April 14, 2010
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.
Susie Lubbers, assistant professor of education and director for the Morningside Center for Ethics and Leadership (MCEL), was voted by the student body as the Faculty Person of the Year for her outstanding contributions to Morningside and its students. She teaches classroom management, passport, and instruction design and assessment. This year she organized Morningside’s first annual “Just Lead” conference designed to expose freshmen students to leadership concepts and to help them craft their own individual values statements.
Lubbers, who received the First-Year Teaching/Advising Award at the 2008 ODK Honors Assembly, is in her fourth 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, the Kappa Delta Pi education honor society, and the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE).
The First-Year Teaching/Advising Award went to Dr. William Heyborne, assistant professor of biology. 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.
Heyborne, who was last year’s Faculty Person of the Year, has been at Morningside since 2007. He teaches zoology, environmental issues, capstone, vertebrate biology, and invertebrate biology courses at Morningside and organized the college’s Creature Outreach campus organization.
His research interests include the many aspects of community ecology, including predator-prey interactions and biodiversity. His research endeavors have included work in the biological roles of snake and spider venoms, insect community ecology, forest entomology, and reptile and amphibian natural history. Heyborne previously taught at Chemeketa Community College in Salem, Ore., and was an instructor and teaching assistant at the University of Northern Colorado.
Heyborne, a 1997 graduate of Southern Utah University, received a master’s degree in entomology from Oregon State University in 2000 and a doctorate in biological education from Northern Colorado in 2007. He is a member of the Iowa Academy of Science, National Association of Biology Teachers, and Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles.
Stacie Hays, career counselor in student services, received the Staff Member of the Year Award.
Hays, who came to Morningside in 2005, has bolstered programs, services and opportunities for Morningside students looking for internships, first jobs after graduation or help with graduate school preparation. She also organizes on-campus activities that help inform students about their options for academic majors and potential careers. She was a recipient of a Thomas S. Thompson Staff Excellence Award in 2008.
Hays came to Morningside from Western Iowa Tech Community College in Sioux City, where she served as a job specialist. She was previously an admissions representative at Mount Marty College in Yankton, S.D., and as the human resource director at Sunrise Retirement Community in Sioux City. Hays, a graduate of the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, holds certification as a Global Career Development Facilitator from Rutgers University in Newark, N.J.
The Tommeraasen Award of Excellence for the outstanding campus organization went to Delta Sigma Phi, which is the oldest fraternity and the largest Greek organization on the Morningside campus. Delta Sigma Phi has raised over $7,000 for breast cancer research over the last two years.
The Student Government Student Event of the Year Award was presented to ODK’s “Into the Streets” community service event that was held on March 23. That morning student volunteers performed a variety of service work – cleaning, painting, delivering Meals on Wheels, moving files, reading to elementary school students, yard cleanup – for agencies that included Ronald McDonald House, Siouxland Aging Services, the City of South Sioux City, Woodbury County Conservation Board, and Siouxland Habitat for Humanity.
The ODK Sophomore Cup was awarded to Leah Nielsen of Sergeant Bluff, 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: Amanda Aschinger, Breda, Iowa; Amy Augspurger, Des Moines, Iowa; Kaeli Austin, Sioux City; Jessica Bartak, Ewing, Neb.; Erin Bohlmann, Denison, Iowa; Jessica Boschen, Newman Grove, Neb.; Carol Brewer, Sioux Falls, S.D.; Josh Beutler, Bancroft, Neb.; Kyle Bubb, Sioux City; Emily Christen, Anselmo, Neb.; Brittney Foxhoven, South Sioux City, Neb.; Garth Hamilton, Lincoln, Neb.; Melissa James, Colorado Springs, Colo.; Jenna Kral, Crete, Neb.; Jessica Kuhr, Platte Center, Neb.; Monte Larsen, Neola, Iowa; Heidi Lieber, Lawton, Iowa; Madalyn Mardesen, Elliott, Iowa; Samantha McCarville, Indianola, Iowa; Kimberly Mendoza, South Sioux City; Christina Meyerhoff, George, Iowa; Matthew Muschall, Omaha, Neb.; Leah Nielsen, Sergeant Bluff, Iowa; Lindsay Noteboom, South Sioux City; Jaime Parkinson, Rock Rapids, Iowa; Megan Peters, Fonda, Iowa; Shelby Powell, Sioux City; Merrill, Iowa; Amanda Schwarz, Cherokee, Iowa; Kelci Teut, Hinton; Amanda Von Ehwegen, Milford, Iowa; and Anthony Wiley, Diagonal, Iowa.
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, Margo Stanforth of Platte, S.D.
The Alpha Lambda Delta Outstanding Sophomore Award was presented to Lisa Grosvenor of Newcastle, Neb., 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 Jeremiah Hughes of Forest City, Iowa.
Male and Female Academic Athlete of the Year Awards were presented to Beau Kildow, a football player from Omaha, Neb.; and Erin Keitges, a women’s track & field and cross country athlete from Allen, 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: Lindsey Siepker, Laurens, Iowa.
Outstanding Art Awards, by class: junior, Courtney Kinnander, Armstrong, Iowa; sophomore, Haley Banks, Westfield, Iowa; and freshman, Rachel Yoder, Farley, Iowa.
Biology and Chemistry
Lt. Edward Farnsworth Scholarship, awarded annually to a student who has demonstrated excellence in the natural sciences: Jessica Boschen, Newman Grove, Neb.
Business Administration and Economics
Outstanding Accounting Student Award: Kendra Kock, Breda, Iowa.
Outstanding Advertising Student Awards were presented to Stephanie Rude of Storm Lake, Iowa, and Sean Delperdang of Le Mars, Iowa.
The Business Education Initiative Award was presented to Laura Thompson, Bangor, Northern Ireland.
Outstanding Business Student Awards were presented to Jessica Morrison of Sioux City; Katherine Cook of Council Bluffs, Iowa; and Kock.
Packard Scholarships, based on proven leadership and academic merit, were awarded to: Jessica Boschen, Newman Grove, Neb.; Jessyka Coulter, Linwood, Kan.; Marissa Graham, Sioux City; Pamela Husk, Le Mars, Iowa; Kelly Kotlik, Bellevue, Neb.; Heidi Lieber, Lawton, Iowa; Madalyn Mardesen, Elliott, Iowa; Matt Muschall, Omaha, Neb.; Emma Vander Zyl, Des Moines, Iowa; and Jacob Widman, Sergeant Bluff, Iowa.
Maxine Nelson Award: Brian Gesink, Sioux Center, Iowa.
Marcia McNee Award: Erin Downing, Ottumwa, Iowa.
Dr. Sharon Ocker Endowed Scholarship for Secondary Education: Lindsay Noteboom, South Sioux City, Neb.
Cathy (Posey) Simons Scholarship in Special Education, presented to the senior special education major who exemplifies her spirit of teaching: Andrew Posey, Sioux City.
Margaret Coleman Crary Scholarship in Literary Arts, for the English student who is an outstanding writer: Krystal Shearer, Emerson, Iowa.
Bill and Lorraine Knepper Outstanding Junior English Student Award: Rebecca Anderson, Lawton, 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: A.J. Pruss, Norfolk, Neb.
James Miller Award in History, for the history student who exhibits extraordinary academic achievement in and out of the classroom: Evan Swan, South Sioux City, Neb.
James Miller Award in Political Science, for the political science student who exhibits extraordinary academic achievement in and out of the classroom: David Young, Hinton, Iowa.
The Mass Communication Department Outstanding Senior Award: Whitney Gries, Onawa, Iowa.
American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese Excellence in Spanish Award: Chelsi Bissell, Corning, Iowa; and Eva Mattox, Deadwood, S.D.
Henry F. Kanthlener Romance Languages Book Award: Nichole Leyva, Hospers, Iowa.
Berdina Hospers Woodwind Award, for the student judged to have given the best performance for the school year: Emily Cox, Council Bluffs, Iowa.
Dorothy Paulson McLarnon Music Scholarship, for a junior or senior vocal music student showing exceptional potential: Britt Gebhardt, Sioux City.
Marvin and Merry Gralnek Klass Music Scholarship: Nicholas Anderson, Sioux City.
Mrs. Ray J. (Mildred) Harrington Scholarship, for a piano student who demonstrates good moral character and citizenship: Elizabeth Lippke, Sioux City.
Professional Development and Achievement in Nursing Awards, by class: sophomore, Katherine Ericson, Hawarden, Iowa; junior, Lauri Nees, Early, Iowa; senior, Kelli Schreier, Marcus, Iowa.
Writing Prize in Philosophy: Adrianna Radosti, Sioux City.
Socratic Award: Alycia Ahrens, Carroll, Iowa.
Robert Jewett Senior Book Award, for the outstanding graduating senior with a major or minor in religious studies: Amanda Freeman, Bellevue, Neb.
Tom Shilhanek Theatre Award for Technical Excellence: Andrew Curry, Indianola, Iowa.