Thursday Oct. 10, 2019

Engines start at new Auto Tech Center

$6.5 million construction project comes to completion

PHOTO BY Jeff Sigmund

Kirkwood Board of Trustees Chairman James Mollenhauer talks about all the new technology that students will be able to use during their studies at the ribbon cutting.

BY Dedric Roundtree, Staff Writer  

The newly built Automotive Technology facility celebrated with a ribbon cutting on Sept. 12.  

Automotive Technology Professor Todd Hesseltine stated that the building provides 38,000 square feet for students to work in.  

According to the Iowa Automobile Dealers Association, the center is worth an approximate $6.5 million.  The project took about a year and a half to complete and as stated on the college’s website, project highlights include enhanced lab space, an increased number of automotive service bays and updated classrooms with enough space to fit a vehicle for training.

PHOTO BY Jeff Sigmund

Students work on updating their skills during class in the new state of art auto bay.

There has also been an addition of a Chassis Dynamometer and Transmission Dynamometer allowing for measurement of horsepower torque and wheel speed. 

Hesseltine said the new building comes with many advanced features that help students become more prepared for the workforce like a stand-alone overhaul room for engines and transmissions and a room for inground chassis.

He added that the Auto Tech courses are also getting revamped in order to give students more experience. The program has a variety of courses that they provide students to work on electric and hybrid vehicles, air-conditioning and many other aspects of the auto industry.  

Hesseltine said that some of his favorite parts about the new building are more space, more hoist, open classrooms and that a car can be pulled into every classroom.  

Hesseltine said the other instructors and himself have a goal of filling up their classrooms with enthusiastic and hardworking students to put the new facility to good use. For more information about the Auto Tech program visit www.kirkwood.edu/automotivetechnology.

PHOTO BY Jeff Sigmund
The new state of the art auto bay can hold 32 cars located in the new Auto tech center opened on Sept. 12.

A ‘Reader’s Haven’ at the Kirkwood Library

BY James Dykeman, Managing editor

For those students with a passion for reading and a desire to discover new books while sharing about their own favorites with other book lovers, there is a club that meets weekly in the Kirkwood Library, known as the Reader’s Haven.  

For five years the club has met to discuss popular titles, explore new genres and meet new friends in an environment created by a student. 

“The club was started in 2014 by a student who had a strong passion for reading and wanted to create a place where students could learn more about books,” said Julie Peterson, reference librarian and student advisor.  

Reader’s Haven is not a club that assigns books or strictly regiments reading topics. The group is relaxed and has “always been pretty informal and based on what the current year students want to do. Typically, what has happened is the students mostly read whatever they want to read and then they come talk about it,” Peterson explained.

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Readers Club members talk about their intrests and upcomming events at their meeting on Oct.3.

While there is a strong emphasis on freedom to explore new books and topics, Peterson does like to offer some guidance to help students discover new authors. 

For example, there is always an interest in fantasy, so Peterson sometimes leads the discussion into new reading territory. “Sometimes there is a bit of structure…I’ll say let’s talk about your favorite science fiction or horror book…once or twice a year they will pick a book within the genre and we will all talk about it,” Peterson said. 

Peterson’s involvement stems from more than her duty as a librarian. “I am very interested in getting people to read…and to help them broaden their reading tastes. Initially the group read a lot fantasy…now I try to have theme weeks so that we can look at some other things,” Peterson explained.  

This year was off to a late start, the first official meeting was on Oct. 3 to begin planning for the year. The club is grown primarily by word of mouth, and those with a love of reading and sharing their favorite books is encouraged to attend and to bring others with a love for reading.  

For more information, contact Julie Petersen at 319-398-5697 or Julie.Petersen@kirkwood.edu. 

Reader’s Haven meets on Thursdays at 11:15 a.m. in the library, located in Benton Hall. 

Club of the issue: Kirkwood Student Productions

BY Debra McRoberts, Distribution Editor

Kirkwood Community College students have the opportunity to participate in over 100 organized groups across the main and Iowa City campuses, according the college’s website. Out of those 100 organized groups, Kirkwood Student Productions (KSP) is the only group that gives members the opportunity to learn broadcasting at their own pace.  

Members of KSP get the opportunity to practice and learn video editing, film production and audio recording. According KSP Advisor Randy Langel, “One of the favorite things to do is editing videos and it is one of the most creative process. We love sharing it with other students.”  

Currently, KSP has approximately 20 members. This includes members who make up the leadership team.  

Freshman Megan Harkin, studying digital media, said that KSP “is a good experience, is fun and a great way to meet new people.” 

PHOTO BY Jeff Sigmund
KSP Member Cyndel Burns logs on to a computer in an edit bay in Linn Hall on Oct. 9.

Every year, students who work at KSP summit their work to the Iowa College Media Association (ICMA) contest to be judged against other two- and four-year institutions across the state. In the 2018-2019 school year KSP placed in three award categories. These categories were for Best News Programming (second place, honorable mention), Best Long Form Documentary (second place) and Best Corporate Video (third place).

According to Langel, the benefit to students is that KSP “provides students with hands on digital media experience while they are members of Kirkwood Student Productions. They will most likely make mistakes while working on projects in KSP. However, it is better to make those mistakes now while the consequences are not as high as they would be at their first job in this field.” 

For more information about KSP, students are encouraged to attend a KSP meeting in Linn Hall, Room 1228, during activity hour at 11:15 a.m. – 12:10 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday.  

For more information about the clubs and organizations, please visit www.kirkwood.edu/clubs. 

Tuesday Sept. 24, 2019

Experience education overseas

Study Abroad scholarships for students, deadline approaching

PHOTO BY Alexis Haggstrom

Students and staff gather to learn about international study options during the Study Abroad Fair in Iowa Hall on Sept. 12.

BY Juana Jones, Editor-in-Chief

Kirkwood Community College has a large international student population, comprising of 8% of the student body or roughly 1,300 students, hailing from nations as far away as Southeast Asia, Sub Saharan Africa and the Middle East. 

For students who were not born abroad but wish to strike out and see the world, experience other cultures and diversity, the International Programs department offers a wide range of options for seeing the world.  

The 2019-2020 study abroad schedule currently has 19 different countries where students can study. This includes, but not limited to France, Thailand and South Africa. 

According to Study Abroad Advisor Ken Nesbett, Kirkwood sends an “average of 165 students per academic year and over 30 faculty and staff to study abroad.” 

Each trip has a different course of study and number of credits available depending on the length of course. By going to kirkwood.studioabroad.com students can look at a full itinerary of each program and the predicted cost to go. 

This cost of the trip, however, does not include tuition. The reason for this, according to Nesbett, is “there are different tuition rates based on if you are out of state or in-state.” 

Tuition is based on Kirkwood rates and not the rate at the place of study. For students who wish to go but are unsure if they can afford it there are scholarship options available. 

PHOTO BY Alexis Haggstrom

Associate Spanish and English Langauge Arts professor Florencia Lynch discusses the opportunity of studying in Mexico.


There is the Global Advantage Scholarship and the Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship. The Global Advantage Scholarship ranges from $1,000 to $2,000 depending on the program, according to the study abroad website. 

To be eligible for it, students will need to have a 2.5 GPA, two electronic recommendations, one personal essay (completed during the application) and their study abroad application. 

The Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship offers up to $5,000 for students to study abroad. This is nationally competitive and will require a separate application to apply for it. 

There are two deadlines to fill out this application. The Gilman scholarship requires two essays, each to be no more than 7,000 characters and the student needs to be Pell-eligible. 

The first is a personal essay about the one applying and the second is a follow-on service project proposal. 

The first deadline to apply is Tuesday, Oct. 1. In addition to scholarships, student Pell and loans can also be applied to the trip. 

According to Nesbett, approximately 90% of students receive some form of Financial Aid. For more information, visit kirkwood.studioabroad.com or contact Ken Nesbett at ken.nesbett@kirkwood.edu.

Tuesday Sept 24, 2019

Library Testing New Databases, Asking For Feedback


KCC Library Contributed Column

BY Ryan Strempke-Durgin, Collection Services Librarian


Beginning Oct. 1, Kirkwood Library Services will be testing three new databases to support your research needs – Film & Television Literature Index with Full-Text, Omnigraphics Heath Reference Series Online, and Symptom Media. Currently, Kirkwood does not subscribe to these databases but with enough positive feedback, we will add them to our collection.

The first database is Film & Television Literature Index from EBSCOhost: The most comprehensive film and television criticism database available. 

The database provides access to more than 320 scholarly and popular full-text journals and eBooks including Variety movie reviews dating back to 1914 and an image gallery of 63,000+ images. The subjects covered in this resource include, cinematography, film and television theory, preservation and restoration, production, reviews, technical aspects and screenwriting. Be sure to check it out if you have any assignment requiring writing about television or film.

Omnigraphics Health Reference Series Online brings together the popular series of print sourcebooks covering many health topics into one convenient database. 

These eBooks provide information for those with little or no specific medical knowledge. The volumes are excellent for reference, research and personal information. The database contains access to the latest edition of over 60 sourcebooks. 

The interface contains a powerful natural-language search tool, citation generation with on and off campus access. Make Omnigraphics Health Reference Series Online your one stop location to find answers to all your health information needs.

The Symptom Media database contains educational films and videos about psychology developed by a team of behavior health experts collaborating with professional filmmakers. The results are educational videos that focus on “de-stigmatiz[ing] and show[ing] what mental health issues actually look like,” according to an article titled “About Us” on symptommedia.com. 

Recently, the American Library Association’s CHOICE magazine awarded Symptom Media is “Outstanding Academic Title” designation. The database contains both assessment tools as well as DSM 5 & ICD 10 case studies. With all these options, Symptom Media is an ideal place to start your psychology based research project.

While we think these would all make great additions to the library’s available resources, we won’t know how useful they are unless you tell us. 

Please help by taking a minute to check out any or all of these databases by going to https://www.kirkwood.edu/library. Click on the “All Kirkwood Databases” link and find them under the “New/Trial Databases” section on the right. 

Then, let us know what you think by emailing library@kirkwood.edu. Don’t wait too long, however; these trials will only last through the end of October.

Tuesday Sept 17, 2019
<strong>PHOTO BY Jeff Sigmund</strong><br> Members of Foundation 2, Bridgette Brownfield, Linda Hawkins visit Kirkwood Community College campus for Suicide Prevention in front of Iowa Hall on Sept. 12 PHOTO BY Jeff Sigmund
Members of Foundation 2, Bridgette Brownfield, Linda Hawkins visit Kirkwood Community College campus for Suicide Prevention in front of Iowa Hall on Sept. 12 <strong>PHOTO BY Jeff Sigmund</strong> <br>Faculty Barbra Lau, English talks with Bridgette Brownfield Mobile Crisis counselor of Foundation 2 on Sept.12. PHOTO BY Jeff Sigmund
Faculty Barbra Lau, English talks with Bridgette Brownfield Mobile Crisis counselor of Foundation 2 on Sept.12. <strong>PHOTO BY Debra McRoberts</strong><br> Global spotlight on India was presented by freshmen Agricluture Sourav Ranjan, freshman Business Management Mayuri Shelar and freshman Human Resources Rekha Rayka in Cedar Hall on Sept. 17 PHOTO BY Debra McRoberts
Global spotlight on India was presented by freshmen Agricluture Sourav Ranjan, freshman Business Management Mayuri Shelar and freshman Human Resources Rekha Rayka in Cedar Hall on Sept. 17
Thursday Sept. 12 2019

PHOTO BY Juana Jones
Archway to Campus View & Kirkwood Courts on Kirkwood Blvd. One of several student housing complexes facing increased safety issues in the last year.

Staying safe at student housing

BY James Dykeman, Feature Editor


Kirkwood Community College has a longstanding record of safety at all of its locations across Eastern Iowa, including the Main Campus, which only had 10 incidents – mostly alcohol related, in 2017 (the last year reported in the 2018 Campus Security Act Report, which is available on Kirkwood’s website). 

The same record of safety does not extend to the apartments that surround Kirkwood’s Main Campus, which are listed as student housing on the college’s website. 

Although the apartments are independently operated and outside the reach of Kirkwood’s administration or security, the seven student housing locations surrounding the campus are home to many new and existing students, and some former students. 

From September 2018 to September 2019, according to CrimeReports.com, Kirkwood student housing experienced 13 drug related incidents, 20 assaults of all kinds, 73 thefts (which include vehicle break-ins, burglaries and robberies), 24 miscellaneous incidents and 1 crime involving murder; all incidents which occurred in the area of the apartments. 


GRAPHIC BY James Dykeman
Data table showing incidents by general type at each apartment complex listed as student housing on Kirkwood’s website. More information available at www.CrimeReports.com, with apartment address and physical location selected.


Landon Einck, college resource officer to Kirkwood and officer at the Cedar Rapids Police Department, explained that most of the incidents are avoidable. “Almost all car thefts and break-ins occur because vehicles are left unlocked, often with the keys inside. Many new students are from smaller towns and may not be used to worrying about security,” he said. 

Einck also encouraged students to be smart about what they leave out in vehicles. He said, “Most of these incidents occur because valuables are left out in the open. Don’t leave computers, PlayStations and valuables out…take them with you.” 

According to Einck, most victims of robbery and assault are “not innocent” and many issues that lead to them start due to drug/alcohol activity and parties that get out of hand. He advised that students should protect themselves by being aware of who is entering their apartments.

Einck also stated that, “Students are responsible for who they allow into their apartment.” He went on to talk about how small gatherings often lead to a large party where not everyone is known. Items can be stolen from living spaces or, in the cases of drug activity, people may return later to rob the occupants, often causing property damage and inciting violence.     

Einck explained that new students just leaving home often forget that they are now accountable for their actions and the laws that surround them. He went on to say that students who avoid large parties, are mindful of common-sense safety measures and don’t partake in illegal drugs or alcohol, are less likely to become a victim of crime or involved in situations which could have negative consequences. 

Einck acknowledged that this is not always possible and encouraged students to keep gatherings small and not to get involved in illegal drugs.  

Thursday Sept. 12, 2019

Day 1 Digital Participation Expands

PHOTO BY Juana Jones
The Kirkwood Bookstore is located in Benton Hall and provides the resources that may be needed by students throughout the school year. Students can also speak to Bookstore Manager Kevin Ault for questions about the Day 1 Digital program.


BY Juana Jones, Editor-In-Chief


Day 1 Digital is one of Kirkwood Community College’s fastest-growing projects and has grown exponentially since starting in the spring of 2018. 

Day 1 Digital, according to Kevin Ault, Kirkwood bookstore manager, is “a program that gives us the opportunity to deliver course materials at the lowest possible price to students. What we do is deliver those materials electronically though Talon and the Learning Management System. The big thing is allowing students access to their course materials on day one.”  

As stated by Ault, the course materials were provided electronically at the lowest possible price to students. By using Day 1 Digital, students in select courses can save over 40% of what the “standard” course materials would cost. As an example, Ault said, “In our Human AP 1 and 2 classes we took a physical package that originally cost $266.75 to now – when purchasing a loose-leaf text and digital access code – is $140. That is over 47% savings.”

In addition to the lower cost, these course materials were auto-charged to the student’s accounts to ensure that they were available starting on day one of classes, so students did not have to wait until their next paycheck or Financial Aid dispersal to clear.  

Although not everyone may have responded favorably toward the compulsory online course materials, they were given an option to opt-out of the program as long as their request was received prior to a given deadline. 

However, students were strongly encouraged not to and were told to speak to an instructor first because classes may also have coursework only available in the digital edition, according Ault. 

Ault explained that currently, there is over 99% retention rate for students who were enrolled in classes that participate in Day 1 Digital and only materials that are required by instructors are included in the automatic enrollment. 

Ault added that the success of the program was due to high retention rates and successful price negotiations and that the program had exponential growth since starting last year in the spring of 2018, with only one section participating. 

There are now 230 sections or approximately 8% of all classes, or over 7,000 students, at Kirkwood using this service in the 2019/20 school year. 

If students have questions about Day 1 Digital they are encouraged to contact Ault at Kevin.Ault@kirkwood.edu or visit the Kirkwood bookstore.


Club Cookout held in Iowa Hall due to weather concerns

Students enjoy a free lunch provided by Student Life for the Club Cookout held in Iowa Hall on Sept 10.

BY James Dykeman, Feature Editor


The Club Cookout, which was planned to be held outside on Tuesday, Sept. 10, was held inside Iowa Hall across from The Café and featured a number of new and existing clubs that had representatives on hand to answer questions by prospective members. 

Hot dog and hamburger lunches were provided by Student Life and quickly ran out due to high demand. 

Students interested in joining clubs can visit www.kirkwood.edu/clubs for more information. 

Clubs tend to meet during activity hour, between 11:15 a.m. and 12:15 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday throughout the semester.