Past Achievements

Buena Vista University celebrates the accomplishments of our students and faculty. The academic achievement newsletter is sent to the campus community on Fridays during the academic year.

Taylor Prather Accepts Employment

July 5, 2018

Taylor Prather, 2018 Social Work graduate, has accepted employment as a substance abuse counselor with New Opportunities Inc. in Guthrie Center, Iowa. Taylor will begin her new position July 9, 2018. Congratulations Taylor!

Social Work Department

CONGRATULATIONS

June 19, 2018

Congrstulations to Mariah Trettin, who has accepted a teaching position with the Cedar Rapids Community School District. She will be teaching elementary ESL. Best wishes to you, Mariah!

School of Education

Kragelund Accepts Employment

June 14, 2018

Alyssa Kragelund has accepted employment with the Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation in Spencer, Iowa. She is now the Coordinator of Administration and Communication for the Corridor, and will be assisting the team in marketing and administrative efforts. Congratulations, Alyssa!

CONGRATULATIONS

June 14, 2018

Congratulations to Mackensey Radke, who has accepted a teaching position with Dakota Valley School District in North Sioux City, SD. Mackensey will be teaching 4th grade and may take on some coaching responsibilities. Best wishes, Mackensey! 😊

School of Education

CONGRATULATIONS

June 13, 2018

Congratulations to Sydney Berends, who has accepted a teaching position with Garner-Hayfield-Ventura Community School District in Garner, Iowa. Sydney will be teaching high school social studies. She will also take on the additional responsibilities of coaching 8th grade basketball, and will be the sponsor of Student Council. Best wishes to you, Sydney!

School of Education

Psychology Professor Co-Edits Book

June 6, 2018

Dr. Wind Goodfriend, professor of psychology and assistant dean of graduate programs, has been invited to be the co-editor of the upcoming book Westworld Psychology: Violent Delights. The book is the next edition in a series of titles related to psychology and pop culture; this one features the popular HBO show "Westworld." Goodfriend will co-edit with her colleague Travis Langley, and she will also write several chapters for the volume. Westworld Psychology is scheduled to be published in November 2018 by Sterling. The entire series of books is available online and is featured in Barnes & Noble stores across the country.

Psychology Dept.

CONGRATULATIONS

May 30, 2018

Congratulations to Baily Wiltgen, who has accepted a position with the South O'Brien Community School District in Primghar, Iowa. She will be teaching 5th and 6th grade Reading and English/Language Arts. She will also be coaching junior high volleyball, and will be the assistant coach for varsity girls basketball. Best wishes to you, Baily!

School of Education

CONGRATULATIONS

May 30, 2018

Congratulations to Jessica Leeper, who has accepted a teaching position with Storm Lake Community School District. She will be teaching 5th grade English/Language Arts at Storm Lake Middle School. Jessica has been serving as a long-term substitute ELA teacher at East Sac High School in Lake View, Iowa this past semester. Best wishes to you, Jessica!

School of Education

Publication

May 29, 2018

Dr. Riner was co-author of a chapter appearing inThe Wiley Handbook on Violence in Education: Forms Factors and Prevention titled Short School Based Interventions to Reduce Violence: A review. The chapter reviewed the successes and failures of previously implemented school-based brief interventions designed to reduce violent behaviors and enhance behaviors that are associated with academic success. The handbook was published on 4-20-2018.


Criminology/ Criminal Justice Program

K-8 Physical Education Teacher

May 29, 2018

I have accepted a job at Bishop Heelan Catholic Schools in Sioux City IA for the upcoming school year! I will be teaching physical Education grades K-8.

Eden Keller Accepts Employment

May 26, 2018

Eden Keller, Senior Social Work student, has accepted employment as a Behavioral Health Intervention Specialist at Midwest Christian Services in Peterson, IA. Eden will begin working immediately after graduation. Congratulations Eden!

Social Work Department

CONGRATULATIONS

May 21, 2018

Congratulations to Lisa Craig, who has accepted a teaching position with the Round Lake - Brewster School District in southern Minnesota. She will be teaching 3rd grade. Best wishes, Lisa!

School of Education

Employment Accepted

May 21, 2018

Congratulations to Cody Sexton for accepting a position as the Sports Performance Director at CNOS in Dakota Dunes. He will be working with local high schools as Director of Athletic Performance.

Exercise Science

Graduate School Acceptance

May 21, 2018

Cody Sexton recently was accepted into graduate school at University of South Dakota. He will be pursuing a master's degree in Sports Management. Congratulations Cody!

Exercise Science

Hilsabeck Accepts Position with Ducks Unlimited!

May 17, 2018

Congratulations to senior Biology Major, Will Hilsabeck, who has accepted a position with Ducks Unlimited as a waterfowl technician in Minnesota and North Central Iowa! This summer, he will be conducting a waterfowl productivity study assessing wetlands in cropland-dominated landscapes. Data collected will include identifying ducks to species and age, collecting aquatic macroinvertebrates, and collecting wetland metrics to characterize wetland conditions. Nice job, Will!

School of Science

Literacy Professor's Research Launches New Practices in Education

May 14, 2018

Congratulations to Dr. Amy Barth on the successful outcome of her work developing SOAR reading interventions. Dr. Barth is a research associate of the Promoting Adolescents’ Comprehension of Text (PACT) project. The PACT project is designed to answer key questions about the role of cognitive processes, motivation, engagement, and components of interventions to improve reading comprehension among students in grades 7 through 12. As a result of this partnership, she has developed an intervention called Striving for Oral Language Proficiency in Reading (SOAR) for students at risk for reading failure and students with severe and persistent reading disabilities in the middle grades. This intervention will be available to teachers and practioners beginning summer 2018.

BVU School of Education

Juana Mondragon Accepts Employment

May 12, 2018

Juana Mondragon, Senior Social Work student, has accepted employment as a Behavioral Health Intervention Specialist with Lutheran Services of Iowa in Storm Lake, IA,and will begin working immediately after graduation. Congratulations Juana!

Social Work Department

Literacy Education Professor Manuscript Recognition

May 11, 2018

In celebration of the academic journal Reading Writing 30 years of publication, Reading and Writing recognized the five most highly cited manuscripts. Dr. Barth’s 2015 publication was recognized as one of the top five cited manuscripts.

Barth, A.E., Barnes, M.A., Francis, D., York, M., & Vaughn, S. (2015). Bridging inferences among adequate and struggling adolescent comprehenders and relations to reading comprehension. Reading and Writing, 28, 587-609. PMCID: PMC4496006

During the 2017-2018 academic year, Barth successfully published several journal articles supporting reading intervention protocols including:

Barth, A.E., & Elleman, A. (2017). Evaluating the Impact of a Multi-Strategy Inference Intervention for Middle Grade Struggling Readers. Journal of Speech, Language, Hearing Services in Schools, 1-11. NIHMS ID: NIHMS812392

Solís, M., Scammacca, N., Barth, A. E., & Roberts, G. J. (2017). Text-based Vocabulary Intervention Training Study: Supporting Fourth Graders with Low Reading Comprehension and Learning Disabilities. Learning Disabilities--A Contemporary Journal, 15(1), 103-115 NIHMSID: 886604.

Kavish N, Vaughn MG, Cho E, Barth A, Boutwell B, Vaughn S, Capin P, Stillman S, Martinez L. (2017). Physiological Arousal and Juvenile Psychopathy: Is Low Resting Heart Rate Associated with Affective Dimensions? Psychiatric Quarterly, 88(1), 103-114. PMCID: PMC5102812.

Congratulations to Dr. Amy Barth on her outstanding contributions to literacy research and intervention practices.

BVU School of Education

BVU Faculty Selected to Present at IGBL Conference in Ireland

May 11, 2018

Congratulations to Dr. Leslie Haas who has been selected to present at the Irish Conference on Game-Based Learning in June. This conference provides a forum for gaming and technology enthusiasts to share ideas on how games can be used to teach, train, and promote change in formal and informal learning environments. Dr. Haas' presentation, Reading Games and Playing Books, will focus on strategies that facilitate understanding, motivation, and self-efficacy related to the implementation of digital, game-based, multimodal, learning opportunities in a literacy classroom.

BVU School of Education

CONGRATULATIONS

May 8, 2018

Congratulations to Cristena Heschke who has accepted a teaching position with the Storm Lake Community School District. She will be teaching 4th grade special education at the elementary school. Best wishes, Cristena!

School of Education

Russell Accepts Position with Emmons & Olivier Resources!

May 3, 2018

Congratulations to senior Interdisciplinary Sustainable Development Major, Business and Biology Minor, Rosie Russell, who has accepted a position with Emmons and Oliver Resources (EOR) in Boone, Iowa, as an Environmental Technician upon graduation from BVU. During her junior year at BVU, Rosie was offered an extended internship with EOR while implementing urban water quality and wetland remediation projects initiated through the City of Storm Lake. Nice job, Rosie!

CONGRATULATIONS

May 2, 2018

Congratulations to Savanna Weed, who has accepted a teaching position with Pocahontas Area Community School District in Pocahontas, Iowa. She will be teaching 2nd grade. Best wishes, Savanna!

School of Education

CONGRATULATIONS

May 1, 2018

Congratulations to Tyler Puls, who has accepted a teaching position with the Riverdale School District in Port Byron, Illinois. He will be teaching elementary special education. Best wishes, Tyler!

School of Education

CONGRATULATIONS

May 1, 2018

Congratulations to Adam Juhl, who has accepted a teaching position in the Dallas Center-Grimes Community School District in Grimes, Iowa. He will be teaching high school math at DCG High School. Best wishes, Adam!

School of Education and Math Department

CONGRATULATIONS

May 1, 2018

Congratulations to Adam Juhl, who has accepted a teaching position in the Dallas Center-Grimes Community School District in Grimes, Iowa. He will be teaching high school math at DCG High School. Best wishes, Adam!

School of Education and Math Department

CONGRATULATIONS

May 1, 2018

Congratulations to Emma Konkler, who has accepted a teaching position at IKM-Manning Community School District in Manning, Iowa. She will be teaching chemistry, physics, and freshman physical science at IKM-Manning High School. She has also accepted coaching positions in junior high girls and boys track as well as junior high girls basketball. Best wishes, Emma!

School of Education and Science Department

English Graduate Earns Prestigious Fellowship

April 28, 2018

English graduate Paije (Wee) Wilson has won a prestigious National Library of Medicine Fellowship at the National Library of Medicine in Bethesda, Maryland. Paije is graduating from the University of Iowa's Library and Information Science master's program with distinction. Congratulations, Paije!

English Dept.

Faculty Publication

April 27, 2018

Associate Prof. of English Dr. Gwen Hart's essay "An Alarming Situation" appears in the new anthology My Crazy Family from Chicken Soup for the Soul.

English Dept.

Spring 2018 Honors Students Successfully Complete Capstone Presentations

April 27, 2018

The BVU Honors Program is pleased to congratulate Gage Cook, Tanner Cook, Ranelle Irwin, and Jacob Staudt on the successful completion of their Honors Capstone projects and presentations. All four students will graduate this year with the All College Honors with Research distinction, which requires the completion of at least three Honors Explorations courses in addition to finishing the Honors Research requirements.

Well done, all!


The Buena Vista University Honors Program

Campbell Accepts Position with Blank Park Zoo!

April 26, 2018

Congratulations to senior environmental science major, Kristina Campbell, who has accepted a position with the Blank Park Zoo in Des Moines as an Interactive Educator! In this capacity, Kristina will primarily travel across Iowa giving programs highlighting animals ranging from alligators to boa constrictors, ferrets to porcupines, armadillos, tarantulas, walking sticks, screech owls, and more. When not traveling, she will be working on site giving informal presentations as a part of Critter Corner. Nice job, Kristina!

School of Science

Smith Accepts Software Developer Position with Proxibid

April 26, 2018

Congratulations to BVU computer science senior Mason Smith. Mason has accepted a position with Proxibid in Omaha, Nebraska, as a software developer. Mason’s duties will involve Java programming on a number of Proxibid’s products, which involve online auctions (both timed and live), product shipping, and fraud protection. Well done, Mason!

BVU Computer Science

CONGRATULATIONS

April 25, 2018

Congratulations to Brady Illg who has accepted a teaching position in the Carlisle Community School District in Carlisle, Iowa. He will be teaching 5th grade. Best wishes, Brady!

School of Education

Thomas Elected to Iowa Board for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers

April 24, 2018

Dr. Tracy Thomas was recently elected to the Iowa Board for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers, a non-profit corporation dedicated to enhancing sexual offender treatment in the state of Iowa. IBTSA provides the certification process for Sex Offender Treatment Professionals in Iowa and sets requirements for both education and experience to obtain certification.

Psychology Department

Athletic Training Student Selected for NFL Internship

April 24, 2018

Congratulations to Junior Athletic Training student Dillon Hinrickson for being selected this summer for an NFL summer intership with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. This is a very competitive and selective program for undergrautate athletic training students and a great opportunity to participate in. Congratulations Dillon!

Athletic Training Faculty & Staff

Okoboji Entrepreneurial Institute Attendees Chosen

April 24, 2018

Prof. Lisa Best, Interim Dean of the Harold Walter Siebens School of Business, is pleased to announce the selection of this year’s participants for the Okoboji Entrepreneurial Institute. This year’s winners are Austin Demers, Austin Peterson, Brandon Glienke, and Maxwell Lee. Tyler Tennyson will serve as an alternate. The Institute will be held August 5-10 at the Iowa Lakeside Laboratory on West Lake Okoboji. They will have the opportunity to learn from and network with successful entrepreneurs from throughout the region while engaging in a week-long entrepreneurship simulation and workshops. We are very proud to have these students represent the Harold Walter Siebens School of Business and Buena Vista University at OEI!

Siebens School of Business

CONGRATULATIONS

April 23, 2018

Congratulations to Mackensey Radke, who has accepted a teaching position with the Sibley-Ocheyedan Community School District in Sibley, Iowa. Mackensey will be teaching 3rd grade and will also take on some coaching responsibilities.

School of Education

Alyssa Kragelund Vocal Competition Winner

April 23, 2018

Alyssa Kragelund was the second place winner in the Upper College Women Classical Category of the National Association of Teachers of Singing Competition on April 21st. Congratulations Alyssa!

Music Department

Madeline McCormick Vocal Competition Winner

April 23, 2018

Madeline McCormick was the first place winner of the Upper College, Music Theatre Category of the National Association of Teachers of Singing Lewis and Clark Chapter Competition on April 21st. Congratulations Madeline!

Music Department

Michael Richardson Vocal Competition Winner

April 23, 2018

Michael Richardson was the Advanced College Winner for the National Association of Teachers of Singing Lewis and Clark Chapter Competition on April 21st, 2018. Congratulations Michael!

Music Department

English Professor Wins Award

April 23, 2018

Rhetoric Society Quarterly has seleceted Assistant Prof. of English Francesca Gentile's essay "Marketing the Talented Tenth: W.E.B. DuBois and Public-Intellectual Economies” as the winner of the Charles Kneupper Award for 2018. The award recognizes the essay from the previous volume that makes the most significant contribution to scholarship in rhetoric. Congratulaionts, Dr. Gentile!

English Dept.

Tyler Larson to attend Carver College of Medicine

April 21, 2018

Congratulations to Tyler Larson (BVU class of 2017) for being admitted to the MD program at the University of Iowa's Carver College of Medicine. Tyler will begin the next stage of his preparation for becoming a medical doctor in Iowa City in August, 2018.

Psychology Professor Hosts Webinar

April 16, 2018

Dr. Wind Goodfriend, professor of psychology and assistant dean of graduate programs, will be hosting a webinar through Sage Publications on May 2nd. The webinar is titled, "Three Ideas for Innovative Teaching of Psychology" and will focus on using a story-telling approach, "tenacious" research methods, and application of theory to popular culture. The webinar is advertised nationally as part of Sage's "SageTalks" program.

Psychology Dept.

McGrew Wins Student Production Award

April 16, 2018

Digital Media Senior Morgan! Morgan was nominated and won a Student Crystal Pillar Award from the Upper Midwest Emmy® Chapter! He won it for his "BVTV: For Beavers By Beavers" promos for the campus TV station, BVTV. The awards were presented at the 2018 Student Production Awards ceremony in Minneapolis, MN on April 13. The National Academy of Televsion Arts and Sciences presented the Student Production Awards.

Digital Media

Charles Kneupper Award from Rhetoric Society Quarterly

April 11, 2018

Rhetoric Society Quarterly has selected Assistant Professor of English Francesca Gentile's essay ""Marketing the Talented Tenth: W.E.B. DuBois and Public-Intellectual Economies,” Rhetoric Society Quarterly, (47.2) 131-157 as the winner of the Charles Kneupper Award for 2018. The award recognizes the essay from the previous volume that makes the most significant contribution to scholarship in rhetoric. Congratulations, Francesca!

English Dept.

Psychology Major Accepted to Grad School

April 9, 2018

Congratulation to Hannah Appleseth, double major in psychology and communication studies, who has just been accepted into graduate school! Hannah will be joining the new cohort of students in the BVU Master's of Mental Health Program. We are proud of Hannah's achievement and glad that she will continue to excel right here at BVU.

Psychology Dept.

2018 Minnesota Vikings Game-Day Intern Finalists Announced

April 5, 2018

The BVU Selection Committee is proud to announce the finalists for the 2018 Minnesota Vikings Game Day Internship Program! Finalists include: Jordyn Daggs-Olson, sophomore Strategic Public Relations; Logan Krause, senior Sports Management and Finance; and Olivia Wieseler, sophomore Digital Media and English. Finalists’ resume, cover letter and media-writing sample have been submitted to the Minnesota Vikings Public Relations Office. All finalists will take part in a telephone interview with the Vikings PR staff and those selected will work with the media on game days during the 2018 season. Best wishes finalists!

Evelyn Gonzalez and Brenda Philips Awarded Tyson Summer Internships

April 4, 2018

Evelyn Gonzalez, a senior social work student, and Brenda Phillips, a junior social work student, have been awarded paid internships through the Tyson Food Summer Community Internship Program. Evelyn will complete her internship at the Third Judicial District Juvenile Court Services. Brenda will complete her internship with the Bridge. The Tyson Food Summer Community Internship Program is a partnership between Campus Compact and Tyson Foods to provide an invaluable opportunity for select college students to gain professional experience while making a positive impact in our community. Congratulations on being chosen for these internships. We are very pleased that your preparation for these opportunities has been recognized by this program.

Social Work Department

Athletic Training Student Accepted to Grad School

April 4, 2018

Congratulations to Jamie Navinskey, athletic training and human performance student, who will be attending She will be serving as a Graduate Assistant with the Athletic Training Department as well as earning her Masters degree in Health Science and Human Performance. Congratulations Jamie! We are all very proud of you!

Exercise Science Department

Athletic Training Student Accepted to Grad School

April 4, 2018

Congratulations to Josh Hoffmann, athletic training student, who will be attending Valdosta State University He will be serving as a Graduate Assistant with the Athletic Training Department as well as earning his Masters of Education degree in Higher Education Leadership. Congratulations Josh! We are all very proud of you!

Exercise Science Department

Athletic Training Student Accepted to Grad School

April 4, 2018

Congratulations to Caroline Maher, athletic training and human performance student, who will be attending Webber. International in Florida She will be serving as a Graduate Assistant as well as earning her MBA in Sports Administration. Congratulations Caroline! We are all very proud of you!

Exercise Science Department

Athletic Training Student Accepted to Grad School

April 4, 2018

Congratulations to Spencer Bassett, athletic training and human performance student, who will be attending Wayne State College. He will be serving as a Graduate Assistant with the Athletic Training Department as well as earning his Masters degree. Congratulations Spencer! We are all very proud of you!

Exercise Science Department

Congratulations to Exercise Science: Human Performance Student on Acceptance to Graduate School

April 3, 2018

Congratulations to Autumn Boland, Exercise Science: Human Performance Senior, on getting accepted to the Masters of Science in Kinesiology (Sport Management and Policy) graduate program at the University of Georgia. The University of Georgia considered by many to be the birthplace of public higher education in America is one of the largest and most diverse public colleges in the country. The University currently offers 106 graduate degrees and enrolls almost 9,000 graduate students. The Exercise Science: Human Performance faculty wish Autumn the best of luck as she continues her studies beginning this upcoming Fall.

Exercise Science: Human Performance Faculty

Exercise Science: Human Performance Students Accepted for Prestigious Summer Internships

April 3, 2018

Special congratulations to both Sean Joelson and Autumn Boland on getting accepted for prestigious summer internships.

Sean Joelson has been selected by Syracuse University Athletic Performance for a summer internship working as a volunteer strength and conditioning coach with the University's football team. Sean will have the opportunity during his internship to work along side Keith Caton and Sean Edinger, two highly respected strength coaches. Coach Keith Caton was recently honored with the Master Strength and Conditioning Coach by the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches association (CSCCa), which is the highest possible honor given in the strength and conditioning profession.

Autumn Boland has been selected for a summer internship with the Acadania Cane Cutters in Youngsville, LA. The Acadania Cane Cutters is a member of the Texas Collegiate League, a collegiate summer baseball league comprising teams from the the states of Texas and Louisiana.

Both of these students have demonstrated excellent hard work throughout their academic careers. We know that both of these students will excel in their internships as they help to demonstrate the quality of education provided by our programs here at BVU.

Exercise Science: Human Performance Faculty

Professor Elected to ASI Board

April 2, 2018

Karin Strohmyer, Associate Professor of Education was elected to the Autism Society of Iowa Board of Directors. She will serve on the education committee focusing on issues faced in rural areas of Iowa.

BVU School of Education

Tanner Cook Accepted to Iowa State Plant Biology Ph.D. Program

April 2, 2018

Congratulations to senior biology and environmental science double major, Tanner Cook, who has been accepted to the Iowa State Plant Biology Ph.D. program beginning fall semester, 2018! Additionally, Tanner was offered Iowa State’s prestigious and competitive National Science Foundation (NSF) Research Traineeship Program in Predictive Plant Phenomics, providing him with additional graduate research funding. Tanner was also offered admission to two other fully-funded national and international Ph.D. programs, which speaks to the competitive nature of his application. Nice job, Tanner!

School of Science

Religion Professor to speak at Mercyhurst University

March 28, 2018

Dr. Bhattacharyya has been invited to speak at 10th Anniversary of the Evelyn Lincoln Institute for Ethics and Society at Mercyhurst University. The title of her presentation is "Converging Rivers: Healthcare and the Intersections of Religion, Culture, and Ethics."

SSSPR

Congratulations to Jack Johnson

March 28, 2018

Jack Johnson has accepted a postion as a 7-12 business teacher in the Garner-Hayfield-Ventura Community School District in Garner, Iowa. He will also be taking on some coaching responsibilities. Congratulations, Jack!

School of Education

Dani Coyne to attend MSW Program at University of Nebraska

March 27, 2018

Danielle Coyne, 2017 Social Work Graduate, was accepted into the Master of Social Work (MSW) program at University of Nebraska and will begin her studies in fall 2018. Congratulations Dani!

Social Work Department

Jacob Amhof Accepted to Western Illinois University for the degree of Voice Performance

March 26, 2018

Jacob Amhof, Senior from Fort Dodge Iowa has been accepted to Master of Music program at Western Illinois University. Jacob was chosen after interview and audition. The music department is very proud of Jacob for all of his hard work!

Dr. Merrin Guice Director of Vocal Studies

Tyler Smith accepted to DPT program

March 26, 2018

Congratulations to Tyler Smith! Tyler was accepted to the US Army - Baylor Doctor of Physical Therapy program in San Antonio, TX. This is a highly competitive program, ranked in the top ten of over 200 US phycial therapy programs by U.S. News and World Report. All students are professional military officers with tuition and fees covered by the uniformed services. In addition, Tyler will earn a salary and benefits while pursuing his degree. Congratulations on this accomplishment.

School of Science

Psychology Student Accepted to Grad School

March 25, 2018

Congratulations to Kyle Wiebers, psychology major and education studies minor, who will be attending the Master's-degree program in School Psychology next Fall at University of Northern Iowa. Kyle was accepted into several programs and had his choice from amoung many high-quality schools. Kyle has distinguished himself during all four years at BVU, including serving as the President of both Psychology Club and Psi Chi, the national honors society for psychology students. We're very proud of you, Kyle!

Psychology Dept.

Undergraduate Student Presentation Accepted for Presentation at National Convention!

March 22, 2018

Special congratulations to Caroline Maher! Her research project entitled, "Effects of Strenuous Exercise on Peripheral Vision" has been accepted for presentation at the National Athletic Trainers' Association Clinical Symposia and Athletic Training Expo. Caroline is expected to graduate this spring with a double major in Exercise Science: Human Performance and Athletic Training. She will be traveling to the national convention in June to present the results of her research. The Exercise Science: Human Performance faculty are very proud of her accomplishment!

Exercise Science: Human Performance Faculty

Computer Science Professor Publishes Paper at International Conference on Software Engineering

March 20, 2018

Congratulations to Dr. Jason B. Shepherd, Associate Professor of Computer Science. A paper written by Dr. Shepherd has been accepted for inclusion in the Proceedings of the 2nd International Workshop on Software Engineering Education for Millennials at the 40th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Software Engineering, to be held in Gothenburg, Sweden, in June. The paper, titled “An Agile Software Engineering Course with Product Hand-Off,” chronicles BVU’s novel approach to teaching software engineering.

BVU Computer Science

Dr. Merrin Guice’s Research Published in the Choral Scholar

March 20, 2018

Dr. Merrin Guice‘s research on composer Margaret Bonds, which she delivered a professional lecture recital on in November, is being published in The Choral Scholar. The Choral Scholar is a peer reviewed music research journal.

Dr. Merrin Guice

Michael Richardson, Music Major, Accepted to Prestigious Masters Degree Programs

March 20, 2018

Michael Richardson has recently been accepted to Master of Music programs at James Madison University and the highly selective Opera Program at Rutgers University in New Jersey. The Opera program accepts no more than 3 students per voice claciffication, so this is a great honor! Great Job Michael!

Dr. Merrin Guice Director of Vocal Studies

Living HIstory Apprenticeship in Tennessee

March 15, 2018

Senior History major Ryan Moore has been selected by the U.S. Forest Service for the post-graduate Living History Apprenticeship at the Homeplace Farm, which is located in the Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area in Tennessee. This is a highly competitive post-graduate apprenticehip in Public History. Congratulations, Ryan!

History Department

Sharp Named Living History Farm Intern

March 15, 2018

History Education major Noah Sharp has been selected by the Living History Farms in Des Moines to be an historical interpreter for the summer 2018 season. This is a highly competitive internship and only a handful of the most highly qualified applicants are accepted. Congratulations, Noah!

History Department

Rachel Kehrberg awarded Mayo Clinic Fellowship

March 13, 2018

Congratulations to Rachel Kehrberg for being awarded a Mayo Clinic Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship for summer 2018. Rachel will be paid a stipend to work in the laboratory of Dr. Kah-Whye Peng, who is a research scientist in the Virology and Gene Therapy Department.

Morgan McGrew nominated for a Student Crystal Pillar Award from the Upper Midwest Emmy® Chapter

March 13, 2018

BVU Senior & Digital Media major Morgan McGrew is a NATAS - Upper Midwest Emmy®/Chapter/Foundation Student Production Award Nominee. The “BVTV: By Beavers, For Beavers” spots are nominated for a Student Crystal Pillar Award from the Upper Midwest Emmy® Chapter in the College-Commercial category. The awards will be announced in April during the 2018 NATAS – Upper Midwest Regional Student Television awards in Minneapolis, MN. These awards recognize outstanding student achievements in video & media production.

BVTV, Digital Media

Bonde to Intern at Federated Insurance

March 7, 2018

Congratulations to BVU computer science student Egan Bonde. Egan has secured an internship with Federated Insurance in Owatonna, MN. Egan’s responsibilities will involve software development, testing, and project management. Well done, Egan!

BVU Computer Science

Jerich Accepts Internship with Royal Bank of Canada

March 7, 2018

Congratulations to BVU computer science student Austin Jerich. Austin has accepted an internship offer from Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) in Minneapolis, MN. Austin’s primary duties will involve automating testing for RBC’s software products. Way to go, Austin!

BVU Computer Science

Poetry Publication

March 3, 2018

Associate Prof. of English Dr. Gwen Hart's poem "Everything Is Corn" appears in the Winter 2018 issue of the literary journal Midwestern Gothic.

English Dept.

Master's Director to be Commencement Speaker in Minnesota

Feb. 27, 2018

Congratulations to Professor Casey Baker, the Director of BVU's Master's of Mental Health Counseling program. She has been invited to be the Commencement speaker at the graduation ceremony for master's and doctoral students at Mankato State University (in Minnesota). She was nominated by her department and will be the only student speaker at the ceremony. We are very proud of Professor Baker for being chosen for this honor.

Graduate Programs

Congratulations on Selection as 2018/19 Global Fellows!

Feb. 27, 2018

Congratulations to Emma Bloom, Jordyn Daggs-Olson, Madisyn Reiakvam, Elizabeth Reiva, Claire Stepan, and Rachel West who were selected to represent BVU as the 2018/2019 Global Fellows! Selection was based on committee reviews of essay responses and faculty recommendation letters. Please help us congratulate this group of outstanding BVU representatives as they embark on a journey to consider cultural and biological sustainability perspectives from the southern tip of the world to our own back yard. Well done, Global Fellows!

Dr. Melinda Coogan

Larson is Critic for IHSSA Festival

Feb. 18, 2018

Dr. Bethany Larson served as the Critic in the category of Musical Theatre at the Iowa High School Speech Association's All-Sate Festival and responded to twenty musical theatre scenes representing all four quadrants of the state.

Theatre and Media Performance Program

Literacy Education Professor Serves on National Panel for Teacher Assessment

Feb. 16, 2018

Congratulations to Dr. Jill Tussey, Assistant Professor of Education on her selection to serve as a panelist for the National Observational Teacher Exam (NOTE). The NOTE program is a new and innovative assessment program which is being designed to evaluate prospective teachers’ ability to translate their knowledge of content and teaching into effective practice in the classroom. Dr. Tussey’s expertise and experience are critical to the success of the study. A selected panel of educators will recommend performance standards for the NOTE Practices of Teaching Content assessment. Dr. Tussey’s work on this project will include engagement from her OSG faculty office at BVU’s Creston Site, and travel to New Jersey for collaboration with other educators across the country.

BVU School of Education

Literacy Education Professor to present at International Conference

Feb. 16, 2018

Congratulations to Dr. Leslie Haas, Assistant Professor of Education on her invitation to present at the International Literacy Association’s annual conference in June 2018. Dr Haas’ presentation in Austin, Texas will be featured as part of the International Literacy Association's Special Interest Group (SIG): Language Experience: Literacy Across Disciplines. The title of the session is "Using Popular Children’s Literature as a Bridge to the Language Experience Approach: Making Reading Personal and Successful for ALL Learners." A team of four professors from BVU’s Literacy and Early Childhood education department will be in attendance.

BVU School of Education

Achievements from BVU's Masters of School Counseling Program

Feb. 16, 2018

In the 2018 elections for the Iowa School Counselor Association Leadership Board, all three new positions are connected to BVU! The new President, Cory Graven, and the new VP of Elementary, Brandon Drew, both earned their master's in school counseling from BVU. In addition, the new VP of Counselor Education is Renea Ogren, the Interim Director of our school counseling program and a long-time adjunct for BVU. It's wonderful that the BVU program is so well respected and connected throughout Iowa.

BVU Graduate Programs

Dr. David Klee with Fort Dodge Symphony

Feb. 16, 2018

Dr. David Klee has been named the principal flutist for the Fort Dodge Symphony and the Karl King Band as well as it's assistant conductor. This Sunday (February 18th) he will be performing with the Karl King Band in their 1st winter concert. It will be held at Decker Auditorium on the ICC campus at 3:30. He will also conduct two songs with the band as it's assistant conductor. Congratulations, David!

School of Communication and Arts

Full Time Position

Feb. 15, 2018

I have accepted a full time aquarist position at the Butterfly House and Aquarium in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. This is the same facility that I did an internship at in the summer of 2017.

Lindsay Meyer

BVU Professor participated in 2018 SDSU Data Science Symposium

Feb. 13, 2018

Dr. Anton Bezuglov participated in 2018 SDSU Data Science Symposium and made a presentation on "Data Science in the Classroom: Setting up Python and R learning environments". The presentation focuses on step-by-step process to install and configure online resource to run data analytics and machine learning code.

Physician Assistant Grad School Admissions

Feb. 2, 2018

Devin Stane has been accepted to the Physician Assistant Graduate Program at St. Ambrose University in Davenport, IA.

Clifford A. Rae Harold Walter Siebens School of Business Academic Achievement Award Winners Announced

Jan. 31, 2018

Congratulations to this year’s winners of the Clifford A. Rae Harold Walter Siebens School of Business Academic Achievement Award! This scholarship is awarded to the highest-performing School of Business majors who meet specified guidelines. The winners for the 2017 calendar year are:

Second Year Student Winners: Alexis Keller, Chelsea Hildenbrand, Nikolas Brimeyer

Third Year Student Winners: Aaron Nicolaisen, Alan Maldonado, Austin Demers

Fourth Year Student Winners: Keely Bycroft, Josh Demers, Kolten Bader

We commend these students for their outstanding effort and performance.

Lisa Best, Interim Dean

Clifford A. Rae School of Science Academic Achievement Award Winners

Jan. 31, 2018

The Clifford A. Rae School of Science Academic Achievement Award was established to encourage high academic performance of declared School of Science majors who meet specified guidelines. The winners of the significant monetary award for the 2017 calendar year are:

Second-Year student winners: Rebecca Peters, Tonia Henning, Michaela Mason

Third-Year student winners: Meghan Bissen, Kimberly Hults, Brittany Fisher

Fourth-Year student winners: Emma Konkler, Dong Wang, Devin Stane

Congratulations to these students for their excellent academic performance.

Benjanmin Donath, Dean, School of Science

Jacob Braddock to attend medical school at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine

Jan. 28, 2018

Congratulations to December 2017 graduate Jacob Braddock for being admitted to the D.O. program at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. Jacob will begin his journey toward becoming a physician in August of 2018.

Christian Kladstrup to attend medical school at Des Moines University

Jan. 28, 2018

Congratulations to December 2017 graduate Christian Kladstrup for being admitted to the D.O. program at Des Moines University. Christian will begin his journey toward becoming a physician in August of 2018.

Tarynne Kinghorn to attend Medical School at University of Iowa

Jan. 28, 2018

Congratulations to 2017 graduate Tarynne Kinghorn for being admitted to the M.D. program at the Carver College of Medicine at the University of Iowa. Tarynne will begin her studies in Iowa City in August of 2018.

Special Education Professors to present at National Conference

Jan. 23, 2018

Congratulations to Dr. Pamina Abkowitz, Dr. Robbie Ludy, and Dr. Karin Strohmyer. Their work titled “Best Practices for Fostering Retention of Junior/ New Faculty at Rural Colleges” was accepted for presentation at the American Council on Rural Special Education National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah this March.

School of Education

Special Education Professors Co-authors Article

Jan. 23, 2018

Congratulations to Dr. Karin Strohmyer, who co-authored the article “Parental Involvement in Elementary Children’s Religious Education: A Phenomenological Approach”, which will be published in the February issue of the Journal of Research on Christian Education.

School of Education

Mayra Lopez to attend MSW Program at University of Iowa

Jan. 5, 2018

Mayra Lopez, 2017 Social Work Graduate, was accepted into the MSW program at University of Iowa and begins her studies January 2018. Congratulations Mayra!

Social Work Department

Social Work Department

Psychology Student Wins Prestigious Award

Dec. 24, 2017

Congratulations to Psychology student Kyle Wiebers, who has been awarded a research award from Psi Chi, the national psychology honors society. The award is only given to 28 students from the entire Midwest region each year, and this is the first time a BVU student has ever received it. Kyle's project, titled, "Effect of Voluntary Alcohol Consumption on Behavioral Flexibility," is being conducted in the new Psychology rat research lab under the mentorship of Dr. Wes Beckwith, BVU's new Psychology Assistant Professor. The Psychology program is very proud of Kyle and Dr. Beckwith for this prestigious achievement.

Psychology Dept.

CONGRATULATIONS

Dec. 23, 2017

Nate Pardun has accepted a job with the Fort Dodge Community School District. He will be teaching Kindergarten at Duncombe Elementary beginning in January. Congratulations, Nate!

School of Education

Psychology Professor Publishes Article

Dec. 22, 2017

Congratulations to Dr. Wind Goodfriend, Psychology Professor and Assistant Dean of Graduate Programs. She has co-authored a paper that has been accepted for publication in the journal "Current Directions in Psychological Science." Dr. Goodfriend is the third author on this paper, which was led by Dr. Ximena Arriaga (one of Goodfriend's mentors at Purdue University, where she earned her Ph.D.). The paper is titled, "The invisible harm of downplaying a romantic partner's aggression" and is a review of recent research regarding the psychological effects of minimizing experiences of relationship abuse.

Psychology Dept.

Psychology Research Club to Present at Conference

Dec. 21, 2017

Congratulations to the members of the Psychology Research Club! Both of their projects this year have been accepted for presentation at the competitive Conference of the Midwestern Psychological Association in Chicago next April. Their projects are titled, "Overlaps among sexism, homophobia, and victim blaming in violent relationships," and, "She deserved it: Individual differences in victim blaming." The club is supervised by Dr. Wind Goodfriend and includes the following student members: Kyle Wiebers, Tiffany Hull, Andrea Almanza, McKenna Whitehill, Brittini Thomas, Skylar Dossey, Gage Grutz, Abby Ross, Lani Brown, MarQuelle Graham, and Justin Belstene. Well done, psych students.

Psychology Dept.

Nominated to Compete

Dec. 12, 2017

The Buena Vista University's production of "Woman Wonder" has been nominated to compete in the Kennedy Center's American College Theater Festival 50 in Des Moines this January. The production was one of 7 nominated from the KCACTF Region 5 which includes all levels of college theatres in Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, South Dakota, North Dakota and Minnesota. If chosen the "Woman Wonder" could be invited to be performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC this spring. Congratulations to Cast: Hannah Barnes, Kristen Charette, Skyler Finch, Dernisha Hoover, Stacey Rosener, Christina Spillman, and London VanHorbeck, Crew: Chance Johnson, Katelyn Bohaty, Dalton Walker, Mel Graf, and Cole Hackbarth. Designers: Austin Dean, Noah Bardwell, Connor Essary, Diane Nesbaum and David Walker

Buena Vista University Theatre

Script to Compete for National Award

Dec. 12, 2017

"Woman Wonder". the original script written by Professors Bethany Larson Jamii Claiborne, Annamaria Formichella-Elsden, Andrea Frantz, Calle Friesen, Wind Goodfriend, and Miranda Pollock has been nominated for the David Mark Cohen National Playwriting Award. Supported by the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, the Association for Theatre in Higher Education, and Dramatic Publishing Company, The David Mark Cohen National Playwriting Award is presented in an effort to promote the writing and production of new plays while honoring and perpetuating the memory of David Mark Cohen, Professor of Playwriting, the University of Texas-Austin. Developed by the Playwriting Program of ATHE and the National Playwriting Program of KCACTF, the award is intended to provide incentive to college and university theatre production departments to foster the growth and development of playwrights through the public presentations of unpublished full-length plays or a collection of shorter works for the stage that have not received a professional production. Best Wishes on a favorable reading!

Buena Vista University Theatre

Psychology Alum and Professor to Publish Chapter

Dec. 10, 2017

Congratulations to Melissa Huntley (BVU alumna from the Psychology Dept.) and Dr. Wind Goodfriend, Psychology professor and assistant dean of graduate programs. They have been invited to contribute a chapter to the upcoming book, "The Psychology of Zelda." The chapter will be a feminist analysis of the game series "The Legend of Zelda," and is scheduled to be published in the Fall of 2018.

Psychology Dept.

Jill Kreimeyer secures employment

Dec. 5, 2017

Jill Kreimeyer will be graduating from the Mental Health Counseling Graduate Program in December 2017. She has secured employment following graduation at Prairie Ridge Integrative Behavioral healthcare. In addition, she is now certified in Motivational Enhancement Therapy & Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (MET/CBT) and has been selected by Prairie Ridge to begin training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). Congratulation, Jill!

Mental Health Counseling Graduate Program

University Seminar Writing Contest Winners

Dec. 1, 2017

Congratulations to Vadim Torgashov, Eric LaRue, and Kenneth Wexler, who are the winners of the inaugural University Seminar Writing Contest!

A panel of judges reviewed first-year student essays that creatively demonstrated insight and knowledge of the common reading, The Other Wes Moore. First place ($200) was awarded to Vadim Torgashov, second place ($100) was awarded to Eric LaRue, and third place ($50) was awarded to Kenneth Wexler.

Human Performance Student Accepted to Physical Therapy School

Nov. 27, 2017

Congratulations to Tyler Vorrie on being accepted into the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Des Moines University. Tyler will begin his studies this upcomming Fall semester (Aug 2018). Des Moines University is an outstanding physical therapy program where the passing rate for the the National Physical Therapy Examination (licensure exam) is 100% for students who graduated between 2014-2016. Tyler has been an excellent student at BVU and we know that he will excel in his studies at DMU.

Human Performance Faculty

Mackey to Join PayPal as a Software Engineer

Nov. 17, 2017

Congratulations to BVU computer science and mathematics double major Sarah Mackey. After fielding several post-graduation offers, Sarah will be joining PayPal in San Jose, California, as a Software Engineer in the Recent College Graduate (RCG) Program—a rotational program that will allow her to participate on multiple teams in a wide range of areas during her first year including software design, Big Data, front-end development, and back-end development. Congratulations, Sarah, and good luck on the next step in what will be an outstanding career!

BVU Mathematics and Computer Science Departments

Swanson Accepts Internship with Principal Financial

Nov. 17, 2017

Congratulations to BVU computer science student Matthew Swanson. Matthew has been invited back to participate in a summer 2018 internship with Principal Financial Group in Des Moines, Iowa, where he interned last summer. Matthew will be interning with Principal’s Distribution Technology Services Team. His predicted responsibilities will include leading teams of interns on group projects in support of Principal’s IT department. Well done, Matthew, and good luck!

BVU Computer Science

Daly Selected for U.S. Army Cyber Command

Nov. 17, 2017

Congratulations to ROTC cadet and BVU computer science senior Abigail Daly on the notification of her Active Army Branch. Abby has been selected to serve in the relatively new and highly competitive Cyber Command of the United States Army. This is a tremendous honor, and we wish Abby well on the start of her career!

BVU Computer Science

Accepts Teaching Position

Nov. 16, 2017

KamronWarden, Music Education Major in vocal music, has accepted a teaching position with the Burlington School District. His teaching duties will include: Middle School General Mauic and Choirs. The BVU December graduate will start his new position in January 2018.

Band Members Accepted to Iowa Collegiate Honor Band

Nov. 16, 2017

Five Buena Vista University band members have been selected to participate in the 24th annual Iowa Collegiate Honor Band. Students include: Megan Coats – clarinet, Alyssa Kragelund – clarinet, Rachel Kehrberg – clarinet, Jarrett Drummer – clarinet and Corgan Petersen – percussion.

Rehearsal for the 100 member ensemble will be held on Friday November 17 in Nevada, Iowa at Nevada High School. The grand finale concert will be held on Saturday November 18 at 2PM in the Josephine Tope Community Auditorium on the Nevada High School campus. Admission is free and open to the public.

This year’s guest conductor is Dr. Jack Stamp. Dr. Stamp is currently adjunct Professor of Music at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls where he teaches conducting and composition.

National Recognition

Nov. 15, 2017

At its national business meeting in Dallas, Texas, the College Media Association awarded a Board of Directors Citation for contributions to First Amendment advocacy to Dr. Andrea Frantz, Professor of Digital Media. The CMA Board annually awards citations for leadership in First Amendment advocacy and student media advising.

Digital Media Department

National Recognition

Nov. 15, 2017

At its national business meeting in Dallas, Texas, the College Media Association awarded a Board of Directors Citation for contributions to First Amendment advocacy to Dr. Andrea Frantz, Professor of Digital Media. The CMA Board annually awards citations for leadership in First Amendment advocacy and student media advising.

Digital Media Department

Audio Project to Air on Iowa Watch Connection

Nov. 15, 2017

Iowa Watch Connection, a weekly statewide news and public affairs radio program, will broadcast a 20-minute investigative audio story produced by senior Digital Media major, Madeleine McCormick. McCormick's story, "Politics of Fear: What Are We So Afraid Of? Immigration" examines proposed changes in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy. The Iowa Watch Connection airs on 19 radio stations covering Iowa, reaching listeners across the state and parts of Iowa's seven neighboring states. It is supported by the Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism. Please congratulate Madeleine on this impressive achievement.

The Digital Media Department

NASA Planetary Data Archiving, Restoration, and Tools (PDART)

Nov. 13, 2017

Dr. Shawn Stone has been invited to participate as a scientific software consultant in the NASA PDART program. He will develop and test various coordinate transformations needed to take Galileo space craft EPD (Energetic Particle Detector) pointing directions and put them in moon centered coordinate systems. The software will be used to process existing and future data from the plasma environment around the Jovian moons.

Physics Department

CONGRATULATIONS

Nov. 13, 2017

Kamron Warden has accepted a 6-8 general music and choir postion at Aldo Leopold Middle School in Burlington, IA. He will begin in January. Congratulations, Kamron!

School of Education

Jennifer Tarr secures Employment

Nov. 10, 2017

Jennifer Tarr will graduate from the Mental Health Counseling Graduate Program in December of this year. She will continue to work for Prairie Ridge Integrated Behavioral Healthcare in Mason City, IA as a Clinical Supervisor! Congratulations, Jennifer!

Mental Health Counseling Graduate Program

Jessica Throndson secures Employment

Nov. 10, 2017

Jessica Throndson will graduate from the Mental Health Counseling Graduate Program in December of 2017 and will be employed at Prairie Ridge Integrated Behavioral Healthcare as an Outpatient Counselor! Congratulations, Jessica!

Mental Health Counseling Graduate Program

Stephanie Redwine secures employment

Nov. 10, 2017

Stephanie Redwine will graduate from the Mental Health Counseling Graduate Program in December of 2017. She has secured employment at St. Gregory Retreat Center as an Assistant Clinical Director! Congratulations, Stephanie!

Mental Health Graduate Program

Students Present at Iowa Civic Action Academy

Nov. 6, 2017

Congratulations to Amanda Miley, Taylor Loy, Kathryn Tyykila and Kaitlyn Werner who were selected to present at the Iowa Civic Action Academy this past weekend. The students presented on, "Meeting People Where They Are: Aspiring Ally Identity Development."

Office of Civic Engagement

Psychology of "Supernatural"

Nov. 1, 2017

The new book "Supernatural Psychology: Roads Less Traveled" has been published and is now available at bookstores and online. The volume includes a chapter co-authored by Dr. Wind Goodfriend and Psychology alumna Melanie Boysen. Their chapter focuses on how the two main characters progress through Erikson's stages of development.

Psychology Dept.

Teaching Position Accepted

Oct. 30, 2017

Congratulations to Cheyanne Boland who has accepted a 3rd grade teaching position for the CAM school district in Anita, IA! Cheyanne will begin her position in January 2018.

School of Education

Schimmer completes M.S.

Oct. 30, 2017

Congratulations to Leah Schimmer, Teacher Education Data & Assessment Manager in the School of Education, for earning her Master's of Science degree in educational technology from the University of South Dakota!

Human Performance Professor Recent Publication

Oct. 28, 2017

Congratulations to Jim Farnsworth, assistant professor of exercise science; his research manuscript entitled, "Association of objectively measured sedentary behavior with criterion measured obesity among U.S. adults" was accepted for publication in the American Journal of Human Biology.

School of Education & Exercise Science

Brooke Ware completes BA degree

Oct. 23, 2017

OSG Region 4 would like to congratulate Brooke Ware, Region 4 Coordinator, on the successful completion of her Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration degree from BVU! Congratulations on this wonderful accomplishment, Brooke!

Education Professor to Present at National History of Education Conference

Oct. 20, 2017

Mark Hopkins had two peer-reviewed research proposals accepted for presentation at the national History of Education Conference in Little Rock, Arkansas. The conference will be held November 2-5, 2017. The first presentation is entitled "They Were Going to Wither and Die on the Vine": Kirkwood Community College and Its Early Relationships with Four-Year Institutions. This presentation is a product of archival research conducted in Iowa about the history of community colleges during their founding years from 1965 to 1975. The second presentation is entitled "All Hail, to each of them": Nebraska State Normal School Faculty Pointed the Way to a Higher Standard and a Better Life. This presentation is a product of archival research conducted in Nebraska about the history of state normal schools (early teacher education programs) and their role in higher education during the early 1900s.

School of Education

Farnsworth Completes Ph.D.

Oct. 19, 2017

Congratulations to James Farnsworth II who successfully defended his dissertation entitled, "Development and Validation of Comprehension Patient Reported Knee Outcomes Instruments using Item Response Theory." In this study, he researched how current knee reported outcomes in health care did not apply to athletes. This was an attempt to validate and assist in developing a new instrument that will apply to athletes and help progress the care of those who reach the highest level on the current scale. Professor Farnsworth will graduate from Middle Tennessee State University with a Ph.D. in Human Performance, Kinesmetrics Specialization in December.

Exercise Science Program

Rosie Russell, Best Student Oral Presentation Award at SWS Conference!

Oct. 15, 2017

Congratulations to Rosie Russell on receiving the Best Student Oral Presentation Award at the Society of Wetland Scientist - North Central Chapter Annual Meeting, Fargo, ND, October 12 – 14, 2017. Rosie, who is a BVU senior completing a Distributive Major in Sustainable Development with Business and Biology Minors, was the only undergraduate student among twenty graduate student and professional wetland scientist presenters. Her presentation, entitled An Approach to Valuing Urban Wetlands Using Economic, Social, Environmental, and Political Factors, discussed the importance of addressing urban water quality issues through collaborative wetland remediation efforts. Nice job, Rosie!

School of Science

School of Education Professors to Present at Conference

Oct. 10, 2017

Brittany Garling and Mark Hopkins will present at the Latinx Educational Excellence in the Midwest Conference at the University of Iowa on October 21, 2017. They will join three teachers from the Storm Lake Community School to present a panel presentation entitled From E to C: Strategies and Programs to Assist Latinx Students from Elementary to College. The group will speak about the challenges of changing student demographics, and they will share their experiences and ways to assist Latinx students in elementary school, secondary school, and college. Members of the panel will focus on strategies and programs used in the school district to provide students with equitable learning opportunities. The presentation will also focus on the role of TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language) within instruction, how the school district is working with the community, and how college and university education programs can better prepare teachers for the challenges of working with diverse learners.

School of Education

Publications Utilized

Oct. 4, 2017

Books authored by both members of the History Department were used in the making of Ken Burns' newest PBS documentary, "The Vietnam War." Dixee Bartholomew-Feis' work The OSS and Ho Chi Minh: Unexpected Allies in the War Against Japan, was utilized in the segments on Vietnam in the 1940s. Bill Feis' co-authored book For the Common Defense: A Military History of the United States, was used in segments related to US military involvement in the 1960s and 1970s.

History Department

ICAN FAFSA Assistance Certification

Oct. 3, 2017

Congratulations to the following nine BVU staff who were recently ICAN FAFSA certified: Jessa Grosenheider, Jordan Truckenmiller, Kristin Jackson, Jamie Fritz, Amy Montgomery, Christina Reinhard, Rachel Mies, Jill Barr and Jayne Berends. The certification was made available through the Iowa College Access Network Financial Aid Certification Program.

Comm Faculty and Alumnae Attend Annual Conference

Oct. 2, 2017

Drs. Bryan Kampbell and Mary Gill, and 2017 graduate Kristina Grossman attended the Iowa Communication Association Annual Conference at Central College in Pella, September 29 and 30th. Dr. Kampbell organized and facilitated a panel discussion around Sherry Turkle’s book, Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age. Kristina presented her senior Gender and Women’s Studies Capstone paper which was competitively selected for the conference. Her paper was entitled, “The Welfare Queen: Power of Metaphors and Media of Self-Perception.” Dr. Gill was her capstone mentor.

Communication Studies Program

Recent Publication

Oct. 2, 2017

Assistant Professor of Communication Studies, Mary Donato’s co-authored article with Dr. Scott Myers, Professor and the Peggy Rardin McConnell Chair of Speech Communication at West Virginia University, appears in the Fall 2017, Volume 49, Number 1 issue of the Iowa Journal of Communication, an award-winning state journal of the Central States Communication Association. Their work is entitled, “Keeping the Peace: Daughters In-Law’s Relational Maintenance Behaviors with their Mothers In-Law.” BVU alumnae, Stephanie Steiner’s Westphal Outstanding Student Paper from the Fall 2016 conference entitled, “The Filtered Self: What Instagram Postings Reveal About an Individual’s Sense of Identity” appears in Volume 49, Number 2 of the 2017 Iowa Communication Journal.

Communication Studies Program

Professor Published

Sept. 29, 2017

Congratulations to new ESL Professor Ashley Heiberger on the publication of her conference paper, “Positionality and Participation: Engaging Saudi Women in the Second Language Classroom” in the proceedings issue of the CEA Critic (journal of the College English Association).

School of Education

Invited Speaker

Sept. 28, 2017

Congratulations to Professor Farnsworth who was invited as a guest speaker at the Tennessee Athletic Trainers' Society annual symposium at Belmont University in Nashville Tennessee. Professor Farnsworth will be discussing the Purpose of, how to use, and the implementation of patient reported outcomes in athletic training.

Human Performance

Rosie Russell has Abstract Accepted for Conference Presentation!

Sept. 21, 2017

Congratulations to Rosie Russell on her abstract acceptance for oral presentation at the Society of Wetland Scientist - North Central Chapter Annual Meeting, Fargo, ND, October 12 – 14, 2017. Rosie’s presentation, entitled An Approach to Valuing Urban Wetlands Using Economic, Social, Environmental, and Political Factors, is based on information and research gathered during her sustainability internship with Emmons & Olivier Resources, Inc. Rosie is a BVU senior completing a Distributive Major in Sustainable Development with Business and Biology Minors. Nice job, Rosie!

School of Science

Williams & Company Internship Interviews

Sept. 13, 2017

Congratulations to the six BVU students who submitted resumes to Williams & Co. for Spring and Summer internship opportunities: Jayden Clark, Ryan Steim, Wilfredo Salamanca, Brandon Glienke, Alexis Keller, and Clayton Christian. All six have been asked to interview while Williams & Co. representatives are on campus on September 22, 2017.

Psychology Professor to Present Research

Sept. 12, 2017

Congratulations to Dr. Wind Goodfriend, psychology professor and assistant dean of graduate programs. She will be presenting her empirical research on warning signs of domestic violence at the annual conference for the Society of Personality and Social Psychology. The conference will be this March in Atlanta, Georgia.

Psychology Dept.

International Photography Contest Finalist

Sept. 10, 2017

Emily Kenny, senior Digital Media and Psychology double major, has been named a finalist in the international Shoot the Wild photography contest. The contest is highly competitive and juried 'blind,' meaning no names are associated with the images submitted. All finalists are published in the 2017 Shoot the Wild book of photography. Emily's winning image is one she shot on a month-long environmental and wildlife South African trip she completed in August. Her image depicts two lions devouring a zebra. Congratulations, Emily!

Dr. Andrea Frantz

ICAN FAFSA Assistance Certification

Sept. 8, 2017

Amy Montgomery, Region 3 Financial Specialist, has completed FAFSA training through the Iowa College Access Network Financial Aid Certification Program and has been awarded the FAFSA Assistance Certification. She is listed on the ICAN website as a Certified FAFSA Professional.

Psychology Professor Invited to Speak at Conference

Sept. 1, 2017

Congratulations to Dr. Wind Goodfriend, professor of psychology and assistant dean of graduate programs; she has been asked to give an invited address at two conferences this year. Both conferences have asked Dr. Goodfriend to present on her innovations in the teaching of psychology. The first conference is the meeting of the National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology (in St. Pete Beach, Florida this January) and the second is the meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association (in Chicago this April).

Psychology Dept.

Completion of grad school and internship

Aug. 31, 2017

I am pleased to report that Jacalyn Schubring (a 2016 BVU graduate in music production) just recently completed her master’s degree in recording technology at the University of Colorado in Denver. She was able to complete the two year program in just one year. Since graduating in August she also accepted a position as the Onsite Service Engineer position at Metropolitan State University of Denver with Mechdyne Corporation and will be starting on the 31st! She will be in charge of maintaining a multimillion dollar virtual reality 3-d auditorium. Congratulations on both accomplishments!

Congratulations to Joe Pietz (senior music production student at BVU) for winning a three month internship with Orb Recording Studios in Austin, Texas. Orb studios are one of the largest and most active facilities in Austin where numerous gold records have been made over the years. Some of the biggest musical acts have recorded there. Congratulations to Joe for winning the internship!

Dr. david Klee

BVU’s Storm Lake Business Students Completed Impressive Internships this Summer!

Aug. 21, 2017

Students from The Harold Walter Siebens School of Business have been quite busy this summer. Accounting and finance students interned with Parks Marina; Deloitte; Goal Kick Soccer; Arnold Motor Supply; Buena Vista University; Fastenal; Williams & Company; Rosene, Pickhinke & Peters; Aterra Real Estate; The National World War I Museum and Memorial; Burlington Bees baseball organization; Iowa Falls State Bank; Linn and Associates (Chicago Board of Trade); and Wells Blue Bunny. Marketing and management interns worked for: The Disney College Program, Simonsen Iron Works, the National Association for Gun Rights; The Acre Company; Smokin’ Herford BBQ; Lake Creek Country Club; Redenbaugh Chiropractic; Wells Ag Supply; VT Industries; the Minnesota Zoo, Lincoln Savings Bank; and Storm Lake United.

Take a look at the postings on Facebook.com/bvubusiness for details about each internship.

Congratulations to all business students who took this important step in their career.

Scott Anderson

Director of Business Internships

Dr. Scott A. Anderson

Bread Loaf Writers' Conference Acceptance

Aug. 10, 2017

Assoc. Prof. of English Gwen Hart has been accepted to the 2017 Bread Loaf Writers' Conference to study with poet Garrett Hongo.

English Dept.

Pham Joins Northrop Grumman as a Software Engineer

Aug. 3, 2017

Congratulations to BVU computer science graduate Loc Pham. Loc has accepted a position as a software engineer with Northrop Grumman Corporation, located in Bellevue, Nebraska. This position requires a U.S. security clearance. Loc's primary duties will be to program Web-based software using AngularJS. Well done, Loc, and good luck to you!

BVU Computer Science

Executive Board Position

July 26, 2017

Assistant Prof. of English Dr. Francesca Gentile has been elected to the executive board for the Midwest Writing Centers Association, and she will help to plan the annual conference in Omaha.

The English Dept.

Teaching position accepted

July 11, 2017

Alex Lamp (SL '16) has accepted a position at the Whiting Community School District as Athletic Director and will also be teaching K-12 PE. Congratulations, Alex!

School of Education

Acceptance of Teaching Position

June 16, 2017

Justin Kahl accepted a position teaching kindergarten for Maple Valley-Anthon-Oto for the 2017-18 school year.

School of Education

Acceptance of Teaching Position

June 13, 2017

Jake Lewis accepted a position teaching high school physical education at Winterset CSD.

School of Education

Psychology Professor to Write Third Textbook

June 2, 2017

Congratulations to Dr. Wind Goodfriend, professor of psychology and assistant dean of graduate programs; she has recently signed a contract to write another textbook with SAGE Publishers. The new book will be Dr. Goodfriend's third textbook with SAGE and will focus on how social psychology can be seen in both fictional and non-fictional historical examples and case studies. Dr. Goodfriend will write this book over the course of the coming year during her sabbatical, along with her textbook on close relationships and her second general-audience book on domestic violence research.

Psychology Dept.

Acceptance of Teaching Position

May 30, 2017

Shelby Cooper accepted a position teaching 6 - 12 grade band for Southwest Valley Schools in Corning and Villisca.

School of Education

Kaelee Matney Accepts Employment

May 29, 2017

Kaelee Matney, Senior Social Work graduate, has accepted employment as Early Head Start Home Visitor II with Community Action Agency of Siouxland in Sioux City, Iowa. Congratulations Kaelee!

Social Work Department

James to Intern at Veridian

May 26, 2017

Congratulations to BVU computer science student Ekene John James. Ekene has accepted an internship with Veridian of Spencer, Iowa. He will be assisting with the upgrade of their financial and manufacturing computer systems, as well as gaining exposure to ERP systems, C#, and MS SQL Server. Congratulations, Ekene!

BVU Computer Science

Bobby Ivey ('16) to pursue DPM at DMU

May 25, 2017

Congratulations to Bobby Ivey, Biology major from the class of 2016. Bobby will attend Des Moines University next falll to pursue a Doctorate in Podiatric Medicine degree. Good job Bobby!

Molly Hesnard to pursue Biomedical Sciences Masters

May 25, 2017

Congratulations to Biochemisty major Molly Hesnard for being admitted to the Biomedical Sciences Masters program at Iowa State University. She will begin her studies in Ames later this summer.

Acceptance of Teaching Position

May 24, 2017

Alexis Moreno accepted a position teaching PE at East Mills Jr./Sr. High for the 2016-17 school year.

School of Education

Acceptance of Teaching Position

May 24, 2017

Holly Keenan accepted a position teaching math for the Clay Central Everly school district for the 2016-17 school year.

School of Education

Acceptance of Teaching Position

May 24, 2017

Yadira Alday accepted a position teaching ESL at Storm Lake Elementary School for the 2016-17 School Year.

School of Education

BVU Society for Collegiate Journalists students win national awards

May 22, 2017

Buena Vista University’s media students and organizations received 33 awards in the annual Society for Collegiate Journalists (SCJ) national media contest.