May 8, 2005
Morningside College conferred 89 bachelor’s degrees and 75 master of arts in teaching (MAT) degrees during its 107th spring commencement exercises held Saturday, May 7, at 2 p.m. on the Hickman-Johnson-Furrow Library Center lawn.
In addition to the 164 spring graduates, degrees were conferred upon December 2004 graduates, as well as students expected to graduate in August or December 2005.
An honorary Doctor of Laws degree was conferred upon Cy W. Chesterman, chief executive officer of Chesterman Company, Sioux City, and an honorary Doctor of Music degree was conferred upon Mark Schnaible, a renown opera star and associate professor of voice at Boston University. The college presented these honorary degrees in honor of their commitment to life-long learning, civic responsibility, and ethical leadership, the tenets of Morningside’s mission.
Dr. Scott Arnett, associate professor of education at Morningside, received the Lucille and Charles Wert Faculty Award for excellence in teaching. Arnett has been at Morningside since 1998 and teaches special education, transitions, and human relations. He is a disability consultant for the college’s Achievement Center and is director of the Morningside Transition Program, which assists special educators in becoming transition specialists. He is faculty liaison for the Morningside Student Chapter of the Council for Exceptional Children. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma and holds a master’s degree and a doctorate in special education from that university. The Wert award, established in 1996, recognizes the faculty member judged by his peers to best exemplify the ideas of the academic profession at Morningside.
Jill M. Ellickson, of Sioux City, was awarded the E. Ann Struthers Award in Education, which was established this year to recognize a student who shows the most potential in the field of education. Ellickson graduated in December with a bachelor’s degree in music education. The award was given in honor of E. Ann Struthers, who was recognized earlier this spring as the college’s 2005 Alumni Educator of the Year. She is a visiting professor of English and Writer-In-Residence at Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Mark R. Clark, of South Sioux City, Neb., was awarded the Graduating Senior Art Award. A spring graduate, he has earned a bachelor of arts in graphic design.
The following graduating seniors were recognized as Outstanding Graduate in their respective academic divisions: Aletha R. Drenth of Sioux Center, Iowa, Behavioral and Health Sciences Division; Amanda L. Norby of Sioux City, Business Administration and Economics/Communication Division; Rachel L. Weinmann of Sioux City, Education; Darija Ljubibratic of Sioux City, Fine Arts; Catherine R. Stangl, of Des Moines, Iowa, Humanities; Alissa F. Reeves, of Kingsley, Iowa, Natural Science and Mathematics Division.
For a complete list of all the graduates who participated in the exercise, click here.