Poetry Publication

Oct. 22, 2014


Dr. Gwen Hart, Assistant Prof. of English, has two poems published this month: "Only You" is in the fall issue of PRISM international out of Vancouver, and "Early Introduction to Freud" is in the danger-themed issue of The Quotable, a literary journal that builds its issues around a quote by a famous writer.

- Gwen Hart

Dr. Feis Selected to Write Biography of Famous Iowan

Oct. 16, 2014


The board of the Historic General Dodge House, a National Historic Landmark in Council Bluffs, has selected Dr. Bill Feis to author a new biography of Grenville M. Dodge, a prominent Iowa Civil War general and a key figure in building the Transcontinental Railroad. The book is tentatively titled “Essentially American”: The Life of Grenville M. Dodge with a publication date of January 2016, which is the 100th Anniversary of General Dodge’s death.

- William Feis

Bernhardt to Present Paper

Oct. 15, 2014


Laura Bernhardt (Philosophy and Religion) will be presenting her paper "Flamenco On The Edges: A Curiosity" in the philosophy session at the 2015 meeting of the Southwest Popular/American Culture Association in Albuquerque, NM (Feb 11-14).

- Laura Bernhardt

Frantz Named President for Society for Collegiate Journalists

Oct. 6, 2014


Dr. Andrea Frantz, associate professor of digital media, was elected and just installed as the national President for the Society for Collegiate Journalists. Her role will be largely to serve as the public face of the organization, promote more engagement across existing chapters, and recruit new chapters. She will also be writing a monthly President's blog for the organization's website.

The Society for Collegiate Journalists is a national honor society for student media leaders, and BVU started a chapter on campus two years ago. BVU's chapter is service-driven, and its mission is to help educate the community about First Amendment issues.

Congratulations, Dr. Frantz!

- School of Communiation and Art

Bernhardt admitted to MLIS program at SJSU

Oct. 3, 2014


Laura Bernhardt (Assoc. Prof. of Philosophy) has been admitted to the graduate program in Information Science at San Jose State University, and will begin her work toward a Masters of Library and Information Science in the Spring 2015 term.

- Laura Bernhardt

Published Text

Sept. 27, 2014


Dr. Guice has published her first book with co-author Damien Geter, "Music in Context" with Kendall Hunt publishing company. - Merrin Guice

Publication

Sept. 26, 2014


Paul Theobald, "The Cost of Believing 'Bigger is Better'" Dakotafire vol 3(5), September/October, 2014, pp.14-15.

- Paul Theobald

BVU Faculty to Run Workshop at PJSA

Sept. 25, 2014


Swasti Bhattacharyya (Philosophy and Religion), Jamii Claiborne (Digital Media), and Julie Finnern (Education) will be running a workshop called "Across Disciplines & Across Town: A Workshop on the Pedagogical Power of Storytelling in an Interdisciplinary Context" at the 2014 meeting of the Peace and Justice Studies Association in October. This workshop grew out of their experiences teaching the experimental interdisciplinary "Our Cultures: Our Stories" class in 2013. Congratulations!

- Laura Bernhardt

Bhattacharyya Accepted into Willapa Bay Arist-in-Residency

Sept. 25, 2014


Swasti Bhattacharyya (Professor of Philosophy and Religion) has just been accepted in the Willapa Bay Artist-in-Residency program in Oysterville, WA for June of 2015. This is a small residency program in an isolated, beautiful coastal location where 5 people -- two visual artists, two literary artists/scholars, and one composer -- spend a month together doing their work. This is only the second year for the Willapa Bay AiP, and applications for the limited available space were quite competitive. Congratulations, Dr. Bhattacharyya!

- Laura Bernhardt

Philosophy and Religion Majors Attend California Roundtable on Philosophy and Race

Sept. 23, 2014


On Sept. 19-20 2014, philosophy and religion majors Jonathan Ehrlich and Jestin Thomas had the opportunity to participate in the California Roundtable on Philosophy and Race at Marquette Unviersity in Milwaukee, WI. The CRPR "brings together philosophers of race, and those working in related fields, in a small and congenial setting to share their work and to help further this sub-discipline of philosophy," and our majors were fortunate to be able to attend the meeting and to improve their understanding of issues in the philosophy of race. The program is available here: http://caroundtable.webs.com/2014programschedule.htm

- Laura Bernhardt

Publication

Sept. 23, 2014


Estherville adjunct instructor Michael Tidemann has published a short story, "Shadows in the Sand", in the Boston-based online literary magazine, thewriteplaceatthewritetime.org/fiction.html

This is his eighth publication in the magazine which reaches readers in 65 countries.

Tidemann's novel, Doomsday, is also available at Earthings in Storm Lake and on Amazon Kindle at amazon.com/author/michaeltidemann

- Michael Tidemann

Communication Studies Program Achievements

Sept. 15, 2014


The Iowa Communication Association annual conference is at DMACC September 19-20. Three BVU Communication Studies students will be honored. Faith Pritchard, Hannah Puderbaugh, and Kadie Dennison will be honored with the ICA Recognition of Achievement in Communication. Three of our students also had their final papers from COMM 442 Communication Theory competitively selected as top undergraduate student papers: Faith Pritchard was ranked 2nd, Hannah Puderbaugh 3rd and Kadie Dennison, 6th. Faith is currently engaged with the Washington Semester so only Hannah and Kadie will present their work at the conference. The three faculty in the Communication Studies Program are attending. Dr. Bryan Kampbell concludes his three-year term as an At-large member of the Executive Committee and Dr. Mary Gill concludes her three-year term as the Editor of the Iowa Journal of Communication. Dr. Gill and Professor Jamii Claiborne are also presenting at the conference. Professor Emeritus Dr. John Madsen, a tireless advocate for ICA, will be memorialized along with two other long-standing members of the association who also have recently passed.

- Mary Gill

Research article: “Disciplining the ‘Frankenstein of Pauperism’: The Early Years of Charity Organization Case Recording, 1877–1907” in Social Service Review for September.

Sept. 13, 2014


James J. McFadden. “Disciplining the ‘Frankenstein of Pauperism’: The Early Years of Charity Organization Case Recording, 1877–1907.” Social Service Review. U of Chicago P. (September 2014) 88.3: 469-492.

This primary research on the early history of writing in U.S. social work was revised during a recent sabbatical and introduced in a Faculty Friday presentation last year. The Social Service Review evaluates manuscripts through a double-blind peer-review process.

--BVU English

- James J. McFadden

McDermott Awarded 2014 EPA Greater Research Opportunities (GRO) Fellowship

Sept. 12, 2014


Congratulations to BVU’s junior biology major Carolyn McDermott who was selected as one of 30 undergraduate students from throughout the United States to receive the 2014 EPA GRO Fellowship! Carolyn will receive financial support for her junior and senior years of undergraduate study and for an internship at an EPA research facility during the summer of her junior year. The fellowship provides $20,700 of support per academic year and $8,600 of support for a three-month summer internship, which includes travel funds for presentation at a national conference chosen by the student fellow. Excellent work, Carolyn!

- Dr. Melinda Coogan

Paper Presentation

Sept. 9, 2014


Albert Hodapp, Mason City Adjunct Faculty, has been invited to present the paper, Reading Makes You Feel Good and Smarter at the Kentucky Association for Psychology in the Schools Conference. He will be presenting the paper in Louisville, Kentucky on September 19, 2014.

- Patti Hanson

Book Review Published

Sept. 9, 2014


Albert Hodapp, a Mason City Site Adjunct Instructor has had a book review for, Book Smart: How to Develop and Support Successful, Motivated Readers, published. The title of the reviewis, Helping Parents Teach Reading and is published with the Nathional Association of School Psychologists.

- Albert Hodapp

Psychology Professor to be Keynote Speaker at Conference

Sept. 7, 2014


Congratulations to Dr. Wind Goodfriend, Associate Professor of Psychology. She has been invited to be the keynote speaker at the joint conference of the Association of Psychological Education & Research in Kansas and the Nebraska Psychological Society. Her talk, titled, "Psycholody and Love in Harry Potter, Twilight, and The Hunger Games" will be based on her popular book chapters and blog about psychology in pop culture.

- Psychology Dept.

Ostler Accepts IT Systems Analyst Position with Principal

Sept. 3, 2014


The computer science department would like to congratulate BVU senior Arik Ostler. After completing a successful summer internship with the Principal Financial Group in Des Moines, Iowa, Arik was offered full-time position with Principal as an Information Technology Systems Analyst. He will begin his new job following graduation in May 2015. Well done, Arik!

- Dr. Jason Shepherd

Comp Sci students publish BVU info app on App Store and Play Store

Aug. 27, 2014


BVU computer scientists Tyler Lafferty, Alex Gleaves, and Matthew Wunschel have published a BVU campus information app (intended primarily for students) on both the Apple App Store and the Google Play store. iPhone/iPad users can download the app at https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/bvu-info/id878265888?mt=8. Android users can download their version at https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=edu.bvu.BVInfo&hl=en. Well done, students!

- Dr. Jason Shepherd

Teaching Positions Accepted

Aug. 25, 2014


Congratulations to the following 2013-14 Education students from the Marshalltown & Iowa Falls sites who have accepted teaching positions for the upcoming school year.

Angela Bair – Meskwaki Settlement School, Tama, IA – Grades 7-12 Special Education

Erin Blasi – Callanan Middle School, Des Moines, IA – Grades 6-8 Special Education

Susan Johnson – Roland Story Elementary School, Story City, IA – 2nd Grade Teacher

Lance Keller – South Hamilton High School, Jewell, IA – Grades 9-12 Business Education and Coach

Erika Wolfe – South Hardin High School, Eldora, IA – Grades 9-12 Business Education

Sheila Vitek – Marshalltown High School, Marshalltown, IA – Grades 9-12 Special Education

- Kathy Robbins

Psychology Professor Publishes Article

Aug. 22, 2014


Congratulations to Dr. Wind Goodfriend, Associate Professor of Psychology. Her recent article, "Individual well-being and relationship maintenance at odds: The unexpected peril of maintaining a relationship with an aggressive partner," has been published in the the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science. The article was co-written by Goodfriend and several of her former colleagues at Purdue University.

- Psychology Dept.

Teaching position accepted

Aug. 19, 2014


Congratulations to Matt Best, a spring 2014 BVU graduate, who has accepted a position with Galva-Holstein where he will be teaching TK-5 and high school PE.

- Pippa Fineran

Teaching position secured

Aug. 19, 2014


Congratulations to Jessy Bibler, a 2014 graduate of BVU, who accepted a teaching position at Storm Lake St. Mary's for this fall. Jessy will be teaching PK-12 PE, high school health, and will be the head girls' basketball coach!

- Pippa Fineran

Teaching position accepted

Aug. 4, 2014


Hannah (Glienke) Sefcik, a spring 2014 BVU graduate in elementary education, has accepted a kindergarten position at Manson-Northwest Webster for this fall. Congratulations from the School of Education!

- Pippa Fineran

Glienke Accepts Teaching Position

July 28, 2014


Hannah (Glienke) Sefcik, a spring 2014 BVU graduate in elementary education, has accepted a kindergarten position at Manson-Northwest Webster for this fall. Congratulations from the School of Education!

- School of Education

Professor Feis Invited to Speak in Virginia

July 26, 2014


Dr. Bill Feis has been invited to speak at the Petersburg National Battlefield Park in Virginia as part of the National Park Service’s Civil War Sesquicentennial commemoration of the 1864-65 Richmond-Petersburg campaign. His lecture is entitled “Ulysses S. Grant in Command, 1864-1865.”

--The History Department

- William Feis

2014 MN Vikings Game Day Interns Named

July 23, 2014


Congratulations to Alexis Williams (Corp Comm) and Griffin Truslow (Corp Comm) who have been selected as Game-Day interns for the NFL Minnesota Vikings 2014 season. The students were earlier selected as finalists and recently interviewed by the Vikings PR staff as part of the competitive selection process. They will work with the media team in the press box during and after games, as well as assist with post-game press conferences and writing press releases. We are proud of you Alexis & Griffin!

- Beth Lamoureux

Poetry Publication

July 22, 2014


Dr. Gwen Hart, Assistant Prof. of English, has four sonnets appearing in the summer issue of Mezzo Cammin, a journal of women’s poetry and art.

- Gwen Hart

Psychology Professor Publishes in National Journal

July 16, 2014


Congratulations to Associate Professor of Psychology, Dr. Wind Goodfriend, who has published a co-authored empirical article with Dr. Ximena Arriaga of Purdue University. Their paper, titled "Individual well-being and relationship maintenance at odds: The unexpected perils of maintaining a relationship with an aggressive partner," has been published in the peer-reviewed journal Social Psychological and Personality Science. Their paper examines psychological perspectives of victims of relationship violence and why those perceptions are distorted.

- Psychology Department

Nissen Accepts Teaching Position

July 7, 2014


Misty Nissen, a spring 2014 BVU grad, has accepted a first grade teaching position at Lu Verne Elementary School. Congratulations!

School of Education

- School of Education

Riesselman Accepts Teaching Position

July 7, 2014


Katie Riesselman, a spring 2014 BVU graduate, has accepted a position at St Rose of Lima School in Denison where she will be teaching kindergarten. Congratulations!

School of Education

- School of Education

Acceptance into the Masters Of Public Health Program at Des Moines University

June 26, 2014


Will be starting classes this Fall - Chelsea Clayton

Arts Management Alumnus to join Development Staff at South Dakota Symphony

June 20, 2014


Anne Blankley, 2009 Storm Lake graduate in Arts Management-Fine Arts will soon be employed by the South Dakota Symphony as a Development Assistant. Prior to this Anne has worked for the Black Hills Symphony and the Rapid City Arts Council. Congratulations, Anne!

- Bethany Larson

Professor Feis Publishes Essay

June 20, 2014


Dr. Bill Feis has recently published an essay on Civil War general Ulysses S. Grant entitled “The General-in-Chief, 1864-1865” in Edward O. Frantz, ed., A Companion to the Reconstruction Presidents, 1865-1881, which is the latest volume in Wiley Blackwell Publishing's "Companions to American History" series.

The History Department

- William B. Feis

Schroeder Accepts Teaching Position

June 19, 2014


Megan Schroeder, a 2014 BVU graduate in elementary education has accepted a 3rd grade teaching position at Denison Community School District (20th Elementary School).
Congratulations, Megan.

- School of Education

Johnson Accepts Teaching Position

June 12, 2014


Congratulations to Trisha Johnson, a spring 2014 BVU grad, who has accepted a 7-12 math position at Manson Northwest Webster for the coming school year.

- School of Education

Swanson Accepts Teaching Position

June 12, 2014


Amanda Swanson, a BVU spring 2014 graduate, has accepted a job with the St. Mary's Catholic school in Storm Lake, Iowa, where she will be teaching K-6 computer and reading.

- Congratulations from the School of Education!

- School of Education

Social Work Alumni Admitted to Graduate School

June 10, 2014


Symone Newell, 2013 BVU graduate in social work, was accepted to the University of Northern Iowa School of Social Work. She will begin her Master of Social Work program this summer. Congratulations Symone!

- Kathryn McKinley

Caitlin Hof accepted to Sanford School of Medicine at the University of South Dakota

June 6, 2014


Caitlin Hof has been accepted to the MD program at the University of South Dakota. The University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine is one of the nation’s top 10 leaders in rural medicine, according to rankings published by U.S. News & World Report. We congratulate you on this achievement.

- School of Science

Hartmann Accepts Position with Battelle in Pueblo, Colorado!

June 5, 2014


Congratulations to Environmental Science major Kayla Hartmann on her selection as an Environmental Compliance Representative for Battelle at the Pueblo Chemical Depot. Kayla will be working with the facility implementing mustard gas destruction. Great job, Kayla!

- Dr. Melinda Coogan

Eberly Accepts Teaching Position

June 2, 2014


Ryan Eberly, a BVU spring 2014 graduate, has accepted a job with the Greene County Schools in Jefferson, Iowa, where he will be teaching grade 7 & 8 physical education .

Congratulations from the School of Education

- School of Education

Josh Niere Accepted to Hamline School of Law

May 27, 2014


Congratulations to Environmental Science major, Josh Niere, on acceptance to Hamline University School of Law, St. Paul, Minnesota. Josh was awarded a 70% tuition reduction and will begin his studies, with a focus on environmental law, in the fall, 2014. Nice job, Josh!

- Dr. Melinda Coogan

Psychology Student and Professor Publish Together

May 21, 2014


Congratulations to alum Kim Nelson (double major Psychology and English, class of 2013) and Dr. Wind Goodfriend. Their article "The Elusive Ad Man: An Analysis of Don Draper" has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Psychological Inquiry. The paper was Kim's final project in Dr. Goodfriend's Personality class.

- Psychology Dept

2014 MN Vikings Game-Day Intern Finalists Selected

May 21, 2014


Congratulations to Alexis Williams and Griffin Truslow, both Corporate Communication majors, who have been selected as finalists for the Minnesota Vikings Game-Day Internship Program! Phone interviews with the Vikings PR staff will take place during June. Those who are selected will work the press box and assist with press conferences following select home games this fall. This marks the sixth year of a formalized internship partnership with the NFL MN Vikings Game-Day Program.

- Career Services

Bringle Accepts Position with Mutual of Omaha

May 19, 2014


Congratulations to Seth Bringle, on accepting a position with Mutual of Omaha. Seth will be serving as a Financial Advisor for Mutual of Omaha starting in June. Mutual of Omaha is a Fortune 500 mutual insurance and financial services company. Congratulations, Seth.

- Dr. Lei Wen

Tara VanSurksum to attend Graduate School in Chemistry at Colorado State University

May 16, 2014


After having been accepted into many highly respected graduate chemistry programs, Tara has decided to attend Colorado State University and work on her Ph.D in Analytical Chemistry the coming fall. Congratulations!

- Dr. Timothy Ehler

Roth Accepts Teaching Position

May 16, 2014


Jarrod Roth, a spring 2013 Storm Lake grad, was offered a position by St. Edmond's Catholic in Fort Dodge. His contract includes HS English (American and World Literature), Theatre (with a film-making emphasis) and Writing (technical and creative).

Congratulations from the School of Ed!

- School of Education

Nicole Nee accepted in MFA Program

May 16, 2014


Congratulations to Nicole Nee (SL 13), who has been accepted to the Masters of Fine Arts program at Washington State University in Pullman, WA. Nicole graduated from BVU with a History major and minors in Art History and Art. Washington State University awarded her a graduate assistantship teaching Art History and while she continues her exploration in mixed media including printmaking and painting. Great job, Nicole!

Nicole Nee

- Art Department

BVU Business Student's Research Proposal Presented at International Conference

May 14, 2014


Senior business student, Schuyler Radke’s research proposal entitled, “The Development of Classification System of Social Entrepreneurship and Its Implications for Research and Practices”, was presented at the International Academy of Business and Public Administration Conference in Dallas, TX. Schuyler coauthored the paper with Dr. Kihwan Kim, assistant professor in management. Congratulations Schuyler!

- Dr. Kihwan Kim

Business Faculty Presents at International Conference and Awarded Research Award

May 14, 2014


Dr. Kihwan Kim, assistant professor in management presented a research paper entitled “The Influence of Emotional Intelligence on Negotiation Outcomes and the Mediation Effects of Rapport and Strategy” at the International Academy of Business and Public Administration Conference in Dallas, TX. His paper was a recipient of a research award.

- Dr. Kihwan Kim

BVU Business Students Win First Place in the Glo-Bus Business Simulation Competition!

May 14, 2014


Two teams in the business strategy class (Team Bak47-Alex Brown, Brock Loseke, Joe Krieger and Team Focus Point -Lacey Flugge, Sajan Harisharan, Megan Alexander, Foxx Weston) won first place in the Glo-Bus Business Simulation Competition. Glo-Bus is an internationally famous business simulation game and this year 32,415 students (313 colleges/universities from 33 different nations) participated. Our business teams earned the highest score (110 points) and were awarded “Industry Champion”!

Congratulation! Teams! Great Jobs!

- Dr. Kihwan Kim

Lafferty Accepts Internship with CatchFire Media

May 12, 2014


Congratulations to BVU computer science student Tyler Lafferty on accepting an internship with CatchFire Media in Des Moines this summer. Tyler will be putting his Android and iOS programming skills to good use as a Mobile Developer Intern. Well done, Tyler, and best of luck to you!

- Dr. Jason Shepherd

Loving Accepts Teaching Position

May 12, 2014


Jeffery Loving, a senior English education major, has accepted a high school English teaching position at Collins-Maxwell School District where he will also be doing some coaching. Congratulations from the School of Education!

- School of Education

Hannah Anderson to join KTIV Staff

May 9, 2014


Hannah Anderson, arts management and theatre major, digital media minor, has accepted a position as Creative Services Producer for KTIV in Sioux City. She starts on May 27th. Congratulations, Hannah!

- Bethany Larson

Elliot Accepts Teaching Position

May 5, 2014


Allison Elliott, a senior elementary education major, has accepted a 1st grade teaching position at Washington Elementary in Atlantic, Iowa, for next fall. Congratulations from the School of Education!

- School of Education

Ashley Miller Accepts Teaching Position in Des Moines

April 30, 2014


Ashley Miller accepted a teaching position at Bright Horizons in Des Moines, Iowa. She will focus on child cognitive and motor skills development with toddlers and preschoolers in an elite private program.

- School of Education

Makensie Brown Accepts Media and Design Job with Habitat for Humanity

April 29, 2014


Congratulations to Makensie Brown (Graphic Design and Spanish double-major) who has accepted a job with Habitat for Humanity. She will be the Profiles Manager for their offices in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala for the next year! This job will give her the opportunity to use her graphic design, social media, photography, and Spanish knowledge.

- Rebecca Frates

Neil Marshall Selected for Leadership Iowa University

April 28, 2014


Neil Marshall has been selected to attend the Leadership Iowa University program this summer. This unique program is designed to educate, inspire and develop young leaders as the foundation for Iowa’s future economic growth. Neil was selected based on his leadership potential, community/campus involvement, and extra-curricular activities. He will attend a one-week residential program in August, with follow-up sessions in September and February. Congratulations, Neil!

- Ashok Subramanian

Colton Webber Receives Medical School Scholarship!

April 27, 2014


Congratulations to Colton Webber on being selected for the competitive Air Force Health Professions Scholarship program! This scholarship will cover all of Colton’s medical school costs when he begins his studies at Mercer University School of Medicine in Macon, Georgia. Nice job, Colton!

- Dr. Melinda Coogan

Psychology Student Accepted to Graduate School

April 27, 2014


Congratulations to Psychology senior Melanie Boysen, who has been accepted to the Masters of Clinical Psychology program at the University of Northern Iowa. Melanie received a scholarship and will be continuing her research on stereotypes and development of behaviors in drug users; specifically, she plans to explore the influence of early mentors and media exposure on likelihood of drug use. Great job, Melanie!

- Wind Goodfriend

History Students Present Papers at USD History Conference

April 25, 2014


BVU history majors Stephanie Anders, Mariana Ramirez, Zoey Reisdorf, and Annie Reiva presented research papers at the University of South Dakota Student History Conference on April 24. This is one of the finest group of students we have ever taken to the conference and we are so very proud of their remarkable accomplishments. Please congratulate these excellent students on a job well done!

- The History Department

Reisdorf Wins Best Paper Award at USD History Conference

April 25, 2014


Zoey Reisdorf's research paper entitled "Irrational Behavior or Rational Reaction?: The Origins of North Korean-South Korean Relations, 1945-1953" won the award for Best Paper in 20th Century World History at the University of South Dakota Student History Conference on April 24. Congratulations Zoey on your excellent work!

- William Feis

Anders Wins Best Paper Award at USD History Conference

April 25, 2014


Stephanie Anders' research paper entitled "An Enduring Answer to the 'Woman Question': How Republican Motherhood Paved the Road to First-Wave Feminism" won the award for Best Paper in Women's History at the University of South Dakota Student History Conference on April 24. Congratulations Stephanie on your excellent work!

- William Feis

Darrow Accepts Teaching Position

April 25, 2014


Bo Darrow, a senior English Education major from Glenwood, Iowa, who is currently student teaching at Papillion-LaVista, NE Middle School, has accepted a position as a middle school English teacher for the Newell-Fonda Community Schools for next fall.

Congratulations from the School of Ed!

- School of Education

BVU Students Present Research at the 126th Annual Meeting of the Iowa Academy of Science

April 24, 2014


Karl Ahrendsen, Kayla Hartmann, Ashley Rogers, and Chelsey Snyder represented BVU and presented research results, following abstract acceptance, on April 11 and 12 at the IAS meeting held in Ft. Dodge. Ashley’s and Chelsey’s poster presentation, entitled “Triclosan Effects on Algae in Storm Lake, Iowa, WWTP Receiving Stream,” was given on Friday afternoon. Karl’s oral presentation, entitled “Comparing Super Kamiokande Attenuation Length to Proposed Hyper Kamiokande Detector,” and Kayla’s oral presentation, entitled “Sphingomonas Breakdown of 17β-Estradiol in Wastewater Treatment,” were given on Saturday. Nice job!

- Dr. Melinda Coogan

Psychology Students Present at Conference

April 24, 2014


Congratulations to the six Psychology students who have been accepted to present at this year's Midwestern Psychological Association Conference in Chicago. The conference only accepts 20% of submissions, and all six students who submitted were invited to present! Say congratulations to these students, who will be presenting next week: Stephanie Anders, Gwen Walton, Erika Garcia, Melanie Boysen, Alexandra Marcel, and Casey Paprocki. Great job!

- Wind Goodfriend

Pappoe publishes paper in Virology

April 23, 2014


Congratulations to BVU December 2013 graduate Roland Pappoe for his research being published in the peer-reviewed journal Virology. His work is described in the paper Antibody neutralization of retargeted measles viruses. You can access his paper through this link http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0042682214000403. Roland completed this work in Stephen Russell's laboratory at the Mayo Clinic during his summer internship in 2012.

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Social Work Students Accepted into Graduate School

April 23, 2014


Sara Staver, who will graduate from the Social Work program this spring, has been accepted into the University of Iowa MSW program in Sioux City and will start this fall. Two alumni of Buena Vista University’s Social Work program have also been accepted into MSW programs this spring. Shannon Mahannah will attend University of North Dakota and Brittany Miller will attend University of Iowa at Sioux City. We are so proud of you!

- Kathryn McKinley

Karl Ahrendsen accepted to Physics and Astronomy Grad Program

April 22, 2014


Karl Ahrendsen has been accepted to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Physics and Astronomy Graduate program for Fall 2014. In addition Karl will receive a Chancellor's Fellowship. The Chancellor's Fellowship is a prestigious, University-wide fellowship reserved for exceptional scholars. Congratulations Karl!

- Shawn Stone

Alex Lynott Accepts Park Ranger Position

April 22, 2014


Congratulations to Alex Lynott on her career appointment as a Sioux County Park Ranger and Naturalist for the Sioux County Conservation Board! Alex will begin her new career following BVU graduation next month. Nice job, Alex!

- Dr. Melinda Coogan

Carlee Brown Awarded Conover School of Social Science, Philosophy and Religion Research Award

April 20, 2014


Congratulations to Carlee Brown for being awarded by the Conover School of Social Science, Philosophy and Religion Research Award for the American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting in November. She will receive all necessary expenditure to present her research in San Francisco. Congratulations Carlee!

- Miyuki Vamadevan Arimoto

Theobald Publishes Chapter

April 17, 2014


Paul Theobald, Dean of the School of Education, recently published a chapter entitled “The Fate of Rural Communities and Schools in a Corporation-Dominated Political Economy: A Historical Interpretation,” in Howley, Howley, and Johnson’s Dynamics of Social Class, Race, and Place in Rural Education (Charlotte, Information Age Publishing, 2014).

- Paul Theobald

Lorenzen Accepted to Highly Ranked Video Game Design Program

April 16, 2014


The computer science department wishes to offer its heartiest congratulations to BVU senior Zach Lorenzen on his acceptance to the Masters program in Entertainment Arts Engineering at the University of Utah. Utah's EAE Masters program was recently ranked as the #4 game design program in the nation by the Princeton Review. Please join us in congratulating Zach and wishing him well on the start of a promising career in the video game industry!

- Dr. Jason Shepherd

Sibigtroth Accepts Position with U.S. Olympic Committee

April 16, 2014


The computer science department would like to offer a hearty congratulations to BVU senior computer science major Chad Sibigtroth. Chad has just accepted a position as a .NET Developer with the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) at their headquarters in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Chad will join the USOC after he finishes his internship this semester at Walt Disney World. Congratulations, Chad, and best wishes on the start of a promising career in information technology!

- Dr. Jason Shepherd

Meisheid Accepts Position with United Fire Group

April 16, 2014


Congratulations to BVU senior Michael Meisheid on accepting a position with United Fire Group in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Michael will be serving as a commercial line insurance underwriter starting June 9. Meisheid’s first months will be spent on learning the new job, training, and getting some required licenses and documents. He will then serve the Great Lakes region. Congratulations, Michael.

- Dr. Lei Wen

Kenkel Accepted to Top Video Game Development Graduate Programs

April 16, 2014


The computer science department enthusiastically congratulates BVU senior Jon Kenkel on his acceptance to the Masters program in computer science with emphasis in game development at the University of Southern California (USC) and to the Masters program in Entertainment Arts Engineering at the University of Utah. The USC and Utah programs have been ranked #1 and #4 respectively for graduate game design programs by the Princeton Review. After much consideration, Jon has chosen to attend the University of Utah. Congratulations, Jon, and best wishes on the start of a prosperous career in the video game industry!

- Dr. Jason Shepherd

Conference Presentation

April 14, 2014


Dr. Gwen Hart, Assistant Prof. of English, will present at the National Popular Culture Association Conference in Chicago, April 15-19. Her paper is titled "Sex, Love, Romance, and . . . Academic Writing? Relationships in Popular Culture as a Springboard for an Extended Academic Writing Project."

- Gwen Hart

Rogers Accepted to Creighton Pharmacy School

April 11, 2014


Congratulation to Ashley Rogers on being accepted into Creighton School of Pharmacy starting in the Fall of 2014! We in the School of Science are proud of her accomplishments and wish her well!

- Melanie Hauser

Crosby Offered Teaching Position

April 11, 2014


Blake Crosby, who completed his BVU coursework in elementary education in December, has accepted a position for the fall teaching either third or fourth grade in the Lennox (SD) School District. Blake will be teaching in the Worthing Elementary building. Congratulations, Blake!

- School of Education

Wen’s Paper Accepted for Conference

April 9, 2014


After a thorough double-blind review, an article co-authored by Dr. Lei Wen, has been accepted for presentation at the Annual Conference on Global Economy, Business and Finance (GEBF 2014) in Beijing, China. The paper is titled as “Accounting Students’ Intention to Pursue CPA Certification in China".

- Dr. Lei Wen

Wen Awarded Official Membership Award

April 9, 2014


In the words of the International Academy of Business and Economics (IABE), “for the contribution to the IABE’s mission of the advancement of research through the international exchanges of ideas, the Editorial Board of the International Academy of Business and Economics presents this Official Membership Award to Dr. Lei Wen.

- Dr. Lei Wen

Student Hackers Clash in BVU’s 2nd Annual Capture the Flag Contest

April 9, 2014


On Friday, April 4th, 20 BVU computer science students battled with 20 computer science students from Whitworth University (Spokane, WA) in a “Capture the Flag” computer security contest that spanned 24 hours. The contest was held concurrently in both locations (1,200 miles apart) with a constant audio/video feed connecting the two contest sites to enable student interaction. In teams of 4, students were assigned cloud-hosted servers (provided by an Amazon Web Services in Education grant) which were pre-configured with vulnerable software services. Their objective was to quickly secure those services and exploit those services hosted by other teams in order to steal “flags” representing confidential data. Congratulations to the winning team: senior Jon Kenkel, junior Arik Ostler, and sophomores Jerry Heylmun and Alex Meier. Their team exploited all services and went unscathed in the final 4 hours of the contest having no flags stolen. Of the 10 participating teams, BVU teams placed 1st, 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th.

- Nathan Backman

Brandon Scott Awarded Internship with TD Ameritrade

April 9, 2014


Congratulations to BVU finance sophomore Brandon Scott on getting a summer Investor Services Internship with TD Ameritrade in Omaha, Nebraska. Brandon will be working in many departments and participating in group projects, which will consist of analyzing the market and learning the culture at TD Ameritrade. Brandon is the president of BVU Finance and Investment Club. Congratulations, Brandon.

- Dr. Lei Wen

Wen’s Paper Selected as a “Highly Commended Paper”

April 9, 2014


An article co-authored Dr. Lei Wen, Associate Professor of Finance, in the International Journal of Housing Markets and Analysis was voted by the editorial team as a Highly Commended Paper of 2013. The paper was chosen because in the words of the editorial team, “it was one of the most impressive pieces the team had seen throughout 2013”.

- Dr. Lei Wen

Schachtner Accepted to Graduate Program

April 9, 2014


Laura Schachtner, Corporate Communication, 2013, has been accepted to the Master's of Family Therapy Program at Kansas State University. She begins her graduate study in August. We are proud of you, Laura!

- Communication Program

Baker Offered Teaching Position

April 8, 2014


Congratulations to Chelsea Baker who is currently student teaching in Spencer at the middle school. Chelsea has accepted a position at the Storm Lake Middle School where she will be teaching sixth-grade language arts.

- School of Education

Wiltgen Offered Teaching Position

April 8, 2014


Congratulations to Alexis Wiltgen who is currently student teaching in Spencer at Lincoln Elementary. Alexis has secured a second-grade teaching position at Pocahontas Area Schools for this fall!

- School of Education

Carolyn McDermott Awarded University of Virginia Research Fellowship

April 7, 2014


Congratulations to Carolyn McDermott on her acceptance to the University of Virginia’s Blandy Summer Research for Undergraduates program! Carolyn will be part of an undergraduate community of 10 REU students, as well as 10 graduate students, living at the Blandy field station. Her acceptance comes with a $7000 stipend, as well as flight cost coverage. Once in Virginia, Carolyn will work with a research mentor on the development of an independent research proposal, which will culminate in a symposium presentation.

- Dr. Melinda Coogan

CONGRATULATIONS Scholars Day Grant Recipients.

April 7, 2014


Grants are made available for students who anticipate expenses in preparing their presentations for Scholars Day. Students may apply for up to $200 per project to fund equipment, materials, fieldwork or other necessary expenses. Congratulations to the following students/groups who were awarded funding this year:

  • Karl Ahrendsen, Zach Lorenzen, and Arik Ostler
  • Gerardo Flores
  • Jennifer Galm
  • Seth Moeller
  • Casey Paprocki
  • Katie Riesselman, Nora Seda, and Alexis Wiltgen

We look forward to seeing the results of your research on Friday, April 25.

- Rebecca Frates

Jacob Pedersen Accepts Teaching Position

April 4, 2014


Jacob Pedersen, senior music education major, has accepted a teaching position with the Charter Oak - Ute Community School District, Charter Oak, IA. His duties will include teaching vocal music grades K-12. Congratulations Jacob on starting your career in education!

- Jerry Bertrand

McKinley Presents at National Conference

April 4, 2014


Kathryn McKinley presented a paper at the Baccalaureate Program Director's national conference on March 22, 2014, in Louisville, KY. The title of her presentation was "Experiencing Mental Health and Substance Misuse Co-Occurring Disorders: Rural Older Adult Voices".

- Kathryn McKinley

Lynsey Seuntjens Awarded Mayo Clinic Fellowship

April 2, 2014


Congratulations to Lynsey Seuntjens for being awarded a $5,000 Mayo Clinic Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship in the Immunology program. She will spend her summer in the laboratory of Kay Medina studying B-lymphocytes.

- N/A

Okoboji Entrepreneurial Institute Participants Selected

April 2, 2014


Dr. Ashok Subramanian, Dean of the School of Business, and management professors Dr. Joni Anderson and Dr. Kihwan Kim are pleased to announce the selection of this year's participants for the Okoboji Entrepreneurial Institute. They are Kirsten Van Zuiden, Ashley Mendenhall, Pukar Pradhan, and Thomas McFadden. Meghan Harmening will serve as alternate. The Institute will be held August 3-8 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!

- Ashok Subramanian

Jennifer Welch admitted to Biosciences PhD program at University of Iowa

April 2, 2014


Congratulations to Jennifer Welch. She was awarded a full tuition waiver and a research assistant stipend to pursue a PhD at the University of Iowa beginning in the fall of 2014. Jennifer will begin her graduate work in the Biosciences umbrella program, which allows her to choose rotate in and choose from a wide range of PhD programs in the biological sciences.

- N/A

Joe Hindman Awarded Nebraska Medical Center Research Fellowship

April 2, 2014


Congratulations to Joe Hindman for being awarded a Summer Undergraduate Research Program fellowship in Internal Medicine at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. He will receive a stipend to spend the summer working in the division of gastroenterology/hepatology.

- N/A

Tes Posekany to pursue Genetics PhD at Iowa State

April 2, 2014


Congratulations to Tes Posekany for being awarded a full tuition waiver and research assistant stipend to pursue her PhD in Genetics at Iowa State University. Tes will begin her studies in Ames this summer.

- N/A

Graduate School Acceptance

March 31, 2014


Congratulations to Alexandra Marcel, senior and double major in Psychology and Criminal Justice. Alex has been accepted into the Masters of Criminal Justice & Public Policy program at North Dakota State University. Her research there will focus on racism in criminal justice and deviant behavior. Great job, Alex!

- Wind Goodfriend

Graduate School Acceptance

March 31, 2014


Congratulations to Grace Sullivan, Psychology major and BVU class of 2013. Grace has been accepted to the Ph.D. program of Neuroscience and Behavior at the University of Nebraska (Lincoln). She will be working in a behavioral genetics lab where her research will focus on neuroimaging as a predictor of pro-social (helping) behaviors in humans. Congratulations, Grace!

- Wind Goodfriend

Jessica Yang pursue MD at SAIC

March 28, 2014


Congratulations to Yu Jeong (Jessica) Yang (SL ‘11) who has decided to pursue her Master of Design degree in Fashion, Body and Garment at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Jessica was accepted and offered scholarships into three graduate programs, the other two being University of Georgia and University of Kansas. She will return to the states this summer and begin graduate school this Fall. Join the Art Department as we wish Jessica luck with her next step towards a promising career.

- Mary Mello-Nee

Galm, accepts Director Position

March 28, 2014


Congratulations to BVU senior Art major, Jennifer Galm, on accepting the Executive Director Position with the Arts On Grand in Spencer, Iowa. Jennifer will begin her this promising career on June 1, 2014. Outstanding work, Jennifer, we are very proud.

- Mary Mello-Nee

Communication Students Present at Undergraduate Honors Research Conference

March 28, 2014


Five communication students have been their original work competitively-selected for presentation at the CSCA Undergraduate Honors Research Conference, Minneapolis, April 3-5. Please congratulate these students when you see them:

Faith Prichard, "A More Perfect Speech: A Rhetorical Analysis of Barack Obama's Speech, 'A More Perfect Union'"

Kadie Dennison, "Incest at The Second City: Relational Development Among Individuals in Comedy Troupes"

Caitlin Hoffman, "Leading the Masses: An Extended Case Study of Cognitive Complexity and Behavioral Modeling in a Student Senate President"

Haley Jo Henrichs, "The Art of Cradle Robbing: Communication Behaviors in Romantic Partners in Different Life Stages"

Hannah Puderbaugh, "Kultur Geht Weiter: Prevailing Values of the German-American Culture"

- Communication Faculty

Review Published

March 18, 2014


Dr. Michael Whitlatch, Professor of Speech and Drama, has just been informed that his review of "Body Knowledge: Performance, Intermediality, and American Entertainment at the Turn of the Twentieth Century," by Mary Simonson will be published in the April edition of Choice.

- Dr. Michael Whitlatch

Education Professor and Two students to present in Portugal

March 14, 2014


Dr. Karin Strohmyer, Myriah Noble, and Mikaela Fiedler will be travelling to Braga, Portugal this summer to present at the Division of International Special Education and Services. They will be presenting their research on project-based learning within diverse student populations. Their proposal was accepted from among over 500 submissions. Peter Winterton was also part of the research project.

- School of Education

Strater accepted into PhD program

March 13, 2014


Adam has already successfully earned two M.A. degrees (from Graduate Theological Union--Center for Jewish Studies and Hebrew University in Jerusalem). He has now been accepted into Emory University's Ph.D. program in Hebrew Bible. Mazel Tov Adam—you’re making us proud!

- Philosophy & Religion Dept.

Heylmun Awarded Internship with Wells

March 13, 2014


Congratulations to BVU Computer Science sophomore Jerry Heylmun on acquiring a summer internship with Wells Enterprises. Jerry will be programming in Java and performing systems analyst work at the Wells Enterprises headquarters in Le Mars, Iowa. Please join the Computer Science department in congratulating Jerry on this opportunity.

- Dr. Jason Shepherd

Drees Accepts Position with QCI

March 13, 2014


Congratulations to BVU senior Computer Science major Adam Drees on accepting a position with QCI in Des Moines, Iowa. Adam will be serving as a .NET developer for their outsourced projects team. Congratulations, Adam, on the start of a very promising career.

- Dr. Jason Shepherd

International Student Teaching Experience

March 12, 2014


Congratulations to Emily Crouch who received word that she will be student teaching in an elementary classroom at the American School of Quito in northern Ecuador for her second student teaching placement. Emily, an elementary education major from Spirit Lake, will spend the second half of the fall semester in Ecuador for this placement through the University of Northern Iowa's International and Out-of-State Student Teaching Program.

Congratulations from the School of Education!

- School of Education

Kelsey Mitchell Awarded Summer Research Opportunity

March 11, 2014


Kelsey Mitchell, junior mathematics major from Decorah, has accepted an REU (research experience for undergraduates) at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln for the coming summer. Kelsey will be investigating topics in the fractional calculus. Congratulations, Kelsey.

- Benjamin B. Donath, Dean of the School of Science

Summer Research Grants to Kavaya and Wilson

March 11, 2014


BVU students Taylor Kavaya and Ethan Wilson are this year’s winners of the BVU School of Science Summer Research Program grants. Taylor will work with Dr. Melanie Hauser on the project, “Exploring Principles of Green Chemistry Through the Examination of Various Isocyanides in the Passerini Reaction”. Ethan’s investigation, “Biological Effects of Triclosan on the Community Composition of Macroinvertebrates and Bacteria in Outlet Creek”, will be carried out under the supervision of Dr. Melinda Coogan. Congratulations to Taylor and Ethan.

Benjamin B. Donath

Dean of the School of Science

- Benjamin B. Donath

Mariana Ramirez Presents at History Conference

March 10, 2014


Senior history major Mariana Ramirez presented a paper entitled "'Calculated Kindness': The Immigrant Experience of Jewish Holocaust Survivors in Post-World War II America" at the Missouri Valley History Conference in Omaha. Her research was conducted at Jewish historical archives in New York City and was funded by the Conover Research Scholarship. Mariana is the president of the BVU chapter of Phi Alpha Theta National History Honor Society. Congratulations on an excellent paper and presentation!

History Department

- William B. Feis

Elizabeth Fay Selected for Mayo Clinic Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship

March 7, 2014


Congratulations to BVU junior Elizabeth Fay for being selected for a 2014 Mayo Clinic Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship. Liz was awarded a $5,000 stipend from the Mayo Foundation to pursue research for 10 weeks in the virology and gene therapy department.

- N/A

Strohmyer Selected to Present at Teaching and Learning Conference

March 4, 2014


Dr. Karin Strohmyer, Assistant Professor of Education, was selected to present at the Annual Teaching and Learning Conference. The conference focus is on improving collegiate level instructional practices through research-based pedagogy. She will be presenting in the technology and critical thinking focus based on her work in critical thinking in flipped post-secondary classrooms.

- Mikaela Fiedler

Sharon Feld Accepts GA Position

March 4, 2014


Senior double major in Athletic Training and Human Performance Sharon Feld has accepted a graduate assistant position through Illinois State University (ISU). She will pursue her Masters in Athletic Training in ISU’s accredited post-professional athletic training program. For her clinical duties associated with the assistantship, she will work as a graduate assistant athletic trainer at Illinois Wesleyan University.

- BVU Athletic Training

Abigial Hesnard Accepted to Palmer College of Chiropractic

March 4, 2014


Senior Athletic Training major Abigail Hesnard has been accepted to Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, IA. She will start classes toward her Doctorate of Chiropractic in the fall.

- Athletic Training

Seda Accepts Local Teaching Position

March 3, 2014


Nora Seda, an elementary education major with endorsements in teaching English as a second language (TESL) and special education, accepted a position as a TESL teacher at Storm Lake Elementary school. Nora will graduate this May and is currently completing student teaching requirements. We are excited that she will continue to work in the community that she has become such an integral part of.

- Karin Strohmyer

Contract accepted

Feb. 28, 2014


Lia Schulte, currently student teaching in an ESL classroom at the Storm Lake High School was offered and accepted a contract with the Storm Lake High School where she will be teaching English and yearbook in the fall! Congratulations, Lia!

- Pippa Fineran

Gibbs and Brown to Attend the Prague Summer School on Crime, Law and Psychology

Feb. 26, 2014


Austin Gibbs and Carlee Brown, both Criminology and Criminal Justice majors, have been selected to attend the Prague Summer School on Crime, Law and Psychology in July of 2014. They will spend one week in Prague studying the interrelatedness of these disciplines while immersed in Czech culture in one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. Congratulations to you both! - Criminology and Criminal Justice faculty

- Neal McNabb

Packer reviews author Jonathan Lethem

Feb. 26, 2014


Matthew Packer has published a review of author Jonathan Lethem's latest novel, Dissident Gardens, in the New Zealand Listener (online at www.listener.co.nz). Lethem paints an epic family portrait of American lefties in decline, a saga by turns scathing, sympathetic and funny, that runs from mid-century Communism through the hippie era up to the present day Occupy movement.

- English Dept.

Emily Dewall to pursue PharmD at the University of Iowa

Feb. 25, 2014


Congratulations to Emily DeWall for being admitted to the Pharmacy Doctorate (PharmD) program at the University of Iowa. Emily will begin her professional studies toward becoming a pharmacist in Iowa City in August.

- N/A

Review Published

Feb. 20, 2014


Dr. Michael Whitlatch, Professor of Theatre, has been informed that his review of "An Ideal Theatre: Founding Visions for a New American Art," by Todd London will be published in the March edition of Choice.

- Dr. Michael Whitlatch

Accepted to JFK Leadership Conference

Feb. 17, 2014


Monica Figueroa Vaca has been accepted to the 14th Annual Public Policy and Leadership Conference (PPLC) at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government held from February 20-23, 2014. This year almost 500 hundred applications from 150+ different colleges and universities were received with only 45 students selected. The conference is designed to inform and encourage students who possess a commitment to public service by preparing them for graduate study in public policy and international affairs, as well as to provide information on financial support through various fellowship programs. The conference will help prepare future leaders for study in public policy, particularly those from historically under-served communities and people of color. Participants receive all-expense paid travel, accommodations, and meals. Congrats to Monica!

- Bruce Ellingson

Bernhardt Presents Paper at Southwest Popular/American Culture Association

Feb. 17, 2014


Dr. Laura M. Bernhardt (Associate Professor of Philosophy) will present her paper -- "Blue-Collar Kantians in a Fallen World: The Lessons of Moral Failure in Supernatural" -- at the 2014 Southwest Popular/American Culture Association meeting (2/19-2/22) in Albuquerque, NM. The paper was much improved by discussions with students during last semester's PHIL 230: Philosophy and Popular Culture class -- thanks, students!

- Laura Bernhardt

Ashli Dunham to pursue Pharmacy Doctorate at Creighton University

Feb. 15, 2014


Congratulations to Ashli Dunham for being admitted to the Pharmacy Doctorate (PharmD) program at Creighton University. Ashli will begin her studies in Omaha in August, 2014.

- N/A

Whitney Nelson to attend medical school at Des Moines University

Feb. 15, 2014


Congratulations to Whitney Nelson (BVU SL grad 2013) for being admitted to the D.O. program at Des Moines University. She will begin her studies toward becoming a physician in August of 2014.

- N/A

Spanish Professor Published a Book Review

Feb. 13, 2014


In December the Spanish literature and language journal Hispania published a book review that Dr. Steven Mills wrote. The book he reviewed is a novel, Capital Sur, written in 2011 in Seville Spain by the journalist Eduardo del Campo. When he sent a copy of the review to the author, del Campo responded that he enjoyed the review, and that there were elements that he had not thought about that Dr. Mills had uncovered.

- Steven Mills

Elizabeth Heffernan Admitted to Law School

Feb. 11, 2014


Congratulations to Elizabeth Heffernan who has been accepted at the University of Iowa College of Law! Elizabeth will be a third generation legacy to attend law school at the University of Iowa. She was also accepted at Drake, Creighton, USD and Hamline law schools. Outstanding work, Elizabeth!

- The Political Science Faculty

Bielen, Education Student, Accepts Literacy Position

Feb. 6, 2014


Kirsten Bielen, a BVU Education student who graduated this December, accepted a teaching position in the Literacy Zone at Patrick Henry Middle School. Bielen was offered the position in December, and will return for graduation in May. She earned her degree in Elementary Education with endorsements in reading and special education.

- Karin Strohmyer

Malarie Gilley to pursue Masters of Physician Assistant Studies Degree

Feb. 4, 2014


Congratulations to BVU senior Malarie Gilley for being admitted to the Masters of Physician Assistant Studies graduate program at St. Ambrose University.

- N/A

Bernhardt publishes book

Feb. 3, 2014


Please join me in congratulating Laura Bernhardt, Associate Professor of Philosophy, on the publication of her book Theory and Practice.

- Dixee Bartholomew-Feis

Clifford A. Rae Harold Walter Siebens School of Business Academic Achievement Award Winners Announced

Jan. 29, 2014


The Clifford A. Rae Harold Walter Siebens School of Business Academic Achievement Award is awarded to high-performing declared School of Business majors who meet specified guidelines. The winners for the 2013 calendar year are: Second Year students Alec Sindelar and Jordon Stief; Third Year students Stephanie Hayden, Adam Cave, and Nereyda Manriquez; and Fourth Year students Amanda Jamtgaard, Lacey Flugge, and Michael Boyle. We commend and congratulate these students for their outstanding effort and performance.

- Ashok Subramanian, Dean of the Harold Walter Siebens School of Business

Clifford A. Rae School of Science Academic Achievement Award

Jan. 29, 2014


The Clifford A. Rae School of Science Academic Achievement Award was established to encourage high academic performance of declared School of Science majors who meet specified guidelines. The winners for the 2013 calendar year are:

Second-Year student winners: Lan Nguyen, Miranda Wallace, Carolyn McDermott.

Third-Year student winners: Kelsey Mitchell, Andrew Gisch, Megan Long.

Fourth-Year student winners: Kayla Hartmann, Tesia Posekany, Jennifer Welch.

Congratulations to these students for their excellent academic performance.

- Benjamin Donath

Packer Presents Paper in Melbourne

Jan. 28, 2014


Dr. Matthew Packer presented a paper this January at the annual conference of the Australian Girard Seminar, held at Australian Catholic University in Melbourne. The presentation, entitled "Mimetic Rivalry in New Zealand's Bicultural Politics," was made possible by a Faculty Development grant from BVU.

- English Department

Brooke Berkey to pursue D.D.S. at University of Iowa

Jan. 24, 2014


BVU senior Brooke Berkey was admitted to the DDS program in the Carver College of Medicine at the University of Iowa. She will begin the professional program in dentistry in the fall of 2014.

- N/A

Bryn Johnson admitted to DDS program at University of Iowa

Jan. 24, 2014


BVU student Bryn Johnson was admitted to the DDS program in the Carver College of Medicine at the University of Iowa. She will begin the professional program in dentistry in the fall of 2014.

- N/A

Colton Webber to pursue M.D. at Mercer University

Jan. 24, 2014


Congratulations to Colton Webber (BVU 2013) for be admitted to the M.D. program at Mercer University in Georgia. He will begin his studies toward becoming a physician in August of 2014.

- N/A

Wen Publishes Research Paper

Jan. 20, 2014


A research paper co-authored by Dr. Lei Wen, Associate Professor of Finance, is accepted for publication in Journal of International Business and Economics (JIBE). The acceptance rate of JIBE is 18 percent according to Cabell's Directory. It is a blind reviewed (2 external reviewers) journal. The title of the article is “Binary Logistic Regression Analysis for the Performance of Shanghai Composite Index."

This paper has also been accepted for presentation at the International Academy of Business and Economics (IABE) 2014 Annual Conference in Orlando. This is one of research projects worked by Dr. Wen during his sabbatical in spring 2013. BVU faculty development committee provided a grant to make this and several other research projects possible.

- Lei Wen

Psychology Professor to be Invited Speaker at Conference

Jan. 16, 2014


Congratulations to Dr. Wind Goodfriend, who has been invited to be a keynote speaker at the 2014 joint conference of the Association of Psychological Education and Research in Kansas (PERK) and the Nebraska Psychological Society (NPS). Dr. Goodfriend has been invited to present her book chapters and blogs on "The Psychology of Love in Harry Potter, Twilight, and The Hunger Games." She will also discuss her role as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Psychological Inquiry.

- Psychology Department

Ostler Obtains Internship with Principal Financial Group

Jan. 15, 2014


BVU junior computer science major Arik Ostler has successfully obtained a summer internship with the Principal Financial Group in Des Moines, Iowa. Arik will serve as a Java developer throughout his internship. Please join the computer science department in congratulating Arik on this accomplishment!

- Dr. Jason Shepherd

Publication

Jan. 12, 2014


Michael Tidemann, adjunct instructor at the Lakes & Prairies Estherville campus, recently published his short story collection, The Elk and other stories, on Amazon Kindle. His author page is available at:

http://www.amazon.com/Michael-Tidemann/e/B008THMTIW

His novel, Doomsday: A tale of cyber terror, is also available on Kindle and in print at Earthings at 512 Lake Ave. in Storm Lake.

- Michael Tidemann

Geoffrey Ullerich to Pursue Graduate Degree in Music Production and Sound Design

Jan. 9, 2014


Geoffrey Ullerich has been accepted into the School of Music Production and Sound Design for Visual Media. He has been accepted into their MFA Program. It is located at the Academy of Arts University, San Fransisco, CA. Congratulations! He is our first music production graduate to attend graduate school!

- Dr. David Klee

Psychology Students to Present at Conference

Jan. 8, 2014


Congratulations to the several Psychology students who have just been accepted to present at this year's Midwestern Psychological Association Conference in Chicago. The student projects come from both Dr. Wind Goodfriend's "Advanced Research Thesis" course and the extra-curricular Psychology Research Club. Please congratulate the following students on their achievement: Stephanie Anders, Melanie Boysen, Erika Garcia, Alex Marcel, Casey Paprocki, Gwen Walton, Sasha Boytsenyuk, Chelsey Snyder, Ayana Bolton, Mandie Kimbro, and Jamie Rich. The conference is the first weekend of May, 2014.

- Psychology Dept.

Reviews Published

Jan. 7, 2014


Dr. Michael Whitlatch, Professor of Speech and Drama, has just been notified that two reviews will be published in the January edition of Choice. Dr. Whitlatch recently submitted reviews on, "Acts of Desire, Women and Sex on Stage, 1800-1930," by Sos Eltis, and "Documentary Trail Plays in Contemporary American Theatre," by Jacqueline O'Connor.

- Dr. Michael Whitlatch

Psychology Student and Professor Publish Together

Jan. 6, 2014


Congratulations to BVU senior Chelsey Snyder and Psychology professor Dr. Wind Goodfriend, who have written an article together that was just accepted for publication in the Journal of Psychological Inquiry. The paper was written by Chelsey and edited by Dr. Goodfriend as part of Dr. Goodfriend's "Personality" course last year. The paper's title is, "The Personality of Damon Salvatore from The Vampire Diaries."

- Psychology Dept.

BVU research presented at World Stem Cell Summit

Dec. 27, 2013


Seven Mayo Clinic researchers and BVU professor Brian Lenzmeier presented their collaborative work "Optimizing NIS reporter gene technology for stem cell tracking applications" at the 2013 World Stem Cell Summit December 4th-6th in San Diego.

- N/A

Congratulations Colton Webber!

Dec. 19, 2013


BVU Athletic Training major, Colton Webber has been accepted into the Mercer Medical School Doctor of Medicine program! Colton will begin his degree in the fall at Mercer in Macon, Georgia. Congratulations, Colton!

- Abigail Tibbetts

Coriolan Wins Scholarship

Dec. 16, 2013


Congratulations to BVU senior Corporate Communications and Digital Media major Kevin Coriolan for being awarded one of this year's Greater Siouxland Press Club Scholarships. Comments sent with the announcement indicated that judges were very impressed with Kevin's application. In fact, he received two perfect scores. Congrats, Kevin!

- Jamii Claiborne

Wen Publishes Research Paper

Dec. 10, 2013


A research paper co-authored by Dr. Lei Wen, Associate Professor of Finance, is accepted for publication in Journal of International Finance and Economics (JIFE). The acceptance rate of JIFE is 15-20% according to Cabell's Directory. It is a blind reviewed (2 external reviewers) journal. The title of the article is “Examining Young Chinese Consumers’ Perceptions of Bank’s Corporate Social Responsibility

”. This paper is also accepted for presentation at the International Academy of Business and Economics (IABE) 2014 Annual Conference in Orlando. Other authors are from Appalachian State University and Southwestern University of Finance and Economics. This is one of research projects worked by Dr. Wen during his sabbatical in spring 2013. BVU faculty development committee provided a grant to make this and several other research projects possible.

- Lei Wen

Acceptance in to D.D.S. Program

Dec. 9, 2013


Bryn E. Johnson (former Simpson grad & current student at BVU) has been accepted to the University of Iowa College of Dentistry and Dental Clinics. Bryn will begin the D.D.S. program at Iowa in the late summer of '14 and will be a part of the 2018 graduating class!

- Bryn Johnson

Congratulations Grace Bodey!

Dec. 6, 2013


Upon her graduation in May 2014, Senior Graphic Design & Digital Media major, Grace Bodey has been offered a full-time Graphic Design position with Color-ize in Storm Lake. She has been working part-time with Color-ize since September. Congratulation Grace!

- Rebecca Frates

Former BVU Students Pass CPA Exam

Dec. 2, 2013


Dean Ashok Subramanian and faculty of the Harold Walter Siebens School of Business would like to congratulate former students Kyle Auffert (SL13) and Jacqueline Pacquette (SL13) who passed the CPA exam on the first try. Great job, Kyle and Jackie!

- Cindy McDonough

Writing Award

Dec. 2, 2013


Dr. Gwen Hart’s poem “If Love Is Only Chemistry” will be published in the 2014 edition of Open to Interpretation, a juried anthology that pairs photographs with poetry and prose. Poet Dorianne Laux selected Hart’s poem for the Judge’s Choice award for best writing in this volume.

- Gwen Hart

URMED Scholars Named

Nov. 22, 2013


Congratulations to BVU senior Amber Riedy and BVU junior Natalie Bellairs for being named Undergraduate Rural Medicine Education Development (URMED) Scholars for January of 2014. Amber and Natalie will spend 3 weeks interning at BVRMC in Storm Lake as well as in Humboldt, Sac City and Pocahontas. Both students will receive a $3,000 stipend to help defray the costs of applying to medical school.

- N/A

Sibigtroth Secures Disney Internship

Nov. 20, 2013


Congratulations to BVU Computer Science senior Chad Sibigtroth on securing a semester-long internship with Disney at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Chad will be serving as a Workforce Management Science Intern in a role that combines analytics, programming, and project management. Please join the Computer Science department in congratulating Chad on this very well-deserved honor!

- Dr. Jason B. Shepherd

Psychology Professor Publishes Movie Blog

Nov. 15, 2013


Dr. Wind Goodfriend, Associate Professor of Psychology, has published another post to her blog sponsored by Psychology Today. The regular blog is called "A Psychologist at the Movies." This month's post is titled, "Love in the Hunger Games: Why Katniss Falls for Peeta." This latest post is #12 in her online series. The Hunger Games post, as well as all of Dr. Goodfriend's previous posts, can be found here: http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/psychologist-the-movies/201311/love-in-the-hunger-games

- Psychology Department

Computer Science students compete at regional programming contest

Nov. 15, 2013


On November 9th, nine computer science students traveled to Vermillion, SD to compete at a regional contest for the International Collegiate Programming Contest facilitated by the Association for Computing Machinery. In teams of three, they wrote programs to solve a handful of quite challenging algorithmic problems over the span of 5 grueling hours. BVU’s top-ranking team, seniors Karl Ahrendsen, Jon Kenkel, and Zach Lorenzen, placed 4th at the contest site which housed a total of 14 teams. Other BVU competitors included Will Brackett, Adam Drees, Brady Hannula, Jerry Heylmun, Caitlin Hof, and Alex Meier. Many of these students have logged as many as 18 hours of contest time between practice events held at BVU and the regional event itself. Due to their hard work and preparation, all of our BVU teams successfully solved problems at this event!

- Nathan Backman

BVU Awarded Humanities Iowa Funds

Nov. 13, 2013


Humanities Iowa has awarded BVU a $9,800 grant to help fund programming surrounding BVU’s Keith Carter middle-eastern artifact collection. Programming will include a lecture/discussion series this spring for the general public with the goal of creating a sense of both shared humanity and the richness of cultural diversity. Funding will also support a summer workshop for 15 upper elementary to middle-school teachers utilizing artifacts from the collection in conjunction with guest speakers, readings and discussion, a field-trip and a model-teaching unit.

- Robin Wissink

BVU Digital Media students present at national CMA conference

Nov. 8, 2013


Belated congratulations to the six BVU Digital Media students who attended the national College Media Association conference in New Orleans, LA October 23-27. Grace Bodey, Aaron Burns, and Shauna McKnight presented a session with Dr. Andrea Frantz titled "Breaking Out and Breaking It Down: A Year in the Life of a Multimedia News Organization's Transition." Also in attendance representing the BVU chapter of the Society of Collegiate Journalists executive leadership were Katy Rubino, Gerardo Flores, and Scott Locati. Over 2,500 student media leaders from across the nation attended the fall conference.

- Andrea Frantz

BVU students accepted to Iowa College Honor Band

Nov. 5, 2013


Five BVU band members have been selected to participate in the 20th Annual Iowa Collegiate Honor Band. Selected students include: Ariana Butterfield - clarinet, Shelby Cooper - clarinet, Shane Clune - baritone saxophone, Kelsey Struck - horn and Arik Ostler - tuba. The honor band will rehearse on the Iowa State University campus on Nov. 22 with a finale concert at Ames City Auditorium at 2:30PM on Saturday Nov. 23. The guest conductor for the Iowa Collegiate Honor Band is Robert Ponto, associate professor of conducting and director of bands at the University of Oregon.

- Jerry Bertrand

BVU Student Presents at Undergraduate Conference

Nov. 4, 2013


Congratulations to senior Elizabeth Heffernan, who presented her paper, "'Riding the Race': How Society Constructs Race through Literature and Law," at this year's Midwest Undergraduate Conference in the Humanities (MUCH) held at Wartburg College on November 2, 2013. Elizabeth's work was accepted by the conference organizers as part of a panel called "Mystery, Romance, and Representation."

- Annamaria Formichella-Elsden

BVU grad to present at national conference

Nov. 1, 2013


Adam Strater (’06) will be presenting his paper, “Militaristic Imitation in the War Scroll,” at the upcoming annual Society of Biblical Literature conference in Baltimore, MD. Congratulations Adam!

- Philosophy & Religion Dept

Dr. Feis Publishes Essay

Oct. 13, 2013


Dr. William B. Feis has just published an essay entitled "'Developed by Circumstances': Grant, Intelligence, and the Vicksburg Campaign" in Steven E. Woodworth and Charles D. Grear, eds., The Vicksburg Campaign: March 29-May 18, 1863 (Southern Illinois University Press, 2013).

The History Department

- Dixee Bartholomew-Feis

Psychology Student and Professor Publish Together

Sept. 25, 2013


Congratulations to BVU alumna (class of 2012) and former Psychology major Navneet Sandha, and to Dr. Wind Goodfriend (Associate Professor of Psychology). Their co-authored paper, "Alcohol Consumption: American vs. Indian Undergraduate College Students," has just been accepted for publication in the upcoming issue of the Journal of Psychological Inquiry. First-author Navneet wrote the paper as her project in Dr. Goodfriend's year-long Advanced Research Thesis course. The original, empirical project includes a cross-cultural analysis of participants from both the U.S. and India.

- Psychology Department

Comm Studies Program at Iowa Communication Association

Sept. 23, 2013


Drs. Kampbell, Lamoureux and Gill attended the Iowa Communication Association Conference in Ankeny, Sept. 20-21. Drs. Gill and Kampbell each chaired a panel and served as a panelist on a separate panel. Two May Corporate Communication majors had senior papers competitively selected for presentation as Top Undergraduate Papers : Bailey (Schafbuch) Puhrmann and Laura Schachtner. Bailey, Laura and Ashlyn Norris received ICA’s Outstanding Academic Achievement honor and were presented with certificates at the evening banquet. Dr. Kampbell was honored as the 2013 ICA Outstanding New Teacher of the Year, an award given to an outstanding faculty member in his/her first seven years of full-time teaching. Dr. Gill edits the journal for the association and was recently notified that her submission of Dr. Rebecca DiVerniero has been named the National Communication Association’s Scholar of the Year for her article “A Turning Point Analysis of Stepchildren’s Communication with their Nonresidential Parents’ Family,” which appeared in volume 44 (Fall 2012) of the Iowa Journal of Communication.

- Mary Gill

Unified Sports Day

Sept. 20, 2013


September 19th Buena Vista University open the Lamberti Recreation Center doors for a day of learning and moving by connecting with Special Olympics of Des Moines for our first Unified Sports Day. The purpose of this day is to offer local students an opportunity to visit a university and spend time with college students while participating in a variety of activities and sports. Students from the College of Education, Human Performance and Student Athletes came together to provide a very positive experience for our guest. There were 66 guests from local communities that participated and over 100 Buena Vista Students that volunteered for this event. The faculty and staff would like to thank all of our students for a great day that was full of positive energy.

- Beverly Ahern

Two Psychology Students to Intern at the Mayo Clinic in January

Sept. 19, 2013


Congratulations to Psychology senior students Gwendolyn Walton and Casey Paprocki, who will both be completing internships at the Mayo Clinic this coming January. Each year, the Psychology program sends two top students to work in research labs at Mayo. Gwendolyn will be working with Dr. Stephen Whiteside, who studies treatment programs for children with severe anxiety disorders. Casey will be working with Dr. Michael Zaccariello in the neuropsychology lab.

- Wind Goodfriend

Klobassa Secures IT Analyst Position with Principal

Sept. 19, 2013


Please join the computer science department in congratulating BVU senior Tyler Klobassa. After completing a successful summer internship with the Principal Financial Group in Des Moines, Iowa, Tyler has accepted a full-time position with Principal as an Information Technology Analyst, which he will begin after graduation in May 2014. Well done, Tyler, and best wishes to you as you begin what undoubtedly will be an outstanding career!
- Dr. Jason Shepherd

Masunzu Awarded Scholarship and Internship

Sept. 4, 2013


Congratulations to BVU Mathematics and Finance & Banking major Robert Masunzu. During the summer, Robert was notified that he is the recipient of a competitive scholarship from the IABA (the International Association of Black Actuaries). In conjunction with the scholarship, during the Summer of 2014 Robert will be serve an internship with New York Life Insurance Company in Manhattan. Congratulations, Robert!

Benjamin B. Donath

Dean, School of Science

- Benjamin B. Donath

BVU Senior Mathematics Majors Excel

Sept. 4, 2013


Congratulations to BVU’s 2013 graduating Mathematics Majors. This year’s group of graduating Mathematics majors scored among the top 10% nationally on the Educational Testing Service (ETS) Major Field Test in Mathematics, with two individual BV students scoring in the top 5% nationally. In two of the last five years (2009-2013) BVU’s graduating Mathematics majors, as a group, have scored in the top 10% nationally on this exam. Congratulations to these students for their hard work and commitment.

Benjamin B. Donath

Dean of the School of Science

- Benjamin B. Donath

Writing Award

Sept. 3, 2013


Dr. Gwen Hart, Assistant Prof. of English, won 2nd place in the 20th annual Women Who Write International Prose & Poetry Contest for her short story “This Is a Good Idea.” The story will be published in the 2013 edition of Calliope.

- Gwen Hart

Soden Secures Software Developer Position

Aug. 24, 2013


Congratulations to BVU computer science graduate Andrew Soden. Andrew has secured a position as a software developer for Aviture, Inc., in Omaha, NE. In this position, he will be programming mission planning software for the Air Force, using a combination of Java, jQuery, and other frameworks. Please join the computer science department in congratulating Andrew on this accomplishment!

- Jason Shepherd

Review Published

Aug. 22, 2013


Dr. Michael Whitlatch, Professor of Speech and Drama, has just been informed that his review of "Direction: Readings in Theatre Practice," by Simon Shepherd will be published in the September issue of Choice.

- Dr. Michael Whitlatch

Tyler Reed Accepted at USD Law School

Aug. 21, 2013


Congratulations to Tyler Reed who will begin law school at the University of South Dakota this fall. Nice work Tyler! - The Political Science Faculty

Congratulations Lauren Whitt!

Aug. 16, 2013


Congratulations to former White House intern Lauren Whitt (SL ’13) who has accepted a campaign and fundraising staff position with Congressman Bruce Braley. Lauren has also been accepted to several U.S. law schools. Nice work Lauren!

- The Political Science Faculty

Jannsen to pursue Ph.D at the University of Iowa

Aug. 16, 2013


Congratulations to Brian Jannsen (SL ‘11) who has been admitted to the Ph.D program in political science at the University of Iowa. Brian recently completed a master’s degree in political science at Iowa State University. Bravo Brian, we wish you the best!

- The Political Science Faculty

Teaching position

Aug. 14, 2013


Kathryn Osborne will be co-teaching Title I reading as well as first grade in the Storm Lake Community School District.

Good luck as you begin your teaching career!

- Pippa Fineran

Morrow's Essay Chosen for Publication

Aug. 12, 2013


Congratulations to BVU sophomore elementary education major, Sloane Morrow, whose essay was published in the most recent edition of Presbyterians Today. The PCUSA (Presbyterian Church USA) invited students who receive financial aid through its scholarships to write an essay about the cost of college, financial aid, and other related topics. There were over 60 applicants who wrote. The top 25 were published online, but only two were chosen to be published in the print magazine. Sloane’s essay was one of those two. She also received a monetary award as part of the competition. Congrats, Sloane!

- Jamii Claiborne

Teaching Contract

Aug. 9, 2013


Congratulations to 2013 BVU graduate Kylie Peterson on signing her first year contract to teach middle school vocal music at George Washington Carver Academy in Waterloo, Iowa. Kylie will teach 6th, 7th and 8th grade choirs plus general music. Kylie is excited for the opportunities at her new school.

- Paula Keeler

Caitlin Hof summer research is published

July 30, 2013


Biology major Caitlin Hof spent the summer of 2012 working in the lab of Dr. David Pearce at the University of South Dakota Sanford Research in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The work she completed that summer has recently been published in the peer reviewed journal PLoS One. Caitlin is listed as an author on the publication. The abstract is available online at http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=caitlin+hof.

Congratulations to Caitlin on her first research publication.

- School of Science

Funte Named Packers PR Intern

July 18, 2013


Congratulations to BVU senior, Briana Funte, who was recently hired as the Public Relations Intern for the Green Bay Packers during the team's training camp. Funte will spend the rest of the summer with the NFL team's PR staff assisting with media and public relations for the stockholders' meeting, training camp, and preseason games. Funte is a digital media major from Osage, IA, and is a former Vikings Game-Day Intern. Congrats, Bri!

- Jamii Claiborne

2013 Minnesota Vikings Game-Day Interns Selected

July 18, 2013


Congratulations to Jason Ehrhardt (Sports Management, Marketing), Amanda Kavan (Marketing), and Courtney Van Haaften (Corporate Communication) for being selected as 2013 Game Day Interns with the NFL team. BV finalists are selected based on their application materials spring semester. The competitive process commenced last week with telephone interviews with the Vikings PR staff. Game Day interns will work home games by checking in the media, working the press box during games, as well as taping and transcribing press conferences for local, regional and national media. BVU’s involvement in the Game-Day Internship Program originated with Jeff Anderson (2003 BV grad) and current Director of Corporate Communications for the Minnesota Vikings

- Cindy Cone

Hired by Storm Lake Pilot-Tribune

June 14, 2013


Digital Media and History major April Allen, BVU ’13, has been hired by the Storm Lake Pilot-Tribune to write news and a weekly column beginning June 17th. April was hired, in part, due to her strong emphasis on community involvement. Congrats April!

- Bruce Ellingson

Veronica Mardesen Accepted to Graduate School

June 14, 2013


Veronica Mardesen, 2014 BVU social work graduate, was accepted into the MSW program at West Texas A & M University. Veronica will begin classes in Fall 2014 while working part time in the Adult Protective Services Unit of the Department of Family and Protective Services in Amarillo, Texas. Congratulations Veronica!

- Kathryn McKinley

Rodine Awarded Graduate School Scholarship

June 13, 2013


Computer Science/Criminal Justice double major Eric Rodine has been named as a recipient of the 2013-2014 "Scholarship for Service" as part of his acceptance to the Master of Science program in Information Assurance at Iowa State University. This award includes full tuition, room, board, books and fees, as well as a substantial annual living stipend. Acceptance of this award requires a service commitment consisting of a paid summer internship and two years of paid employment at a government position related to cyber security. Please join us in congratulating Eric on this esteemed award!

- Jason Shepherd

Review Published

May 23, 2013


Review Published. Dr. Michael Whitlatch, Professor of Speech and Drama, has just been informed that his review of "Thornton Wilder: A Life" by Penelope Niven has been published in the June issue of Choice.

- Dr. Michael Whitlatch

Katie Neppl accepts Graphic Design job

May 23, 2013


Congratulations to Katie Neppl, senior Graphic Design and Visual Communication major, who following her internship, was offered a job with Commercial Sign & Design in Storm Lake. She will begin her graphic design position part-time in August and full-time after graduation in December. Well done Katie!

- Rebecca Frates

Teaching positions

May 21, 2013


  • Brittany Carlson, who is currently student teaching at Storm Lake St. Mary's, has taken a position teaching third grade at Odebolt-Arthur Elementary.
  • Tracey Ellis, who is currently student teaching at Hawthorne Elementary in Hastings, NE, has accepted a special education position at Walnut Middle School in Grand Island, NE.

Best of luck as you begin your teaching careers!

- Pippa Fineran

Faculty sabbatical research to be presented at International Society for Stem Cell Research Conference

May 21, 2013


Research carried by Brian Lenzmeier while on sabbatical at the Mayo Clinic in the fall of 2011 will be presented at the International Society for Stem Cell Research Conference in Boston June 12-15, 2013. This collaborative research presentation involves 9 scientists and is entitled "Optimizing NIS Reporter Gene Technology for Stem Cell Tracking Applications."

- N/A

Kenkel Secures Internship

May 21, 2013


Congratulations to BVU computer science student Jon Kenkel on securing a summer internship with Berkley Technology Services, a financial services IT company in Urbandale, Iowa. Jon will be serving as a Java programmer and software tester during his internship. Congratulations, Jon, and best of luck to you!

- Jason Shepherd

Sibigtroth Secures Internship

May 21, 2013


Congratulations to BVU computer science student Chad Sibigtroth. Chad has obtained an internship in Pueblo, Colorado, with the Pueblo Board of Water Works. Chad will be programming and providing software support during his internship. Well done, Chad, and good luck!

- Jason Shepherd

Social Work Grads Begin Careers!

May 20, 2013


The faculty of the Social Work Program congratulates the following graduates who will begin their professional careers with positions listed below. We are proud of you and wish you all the best!

Veronica Mardesen will be working for the Department of Family and Protective Services in the Adult Protection Services Unit as an in home worker in Amarillo, TX. Well done, Veronica!

Carrie Sorensen has begun work as a Homeless Outreach Worker in Sioux Falls, SD for Southeastern Behavior Health. Congratulations Carrie!

Mallory Todd has been hired by Children's Square in Council Bluffs, IA where she will work as a Foster Care Home Licensor and Recruiter. Best wishes as you begin this position, Mallory!

Kortney Wessman will be headquartered in LeMars, IA in her new position with Boys Town of Iowa as an In Home Family Consultant; she will be working with children and families. Congratulations, Kortney!

- Ellen Holmgren

Internships for Theatre and Arts Management/Theatre Majors

May 12, 2013


The Theatre department congratulates Hannah Anderson for being named as the Children's Theatre Directing and Education intern for the Spencer Community Theatre. Hannah is the fourth BVU student to hold this paid internship position. This is more than any other college program so far. Also, congratulations to Kadie Dennison for receiving the Marketing and Development internship with the Encore Studio and Stage theatre in Alexandria, VA. Kadie will be working on many aspects of their summer operation including technical production management, marketing and social media development projects, and workshop curriculum development. This internship is funded by ExxonMobil.

- Bethany Larson

Second City Showcase Performance

May 12, 2013


Kadie Dennison, SL'14, will be performing in the Second City/Columbia College Comedy Studies Showcase on Tuesday and Wednesday (May 14 & 15) in Chicago at Second City. Kadie has been attending classes in the history of comedy, scriptwriting, acting technique, and other topics this semester, and she and her classmates will perform their showcase for an audience which will include agents and industry professionals. Congratulations, Kadie!

- Bethany Larson

Teaching positions

May 10, 2013


BVU's School of Education would like to congratulate the following spring graduates who have accepted teaching positions:

  • Jennifer Roggatz, currently student teaching at the Carroll Middle School, has accepted a secondary math position with the Tomball, TX, school district.
  • Brian Christiansen, currently student teaching at the Odebolt-Arthur Elementary, has accepted a first-grade position in the Alta Elementary along with head girls basketball.
  • Alyssa Evers, currently student teaching in the Storm Lake MS, has accepted a first-grade position with the Denison Community Schools.
  • Taylor Carlson, currently student teaching at River Valley, has accepted a seventh-grade language arts position at the South Sioux City Middle School.
  • Greg Hiemstra, currently student teaching at Ridgeview HS, has accepted a seventh/eighth-grade social studies position with Garner-Hayfield-Ventura.
  • Angela Holstedt, currently student teaching at the Schaller elementary, has accepted a K-2 special education position in Riverton, WY.
  • Sarah Chandler, currently student teaching in Spencer, has accepted a position in Denison, Iowa, teaching general music in grades 4-5 as well as middle school band lessons.
  • Nick Plueger, currently student teaching in Spencer, has accepted a middle school physical education position at the Webster City Middle School.

Best of luck as you begin your teaching careers!

- Pippa Fineran

Teaching Position

May 9, 2013


Sarah Chandler, Instrumental Music Major who is currently student teaching in the Spencer Community Schools, has accepted a teaching position in the Denison Community School District. Her teaching duties will include Elementary Music and Beginner Band. Congratulations Sarah!

- Jerry Bertrand

Marjorie Holmes Literary Scholarship

May 8, 2013


Congratulations to Kaitlyn Christensen, Elizabeth Heffernan, and Ronda Long-Birdsall for earning the M. Holmes Scholarship recognizing special academic and creative achievement in writing. This award is an accomplishment; students present their work in a portfolio to by reviewed by English faculty. Also, students must meet GPA requirements.

Congratulations to Kaitlyn, Elizabeth, and Ronda for their dedication and excellent writing.

- Katherine M. Kapitan

Marjorie Holmes Literary Scholarship

May 8, 2013


Congratulations to Laura Eberly for earning a Majorie Holmes Literary Scholarship. Recognizing special academic and creative achievement in writing, this award is an accomplishment. Students present their work in a porfolio that is reviewed by English faculty. Also, students must meet GPA requirements. Congratulate Laura on her dedication and excellence in writing.

- Kathy Kapitan

Student selected to participate in European Summer Institute

May 6, 2013


Alexandra Marcel, a double-major in Psychology and Criminal Justice, has been selected to participate in the European Summer Institute's Center for Public Policy summer session on Crime, Law and Psychology in Prague, Czech Republic. Congratulations, Alex!

- Dixee Bartholomew-Feis

School of Business Students Hired for Summer Internships

May 6, 2013


The Harold Walter Siebens School of Business faculty and dean would like to congratulate the following business students on landing these exciting summer internship opportunities.

Amanda Jamtgaard, Accounting Department at Parks Marina, Okoboji, IA; Stephanie Hayden, Association Department of Marsh U.S. Consumer in Urbandale, IA; Adam Cave, IT Department of Central Bank, Storm Lake, IA; Bobby Brown, IT Department and Internal Auditing of Central Bank, Storm Lake, IA; Kendra Campbell, ICON Ag and Turf, Lawton, IA; and Estefany Gonzalez, Accounting Department with the International Division of Principal Financial Group, Des Moines, IA.

Please congratulate these students on their hard work!

- Scott Anderson

Grace Bodey to intern at BVU UMC

May 6, 2013


Congratulations to Grace Bodey. She has been selected to intern with University Marketing and Communications this summer. She will be involved in a variety of tasks including, writing and sending press releases, brainstorming, capturing of video elements, web work with the content management system and with graphics, proofing copy in design layouts, etc. Well done Grace!

- Rebecca Frates

Summer Interns Announced

May 6, 2013


Congratulations from the Harold Walter Siebens School of Business faculty and dean to the following business students who have been hired for these great summer internships.

Megan Sweeney, Pro-Am coordinator for 3M Championship in the Twin Cities area; Kirsten Van Zuiden, Midwest Sports Weekly Productions in Carroll, IA; Adam Gustad, International Tennis Hall of Fame, Newport, Rhode Island; Jason Ehrhardt, ticketing intern for Western and Southern Open, Cincinnati, Ohio; Beatrice Biedenfeld, Tyson Events Center and Sioux City Convention Center, Sioux City, IA; and Lacey Flugge, game operations for Waterloo Bucks, Waterloo, IA.

Congratulations to all!

- Scott Anderson

Student accepted to post-baccalaureate study

May 6, 2013


Nicole Nee has been accepted to study art history in Florence, Italy in Fall 2013 as part of the Studio Arts Center International's post-Baccalaureate program. Congratulations, Nicole!

- Dixee Bartholomew-Feis

Tara Lehner Accepts Design Job

May 4, 2013


Congratulations to Tara Lehner, graduating senior in Graphic Design and Visual Communication, who recently accepted Graphic Designer/Digital Press Operator position at Lakes Print in Spirit Lake, Iowa. Way to go Tara!

- Rebecca Frates

David Ekstrom to Meredith Corp.

May 4, 2013


Congratulations to Digital Media Major David Ekstrom who has been hired as a Multimedia Producer at Successful Farming Magazine, the centerpiece publication of Meredith Corporation, Des Moines. David will collaborate with the Successful Farming editorial staff to create original multimedia content as well as development and distribution of content across print, web, mobile, broadcast and circulation platforms. The job offer follows a successful January Internship at Meredith.

- Digital Media Department

Teaching Position

May 3, 2013


Angela Holstedt, currently student teaching in Schaller, IA, has been hired as a Kindergarten through 2nd grade Special Education teacher in Riverton, Wyoming. Great job, Angela!

- Karin Strohmyer

YES! Program Internships

May 3, 2013


Congratulations to Nora Seda, Katie Larsen, Andrew Zinn, Holly Neutzman, and Morgan Stark. These students have been selected for paid internships in special education youth self-determination and family empowerment. Mikaela Fiedler was selected as a research assistant.

- Karin Strohmyer

Coats Secures Summer Internship

May 2, 2013


Congratulations to BVU computer science student Brandon Coats on obtaining a summer internship with Berkley Technology Services in Urbandale, IA. Brandon will be doing Java programming and software testing for Berkley. Well done, Brandon, and good luck!

- Jason Shepherd

Peterson Admitted to History Graduate Program

April 30, 2013


Senior History major and Honors student Lindsey Peterson has been admitted to the History graduate program at the University of South Dakota beginning in Fall 2013. Congratulations, Lindsey!

The History Department

- William Feis

Burgraff Admitted to History Graduate Program

April 30, 2013


Senior History major/Theater minor Taylor Burgraff has been admitted to the History graduate program at the University of South Dakota beginning in Fall 2013. Congratulations, Taylor!

- William Feis

Tims Admitted to Law School

April 30, 2013


Senior History major Casey Tims has been admitted to the University of Nebraska Law School beginning in Fall 2013. Congratulations, Casey, and Go Big Red!

- William Feis

BVU Business Students Selected for Leadership Iowa University

April 26, 2013


Amanda Kavan and Kirsten Van Zuiden have been selected to attend the Leadership Iowa University program this summer. This unique program is designed to educate, inspire and develop young leaders as the foundation for Iowa’s future economic growth. Amanda and Kirsten were selected based on their leadership potential, community/campus involvement, and extra-curricular activities. They will attend a one-week residential program in August, with follow-up sessions in September and February. Congratulations to Amanda and Kirsten!

- Ashok Subramanian

Kuhns Accepts Position with DuPont Pioneer

April 24, 2013


Congratulations to BVU computer science senior Clark Kuhns. Clark has accepted a position with DuPont Pioneer as a software developer at their Johnston, Iowa, location. Clark will be developing C#.Net applications as part of DuPont Pioneer's soybean division. Please join the Computer Science department in congratulating Clark on what undoubtedly will be the beginning of a stellar career.

- Jason Shepherd

Book signing

April 20, 2013


Michael Tidemann, adjunct instructor in the Graduate & Professional Studies Program at Estherville, will sign his novel, Doomsday: A tale of cyber terror, at Zandbroz Variety at 209 S. Phillips in Sioux Falls, S.D. 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 27. Tidemann's short stories have been a regular feature in the online Boston literary magazine, thewriteplaceatthewritetime.org, since last June. The magazine is distributed to 38 countries and features writers from the New York Times, Newsweek, Wall Street Journal, and Business Week.

Tidemann's author page is available at:
http://www.amazon.com/Michael-Tidemann/e/B008THMTIW

- Michael Tidemann

BVU student media leaders win national awards

April 19, 2013


Buena Vista University’s student newspaper The Tack has placed 2nd in the nation for best Online News Website in the 2012-13 Society for Collegiate Journalists national media contest.

In addition to the overall excellence award, senior and SCJ President April Allen also won 2nd place in the individual category Multimedia Feature Story for her audio narrative “The Music of Two.” The audio story profiled the musical duo Josh Weitzel and Dr. Laura Bernhardt. Of her work, judge Nathanael Shelton (News Editor of the Kenly News, Kenly, North Carolina) wrote: “Well done broadcast…NPR quality.”

The annual competition involves almost 200 universities and colleges across the nation and all compete head-to-head, regardless of the size of their enrollment.

- Dr. Andrea Frantz

Congratulations to James Day!

April 17, 2013


Congratulations to James Day for successful defending his dissertation last week. James will graduate from the University of South Dakota with a Doctorate in Education in May. Well done Dr. Day!

- Exercise Science Department

Kathryn Stange Going to UI

April 14, 2013


Congratulations to Kate Stange on her acceptance to the University of Iowa PharmD program. Yeah, Kate!!

- Bob Blodgett

Congratulations to Seth Lindokken

April 13, 2013


BVU senior mathematics major Seth Lindokken has been awarded an assistantship to pursue Ph.D. studies in mathematics at the University of Nebraska. Congratulations, Seth.

- Benjamin B. Donath

Katharyn Stange to Pursue Doctor of Pharmacy and Master of Public Health

April 12, 2013


Congratulations to Kate Stange for being admitted to the Doctor of Pharmacy and Master of Public Health programs at the University of Iowa. She will begin her studies in the fall. Congratulations Kate!

- Lisa Mellmann

Emily Dewall Awarded Research Experience for Undergraduates Fellowship at Montana State University

April 12, 2013


Congratulations to Emily Dewall for being awarded a summer Research Experience for Undergraduates Fellowship at Montana State University. Emily will receive a $5000 stipend as well as room and board and conduct biochemical research throughout the summer. Congratulations Emily!

- Lisa Mellmann

Alex Paine to Pursue Ph.D. in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology

April 12, 2013


Congratulations to Alex Paine for receiving a full tuition waiver and a research assistantship stipend to pursue a Ph.D. in the Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology program at the University of Colorado at Boulder. She will being her studies in the fall. Congratulations Alex!

- Lisa Mellmann

New junior members of alpha chi

April 11, 2013


Alpha Chi is a national honor society which recognizes the top students on our campus regardless of academic discipline. The following 9 students have accepted membership into alpha chi as juniors, which means they are ranked in the top 5% of the students who have junior standing: Natalie Bellairs, Estefany Gonzalez, Stephaine Hayden, Samantha Kavan, Stephanie Anders, Anne Reiva, Megan Schroeder, Gwendolyn Walton and Brandy Zumbach. These students will be inducted into alpha chi at a ceremony in Schaller Chapel at 4 pm on Saturday 27 April 2013.

- Brian A. Lenzmeier, Ph.D

New Alpha Chi Seniors Named

April 11, 2013


Alpha Chi is a national honor society which recognizes the top students on our campus regardless of academic discipline. The following 3 students have accepted new senior membership into alpha chi which means they are ranked in the top 10% of the students who have senior standing: Elizabeth Heffernan, Amanda Jamtgaard and Alex Paine. These students will be inducted into alpha chi at a ceremony in Schaller Chapel at 4 pm on Saturday 27 April 2013.

- Brian A. Lenzmeier, Ph.D.

Erin Renze ('12) Awarded Full Tuition Waiver to Pursue Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree at Des Moines University

April 11, 2013


Congratulations to Erin Renze for being awarded a full tuition waiver to pursue a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree at Des Moines University. She will begin her physician training in Des Moines this summer.

- N/A

Sheldon Paramore accepts position and is admitted to graduate study

April 11, 2013


Sheldon Paramore, senior Communication Studies and Music Major, accepted a position as Manager Trainee with Enterprise Rent a Car in Youngstown, OH. He has also just been accepted in the online Masters of Arts in Management and Leadership at Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA.

- Mary Gill

Jacklyn Johnson to Pursue Ph.D. in Microbiology

April 11, 2013


Congratulations to Jacklyn Johnson for being awarded a full tuition waiver and paid research assistantship to pursue a Ph.D. in Microbiology at the University of Iowa. She will begin her studies in Iowa City in August.

- N/A

Summer Research Winners

April 11, 2013


Congratulations to Zach Lorenzen and Jena Peters, whose proposals were accepted for support in BVU’s School of Science Summer Research Program. Zach will work with Dr. Shawn Stone on The Development of a True Huffman Compression Algorithm. Jena will work with Dr. James Hampton on Transformation of Species from Five Biological Kingdoms Using Aerosol Beam Injection and Particle Bombardment.

- Benjamin B. Donath

Cammy Matters to attend medical school at Des Moines University

April 11, 2013


Congratulations to Cammy Matters for being admitted to the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine Program at Des Moines University. She will begin working toward becoming a physician in August of 2013.

- N/A

Brennan Holm to Pursue Doctor of Optometry at Pacific University

April 11, 2013


Congratulations to Brennan Holm for being admitted to the Doctor of Optometry program at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon. Brennan will commence the pursuit of his degree in August of 2013.

- N/A

Kelly Secures Internship

April 11, 2013


Congratulations to BVU computer science student Patrick Kelly on obtaining a summer internship with GOMACO in Ida Grove, Iowa. Patrick will be working in GOMACO's IT department doing application and workstation support, as well as some programming. Well done, Patrick!

- Jason Shepherd

Broll Accepted to Vanderbilt Ph.D. Program in Computer Science

April 11, 2013


The computer science department enthusiastically congratulates BVU senior Brian Broll on his acceptance to the computer science Ph.D. programs at Vanderbilt University and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. After much consideration, Brian has chosen to attend Vanderbilt, where he will receive a full tuition waiver as well as a living stipend. Please join us in congratulating Brian on this well-deserved accomplishment!

- Jason Shepherd

Recognition of Returning Alpha Chi Seniors

April 11, 2013


Alpha Chi is a national honor society which recognizes the top students on our campus regardless of academic discipline. Students in the top 5% of the junior class and top 10 percent of the senior class are eligible for admission to Alpha Chi. The following 22 students have senior standing and were previously inducted into Alpha Chi: Arinda Abbuhl, Kellyn Arnold, Kirsten Bielen, Emily DeWall, Alyssa Evers, Serena Geisinger, Justus McDermott Harris, Kayla Hartmann, Abigail Hesnard, Johnathan Hill, Caitlin Hof, Angela Holstedt, Jacklyn Johnson, Seth Lindokken, Cammy Matters, Laura Page, Dein Peters, Lindsey Peterson, Bailey Schaufbuch, Molly Urness, Colton Webber, and Lauren Whitt. These students will be recognized for their membership in Alpha Chi at a ceremony in Schaller Chapel at 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 27, 2013.

- Brian A. Lenzmeier, Ph.D.

Jennifer Welch Awarded Mayo Clinic Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship

April 11, 2013


Congratulations to Jenny Welch for being awarded a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship at the Mayo Clinic. Jenny will receive a $5,000 stipend to carry out research in the Virology and Gene Therapy Department.

- N/A

Okoboji Entrepreneurial Institute Participants Selected

April 4, 2013


Dr. Ashok Subramanian, Dean of the School of Business, and management professors Dr Joni Anderson and Dr. Kihwan Kim are pleased to announce the selection of this year's participants for the Okoboji Entrepreneurial Institute. They are Ashly Lage, Alex Seaman, Beatrice Biedenfeld, and Michael Boyle. Alex Stork will serve as an alternate. The Institute will be held August 4-9 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.

- Cindy McDonough

Karl Ahrendsen accepted to Duke Physics REU program

March 20, 2013


Karl will participate in a 10-week summer program combining research experience, lectures, and social activities. Each student in the program is assigned to a project associated with ongoing research efforts at TUNL or Duke University. Students that are selected to work with the Duke High Energy program will have the opportunity to spend 5-weeks of the 10-week summer program at CERN. Congratulations Karl, well done!

- Shawn Stone

Michael Keane to attend Medical School at Rocky Vista

March 19, 2013


Congratulations to Michael Keane for being admitted to the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine Program at Rocky Vista University. He will begin his studies to become a physician in Colorado in August.

- N/A

Tesia Posekany awarded summer research fellowship at Cornell University (NY)

March 19, 2013


Congratulations to Tesia Posekany for being awarded a National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates Fellowship in the Plant Genome Research Program at Cornell University in Ithica, NY. She will receive a stipend to carry out a 10 week research project in the Boyce Thompson Institute at Cornell this summer.

- N/A

Student and Professor Publish Paper Together

March 19, 2013


Congratulations to Zach King, senior Psychology major, and Dr. Wind Goodfriend, Associate Professor of Psychology. A paper they wrote together, called "The ABC's of Videogame Effects: Affective, Biological, and Cognitive Effects of Videogame Play," has just been accepted for publication in The Journal of Psychological Inquiry. Zach is the first author of this paper and completed the project in Dr. Goodfriend's year-long Research Thesis class. The reviews of the paper stated that it was one of the best papers they have received. Great job, Zach!

- Psychology Department

Congratulations Shelby Ripperger

March 11, 2013


Congratulations to Shelby Ripperger for being offered a Graduate Teaching Assistant position for the Exercise Science Program at Salisbury University in Salisbury, MD.

- Exercise Science Department

Ben Lancaster (BVU 2010) to pursue M.D. at University of South Dakota

March 10, 2013


Congratulations to Benjamin Lancaster (BVU 2010) for being admitted to the M.D. program at the University of South Dakota. Ben will begin his preparations to become a physician in August of 2013.

- N/A

Caitlin Hof accepted to Neuroscience study abroad program

March 7, 2013


Caitlin Hof has been accepted to participate in the Neuroscience Seminar in Germany. This program is a collaboration between the College of Charleston, the Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience, Ludwig Maximilians Universitat (Munich), and Charite Medical University (Berlin). Caitlin will have the opportunity to experience biomedical research on a global scale and to gain a historical perspective on the field of Neuroscience. Congratulations Caitlin!

- Kristy McClellan

Spanish Students Will Present at a Conference

March 7, 2013


Congratulations to Gladiola Esparza, Laura Page and Jessica Thuma. They have been accepted to present their research at an Undergraduate Spanish Conference at the University of South Dakota on March 21. They will be discussing aspects of the persona and tradition related to La Malinche, a female figure in the Mexican conquest who has taken on various roles over the years from heroine to traitor, and everything in between.

- Steven Mills

Jennifer Welch awarded Mayo Clinic SURF

March 5, 2013


Congratulations to Jennifer Welch on being selected to participate in the Mayo Clinic Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship program. Jennifer was selected through a highly competitive process to receive a $5,000 stipend to carry out research in the Virology and Gene Therapy Department during the summer of 2013

- N/A

Renze Awarded Full Tuition Scholarship to Medical School

March 5, 2013


Congratulations to 2012 BVU graduate Erin Renze. Next fall she will attend medical school at Des Moines University where she has been awarded a full tuition waiver.

- N/A

Communication Students Selected to Present at Undergraduate Honors Research Conference

Feb. 28, 2013


Congratulations to Bailey Schafbuch, Laura Schachtner, Dominique Daily and Ashlyn Norris whose capstone theory projects were competitively-selected for presentation at the Central States Communication Association's Undergraduate Honors Research Conference, April 5-7, Kansas City. The students were recently informed that their submission was the top-rated undergraduate panel. We are proud of you, students!

- Beth Lamoureux

Review Published

Feb. 27, 2013


Dr. Michael Whitlatch has just been informed that his review of "Eugene O'Neill's One Act Plays: New Critical Perspectives" by Michael Bennett and Benjamin Carson will be published in the March issue of Choice.

- Dr. Michael Whitlatch

Lindsey Peterson interns at the Naval History and Heritage Command

Feb. 25, 2013


Congratulations to Lindsey Peterson who received an internship placement through The Washington Center program at the Naval History and Heritage Command. Lindsey is conducting research at National Archives and the Library of Congress for the museum concerning various aspects of the Navy's role in American history. Lindsey has a double major in political science and history. Nice work, Lindsey!

Students interested in participating in The Washington Center program can contact Dr. Bradley Best. (Best@bvu.edu)

- The Political Science Faculty

Lauren Whitt interns at The White House

Feb. 25, 2013


Congratulations to Lauren Whitt who received an internship placement through The Washington Center program at The White House. Lauren is working in the office of Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden. Lauren has a double major in political science and English. Bravo, Lauren!

Students interested in participating in The Washington Center program can contact Dr. Bradley Best. (Best@bvu.edu)

- The Political Science Faculty

Adam Pitts Interns at the Iowa Legislature

Feb. 25, 2013


Adam Pitts has received an internship placement at the Iowa Senate in Senator Bill Anderson’s office. Adam has a double major in Public Administration and Accounting. Congratulations, Adam!

- Public Administration Faculty

Elizabeth Heffernan interns at top D.C. Law firm

Feb. 25, 2013


Congratulations to Elizabeth Heffernan who received an internship placement through The Washington Center program at Marzulla Law, LLC. Marzulla Law, LLC is among the nation’s leading law firms for litigating money damages claims in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims and in the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals. Elizabeth has a double major in Political Science and English. Well done, Elizabeth!

Students interested in participating in The Washington Center program can contact Dr. Bradley Best. (Best@bvu.edu)

- The Political Science Faculty

Kayla Hartmann awarded research grant

Feb. 20, 2013


Kayla Hartmann has been awarded a scholarship from Veolia Water North America to conduct research on effluent from Storm Lake’s wastewater treatment plant. Veolia (www.veoliawaterna.com) contracts with the City of Storm Lake to provide comprehensive drinking water and wastewater services for the community. Kayla is a junior environmental science major from Albert Lea, Minn. Her research will focus on the use of a bacteria (Sphingomonas) for remediation of a specific endocrine-disrupting compound (17 Beta Estradiol ) during wastewater processing. Her research will analyze wastewater entering and leaving the treatment facility. Kayla is the fourth BVU student over the past four years to receive the Veolia scholarship. The students primarily use the funds to purchase ELISA (Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay) kits that allow them to assess levels of environmental pollutants used for their specific projects.

- Dr. Melinda Coogan

Media Students Honored

Feb. 20, 2013


Congratulations to BVU Digital Media students and organizations for winning several awards at the annual Iowa College Media Association convention held on Feb. 7-8. BVU students competed against entries from colleges and universities across the state. Congratulations to the following winners:

KBVU and its radio students won five Radio Awards. Grace Bodey won two of them: first place for Best Commercial and first place for Best News Programming. Demetrius Heard won first place for Best Entertainment Show; Annie Rieva won second place for Best News Programming; and 2012 graduate Mark Haugen received honorable mention for Best Commercial.

University Cable Network Studios took first place in the Television Awards in the Best Variety, Music or Comedy Program category for the show Mix in Imagination with the POPits. Mark Haugen and David Ekstrom led the production of that show.

The Tack won twelve Multimedia Awards and two Newspaper Awards including being named the Iowa College Media Association 2012 Multimedia Organization of the Year for The Tack Online led by Grace Bodey and Kim Nelson. The Tack also received second place for Best Online Edition and received honorable mention in the Newspaper General Excellence category for last year’s print edition led by Kim Nelson and 2012 graduate Ron Forsell. Forsell also won first for Best Breaking News Story. The Tack Online swept the Best Original Content category with Holly Frerk winning first, Kevin Coriolan winning second, Miranda Klingenberg winning third, and Shauna McKnight receiving honorable mention. For Best Multimedia Slideshow, Tyler McDanel won second, and the team of Grace Bodey, David Ekstrom, Kelsey Fredricks and Monica Figueroa won first. In the Best Blog category, sports blogger Grady Gallagher won second, and The Tack’s two political bloggers, Meghan Harmening and Tyler Reed, won third place and honorable mention respectively. Finally, Brandy Zumbach won honorable mention for Best Infographic.

- Digital Media Faculty

Perez to pursue Ph.D. in Immunology at Mayo Clinc

Feb. 20, 2013


Congratulations to BVU senior Kim Perez. She was awarded a 5 year tuition waiver and 5 year research stipend to pursue a Ph.D. in Immunology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. She will begin her classes and research rotations later this summer.

- N/A

ROTC earns MacArthur Award

Feb. 20, 2013


Iowa State University's Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) department has won one of eight MacArthur Awards for the school year 2011-2012.

The ISU department represents Cadet Command’s Third Brigade, which includes the ROTC program at Buena Vista University.

The awards, presented by the U.S. Army Cadet Command and the Gen. Douglas MacArthur Foundation, recognize the ideals of, “duty, honor and country” as advocated by MacArthur.

The award is based on a combination of the achievement of the school’s commissioning mission and its cadets' performance and standing on the Command’s national Order of Merit List and its cadet retention rate.

This makes the BVU program in the top 1% of all ROTC programs nationally.

- Jared Gledhill

Harm, Kirchgatter and Smith to pursue D.V.M. at Iowa State University

Feb. 20, 2013


Congratulations to BVU seniors Tyler Harm, Alli Kirchgatter and Andrew Smith for being admitted to the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Program at Iowa State University. They will begin their studies in Ames starting next fall.

- N/A

Graduate School Fellowship

Feb. 19, 2013


Congratulations to Jennifer Heim on her graduate school acceptance and admission into the Southern Illinois University (SIU) Department of Zoology. Additionally, she has been offered a research position within Dr. Lydy’s Aquatic Toxicology lab beginning fall semester, 2013. Jennifer is also the recipient of the very competitive SIU Masters Fellowship award, which includes a generous monthly stipend and full tuition waiver! Nice job, Jennifer!

- Dr. Melinda Coogan

Conference Panel Presentation

Feb. 14, 2013


Dr. Gwen Hart and ENGL 200 students Faith Prichard, Natalie Bellairs, and Courtney Bailey will be presenting a panel titled "Much Ado about Sex, Love, and Romance: Portrayals of Relationships on BBC and Major Network Television Shows" at the Far West Popular Culture Association Conference in Las Vegas, NV, Feb. 22-23.

- Gwen Hart

Clifford A. Rae Achievement Award Recipients Announced

Feb. 11, 2013


Nine Buena Vista University business majors have been selected for the Clifford A. Rae Academic Achievement Award for the 2012 calendar year. The awards are given to three pre-qualified, academically high-performing BVU business majors in each of the second, third, and fourth years of school--a total of nine students per year. The program is distributing $30,000 in awards for 2012. The recipients are: 4th year students Kyle Auffert, Justus McDermott Harris, and Roseanna Storbakken; 3rd year students Amanda Jamtgaard, Michael Boyle, and Adam Drees; and 2nd year students Samantha Kavan, Austin Bales, and Ashley Lage. All in the School of Business are very proud of these students and their outstanding academic performance.

- Dr. Ashok Subramanian

Wehle to pursue D.D.S. at Creighton University

Feb. 5, 2013


Congratulations to Brooke Wehle on her acceptance into the Doctor of Dental Science degree program at Creighton University. She will begin her professional training in Omaha this fall. Great job Brooke!

- N/A

Psychology Student and Professor Publish Together

Feb. 4, 2013


Congratulations to BVU Psychology major Cassie Sinclair, and Dr. Wind Goodfriend, Associate Professor of Psychology. They have written an article together that will be published in an upcoming edition of the "Journal of Psychological Inquiry." The article, titled "Mindfulness in adolescents: Effects of single-session mindfulness meditation on anxiety and depression," was Cassie's project in Dr. Goodfriend's year-long Research Thesis class. Congratulations to both of them for this achievement.

- Psychology Dept.

Scholarship Award

Feb. 4, 2013


Congratulations to Kayla Hartmann, who is the 2013 recipient of the Veolia-Storm Lake Environmental Studies Scholarship. Kayla will apply the scholarship award to her honors research project entitled “Sphingomonas breakdown of 17β-estradiol in wastewater treatment.” Nice job, Kayla!

- Dr. Melinda Coogan

Psychology Student and Professor Publish Together

Jan. 28, 2013


Congratulations to BVU Psychology major Xochitl "Janet" de Anda, and Dr. Wind Goodfriend, Associate Professor of Psychology. They have written an article together that will be published in an upcoming edition of the "Journal of Psychological Inquiry." The article, titled "The Influence of misogynistic lyrics on love perceptions and acceptance of relationship abuse," was Xochitl's project in Dr. Goodfriend's year-long Research Thesis class. Congratulations to both of them for this achievement.

- Psychology Dept.

Psychology Professor Publishes Article

Jan. 24, 2013


Congratulations to Dr. Wind Goodfriend, Associate Professor of Psychology, who has had an empirical research article accepted for publication. The article's title is "Individual well-being and relationship maintenance at odds: The unexpected perils of maintaining a relationship with an aggressive partner." The article will appear in an upcoming edition of the peer-reviewed journal "Social Psychology and Personality Science."

- Psychology Department

Review Published

Jan. 16, 2013


Dr. Michael Whitlatch, Professor of Theatre, has just been informed that his review of "Lives in Play: Autobiography and Biography on the Feminist Stage," by Ryan Claycomb will be published in the February issue of Choice.

- Dr. Michael Whitlatch

BV University Theatre Honored for Costume Design

Dec. 17, 2012


Costumes from BV University Theatre's production of "Doubt, A Parable" were selected through a blind review process for inclusion in the Festival 45 Costume Parade of the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival in Lincoln, NE. Costumes were designed by Dr. Bethany Larson. Congratulations, Dr. Larson and the BV University Theatre!

- David Walker

Psychology Professor Works with National Science Foundation

Dec. 12, 2012


Congratulations to Dr. Wind Goodfriend, Associate Professor of Psychology; she has been asked to work with the National Science Foundation in January. Dr. Goodfriend will consult with the NSF as part of a panel of experts who choose the winners of the annual NSF graduate student fellowship. Winners of the fellowship receive full tuition scholarships and five years of salary to cover their expenses while earning a Ph.D. in graduate school. This is the fifth year in a row that Dr. Goodfriend has been invited to participate as an NSF panelist to choose the winners of this prestigious award.

- Psychology Department

Molly Urness accepted to DMU Physician Assistant program

Dec. 10, 2012


Congratulations to Molly Urness, a senior Biology major, who was recently accepted to Des Moines University's Physician Assistant program.

- Kristy McClellan

Geisinger to pursue DDS at University of Iowa

Dec. 6, 2012


Congratulations to BVU senior Serena Geisinger for being admitted to the University of Iowa's Doctor of Dental Science program for fall of 2013.

- N/A

Cammy Matters to work with U.S. Olympic Swim Team

Dec. 6, 2012


Congratulations to Cameron Matters for being selected for the United States Olympic Committee Student Intern Program. She will spend the first half of 2013 in Colorado Springs, Colorado working on strength and conditioning with U.S. swimmers while they are preparing for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She will follow the internship by beginning her medical studies this coming summer. A great opportunity for a fantastic young scientist!

- Dr. James Hampton

Lefeber to pursue doctor of optometry

Dec. 6, 2012


Congratulations to Tyler Lefeber. Next fall he will commence his studies toward becoming a doctor of optometry at Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tennessee.

- n/a

Martinez profiled in Sioux City Journal

Dec. 6, 2012


Former BVU admissions counselor turned BVU student Sabrina Martinez was profiled in an article in the Sioux City Journal for her accomplishments in gaining admission to several strong medical schools. The article about Sabrina can be accessed through this link: http://siouxcityjournal.com/news/gallagher-admissions-rep-sells-herself-on-buena-vista-university/article_a3e3f3e8-ce3e-509c-967a-258ce10e549c.html.

- N/A

Computer Science students compete at regional programming contest

Dec. 5, 2012


In November, the BVU Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) club sent 9 computer science students to compete in a regional qualifier for the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest. This involved a 5-hour contest in which teams of 3 attempt to solve up to a dozen programming challenges as quickly as possible. Teams are ultimately ranked by the number of problems solved with ties going to the teams who solved problems faster.

BVU's top placing team -- seniors Clark Kuhns, Eric Rodine, and sophomore Arik Ostler -- took 4th place at the local contest site, beating 18 other teams from neighboring schools. Other competitors included Brandon Coats, Adam Drees, Jonathan Kenkel, Zachary Lorenzen, Andrew Soden, and Matthew Wunschel. A number of these students have logged as many as 21 contest-hours between the regional qualifier and practice contests here at BVU. The students enjoyed the experience and look forward to competing in future contests.

- Nathan Backman

BVU ROTC Named Best in the Midwest

Nov. 29, 2012


BVU ROTC was named the best ROTC program in the Midwest! The Cyclone battalion which BVU is part of was award; #1 Commissioning Excellence Award, #1 Recondo Award, #1 APFT Award, and #1 overall in 3rd Brigade. This is a direct reflection of the hard work every cadet in the program puts in, day in and day out.

- Jared Gledhill

Doctor Jason Shepherd

Nov. 28, 2012


On November 26, Jason Shepherd successfully defended his dissertation for the Ph.D. in Computational Science and Statistics at the University of South Dakota. The title of Jason's dissertation is, "Acceleration of Verified Numerical Algorithms for Finding All Solutions to the Inverse Kinematics Problem." Please join me in congratulating Dr. Shepherd on this accomplishment.

- Benjamin B. Donath, Dean of the School of Science

Kuhns secures internship

Nov. 17, 2012


Congratulations to BVU senior computer science/mathematics major Clark Kuhns on securing a software engineering internship during the coming Interim term. Clark will be interning with Inventrio, a healthcare information technology company located in Columbus, Ohio. Well done, Clark!

- Jason Shepherd

Lindsey Peterson Completes Honors Program

Nov. 15, 2012


Congratulations to Lindsay Peterson for successfully completing the Honors Program at BVU! For her Honors project, Lindsey traveled to Georgia and Texas in order to complete archival research on the book and film “Gone with the Wind.” She investigated how the story exemplifies and promotes a false interpretation of the U.S. Civil War known as the “Myth of the Lost Cause.” This interpretation of the War remains popular today despite its lack of historical grounding.

- Bryan Kampbell

Grace Sullivan Completes Honors Program

Nov. 15, 2012


Congratulations to Grace Sullivan for successfully completing the Honors Program at BVU! For her Honors project, Grace investigated how performing volunteer work affects the levels of the hormone oxytocin in the blood. Other studies have shown a link between the hormone and pro-social behavior in humans and other animals.

- Bryan Kampbell

Allison Kirchgatter Completes Honors Program

Nov. 15, 2012


Congratulations to Allison Kirchgatter for successfully completing the Honors Program at BVU! For her Honors project, Alli developed a procedure for getting rose plant cells into callus, which is an undifferentiated cell type which can be manipulated in the laboratory. Her ultimate goal is to genetically modify the plants in order to develop a blue rose.

- Bryan Kampbell

Review Published

Nov. 14, 2012


Dr. Micahel Whitlatch has been informed that his review of "A Difficult Woman: The Challenging Life and Times of Lillian Hellman," by Alice Harris-Kessler will be published in the December issue of Choice.

- Dr. Michael Whitlatch

URMED internship awards

Nov. 9, 2012


Congratulations to Caitlin Hof, Andrew Schanbacher, and Colton Webber who have been selected as this year's URMED interns. The Undergraduate Rural Medicine Education and Development (URMED) program exists as a partnership between BVU and Buena Vista Regional Medical Center. The selected interns will spend the month of January working with physicians at BVRMC and in the surrounding communities of Humboldt, Sac City, and Pocahontas. This competitive internship includes a $3000 stipend which can be used to defray the costs of applying to medical school.

- School of Science

Congratulations to Kristen Tripp

Nov. 9, 2012


Kristen Tripp, former BVU Art student and current graduate student at Wichita State University, has had artwork accepted to the National Council on the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) 2013 National Student Juried Exhibition. The National Student Juried Exhibition is open to all matriculating fulltime undergraduate and graduate ceramic students in the United States of America.

- David Boelter

Students Presented at a Regional Conference

Nov. 9, 2012


Congratulations to education/TESL students, Alyssa Evers, Lia Schulte, Molly Lorenz, Megan Schroeder, and Euna Gil, who recently presented a session together with Dr. Katya Koubek, associate professor of education/TESL, titled “An Inside Look at Education of International Students at BVU” at the Mid-America Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (MIDTESOL) conference in Ames, IA.

- Dr. Katya Koubek

Kadie Dennison to Study at Second City in Chicago

Nov. 8, 2012


Kadie Dennison will be studying in the Comedy Studies program at the Second City Training Center and Columbia College in the spring of 2013. She will be studying comedy performance and writing for comedy in this competitive program. Way to go, Kadie!

- Bethany Larson

Students selected to Iowa Collegiate Honor Band

Nov. 7, 2012


Five BVU band members were selected to participate in the 19th Annual Iowa Collegiate Honor Band that will be held on Friday, November 16th and Saturday November 17th on the campus of Iowa State University in Ames.

BVU band members selected for this honor include: Adrian Dimas and Sarah Chandler - clarinet; Geoff Ullerich - alto sax; Shane Clune - baritone sax; and Arik Ostler - tuba.

The ninety piece ensemble will rehearse on the ISU campus and present a finale concert at the Ames City Auditorium on Saturday Nov. 17 at 2:30PM. The guest conductor for the honor band is Col. Lowell E. Graham (ret.) - former Commander and Conductor of the United States Air Force Band in Washington, DC.

- Jerry Bertrand

Lauren Whitt Presents Paper at Midwest Undergraduate Conference in the Humanities

Nov. 5, 2012


Congratulations to Lauren Whitt, a senior majoring in English and Political Science, whose paper was accepted to the Midwest Undergraduate Conference in the Humanities (MUCH), held at Simpson College on November 3. Lauren read her paper, "A Yin with No Yang: Megamind and Mimetic Desire" as part of a panel on "Trauma and Desire."

- Annamaria Formichella-Elsden

Lindsey Peterson Presents at Conference

Nov. 4, 2012


Senior history major Lindsey Peterson presented her paper "History Lost with the Wind: The Myth of the Lost Cause in Gone with the Wind at the 2012 Midwest Undergraduate Conference in the Humanities at Simpson College. Peterson was one of 46 student presenters from 10 colleges and universities. Congratulations Lindsey on an outstanding presentation based on extensive archival research in Atlanta and at the University of Texas at Austin.

- Dixee Bartholomew-Feis

William B. Feis Co-authors book

Nov. 4, 2012


For the Common Defense: A Military History of the United States from 1607-2012, co-authored and edited by William B. Feis (with Allan Millett and Peter Maslowski), was published in September and named the History Book Club featured selection. The book, now in its 3rd edition, is the standard text for the military academies and military history programs across the US. History Department

- Dixee Bartholomew-Feis

Alex Davis to attend medical school at Des Moines University

Oct. 25, 2012


Alex Davis will attend medical school next fall at Des Moines University. Congratulations to Alex on this accomplishment!

- Brian A. Lenzmeier, Ph.D.

Bernhardt hosts 66th Annual Meeting of the Mountain-Plains Philosophy Conference at BVU

Oct. 22, 2012


Laura Bernhardt (Assoc. Prof. of Philosophy) hosted the 66th Annual Meeting of the Mountain-Plains Philosophy Conference on the BVU campus this past weekend (10/18-10/20).

The MPPC has been holding small, friendly, and philosophically exciting annual meetings since 1947. It has grown from a purely regional conference for philosophers from Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, Utah, and Wyoming to include participants from all over the world. Keynote speakers have included such prominent figures as Simon Blackburn, Leonard Linsky, Richard Rorty, and John Searle, and this year we added Robert Audi (John A O'Brien Professor of Philosophy at Notre Dame) to their distinguished company.

- Laura Bernhardt

Klobassa Secures Internship with The Principal Financial Group

Oct. 17, 2012


Please join the computer science department in congratulating computer science junior Tyler Klobassa. Tyler has secured a paid internship for this coming summer with The Principal Financial Group in Des Moines, Iowa, as part of The Valued Intern at The Principal (VIP) program. In addition to being paid, Tyler will receive a VIP program scholarship and a living stipend. Well done, Tyler, and best of luck to you!

- Jason Shepherd

History Intern's Work Published Online

Oct. 12, 2012


Junior history major Mariana Ramirez is a Features Intern with the History News Network, an online scholarly history site sponsored by the Roy Rosenzwieg Center for History and News Media at George Mason University. She has recently published two excellent research-based articles on their webpage: "How Did Hitler Die?" (http://hnn.us/articles/how-did-hitler-die) and "Did Lincoln Own Slaves?" (http://hnn.us/articles/did-lincoln-own-slaves). Congratulations, Mariana!

- Dr. William B. Feis

Actuarial Exams

Sept. 27, 2012


Robert Masunzu, BVU Mathematics and Banking & Finance major, has now passed the first two actuarial examinations of The Society of Actuaries. Congratulations, Robert! Benjamin B. Donath

- Benjamin B. Donath

Accounting Students Selected for ICoRN Interviews

Sept. 26, 2012


Congratulations to our eight BVU accounting majors who were selected for interviews with prominent accounting firms and businesses at the highly competitive Accounting Interview Day on September 28th, sponsored by the Iowa College Recruiting Network (ICoRN), a cooperative recruiting service representing 29 independent colleges and universities across Iowa . Storm Lake students are: Alex Stork, Bobbi Nowlin, Estefany Gonzalez, Jacqueline Pacquette, Michael Kaufmann, and Stella Rutabana. GPS students selected are Shaun Hoffman (Mason City) and Sam Meiners (Ottumwa).

ICoRN is sponsored and financially supported by the Iowa Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (IAICU).

- Carol Lytle

Review Published

Sept. 25, 2012


Dr. Michael Whitlatch has just been informed that his review of "The Piscator Notebook," by Judith Malina will be published in the October issue of Choice.

- Dr. Michael Whitlatch

Iowa Communication Association Conference held.

Sept. 24, 2012


Six current or former BVU community members participated in the Iowa Communication Association in Ankeny September 21-22. Drs. Bryan Kampbell, Beth Lamoureux, Jamii Claiborne and Mary Gill attended the conference. Drs. Kampbell and Gill serve on the Executive Board of the association as at-large representative and journal editor, respectively. Dr. Lamoureux participated on a round table panel discussion on the topic of “Is Technology Replacing Good Teaching?” Professor Jamii Claiborne and former BVU Professor Susanne Gubanc, now at Coe College, presented a session entitled “TechTools4U2Use.” Dr. Gill’s first volume as editor of the Iowa Journal of Communication (Volume 44, 2012) was available at the conference for members. She edited the general topics issue of Volume 44 and invited a former undergraduate of hers from the University of North Dakota, Dr. Donna Pawlowski who now teaches at Creighton University, to guest edit the special topics issue on Family Communication. Among the 42 reviewers for this volume were Drs. Lamoureux, Rhea, and Kampbell, Professors Claiborne and Tim McDaniel, and Dr. Sarah (Smith) Wilder (BVU grad who is now an Assistant Professor at Luther). Dr. Gill also chaired the competitive graduate and undergraduate student paper presentations at the conference and presented the top student paper award at the Friday evening banquet.

- Mary Gill

Wen Publishes Research Paper

Sept. 21, 2012


A research paper co-authored by Dr. Lei Wen, Associate Professor of Finance, is accepted for publication in International Journal of Housing Markets and Analysis (IJHMA). The IJHMA is a refereed publication indexed and abstracted in ABI Inform; Cabell's Directory in Management, Economics & Finance and Computer Science - Business Information Systems; Construction Management Abstracts; ProQuest and Scopus. The title of the article is “Consumer Investment Preferences and China Real Estate Market”. It is the 4th journal paper published by Dr. Wen this year.

- Lei Wen

Friesen Named to ICTE Executive Board

Sept. 21, 2012


Assistant professor of literacy education, Calle Friesen, has been elected by the Iowa Council of Teachers of English (ICTE) to serve as the college liaison for the state. The ICTE is an affiliate organization of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE). As the collegiate representative on the Executive Board, Calle will network with education faculty from across the state to promote professional development in literacy education, and oversee the editorial team responsible for the ICTE professional online journal: Iowa English Bulletin.

- Paul Theobald

Writing Workshop Leader

Sept. 18, 2012


Gwen Hart will be a featured speaker and writing workshop leader at John Brown University's Giving Voice: A Festival of the Arts September 27-28, 2012. To read more about the festival, go to http://www.jbu.edu/giving_voice/

- Gwen Hart

Wen Publishes Research Paper

Sept. 14, 2012


A research paper co-authored by Dr. Lei Wen, Associate Professor of Finance, is accepted for publication in European Journal of Business Research (EJBR). The EJBR is a refereed publication listed in Cabell’s Directories and in Ulrich’s International Periodicals Directory. The EJBR is available online at the EBSCO Publishing in the Business Complete Listing and at the Gale/ Cengage Publishing. The title of the article is “Empirical Study on the Country-Specific Relationship between Interest Rate and Consumer Sentiment”. This paper is also accepted for presentation at the International Academy of Business and Economics (IABE) 2012 Annual Conference in Las Vegas.

- Lei Wen

Abstract Acceptance and Travel Award

Sept. 13, 2012


Congratulations to Jennifer Heim and John Killpack on their abstract acceptance for presentation at the North Central Chapter Conference of the International Society of Wetland Scientists (SWS) to be held in Chesterton, Indiana the end of September. Additionally, Jennifer was awarded a competitive SWS travel grant and will be presenting their research topic entitled Impact of Bt Corn Leaf Detritus on Aquatic Macroinvertebrates. Nice job, Jennifer and John!

- Dr. Melinda Coogan

Article Published

Aug. 30, 2012


Dr. Mary Gill had her article entitled Integrating International and U. S. Students: A Strategic Plan for Cultural Appreciation published in the 2011 volume of the Iowa Journal of Communication.

- Mary Gill

Publication

Aug. 29, 2012


Michael Tidemann, adjunct instructor for Lakes & Prairies, will have two short stories published in the coming weeks. "The Funeral" will be published by the online literary magazine thewriteplaceatthewritetime.org and "Unoccupied on Wall Street" will be published by Struggle, a Detroit-based literary magazine. His short story, "The Elk", currently appears in thewriteplaceatthewritetime.org/fiction.html and his novel, "Doomsday: A tale of cyber terror", is available on Amazon Kindle.

- Michael Tidemann

Journal Paper Publication

Aug. 24, 2012


Dr. Kristy McClellan, Assistant Professor of Biology, was a co-author on a research paper accepted for publication in the International Journal of Developmental Neuroscience. The paper is entitled "Hypothalamic expression of snoRNA snord116 is consistent with a link to the hyperphagia and obesity symptoms of Prader-Willi syndrome".

- Kristy McClellan

Boelter's Artwork on Display

Aug. 23, 2012


David Boelter, associate professor of art, will have sculpture on display in the Sioux City Artoretum Sculpture Exhibition from September 15th through November 15th.

- Art Department

Mello-Nee’s Artwork Displayed at the St. Louis University Museum

Aug. 12, 2012


Associate Professor Mary Mello-Nee’s painting, Three Graces, has been accepted into a juried exhibition at the St. Louis University Museum of Art. The show Contemporary Women Artists XVI- Longevity will run August 24 through October 10 and is the oldest running exhibition in the St. Louis area that focuses on the wealth and breadth of work created by women artists. Visit the website for more information and view the artwork to be displayed. A color catalog is currently being printed and will be available soon.

- Mary Mello-Nee

Randall Huff returns from Africa after treks up Mt. Meru and Kilimanjaro

Aug. 11, 2012


Dr. Randall Huff topped off his first visit to Africa with successful a four-day hike up Mt. Meru (14,968 feet) and a subsequent six-day trek on the Machame Route to the summit of Tanzania's Kilimanjaro, the tallest mountain in Africa at 19,341 feet, in preparation for teaching "Africa Through Western Eyes" as an Interim class in January.

- Randall Huff

Review Published

Aug. 9, 2012


Dr. Michael Whitlach has just been informed that his review of "The CIA in Hollywood: How the Agency Shapes Film and Television," by Tricia Jenkins will be published in the August issue of Choice.

- Dr. Michael Whitlatch

Mello-Nee Artwork displayed in NYC

July 12, 2012


Mary Mello-Nee has been informed that her painting, Galatea – White, has been accepted into, COLOR!, a national juried Art Show in New York City. COLOR! was juried by former curator of the Brooklyn Museum and contributing editor /writer for Sculpture magazine, Brooke Kamin Rapaport. Mello-Nee’s encaustic work was selected from over 1200 national entries. The exhibition opens July 28 at the Brooklyn Waterfront Artist Coalition Gallery - visit www.colorartshow.com for details and images of accepted work.

- Mary Mello-Nee

Review Published

June 28, 2012


Dr. Michael Whitlatch, professor of speech and drama, has been informed that his review of "Baggy Pants Comedy: Burlesque and the Oral Tradition," by Andrew Davis will appear in the July issue of Choice.

- Dr. Michael Whitlatch

Mello-Nee Artwork Selected

June 28, 2012


Mary Mello-Nee and her artwork have been selected for “The American Juried Art Salon's Emerging Artists Series”. The series is a part of the Art Network News Quarterly, an online magazine, sent to American Museums and curators. A dedicated portfolio web-page of Mello-Nee’s work will be shown on their website for a full year and highlighted in four of the Art Network News Quarterly issues.

- Mary Mello-Nee

Michael Tidemann to Publish Short Story in Online Literary Magazine

June 18, 2012


Michael Tidemann will publish a short story, The Elk, in the online literary magazine At the Write Place at the Write Time June 22. The magazine Web address is: http://thewriteplaceatthewritetime.org/fiction.html

Tidemann also plans to publish Doomsday, a novel of cyber terrorism, as a Kindle book later this summer. Tidemann has been an adjunct instructor for BVU since 1995.

- Michael Tidemann

Psychology Student Alum Publishes in Journal

June 6, 2012


Congratulations to Kelsey Crowder, Psychology major and BVU class of 2010 grad. She and Dr. Goodfriend have written an article that has been accepted for publication in a peer-reviewed journal, the "Journal of Psychological Inquiry." Their paper is titled, "Good monkey see, good monkey do: Children's imitative prosocial behavior." The paper was Kelsey's project in Dr. Goodfriend's year-long Research Thesis course. Great job, Kelsey!

- Psych Dept.

Acceptance into Graduate School

June 1, 2012


Amanda Lichtenberg has been accepted into graduate school at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She will pursue a Masters of Social Work degree. Amanda is a 2012 graduate from BVU majoring in social work and minoring in psychology.

- Amanda Lichtenberg

Thapa accepted into MA program at Corcoran

May 29, 2012


Congratulations are in order to Pratiksha Thapa (SL 2011) for her acceptance into the graduate program at the Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington, DC. She will pursue a MA in New Media Photojournalism and begin her studies this fall. From Nepal, "PT" graduated from BVU in 2011 with a double major in Art and Graphic Design.

- Mary Mello-Nee

Award of Achievement

May 22, 2012


Darren Johnson and Mark Haugen received an Award of Achievement at the Iowa Motion Picture Association Awards for their documentary, High School Music Trip: A World Performance. The awards were announced Saturday, May 19th in Des Moines, IA at the 21st Annual IMPA Conference and Awards. The documentary was presented by the UCN Studios.

- Jerry Johnson

LeeReyna Lopez Leyva to accepted into MFA studies

May 20, 2012


Congratulations to Art major LeeReyna Lopez Leyva as she receives a Graduate Instructional Assistantship at the University of South Carolina and begins pursuing a Masters of Fine Arts Degree in August of 2012.

- Mary Mello-Nee

Kathryn Van Zante to pursue MFA at MCAD

May 20, 2012


Congratulations to Kathryn Van Zante on being accepted into the Masters of Fine Arts program at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Miss Van Zante will begin the program in August 2012 and has also been awarded a Research Assistantship.

- Mary Mello-Nee

Ekstrom Accepted to Graduate School

May 18, 2012


Allen Ekstrom has been accepted into the University of Cincinnati and will begin his graduate studies in August as he pursues a Master of Science in Criminal Justice. Congratulations, Allen!

- Allen Ekstrom

Psychology Senior Accepted into Ph.D. Program

May 18, 2012


Congratulations to graduating Psychology major Navneet Sandha, who has been accepted into three different graduate programs. Navneet has chosen to attend the Ph.D. program in Clinical Psychology at the Fresno, California campus of Alliant International University. Great job, Navneet!

- Psychology Dept.

Nielsen to pursue MD at University of Iowa

May 16, 2012


Congratulations to Emily Nielsen ('11) for being admitted to the M.D. program in the Carver College of Medicine at the University of Iowa. She will begin her studies toward becoming a physician in August of 2012.

- N/A

Posekany awarded NSF research fellowship at Iowa State University

May 14, 2012


Congratulations to Tesia Posekany for being awarded a National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates Fellowship at Iowa State University. This summer, Tesia will be paid $4,400 to spend ~8 weeks in the Molecular Biotechnology and Genomics REU program. She will be working in the laboratory of Dr. Steve Whitham who studies plant-virus interactions and how viruses alter the expression of plant genes during infections.

- N/A

Professor to Present Research in Japan

May 10, 2012


Matthew Packer has had his research presentation on mimetic theory and modern Japan accepted for the conference "Apocalypse Revisited: Japan, Hiroshima, and the Place of Mimesis" (this year's meeting of the Colloquium on Violence and Religion), to be held in July at the International Christian University in Tokyo, Japan.

- English Dept.

Keith Johnson to pursue PhD at Montana State University

May 4, 2012


Congratulations to Senior Keith Johnson! He will begin a PhD program in Physics at Montana State University this fall.

- Lisa Mellmann

Computer Science Seniors Accept Positions

May 3, 2012


Congratulations to Computer Science seniors Michael Coats, Shane Hallengren, and James Pierce. Shane Hallengren has accepted a position with GOMACO in Ida Grove as a Computer Systems Technician. Michael Coats and James Pierce will be joining the technical staff at Wells Blue Bunny in Le Mars with Michael serving as a programmer/analyst and James serving as a computer programmer. Please join the computer science department in congratulating these seniors on the beginning of three very promising careers.

- Jason Shepherd

Wen Publishes Research Paper

May 3, 2012


A research paper authored by Dr. Lei Wen, Associate Professor of Finance, is accepted for publication in Journal of International Management Studies (JIMS). The JIMS is a refereed publication listed in Cabell’s Directories and in Ulrich’s International Periodicals Directory. The JIMS is available online at the EBSCO Publishing in the Business Complete Listing and at the Gale/ Cengage Publishing. The title of the article is “Determinants of First-Trading-Day Abnormal Return for Stocks Listed on the Shanghai Stock Exchange” This paper is also accepted for presentation at the International Academy of Business and Economics (IABE) 2012 Annual Conference in Las Vegas.

- Dr. Lei Wen

Drennan Accepted to Graduate Program

May 1, 2012


Congratulations to Lacie Drennan on her acceptance to the Northwestern Health Sciences University Chiropractic program. Northwestern is located in Bloomington, MN, and Lacie will begin her studies this September. Nice job, Lacie!

- Dr. Melinda Coogan

Psychology Student Secures Internship

April 30, 2012


Congratulations to Psychology student Megan Vogt, who will be spending the first half of summer pursuing an internship as the Assistant Program Instructor at the University of Washington’s 2012 Asperger’s Summer Camp. The University’s Autism Center is putting on a summer camp for children. During this time in Seattle, she will be working with children who have Asperger’s Syndrome, a highly functioning form of autism commonly known for its difficulties in social skills. While at this camp, she will be helping campers to develop connections with other children who have Asperger’s, along with helping each and every child learn the social skills they will need for their future. Great job and good luck, Megan!

- Psychology Dept.

Clayton accepted to DMU Health Professions Advanced Summer Scholars Program

April 26, 2012


Congratulations to Chelsea Clayton for her acceptance to the Des Moines University’s Health Professions Advanced Summer Scholars program. The DMU Health P.A.S.S. is a competitive program that provides undergraduates with clinical opportunities and exposure to all four clinical degrees offered at DMU. Enrollment into this 3-week program is limited to 10 students and all costs are covered by DMU.

Congratulations Chelsea!

- Chelsea Clayton

Selection for MRBI Summer Research

April 26, 2012


Congratulations to Jennifer Heim and John Killpack on their selection for the summer, 2012, Mississippi River Basin Initiative Research Project! This competitive selection process included a formal application and group interviews with regional Soil and Water Conservation Commissioners and the MRBI Coordinator. Jennifer and John will complete summer assessments and a report of their results, which will then be submitted to both local and federal agencies at the end of the assessment period.

- Dr. Melinda Coogan

New and returning senior members of alpha chi announced

April 24, 2012


Alpha chi is a national academic honor society that recognizes the top 5% of juniors and top 10% of seniors regardless of academic discipline. Congratulations to New senior members Kellyn Arnold, Serena Geisinger, Euna Yong, Alyssa Evers and Barbara McKenzie and returning senior members Nicholas Anderson, Kelli Bass, Alison Buechler, Shannon Cassady, Meg Christians, Carrie Courtney, Crystal Davis, Michael Dirkx, Kyle Dupic, Kelsey Essick, Johnathan Hill, Anglea Holstedt, Erika Kardell, Katie Kroger, Megan Lytle, Cammy Matters, Katie Noll, Danny Pattee, Tiffany Promes, Rachael Reicks and Kacie Woodley. These students will be recognized for their academic achievement at the alpha chi induction ceremony at 4 pm in Anderson Auditorium on Saturday 28 April 2012. All community members are welcome to attend this ceremony.

- Brian A. Lenzmeier, Ph.D.

New Junior Members of Alpha Chi Announced

April 24, 2012


Alpha chi is a national academic honor society that recognizes the top 5% of juniors and top 10% of seniors regardless of academic discipline. Congratulations to New Junior members Arinda Abbuhl, Emily Dewall, Jacklyn Johnson, Seth Lindokken, Laura Page, Deni Peters, Lindsey Peterson, Molly Urness, Bailey Schafbuch, Kirsten Bielen, Colton Webber, Harris McDermott, Caitlin Hof, Kayla Hartmann, Abigail Hesnard and Laura Whitt for becoming members of alpha chi. They will be recognized for their academic achievement at the alpha chi induction ceremony at 4 pm in Anderson Auditorium on Saturday 28 April 2012. All community members are welcome to attend this ceremony.

- Brian A. Lenzmeier, Ph.D.

Joseph Pearson Accepted to UW Graduate Program

April 23, 2012


Congratulations to Joseph Pearson, who has been accepted to the University of Wyoming, Laramie, graduate program in Geography. The University of Wyoming has awarded Joe a graduate assistantship through the school of energy with an emphasis on environment, natural resources, and GIS. Best wishes, Joe!

- Dr. Melinda Coogan

BVU Students Complete Honors Program

April 18, 2012


Congratulations to Brian Broll, Thomas Fitzgerald, and Katie Van Zante on their completion of the honors program. Brian wrote a philosophical paper in which he defends Robert McKim’s “critical stance,” which some scholars believe to be a more tolerant approach to holding religious belief and handling religious conflict. Thomas created a method for converting older web applications into mobile applications. His specific project found a way for students at BVU to access their grades on their Android capable phone. Katie travelled to Ghana to research the trends in Ghanaian visual art and created a body of encaustic work based on her study of identity. The honors program encourages BVU's best and brightest students to develop their academic talents beyond the regular curriculum through specialized courses and an extensive research project. Honors students must maintain a 3.5 GPA or higher, and completion of the program demonstrates mastery of critical thinking skills and the development of a sophisticated intellectual disposition. Please congratulate these hard working students on their achievement.

- Bryan Kampbell

Wen Publishes One Research Paper

April 17, 2012


A research paper co-authored by Dr. Lei Wen, Associate Professor of Finance at BVU and Dr. Qian Hao, Assistant Professor of Accounting at Wilkes University, Pennsylvania, is accepted for publication in Journal of International Finance Studies (JIFS). The JIFS is a refereed publication listed in Cabell’s Directories and in Ulrich’s International Periodicals Directory. The JIFS is available online at the EBSCO Publishing in the Business Complete Listing and at the Gale/ Cengage Publishing. The title of the article is “Did Sweden Benefit from the Euro without Joining the Euro Zone?” This paper is also accepted for presentation at the International Academy of Business and Economics (IABE) 2012 Annual Conference in Las Vegas.

- Dr. Lei Wen

Congratulations Kelsey Reitmeier

April 17, 2012


Congratulations to Kelsey Reitmeier who was offered a Graphic Design position with Strategic America in West Des Moines to begin upon graduation this May.

- Rebecca Frates

Summer Science Research Awards

April 16, 2012


BVU students Jacklyn Johnson and Tyler Harm have been named recipients of this year's Summer Science Research Grants. Jackie will be working with Dr. Brian Lenzmeier to study the consequences of antibiotics exposure on mitochondria and ribosomes in human cells. Tyler will work with Dr. Kristy McClellan to study the effects of Ivermectin on the developing nervous system of mammals. CONGRATULATIONS to both Jackie and Tyler.

- Benjamin B. Donath

Alex Paine awarded NSF REU Fellowship

April 16, 2012


Congratulations to Alex Paine for being selected through a competitive process to participate in the National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates program in Biochemistry at Montana State University. Alex will receive a stipend of $5,000 for her 10 week research experience.

- N/A

Conference Presentation

April 16, 2012


Gwen Hart presented her paper "'Shot Through the Heart': Love Lessons from 80s Hair Metal Music" on a Generation X Studies panel at the national Popular Culture Association Conference in Boston on Friday, April 13th.

- Gwen Hart

Alex Abel to pursue PhD at Medical College of Wisconsin

April 16, 2012


Congratulations to Alex Abel (BVU '10). In July he will complete his Masters in Microbiology from South Dakota State University and this fall he will begin the pursuit of a Ph.D. in the Interdisciplinary Biomedical Sciences at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

- N/A

International Presentation

April 12, 2012


Robbie Ludy, Professor of Special Education, has been invited to present at a symposium in Sligo, Ireland sponsored by the Division of International Special Education Services of the Council for Exception Children. The Council for Exceptional Children is the largest professional organization in the world dedicated to services individuals with special needs. Dr. Ludy's invitation is one of only 75 issued world wide and was issued after an extensive selection process. Her presentation is titled "Enhancing the International Preservice Field Experience: Crossing the Line for a Value Added Opportunity" and focuses on the cross-disciplinary collaboration that resulted in January 2012. Dr. Ludy will make her presentation in July at the Innisfree International College Center and then participate in a roundtable discussion on international field experiences.

- Robbie Ludy

Student Accepted for Summer Fellowship

March 29, 2012


Congratulations to Grace Sullivan, double major in Psychology and Biology, who has been accepted for a 6-week summer internship program through the American Psychology Association. Grace will be spending her time at George Mason University, at the APA Summer Science Fellowship Program in Washington, D.C. She will be working in a behavioral neuroscience lab.

- Psychology Dept.

Perez Honors Research Accepted for International Conference Presentation

March 23, 2012


Congratulations to Kimberly Perez on her abstract acceptance for presentation at the International Conference on Algal Biomass, Biofuels, and Bioproducts to be held in San Diego during June, 2012. Kimberly’s project, entitled “Use of Cladophora spp. to Purify Freshwater Systems and Produce Biodiesel on a Laboratory Scale,” will also be presented during the upcoming Iowa Academy of Science annual meeting and BVU’s Scholars Day. Well done, Kimberly!

- Dr. Melinda Coogan

Athletic Training Students Go On To Graduate Studies

March 22, 2012


The BVU Athletic Training Department would like to congratulate four seniors who have been accepted to graduate studies at the following institutions: Brett Gliem has received a graduate assistantship with the recreation sports department at Kansas State University to start in August and will be attending graduate school in the area of Kinesiology Katie Schelle has been accepted into the Physical Therapy Assistant Program at Nebraska Methodist College in Omaha, NE to begin studies in August Kale Songy has accepted a graduate assistant position at the University of Virginia and will begin studies for a Master's degree in Education with an emphasis in Athletic Training Jema Swanson will begin a graduate assistant position at Drake University and will begin their Master's Program in August, 2012. Congratulations to each of these students on their achievements!

- Athletic Training

Faculty Presents at Annual Meeting

March 22, 2012


Professor Danelle Smith was selected to present on the topic, "Developing and Utilizing an Alumni Network" during the recent Mid-America Athletic Trainers' Association (MAATA) Annual meeting in Topeka, Kansas. Congratulations on being selected as a speaker at this conference.

- Education and Exercise Science

Hof Awarded Summer Research Fellowship at Sanford Children's Health Research Center

March 22, 2012


BVU sophomore Caitlin Hof was accepted to the Sanford Program for Undergraduate Research (SPUR) for the summer of 2012. This highly competitive paid biomedical research fellowship will allow Caitlin to work in the Sanford Children's Health Research Center with Dr. Pearce, whose laboratory focuses on Batten's disease, a devastating childhood neurodegenerative disorder. Congratulations Caitlin and good luck with your research!

- N/A

Sydney Snyder Receives Dr. Marvin Ho International Fellowship

March 20, 2012


The School of Education is pleased to announce the selection of Ms. Sydney Snyder as the 2nd recipient of the Dr. Marvin Ho International Fellowship. As an international fellow, Sydney will spend one academic year in Taipei Taiwan at the Taipei Language Institute (TLI). TLI has partnered with BVU for more than two decades, providing quality instructors of Chinese language for students at the Storm Lake campus. Sydney will teach English in Taipei at TLI and serve as an instructor of American culture for students. The Fellowship provides travel to and from Taiwan, living accommodations, a living stipend, free graduate tuition with coursework for an endorsement in Teaching English as a Second Language, and training in Chinese language. Sydney is completing her student teaching in elementary education this semester. Samantha Frehse, Class of 2011,was the first recipient of the Fellowship and is completing her year in Taipei.

- School of Education

Professor Publishes Book Chapter

March 19, 2012


Congratulations to Dr. Wind Goodfriend, associate professor of psychology, who has just published a book chapter in the new volume "The Psychology of Love." Goodfriend's chapter is titled, "Sexual script or sexual improv? Nontraditional sexual paths." The chapter explores original data on how acceptable different sexual choices are to different people, including variations based on ethnicity, sexual orientation, and gender. For a copy of the chapter, email goodfriend@bvu.edu.

- Psychology Dept.

Earning Ed.D. from the University of Nebraska

March 17, 2012


Lucinda Klein-Lombardo, adjunct faculty member at the Council Bluffs site will receive her doctorate in educational administration from the University of Nebraska on Friday, May 4.

- Lucinda Klein-Lombardo

Students awarded Scholars Day Grants

March 15, 2012


Congratulations to Katie Van Zante, LeeReyna Leyva, Jess Christensen, Laura Page, Eloisa Estrada, Michaela Haley, Oleksandra Boytsenyuk, and Cassandra Sinclair, who have been awarded Scholars Day Grants for 2012's academic showcase on April 30. These applicants proposed intriguing and carefully-designed projects, and we can look forward to seeing these students' presentations at Scholars Day next month.

- Matthew Packer

Darren Whitfield accepted into Social Work Ph.D. program

March 13, 2012


Darren Whitfield, a 2007 Buena Vista University social work graduate, has been accepted by University of Denver’s Social Work program into its Ph.D. program. The Ph.D. program is one of the oldest in the nation and enrolls students from around the world. Darren will begin this program in Fall 2012. Congratulations Darren!

- Kathryn McKinley

Two Students Will Present at a Conference

March 11, 2012


Gladiola Esparza and Elo Estrada were accepted to present at the IU Cognitive Science Conference in Indiana. They will present interdisciplinary studies that connect cognitive science and literature on topics such as relationships, Theory of Mind and mirror neurons. Congratulations and Good Job!

- Steven Mills

Fierce Conversations Training Award

March 8, 2012


In February of 2012 Emili Vondrak was awarded the top rating as a trainer for Fierce Conversations during training that was held on the BVU campus by Seattle-based trainers from Fierce Inc. This rating certifies Emili to train faculty, staff, and students in the two-day Fierce Conversations workshop. Fierce Conversations is a foundational, hands-on workshop that creates a shared framework for engaging in conversations that provide clarity and impetus for change. Participants master team conversations, coaching conversations, delegation conversations, and confrontation conversations. A very small percentage of trainers reach this certification the first time. Congratulations, Emili!

- Suzi Kalsow

Hartmann Accepted as C2C Fellow

March 6, 2012


Congratulations to Kayla Hartmann for her acceptance as a C2C Fellow by the Bard Center for Environmental Policy! Being accepted as a Fellow required an application process where Kayla competed with students throughout the United States. As a C2C Fellow, Kayla will attend an April conference and workshop at Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio.

- Dr. Melinda Coogan

Exercise Science Student and Instructors Publish Together

March 5, 2012


Congratulations to BVU Exercise Science alumnus Melody Reding (SL 2011) and BVU faculty members James Day and Matthew Hanson who published a paper titled Neurocognitive Testing Following Resolution of Concussion Symptoms. Their article will appear in the March edition of "Athletic Therapy Today."

- Exercise Science Department

Ferguson to attend medical school at KCUMB

March 5, 2012


Congratulations to Austin Ferguson (SL 2011) for being admitted to the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine program at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences. He will begin his studies toward becoming a physician in August of 2012.

- N/A

Professor Publishes an Interdisciplinary Paper

March 1, 2012


Steven Mills has published an article combining cognitive psychology, specifically Theory of Mind, and Spanish literature in Hispania, a major journal for Hispanic literary, linguistic and pedagogical studies.

- Spanish Dept.

Roland Pappoe and Andy Schanbacher awarded Mayo Clinic SURF

Feb. 29, 2012


Congratulations to Roland Pappoe and Andy Schanbacher for being selected to participate in the Mayo Clinic Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program. Roland and Andy were selected through a competitive process by Dr. Stephen Russell to receive a $5,000 stipend to carry out 10 weeks of research at the Mayo Clinic this summer. Dr. Russell 's laboratory has a successful research record of engineering viruses to infect and kill a cancer cells and several of these viruses are currently being used in clinical trials being carried out at the Mayo Clinic.

- Dr. Brian Lenzmeier

Liz Ahrendsen to pursue M.D. at the University of Iowa

Feb. 29, 2012


Congratulations to Elizabeth "Liz" Ahrendsen (BVU 2011) on being admitted to the M.D. program at the University of Iowa's Carver College of Medicine. Liz will begin her studies in Iowa City starting in August of 2012.

- Dr. Brian Lenzmeier

Arinda Abbuhl awarded Mayo Clinic SURF for second consecutive year

Feb. 29, 2012


Congratulations to Arinda Abbuhl on being selected for the second consecutive year to participate in the Mayo Clinic Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship program. Arinda was selected by Dr. Kah-Whye Peng to receive a $5,000 stipend for 10 weeks of research in her laboratory. Dr. Peng's laboratory has a strong research track record of genetically engineering viruses to specifically infect cancerous cells and Dr. Peng also manages the Mayo Clinic Research Toxicology Core.

- Dr. Brian Lenzmeier

BVU History Major Publishes Article

Feb. 27, 2012


An article written by History major Zoey Reisdorf was published in the Winter 2011/2012 edition of the Northwest Chapter of the Iowa Archaeological Society Newsletter. Entitled "The Enigmatic God Maskettes: Revisiting 13CK1", the article was written during her internship with the Sanford Museum in Cherokee during Interim 2012. Congratulations!

- Dr. Bill Feis

Clifford A. Rae Award

Feb. 22, 2012


Nine Buena Vista University (BVU) business majors have been selected for the Clifford A. Rae Academic Achievement Award for the 2011 calendar year. The awards — which range up to $5,000 — were created by a $750,000 endowment from the foundations established by Dr. Harold Walter Siebens and named after the long-time advisor and counsel to Siebens and the foundations. “Our Clifford A. Rae winners are among the most talented students at BVU,” says Dr. Liz Throop, interim dean of the Harold Walter Siebens School of Business. “They exemplify intellectual excellence, hard work, and creativity. The entire Siebens School of Business faculty are very proud of the recipients of these awards and know that they will do us proud. We also want to encourage those who we have contacted as eligible for next year’s awards to come into the Siebens School of Business and let us know that they are interested.” The endowment supports annual awards for three pre-qualified, academically high-performing BVU business majors in each of the second, third and fourth years of school — a total of nine students per year. The program is distributing $30,000 in awards this year. The recipients are: 4th Year Students Joseph Pearson, management and environmental science double major from Marcus Kelsey Reitmeier, marketing and graphic design double major from Sioux City Shelby Bleeker, management major from Apple Valley, Minn. 3rd Year Students Seth Lindokken, economics and mathematics double major from Sibley Kyle Auffert, accounting and management double major from Clarinda Justus McDermott Harris, economics and public relations double major from Boone 2nd Year Students Adam Drees, management information systems and computer science double major from Grinnell. Christian Cottingham, accounting major from Ellsworth Brock Loseke, international business major from Mitchell, Neb.

- Dr. Liz Throop

Brinkmeyer Internship Fund Awarded

Feb. 22, 2012


Brinkmeyer Business Internship Fund Awarded Griffin Hatten, a junior from Bancroft, Iowa, has been awarded $4,000 from the Brinkmeyer Business Internship Fund. Griffin will use the money to support his internship with HSBC in London, England this summer and fall. “Griffin is a remarkable young man who, like so many students, would not have been able to travel abroad without this award. The Brinkmeyer Business Internship Fund was established by Trustee Marc Brinkmeyer and his wife Vicki to help students participate in unique internship opportunities that they might not be otherwise able to afford to undertake. We are very proud of Griffin and know that he will be a terrific ambassador for Buena Vista University while in Great Britain.” Here in Storm Lake, Griffin is the Business Club President, SAAC President, IMPACT Leadership Team Member, and a pitcher on the BVU Baseball Team.

- Dr. Liz Throop

Athletic Training Students Invited to Present at Convention

Feb. 22, 2012


Congratulations to BVU Athletic Training majors Katie Schelle and Jessica Kelly on their acceptance to present at the Mid-America Athletic Trainers Association District Meeting in Topeka, KS on March 16-17, 2012. Katie and Jessica will be presenting a case study on athletes and methods of treating chronic swelling.

- Athletic Training Department

Zeichner to Present Paper at Conference

Feb. 21, 2012


BVU Adjunct Faculty member Walter I. Zeichner, MA will present his paper "Teaching Whole Persons" at the 8th Globalization, Diversity and Education Conference, Washington State University College of Education, Vancouver, Washington February 22-23, 2012. Zeichner teaches the BVU Seminar online.

- Walter I. Zeichner

Munoz-Gomez awarded Mayo Clinic SURF

Feb. 21, 2012


Congratulations to science student Miguel Munoz-Gomez for being awarded a Mayo Clinic Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship. This highly competitive fellowship pays $5,000 and will allow Miguel to carry out research for 10 weeks in the laboratory of Dr. Yasuhiro Ikeda, whose research team is developing treatments for diabetes and hypertensive heart disease using viruses and gene therapy.

- Brian A. Lenzmeier, Ph.D.

Radke to pursue Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree

Feb. 21, 2012


Congratulations to Scott Radke for being admitted to the Iowa State University Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program. Scott will begin his graduate studies in Ames beginning in August of 2012.

- Brian A. Lenzmeier, Ph.D.

Kylie Woodley to pursue Masters of Physician Assistant Studies

Feb. 21, 2012


Congratulations to biology major Kylie Woodley for being admitted to the Master of Physician Assistant Studies program at Union College. She will begin her studies there after graduation this spring.

- Brian A. Lenzmeier, Ph.D.

Instructor Presents at Economics and Finance Conference

Feb. 17, 2012


Dr. Jamie Slate (Adjunct Instructor of Economics, Graduate & Professional Studies) served as a Session Moderator at the 39th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Economics and Finance held in Charleston, South Carolina on February 10, 2012. Dr. Slate moderated a session on Economics Education and presented a paper titled An Essay on Business Program Assessment and Its Relation to the Economics Program. Dr. Slate also served as a Discussant for the paper "Is AACSB Accreditation Worth Its Costs for Business Schools Whose Primary Mission is Teaching?"

- Betty Rohr

Fitzgerald Accepts Position with Epic

Feb. 17, 2012


Congratulations to Computer Science senior Thomas Fitzgerald on accepting a position with Epic, a health care software company. Thomas will be working as a Reporting Engineer at Epic's headquarters in Madison, Wisconsin. Well done, Thomas, and good luck on the beginning of what will undoubtedly be a stellar career!

- Jason Shepherd

Students Receive Conference Invitation

Feb. 17, 2012


Aaron Brewer and Jennifer Heim have been invited to present results from their summer, 2011 Mississippi River Basin Initiative grant research project during the annual RRWA conference to be held near Des Moines on March 2 -3. Congratulations on a job well done!

- Dr. Melinda Coogan

Professor Interviewed on Sirius XM

Feb. 17, 2012


Congratulations to Dr. Wind Goodfriend, associate professor of psychology, who recently completed an hour-long live interview on Siriux XM. The interview revolved around Dr. Goodfriend's publications on psychology in pop culture, focusing on her writings about "Harry Potter" and "Twilight." The interview aired on Sirius channel 81, "Doctor Radio," on Friday, February 17th.

- Psychology Dept.

Four students' research accepted to FWPCA Conference

Feb. 14, 2012


Congratulations to Gwendolyn Walton, Jessica Thuma, Alexandra Marcel, and Shelby Ripperger, who will present their original research panel, "A Prime Time for Love: Portrayals of Sex, Love, and Romance on Four Television Shows," at the Far West Popular Culture and American Culture Association's conference February 24-26 in Las Vegas.

- Gwen Hart

Psychology Student and Professor Publish Together

Jan. 18, 2012


Congratulations to BVU Psychology Alumnus Jalaal Madyun (class of 2011) and Dr. Wind Goodfriend, Associate Professor of Psychology, who have been published in the peer-reviewed journal "Modern Psychological Studies." Their paper, titled, "Death, Extraversion, Commitment, and Sex: A Study on Terror Management," investigates how thoughts of one's own mortality affects decisions about risky sexual behaviors. The paper is the result of Jalaal's project from Dr. Goodfriend's year-long Research Thesis class. For a copy of the paper, email Dr. Goodfriend.

- Psychology Dept.

Mason City GPS Instructor Selected as Presenter

Jan. 12, 2012


Albert Hodapp, Adjunct Instructor at Buena Vista University, Mason City GPS has been selected to present at the upcoming NASP 2012 Annual Convention. This year’s National Association of School Psychologists convention is scheduled for February 21-24, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

- Lori Arends

Psychology Students to Present at Conference

Dec. 15, 2011


Congratulations to the ten psychology students who will be presenting research projects at this year's Midwestern Psychological Association Conference in Chicago! All ten students had to submit abstracts that were judged in a competitive process. Please tell the following students "good job" when you see them: Katie Noll, Bridgett Hasche, Meg Christians, Zach King, Navneet Sandha, Xochitl de Anda, Cassie Sinclair, Eloisa Estrada, Kendra Bucheli, and Grace Sullivan. They will also present their work at this year's Scholars Day event.

- Wind Goodfriend

Students Awarded Scholars Day Grants for 201

Dec. 8, 2011


Congratulations to Zach King, Grace Sullivan, Peter Winterton, and Myriah Noble, who have been awarded Scholars Day Grants for 2012's academic showcase on April 30. Each of these applicants proposed an intriguing and carefully-designed project, and we can look forward to these students' presentations at Scholars Day in the spring.

- Matthew Packer

Psychology Students Publish Research Paper

Nov. 30, 2011


Congratulations to Psychology alumni Renee Fagen and Desmond Owusu (both class of 2009), who are co-authors on a paper just published in the peer-reviewed “Journal of Anxiety Disorders.” The paper, supervised by first author Dr. Stephen Whiteside, is the product of the internship Renee and Desmond completed during the January of their senior year, when they worked for Dr. Whiteside at the Mayo Clinic. This internship is offered every year through a partnership between BVU and the Mayo Clinic. Their paper is titled, “Validation of the Spence Children’s Anxiety Scale’s obsessive compulsive subscale in a clinical and community sample.” For a copy of the paper, contact Dr. Wind Goodfriend. Great job, Renee and Desmond!

- Wind Goodfriend

Social Work Students Initiated into Phi Alpha Honorary

Nov. 18, 2011


Stacy Sahl and Carrie Sorensen, were initiated into Phi Alpha, the Social Work honorary organization on Wednesday, November 9, 2011. In order to be a member of Phi Alpha, students must have attained sophomore status, completed three social work courses, have achieved excellent social work and cumulative grade point averages, and agree to uphold the National Association of Social Work Code of Ethics in their academic, professional, and personal conduct. Congratulations to Carrie and Stacy! The Social Work Program

- Kathryn McKinley

Denise Beebe Releases Second Book on Amazon

Nov. 18, 2011


Congratulations to Denise Beebe, Assistant Professor of MIS, who has just released her second book, Wicked Cool Web Stuff 2: More Cool Web Technologies. You can find it on Amazon.com at http://tinyurl.com/7x3mxkc. This is a sequel to her first book released in 2009, Wicked Cool Web Stuff: Cool Web Technologies.

- Dr. Elizabeth Throop

Psychology Instructor Launches New Blog

Nov. 11, 2011


Dr. Wind Goodfriend, Associate Professor of Psychology, has been invited to become a regular blogger for the "Psychology Today" website, which receives over a million visitors each month. Her website, titled "Psychology in Movies," highlights a different movie each month, and how the movie portrays theories or concepts from the world of psychology. Her first entry discusses how the "Twilight" movies and books model abusive, violent, and unhealthy dating relationships. To check out the new blog, visit: http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-psychology-movies/201111/relationship-violence-in-twilight

- Psychology Dept.

Psychology Student Lands Internship at Mayo Clinic

Nov. 11, 2011


Congratulations to Psychology major Megan Vogt, who will be completing a prestigious internship at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN this January. Megan will be working with Dr. Stephen Whiteside, a child clinical psychologist, on treatment programs for children who have obsessive-compulsive disorder and other anxiety disorders. The Mayo Clinic has partnered with Buena Vista University to provide psychology internships over January for the past four years.

- Psychology Department

URMED Interns selected

Nov. 4, 2011


Congratulations to Cammy Matters, Whitney Nelson, Sabrina Martinez and Alex Davis for being selected as the 2012 Undergraduate Rural Medicine Education and Development (URMED) Interns. Each individual will spend three weeks in a hospital setting as they interact with various healthcare providers. Sabrina will be located in Spirit Lake, the most recent member of the URMED network. Cammy, Whitney and Alex will each have two weeks at Buena Vista Regional Medical Center and a week at one of the following hospitals in Humboldt, Sac City or Pocahontas. Each individual will receive a $3000 stipend to assist in their application and visits to medical schools. Now in its fourth year, URMED seeks to recruit BVU students to medical careers in a rural setting.

- Rick Lampe

Professor and Student Publish Together

Oct. 28, 2011


Congratulations to BVU alumnus Ian LaForge (class of 2010) and Dr. Wind Goodfriend, Associate Professor of Psychology. Their co-authored article, "Developing a New Device for Measuring Preferred Body Shapes," has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Psychological Inquiry. This paper was Ian's thesis project in Dr. Goodfriend's year-long Research Thesis class. The paper describes the invention of a computer-based software program in which research participants can choose body shapes they find physically attractive. For a copy of the paper, contact Dr. Goodfriend.

- Psychology Dept.

Professor’s Translation to be Produced

Oct. 28, 2011


A revival of German playwright Georg Buchner’s working-class drama, Woyzeck, is being produced by Raconteur Theatre Company in Columbus, OH. Communication professor Dr. Bryan Kampbell completed the translation and adaptation together with Dr. Derek Davidson. The theatre company’s website describes the play as “a drama exploring the tenuous stability of the human psyche.”

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Communications Assistant Intern with the City of Storm Lake

Oct. 21, 2011


Congratulations to Grace Bodey who will be the next Communications Assistant Intern with the City of Storm Lake. She will work with them in January and again beginning in April, for a one-year term. The position duties include providing assistance to the City Clerk to ensure efficient and accurate internal and external communications are provided to employees, elected officials, and citizens. This includes both graphic design and written communication. Well done Grace!

- Rebecca Frates

National Recognition for Gerontology-Infused Course

Oct. 21, 2011


Kathryn McKinley, social work program director and assistant professor of social work was honored by Council on Social Work Education's Gero-Ed Center for developing her Research I & II courses to include selected gerontology social work competencies and content involving older adults. These syllabi were developed as part of her involvement in the three year Curriculum Development Institute Program. These syllabi are posted on CSWE's Gero-Ed Teaching Tools Website for others to use in their teaching.

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Congratulations to Rachael Reicks

Oct. 20, 2011


Congratulations to Rachael Reicks on receiving the Lloyd Biological/Physical Sciences Scholarship for the 2011-12 school year. Rachael was selected to receive one of only two scholarships awarded to a junior/senior biological or physical science major attending one of the colleges associated with the Iowa College Foundation.

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Communication Students Present at Iowa Communication Association's Annual Conference

Oct. 20, 2011


Seven BVU communication majors had their work competitively-selected for presentation at the recent Iowa Communication Association's annual conference. Samantha Turnquist's theory paper, "Tales from the Dark Side: An Analysis of Jealousy in Intimate Relationships" earned the Top Student Paper Award and will be published in the Iowa Journal of Communication. Other presenters included, Christine Slayton, Teresa Wirtjers, Laura Schachtner, Andrea Boyd and Emmalee Crouch. Congratulations to all student presenters!

- N/A

Andrea Wilson's Presentation Accepted

Oct. 20, 2011


Congratulations to Andrea Wilson who had her poster session accepted for presentation at the 2011 Iowa Council for Exceptional Children State Conference. Andrea will present her session on Thursday, September 22 in Des Moines, Iowa. Andrea's project "Activity Schedules: Promoting Independence for Students with Disabilities in Every Classroom" was the result of her academic research which was presented at the 2011 BVU Scholars' Day. This juried acceptance reflects the high quality of work done by Andrea and shows the work presented at Scholars' Day can often be taken to higher levels. The School of Education is proud of Andrea for taking her project to a state level presentation.

- Robbie Ludy

Critical Article Published

Oct. 20, 2011


Dr. Annamaria Formichella Elsden's article, "'A Modern and a Model Pioneer': Civilizing the Frontier in Woolson's 'A Pink Villa,'" has been published as a chapter in a newly released book, "Witness to Reconstruction: Constance Fenimore Woolson and the Postbellum South, 1873-1894" (University Press of Mississippi).

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Communication Studies Faculty attend Conference

Oct. 20, 2011


BVU's Communication Studies faculty were well represented at last week's Iowa Communication Association Conference held in Ankeny. Two faculty presented work on a program entitled "Internationalizing our Campuses and Professional Lives." Dr. Mary Gill's presentation was entitled "International and Domestic Students: Creating a Healthy Environment" and Dr. Jill Rhea's presentation was entitled "We all Need Diversity: Intercultural Relationships Matter." Dr. Beth Lamoureux presented a teaching strategy as part of a G.I.F.T.S (Great Ideas for Teaching Speech) Panel entitled "Global Inventory: Creating Relevance for Students Living in A Global Economy." Dr. Bryan Kampbell was elected as an At-Large member to the Executive Board of the association and Dr. Gill assumed the role of editor for the Iowa Journal of Communication.

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Professor and Student Publish Together

Oct. 20, 2011


Congratulations to Associate Professor of Psychology Wind Goodfriend and BVU alumna Arielle Butler (class of 2011). They have written an empirical article together which has just been accepted for publication in the journal "Modern Psychological Studies." The paper is based on Arielle's year-long research project in Dr. Goodfriend's "Research Thesis" class. The title of the paper is "Long distance vs. proximal romantic relationships: Predicting alternatives, satisfaction, and bias." Arielle is about to begin her graduate work at Argosy University in Chicago.

- Psychology Dept.

Psychology Professor to Present at International Conference

Oct. 20, 2011


Congratulations to Dr. Wind Goodfriend, Associate Professor of Psychology, who will be presenting research at the Interpersonal Communication & Social Interaction International Conference in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Her paper, titled, "At First Sight: Superficial Stereotypes about Children," discusses stereotypes assigned to children based on their clothing, and how these stereotypes affect their treatment at daycare facilities. This paper was published last year in the "Journal of Psychological Inquiry," and included co-author Crystal Davis (BVU class of 2008). Dr. Goodfriend will be traveling to this conference using her Wythe Award. - Psychology Dept.

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Book Chapter Accepted for Publication

Oct. 20, 2011


Following an invitation by NOVA publications, Dr. Melinda Coogan submitted a chapter to be considered for publication in the upcoming book entitled "Snails: Biology, Ecology, and Conservation." The chapter, entitled "Helisoma trivolvus (SAY) as an Assessment Organism in Algal Community Composition Studies," has been accepted for the spring, 2012 publication.

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Psychology Professor to present at Kentucky Association of Psychology in the Schools conference

Oct. 20, 2011


Albert F. Hodapp, adjunct professor at the Buena Vista University Graduate & Professional Studies Mason City location, has been selected as a presenter for the upcoming Kentucky Association of Psychology in the Schools conference. His paper, " Think Globally: Read and Act Locally" will be presented at this years conference. The conference is scheduled for September 23, 2011 in Lexington, Kentucky.

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Congratulations to Daniel Pearson

Oct. 20, 2011


Congratulations to Daniel Pearson on receiving the coveted Carver Scholarship for the 2011-12 school year, with potential for renewal for the 2012-13 school year. This scholarship opportunity is for someone who is faced with having to overcome significant social and economic obstacles in the pursuit of his/her education or who may be living in circumstances that may not normally be taken into account by other financial aid programs.

- N/A

Congratulations to Tyler Klobassa

Oct. 20, 2011


Congratulations to Tyler Klobassa on receiving the Principal Financial Group Technology Scholarship for the 2011-12 school year. Tyler was selected to receive one of six scholarships available to students at colleges associated with the Iowa College Foundation.

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Kuster Accepts Position with Raytheon

Oct. 20, 2011


Congratulations to 2011 Computer Science graduate Travis Kuster on accepting a position with Raytheon. Travis will be working as a software engineer on Raytheon's rapid application development team at the company's Omaha, NE, offices. Well done, Travis, and best of luck to you on the start of your career!

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Congratulations to Kyle Auffert

Oct. 20, 2011


Congratulations to Kyle Auffert on receiving the Principal Financial Group Scholarship for the 2011-12 school year. Kyle was selected as one of six recipients to receive this award from all colleges associated with the Iowa College Foundation. An internship opportunity is also a possibility with this award.

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Psychology Professor to Publish Book Chapter

Oct. 20, 2011


Congratulations to Dr. Wind Goodfriend, Associate Professor of Psychology. She has written a book chapter to be published in "The Psychology of the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," which is coming out in December, to coincide with the American film release. Her chapter is titled, "Sadistic Pigs, Perverts, and Rapists: Sexism in Sweden." For a copy of the chapter, email Dr. Goodfriend.

- N/A

Congratulations to Jacqueline Pacquette

Oct. 20, 2011


Congratulations to Jacqueline Pacquette on receiving the Employers Mutual Casualty Company Insurance Companies Scholarship for the 2011-12 school year. Recipients of the scholarship must be a junior or senior with a 3.0 or better cgpa with a major in business and a commitment to community service. An internship opportunity is also a possibility with the award.

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Seven BVU Communication Students Present at conference

Sept. 30, 2011


Seven BVU communication majors had their work competitively-selected for presentation at the recent Iowa Communication Association's annual conference. Samantha Turnquist's theory paper, "Tales from the Dark Side: An Analysis of Jealousy in Intimate Relationships" earned the Top Student Paper Award and will be published in the Iowa Journal of Communication. Other presenters included, Christine Slayton, Teresa Wirtjers, Laura Schachtner, Andrea Boyd and Emmalee Crouch. Congratulations to all student presenters!

- Beth Lamoureux

Professor and Student Publish Together

May 20, 2011


Congratulations to senior Melissa Huntley (class of 2011), double major in Psychology and Philosophy & Religion, and Dr. Wind Goodfriend (Associate Professor of Psychology). Their paper, "Stress from Physical Conflicts Based Upon Sex, Masculinity, and Color Perception" has just been accepted for publication in the "Journal of Psychological Inquiry." The paper is based on Melissa's research project in Dr. Goodfriend's "Advanced Research" course last year.

- Psychology Dept.

Career Launch

May 20, 2011


Sandra Smith, a BVU graduate with majors in theatre and biology, will graduate from UCLA this spring with a Master of Fine Arts degree in acting. Sandra recently appeared in the MFA graduate showcase of scenes and monologues and has been approached by a number of agencies and management companies interested in representing her. At this point Sandra has signed with CESD, a talent agency that offers performers complete representation for on-camera and voice-over commercials, print/fashion/runway, beauty, dance, hosting, animation and gaming, hosting, puppeteers, promos/trailers/narration, and radio imaging & TV affiliates marketing. Congratulations to Sandra on her graduation and representation contract!

- Bethany Larson

Book Review Published

May 20, 2011


Dr. Michael Whitlatch has just been informed that his review of "Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing: How the Apollo Theater Shaped American Entertainment," edited by Richard Carlin and Kinshasha Holman Conwill has been published in the May 2011 issue of Choice.

- Dr. Michael Whitlatch

Minnesota Vikings Game Day Internship Selection

May 13, 2011


Congratulations and high fives to Marketing and Graphic Design double major Kelsey Reitmeier and Corporate Communications major Bailey Schafbuch on being selected for the coveted Minnesota Vikings Game Day Internship Program for Fall 2011. Kelsey and Bailey will work closely with the Vikings PR staff, including our own BV alum, Jeff Anderson, Assistant Director of Public Affairs, in assisting members of the local and national media who are attending and covering the team’s home games. These internships provide an excellent opportunity to gain exposure to the professional sports environment and learn about the public relations field while networking with members of the Vikings front office and the media. Well done Kelsey and Bailey!

- Carol Lytle

Dustin Killpack Accepted to Texas Tech University

May 13, 2011


Senior Public Administration, Philosophy and Religion major Dustin Killpack was accepted to the Masters of Education program Higher Education administration at Texas Tech University. In addition, he was awarded a graduate assistantship as a GA LEARN with a stipend/salary, furnished apartment, and meal plan.

- Ashley Farmer-Hanson

Student Panelists for William W. Siebens American Heritage Lecture Series

May 13, 2011


Congratulations to the six student panelists and two reserve panelists selected for the William W. Siebens American Heritage Lecture series with former British prime minister Tony Blair to be held at BVU this fall: Lauren Whitt, Seth Lindokken, Ida Cassandra Ndahiro, Ronald Forsell, Jennifer Welch, Zach King, Karl Ahrendsen (reserve), and Robert Masunzu (reserve). These students' applications stood out from a great number of strong submissions, and we can look forward to their conversation with Mr. Blair on October 7.

- Matthew Packer

Michael Morgan, BVU English major, publishes first novel

May 13, 2011


Michael Morgan, an English major at the Iowa Falls GPS location, has published his first novel, The Cataclysm: A World Ravaged. It is a science fiction novel, published by New View Publishers. Several classmates are currently enjoying the good read, and one staff member is reading it as an ebook. It is available through Amazon.

- Elizabeth Erickson

Veolia Storm Lake Water Quality Grant

May 13, 2011


Congratulations to Carina Allen for receiving the 2011 Veolia Storm Lake Water Quality Research Grant. Carina was chosen as the grant recipient following submission of her research proposal entitled Triclosan Concentrations and Bacterial Resistance in Iowa Agricultural Fields. Well done, Carina!

- Dr. Melinda Coogan

Student Presentations at IAS Annual Conference

May 6, 2011


Congratulations to the following science students who presented research results during the 123rd Annual Meeting of the Iowa Academy of Science held at Wartburg College April 29-30: Austin Ferguson, Serena Geisinger, Grant Herrington, Allison Kirchgatter, Jessi Knutson, Carl Krambeck, Sarah Larson, Liz McIntyre, Delia Moran-Portillo, Miguel Munoz-Gomez, Emily Nielsen, Alex Paine, Cassandra Pauley, Allison Peyton, Nathan Reddick, Amanda Roder, Mysty Shaver, Grant Turner, Molly Urness, and Andrew Walsh. Your representation of the BVU Science Department was exceptional. Nice job!

- Dr. Melinda Coogan

Corbet Butler Accepts Teaching Position

May 6, 2011


Congratulations to senior instrumental music major Corbet Bulter on accepting a teaching position with the Sibley-Ocheyedan School District for the 2001-2012 school year. Corbet's teaching duties will include Middle School Band - grades 6-8 as well as assistant marching band director.

- Jerry Bertrand

Christopher Green accepted to Masters Program

May 6, 2011


Christopher Green has been accepted for admission to the Masters of Financial Management Program at Drake University for the fall semester.

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Ferguson to attend graduate school

May 6, 2011


Congratulations to Austin Ferguson, who was admitted to the biosciences graduate program at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences. He will begin his graduate studies this fall.

- Brian A. Lenzmeier, Ph.D.

Savannah Thompson accepted to University of Nevada

May 6, 2011


Senior English major Savannah Thompson was accepted to the Writing program at the University of Nevada, where she will be pursuing her Masters of Arts degree in writing. Savannah was also accepted into programs at Colorado State University, Portland State University, San Fransisco State University, Arizona State University, and Iowa State University, but declined those offers. Congratulations Savannah!

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Artwork Exhibited and Published

May 6, 2011


An oil painting, "Barbie As a Muse", by Mary Mello-Nee will be displayed in the main gallery of the Sioux City Art Center beginning this Thursday, May 5. Her piece will be a part of an exhibition that includes artworks by local and regional artists featured in the 2011 edition of The Briar Cliff Review, Briar Cliff University's award-winning journal. This annual publication focuses on poetry, fiction, non-fiction and art. The opening of this exhibition on May 5th, coincides with the release of the 2011 edition, Volume 23 of The Briar Cliff Review and includes readings by some of the poets and authors along with comments from the artists. Mello-Nee's painting will remain on display at the Sioux City Art Center through July 3rd. The Briar Cliff Review publication can be purchased at the Art Center or online.

- BVU Webmaster

Reddick to attend UNI Microbiology masters program

May 6, 2011


Congratulations to Nathan Reddick for being admitted to the Microbiology Masters Program at the University of Northern Iowa. He will begin his studies at UNI next fall.

- Brian A. Lenzmeier, Ph.D.

Kristen Tripp Accepted to Wichita State

April 27, 2011


Senior Art Education major Kristen Tripp was accepted to the MFA Ceramics Program at Wichita State University. In addition, she was awarded a Graduate Teaching Assistantship with a tuition waiver and stipend/salary, and a Clayton Staples Graduate Fellowship. She was also accepted into the Visual Arts MFA programs for the University of Texas at Tyler and University of North Dakota, but declined these offers.

- David Boelter

Hartstack Awarded ISU Cyber Corps Scholarship

April 24, 2011


BVU Computer Science senior Ellen Hartstack has been awarded the 2011 Cyber Corps scholarship as part of her acceptance to the MS program in Information Assurance at Iowa State University. This scholarship includes full tuition, room, board, books and fees, as well as a $12,000 annual stipend. The scholarship also requires a service commitment consisting of a paid summer internship and two years of paid employment at a federal agency. Please join the computer science department in congratulating Ellen on this esteemed award.

- Jason Shepherd

Pelelo Accepts Position with IBM

April 24, 2011


Congratulations to BVU Computer Science senior Alex Pelelo on accepting a position with IBM. Alex will serve IBM as a software engineer at their Rochester, MN, location. Well done, Alex, and best of luck on the beginning of what will undoubtedly be a splendid career!

- Jason Shepherd

Students Present Research Papers

April 18, 2011


Congratulations to the following students who formally presented their independent research on Saturday, April 16, at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. at the Minnesota Undergraduate Psychology Conference (MUPC). Josh Allen, Kendra Bucheli, Julia Coe, Xochitl de Anda, Eloisa Estrada, Bridgett Hasche, Tom Hengeveld, Zach King, Jarael Madyun, Erik Murphy, Navneet Sandha, Laura Schachtner, Cassie Sinclair, Grace Sullivan, Kortney Wessman, Rashel Woebke.

- Jeanne B. Tinsley

Psychology Students Present at Conferences

April 18, 2011


Congratulations to this year's Psychology Research Club members, who will present their work at three conferences. The Research Club has been working on four projects, which will be presented at the Siouxland Research Conference, the Minnesota Undergraduate Psychology Conference, and the Midwestern Psychological Association Conference. Students in Research Club this year were: Melanie Boysen, Vanessa Ellsbury, Shay Esquivel, Justine McGarvey, Kendra Bucheli, Navneet Sandha, Kelsey Myers, Cassie Sinclair, Misty Messerly, Gladiola Esparza, Jess Christensen, Kellina Mojica, Ayana Bolton, and Alex Marcel. Great job, psychology students!

- Wind Goodfriend

Okoboji Entrepreneurship Institute, 2011

April 18, 2011


BVU students Shelby Bleeker, Kaye Johnson, Shantel Lawrence and Kacie Woodley have been selected to study this August at the Iowa Lakeside Laboratory on the shore of West Lake Okoboji. With enrollees from Iowa's regents institutions and Iowa Lakes Community College, these students will progress through a business management simulation, prepare a sales presentation for venture capitalists, visit area businesses, attend seminars lead by area professionals, and practice the networking required of young professionals interested in business incubation. Congratulations on your being selected! Stan Ullerich, Dean and Professor of Economics

- Stan Ullerich

Hanson Completes Doctorate

April 18, 2011


Congratulations to Matthew Hanson, Assistant Athletic Trainer who has recently completed his doctorate at the University of South Dakota!

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Student Earns Placement in Japan

April 18, 2011


Congratulations to Melissa Huntley (senior, double major in Psychology and Philosophy/Religion), who has been accepted into JET: the Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme. Melissa will be living in Japan for 1-5 years, teaching Japanese students to speak English as well as providing English language support for the Japanese educational community. This competitive program will pay all of her expenses, plus a monthly salary. Great job, Melissa!

- Wind Goodfriend

USDA MRBI Grant Participants

April 15, 2011


Congratulations to Aaron Brewer and Jennifer Heim who were selected from a group of very talented BVU students to participate in the summer, 2011, Mississippi River Basin Initiative research project. Applications were followed by personal interviews conducted by a six-member search committee. Summer results will become baseline data to be included within the four-year USDA federal research project.

- Dr. Melinda Coogan

John McGaha Gets Published

April 15, 2011


BVU Instructional Designer, John McGaha, was recently published in the book "Ethical Issues and Security Monitoring Trends in Global Healthcare: Technological Advancements" through IGI Global. His chapter contribution is entitled "Implementation Issues on a National Electronic Health Record Network" and was originally written as part of his doctoral research. Please join me in congratulating John for this accomplishment.

- Matt Wagner

BVU Students Complete Honors Program

April 15, 2011


Congratulations to Cassandra Pauley, Grant Turner, Emily Nielsen, and Joe Peterson on their completion of the honors program. Cassandra Pauley partnered with the University of Nebraska Medical Center's Eppley Cancer Institute to investigate a possible link between breast cancer and lung cancer. Her honors capstone project, "The Role of the Signal Transducers and Activators of Transcription (Stat) Protein, Specifically Stat5, on Human Breast Cancer and Other Disease," was approved by the honors committee. Grant Turner tested whether a chemical in lemon oil and lime oil might be used to prevent cancer cell formation. His honors project, "Examination of the anti-carcinogenic effects of lime oil and lemon oil," was approved by the honors committee. Emily Nielsen partnered with researchers at the Mayo Clinic to study how we might use viruses to kill cancer cells. Her honors project, "Downregulation of the human sodium-iodide symporter using short hairpin RNA," was approved by the honors committee. Joe Peterson partnered with researchers at the University of Iowa to study the role that riboflavin plays in the growth of bacteria, which could help us better understand how bacterial infections develop in the human body. His honors project, "Chemosensory Regulation of Riboflavin in Biofilm Formation, was approved by the honors committee. Please congratulate these hard working students on their achievement. The honors program encourages BVU's best and brightest students to develop their academic talents beyond the regular curriculum through specialized courses and an extensive research project. Honors students must maintain a 3.5 GPA or higher, and completion of the program demonstrates mastery of critical thinking skills and the development of a sophisticated intellectual disposition.

- Bryan Kampbell

Mary Gill Reviews Manuscripts

April 15, 2011


Dr. Mary Gill was selected by the Applied Communication Division and by the Spiritual Communication Division of the National Communication Association (NCA) to review competitively selected manuscripts for inclusion at the fall conference of NCA to be held in New Orleans in November.

- Mary Gill

Outstanding Paper Honoree

April 1, 2011


Dr Scott Anderson, for a paper co-written with Dr Steve Remington, was awarded an Outstanding Paper Award in the Sales/Sales Management area at last week's Marketing Management Association (MMA) Spring Conference in Chicago. Congratulations, gentlemen.

- Stan Ullerich

Wen Publishes Research Paper

April 1, 2011


A research paper co-authored by Dr. Lei Wen, Associate Professor of Finance at BVU and Dr. Juan (Gloria) Meng, Associate Professor of Marketing at Minnesota State University, Mankato, was accepted for publication in the International Journal of Business, Accounting, and Finance (IJBAF). The title of the article is "An Empirical Examination of Customer Relationships in Chinese Commercial Banks." The IJBAF is a peer-reviewed journal listed in Cabell's Directory and it is included in the databases of EBSCO publishing Inc. and Gale. The IJBAF has the ISSN Number 1936-699x issued by the Library of Congress.

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Keith Johnson Accepted into Summer Research Program

April 1, 2011


Congratulations to Keith Johnson for being chosen to spend 10 weeks conducting research in biophysics this summer at Montana State University through the National Science Foundation's Research Experience for Undergraduates Program. Keith will receive room, board, and a $4500 stipend for experience.

- Lisa Mellmann

Psychology Student Accepted to Graduate School

April 1, 2011


Congratulations to Psychology senior Alyssa Kluver, who has just been accepted into graduate school! Alyssa will be attending the University of Northern Iowa and earning her Masters of Social Work. Great job, Alyssa!

- Wind Goodfriend

Dr. Ehler awarded National Science Foundation Summer Grant for research with BVU students

April 1, 2011


Congratulations to Dr. Timothy Ehler, Associate Professor of Chemistry. His proposal entitled "Study of Organosulfur Self-Assembled Monolayers on Gallium Arsenide using Sum-Frequency Generation" was funded by the National Science Foundation / Northern Plains Undergraduate Research Center. The grant will provide funding for Dr. Ehler and two students, including the cost of research supplies, travel and student stipends for the summer of 2011. Dr. Ehler's research will involve a research collaboration with Dr. Thomas Furtak, Physics Dept. Chair, at the Colorado School of Mines.

- Brian A. Lenzmeier, Ph.D.

Beth Lamoureux Selected as Critic

April 1, 2011


Beth Lamoureux recently served as a Critic at the Iowa High School Speech Association's annual All State Speech Festival held on the campus of UNI.

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Psychology Students Accepted to Graduate School

March 25, 2011


Congratulations to Psychology students Jalaal Madyun and Arielle Butler, who have both been accepted into graduate school at Argosy University! Jalaal will be attending at the Twin Cities campus, and will earn his Masters of Arts in Marriage & Family Therapy. Arielle will attend the Chicago campus and will earn her Masters of Arts in Community Counseling. Both students begin their programs in the Fall. Please help the Psychology department in congratulating both students on their excellent achievement!

- Psychology Dept.

Professor and Student Publish Together

March 25, 2011


Congratulations to BVU alumna Maurita Gholston (Psychology major, class of 2008) and Dr. Wind Goodfriend, Associate Professor of Psychology, who have written an empirical paper accepted for publication in the Journal of Psychological Inquiry. The paper, titled, "Is he gay? Stereotypes used to predict a target's sexual orientation," was completed as part of Dr. Goodfriend's year-long Research Thesis course.

- Psychology Dept.

Yoo Accepted to Northwestern

March 11, 2011


Lena Yoo, a 2010 BVU graduate, has been accepted into the Northwestern University Master's of Science Program in Communication. We're proud of you, Lena.

- Beth Lamoureux

Wheeler and Huntley Receive Scholars Day Grants

March 10, 2011


Congratulations to Tashia Wheeler and Melissa Huntley for being awarded Scholars Day Grants for 2011. Tashia and Melissa are among the first recipients of this grant, which is awarded to BVU students to help cover expenses of preparing Scholars Day presentations. We can look forward to the fruits of their research this April 15, at Scholars Day. Well done, Melissa and Tashia!

- Matthew Packer

McClellan awarded FUTURE in Biomedicine Fellowship at the University of Iowa

March 8, 2011


Congratulations to Biology professor Dr. Kristy McClellan for being one of three faculty selected from all the Iowa private colleges to be awarded a FUTURE in Biomedicine Fellowship at the University of Iowa's Carver College of Medicine. FUTURE is an acronym for Fostering Undergraduate Talent-Uniting Research and Education. The program provides the faculty member with housing and a stipend for an 8 week research experience. Dr. McClellan will spend this summer in Iowa City developing a collaborative research project with Dr. Pamela Geyer in the Biochemistry Department and will bring a BVU student, Caitlin Hof, to participate in the program as well. Please congratulate Dr. McClellan on this fine accomplishment.

- Brian A. Lenzmeier, Ph.D.

Hof to participate in FUTURE in Biomedicine summer program at the University of Iowa

March 8, 2011


Congratulations to BVU first year student Caitlin Hof for being selected to participate in the University of Iowa's Carver College of Medicine FUTURE in Biomedicine program for the summer of 2011.

- Brian A. Lenzmeier, Ph.D.

Branstetter Accepts Position With BVU

March 7, 2011


Congratulations to BVU senior computer science major Eric Branstetter. Eric has accepted a position as Service Desk Supervisor with Buena Vista University. Best of luck to you on the start of a splendid career in IT, Eric!

- Jason Shepherd

Arinda Abbuhl Awarded Mayo Clinic Fellowship

March 3, 2011


Congratulations to Arinda Abbuhl for being chosen through a highly competitive process to spend 10 weeks this summer doing research in the Virology and Gene Therapy SURF program at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. Arinda will receive a $5,000 stipend for her experience.

- Brian A. Lenzmeier

Hartstack to Pursue M.S. in Information Assurance

March 3, 2011


Congratulations to BVU senior computer science major Ellen Hartstack for being admitted to the M.S. program in Information Assurance at Iowa State University. Well done, Ellen, and best of luck to you!

- Jason Shepherd

Psychology Professor Publishes Invited Book Chapter

March 1, 2011


Congratulations to Dr. Wind Goodfriend, who will be publishing a book chapter in the upcoming "Psychology of Love" four volume set. Dr. Goodfriend was invited to contribute the chapter due to her previous publications on romantic relationships and sexuality. The chapter is titled, "Sexual Script or Sexual Improv? Nontraditional Sexual Paths." The chapter includes research conducted this semester with Dr. Goodfriend's classes.

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Hart's Story Published

Feb. 28, 2011


Roger Hart's story "Like Flying" has been accepted for publication by Tampa Review Literary magazine. Hart taught an interim fiction workshop.

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Petersen to Attend Medical School at Des Moines University

Feb. 23, 2011


Congratulations to senior Joe Petersen for being admitted to the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine program at Des Moines University. He will begin his professional studies there in August.

- Brian A. Lenzmeier, Ph.D.

Packer Publishes on Paul Auster

Feb. 23, 2011


In January, Matthew Packer had his review essay on American author Paul Auster's latest novel, Sunset Park, published in The Listener. The review, "Another Roll of the Dice," surveys the 2010 novel's take on the recent U.S. housing crisis and Auster's continuing themes of luck and chance.

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Faculty Research Paper Published

Feb. 22, 2011


Biology associate professor Dr. Brian Lenzmeier and Dr. Jin-Qiu Zhou from the Shanghai Institute of Biological Sciences collaboratively published the paper "Histone H4 Lysine 12 Acetylation Regulates Telomeric Heterochromatin Plasticity in Saccharomyces cerevisiae" in the January 2011 issue of the peer-reviewed journal PLOS Genetics.

- Brian A. Lenzmeier, Ph.D.

Book Reviews Published

Feb. 17, 2011


Dr. Michael Whitlatch has just been notified that two book reviews have been published in Choice. In the February issue, his review of "The Art of Greek Theatre," was published. This is a internet resource that was used by the Getty Museum for an exhibit on Greek Theatre. Students in the fall Theatre History I class test drove the site in terms of its usefulness for college students. In April, Choice will publish his review of "Representing the Past: Essays in Performance Historiography," by Charlotte M. Canning, and Thomas Postlewait.

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Narveson Awarded Graduate Assistantship

Feb. 16, 2011


Samantha Narveson, a senior athletic training student, has accepted a position as a Graduate Assistant at North Dakota State University in Fargo, ND. The position includes athletic training work with the NDSU volleyball team, work as a mentor with athletic training students, and opportunities to teach in specific courses at the university. Samantha will begin her graduate assistantship in the fall of 2011. Congratulations on your hard work and acceptance of this position, Samantha.

- Danelle Smith

Denker to pursue D.V.M.

Feb. 16, 2011


Congratulations to Brittany Denker for being admitted to the highly regarded Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program at Iowa State University. She will begin her studies there next fall semester.

- Brian A. Lenzmeier, Ph.D.

Bikash Pandey Accepts Position with Ernst & Young

Feb. 16, 2011


Congratulations to senior Bikash Pandey, triple major in Accounting, Finance & Banking and Economics, on accepting a position on the auditing staff of Ernst & Young. In addition to his offer of employment which he accepted in October, his new employer is financing his preparation for the CPA exam, and they have already submitted paperwork for H1B visa status, an exceptional achievement not commonly offered to a new international employee. Bikash was selected to interview with Ernst & Young through participation in the highly competitive Iowa College Recruiting Network Accounting Interview Day, co-sponsored by BVU Career Services along with 22 other Iowa private colleges and universities.

- Carol Lytle

Turner Accepted to Medical School

Feb. 15, 2011


Congratulations to Grant Turner whose significant research record, medical experience in the URMED program and campus leadership have earned him a place in next year's incoming class of M.D. students at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. We know you will serve your future patients with intelligence and compassion.

- Dr. James Hampton

Global Fellows for 2012 Selected

Feb. 14, 2011


Please join me in congratulating our first six Global Fellows: Makensie Brown, Kayla Hartmann, Laura Page, Tesia Posekany, Stephanie Puhrmann, and Jennifer Welch. The applications from all the candidates were strong, making the selection process difficult. The highlight of the Global Fellows program will be the January Interim 2012 trip to Cape Horn, Chile. Dr. Melinda Coogan will be leading the trip, which will be coordinated with the Sub-Antarctic Biological Conservation Program coordinated by the University of North Texas, the Universidad de Magallanes, and the Chilean Institute of Ecology and Biodiversity. The purpose of the trip is to learn more about the research, education, and conservation activities of the Cape Horn Biosphere Reserve. The Global Fellows will also learn about the University of North Texas' Omora Park program and the ways it integrates ecological science and environmental ethics for bio-cultural conservation in an interdisciplinary manner. The Global Fellows will also be participating in the International Symposium on Society and Natural Resources (ISSRM). The ISSRM will be held on the University of Wisconsin campus in Madison from June 4-8. Another of the responsibilities of the Global Fellows program is to serve as campus advocates for international travel, globalism, and sustainability. Thanks to all the applicants, and congratulations once again to our first set of Global Fellows!

- Peter Steinfeld

Pauley Accepted to Pharmacy School

Feb. 11, 2011


BVU senior biology major, Cassandra Pauley, has been accepted to the University of Nebraska College of Pharmacy as a first year student beginning Fall Semester, 2011. Congratulations, Cassandra!

- Melinda Coogan

Clifford A Rae Academic Achievement Award Winners

Feb. 11, 2011


Announced at last fall's Harold Walter Siebens School of Business 25th Anniversary celebration, applications were solicited from among eligible students wishing to compete for the inaugural awards. The 2010 winners, based upon their fall semester's academic performance, have been notified and include: Brianne Sweeden, Jacob Heying, Samantha Lewis, Joseph Pearson, Shelby Bleeker, Kelsey Reitmeier, Seth Lindokken, Kyle Auffert, and Justus McDermott Harris. Congratulations from the Siebens School of Business faculty and entire Buena Vista community.

- Stan Ullerich

Three Students Present at the 30th Annual Conference of the First-Year Experience

Feb. 8, 2011


Please take a moment to congratulate three members of the Orientation Team Executive Board - Mysty Shave, Ryan Marzen, and Sam Brummer - who presented "Without a Doubt: The Footprint Project Brought to Life" at the 30th Annual Conference of the First-Year Experience in Atlanta on February 8. They were part of a BVU delegation (including Jamii Claiborne, Kevin Wagner, Mark Shea, David Evans, and Peter Steinfeld) who presented about the success of The Footprint Project during Orientation.

- Peter Steinfeld

Fitzgerald Secures Rockwell Collins Internship

Feb. 3, 2011


Congratulations to computer science junior Thomas Fitzgerald on being awarded a summer internship with Rockwell Collins in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Thomas will be responsible for the user interface design and programming of software that allows customers to bid on radios and aviation electronics. Well done, Thomas, and good luck!

- Jason Shepherd

Wellendorf Accepts Position With BVU

Feb. 3, 2011


Congratulations to computer science senior Matthew Wellendorf on accepting a position with Buena Vista University as a Programmer/Analyst. Best of luck to you on what will undoubtedly be a successful career in information technology!

- Jason Shepherd

Conference Presentation

Jan. 28, 2011


Dr. Gwen Hart, Assistant Professor of English, will be presenting a paper titled "'Writing is just about the worst thing ever': Metaphors for Failure; Opportunities for Success" at the Student Success in Writing Conference in Savannah, GA.

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International Presentation Award

Jan. 27, 2011


Congratulations to Elizabeth McIntyre, who will be presenting her research entitled "Potential effects of phosphate levels on Odonata diversity in a NW Iowa wetland located in the Raccoon River Watershed" during the Summer 2011 International Society of Wetland Scientists (SWS) Conference to be held in Prague, Czech Republic. Elizabeth is one of 11 students selected for the all-expenses-paid SWS Mentoring award. Additionally, Elizabeth has also been invited to present her research at the annual Raccoon River Watershed Association Conference to be held in Des Moines on March 12.

- Dr. Melinda Coogan

Wen's Paper Wins Research Award

Jan. 26, 2011


A research paper co-authored by Dr. Lei Wen, Associate Professor of Finance at BVU and Dr. Juan (Gloria) Meng, Associate Professor of Marketing at Minnesota State University, Mankato, has won a Research Award from the International Academy of Business and Public Administration Disciplines (IABPAD). The title of the article is "An Empirical Examination of Customer Relationships in Chinese Commercial Banks." The acceptance rate of the research reward at IABPAD conference is 15 percent.

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Kock Accepted to DMU Physical Therapy School

Jan. 20, 2011


The Athletic Training Education Program would like to congratulate senior student Jocelyn Kock on her acceptance to the Doctoral Physical Therapy Program at Des Moines University. Jocelyn will begin her graduate studies this fall in Des Moines. Jocelyn has been a valued student during her time in the athletic training program at BVU and we wish her the best in her future studies.

- Danelle Smith

Professor Works for National Science Foundation

Dec. 20, 2010


Congratulations to Dr. Wind Goodfriend, Associate Professor of Psychology, who has been asked to review grant applications for the National Science Foundation. This is Dr. Goodfriend's fourth year in a row working for the NSF. She will be in Washington, D.C. in mid-February, where she will review hundreds of grant applications written by graduate students, and will help choose which students will receive full scholarships for their programs.

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Flint Accepted to Dental School

Dec. 15, 2010


Jennifer Flint, BVU class of 2010, will begin the pursuit of her Doctor of Dental Science degree at Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine in Downers Grove, Illinois starting in the Fall of 2011. Congratulations, Jenn!

- Melinda Coogan and Brian Lenzmeier

Whitlatch Review Published

Dec. 14, 2010


Dr. Michael Whitlatch has been informed that his review of "Another Part of a Long Story:Literary Traces of Eugene O'Neill and Agnes Boulton" by William King has been published in the December issues of Choice.

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Horpedahl's Article Accepted for Publication

Dec. 13, 2010


Jeremy Horpedahl had an article accepted for publication in the journal "Constitutional Political Economy." The title of the article is "Political exchange and the voting franchise: Universal democracy as an emergent process."

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Scholars Day Grant Awarded to Jema Swanson

Dec. 9, 2010


The Events Committee congratulates Jema Swanson on being awarded the first of the new Scholars Day grants. Jema's project will investigate perceived levels of job satisfaction among athletic trainers in Iowa, and will include research work at Simpson College and Central College. We can look forward to Jema's presentation at Scholars Day on April 15, 2011.

- Matthew Packer

Platt to Intern and Continue Research

Dec. 3, 2010


Senior Allison Platt, a social work major and women's studies minor, has accepted a semester-long spring internship with Myrtue Medical Center in Harlan, Iowa. In addition to her social work duties, Platt as been also asked by the medical center to implement the educational component of her current women's studies capstone research project on domestic violence and music videos. Platt will work with area high school students to build awareness about domestic violence and resources for help.

- Jamii Claiborne

Fashion Internship at Vogue

Dec. 3, 2010


Lindsay Peoples and Sonia Mugabo will be taking part in a January internship with Teen Vogue, the leading fashion magazine for younger audiences. They will be helping the fashion department of the magazine with styling, photo shoots and helping the editors have all they need for their stories. This comes as very exciting news for both as they wish to pursue careers in fashion journalism.

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Mysty Shaver to attend DDS program at the University of Iowa

Dec. 2, 2010


Congratulations to Mysty Shaver for being admitted to the Doctor of Dental Science program at the University of Iowa College of Dentistry, a program that typically admits less than 8 percent of its applicants. Mysty will begin the pursuit of her D.D.S. degree starting next fall.

- Brian Lenzmeier

Paper Accepted for Spring Marketing Conference

Nov. 30, 2010


Siebens School of Business Professors Scott Anderson and Steve Remington, with co-authors W. C. Johnson (Nova Southeastern University) and R.E. Plank (University of South Florida) have had their paper "Computer Self-Efficacy: The Influence of Technology on Salesperson Performance" accepted for presentation at the Spring 2011 Marketing Management Association Conference in Chicago March 2011. Congratulations gentlemen.

- Stan Ullerich

Myers Lands Internship

Nov. 30, 2010


Congratulations to Psychology student Kelsey Myers, who will be doing a January internship with Poweshiek County Mental Health Center in Grinnell. She will be exploring the field of mental health to pursue a future career as a counselor. Great job, Kelsey!

- Wind Goodfriend

Undergraduate Conference Presentations

Nov. 18, 2010


Congratulations to Samantha Frehse, Heather Hanson, Christopher Jones, and Tiffany McClenahan, who presented their work on a panel titled "Cultural Ideology: Class and Gender in Contemporary American Cinema" at the Streamlines Conference in Dubuque, IA. The students crafted powerful multi-media presentations, based on contemporary literary/cultural theory, and received high praise from the conference organizer.

- Annamaria Formichella Elsden

Wen Presents a Research Paper at Conference

Nov. 11, 2010


A research paper co-authored by Dr. Lei Wen, Associate Professor of Finance at BVU and Dr. Juan (Gloria) Meng, Associate Professor of Marketing at Minnesota State University, Mankato, has been accepted for presentation at the International Academy of Business and Public Administration Disciplines (IABPAD) Conference. The conference will be held from January 3-6, 2011 at the Doubletree Castle Hotel in Orlando, Florida. The paper is titled "An Empirical Examination of Customer Relationships in Chinese Commercial Banks." This research paper has also been accepted for publication in the IABPAD Conference Proceedings.

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Psychology Students Publish, One Wins Research Award

Nov. 6, 2010


Congratulations to two recent Psychology alumni, Crystal Avon and Heather Caspers. Both of them have empirical research articles in the most recent issue of "The Journal of Psychological Inquiry." Both papers were completed as a part of Dr. Wind Goodfriend's Research Thesis class. In addition to their publication achievement, Crystal's paper was given then "Elizabeth A. Dahl Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research." Good job, Crystal and Heather! For copies of either paper, email Dr. Goodfriend.

- Psychology Dept.

Professor Presents to International Education Leaders

Nov. 5, 2010


Robbie Ludy, Professor of Special Education, presented to the educational directors of Quality Schools International (QSI) at their fall leadership meeting in Berlin, Germany. Dr. Ludy provided training for the directors of QSI's schools on their changing role in serving students with diverse learning needs. Specifically, she helped them redefine their roles as educational leaders and provided information on how they can assist staff in meeting educational needs of students. QSI consists of 30+ schools internationally which serve children of diplomatic and business families located overseas as well as local individuals.

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BVU Students to present at Streamlines Undergraduate Literature Conference

Nov. 3, 2010


Four BVU English majors have been selected to present papers at the Streamlines Undergraduate Conference Celebrating Language, Literature, and Writing, hosted in Dubuque, Iowa, on November 13 by Clark University, Loras College, and the University of Dubuque. Samantha Frehse, Heather Hanson, Christopher Jones, and Tiffany McClenahan will share their critical interpretations of a select group of films as part of a panel titled "Cultural Ideology: Class and Gender in Contemporary American Cinema." The selection process for this conference was quite competitive and these students should be proud to have their work featured on the program.

- Annamaria Formichella-Elsden & Matthew Packer

URMED Fellowship Winners Announced

Oct. 20, 2010


Congratulations to Michael Dirkx, Grant Turner and Rachael Reicks for being awarded Undergraduate Rural Medicine Education and Development (URMED) fellowships for interim, 2011. These three students were selected from a large pool of highly qualified applicants by a panel of BVRMC doctors and administrators and BVU faculty. Each student will receive a 3 week rural medicine internship experience where they will spend two weeks at BVRMC and one week at a medical center in either Sac City, Pocahontas or Humboldt. The fellowship comes with a $3,000 stipend to help defray the costs of applying to medical school.

- Brian A. Lenzmeier, Ph.D.

AAC&U Conference Proposal Acceptance

Oct. 20, 2010


The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) Network for Academic Renewal Conference to be held March, 2011 in Miami, FL has accepted Dr. Melinda Coogan's presentation proposal for the session entitled Engaged STEM Learning: From Promising to Pervasive Practices.

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URDI Fellowship Winners Announced

Oct. 20, 2010


Congratulations to Mysty Shaver and Marc Legge for being awarded an Undergraduate Rural Dentistry Internship (URDI) fellowship. Each student will receive a 3 week rural dentistry internship experience with local dentists and will receive a $3,000 stipend to help defray the costs of applying to dental school. These awards were funded through a grant from the Delta Dental Foundation.

- Brian A. Lenzmeier, Ph.D.

Education Students Give Conference Presentations

Oct. 18, 2010


Congratulations to Education students Lorena Singh and Christina Walker who presented at the Iowa World Language Association conference in Des Moines together with Dr. Katya Koubek. Their presentations "Becoming a digital language teacher: Experiences from student teaching" and "Working with beginning language learners: What works and what does not!" were well received by world language teachers of Iowa.

- Dr. Katya Koubek

Three Psychology Students in Dream Internship

Oct. 5, 2010


Congratulations to Psychology students Cassie Sinclair, Navneet Sandha, and Keifer Nevius. All three will be spending this January working as interns at the famous Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. They will be working with two doctors, one a Child Psychiatrist and the other a Neuropsychologist. This internship is a great addition to their resumes. The program is now in its third year; future students who are interested should contact Dr. Goodfriend. Good job to these students, who are committed to research and grad school!

- Wind Goodfriend

Texts Reviewed

Oct. 5, 2010


Dr. Mary Gill, Professor of Communication Studies, recently completed reviews for two publishers who are working on beginning Interpersonal Communication texts. She reviewed Interpersonal Communication with Bridgepoint Education, a text designed for an accelerated online interpersonal course and Think Interpersonally: A Guide to Successful Communication with Cengage Learning, a text designed primarily for community college audiences.

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Williams Accepted to Physical Therapy Program

Oct. 1, 2010


Erin Williams, a senior athletic training major, has been accepted to the Doctoral Physical Therapy program at Des Moines University. Erin will begin her graduate studies at DMU in 2011. Congratulations and best wishes for the future from the Athletic Training Department!

- Danelle Smith

Professor and Student Publish Together

Sept. 28, 2010


Congratulations to student Alyssa Kluver and psychology professor Dr. Wind Goodfriend, who have co-authored a paper that was just accepted for publication in the "Journal of Psychological Inquiry." The paper is titled "Children and the Power of Optimism," and studied how asking children to think optimistically temporarily decreases their symptoms of depression and anxiety. The paper was completed as part of Dr. Goodfriend's Research Thesis course, and Alyssa has already presented the work at several conferences. Great job, Alyssa!

- Psychology Dept.

Joni Anderson Earns Doctoral Degree

Sept. 20, 2010


Joni Anderson, Assistant Professor of Management in the Siebens School of Business, recently defended her dissertation "An Examination of College Selection Factors Used by Business Students Who Choose to Attend a Small Midwestern Private College" before the Educational Leadership faculty at Iowa State University. Dr Anderson will formally graduate in December. Congratulations, Joni!

- Stan Ullerich

Students, Faculty, and Staff Present at Conference

Sept. 17, 2010


Five BVU students (Andrea Boyd, Arielle Butler, Durant Freeman, Jr., Jarael Madyun, and Bikash Pandey); two staff members (Ashley Farmer-Hanson and Yorgun Marcel); and one faculty member (Jill Rhea) are presenting a panel at the Iowa Communication Association in Ankeny, IA, on Sept. 24-25. The panel is called "Embracing Diversity--Respecting Culture" and will highlight intercultural programs at BVU, including the highly successful Cultural Leadership Conference held at BVU every spring.

- Jill Rhea

Wen Publishes One Research Paper

Sept. 16, 2010


A research paper co-authored by Dr. Lei Wen, Associate Professor of Finance at BVU and Dr. Litao Zhong, an Assistant Professor of Economics and Finance at St. Charles Community College, Cottleville, Missouri, was accepted for publication in Journal of International Finance and Economics (JIFE). The paper is titled "Interactions of U.S. Interest Rate, Bank Loans and Foreign Exchange Rate between U.S. and Japan." JIFE is a peer-reviewed and publically available journal listed in the Cabell's Directory of Refereed Publications 2005-10 Editions as well as in the Ulrich's International Periodicals Directory since 2004. The JIFE is available online from the EBSCO Publishing and Gale Group/ Thomson Publishing? (IABE). This paper was also accepted for presentation at International Academy of Business and Economics (IABE) Annual Conference, October 17-20, 2010, Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Book Review Published

Sept. 9, 2010


Dr. Michael Whitlatch has received notification that a book review and web site review have been published by Choice. In June, his review of the web site: "Traveling Culture: Circuit Chautauqua in the Twentieth Century' was published. This web cite featuring almost 8,000 items was developed at the University of Iowa. In August his review of Andrew Falk's book: "Upstaging the Cold War: American Dissent and Cultural Diplomacy" was published.

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Lenzmeier Presents Research at National Taiwan University

Sept. 9, 2010


In early August, Brian Lenzmeier delivered the invited seminar "Replication fork stalling and chromosome fragility at unstable DNA sequences in yeast" to faculty, post-docs and graduate students in the Department of Microbiology in the College of Medicine at National Taiwan University in Taipei, Republic of China.

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Student Scholarship Selected for Presentation

Sept. 9, 2010


CPER Students Present Scholarship at State Conference: Congratulations to Lena Yoo (Class of 2010) who has been awarded the "Top Student Paper" at the 2010 Iowa Communication Association's annual conference. Her work, "Wild Geese Families and Commuter Families: Theoretical Considerations of Relational Maintenance of Families in Distance" will be published in the Iowa Communication Journal and will be presented (in absentia) at the 2010 annual conference. Heidi Cejka (Class of 2010) presents her scholarship, "Social Ideologies: A Case Study of the Beautiful and the Beastly Messages Sent to Our Children" as part of the Top Student Papers Panel as well. Katelyn Croker, Emily Einck, Karla Swenson (Class of 2010), Whitney Novotny (Class of 2010) and Steven Ricke will showcase their original scholarship during a separate panel. All panels were competitively selected. These same papers, in an earlier draft, were showcased last April as part of BVU Scholars Day. Please congratulate these students when you see them. The ICA conference is scheduled for Sept 24-25 in Ankeny, IA.

- Beth Lamoureux

Wen Publishes Research Paper

Sept. 6, 2010


A research paper co-authored by Dr. Lei Wen, Associate Professor of Finance at BVU and Dr. Juan (Gloria) Meng, Associate Professor of Marketing at Minnesota State University, Mankato, was accepted for publication in the Review of Business Research (RBR). The paper is titled "The Determinants of Bank Satisfaction Level among Young Chinese Consumers." RBR is a peer-reviewed and publically available journal listed in the Cabell's Directory of Refereed Publications 2003-10 Editions as well as in the Ulrich's International Periodicals Directory since 2002. The RBR is available online from the EBSCO Publishing and Gale Group/ Thomson Publishing (IABE). This paper was also accepted for presentation at International Academy of Business and Economics (IABE) Annual Conference, October 17-20, 2010, Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Haynes Begins Law School

Sept. 3, 2010


Adrienne Haynes, 2010 Management graduate of the Siebens School of Business, was accepted and recently began Law School at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Adrienne also completed the Okoboji Entrepreneurial Institute this past summer.

- Stan Ullerich

Tokmic Begins Graduate Studies

Sept. 3, 2010


Anadin Tokmic, 2010 graduate of the Siebens School of Business and triple major in International Business, Marketing, and Economics has begun his graduate studies at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte. He will be studying Financial Economics. Anadin was selected as BVU Male Senior of the Year for 2009-2010.

- Stan Ullerich

Wittry Accepted to Graduate School

Sept. 3, 2010


Mike Wittry, 2008 Siebens School of Business graduate majoring in Management and Marketing, began graduate school this fall at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte studying Mathematical Finance. Prior to his acceptance at UNC, Mike served as a tutor at Virginia Tech.

- Stan Ullerich

Professor to Present at Conference

Sept. 2, 2010


Congratulations to Dr. Wind Goodfriend, Associate Professor of Psychology; she has been invited to present research at the annual conference for the Society for Personality and Social Psychology. The conference is in San Antonio, Texas in January, and the title of her presentation is "Athletes and sexuality: Are coaches biased against recruiting homosexual athletes?" This research was conducted by Dr. Goodfriend and Trevor Urich, BVU class of 2008.

- Psychology Dept.

Dirkx and Reicks Complete Summer Courses and Internships

Aug. 28, 2010


This summer BVU Juniors Michael Dirkx and Rachael Reicks successfully completed an intensive 3 week Introductory Mandarin Chinese language course and Chinese/Taiwanese culture and history course at Wenzao Ursuline College of Languages in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. After completing their courses they also took part in brief science internship experiences in the laboratories of Dr. Shu-Chun Teng at the National Taiwan University College of Medicine in Taipei and of Dr. Jin-Qiu Zhou at the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Shanghai. Their travel to Taiwan and China was supported in large part by the BVU Cumberland Student Development Award.

- Brian Lenzmeier

Dirkx Presents Research in China

Aug. 28, 2010


BVU Junior Michael Dirkx presented his research "Proline-mediated protection of yeast cells from hydrogen peroxide" in a seminar to other scientists at the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Shanghai, China on August 5, 2010. The research he presented was carried out with a BVU faculty member in the Estelle Siebens Science Center during the summer of 2009 as one of the BVU School of Science Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship winners. His travel to China was supported in part by the BVU Cumberland Student Development Award.

- Brian Lenzmeier

Student Accepted into Ph.D. Program

July 20, 2010


Congratulations to Zach King, senior and double major in Psychology and Philosophy & Religion. Zach has been accepted into the Psychology Ph.D. graduate program at Colorado State University. Great job, Zach!

- Wind Goodfriend

Green Accepted for Chicago Board of Trade Internship

May 26, 2010


Christopher Green has been accepted for a 2010 summer internship with the Linn Group, under the Chicago Board of Trade which is owned by the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. The internship will last 12 weeks from the 24th of May, ending in August.

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Nelson Accepts Position with VT Industries

May 24, 2010


BVU senior computer science major Lucas Nelson has accepted a position with VT Industries of Holstein, Iowa, as a programmer/analyst. Congratulations, Luke, on what will surely be the beginning of a very successful career in information technology!

- Jason Shepherd

Reding Accepts Elite Internship

May 14, 2010


Melody Reding, a junior athletic training major, has been awarded an internship with the J. Robinson Wrestling camps for the summer of 2010. Athletic Training students from around the country are interviewed and then selected to be part of this intensive camp based on their experience while in college and ability to work with high-level high-school athletes. Melody will begin her internship in Minneapolis, Minn. in June and will travel with the camp throughout the midwest and western part of the United States ending in August. Congratulations to Melody for being selected for this opportunity!

- Danelle Smith

Kathman to pursue MFA at Hood College

May 14, 2010


Congratulations to BreAnn Kathman who will pursue her MFA degree in Ceramics at Hood College in Frederick, Maryland. Hood College is best known for their Graduate Ceramics program.

- Mary Mello-Nee

Schweller to Give Talk at Primatology Meeting

May 14, 2010


Dr. Ken Schweller, professor of Computer Science and Psychology, will give a talk at the June meeting of the American Society of Primatologists in Louisville, KY. He will be talking about the use of Lexigram boards with chimpanzees and bonobos.

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Summer Internships Awarded

May 11, 2010


Congratulations to the following BVU students who have been selected for summer, 2010 internship positions: Matthew Struchen with the Blackhawk Wildlife Unit of the IDNR, Joshua Dahlin with the Keepers of the Land Unit of the IDNR, and Joseph Pearson with the BV County Conservation Board's Summer Internship.

- Melinda Coogan

Carrie New Lands Guthrie Theatre Internship

May 10, 2010


Carrie New, a senior Arts Management major, has received an internship at the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis. Carrie will be working in the Development Department, helping with research for donors, working with the ticketing, donations and computer programming. She will also be assisting in planning special events at the Guthrie. The Guthrie is one of the top regional theatres in the United States and has one of the most competitive internship programs in the country.

- Michael Whitlatch

Leinen Accepts Position with Farm Bureau

May 6, 2010


Following graduation, BVU senior computer science major Adam Leinen will be joining Farm Bureau of West Des Moines, Iowa, as a Java programmer. Congratulations, Adam, and best wishes on what will surely be a very successful career!

- Jason Shepherd

Junior Computer Science Students Secure Summer Internships

May 6, 2010


BVU junior computer science students Travis Kuster and Matthew Wellendorf have accepted internships for this summer. Travis will be working at Schwan's in Marshall, MN, as a software engineering intern. Matthew has been invited to return to Solutions, Inc., in Spencer, IA, where he previous interned during the January interim term. Congratulations, Travis and Matthew!

- Jason Shepherd

Media Students Receive Award of Achievement From IMPA

May 5, 2010


The University Cable Network's production AmerICON: An Iconic Landscape received an Award of Achievement in the Student Production - College Documentary Category at the 2010 Iowa Motion Picture Association (IMPA) Awards in Des Moines on Saturday, May 1st. The student producers for AmerICON: An Iconic Landscape were the students in the 2009 Spring Electronic Media Production class and they are Kyle French, Mark Haugen, Darren Johnson, Christie Johnson, Grant Pedersen, Savi Tai and Lena Yoo. AmerICON profiled the Storm Lake Lighthouse, Audubon's Albert the Bull and Pocahontas' Indian Princess.

- Jerry Johnson

Social Work Students Accepted into Graduate School

May 5, 2010


The following three senior social work students have been accepted into Graduate Schools of Social Work following graduation. Chantel Croghan has been accepted into the MSW Program at University of Nebraska at Omaha. Andre Wagner has been accepted into the MSW Program at Fordham University. Wendy Zeledon has been accepted into the MSW Program at University of Northern Iowa. Congratulations and best wishes to all three. Kathryn McKinley, Program Director

- Kathryn McKinley

Professor and Student Publish Together

May 2, 2010


Congratulations to Assistant Professor Wind Goodfriend and psychology student Chase Barrick - they have written a book chapter together which was just accepted for publication. The chapter, titled "The Dark Defender," will be published in the book "The Psychology of Dexter," out this summer. The chapter discusses Freudian defense mechanisms used by characters in the Showtime TV show Dexter. This is Dr. Goodfriend's fifth chapter in the series of books on Psychology of Pop Culture, and the first she has co-written with a student.

- Psychology Dept.

Congratulations to Chase Wu

May 2, 2010


Congratulations to Chase Wu, 2002 BVU alum and C&A School Secretary, who has been accepted into both the Iowa State University and North Dakota University's MFA program in Art. Good job and we wish you luck in your tough decision.

- Mary Mello-Nee

Computer Science Students Present Program to Ape Trust

May 2, 2010


Alex Pelelo and Ellen Hartstack traveled to Simpson College on May 1 to attend a conference on "Bonobo Human Discourse" sponsored by the Great Ape Trust of Iowa. At the meeting they presented a talk on "Creating Computer Storybooks for Bonobos" and demonstrated to ape researchers the program they had written.

- Ken Schweller

Psychology Students Present at Conference

May 2, 2010


Congratulations to all the Psychology students who attended and presented at the Midwestern Psychological Association conference in Chicago April 30th. The students who traveled to Chicago were: Arielle Butler, Jalaal Madyun, Desmond Owusu, Alyssa Kluver, Melissa Huntley, Renee Fagen, Kelsey Crowder, Ian LaForge, Jerica Wild, Sarah Maslonka, and Abby Davis.

- Psychology Dept.

Lockwood Accepted to Graduate School at St. Ambrose

April 28, 2010


Aaron Lockwood, a senior in Criminology and Criminal Justice, has been accepted into the Master of Criminal Justice program at St. Ambrose University. He will begin classes this summer.

- Neal McNabb

Professional Presentation

April 26, 2010


The following psychology students presented their research at the Minnesota Undergraduate Psychology Conference which was held, Saturday, April 24, at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota: Jalaal Madyun, Melissa Huntley, Abby Davis, Robert Elmore, Stacie Lawson, Amanda Roder, Kelsey Meyers, Jess Christensen, Justine McGarvey, Kate Staiert, Arrielle Butler, Desmond Owusa, Ian LaForge, Renee Fagen, Alyssa Kluver, Kelsey Crowder. Congratulations to you all!

- Jeanne B. Tinsley

Aaron Lockwood Takes First Place at Iowa Sociological Association Annual Meeting

April 26, 2010


Aaron Lockwood, a senior in Criminology and Criminal Justice, took first place in the academic poster competition at the Iowa Sociological Association Annual Meeting on April 24th. This poster is the result of original research conducted this spring. Aaron conducted a content analysis of the last statements of death row offenders in Texas between 2000-2010 using a framework of Terror Management Theory (TMT). The goal of this research was to expand upon a previously used coding scheme in an effort to better understand how those facing execution use specific defense mechanisms to avoid thinking about their impending death and instead leave one last impression on the world about who they are.

- Neal McNabb

BVU Students at Okoboji Entrepreneurship Institute in August

April 21, 2010


Senior Adrienne Haynes, and juniors Dan Mikels, Samantha Lewis and Brett Malone have been selected to represent Buena Vista University at the Okoboji Entrepreneurship Institute at Iowa Lakeside Laboratory on West Okoboji this August. The students will be learning alongside students from Iowa's regent institutions through business simulations, new business start ups, and venture capital competitions. Assistant Professor of Management Joni Anderson serves as a faculty member along with northwest area business leaders.

- Stan Ullerich

Veolia-Storm Lake Water Quality Research Scholarship

April 19, 2010


Congratulations to Cassandra Pauley, who is the 2010 recipient of the $500 Veolia-Storm Lake Water Quality Research Scholarship. Cassandra, a junior biology major, is currently researching Bisphenol A (a suspected endocrine disruptor) effects on fathead minnows at environmentally-relevant concentrations, which was the subject of her proposal.

- Melinda Coogan

Iowa Academy of Science Student Presentations

April 19, 2010


Congratulations to the following students who, following abstract acceptance, presented research results during the 122 Annual Meeting of the Iowa Academy of Science held at Graceland University, April 16-17: Alex Abel, Loren Baldus, Shane Clune, Ashley Donkersloot, Keith Foreman, Zane Gernhart, Alyssa Hudnall, Puru Lamichhane, Brandyn Rathman, Calli Reiling, and Rhonda Wemark.

- Melinda Coogan

Bolton Awarded Graduate Assistantship

April 19, 2010


Britney Bolton, a senior athletic training student, has been awarded a Graduate Assistant position at South Dakota State University. Britney has been accepted into the Master of Science program for Health, Physical Education and Recreation with an emphasis in Sport Pedagogy for the Fall 2010 semester. She will be working as an Athletic Training Graduate Assistant with the baseball and swimming teams at SDSU. Congratulations on your acceptance and position!

- Danelle Smith

Coogan Invited to Join Expert Panel

April 19, 2010


Dr. Melinda Coogan has been invited to join the Raccoon River Basin Water Quality Master Plan Expert Panel, along with 19 other state of Iowa natural resource specialists, to work toward plan implementation for restoration and maintenance of a sustainable watershed. The panel was selected in response to the USDA-initiated $320 million financial assistance for voluntary projects in priority watersheds as part of the Mississippi River Basin Healthy Watersheds Initiatives.

- N/A

Schaechterle's Short Story Wins "Best of" Award

April 16, 2010


Inez Schaechterle's short story "Passing Down," published in CTHULHU UNBOUND V.2 (available in the BVU library) received Honorable Mention in editor Ellen Datlow's Best Horror of 2009 list, along with stories by such notables as Joyce Carol Oates and Stephen King.

- N/A

Book Review Published

April 15, 2010


Dr. Michael Whitlatch, Professor of Theatre, has been informed that his review of "From Winning the Vote to Directing on Broadway: The Emergence of Women on the New York Stage, 1880-1927," by Pamela Corbin has been published in the April issue of Choice.

- N/A

BV County Photo On Exhibit at Sioux City Art Center

April 13, 2010


A panorama of Buena Vista Country goes on display in the main gallery of the Sioux City Art Center beginning April 29. The 20 by 33 inch panorama, entitled "520th West of M50," will be displayed in the gallery with other art pieces published in this year's Briar Cliff Review. The photograph is from a series on Buena Vista County by Bruce Ellingson, professor of Media Studies at Buena Vista University. Ellingson has more than a dozen of his large-scale panoramas on display in Storm Lake at the United Community Health Center and at Methodist Manor. "520th West of M50" is from his ongoing photographic series, which documents the rural areas of Buena Vista County and Storm Lake.

Ellingson has been granted a sabbatical from Buena Vista University this fall and will be touring national parks west of the Mississippi to continue his large-scale panoramic photography. His images can be seen at his flickr website:www.flickr.com/photos/bruceellingson/. A Gallery Reception will begin at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 29 at the Sioux City Art Center to view the artwork of this year's Briar Cliff Review. The artwork will be on display at the Art Center until July 3.

- N/A

Janssen Accepts Position with QCI

April 9, 2010


BVU senior computer science major Allison Janssen has accepted a position with QCI, a technology consulting firm based in Des Moines, Iowa. Allison will be serving QCI's clients as a software consultant. Congratulations, Allison, on the beginning of what will be a very successful career in the field of software engineering!

- Jason Shepherd

Hartstack Awarded INTERPOL Internship

April 9, 2010


BVU junior computer science major Ellen Hartstack has been awarded a summer-long internship with INTERPOL - US National Central Bureau in Washington, D.C. Ellen will be assigned to one of INTERPOL's six divisions including the Alien and Fugitive Investigative Division, the Drug Investigative Division. the Economic Crimes Investigative Division, the INTERPOL Operations and Command Center, the Terrorism and Violent Crimes Division, or the State and Local Police Liaison Division Congratulations, Ellen!

- Jason Shepherd

Michael Bahr Presents "Truman at War" Paper

April 7, 2010


Michael Bahr, senior political science major from Iowa Falls, presented a paper at the "Truman at War" conference held at the Truman Presidential Library and Museum in Independence, Mo. on April 2. Michael wrote his paper, "A Time of Decisions: Truman, FDR and the policy of Unconditional Surrender," for his History 390 class on America and the World Wars, taught by Dr. William Feis, professor of history. Michael was the only undergraduate student to attend the conference, which was primarily for graduate students and Truman scholars. Congratulations, Michael.

- N/A

Senior Athletic Training Student Receives Graduate Assistantship

April 6, 2010


Adam Duerksen, a senior athletic training major, has been accepted to the Masters Program for Kinesiology at Kansas State University in Manhattan, KS. Adam will begin his studies in the Fall of 2010. Adam has also been awarded a Graduate Assistantship at Kansas State University where he will be working with students at the Health and Fitness center on campus. Congratulations Adam!

- Danelle Smith

Loren Baldus to Pursue Doctor of Optometry

April 6, 2010


Congratulations to Loren Baldus. He has chosen to pursue a Doctor of Optometry Degree at the Michigan College of Optometry at Ferris State University in Big Rapids, MI.

- Brian Lenzmeier

Schaechterle's Fiction Published

April 5, 2010


Inez Schaechterle's second short fiction sale, titled "Down Under the Underworld, Birdies Sing," is now available at the online fantasy magazine The Lorelei Signal: www.loreleisignal.com/Underworld.html It will also appear in their companion print magazine.

- N/A

Reiling to Pursue Ph.D. at UNMC

April 5, 2010


Congratulations to Cali Reiling. She was admitted to the Ph.D. program in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, NE. She was awarded a full tuition waiver and will receive a research stipend for the duration of her Ph.D. studies.

- Brian Lenzmeier

Desmond Owusu Accepted into Masters Program

April 5, 2010


Congratulations to senior Desmond Owusu, Biology major and Psychology minor. Desmond has been accepted into the Chicago School of Professional Psychology for his Masters Degree. Good job, Desmond!

- Wind Goodfriend

Disney College Program Cast Member

March 26, 2010


Congratulations Casa! Casa Lynn was selected to participate as a Photopass Photographer Cast Member on the Disney College Program in the Fall Advantage 2010 Season. This is a valuable experience for Casa. This program will allow her to gain academically-oriented work experience - the kind that provides participants in any major with the tools they need to compete effectively in today's job market.

- Jerry Johnson

Petersen Wins Summer Microbiology Research Fellowship

March 26, 2010


Congratulations to Joe Petersen for being selected to participate in the 2010 Microbiology Summer Undergraduate Research Program at the University of Iowa. He will receive a $4,000 stipend and free room and board for this intensive 10-week research experience.

- Brian Lenzmeier

Lamichhane to Pursue Ph.D. at Mayo Clinic

March 26, 2010


Congratulations to Puru Lamichhane for being admitted to the Ph.D. program in Molecular Medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. Puru will carry out his studies in the Virology and Gene Therapy program. This program admits less than 1% of its applicants and Puru will receive a full tuition waiver and be paid a $26,700 per year stipend.

- Brian Lenzmeier

Professor and Student Publish Together

March 25, 2010


Congratulations to Dr. Wind Goodfriend, Assistant Professor of Psychology, and Heather Caspers, Class of 2008 Alumna. A paper they wrote together has been accepted for publication in the peer-reviewed "Journal of Psychological Inquiry." The paper's title is "Victim impact statements, aggravating vs. mitigating circumstances, and juror attitudes in a capital sentencing decision." The study was an experimental design and measured how different kinds of courtroom evidence impact juror decision making in a fictional murder trial. For a copy of the paper, email Dr. Goodfriend.

- Psychology Dept.

Coogan Invited to Present Antimicrobial Research

March 19, 2010


Dr. Melinda Coogan has been invited to present results from her recent publications on antimicrobial bioaccumulation at ISU's Water Monitoring Conference entitled "Monitoring for the Next Decade," April 9, 2010.

- N/A

Lamoureux To Serve As Guest Critic

March 19, 2010


Dr. Beth Lamoureux has been invited to serve as a Guest Critic at the Iowa High School Speech Association's annual All-State Speech Festival, held March 28, 2010, on the campus of the University of Northern Iowa.

- N/A

Gernhart to attend Ph.D. program

March 16, 2010


Congratulations to Zane Gernhart, a senior Chemistry major who will attend the Ph.D. program in Chemistry at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in the fall of 2010. Zane will receive a yearly stipend and his tuition costs will be waived for the duration of his degree program.

- Brian Lenzmeier

Emily Nielsen awarded Mayo Fellowship

March 11, 2010


Congratulations to Emily Nielsen for being selected by the Mayo Clinic for their Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program. She was one of 80 students selected from over 1,000 applicants for this intensive 10 week research experience. She will be working in the laboratory of molecular medicine director and BVU trustee Dr. Stephen Russell and will be paid $5,000 for her experience.

- Brian Lenzmeier

Knutson and Jackson Selected as Science Research Winners

March 11, 2010


Congratulations to BVU science students Jessi Knutson and Robin Jackson on their selection as this year's BVU Summer Science Research winners. Through this funded experience, BVU science majors have the opportunity to propose and carry out research under the direction of a BVU School of Science faculty mentor. Knutson will be working with Dr. James Hampton on heterologous proteins in orchids, and Jackson will work with Dr. Melinda Coogan to study the effects of atrazine on hepatocytes. Congratulations to these students and their project supervisors.

- Benjamin B. Donath

Cassandra Pauley Awarded Eppley Cancer Research Fellowship

March 11, 2010


Congratulations to Cassandra Pauley. She was awarded a highly competitive summer undergraduate research fellowship in the Eppley Cancer Research Institute at the University of Nebraska Omaha Medical Center. Cassandra will be paid $4,000 for this 10 week research internship this summer.

- Brian Lenzmeier

Samantha Narveson Earns District Scholarship

March 8, 2010


Junior athletic training student Samantha Narveson has been awarded the Mid-American Athletic Training Association's (MAATA) Undergraduate Scholarship for 2010. Samantha earned this scholarship intended to further the advancement of education for athletic training students based on her academic and practical successes while at BVU. She will be presented this award at the MAATA's Spring Symposium held on March 27-28 in Columbia, Missouri. Samantha will also be presenting original research during this symposium. Congratulations to Samantha on her achievement.

- Danelle Smith

Athletic Training Students to Present Research at District Convention

March 8, 2010


Samantha Narveson and Erin Williams, both junior athletic training students, have been selected to present at the Mid-America Athletic Training Association (MAATA) Spring Symposium held in Columbia, Missouri on March 27-28. The MAATA symposium brings health professionals from seven states together to learn about advances in athletic training and health education. Erin Williams has been selected to present her research on Sensory-Motor Control in Chronic Ankle Instability. Erin has completed an intraship at BVU where she presented her findings and developed a portion of the ankle exercise program in place for use with the current student-athletes. Samantha Narveson has been selected to present on two topics for this event. She is presenting research related to Blood pH Levels After Intensive Anaerobic Exercise based on an intraship she completed this fall. She is also presenting a Meta-Analysis of Range of Motion as well as the Body's Adaptation to Extended Time Spent in Functional Positions. The athletic training education program wants to extend their congratulations to both Erin and Samantha on their hard work and selection to speak at this symposium.

- Danelle Smith

Ludy to Present about Sensory Integration

March 5, 2010


Robbie Ludy, Professor of Special Education, has received notice of her acceptance to present her work this summer in Riga, Latvia. Dr. Ludy presentation "Facilitating Sensory Integration in the Classroom: Practical Points for Educators" will be a part of an international conference on inclusive practices sponsored by the Division of International Special Education Services of the Council for Exceptional Children. She will travel to Latvia in July to make her presentation and will extend her time there to work with Latvian educators.

- N/A

Packer Wins Raven Foundation Essay Contest

March 1, 2010


Dr. Matthew Packer has won this year's Raven Foundation Essay Contest for his article "Better at Being American than America: The Chinese Copy, Too--Like We Do." The prize covers travel to this summer's annual conference of the Colloquium on Violence and Religion where Dr. Packer will present the paper. The essay highlights the cultural mimicry and economic rivalry growing between the United States and China.

- N/A

Review by Whitlatch Published

Feb. 24, 2010


Dr. Michael Whitlatch, Professor of Drama, has been notified that his review of "Communism in Hollywood:the Moral Paradoxes of Testimony, Silence, and Betrayal" has been published in the February issue of Choice. Dr. Whitlatch has also been informed that two books he reviewed last year were selected as Outstanding Academic Titles for 2009. The two books are: Marc Robinson's "The American Play: 1787-2000," and Reynold Humphries', "Hollywood's Blacklists: A Political and Cultural History."

- N/A

Snyder to Present Research

Feb. 22, 2010


Sydney Snyder, recipient of the 2009 Raccoon River Watershed Association (RRWA) Research and Education Grant, and faculty sponsor Dr. Melinda Coogan have been invited to present the results of their summer 2009 research at the annual RRWA meeting to be held in Des Moines on March 6. Sydney, who was assisted by BVU senior biology major, Jennifer Flint, used a volunteer wetland assessment protocol developed by Coogan to train six Storm Lake AVID students and one Alta High School student on wetland data collection and analysis. Wetland assessments continued throughout the summer to include investigations of Long Pond and Snake Creek Marsh near Des Moines, with the assistance of BVU senior Joe Vandyke and three BVU alumni, Todd Wical, currently attending medical school at Des Moines University, Brook Krings, and Josh Abel, both of whom are currently attending graduate school at Western Illinois University. The final component of the summer grant included a biweekly assessment of Storm Lake’s nutrient and algal composition completed by BVU senior Kelli Turnquist. All students involved with the summer 2009 projects will be attending the RRWA conference to present research results

- Melinda Coogan

Hauswirth to pursue D.V.M.

Feb. 17, 2010


Congratulations to BVU senior biology major Aubrey Hauswirth for being admitted to the Iowa State University Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program.

- N/A

Lembke to pursue D.V.M.

Feb. 17, 2010


Congratulations to BVU senior biology major Dana Lembke for being admitted to the Iowa State University Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program.

- Brian Lenzmeier

Kruckenberg to attend Doctor of Optometry Program

Feb. 17, 2010


Congratulations to BVU senior biology major Megan Kruckenberg. She will attend the University of Houston Doctor of Optometry program beginning next fall.

- N/A

Nicholson to attend medical school

Feb. 17, 2010


Congratulations to BVU senior biology major Matt Nicholson. He will attend medical school next fall at Des Moines University.

- Brian Lenzmeier

Kumar Accepted to Five European Graduate Programs

Feb. 16, 2010


Congratulations to BVU senior Ravi Kumar who has been accepted to five different graduate programs in the UK. He'll be deciding between University College London's program in Democracy and Democratization; King's College of London's program in Politics, Globalization and Environment; University of London's program in Environment Law and Sustainable Development; The University of York's program in Conflict, Governance and Development; and The University of Manchester's program in Environment and Development. Congratulations on this impressive achievement, Ravi!

- Jamii Claiborne

Athletic Training Student Receives Research Internship

Feb. 14, 2010


Nolan Wright, a senior athletic training major, has been awarded an internship at the American Sports Medicine Institute in Birmingham, Alabama beginning in May 2010. Nolan will be participating in research with Dr. Glenn Flesig and will be focusing on working with the upper extremity during his time at the institute. The Athletic Training Education Program would like to congratulate Nolan on his internship and wish him the best of luck this summer.

- Danelle Smith

Crowder Accepted to Iowa State University

Feb. 10, 2010


Congratulations to Kelsey Crowder on her acceptance into the doctoral program in Human Development and Family Studies at Iowa State University.

- Psychology Faculty

BVU Faculty Member Publishes Peer-reviewed Paper

Feb. 10, 2010


Dr. Shu-Chun Teng and colleagues in the College of Medicine at National Taiwan University collaborated with Dr. Brian A. Lenzmeier to publish the paper "Direct Interaction between Utp8p and Utp9p Contributes to rRNA Processing in Budding Yeast" in the peer-reviewed journal "Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications."

- N/A

Marean Interns in Washington, DC

Feb. 8, 2010


Lindsey Marean, BVU senior, is spending her spring semester interning in Washington, DC, with Accordia Global Health Foundation, a non-profit organization that works to fight infectious diseases in Africa. The foundation has a partnership with the Infectious Diseases Institute in Kampala, Uganda, to educate African students to have careers in health care. Lindsey is working as a communications intern for the semester as part of her participation in The Washington Center program. Congrats, Lindsey!

- Jamii Claiborne

Kumar Publishes Article

Feb. 8, 2010


Congratulations to BVU senior Ravi Kumar whose opinion article titled "Nepal: Cultivating Courageous Citizenship" has been published in The Telegraph Weekly, Nepal's leading academic newspaper. Kumar's article can be read at this link: http://telegraphnepal.com/news_det.php?news_id=7118. Well done, Ravi!

- Jamii Claiborne

Evans Completes Fellowship

Feb. 8, 2010


BVU senior Carly Evans spent her December break and January Interim engaged in her Rollins Fellowship experience. She served as an intern at Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park in Calga Australia, a park dedicated to the preservation of rare and endangered Australian animals and plants. Carly lived and worked at the park, serving in many capacities, including as a graphic designer working on several educational projects. For instance, she created all new signage for the park as well as posters and other materials to educate the public about the dangers of a proposed sand mine next to the park. Congratulations, Carly!

- Jamii Claiborne

ROTC Scholarship

Jan. 20, 2010


Congratulations to Brady Hannula who was earned a 3.5 year full ROTC Scholarship this week.

- CPT Gledhill

Hauser Publishes Research in Inorganic Chemistry

Jan. 19, 2010


Dr. Melanie Hauser recently published an article entitled "Calcium Complexation by Corticosteroids" in Inorganic Chemistry, an American Chemical Society journal. This article is based on research that Dr. Hauser did as a graduate student examining the binding ratios and affinity of cortisone and hydrocortisone to calcium ions.

- N/A

Student Awarded Summer Internship

Jan. 14, 2010


Samantha Narveson, a junior athletic training major from Chatfield, Minnesota has been awarded a summer internship through the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Samantha will be working with high school athletes in a variety of sporting activities and will be working under the direction of the UW-Whitewater Athletic Training staff. Congratulations to Samantha on being selected for this summer-long internship.

- Danelle Smith
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