Sioux City, IA – Morningside College welcomed several new employees during fall 2019. The new employees are Stacey Alex, assistant professor of Spanish; Caroline Black, area coordinator for Roadman Hall and student activities coordinator; Mary Black, graduate advisor in education; Elizabeth Bohlmann, admissions counselor; Cassie Chilton, admissions counselor; Carly Hanson, associate vice president for marketing and communication; Kathy Knitig, associate professor of graduate nursing; Michael McLaughlin, head tennis coach; Kati Meyer, assistant professor of music and music theory coordinator; and Shelby Prindaville, department chair and associate professor of art.

Stacey Alex teaches Spanish Language and Culture, Spanish for the Professions, and Latino Communities in the U.S. Her interests include Latin American and Latinx narratives, popular culture, migration, and gender and sexuality through music, radio, comics, games, folklore, and oral history. She previously taught middle school and high school English as a Second Language (ESL) and Spanish in West Liberty, Iowa and directed an ESL program in Maracaibo, Venezuela. Alex earned her bachelor’s and master’s at the University of Iowa and her Ph.D. at The Ohio State University.

Caroline Black supervises students living in Roadman Hall and works with the Morningside Activities Council to bring activities and events to campus. She earned her bachelor’s degree at Hastings College, where she was a resident assistant for three years and worked on the special events committee.

Mary Black worked at West Monona Community Schools for 36 years as a first-grade teacher, middle school and high school counselor, and elementary principal before retiring in 2018. Black earned her bachelor’s in elementary education from the University of Northern Iowa and a master’s in K-12 Guidance and a K-8 Administrative endorsement from Wayne State College.

Sioux City native Elizabeth Bohlmann works with students from schools in Nebraska and Kansas as a member of the Morningside admissions team. Bohlmann earned her bachelor’s degree from Morningside, and she is passionate about helping students make important decisions about their academic future and showing them the great opportunities Morningside has to offer.

Cassie Chilton recruits students in northeast Nebraska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington. Chilton, who received her bachelor’s degree from Morningside, enjoys helping students with the college search process and sharing her positive Morningside experience with future Mustangs.

Carly Hanson assists with media relations, digital and social media, and serves as the primary writer and editor for major college publications. Hanson previously spent two years as the digital media and public relations specialist at Briar Cliff University. A native of Sioux City, she earned her bachelor’s degree from Morningside College and a master’s from the University of Northern Iowa. 

Kathy Knitig is an associate professor of graduate nursing in Morningside’s Nylen School of Nursing. She received her degrees at Southwestern College and South Dakota State University.

Michael McLaughlin received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at LeTourneau University, where he played on the tennis team during his undergraduate education and served as an assistant tennis coach while earning his master’s. After graduating, he served as an assistant coach at Snead State Community College in Boaz, Ala. before coming to Morningside.

Kati Meyer has held teaching positions at Northwestern University, the University of Iowa, Briar Cliff University, and San Jacinto College. She is also an accomplished pianist, having performed multiple concerti and solo recitals, and most recently with the Sioux City Symphony. Meyer also serves as a collaborative pianist for area high schools. Meyer earned a B.A. in piano performance from the University of Minnesota, Morris before earning an M.M. from Northwestern University and a Ph.D. from the University of Iowa, both in music theory.

Shelby Prindaville serves as the head of the visual arts department, associate professor of art, and director of the Helen Levitt Art Gallery. She earned her bachelor’s from the University of Pennsylvania and her master’s at Louisiana State University. Prindaville is an interdisciplinary artist whose work explores the joy of contemplative engagement and sorrow of disconnect with nature.

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