Aug. 10, 2005
Morningside College has announced the addition of six new staff members and the transition of a current staff member.
The new members include Dr. Robert E. Anderson, director of educational technology; Dr. Brenda Crawford, personal counselor; Stacie Hays, career counselor; Karen Johnson, circulation manager for the Hickman-Johnson-Furrow Library Center; Kathy Olson, campus pastor and director of church relations; and Dave Pinson, coordinator of resident education. In addition, Julie Moreau will assume responsibilities as records coordinator for Admissions.
Anderson comes to Morningside from the Todd County School District in Mission, S.D., where he was technology coordinator for the past seven years. He will be responsible for guiding the campus community in the effective use of educational technology and administering specialized computer services. Anderson received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of La Verne in California and holds a doctorate in education from the University of South Dakota in Vermillion. He has training and certification in several computer software and hardware operating systems.
Crawford will be responsible for providing short-term counseling and crisis intervention to students and mental health education for the campus community. She
received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in psychology and a doctorate in counseling psychology from Iowa State University in Ames. She did her pre-doctoral internship in the Department of Psychology at the University of Iowa in Iowa City. Most recently, Crawford was a staff counselor and director of the Eating Disorders Treatment Program at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Ill. She has clinical experience in individual and group behavioral health services including substance abuse, depression, domestic violence, eating disorders, and grief counseling, among others. She is a member of the American Psychological Association.
Hays will be responsible for counseling students in the area of major and career development, job search, graduate school exploration, and internship opportunities.
She comes to Morningside from Western Iowa Tech Community College in Sioux City, where she served as a job specialist, assisting customers and students in career exploration and job skills training. She was previously employed as an admissions representative for Mount Marty College in Yankton, S.D., and as the human resource director at Sunrise Retirement Community in Sioux City. She received her bachelor’s degree in public relations from the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, and holds certification as a Global Career Development Facilitator from Rutgers University in Newark, N.J.
Johnson will supervise and manage the operations of the circulation desk, periodicals, books, and electronic inventory at the Hickman-Johnson-Furrow Library Center, and will be responsible for training, scheduling, and supervising work-study students. Prior to joining Morningside, Johnson was employed with the Sioux City Community and Sergeant Bluff-Luton School Districts as a substitute teacher for kindergarten through twelfth grades, and served as a public library associate for the City of Sergeant Bluff. She received a bachelor’s degree from the University of South Dakota in 1995.
Olson will be responsible for providing pastoral care, program leadership, and spiritual direction for the Morningside campus community and will work closely with the United Methodist Church. She received her bachelor’s degree in English from Morningside in 1999 and her master of divinity degree from the Saint Paul School of Theology in Kansas City, Mo., in 2003. Prior to joining Morningside, Olson was pastor for the Danbury United Methodist Church in Danbury. She is a volunteer chaplain for Opportunities Unlimited and St. Luke’s Regional Medical Center in Sioux City and is an adult leader for Siouxland Interdenominational Teens Encounter Christ (TEC).
Pinson will coordinate the day-to-day functions of residence halls and apartment buildings and will assist in development of resident education programs. He comes to Morningside from Arkansas Tech University in Russellville, Ark., where he held positions of resident director and area housing coordinator. He received a bachelor’s degree in history and political science and a master’s degree in college student personnel from Arkansas Tech University. Pinson is a member of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators and the National Intramural and Recreational Sports Association.
In her new position, Moreau will be responsible for managing and coordinating the records and status of applicants and supporting the efforts of admissions counselors.
Moreau joined the staff at Morningside in 2001 as an admissions counselor for areas in Nebraska. She received a bachelor’s degree in mass communications from Morningside in 2000.