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The Exchange, August 15, 2018, Briar Cliff President, Women's Equality Day, Dubuque's Lost Cemetery

The Exchange 081518


Coming up this week on The Exchange,  how a long deserted cemetery in Dubuque became a place of living history after being dug up for a condominium project. Also, we talk with Briar Cliff University’s new president. 

And we take a look at the offerings of this fall’s Lifelong Learning Program at Western Iowa Tech Community College.  That and more, coming up on The Exchange, Wednesday at Noon and Friday at 9:00 a.m. here on Siouxland Public Media. 


Welcome to The Exchange on Siouxland Public Media, I’m Mary Hartnett. 

The Briar Cliff University Board of Trustees earlier this month selected interim president Rachelle Karstens as the 11th president in the Sioux City college's 88-year history.  Karstens is an attorney who has made a quick rise in the Briar Cliff hierarchy, coming to the college as chief of staff in May 2017, then leading the college after the unexpected resignation of former president Hamid Shirvani two months later.  Karstens began her career as an associate attorney and assistant prosecutor before establishing her own legal practice in Montezuma, Iowa. A passion for higher education led Karstens to philanthropy roles at the University of Iowa Foundation and Indian Hills Community College, where she served as executive director for philanthropy and alumni relations in charge of the college’s endowment and administration of scholarships.  Karstens says raising funds is a big challenge for any school, but she has found that Briar Cliff alumni and friends have been very generous. 

BC President 

That was Rachelle Karstens, the new President of Sioux City’s Briar Cliff University.  She took over the role this month after spending a year as the interim president.

You are listening to the Exchange on Siouxland Public Media.  I’m Mary Hartnett.  Back in 1920, when women earned the right to vote, it would have been very unusual for a woman to be the president of a university.  But times have changed.  The Siouxland League of Women Voters will celebrate that at next Week’s Women’s  Equality Day.  It’s being held at Latham Park, Tuesday, August 21st, at 6:30 p.m.  In advance of the 98thanniversary of the 19thamendment that gave women the right to vote.   Valerie Hennings, Associate Professor of Political Science at Morningside College will be talking at the event about the strides women have made in politics since then. 

That was Morningside College Associate Professor of Political Science at Morningside College. She will be speaking at Women’s Equality Day at Latham Park, on August 21stat Latham Park beginning at 6:30.

You’re listening to The Exchange on Siouxland Public Media.  I’m Mary Hartnett.  State archeologists continue to look for long-abandoned graves on the bluff overlooking the Mississippi River in Dubuque.  That’s after a lengthy excavation a few years ago that lead to a book called, “Dubuque’s Forgotten Cemetery: Excavating a Nineteenth Century Burial Ground in a Twenty-First Century City.”  State of Iowa archeologist Jennifer Mack is one of the book’s authors.  Mack says she and other archeologists were called in to work on the site 2007 when a contractor was preparing the site for some planned condominiums.  

Dubuque Cemetery

That was Jennifer Mack, a state of Iowa archeologist and co-author, with retired archeologist Robbin Lillie, of the book, “Dubuque’s Forgotten Cemetery: Excavating a Nineteenth Century Burial Ground in a Twenty-First Century City.”  Mack continues to research the area and the history of the cemetery.

You’re listening to The Exchange, on Siouxland Public Media.  I’m Mary Hartnett.  Last summer, Sioux City worked to spruce up part of one its one older cemeteries.  Floyd Cemetery has some of Siouxland’s oldest graves.  It also has a large number of graves of Union veterans of the Civil War.  However, many of those graves had become hard to find and unmarked.  That’s where some enterprising students from West High School came to the rescue. They helped to research the plots and find out just who was buried where.  Here’s how the story was recounted at a ceremony on a beautiful summer day last June.

Floyd Cemetery

And now as summer is winding down, let’s take a look at the offerings at Western Iowa Tech Community College’s Lifelong Learning Program.  Siouxland Public Media’s Mark Munger talks with the program’s Mara Hall.

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