Iowa Wesleyan College will celebrate Founders Day on Thursday, February 14, at 11 a.m. with the program “Iowa Wesleyan College: A Tradition of Service”.
Joseph Lennon and Brandi Stewart will each make a presentation on their experience with service-learning projects. Both are freshmen at Iowa Wesleyan.
Lennon was part of a Wesleyan Seminar class that participated in the Imagine No Malaria local campaign. Stewart and her Wesleyan Seminar classmates assisted with the Harlan Elementary School Fall Festival, a fundraiser that helped raise money for playground equipment and showcased parent and student involvement within the school district.
Iowa Wesleyan President Jay Simmons will give the Founders Day welcome. Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean, Jeffrey Fager, will provide an overview of the institutional commitment to service. Musical selections will be presented by the Iowa Wesleyan College Choir and Carl Moehlman, organist.
Service has been part of the Iowa Wesleyan College curriculum for more than 40 years, making it one of the oldest collegiate service programs in the nation. Iowa Wesleyan College was named to the 2012 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction by the Corporation for National and Community Service. The Honor Roll recognizes higher education institutions that reflect the values of exemplary community service and achieve meaningful outcomes in their communities.
In addition, the College was ranked by The Washington Monthly as one of the top colleges in the country for its contribution to the public good in 2012. Iowa Wesleyan ranked sixth overall in institutional commitment to service, placing it in the top two percent of baccalaureate institutions nationally.
Iowa Wesleyan College was founded on February 17, 1842, when the Territorial Legislature granted a charter for the Mt. Pleasant Literary Institute, later named the Mt. Pleasant Collegiate Institute.
The Founders Day program will be held in the Chapel Auditorium. It is open to the public.