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Alum is IWCC Student Life Leader



By Dan Silvia, Communication Manager

Director of Fun and Excitement – That sounds like a pretty good gig!

That may not be Adam Long’s official job title, but as Director of Student Life at Iowa Western Community College he does indeed hold those responsibilities at the Council Bluffs school.

Long’s efforts to plan and lead activities at IWCC were recognized when he was named National Advisor of the Year by the Association for the Promotion of Campus Activities.


Adam Long accepts the National Advisor of the Year Award from Jondra Darden, APCA director of engagement and conference services.

Money isn’t always available to pump life into campus events, so a little creativity must go a long way, according to Long, who completed a B.S. in Business degree from Bellevue University in 2012. “Some of the challenges that I face in terms of event planning at Iowa Western would be making large events successful, while working on a minimal budget,” he explained. “When I first began working at Iowa Western, I challenged myself to create a fun and exciting “tradition” during the week of homecoming. In 2011, I planned the 1st annual Homecoming Lip Sync Contest. This event was a HUGE hit in its first year, and has grown even bigger each year.”

Long transferred to Bellevue University after completing his Associate of Arts degree at Iowa Western.

“It just so happened that Bellevue was able to accommodate each of my needs as a full-time professional: accepting credits from my previous college, allowing me to take online classes, and offering an accelerated format to allow me to complete my Business Degree even sooner than I had expected,” Long said. “I was very pleased with the ease of communication and ability to pursue my careera t the same time as my education. I spoke with several other schools, and Bellevue was by far the best option in every way.”

Hands-on customer service also played a role in Long’s decision to attend Bellevue and in his career choice.

“I am very thankful for the time that Amy Cox gave me in my “planning stages” of becoming a professional in Higher Education, as well as needing to further my education” Long said. “She was very easy to communicate with, she made the transfer seamless, and she showed me throughout my time at Bellevue that I was a student who was valued. This made my experience incredible, and I owe a lot to her for that.”