landscape of college transfer and reverse transfer is ever-changing as more colleges and universities partner with each other and improve processes within their own institutions to help individuals meet their academic goals and progress to graduation. This session will highlight some of the top trends in transfer and reverse transfer as well as allow time for questions from attendees.

The 30%: New CEOs at Iowa Higher Education Institutions - Panel Discussion

    Dr. Patricia Draves, President, Graceland University
    Dr. Lori Sundberg, President, Kirkwood Community College
    Dr. Rachelle L. Karstens, President, Briarcliff University

According to the latest American College President Study, women comprise 30% of CEOs at America's colleges and universities. Some additional statistics: 32% of female presidents have altered their career progression to care for a dependent, spouse or partner, or parent; only 8% of women presidents lead doctorate-granting institutions; and 78% of women presidents are serving their first presidency. Join three of Iowa's newest female presidents as they share their challenges, insights, strategies, and advice to aspiring presidents and higher education leaders.

Charting Your Course, A Financial Guide for Women

    Cindy Webb, Financial Consultant, TIAA

Your money shouldn't be sitting around doing nothing-and at this workshop, you won't be either. Our goal is to help give you an idea of where you are, figure out where you want to be, and of course, how you are going to get there. TIAA's workshop leader will help you: Evaluate your financial health; set financial goals; discover how to make your money work for you; learn how to put it all together to create your financial plan.  Click here for her Powerpoint slides

Women of Color Roundtable

    Moderator: Jeanette Thomas, Iowa Department of Education
    Panelists: Gwenne Berry, University of Northern Iowa
    Rashandra Oatis, Scott Community College
    Melissa Shivers, University of Iowa
    Raquel Zuniga, Iowa State University

Research suggests that, given the current environment, women of color face different challenges in the workplace. Panelists will share their perspectives on the experience of women of color in higher education. Discussion will include advocacy, challenges, opportunity, and personal experiences.



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

Innovation in Education? Take a Step; You have to Start Somewhere

    Jen Sigrist, Van Meter Schools
    Andrea Stewart, Mississippi Bend AEA

In what seems like an antiquated system, teachers across the state are starting to reimagine what education can look like. Personalized, competency-based education (CBE) is gaining momentum throughout Iowa as educators make connections between state initiatives, their community goals, and what each student needs. Our presenters are two of the state's leaders in CBE and leadership council members of The Center, and will share resources and examples from school districts that are engaging in innovative practices while simultaneously dealing with constraints of the traditional system of education. The Center is a statewide collaborative network of schools and institutions of higher education, along with partner organizations, moving towards personalized, competency based education in Iowa. Participants will walk away with an understanding of what CBE is, how schools can take a step towards it by seeing multiple entry points, and gather stories to help others see why this educational system is better for our kids    

The Road Less Traveled: Paths to Higher Education Administration

    Rachelle Karstens, President, Briar Cliff University
    Jennifer Bradley, Executive Dean, Kirkwood Community College
    Kristin Woods, Director Student Success & Retention, University of Northern Iowa

Although the number of female administrators at colleges and universities is growing, the paths women must traverse to earn these administrative positions is often atypical. Hear three unique journeys, as well as strategies and tips to help you achieve your dream job in higher education.

Information Overload: Discerning Credible Voices Amid Media Dissonance

    Andrea Frantz, Buena Vista University

It's human nature to avoid discomfort. We adjust the thermometer when a room is too hot or cold. We drive around to find the closest parking spot to the grocery store's entrance. And we generally avoid media coverage that makes us angry or challenges our beliefs. In terms of media literacy, the perfect storm has occurred in the United States. Thanks to widening ideological chasms, proliferation of technology and blurred lines between facts and opinion, Americans have largely become consumers of niche media- outlets and messages that affirm long-held beliefs. But vitriolic accusations of "Fake News!" for media messages that do not conform to personal truths are more than lazy-they're damaging to democracy. This interactive session will examine the perfect media literacy storm and challenge participants to consider issues of credibility and the danger of tuning out dissonance.

Stretched too Thin:” Strategies to Help Working Moms Find Balance and Lose the Guilt

      Jennifer Cunningham, Kirkwood Community College
      Mindy Thornton, Kirkwood Community College

Working mothers struggle to balance personal and professional lives. Guided by the book Stretched too Thin by Jessica Turner, presenters will focus on strategies to balance work and family life, and release that “mom guilt.” Discussion of real-life experiences and opportunities for reflection will help guide you to “living a life you love.”



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

 Serving Our International Campus Community from the Perspectives of Women Leadership in Higher Education

    Krista McCallum-Beatty, Iowa State University
    Liz Mendez-Shannon, Iowa State University

This session focuses on the experiences from two women in leadership who navigate the systems in higher education to support immigrant and non-immigrant students, staff and faculty. Specifically, participants will learn about the systemic differences in terms of experiences and needs of this community based on immigration stories and how to support this diverse community.

Getting to the Top Together

    Molly Altorfer, Common Sense Collective
    Colette Atkins, Kirkwood Community College

Getting to the top is easier and more rewarding when supported by fellow women.  Participants of this session will learn what it means to provide peer to peer mentorship for professional growth.  All participants will walk away with a toolbox full of ways to start providing peer to peer mentorship today!    Click here for their presentation.

Understanding the History of Gender Bias in Order to Create a World Where it No Longer Exists

    Nancy Cobb, University of Northern Iowa

As the United States experiences a unique time when women are gaining voices that are being heard and believed, it is important to understand the complexities of the prevalence of gender bias (which leads to discrimination and harassment). The presenter will provide a brief history of the biased rhetoric and policies that have existed for thousands of years. Participants will then be asked at their tables to share their own experiences and solutions with each other and the larger group. The session will conclude with practical advice on how to combat gender bias in the academic workplace.

Working with Students in Distress Workshop

    Barry A. Schreier, University of Iowa

You are in your office, thinking about a recent interaction with a student that has left you troubled. Many things are running through your mind. Is this a big deal? Should I call someone about this? Can I help this student myself? Should I even get involved? "Working with Students in Distress" helps Staff and Faculty respond to students in distress. Faculty and staff want to help students when they are in distress, but sometimes struggle with right words and best approaches. "Working with Students in Distress" is designed to provide: 1. Language and practical skills to help Staff and Faculty navigate challenging interactions; 2. Signs of what distress looks like; 3. Ideas of what to do and what not to do; and 4. Simple language to assist with having the confidence to act when a student is in distress.


Friday, November 2

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

The Changing Job Market: Are We Preparing Students with the Necessary Skills?

    Moderator: Kim Pfiffner, Principal Financial Group
    Jennifer Meier, Iowa Economic Development Authority
    Sarah Goblirsch, University of Northern Iowa
    Kaly Etten, Rockwell Collins

What do our higher education institutions need to be doing to prepare students to have the skills necessary to compete in today's job market? What are key aspects in preparing entry-level workers as well as workers for management and other administrative roles? The moderator and panelists will discuss thoughts on how our institutions can best meet the needs of both our students and the job market and whether we are hitting the mark. Then they will respond to questions from the audience.

The Role of University Police on Campus: What You Need to Know

    Helen Haire, University of Northern Iowa

Campus safety personal are facing unprecedented challenges and expectations. Learn what you need to know about the university police and campus safety, and what they wish you knew.

What it Means to be a Change Agent: How We Become Effective in this Important Role

    Julie Keehner, Higher Education Consultant and Presenter

As President Obama once said, "Change will not come if we wait for some other person, or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek." While we all realize that this is true, it isn't always (or often) easy to assume the role of 'change agent.' How do we prepare for this role and how do we become effective at it? In this interactive session, we will discuss how effective and long-lasting change occurs, as well as the costs and benefits to those who serve as agents of change. We will also draw from the experiences of participants as we discuss strategies for institutionalized change that becomes part of the culture and what all of us have learned when we have decided to become the 'change that we seek.'

Retention Initiatives: Best Practices; What does success look like? How do we track it internally?

    Mirra Anson, University of Iowa
    Daniele Martinez, University of Iowa
    Bobbi Miller, Kirkwood Community College

A panel discussion on successful retention initiatives and internal tracking strategies that can be applied to students at all types of institutions. Mirra Anson and Danielle Martinez from the University of Iowa will discuss their Excelling@Iowa program and the sophisticated system that utilizes data analytics to target their messaging and support. Bobbi Miller at Kirkwood Community College will discuss the new initiatives they've implemented recently and their success in meeting students where they are.



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

  Strengthening Emotional Intelligence to enhance effectiveness in the classroom

    Marilynn Jerome, Purdue University Global

What you think of what makes a person "intelligent", what comes to mind? Many equate intelligence with book smarts, a specific skill set, or one's ability to think critically/analytically. This presentation will expand on those concepts and reflect on the concept of "emotional intelligence" or "EI". Participants will learn what emotional intelligence is, why it is important in human relationships and person well-being, as well as learn how to assess their level of "EI" and expand upon it. Presentation concludes with dialogue about applying EI to improve classroom management and relationship development.

Prioritizing and Triaging: Inbox Decision Making Simulation

    Paula O'Loughlin, Coe College

We all know the experience of an overflowing inbox and too many phone calls to return and emails, but the challenge becomes even greater and the potential effects on the institution way more significant when you become a senior administrator. This session is not a "how to handle email" lesson so much as it is a way to see how you prioritize as you move up the ranks of administration. Drawn from real life examples, this is a simulation where you will face the competing calls for your attention and you can see how you would respond to the challenges and compare and contrast how the triage changes for a senior administrator. This session will be invaluable for those who are curious whether they are ready to become senior administrators.

Using an appreciative approach to reframe challenges into opportunities

    Chrystal Stanley, Drake University

Everything we do comes down to solving problems. To be successful and a leader in our field, we not only have to solve problems; we need to be innovative. Taking on these challenges is an important part of growing and developing as a person. However, we don't always see it like that. The downside when we take on new challenges it that we also have to face the possibility of failure. Rather than seeing the opportunity in the situation we focus on what it might be like to fail. This session will teach you how to use an appreciate approach to view those challenges as opportunities and will provide you with a process for solving problems based upon positive psychology.

Meeting the changing needs of students- new reforms/disruptive change in student services

    Jane Bradley, Hawkeye Community College

For several years, higher education has been focused on "meeting students where they are" with respect to college preparedness. While this concept is still important in higher education, it is becoming more and more apparent that colleges and universities need to also "meet students at who they are" in order to support student success. With enrollments in decline, the retention of college students is more important than ever. This presentation will provide an overview of how institutions of higher education are evolving in identifying students in need and how they are supporting the success of today's college students.

The following four 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!


Purdue Global

Purdue Global

Part of the respected Purdue University system, Purdue Global is a public, nonprofit institution that offers world-class education solutions for health care organizations and professionals in Iowa. With more than 180 online undergraduate and graduate programs, our degrees and certificates are tailored to the unique needs of working adults. Our flexible nursing and health sciences programs are designed to develop real-world knowledge and practical skills that build expertise, solve core workforce challenges, and prepare the health care leaders of today and tomorrow.   Locations:    Cedar Falls, Cedar Rapids, Des Moines, Quad Cities, Mason City



TIAA's Mission Statement:
    Put the Customer First.
    Value our People.
    Act with Integrity.
    Deliver Excellence.
    Take Personal Accountability.
    Operate as One Team.

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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.

Briar Cliff University

Briar Cliff University

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

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Delta Dental

Delta Dental of Iowa is dedicated to improving the health and smiles of the people we serve.

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.

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St. Ambrose University

St. Ambrose University — independent, diocesan, and Catholic — enables its students to develop intellectually, spiritually, ethically, socially, artistically and physically to enrich their own lives and the lives of others.

Central College

Central College

Central College is a residential liberal arts college dedicated to helping students discover and develop their greatest potential. Guided by its ecumenical Christian tradition, the college community engages in vigorous, open inquiry in pursuit of academic excellence.  The College nurtures the development of the mind, while fostering spiritual and emotional maturity and physical well-being. Central integrates career preparation with the development of values essential to responsible citizenship, empowering graduates for effective service in local, national and international communities.

Coe College

Coe College

It is the mission of Coe College to provide students an education of superior quality that aims at preparing them for life following graduation. Our reason to exist as an institution is to ready students intellectually, professionally, and socially to lead productive and satisfying lives in the global society of the 21st century. As such, our success as a College will be measured according to the success of our graduates.

Grinnell College

Grinnell College

When Grinnell College framed its charter in the Iowa Territory of the United States in 1846, it set forth a mission to educate its students "for the different professions and for the honorable discharge of the duties of life." The College pursues that mission by providing an education in the liberal arts through free inquiry and the open exchange of ideas. As a teaching and learning community, the College holds that knowledge is a good to be pursued both for its own sake and for the intellectual, moral, and physical well-being of individuals and of society at large. The College exists to provide a lively academic community of students and teachers of high scholarly qualifications from diverse social and cultural circumstances. The College aims to graduate individuals who can think clearly, who can speak and write persuasively and even eloquently, who can evaluate critically both their own and others' ideas, who can acquire new knowledge, and who are prepared in life and work to use their knowledge and their abilities to serve the common good.

Loras College

Loras College

Our commitment to the Catholic intellectual tradition - Loras College is a Catholic, diocesan college explicitly oriented to promote service of both church and world through encouraging all members of the community in development of their “diverse professional, social and religious roles.” The college strives to be a community demonstrating the highest standards of the Catholic intellectual tradition and welcoming all people into a dialogue to promote core values of truth, respect, responsibility, excellence and service.

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Morningside College

The Morningside College experience cultivates a passion for lifelong learning and a dedication to ethical leadership and civic responsibility.

Mercy College of Health Sciences

Mercy College of Health Sciences

Mercy College of Health Sciences prepares graduates for service and leadership in the healthcare community by integrating its core values with a professional and liberal arts and sciences education.

Waldorf University

Waldorf University

Waldorf University seeks to be an engaging community of learning and faith where relationships are formed and opportunities for learning and service abound. Our mission is to educate the whole person emphasizing integrity and equipping students to succeed and to serve the communities where they live and work.


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.


Southeastern Community College

Southeastern Community College provides accessible, quality programs and services which promote student success and economic vitality.   Southeastern Community College, a visionary leader in lifelong learning, embraces diversity, transforms lives, strengthens communities, and inspires individuals to excellence.


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.

Western Iowa Tech Community College

As a comprehensive community college, our mission is to provide quality education and to economically enhance the communities we serve.



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

New Bohemia City Market

National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library

Brucemore Historical Site

The Carl & Mary Koehler History Center

Indian Creek Nature Center  (Cedar Rapids)
Iowa Veterans Affairs Health Care System

University of Iowa

Hancher Auditorium - University of Iowa

Iowa City/Coralville

Cedar Rapids

Cornell College

Kirkwood Community College

The Hotel at Kirkwood

Mt Mercy University

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Multi-Day Events:

Brucemore Mansion Tours

2160 Linden Drive SE; Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52403 

Explore over a century of Cedar Rapids history through the lives of the three families who called Brucemore home-the Sinclairs, the Douglases, and the Halls. They were business and community leaders during a century of evolution in the Midwest. An investigation of the mansion's Queen Anne architecture, 1925 Grant Wood Porch, 1929 Skinner pipe organ, and 1930s Grizzly Bar and Tahitian Room reflect the history of remarkable people. The changes they made to their estate, the impact they had on their community, and the stories they left behind shape our understanding of modern Cedar Rapids, eastern Iowa, and the American Midwest.


The Addams Family

October 11 – November 4, 2018
The Old Creamery Theatre

Book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice; Music and Lyrics by Andrew Lippa; Based on Characters Created by Charles Addams
Join your favorite creepy, cooky, mysterious and spooky family for this madcap musical adventure! When teenage daughter Wednesday brings her straight-laced Midwestern boyfriend and his parents home for dinner at the mansion, nothing will ever be the same for… the Addams family.  *Snap, snap.*  Rated PG.


L.A. Theatre Works - Steel Magnolias

Friday, November 2, 2018, 7:30 pm
Hancher Auditorium - University of Iowa

The nation’s leading producer of audio theater will present a radio theater-style performance of Robert Harling’s classic play Steel Magnolias. A diverse cast will take us inside Truvy’s beauty shop in a small Southern town where six women find their lives increasingly intertwined. It’s a story of friendship and standing strong in the face of loss.


Devonian Fossil Gorge

Coralville Lake Visitor Center, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; 2850 Prairie Du Chien Rd. NE; Coralville, IA 52240
The Coralville Lake Visitor Center features exhibits on the history and natural resources of the Coralville Lake area. Visitors will find actual fossil specimens from the Devonian Fossil Gorge (removed for preservation) and other exhibits depicting the local plant and animal life of the area on display.   A 15 minute movie about the Devonian Fossil Gorge and the Floods of 1993 and 2008 is available for viewing upon request.