Night Tracks

IOWA WESLEYAN COLLEGE
EXTENDED LEARNING NIGHT TRACKS
The official monthly publication for IWC's evening students & instructors

Vol. 25 No. 7         June/July 2014 
OUR TWENTY-FIFTH YEAR IN PUBLICATION!

 

       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 Extended Learning 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

   JAY CLOVER NAMED 2014 EXTENDED LEARNING INSTRUCTOR OF THE YEAR!

       In 1997, the IWC Extended Learning program initiated the Part-time Instructor of the Year award to serve two purposes:

  1. To honor a part-time instructor who has shown dedication and quality in providing instructional services to the evening adult students of IWC, and
  2. To draw attention to the efforts and achievements of the part-time evening faculty who teach for Wesleyan’s Extended Learning program.

Evening students nominated candidates and following a review of the nominees, we determined this year’s award winner.

       Our eighteenth honoree earned his Associate’s degree from Southeastern Community College, his Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Iowa Wesleyan College and his Master’s degree through Olivet Nazarene University.  Since his first teaching assignment for Iowa Wesleyan College in 1995, Jay Clover has taught Psychology of Business and Industry, The Family, and Psychology of Adjustment during evenings on campus and at our off-campus sites in West Burlington and Muscatine.  Students describe him as, “approachable, but also serious about society, cultures and real-life working experiences we may encounter”.  “While staying closely related to the text, Clover designed lab exercises to take personal development further by exercising the students’ abilities to analyze career options and desires”.  He “was always on site before the students arrived and responded to emails in a timely fashion”.  “Clover designed each class to fit around the text material, but integrated current events, history, personal experience, and round table discussions to reinforce concepts”.  He is “very enthusiastic, willing to help, kind and caring manner, compassion for his students”.

       You have our deepest appreciation for your contributions to our Extended Learning program, Jay!

2014 - 2015 EXTENDED LEARNING PROGRAM OFFERINGS
 
Programs delivered Face-to-Face and Online

Mount Pleasant - Iowa Wesleyan College (Counseling by appointment, M-F, 8:30 am - 5 pm)

BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION (Bachelor of Science)
HUMAN SERVICES (Bachelor of Science)

 West Burlington at Southeastern Community College (Counseling on Mondays, 4 - 6 pm)

BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION (Bachelor of Science)
HUMAN SERVICES (Bachelor of Science)

 Muscatine at Muscatine Community College (Counseling on Thursdays, 4 - 6 pm)

BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION (Bachelor of Science)
HUMAN SERVICES (Bachelor of Science)
 
Programs delivered Completely Online

RN-to-BSN (Bachelor of Science in Nursing)

GENERAL BUSINESS STUDIES (Undergraduate Certificate - pending accreditation approval in July)
HUMAN SERVICES STUDIES (Undergraduate Certificate - pending accreditation approval in July)

 Online Graduate Certificate in Strategic Leadership Coming Soon!

Please watch for classes, updates and information.

 ExL 2014-2015 SCHEDULE ARRIVING SOON

      Standard evening face-to-face classes will meet two nights a week (6 - 9 pm) for eight weeks - although many will meet one night a week with an online component in place of a second weekly meeting.  Online courses will be running on the same 8-week schedule.  The schedule will affect your financial aid status and disbursements, so PLEASE BEGIN PLANNING SOON AFTER ACCESSING THE SCHEDULE!  There will be new variations on how you can qualify for and claim financial aid.  The schedule will be:

                                    FALL-A - Monday, August 25 - Sunday, October 19, 2014
                                    FALL-B - Monday, October 20 - Sunday, December 14, 2014
                                    SPRING-A - Monday, January 12 - Sunday, March 8, 2015
                                    SPRING-B - Monday, March 9 - Thursday, May 7, 2015
                                                (Online Courses will end on Sunday, May 3, 2015

       When you receive your class schedule (online and/or in your mailbox), look it over right away and then contact us to register for fall at 800.582.2383, ext. 6245 or 319.385.6245 or 6247 or exl@iwc.edu/exl  or contact your academic advisor directly.  The sooner you register, the sooner we can gauge class enrollments and textbook availability.  It is to your advantage to register early, especially in those classes that have enrollment limits or in cases where the class has a dangerously low enrollment.  Don’t run the risk of having your class cancelled by waiting too long to register.  Go to www.iwc.edu/exl and click on Schedule. 

FINANCIAL AID REMINDERS for 2014-2015

       If you haven’t filed your FAFSA please do so soon.  You may do so online at www.fafsa.govIf you are eligible for the Iowa Tuition Grant, your FAFSA must be submitted by July 1, 2014.  If you completed one before you filed your tax return, don’t forget to log into FAFSA.gov - Make FAFSA corrections - Update your Financial Information.  If you are given the option to use the IRS Data Retrieval, please do so. 

       To ensure Stafford loans are processed and ready for disbursement by the first day of class the Financial Aid Office must have your Stafford loan form no later than JUNE 20, 2014.

       Refund dates - Checks not picked up will be mailed on the following Friday.

        Fall-A - September 10, 2014
        Fall-B - November 5, 2014
        Spring-A - January 28, 2015
        Spring-B - March 25, 2015

NSLDS.ed.gov - Log in with FAFSA 4-digit pin number - See the federal loans you have borrowed, who your lender is and contact information. 

OBTAINING TEXTBOOKS

       Iowa Wesleyan College partners with MBS Direct, a major textbook supply and distribution service, to handle textbook acquisition services for ALL STUDENTS AND COURSES offered through the College.  We now offer more complete services, competitive prices, and 24/7 customer service.  You must have a valid IWC username and password to participate.  Online ordering is available by going through the IWC web-page just like always.

       We are able to offer textbooks through a variety of formats suited to your needs: new books hot off the press, used books at great savings, textbook rental, eBooks/eRentals and guaranteed buyback at prices offered when you initially purchase.  You may now choose from a broader array of payment options - and, books ordered by noon on day one, should be received in under 24 hours (in Iowa locations)!
 
YOU MUST HAVE AN IWC EMAIL ACCOUNT TO ENROLL IN ONLINE COURSES, ORDER TEXTBOOKS, ACCESS FINAL GRADES AND GET OTHER VITAL INFORMATION,

       You may obtain your username and password, by simply going to the IWC website at www.iwc.edu/exl and from the buttons on the left, click Get Username and Password and follow the instructions.

       Once you have your username and password, you can find your course schedule and registration, current billing, financial aid status and final course grades (when they have been posted) by accessing the IWC Student Portal.  On the IWC homepage at the top is a Student Portal Login button that you will click.  Fill in your username and password and click the academic term you wish to view. 

       Please check your IWC email account at least once a week, as there is important information from the ExL Office, instructors, Business Office and Financial Aid that pertains to you.

GETTING YOUR NIGHT TRACKS ELECTRONICALLY

Monthly electronic copies are available to you in the following two formats:

By email: You may subscribe to Night Tracks by going to www.iwc.edu/exl and from the  menu on the left, click on the down arrow next to Connect with EXL, click on Bulletin Board, then scroll down to the bottom and fill out the form – it takes less than 2 minutes!

On the IWC website:  Go to the Extended Learning pages of the IWC website at www.iwc.edu/exl, and from the menu on the left, click on Night Tracks to view the current edition.