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January 2012 - Volume 18, Number 1


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Focus on Iowa Wesleyan College

by Deborah D. Thornton

The Spring 2012 semester at IWC began on January 9, with a full campus. The semester will end on May 3. Baccalaureate will be on Saturday, May 5, at 10:00 a.m., followed by Commencement at 1:30 p.m.


Religion Speaker on Campus


The Reverend Joy Carroll Wallis, inspiration for the British hit comedy series “The Vicar of Dibley,” will be the featured speaker for the 2012 Manning Lectures in Religion at IWC on February 9. Rev. Wallis will speak at the 11:00 a.m. all-school forum and lecture at 7:00p.m.


Joy Carroll grew up in the inner city of South London, England, where her father was an Anglican priest. In 1978, she spent a year working in Haiti with a relief mission, before returning home to train to be a teacher.


After earning a Bachelor of Education, she taught for three years, before training in the ministry in the Anglican Church of England. Joy was one of the first women to be ordained as a priest in England in 1994. Her ministry in
inner-city parishes embraced the needs of the poor, the homeless, the mentally ill, families, and the elderly.


Joy is a gifted preacher and communicator. In 1995, the BBC Everyman series made a documentary marking the first anniversary of the ordination of women to the priesthood. They profiled Joy’s work in inner-city London and highlighted the new dimensions that women priests are bringing into the church.


Joy was also the advisor to British writer Richard Curtis, (“Notting Hill” and “Four Weddings and a Funeral”) as well as the inspiration and role model for his hit situation comedy series “The Vicar of Dibley,” starring Dawn French.


In October 1997, Joy married Jim Wallis. They have two sons. She currently lives in Washington, D.C. where she is licensed as a Priest in the Episcopal Church. There she runs the school PTA and is a Little League Baseball Commissioner!


She has written a book about her life and work as a priest in the Church of England: ‘Beneath the Cassock. The Real life Vicar of Dibley,’ published in 2002. The American edition is entitled ‘The Woman Behind the Collar’ and has a foreword from the Archbishop of Canterbury.


Athletic Conference Change


On December 8, 2011 the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SLIAC) announced that Iowa Wesleyan College was been approved for membership in the Conference.


Iowa Wesleyan was previously a member of the NAIA’s Midwest Collegiate Conference and Mid-States Football Association. Athletic teams will begin competition in the SLIAC during the 2013-14 academic year.


The IWC Board of Trustees voted in October to apply for membership in the NCAA Division III.


“As Chairman of the Presidents’ Council of the SLIAC, I am pleased to announce that Iowa Wesleyan College has applied for and been granted membership,” said Dr. Dennis C. Golden, President of Fontbonne University. “Iowa Wesleyan has demonstrated a commitment to the same values as our members. I believe that IWC will be a positive addition to the Conference and we welcome them to the SLIAC.”


“We are pleased to welcome Iowa Wesleyan College as the 10th member of the SLIAC. Our administrators are thoroughly impressed by the knowledge of, and commitment to, Division III demonstrated by President Simmons and Vice President Buchanan, and their genuine belief that the NCAA and Division are the appropriate place for the Tiger athletic programs,” SLIAC Commissioner William J. Wolper said.


“The institution is a great fit for our Conference, academically, athletically and philosophically. They align greatly with our current members, and we are confident they will be great partners as we continue to enhance the collegiate experience of our student-athletes.”


The move came as a result of a recommendation of the IWC Board’s Enrollment Management and Athletics Task Force. That group has focused on developing recommendations to help build student enrollment through recruitment and retention strategies.


President Dr. Jay Simmons said, “As an NCAA D-III school, our scholarship focus would shift to give us greater equity in scholarship support for athletes and non-athletes as all of the College’s institutional aid would be based on academic merit, fine arts performance, and need.”


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