May 9, 2009
Morningside College conferred 255 bachelor’s degrees and 216 Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degrees during its 111th spring commencement exercises held Saturday, May 9.
In addition to the spring graduates, degrees were conferred upon August and December 2008 graduates, as well as students expected to graduate in August 2009. Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degrees were conferred upon Roger H. Martin of Mamaroneck, N.Y., former president of Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Va., and Nancy R. Metz of Dakota Dunes, S.D., a member of the Morningside College Board of Directors.
John Bowitz, professor and chair of the art department at Morningside, received the 2009 Lucille and Charles Wert Faculty Award for excellence in teaching. The award recognizes the faculty member judged by his or her peers to best exemplify the ideas of the academic teaching profession at Morningside.
Bowitz joined the Morningside faculty in 1977. He has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and a master’s degree and doctorate from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. As an artist, much of Bowitz’s work is done in mixed media with drawing materials, paint, ceramics, collage, computer modified images and found objects. His work has been included in one-person exhibitions and group and juried shows throughout the United States.
Outstanding graduates were recognized with special awards in their fields of study. Tyler Childress of Alvord, Iowa, and Russell Heine of York, Neb., received the Dr. Tom Curry Outstanding Business Student Award, given in memory of the late Tom Curry, who was associate professor of business administration and economics at Morningside from 1991 to 2005.
Other graduates and their awards included: Anne Torkelson of Norfolk, Neb., Graduating Senior Art Award; Michael Wismont of Crescent, Iowa, Lawrence Bandholz Award in Mathematical Sciences; Jessica Delaney of Lake Park, Iowa, Marie Bandholz Award in Special Education; Philip Lieder of Stewartville, Minn., Dr. B. G. Knepper Award in English; Bryan Hansen of Sioux City, Lorraine E. Knepper Award in Nursing; and Kristina Sturm of Polk City, Iowa, Douglas E. Wood Award in Education.
Four graduates were recognized with Dean’s Awards, for their outstanding academic achievements in one of the four areas that comprise the Morningside College curriculum, including: Robert Blackburn III of Knoxville, Iowa, Dean’s Award in Fine Arts; Christina Thomsen of Denison, Iowa, Dean’s Award in Humanities; Preston Pierce of Anthon, Iowa, Dean’s Award in Professional Services and Influence; and Sabrina Higgins of Des Moines, Iowa, Dean’s Award in Sciences.
Morningside College awards general honors based on undergraduate work completed at the college and according to the grade point averages (GPAs) designated as follows:
*Cum Laude (with honor) at 3.50
**Magna Cum Laude (with great honor) at 3.66
***Summa Cum Laude (with highest honor) at 3.81.
General honors noted are based upon GPAs as of the end of the fall 2008 semester.
The spring graduates were as follows:
Bachelor of Arts
Sioux City: Jeremy Bauer, Philip Begley***, Jennifer Cardonick, Ashley Catchpole, Kayla Curry, Eric Damon, Christine Derochie, Kathryn Drury, Brandon Holmes, Lacy Jacobsen**, Jennifer Jepsen**, Amanda Mollner, Megan Parrish*, Emma Prosser, Jodi Roling, Lindsey Rubel, Katherine Smith, Nicholas Varner, Haley Wassell**, Alex Watters***, Matthew Wilmes, Jordan L. Young
Iowa: Chad Redmon, Altoona; Jeffrey Serbousek, Cedar Rapids; David Kenan, Cherokee; David Briese***, Correctionville; Krista Klindt and Christina Thomsen***, Denison; Jeremiah Danga and Sabrina Higgins *, Des Moines; Michelle Tesch, Granville; Ashley Danner, Kimballton; Robert Blackburn III, Knoxville; Angela Kern* and Matthew Sitzmann, Le Mars; Hollie Vaughan*, Mallard; Amanda Plemel**, Northboro; Blake Moore, Onawa; Andrea Jenson *, Pocahontas; Kristina Sturm, Polk City; Wyeth Lynch***, Prole; Jessie Cuvelier, Shell Rock;
Nebraska: Rebecca Bauer***, Alliance; Zachary Byrd, Bennington; Kelly Pudenz, Columbus; Amie Malcom* and Gerardo Torres, Dakota City; Brady Helmink***, Fairbury; Mackenzie Maschmeier, Fremont; Hannah M. Johnson, Kearney; Beau Cruse and Eukeria Okwumuo, Lincoln; Anne Torkelson***, Norfolk; Judson Conner, North Platte; Katherine Goss*, Omaha; Brent Wojcik, South Sioux City; Karen Grabowski, Wahoo; Bryan J. Fink, Wayne.
Other states:. Philip Lieder**, Stewartville, Minn.; Justin Moser***, Morris, Minn.; Christopher Nordstrom*, Minneapolis, Minn.; Tarah Sagedahl***, East Bethel, Minn.; Brenda Chord, Edgemont, S.D.; Katie Rasmussen, North Sioux City, S.D.; Kate Williams, Goodlettsville, Tenn.; Jeremy Lahar and Kayla E. Shoup, Houston, Texas;
Other countries: Kayo Nakaguchi, Osaka, Japan.
Bachelor of Science
Sioux City: Dana Baldridge*, Jordan Balfour, Sarah Benson, Chiao-Ying Chang, Troy Gaeth, Danielle Gass, Laura Gildemeister***, Cynthia Gonzalez, Kari Hansen***, Amanda Hegg, Rebeca Hernandez, Masashi Hirata, Sean Howell, Carlos Hurtado Andrade, Courtney Jungers, Ryan Lickteig, Andrew Loffswold, Mark Martindale*, Colin O'Sullivan*, David Terry.
Iowa: Ryan Oetken***, Akron; Tyler Childress*, Alvord; Preston Pierce***, Anthon; Jason Semprini, Carroll; Autumn Bartel***, Cherokee; Alicia Runyan***, Cleghorn, Andrew Edison* and Robert Tellgren, Council Bluffs; Michael Wismont**, Crescent; Stephanie Swalve, Estherville; Molly Dennis-Drees*, Exira; Melissa Campbell* Graettinger; Derek Nolan*** and Jasmine Richards, Hawarden; Jessica Delaney***, Lake Park; David Hofschulte, Lansing; Jonalee Jackes** and Sean Smalley, Beau Sudtelgte*, Le Mars; Katie Hoaglund**, Kristina McGrain*,Samantha Silva, Mapleton; Valerie Crutchley, Mount Vernon; Melissa Barrier, Neola; Cassaundra Ruehle, Oakland; Maggie Swenson*, Ocheyedan; Scott Anderson, Ottumwa; Eric Clouse*,Ruthven; Jeremy Lafrentz, Janine Miller, Tareyn L. Moss***, Jillian Olson, Leslee Van Dyke, Christopher Widman***, Sergeant Bluff; Matthew Kerr, Sigourney; Joshua Steinhoff***, Smithland; Chad Clancy***, Spencer; Jamie Kirby and Megan Morton, Whiting.
Nebraska: Anthony Dang*, Bellevue; Breanne Evans** and William Mech Jr.**, Crofton; Seth Atkins, Grand Island; Joshua Johnson, Hastings; Stephanie Willers, Jackson; Dexter S. Haskell, Lyons; Angela Bachmann, Kellie Harris** and Maggie Meier, Omaha; Bob Seger, O'Neill; Weston Frahm, Plainview; Natalie Bass***, South Sioux City; Thomas Butzke, Staplehurst; Russell Heine, York.
Other states: Lauren Marshall, Brawley, Calif.; Ashley McNabney, New Lenox, Ill.; Kristin Struss***, Fairmont, Minn.; Vanessa Warzecha***, Aloha, Ore.; Cara DeStigter***, Dakota Dunes, S.D.; Nicholas Paulsen, North Sioux City, S.D.; Emily Petermann* and Valarey Weber, Sioux Falls, S.D.
Other countries: Ling-Jiun Chen*, Taipei City, Taiwan.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Sioux City: Mindee Borrall**, Nichole Goergen, Bryan Hansen***, Rachel Held, Cassie Main**, Trang Nguyen, Michael O'Sullivan, Ashlee Walker.
Iowa: Nicole Helgeson, Altoona; Nicole Branstetter, Avoca; Sarah Garrett*, Churdan; Brooke Pottorff**, Corning; Katie McGuire, Des Moines; Brittany Thompson, Exira; Kayla J. Weerheim, Hawarden; Ashley Zevenbergen, Lake Park; Emily Heuertz*, Le Mars; Hillary Utman, Modale; Amy Salton*, Webb.
Other states: Stephanie Kirchner, Savage, Minn.; Kristi Tighe***, Homer, Neb.; Erin Koskovich, South Sioux City, Neb.
Other countries: Yuichi Ichinose**, Tokyo, Japan.
Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Degree
Sioux City: Kenny Clark, Stephanie Dawdy, Lonnie Hill, Mike Kilburn, Steven McHugh, Carol Ryan, Jeri Sturges, Jane Warren.
Iowa: Constance Sloss, Adel; Michelle Deshler, Agency; Molly Hartzler, Ainsworth; Kelly Harris and Tricia Lahndorf, Algona; Ashley Dirks and Panom Vithayasab, Alta; Francis Bennett, Altoona; Kevin Kriner and Angie Lorenz, Ankeny; Lisa Cunningham, Anthon; Ann Braught, Bettendorf; Lori Graves, Bloomfield; Kevin Behr, Bryant; Merrie Webb, Buffalo Center; Holly Merryman, Elizabeth Orth, Sharon Rady, Ingrid Waters, Burlington; Sarah Erwin, Camanche; Andrew Courtney, Susan Dale, Jillian Duffy, Jacqueline Hackman, Amy Harger, Andrea Henley, Michael LeMieux, Staci Mangrich, Krystal Manka, Chanda McHugh, Laura Murray, Jeni Newland, Nathan Toyne, Allyson Wheelan, Cedar Rapids; Katie Nelson, Clare; Nicole Shannon, Clinton; Amy Barber and Lisa Fitch, Clive; Elizabeth Kreder, Coralville; Wendy Barrett and Sabrina Jorpeland, Creston; Kelley Foehrkolb and Abby Rector, Davenport; Angela Holt, Delhi; Cheri Emery, Kathleen Gehlsen, Susan Jentz, Mary Schultz, Denison; Marci Barker, Regan Blume, Robert Burnett, Katie Dohmen, Randy Dohmen, Daniel Easley, Jennifer Haidar, Aimee Hannan, Heather Lynam, Jennifer McNeeley, Jim Merkwan, Joseph Ortega, Jonell Pierce, Ida Rooker, Theron Vanderflute,
Tracy Villela, Kathleen Voll, Des Moines; Linda Tegeler, Edgewood; Lisa Lenth, Elkader; Brenda Gonzales, Deb Jurrens, Molly Rodemeyer, Emmetsburg; Rhonda Raskie, Exline; Lisa Greenig, Julie Hanshaw, Linda Talley, Fairfield; Gene Coon, Fonda; Brenda Bell, Anjee Fraher, Branwyn Greathouse, Janice Peterson, Ramona Warlick, Lori Zosulis, Fort Dodge; Dala Wolfe, Fort Madison; Susan Flansche, Fredericksburg; Tasha . Fritz, Garnavillo; Todd Hough, Graettinger; Lori Eads, Griswold; Mary Schiefen, Hawarden; Tonya J. Caquelin, Humboldt; Christine Albers, Huxley; Josh Brown, Pennie Darr, Theresa Routh Chapman, Indianola; Keith Hynek and Sara Schwindt, Iowa City; Lori Eekoff, Kanawha; Jennifer Schroeder, Kingsley; Lisa Barbour-Sanchez and Melinda Kephart, Knoxville; Marie Menke, Lake Mills; David Gastelum and Jenny Stock, Lake View; Julie Riechers, Lamont; Kiley Sherwood-Pollard, Lenox; Cassidy Reinken, Lisbon; Sarah Lottridge-Polzien and Kari Ranniger, Manning; Krista Elmquist and Cathy Heizelman, Mapleton; Mary Bardsley Vizecky and Erica Glew, Marion; Sarah Bouska, Christine K. Brandt, Kari Christenson, Jennifer Goepel, Alicia Lief, Kelly Penn, Linda VanDenBosch, Jill Wymore, Mason City; Tiffanie Dau, Melvin; Jennifer Burken and Judy Manning, Miles; Laura Oliver, Milo; Leslie Benner, Montrose; Tiffany Danley and Melinda Replogle, Moulton; Jennifer Krieger-Coen, Linda Spillane, Elissa Swafford, Mount Pleasant; Madonna Gretten, Mount Vernon; Ellen Carey, Lisa McKee, Lisa Seaba, Nancy VanHemert, Stephanie Zillig, Muscatine; Cathy Frohardt, Nemaha; Jeanne Rochford, New Hampton; Melissa Smith Ward, New Virginia; Jennifer Springer, Newton; Trisha Little, North Liberty; Gretchen Hoefling, Odebolt; Jennifer Foglesong, Michelle Kruse, Shelley Kruse, Ogden; Lori Ehrhardt and Jack Vanderflught, Osceola; Leslie Meyer and Denise Morris, Oskaloosa; Kelli Husted, Katherine Pumphrey, Jim Schlarbaum, Ellen Stoltz-McGinity, Ottumwa; Elizabeth Kaump, Palo; Julie Lynch, Pella; Kim Koetz, Peosta; Brandon Goodchild, Polk City; Karen Stein, Portsmouth; Victor Combs, Pulaski; Luyre Sobaski, Richland; Susan Kinsinger, Riverside; Cindy Feldhans, Rockwell City; Pam McCombs, Russell; Sammie Bruce, Micheala Engel, Nancy Handley, Dallas Pullen, Sac City; Jenny Bell and Gary Jarmes, Sigourney; Hillary Waldstein, Solon; Linda Winkelbauer, Somers; Katie Balk and Karla Labernik, Spencer; Nancy Dau and Tiffany Lammers, Spirit Lake; Sharon Butterfield, Kara Harder, Jean Knapp, Barbara Lange, Marta Sandoval, Dep Ung, Storm Lake; Tracy Johnson, Superior; Tony Heitland, Thornton; Cherie Overton, Traer; Peggy Anderson, Urbandale; Abigail Julin and Diane Schroeder, Wall Lake; Shawna Manz, Washington; Connie Adams, Sharmin Koppes, Jennifer Schlader, Waterloo; Dave Kneip, Waverly; Heather Applegate, Wayland; Susan J. Kane, Webster City; Donella Benskin, Patrick Lewis, Heather Moylan, West Des Moines; Joel Murphy, West Liberty; Garrett Crandall, West Union, Lena Terry, Whiting; Janie Eischen, Whittemore; Cristie White, Wilton; Barbara Phelps, Winfield; Jennifer Drake and James Sleyster, Winterset.
Other states: Georgie Mrla, Orange Park, Fla.; Melinda Hodge, Fulton, Ill.; Jordan Cudney, Ford, Neb.; Luke Comeau, South Sioux City, Neb.; James D'Auguste, Dakota Dunes, S.D.
The following students are expected to graduate in August 2009 and participated in the exercises:
Bachelor of Arts
Sioux City: Kelsey Baldwin, William Chris Delfs III, Michael Kellen, Matthew Niles, Joel Peplinski, Austin Ray, Sarah Scott, Maurie Tomke, Linda Xayabanha.
Iowa: Zachary Andersen Rule, Cedar Falls; Adam Mathers*, Correctionville; Kory Petzenhauser, Merrill; Kendra Klein, Remsen; Steven Wise, Shelby; Brandie Koenig***, Sloan.
Nebraska: Amber Jarzynka, Blair; Jason Freudenburg, Madison.
Other countries: Ryusuke Sugamori, Osaka, Japan.
Bachelor of Science
Sioux City: Torey Devlin-Hill, Abdier Marrero
Iowa: Patricia E. Powell, Lawton; Andrew Stevenson, Merrill.
Nebraska: Jeffrey Bruning, Geneva; Kelli Frankele, Dakota City; Kathryn Goodwin*, Omaha; Samantha Hood***, Dodge; Evan Mann, Lincoln.
Other states: Jekara Konecki, Champlin, Minn.; Katherine Wentzel, Eden Prairie, Minn.; Josiah Keleher, Moberly, Mo.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Iowa: Kelsey Ploen, Pierson.
The following August or December 2008 graduates participated in the exercises:
Bachelor of Arts
Sioux City: Amber Aschinger, Austin Granzow*, Justin Holmes, Clint Little, Soeum Touch.
Iowa: David Price, Centerville; Brandon Morehead and Joel Patrick, Council Bluffs; Brett Miner, Humboldt; Blair Lawton, Inwood; Justin Flammang, Lawton; Jennifer Roemen***, Rock Rapids; William Mallett Jr., Salix; Apollo Swanson, Sloan.
Nebraska: Heather J. Ballas, Aurora; Jared K. Pickett, David City.
Other states: Amanda Morrow*, Lakeville, Minn.; Lindsay Neste, Bremerton, Wash.
Other countries: Yuki Takishima**, Tokyo, Japan.
Bachelor of Science
Sioux City: Michael Axelsen, Michael McManigal, Nabil Sorathia, Joseph Bisenius, Jacob Clark Tadlock, Brooke Davies, Madison Davis*,Rusty Derochie Jr., Kasey Hoffman, Ashley Krause***, Marjorie Kukuk*, Javier Lozano, Gabriela Magana*.
Iowa: Ashley Kinney** and Allison Scholten, Alton; Kathryn Milbrandt**, Buffalo Center; Bethany Leonard**, Cherokee; Brandon Evje, Eagle Grove; Sara Brechler, Le Mars; Tina Husman*, Quimby; David Pink, Saint Ansgar; Jason Bovinett, Salix; Jennifer Yockey**, Sergeant Bluff; Trent Allen, Treynor.
Nebraska: Adaela L. Dostal***, David City; Adam Dougherty, Lincoln; Courtney Bruckner**, Mclean; Thomas Pargett, Nebraska City: Benjamin Loberg*,Randolph.
Other states: Eric W. Delich, Lansing, Kan.; Kari L. Kraayenbrink, Brandon, S.D.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Iowa: Ruth A. Uhl*, Lawton