Night Tracks

IOWA WESLEYAN COLLEGE
ADULT & GRADUATE STUDIES NIGHT TRACKS
The official monthly publication for IWC's evening students & instructors

Vol. 26 No. 4         December 2014 - January 2015

 

       The mission of Iowa Wesleyan College is to prepare students to succeed in a changing global environment.  Iowa Wesleyan is a four year liberal arts college providing quality individualized learning experiences that combine the development of the intellect with adaptive life skills.  The college is affiliated with the United Methodist Church with which it shares a commitment to spiritual values, social justice and human welfare. 

       The Office of Adult and Graduate Studies supports the mission of Iowa Wesleyan College as it provides access for adult learners; engagement between the College and Community; and empowerment of individuals through learning.

            These beliefs and values prioritize our actions:

  • We believe that everyone is a learner
  • We offer service to learners through a welcoming attitude and by showing respect, integrity, sincerity, pride and effective problem-solving in a professional fashion.
  • We provide high quality and convenient learning opportunities
   
IT IS CRITICALLY IMPORTANT TO REGISTER EARLY FOR SPRING-A CLASSES
Please pay attention to registration deadlines and the College’s Holiday Closings.  Spring-A begins Monday, January 12, 2015.  In order to insure getting your textbooks on time, be sure to enroll now!
            OCICU SP-A course registration deadline is December 22, 2014
            OCICU SP-A courses begin JANUARY 5, 2015
 
            The Adult and Graduate Studies Office will be closed from 5 pm Tuesday, December 23 until 8 am Monday, January 5.
 
IMPORTANT SPRING-A REGISTRATION DEADLINES FOR IWC ONLINE AND EVENING CLASSES
Please take note of the Spring-A Registration deadlines listed below:
            REGISTRATION DEADLINE for OCICU classes:
                                                            Noon, Monday, December 22, 2014
                                                            OCICU Classes start 12:00 am, Monday, January 5, 2015
            TERM STARTS:                        12:00 am, Monday, January 12, 2015
            DEADLINE TO ADD AN EVENING FACE-to-FACE CLASS:                    
                                                            Prior to the start of the second class meeting
            DEADLINE TO ADD AN IWC ONLINE CLASS:
                                                            Noon, Wednesday, January 14, 2015
            DEADLINE TO DROP AN EVENING FACE-to-FACE CLASS:
                                                            Noon on the weekday following the second class meeting
            DEADLINE TO DROP AN IWC ONLINE CLASS:
                                                            Noon, Friday, January 16, 2015
            WITHDRAWAL FROM AN IWC EVENING OR ONLINE CLASS: May take place between the drop deadline above and Noon, Monday, February 16, 2015.
            WITHDRAWAL FROM ALL CLASSES: Is not permitted after March 1, 2015.
            TERM ENDS:                            11:59 p.m., Sunday, March 8, 2015.
            Deadlines for OCICU courses may be different that those listed above.
 
 WEATHER CANCELLATIONS
       Adult & Graduate Studies face to face classes will be cancelled only due to severe weather and road conditions.  Decisions will be made daily after 4 pm and all cancellations will be posted on the IWC webpage at www.iwc.edu.  Scroll over Adult & Graduate and then select Evening Students.  Click on Connect with Adult & Graduate Studies on the left margin, and from the menu that appears, select Bulletin Board.  Weather cancellations will also be announced on the following local radio stations:
  • KILJ (105.5) Mt. Pleasant
  • KBUR (1490am) and KGRS (107.3) Burlington
  • KWPC (860am) Muscatine
  • KCII (95.3) Washington
  • KBKB (101.7) Ft. Madison
  • KMCD (1570am) & KIIK (95.9) Fairfield
  • KOKX (95.3) Keokuk

      You may also call our office after 4 pm at 800.582.2383 or 319.385.6245.  After 5 pm, there will be a recording announcing any cancellations. 

TO ACCESS FINAL GRADES AND TO ENROLL IN ONLINE COURSES
YOU MUST HAVE AN IWC EMAIL ACCOUNT (username & password)

       Go to www.iwc.edu and scroll over Adult & Graduate.  Then select Evening Students from the menu on the left and click Get Username and Password.  Then, simply complete the form and follow-up with the verification phone call. 

UPDATED 2015 SPRING-A AND B SCHEDULE IS NOW ONLINE

       The updated Spring Schedule of evening and online courses is now published on the web.  You can find it by going to www.iwc.edu and scrolling over Academics and then selecting from the Schedule options that appear on the menu. 

WE NOW OFFER ONLINE GRADUATE CLASSES

       Iowa Wesleyan has launched a new era of graduate education in the field of Strategic Leadership.  Research Methods (SSCI 547) will examine the principles and practices research as applied to leadership studies.  Analysis of Organizational Behavior (BA 512) utilizes a case-study approach toward analysis of business organizations and their participants.  Both online courses will begin the week of March 9, 2015 and will end May 3, 2015.  The courses can be taken independently or together.  Both courses are designed for working professionals in business, healthcare, education and counseling who already hold a Bachelor’s degree and who wish to move into post-baccalaureate studies.  These graduate courses may be considered for transfer into an existing Graduate Degree program.
            For more information, please contact the Office of Adult & Graduate Studies at Iowa Wesleyan College in Mount Pleasant at 319.385.6245 or ags@iwc.edu

NOTES FROM THE FINANCIAL AID OFFICE

       You may complete and submit your 2015-2016 FAFSA beginning January 2, 2015.  The website is www.fafsa.ed.gov.  You may submit your FAFSA even if you have not filed your 2014 Federal tax return by selecting “will file” and estimating your financial information.  (Once your 2014 Federal tax return is filed, you will need to change the “will file” to “completed” and update your financial information).
Spring beginning dates for financial aid refunds are January 28, 2015 for Spring-A and March 25, 2015 for Spring-B.  To review the federal loans you have borrowed, the lender and their contact information, go to: www.NSLDS.ed.gov.  To access much of the information mentioned above, you will need your FAFSA 4-digit PIN number.  Are you not sure what your number is?  You may request a duplicate at www.pin.ed.gov.
Remember to note any Address, Phone or Name Changes by contacting the Registrar’s Office and your loan servicer(s). 

NOTES FROM THE BUSINESS OFFICE

       Payment is due in full the first day of class or in two payments (1/2 due the first day of class with the remainder due in 30 days).  You can now make on-line payments through your student portal using your credit card or checking account for payments.  A completed IWC Payment Plan is required to be turned in for all students.  If you don’t receive this with your confirmation and/or statement, it is located on our website.  If you have questions, please contact Kristi at kwohll@iwc.edu or 319.385.6207. 

ATTENTION STUDENTS WHO INTEND TO GRADUATE IN MAY OR AUGUST 2015

       If you have not yet filed your application for graduation, please contact the Office of Adult and Graduate Studies at 319.385.6245 or 800.582.2383, ext. 6245 or ags@iwc.edu and a form will be mailed to you.  The deadline has passed for filing your May 2015 Application for Graduation (November 18, 2014).  Your August 2015 Application for Graduation deadline is February 18, 2015.

       On the Application for Graduation you will be indicating whether you expect to graduate with honors.  Keep in mind that honors at graduation require at least 60 credit hours completed at Wesleyan.  Grades from ALL post-secondary institutions make up your cumulative grade point average and this is what determines honors designation.

       In addition to successful completion of your required courses, you need to have completed the Safety/Survival requirement.  You may provide a copy of your current CPR card or provide a copy of your First Aid certification.

       Those who have filed an Application for Graduation will be contacted in early 2015 with specific information about Baccalaureate and Commencement exercises on Saturday, May 9, 2015. 

HOW TO ACCESS YOUR ONLINE CLASSES

MOODLE COURSES – SECTION CODE =55
1 – Go to the IWC homepage:  www.iwc.edu
2 – Click on the #BEBOLD button, upper right corner of the website.
3 – Click the “Online Programs” button (upper left end of the dropdown menu)
3 – Click the “Class Access” button (upper right section)
4 – Login using your IWC email (without the @iwc.edu) and your IWC password
5 – If you haven’t taken a Moodle course before, please click on the “Getting Started” button and complete ALL tutorial lessons
6 – Click the course you are registered for 
 
OCICU COURSES – SECTION CODE = 44
1 – Go to www.ocicu.org
2 – Click “Student Course Access” (left column)
3 – Scroll down and select Iowa Wesleyan College and click “GO”
3 – Find and click the course you are enrolled in (OCICU#/IWC# ~ Example:  ACC201/ACTG210)
4 – Click “Access this Course” and follow instructions from there
Note that you MUST have your OCICU Username and Password in order to log in.  If it is your first OCICU course, your username and password will be emailed to you shortly after you are registered for the course.  Please note that you may find out about purchasing your OCICU textbooks at Step 4 “Ordering Books”

CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY BREAK

       We hope you have enjoyed your Fall classes and are looking forward to the upcoming Holiday Season.  IWC’s Christmas break is December 24 – January 4.  Spring-A face-to-face classes begin at 6 pm on Monday, January 12 with online classes starting at 12:00 am, January 12.  Note: OCICU classes begin at 12:00 am Monday, January 5, 2015.

REGISTERING FIELD EXPERIENCE

       Field Experience is an important component of your education at IWC.  If you are planning to pursue your field experience during Spring 2015, please contact the Field Experience Office by January 14, 2015.
       Credits for your field experience must be registered during the term in which the work is performed, or the credits may be registered during the term immediately following the actual work.  Credits may not be registered before the term in which work takes place.  All projects must be approved prior to the start of the term in which the project is undertaken.  Contact Erin Mafra, Director of Career Services and Field Experience at 800.582.2383, ext. 6358 or fldexp@iwc.edu

NOTES FROM THE BOOKSTORE

       Please remember that you have 24/7 access to the IWC Bookstore when purchasing textbooks.  That said, DON’T WAIT!  Go to www.iwc.edu and click on the “#BEBOLD” button in the top right corner.  A menu will appear above, where you select “Bookstore” and follow the instructions.  Here are a couple of hints: 1) Be sure you select “Spring-A” for your term, and 2) check the “Extended Learning” box for your classes.
       Spring-A 2015 textbook ordering will open December 15, 2014 on MBS Direct. Spring B books will be available for purchase on February 16, 2015.
       Fall 2014 Book Buyback – This is your chance to return all of your unwanted books to the Iowa Wesleyan Bookstore!  The in-store buyback will run December 8 – December 17, 9 am – 4 pm and December 18, 9 am – Noon.  Don’t feel like driving to the college?  Visit http:/www.mbsDirect.net/buyback and log in to create a buyback quote; or visit the Iowa Wesleyan College website: click on #BEBOLD and from the drop down menu that appears, click Bookstore and then Sell Your Books.  Special Note: If you purchased a book with a guaranteed buyback quote you must return it online as guaranteed buybacks cannot be done at the Bookstore.
 

In observance of the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, Iowa Wesleyan College offices will be closed between 5 pm, December 23 and 8 am January 5.
Spring-A evening and online classes begin Monday, January 12.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!