April 10, 2013
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 the national leadership honor society that recognizes and encourages superior scholarship, leadership and exemplary character.
Mary Zink, visiting instructor of business administration and economics, was voted by the student body as the Faculty Person of the Year for her outstanding contributions to Morningside and its students. Zink teaches Principles of Management, International Business, Contemporary Leadership and Ethics, and Business Policy.
The First-Year Teaching/Advising Award went to Jill Wilson, assistant professor of music. 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 into college.
Marcie Ponder, administrative assistant for the English, modern languages, and writing and rhetoric departments, received the Staff Member of the Year Award. Ponder is a part-time student at Morningside and has been employed at the college since 1998.
The Tommeraasen Award of Excellence for the outstanding campus organization went to KMSC FM 92.9, Morningside’s student-run campus radio station.
The Student Government Student Event of the Year Award was presented for the International Student Association Banquet.
The ODK Sophomore Cup was awarded to Hannah Hecht of Leavenworth, Kan. This award is given annually to a sophomore for outstanding leadership and campus participation.
The Alpha Lambda Delta Maria Leonard Senior Book Award for the graduating member of the freshman women’s honor society with the highest grade point average was presented to Rachel Penning of Granville, Iowa.
Jessie Byrnes of Harlan, Iowa, was recognized for being this year’s Alpha Lambda Delta nominee for the national society’s Joanne Trow Award.
An Alpha Lambda Delta graduate fellowship was awarded to Kelci Teut of Hinton, Iowa.
An Alpha Lambda Delta Stemler Study Abroad Scholarship was awarded to Sarah Sorenson of Sioux Falls, S.D.
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 Cameron Meter of Lincoln, Neb.
The Robert “Bob” Miller Academic Student-Athlete of the Year Awards, presented in Miller’s memory by his family to the senior male and female student athletes who have demonstrated outstanding academic and athletic performances during their Morningside careers, were presented to John Harris of Holstein, Iowa, and Breanna Mathes of Cherokee, Iowa. Both are members of Morningside’s cross country and track & field teams.
The following departmental awards were presented:
Marion Shapiro Art Award, presented in Shapiro’s memory by her family and friends to the student who best represents her commitment to excellence in art and life: Jess Anderson, Albert City, Iowa.
Outstanding Art Awards, by class: junior, Weston Burkhardt, Cherokee, Iowa; sophomore, Scott Martinson, Sioux City; and freshman, Jamie Byrnes, Harlan, Iowa.
Biology and Chemistry
Stephen Jay Gould Award, presented to a student who best exemplifies the spirit of the liberal arts college and has a record of excellence in biology and chemistry as well as the humanities: Kristin Shaw, Creston, Iowa.
Outstanding Biology Student of the Year Award: Lydia Bienlien, Glenwood, Iowa.
Outstanding Chemistry Student of the Year Award: Krystal Carlson, Richfield, Minn.
Business Administration and Economics
Outstanding Advertising Student Award: Michael Fischer, Sioux City.
Outstanding Accounting Student Awards: Fernando Franco, Sioux City, and Breanna Schwartz, Sioux City.
Outstanding Business Administration Student Awards: Blake Fostvedt, Council Bluffs, Iowa; Reid Rosen, Fairmont, Minn.; and Linda Wideman, Sioux City.
Maxine Nelson Award: Kelsie Pomerenke, Sergeant Bluff, Iowa.
Marcia McNee Elementary Education Award: Renae Stowater, Washta, Iowa.
Dr. Sharon Ocker Endowed Scholarship for Secondary Education: Ryan Ingalls, Sioux City.
Cathy (Posey) Simons Scholarship in Special Education, presented to the special education major who exemplifies her spirit of teaching: Brittney Schindler, Sioux City.
Margaret Coleman Crary Scholarship in Literary Arts, for the English student who is an outstanding writer: Hannah Hecht, Leavenworth, Kan.
Bill and Lorraine Knepper Outstanding Junior English Student Award: Cameron Oakley, Sioux City.
History and Political Science
Albert Sellen Award, for the senior history student who best exemplifies a sense of service to the department, to the college and to the field of history that marked Sellen’s career: Elizabeth Norton, Yuma, Ariz.
James Miller Award in History, for the history student who exhibits extraordinary academic achievement in and out of the classroom: Sarah Swan, South Sioux City, Neb.
James Miller Award in Political Science, for the political science student who exhibits extraordinary academic achievement in and out of the classroom: Cameron Oakley, Sioux City.
Outstanding Mass Communication Student: Claire DeRoin, South Sioux City, Neb.
Department Of Modern Languages Book Award: Emily Beckfield, New Brighton, Minn.
Dr. John Doohen Award for Excellence in Modern Languages: Kelci Teut, Hinton, Iowa
Berdina Hospers Woodwind Award, for the student judged to have given the best performance for the school year: Zach Richardson, Sioux City.
Mrs. Ray J. (Mildred) Harrington Scholarship, for a piano student who demonstrates good moral character and citizenship: Katsuhiro Ishii, Tokyo, Japan.
Dorothy Paulson McLarnon Music Scholarship, for a junior or senior vocal music student showing exceptional potential: Blair Remmers, Alton, Iowa.
Marvin and Merry Gralnek Klass Endowed Music Scholarship: Katherine Knocke, Cannon Falls, Minn.
Professional Development and Academic Achievement in Nursing Awards: Mary Guzman Muro, Sioux Center, Iowa; Leslie Pfeifer, Juniata, Neb.; and Tabitha Shepherd, Corning, Iowa.
Socratic Prize: Charles Bass, Sioux City.
Writing Prize in Philosophy: Patrick Whitsell, Council Bluffs, Iowa.
Robert Jewett Senior Book Awards, for the outstanding graduating senior with a major or minor in religious studies went to Sarah Feuchtenberger of Hinton, Iowa, and Charles Szitas of Meadville, Pa.
Writing and Rhetoric
Award for Narrative Writing: Natasha Hongsermeier, Phillips, Neb.
Award for Persuasive Writing: Amy Widman, Sergeant Bluff, Iowa.