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Iowa Central prepares for start of school year

First day of classes set for Aug. 30

August 10, 2011
By BRANDON L. SUMMERS - Messenger staff writer , Messenger News

Iowa Central Community College has an impressive slate of events lined up for the first day of its 2011-2012 academic year.

Tom Beneke, vice president of enrollment management and student development, detailed the two weeks worth of events awaiting first-year and returning students for the Iowa Central board of trustees Tuesday.

The events begin Aug. 30, the first day of classes, with Doughnuts with Dan. Starting at 7 a.m., students can have a doughnut and meet Iowa Central President Dan Kinney. Later in the day are carnival games and a hog roast.

Scheduled for the next two weeks are pizza nights, comedians (Jay Black), karaoke nights, a club fair and a Funny Photos Day. It culminates Sept. 9 with a fall cookout in the courtyard.

Beneke told the board the college is negotiating with the city and talking with Police Chief Tim Carmody about holding an event on Central Avenue, as a way to familiarize students with the downtown For Dodge area.

"We're trying to work through it, compromise," Beneke said.

Last year, Beneke said, a similar event was held at Old Boston's restaurant but was canceled by the fire chief for overcrowding.

Beneke also updated the board on this year's enrollment numbers. With three weeks remaining, the school currently has students signed up for more than 60,000 credit hours. He expects to exceed their goal of a four percent increase from last year's figures of slightly under 65,000.

One project that will be completed before the start of the academic year is work on the college weight room in the Hodges Fieldhouse. A new floor was laid down Tuesday, and equipment will be brought in Monday. An open house will follow.

The college is also dealing with the problem of housing all its students. The school has 12,033 paid apartments, and has already started housing students. A solution is renting space from Quality Inn. Beneke said the college-adjacent hotel was agreeable to leasing 25 rooms to Iowa Central.

"That's just a temporary solution," Beneke said. "It's a good problem, but it's a problem."

Contact Brandon L. Summers at (515) 573-2141 or



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