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!
The Iowa Central Dance team performed Thursday night, Oct. 3, at Hodges Fieldhouse, along with the Iowa Central Cheer squad. Both were there to perform during the pep rally for Iowa Central’s Homecoming.
The Iowa Central Community College music department has pursued several new venues for performances since Will Lopes began directing the Triton Singers in 2018. This year is no different. After exploring the acoustics of the Crossroads Mall halls, Lopes chose this location for the Triton Singers fall concert, Sacred Sounds.
A combined performance with the Fort Dodge Community Chorus, Iowa Central Alumni, and local instrumental group, Jive for Five, the Triton Singers will be sharing a selection of spirituals, sacred art songs, and upbeat tunes. The Triton Singers is comprised of three vocal performance groups: Triton Choir, Vocal Jazz and the Encore Singers.
By inviting community members to participate in this Sacred Sounds concert, Triton Singers will grow their audience for concert performances and build relationships with other Fort Dodge vocal enthusiasts. Lopes has made community participation a common element in all of his Iowa Central concerts, including his recent day long event, Real Men Sing.
The Fort Dodge community is invited to attend to support the talented students and local performers in this one night event on Monday, September 30 at 7 p.m. Sacred Sounds is free to attend.
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!
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.
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!
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
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
is still open and spots are open for singers grades 5-6, 7-8, 9-12 and beyond!