Past Achievements

Buena Vista University celebrates the accomplishments of our students and faculty. The academic achievement newsletter is sent to the campus community on Fridays during the academic year.

Jill Kreimeyer secures employment

Dec. 5, 2017

Jill Kreimeyer will be graduating from the Mental Health Counseling Graduate Program in December 2017. She has secured employment following graduation at Prairie Ridge Integrative Behavioral healthcare. In addition, she is now certified in Motivational Enhancement Therapy & Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (MET/CBT) and has been selected by Prairie Ridge to begin training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). Congratulation, Jill!

Mental Health Counseling Graduate Program

University Seminar Writing Contest Winners

Dec. 1, 2017

Congratulations to Vadim Torgashov, Eric LaRue, and Kenneth Wexler, who are the winners of the inaugural University Seminar Writing Contest!

A panel of judges reviewed first-year student essays that creatively demonstrated insight and knowledge of the common reading, The Other Wes Moore. First place ($200) was awarded to Vadim Torgashov, second place ($100) was awarded to Eric LaRue, and third place ($50) was awarded to Kenneth Wexler.

Human Performance Student Accepted to Physical Therapy School

Nov. 27, 2017

Congratulations to Tyler Vorrie on being accepted into the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Des Moines University. Tyler will begin his studies this upcomming Fall semester (Aug 2018). Des Moines University is an outstanding physical therapy program where the passing rate for the the National Physical Therapy Examination (licensure exam) is 100% for students who graduated between 2014-2016. Tyler has been an excellent student at BVU and we know that he will excel in his studies at DMU.

Human Performance Faculty

Daly Selected for U.S. Army Cyber Command

Nov. 17, 2017

Congratulations to ROTC cadet and BVU computer science senior Abigail Daly on the notification of her Active Army Branch. Abby has been selected to serve in the relatively new and highly competitive Cyber Command of the United States Army. This is a tremendous honor, and we wish Abby well on the start of her career!

BVU Computer Science

Mackey to Join PayPal as a Software Engineer

Nov. 17, 2017

Congratulations to BVU computer science and mathematics double major Sarah Mackey. After fielding several post-graduation offers, Sarah will be joining PayPal in San Jose, California, as a Software Engineer in the Recent College Graduate (RCG) Program—a rotational program that will allow her to participate on multiple teams in a wide range of areas during her first year including software design, Big Data, front-end development, and back-end development. Congratulations, Sarah, and good luck on the next step in what will be an outstanding career!

BVU Mathematics and Computer Science Departments

Swanson Accepts Internship with Principal Financial

Nov. 17, 2017

Congratulations to BVU computer science student Matthew Swanson. Matthew has been invited back to participate in a summer 2018 internship with Principal Financial Group in Des Moines, Iowa, where he interned last summer. Matthew will be interning with Principal’s Distribution Technology Services Team. His predicted responsibilities will include leading teams of interns on group projects in support of Principal’s IT department. Well done, Matthew, and good luck!

BVU Computer Science

Accepts Teaching Position

Nov. 16, 2017

KamronWarden, Music Education Major in vocal music, has accepted a teaching position with the Burlington School District. His teaching duties will include: Middle School General Mauic and Choirs. The BVU December graduate will start his new position in January 2018.

Band Members Accepted to Iowa Collegiate Honor Band

Nov. 16, 2017

Five Buena Vista University band members have been selected to participate in the 24th annual Iowa Collegiate Honor Band. Students include: Megan Coats – clarinet, Alyssa Kragelund – clarinet, Rachel Kehrberg – clarinet, Jarrett Drummer – clarinet and Corgan Petersen – percussion.

Rehearsal for the 100 member ensemble will be held on Friday November 17 in Nevada, Iowa at Nevada High School. The grand finale concert will be held on Saturday November 18 at 2PM in the Josephine Tope Community Auditorium on the Nevada High School campus. Admission is free and open to the public.

This year’s guest conductor is Dr. Jack Stamp. Dr. Stamp is currently adjunct Professor of Music at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls where he teaches conducting and composition.

National Recognition

Nov. 15, 2017

At its national business meeting in Dallas, Texas, the College Media Association awarded a Board of Directors Citation for contributions to First Amendment advocacy to Dr. Andrea Frantz, Professor of Digital Media. The CMA Board annually awards citations for leadership in First Amendment advocacy and student media advising.

Digital Media Department

National Recognition

Nov. 15, 2017

At its national business meeting in Dallas, Texas, the College Media Association awarded a Board of Directors Citation for contributions to First Amendment advocacy to Dr. Andrea Frantz, Professor of Digital Media. The CMA Board annually awards citations for leadership in First Amendment advocacy and student media advising.

Digital Media Department

Audio Project to Air on Iowa Watch Connection

Nov. 15, 2017

Iowa Watch Connection, a weekly statewide news and public affairs radio program, will broadcast a 20-minute investigative audio story produced by senior Digital Media major, Madeleine McCormick. McCormick's story, "Politics of Fear: What Are We So Afraid Of? Immigration" examines proposed changes in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy. The Iowa Watch Connection airs on 19 radio stations covering Iowa, reaching listeners across the state and parts of Iowa's seven neighboring states. It is supported by the Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism. Please congratulate Madeleine on this impressive achievement.

The Digital Media Department

NASA Planetary Data Archiving, Restoration, and Tools (PDART)

Nov. 13, 2017

Dr. Shawn Stone has been invited to participate as a scientific software consultant in the NASA PDART program. He will develop and test various coordinate transformations needed to take Galileo space craft EPD (Energetic Particle Detector) pointing directions and put them in moon centered coordinate systems. The software will be used to process existing and future data from the plasma environment around the Jovian moons.

Physics Department

CONGRATULATIONS

Nov. 13, 2017

Kamron Warden has accepted a 6-8 general music and choir postion at Aldo Leopold Middle School in Burlington, IA. He will begin in January. Congratulations, Kamron!

School of Education

Jennifer Tarr secures Employment

Nov. 10, 2017

Jennifer Tarr will graduate from the Mental Health Counseling Graduate Program in December of this year. She will continue to work for Prairie Ridge Integrated Behavioral Healthcare in Mason City, IA as a Clinical Supervisor! Congratulations, Jennifer!

Mental Health Counseling Graduate Program

Jessica Throndson secures Employment

Nov. 10, 2017

Jessica Throndson will graduate from the Mental Health Counseling Graduate Program in December of 2017 and will be employed at Prairie Ridge Integrated Behavioral Healthcare as an Outpatient Counselor! Congratulations, Jessica!

Mental Health Counseling Graduate Program

Stephanie Redwine secures employment

Nov. 10, 2017

Stephanie Redwine will graduate from the Mental Health Counseling Graduate Program in December of 2017. She has secured employment at St. Gregory Retreat Center as an Assistant Clinical Director! Congratulations, Stephanie!

Mental Health Graduate Program

Students Present at Iowa Civic Action Academy

Nov. 6, 2017

Congratulations to Amanda Miley, Taylor Loy, Kathryn Tyykila and Kaitlyn Werner who were selected to present at the Iowa Civic Action Academy this past weekend. The students presented on, "Meeting People Where They Are: Aspiring Ally Identity Development."

Office of Civic Engagement

Psychology of "Supernatural"

Nov. 1, 2017

The new book "Supernatural Psychology: Roads Less Traveled" has been published and is now available at bookstores and online. The volume includes a chapter co-authored by Dr. Wind Goodfriend and Psychology alumna Melanie Boysen. Their chapter focuses on how the two main characters progress through Erikson's stages of development.

Psychology Dept.

Teaching Position Accepted

Oct. 30, 2017

Congratulations to Cheyanne Boland who has accepted a 3rd grade teaching position for the CAM school district in Anita, IA! Cheyanne will begin her position in January 2018.

School of Education

Schimmer completes M.S.

Oct. 30, 2017

Congratulations to Leah Schimmer, Teacher Education Data & Assessment Manager in the School of Education, for earning her Master's of Science degree in educational technology from the University of South Dakota!

Human Performance Professor Recent Publication

Oct. 28, 2017

Congratulations to Jim Farnsworth, assistant professor of exercise science; his research manuscript entitled, "Association of objectively measured sedentary behavior with criterion measured obesity among U.S. adults" was accepted for publication in the American Journal of Human Biology.

School of Education & Exercise Science

Brooke Ware completes BA degree

Oct. 23, 2017

OSG Region 4 would like to congratulate Brooke Ware, Region 4 Coordinator, on the successful completion of her Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration degree from BVU! Congratulations on this wonderful accomplishment, Brooke!

Education Professor to Present at National History of Education Conference

Oct. 20, 2017

Mark Hopkins had two peer-reviewed research proposals accepted for presentation at the national History of Education Conference in Little Rock, Arkansas. The conference will be held November 2-5, 2017. The first presentation is entitled "They Were Going to Wither and Die on the Vine": Kirkwood Community College and Its Early Relationships with Four-Year Institutions. This presentation is a product of archival research conducted in Iowa about the history of community colleges during their founding years from 1965 to 1975. The second presentation is entitled "All Hail, to each of them": Nebraska State Normal School Faculty Pointed the Way to a Higher Standard and a Better Life. This presentation is a product of archival research conducted in Nebraska about the history of state normal schools (early teacher education programs) and their role in higher education during the early 1900s.

School of Education

Farnsworth Completes Ph.D.

Oct. 19, 2017

Congratulations to James Farnsworth II who successfully defended his dissertation entitled, "Development and Validation of Comprehension Patient Reported Knee Outcomes Instruments using Item Response Theory." In this study, he researched how current knee reported outcomes in health care did not apply to athletes. This was an attempt to validate and assist in developing a new instrument that will apply to athletes and help progress the care of those who reach the highest level on the current scale. Professor Farnsworth will graduate from Middle Tennessee State University with a Ph.D. in Human Performance, Kinesmetrics Specialization in December.

Exercise Science Program

Rosie Russell, Best Student Oral Presentation Award at SWS Conference!

Oct. 15, 2017

Congratulations to Rosie Russell on receiving the Best Student Oral Presentation Award at the Society of Wetland Scientist - North Central Chapter Annual Meeting, Fargo, ND, October 12 – 14, 2017. Rosie, who is a BVU senior completing a Distributive Major in Sustainable Development with Business and Biology Minors, was the only undergraduate student among twenty graduate student and professional wetland scientist presenters. Her presentation, entitled An Approach to Valuing Urban Wetlands Using Economic, Social, Environmental, and Political Factors, discussed the importance of addressing urban water quality issues through collaborative wetland remediation efforts. Nice job, Rosie!

School of Science

School of Education Professors to Present at Conference

Oct. 10, 2017

Brittany Garling and Mark Hopkins will present at the Latinx Educational Excellence in the Midwest Conference at the University of Iowa on October 21, 2017. They will join three teachers from the Storm Lake Community School to present a panel presentation entitled From E to C: Strategies and Programs to Assist Latinx Students from Elementary to College. The group will speak about the challenges of changing student demographics, and they will share their experiences and ways to assist Latinx students in elementary school, secondary school, and college. Members of the panel will focus on strategies and programs used in the school district to provide students with equitable learning opportunities. The presentation will also focus on the role of TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language) within instruction, how the school district is working with the community, and how college and university education programs can better prepare teachers for the challenges of working with diverse learners.

School of Education

Publications Utilized

Oct. 4, 2017

Books authored by both members of the History Department were used in the making of Ken Burns' newest PBS documentary, "The Vietnam War." Dixee Bartholomew-Feis' work The OSS and Ho Chi Minh: Unexpected Allies in the War Against Japan, was utilized in the segments on Vietnam in the 1940s. Bill Feis' co-authored book For the Common Defense: A Military History of the United States, was used in segments related to US military involvement in the 1960s and 1970s.

History Department

ICAN FAFSA Assistance Certification

Oct. 3, 2017

Congratulations to the following nine BVU staff who were recently ICAN FAFSA certified: Jessa Grosenheider, Jordan Truckenmiller, Kristin Jackson, Jamie Fritz, Amy Montgomery, Christina Reinhard, Rachel Mies, Jill Barr and Jayne Berends. The certification was made available through the Iowa College Access Network Financial Aid Certification Program.

Recent Publication

Oct. 2, 2017

Assistant Professor of Communication Studies, Mary Donato’s co-authored article with Dr. Scott Myers, Professor and the Peggy Rardin McConnell Chair of Speech Communication at West Virginia University, appears in the Fall 2017, Volume 49, Number 1 issue of the Iowa Journal of Communication, an award-winning state journal of the Central States Communication Association. Their work is entitled, “Keeping the Peace: Daughters In-Law’s Relational Maintenance Behaviors with their Mothers In-Law.” BVU alumnae, Stephanie Steiner’s Westphal Outstanding Student Paper from the Fall 2016 conference entitled, “The Filtered Self: What Instagram Postings Reveal About an Individual’s Sense of Identity” appears in Volume 49, Number 2 of the 2017 Iowa Communication Journal.

Communication Studies Program

Comm Faculty and Alumnae Attend Annual Conference

Oct. 2, 2017

Drs. Bryan Kampbell and Mary Gill, and 2017 graduate Kristina Grossman attended the Iowa Communication Association Annual Conference at Central College in Pella, September 29 and 30th. Dr. Kampbell organized and facilitated a panel discussion around Sherry Turkle’s book, Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age. Kristina presented her senior Gender and Women’s Studies Capstone paper which was competitively selected for the conference. Her paper was entitled, “The Welfare Queen: Power of Metaphors and Media of Self-Perception.” Dr. Gill was her capstone mentor.

Communication Studies Program

Professor Published

Sept. 29, 2017

Congratulations to new ESL Professor Ashley Heiberger on the publication of her conference paper, “Positionality and Participation: Engaging Saudi Women in the Second Language Classroom” in the proceedings issue of the CEA Critic (journal of the College English Association).

School of Education

Invited Speaker

Sept. 28, 2017

Congratulations to Professor Farnsworth who was invited as a guest speaker at the Tennessee Athletic Trainers' Society annual symposium at Belmont University in Nashville Tennessee. Professor Farnsworth will be discussing the Purpose of, how to use, and the implementation of patient reported outcomes in athletic training.

Human Performance

Rosie Russell has Abstract Accepted for Conference Presentation!

Sept. 21, 2017

Congratulations to Rosie Russell on her abstract acceptance for oral presentation at the Society of Wetland Scientist - North Central Chapter Annual Meeting, Fargo, ND, October 12 – 14, 2017. Rosie’s presentation, entitled An Approach to Valuing Urban Wetlands Using Economic, Social, Environmental, and Political Factors, is based on information and research gathered during her sustainability internship with Emmons & Olivier Resources, Inc. Rosie is a BVU senior completing a Distributive Major in Sustainable Development with Business and Biology Minors. Nice job, Rosie!

School of Science

Williams & Company Internship Interviews

Sept. 13, 2017

Congratulations to the six BVU students who submitted resumes to Williams & Co. for Spring and Summer internship opportunities: Jayden Clark, Ryan Steim, Wilfredo Salamanca, Brandon Glienke, Alexis Keller, and Clayton Christian. All six have been asked to interview while Williams & Co. representatives are on campus on September 22, 2017.

Psychology Professor to Present Research

Sept. 12, 2017

Congratulations to Dr. Wind Goodfriend, psychology professor and assistant dean of graduate programs. She will be presenting her empirical research on warning signs of domestic violence at the annual conference for the Society of Personality and Social Psychology. The conference will be this March in Atlanta, Georgia.

Psychology Dept.

International Photography Contest Finalist

Sept. 10, 2017

Emily Kenny, senior Digital Media and Psychology double major, has been named a finalist in the international Shoot the Wild photography contest. The contest is highly competitive and juried 'blind,' meaning no names are associated with the images submitted. All finalists are published in the 2017 Shoot the Wild book of photography. Emily's winning image is one she shot on a month-long environmental and wildlife South African trip she completed in August. Her image depicts two lions devouring a zebra. Congratulations, Emily!

Dr. Andrea Frantz

ICAN FAFSA Assistance Certification

Sept. 8, 2017

Amy Montgomery, Region 3 Financial Specialist, has completed FAFSA training through the Iowa College Access Network Financial Aid Certification Program and has been awarded the FAFSA Assistance Certification. She is listed on the ICAN website as a Certified FAFSA Professional.

Psychology Professor Invited to Speak at Conference

Sept. 1, 2017

Congratulations to Dr. Wind Goodfriend, professor of psychology and assistant dean of graduate programs; she has been asked to give an invited address at two conferences this year. Both conferences have asked Dr. Goodfriend to present on her innovations in the teaching of psychology. The first conference is the meeting of the National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology (in St. Pete Beach, Florida this January) and the second is the meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association (in Chicago this April).

Psychology Dept.

Completion of grad school and internship

Aug. 31, 2017

I am pleased to report that Jacalyn Schubring (a 2016 BVU graduate in music production) just recently completed her master’s degree in recording technology at the University of Colorado in Denver. She was able to complete the two year program in just one year. Since graduating in August she also accepted a position as the Onsite Service Engineer position at Metropolitan State University of Denver with Mechdyne Corporation and will be starting on the 31st! She will be in charge of maintaining a multimillion dollar virtual reality 3-d auditorium. Congratulations on both accomplishments!

Congratulations to Joe Pietz (senior music production student at BVU) for winning a three month internship with Orb Recording Studios in Austin, Texas. Orb studios are one of the largest and most active facilities in Austin where numerous gold records have been made over the years. Some of the biggest musical acts have recorded there. Congratulations to Joe for winning the internship!

Dr. david Klee

BVU’s Storm Lake Business Students Completed Impressive Internships this Summer!

Aug. 21, 2017

Students from The Harold Walter Siebens School of Business have been quite busy this summer. Accounting and finance students interned with Parks Marina; Deloitte; Goal Kick Soccer; Arnold Motor Supply; Buena Vista University; Fastenal; Williams & Company; Rosene, Pickhinke & Peters; Aterra Real Estate; The National World War I Museum and Memorial; Burlington Bees baseball organization; Iowa Falls State Bank; Linn and Associates (Chicago Board of Trade); and Wells Blue Bunny. Marketing and management interns worked for: The Disney College Program, Simonsen Iron Works, the National Association for Gun Rights; The Acre Company; Smokin’ Herford BBQ; Lake Creek Country Club; Redenbaugh Chiropractic; Wells Ag Supply; VT Industries; the Minnesota Zoo, Lincoln Savings Bank; and Storm Lake United.

Take a look at the postings on Facebook.com/bvubusiness for details about each internship.

Congratulations to all business students who took this important step in their career.

Scott Anderson

Director of Business Internships

Dr. Scott A. Anderson

Bread Loaf Writers' Conference Acceptance

Aug. 10, 2017

Assoc. Prof. of English Gwen Hart has been accepted to the 2017 Bread Loaf Writers' Conference to study with poet Garrett Hongo.

English Dept.

Pham Joins Northrop Grumman as a Software Engineer

Aug. 3, 2017

Congratulations to BVU computer science graduate Loc Pham. Loc has accepted a position as a software engineer with Northrop Grumman Corporation, located in Bellevue, Nebraska. This position requires a U.S. security clearance. Loc's primary duties will be to program Web-based software using AngularJS. Well done, Loc, and good luck to you!

BVU Computer Science

Executive Board Position

July 26, 2017

Assistant Prof. of English Dr. Francesca Gentile has been elected to the executive board for the Midwest Writing Centers Association, and she will help to plan the annual conference in Omaha.

The English Dept.

Teaching position accepted

July 11, 2017

Alex Lamp (SL '16) has accepted a position at the Whiting Community School District as Athletic Director and will also be teaching K-12 PE. Congratulations, Alex!

School of Education

Acceptance of Teaching Position

June 16, 2017

Justin Kahl accepted a position teaching kindergarten for Maple Valley-Anthon-Oto for the 2017-18 school year.

School of Education

Acceptance of Teaching Position

June 13, 2017

Jake Lewis accepted a position teaching high school physical education at Winterset CSD.

School of Education

Psychology Professor to Write Third Textbook

June 2, 2017

Congratulations to Dr. Wind Goodfriend, professor of psychology and assistant dean of graduate programs; she has recently signed a contract to write another textbook with SAGE Publishers. The new book will be Dr. Goodfriend's third textbook with SAGE and will focus on how social psychology can be seen in both fictional and non-fictional historical examples and case studies. Dr. Goodfriend will write this book over the course of the coming year during her sabbatical, along with her textbook on close relationships and her second general-audience book on domestic violence research.

Psychology Dept.

Acceptance of Teaching Position

May 30, 2017

Shelby Cooper accepted a position teaching 6 - 12 grade band for Southwest Valley Schools in Corning and Villisca.

School of Education

Kaelee Matney Accepts Employment

May 29, 2017

Kaelee Matney, Senior Social Work graduate, has accepted employment as Early Head Start Home Visitor II with Community Action Agency of Siouxland in Sioux City, Iowa. Congratulations Kaelee!

Social Work Department

James to Intern at Veridian

May 26, 2017

Congratulations to BVU computer science student Ekene John James. Ekene has accepted an internship with Veridian of Spencer, Iowa. He will be assisting with the upgrade of their financial and manufacturing computer systems, as well as gaining exposure to ERP systems, C#, and MS SQL Server. Congratulations, Ekene!

BVU Computer Science

Bobby Ivey ('16) to pursue DPM at DMU

May 25, 2017

Congratulations to Bobby Ivey, Biology major from the class of 2016. Bobby will attend Des Moines University next falll to pursue a Doctorate in Podiatric Medicine degree. Good job Bobby!

Molly Hesnard to pursue Biomedical Sciences Masters

May 25, 2017

Congratulations to Biochemisty major Molly Hesnard for being admitted to the Biomedical Sciences Masters program at Iowa State University. She will begin her studies in Ames later this summer.

Acceptance of Teaching Position

May 24, 2017

Alexis Moreno accepted a position teaching PE at East Mills Jr./Sr. High for the 2016-17 school year.

School of Education

Acceptance of Teaching Position

May 24, 2017

Yadira Alday accepted a position teaching ESL at Storm Lake Elementary School for the 2016-17 School Year.

School of Education

Acceptance of Teaching Position

May 24, 2017

Holly Keenan accepted a position teaching math for the Clay Central Everly school district for the 2016-17 school year.

School of Education

BVU Society for Collegiate Journalists students win national awards

May 22, 2017

Buena Vista University’s media students and organizations received 33 awards in the annual Society for Collegiate Journalists (SCJ) national media contest.

SCJ’s national contest entries are judged by professionals in the media industry. The organization currently has more than 100 chapters across the nation, and all active members are eligible to enter original works in the contest. Each chapter may submit up to three entries per category, with more than 50 categories covering all media formats. The national contest does not distinguish divisions by the size of the school or chapter.

Online News Website Overall Excellence
Third place: The Tack Online

Multimedia News Story
First place: Justice Gage
Second place: Emily Johnson; Madeleine McCormick; and Nathan Connelly, Class of 2016

Multimedia Feature Story
Second place: Madeleine McCormick and Deidree Friesen
Honorable mention: Madeleine McCormick; Emily Johnson; and Brittany Poeppe

Multimedia Sports Story
First place: Christopher Habermann
Third place: Christopher Habermann

Photo Slideshow
Honorable mention: Skyler Gorsett

Multimedia Series
Second place: Christopher Habermann

Continuing Coverage
Third place: Lindsey Graham, Deidree Friesen; and Madeleine McCormick

Column or Commentary
First place: Lindsey Graham

Features (excluding sports)
Third place: Deidree Friesen

Sports News Writing
Honorable mention: Tanner Hoops,

News Photography/Individual Image
Second place: Justice Gage

Feature Photography/Individual Image
Honorable mention: Justice Gage

Radio News Package
First place: Tiffany Brauckman, Zachary Schmidt, (Class of 2016); Brittany Poeppe; and Mackenzie Rappe
Second place: Madeleine McCormick
Third place: Tiffany Brauckman

Radio Feature Package
First place: Madeleine McCormick and Tiffany Brauckman
Second place: Kylee Deering, and Spencer Lee
Third place: Deidree Friesen and Tiffany Brauckman

Radio Sports Package
First place: “Friday Night Hoops” Tanner Hoops and Andrew Bandstra
Third place: “Inside Beaver Baseball” Tanner Hoops
Honorable mention: “KBVU’s Tanner Hoops Talks with Minnesota Twins Broadcaster Dick Bremer” Tanner Hoops

Commercial, Promotion and Public Announcement
Second place: Jasmine Bautista and Mackenzie Rappe
Third place: Tiffany Brauckman
Honorable mention: Tanner Hoops

Television, Promotion & PSA
First place: Jasmine Bautista and Christopher Habermann
Second place: “UCN Sports Promo” Morgan McGrew,
Third place: “First Amendment Week Promo” Morgan McGrew

Television Feature Package
First place: Morgan McGrew

Television Sports Package
First place: Christopher Habermann
Second place: Spencer Bottorff

Dr. Andrea Frantz

Keith Foreman recieves PhD in Physics

May 18, 2017

The Physics program is proud to announce that Keith Foreman (SL'10) received his PhD in Physics from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Keith has accepted a post doc with Thomas Jefferson National Laboratory where he will be building an optical polarimeter that will be used to calibrate their polarized electron beam. Congratulations Keith!

Physics Department

Yuta Tomii accepted to M.S. program

May 18, 2017

The Physics program is proud to announce that Yuta Tomii (SL'16.5) has been accepted into the M.S. program in Atmospherics at the University of Nevada, Reno. There he will study weather and climate and develop models that predict weather patterns. Congratulations Yuta!

Physics Dept

Psychology/Criminal Justice Student Accepted for Graduate School

May 17, 2017

Congratulations to Psychology/Criminal Justice double major Machensey Shelgren (May 2016 graduate), who has been accepted for the Clinical Psychology M.A. program at Minnesota State University, Mankato. She accepted a Research Assistantship position with the Department of Education Studies: K-12 & Secondary Programs. Machensey begins the program this Fall. Congratulations, Kenzie!

SSPR

Graduate Assistantship Position Accepted

May 15, 2017

Congratulations to recent graduate Jake Rosburg for his acceptance into the University of South Dakota Kinesiology and Sport Management Master's Program. Jake will be teaching and performing research with in the kinesiology and sport management program. Congrats Jake!

Human Performance

Casey Baker Accepts Award and will Present at Nation Conference

May 12, 2017

Casey Baker's proposal was accepted for the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision for this year’s national conference in October. The presentation, Career beliefs of Counseling Students: Implications for training of future counselors, is based off of research she conducted at Minnesota State University.

Baker was also recently at Minnesota State to accept the Dr. Richard Annis Research award from the Department of Counseling and Student Personnel. Congratulations, Casey!

School of Education and Counseling Graduate Programs

Beenken Accepted into Clinical Exercise Physiology Program

May 11, 2017

Congratulations to Alexis Beenken for being accepted into the Masters of Science in Clinical Exercise Physiology Program at University of Wisconsin River Falls! Congratulations Alexis!

Human Performance

Acceptance of Teaching Position

May 9, 2017

Haley Kohlmeyer, senior in the School of Education, accepted a position teaching fourth grade at Storm Lake Elementary School for the 2017-18 school year.

School of Education

Acceptance of Teaching Position

May 3, 2017

Mackenzie Reed, senior in the School of Education, accepted a positoin teaching preschool for the Jackson County Central School District in Jackson, Minnesota.

School of Education

Psychology Grad Lands Job

May 1, 2017

Congratulations to upcoming May grad Evan Ferneau, psychology major. Evan has been hired as a Behavioral Technician at the Pier Center for Autism in Sioux City, IA. He will begin immediately after graduation. Great work, Evan.

Psychology Dept.

Cale Ewald to attend M.D. program at UNMC

May 1, 2017

Congratulations to senior chemistry major Cale Ewald for being admitted to the University of Nebraska Medical Center Medical Doctor (M.D.) program. Cale will begin his studies in Omaha later this summer. Great job Cale!

Criminal Justice Minor Student Accepted for Graduate School

May 1, 2017

Congratulations to Psychology major/Criminal Justice minor Sa Phan (December 2014 graduate), who has been accepted for the Master of Criminal Justice program at Washburn University, Kansas! Sa begins the program this Fall. Congratulations, Sa!

Criminology/Criminal Justice Program

Psychology Major to Serve the Country in U.S. Army

May 1, 2017

The Psychology Department is proud to share that Dylan Gapinski, upcoming May graduate, will be serving the country in the U.S. Army by August. Dylan plans to join the special forces and will participate in officer training in the future. Thank you in advance for your service to all of us, Dylan.

Psychology Dept.

Amy Dreessen

May 1, 2017

Amy Dreessen, Le Mars Elementary Education major, has accepted a ECSE/PK teaching postion at Sibley-Ocheyedan Elementary School. Congratulations and best wishes as you transition into this new position!

School of Education

Kayla Hicks Passes Board of Certification Exam

April 28, 2017

Kayla Hicks, a senior student in athletic training, has passed her board of certificaiton exam for athletic training. The certification exam for athletic training is very rigorous and assess future athletic trainers knowledge in a variety of medical and exercise science related areas. Congratulations to Kayla Hicks on this outstanding achievement!

Prof Farnsworth

Spanish professor publishes article

April 28, 2017

Congratulations to Dr. Jared White, Assistant Professor of Spanish, who recently published an article in the Hispanic Edition of Modern Language Notes (132.2) titled "Inaudible Resistance: How La Cava Found Her Voice." The article applies Spivak's theory of the subaltern to the story of La Cava, a fundamental figure in the development of the Spanish civilization.

Congratulations to Jamie Schoenherr, Human Performance Faculty member, on receiving the IATS Educator of the Year Award

April 27, 2017

Congratulations to Jamie Schoenherr, human performance faculty member, for receiving the Iowa Athletic Trainers' Society Educator of the Year Award. This award is offered to a single member of the IATS that has demonstrated outstanding abilities in educating future athletic trainers. This honor will be presented during the Iowa Athletic Trainer Society Awards Dinner on June 2nd in West Des Moines.

Human Performance

Acceptance of Teaching Position

April 26, 2017

Andreya Harms has accepted a postion teaching K-6 general music for East Sac County Schools.

School of Education

Danielle Coyne Accepts Employment

April 26, 2017

Danielle Coyne, Senior Social Work student, has accepted employment as a Family Permanency Specialist with Nebraska Families Collaborative in Omaha, Nebraska. Dani will begin working on May 30, 2017. Congratulations Dani!

Social Work Department

Acceptance of Teaching Position

April 26, 2017

Madison Gates accepted a position teaching elementary ESL at Norman Borlaug Elementary in Iowa City, Iowa.

School of Education

Acceptance of Teaching Position

April 26, 2017

Liz Riessen accepted a position teaching as the middle/high school PE and health teacher, as well as, the head volleyball coach in Audubon, Iowa.

School of Education

Graduate School Acceptance

April 26, 2017

Senior English major and Gender and Women's Studies minor Kacee Baker has been accepted into the Master's program in English at West Virginia University with a teaching assistantship. Congratulations, Kacee!

English Dept.

Acceptance of Teaching Position

April 26, 2017

Kate Shannon has accepted a postiion teaching special education for Alta-Aurelia school district for the 2017-18 school year.

School of Education

Jerich Awarded Nationwide Insurance Internship

April 25, 2017

Congratulations to BVU computer science student Austin Jerich. Austin was recently awarded a summer internship with Nationwide Insurance of Des Moines, Iowa. During his internship, Austin will be serving as a Web developer and will be programming in Groovy. Well done, Austin!

BVU Computer Science

Biology Majors Present Research at the 129th Iowa Academy of Science Conference

April 25, 2017

Congratulations to the following BVU Biology Majors on abstract acceptance and research presentations at the 129th Annual Conference of the Iowa Academy of Science (IAS) that was held on the campus of University of Northern Iowa April 21 – 22: Michelle Clinesmith, Victor Espinosa, Kathryn Keller, Erin Morley, Taylor Nelson, Fabian Salazar, Sarah Schlichte, Derek Simonsen, Olivia Tuel, and Cortney Weaver. According to the IAS Executive Director, Craig Johnson, this year’s number of presenters was at an all-time high, which allowed our students to engage in thought-provoking research discussions and serve as excellent ambassadors of BVU! Nice job!

School of Science

Psychology Professor Publishes Book Chapter

April 25, 2017

Congratulations to Dr. Wind Goodfriend, Professor of Psychology and Assistant Dean of Grad Programs, who has just had a book chapter accepted for publication. The chapter is co-authored by BVU psychology alumna Melanie Boysen and is titled "Hunting for Identity." It includes the application of Erikson's Stages of Identity Theory to the Winchester brothers of the TV show "Supernatural" and will appear in the upcoming book "Supernatural Psychology" published by Sterling.

Psychology Dept.

Kori Thompson Accepts Teaching Position

April 25, 2017

Kori Thompson, Spencer Elementary Education Graduate, has accepted a 3rd grade teaching position at Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn begining Fall of 2017! Congratulations Kori!

Emily Hamerlinck

Hansen Accepted to Vanderbilt Computer Science Ph.D. Program

April 25, 2017

Congratulations to BVU computer science senior Colin Hansen on his acceptance to the Ph.D. program in computer science at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. Best of luck to Colin on the start of what will undoubtedly be a splendid career!

BVU Computer Science

Andreya Harms Accepts Teaching Position

April 24, 2017

Andreya Harms has accepted a teaching position with the East Sac Community School District for the 2017-2018 school year. Her duties will include Elementary General Music K-6

Aaron Giese Accepts Teaching Position

April 24, 2017

Aaron Giese, Le Mars Post Baccalaureate Business Education major, has accepted a high school business teaching position at Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire High School. Best wishes as you step into this new position!

Education Department

Elizabeth Kim to attend M.D. program at the University of Minnesota

April 24, 2017

Congratulations to Biology and Spanish couble major Elizabeth Kim. After weighing her options, she has accepted admission to the University of Minnesota M.D. program in the Twin Cities. She willl begin her studies there in August.

Acceptance of Teaching Position

April 24, 2017

Taylor Chamberlin, a BVU senior, has accepted a position teaching high school English at Ridge View High School in Holstein, Iowa.

Education Department

Graduate Assistantships

April 21, 2017

Congratulations to both Madison and Mallory Spears! Madison and Mallory have been offered graduate assistantships for the graduate program at Wayne State College. They will begin their studies in Fall of 2017.

Human Performance

Student Accepted into Mercy College

April 18, 2017

Congratulations to Paige Fast, a senior human performance student, on her recent acceptance into the BSN program at Mercy College. She will begin her full-time studies in Fall of 2017.

Human Performance Program

Sarah Schlichte to attend UNMC PhD program

April 14, 2017

Sarah Schlichte, a senior Biology major has chosen to pursue her PhD at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. She will be joining the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences and will receive full tuition paid and a $26,500 yearly stipend. Congratulations Sarah!

Biology

Ryan Mellott to study cognitive science in Ireland

April 14, 2017

Ryan Mellott, a senior Biology major has been accepted to the Cognitive Science masters degree program at University College Dublin in Dublin, Ireland. Congratulations Ryan! We wish you well as you continue your education in Ireland.

Biology

Philosophy and Religion graduate Accepted at Moody Theological Seminary

April 13, 2017

Jestin Thomas (a Philosophy and Religion major who graduated in Dec. 2016) has been accepted at Moody Theological Seminary (Moody Bible Institute).

Moody Bible Institute (HLC-accredited) "has been preparing students for ministry since 1886, with a combination of biblical knowledge and practical training" at its main campus in Chicago, its undergraduate extension in Spokane, and a seminary campus in Michigan, as well as providing distiance-learning opportunities.

Congratulations, Jestin! Well done!

Profs. Bhattacharyya and Bernhardt

Shania Wunschel to Present at Iowa Association of Community Providers

April 12, 2017

Shania Wunschel, Senior Social Work major, will present her Senior Seminar project, “When I Die”, to the Iowa Association of Community Providers in Des Moines, Iowa, on May 17, 2017. Her presentation will inform organization members how to empower people with intellectual disabilities and mental health issues to plan for end-of-life issues. Shania is completing her senior internship at Howard Center, an agency that that works with people with intellectual disabilities and mental health issues. She researched the issue of making end-of-life decisions and developed a packet of materials to assist people with intellectual disabilities and mental health issues. Congratulations Shania!

Social Work Program

Cassie Eckerman Accepts Teaching Position

April 12, 2017

Cassie Eckerman, Spencer Elementary Education major, has accepted a 2nd grade teaching position at Kathryn Sue Simonton Elementary School in San Tan Valley, AZ for the 2017-2018 school year.

Psychology Student Accepted for Grad School

April 8, 2017

Congratulations to Psychology major Jamie Rich (December 2016 graduate), who has been accepted for the Masters of Mental Health Counseling program at South Dakota State University. Jamie begins the program this Fall. Jamie is perhaps the only BVU student in 125 years who had three papers accepted for publication before graduating.

Psychology Dept.

Acceptance of a Teaching Position

April 7, 2017

Joanna Pluym, BVU senior, has accepted a position teaching elementary special education at Madelia Public Elementary School.

Education Department

Chau Nguyen wins Human Resources Association Scholarship

April 7, 2017

Chau Nguyen, a senior Business—HR major, is the first recipient of the NWIA/SWMN Human Resources Association Scholarship for 2017. The NWIA/SWMN Human Resources Association has sponsored the BVU Student Chapter of Society for Human Resource Management for the last 5 years. We congratulate Chau on this outstanding accomplishment.

Dr. James Falter

Packer Scholarship Accepted for Journal Contagion

April 6, 2017

Dr. Matthew Packer has had an article on the U.S.-East Asia Rivalries accepted for publication in Contagion: Journal of Violence, Mimesis, and Culture. The essay explores the cultural feedback and conflict in the 20th-century U.S.-Japanese contest and the mirrored actions in current U.S. relations with China.

English Dept.

Sarah Konz wins Iowa CPA Education Foundation Scholarship

April 5, 2017

Sarah Konz, a junior Accounting and Business double major, is the winner of an Iowa CPA Education Foundation Scholarship for 2017. Sarah is one of three recipients chosen from the state of Iowa. The Iowa CPA Education Foundation was established to support and encourage individuals to become certified public accountants, and provide financial education in the state of Iowa. We congratulate Sarah on this outstanding accomplishment.

Dr. James Falter, Dean of the Harold Walter Siebens School of Business

Kacee Baker Presents at WGS Conference

April 4, 2017

Kacee Baker, senior English major and Gender & Women's Studies minor, presented her work at the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Conference at Iowa State University on April 1, 2017. Kacee's project, "Gender Communication and Conflict Management in the 2016 Presidential Debates" was featured on a panel titled "Gender in a Political Climate."

Dr. Annamaria Formichella-Elsden

2017 MN Vikings Game-Day Intern Finalists Announced

April 3, 2017

The BVU Selection Committee is proud to announce the finalists for the 2017 Minnesota Vikings Game Day Internship Program! Finalists include: Aubrey Anderson, sophomore-Communication Studies; Andrew Bandstra, junior-Digital Media; Clayton Christian, sophomore-Business and Accounting; and Tawney Schreier, junior-Strategic Public Relations. Finalists’ resume, cover letter and media-writing sample have been submitted to the Minnesota Vikings Public Relations Office. All finalists will take part in a telephone interview with the Vikings PR staff and those selected will work with the media on game days during the 2017 season. Best wishes finalists!

Okoboji Entrepreneurial Institute Participants Selected

March 31, 2017

Dr. James Falter, Dean of the Harold Walter Siebens School of Business, are pleased to announce the selection of this year’s participants for the Okoboji Entrepreneurial Institute. They are Jacob Jensen, Blake Rosendahl, Nicholas Amundson, and Alyssa Kragelund. Kolten Bader will serve as an alternate. The Institute will be held August 6-11 at the Iowa Lakeside Laboratory on West Lake Okoboji. They will have the opportunity to observe firsthand the energy and excitement of successful area entrepreneurs while building networking relationships. We are very proud to have these students represent the Siebens School of Business and Buena Vista University at OEI!

Student Acceptance into Top Graduate Program

March 31, 2017

Business Student, Meng Di, has been accepted into the prestigious Master of Financial Engineering and Risk Management program at Cal State Fullerton. She will begin her full-time studies in Fall of 2017.

Siebens' School of Business

Adamson Accepts Software Developer Position with DuPont Pioneer

March 30, 2017

Congratulations to BVU computer science senior Austin Adamson. Austin has accepted a position with DuPont Pioneer in Johnston, Iowa, where he will be supporting software development as part of their DevOps team. His primary duties will involve building Python-based tools to support deployment on Amazon Web Services (AWS). Austin is returning to DuPont Pioneer having done an internship with them this past summer. Well done, Austin, and best of luck on the beginning of a promising career!

BVU Computer Science

Schmitt Selected for IT Internship with Ingersoll Rand

March 30, 2017

Congratulations to BVU computer science student Hunter Schmitt. Hunter has been awarded an IT internship with Ingersoll Rand in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Hunter will be serving in a cross-functional IT role where he will gain experience in infrastructure, business analysis, and application management. Best of luck to you, Hunter!

BVU Computer Science

Dr. Merrin Guice to perform at National College Music Society Conference

March 30, 2017

Dr. Merrin Guice has been invited to perform a lecture recital at the National Conference for the College Music Society. Only 38% of applicants are chosen to present or perform at the annual convention. Dr. Guice will be performing with form accompanist with the Metropolitan Opera Dr. William Goekelman.

Dr. Merrin Guice

Snyder Accepts Summer Internship in NYC

March 29, 2017

Congratulations to sophomore Strategic Public Relations major Megan Snyder, who has accepted the position of summer Marketing Intern with MCC Theater, a leading Off-Broadway theater company, in New York City. Megan will spend her summer in NYC assisting the MCC Theater Marketing Department. Congratulations, Megan!

Digital Media & Communication Studies Depts.

Accepted a job at Pioneer

March 28, 2017

I am a software developer that interned at pioneer last summer doing back end programming in python for AWS migrations. I am accepted back as a software developer with a specialization in AWS Python programming.

Austin Adamson

Psychology Professor Edits Book

March 28, 2017

The 6th edition of the book "Taking Sides: Clashing Views in Social Psychology" was released this week. The volume is edited by Dr. Wind Goodfriend, Professor of Psychology and Assistant Dean of Graduate Programs. "Taking Sides" presents eighteen controversies in the field with supporting articles on each side of the debate. Goodfriend edited every article and wrote introductions, summaries of the articles, discussion questions, biographies of the contributing authors, and an essay for each issue called, "Is there common ground?" The 6th edition includes three brand new issues.

Psychology Dept.

Professional Training

March 17, 2017

BVU Theatre alumnus, Andrew Lupkes, has been accepted into the highly selective Professional Training Program at the Dell'Arte School of Physical Theatre which is connected to the professional theatre organization, Dell'Arte International headquartered in Blue Lake, CA with a remote program in Bali. Andrew will be training in voice work and physical skills such as tumbling and aerial work, improvisation, mask acting, and ensemble creation of new work. Congratulations, Andrew!

Theatre Faculty

Daly Awarded Advanced Cyber Education Internship

March 16, 2017

Congratulations to BVU computer science major and ROTC cadet Abigail (Abby) Daly. Abby has been awarded an Advanced Cyber Education (ACE) Internship for this summer at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio. During this internship, Abby will further gain experience with network defense, digital forensics, reverse engineering techniques, and cryptography. Well done, Abby, and good luck!

BVU Computer Science

Clark Accepts Software Developer Position with Stine Seed

March 16, 2017

Congratulations to BVU computer science senior Brady Clark. Brady has accepted a position with Stine Seed in Adel, Iowa, as a software developer. Brady will be doing mobile/Web app development using a JavaScript-based technology stack. Best of luck to you on the start of a promising career, Brady!

BVU Computer Science

WolfTornabane Selected for TransAgra Internship

March 16, 2017

Congratulations to BVU Computer Science student Dylan WolfTornabane. Dylan will be interning with TransAgra International in Storm Lake, Iowa. During Dylan's internship, he will be building iOS mobile apps and familiarizing himself with bioinformatics algorithms. Good luck to you, Dylan!

BVU Computer Science

Hirschman Accepted Into Student Affairs Graduate Program

March 15, 2017

Congratulations to Samantha Hirschman, Corporate Communication major, Business minor, for her recent acceptance to Iowa State University's Masters of Education Program in Student Affairs. Samantha has been awarded an assistantship in Student Activities. We're proud of you, Sam!

Communication Program

Matthew Schulz Accepted to Highly Selective Graduate Program

March 14, 2017

Senior Matthew Schulz has been accepted to the University of Texas at Austin to the Opera Directing program. The program only accepts two students a year into the Masters Degree program.

Dr. Merrin Guice

Dr. Merrin Guice Performs as a Soloist at Carnegie Hall

March 14, 2017

Dr. Merrin Guice has been asked to perform with composer Stacey Gibbs on his debut Carnegie Hall concert as a soprano soloist in April.

Dr. Merrin Guice

Wieseler Named Runner-up in International Creativity Contest

March 9, 2017

Congratulations to Olivia Wieseler who this week was named runner-up in the international Raven Foundation Contest for artistic expressions of mimetic theory. Olivia will receive a cash prize for her winning poem, "Mimetic Theory at Walmart on Black Friday," which can be viewed at https://www.ravenfoundation.org/raven-foundation-10th-anniversary-contest/. Well done, Olivia!

English Dept.

Teaching Position Accepted

March 8, 2017

Paul Gallagher, senior in the School of Education, accepted a position teaching business at Central DeWitt High School for the 2017-18 school year. Congratulations, Paul!

School of Education

Simonsen Accepted to Toxicology Ph.D. Program

March 7, 2017