“Iowa Wesleyan College: Being Bold” a new exhibit at Chadwick LibraryWritten by Theresa Rose on April 29, 2015
“Iowa Wesleyan College: Being Bold” is a new exhibit at Chadwick Library on the Iowa Wesleyan College campus. The exhibit showcases alumni and students who reflect the bold spirit of Iowa Wesleyan both in their academic life and professional careers.
The introductory exhibit features Eleanor Roosevelt’s “My Day” newspaper column from 1942 which discusses the challenges faced by Iowa Wesleyan during the times of the Civil War, World War I and World War II. She notes, “Iowa Wesleyan seems to breed adventurous young people, perhaps because the college itself rather likes adventure.”
Representing the spirit of Iowa Wesleyan in this display are John A. Schreiner, Class of 1868, and William Huber Hurt, Class of 1904. After graduating, Schreiner worked as a civil engineer in the developing train industry but is most known as the civil engineer for the 1893 World’s Columbian Exhibition in Chicago. Hurt is best known as the Father of the Cub Scouting movement. In 1930, the Boy Scouts of America adopted Hurt’s program as their younger boy program.
A second exhibit explores the story of Iowa Wesleyan nurses through the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries. From the Shelton sisters leaving Iowa Wesleyan to serve as nurses during the Civil War to Kaitlyn Dirth, current IWC nursing student whose efforts to help keep the Mount Pleasant Mental Health facility open earned her the national honor of 2015 Newman Civic Fellow; the exhibit covers the broad and bold efforts of Iowa Wesleyan nursing graduates.
With assistance from the United States Air Force, the nursing exhibit also shares the story of IWC 1983 graduate, Brigadier General Lisa Naftzger-Kang. Naftzger-Kang currently serves as the mobilization assistant to the Air Force Deputy Surgeon General in directing the operations of the Air Force Medical Service. The service is comprised of a $7.1 billion, 43,000-person integrated health care delivery system serving 2.4 million beneficiaries at 75 military treatment facilities world-wide.
The last exhibit showcases two other alumni success stories. In 2016, Peggy Whitson will become the United States’ oldest female astronaut as she again returns to space. Her story is told through the many artifacts which she has donated to Iowa Wesleyan and compliments the exhibit on display in the Howe Student Activity Center.
The second featured alumnus Gina Riherd graduated from Mediapolis High School and began work in 1994 on the production floor for Heatilator, a division of Hon Industries. In 2012, Riherd completed her college degree through the Adult/Graduate Studies program. She was recently promoted to a Production Manager position.
Riherd issues a challenge: “BE BOLD – find a way to complete your secondary education, no matter whether you are a traditional or non-traditional student. The benefits are infinite in your professional and personal lives. Along with that, discover a way to fulfill a role of service in the communities that support the qualities of life we enjoy.”
The exhibit will be open on Commencement, Saturday, May 9 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and can be viewed during regular library hours.