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Orpheum Theater report highlights Board meeting

The Iowa Valley Community College District (IVCCD) Board of Directors heard about upcoming events and fundraising efforts for the Orpheum Theater Center when it met this week in Marshalltown.

Bob Untiedt, Director of the Orpheum (which is owned and operated by IVCCD), reported that grant writing and fundraising by the non-profit Friends of the Orpheum Theater has subsidized operations for the past year. “Since February of 2017 there has been no expenditure of funds for any performance in the Orpheum Theater by the (District) itself,” he said. “Everything that has happened, every dance company, every music event, is paid for by the revenues that are generated by the Friends of the Orpheum Theater. These 12 people are making a huge difference in our programming and success!”

Regular Orpheum Theater programming includes one or two movies and Black Box theater events each month. Upcoming performances include the Jan. 27 Winterfest featuring three local progressive rock groups, a Feb. 10 Mardi Gras celebration featuring the NOLA Jazz Band, a Feb. 22 event featuring Iowa’s Poet Laureate Mary Swander, and a Feb. 23 Fourth Friday Wine Club.

Attendance and community support for the Orpheum Theater continues to grow, said Untiedt. “We have had great support from local business and industry, especially R.S. Stover and Lennox Industries. We are conducting events designed to increase our outreach to the Latino population, as well as hosting activities and events that will appeal to smaller interest groups in the area.”

Additionally, the Orpheum hosts Marshalltown Community College students and college-related events. Untiedt said that last year 720 MCC students participated in one or more events at the Orpheum, including the popular poetry readings organized by MCC English Faculty Carolyn Briggs.

In other matters, the Board approved the purchase of Lumens software from Augusoft in the amount of $26,800. According to Jacque Goodman, Vice Chancellor of Iowa Valley Continuing Education, the software replaces a Higher Reach product that costs more than $70,000 annually. The Lumens software will be used for IVCE’s online course registrations and payments; it is expected to be operational sometime after July 1.

The Board also approved contracts to provide college level instruction to students in BCLUW, GMG, Grinnell-Newburg and Lynnville-Sully High Schools; a Board meeting calendar for 2018-2019; and numerous Board Policy and Board Policy Guideline updates. Two gifts to the District included Jean Seberg Festival advertising and People’s Choice Award valued at $549 from Nancy Adams and Jeff Braddock, and a $2,835 grant from the Martha-Ellen Tye Foundation in support of an Intermediary Program financial literacy event for Marshalltown High School freshmen.

The next regular meeting of the IVCCD Board will be on Wednesday, Feb. 14, at 4 pm in the District Administration Building (Board Room) on the Iowa Valley/MCC campus in Marshalltown.

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