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      Iowa Wesleyan College celebrates Founders Day, annual Manning Lecture

      <font size="2">Rev. Dr. Renita Weems is featured as IWC's annual Manning Speaker.</font>

      The annual Founder's Day Commemoration celebrates the rich history of Iowa Wesleyan College. The school was established on February 17th, 1842.

      "It's a very special occasion for us to come together once a year,?? Dr. Steven Titus, President said. ??It's a time of gratitude. It's a time of acknowledgement, and it's a time of inspiration and aspiration of you knows what the future holds."

      This year the college combined the event with the annual manning lecture. The occasion brings distinguished religious speakers to the community. This year??s speaker featured Rev. Dr. Renita Weems. She traveled to Southeast Iowa from Nashville, Tennessee. Weems is the first African American to receive a Ph.D. in the Old Testament. Her speech ??So, you want to be a prophet?? focuses on the book of Jeremiah.

      Jeremiah has always been an obsession of mine,?? she said. ??My graduate work is in the area of the prophets, even aside from that, I find that Jeremiah is very relevant today during which the times he preached very reminiscent of the times in which we live right now, a time of disruption and change and transition.??

      This Founder??s Day comes in the wake of challenging times for IWC. In late January, the school shocked the community by announcing it was being forced to cut several school programs.

      ??I think that Dr. Weems?? message was really quite appropriate that we are all called to important work, and that it is work of hope, and so we are very much as an institution and as a community gathering together to talk about our future and our bright future,?? Dr. Titus said.

      Dr. Weems will present her speech again at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Chapel Auditorium of Wesleyan College.