Apr. 27, 2013
Buena Vista University honored over 200 students for outstanding accomplishments in academics and leadership at the annual Student Recognition Dinner on April 27.
Many students receiving leadership awards also received academic honors. The keynote speaker of the event was Dr. Jill Rhea, associate professor of communication studies, whose remarks were entitled: "You're on Top of the World... What Now?"
Among the honors were the two "Senior of the Year" awards presented by the BVU National Alumni Association. The students selected were Serena Geisinger, a biology major from Lawton, and Seth Lindokken, a mathematics major from Sibley. Serena will be attending dental school at the University of Iowa this fall. Seth will attend the University of Nebraska in the fall to earn his PhD in mathematics. Other finalists were Kimberly Perez, a biochemistry major from Brownsville, Texas, and Brian Broll, a mathematics education major from Waconia, Minn. Kimberly will pursue a PhD in immunology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. Brian has been accepted to the PhD program in computer science at Vanderbilt University and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Many students were recognized for academic excellence; membership in Alpha Chi, the honor society which recognizes scholarship in all disciplines; Who's Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities, which recognizes students for academic achievement and leadership; and Senior Awards for each of BVU's five schools. Students who were awarded gift assistance provided by donors for internships, research and travel opportunities were also recognized as well as the top 10 percent of students at BVU's Graduate & Professional Studies (GPS) locations; members of the Student Senate; and the presidents of 50 student organizations.
The following special academic awards and recognition were announced:
Kellyn Arnold, a senior corporate mathematics major from Minnetonka, Minn.; Serena Geisinger, a junior biology major from Lawton; Caitlin Hof, a junior a biology, chemistry and psychology triple major from Yankton, S.D.; Jacklyn Johnson, a senior biology major from Litchfield, Minn.; Michael Keane, a senior biology and chemistry double major from Panama; Zachary King, a senior psychology and philosophy/religion double major from Yankton, S.D.; Allison Kirchgatter, a senior biology major from Anthon; Miguel Munoz-Gomez, a senior biology and Spanish double major from Storm Lake; Kimberly Nelson, a senior English major from Garnavillo; Laura Page, a junior biology major from Hutchinson, Kan.; Alex Paine, a senior biology major from Storm Lake; Lindsey Peterson, a history and political science double major from Alta; Grace Sullivan, a senior biology and psychology double major from Yankton, S.D.; and Tara Van Surksum, a senior chemistry major from Hull. This program adds depth to the learning experience through specialized courses, scholarly dialogue and extensive research projects in collaboration with experienced faculty mentors.
Joshua Fortmann, a sophomore biology major from Cedar Rapids; Meghan Harmening, a sophomore corporate mathematics and finance & banking double major from Marshall, Minn.; Kayla Lohse, a sophomore corporate communications and Spanish double major from Spirit Lake; Carolyn McDermott, a freshman biology and chemistry double major from Lincoln, Neb.
Miranda Wallace, a sophomore biology major from Carman, Ill.; and Austin Wegner-Groth, a freshman physics major from Toledo. This competitive academic program provides students with a global perspective of human environmental impact and creative methods at the forefront of sustainable development.
Kyle Auffert, a senior accounting major from Clarinda; Austin Bales, sophomore marketing major from Onawa; Michael Boyle, a junior marketing and corporate math double major from Perry; Adam Drees, a junior management information systems and computer science double major from Grinnell; Justus McDermott-Harris, a senior economics and public administration double major from Boone; Amanda Jamtgaard, a junior accounting and finance & banking double major from Ireton; Samantha Kavan, a sophomore finance & banking major from Storm Lake; Ashley Lage, a sophomore management and marketing double major from Manning; and Roseanna Storbakken, a senior management and Spanish double major from Sibley. An endowment from the foundations established by the late Dr. Harold Walter Siebens support these annual awards for nine pre-qualified, high-performing BVU business majors each academic year.
Jennifer Galm, a senior art major from Storm Lake. This award is presented to art students to assist in accomplishing an art project, art-related experience or internship that will enrich their artistic future.
Nicole Nee, a senior history major from Spencer. This award is presented to a student for outstanding work in fine arts. The award purchases a work by the artist for the BVU art collection.
Meghan Harmening, a sophomore corporate mathematics and finance & banking double major from Marshall, Minn. This award recognizes an outstanding freshman who demonstrated potential for leadership during the 2012-13 academic year.
Ian Korpel, a junior political science and public administration double major from Iowa City.
This award recognizes a pre-law student for outstanding scholarship and contribution to the pre-law atmosphere at BVU.
Hannah Puderbaugh, a junior English and communication studies double major from Peru. This award provides support for off-campus internships for students with recognized potential for leadership and accomplishments.
Caitlin Hof, a junior a biology, chemistry and psychology triple major from Yankton, S.D.
This award enhances opportunities for special academically talented students in the areas of internships, off-campus and foreign semesters and foreign trips.
Anne Reiva, a junior history major from Sioux City. This award is for the student who writes the best research paper during the academic year.
Faith Prichard, a junior communication studies major from Northfield, Minn.; Irma Ramirez Villa, a senior history and Spanish double major from Schaller; Brandy Zumbach, a senior graphic design major from Coggon. This award is for female students from all academic disciplines who are interested in leadership development.
Stephanie Hayden (Storm Lake campus), a junior accounting and management-sports management double major from Prairie City; and Dan Juhl (GPS), a senior criminology and criminal justice, distributive human services double major from Mason City. These students will assist the faculty marshal during the 2013 Commencement and Founders' Day ceremonies.
Gregory and Kathy Walton, parents of Gwendolyn Walton, a junior psychology major from Granger. This award is given to parents whose qualities include support and dedication toward their student's pursuits.
The following special leadership awards were also announced:
Ashley Rogers, a senior biochemistry major from Denison; and Seth Lindokken, a mathematics major from Sibley. This award recognizes two students who have made significant contributions to the quality of life on campus and have demonstrated exemplary leadership skills and attributes.
Gladiola Esparza, a senior Spanish and psychology double major from Worthington, Minn.
This honor recognizes a junior student for his or her contribution to campus life.
Sara Kaiden, a freshman mathematics and environmental science double major from Cedar Rapids; and Tyler Klobassa, a junior computer science/information technology major from Nashua. This award recognizes two students who have made positive contributions to the community life in the residence halls.
Alexis Wiltgen, a senior elementary education major from Le Mars. This award recognizes students who demonstrate a commitment to helping fellow classmates and/or who have volunteered in the Storm Lake community.
Brady Stier, a junior exercise science-sports management major from Austin, Minn. This honor recognizes students for outstanding volunteer service to BVU, their community and church.
Meghan Harmening, a sophomore corporate mathematics and finance & banking double major from Marshall, Minn. This award recognizes an outstanding freshman who has demonstrated potential for leadership during the 2011-12 academic year.