Glad You Stopped By

My parents gave their lives to missionary ministry.  One of the lessons they taught by word and example was the joy of Christian hospitality.  Growing up, our home was always open to visitors from other countries. One day I asked, “Dad, why do you always invite the visitors to our house?”  His answer has stuck with me for 50 years.  “We’ve been visitors in their countries and needed their hospitality.  It’s our place to show hospitality when they visit our country.” It turns out that this was great preparation for our work here at IWU.  It is our joy to welcome many, many guests to campus each year.  Every visitor is important to us.  We want each guest to FEEL welcome on this campus.  Watching this short video illustrates just how important campus visits are – both to our students and to IWU. Nicole Ignasiak, one of our student tour

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The Blind Boys of Alabama to Perform at IWU

Friends, You will not want to miss a very special event taking place this coming Friday in Marion on the campus of IWU. The Office of Multicultural Enrichment and Employee Development, The Multicultural Enrichment Council and The MLK Planning Committee have planned a community-wide celebration to honor the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Friday, January 12, 2018. The Blind Boys of Alabama will be the featured guests at our student chapel (10 a.m.) and during the MLK Celebration Concert, “Living the Dream” at 7:00 p.m. in the Phillippe Performing Arts Center. The Blind Boys of Alabama are hailed as “gospel titans” by Rolling Stone and praised by the Washington Post for their “soul-stirring harmonies” and “range of cross-genre collaborations”. Rising to fame in the segregated south, group member Jimmy Carter reveals their goal has always been to “get out there and sing gospel music”. Recognized worldwide as living

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Proposed Tax Reform Negatively Impacts Private Higher Education

Those who keep abreast of political news may be following the tax reform legislation under construction currently.  We are monitoring the situation closely because of the current legislation in Congress (the Senate’s Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and H.R. 1 in the House of Representatives).  Both bills have serious implications for higher education institutions. At this writing, both bills have passed in their respective chambers.  It may be possible to change the final version of the law during the Conference process when the House and Senate versions are reconciled with each other. Here are proposed changes to tax law that could have serious negative consequences for higher education institutions: Student Loan Interest – The current $2,500 student loan interest deduction would be eliminated. Result:  Student loans become more difficult to repay. Charitable Giving – The standard deduction would effectively be doubled, significantly reducing the value of the charitable deduction. This

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Spiritual Life on Campus – Chapel

If you utilize social media sites (i.e. Facebook, Twitter) or visit national news sites, you will most likely agree that we are living in a rapidly changing and politically super-charged day. Our residential students are also engaged in social media and, for most, their days at IWU are the first where they find themselves interacting with the world from outside the umbrella of parental oversight. Knowing how pivotal college is for young adults, we at IWU are very intentional about our time together – both in the classroom, as well as every Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning when our Marion IWU community meets together for chapel. It is our time to worship, encourage, nurture, as well as stretch our student’s hearts and minds towards a deeper life in Christ. I’ve known our Dean of Chapel, the Rev. Dr. John Bray, for many years. Before coming to serve as Dean of

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