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Students, faculty await program changes at Iowa Wesleyan College

Jan 22, 2014

MT. PLEASANT (AP) – Rumors and speculation have engulfed Iowa Wesleyan College this week, but school officials said the truth will come out today.

College alumni aren’t waiting to let IWC President Steven Titus know how they feel about potential cuts after the college’s board of trustees voted Monday to make program and personnel changes at the college.

Nancy Martin, a 1979 graduate of IWC, said she already has written to Titus to express her concern. Other IWC alumni said they have done the same thing.

“I told him the music department is a very visible program at IWC,” Martin said.

Speculation on social media sites suggest programs on the potential chopping block include secondary education, music and art programs. Titus, though, declined to shed any light on the rumors.

Titus declined to provide details about the changes Monday and Tuesday, only saying the programs in place would be reorganized.

According to a brief statement released by the school Monday, the changes are required to balance the budget and position IWC for future growth.

Martin, who graduated as part of the music program, said the importance of the program goes beyond the college’s campus.

“I know lots of music teachers who came from IWC that are doing a fine job in Iowa and across the country,” said Martin, who was a member of the IWC choir, sympathy orchestra, jazz band and wind assemble, among other things. “I’d just ask that they make cuts in places outside the music department.”

Martin feels so passionate about the music program she was willing to donate $1,000 annually to the program just to keep it going.

“When I hear they are cutting a successful program, I want to speak up about it,” she said.

Administrators have spent the past couple days meeting with affected staff to discuss transition plans.

Faculty and administrators have declined comment in recent days, referring all questions to Titus.

IWC students said the campus has seen a lot of discussion on the topic. Some students said it’s not their place to get involved, while others are waiting for today’s announcement.

“I was on campus all day, and there are a lot of rumors and speculation, but no one knows for certain,” Adam Newman, a senior biology student said Tuesday. “I have been assured that the cuts will have no impact on my ability to finish my degree and graduate as planned.”

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