April 26, 2006
Awards for student achievement, Faculty Person of the Year, and other awards 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. Susan Burns, assistant professor of psychology, was voted by the student body as the Faculty Person of the Year for her outstanding contributions to Morningside and its students.
Burns has been at Morningside since 2002. She was instrumental in establishing the annual Palmer Undergraduate Student Research Symposium which began in 2004. Burns recently received the American Association of University Women of Iowa’s 2006 Distinguished Faculty Award at the organization’s annual conference.
Burns, a 1996 graduate of Emporia State University, Emporia, Kan., received her master’s degree in experimental psychology from Emporia State in 1998 and a doctorate in personality/social psychology with an emphasis in child development from Kansas State University in 2002.
The First-Year Teaching/Advising Award went to Regina Bade, math instructor and tutor for student services. 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.
Bade came to Morningside in 2000 as a mathematics tutor. She was an adjunct teacher of intermediate algebra during the 2002-03 academic year and was promoted to math specialist in 2004. Bade graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) in 1989 and received a master’s degree in statistics from UNL in 1993.
Gene Ambroson, director of alumni relations, received the Staff Member of the Year Award. Ambroson came to Morningside in 1986 as the college’s director of public affairs. He assumed his current title as director of alumni relations in 1997. Ambroson also serves as advisor to the Acacia Fraternity and works closely with the Student Alumni Association.
Ambroson is a 1971 graduate of Briar Cliff University. He holds a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln.
The Tommeraasen Award of Excellence for the outstanding campus organization went to the Morningside Civic Union, whose mission is to encourage civic engagement and promote awareness of political and social issues. The award is presented in honor of the late Miles Tommarasen, former Morningside president.
The ODK Sophomore Cup was awarded to Cassie Zimmerman of Oxford, Iowa. 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: Heather Blom, Sioux City; Jenna Christianson, Malvern, Iowa; Melissa Dreyer, Hay Springs, Neb.; Zachary Hindman, Sioux City; Jess Horsley, Sioux City; Casaday Nguyen, Sioux City; Emily Olsen, Marne, Iowa; Dana Rossmeier, Norfolk, Neb.; Marleta Smith, Lake City, Iowa; Matthew Steffens, Lincoln, Neb.; Tiffany Taylor, Villisca, Iowa; Samantha Wenger, Danbury, Iowa; Leah Winter, Sioux City; and Cassie Zimmerman, Oxford, Iowa.
Alpha Lambda Delta, the freshman women’s honor society, recognized Cassie Zimmerman of Oxford, 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 Jenna Rehnstrom of Hartington, Neb.
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: Megan Anderson, Indianola, Iowa; Heather Dauel, Kearney, Neb.; Alisa Eich, Glenwood, Iowa; Emily Faber, Le Mars, Iowa; Janae Jacob, Nevada, Iowa; Mikaela Johnson, Colorado Springs, Colo.; Mariah Laver, Harlan, Iowa; Adrienne McElderry, Council Bluffs, Iowa; Angela Phillips, South Sioux City, Neb.; Jenna Rehnstrom, Hartington, Neb.; Sarah Ricker, Sioux City; and Karen Skalka, 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 Mike Nicodemus, Sioux City.
Student-Athlete Scholar Awards were presented to Chad Agnew of La Vista, Neb., for the men’s division and to Kate Boeve of Doon, Iowa, for the women’s division. The awards are based on cumulative grade point average and contributions to their sports.
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: Stacy Baldus, Grand Meadow, Minn.
Outstanding Art Awards, by class: junior Derek Rowedder, Denison, Iowa; sophomore Kimberly Jessen, Everly, Iowa; and freshman Anne Torkelson, Norfolk, Neb.
Outstanding Photography Award: Libby Green, Sioux City.
Lt. Edward Farnsworth Scholarship, awarded annually to a student who has demonstrated excellence in biology: Melissa Dreyer, Hay Springs, Neb.
Business Administration and Economics
Iowa Society of Certified Public Accounting Senior Award: Richard Donner, South Sioux City, Neb.
American Advertising Federation Senior Advertising and Marketing Achievement Award: Zachary Zalewski, Lincoln, Neb.
A Certificate of Completion for the Business Education Initiative was presented to Christopher Courtney, Portadown, Ireland.
Packard Scholarships, based on proven leadership and academic merit, were awarded to: Jacklyn DaVolt, Washington, Iowa; Diane Fawcett, Sioux City; Valerie Flanagan, Sioux City; Rachel Jacobson, Sioux City; Kimberly Jessen, Everly, Iowa; Jenna Jurrens, George, Iowa; Ashley Lewis, Neligh, Neb.; Casaday Nguyen, Sioux City; Brooke Niles, Sioux City; Preston Pierce, Anthon, Iowa; Ashley Reuter, Marcus, Iowa; Amy Salton, Webb, Iowa; Amos Schonrock, Moville, Iowa; David Streeby, Sioux City; Beau Sudtelgte, Le Mars, Iowa; Brenton Watkins, Sioux City; and Kristen Westergaard, Mapleton, Iowa.
Students inducted into Alpha Delta Sigma, the National Honorary of the American Advertising Federation: Meagan Anderson, Indianola, Iowa; Matthew Armstrong, Bassett, Neb.; Christopher Bartels, Sterling, Neb.; Grant Garbe, Sioux City; Nikki Kent, Sioux City; Tim McCabe, Lincoln, Neb.; Debbie Noble, Louisburg, Kan.; Lisa Schoenberner, Crofton, Neb.; Mari Thietje, Sioux City; and Zac Zalewski, Lincoln, Neb.
Marcia McNee Award: Denise Wiener, Sioux City.
Maxine Nelson Award: Joshua Johnson, Sergeant Bluff, Iowa.
Owens Special Education Award: Shauna Heiden, Denison, Iowa.
Dr. Everette Walker Special Education Award: Katherine Billings, Mount Prospect, Ill.
Steve C. Walker Special Education Award: Amber Geissler, Sioux City.
Kappa Delta Pi National Education Honor Society Student Teacher of the Year Award: Mallie Vetter, Sioux City.
Dr. Sharon Ocker Endowed Scholarship for Secondary Education: Lindsey Mohr, Ocheyedan, Iowa.
Ralph and Margaret Crary Scholarship, for the English student who is an outstanding writer: Jess Horsley, Sioux City.
Kiosk awards, given for the best creative writing pieces in the annual anthology published by the English department: first prize, Randy Uhl, Lawton, Iowa; second prize, Emily Kesten, Oakland, Iowa; third prize, Jess Horsley, Sioux City; honorable mention, Uhl and Meredith French, Le Mars, Iowa; superior art, Dan Thorn, Coon Rapids, Iowa; and Hemlata Gupta, Dakota Dunes, S.D.
Excellence in Writing prizes recognize the best writing across the campus in several categories. Composition and Communication: first prize, Linda Xayabanha, Sioux City; second prize, Wyeth Lynch, Prole, Iowa; third prize, Brooke Sloup, Omaha, Neb. Humanities Division: first prize, Phil Lieder, Sioux City; second prize, Sloup; third prize, Prairie Gordon, Sioux City. Writing Across the Curriculum: first prize, Dana Rossmeier, Norfolk, Neb.; second prize, Ashley Lewis, Neligh, Neb.; third prize, Brian Johnson, Bronson, Iowa.
History and Political Science
Albert Sellen Award, for the senior history student who best exemplifies a sense of service to the department, to the college, and to the field of history that marked Sellen’s career: Melissa Stocks, Oelwein, Iowa.
James Miller Award in History, for the history student who exhibits extraordinary academic achievement in and out of the classroom: Zachary Hindman, Sioux City.
James Miller Award in Political Science, for the political science student who exhibits extraordinary academic achievement in and out of the classroom: Casaday Nguyen, Sioux City.
The Outstanding Senior Award was presented to Jenna Rehnstrom of Hartington, Neb.
The Outstanding Media Contributor Award was presented to Cliff Thompson of Trenton, Neb.
Elsie Muller Scholarship presented to an outstanding math student: Elizabeth Kelly, Falls City, Neb.
Robert Wood Green Physics and Engineering Scholarship presented to an outstanding student studying engineering or physics: Brittany Cole, Sioux City.
Terra Chemical International, Inc., Scholarship presented to an outstanding computer science student: Joshua Mahan, Sioux City.
Modern and Classical Languages
Excellence in Spanish Award: Adrienne McElderry, Council Bluffs, Iowa.
Henry F. Kanthlener Romance Languages Book Award: Mariah Laver, Harlan, Iowa.
Dorthea Langel Scholarship, for the student showing exceptional progress in performance or in the classroom: David Streeby, Sioux City.
Dorothy Paulson McLarnon Music Scholarship, for a junior or senior vocal music student showing exceptional potential: Maggie McDermott, Oto, Iowa; and Amanda Flater, Marshalltown, Iowa.
Elizabeth Sammons Competition in Voice: first place, Tyler Schnuckel, Odebolt, Iowa; second place, Amanda Flater, Marshalltown, Iowa; honorable mention, Brandon Shostak, Le Mars, Iowa.
Merry Gralnek Klass Music Scholarship: Judy Leinen, Des Moines, Iowa.
Mrs. Ray J. (Mildred) Harrington Scholarship, for a piano student who demonstrates good moral character and citizenship: Sarah Chilton, Sioux City.
Music Department Award, for the senior who best represents department ideals in the classroom and in applied music: Andrew Walker, Sioux City.
Professional Development and Achievement in Nursing Awards: sophomore Stephanie Loeschen, Ocheyedan, Iowa.; junior Phyllis Fisk, Sioux City; senior Heather Dauel, Kearney, Neb.; and senior registered nurse, Tina Spreng, Sioux City.
Lyle and Vera Henry Scholarship Award, for senior students in recognition of academic achievement and departmental participation in psychology: Annie Cory, Sioux City; Mariah Laver, Harlan, Iowa; and Angela Meyer, Sioux City.
Earl and Joyce Moore Scholarship Award, for a senior psychology student with outstanding academic achievement and departmental participation: Crickett Phelps, Sioux City; and Angela Phillips, South Sioux City, Neb.
Robert Jewett Senior Book Award, for the outstanding graduating senior in religious studies: Rebecca Limke, Sioux City.
Outstanding Contribution in Theatre Award: Mikaela Johnson, Colorado Springs, Colo.