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May 2005 Volume 11, Number 2

President Dr. Don Racheter

FACTS & OPINIONS is one of our quarterly membership newsletters, arriving in February, May, August, and November. It consists of short articles of public interest with an emphasis on current issues.

FACTS & OPINIONS is published by Public Interest Institute at Iowa Wesleyan College, a nonpartisan, nonprofit, research and educational institute, whose activities are supported by contributions from private individuals, corporations, companies, and foundations. The Institute does not accept govern- ment grants.

Contributions are tax-deductible under sections 501(c)(3) and 170 of the Internal Revenue Code.

Permission to reprint or copy in whole or part is granted, provided a version of this credit line is used: "Reprinted by permission from FACTS & OPINIONS, a quarterly newsletter of Public Interest Institute." The views expressed in this publication are those of the authors and not necessarily those of Public Interest Institute.

If you have an article you believe is worth sharing, please send it to us. All or a portion of your article may be used. The articles in this publication are brought to you in the interest of a better-informed citizenry, because IDEAS DO MATTER.

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Copyright 2005 PII


Focus on Iowa Wesleyan College

What's New at Public Interest Institute?

Laura P. Keith

From campus guest speakers such as Dr. Tony Compolo, founder and President of the EvangelicalAssociation for the Promotion of Education, to Francis Bok, a former slave in Sudan in the 1990s, the campus of Iowa Wesleyan College has been busy this spring.

The first gift of $1 million to the Howe Challenge was given by Dr. W. Clifford Manning of California. The Howe Challenge started in January and is a program that aims to match the $15 million grant given by Stanley and Helen Howe. According to the Winter 2005 edition of the Purple & White, the grant “has the potential to provide $30 million in new funding for the college.” Funds will be used to grow the college, from enrollment to renovation.

The college formally announced its plans to build a new residence hall. Officially breaking ground in March near the current science building, the new residence hall will house 32 students in a suite-style floor plan. Completion of the new building is targeted for December of 2005, in order for students to move in by

.the spring of 2006. This new hall will be join McKibbin Hall and Sheaffer-Trieschmann Hall.

Laura P. Keith is a Research Analyst at Public Interest Institute.

Senior Research Analyst Amy Frantz recently joined the Mt. Pleasant Area Chamber Alliance Business Mentoring Team. As Chairperson of the Entrepreneurial Support Committee within the ChamberAlliance, she will assist and advise in the engineering of a partnership between the public and private sectors of Southeast Iowa in order to promote business and entrepreneurship in Iowa.

ResearchAnalysts Brad Cook and Laura Keith ventured to Iowa’s Capitol in Des Moines with a delegation from Southeast Iowa to hear presentations that included: Committee of 82 Chairperson Doug Gross on what grows Iowa’s economy, State Auditor David Vaudt on the challenges of balancing the state budget, and Governor Tom Vilsack on improving Iowa’s education system.

Have you renewed your membership with Public Interest Institute?

If you would like information on Iowa Wesleyan College, write or call: Iowa Wesleyan College 601 North Main Mt. Pleasant, IA 52641 (319) 385-8021 www.iwc.edu


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