April 11, 2012
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. Jackie Barber, associate professor of nursing, was voted by the student body as the Faculty Person of the Year for her outstanding contributions to Morningside and its students. Barber teaches Pathophysiology and Pharmacology, Community Health Nursing, and Complex Health Situations. Barber graduated from Morningside in 1995 and joined the college’s faculty in 1997. She holds a master’s degree from Creighton University and a doctorate degree from College of Saint Mary.
The First-Year Teaching/Advising Award went to Andre McWell, director of Student Success. 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. McWell, a graduate of the University of Sioux Falls, came to Morningside in 2003. He serves as the advisor to the Diversity At Morningside group and works to provide a supportive environment on campus for students from diverse backgrounds.
Sherry Swan, administrative assistant for the Religious Studies, History and Political Science, Philosophy, and Theatre and Dance departments, received the Staff Member of the Year Award. Swan is a 1984 Morningside graduate and has been employed at the college since 2008.
The Tommeraasen Award of Excellence for the outstanding campus organization went to the Morningside men’s and women’s cross country teams.
The Student Government Student Event of the Year Award was presented to a March 14 bone marrow drive that was organized by the Morningside Student Nurses Association, the Alpha Omicron Pi international women’s fraternity, and Carol Garvey, Morningside’s director of student health.
The ODK Sophomore Cup was awarded to Jed McCoy of Climbing Hill, 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: Shelby Beaudette, Walthill, Neb.; Lydia Bienlien, Glenwood, Iowa; Nicholas Brincks, Carroll, Iowa; Cassie Burnside, Fremont, Neb.; Jessie Byrnes, Harlan, Iowa; Emily Culver, Orleans, Neb.; Demirae Dunn, Cherokee, Iowa; Garret Ehlers, Ida Grove, Iowa; Emily Greenlee, Lincoln, Neb; Samantha Hansen, Brooklyn Park, Minn.; Shaena Hanson, Sioux City; Taylor Hatting, Sioux City; Mary Horton, Sioux City; Michael Huseman, Alta, Iowa; Kyle Kinney, Sioux City; Taylor Kube, Crofton, Neb.; Jed McCoy, Climbing Hill, Iowa; Trent Miller, Gretna, Neb.; Andrew Poeckes, Remsen, Iowa; Kelsie Pomerenke, Sergeant Bluff, Iowa; Blake Schany, Emmetsburg, Iowa; Donald Short III, Sioux City; Kaylee Spotts, Ida Grove, Iowa; Ashleigh Starr, Avoca, Iowa; Mariah Stauffer, Omaha, Neb.; Michael Stern, Santiago, Dominican Republic; Sarah Swan, South Sioux City, Neb.; Joshua Thomas, Sioux City; Ariel Turnquist, Alta, Iowa; Jason Vaith, Scotland, S.D.; Maggie Vander Stelt, Maurice, Iowa.
Alpha Lambda Delta Senior Book Awards for the graduating member of the freshman women’s honor society with the highest grade point average were presented to Leah Nielsen of Sergeant Bluff, Iowa, and Emily Beaton of Spencer, Iowa.
Mary Horton of Sioux City was recognized for being one of the 2011 winners of Alpha Lambda Delta’s Joanne Trow award and Demirae Dunn of Cherokee, Iowa, was recognized for being this year’s nominee for the national society’s Joanne Trow Award.
An Alpha Lambda Delta graduate fellowship was awarded to Melissa James of Colorado Springs, Colo.
An Alpha Lambda Delta Stemler Study Abroad Scholarship was awarded to Maggie Vander Stelt of Maurice, Iowa.
The Phi Eta Sigma Senior Book Award for the graduating member of the national freshman honor society with the highest grade point average went to Monte Larsen of Neola, Iowa.
The Robert “Bob” Miller Academic Student-Athlete of the Year Awards, presented in Miller’s memory by his family to the senior male and female student-athletes who have demonstrated outstanding academic and athletic performances during their Morningside careers, were presented to Monte Larsen of Neola, Iowa, who is a member of the men’s cross country and track & field teams, and Leah Nielsen of Sergeant Bluff, Iowa, who is a member of the volleyball team.
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: Wes Burkhardt, Cherokee, Iowa.
Outstanding Art Awards, by class: junior, Tyler Lenz, Lincoln, Neb.; sophomore, Jazmine Dirks, Sioux City; and freshman, Alejandro Davalos, South Sioux City, Neb.
Biology and Chemistry
Stephen Jay Gould Award, presented to a student who best exemplifies the spirit of the liberal arts college and has a record of excellence in biology and chemistry as well as the humanities: Sydney Brisco, Scottsbluff, Neb.
Outstanding Biology Student of the Year Award: Joshua Beutler, Bancroft, Neb.
Outstanding Chemistry Student of the Year Award: Lyra Christianson, Saint Paul, Minn.
Business Administration and Economics
Iowa Society of Accountants Award: Jackie Goergen, Alton, Iowa.
Institute of Management Award: Mitchell Parkhill, Sioux City.
Outstanding Advertising Award: Kelsey Martin, Grand Island, Neb.
Outstanding Business Administration Student Awards were presented to Jeff Bauer of Exira, Iowa; Charlie Murphy and Lauren Nugent of Sioux City; and Ben Milder of Council Bluffs, Iowa.
Maxine Nelson Award: Mary Horton, Sioux City.
Marcia McNee Award: Lexie Matthey, Sioux City.
Dr. Sharon Ocker Endowed Scholarship for Secondary Education: Breanna Mathes, Cherokee, Iowa.
Cathy (Posey) Simons Scholarship in Special Education, presented to the special education major who exemplifies her spirit of teaching: Christina Meyerhoff, George, Iowa.
Margaret Coleman Crary Scholarship in Literary Arts, for the English student who is an outstanding writer: Kelci Teut, Hinton, Iowa.
Bill and Lorraine Knepper Outstanding Junior English Student Award: Dani Dahlkoetter, Grant, Neb.
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: Samantha McCarville, McCook, Neb.
James Miller Award in History, for the history student who exhibits extraordinary academic achievement in and out of the classroom: Sara Olson, Marcus, Iowa.
James Miller Award in Political Science, for the political science student who exhibits extraordinary academic achievement in and out of the classroom: Nancy Waterstraat, Stralsund, Germany.
Outstanding Media Contributor Award: Dan Corey, Sioux City.
Department Of Modern Languages Book Awards were presented to Jessica Bartak of Ewing, Neb., and Kalifornia Gray of Sioux City.
Dorothy Paulson McLarnon Music Scholarship, for a junior or senior vocal music student showing exceptional potential: Blair Remmers, Alton, Iowa.
Marvin and Merry Gralnek Klass Music Scholarship: Remmers.
Professional Development and Academic Achievement in Nursing Awards: Vanessa Acosta, Denison, Iowa; Kathleen Arnts, Alta, Iowa; Emily Gutz, Storm Lake, Iowa; and Whitney Postma, Ireton, Iowa.
Robert Jewett Senior Book Award, for the outstanding graduating senior with a major or minor in religious studies: Jessica Boschen, Newman Grove, Neb.
Writing and Rhetoric
First Year Writing Award: Hannah Hecht, Leavenworth, Kan.