Night Tracks

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

Vol. 26 No. 3         November 2014

 

       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
 
SPRING-A CLASSES BEGIN MONDAY, JANUARY 12, 2015
NOTE - MANY OCICU CLASSES BEGIN JANUARY 5, 2015
       Planning should be started for your SPR-A and SPR-B class registrations.  Toward that end, an updated Spring 2015 Schedule will be available during the first week of December on the website www.iwc.edu under Academics.  If you want to meet in person at IWC, SCC or MCC please call ahead for an appointment at 319.385.6245 or 800.582.2383.  You may also schedule an appointment via email at ags@iwc.edu.
 
DECEMBER 2014 GRADUATE RECEPTION
        To acknowledge and celebrate the accomplishments of our December graduates, we are planning a special ceremony and reception on December 11th at 2:00pm in the Social Hall.  We will honor those students who will finish their program of study this December.  All faculty, staff and students are welcome to attend; no regalia will be worn for this event.  Dr. Joel Brown will be providing the music for this occasion.  The program will include remarks from invited speakers, presentation of awards by the President, and a reception for graduates and their guests in the Howe hallway adjacent to the Social Hall.  Please save the date and plan to join us for this special event.  You are still invited to return for our annual COMMENCEMENT EXERCISE for December, May and August graduates for this year, on Saturday, May 9, 2015.
 
FROM THE BOOKSTORE
        You now 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 22, 2014 on MBS Direct.
       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 8-17, 9 am–4 pm and December 18, 9 am–Noon.  Don’t feel like driving to campus?  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.
       Faculty: The deadline for submitting Spring A book adoptions is December 8, 2014.  Please email your book adoptions to iwcbookstore@iwc.edu.  Please include the course abbreviation and number, the ISBN (this is required), the title and the edition.  Spring A will open on MBS Direct December 22, 2014 for students to begin purchasing books.
 
CHECK OUT THE ADULT/GRADUATE STUDIES ONLINE BULLETIN BOARD
        Since Night Tracks is published only at the beginning of the month, please regularly check our electronic Bulletin Board for any important updates in between issues.  To find the Bulletin Board, go to the IWC website at www.iwc.edu and scroll over Adult & Graduate, and from the menu that appears, click Evening Students beneath Undergraduate.  Scroll down and click on Connect with Adult & Graduate Studies, then on the left click on Bulletin Board.  And if you haven’t done so, register for your IWC username and password by clicking on Get Username and Password, also located after clicking on Evening Students.  If you’re not receiving an electronic copy of Night Tracks, subscribe online.  It’s fast; it’s easy; and it’s free!
 
INSTRUCTORS: BE SURE YOU HAVE AN IWC USERNAME/PASSWORD
        This service allows you to: Be notified of important announcements and information distributed to all IWC faculty; Access the CAMS data management system which lets you see who’s in your classes at any time before or during the term (including adds/drops/withdrawals); Allows you to post grades electronically; Provides access to all Chadwick Library electronic services.  Contact the Office of Adult and Graduate Studies for instructions for accessing this service.
 
MESSAGE FROM FINANCIAL AID
        Go to www.nslds.ed.gov to view what you have borrowed in federal student loans, and/or to contact your loan servicer and to access additional information.  You will need your pin number to access this information.  If you have a change of address, phone, email or name, please contact the Registrar’s Office and your loan servicer(s).
 
SPRING 2015 Adult & Graduate Studies Refund Dates:
SPR A – January 28, 2015
SPR B – March 25, 2015
 
        FILE YOUR 2015-2016 FAFSA - Beginning January 2, 2015.  A FAFSA can be submitted even if you have not filed your 2014 federal tax return.  You can select “will file” and estimate 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.
 
IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING ENROLLING IN ONLINE COURSES
        Students MUST HAVE an IWC username/password in order to enroll in ANY online course offered through Iowa Wesleyan College.  To get yours, go to www.iwc.edu and scroll over Adult & Graduate, click on Evening Students beneath Undergraduate.  From the menu on the left, click on Get Username and Password and follow the instructions.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR ACCESSING IWC ONLINE COURSES
MOODLE COURSES – SECTION CODE =55
1 – Go to the IWC homepage: www.iwc.edu and click on the “#BEBOLD” button (upper right corner of the screen).
2 – Then Click the “Online Programs” button, left end of the top menu that appears.
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 the brief tutorial
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 will be contacted by the OCICU HOST INSTITUTION and not by IWC.
 
TO ACCESS FINAL GRADES, YOU MUST HAVE AN IWC EMAIL ACCOUNT
       To obtain your final grades you must have an IWC username and password (e-mail account).  You may obtain your username and password, by simply going to the IWC website at www.iwc.edu.  Scroll over Adult & Graduate, click on Evening Students beneath Undergraduate.  From the menu on the left, click on Get Username and Password and follow the instructions.
       Once you have your username and password, you can find your final course grades (when they have been posted) by accessing the IWC Student Portal.  The address is: https://portals.iwc.edu/estudent.  Your login username is iwc\ plus your email username.  For instance, if your email username is pat.doe (for Pat Doe), you would use iwc\pat.doe – the login password is the same as your email password.
If you have problems logging into the portal, you can send an email to our IT office at knip@iwc.edu containing your student id number, last, and first names and phone number.  For security purposes, do not put your password in the email.  If they need your password you will be contacted.  Lastly, to obtain a manual for using the Student Portal, contact Dr. Kit Nip, IWC Chief Information Officer.  ALL ABOVE SERVICES ARE PROVIDED TO YOU FREE OF CHARGE.
       Please check your IWC email account at least once a week, as there may be important announcements that pertain to you from the Adult and Graduate Studies Office, faculty, IWC Business Office or Financial Aid.
 
REGISTERING FIELD EXPERIENCE
        All students planning to do a Spring 2015 Field Experience should contact the Director of Field Experience to receive an informational packet at fldexp@iwc.edu or 319.385.6358.  The documents referred to below are contained in the packet the student receives.  Interest forms are due in the Field Experience Office, Friday, November 14, 2014.  Deadline date for approval of all Spring internship and site-based projects (Intent forms) is Friday, December 12, 2014.
       Reminder about registration of Field Experience Credit: Students should keep in mind that the credits for the internship must be registered during the term(s) in which the work is performed.  Credits may not be registered prior to a term in which work takes place.  Please contact the Field Experience Office in order to receive the information packet (paperwork).  These dates are also posted at the Field Experience link of the IWC website at www.iwc.edu/fe.  You may also email fldexp@iwc.edu or call 319.385.6358.
 
ATTENTION DECEMBER 2014/MAY 2015 GRADUATES
        If you have not yet filed your application for graduation, please contact the Adult and Graduate Studies Office immediately at 319.385.6245 or 800.582.2383 or ags@iwc.edu.  Applications for Graduation in May 2015 are due to the registrar November 18.  While working with your advisor to finalize your spring 2015 schedule, please review your graduation requirements and complete the application.
 
       Expected December 2014 graduation applications were due in September 2014.
 
WEATHER CANCELLATIONS
        Adult and Graduate Studies 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 (found by scrolling over Adult & Graduate, click on Evening Students beneath Undergraduate, scroll down to and click on Connect with Adult & Graduate Studies then on the left menu, click Bulletin Board).  Cancellations are also 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 recorded announcement regarding any cancellations.
 
In observance of the Thanksgiving holiday, there are no evening face-to-face classes scheduled on Wednesday & Thursday November 26 and 27.
Online classes take no Holidays – but neither does our 24/7 Helpdesk!
All College Offices are closed on Thursday & Friday, November 27 & 28.