April 16, 2008
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.
Randy Campbell, associate professor of mathematical sciences, was voted by the student body as the Faculty Person of the Year for his outstanding contributions to Morningside and its students. He teaches computer science and interdepartmental honors courses at Morningside.
Campbell has been at Morningside since 1995. He has been deeply involved in curricular development, both in computer science and in the general curriculum of the college as a whole. His research interests include the teaching of computer science, applied logic, software systems, and computer networks. Campbell has worked as a software consultant and in corporate training in Utah, New York, and Iowa. He is a voting member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), recognized as the premier membership organization for computing professionals.
Campbell received a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Brigham Young University in 1988 and a master’s degree in computer science from Brigham Young in 1989.
The First-Year Teaching/Advising Award went to Susanne Lubbers, visiting assistant 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.
Lubbers is in her second year at Morningside. She came to Morningside from Sioux City East High School, where she had been a grades 9-12 language arts teacher since 1992. She was the chair of East’s English department during the 2004-05 academic year and also served as the school’s debate coach and head volleyball coach. Lubbers’ first teaching position came at Allison-Bristow Community Schools in Iowa, where she was a grades 6-12 language arts teacher and high school head girls’ basketball and softball coach during the 1991-92 academic year.
Lubbers graduated from the University of South Dakota with a bachelor of science in education degree in 1991 and earned a master’s degree in education from Southwest Minnesota State University in 2006. She is a member of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD), the National Education Association, and the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE).
Kirk Johnson, director of the physical plant, received the Staff Member of the Year Award.
Johnson joined Morningside’s maintenance department in 1991. He was promoted to maintenance supervisor in 1998 and to his current position in 2002. As director of the physical plant, he is responsible for overseeing the maintenance of the facilities and grounds, as well as any improvements or new construction. Johnson received a 2005 Thomas S. Thompson Staff Excellence Award and was named Morningside’s 2005 Staff Employee of the Year.
Since he became director of the physical plant, Johnson has overseen several major campus renovation and construction projects during the college’s current capital campaign, “This is Our Moment,” including the construction of three student apartment style residence halls, renovation of the Rosen-Verdoorn Sports Center-Allee Gymnasium, completion of the new Yockey Family Community Room and renovations to the main dining room in the Olsen Student Center, and the current construction on the Hilker Campus Green Project, including a fountain and outdoor performance center.
The Tommeraasen Award of Excellence for the outstanding campus organization went to the Morningside Student Nursing Association, whose mission is to provide programs that represent the fundamental interests and concerns of nursing students while aiding in the development of the nursing students’ responsibility for the health care of people. The award is presented in honor of the late Miles Tommeraasen, former Morningside president.
The ODK Sophomore Cup was awarded to Kendra Kock of Breda, 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: Jennifer Bechtel, Cherokee, Iowa; Chad Clancy, Spencer, Iowa; Emily Cox, Council Bluffs, Iowa; Lauren Deichmann, Marcus, Iowa; Molly Dennis-Drees, Exira, Iowa; Christine Derochie, Sioux City; Whitney Gries, Onawa, Iowa; Dr. Greg Guelcher, Sioux City; Bryan Hansen, Sioux City; Christine Harris, Blue Springs, Mo.; Russell Heine, York, Neb.; Jonalee Jackes, Le Mars, Iowa; Joshua Johnson, Hastings, Neb.; Ashley Kinney, Alton, Iowa; Kendra Kock, Breda, Iowa; Dr. Doug Livermore, Sioux City; Brenda Lussier, Hubbard, Neb.; Eva Mattox, Deadwood, S.D.; Nicholas McGraw, Sioux City; Mackenzi Mendlik, Denison, Iowa; Heidi Metteer, Sioux City; Tareyn Moss, Sergeant Bluff, Iowa; Kathryn Milbrandt, Buffalo Center, Iowa; April Parkison, Omaha, Neb.; Megan Parrish, Sioux City; Jennifer Roemen, Rock Rapids, Iowa; Margo Stanforth, Platte, S.D.; Kristin Struss, Fairmont, Minn.; Beau Sudtelgte, Le Mars, Iowa; Alex Watters, Sioux City; and Dr. Leslie Werden, Dakota Dunes, S.D.
The Alpha Lambda Delta Senior Book Award, for the graduating member of the freshman women’s honor society with the highest grade point average, was presented to Kristen Westergaard of Mapleton, Iowa.
The Alpha Lambda Delta Outstanding Sophomore Award was presented to Kendra Kock of Breda, Iowa, who is this year’s nominee for the national society’s Joanne Trow Award.
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 Brian Johnson of Bronson, Iowa.
Male and Female Academic Athlete of the Year Awards were presented to Jack Rother, a men’s basketball player from Wayne, Neb.; and Marisha Lenz, a women’s soccer player from Lincoln, Neb. 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: Mackenzie Maschmeier, Fremont, Neb.
Outstanding Art Awards, by class: junior, Anne Torkelson, Norfolk, Neb.; sophomore, April Parkison, Omaha, Neb.; and freshman, Brittany Krueger, Sioux City.
Kiosk Awards, presented for art work in the annual anthology published by the English department: first place, Maschmeier; second place, Torkelson; third place, Maschmeier; honorable mention, Katie Kes, Northfield, Minn.; editor’s choice, John Page, Brookings, S.D.
Biology and Chemistry
Lt. Edward Farnsworth Scholarship, awarded annually to a student who has demonstrated excellence in the natural sciences: Beau Kildow, Omaha, Neb.
Business Administration and Economics
Iowa Society of Certified Public Accounting Senior Award: Lee Kubik, Thurston, Neb.
American Advertising Federation Senior Advertising and Marketing Achievement Award: Amber Bohnker, Underwood, Iowa; and Rachel Kinney, Sioux City.
Outstanding Business Student Award: Nathan Harris, Akron, Iowa; Grant Leavitt, Marcus, Iowa; and Jack Rother, Wayne, Neb.
The Business Exchange Award was presented to David Mann, Londonderry, Northern Ireland.
Packard Scholarships, based on proven leadership and academic merit, were awarded to: Katherine Cook, Council Bluffs, Iowa; Marisa Graham, Sioux City; Whitney Gries, Onawa, Iowa; Jeremiah Hughes, Forest City, Iowa; Ashley Kinney, Alton, Iowa; Hoa Le, Sioux City; Heidi Lieber, Lawton, Iowa; Margo Stanforth, Platte, S.D.; and Brittany Williamson, Ruthven, Iowa.
Maxine Nelson Award: Joshua Steinhoff, Smithland, Iowa.
Steve C. Walker Special Education Award: Jessica Delaney, Lake Park, Iowa.
Dr. Everette Walker Special Education Award: Kari Hansen, Sioux City.
Dr. Sharon Ocker Endowed Scholarship for Secondary Education: Anne Torkelson, Norfolk, Neb.
Ralph and Margaret Crary Scholarship, for the English student who is an outstanding writer: Adrianna Radosti, Sioux City.
Kiosk awards, given for the best creative writing pieces in the annual anthology published by the English department: first prize, Audrey Hantla, Sioux City; second prize, Kiel Ploen, Peterson, Iowa; third prize, Dan Bossman, Sioux City; Editor’s Choice honorable mention, Colin O’Sullivan, Sioux City.
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: Lisa Serres, Casper, Wyo.
James Miller Award in History, for the history student who exhibits extraordinary academic achievement in and out of the classroom: Christina Tomsen, Denison, Iowa.
James Miller Award in Political Science, for the political science student who exhibits extraordinary academic achievement in and out of the classroom: Alex Watters, Sioux City.
The Student Contributor of the Year Award was presented to Tracey Quint of Columbus, Neb.
American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese Excellence in Spanish Award: Veronica Vazquez, Denison, Iowa; and Kathryn Kotlik, Bellevue, Neb.
Henry F. Kanthlener Romance Languages Book Award: Erin Freml, Harlan, Iowa.
Dorothy Paulson McLarnon Music Scholarship, for a junior or senior vocal music student showing exceptional potential: Annika Kolbo, Sioux City; and Britt Gebhardt, Sioux City.
Merry Gralnek Klass Music Scholarship: Emily Cox, Council Bluffs, Iowa.
Mrs. Ray J. (Mildred) Harrington Scholarship, for a piano student who demonstrates good moral character and citizenship: Yuki Takishima, Tokyo, Japan.
Professional Development and Achievement in Nursing Awards, by class: sophomore, Lauren Deichmann, Marcus, Iowa; junior, Yuichi Ichinose, Tokyo, Japan; senior, Katherine Kromminga, Sioux Falls, S.D.
Writing Prize in Philosophy: Leah Winter, Sioux City.
Socratic Award: Austin Granzow, Sioux City.
Robert Jewett Senior Book Award, for the outstanding graduating senior with a major or minor in religious studies: Melissa Dreyer, Hay Springs, Neb.
Shilhanek Theatre Award for Technical Excellence: Rachel Radel, Mitchell, S.D.