Diverse Academic Experiences

Study Abroad
Venture Education programs promote a spirit of exploration and discovery through service-learning projects, study abroad, and May Term opportunities. These programs help students understand the increasingly interrelated and interdependent global village.

The Diers Program offers opportunities in Ghana, Palestine, Tanzania, and multicultural settings within the United States. U.S. programs involve serving and learning in a Hispanic-American community in Denver, Colo., on a Navajo Reservation in Rock Point, Ariz., or through Bethel New Life in an African-American community in Chicago, Ill. Service-learning programs also operate in France, Jamaica, Mexico, and Switzerland.

International Community
Wartburg encourages students to spend time in a cultural setting different from their own. More than a third of Wartburg faculty members have participated in cultural immersions and can share their experiences with students. The college also hosts visiting professors and speakers concerned with international and intercultural issues.

Students who major in a language or language studies program are required to study abroad. They may spend a term or an academic year at the University of Grenoble in France, the Universities of Bonn and Jena in Germany, the University of Americas in Puebla, Mexico, or the Center for Cultural Studies in Seville, Spain. Non-language majors may opt to study abroad in English. Programs taught in English are available at Hangzhou University in Zhejiang, China; International Chirstian University in Tokyo, Japan; and Lancaster University in Lancaster, England. The Wartburg Choir, Castle Singers, and Wind Ensemble schedule May Term concert tours abroad every three years. Students travel, perform, and earn academic credit by taking a liberal studies course, Tour with the Arts.


While there are no set boundaries, “Cedar Valley” generally refers to Waterloo-Cedar Falls urban area, surrounding communities of Black Hawk County, and the southern Bremer County communities of Denver, Janesville, and Waverly. Waverly and the college are mutually supportive, as is Waverly’s sister-city relationship with Eisenach, Germany, home of the Wartburg Castle.

Waverly, a city of 10,000, offers several nice restaurants, two golf courses, a public outdoor swimming pool, a paved bicycle trail near campus, and a movie theatre with three screens. There is no public transportation in Waverly, so most travel is by private car. Student Life offers regular van trips to Waterloo, Cedar Falls, and other destinations. International friendship hosts or other friends may also offer to take you on day trips to such places, and it’s okay to accept such offers. Residents of Waverly are predominantly Caucasian, and there is a strong sense of German heritage throughout the community. The town offers several Christian churches and elementary, junior high, and senior high schools. 

Waverly is 2.5 hours northeast of Des Moines, Iowa; 3.5 hours south of Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.; and six hours west of Chicago, Ill. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls metropolitan area is a 20-minute drive from Waverly. It offers an airport, two large shopping malls, movie theaters, and other entertainment and recreational options, including minor league baseball and hockey teams. 

Iowa’s Weather
Iowa’s weather can be unpredictable. During September, it may be 50 degrees Fahrenheit or cooler in the morning, but temperatures can climb 30 degrees or more during the average September day. Similar temperature fluctuations can occur in October. Iowans and other Midwesterners call such warm weather after the autumn’s first frosts Indian Summer.

Chilly temperatures can be expected in October and November, sometimes accompanied by rain and/or snow. Snowfall, including sleet, freezing rain, and winter storms, is likely during the months of October, November, December, January, February, and March. However, it may snow in the months before and after that timeframe. Thunderstorms and electrical storms are also a possibility in Iowa, especially during the spring and summer months. These usually aren’t dangerous, although sometimes thunderstorms may be accompanied by heavy winds and/or may cause your electricity to be shut off for a period of time. In addition, Iowans may experience tornadoes, beginning in late March and early April and continuing through July. These funnel clouds—similar to a thunder squall, whirlwind, or hurricane—travel at 100 to 300 miles per hour and are very destructive. Meteorologists can often predict the possibility of a tornado, using atmospheric conditions, but the funnel clouds can still form without notice. When a funnel cloud has been sited, the National Weather Service (NWS) issues a Tornado Warning. When conditions show that a tornado may be possible, the NWS issues a Tornado Watch. In the event of either, tune into a local radio or television station for instructions, or contact Campus Security.

Students from warm climates find Iowa cold from early fall. January is the coldest time of year. The temperatures may not rise higher than 0 degrees Fahrenheit, or -18 degrees Centigrade, for several days at a time. Wind-chill factors can make it seem much colder. To protect yourself from the cold, wear layers of clothing so you can adjust to inside and outside temperatures. It’s also important to keep your head and hands covered with hats, gloves, and scarves. It’s advisable to have boots with good tread for traction on ice or snow. Special stockings and undergarments can protect against cold. Heavy coats with insulating layers are the best choice for the coldest days. Note that automobiles have slower breaking times under adverse road conditions, so it’s important to be watchful and give other cars more room. Iowans don’t retreat indoors for all of winter. Instead, there are several enjoyable outdoor activities such as sledding, snow shoeing, skiing, and ice skating. It is healthy to go outside and exercise in the fresh air, but it is important to be dressed properly. In spring, temperatures vary from cool to warm and almost hot. Grass, trees, and flowers begin blooming at this time. Summertime can be very hot, more than 100 degrees Fahrenheit. It rains frequently during spring and summer months.

Summer Resources & Activities

The City of Waverly Swimming Pool, 601 Fifth Ave. SW, 352-6249

The pool is open from Memorial Day (late May) through Labor Day (early September) from 1 to 8 p.m. weekdays and 1 to 8:30 p.m. weekends.

Waverly Heritage Days

This annual event includes food, music and other entertainment.

Bremer County Fair

The fair includes carnival rides, animal exhibits, and a community-wide Agriculture Appreciation Dinner, Aug. 2

Martin Luther King Jr. Center of Hawkeye Community College Banquet—third week in January

Events include guest speakers, workshops, and youth activities. Contact Mary Theroith, 234–7543.

Club Les Dame’s Cotillion Ball—third week in April

The event honors young African-American women for academic and community accomplishments. Contact Bernice Richard, 233-2178.

Black Alliance Beautillion Ball—third week in May

Celebrates young African-American men as they grow from boyhood to manhood and focuses on academic and community involvement. Contact Robert Smith, 234-6819.

Afro-American Community Broadcasting Inc. Banquet—second Saturday in May

A successful Waterloo-Cedar Falls native returns to give an inspirational presentation. Contact Louise Porter, 234-1441.

The NAACP Freedom Fund Dinner—third week in October

This black-tie event includes a speaker and membership information. Contact Cliff Coney, 232–5731.

The Cedar Valley Race Conference—third week in November

This one-day event examines racism, its causes, effects, and solutions. Contact Walter Reed Jr., 291-4441.

Cedar Valley Clubs & Organizations

Ad-Loy-Hoy Club
2020 E. Fourth St., Waterloo, IA 50704

Meetings: Home of members, second Friday of the month at 7 p.m.

Black Alliance
P.O. Box 1012, Waterloo, IA 50704, 234-6819

Meetings: UNI Center for Urban Education, third Sunday of the month at 4 p.m.

Cedar Valley Newcomers
287-5707 or www.cvnewcomers.cjb.net

Gates Park Youth Basketball League
301 Ralston Road, Waterloo, IA 50703, 233-9355

Meetings: second Wednesday of the month at 6 p.m.

Greater Waterloo Chapter of Black Social Workers
321 E. Arlington St., Waterloo, IA 50703, 234-0158, 232-8056

Meetings: UNI Center for Urban Education, first Wednesday of the month (except July) at noon.

International Association of Administrative Professionals
232-1075; Barbara Culpepper, president

Jesse Cosby Neighborhood Center
1112 Mobile St., Waterloo, IA 50703, 232-1793

Meetings: fourth Tuesday of the month at noon

1112 Mobile St., Waterloo, IA 50703, 234-6819, 232-5731

Meetings: Jesse Cosby Center, fourth Thursday of the month at 7 p.m.

Northeast Iowa National Organization for Women

Meets for special projects

Swingers Golf Club (African-American men)
700 Hope Street, Waterloo, IA 50703, 233-6892

United Sisters and Iowa Women’s Networking Together, Inc.

Meetings: YMCA, first Saturday of the month at 10 a.m. during the summer and first Monday of the month at 5 p.m. the rest of the year. 

University of Northern Iowa Center for Urban Education
715 E. Fourth St., Waterloo, IA 50703, 234-6819

Waterloo Women’s Civic Club

3030 San Salvador Drive, Waterloo, IA 50702, 233-3245

Meetings: Jesse Cosby Center, first Tuesday of the month (except January-March) at 5 p.m.

Community Enabler Headquarters
527 Cottage Street, Waterloo, IA 50703, 232-6431