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July 2012 - Volume 18, Number 3


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Focus on Iowa Wesleyan College

by Deborah D. Thornton


The Religious Life Office, Alumni Office, and Student Alumni Association of Iowa Wesleyan College are working to ease the transition of students into the college and Mount Pleasant. This program matches first-year students with local alumni, IWC staff, and friends of the college who serve as hosts.


Students will be matched with hosts based on common interests. Ideally, the relationships will continue until the student graduates. IWC students come from across the United States, as well as abroad. We want to help them make the transition to college life smoothly.


The committee will begin the matching process mid-summer. Hosts will be sent information about the student and have a chance to contact them before they arrive. The first opportunity to meet will be during orientation in
mid-August. We will also have activities during the semester – but would like the hosts to plan other interactions, as simple as meeting for coffee or attending a local event.


Alumni Honored

Dr. Thomas Eyler ’65 of Tucson, Arizona, and Kurt Swaim ’72 of Bloomfield, Iowa, were awarded Distinguished Alumni Awards from Iowa Wesleyan College during the Alumni Banquet on May 4.


Dr. Eyler graduated from Iowa Wesleyan with a Bachelor of Science degree. He earned his Doctor of Osteopathy at Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1968, and opened a solo family practice in Tucson in 1969.


For over 25 years, Tom has provided free medical care to teens through the non-profit organization, Youth on Their Own (YOTO). He was a founding board member of YOTO. In 2004, Tom received the Humanitarian of the Year Award for his contributions to YOTO.


Kurt Swaim, a native of Drakesville, Iowa, majored in economics at Iowa Wesleyan. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree. He attended the University of Iowa Law School, and was a member of the Order of Coif. He opened Swaim Law Office in 1983, and served as Davis County Attorney for 13 years. Today he practices with his sons, Justin and Joshua.


Swaim was elected as an Iowa State Representative for District 94 (Democrat) in 2002. He is retiring this spring after five terms. He is ranking member of the Judiciary Committee. Kurt is an active member of the Bloomfield United Methodist Church and has been active in the Lions Club and the Masons.


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