2019 Conference

2023 Conference Attendees

The Way Up XXXIII Conference

"The Way Up: Cultivating a Culture of Women Empowering Women in Higher Education"

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 7, 2019

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

Keynote Speaker

     Dr. Lori Sundberg
     President, Kirkwood Community College, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

     "Embrace the Journey: Sparking Your Passion as an Emerging Leader in Higher Education"

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:   Entertainment:  Seven Piece Band from Dowling High School; Directed by Steve Holland.



Banquet Speaker

     Dr. Sarah Gardial-Fisher
     Dean, Henry B. Tippie College of Business
     University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa

     "The World Needs More Women Leaders (And Men Willing To Work With Them)"

Silent Auction winners announced

 7:30 - ??? pm

Friday, November 8, 2019

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

Closing Speaker

     Dr. Roslyn Clark Artis, President
     Benedict College, Columbia, South Carolina   

     "Cultivating a Culture of Women Empowering Women in Higher Education”

1:30pmConference Completed

The 2019 Way Up Conference will be held at The West Des Moines Marriott Hotel and Conference Center, in West Des Moines, Iowa

You may wish to view the West Des Moines Marriott website.

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


Parking - On-site parking; free


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


West Des Moines Marriott
1250 Jordan Creek Parkway
West Des Moines, Iowa 50266

The 2019 Way Up Conference will be held at the West Des Moines Marriott Hotel and Conference Center, West Des Moines, Iowa.  

You may wish to view the West Des Moines Marriott website.

A limited block of rooms is reserved at the West Des Moines Marriott Hotel for both the Wednesday and Thursday nights of the conference week. To  make your reservations, please visit the Marriott Hotel website.
Enter dates for your stay; Select  "special rates"; and Use the group code  wucwucb   (if requested) to make your  reservation.

Or you may call 1-515-267-1500  to reserve your room and indicate that you are with The Way Up Conference.


Rooms are only $129 night through October 23, 2019.

Note: The $129 rate is also available for Friday, November 8 for a  "Shop Til You Drop" special rate for The Way Up conference attendees.

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

Thursday, November 7, 2019

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

        Dr. Lori Sundberg
        President, Kirkwood Community College, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

        "Embrace the Journey: Sparking Your Passion as an Emerging Leader in Higher Education"

 Dr. Lori Sundberg is the 5th president of Kirkwood Community College and the first female to serve in that role. Sundberg holds a Doctor of Business Administration in Management from St. Ambrose University (2003) as well as a Master in Business Administration in Marketing from Western Illinois University (1998). She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Knox College with a double major in Economics and History (1995). Prior to coming to Kirkwood, Sundberg served for eight years as the President of Carl Sandburg College in Galesburg, Illinois. Sundberg was the 6th president for Carl Sandburg College and the first graduate and female to lead the institution. She has more than 23 years in community college leadership.

Dr. Sundberg is a well-recognized higher education professional with decades of experience as both an educator and administrator.  Originally involved in institutional research, her professional background also includes experience in marketing, grant writing, human resources, negotiations and academic affairs.   Dr. Sundberg is a former first-generation college graduate.



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

       Dr. Sarah Gardial-Fisher
       Dean, Henry B. Tippie College of Business
       University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa

       "The World Needs More Women Leaders (And Men Willing To Work With Them)"

Dr. Sarah Gardial-Fisher joined the University of Iowa community in July 2012 as the first woman Dean in the Henry B. Tippie College of Business. Since that time she has been working with faculty, staff, students and businesses to strategically advance the Tippie College of Business, the University of Iowa and the local community Previously at the University of Tennessee, she served as the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs from 2008-2012, as well as the Beaman Professor of Business and assistant and associate dean of the College of Business. She earned an undergraduate degree in Marketing and an MBA from the University of Arkansas, and a Ph.D. in Marketing from the University of Houston. 

Dr. Gardial has a strong background in business and business education, having taught at the collegiate and executive education levels for over 30 years, as well as consulting with industry. Her research focuses on the growth and improvement of marketing principles and understanding and creating customer value.  She has played an active leadership role in various business education associations, including the MBA Roundtable, the Graduate Management Admissions Council, and AACSB, the international accrediting association for collegiate schools of business.   She is an outspoken supporter for women in leadership and serves as a board member of the United Fire Group, Inc., the Learning Tree International, Inc., the University of Iowa Community Credit Union, and United Way of Johnson & Washington Counties. 


Friday, November 8, 2019

11:30 - 1:30 pm Lunch

Closing Speaker:

       Dr. Roslyn Clark Artis, President
       Benedict College, Columbia, South Carolina   

       "The Future is Female: Fact or Fiction?””

Dr. Artis will explore the complexities of women in leadership against the social and political backdrop of the day.  She will discuss national trends relative to women in higher education leadership roles with particular emphasis on successful female administrators.  Dr. Artis will also explore barriers to full female participation and offer meaningful solutions to the purported "pipeline problem."

Dr. Roslyn Clark Artis, President of Benedict College, had earned for the second time in history, the distinct honor of serving as the first female President of a collegiate institution in the United States.   On June 30, 2017, Dr. Artis was appointed by the Board of Trustees as the 14th President of Benedict College.  She was the first female President in the 148-year history of the College which was founded by a woman, Mrs. Bathsheba Benedict in 1870.  Dr. Artis came to Benedict College from Florida Memorial University in Miami where she served for four years as the 13th President and the first female President in that University’s 138-year history

Intentional, professional and thoroughly committed to the proliferation and transformation of colleges and universities that serve underrepresented men and women of color, Dr. Artis brought to Benedict College a depth of knowledge in higher education and an enthusiasm for students’ success.   In March 2019, Dr. Artis was named Diverse: Issues in Higher Education’s Top 35 Leading Women in Higher Education, the annual recognition honors the contributions of women who stand out for their ability to forge solutions to the unprecedented challenges facing the nation’s higher education community. A prolific speaker, critical thinker and fierce advocate for educational access, Dr. Artis has been recognized for her work locally and nationally and is frequently engaged as a mentor, lecturer, and catalyst for strategic transformation.  Her passion for education, youth development, and service to the community is manifested through her work with numerous organizations including Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., the Links, Inc. and Jack & Jill of America.   

Thursday, November 7

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

The Secrets to Successful Global Collaboration Projects in Higher Ed

       Leigh Zeitz, University of Northern Iowa

 We live in a Global Society so we MUST prepare our students to connect and collaborate with global learners. This presentation will explore Global Collaboration between classrooms and the many opportunities it can provide. Secrets to successful online projects will be revealed and multiple successful examples and resources will be provided. Many of these projects can work in your institution. Come learn about providing a connected learning experience and make some connections while you are here.   Click here for this presentation.


Next Steps: When you know it is time to make your next career move

      Terri Crumley, Mt. Mercy University

 At a career crossroad? Thinking about making a career change, but aren't sure what you want to do? This session will offer a personal account of questions asked and issues considered when deciding to make a move between different areas of academe and between the private and public sectors of higher ed. Advice learned from these moves and tips on successfully transitioning to a new role will be discussed, along with the merits of seeking internal promotion vs. moving to a new institution.   Click here for this presentation.


Overcoming Impostor Syndrome in the Workplace: Empowering Women to Take Ownership of Their Work in Higher Education

      Bailey Bushman, University of Iowa

 "All of these people really seem to have it together and I don't feel like I know what's going on," "Maybe they were just trying to be nice to me," and "I feel like a fraud" are all feelings we've felt before. Impostor syndrome is significantly more common in women than men. As women, we must find support and act to overcome impostor syndrome. In this session, participants will learn about what impostor syndrome is, discuss their own experiences, and make a commitment to eliminating self-doubt. Participants will be asked to engage through a variety of activities, videos, etc. to strategize ways to turn "I don't deserve credit for that, it's no big deal" into "I worked really hard and made a difference."   Click here for this presentation.


From A to Gen Z: Recruiting the next generation

      Anne Kremer, Drake University
      Sheila Schechinger, University of Iowa

 Develop a better understanding of what it takes to recruit Generation Z students - Who are these students? What do they care about? What are their concerns? How should you communicate with them? We will identify the opportunities and challenges working with these students across various sectors of higher education. In addition, we will offer insight and resources that you can apply when engaging this population



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

 Teaching Gen Z: In the Classroom and Beyond

       Sara Marcketti, Iowa State University
       Katharine Suski, Iowa State University
       Laura Bestler, Iowa State University

 Growing up having never known a time without smart phones and social media, Generation Z use technology as an extension of themselves. Gen Z is the most diverse generation in American history, and in the aftermath of the Great Recession, are focused on the value and relevance of the college degree. In this interactive presentation, participants will consider Gen Z attributes and effective means of teaching and interacting with the generational cohort inside and outside of the classroom.


 How do you compete as an internal candidate? Panel Discussion

       Kim Becicka, Kirkwood Community College
      Brooke Strahn-Koller, Kirkwood Community College
      Jennifer Cunningham, Kirkwood Community College

 Often times, for women to pursue higher levels of responsibility in education it occurs through upward mobility at the institution. However, being an internal candidate comes with its own nuances. This panel discussion will feature three women at different stages in their careers in higher education. Each panelist has had experience both as the internal candidate and hiring internal candidates. Discussion will include each candidate's experience navigating this sometimes difficult process, and shared insights on opportunities and challenges of being an internal candidate.


Nevertheless, She Found Her Way: How gender impacts communication within higher education

      Jacki Brucher Moore, Kirkwood Community College

 Gender is an important part of our self-concept and is socially constructed through communication with others. Our self-concept is one of the most significant factors in shaping how we perceive ourselves, others, and the world around us. This session will explore the connection between communication and gender, and the impact that connection has on women, specifically in higher education.


Two-Way Street Mentoring Relationships: Strategies and Techniques for Success

     Mary Gill, Buena Vista University
     Suzi Kalsow, Bank Midwest
     Deb Lenhart, Buena Vista University
     Lucy Shaffer Croft, Buena Vista University,

We hear stories of wonderful mentoring relationships and yet many never quite work for either mentees or mentors. At the foundation of all successful mentoring is a strong relationship between mentor/mentee. Panelists share insights on strategies and techniques from their knowledge and experiences on how to construct successfully energetic, organic, and open mentor/mentee relationships. Important consideration will be given to how to make quality selections as mentees and mentors. This session will encourage questions from the participants. Come learn about mentor/mentee relationships and leave with specific steps you can engage next week.


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

 Looking forward: What demographic shifts are coming?

      Paula Knudson, University of Northern Iowa

 Join for an interactive session that explores changes in Iowa and nationally as we explore leaders of the future. Explore how these changes will impact our schools and work force. Working across generations from Boomers to Gen Z will be important for leaders of today and tomorrow.    Click here for this presentation.


Fundraising Fundamentals

      Hillery Oberle, University of Northern Iowa

 Higher education budgets are getting tighter and there is an increasing need to obtain funding from other sources through fundraising and grant writing. In this 101 session learn more about current funding opportunities and fundraising strategies, including tips and tricks of the trade.


Bridging the Gap: Productive Community Conversations on Difficult Issues

      Manisha Paudel, Des Moines Civil and Human Rights Commission
      Claudia Schabel, Des Moines Civil and Human Rights Commission
      Emily Shields, Des Moines Civil and Human Rights Commission

Bridging the Gap is a project championed by Mayor Frank Cownie to have a solutions-focused discussion with community members across Des Moines. This ongoing, community-centered dialogue and strategy series is designed to involve city and state government, business leaders, service providers, and at-large community members in the development of collaborative, step-by-step solutions to address issues that are essential to a thriving city. In this session, Des Moines Civil and Human Rights Commissioners and staff will discuss the dialogue project. This will include an overview of dialogue and community engagement strategies and methodologies. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss their dialogue goals and find resources for implementing them.    Click here for this presentation.


Women of Color Roundtable

Facilitator:  Jeanette Thomas, Iowa Department of Education
Panel:    Rhonda McRina, Hawkeye Community College
             Doreen Mingo, Central Iowa VA Health Care System
             Patricia Nabal, City Colleges of Chicago
             Rashandra Oatis, Scott Community College

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.


Friday, November 8

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

Getting Beyond "I Hate Reading" in the College Classroom: Strategies for Student Engagement with Academic Materials

      Lisa Speicher Munoz, Hawkeye Community College

 Why won't they read? One of the biggest frustrations of college faculty is the often failed attempt to getting students to completed assigned readings. For many students, reading feels like a burden. Yet, reading can also be liberating for those same students. How do we help them get there? Using Freire's notion of literacy as "reading the word and reading the world" as a foundation, I provide multiple examples of what works, what doesn't work, and why. Those who attend this session will leave with several ideas with which to effectively engage students in reading in the first years of college.


 Leadership Lessons

      Jeneane Beck, University of Iowa

 One of the best teachers is failure, but for those in or aspiring to leadership roles these lessons can make or break your credibility as a leader. In this session learn more about how to navigate and craft messaging for these learning moments. 


Managing email, incoming info and stress reduction

      Erin Lee Schneider, Drake University

 Do you find yourself overwhelmed by work tasks? Do you want to cry when you open your email inbox? Are you becoming more disorganized? Finding yourself procrastinating tasks that shouldn't be terribly challenging? Are you awake at night, thinking through your to do list? Forgetting important tasks or meetings? Is your work life impacting your personal life? If you answered "yes" to any of the above questions, please attend the session hosted by Erin Lee Schneider, Assistant Dean for Drake University Law School. During this session, we will explore the causes, symptoms, and solutions to the problems of inefficiency, disorganization, and the overwhelming nature of work.    Click here for this presentation.


Supporting Student Mental Health and Well-being in Higher Education

      Erin Baldwin, Iowa State University       

 Join this interactive session as we discuss the increasing complexity of student mental health and well-being needs on college campuses. We will discuss current data and student needs and participants will have the opportunity to discuss challenges they've experienced in their setting. We will share and discuss both strategic and operational tactics that participants can take home and scale for their institution.


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

Designing Online Courses

      Lesya Hassall, Iowa State University

 Become comfortable with the concepts of course design, development and alignment as you engage in interactive learning activities and thought-provoking discussions with your peers. Then think up a plan for improving the next iteration of your course and have fun at it!  In this workshop participants will: 1) Recognize the critical components of sound course design; 2) Explain the concept of course alignment; 3) Make decisions about course alignment; 4) Collaborate and network with peers through substantive and timely interactions.


How to handle the things they didn't prepare you for in your leadership program

      Erin Lain, Drake University

 Sometimes all the leadership workshops and conferences in the world can't prepare you for some of the biggest challenges that one might experience in Higher Education. These can include situations with students as well as faculty and staff and issues of gender, race, as well as illnesses and even death. We will walk through some ways to help faculty and staff navigate delicate situations.


Higher Ed Trends

       Stephanie Hale, Client Leadership Solutions, TIAA

 The disruptive forces that are changing higher education necessitate a new way of thinking about and approaching leadership. The talent that will lead higher education in the future also demand an intentional approach to leadership making an institution's practice of leadership a key differentiator in your employee value proposition. Many of the ways people are taught to lead (if they are taught at all) were developed on the factory floor of the early 1900s and are woefully out of date. This session explores the capabilities that leaders need to effectively guide the organization in the evermore complex, ambiguous future environment.  Click here for this presentation.    Click here for the demographic Trends Sheets used during the presentation.


So I'm a Unicorn: Women working in traditionally male fields within higher education

      Jill Budde, Indian Hills Community College
      Sara Swanson, Kirkwood Community College
      Suzette Radke, Buena Vista University
      Lori Seawel, University of Northern Iowa

 A Unicorn is defined as both "a mythical animal…" and "something that is highly desirable but difficult to find or obtain." That is a perfect description of the career path of many of the women on this panel. Each panelist is a leader in a traditionally male field. They will discuss their career paths, obstacles they faced, and their individual successes and failures along the journey.

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

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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.

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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.


Art on the Prairie, Perry, Iowa

Saturday, Nov 9 - Sunday, Nov 10, 2019
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Saturday;  10 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Sunday
Admission: Free

Want to enjoy a remarkable weekend filled with art and culture? Take a drive to Perry, Iowa for the 8th annual Art on the Prairie festival.  The Festival is a nonprofit event, free to the public and facilitated by a dedicated volunteer team. The festival is located in seven buildings brimming with art, music and poetry, all within walking distance in downtown Perry.  Over 100 artists, musicians, poets, authors, and performers will gather to present their work. All participants are from Iowa and display a wealth of different talents and wares. Art on the Prairie is a collaboration of creativity that layers art, music, and words from a foundation of small town community spirit and ingenuity. The unique setting of historical and contemporary buildings encourages people to explore and seek a new experience around every corner. Art on the Prairie hosts artists of a variety of media: pottery, painting, sculpture, jewelry, photography, fiber arts, letterpress, glass, and more.

A full schedule and detailed information regarding artists, musicians, youth activities, speakers, and performers are available at www.artontheprairie.org. 




DM Symphony - MW3: Grieg & Dvorak
Des Moines Performing Arts - Civic Center

Grieg’s brilliant, majestic Piano Concerto is one of the best-loved and most-performed pieces in the piano repertoire. Hear it played to lyrical perfection by Jon Kimura Parker, plus – experience Dvorak’s sublime Eighth Symphony, the bucolic masterpiece written by Iowa’s favorite Czech composer after his summer in Spillville. But first, Michael Torke’s Javelin will thrill you with its shimmering, joyful celebration of the Olympic spirit.

Saturday, November 9 @ 7:30pm; Sunday, November 10 @ 2:30pm


Funny Bones Comedy Club

West Des Moines

Most businesses intend to enter a new market with a bang. When The Funny Bone Comedy Club and Restaurant arrive in a city, however, the sound heard was uproarious laughter. Co-Founders Mitch Kutash and Gerald Kubach opened the first Funny Bone in Pittsburgh, PA after Gerald became enthralled with a comedy show. Years later, The Funny Bone has invaded over 25 markets and is still expanding today

The Funny Bone, has been bringing nationally-recognized humorists to these clubs for over 30 years. Such superstars as Jerry Seinfeld, Rosanne Barr, Tim Allen, Drew Carey, Jim Breuer, Kathleen Madigan, John Pinette, DL Hughley, Gabriel Iglesias, Josh Blue, Ellen Degeneres and Dave Chappelle have dazzled crowds with their comedic genius. The Funny Bone also continues providing the freshest up-and-coming comedians, as well as developing local talent.

The Funny Bone is a recognized pioneer in accommodating diverse community needs. From hosting numerous charitable functions, to being the gathering place for various corporate outings and meetings, to holding children's comedy and magic shows, The Funny Bone Comedy Club and Restaurant has etched a permanent mark in comedic history.

Click here for current schedule of events.

Other Des Moines Area Events

Iowa Stage Theatre Co
Des Moines Performing Arts - Civic Center
Olsen-Larsen Art Gallery Exhibit
Sunday Tunes @ Summerset Winery
Swing Dancing


Prairie Meadows Casino
Iowa State Capitol
Science Center of Iowa
State Historical Museum
Jordan Creek Mall

Other Attractions like these may be found at:

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