Mount Pleasant News

Iowa Wesleyan University Excels in Enrollment

Iowa Wesleyan University Excels in Enrollment during a

Challenging Year for Higher Education



Mount Pleasant, IA – September 7, 2020 — Iowa Wesleyan University (IW) surpassed new student admission goals with a fifth consecutive year of increased overall enrollment and a continued improved student retention rate.

IW’s enrollment has risen by a dramatic 13% this academic year alone, with 729 undergraduate and graduate students making this the school’s largest enrollment since 2011. By comparison, the average yearly increase in student enrollment over the previous five years was 5.5%. In addition, the Graduate and Professional Programs have experienced a 25% enrollment increase from last year. This year, the university also boasts a 63% retention rate for first-year undergraduate students who have returned this fall; this is a significant achievement following many years with retention rates below 50%.

Iowa Wesleyan University also claimed an unprecedented 54% increase over last year in new undergraduate domestic students. These 244 students represent 33 states across the United States, including Puerto Rico.  While the new international student enrollment dropped slightly due to pandemic-related restrictions, more than 65 international students returned from last year.  Overall, this is the university’s largest class of new students since 2009.

IW has been focused on strategically increasing its retention and persistence, most recently with the addition of a Student Success Center through the Office of Academic Success and Inclusive Support. These efforts have paid off.  Over the last five years, the university’s overall persistence has risen by 17%, and the retention of first-year students has improved by 31%.

“Over the past year, the IW community has paid increasing attention to the unique niche of students we serve,” said President Christine Plunkett.  “For most of our students, including many who are the first in their family to attend college, IW becomes a comfortable second home.  I am incredibly proud of the campus-wide effort put forth by our admissions, athletic, and student success staff and our faculty and other staff members to support each student from the moment they enroll at the university.  These remarkable increases in enrollment, retention, and persistence are a testament to those efforts.”

These impressive statistics for Iowa Wesleyan University come during a challenging year for higher education institutions across the country. With the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, many colleges and universities are seeing a decrease in enrollment. One of IW’s strengths has always been its small class sizes and rural campus, explicitly adding to its success during a global pandemic.  The addition of the Tiger Athletics Men’s and Women’s Wrestling Teams and a growing Football roster directly boosted the increased undergraduate enrollment.


Iowa Wesleyan University – As Southeast Iowa’s regional comprehensive university, Iowa Wesleyan University is a transformational learning community whose passion is to educate, empower and inspire students to lead meaningful lives and careers.

Crafts in the Park, Canceled for 2020

Crafts in the Park

2020 Show Canceled

We want to remind everyone that we are not holding Crafts in the Park this year due to the health and safety of our residents and guests. Unfortunately, someone has a facebook event named Crafts in the Park scheduled for this weekend in Central Park. That is not us and we have confirmed with the Parks and Recreation Department that no one has booked the park for this weekend. See you in 2021!


City Wide Garage Sale

Mount Pleasant City Wide Garage Sale

August 27-29, 2020

Mount Pleasant Area Chamber Alliance is hosting a City Wide Garage Sales and Shop Local Days!

We currently have over 60 garage sales and our local businesses are getting ready as well! Fliers will be available at the Chamber office after Monday. Stop by and get your brochure and register for a chance to win one of exciting door prizes. Don’t forget to wear your mask when you come in- we have a  prize for the most creative face mask!

The deadline to register your garage sale is Today (Friday, August 21st) by 5 PM. Please email or call the office at 319-385-3101 to get your garage sale registered!


Old Threshers Reunion Cancelled for 2020

Reunion Cancelled for 2020

This week, the Midwest Old Settlers and Threshers Board of Directors made the very difficult situation to cancel the 2020 reunion. While disappointing, we support this decision and will work with them to make 2021 the best reunion ever. In accordance with this decision, the Chamber will also cancel the 2020 Crafts in the Park. Please stay tuned for exciting ways that we can all celebrate our community in a safe and healthy setting later this year.

Mount Pleasant Iowa Pulse Poll

Main Street Mount Pleasant, in conjunction with Main Street Iowa, needs your help to assess the impacts of COVID-19 on Mount Pleasant as we enter and progress through the reopening and recovery phases. This quick survey takes about three minutes or less to complete. Your responses will be valuable to our efforts, and the efforts of Mount Pleasant businesses, to welcome you back to a clean, safe, and comfortable setting; and to strategize and prioritize actions as we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic. All information is collected anonymously.

Click here to take the survey!

Mount Pleasant Improvement and Beautification Ideas

The Mount Pleasant Community Visioning Steering Committee has identified six areas for potential improvements and beautification efforts. Please take a moment to review the attached document of our preliminary ideas. These are not actual drawings as that will come once we gather your feedback. For now, please complete this important survey about which projects are most important to our community.  To take the survey, click here!

We will be gathering input from now through June 28 so feel free to share this PDF and survey with anyone that you think might be interested.

Click here to view the flyer with the project ideas!

Primary Candidate Information

The Mount Pleasant Area Chamber of Commerce is a private, nonprofit corporation with the mission of enhancing the quality of life for the people of Henry County through economic growth. We rely on and encourage volunteer participation from area businesses, organizations and individuals that support the free market system. We serve as a focal point and advocate for the business interests of the Mount Pleasant area at local, regional, state, and national levels.

We are disappointed that the COVID-19 situation will keep us from hosting a candidates’ forum to learn more about the candidates running for State Senate and the Henry County Board of Supervisors. In place of the forum, we asked the candidates to answer a series of questions. We hope that this information will help you in deciding who to vote for in the June 2 election.

Henry County Supervisors

State Senate

Help us Help our Small Businesses!

Show your Community Pride and Help our Small Businesses

During these unprecedented times, the Mount Pleasant Area Chamber Alliance wants to show the world that we are a community that is tough enough to withstand this challenge. But more importantly, we are a community that has the heart and compassion to care for each other. That is why we are hosting a fundraiser to help our small businesses that have been shut down due to COVID-19.

Using our tagline “Built with Heart”, we are selling Mount Pleasant items on our website. For every item you purchase, you will designate a local business to receive the proceeds from the sales. The businesses are all chamber members and are on the list of the Governor’s mandatory closures.

Thanks to the help of Anywear Apparel, Custom Impressions, Safeguard and Staats, the chamber is able to purchase these items for just $5.00. The remaining portion of the purchase will go to the small business of your choice. Sales will take place between now and May 8. You will be notified by email when your items are ready to be picked up.

We want to say a special thank you to Van Dijk Consultants, who is also a local small business, for helping us to design this site. Go shopping at

Show Some Love to our Local Businesses

Due to the Governor’s proclamation many of our retailers will be forced to close. Main Street Mount Pleasant is asking you to Show Some Love to our local businesses.

Do you have a business you love? Celebrated something special, had a great memory to share? Did one of our Mount Pleasant businesses make a big impact on you!

Send a note to your favorite business! Tag them in a special post! Show how much you love & appreciate our businesses by showing them a little love!