Arts & Entertainment

Karlee IhdeSeptember 25, 2019
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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
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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: http://www.iowacentral.edu/realmensing/ or just email Will Lopes at lopes@iowacentral.edu.


Karlee IhdeSeptember 10, 2019
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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 ramthun@iowacentral.edu.


Elizabeth ChaversAugust 31, 2019

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Students gathered in the Student Resource Center Thursday for a riveting game of trivia. Teams consisted of five students each, with names like “Hocus Pocus” competing for prizes of t-shirts, gift cards to the College Bookstore, and more.

One of the hosts went by the name Kim Possible. Students had the chance to compete with her trivia knowledge but she consistently bested them.

Trivia categories included questions like naming clips of Dwayne Johnson movies to cartoon characters. A clip of Dwayne Johnson singing “You’re Welcome” from “Moana” was a crowd favorite.

A nerd session was also included to find out who would win individual prizes for the evening. Prizes were awarded to individuals and groups at the end of the evening. Tortilla chips and nacho cheese were provided for students to enjoy during the trivia night.

The next event in the Student Resource Center is Bingo on August 29 at 7:30 p.m.



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