IHCC culinary program, chef honored; more
IHCC culinary program, chef honored
OTTUMWA — Indian Hills Community College’s culinary arts program has been recognized as a member in good standing by the prestigious Chaîne des Rôtisseurs.
Chef Gordon Rader, culinary arts program director, was inducted in the Chaîne during a recent ceremony at the Wakonda Country Club in Des Moines.
The culinary arts program now holds the official seal of the organization and is committed to the standards of excellence that the Chaîne requires for membership.
La Confrérie de la Chaîne des Rôtisseurs is an international gastronomic society reformed in Paris in 1950. The Chaîne is based on the traditions and practices of the old French royal guild of goose roasters, whose authority gradually expanded to the roasting of all poultry, meat and game. It is dedicated to fine cuisine and promoting and developing gastronomic values, while at the same time widening its focus to table art, and can trace its foundation back to the 13th century.
IWC project supporting small businesses in developing countries
MOUNT PLEASANT — Iowa Wesleyan College students in a global issues course are supporting the entrepreneurial efforts of small businesses in developing countries.
The students, taught by Brian Carter and Bitrus Gwamna, are taking part in a micro-lending program through Kiva.
This fall, the students made loans totaling $1,050 to individuals in Africa, Asia and Latin America, in amounts ranging from $50 to $150. Carter said the loans were made to deserving entrepreneurs including farmers and shop owners.
IWC global issues classes have made 98 loans through Kiva during the past 3.5 years, according to Carter. This year’s loan amount set a record for the college class.
Kiva’s mission is to connect people, through lending, to help alleviate poverty. The Kiva program combines microfinance with the Internet to create a global community of people connected through lending.
Global issues students offer shares for sale to the campus community. As loans are repaid, shares can be redeemed or funds can be rolled over into new loans. All loans have been repaid in full on time.
The global issues students will present information on the lending program at the Service-Learning Fair from 11 a.m. to noon Thursday in the Social Hall and Howe Activity Center on the Iowa Wesleyan College campus.