Sept. 2, 2005
Morningside College announces the addition of six new faculty members who began teaching for the fall 2005 semester.
New faculty members include: Samuel H. Clovis Jr., professor and chair of business administration and economics; Dr. Seth A. Elwood, assistant professor of chemistry; Patricia Graham, assistant professor of nursing; Lorna Hulstein Leavitt, visiting instructor of education; Michael Rohlena, visiting instructor of theatre, and Barbara “Cathy” Wilt, visiting instructor of education.
Clovis comes to Morningside from Arlington, Va., where he served as senior researcher and acting fellow for the Homeland Security Institute. He has extensive experience in public, private, and non-profit sectors including various operational and consulting roles with the United States military, the RAND Corporation, Booz Allen Hamilton, and Northrop Grumman Corporation, among others. He was assistant professor of business at William Penn University in Oskaloosa, Iowa, where he also served as dean of the College for Working Adults and founding dean of the College of Business and Management Science. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado, a master’s degree in business from Golden Gate University in San Francisco, Calif., and has attended the National Security Studies program at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.
Elwood was assistant professor of chemistry at Monmouth University in West Long Branch, N.J., prior to joining the Morningside faculty. He holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., and received his doctorate in analytical chemistry from the University of Iowa in Iowa City. He is a member of the American Chemical Society and the Society for Applied Spectroscopy. He is a frequent presenter and has published extensively in the field of analytical chemistry and applied spectroscopy.
Graham, who is a Sioux City native, was a faculty member at the College of Saint Mary in Omaha, Neb., for the past four years, serving as instructor, course coordinator, and academic advisor in the associate degree nursing program. She has a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the College of Saint Mary and a master’s in nursing with an emphasis in health systems and community health from the University of Nebraska in Omaha. She is a member of the American Nursing Association, the College of Saint Mary Honor Society, and Sigma Theta Tau, the International Honor Society of Nursing.
Leavitt comes to Morningside from Roosevelt Elementary School in Cherokee, Iowa, where she served as second and fourth grade multicategorical resource room teacher. She received her bachelor’s degree in elementary and special education from Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa, and and a master’s in teaching multicategorical disabilities from Morningside in 1995. Leavitt’s experience includes serving as special education instructor for River Valley Middle School in Cushing, Iowa, Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn Elementary School in Marcus and Meriden, Iowa, and at Cherokee Community Schools. She also served as an adjunct instructor at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake. Leavitt received the Professionally Recognized Special Educator certificate by the national Council for Exceptional Children for the 1999-2000 academic year.
Rohlena received a master of fine arts degree with an emphasis in design and theatre technology this past August from the University of South Dakota in Vermillion. He holds a bachelor’s degree in theatre arts from Carroll College in Waukesha, Wis. Rohlena returns to Morningside where he served part-time as a tutor in the Academic Support Center and staff member in the theatre department during the 2002-2003 academic year. His experience includes acting, dancing, singing, and various aspects of theatre production and design for collegiate, professional, and community theatres in the Midwest.
Wilt comes to Morningside from Westwood Community Schools in Sloan, Iowa, where she served as sixth grade and Title I reading and guided reading instructor. Previously, she was an adjunct instructor in education at Morningside College and at Buena Vista University’s Le Mars, Iowa, campus, and taught at the Whiting and West Monona Community Schools. Wilt earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education in 1973 from Iowa State University in Ames, a master’s degree in teaching from Morningside in 1998, and completed the educational administration program at Iowa State University in 2000. She is licensed as a master educator and professional administrator and holds a reading endorsement. She is a member of several professional organizations including the School Administrators of Iowa, the National Association of Elementary School Principals, the International Reading Association, and others.