College has formed two advisory councils for renovations
and scheduling at Roberts Stadium. Jerry Schmutte, Morningside’s
athletic director, will chair both councils.
Members of the Roberts Stadium Advisory Council for
Renovations include, in alphabetical order: Kirk Johnson,
director of the physical plant at Morningside College;
Tom Luxford, who is currently activities director at
North High School but will be serving as assistant principal
at North High School in the next school year; Cathee
Phillips, director of public relations at Morningside;
Bob Prince, co-director of the Sioux City Relays; Ray
Rowe, facilities maintenance supervisor for the Sioux
City Community School District (SCCSD); Schmutte; and
Bill Stoneburg, director of finance for the SCCSD.
The renovations advisory council will meet monthly.
Members will gather on Morningside’s campus for
their first meeting at 7:30 a.m. on Monday, June 7.
The Roberts Stadium Advisory Council for Scheduling
will include Schmutte and the activities directors at
the SCCSD high schools: Jason Klingensmith, West High
School; Richard Vanderloo, East High School; and Luxford’s
replacement at North High School.
The scheduling advisory council will meet at least twice
a year. Its first meeting has been scheduled for 9 a.m.
on Thursday, May 27, at the Educational Service Center,
1221 Pierce St.
College expects to have 80 incoming students in attendance
when it hosts the first of four scheduled summer registration
days for first-year students and their parents on Friday,
June 4. The theme for this year's registration and orientation
is "Unleash the Stampede."
summer registration days for incoming first-year students
are scheduled for Friday, June 18, Saturday, July 10,
and Friday, July 30.
associate director of admissions at Morningside, said
the first summer registration day is full and openings
for the remaining registration days are filling up quickly.
to the four dates for first-year students, Morningside
will host two summer registration days for transfer
students, to be held on Friday, June 18, and Saturday,
days provide an opportunity for new and transferring
students to meet each other, visit with faculty, determine
fall class schedules, learn about campus organizations
and activities, interact with Morningside upperclassmen,
and meet with financial aid advisors. Students and parents
will also have the opportunity to attend individual
and joint sessions to learn about campus life and college
policies and ask questions.
about attending Morningside College, contact the Admissions
office at (712) 274-5111.
Morningside College Vice President for Academic Affairs
and Dean of the College William C. Deeds announced that
twenty-one students earned a 4.0 grade point average
for the spring 2004 semester.
Most of these students were also among the 136 students
named to the Dean’s Honor List, which recognizes
students who achieved a 3.5 grade point average or better
and completed at least 15 hours of course work with
no grade below a “C.” Each student received
a letter of recognition from Deeds.
who earned a 4.0 grade point average were:
Sioux City – Cari Clayton; Jill Ellickson;
Benjamin Goins; Zachary Hindman; Joshua Johnson; Sarah
Loffswold; Jessica McKeever; and John Steele.
Iowa – William Allen, Pomeroy; Amy Anderson,
Estherville; Natalie Biede, Council Bluffs; Michael
Nicodemus, Aurelia; and Mallie Vetter of Red Oak.
Other states and countries – Chad Agnew,
La Vista, Neb.; Mohamed Babiker, Khartoum, North Africa;
Gethen Baker, Edina, Minn.; Stacy Baldus, Grand Meadow,
Minn.; Elizabeth Kelly, Falls City, Neb.; Erin Mulvany,
Tualatin, Ore.; and Chanda Pederson, Big Lake, Minn.
a complete list of the students named to the Dean's
List, click here.
At a noon meeting today, Tuesday, May 18, the Executive
Committee of the Morningside College Board of Directors
voted unanimously to approve the Roberts Stadium lease
agreement with the Sioux City Community School District.
College officials signed the agreement this afternoon.
“We are pleased with the school board’s
decision and truly believe this to be a win-win-win
situation for the community, the school district, and
the college,” said President John Reynders. “Our
donor enthusiastically endorsed the lease agreement
this morning and is anxious for the improvements to
Reynders began today to form the advisory council for
the renovations. The council will consist of representatives
from the school district, the college, and the community.
The college also began preparing request for proposals
to start the bidding process for the renovations it
hopes to complete by September 2004. These renovations
include repairing the bleachers and installing new field
lighting and a new public address system.
Morningside has asked Schroder Engineering of Sioux
City to develop a schedule with the goal of completing
all $2.35 million in renovations as quickly as possible.
Morningside College, in collaboration with TAG departments
in the Sioux City Community School District and Western
Hills Area Education Agency, will host the 2004 College
for Youth programs on the Morningside College campus.
The College for Youth: Explorations day camps will be
held Monday through Friday, June 7 to 11, for students
who have completed fifth through eighth grades. The
College for Youth: Pathways residential program will
be held Monday through Friday, July 18 to 23, for TAG
students who have completed eighth grade and up but
have not yet started college or university as full-time
Explorations participants will have a choice of two
different classes in each morning and afternoon session
during the week-long program. Classes include: “Cultural
Writings,” “Chess for Beginners,”
“Fair Division,” “Clay Bead Making,”
“Creative Book Making,” “Mind-Bending
Morning,” “What are the Chances?”
“Geometry in Art,” “Eggs Away,”
“Readers Theatre,” “Wild Rides,”
“Creative Lettering,” “Junk Drawer
Inventing,” “Island Adventure,” “Non-Verbal
Creations,” “Under the Microscope,”
“Hands-On Psychology,” “Dance,”
and “Geology Rocks.”
Explorations participants may register for individual
sessions or the entire week. Cost is $30 for individual
sessions or a reduced rate of $275 for the full week
of 10 sessions. Lunch will be offered at the Olsen Student
Center on the Morningside College campus at a cost of
$5 a day. Class size is limited to 20 students. Registration
deadline is May 19.
Confirmation of sessions, room/building assignments,
directions, and additional information will be mailed
to participants on May 24. For more information on Explorations,
contact Kindall Todd at 712-277-6131 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The College for Youth: Pathways program will be offering
the first course for gifted students, “Fundamentals
of Rocket Science.” The college-level course will
explore the applications of Isaac Newton’s Laws
of Motion through experimentation with high-powered
water rockets. Students will stay in the college residence
halls. Students must have completed a course in algebra
to be eligible to participate. Upon successful completion
of the Pathways program, participants will receive one
hour of college credit.
Dr. Gary Turner, assistant professor in engineering
and physics at Morningside College, will instruct the
class. Turner holds a doctorate in astrophysics from
Iowa State University, a master’s degree in astronautics
and space engineering from Cranfield University, and
a bachelor’s degree in applied mathematics from
Warwick University. He has worked with academic summer
programs since 1998, including the home-schooled programs
and the College for Youth at Morningside College, and
has developed several courses for Iowa State University’s
Office of Pre-collegiate Programs for the TAG program.
Cost for Pathways is $400, which includes tuition, room,
three meals per day, planned and supervised activities,
equipment, textbook, T-shirt, and 24-hour residential
staff. Applications will be accepted on a first-come,
first-served basis until July 2.
For more information on the PATHWAYS program, contact
LaVon Stroh at 712-252-0059 or e-mail email@example.com.
Morningside College conferred 109 bachelor’s degrees
and 80 master of arts in teaching (MAT) degrees during
its 106th spring commencement exercises held Saturday,
May 8, at 2 p.m. on the Hickman-Johnson-Furrow Library
In addition to the 189 spring graduates, degrees were
conferred upon August 2003 and December 2003 graduates,
as well as students expected to graduate in August 2004.
An honorary Doctor of Science degree was conferred upon
Dr. Robert Hilker, retired cardiologist and pioneer
in the field of occupational medicine, and an honorary
Doctor of Music degree was conferred upon Dr. Karen
Lias Wolff, dean of the School of Music at the University
of Michigan and a member of the National Council on
the Arts. 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. Jane Hey, professor and chair of Morningside’s
biology department, received the Lucille and Charles
Wert Faculty Award for excellence in teaching. Hey,
who has been at Morningside since 1979, holds a doctorate
degree from Iowa State University, a master of science
degree from the University of Iowa, and a bachelor’s
degree from Monmouth College in Illinois. Hey is known
for her research on amphibians and ephemeral wetland
communities. 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.
Lindsay A. Holmberg, of Sioux City, was awarded
the Paul VanderWeil Award, which was established this
year to recognize a student who shows the most potential
in the field of education. Holmberg, a spring graduate,
earned a bachelor of science degree in elementary education.
The award was given in honor of Paul VanderWeil, who
was recognized earlier this spring as the college’s
2004 Alumni Educator of the Year. He is a retired Sioux
City educator and former principal of North High School.
The following graduating seniors were recognized as
Outstanding Graduate in their respective academic divisions:
Georgie A. Mrla of Lawton, Iowa, Division of
Education; Crystal A. Reinhart, of Odebolt, Iowa,
Division of Behaviorial and Health Sciences; A.J.
Rieder, of Centerville, Minn., Division of Natural
Science and Mathematics; Crista K. Rustwick,
of Sioux City, Division of Humanities; Kristine M.
Sauer, of Sheldon, Iowa, Division of Business Administration
and Economics/Communications; and Adam M. Webb,
of Grundy Center, Iowa, Divison of Fine Arts.
For a complete
list of all the graduates who participated in the exercises,
Morningside College will host the 2004 College for Youth
Summer Science Institute June 1 to 11 on the Morningside
campus. The institute is sponsored by the Morningside
College education department.
All classes will take place in the Multi-Purpose Room
of the Hindman-Hobbs (HPER) Center, 3501 Peters Avenue.
Students who have completed first and second grade may
enroll in the “Space Cities” class, which
will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday
through Friday, June 1 to 4. Students will design a
space station in cooperative groups using recycled materials.
They will participate in hands-on science experiments
dealing with gravity, weightlessness, space mud, and
astronaut foods. Students will learn to develop their
problem solving abilities as well as their critical
thinking skills. Cost is $75, which includes tuition
and all materials. Enrollment is limited to 25 students.
Two levels of “Aerospace Education” classes
will be held from Monday through Friday, June 7 to 11.
The Level I class, which will meet from 9 a.m. to noon,
is for students who have completed third and fourth
grade or who have completed the “Space Cities”
class. Students will learn how the space program improves
life on earth. Students will investigate and experiment
with scientific principles relating to space exploration.
include hand-on experiments in topics such as air transportation,
rocketry, weather, layers of the atmosphere, and space
suit technology as it relates to health care. Students
will consider technological advancement careers in aerospace
fields and how these impact the quality of life on earth.
Cost is $78, which includes tuition and all materials.
The Level II class, which will meet from 1 to 4 p.m.,
is for students who have completed fourth, fifth, and
sixth grades or who have completed the Level I class.
Students will learn how the space program improves life
on earth through rocketry, satellites, space stations,
and hydroponics. Students will interact with an educational
specialist from the Johnson Space Center. Students will
also study topics in geology involving moon rocks and
utilize the Iowa telecommunication network system. Cost
is $78, which includes tuition and all materials.
The classes will be taught by Connie Richardson Smith,
an educator/consultant from Sioux City, and Mary Richardson
Tester, a computer specialist in preschool education
from Pawleys Island, S.C. The two instructors have taught
space studies classes in Iowa and South Carolina for
the past 11 years and have done graduate work in science
education through the Iowa Chautauqua Program at the
University of Iowa.
Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.
Program materials will be sent to participants upon
registration. For more information, contact the Morningside
College education department at 712-274-5106.
Frank Breneisen, professor of art at Morningside College
and long-time instructor at the Sioux City Art Center,
is retiring after more than 33 years of teaching at
Morningside. In his honor, an exhibit representing thirty
years of his artwork is on display at the Hickman-Johnson-Furrow
Library Center, 1601 Morningside Avenue, now through
Breneisen, an internationally and nationally known artist,
plans to travel, pursue his work in photography, ceramics,
and furniture making, and to continue working in education
in new ways. He said that he does not see this change
as retirement but as a chance to explore new opportunities.
“Being at Morningside has been wonderful, and
teaching students is a real joy. Living in Sioux City
has been rewarding, and it has been a good place to
raise our family,” said Breneisen. “The
college, the city, and all our friends have helped to
make an exciting life for us. I will always be a teacher,
but now it is time to ‘go fly my kite’ and
do some fun things. It’s a good time to leave;
the college is strong and doing well.”
Breneisen currently teaches photography and ceramics
at the college, where he began teaching in 1970. That
same year, he began teaching at the Sioux City Art Center,
where he served on the association board and on the
board of trustees. He was elected president of the center’s
associate board in 1973 and again in 1998 and chair
of the board of trustees in 2003.
He served as chair of the Morningside art department
from 1971 to 1993. When he first came to Morningside,
only 12 students were art majors. Today more than 90
students are art majors. He founded the college’s
graphic arts program in 1980, securing a $250,000 Federal
Advanced Institutional Development Program (AIDP) grant
to develop the program. Eight years later, he founded
the college’s photography program.
Breneisen was also instrumental in securing the Helen
Levitt $2 million art collection, housed in the Helen
Levitt Art Gallery on campus.
Breneisen has organized and led study trips for hundreds
of students throughout his tenure at Morningside, including
trips to Europe, Chicago, Ill., and the Badlands of
South Dakota. He helped to start the college’s
study abroad program by leading negotiations with Edge
Hill College in Lancashire, England. Morningside now
offers study abroad programs at four different institutions
in Japan, Ireland, and England.
Breneisen taught at Edge Hill as a visiting professor
in 1993. He also taught at three other colleges in the
United Kingdom. In 1982-83, he taught at Hugh Baird
College in Liverpool as part of a direct teacher exchange
program and in 1976 as a visiting lecturer at Manchester
University. In 1975-76 he was selected as a Fulbright
scholar and taught at the Southport College of Art.
Breneisen has also taught in China, Egypt, Germany,
Hungary, India, Ireland, and Turkey.
He has juried at countless art competitions on the local,
state, national, and international levels and had his
work exhibited in England and across the United States.
He received three grants from the Iowa Arts Council
during his career. The first, in 1972, was for an Iowa
landscape silk-screen project. The second, in 1974,
was for an Iowa wildflowers silk-screen project. Most
recently, in 1999, he received a grant for a photographic
exhibit entitled “Spirit of Small Northwest Iowa
In 1973, Breneisen received an “Outstanding Educators
of America” award.
Morningside College will hold its 106th commencement
exercises at 2 p.m., Saturday, May 8, on the campus
lawn in front of the Hickman-Johnson-Furrow Library
Center. Three days of activities in honor of Morningside
College graduates will begin with the Senior Rehearsal
Luncheon on Thursday, May 6.
The Baccalaureate Service will be held from 5 to 6 p.m.,
Friday, May 7, at Grace United Methodist Church, 1735
Morningside Avenue. The Rev. Annette K. Ruhs Kruse of
the Anita-Wiota United Methodist Church (UMC) will deliver
the keynote message “Well, Here It Goes.”
The Rev. Lee Webb of the Grundy Center UMC will assist
Kruse. Graduating senior Adam Webb, son of The Rev.
Webb, will perform the solo “You Raise Me Up,”
which is also the theme of the service. The Morningside
College Choir will provide special music.
Both officiating pastors are 1978 graduates of Morningside
College. Kruse is the mother of graduating senior Sarah
Following the service, the Senior Celebration Dinner
will be held at the Marina Inn in South Sioux City,
Academic departmental receptions will be held Saturday
morning at 10 a.m. across the campus. Following the
afternoon commencement exercises, a congratulatory gathering
for graduates and their guests will be held on the college
“M,” in front of Roadman Hall.
Morningside College President John Reynders announced
today that Robert Hilker, M.D., cardiologist
and pioneer in the field of occupational medicine, and
Karen Lias Wolff, Ph.D., dean of the School of
Music at the University of Michigan and member of the
National Council on the Arts, will be the featured speakers
at the college’s 106th spring commencement exercises
to be held Saturday, May 8, at 2 p.m. on the campus
lawn in front of the Hickman-Johnson-Furrow Library
The college will present an honorary Doctor of Science
degree to Hilker and an honorary Doctor of Music degree
to Wolff, in honor of their commitment to their respective
fields, in which they have exemplified life-long learning,
civic responsibility, and ethical leadership, the tenets
of Morningside’s mission.
Hilker is retired in Vero Beach, Fla., after
some 30 years of work in the field of medicine. He graduated
from Morningside College in 1938 with a degree in economics
and biology. He holds a bachelor’s in medicine
degree with distinction and a medical doctorate degree
with distinction from the Northwestern University Medical
School in Chicago, Ill.
Hilker served four years active duty as a Naval officer
in World War II. In 1953, Hilker and seven partners
started a private practice, Internal Medicine Associates,
where he practiced general internal medicine and cardiology
as a senior partner.
occupational medicine at Illinois Bell Telephone Company
from 1962 to 1982, ending that career as assistant vice
president of health benefits and safety at Illinois
Bell. He practiced medicine part-time throughout his
tenure at Illinois Bell.
While in training
as a fellow in cardiology at Chicago Wesley Memorial
Hospital during the early fifties, Hilker and his partner
developed and used the first balloon catheter in a human
being. Because they were fellows, their success earned
doctor status, Hilker has published 47 articles in medical
journals. He served as associate editor for the “Journal
of Occupational Medicine” and on the editorial
advisory board for “Employee Health & Fitness.”
He also taught for thirty years and became an associate
professor in the department of medicine at Northwestern.
He was certified to practice by both the American Board
of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Preventive
Medicine. He has been president of the American Occupational
Medical Association and served as chairman of the board
of directors for the Occupational Health Institute.
all terms possible on Morningside’s board of directors.
In 1977, the college recognized him with the Distinguished
Alumni Award and, in 1980, awarded him the Order of
Morningside for his service and dedication to the college.
of Ann Arbor, Mich., is also the Paul C. Boylan Collegiate
Professor of Music at the University of Michigan. She
graduated from Morningside College in 1963 with a bachelor’s
degree in music education and holds master’s and
doctorate degrees from the University of Michigan.
appointed by President George Bush to serve on the National
Council on the Arts, the advisory body of the National
Endowment for the Arts. She was sworn into office by
Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor in April
She has dedicated
over ten years of service to the National Association
of Schools of Music (NASM). She currently serves as
president of NASM and has served on that group’s
executive committee and as a NASM accreditation reviewer.
She also has served on the boards of the Minnesota Orchestra,
the Minnesota Opera, the Minnesota Composers Forum and
the Greater Twin Cities Youth Orchestra, and the Ohio
Chamber Orchestra. She currently serves on the Boards
of the University Musical Society and the Michigan Shakespeare
She is recognized
for her success in leading major programs and schools
of music. She was dean and professor of music at Oberlin
College Conservatory of Music in Ohio from 1991 to 1999.
While at Oberlin, she dramatically improved the college’s
quality of strings education and implemented new degree
programs in classical guitar and saxophone.
She was director
of the School of Music at the University of Minnesota
from 1987 to 1991, where she played major roles in the
fundraising and planning for the construction of Ted
Mann Concert Hall. Wolff was a faculty member at the
University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory
of Music from 1978 to 1987, where she also served as
acting dean and associate dean for academic affairs.
TRACES, a non-profit educational organization based
in Des Moines, Iowa, is bringing the traveling exhibit
“Behind Barbed Wire: Midwest POWs in Nazi Germany”
to the campus of Morningside College from 10:30 a.m.
to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, May 5.
City stop is one of 205 during a 55-day tour across
Iowa that will take the exhibit to all 99 Iowa counties.
The traveling exhibit is housed in TRACE’s “BUS-eum,”
a converted 40-foot school bus, which will be parked
by Eppley Auditorium, 3625 Garretson Avenue. Michael
Luick-Thrams, executive director of TRACES, and other
guest historians will travel with the exhibit, which
will visit 11 other Midwestern states in the next two
The “Barbed Wire” exhibit tells the little-heard
story of thousands of U.S. soldiers from the Midwest
who were taken prisoner during World War II. The exhibit
consists of narrative display panels illustrated with
photographs and documents, audio and DVD documentaries,
artifacts, and more.
The exhibit was built upon years of research. The International
Committee of the Red Cross in Geneva and the Bildarchiv
Preussischer Kulturbesitz in Berlin have supplied hundreds
of photos for the exhibit that are otherwise unknown
in the United States. Best-selling author and former
POW from Indiana Kurt Vonnegut has given TRACES free
and unrestricted use of “Slaughterhouse Five.”
Funding partners include the Iowa Arts Council, Thomas
Bus Sales, Firestone Agricultural Tire, WOI Radio, the
Iowa Gold Star Military Museum, and private individuals.
According to the organization’s Web site at www.traces.org,
TRACES was created to gather, preserve, and present
stories of people from the Midwest and Germany or Austria
who encountered each other during World War II.
The site states: “Many of these stories have lain
beneath the dust left in the wake of a World War most
never thought touched the American Heartland. TRACES
brushes away that dust, unearthing an amazing legacy.
As we learn about these stories, may we rise above–and
eventually defeat–the prejudices, fears and conflicts
that otherwise demean and destroy us.”
The Morningside College dance team placed first in the
Collegiate Open Team Performance Division at the 2004
Daytona Beach Classic held earlier this month at Daytona
The team performance division encompasses a wide variety
of dance forms, including jazz, kick, funk, and pom.
The competition was hosted by the National Cheerleader
Association (NCA)/National Dance Alliance (NDA). The
event took place at the Ocean Center and Band Shell,
the same stage that hosted the 2004 Chick-Fil-A Cheer
& Dance Collegiate Championships.
The captains of the dance team are Lisa Varenhorst,
a junior from Le Mars, Iowa, and Stefanie Pugh, a senior
from Council Bluffs, Iowa.
The other dance team members are: Ashley Brewer, a freshman
from Sergeant Bluff, Iowa; RaeAnn Enney, a junior from
Cambridge, Minn.; Jessica Hansen, a junior from Granville,
Iowa; Janae Jacobs, a sophomore from Nevada, Iowa; Mary
Johannsen, a freshman from Davenport, Iowa; Tricia Slump,
a sophomore from Henderson, Iowa; Ashley Tolle, a freshman
from Lincoln, Neb.; Tessa Wellman, a freshman from Council
Bluffs, Iowa; and Haruna Yamada, a senior from Sapporo,
Cheryl Gamble, athletic department administrative assistant
and office manager, is the dance team’s advisor.
A senior art exhibit by Morningside College student
Edward Van Etten, a senior American history and world
history teaching major from Sergeant Bluff, Iowa, will
be on display from Friday, April 30, to Wednesday, May
5, in the Helen Levitt Art Gallery in Eppley Auditorium,
3625 Garretson Avenue.
The exhibit “Drawing Conclusions” will include
works in painting, photography, and multimedia.
Van Etten is a 1997 graduate of Sioux City East High
The Eppley Auditorium Art Gallery is open from 8 a.m.
to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
A group of Morningside College students who took a study
tour to Italy earlier this year will share their experiences
on Friday, April 23, at 10 a.m. in the UPS Auditorium
of the Lincoln Center, 3627 Peters Avenue.
The public is invited to the free event, which is sponsored
by Morningside’s Academic and Cultural Arts Series
During their presentation “Experiencing Italy’s
Ancient Civilizations,” the students will discuss
what they have learned while taking the course “Italy’s
Ancient Civilizations: Etruscans, Greeks, Romans”
during the current 2004 Spring Semester. The class included
a study tour in Italy from March 5 to 14 during the
college’s Spring Break.
is taught by Dr. Heather Reid, associate professor and
chair of philosophy at Morningside.
The students who will give the presentation are: Connie
Frank, a junior from Fontanelle, Iowa; Renee Fudala,
a senior from Bloomington, Minn.; Mary Grady, a senior
from Hospers, Iowa; and Tamara Lostan, a sophomore from
will give a multi-media Power Point presentation combining
photographs with reflections and information.
Some of the
locations the students toured while in Italy were the
archaeological site of Pompeii, the Greek temples and
archaeological museum in Paestum, the Vatican, Rome,
the National Etruscan Museum and frescoed tombs in Orvieto,
and Signorelli’s apocalypse frescoes, underground
Etruscan caves, and the Claudio Faina Museum in Orvieto.
Reid, a 1986
graduate of the University of Virginia, has been at
Morningside since the fall of 1996. She earned her master’s
degree and doctorate from the University of Massachusetts
at Amherst in 1994 and 1996, respectively.
Awards for student achievement and Faculty Person of
the Year were presented Wednesday during the annual
Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK) Honors Assembly at Morningside
ODK is the national leadership honor society that recognizes
and encourages superior scholarship, leadership, and
Sharlene E. Georgesen, M.S.N., R.N., assistant
professor of nursing, was voted by the student body
as the Faculty Person of the Year for her outstanding
contributions to Morningside and its students. Georgesen,
who became assistant professor of nursing at the start
of the current academic year, had been an adjunct faculty
member at Morningside since January 2002. She had also
been a clinical instructor at the college since August
Georgesen has been a Kaplan NCLEX review course instructor
since 1998. Previously, she served as a project coordinator
and as a nursing manager in the obstetrics and pediatrics
units at Mercy Medical Center, Sioux City, from 1993
to 1999. Georgesen was a nursing supervisor of the obstetrics
unit at Marian Health Center, Sioux City, from 1992
to 1993; clinical supervisor of the women’s health
care unit at University Hospital and Clinics, Columbia,
Mo., from 1990 to 1992; research assistant at the University
of Missouri-Columbia School of Nursing from 1990 to
1992; and a staff registered nurse at St. Luke’s
Regional Medical Center, Boise, Idaho, from 1986 to
Georgesen holds a master’s degree in nursing from
the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1992 and a bachelor’s
degree in nursing from Augustana College, Sioux Falls,
S.D., in 1986.
The First-Year Teaching/Advising Award went to Esther
A. D’Agrosa, assistant professor of music
and division chair of fine arts. 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.
D’Agrosa currently does volunteer work at Hunt
Elementary in Sioux City where she works with students
by combining reading and music skills.
D’Agrosa has been at Morningside since 1998. Before
coming to Morningside, she had a long and distinguished
career as a music teacher and teacher of teachers in
the Iowa public schools. D’Agrosa graduated from
Luther College, Decorah, Iowa, in 1968 and received
a master’s degree in music from Emporia State
University in Kansas in 1968.
The Tommeraasen Award of Excellence for the outstanding
campus organization went to the Creative Edge Advertising
Club. The award is presented in honor of the late
Miles Tommarasen, former Morningside president. The
club will compete in the district level of the National
Student Advertising Competition (NSAC) on Friday at
the Marina Inn in South Sioux City, Neb. The club has
participated in NSAC for 15 years. The club’s
faculty advisor is Dr. Pamela Mickelson, professor of
business administration and economics.
The ODK Sophomore Cup was awarded to Matthew Armstrong,
Bassett, Neb. This award is given annually to a sophomore
for outstanding leadership and campus participation.
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Five Morningside College students were selected to sing
in an honors recital after participating in the annual
student auditions sponsored by the Lewis and Clark Chapter
of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS)
held earlier this month. Ten Morningside students participated
in the auditions.
The Morningside students selected to sing were: Emily
Faber of Le Mars, Iowa, Chris Frisbie of Wall Lake,
Iowa; Mark Mullin of Sioux City; Jon Rotramel of Anthon,
Iowa; and Craig Hamann of Sioux City. Kjersten Ohrlund,
a high school student from Le Mars, was also selected
to sing at the recital.
Faber, Frisbie, Mullin, Ohrlund, and Rotramel are students
of Dr. Gail Dooley, associate professor of music at
Morningside. Hamann is a student of Joan Enockson, adjunct
faculty member at the college.
The Lewis and Clark Chapter of NATS has eighteen members
from colleges and private studios in Iowa, Minnesota,
Nebraska, and South Dakota. About 80 singers competed
in the auditions. Dooley is the outgoing president of
the organization. Dr. Linell Moss, adjunct professor
at Morningside, is the newly elected treasurer of the
The first annual “Geekstock,” a day-long
computer festival, will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.,
Saturday, April 24, in the Randolph Room of the Olsen
Student Center, 3609 Peters Avenue, on the campus of
The Morningside College Student Chapter of the Association
for Computer Machinery (ACM) is organizing and hosting
the event, which is open to the public free of charge.
The festival will feature game and operating system
demonstrations, a part-swap, a free consultation table,
and raffles for computer parts, t-shirts, and monitors.
can try out the latest games, bring in their working
computer parts to sell or swap, or have their upgrade
questions answered. ACM students will also provide free
installation of hardware and software.
All proceeds from the event will go to support the chapter’s
For more information, please contact the group’s
faculty advisor Dean Stevens, assistant professor of
mathematical sciences, at 712-274-5369.
The Morningside College student body recently elected
new Student Government officers for the 2004-05 academic
The students elected were: Andy Eberhardt of Sioux City,
president; Arynn Rasmussen of Manilla, Iowa, vice president;
Taera Stille of George, Iowa, secretary; Dustin Wenham
of Sioux City, treasurer; and Nick Agne of Clarence,
Iowa, student advocate.
Thirty-two Morningside College students have been accepted
for membership and were recently initiated into the
National Alpha Lambda Delta Society for First-Year Students
during ceremonies held at Morningside College.
These students were:
Sioux City—Brittany Cole; Casaday Nguyen; and
Iowa—Amy Anderson, Estherville; Brianna Blake,
Atlantic; Lisa Cunningham, Anthon; Hilary Hansen, Atlantic;
Jenna Jurrens, George; Kellsey Kock, Breda; Maggie McDermott,
Oto; Lindsay McFarland, Pella; Kara Mickelson, Odebolt;
Sara Schmidt, Moville; Brandilynn Shipler, Algona; Kari
Skalisky, Sergeant Bluff; Ashley Wood, Webster City;
and Jill Zeman, Ottosen.
Nebraska—Laura Andersen, Omaha; Christina Bennett,
Geneva; Jill Bottolfsen, Hartington; Natalie Fenton,
Omaha; Elizabeth Kelly, Falls City; and Dana Rossmeier,
Other states—Gethen Baker, Edina, Minn.; Stacy
Baldus, Grand Meadow, Minn,; Julia Husk, Littleton,
Colo.; Jennifer Nelson, Helena, Mont.; Debbie Noble,
Louisburg, Kan.; Sherri Pucherelli, Pine, Colo.; and
Crystal Quibell, Blue Springs, Mo.
Membership in Alpha Lambda Delta (ALD) is open to full-time
freshmen who earn a scholastic average of 3.5 or better
at a four-year college or university and are in the
top 20 percent of their class. The new initiates have
taken an oath to continue “to maintain high scholarship
and to use my education for the benefit of my community,
my nation, and the world in which we live.”
ALD was founded in the spring of 1924 at the University
of Illinois to recognize and encourage academic excellence
among first-year students. Today, ALD has over 240 chapters
throughout the nation and offers more than $120,000
each year in scholarships and fellowships to its members.
Dr. Leonard Greenspoon will be the featured speaker
for the annual Goldstein Lecture to be held at 10 a.m.,
Monday, April 19, in the UPS Auditorium of the Lincoln
Center, 3627 Peters Avenue.
Greenspoon’s address will be entitled “Heroes
and Villains: Reading and Misreading the Bible in Tough
Greenspoon will present the address “Heroes and
Villains: How the Jewish Bible was Read and Misread
During the Holocaust” on Sunday, April 18, at
7 p.m. during Yom HaShoah Services at Congregation Beth
Shalom, 815 38th Street. Yom HaShoah in the Jewish calendar
focuses on remembrance of the Holocaust.
The Goldstein Lecture is co-sponsored by Morningside’s
Academic and Cultural Arts Series (ACAS) and the Jewish
Federation of Sioux City. The Goldstein Lectures are
made possible through a permanent endowment provided
by the Harold and Bernice Goldstein Foundation.
Greenspoon’s address at the Yom HaShoah Service
is sponsored by Congregation Beth Shalom and the Jewish
Federation of Sioux City.
Both events are free and open to the public.
Greenspoon holds the Klutznick Chair in Jewish Civilization
at Creighton University, Omaha, Neb. Greenspoon is also
professor of classical and Near Eastern studies and
theology at Creighton, where he has been on the faculty
since 1995. He was previously on the faculty at Clemson
University in South Carolina.
Greenspoon’s Yom HaShoah sermon and Goldstein
lecture will examine different, but related aspects
of how some people find conflicting messages in Biblical
texts. While some people draw messages of hope, help,
and humanity from Biblical texts, others have found
support for their own hatreds and criminal activities.
The latter was exemplified during the Holocaust, where
the Nazis and their sympathizers looked at the Bible
as a record of Jewish crimes and deceits, and thus led
to their belief that Jews were rejected by God.
During his Goldstein Lecture, Greenspoon will examine
the Holocaust as well as how “Bible-based”
prejudice is still prevalent in society today. He will
offer guidelines to help distinguish between appropriate
and harmful interpretations or applications of the Bible.
Greenspoon is recognized internationally as an expert
on the history of Jewish Bible translations and has
been involved in two Bible translation projects as editor
or consultant. He has edited or authored a dozen books,
written more than 100 articles and book chapters and
almost 500 book reviews dealing with translations of
the Bible. Greenspoon has made presentations throughout
the United States, as well as Great Britain, France,
Germany, Spain, Romania, the Czech Republic, Norway,
Finland, and Israel.
Greenspoon graduated from the University of Richmond
in 1967 with a bachelor’s degree in classical
studies. He received a master’s degree in classical
studies from Richmond in 1970 and his doctorate in Near
Eastern languages and civilizations from Harvard University
The first annual Morningside College Student Research
Symposium will be held Thursday, April 15, from 1 p.m.
to 5:15 p.m. at the James and Sharon Walker Science
Center, 1707 Morningside Avenue.
More than 30 Morningside students were selected to present
their research on a variety of topics from several academic
disciplines, including psychology, biology, political
science, literature, and physics.
The symposium will begin with comments by Morningside
College President John Reynders and Dr. William Deeds,
vice president for Academic Affairs and dean of the
college. Oral and group panel presentations will be
held in Room 107 of the science center at 1:15 p.m.,
2:20 p.m., 3:15 p.m., 4:10 p.m., and 4:30 p.m. Poster
presentations will be held in the main hallway of the
science center at 1:45 p.m., 2:40 p.m., and 3:35 p.m.
Refreshments will be served in the center’s atrium.
The public is invited free of charge.
Seven Morningside College seniors recently participated
in nursing preceptorships at Mercy Medical Center-Sioux
The students are Melissa Hansen of Treynor, Iowa, Cassandra
Lewis of Cambridge, Neb., Robin Mahnke of Manilla, Iowa,
Kristine Marsh of Sioux City, Emily Nees of Early, Iowa,
Lori Van Meeteren of Sheldon, Iowa, and Amy Yearous
of Galva, Iowa.
The seniors are part of the 28th class who will graduate
with a bachelor of science in nursing degree from Morningside
College this May.
Morningside’s preceptorship program provides students
with opportunities to increase competence and confidence
in clinical practice while working closely with a staff
nurse who serves as a role model and teacher.
Four Morningside College students have been inducted
into Psi Chi, the National Honor Society in Psychology.
The students are Connie Frank of Fontanelle, Iowa, Mariah
Laver of Harlan, Iowa, Angela Meyer of Lincoln, Neb.,
and Angela E. Phillips of Sioux City. Frank and Laver
are juniors at Morningside, and Meyer and Phillips are
Morningside senior Amanda Nichols of Sergeant Bluff,
Iowa, serves as president of Psi Chi. Also seniors at
Morningside, Crystal Reinhart of Odebolt, Iowa, and
Erin Mulvany of Tualatin, Ore., serve as vice president
and secretary/activity chair, respectively, of the society.
Dr. Larry Sensenig, professor of psychology, serves
as Psi Chi’s faculty advisor.
Membership is awarded to students who are making the
study of psychology one of their major interests and
who meet the qualifications. With over 975 active chapters,
Psi Chi is one of the largest and most successful honor
societies in the world.
Morningside College’s music department will present
a Spring Choral Collage Concert at 3 p.m. on Sunday,
April 18, in Eppley Auditorium, 3625 Garretson Avenue.
The concert will feature performances by the Singing
Men of Morningside, the Eclectix Vocal Jazz Ensemble,
the Bel Canto Singers, and the Morningside College Choir.
Each of the groups will join together on stage for a
performance of Gilbert Martin’s “When I
Survey the Wondrous Cross” with organ accompaniment
from Felice Rodvik, a senior from Sheldon, Iowa.
The Morningside College Recorder Consort will perform
in the lobby of Eppley Auditorium prior to the concert.
Tim Watson, visiting assistant professor of music and
director of choral activities at Morningside, directs
the Singing Men of Morningside, the Eclectix Vocal Jazz
Ensemble, and the Morningside Choir.
The Singing Men of Morningside, founded in 1997, is
an all-male chorus consisting of students from a variety
of majors and disciplines on the Morningside campus.
They specialize in performing music from the “Morningside
College Songbook” and frequently perform the national
anthem at sporting events throughout Siouxland.
The Eclectix Vocal Jazz Ensemble is a highly select
performing group that sings an “eclectic mix”
of musical styles. Jazz, pop, show tunes, and a cappella
arrangements form their core repertoire.
The Morningside College Choir has been in existence
for over 100 years. Annual tours have taken the choir
across the United States and to many of the famed concert
halls and cathedrals of Europe. In May of 2000, the
choir toured Spain, France, and England, and presented
the premiere of the “Requiem” by Eleanor
Daley at the Chard Festival in Chard, England. The choir
will return to Europe this May with concert appearances
throughout Denmark and in Stratford and London, England.
The Bell Canto Singers, a choir comprised of female
Morningside College students, is directed by Joan Enockson,
an adjunct faculty member at Morningside.
Students from Morningside College’s Creative Edge
Advertising Club will unveil their multi-media ad campaign
for Visit Florida at noon on Friday, April 16, in the
Randolph Room of the Olsen Student Center, 3609 Peters
The public is invited to the free event, which is sponsored
by Morningside’s Academic and Cultural Arts Series
(ACAS) and Friday is Writing Day.
The presentation will be similar to the one the ad club
will present at the district level of the 2004 National
Student Advertising Competition (NSAC) to be held Friday,
April 23, at the Marina Inn in South Sioux City, Neb.
The American Advertising Federation (AAF) organizes
the annual competition. The district winners will advance
to the 2004 AAF National Conference to be held June
13 and 14 at Dallas, Texas.
The 2004 competition is sponsored by Visit Florida.
The students who are on the presentation team are: Amanda
Annan, a senior from Atlantic, Iowa; Michael Fossum,
a senior from Dubuque, Iowa; Kristi Sauer, a senior
from Sheldon, Iowa; Robert Waddell, a junior from Aurelia,
Iowa; and Megan Winn, a senior from Palmer Lake, Colo.
The alternate presenters are: Darija Ljubibratic, a
junior from Sioux City; Kate Lokken, a senior from Denison,
Iowa; Kristina Marshall, a senior from Clarion, Iowa;
and Amanda Norby, a junior from Sioux City.
Other members of the ad club are: Jason Davis, a junior
from Aurelia, Iowa; Rebecca Gerritson, a senior from
Hartley, Iowa; Lindsie Honsbruch, a senior from Danbury,
Iowa; Erin Huseman, a senior from Aurelia, Iowa; Elizabeth
Miller, a senior from Shenandoah, Iowa; Ashley Thompson,
a junior from Sergeant Bluff, Iowa; and Scott Watson,
a junior from Nelson, Neb.
Dr. Pam Mickelson, professor of business administration
and economics, is the faculty advisor for the ad club.
This year’s assignment is to develop an advertising-centered
$7 million communications plan that will help increase
tourism from out of state residents to Florida and that
will result in an increase in nights of paid lodging.
The Morningside students have been working on the project
since September and developed the tagline “Wish
You Were Here” for their campaign.
In order to learn how other states promote travel, several
students attended travel and trade shows in Chicago
and Des Moines. Two groups of students visited tourist
locations in Florida during the college’s March
Spring Break to conduct interviews and take original
photographs and video footage. The first student research
team of Davis, Marshall, Norby, and Waddell visited
Fort Lauderdale, Miami, and the Florida Keys. The other
team of Annan, Gerritson, Ljubibratic, Thompson, and
Winn went to Orlando and Vero Beach.
The Creative Edge Advertising Club has participated
in NSAC for 15 years.
The NSAC provides more than 3,000 college students with
“real-world” experience by requiring a strategic
advertising, marketing, and media campaign for a corporate