ICAN Student Success Center Opening - Corridor Business Journal

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Monday, Oct. 14, 2013

Catch up on the day before you head home for the night.  





ICAN Student Success Center opening scheduled Wednesday


The Iowa College Access Network (ICAN) will celebrate the grand opening of the East Central Iowa Student Success Center on Oct. 16. The grand opening celebration will begin at 4:30 p.m. at the Linn County Regional Center at 1770 Boyson Road in Hiawatha, and will include refreshments. It is free and open to the public.


This new center brings expert career and college planning resources, as well as financial aid assistance, to the community, offering free services to students, parents and local school districts.


"This event offers a perfect opportunity for anyone interested in ICAN to come and see what we have to offer, ask questions and meet our team," Rob Miller, ICAN executive director, stated in a press release. "This Student Success Center is possible, in part, because of our great partnership with Kirkwood Community College. Both ICAN and Kirkwood are committed to helping students gain access to information and resources needed to make informed decisions for college and careers. "


Hiawatha mayor Tom Theis, along with representatives from ICAN's board of directors and Kirkwood, will speak on the new ICAN center, ICAN services, program information and more. In addition, officials from the Greater Cedar Rapids Economic Alliance will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony.


The East Central Iowa Student Success Center will provide local services across a 13-county region encompassing 66 high schools and approximately 28,000 students. For more information call ICAN at (877) 272-4692, ext. 7708, or email bmorey@ICANsucceed.org



Cedar Rapids District 3 Candidate Forum to be held Tuesday


A Cedar Rapids District 3 Candidate Forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters Linn County will be held from 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Cedar First Presbyterian Church, 310  Fifth St. SE, Cedar Rapids.


Candidates participating include Robert Bates, Robin Kash, Alan F. Modracek and incumbent Pat Shey. The city elections are Nov. 5.  The forum is free and open to everyone.  



CBJ to host next Power Breakfast on Nov. 6


Offered three times a year, the Corridor Business Journal Power Breakfast Series features a panel discussion on topics of interest to local business professionals. The event encourages audience participation for an in-depth look into each subject. The next event, The Gender Gap, will be held from 7:30-9:30 a.m. Nov. 6 at The Hotel at Kirkwood Center, 7725 Kirkwood Blvd. SW, Cedar Rapids.


Panelists include Lydia Brown, president, CEO, Ascent, and founding partner, Skywalk Group; Katie Mulholland, superintendent, Linn-Mar Community School District; Diane Ramsey, executive director, IWLC; Debra Schwinn, M.D., dean, University of Iowa Roy J. Carver and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine; and Dee Vandeventer, a founder, partner and the "V" of ME&V. Moderator is Kate Minette, general manager and senior vice president, Pearson


Purchase tickets for $35 by registering at www.corridorbusiness.com clicking on events, clicking on the Power Breakfast Series and completing registration, or by calling Kristin Reynolds at (319) 887-2251 ext. 314 by Oct. 30.


The next Power Breakfast is scheduled for Wednesday, March 5. The topic and speakers will be announced at a later date.




FOCUS: Health Care


Rebalancing Health Care in the Heartland to be held Tuesday


As policy debates continue over implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the roll-out of new health insurance marketplaces, the University of Iowa will host a statewide forum Tuesday at the Embassy Suites in Des Moines to address the issues at the heart of health care reform.


Rebalancing Health Care in the Heartland, the sixth in an ongoing series of forums designed to support Iowa policymakers in their efforts to improve health care for Iowans, will focus on public-private sector strategies and the impact of the ACA on business. The conference will feature speakers and a debate facilitated by the UI's A. Craig Baird Debate Forum.


The event will include featured remarks from Alan Weil, executive director of the National Academy for State Health Policy, and a keynote address by G. William Hoagland, senior vice president at the Bipartisan Policy Center.


Key state policy leaders are also expected to attend the event, including scheduled legislative responses from Dave Heaton, Iowa state representative, and Amanda Ragan, Iowa state senator. Jennifer Vermeer, director of Iowa Medicaid, is also part of the conference program.


Registration is $125 for the general public and $40 for students. To register, visit http://rebalancinghealthcare.uiowa.edu/.



Especially for You race raises more than $370,000 


More than 15,100 people participated in the 2013 Especially For You Race Against Breast Cancer on Oct. 13 at Mercy Medical Center, Cedar Rapids.


Proceeds from race registrations go to the Especially for You fund. This year more than $370,000 in registrations was raised for the fund, which provides mammography and other breast-care services for area individuals who cannot otherwise afford them.  In 2012, the Especially for You fund was able to help 773 people receive more than 1,000 services in Linn County.


The race, which includes a 5K run, 5K walk and a 1-mile family fun walk, has experienced tremendous growth since the first race in 1991, when 1,078 people participated.



New Pi hosts 'Tune Up For Your Brain' class Tuesday 


"Tune Up For Your Brain," a New Pi class with Dr. Terry Wahls, will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Unitarian Universalist Society of Iowa City, 10 S. Gilbert St., at the southeast corner of Iowa and Gilbert streets.


Injuries and diseases of the brain-from concussions to mood disorders to Alzheimer's-indicate that the brain is a sensitive organ. Ms. Wahls believes changes in diet and lifestyle can lead to marked improvement in brain function. Learn how to address problems with behavior, mood and memory. Stories will be presented from those with Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, depression and autism who have followed the Wahls Diet. 

To register, visit www.newpi.coop or contact Genie Maybanks at (319) 248-6408.



Mercy Dialysis offers seminar on chronic kidney disease


Join Mercy Dialysis from 9 a.m.-noon Oct. 22 to learn more about living well with chronic kidney disease. Mercy Dialysis is presenting the program at Mercy Medical Center's Hallagan Education Center at 701 10th St. SE, Cedar Rapids.  


The seminar will cover topics such as kidney basics, important blood tests, nutrition, kidney transplants and kidney dialysis. To register and learn more, call (319) 221-8878, or visitwww.mercycare.org/dialysis



Upcoming free community event on cancer survivorship


When it comes to receiving lemons, Gayle Zinda, survivor of breast and lung cancer, knows how to make lemonade. Ms. Zinda is an author and travels the world giving inspirational and motivating programs about handling life's challenges and dealing with a diagnosis of cancer. 


The community is invited to hear her speak at an upcoming free UnityPoint Health - St. Luke's Hospital event at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 22 at UnityPoint Health - St. Luke's third floor Nassif Heart Center. Register for this free event, by calling (319) 369-7395 or at stlukescr.org/livewell.



UnityPoint Health - St. Luke's receives chest pain accreditation


UnityPoint Health - St. Luke's Hospital received full accreditation with percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC).


"The team at St. Luke's sets the standard for fast heart attack care," Sandi McIntosh, UnityPoint Health - UnityPoint Health - St. Luke's Emergency Services director, stated in a press release. "We know minutes count when it comes to surviving a heart attack. That's why our team is constantly raising the bar when it comes to diagnosing and treating heart attacks. We know it could mean the difference between life and death."


"This accreditation is much-deserved recognition for our exceptional team of health care providers at St. Luke's and UnityPoint Clinic Cardiology," Dr. Todd Langager, UnityPoint Clinic Cardiology, stated in a press release. "The gold standard for getting a patient from the Emergency Department (ED) to opening a blocked artery is 90 minutes or less. This is called door-to-balloon time. Our average time is 60 minutes and our team constantly strives to meet or exceed this time with every patient."


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Short-term Event Planner           


Oct. 15

Windows 7 Basics, by Kirkwood Community College, 5:30-9:30 p.m., Iowa City Learning Center, 1810 lower Muscatine Road, Iowa City. This course is a complete introduction to Microsoft's newest operating system and all its new features. Learn to manage windows and folders, sort and filter files, run programs, manage security settings and take advantage of Window's multimedia features for photos, music and videos. Learning Windows has never been this easy. Tuition includes a textbook. Two sessions. Cost: $169. To register, call (319) 398-1022 or visit www.kirkwood.edu/ce



Oct. 16

Chamber U Get SAVVY: Total Online Presence - Online Advertising, by Theresa Bornbach, Business & Talent Made Better, 8-9:30 a.m., Marion City Hall, room 136, 1225 Sixth Ave. Uncover new ways to drive online traffic to your business through keyword rich Pay-Per-Click and AdWords campaigns that click through to strategic landing pages for lead capture. Cost: $10.



Oct. 17

Second Annual Diversity Forum, by Diversity Focus, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Hotel Kirkwood, 7725 Kirkwood Blvd. SW, Cedar Rapids. The focus is to leverage the network of employee resource groups to create a regional diversity plan. 


North Liberty Business Banquet, by Iowa City Area Chamber of Commerce, 5 p.m., South Slope Communications, 980 N. Front St., North Liberty. Enjoy an evening of networking, dinner catered by Reds Alehouse, and a presentation from David Hensley, executive director of the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center at the University of Iowa. Mr. Hensley will discuss how to create an entrepreneurial ecosystem in the region. Cost: $35 members, $50 non-members. To register, visit http://bit.ly/1aENp8Z.



Oct. 21                  

Outlook Basics 2013, by Kirkwood Community College, 5:30-9:30 p.m., The Kirkwood Center, main campus, Cedar Rapids. With Microsoft Office 2013, take advantage of Outlook to become more organized and productive than ever before. In this hands-on course, learn the basics of how to manage contacts, email, tasks and calendar. Windows Basics and Word Basics or equivalent experience is recommended. Two sessions. Cost: $169. To register, call (319) 398-1022 or visit www.kirkwood.edu/ce.



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Dubuque Fighting Saint defenseman Dylan Chanter is out of the hospital, after a scary scene Saturday night. The 18-year-old hit his head on the ice during a fight with the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders. Witnesses tell CBS 2 he went into convulsions after hitting his head. Trainers worked with him until an ambulance could get him to the hospital. Both teams agreed to suspend the game.  The USHL and the teams will announce a make-up date for Saturday's game soon.


The developer of the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sioux City on Friday defended the hiring of general manager Todd Moyer, who has come under scrutiny after being fired from his previous casino job. The Sioux City Journal reports that Mr. Moyer was fired as general manager of the Diamond Jo Casino in Dubuque, after being accused of shoving a subordinate and using public profanity. A three-member board under the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission also suspended Mr. Moyer's gaming license for 30 days. The president of Sioux City Entertainment, which is developing the new downtown Sioux City casino, says Mr. Moyer disclosed those facts as he was being considered for the new casino's general manager job. Bill Warner also says Mr. Moyer will bring "energy and drive" to his new job. 



CBS 2 Weather First Forecast


Clouds will continue to increase tonight with scattered showers moving in overnight into Tuesday morning. Look for a break in the rain Tuesday afternoon before more light showers and drizzle move in during the late afternoon and evening.  





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