April 20, 2005
Awards for student achievement and Faculty Person of the Year were presented Wednesday during the annual Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK) Honors Assembly at Morningside College.
ODK is the national leadership honor society that recognizes and encourages superior scholarship, leadership, and exemplary character.
Dr. Lillian López, associate professor of history and political science, was voted by the student body as the Faculty Person of the Year for her outstanding contributions to Morningside and its students.
López has been at Morningside since 1990. She teaches Latin American and U.S. history, the Constitution, world politics, U.S. and international law, and women’s rights. She is the faculty advisor for the International Students Association and is director of Morningside’s office of International Student Services, which provides assistance with immigration services, academic life questions, and cultural adjustments. She was instrumental in reorganizing Morningside’s Mock Trial Team in 2004 and now serves as its educator-coach.
López, a 1982 graduate of the University of Puerto Rico, received a master’s degree from the University of South Dakota in 1999 and a juris doctorate from the University of Puerto Rico School of Law in 1986. Before coming to Morningside, she was attorney for the government of Puerto Rico at the Office of Industrial Tax Exemption.
The First-Year Teaching/Advising Award went to Dr. Scott Arnett, associate professor of education. The award, presented with assistance from the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church, is given to an exemplary teacher who has helped first-year students succeed in making the transition into college.
Arnett has been at Morningside since 1998 and teaches special education, transitions, and human relations. He is a disability consultant for the Morningside College Achievement Center and is director of the Morningside Transition Program, which assists special educators in becoming transition specialists. He is faculty liaison for the Morningside College Student Chapter of the Council for Exceptional Children.
Arnett graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1979 and received a master’s degree in liberal studies from Oklahoma in 1987 and a doctorate in special education from Oklahoma in 1997.
The Tommeraasen Award of Excellence for the outstanding campus organization went to the Acacia Fraternity. The award is presented in honor of the late Miles Tommarasen, former Morningside president. The fraternity is active in the community, with members volunteering in various area school programs.
The ODK Sophomore Cup was awarded to Benjamin Goins of Sioux City. This award is given annually to a sophomore for outstanding leadership and campus participation.
New ODK inductees were recognized for their scholarship and campus leadership. The inductees were: Annie Cory, Sioux City; Lisa Cunningham, Anthon, Iowa; Natalie Fenton, Omaha, Neb.; Benjamin Goins, Sioux City; Missy Keiper, Lennox, S.D.; Elizabeth Kelly, Falls City, Neb.; Angela Meyer, Lincoln, Neb.; Kara Mickelson, Odebolt, Iowa; Jennifer Nelson, Prescott Valley, Ariz.; Crystal Quibell, Blue Springs, Mo.; Betsy Reynolds, Sioux City; Melanie Stocks, Oelwein, Iowa; Taylor Templeton, Sioux City; Ashley Wood, Webster City, Iowa; and Megan Wunsch, Garner, Iowa.
Alpha Lambda Delta, the freshman women’s honor society, recognized Ashley Wood of Webster City, Iowa, as this year’s nominee for the national society’s Joanne Trow Award.
The Alpha Lambda Delta Senior Book Award, for the graduating member of the society with the highest grade point average, was presented to Jill Ellickson of Sioux City.
Alpha Lambda Delta Senior Awards were presented to senior members who have maintained a 3.5 cumulative grade point average during their time at Morningside. Recipients were: Pamela Andersen, Sioux City; Kristen Carter, Sioux City; Jill Ellickson, Sioux City; Valerie Gibson, Arnold, Neb.; Sarah Loffswold, Sioux City; Amanda Norby, Sioux City; Angela Phillips, Sac City, Iowa; Cassandra Qualheim, Denison, Iowa; Alissa Reeves, Kingsley, Iowa; Lisa Varenhorst, Le Mars, Iowa; and Amber Wiertzema, Sioux City.
The Phi Eta Sigma Senior Book Award, for the graduating member of the national freshmen honor society with the highest grade point average, went to Joshua Widman, Sergeant Bluff, Iowa.
Student-Athlete Scholar Awards were presented to Joshua Widman of Sergeant Bluff, Iowa; for the men’s division and to Valerie Gibson of Arnold, Neb., for the women’s division. The awards are based on cumulative grade point average and contributions to their sports.
Students who were recognized for three or more years of volunteer work as mentors for under-served middle school students with Project HOPE at Morningside were: Cory Clark, Quimby, IA; TaRae Evans, Sioux City; Valerie Gibson, Arnold, Neb.; Lane Madsen, Gettysburg, S.D.; Arynn Rasmussen, Manilla, Iowa; and Steele Welcher, Waterloo, Iowa. Evans was also recognized for serving on the Project HOPE at Morningside Advisory Board.
The following departmental awards were presented:
Marion Shapiro Art Award, presented in Shapiro’s memory by her family and friends to the student who best represents her commitment to excellence in art and life: Michael Drury, Sioux City.
Outstanding Art Awards, by class: junior Kelli Johnson, Sioux City; sophomore Derek Rowedder, Denison, Iowa; and freshman Joel Farley, Atlantic, Iowa.
Outstanding Photography Award: Stacy Baldus, Grand Meadow, Minn.
Lt. Edward Farnsworth Scholarship, awarded annually to a student who has demonstrated excellence in biology: Jayme Wetzel, Des Moines, Iowa.
Wall Street Journal Award, the business department’s highest honor: John Steele, Sioux City.
Iowa Society of Certified Public Accounting Senior Award: Michael Hackett, Sioux City.
American Advertising Federation Senior Advertising and Marketing Achievement Award: Robert Waddell, Aurelia, Iowa.
A Certificate of Completion for the Business Education Initiative was presented to Jamie Hamilton of Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland.
Packard Scholarships, based on proven leadership and academic merit, were awarded to: Meagan Anderson, Indianola, Iowa; Cathleen Ann, Sioux City; Richard Donner, South Sioux City, Neb.; Diane Fawcett, Sioux City; Grant Garbe, Sioux City; Brooke Niles, Sioux City; Jennifer Schneiders, Sioux City; Amos Schonrock, Moville, Iowa; and Brenton Watkins, Sioux City.
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program participation certificates were awarded to: Matthew Bennett, Sioux City; Richard Donner, South Sioux City, Neb.; Craig Fobbe, Maple Lake, Minn.; Heather Graf, Holdrege, Neb.; Michael Hackett, Sioux City; Tim Johnson, Fairfield, Neb.; Corey Jorgensen, Sioux City; Chad Kerr, Sergeant Bluff, Iowa; Reed Nuss, Nebraska City, Neb.; Matthew Varenhorst, Le Mars, Iowa; and Kayla Wibben, Ellsworth, Minn.
Students inducted into Alpha Delta Sigma, the National Honorary of the American Advertising Federation: Nicholas Agne, Tipton, Iowa; Andrew Eberhardt, Sioux City; Kami Kloth, Wisner, Neb.; Darija Ljubibratic, Sioux City; Amanda Norby, Sioux City; and Abbey Williams, Villisca, Iowa.
Marcia McNee Award: Mallie Vetter, Red Oak, Iowa.
Maxine Nelson Award: Laura Gehling, Salix, Iowa.
Owens Special Education Award: Lisa Cunningham, Anthon, Iowa.
Dr. Everette Walker Special Education Award: Shauna Heiden, Denison, Iowa.
Steve C. Walker Special Education Award: Pamela Mason, Sioux City.
Kappa Delta Pi National Education Honor Society Student Teacher of the Year Award: Cassandra Qualheim, Denison, Iowa.
Dr. Sharon Ocker Endowed Scholarship for Secondary Education: Justin Hargens, Denison, Iowa.
Ralph and Margaret Crary Scholarship, for the English major who is an outstanding writer: Stacy Baldus, Grand Meadow, Minn.
Montford and Gertrude Knepper Outstanding English Major Awards: junior Lacey Bensink, Monroe, Iowa; and senior Jessica Plueger, Sioux City.
Kiosk awards, given for the best creative writing pieces in the annual anthology published by the English department: first prize, Emily Kesten, Oakland, Iowa; second prize, Catherine Stangl, Des Moines, Iowa; third prize, Rick Rector, Sioux City; honorable mention, Maureen Kingston, Wayne, Neb., and Gretna Sanchez, Bronx, N.Y.; cover art, Benjamin Washburn, Kingsley, Iowa.
Excellence in Writing prizes recognize the best writing across the campus in several categories.
Academic Reading and Writing: first prize, Wade Schuldt, Sioux City; second prize, Victoria Reed, Mission Viejo, Calif.; third prize, Jacob Trettin, Grafton, Iowa.
College Writing/Composition and Communication: first prize, Brian Johnson, Bronson, Iowa; second prize, Danielle Westphal, Lenox, Iowa; third prize, Maurie Tomke, Sioux City.
Humanities Division: first prize, Lacey Bensink, Monroe, Iowa; second prize, Brian Johnson, Bronson, Iowa; third prize, Riley Michel, Hastings, Neb.
Writing Across the Curriculum: first prize, Dana Rossmeier, Norfolk, Neb.; second prize, Natalie Fenton, Omaha, Neb.; third prize, Casandra Peck, Scribner, Neb.
History and Political Science
Albert Sellen Award, for the senior history major that best exemplifies a sense of service to the department, to the college, and to the field of history that marked Sellen’s career: Susan Russell, Felton, Minn.
James Miller Award in History, for the history major who exhibits extraordinary academic achievement in and out of the classroom: Justin Beller, Sergeant Bluff, Iowa.
James Miller Award in Political Science, for the political science major who exhibits extraordinary academic achievement in and out of the classroom: Jonathan Fisk, Olathe, Kan.
Outstanding Senior Awards were presented to Robert Deutsch of Eden Prairie, Minn., and Katelin Saufley of Sioux Falls, S.D.
Elsie Muller Scholarship presented to an outstanding math major: Steven Deppe, Prole, Iowa.
Robert Wood Green Physics and Engineering Scholarship presented to an outstanding student studying engineering or physics: Elizabeth Kelly, Falls City, Neb.
Terra Chemical International, Inc., Scholarship presented to an outstanding computer science major: Blaine Ball, South Sioux City, Neb.
Modern and Classical Languages
Excellence in Spanish Award: Mary Turner, Pocahontas, Iowa.
Henry F. Kanthlener Romance Languages Book Award: Genoveva Arreola, South Sioux City, Neb.
Berdina Hospers Woodwind Award, for the student judged to have given the best performance for the school year: Michelle Schneider, Merrill, Iowa.
Dorthea Langel Scholarship, for the student showing exceptional progress in performance or in the classroom: Judy Leinen, Des Moines, Iowa.
Dorothy Paulson McLarnon Music Scholarship, for a junior or senior vocal music major showing exceptional potential: Kayla Glaza, Manchester, Iowa.
Merry Gralnek Klass Music Scholarship: Emily Faber, Le Mars, Iowa.
Mrs. Ray J. (Mildred) Harrington Scholarship, for a student majoring in piano who demonstrates good moral character and citizenship: Jennifer Van Otterloo, Sheldon, Iowa.
Music Department Award, for the student or students who best represent department ideals in the classroom and in applied music: Jill Ellickson, Sioux City.
Professional Development and Achievement in Nursing Awards: sophomore Jacquelyn Otto, Auburn, Iowa.; junior Ashley Fletcher, Sergeant Bluff, Iowa; senior Carrie Puetz, Odebolt, Iowa; junior registered nurse Joan Rothwell, Sioux City; and senior registered nurse, Stephanie Bettin, Carroll, Iowa.
Writing Prize in Philosophy: Devora Geller, Des Moines, Iowa.
Lyle and Vera Henry Scholarship Award, for senior students in recognition of academic achievement and departmental participation in psychology: Connie Frank, Fontanelle, Iowa; and Lane Madsen, Gettysburg, S.D.
Earl and Joyce Moore Scholarship Award, for a senior psychology major with outstanding academic achievement and departmental participation: John Steele, Sioux City; and Lacey Niceswanger, Somers, Iowa.