Past Achievements

 Taylor Prather Accepts Employment

July 5, 2018

Taylor Prather, 2018 Social Work graduate, has accepted employment as a substance abuse counselor with New Opportunities Inc. in Guthrie Center, Iowa. Taylor will begin her new position July 9, 2018. Congratulations Taylor!

Social Work Department

 CONGRATULATIONS

June 19, 2018

Congrstulations to Mariah Trettin, who has accepted a teaching position with the Cedar Rapids Community School District. She will be teaching elementary ESL. Best wishes to you, Mariah!

School of Education

 CONGRATULATIONS

June 14, 2018

Congratulations to Mackensey Radke, who has accepted a teaching position with Dakota Valley School District in North Sioux City, SD. Mackensey will be teaching 4th grade and may take on some coaching responsibilities. Best wishes, Mackensey! 😊

School of Education

 Kragelund Accepts Employment

June 14, 2018

Alyssa Kragelund has accepted employment with the Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation in Spencer, Iowa. She is now the Coordinator of Administration and Communication for the Corridor, and will be assisting the team in marketing and administrative efforts. Congratulations, Alyssa!

 CONGRATULATIONS

June 13, 2018

Congratulations to Sydney Berends, who has accepted a teaching position with Garner-Hayfield-Ventura Community School District in Garner, Iowa. Sydney will be teaching high school social studies. She will also take on the additional responsibilities of coaching 8th grade basketball, and will be the sponsor of Student Council. Best wishes to you, Sydney!

School of Education

 Psychology Professor Co-Edits Book

June 6, 2018

Dr. Wind Goodfriend, professor of psychology and assistant dean of graduate programs, has been invited to be the co-editor of the upcoming book Westworld Psychology: Violent Delights. The book is the next edition in a series of titles related to psychology and pop culture; this one features the popular HBO show "Westworld." Goodfriend will co-edit with her colleague Travis Langley, and she will also write several chapters for the volume. Westworld Psychology is scheduled to be published in November 2018 by Sterling. The entire series of books is available online and is featured in Barnes & Noble stores across the country.

Psychology Dept.

 CONGRATULATIONS

May 30, 2018

Congratulations to Jessica Leeper, who has accepted a teaching position with Storm Lake Community School District. She will be teaching 5th grade English/Language Arts at Storm Lake Middle School. Jessica has been serving as a long-term substitute ELA teacher at East Sac High School in Lake View, Iowa this past semester. Best wishes to you, Jessica!

School of Education

 CONGRATULATIONS

May 30, 2018

Congratulations to Baily Wiltgen, who has accepted a position with the South O'Brien Community School District in Primghar, Iowa. She will be teaching 5th and 6th grade Reading and English/Language Arts. She will also be coaching junior high volleyball, and will be the assistant coach for varsity girls basketball. Best wishes to you, Baily!

School of Education

 Publication

May 29, 2018

Dr. Riner was co-author of a chapter appearing inThe Wiley Handbook on Violence in Education: Forms Factors and Prevention titled Short School Based Interventions to Reduce Violence: A review. The chapter reviewed the successes and failures of previously implemented school-based brief interventions designed to reduce violent behaviors and enhance behaviors that are associated with academic success. The handbook was published on 4-20-2018.

 

Criminology/ Criminal Justice Program

 K-8 Physical Education Teacher

May 29, 2018

I have accepted a job at Bishop Heelan Catholic Schools in Sioux City IA for the upcoming school year! I will be teaching physical Education grades K-8.

 Eden Keller Accepts Employment

May 26, 2018

Eden Keller, Senior Social Work student, has accepted employment as a Behavioral Health Intervention Specialist at Midwest Christian Services in Peterson, IA. Eden will begin working immediately after graduation. Congratulations Eden!

Social Work Department

 CONGRATULATIONS

May 21, 2018

Congratulations to Lisa Craig, who has accepted a teaching position with the Round Lake - Brewster School District in southern Minnesota. She will be teaching 3rd grade. Best wishes, Lisa!

School of Education

 Graduate School Acceptance

May 21, 2018

Cody Sexton recently was accepted into graduate school at University of South Dakota. He will be pursuing a master's degree in Sports Management. Congratulations Cody!

Exercise Science

 Employment Accepted

May 21, 2018

Congratulations to Cody Sexton for accepting a position as the Sports Performance Director at CNOS in Dakota Dunes. He will be working with local high schools as Director of Athletic Performance.

Exercise Science

 Hilsabeck Accepts Position with Ducks Unlimited!

May 17, 2018

 

Congratulations to senior Biology Major, Will Hilsabeck, who has accepted a position with Ducks Unlimited as a waterfowl technician in Minnesota and North Central Iowa! This summer, he will be conducting a waterfowl productivity study assessing wetlands in cropland-dominated landscapes. Data collected will include identifying ducks to species and age, collecting aquatic macroinvertebrates, and collecting wetland metrics to characterize wetland conditions. Nice job, Will!

School of Science

 Literacy Professor's Research Launches New Practices in Education

May 14, 2018

Congratulations to Dr. Amy Barth on the successful outcome of her work developing SOAR reading interventions. Dr. Barth is a research associate of the Promoting Adolescents’ Comprehension of Text (PACT) project. The PACT project is designed to answer key questions about the role of cognitive processes, motivation, engagement, and components of interventions to improve reading comprehension among students in grades 7 through 12. As a result of this partnership, she has developed an intervention called Striving for Oral Language Proficiency in Reading (SOAR) for students at risk for reading failure and students with severe and persistent reading disabilities in the middle grades. This intervention will be available to teachers and practioners beginning summer 2018.

BVU School of Education

 Juana Mondragon Accepts Employment

May 12, 2018

Juana Mondragon, Senior Social Work student, has accepted employment as a Behavioral Health Intervention Specialist with Lutheran Services of Iowa in Storm Lake, IA,and will begin working immediately after graduation. Congratulations Juana!

Social Work Department

 BVU Faculty Selected to Present at IGBL Conference in Ireland

May 11, 2018

Congratulations to Dr. Leslie Haas who has been selected to present at the Irish Conference on Game-Based Learning in June. This conference provides a forum for gaming and technology enthusiasts to share ideas on how games can be used to teach, train, and promote change in formal and informal learning environments. Dr. Haas' presentation, Reading Games and Playing Books, will focus on strategies that facilitate understanding, motivation, and self-efficacy related to the implementation of digital, game-based, multimodal, learning opportunities in a literacy classroom.

BVU School of Education

 Literacy Education Professor Manuscript Recognition

May 11, 2018

In celebration of the academic journal Reading Writing 30 years of publication, Reading and Writing recognized the five most highly cited manuscripts. Dr. Barth’s 2015 publication was recognized as one of the top five cited manuscripts.

Barth, A.E., Barnes, M.A., Francis, D., York, M., & Vaughn, S. (2015). Bridging inferences among adequate and struggling adolescent comprehenders and relations to reading comprehension. Reading and Writing, 28, 587-609. PMCID: PMC4496006

During the 2017-2018 academic year, Barth successfully published several journal articles supporting reading intervention protocols including:

Barth, A.E., & Elleman, A. (2017). Evaluating the Impact of a Multi-Strategy Inference Intervention for Middle Grade Struggling Readers. Journal of Speech, Language, Hearing Services in Schools, 1-11. NIHMS ID: NIHMS812392

Solís, M., Scammacca, N., Barth, A. E., & Roberts, G. J. (2017). Text-based Vocabulary Intervention Training Study: Supporting Fourth Graders with Low Reading Comprehension and Learning Disabilities. Learning Disabilities--A Contemporary Journal, 15(1), 103-115 NIHMSID: 886604.

Kavish N, Vaughn MG, Cho E, Barth A, Boutwell B, Vaughn S, Capin P, Stillman S, Martinez L. (2017). Physiological Arousal and Juvenile Psychopathy: Is Low Resting Heart Rate Associated with Affective Dimensions? Psychiatric Quarterly, 88(1), 103-114. PMCID: PMC5102812.

Congratulations to Dr. Amy Barth on her outstanding contributions to literacy research and intervention practices.

BVU School of Education

 CONGRATULATIONS

May 8, 2018

Congratulations to Cristena Heschke who has accepted a teaching position with the Storm Lake Community School District. She will be teaching 4th grade special education at the elementary school. Best wishes, Cristena!

School of Education

 Russell Accepts Position with Emmons & Olivier Resources!

May 3, 2018

Congratulations to senior Interdisciplinary Sustainable Development Major, Business and Biology Minor, Rosie Russell, who has accepted a position with Emmons and Oliver Resources (EOR) in Boone, Iowa, as an Environmental Technician upon graduation from BVU. During her junior year at BVU, Rosie was offered an extended internship with EOR while implementing urban water quality and wetland remediation projects initiated through the City of Storm Lake. Nice job, Rosie!

 CONGRATULATIONS

May 2, 2018

Congratulations to Savanna Weed, who has accepted a teaching position with Pocahontas Area Community School District in Pocahontas, Iowa. She will be teaching 2nd grade. Best wishes, Savanna!

School of Education

 CONGRATULATIONS

May 1, 2018

Congratulations to Adam Juhl, who has accepted a teaching position in the Dallas Center-Grimes Community School District in Grimes, Iowa. He will be teaching high school math at DCG High School. Best wishes, Adam!

School of Education and Math Department

 CONGRATULATIONS

May 1, 2018

Congratulations to Emma Konkler, who has accepted a teaching position at IKM-Manning Community School District in Manning, Iowa. She will be teaching chemistry, physics, and freshman physical science at IKM-Manning High School. She has also accepted coaching positions in junior high girls and boys track as well as junior high girls basketball. Best wishes, Emma!

School of Education and Science Department

 CONGRATULATIONS

May 1, 2018

Congratulations to Adam Juhl, who has accepted a teaching position in the Dallas Center-Grimes Community School District in Grimes, Iowa. He will be teaching high school math at DCG High School. Best wishes, Adam!

School of Education and Math Department

 CONGRATULATIONS

May 1, 2018

Congratulations to Tyler Puls, who has accepted a teaching position with the Riverdale School District in Port Byron, Illinois. He will be teaching elementary special education. Best wishes, Tyler!

School of Education

 English Graduate Earns Prestigious Fellowship

April 28, 2018

English graduate Paije (Wee) Wilson has won a prestigious National Library of Medicine Fellowship at the National Library of Medicine in Bethesda, Maryland. Paije is graduating from the University of Iowa's Library and Information Science master's program with distinction. Congratulations, Paije!

English Dept.

 Spring 2018 Honors Students Successfully Complete Capstone Presentations

April 27, 2018

The BVU Honors Program is pleased to congratulate Gage Cook, Tanner Cook, Ranelle Irwin, and Jacob Staudt on the successful completion of their Honors Capstone projects and presentations. All four students will graduate this year with the All College Honors with Research distinction, which requires the completion of at least three Honors Explorations courses in addition to finishing the Honors Research requirements.

Well done, all!


 

The Buena Vista University Honors Program

 Faculty Publication

April 27, 2018

Associate Prof. of English Dr. Gwen Hart's essay "An Alarming Situation" appears in the new anthology My Crazy Family from Chicken Soup for the Soul.

English Dept.

 Smith Accepts Software Developer Position with Proxibid

April 26, 2018

Congratulations to BVU computer science senior Mason Smith. Mason has accepted a position with Proxibid in Omaha, Nebraska, as a software developer. Mason’s duties will involve Java programming on a number of Proxibid’s products, which involve online auctions (both timed and live), product shipping, and fraud protection. Well done, Mason!

BVU Computer Science

 Campbell Accepts Position with Blank Park Zoo!

April 26, 2018

Congratulations to senior environmental science major, Kristina Campbell, who has accepted a position with the Blank Park Zoo in Des Moines as an Interactive Educator! In this capacity, Kristina will primarily travel across Iowa giving programs highlighting animals ranging from alligators to boa constrictors, ferrets to porcupines, armadillos, tarantulas, walking sticks, screech owls, and more. When not traveling, she will be working on site giving informal presentations as a part of Critter Corner. Nice job, Kristina!

School of Science

 CONGRATULATIONS

April 25, 2018

Congratulations to Brady Illg who has accepted a teaching position in the Carlisle Community School District in Carlisle, Iowa. He will be teaching 5th grade. Best wishes, Brady!

School of Education

 Okoboji Entrepreneurial Institute Attendees Chosen

April 24, 2018

Prof. Lisa Best, Interim Dean of the Harold Walter Siebens School of Business, is pleased to announce the selection of this year’s participants for the Okoboji Entrepreneurial Institute. This year’s winners are Austin Demers, Austin Peterson, Brandon Glienke, and Maxwell Lee. Tyler Tennyson will serve as an alternate. The Institute will be held August 5-10 at the Iowa Lakeside Laboratory on West Lake Okoboji. They will have the opportunity to learn from and network with successful entrepreneurs from throughout the region while engaging in a week-long entrepreneurship simulation and workshops. We are very proud to have these students represent the Harold Walter Siebens School of Business and Buena Vista University at OEI!

Siebens School of Business

 Athletic Training Student Selected for NFL Internship

April 24, 2018

Congratulations to Junior Athletic Training student Dillon Hinrickson for being selected this summer for an NFL summer intership with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. This is a very competitive and selective program for undergrautate athletic training students and a great opportunity to participate in. Congratulations Dillon!

Athletic Training Faculty & Staff

 Thomas Elected to Iowa Board for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers

April 24, 2018

Dr. Tracy Thomas was recently elected to the Iowa Board for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers, a non-profit corporation dedicated to enhancing sexual offender treatment in the state of Iowa. IBTSA provides the certification process for Sex Offender Treatment Professionals in Iowa and sets requirements for both education and experience to obtain certification.

Psychology Department

 English Professor Wins Award

April 23, 2018

Rhetoric Society Quarterly has seleceted Assistant Prof. of English Francesca Gentile's essay "Marketing the Talented Tenth:W.E.B. DuBois and Public-Intellectual Economies” as the winner of the Charles Kneupper Award for 2018. The award recognizes the essay from the previous volume that makes the most significant contribution to scholarship in rhetoric. Congratulaionts, Dr. Gentile!

English Dept.

 Madeline McCormick Vocal Competition Winner

April 23, 2018

Madeline McCormick was the first place winner of the Upper College, Music Theatre Category of the National Association of Teachers of Singing Lewis and Clark Chapter Competition on April 21st. Congratulations Madeline!

Music Department

 CONGRATULATIONS

April 23, 2018

Congratulations to Mackensey Radke, who has accepted a teaching position with the Sibley-Ocheyedan Community School District in Sibley, Iowa. Mackensey will be teaching 3rd grade and will also take on some coaching responsibilities.

School of Education

 Alyssa Kragelund Vocal Competition Winner

April 23, 2018

Alyssa Kragelund was the second place winner in the Upper College Women Classical Category of the National Association of Teachers of Singing Competition on April 21st. Congratulations Alyssa!

Music Department

 Michael Richardson Vocal Competition Winner

April 23, 2018

Michael Richardson was the Advanced College Winner for the National Association of Teachers of Singing Lewis and Clark Chapter Competition on April 21st, 2018. Congratulations Michael!

Music Department

 Tyler Larson to attend Carver College of Medicine

April 21, 2018

Congratulations to Tyler Larson (BVU class of 2017) for being admitted to the MD program at the University of Iowa's Carver College of Medicine. Tyler will begin the next stage of his preparation for becoming a medical doctor in Iowa City in August, 2018.

 McGrew Wins Student Production Award

April 16, 2018

Digital Media Senior Morgan! Morgan was nominated and won a Student Crystal Pillar Award from the Upper Midwest Emmy® Chapter! He won it for his "BVTV: For Beavers By Beavers" promos for the campus TV station, BVTV. The awards were presented at the 2018 Student Production Awards ceremony in Minneapolis, MN on April 13. The National Academy of Televsion Arts and Sciences presented the Student Production Awards.

Digital Media

 Psychology Professor Hosts Webinar

April 16, 2018

Dr. Wind Goodfriend, professor of psychology and assistant dean of graduate programs, will be hosting a webinar through Sage Publications on May 2nd. The webinar is titled, "Three Ideas for Innovative Teaching of Psychology" and will focus on using a story-telling approach, "tenacious" research methods, and application of theory to popular culture. The webinar is advertised nationally as part of Sage's "SageTalks" program.

Psychology Dept.

 Charles Kneupper Award from Rhetoric Society Quarterly

April 11, 2018

Rhetoric Society Quarterly has selected Assistant Professor of English Francesca Gentile's essay ""Marketing the Talented Tenth:W.E.B. DuBois and Public-Intellectual Economies,” Rhetoric Society Quarterly, (47.2) 131-157 as the winner of the Charles Kneupper Award for 2018. The award recognizes the essay from the previous volume that makes the most significant contribution to scholarship in rhetoric. Congratulations, Francesca!

English Dept.

 Psychology Major Accepted to Grad School

April 9, 2018

Congratulation to Hannah Appleseth, double major in psychology and communication studies, who has just been accepted into graduate school! Hannah will be joining the new cohort of students in the BVU Master's of Mental Health Program. We are proud of Hannah's achievement and glad that she will continue to excel right here at BVU.

Psychology Dept.

 2018 Minnesota Vikings Game-Day Intern Finalists Announced

April 5, 2018

The BVU Selection Committee is proud to announce the finalists for the 2018 Minnesota Vikings Game Day Internship Program! Finalists include: Jordyn Daggs-Olson, sophomore Strategic Public Relations; Logan Krause, senior Sports Management and Finance; and Olivia Wieseler, sophomore Digital Media and English. Finalists’ resume, cover letter and media-writing sample have been submitted to the Minnesota Vikings Public Relations Office. All finalists will take part in a telephone interview with the Vikings PR staff and those selected will work with the media on game days during the 2018 season. Best wishes finalists!

 Athletic Training Student Accepted to Grad School

April 4, 2018

Congratulations to Caroline Maher, athletic training and human performance student, who will be attending Webber. International in Florida She will be serving as a Graduate Assistant as well as earning her MBA in Sports Administration. Congratulations Caroline! We are all very proud of you!

Exercise Science Department

 Evelyn Gonzalez and Brenda Philips Awarded Tyson Summer Internships

April 4, 2018

Evelyn Gonzalez, a senior social work student, and Brenda Phillips, a junior social work student, have been awarded paid internships through the Tyson Food Summer Community Internship Program. Evelyn will complete her internship at the Third Judicial District Juvenile Court Services. Brenda will complete her internship with the Bridge. The Tyson Food Summer Community Internship Program is a partnership between Campus Compact and Tyson Foods to provide an invaluable opportunity for select college students to gain professional experience while making a positive impact in our community.Congratulations on being chosen for these internships. We are very pleased that your preparation for these opportunities has been recognized by this program.

Social Work Department

 Athletic Training Student Accepted to Grad School

April 4, 2018

Congratulations to Josh Hoffmann, athletic training student, who will be attending Valdosta State University He will be serving as a Graduate Assistant with the Athletic Training Department as well as earning his Masters of Education degree in Higher Education Leadership. Congratulations Josh! We are all very proud of you!

Exercise Science Department

 Athletic Training Student Accepted to Grad School

April 4, 2018

Congratulations to Spencer Bassett, athletic training and human performance student, who will be attending Wayne State College. He will be serving as a Graduate Assistant with the Athletic Training Department as well as earning his Masters degree. Congratulations Spencer! We are all very proud of you!

Exercise Science Department

 Athletic Training Student Accepted to Grad School

April 4, 2018

Congratulations to Jamie Navinskey, athletic training and human performance student, who will be attending She will be serving as a Graduate Assistant with the Athletic Training Department as well as earning her Masters degree in Health Science and Human Performance. Congratulations Jamie! We are all very proud of you!

Exercise Science Department

 Congratulations to Exercise Science: Human Performance Student on Acceptance to Graduate School

April 3, 2018

Congratulations to Autumn Boland, Exercise Science: Human Performance Senior, on getting accepted to the Masters of Science in Kinesiology (Sport Management and Policy) graduate program at the University of Georgia. The University of Georgia considered by many to be the birthplace of public higher education in America is one of the largest and most diverse public colleges in the country. The University currently offers 106 graduate degrees and enrolls almost 9,000 graduate students. The Exercise Science: Human Performance faculty wish Autumn the best of luck as she continues her studies beginning this upcoming Fall.

Exercise Science: Human Performance Faculty

 Exercise Science: Human Performance Students Accepted for Prestigious Summer Internships

April 3, 2018

Special congratulations to both Sean Joelson and Autumn Boland on getting accepted for prestigious summer internships.

Sean Joelson has been selected by Syracuse University Athletic Performance for a summer internship working as a volunteer strength and conditioning coach with the University's football team. Sean will have the opportunity during his internship to work along side Keith Caton and Sean Edinger, two highly respected strength coaches. Coach Keith Caton was recently honored with the Master Strength and Conditioning Coach by the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches association (CSCCa), which is the highest possible honor given in the strength and conditioning profession.

Autumn Boland has been selected for a summer internship with the Acadania Cane Cutters in Youngsville, LA. The Acadania Cane Cutters is a member of the Texas Collegiate League, a collegiate summer baseball league comprising teams from the the states of Texas and Louisiana.

Both of these students have demonstrated excellent hard work throughout their academic careers. We know that both of these students will excel in their internships as they help to demonstrate the quality of education provided by our programs here at BVU.

Exercise Science: Human Performance Faculty

 Tanner Cook Accepted to Iowa State Plant Biology Ph.D. Program

April 2, 2018

Congratulations to senior biology and environmental science double major, Tanner Cook, who has been accepted to the Iowa State Plant Biology Ph.D. program beginning fall semester, 2018! Additionally, Tanner was offered Iowa State’s prestigious and competitive National Science Foundation (NSF) Research Traineeship Program in Predictive Plant Phenomics, providing him with additional graduate research funding. Tanner was also offered admission to two other fully-funded national and international Ph.D. programs, which speaks to the competitive nature of his application. Nice job, Tanner!

School of Science

 Professor Elected to ASI Board

April 2, 2018

Karin Strohmyer, Associate Professor of Education was elected to the Autism Society of Iowa Board of Directors. She will serve on the education committee focusing on issues faced in rural areas of Iowa.

BVU School of Education

 Religion Professor to speak at Mercyhurst University

March 28, 2018

DR. BHATTACHARYYA HAS BEEN INVITED TO SPEAK AT 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE EVELYN LINCOLN INSTITUTE FOR ETHICS AND SOCIETY AT MERCYHURST UNIVERSITY. THE TITLE OF HER PRESENTATION IS "CONVERGING RIVERS: HEALTHCARE AND THE INTERSECTIONS OF RELIGION, CULTURE, AND ETHICS."

SSSPR

 Congratulations to Jack Johnson

March 28, 2018

Jack Johnson has accepted a postion as a 7-12 business teacher in the Garner-Hayfield-Ventura Community School District in Garner, Iowa. He will also be taking on some coaching responsibilities. Congratulations, Jack!

School of Education

 Dani Coyne to attend MSW Program at University of Nebraska

March 27, 2018

Danielle Coyne, 2017 Social Work Graduate, was accepted into the Master of Social Work (MSW) program at University of Nebraska and will begin her studies in fall 2018. Congratulations Dani!

 

Social Work Department

 Tyler Smith accepted to DPT program

March 26, 2018

Congratulations to Tyler Smith! Tyler was accepted to the US Army - Baylor Doctor of Physical Therapy program in San Antonio, TX. This is a highly competitive program, ranked in the top ten of over 200 US phycial therapy programs by U.S. News and World Report. All students are professional military officers with tuition and fees covered by the uniformed services. In addition, Tyler will earn a salary and benefits while pursuing his degree. Congratulations on this accomplishment.

School of Science

 Jacob Amhof Accepted to Western Illinois University for the degree of Voice Performance

March 26, 2018

Jacob Amhof, Senior from Fort Dodge Iowa has been accepted to Master of Music program at Western Illinois University. Jacob was chosen after interview and audition. The music department is very proud of Jacob for all of his hard work!

Dr. Merrin Guice Director of Vocal Studies

 Psychology Student Accepted to Grad School

March 25, 2018

Congratulations to Kyle Wiebers, psychology major and education studies minor, who will be attending the Master's-degree program in School Psychology next Fall at University of Northern Iowa. Kyle was accepted into several programs and had his choice from amoung many high-quality schools. Kyle has distinguished himself during all four years at BVU, including serving as the President of both Psychology Club and Psi Chi, the national honors society for psychology students. We're very proud of you, Kyle!

Psychology Dept.

 Undergraduate Student Presentation Accepted for Presentation at National Convention!

March 22, 2018

Special congratulations to Caroline Maher! Her research project entitled, "Effects of Strenuous Exercise on Peripheral Vision" has been accepted for presentation at the National Athletic Trainers' Association Clinical Symposia and Athletic Training Expo. Caroline is expected to graduate this spring with a double major in Exercise Science: Human Performance and Athletic Training. She will be traveling to the national convention in June to present the results of her research. The Exercise Science: Human Performance faculty are very proud of her accomplishment!

Exercise Science: Human Performance Faculty

 Dr. Merrin Guice’s Research Published in the Choral Scholar

March 20, 2018

Dr. Merrin Guice‘s research on composer Margaret Bonds, which she delivered a professional lecture recital on in November, is being published in The Choral ScholarThe Choral Scholar is a peer reviewed music research journal.

Dr. Merrin Guice

 Michael Richardson, Music Major, Accepted to Prestigious Masters Degree Programs

March 20, 2018

Michael Richardson has recently been accepted to Master of Music programs at James Madison University and the highly selective Opera Program at Rutgers University in New Jersey. The Opera program accepts no more than 3 students per voice claciffication, so this is a great honor! Great Job Michael!

Dr. Merrin Guice Director of Vocal Studies

 Computer Science Professor Publishes Paper at International Conference on Software Engineering

March 20, 2018

Congratulations to Dr. Jason B. Shepherd, Associate Professor of Computer Science. A paper written by Dr. Shepherd has been accepted for inclusion in the Proceedings of the 2nd International Workshop on Software Engineering Education for Millennials at the 40th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Software Engineering, to be held in Gothenburg, Sweden, in June. The paper, titled “An Agile Software Engineering Course with Product Hand-Off,” chronicles BVU’s novel approach to teaching software engineering.

BVU Computer Science

 Living HIstory Apprenticeship in Tennessee

March 15, 2018

Senior History major Ryan Moore has been selected by the U.S. Forest Service for the post-graduate Living History Apprenticeship at the Homeplace Farm, which is located in the Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area in Tennessee. This is a highly competitive post-graduate apprenticehip in Public History. Congratulations, Ryan!

 

History Department

 Sharp Named Living History Farm Intern

March 15, 2018

History Education major Noah Sharp has been selected by the Living History Farms in Des Moines to be an historical interpreter for the summer 2018 season. This is a highly competitive internship and only a handful of the most highly qualified applicants are accepted. Congratulations, Noah!

History Department

 Rachel Kehrberg awarded Mayo Clinic Fellowship

March 13, 2018

Congratulations to Rachel Kehrberg for being awarded a Mayo Clinic Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship for summer 2018. Rachel will be paid a stipend to work in the laboratory of Dr. Kah-Whye Peng, who is a research scientist in the Virology and Gene Therapy Department.

 Morgan McGrew nominated for a Student Crystal Pillar Award from the Upper Midwest Emmy® Chapter

March 13, 2018

BVU Senior & Digital Media major Morgan McGrew is a NATAS - Upper Midwest Emmy®/Chapter/Foundation Student Production Award Nominee. The “BVTV: By Beavers, For Beavers” spots are nominated for a Student Crystal Pillar Award from the Upper Midwest Emmy® Chapter in the College-Commercial category. The awards will be announced in April during the 2018 NATAS – Upper Midwest Regional Student Television awards in Minneapolis, MN. These awards recognize outstanding student achievements in video & media production.

BVTV, Digital Media

 Jerich Accepts Internship with Royal Bank of Canada

March 7, 2018

 

Congratulations to BVU computer science student Austin Jerich. Austin has accepted an internship offer from Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) in Minneapolis, MN. Austin’s primary duties will involve automating testing for RBC’s software products. Way to go, Austin!

BVU Computer Science

 Bonde to Intern at Federated Insurance

March 7, 2018

Congratulations to BVU computer science student Egan Bonde. Egan has secured an internship with Federated Insurance in Owatonna, MN. Egan’s responsibilities will involve software development, testing, and project management. Well done, Egan!

BVU Computer Science

 Poetry Publication

March 3, 2018

Associate Prof. of English Dr. Gwen Hart's poem "Everything Is Corn" appears in the Winter 2018 issue of the literary journal Midwestern Gothic.

English Dept.

 Congratulations on Selection as 2018/19 Global Fellows!

Feb. 27, 2018

Congratulations to Emma Bloom, Jordyn Daggs-Olson, Madisyn Reiakvam, Elizabeth Reiva, Claire Stepan, and Rachel West who were selected to represent BVU as the 2018/2019 Global Fellows! Selection was based on committee reviews of essay responses and faculty recommendation letters. Please help us congratulate this group of outstanding BVU representatives as they embark on a journey to consider cultural and biological sustainability perspectives from the southern tip of the world to our own back yard. Well done, Global Fellows!

Dr. Melinda Coogan

 Master's Director to be Commencement Speaker in Minnesota

Feb. 27, 2018

Congratulations to Professor Casey Baker, the Director of BVU's Master's of Mental Health Counseling program. She has been invited to be the Commencement speaker at the graduation ceremony for master's and doctoral students at Mankato State University (in Minnesota). She was nominated by her department and will be the only student speaker at the ceremony. We are very proud of Professor Baker for being chosen for this honor.

Graduate Programs

 Larson is Critic for IHSSA Festival

Feb. 18, 2018

Dr. Bethany Larson served as the Critic in the category of Musical Theatre at the Iowa High School Speech Association's All-Sate Festival and responded to twenty musical theatre scenes representing all four quadrants of the state.

Theatre and Media Performance Program

 Achievements from BVU's Masters of School Counseling Program

Feb. 16, 2018

In the 2018 elections for the Iowa School Counselor Association Leadership Board, all three new positions are connected to BVU! The new President, Cory Graven, and the new VP of Elementary, Brandon Drew, both earned their master's in school counseling from BVU. In addition, the new VP of Counselor Education is Renea Ogren, the Interim Director of our school counseling program and a long-time adjunct for BVU. It's wonderful that the BVU program is so well respected and connected throughout Iowa.

BVU Graduate Programs

 Literacy Education Professor to present at International Conference

Feb. 16, 2018

 

Congratulations to Dr. Leslie Haas, Assistant Professor of Education on her invitation to present at the International Literacy Association’s annual conference in June 2018. Dr Haas’ presentation in Austin, Texas will be featured as part of the International Literacy Association's Special Interest Group (SIG): Language Experience: Literacy Across Disciplines. The title of the session is "Using Popular Children’s Literature as a Bridge to the Language Experience Approach: Making Reading Personal and Successful for ALL Learners." A team of four professors from BVU’s Literacy and Early Childhood education department will be in attendance.

 

BVU School of Education

 Dr. David Klee with Fort Dodge Symphony

Feb. 16, 2018

 

Dr. David Klee has been named the principal flutist for the Fort Dodge Symphony and the Karl King Band as well as it's assistant conductor. This Sunday (February 18th) he will be performing with the Karl King Band in their 1st winter concert. It will be held at Decker Auditorium on the ICC campus at 3:30. He will also conduct two songs with the band as it's assistant conductor. Congratulations, David!

School of Communication and Arts

 Literacy Education Professor Serves on National Panel for Teacher Assessment

Feb. 16, 2018

Congratulations to Dr. Jill Tussey, Assistant Professor of Education on her selection to serve as a panelist for the National Observational Teacher Exam (NOTE). The NOTE program is a new and innovative assessment program which is being designed to evaluate prospective teachers’ ability to translate their knowledge of content and teaching into effective practice in the classroom. Dr. Tussey’s expertise and experience are critical to the success of the study. A selected panel of educators will recommend performance standards for the NOTE Practices of Teaching Content assessment. Dr. Tussey’s work on this project will include engagement from her OSG faculty office at BVU’s Creston Site, and travel to New Jersey for collaboration with other educators across the country.

BVU School of Education

 Full Time Position

Feb. 15, 2018

I have accepted a full time aquarist position at the Butterfly House and Aquarium in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. This is the same facility that I did an internship at in the summer of 2017.

Lindsay Meyer

 BVU Professor participated in 2018 SDSU Data Science Symposium

Feb. 13, 2018

Dr. Anton Bezuglov participated in 2018 SDSU Data Science Symposium and made a presentation on "Data Science in the Classroom: Setting up Python and R learning environments". The presentation focuses on step-by-step process to install and configure online resource to run data analytics and machine learning code.

 Physician Assistant Grad School Admissions

Feb. 2, 2018

Devin Stane has been accepted to the Physician Assistant Graduate Program at St. Ambrose University in Davenport, IA.

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

Jan. 31, 2018

Congratulations to this year’s winners of the Clifford A. Rae Harold Walter Siebens School of Business Academic Achievement Award! This scholarship is awarded to the highest-performing School of Business majors who meet specified guidelines. The winners for the 2017 calendar year are:

Second Year Student Winners: Alexis Keller, Chelsea Hildenbrand, Nikolas Brimeyer

Third Year Student Winners: Aaron Nicolaisen, Alan Maldonado, Austin Demers

Fourth Year Student Winners: Keely Bycroft, Josh Demers, Kolten Bader

We commend these students for their outstanding effort and performance.

Lisa Best, Interim Dean

 Clifford A. Rae School of Science Academic Achievement Award Winners

Jan. 31, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

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 of the significant monetary award for the 2017 calendar year are:

Second-Year student winners: Rebecca Peters, Tonia Henning, Michaela Mason

Third-Year student winners: Meghan Bissen, Kimberly Hults, Brittany Fisher

Fourth-Year student winners: Emma Konkler, Dong Wang, Devin Stane

Congratulations to these students for their excellent academic performance.

Benjanmin Donath, Dean, School of Science

 Tarynne Kinghorn to attend Medical School at University of Iowa

Jan. 28, 2018

Congratulations to 2017 graduate Tarynne Kinghorn for being admitted to the M.D. program at the Carver College of Medicine at the University of Iowa. Tarynne will begin her studies in Iowa City in August of 2018.

 Jacob Braddock to attend medical school at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine

Jan. 28, 2018

Congratulations to December 2017 graduate Jacob Braddock for being admitted to the D.O. program at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. Jacob will begin his journey toward becoming a physician in August of 2018.

 Christian Kladstrup to attend medical school at Des Moines University

Jan. 28, 2018

Congratulations to December 2017 graduate Christian Kladstrup for being admitted to the D.O. program at Des Moines University. Christian will begin his journey toward becoming a physician in August of 2018.

 Special Education Professors to present at National Conference

Jan. 23, 2018

 

 

Congratulations to Dr. Pamina Abkowitz, Dr. Robbie Ludy, and Dr. Karin Strohmyer. Their work titled “Best Practices for Fostering Retention of Junior/ New Faculty at Rural Colleges” was accepted for presentation at the American Council on Rural Special Education National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah this March.

School of Education

 Special Education Professors Co-authors Article

Jan. 23, 2018

 

 

Congratulations to Dr. Karin Strohmyer, who co-authored the article “Parental Involvement in Elementary Children’s Religious Education: A Phenomenological Approach”, which will be published in the February issue of the Journal of Research on Christian Education.

School of Education

 Mayra Lopez to attend MSW Program at University of Iowa

Jan. 5, 2018

 

 

Mayra Lopez, 2017 Social Work Graduate, was accepted into the MSW program at University of Iowa and begins her studies January 2018. Congratulations Mayra!

Social Work Department

Social Work Department

 Psychology Student Wins Prestigious Award

Dec. 24, 2017

Congratulations to Psychology student Kyle Wiebers, who has been awarded a research award from Psi Chi, the national psychology honors society. The award is only given to 28 students from the entire Midwest region each year, and this is the first time a BVU student has ever received it. Kyle's project, titled, "Effect of Voluntary Alcohol Consumption on Behavioral Flexibility," is being conducted in the new Psychology rat research lab under the mentorship of Dr. Wes Beckwith, BVU's new Psychology Assistant Professor. The Psychology program is very proud of Kyle and Dr. Beckwith for this prestigious achievement.

Psychology Dept.

 CONGRATULATIONS

Dec. 23, 2017

Nate Pardun has accepted a job with the Fort Dodge Community School District. He will be teaching Kindergarten at Duncombe Elementary beginning in January. Congratulations, Nate!

School of Education

 Psychology Professor Publishes Article

Dec. 22, 2017

Congratulations to Dr. Wind Goodfriend, Psychology Professor and Assistant Dean of Graduate Programs. She has co-authored a paper that has been accepted for publication in the journal "Current Directions in Psychological Science." Dr. Goodfriend is the third author on this paper, which was led by Dr. Ximena Arriaga (one of Goodfriend's mentors at Purdue University, where she earned her Ph.D.). The paper is titled, "The invisible harm of downplaying a romantic partner's aggression" and is a review of recent research regarding the psychological effects of minimizing experiences of relationship abuse.

Psychology Dept.

 Psychology Research Club to Present at Conference

Dec. 21, 2017

Congratulations to the members of the Psychology Research Club! Both of their projects this year have been accepted for presentation at the competitive Conference of the Midwestern Psychological Association in Chicago next April. Their projects are titled, "Overlaps among sexism, homophobia, and victim blaming in violent relationships," and, "She deserved it: Individual differences in victim blaming." The club is supervised by Dr. Wind Goodfriend and includes the following student members: Kyle Wiebers, Tiffany Hull, Andrea Almanza, McKenna Whitehill, Brittini Thomas, Skylar Dossey, Gage Grutz, Abby Ross, Lani Brown, MarQuelle Graham, and Justin Belstene. Well done, psych students.

Psychology Dept.

 Script to Compete for National Award

Dec. 12, 2017

"Woman Wonder". the original script written by Professors Bethany Larson Jamii Claiborne, Annamaria Formichella-Elsden, Andrea Frantz, Calle Friesen, Wind Goodfriend, and Miranda Pollock has been nominated for the David Mark Cohen National Playwriting Award. Supported by the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, the Association for Theatre in Higher Education, and Dramatic Publishing Company, The David Mark Cohen National Playwriting Award is presented in an effort to promote the writing and production of new plays while honoring and perpetuating the memory of David Mark Cohen, Professor of Playwriting, the University of Texas-Austin. Developed by the Playwriting Program of ATHE and the National Playwriting Program of KCACTF, the award is intended to provide incentive to college and university theatre production departments to foster the growth and development of playwrights through the public presentations of unpublished full-length plays or a collection of shorter works for the stage that have not received a professional production. Best Wishes on a favorable reading!

Buena Vista University Theatre

 Nominated to Compete

Dec. 12, 2017

The Buena Vista University's production of "Woman Wonder" has been nominated to compete in the Kennedy Center's American College Theater Festival 50 in Des Moines this January. The production was one of 7 nominated from the KCACTF Region 5 which includes all levels of college theatres in Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, South Dakota, North Dakota and Minnesota. If chosen the "Woman Wonder" could be invited to be performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC this spring. Congratulations to Cast: Hannah Barnes, Kristen Charette, Skyler Finch, Dernisha Hoover, Stacey Rosener, Christina Spillman, and London VanHorbeck, Crew: Chance Johnson, Katelyn Bohaty, Dalton Walker, Mel Graf, and Cole Hackbarth. Designers: Austin Dean, Noah Bardwell, Connor Essary, Diane Nesbaum and David Walker

Buena Vista University Theatre

 Psychology Alum and Professor to Publish Chapter

Dec. 10, 2017

Congratulations to Melissa Huntley (BVU alumna from the Psychology Dept.) and Dr. Wind Goodfriend, Psychology professor and assistant dean of graduate programs. They have been invited to contribute a chapter to the upcoming book, "The Psychology of Zelda." The chapter will be a feminist analysis of the game series "The Legend of Zelda," and is scheduled to be published in the Fall of 2018.

Psychology Dept.

 Jill Kreimeyer secures employment

Dec. 5, 2017

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

 

Mental Health Counseling Graduate Program

 University Seminar Writing Contest Winners

Dec. 1, 2017

 

 

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

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

 Human Performance Student Accepted to Physical Therapy School

Nov. 27, 2017

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

Human Performance Faculty

 Daly Selected for U.S. Army Cyber Command

Nov. 17, 2017

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

BVU Computer Science

 Swanson Accepts Internship with Principal Financial

Nov. 17, 2017

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

BVU Computer Science

 Mackey to Join PayPal as a Software Engineer

Nov. 17, 2017

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

BVU Mathematics and Computer Science Departments

 Accepts Teaching Position

Nov. 16, 2017

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

 Band Members Accepted to Iowa Collegiate Honor Band

Nov. 16, 2017

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 Audio Project to Air on Iowa Watch Connection

Nov. 15, 2017

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

The Digital Media Department

 National Recognition

Nov. 15, 2017

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

Digital Media Department

 National Recognition

Nov. 15, 2017

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

Digital Media Department

 CONGRATULATIONS

Nov. 13, 2017

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

School of Education

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

Nov. 13, 2017

 

 

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

Physics Department

 Jessica Throndson secures Employment

Nov. 10, 2017

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

Mental Health Counseling Graduate Program

 Stephanie Redwine secures employment

Nov. 10, 2017

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

Mental Health Graduate Program

 Jennifer Tarr secures Employment

Nov. 10, 2017

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

 

Mental Health Counseling Graduate Program

 Students Present at Iowa Civic Action Academy

Nov. 6, 2017

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

Office of Civic Engagement

 Psychology of "Supernatural"

Nov. 1, 2017

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

Psychology Dept.

 Teaching Position Accepted

Oct. 30, 2017

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

School of Education

 Schimmer completes M.S.

Oct. 30, 2017

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

 Human Performance Professor Recent Publication

Oct. 28, 2017

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

School of Education & Exercise Science

 Brooke Ware completes BA degree

Oct. 23, 2017

 

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

 

 Education Professor to Present at National History of Education Conference

Oct. 20, 2017

 

 

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

 

School of Education

 Farnsworth Completes Ph.D.

Oct. 19, 2017

 

 

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

Exercise Science Program

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

Oct. 15, 2017

 

 

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

School of Science

 School of Education Professors to Present at Conference

Oct. 10, 2017

 

 

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

School of Education

 Publications Utilized

Oct. 4, 2017

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

History Department

 ICAN FAFSA Assistance Certification

Oct. 3, 2017

 

 

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

 Comm Faculty and Alumnae Attend Annual Conference

Oct. 2, 2017

 

 

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

Communication Studies Program

 Recent Publication

Oct. 2, 2017

 

 

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

Communication Studies Program

 Professor Published

Sept. 29, 2017

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

 

School of Education

 Invited Speaker

Sept. 28, 2017

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

Human Performance

 Rosie Russell has Abstract Accepted for Conference Presentation!

Sept. 21, 2017

 

 

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

School of Science

 Williams & Company Internship Interviews

Sept. 13, 2017

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

 Psychology Professor to Present Research

Sept. 12, 2017

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

Psychology Dept.

 International Photography Contest Finalist

Sept. 10, 2017

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

Dr. Andrea Frantz

 ICAN FAFSA Assistance Certification

Sept. 8, 2017

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

 Psychology Professor Invited to Speak at Conference

Sept. 1, 2017

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

Psychology Dept.

 Completion of grad school and internship

Aug. 31, 2017

 

 

 

 

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

 

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

 

Dr. david Klee

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

Aug. 21, 2017

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

Scott Anderson

 

Director of Business Internships

Dr. Scott A. Anderson

 Bread Loaf Writers' Conference Acceptance

Aug. 10, 2017

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

English Dept.

 Pham Joins Northrop Grumman as a Software Engineer

Aug. 3, 2017

 

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

BVU Computer Science

 Executive Board Position

July 26, 2017

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

The English Dept.

 Teaching position accepted

July 11, 2017

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

School of Education

 Acceptance of Teaching Position

June 16, 2017

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

School of Education

 Acceptance of Teaching Position

June 13, 2017

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

School of Education

 Psychology Professor to Write Third Textbook

June 2, 2017

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

Psychology Dept.

 Acceptance of Teaching Position

May 30, 2017

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

School of Education

 Kaelee Matney Accepts Employment

May 29, 2017

 

 

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

Social Work Department

 James to Intern at Veridian

May 26, 2017

 

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

BVU Computer Science

 Molly Hesnard to pursue Biomedical Sciences Masters

May 25, 2017

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

 Bobby Ivey ('16) to pursue DPM at DMU

May 25, 2017

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

 Acceptance of Teaching Position

May 24, 2017

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

School of Education

 Acceptance of Teaching Position

May 24, 2017

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

School of Education

 Acceptance of Teaching Position

May 24, 2017

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

School of Education

 BVU Society for Collegiate Journalists students win national awards

May 22, 2017

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

 

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

Online News Website Overall Excellence
Third place: The Tack Online

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

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

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

Photo Slideshow
Honorable mention: Skyler Gorsett

Multimedia Series
Second place: Christopher Habermann

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

Column or Commentary
First place: Lindsey Graham

Features (excluding sports)
Third place: Deidree Friesen

Sports News Writing
Honorable mention: Tanner Hoops,

News Photography/Individual Image
Second place: Justice Gage

Feature Photography/Individual Image
Honorable mention: Justice Gage

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

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

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

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

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

Television Feature Package
First place: Morgan McGrew

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

Dr. Andrea Frantz

 Yuta Tomii accepted to M.S. program

May 18, 2017

 

 

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

Physics Dept

 Keith Foreman recieves PhD in Physics

May 18, 2017

 

 

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

Physics Department

 Psychology/Criminal Justice Student Accepted for Graduate School

May 17, 2017

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

SSPR

 Graduate Assistantship Position Accepted

May 15, 2017

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

Human Performance

 Casey Baker Accepts Award and will Present at Nation Conference

May 12, 2017

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

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

School of Education and Counseling Graduate Programs

 Beenken Accepted into Clinical Exercise Physiology Program

May 11, 2017

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

Human Performance

 Acceptance of Teaching Position

May 9, 2017

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

School of Education

 Acceptance of Teaching Position

May 3, 2017

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

School of Education

 Cale Ewald to attend M.D. program at UNMC

May 1, 2017

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

 Psychology Grad Lands Job

May 1, 2017

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

Psychology Dept.

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

May 1, 2017

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

Psychology Dept.

 Amy Dreessen

May 1, 2017

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

School of Education

 Criminal Justice Minor Student Accepted for Graduate School

May 1, 2017

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

Criminology/Criminal Justice Program

 Spanish professor publishes article

April 28, 2017

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

 Kayla Hicks Passes Board of Certification Exam

April 28, 2017

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

Prof Farnsworth

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

April 27, 2017

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

Human Performance

 Graduate School Acceptance

April 26, 2017

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

English Dept.

 Acceptance of Teaching Position

April 26, 2017

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

School of Education

 Danielle Coyne Accepts Employment

April 26, 2017

 

 

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

Social Work Department

 Acceptance of Teaching Position

April 26, 2017

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

School of Education

 Acceptance of Teaching Position

April 26, 2017

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

School of Education

 Acceptance of Teaching Position

April 26, 2017

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

School of Education

 Hansen Accepted to Vanderbilt Computer Science Ph.D. Program

April 25, 2017

 

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

BVU Computer Science

 Kori Thompson Accepts Teaching Position

April 25, 2017

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

Emily Hamerlinck

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

April 25, 2017

 

 

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

 

School of Science

 Jerich Awarded Nationwide Insurance Internship

April 25, 2017

 

 

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

 

BVU Computer Science

 Psychology Professor Publishes Book Chapter

April 25, 2017

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

Psychology Dept.

 Acceptance of Teaching Position

April 24, 2017

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

Education Department

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

April 24, 2017

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

 Aaron Giese Accepts Teaching Position

April 24, 2017

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

Education Department

 Andreya Harms Accepts Teaching Position

April 24, 2017

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

 Graduate Assistantships

April 21, 2017

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

Human Performance

 Student Accepted into Mercy College

April 18, 2017

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

Human Performance Program

 Ryan Mellott to study cognitive science in Ireland

April 14, 2017

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

Biology

 Sarah Schlichte to attend UNMC PhD program

April 14, 2017

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

Biology

 Philosophy and Religion graduate Accepted at Moody Theological Seminary

April 13, 2017

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

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

Congratulations, Jestin! Well done!

Profs. Bhattacharyya and Bernhardt

 Cassie Eckerman Accepts Teaching Position

April 12, 2017

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

 Shania Wunschel to Present at Iowa Association of Community Providers

April 12, 2017

 

 

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

Social Work Program

 Psychology Student Accepted for Grad School

April 8, 2017

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

Psychology Dept.

 Acceptance of a Teaching Position

April 7, 2017

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

Education Department

 Chau Nguyen wins Human Resources Association Scholarship

April 7, 2017

 

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

Dr. James Falter

 Packer Scholarship Accepted for Journal Contagion

April 6, 2017

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

English Dept.

 Sarah Konz wins Iowa CPA Education Foundation Scholarship

April 5, 2017

 

 

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

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

 Kacee Baker Presents at WGS Conference

April 4, 2017

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

Dr. Annamaria Formichella-Elsden

 2017 MN Vikings Game-Day Intern Finalists Announced

April 3, 2017

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

 Student Acceptance into Top Graduate Program

March 31, 2017

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

Siebens' School of Business

 Okoboji Entrepreneurial Institute Participants Selected

March 31, 2017

 

 

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

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

March 30, 2017

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

Dr. Merrin Guice

 Schmitt Selected for IT Internship with Ingersoll Rand

March 30, 2017

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

BVU Computer Science

 Adamson Accepts Software Developer Position with DuPont Pioneer

March 30, 2017

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

BVU Computer Science

 Snyder Accepts Summer Internship in NYC

March 29, 2017

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

Digital Media & Communication Studies Depts.

 Accepted a job at Pioneer

March 28, 2017

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

Austin Adamson

 Psychology Professor Edits Book

March 28, 2017

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

Psychology Dept.

 Professional Training

March 17, 2017

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

Theatre Faculty

 Clark Accepts Software Developer Position with Stine Seed

March 16, 2017

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

BVU Computer Science

 WolfTornabane Selected for TransAgra Internship

March 16, 2017

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

BVU Computer Science

 Daly Awarded Advanced Cyber Education Internship

March 16, 2017

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

BVU Computer Science

 Hirschman Accepted Into Student Affairs Graduate Program

March 15, 2017

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

Communication Program

 Dr. Merrin Guice Performs as a Soloist at Carnegie Hall

March 14, 2017

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

Dr. Merrin Guice

 Matthew Schulz Accepted to Highly Selective Graduate Program

March 14, 2017

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

Dr. Merrin Guice

 Wieseler Named Runner-up in International Creativity Contest

March 9, 2017

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

English Dept.

 Teaching Position Accepted

March 8, 2017

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

School of Education

 Simonsen Accepted to Toxicology Ph.D. Program

March 7, 2017

 

 

Congratulations to senior biology major, Derek Simonsen, who has been accepted into the University of Iowa Graduate Program in Human Toxicology, beginning Fall Semester, 2017! The University of Iowa Human Toxicology Graduate Program is recognized as one of the top programs in the nation. Derek was among only four undergraduates invited for face-to-face interviews with leading University of Iowa researchers for placement among four toxicology research labs. Derek’s offer comes with a research stipend, full tuition support, and health insurance allowance. Nice job, Derek!

School of Science

 Erin Morley admitted to Masters of Science in Agricultural Safety and Health program

March 7, 2017

Congratulations to senior Erin Morley for being admitted to the Masters of Science in Agricultural Safety and Health program at the University of Iowa in Iowa City. Erin was awarded a full tuition waiver and a monthly stipend to pursue her Masters in this program.

 Congratulations on Selection as 2017/18 BVU Global Fellows

March 7, 2017

 

 

Congratulations to Aidan CroninKevin EdgarRebecca PetersJacob SimonsenMarco Uribe, and Olivia Wieseler who were selected to represent BVU as the 2017/2018 Global Fellows! Selection was based on committee reviews of essay responses and faculty recommendation letters. Please help us congratulate this group of outstanding BVU representatives as they embark on a journey to consider cultural and biological sustainability perspectives from the southern tip of the world to our own back yard. Well done, Global Fellows!

Dr. Melinda Coogan

 Christian Kladstrup awarded Mayo Clinic SURF

March 4, 2017

Congratulations to BVU junior Christian Kladstrup for being awarded a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. Christian was one of 140 students selected from 1,352 applicants for this prestigious summer fellowship. He will be working with Dr. Yasuhiro Ikeda and Dr. Farhad Kosari in the Virology and Gene Therapy program and will receive a $6,000 stipend from the Mayo Foundation to support his experience.

 Eccher Accepted to Master's Program

March 1, 2017

Congratulations to senior Michelle Eccher, Communication Studies major, who was recently accepted into the University of Northern Iowa's graduate program in Post-Secondary Education, Student Affairs. We're proud of you, Michelle!

Communication Program

 Psychology Professor Publishes Book Chapter

Feb. 28, 2017

Congratulations to Dr. Wind Goodfriend, professor of psychology and assistant dean of graduate studies; she is the lead author on a chapter in the new book, "Foundations for Couples' Therapy: Research for the Real World." Goodfriend's chapter is co-authored by Pamela Cathey and Chris Agnew, and the chapter focuses on their research regarding biased perceptions of romantic partners in both healthy and unhealthy relationships. The book is now available for purchase at all major booksellers.

Psychology Dept.

 Mayra Lopez Graduates, Accepts Position

Feb. 15, 2017

Mayra Lopez earned her social work degree in December, 2016 by completing a 15-week internship at Seasons Center. She was immediately hired by Seasons to work in their Behavior Health Intervention Specialist/Community Services programs. Congratulations Mayra!

Social Work Department

 Wagstaff Publishes and Accepted to Present

Feb. 8, 2017

Congratulations to Dr. Jenny Wagstaff, Assistant Professor of Counseling Education, who recently published her research in the Journal of Campus Behavioral Intervention (J-BIT). Her article is titled "Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students (BASIC) with the Mandated Student: Some Practical Considerations. Wagstaff will also present "The Well-Rounded Practitioner: Integrating Facets of Mental Health" at the Iowa Mental Health Counselors Association's annual conference in May.

BVU Graduate Programs & School of Education/ExSc

 Clifford A. Rae School of Science Academic Achievement Award Winners

Feb. 3, 2017

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 2016 calendar year are:

  • Second-Year student winners: Aaron Nicoliasen, Meghan Bissen
  • Third-Year student winners: Emma Konkler, Christian Kladstrup, Tanner Cook
  • Fourth-Year student winners: Tarynne Kinghorn, Carly Ouverson, Sarah Schlichte
  • Congratulations to these students for their excellent academic performance.

Benjamin B. Donath Dean of the School of Science

 Presentation Accepted

Feb. 3, 2017

Professor Jim Farnsworth will present at the 2017 American College of Sports Medicine conference in Denver, Colorado. He will present on the Rasch Calibration of the Knee Injury Osteoarthritis Outcome Score in June.

School of Education and Exercise Science

 Presentation Accepted

Feb. 2, 2017

Casey Baker, Assistant Professor of Counselor Education, will be presenting at the Association for Child and Adolescent Counseling's National Conference in July. The conference will be held in Washington, DC. Her presentation is titled "Let it go": Using popular film in play therapy. 

Mental Health Counseling Program

 Graham and Eccher to present at undergraduate honors conference

Feb. 2, 2017

Congratulations to Lindsey Graham and Michelle Eccher whose capstone theory papers were competitively-selected for presentation at the 2017 Central States Communication Association's Undergraduate Honors Conference. Lindsey's paper, "What Happens In Vegas: How Previous Romantic Relationships Impact Future Relationship Satisfaction and Certainty" and Michelle's paper, "Got FoMO?: The Perceptions and Effects of Fear of Missing Out on Instagram" will be presented March 17-18, Minneapolis, MN.

Communication Dept

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

Feb. 1, 2017

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 2016 calendar year are:

  • Second Year Student Winners: Alan Maldonado, Tara Harris, Presley Shumate
  • Third Year Student Winners: Alyssa Kragelund, Keely Bycroft, Alexander J Spake
  • Fourth Year Student Winners: Colin Hansen, Amber Decker, Chau Nguyen

We commend and congratulate these students for their outstanding effort and performance.

James Falter, Dean

 Teaching Position Accepted

Jan. 30, 2017

Nichole Wiese accepted a position as a teacher for Farmstead Preschool in Cedar Falls, Iowa.

School of Education

 Teaching Position Accepted

Jan. 30, 2017

Vanesa E. Sanchez Rios accepted a position as an ELL teacher for Denison Community School District in Denison, Iowa.

School of Education

 Teaching Position Accepted

Jan. 30, 2017

Nick Clark accepted a position as the physical education teacher at Saint Edmond Catholic School in Fort Dodge, Iowa.

School of Education

 Psychology Students to Present at Conference

Jan. 16, 2017

Congratulations to the psychology students listed below who have all been accepted to present their research at the upcoming Midwestern Psychological Association conference this May, in Chicago. Conference acceptance is competitive and requires original data; most of these students will be presenting work from the Psychology Research Club mentored by Dr. Wind Goodfriend. The students are: Andrea Almanza, Justin Belstene, Lindsay Blackford, Kierra Eldridge, Gage Grutz, Tiffany Hull, Beatriz Medina, Angus Pollock, Katie Puls, Jamie Rich, Abby Ross, and Kyle Wiebers.

 

Psychology Dept.

 Meier Accepts IT Position with Milken Community Schools

Jan. 10, 2017

Congratulations to BVU Computer Science senior Alex Meier on accepting an information technology (IT) position with Milken Community Schools in Los Angeles, CA. Alex will be working with their IT team by providing support and network administration to the school district. Good luck to you, Alex!

BVU Computer Science

 Swanson Awarded Internship with Principal

Dec. 26, 2016

 

Congratulations to sophomore computer science major Matthew Swanson on being awarded an internship through the Principal Financial Group's Summer 2017 IT Internship Program. Matthew will be working with Principal's Information Services help desk. Well done, Matthew!

 

BVU Computer Science

 Reimers Accepts Software Developer Position with Stine Seed

Dec. 21, 2016

 

Congratulations to BVU computer science senior Kyle Reimers. Kyle recently accepted a position as a software developer with Stine Seed in Adel, Iowa. Kyle's primary duties will involve full-stack mobile app development using AngularJS, NodeJS, and NoSQL database technology. Well done, Kyle! Best of luck to you on the start of a promising career!

 

BVU Computer Science

 Psychology Student Publishes Second Journal Article

Dec. 18, 2016

The Psychology department is extremely proud of senior student Jamie Rich, who has just been accepted for publication a second time. Jamie's papers are both original, empirical research studies she completed over the past two years, and Jamie is first author on both papers. The first paper was her Honors project and was accepted by "Modern Psychological Studies" earlier this semester. This week, her second paper was accepted for the "Journal of Psychological Inquiry." The second paper was completed as part of Dr. Wind Goodfriend's Advanced Research Thesis course. Both papers investigated the accuracy of eyewitness testimony, and Dr. Goodfriend will be second author on both papers. We believe this is the first time a BVU student has published two empirical research projects before graduation. Well done, Jamie.

Psychology Dept.

 Psychology Alumna and Professor Publish Together

Dec. 17, 2016

 

 

Congratulations to BVU Psychology alumna Maria Trujillo (class of 2016), whose senior thesis has just been accepted for publication in the Journal of Psychological Inquiry. Dr. Wind Goodfriend, professor of psychology and assistant dean of graduate programs, is a co-author. The paper is titled, "Measured and Manipulated Control: Predicting Empathy and Eating Disorders," and was written as Maria's project for Dr. Goodfriend's Advanced Research Thesis course.

 

 

Psychology Dept.

 National Golden Microphone Contest Finalists

Dec. 13, 2016

Congratulations to the following Digital Media students for being named finalists in the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System Golden Microphone national radio contest:

Best News Feature Story: Kylee Deering and Spencer Lee "Stranger in a Strange Land"

Best Political News Coverage: Tiffany Brauckman, Brittany Poeppe, Mackenzie Rappe and alumnus Zach Schmidt ('16) "Iowa Caucus Story"

Best Baseball Play-by-play: Tanner Hoops "Baseball v. Wartburg"

Best Play-by-play Other: Tanner Hoops and Andrew Bandstra "Volleyball v. Loras"

Best Sports Interview: Tanner Hoops "Interview with Dick Bremer"

Winners will be announced at the national IBS conference March 3-5 in New York City.

Dr. Andrea Frantz

 Psychology Professor to Write Second Textbook

Dec. 7, 2016

Dr. Wind Goodfriend, professor of psychology and assistant dean of graduate programs, has signed a contract with SAGE Publishers to write a second textbook. The first book (on social psychology) is scheduled for publication in 2018. The second book covers theories on intimate relationships and is scheduled for publication in 2020. Goodfriend's contract includes funding to attend conferences, to hire a research assistant, and royalties on books sold. Congratulations, Dr. Goodfriend.

Psychology Dept.

 Publication and "Best of Collection" Designation

Dec. 2, 2016

Dr. Gwen Hart's poem "Lucky" earned the "Best of Collection" designation in the 2016 Main Street Rag anthology Stuck in the Middle: Wrting that Keeps You in Suspense.

English Dept.

 Two Professors Publish in "Doctor Who" Book

Nov. 30, 2016

Congratulations to both Dr. Miranda Pollock (assistant professor of graphic design) and Dr. Wind Goodfriend (professor of psychology). They have published chapters in the book "Doctor Who Psychology: A Madman with a Box," which is now available for purchase at bookstores and online. Their co-authored chapter discusses Jungian archetypes and "the male gaze" in an analysis of weeping angels (one of the Doctor's alien enemies). Dr. Goodfriend also published a chapter on the Doctor's relationship with Rose, one of his companions. The book is so popular that when this message was submitted to the BVU News, the book was sold out in the first day of publication!

Psychology Dept.

 Two Psychology Students Publish Papers

Nov. 29, 2016

Congratulations to senior psychology major Jamie Rich and to 2016 alumna Patrice Crall. Both of them have written papers that will be published in the journal Modern Psychological Studies. Dr. Wind Goodfriend will be second author on both papers. Jamie's paper, "Can You Remember? Factors Predicting Memory in Eyewitness Testimony," was written for the BVU Honors program. Patrice's paper, "She Asked For it: Predictors of Rape Myth Acceptance," was written for her Gender and Women's Studies Capstone course.

Psychology Dept.

 Campbell Selected for Internship at Henry Doorly Zoo

Nov. 28, 2016

 

 

BVU junior environmental science major, Kristina Campbell, was selected to complete an internship at the Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium from December 20th to January 25th. Selection is highly-competitive, and Kristina’s focus area will be Interactive Animal Programming. Congratulations, Kristina!

School of Science

 Simonsen Presented Research at World Congress

Nov. 28, 2016

 

 

BVU senior biology major, Derek Simonsen, was one of approximately 6,000 attendees at the 2016 Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) 7th World Congress and 37th North American Annual Meeting held November 6-10 in Orlando, FL. Derek’s research presentation, entitled “Evidence of DDT resuspension through dredging of a Midwest agricultural lake system,” was among only a few undergraduate submissions accepted for presentation at this international conference.Congratulations, Derek!

School of Science

 Kacee Baker presents at Midwest humanities conference

Nov. 17, 2016

Congratulations to senior English major Kacee Baker, who presented an original research paper last Saturday at the annual Midwest Undergraduate Conference on the Humanities (MUCH) at Central College in Pella, Iowa. Kacee’s essay, “The War Between Indigenous and White Masculinities in Leslie Marmon Silko’s novel Ceremony,” which was part of a panel on “Oppositional Voices,” was well received and prompted a thoughtful Q&A discussion.

English Dept.

 Hultgren Accepts Position with Visual Concepts

Nov. 17, 2016

 

 

Congratulations to BVU computer science student Joseph Hultgren. Joe has accepted a position on the Technical Art team at Visual Concepts of Novato, California. Joe will be writing Python tools and setting up rigging for 3D models that support video game development. Best of luck on the start of a promising career, Joe!

BVU Computer Science

 Mackey Awarded Microsoft Internship

Nov. 17, 2016

Congratulations to BVU junior computer science and mathematics double major Sarah Mackey. Sarah has accepted an internship offer with Microsoft, famed creator of Windows, Office, SQL Server, Xbox, and many others. Sarah will spend this coming summer at Microsoft's corporate headquarters in Redmond, Washington. Very well done, Sarah!

BVU Computer Science

 2017 URMED Scholars Named

Nov. 16, 2016

Congratulations to Jacob Braddock, Christian Kladstrup, and Jake Staudt. These three students were recognized by Buena Vista Regional Medical Center and Buena Vista University as the URMED Fellows for January of 2017. URMED is the Undergraduate Rural Medicine Education Development program and URMED fellows participate in a three week January internship and receive a $3,000 stipend to defray the costs associated with applying to medical school. Jacob, Christian and Jake were selected from a pool of applicants through a competitive process by a committee of 3 local physicians, a hospital administrator, and 3 BVU faculty.

URMED Selection Committee

 Weaver accepted into Northwestern

Nov. 11, 2016

 

 

Congratulations to Cortney Weaver, a BVU Art and Biology double major, who was accepted to the Masters in Prosthetics and Orthotics program at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. The Feinburg School's Prosthetics and Orthotics program is ranked as one of the top programs in the country. Cortney will graduate in from BVU in May and begin at Northwestern next Fall.

Visual Art and Design Department

 Pluym and Strohmyer to Present Research

Nov. 10, 2016

Senior, JoAnna Pluym, and Dr. Karin Strohmyer have been invited to present their research titled "Exploring Causes, Experiences, and Solutions Related to Burnout among Rural Special Educators", at the Annual American Council on Rural Special Education conference in Asheville, NC, this coming March. This research project is the result of work done by Ms. Pluym as part of the Honor's Program at BVU.

Dr. Karin Strohmyer

 BVU Students Selected to Collegiate Honor Band

Nov. 9, 2016

Five BVU Band students have been selected to perform in the 23rd Annual Iowa Collegiate Honor Band. This event will be held on Friday November 18 and Saturday November 19 at Nevada, IA in the Josephine Tope Community Auditorium attached to the Nevada Community School.

The conductor of the 2016 College Honor Band is Dr. William Wakefield, Professor of Music, Director of Bands and Coordinator for the Ensembles and Applied Division at the University of Oklahoma School of Music.

BVU students selected include: Rachel Kehrberg - clarinet, Jarrett Drummer - clarinet, Ica McMahon - flute, Brandon Glienke - bass trombone, Jack Fordyce - string bass and Matthew Swanson - percussion.

Jerry Bertrand

 Paper accepted for Presentation at the College Music Society Great Lakes Conference

Nov. 8, 2016

The College Music Society has accepted Dr. Merrin Guice's paper, "Beyond Porgy and Bess: A cultural-musicological analysis of the opera/oratorios of African American 20th century composers before the civil rights movement" for presentation at the Great Lakes Conference in April.

 Frantz receives two national awards

Nov. 2, 2016

Dr. Andrea Frantz won two national awards at the Society for Collegiate Journalists biennium meeting and College Media Association conference in Atlanta, GA, October 27. First, SCJ Executive Director, Dr. Sally Renaud presented Frantz with the Sheridan Barker National Adviser of the Year. The award recognizes the recipient’s role as ‘mentor, facilitator, and link to the organization’s past and future.’ Additionally, Frantz received the College Media Association’s Louis Ingelhart First Amendment Award for ‘extraordinary, long-term advocacy of the First Amendment.’

 

 

Frantz also presented in four sessions at the College Media Association conference while in Atlanta.

Digital Media Department

 Hoops wins second place national media award

Nov. 2, 2016

 

Junior Digital Media major, Tanner Hoops, won second place in Radio Sports Broadcasting in the College Media Association Pinnacles competition October 29. The national student media contest attracted nearly 2,800 individual entries from 176 universities across the country. The contest does not distinguish entries based on size of program/school, and the other finalists for the radio sports broadcasting category included third place winner Vanderbilt University and first place winner Seton Hall University.

Dr. Andrea Frantz

 SCJ chapter wins national recognition

Nov. 2, 2016

 

The Buena Vista University Society for Collegiate Journalists chapter was recognized at the national biennium with the Mary Beth Earnheardt Award for Service. The national award is presented to a single chapter that best exemplifies the SCJ ideals of service to the community and advancement of First Amendment education. Four BVU students attended the biennium and accepted the award on behalf of the chapter. All are Digital Media majors and included: Tanner Hoops, a junior from Storm Lake; Madeleine McCormick, a junior from Huxley; Jasmine Bautista, a senior from South Sioux City; and Dee Friesen, a junior from Storm Lake.

Dr. Andrea Frantz

 Invited to lead Brief Motivational Intervention for College Students at Winston-Salem State University

Oct. 28, 2016

Congratulations to Dr. Jenny Wagstaff who has been invited to train the counseling center staff at Winston-Salem State University in the areas of Motivational Interviewing and Brief Motivational Interventions to address high-risk behaviors including alcohol and other substances. On November 3 and 4 she will incorporate her research findings and help the staff develop skills to deliver this evidenced-base intervention.

School of Education and BVU Graduate Programs

 Hanna Zinn Interns in Washington D.C.

Oct. 27, 2016

Congratulations to Hanna Zinn who is serving as a research and development intern at the Sindhi American Political Action Committee in Washington D.C. Sindhipac.org Hanna’s responsibilities include things such as attending events and meetings with legislators on the Hill to bring awareness to the issues facing the people of Sindh, writing articles for the organization’s magazine and journals and studying recent foreign policy decisions to determine how actors in the federal government (NSC, State Dept., Congress, etc.) impact the foreign policy process. She recently met with John McCain and had the opportunity to sit in on Foreign Affairs Committee hearings. As part of The Washington Center internship experience she is taking a course on U.S. Foreign Policy. Bravo, Hanna – We are proud of you!

 

The Political Science Dept.

 Sarah Mackey selected for participation in the Budapest Semester in Mathematics

Oct. 27, 2016

 

 

Congratulations to Sarah Mackey. Sarah Mackey, junior double major in mathematics and computer science, was recently accepted for participation in the Budapest Semester in Mathematics for the spring semester of 2017. BSM, a selective and prestigious program of study, offers high achieving mathematics students from the U.S. and Canada the opportunity for advanced mathematics study in Hungary, a country with a remarkably rich intellectual tradition in mathematics and the sciences. Sarah is pursuing this opportunity in conjunction with her selection as the winner of BVU’s J. Leslie Rollins Award in May, 2016. Congratulations, Sarah!

 

The School of Science

The School of Science

 Jaelyn Olson admitted to Iowa PharmD program

Oct. 26, 2016

Congratulations to Jaelyn Olson for being admitted to the University of Iowa Doctor of Pharmacy program. She will begin working toward her Pharm.D. in August of 2017.

 Psychology Professor Invited to European Conference

Oct. 24, 2016

Congratulations to Dr. Wind Goodfriend, who has been invited to present research at an upcoming conference in Vienna, Austria. The International Convention of Psychological Science has asked Dr. Goodfriend to present the research on relationship violence that makes up Dr. Goodfriend's second book on the topic, scheduled to be published in 2018. The research took place over 8 years and identifies warning signs that a relationship could become violent in the future. The conference is in March, over BVU's Spring Break.

Psychology Dept.

 Eccher Awarded Scholarship to Attend The Way Up Conference

Oct. 21, 2016

 

 

Congratulations to Michelle Eccher, senior communication studies major, for being selected as recipient of the 2016 Carol Rocklin Kay Memorial Scholarship. Women undergraduate or graduate students attending a higher education institution in Iowa, who are interested in a career in higher education, may apply. The scholarship covers conference registration and one night's stay in the conference hotel. Michelle will attend The Way Up Conference - 30 Years of Inspiring Excellence for Women in Higher Education, on November 3 & 4 in Coralville, IA., where she will learn about current issues and trends in higher education leadership and management, as she prepares for a future career in higher education.

 Kinesmetrics Paper to be Published

Oct. 20, 2016

Congratulations to Jim Farnsworth, assistant professor of exercise science. His paper, "Reliability of Computerized Neurocognitive Tests for Concussion Assessment: A Meta-Analysis" has just been accepted for publication in the Journal of Athletic Training

Exercise Science Dept.

 Publication

Oct. 18, 2016

Michael Tidemann, adjunct instructor with the Online and Professional Studies Estherville campus, recently published a short story, "Dear Virgil", in a Boston-based online literary magazine reaching eighty countries, thewriteplaceatthewritetime.org/fiction.html

The story is about Virgil Earp's boyhood in Pella, Iowa. Virgil and his brother Wyatt were later immortalized for their role in the Gunfight at OK Corral.

 Abstract Accepted in SHAPE America National Convention and Expo in March 2017

Oct. 2, 2016

 

Congratulations, James L Farnsworth II, a program director in human performance program! The abstract, Development of a Mental Toughness Inventory for Youth, has been accepted for the Research Program of the 2017 SHAPE (Society of Health and Physical Educators) America National Convention and Expo that will take place in Boston, MA.

Exercise Science

 Mackey Awarded Grace Hopper Scholarship

Sept. 30, 2016

 

 

BVU junior Computer Science and Mathematics double major Sarah Mackey has been awarded a scholarship to attend the 2016 Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing Conference in Houston, TX. The scholarship is given yearly by the Anita Borg Institute to cover conference registration, travel, meals, and lodging for promising and talented young women who would benefit from attending the conference. Congratulations, Sarah!

BVU Computer Science

 Two Professors Publish "Doctor Who" Book Chapters

Sept. 27, 2016

Congratulations to Dr. Wind Goodfriend, professor of psychology, and to Dr. Miranda Pollock-Raymond, assistant professor of graphic design. They have co-authored a chapter in the book "Doctor Who Psychology: A Madman with a Box." Their chapter is titled, "Weeping Angels, Archetypes, and the Male Gaze." Dr. Goodfriend also contributed a second chapter titled, "By Any Other Name," in which she analyzes the relationship between The Doctor and his companion Rose. The book is now available for pre-purchase on Amazon.com and will be released on November 15th (just in time for the holidays).

Psychology/Art Depts.

 Student Research Work Recognized

Sept. 19, 2016

 

 

Congratulations to Stephanie Steiner and Ashley Lemke whose original research from their Communication Studies Capstone courses were competitively-selected for presentation at the Iowa Communication Association's annual conference in Pella, IA, September 16-17. Steiner's work entitled, “The Filtered Self: What Instagram Postings Reveal about an Individual’s Sense of Identity,” earned the Westphal Top Student Paper Award and will be published in the 2017 Iowa Journal of Communication. Lemke’s work examined the relationship between fathers and daughters who are only children on the effect of the daughter’s future romantic relationships.

Communication Studies Program

 Psychology Paper to be Published

Sept. 9, 2016

Congratulations to Carlee Brown, 2016 alumna with double majors in criminal justice and psych, and to Dr. Goodfriend, professor of psychology. Their co-authored paper, "A Diabolical and Disordered Personality: John Doe in 'Seven,'" has just been accepted for publication in the Journal of Psychological Inquiry.

Psychology Dept.

 Graham Earns Women in Leadership Certificate at Case Western

Sept. 8, 2016

Lindsey Graham, senior Corporate Communication and Business Marketing major, received the Women in Leadership Certificate this summer from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. Lindsey was the recipient of the 2015 Wendy C. Waugaman Women and Leadership Development Award and used the funds to travel and attend workshops at Case throughout the past year, including High Impact Leadership for Women, Career Success Strategies for Women in Leadership, Women & Organizational Politics: Developing Power and Influence, and Self Awareness for Women in Leadership. This certificate gives Lindsey the tools necessary for being an adaptive leader and making positive impacts in her profession.

Communication Program

 Student and Professor Publish Together

Sept. 7, 2016

Congratulations to Patrice Crall (2016 graduate, psychology major and GWST minor), and to Dr. Wind Goodfriend, professor of psychology and assistant dean of graduate studies. Their co-authored paper, "Predicting Reactions to Depression in Others: Mental Health Stigma and Social Distance," has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Psychological Inquiry. Patrice is the first author of the paper and wrote it for Dr. Goodfriend's Advanced Research Thesis course last year.

 

Psychology Dept.

 English Graduate Working in University of Iowa Special Collections Library

Sept. 6, 2016

2016 English graduate Paije Wee has landed a job in the University of Iowa Special Collections Library in her first semester in the Library and Information Science Program. Paije will be assisting patrons with research on new and ancient materials, some dating back to the 1500s. Congratulations, Paije!

English Dept.

 Conference Presentations

Sept. 6, 2016

The Mental Health Counseling Program faculty are set to present at their regional conferences this October.

Dr. Eran Hanke and Casey Baker will be co-presenting at North Central Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (NCACES). Their presentation title is “Coming together: Building a sense of community in online programs.” This year’s conference will be held in Minneapolis, MN. Casey Baker will be presenting an additional presentation at NCACES entitled “The Innovative Counselor Educator: 15+ online apps that will set your course on fire.”

Dr. Jenny Wagstaff will be presenting at Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (SACES) in October. Her presentation is titled “Counselor education and Title IX.” This year’s SACES conference will be held New Orleans.

Mental Health Counseling Graduate Program

 Psychology Professor to Present at Conference

Sept. 2, 2016

Congratulations to Dr. Wind Goodfriend, who has been invited to present at the annual conference for the Society of Personality and Social Psychology. Her presentation is titled, "The increasing acceptance of case studies in social psychology journals." This year's conference will be held in San Antonio, Texas this January.

Psychology Dept.

 Turn Off The Television And Read

Aug. 29, 2016

Albert F. Hodapp, Mason City Adjunct Psychology Faculty (1995-2016), will publish his manuscript titled Turn Off The Television And Read in Reading Improvement, Fall 2016 (September), Volume 53, Number 3, pp. 114-120.

Mr. Albert Hodapp, Psychology Department

 Derek Simonsen’s Abstract Accepted for Presentation!

Aug. 26, 2016

 

 

Congratulations to BVU senior, Derek Simonsen, on acceptance of his research abstract for presentation at the 7th SETAC World Congress/SETAC North America 37th Annual Meeting in Orlando, FL on November 9, 2016. Derek’s presentation title is “Evidence of DDT resuspension through dredging of a Midwest agricultural lake system.” Nice job, Derek!

School of Science

 Jennifer Heim Completes Graduate Degree!

Aug. 26, 2016

 

 

Congratulations to 2013 BVU graduate Jennifer Heim who completed her M.S. degree in Zoology with a focus in Aquatic Toxicology. The degree was awarded August 5th, 2016, from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, and her thesis title is "Are there fitness costs due to the development of pyrethroid resistance in the non-target aquatic amphipod, Hyalella azteca?" Nice job, Jennifer!

School of Science

 Jerry Quinlan Accepted to CIEE Biology Program in Australia!

Aug. 26, 2016

 

 

Congratulations to BVU junior, Jerry Quinlan, on his acceptance to the CIEE Biology and Ecology Field Studies Program in Perth, Australia. Jerry will travel to Perth and participate in this study abroad program throughout spring semester, 2017. Nice job, Jerry!

 

School of Science

 Vikings Select Three BVU Student Interns

July 28, 2016

Congratulations to seniors, Kassi Kommes (Digital Media), Ashley Lemke (Communication Studies), and Janice Timmerman (Business – Marketing and Sports Management) for being selected as the 2016 Game Day Interns for the NFL’s Minnesota Vikings! Game Day interns assist with various activities during the fall season that include arranging press boxes, delivering game information to media, and recording player/coach interviews. Buena Vista’s partnership with the NFL team’s public relations office continues, thanks in part to 2003 BV graduate Jeff Anderson (Corporate Communication), Executive Director of Communications for the Minnesota Vikings.

This competitive opportunity is open to majors across campus each spring and internship credit is available for those who are selected.

 

BVU Minnesota Vikings Game Day Internship Selection Committee

 Student and Professor Publish Together

July 26, 2016

Congratulations to 2016 BVU alumna Emily Phipps and to Dr. Wind Goodfriend, professor of psychology. Their co-authored paper, "The Effects Race Has on Student Perceptions of Professor Credibility," has been accepted for publication in The Journal of Psychological Inquiry. The paper is the result of Dr. Goodfriend's Research Thesis course, and Emily will be the first author. Great job, Emily!

Psychology Dept.

 Morgan Roecker Accepts Position

June 28, 2016

 

 

Morgan Roecker, 2016 Social Work Graduate, has accepted a position as a Behavioral Health Intervention Social Worker with Lutheran Services of Iowa. Congratulations Morgan!

Social Work Department

 Book reviewed

June 26, 2016

The Elk and other stories, a short story collection by Michael Tidemann, adjunct instructor at the Online and Professional Studies Estherville campus, recently received favorable reviews in The Bismarck Tribune.

The review is available online at:

http://bismarcktribune.com/entertainment/books-and-literature/short-stories-keep-reader-involved/article_cecdfa30-fb3f-5776-b581-972831845d35.html

 20 Under 40 Award

June 22, 2016

Svitlana Miller, Academic Advisor at Newton, has been chosen as one of Jasper Counties "20 Under 40" recipients for 2016.

This designation honors the accomplishments and achievements of young men and women under the age of 40 who have demonstrated excellence in their professions and commitment to community service.

Svitlana will be honored at a luncheon sponsored by the Newton Daily News on June 23rd, 2016.

Congratulations Svitlana!

 

 Jasmin Ramirez Accepts Position

June 20, 2016

 

Jasmin Ramirez, 2016 Social Work Graduate, has accepted a position as a Behavioral Health Intervention Social Worker with Lutheran Services of Iowa. Congratulations Jasmin!


 

Social Work Department

 Student work competitively selected

June 16, 2016

 

 

Congratulation to COMM graduates Stephanie Steiner and Jennifer Van Oort and senior Ashley Lemke, whose original work was competitively-selected for presentation at the Iowa Communication Association's annual conference this fall in Pella, IA.

Stephanie's paper, "The Filtered Self: What Instagram Postings Reveal about an Individual’s Sense of Identity," was selected as the TOP submission. She will receive a small cash prize and will have her work published in the 2016 Iowa Journal of Communication. Stephanie’s and Ashley's paper, "A Daughter’s First Love: The Relationship Between Fathers and Daughters Who are Only Children and the Effect on the Daughter’s Future Romantic Relationships" were completed with their second capstone course, Communication Research. Jennifer's work, "Bite into the Believable: How Apocalyptic Character Development in the Walking Dead Mimics Communication in a Believable Way" was completed with her first capstone course, Communication Theory. The students’ works will be featured in top student panels at the September 16-17, Iowa Communication Association Conference in Pella.

Communication Studies Dept.

 Psychology Student and Professor Publish Together

June 13, 2016

Congratulations to BVU junior Kyle Wiebers (double major in Psychology and Education Studies) and to Dr. Wind Goodfriend, Professor of Psychology. Their co-authored paper, "Impenetrable Suit, Susceptible Mind: A Personality Analysis of Iron Man," has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Psychological Inquiry. Kyle is the first author on the paper, which was his final project for Dr. Goodfriend's Personality class last year. Great job to both.

Psychology Department

 New Theatre Management Position

May 21, 2016

Kendra Ramthun '05 SL arts management graduate is now the General Manager of the Alliance of Resident Theatres in New York City. Kendra interned with BVU alum and Broadway producer Ben Mordecai during her collegiate career and went on to work with Playwrights Horizons theatre as the Assistant General Manager. She was also the Associate General Manager for the Signature Theatre which won the 2014 Tony Award for outstanding regional theatre during her tenure. Congratulations, Kendra! We are so proud of you!

Theatre Department

 Kenkel Completes Masters and Accepts Position with Hi-Rez Studios

May 17, 2016

BVU Computer Science alumnus Jonathon Kenkel (SL'14) has completed his Masters degree at the University of Utah's highly acclaimed Entertainment Arts and Engineering program. After commencement, he will join Hi-Rez Studios in Atlanta, Georgia, where he will work on the popular first person shooter game Paladins. This is an outstanding accomplishment! Congratulations, Jon!

BVU Computer Science

 Blackford Accepts Application Developer Position at Nationwide Insurance

May 17, 2016

Congratulations to BVU Computer Science senior Gary Blackford. Gary has accepted a position as an application developer with Nationwide Insurance in Des Moines, Iowa. Gary will be responsible for building Web applications using Java, Groovy, and the JavaScript/Angular/Node technology stack. Best of luck to you, Gary!

BVU Computer Science

 Greenwalt to Intern for Fareway Information Technology Department

May 17, 2016

Congratulations to BVU Computer Science student Mark Greenwalt. Mark will be interning with Fareway's information technology department in Boone, Iowa, this summer. Mark's primary development duties will involve the use of PHP, MySQL, and JavaScript. Well done, Mark!

BVU Computer Science

 Teaching positions accepted

May 9, 2016

The school of education wishes to congratulate a few more spring 2016 graduates who have accepted teaching jobs for the fall:

  • Anna Negrete will be teaching third grade at Storm Lake Elementary School.
  • Sam Lipps will be teaching history at Storm Lake High School.

School of Education

 Nou Yang Accepts Position

May 9, 2016

Nou Yang, who will graduate in May, 2016, with her degree in social work, has accepted a position as Counselor with Job Corps on the Denison, Iowa campus. Congratulations Nou!

Social Work Department

 Teaching position accepted

May 6, 2016

Shelby Wiederhoeft, a spring 2016 graduate with a major in K-12 Exceptional Student Service and Instruction (ESSI) has accepted a teaching position at the Madelia (MN) Elementary School. She will be teaching early childhood special education there.

Congratulations from the School of Education!

School of Education

 Teaching position accepted

May 6, 2016

Chelsea Smith, a spring 2016 elementary education graduate, has accepted a position at the Storm Lake Elementary School. She will be teaching second grade in the fall.

Congratulations!

School of Education

 Jacalyn Schubring admitted to graduate school

May 5, 2016

 

 

Jacalyn Schubring, a graduating senior with a major in Music Education and a minor in Music Production has just been accepted to the University of Colorado at Denver where she will begin to pursue a Master of Science degree in Music production starting in the Fall of 2016. Congratulations to Jacalyn!

Dr. David Klee

 Brett Pongratz awarded the Fred & Susan Student Study Travel Award

May 5, 2016

 

 

Brett Pongratz, a senior majoring in Music production, has just been awarded the Fred and Susan Moore Student Study Travel Award. He will use this money to help him as he serves an internship at Cleopatra records this summer in Los Angeles. Congratulations to Brett!

Dr. David Klee

 Myckeal Rake accepts position at BVU

May 5, 2016

 

 

 

Myckeal Rake, a senior who will graduate in May with a major in Music production, has just accepted the position as Digital Media Support Specialist at Buena Vista University. He will be in charge of maintaining and supporting the TV studios, the radio station and recording studios in Lage as well as be in charge of all live sound events on campus. Congratulations to Myckeal!!

Dr. david klee

 York Named to Editorial Board

May 4, 2016

Dr. Heather York, Assistant Professor of Biology, has been appointed as a mammal expert to the editorial board of the Northeastern Naturalist, a peer-reviewed journal of biology and natural history. Congratulations to her!

School of Science

 Teaching Position Accepted

May 4, 2016

Jennifer Totten, a spring 2016 Business Education Major with math and science endorsements, has accepted a teaching position at Schleswig Middle School. Jennifer will be teaching 7th and 8th grade math and science.

Congratulations!

Denison Site

 Teaching Position Accepted

May 4, 2016

Ann Pottebaum, a spring 2016 secondary science education major, has accepted a teaching position at Carroll Kuemper. She will be teaching Middle School Science and STEM.

Congratulations!


Denison Site

 Teaching Position Accepted

April 28, 2016

Kelsey Blum, a spring 2016 elementary education major, has accepted a teaching position at the Carroll Middle School. She will be teaching 5-8 SPED.

Congratulations!

School of Education

 Congratulations Dr. Coogan

April 27, 2016

 

Dr. Melinda Coogan, Associate Professor of Biology, was recently named as the 128th president of the Iowa Academy of Science. Congratulations, Dr. Coogan.

The School of Science

 Digital Media Students present session at College Media Association Conference in New York, NY

April 22, 2016

Members of the BVU chapter of the Society for Collegiate Journalists presented a session, "Tear Down This Wall: Scaling the Barrier Between Campus and Community" at the 2016 Spring College Media Association national conference in New York, NY. The following students offered the session: Zachary T. Schmidt, Chelsey Goetz, Kiley Wellendorf, Stephanie Steiner, Kassi Kommes, Kaylie Plowman, Skyler Gorsett, and Tanner Hoops which addressed how media outreach can bridge the town-gown gap.

Digital Media faculty

 BVU Student Media leaders recognized at SPJ Regional Mark of Excellence Awards

April 22, 2016

The Society for Professional Journalists Region 7 recently held its annual Mark of Excellence Awards ceremony in Kansas City. Mark of Excellence awards recognize the nation's best student media work. The following student works were named regional finalists in the national competition.

Television Feature Reporting— Chelsey Goetz, “Small Town Eats and Yummy Treats”

Radio Feature Reporting— Zachary Schmidt, Chelsey Goetz, & Chase Harrison, “Nate Ruess, Next Gen Climate, Reverb and Iowa”

Online Feature Reporting— Kiley Wellendorf, “A guide of love: the bond between a service dog + a freshman in college”

Best Use of Multimedia— Stephanie Steiner & Krystal Schulte (’15) “Living under a rock in the digital age”

Best Independent Online Student Publication— The Tack Online

 

 

Digital Media faculty

 Student Media Leaders place in Society for Collegiate Journalists national contest

April 22, 2016

The Society for Collegiate Journalists recently announced its winners for the 2015-16 national journalism contest. Members of the Buena Vista University SCJ chapter were notified of the following awards at its April 21 induction of new members:

SCJ National Contest Individual Awards

Multimedia News

  • Skyler Gorsett, First Place; “Breaking Stereotypes”
  • Justice Gage and Kyle Wiebers, Second Place; “Questions w/ Kyle: Spina Bifida Awareness"

 

Photo Slideshow

  • Stephanie Steiner, Third Place; “From Pierce/White to McCorkle: An RA’s Story”
  • Susie Haack, Honorable Mention; “Struggles of a Voice”
  • Morgan McGrew, Honorable Mention; “Juanita Mondragon”

 

 

Multimedia Feature

  • Kiley Wellendorf, Second Place; “A Guide of Love”

News Stories

  • Madeleine McCormick and Kylie Wellendorf, Honorable Mention “Students abroad affected by terror attack in Paris”

Continuing Coverage

  • Stephanie Steiner and Aaron Burns (’15), Third Place; “University Prioritization Process”

Feature Stories

  • Kiley Wellendorf, First Place; “A guide of love: the bond between a service dog and a freshman in college”

Sports News

  • Tanner Hoops, Honorable Mention; “Beavers win over Warriors in final seconds”

Radio Sports Package

  • Tanner Hoops, First Place;“BV women’s basketball highlights”
  • Tanner Hoops, Third Place; “Head wrestling coach Jeff Breese interview”

 

Television Feature Package

  • Chelsey Goetz, Second Place; “Small Town Eats and Yummy Treats”

Television Sports Package

  • Zachary Schmidt, Chris Haberman & Tanner Hoops, Third Place; “BVU Football v. Loras”

SCJ National Contest Overall Excellence Awards

Overall Magazine Excellence

  • Stephanie Steiner and Kiley Wellendorf, Third PlaceImmersing Magazine

Overall Online News Website Excellence

 

  • The Tack OnlineSecond Place

Dr. Andrea Frantz

 BVU Student Media Leaders Recognized with Iowa Motion Picture Association Awards

April 22, 2016

The Iowa Motion Picture Association (IMPA) recognizes outstanding creative and technical achievement in Iowa’s moving image production industry, in all its forms—in twenty-one Program Categories and twenty-five Craft Categories. The following BVU student media leaders were honored at the IMPA April 20 awards ceremony.

Animated Entertainment—Short Form

  • Cassie Forsyth (’15) Award of Excellence, “I’m So Disney”

Student Production—College

  • Emily Johnson and Chelsey Goetz, Award of Achievement, “Taking Stage”
  • Zachary T. Schmidt, Award of Achievement, “Stand for Me”

 

 

Digital Media faculty

 Psychology Student Invited to Visit Research Lab in Vienna

April 21, 2016

 

 

Congratulations to Angus Pollock-Raymond, double major in Psychology and Biology, who will be spending a week this summer observing cutting-edge research at the Medical University of Vienna. He will be working with medical doctors in the Transgender Outpatient Clinic in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology. The research project of focus is on gender identity and neuroimaging. Angus' expenses are paid by a generous grant from Kitty Conover, specifically dedicated to research in the social sciences. Upon his return next Fall, Angus will be required to complete a year-long research project in Psychology based on his time in Vienna.

 

 

Psychology Dept.

 Kellyn Arnold in Ph.D. Program

April 21, 2016

 

 

Kellyn Arnold, mathematics major and recent BVU graduate, is completing her Master’s degree in Epidemiology at the University of Leeds, England. Kellyn was recently accepted in the Ph.D. program in Healthcare Studies at Leeds, where her research will focus on using statistical and agent-based modelling to develop methods for causal inference from observational data in the field of epidemiology. Congratulations, Kellyn.

 

School of Science

 Zinn accepts internship with State of Iowa

April 21, 2016

 

 

 

Congratulations to junior public administration major, Hanna Zinn, on accepting a competitive internship with the Iowa Secretary of State's office in Des Moines for this summer. College students from across the state of Iowa applied for this position and only one was selected. She will be working on increasing voter education and younger voter participation in Iowa! We are so proud of you, Hanna!

Center for Academic Excellence

 Goodfriend Book Chapter Featured on PBS

April 21, 2016

The PBS Digital Show "BrainCraft" has created a video segment highlighting Dr. Wind Goodfriend's co-authored chapter in the upcoming book, "Game of Thrones Psychology." The chapter highlights the importance of self-control and delayed gratification for success in life (or in winning a seat on the Iron Throne). You can watch the video on YouTube through this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UayWymFGIqI

Psychology Dept.

 More teaching positions accepted

April 20, 2016

  • Ronda Long-Birdsall, a December 2015 graduate with a 5-12 English/LA degree, has accepted a teaching position with Riverside Community School District. She will be teaching 9-12 English.
  • Cristina Buse, a December 2015 graduate with a 5-12 biology and chemistry teaching degree, has accepted a position at OABCIG HS in Ida Grove. She will be teaching high school physical science and physics.
  • Kieresten Lovan, a spring '16 graduate with an elementary education degree, has accepted a position at West Sioux Elementary in Hawarden. She will be teaching fifth grade.

Congratulations!

School of Education

 Psychology Students Present at Conference

April 18, 2016

Congratulations to the large group of Psychology majors and minors who have been accepted to present their research projects at the annual Midwestern Psychological Association conference in Chicago. This conference is competitive and only allows a certain number of undergraduates to present, but 100% of the BVU students who submitted projects were accepted. Please send your congratulations to the following students: Mika Millslagle, Maria Trujillo, Bailey Hansen, Carlee Brown, Elizabeth Lopez, Kayleigh Stanek, Patrice Crall, Jamie Rich, and Emily Phipps. Thank you for representing the excellent research going on in the Psychology Department.

Psychology Dept.

 Bernhardt Completes Library Science Degree

April 14, 2016

Dr. Bernhardt has officially completed the work required to graduate this May with a Masters in Library and Information Science from the iSchool at San Jose State University. Congratulations, Dr. Bernhardt!

The Department of Philosophy and Religion

 Congratulations to Bonnie Keller for acceptance to professional school

April 14, 2016

Senior Biology major Bonnie Keller has accepted an offer to begin the Doctor of Occupational Therapy program at St. Ambrose University in Davenport, IA. She will begin her studies this summer. Congratulations Bonnie!

School of Science

 Psychology and Star Trek

April 14, 2016

Congratulations to Dr. Wind Goodfriend, Associate Professor of Psychology; she has written a chapter in the upcoming book, "Star Trek Psychology: The Mental Frontier." The book, scheduled for publication on June 14, 2016, is now available for pre-order on websites like Amazon.com. Goodfriend's chapter is titled, "Terror Management: Mortality Salience on 'Deep Space 9.'"

Psychology Dept.

 Elizabeth Kim awarded NSF REU from Sanford Health

April 14, 2016

Congratulations to Elizabeth Kim for being awarded a National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates Fellowship. Elizabeth was awarded this competitive fellowship for the second summer in a row. She will do her research at Sanford Health in Sioux Falls, South Dakota in the laboratory of Dr. Lance Lee, who studies genetic and molecular causes of the pediatric disorder primary ciliary dyskinesia.

 Bhattacharyya Receives Wabash Grant

April 14, 2016

Dr. Bhattacharyya and three colleagues from institutions across the country have been named recipients of a grant from the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion. This grant will support peer mentoring discussions about issues faced by women of color in the academy, with special attention to pedagogy. Congratulations, Dr. Bhattacharyya!

The Philosophy and Religion Department

 Clark Selected for IT Internship with Nationwide Insurance

April 14, 2016

Congratulations to BVU junior Computer Science major Brady Clark. Brady has accepted a summer internship in the Information Technology department at Nationwide Insurance of Des Moines. Brady's primary duties will involve developing Web-based applications for Nationwide's Agency Solutions group. Well done, Brady!

BVU Computer Science

 Mellott Selected as Summer Intern with Transagra!

April 12, 2016

 

 

Congratulations to Ryan Mellott on being selected to work as a summer research intern with Transagra under the tutelage of Dr. Jane Caldwell, Director of Research and Development. Ryan will be working for eight weeks conducting microbiological investigations. Nice job, Ryan!

School of Science

 Haer accepted into Pharmacy School

April 12, 2016

 

 

Congratulations to BVU junior Morganne Haer, a chemistry major, who has been accepted into Creighton University’s Doctor of Pharmacy program.

School of Science

 Wilson Accepted to University of Iowa Graduate Program!

April 12, 2016

 

 

Congratulations to Ethan Wilson on his acceptance into the University of Iowa College of Public Health’s Department of Epidemiology graduate program. Ethan will be working in the lab of Dr. Christine Peterson investigating zoonotic diseases by researching Leishmania infections of canines. Nice job, Ethan!

School of Science

 Umwali accepts chemistry position

April 12, 2016

 

 

Congratulations to BVU senior Moira Umwali, a chemistry major, who has accepted a full-time chemistry position at Mangold Environmental Testing in Storm Lake. She will join Mangold after graduation in May.

School of Science

 Wang Selected for NSF-REU Program at the University of South Dakota!

April 12, 2016

 

 

Congratulations to Dong Wang on being selected for the University of South Dakota’s NSF-REU Program in Materials Chemistry for the summer of 2016. Dong will be working in the lab of Dr. Miles Koppang investigating research techniques using Mass Spectrometry and Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectrometry. Nice job, Dong!

School of Science

 Tuel Selected as Summer Intern at University of North Texas!

April 12, 2016

 

 

Congratulations to Olivia Tuel on receiving a summer research placement in the lab of Dr. Pamela Padilla, Associate Professor and graduate research advisor at the University of North Texas. Dr. Padilla maintains an active graduate level research lab that uses Caenorhabditis elegans as a biological model. Nice job, Olivia!

School of Science

 Konkler Awarded REU Fellowship

April 12, 2016

 

 

Congratulations to BVU sophomore Emma Konkler for being awarded a highly competitive National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) in Chemistry at Montana State University. Emma will receive a $5000 stipend and room and board for this 10 week research internship.

School of Science

 Brinkerhoff Selected as Naturalist Intern!

April 12, 2016

 

 

Congratulations to Katelyn Brinkerhoff on being selected to work as a Summer Naturalist Intern with Woodbury County Conservation Board at the Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center. She will be planning and conducting summer day camps and public programming where she will bring environmental awareness to all ages of inquiring minds. Nice job, Katelyn!

School of Science

 Heuton Selected as Summer Intern with Iowa Department of Natural Resources!

April 12, 2016

 

 

Congratulations to Dallas Heuton on being selected as a Summer Intern at Black Hawk Wildlife Unit of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (IDNR). This internship initiates a more formalized partnership between the IDNR and Buena Vista University in the selection of summer interns. Nice job, Dallas!

School of Science

 Keller Accepted to St. Ambrose University Graduate Program!

April 12, 2016

 

 

Congratulations to Bonnie Keller on her acceptance into the St. Ambrose University Occupational Therapy Doctoral program.Bonnie will begin her graduate work in the fall of 2016. Nice job, Bonnie!

School of Science

 Teaching Positions Accepted!

April 11, 2016

The following spring 2016 graduates from the School of Education have secured teaching positions for the fall:

  • Greg Davis, a K-12 Exercise Science major, has accepted a position with South Central Calhoun CSD. He will be the elementary PE teacher at the Rockwell City center.
  • Tina Ageson, an elementary education major with a SPED endorsement, has accepted a position with Newell-Fonda CSD. She will be teaching elementary and middle school special education.
  • Abby Drenth, an elementary education major, has accepted a position with WorldTeach. She will be teaching in American Samoa for one year in an elementary classroom, grade level to be determined.
  • Jared Henkenius, a 5-12 History major, has accepted a position at the Storm Lake Middle School. He will be teaching seventh grade social studies.

Congratulations!

School of Education

 Position accepted

April 8, 2016

Sydney Crnkovich, a spring '16 K-12 exercise science major, has accepted a position with the Carroll Community Schools for the fall. She will be teaching PE to grades 4-5 for half the day, and she will be working with at-risk kids the other half of her day.

Congratulations!

School of Education

 Teaching position secured

April 7, 2016

Lisa Hare, a spring '16 elementary education major, has accepted a teaching position for the fall at the Storm Lake Middle School. She will be teaching sixth grade English/language arts!

Congratulations!

School of Education

 Teaching position accepted

April 7, 2016

Wes Onken, a spring '16 math education major, has accepted a teaching position with Sergeant Bluff High School. He will be teaching a variety of math courses there.

Congratulations!

School of Education

 Spanish Students Present at a Conference

April 5, 2016

6 Students were accepted to present their research at an undergraduate Spanish Conference in Mankato Minnesota. Karla Trujillo, Elizabeth Kim, Alison Wedemeyer, Christian Morales, Danielle Eden and Molly Lewison all submitted papers and were accepted, and their presentations were received with high praise from the audience members. Congratulations.

Spanish Department

 Pham Chosen for TransAgra Internship

April 5, 2016

Congratulations to BVU junior Computer Science major Loc Pham. Loc will be interning with TransAgra International in Storm Lake, Iowa. During Loc's internship, he will be building mobile apps for agricultural applications and learning about bioinformatics. Well done, Loc, and good luck!

BVU Computer Science

 Reding to Intern with ITA Group

April 5, 2016

Congratulations to BVU sophomore Computer Science major Griffin Reding. Griffin has accepted an internship with ITA Group in West Des Moines, Iowa. Griffin's primary responsibilities will be software engineering and business analysis. Congratulations and good luck, Griffin!

BVU Computer Science

 The Grand Prize for the Japanese Speech Contest

April 4, 2016

 

 

CONGRATULATIONS TO YU-HAN WANG

Congratulations to Ms. Yu-Han Wang! Yu-Han from Taiwan who is studying English, Art, and Japanese at BVU won the grand prize for the 30th Japanese language speech contest held at the Japan Information Center in Consulate-General of Japan in Chicago on March 26. The title of her speech was “My Contribution to the World” where she talked about her experience of volunteer work in the Tohoku region of Japan where a massive earthquake and tsunami devastated the region in 2011. The result of the speech contest is posted on the homepage of Consulate-General of Japan in Chicago at http://www.chicago.us.emb-japan.go.jp/JIC/spchcont.html. Congratulations to Yu-Han Wang!

Yuriko Togashi, Japanese Instructor

 Psychology Professor to Write Textbook

April 1, 2016

Congratulations to Dr. Wind Goodfriend (Associate Professor of Psychology), who has been offered a contract from Sage Publications to co-author a new textbook on Social Psychology. Sage will provide Goodfriend a generous advance, a high royalties rate, funding to attend conferences and for a summer research assistant, and electronic access to every book and journal published by Sage. The book is scheduled for release in 2018.

Psychology Dept.

 Graduate School Admission

March 31, 2016

Congratulations to Mikaela Millslagle, biology major and psychology minor, who has been accepted into the Iowa State University Masters in Biomedical Sciences program. Great job, Mikaela!

 

Psychology Dept.

 Hansen Awarded REU Fellowship at CUNY's High Performance Computing Center

March 31, 2016

Congratulations to BVU junior Computer Science and Business double major Colin Hansen. Colin has been awarded a fellowship with the National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program at the City University of New York's (CUNY) College of Staten Island. For participating in this 10-week program, Colin will receive a $5,000 stipend in addition to fully paid lodging, meals, and travel expenses. Colin's research will be conducted at CUNY's High Performance Computing Center in the areas of medical image processing and digital holography. Well done, Colin!

BVU Computer Science

 Graduate School Admission

March 31, 2016

Congratulations to Patrice Crall, psychology major and gender studies minor, who has been accepted into the Clinical Mental Health Counseling masters program at University of Nebraska Omaha. Great job, Patrice!

 

Psychology Dept.

 Mackey Awarded Internship

March 31, 2016

 

Sophomore Mathematics and Computer Science double major Sarah Mackey has been awarded a position with the United States Department of Defense in their prestigious Cryptanalysis and Exploitation Services Summer Program (CES SP). The program provides an opportunity for students to work with professional analysts on real, mission-critical crytanalysis problems. Congratulations, Sarah. 

The School of Science

 Okoboji Entrepreneurial Institute Participants Selected

March 30, 2016

 

 

Dr. Michael Whitlatch, Acting 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 Owen Statlander, Ryan Steim, Janice Timmerman, and Shelby Bradley. Meredith Van Zuiden will serve as an alternate. The Institute will be held August 7-12 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!

Harold Walter Siebens School of Business

 Accepted to Graduate School

March 28, 2016

Nicole Boysen has been accepted to the Master of Music program in vocal performance at the University of Delaware! Acceptance was based not only on a standard application, but pre-screening recording and live audition. Brava!

Dr. Merrin Guice

 Accepted to Graduate School

March 28, 2016

Austin Delp has been accepted to Arizona State University in the Master of Fine Arts program in Music Theater. Acceptance was based not only on a standard application but a pre-screening video and live audition. Congratulations!

Dr. Merrin Guice, Music Department

 Psychology Student and Professor Publish Together

March 28, 2016

Congratulations to current BVU Psychology major and Gender Studies minor Patrice Crall and to Dr. Wind Goodfriend, Associate Professor of Psychology. Their co-authored paper, "Lavish Life and Disturbed Disposition: Personality Analysis of Charlie Harper on Two and a Half Men," has just been accepted for publication in the Journal of Psychological Inquiry. Patrice is the first author of the paper.

Psychology Dept.

 Psychology Professor to Edit Book

March 25, 2016

Congratulations to Dr. Wind Goodfriend, who has been invited by McGraw-Hill to edit the next edition of the book, "Taking Sides: Clashing Views in Social Psychology." Dr. Goodfriend edited the previous edition as well. The book highlights twenty current controversies in the field, provides an article on each side of the debate, and offers critical thinking & discussion questions for each controversy.

Psychology Dept.

 Game of Thrones Psychology

March 19, 2016

Congratulations to Dr. Wind Goodfriend; she has written two chapters that will appear in the upcoming book "Game of Thrones Psychology." Dr. Goodfriend is the sole author on the chapter "Women of Westeros: Fighting Benevolent and Hostile Sexism" and is co-author on the chapter "Self-Control and the Secret to Winning the Game of Thrones." Published by Sterling, the book is now available on pre-order through Amazon and will be printed for release on April 26, 2016.

Psychology Dept.

 Full Fellowship to University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign Master of Music Program

March 16, 2016

Stephen Condon has been awarded a full tuition scholarship and a fellowship of $15,000 a year to study Voice Performance in the Master of Music program at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

Dr. Merrin Guice Music Department

 Accepted to Grad Program

March 16, 2016

Michael Adams, a senior who will graduate in May with a K-12 exercise science degree, has been accepted to Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, GA where he will be in the master's program in kinesiology with a coaching emphasis.

Congratulations from the School of Education at BVU!

School of Education

 Position accepted

March 16, 2016

Congratulations to a couple of December grads from the School of Education who have joined the workforce.

Jodie McAndrews, a K-6 elementary education major, has accepted a position as an elementary math interventionist with the East Sac County School District. She is located at the Sac City Elementary.

Ronda Long-Birdsall has accepted a position with St. Albert's High School in Council Bluffs and works in the library there.

Katie (Martin) Smith, a 5-12 all social sciences endorsed graduate, now works for Buena Vista University as an Education Coordinator/Advisor in Denison.

School of Education

 BVU Team participates in CIC Information Fluency Conference

March 15, 2016

A faculty and staff team from BVU was chosen to participate in the Council for Independent Colleges Information Fluency in the Disciplines workshop held in Louisville, KY on March 10-12. This year's workshop focused on infusing information fluency into English and American literature classes. The BVU Team consisted of Dr. Dixee Bartholomew-Feis, Dr. Annamaria Elsden, Dr. Matthew Packer, and Jodie Morin, Library Director.

 Teaching job accepted!

March 15, 2016

A number of spring 2016 graduates in the School of Education have accepted teaching positions for the fall. Please join us in congratulating them as they prepare to begin their teaching careers in the following locations:

Gable Bonner, a secondary math major, has accepted a position at Estherville Lincoln Central High School where he will be teaching Algebra I, Algebra II, geometry, as well as coaching both football and wrestling.

Ari Butterfield, a K-12 instrumental music major, has accepted a K-12 music position in Doland, SD.

Cole Darrow, a K-12 PE major, has accepted a teaching position at Inman Primary School in Red Oak, IA. Cole will be teaching K-3 PE.

Kelsey Struck, a K-12 instrumental music major, has accepted a teaching position with East Sac County School District where she will be teaching K-6 general music.

School of Education

 Psychology Student Accepted to Grad School

March 13, 2016

Congratulations to Psychology senior Bailey Hansen, who has been accepted to the graduate school at Minnesota State University (Moorhead). She will be entering the Master in Science program to become an Education Specialist in School Psychology. Great job, Bailey!

Psychology Dept.

 Graduate School Acceptance

March 9, 2016

English major Paije Wee has been accepted into the master's degree program for Library and Information Science at the University of Iowa. Congratulations, Paije!

English Dept.

 Sarah Schlichte awarded University of Iowa Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship

March 9, 2016

Sarah Schlichte, a junior Biology major, was recently awarded a highly competitive, 10-week, Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship at the University of Iowa. She will be working in the Neuroscience Department with Dr. Hanna Stevens. Dr. Stevens runs the Psychiatry and Neurobiological Development lab at U of Iowa's Carver College of Medicine. She uses animal models to understand the impact of prenatal stress, environmental exposures and genes on early childhood behavior and mental health. This award comes with a $3750 stipend and housing provided in the University of Iowa dormitories. Congratulations Sarah!

School of Science

 Adamson Accepts Internship with DuPont Pioneer

March 7, 2016

Congratulations to BVU computer science junior Austin Adamson on securing a summer internship with DuPont Pioneer in Johnston, Iowa. Austin will be working on several development teams within DuPont Pioneer to provide client-side and server-side programming in Python, C#, and bash shell scripting. Well done, Austin!

BVU Computer Science Department

 School of Science Summer Research

March 6, 2016

Congratulations to Victor Espinoza and Molly Hesnard, whose proposals have been selected for the School of Science Summer Research Program. Victor's research on "Effects of Nicotine on A549 Lung Tumor Cells," and Milly's on "Antibiotic Resistance in Bovine Gut Bacteria," will be supervised by Dr. Brian Lenzmeier.

The School of Science.

Benjamin B. Donath

 Braddock awarded Mayo Clinic SURF

March 4, 2016

Congratulations to BVU junior Jacob Braddock for being awarded a highly competitive Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) in the Virology and Gene Therapy Department at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. Jacob will receive a stipend from the Mayo Foundation to support his 10 week research internship this summer in the laboratory of Stephen J. Russell, M.D., Ph.D.

 Conference Champion Iowa Army National Guard

March 2, 2016

Moussa Kuyateh recently returned from Basic Combat Training as an Infantry Man at Ft. Benning, Georgia. He also recently won the IIAC conference track championship for the 60 M Indoor event.

This is especially impressive because basic training does not prepare you for sprinting.

Captain Thomas Gorman

 Jaelyn Daggs-Olson Awarded Mayo Clinic SURF

March 2, 2016

 

 

Congratulations to BVU junior Jaelyn Daggs-Olson for being awarded a highly competitive Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) in the department of Molecular Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. Jaelyn will receive a stipend from the Mayo Foundation to spend 10 weeks this summer working in the laboratory of Jann Sarkaria, M.D.

 George C. Marshall Leadership Conference

Feb. 29, 2016

Senior Cadet Brandy Fowler, a Political Science and Public Administration double major attended the 2016 General George C. Marshall Conference in Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas.

Brandy was selected for this honor based on her academic, social, athletic ability as well as a personal selection by Professor of Military Science LTC Ethan Dial of ISU AROTC. She joins 275 ROTC Cadets, and about 30 West Point Cadets at this three day event.

At the conference, Brandy participated in numerous discussions and lectures focused on shaping the U.S. Military's training and education program. Numerous General Officers, current and retired, as well as former U.S. Army Chiefs of Staff participated in the seminar as well.

Captain Thomas Gorman

 Short Story and Poetry Publications

Feb. 24, 2016

 

Dr. Gwen Hart's short story "Chuck's Couch" appears in this month's Litro magazine. Her poems and stories have also appeared recently in Eclectically Vegas (Inklings Publishing)Twisted Tales (Raging Aardvark Press)Circe's Lament (Accent Publishing)My Cruel Invention (Meerkat Press), and Spirit of the Horse (Finishing Line Press).

 Rochelle Nieheus Admitted to Graduate School

Feb. 19, 2016

 

 

Rochelle Nieheus, 2013 BVU social work graduate, has been admitted to the School of Social Work at University of Southern California to pursue her master of social work degree. Congratulations Rochelle!

Social Work Department

 Accepted to Graduate School

Feb. 18, 2016

Veronica King has been accepted to the history graduate program at the University of York in York England. The University of York is a research-intensive university "committed to becoming one of the world's leading institutions for inspirational and life-changing research." She will begin her work there in British women's history in Fall 2016. Congratulations, Veronica!

History Department

 Laursen Accepted to Graduate School with Scholarship

Feb. 17, 2016

 

 

Blake Laursen was accepted into the chiropractic program at Cleveland University in Overland Park, KS, and will begin the program in September, 2016. He also received a $10,000 D.C. Recruitment Scholarship Award! This award is extremely competitive and only awarded to four first-time students entering their first trimester of the Doctor of Chiropractic degree program. Congratulations, Blake!

School of Science

 Wellendorf Wins Professional Award

Feb. 10, 2016

Congratulations to Digital Media junior Kiley Wellendorf who won second place in the Best General Features category in the Iowa Associated Press Managing Editors 2015 News Writing Contest for her feature article "Making Memories with Myles" written for the Carroll Daily Times Herald during her summer 2015 internship. Kiley's honor was announced at the annual Iowa Newspaper Association convention and awards ceremony in Des Moines. This award is for newspaper professionals. Congrats, Kiley!

Digital Media Program

 Media Students Awarded

Feb. 10, 2016

Congratulations to the 22 BVU Digital Media students who won 33 different 2015 Iowa College Media Association awards for their media work. The storytelling the students created for UCN, KBVU and The Tack ONLINE garnered 10 Honorable Mentions, six Third Place awards, six Second Place awards and nine First Place awards. The group also one to major overall awards including the First Amendment Award for KBVU and the Multimedia Organization of the Year Award for The Tack ONLINE. This marks the fourth year in a row The Tack has brought home that honor. First Place winners included: Justice Gage, Kiley Wellendorf, Madeleine McCormick, Kylee Deering, Stephanie Steiner, Juwan Ocegueda, Susie Haack and Tanner Hoops. Congrats to all!

Digital Media Program

 English major Kacee Baker publishes story

Feb. 4, 2016

Congratulations to BVU English major Kacee Baker for publishing her fine short story "The Red Hat" this week in the online literary journal Mad River Review. MMR is a long-running periodical, published by Wright State University, currently focusing on speculative fiction. Baker's story can be found online at http://corescholar.libraries.wright.edu/mrr/vol1/iss1/5/.

English Dept.

 Miranda Olson accepts LSI position

Feb. 4, 2016

Miranda Olson, December 2015 BVU social work graduate, has accepted a position with Lutheran Services of Iowa as a Behavioral Health Intervention Services worker. Congratulations Miranda!

Social Work Department

 Congratulations to Dr. Melanie Hauser and Cale Ewald

Feb. 1, 2016

 

 

Congratulations to Dr. Melanie Hauser and Cale Ewald. Through a competitive application process, Dr. Melanie Hauser has been selected to participate in the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine FUTURE in Biomedicine program. The FUTURE (Fostering Undergraduate Talent - Uniting Research and Education) program develops research and learning partnerships between professors from Iowa colleges and faculty of the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine through work on joint research projects. In addition, the program supports a talented undergraduate from the college professor's home institution to participate in the project. Junior chemistry major Cale Ewald will join Dr. Hauser in this collaborative research experience at the Carver College of Medicine this summer. Congratulations Dr. Hauser and Cale.

The School of Science

School of Science

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

Jan. 28, 2016

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 2015 calendar year are: Second Year students Keely Bycroft, Nyajime Jangjuol, and Alexandra Wahlert; Third Year students Colin Hansen, Mai Chee Yang and Sean Morgan; and Fourth Year students Callie Hoffman, Alec Sindelar, and Lan Nguyen. We commend and congratulate these students for their outstanding effort and performance.

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

 Pinnacle College Media Awards Winner

Jan. 28, 2016

 

 

Buena Vista’s UCN Studios received First Place in the “Best TV Entertainment Program” category for the 2015 Pinnacle College Media Awards. Congratulations to Morgan McGrew, Gibson Berns and Chelsea Gubbels for being recognized as the best individual work for collegiate media in entertainment programming for their TV special, “Gnarly Charlie’s”. The individual Pinnacle Awards were announced at the Fall National College Media Convention in Austin, Texas.

UCN Studios

 Clifford A. Rae School of Science Academic Achievement Award

Jan. 28, 2016

Clifford A. Rae School of Science

Academic Achievement Award Winners

 

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 2015 calendar year are:

Second-Year student winners: Christian Kladstrup, Dong Wang, Emma Konkler

Third-Year student winners: Michelle Clinesmith, Sarah Schlichte, Jaelyn Olson

Fourth-Year student winners: Joseph Hindman, Blake Laursen, Carolyn McDermott

Congratulations to these students for their excellent academic performance.

 

Benjamin B. Donath

Dean of the School of Science

Prof. Benjamin Donath

 Stacy Gerling Admitted to Graduate School

Jan. 5, 2016

Stacy Gerling, 2014 BVU social work graduate, has been admitted to the School of Social Work at St. Ambrose University to pursue her master of social work degree. Congratulations Stacy!

Kathryn McKinley

 Poster Presentation at a Professional Conference

Dec. 19, 2015

Machensey Shelgren, a senior student in Criminal Justice and Psychology major, presented her poster "The Prevalence and Motivation of Uncommon Sexual Stimuli in the Fetish Community" at the annual meeting of the American Society of Criminology on November 26th. Her poster drew a large audience and Kenzie presented her research nicely. It was quite a success! Congratulations, Kenzie!

Dr. Miyuki Vamadevan Arimoto

 Psychology Project Wins Award

Dec. 14, 2015

Congratulations to psychology alumnus Casey Paprocki (class of 2014) and Dr. Wind Goodfriend, associate professor of psychology. Their co-authored research paper, "Testosterone and Sex Differences in Spatial Navigation," has won the Dahl Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research. The paper, which was the result of Casey's year of work in Dr. Goodfriend's "Advanced Research Thesis" class, was recently published in the Journal of Psychological Inquiry, with Casey as the first author.

Psychology Dept.

 "A Christmas Carol" on Soundcloud

Dec. 8, 2015

"A Christmas Carol" is now available on Soundcloud. This production was conceived by Dr. Andrea Frantz and Dr. Bethany Larson and accomplished through the talents of 43 people including BVU students, faculty, staff and children of BVU faculty. The Soundcloud link is https://soundcloud.com/kbvu-97-5-the-edge/christmas-carol-radio-drama.

BVU Radio Theatre

 Simonsen Awarded 2015 EPA Greater Research Opportunities (GRO) Fellowship

Nov. 18, 2015

 

 

Congratulations to BVU’s junior biology major Derek Simonsen who was selected as one of 30 undergraduate students from throughout the United States to receive the 2015 EPA GRO Fellowship! Derek will receive financial support for his junior and senior years of undergraduate study and for an internship at an EPA research facility during the summer of his 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, Derek!

Dr. Melinda Coogan