Despite Weather Delays, New Semester Off to a Positive Start
by Emilie Jenson, Public Information Office
Posted on 1/19/2024
The second semester at Iowa Central got off to a bit of a different start this year.
A blast of arctic weather hit the state, starting with several inches of snow and high winds overnight on Thursday January 11 creating two days of blizzard conditions which made traveling back to campus difficult for many. Iowa Central staff worked virtually on Friday January 12 in preparation for the new semester. High temperatures lingered below zero and a windchill warning was issued over the weekend resulting in dangerously cold temperatures, ultimately delaying move-in day, which was originally scheduled for Sunday January 14, to Tuesday January 16 and postponing the first day of classes to Wednesday January 17.
“It is important anytime we start a new semester to get off on the right foot and give our students a smooth transition back from break into school,” said Tom Beneke vice president of student services. “We adjusted, and the changes were positive for both our students and staff.”
As another round of weather moved in on the second day of classes, students experienced the first virtual learning day of the semester on Friday.
“As a college, coming off of COVID we learned that we can adjust and make things work virtually while not taking educational opportunities away from our students,” said Beneke. “Students and parents are very conscientious about the value of education, so we are going to do our best to make sure they get the most for their money while missing as few days as possible.”
Traditional welcome back activities stayed mostly on schedule for the week, with only Monday night’s welcome back social in the Student Resource Center (SRC) being canceled. Tuesday night, a campus favorite, Hypnotist/Mentalist Brian Imbus returned to Iowa Central to put on a show in the SRC, and Wednesday night, the always popular Bingo Night was held. Free food day was held in the SRC on Thursday. Friday night will feature karaoke from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
A second week of activities is planned for the week of January 22, with Monday evening being college bowling night at the Family Bowling Center, Tuesday there will be free hot cocoa and an educational human trafficking awareness event in the SRC, a pool tournament on Thursday at 7 p.m. and indoor yard bags on Friday evening at 6:30 – both events will also take place in the SRC.
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