Author: Karlee Ihde

Karlee IhdeOctober 28, 2019


On Friday, Oct. 25, 2019, a group of Iowa Central Students traveled to the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls to attend the annual Fast Forward Event. This event is a digital media event held for students to listen to digital media professionals talk about different subjects and potentially ask questions and receive answers.  

Students were able to choose a panel they wished to attend during each of the three sessions. A few of the panel options were: ‘Why Journalism isn’t Dying’, ‘Hot Gear for Cool Shots’, ‘New Opportunities in Radio’, ‘News Directors – Tops and Tricks’, and ‘Repping Your Brand: Social Media and Corporate Video’. There were eleven panels in total.

After the sessions, students listened to a keynote address given by Ben Hagarty. Hagarty, a University of Northern Iowa alum, talked about his journey while working in digital media. He discussed how he moved to Los Angeles after graduation and worked hard to be where he is today–a videographer for music artists and bands. Ben Hagarty has worked for Chris Brown, Beyoncé,  and many others! Be sure to check out his production company, Black with No Cream!

Karlee IhdeOctober 14, 2019


  1. Find a winter coat, hat, scarf, and gloves.

To help stay warm during winter weather, be sure to find these four key items! If needed, the Triton Closet has a variety of sizes and styles of coats, hats, mittens, and scarves for students. The Triton Closet is open Monday through Friday 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Triton Closet is also accepting donations as well!

2. Dress in layers.

3. Carry extra clothing items with you/in your car.

4. Have a shovel and/or ice melt in your trunk to help get your car out after a snowstorm.

5. Invest in an Ice Scraper to have clean windows so you can drive safely.

6. Keep your gas tank at ½ full or above, just in case you end up stranded to help keep your car running and heat working.

7. Snow boots will provide warmth and more traction if sidewalks are icy.

8. If there are frigid temperatures, stay inside.

Karlee IhdeSeptember 25, 2019


Next week, Monday, Sept. 30, 2019, through Friday, Oct. 5 is homecoming week! Along with sporting events, there are many activities and events planned by Student Activities to help celebrate homecoming week.

Student Senate has voted and planned dress-up days for homecoming! The days are as follows:

  •             Monday: Merica Monday
  •             Tuesday: Twin Day Tuesday
  •             Wednesday: First-Year Students Wear White, Returning Students Wear Black
  •             Thursday: Jersday Thursday
  •             Friday: Spirit Day

Student Activities have planned multiple events during homecoming week! Below are the activities!

Monday: Sand Volleyball Tournament at Amigos at 5:30 p.m. *Students must register with Student Activities to play!

Tuesday: Ran’d Shine, Comedian/Mentalist in the Student Resource Center at 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday: Blue Out and Prize Drawing at the volleyball game!  

Thursday: Pep Rally at 7 p.m. at Hodges Field House! Bonfire and Carnival Rides 8-10 p.m.

Be sure to follow Iowa Central Student Activities on Snapchat, @ic_activities, to see different events happening on campus!

Karlee IhdeSeptember 25, 2019


In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, Iowa Central students celebrated with the Afro-Latino festival! Students had the choice of which country or person to research and create a display with the information.

Aleah Sherman researched Peru for her festival display. Her favorite part was learning about the different countries.

Aleah Sherman

McKenna Mitchell loved Cuba’s culture and decided to research Celia Cruz based on her strong voice and her neat story.

Debra’s country was Venezuela. Debra loved researching and learning new information, she even found out Venezuela has it’s own Afro-Latino Festival each year!

Iowa Central students and staff along with high school students and community members learned lots of information about Latin American countries!

Karlee IhdeSeptember 19, 2019


Iowa Central’s first ever REAL MEN SING chorus festival is happening this Saturday, September 21!

Will Lopes explained, “This event is part of a nationwide movement to encourage boys and young men to continue to sing. The plan is to partner with local and surrounding schools, as well as other male vocal ensembles to create a one-day choral music festival for young men (grades fifth -12th and college) as well as college students to promote vocal music, motivate, encourage singing and to create a momentum (jump-start) as we start the 2019-20 school year.”

“For students who like to sing, this event will provide a safe, encouraging and fun environment where they will not only be sharing the common love – music, but they will be making new friends and learning new skills as well,” Lopes said. He continued, “Many students who are currently involved in a choral program but has been in the past or just love to sing, can come freely, with no strings attached and experience a fun day of singing while new making friends.”

This one day event will culminate with a free concert at the Decker Auditorium featuring 3 (three) different ensembles (5/6, 7/8 and 9/12 grades) plus our artist in residence – VOX INFINITUS

Registration is still open and spots are open for singers grades 5-6, 7-8, 9-12 and beyond!

For registration visit: or just email Will Lopes at

Karlee IhdeSeptember 10, 2019


Are you looking for fun-filled activities to do this fall? Of course, you are! As we are all settled into our dorms and our class filled routines, we feel the need to take a breather and have some fun! Below are 10 things to do this fall before the snow flies!

1. Visit an apple orchard!

Apple Orchards are the perfect spot to wear jeans and a cozy sweater while finding fresh, delicious apples and other goodies! Visiting an apple orchard can be an awesome spot to bond with new roommates or to catch up with old friends!

2. Visit a Pumpkin Patch 

Similar to the apple orchard, there will be tons of activities and things to see! While you are there, be sure to grab a few pictures to post or for a new profile picture! 

3. Tailgate a football game

Are you looking for a time to hang with friends? Have lots of good laughs and memories to look back on once you tailgate a football game! 

4. Carve a pumpkin

After you visit that pumpkin patch, be sure to carve your pumpkin! If you didn’t bring knives with you to college, take a permanent marker and draw your image! Be creative, be spooky! 

5. Get spooked in a haunted house

Grab some friends and take a night to visit a haunted house! A good freight is always a good time! You can never scream or laugh too much! 

6. Drink apple cider! 

You can never go wrong with a hot cup of apple cider for a drink! This warm, fall drink will leave your mouth watering and wanting more! 

7. Eat pumpkin pie! 

Or any pie really! In the fall, there are plenty of delicious desserts and other foods to relieve the sweet tooth! Plus, it will leave your kitchen smelling delicious! 

8. Rewatch your favorite Halloween movies 

Grab that cup of apple cider, your favorite PJs, and a bunch of Halloween movies! Scary or not, there is always time to sit down and relax! 

9. Thanksgiving, Friendsgiving 

While most will be going home for Thanksgiving, be sure to have a Friendsgiving with your friends here! Find someone to bring to necessary foods or even just your favorite Thanksgiving foods and have a feast! Remember to think about what you are thankful for! 

10. Start Christmas Shopping 

Once late fall is here, shopping deals are here and you can get an early start on the Christmas gifts for your loved ones! 

Karlee IhdeSeptember 10, 2019


Every year, the Focus International Team “focuses” on a different country to share information with everyone. For the 2019-2020 school year, the focus is Spain. Each year, multiple events are held for students to enjoy, including the Festival of Nations and the Afro-Latino Festival. The Festival of Nations has been held every spring for the past 30 years while the Afro-Latino Festival is a new event this year.

The Focus International team encourages Iowa Central students and employees to check out the Afro Latino Festival on Tuesday, September 24th from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.! This event is free and located in the Student Resource Center. Entertainment and food are provided.

This is the first year for this event at Iowa Central. “This festival offers the students from my Spanish classes and the high schools to do research about a Latin American Country and share that information with other students on campus. Also, this festival helps the students to avoid any stereotypes they have about the Latino Community,” says Andrea Estling, founder of the Afro-Latino Festival.

Event-goers can expect to see displays prepared by Spanish language students. There will also be information about the college’s student travel trip to Spain next summer and more!

Also, put the Festival of Nations in your calendar also! It is happening on April 5th, 2020.

If you would like to know more information about the Focus International team, feel free to contact Michelle Ramthun at

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