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April 2014 - Volume 20, Number 2


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Focus on Iowa Wesleyan College

Dr. Steven E. Titus was inaugurated as twenty-ninth President of Iowa Wesleyan College (IWC) on April 4. President Titus said, “As president, my work is to enhance our collective capacity to create what matters most at Iowa Wesleyan: student learning and achievement and excellent academic programs.”


Other events included the Belle Babb Mansfield Inaugural Forum, a panel discussion on traditional and non-traditional uses of legal education. The Inaugural Symposium speaker was IWC Honorary Trustee Christie Vilsack.


Previously, Dr. Titus was Senior Vice President of University Advancement at Saint Mary’s University in Winona, Minnesota, where he served as the chief development, alumni, and external relations officer.


He served as President of Midland Lutheran College in Nebraska, from 2002-2007.


Titus earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration and organizational behavior at Southwest Minnesota State University, his Juris Doctorate degree from Marquette University Law School, and his Ph.D. in higher education administration from the University of Virginia.


On April 15, IWC hosted the 2014 Iowa Talented and Gifted (ITAG) Young Scholars Conference, where high school students gathered for career exploration, information gathering about college, and interactions with college representatives.


Senior Awards Day 2014 will be Thursday, April 24, at 11:00 a.m. in the IWC Chapel Auditorium. Graduation will be Saturday, May 3, with the Baccalaureate ceremony at 10:30 a.m., and Commencement at 1:30 p.m.


Senator James Harlan returns to Mount Pleasant, or at least his statue does! The bronze statue of Senator Harlan, which has stood in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. since 1910, will be returned to Iowa Wesleyan College, as it has been replaced by one of Normal Borlaug, who received the Nobel Prize in 1970.


Senator Harlan was a close associate of President Abraham Lincoln, and his daughter, Mary, married Lincoln’s son, Robert Todd.


Prior to being elected to the Senate by the Iowa Legislature at age 35, Harlan was President of Iowa Wesleyan College from 1853-1855, then again from 1864-1865.


He stated his platform as, “If elected to the Senate of the United States, in all Constitutional questions that might arise, I would expect to be guided in my action by the decisions of the Supreme Court and the well settled principles of constitutional law – in all questions of Legislative Expediency, by the views and wishes of the legislature and people of Iowa – and in all questions of Conscience by the Bible.”


There were significant challenges to his election by the Legislature, eventually leading to the Constitutional change to electing U.S. Senators by popular vote.


Harlan was a delegate to the 1861 peace conference which tried to prevent the Civil War. He was a good-government advocate and fired many non-performing federal employees while Secretary of the U.S. Interior Department, including poet Walt Whitman.


He died in 1899 and is buried at Forest Home Cemetery in Mount Pleasant. Last spring the Iowa Legislature voted that the statue be on permanent loan to IWC and provided the funding for moving it to campus.


The statue, created by Nellie V. Walker, will be placed between the library and the Harlan-Lincoln House. Walker, who was born in 1874 in Red Oak, Iowa, was famous for doing a bust of President Lincoln, displayed at the Columbian Exposition of 1893, as well as crafting sculptures of Chief Keokuk and W.S. Stratton.


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