April 6, 2011
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 a national leadership honor society that recognizes and encourages superior scholarship, leadership and exemplary character.
Dr. Leslie Werden, assistant professor and chair of the writing and rhetoric department, was voted by the student body as the faculty person of the year for her outstanding contributions to Morningside and its students. Werden teaches courses in the writing and rhetoric and English departments. She also serves on several national composition committees and coaches Morningside’s speech team.
The first-year teaching/advising award went to Karmen Ten Napel, coordinator of Exploring students/learning disabilities specialist. 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 to college. In addition to working with students who are exploring options for an academic major and tutoring students with learning disabilities, Ten Napel also teaches a section of the first-year seminar course and advises freshmen
The Rev. Kathy Martin, chaplain and director of church relations, received the staff member of the year award. Martin has organized and led several Morningside mission trips to assist with ongoing reconstruction efforts in Mississippi, Texas and Louisiana after 2005’s Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. She also led mission trips to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, in the summer and fall of 2008 to help with flood recovery efforts.
The Tommeraasen Award of Excellence for the outstanding campus organization went to Alpha Lambda Delta, the freshman women’s honor society.
The Student Government Student Event of the Year Award was presented to ODK’s “Into the Streets” community service event that was held on November 2. That morning student volunteers performed a variety of service work – cleaning, painting, yard work, and reading to elementary school students – for agencies that Big Brothers Big Sisters of Siouxland, Siouxland Humane Society, Sioux City Public Library, Countryside Senior Living, and Girls Inc. The event was organized by Morningside students Kylie Helmink of Fairbury, Neb., and Miriam Pfahler of Pierre, S.D.
The ODK Sophomore Cup was awarded to Kelci Teut of Hinton, Iowa. This award is given annually to a sophomore for outstanding leadership and campus participation.
New ODK inductees recognized for their scholarship and campus leadership included: Vanessa Acosta, Denison, Iowa; Kathleen Arnts, Alta, Iowa; Amy Baer, Malvern, Iowa; Nathan Cale, Sioux City; Krystal Carlson, Richfield, Minn.; Taylor Chapman, Spencer, Iowa; Chelsey Dunivan, Meadow Grove, Neb.; Mary Froeschl, Falls City, Neb.; Claire Gibbons, Duluth, Minn.; Marissa Gregg, Hawarden, Iowa; Jake Hamburger, Hastings, Neb.; John Harris, Holstein, Iowa; Courtney Kinnander, Armstrong, Iowa; Cory Maassen, Hancock, Iowa; Breanna Mathes, Cherokee, Iowa; Elizabeth Norton, Yuma, Ariz.; Michael Oetken, Akron, Iowa; Torin Otis, Omaha, Neb.; Anastasia Ott, Trumbull, Neb.; Emma Remy, Urbandale, Iowa; Nicole Seier, Lincoln, Neb.; Tabitha Shepherd, Corning, Iowa; Sabrina Sieperda, Rock Rapids, Iowa; Allison Von Ehwegen, Milford, Iowa; Nancy Waterstraat, Stralsund, Germany; Michelle Weber, Eagan, Minn.; and Jordan Wineland, Grimes, Iowa. Kim Christopherson, assistant professor of psychology, and David Elder, assistant professor for writing and rhetoric, were also inducted into ODK.
Alpha Lambda Delta Senior Book Awards for the graduating members of the freshman women’s honor society with the highest grade point averages were presented to Heather Hoefs of Valentine, Neb., and Kelsey Uherka of Stanton, Iowa.
The Alpha Lambda Delta Outstanding Sophomore Award was presented to Mary Horton of Sioux City, 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 freshman honor society with the highest grade point average went to Steven Postolka of Sioux Rapids, Iowa.
The Robert “Bob” Miller Academic Student-Athlete of the Year Awards were presented to Jeremy Lenz, a men’s soccer player from Lincoln, Neb., and Emily Christen, a women’s basketball and volleyball player from Anselmo, Neb. The awards go to the senior male and female student-athletes who have demonstrated outstanding academic and athletic performances during their Morningside careers.
The following departmental awards were presented:
Marion Shapiro Art Award: Angelica Camberos Vazquez, Sioux City.
Outstanding Art Awards, by class: junior, Judith Ford, Sioux City; sophomore, Tyler Lenz, Lincoln, Neb.; and freshman, Shannon Rutherford, Glendale, Ariz.
Biology and Chemistry
Lt. Edward Farnsworth Scholarship: Lydia Bienlien, Glenwood, Iowa.
Outstanding Biology Student of the Year Award: Johan Conradie, West Des Moines, Iowa.
Outstanding Chemistry Student of the Year Award: Samantha Emerick, Sioux City.
CRC Freshman Chemistry Award: Kalee Gross, Omaha, Neb.
Business Administration and Economics
Outstanding Accounting Student Award: Heather Hoefs, Valentine, Neb.
Outstanding Advertising Student Awards were presented to Cara Anderson of Fort Calhoun, Neb., and Mallory Lowe of Panora, Iowa.
Outstanding Business Administration Student Awards were presented to Ivy Borcherding of Cherokee, Iowa; Heidi Lieber of Lawton, Iowa; and Emma Vander Zyl, Des Moines, Iowa.
The Business Education Initiative Award was presented to Stephen Campbell, Newry, Northern Ireland.
Maxine Nelson Award: Monte Larsen, Neola, Iowa.
Marcia McNee Award: Jessica Rix, Sioux Rapids, Iowa.
Dr. Sharon Ocker Endowed Scholarship for Secondary Education: Leah Nielsen, Sergeant Bluff.
Cathy (Posey) Simons Scholarship in Special Education: Sabrina Sieperda, Rock Rapids, Iowa.
Margaret Coleman Crary Scholarship in Literary Arts: Lindsay Noteboom, South Sioux City, Neb.
Bill and Lorraine Knepper Outstanding Junior English Student Award: Kelsey Kallhoff, Neligh, Neb.
History and Political Science
Albert Sellen Award: Evan Swan, South Sioux City, Neb.
James Miller Award in History: Sydney Brisco, Scottsbluff, Neb.
James Miller Award in Political Science: Samantha McCarville, Indianola, Iowa.
The Mass Communication Department Outstanding Senior Award: Steven Postolka, Sioux Rapids, Iowa.
Outstanding Media Contributor Award: Nick Buth, Danbury, Iowa.
American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese Excellence in Spanish Award: Jenny Thomas, Sioux City.
Department of Modern Languages Book Awards were presented to Chelsi Bissell of Omaha, Neb.; Kelly Kotlik of Bellevue, Neb.; and Jennifer Williams of Nisland, S.D.
Berdina Hospers Woodwind Award: Keisuke Mukai, Tokyo, Japan.
Dorothy Paulson McLarnon Music Scholarship: Jaime Parkinson, Rock Rapids, Iowa.
Marvin and Merry Gralnek Klass Music Scholarship: Autumn Knipp, Elberon, Iowa.
Mrs. Ray J. (Mildred) Harrington Scholarship: Nicole Guericke, Alexandria, S.D.
Professional Development and Achievement in Nursing Awards, by class: sophomore, Janice Bergman, Arthur, Iowa; junior, Jessica Kuhr, Platte Center, Neb.; senior, Briana Dietrich, Flandreau, S.D.
Writing Prize in Philosophy: Kyle Thaden, Creston, Iowa, for his paper “Beauty as Virtue.”
Robert Jewett Senior Book Award: Nicholas Grove, Grimes, Iowa; and Charles Nixon, Norfolk, Neb.
Theatre and Dance
Tom Shilhanek Theatre Award for Technical Excellence: Michael Bryant, Farragut, Tenn.