Mackey Awarded Grace Hopper Scholarship

Sept. 30, 2016


BVU junior Computer Science and Mathematics double major Sarah Mackey has been awarded a scholarship to attend the 2016 Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing Conference in Houston, TX. The scholarship is given yearly by the Anita Borg Institute to cover conference registration, travel, meals, and lodging for promising and talented young women who would benefit from attending the conference. Congratulations, Sarah!
- Jason Shepherd

Two Professors Publish "Doctor Who" Book Chapters

Sept. 27, 2016


Congratulations to Dr. Wind Goodfriend, professor of psychology, and to Dr. Miranda Pollock-Raymond, assistant professor of graphic design. They have co-authored a chapter in the book "Doctor Who Psychology: A Madman with a Box." Their chapter is titled, "Weeping Angels, Archetypes, and the Male Gaze." Dr. Goodfriend also contributed a second chapter titled, "By Any Other Name," in which she analyzes the relationship between The Doctor and his companion Rose. The book is now available for pre-purchase on Amazon.com and will be released on November 15th (just in time for the holidays).

- Wind Goodfriend

Student Research Work Recognized

Sept. 19, 2016


Congratulations to Stephanie Steiner and Ashley Lemke whose original research from their Communication Studies Capstone courses were competitively-selected for presentation at the Iowa Communication Association's annual conference in Pella, IA, September 16-17. Steiner's work entitled, “The Filtered Self: What Instagram Postings Reveal about an Individual’s Sense of Identity,” earned the Westphal Top Student Paper Award and will be published in the 2017 Iowa Journal of Communication. Lemke’s work examined the relationship between fathers and daughters who are only children on the effect of the daughter’s future romantic relationships.

- Mary Gill

Psychology Paper to be Published

Sept. 9, 2016


Congratulations to Carlee Brown, 2016 alumna with double majors in criminal justice and psych, and to Dr. Goodfriend, professor of psychology. Their co-authored paper, "A Diabolical and Disordered Personality: John Doe in 'Seven,'" has just been accepted for publication in the Journal of Psychological Inquiry.

- Wind Goodfriend

Graham Earns Women in Leadership Certificate at Case Western

Sept. 8, 2016


Lindsey Graham, senior Corporate Communication and Business Marketing major, received the Women in Leadership Certificate this summer from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. Lindsey was the recipient of the 2015 Wendy C. Waugaman Women and Leadership Development Award and used the funds to travel and attend workshops at Case throughout the past year, including High Impact Leadership for Women, Career Success Strategies for Women in Leadership, Women & Organizational Politics: Developing Power and Influence, and Self Awareness for Women in Leadership. This certificate gives Lindsey the tools necessary for being an adaptive leader and making positive impacts in her profession.

- Beth Lamoureux

Student and Professor Publish Together

Sept. 7, 2016


Congratulations to Patrice Crall (2016 graduate, psychology major and GWST minor), and to Dr. Wind Goodfriend, professor of psychology and assistant dean of graduate studies. Their co-authored paper, "Predicting Reactions to Depression in Others: Mental Health Stigma and Social Distance," has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Psychological Inquiry. Patrice is the first author of the paper and wrote it for Dr. Goodfriend's Advanced Research Thesis course last year.

- Wind Goodfriend

English Graduate Working in University of Iowa Special Collections Library

Sept. 6, 2016


2016 English graduate Paije Wee has landed a job in the University of Iowa Special Collections Library in her first semester in the Library and Information Science Program. Paije will be assisting patrons with research on new and ancient materials, some dating back to the 1500s. Congratulations, Paije!

- Gwen Hart

Conference Presentations

Sept. 6, 2016


The Mental Health Counseling Program faculty are set to present at their regional conferences this October.

Dr. Eran Hanke and Casey Baker will be co-presenting at North Central Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (NCACES). Their presentation title is “Coming together: Building a sense of community in online programs.” This year’s conference will be held in Minneapolis, MN. Casey Baker will be presenting an additional presentation at NCACES entitled “The Innovative Counselor Educator: 15+ online apps that will set your course on fire.”

Dr. Jenny Wagstaff will be presenting at Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (SACES) in October. Her presentation is titled “Counselor education and Title IX.” This year’s SACES conference will be held New Orleans.

- Casey Baker

Psychology Professor to Present at Conference

Sept. 2, 2016


Congratulations to Dr. Wind Goodfriend, who has been invited to present at the annual conference for the Society of Personality and Social Psychology. Her presentation is titled, "The increasing acceptance of case studies in social psychology journals." This year's conference will be held in San Antonio, Texas this January.

- Wind Goodfriend

Turn Off The Television And Read

Aug. 29, 2016


Albert F. Hodapp, Mason City Adjunct Psychology Faculty (1995-2016), will publish his manuscript titled Turn Off The Television And Read in Reading Improvement, Fall 2016 (September), Volume 53, Number 3, pp. 114-120.

- Albert Fred Hodapp

Jerry Quinlan Accepted to CIEE Biology Program in Australia!

Aug. 26, 2016


Congratulations to BVU junior, Jerry Quinlan, on his acceptance to the CIEE Biology and Ecology Field Studies Program in Perth, Australia. Jerry will travel to Perth and participate in this study abroad program throughout spring semester, 2017. Nice job, Jerry!

- Melinda Coogan

Derek Simonsen’s Abstract Accepted for Presentation!

Aug. 26, 2016


Congratulations to BVU senior, Derek Simonsen, on acceptance of his research abstract for presentation at the 7th SETAC World Congress/SETAC North America 37th Annual Meeting in Orlando, FL on November 9, 2016. Derek’s presentation title is “Evidence of DDT resuspension through dredging of a Midwest agricultural lake system.” Nice job, Derek!

- Melinda Coogan

Jennifer Heim Completes Graduate Degree!

Aug. 26, 2016


Congratulations to 2013 BVU graduate Jennifer Heim who completed her M.S. degree in Zoology with a focus in Aquatic Toxicology. The degree was awarded August 5th, 2016, from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, and her thesis title is "Are there fitness costs due to the development of pyrethroid resistance in the non-target aquatic amphipod, Hyalella azteca?" Nice job, Jennifer!

- Melinda Coogan

Vikings Select Three BVU Student Interns

July 28, 2016


Congratulations to seniors, Kassi Kommes (Digital Media), Ashley Lemke (Communication Studies), and Janice Timmerman (Business – Marketing and Sports Management) for being selected as the 2016 Game Day Interns for the NFL’s Minnesota Vikings! Game Day interns assist with various activities during the fall season that include arranging press boxes, delivering game information to media, and recording player/coach interviews. Buena Vista’s partnership with the NFL team’s public relations office continues, thanks in part to 2003 BV graduate Jeff Anderson (Corporate Communication), Executive Director of Communications for the Minnesota Vikings.

This competitive opportunity is open to majors across campus each spring and internship credit is available for those who are selected.

- Lori Berglund

Student and Professor Publish Together

July 26, 2016


Congratulations to 2016 BVU alumna Emily Phipps and to Dr. Wind Goodfriend, professor of psychology. Their co-authored paper, "The Effects Race Has on Student Perceptions of Professor Credibility," has been accepted for publication in The Journal of Psychological Inquiry. The paper is the result of Dr. Goodfriend's Research Thesis course, and Emily will be the first author. Great job, Emily!

- Wind Goodfriend

Morgan Roecker Accepta Position

June 28, 2016


Morgan Roecker, 2016 Social Work Graduate, has accepted a position as a Behavioral Health Intervention Social Worker with Lutheran Services of Iowa. Congratulations Morgan!

- Kathryn McKinley

Book reviewed

June 26, 2016


The Elk and other stories, a short story collection by Michael Tidemann, adjunct instructor at the Online and Professional Studies Estherville campus, recently received favorable reviews in The Bismarck Tribune.

The review is available online at:

http://bismarcktribune.com/entertainment/books-and-literature/short-stories-keep-reader-involved/article_cecdfa30-fb3f-5776-b581-972831845d35.html

- Michael Tidemann

20 Under 40 Award

June 22, 2016


Svitlana Miller, Academic Advisor at Newton, has been chosen as one of Jasper Counties "20 Under 40" recipients for 2016.

This designation honors the accomplishments and acheivements of young men and women under the age of 40 who have demonstrated excellence in their professions and commitment to community service.

Svitlana will be honored at a luncheon sponsored by the Newton Daily News on June 23rd, 2016.

Congratulations Svitlana!

- Stacy Gibbs

Jasmin Ramirez Accepts Position

June 20, 2016


Jasmin Ramirez, 2016 Social Work Graduate, has accepted a position as a Behavioral Health Intervention Social Worker with Lutheran Services of Iowa. Congratulations Jasmin!



- Kathryn McKinley

Student work competitively selected

June 16, 2016


Congratulation to COMM graduates Stephanie Steiner and Jennifer Van Oort and senior Ashley Lemke, whose original work was competitively-selected for presentation at the Iowa Communication Association's annual conference this fall in Pella, IA.

Stephanie's paper, "The Filtered Self: What Instagram Postings Reveal about an Individual’s Sense of Identity," was selected as the TOP submission. She will receive a small cash prize and will have her work published in the 2016 Iowa Journal of Communication. Stephanie’s and Ashley's paper, "A Daughter’s First Love: The Relationship Between Fathers and Daughters Who are Only Children and the Effect on the Daughter’s Future Romantic Relationships" were completed with their second capstone course, Communication Research. Jennifer's work, "Bite into the Believable: How Apocalyptic Character Development in the Walking Dead Mimics Communication in a Believable Way" was completed with her first capstone course, Communication Theory. The students’ works will be featured in top student panels at the September 16-17, Iowa Communication Association Conference in Pella.

- Mary Gill

Psychology Student and Professor Publish Together

June 13, 2016


Congratulations to BVU junior Kyle Wiebers (double major in Psychology and Education Studies) and to Dr. Wind Goodfriend, Professor of Psychology. Their co-authored paper, "Impenetrable Suit, Susceptible Mind: A Personality Analysis of Iron Man," has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Psychological Inquiry. Kyle is the first author on the paper, which was his final project for Dr. Goodfriend's Personality class last year. Great job to both.

- Wind Goodfriend

New Theatre Management Position

May 21, 2016


Kendra Ramthun '05 SL arts management graduate is now the General Manager of the Alliance of Resident Theatres in New York City. Kendra interned with BVU alum and Broadway producer Ben Mordecai during her collegiate career and went on to work with Playwrights Horizons theatre as the Assistant General Manager. She was also the Associate General Manager for the Signature Theatre which won the 2014 Tony Award for outstanding regional theatre during her tenure. Congratulations, Kendra! We are so proud of you!

- Bethany Larson

Kenkel Completes Masters and Accepts Position with Hi-Rez Studios

May 17, 2016


BVU Computer Science alumnus Jonathon Kenkel (SL'14) has completed his Masters degree at the University of Utah's highly acclaimed Entertainment Arts and Engineering program. After commencement, he will join Hi-Rez Studios in Atlanta, Georgia, where he will work on the popular first person shooter game Paladins. This is an outstanding accomplishment! Congratulations, Jon!

- Dr. Jason Shepherd

Greenwalt to Intern for Fareway Information Technology Department

May 17, 2016


Congratulations to BVU Computer Science student Mark Greenwalt. Mark will be interning with Fareway's information technology department in Boone, Iowa, this summer. Mark's primary development duties will involve the use of PHP, MySQL, and JavaScript. Well done, Mark!
- Dr. Jason Shepherd

Blackford Accepts Application Developer Position at Nationwide Insurance

May 17, 2016


Congratulations to BVU Computer Science senior Gary Blackford. Gary has accepted a position as an application developer with Nationwide Insurance in Des Moines, Iowa. Gary will be responsible for building Web applications using Java, Groovy, and the JavaScript/Angular/Node technology stack. Best of luck to you, Gary!
- Dr. Jason Shepherd

Nou Yang Accepts Position

May 9, 2016


Nou Yang, who will graduate in May, 2016, with her degree in social work, has accepted a position as Counselor with Job Corps on the Denison, Iowa campus. Congratulations Nou!

- Kathryn McKinley

Teaching positions accepted

May 9, 2016


The school of education wishes to congratulate a few more spring 2016 graduates who have accepted teaching jobs for the fall:

  • Anna Negrete will be teaching third grade at Storm Lake Elementary School.
  • Sam Lipps will be teaching history at Storm Lake High School.
- Pippa Fineran

Teaching position accepted

May 6, 2016


Shelby Wiederhoeft, a spring 2016 graduate with a major in K-12 Exceptional Student Service and Instruction (ESSI) has accepted a teaching position at the Madelia (MN) Elementary School. She will be teaching early childhood special education there.

Congratulations from the School of Education!

- Pippa Fineran

Teaching position accepted

May 6, 2016


Chelsea Smith, a spring 2016 elementary education graduate, has accepted a position at the Storm Lake Elementary School. She will be teaching second grade in the fall.

Congratulations!

- Pippa Fineran

Brett Pongratz awarded the Fred & Susan Student Study Travel Award

May 5, 2016


Brett Pongratz, a senior majoring in Music production, has just been awarded the Fred and Susan Moore Student Study Travel Award. He will use this money to help him as he serves an internship at Cleopatra records this summer in Los Angeles. Congratulations to Brett!!

- David klee

Myckeal Rake accepts position at BVU

May 5, 2016


Myckeal Rake, a senior who will graduate in May with a major in Music production, has just accepted the position as Digital Media Support Specialist at Buena Vista University. He will be in charge of maintaining and supporting the TV studios, the radio station and recording studios in Lage as well as be in charge of all live sound events on campus. Congratulations to Myckeal!!!

- David klee

Jacalyn Schubring admitted to graduate school

May 5, 2016


Jacalyn Schubring, a graduating senior with a major in Music Education and a minor in Music Production has just been accepted to the University of Colorado at Denver where she will begin to pursue a Master of Science degree in Music production starting in the Fall of 2016. Congratulations to Jacalyn!!

- David Klee

Teaching Position Accepted

May 4, 2016


Ann Pottebaum, a spring 2016 secondary science education major, has accepted a teaching position at Carroll Kuemper. She will be teaching Middle School Science and STEM.

Congratulations!


Denison Site

- Mary Jo Sondag

York Named to Editorial Board

May 4, 2016


Dr. Heather York, Assistant Professor of Biology, has been appointed as a mammal expert to the editorial board of the Northeastern Naturalist, a peer-reviewed journal of biology and natural history. Congratulations to her!

- Heather York

Teaching Position Accepted

May 4, 2016


Jennifer Totten, a spring 2016 Business Education Major with math and science endorsements, has accepted a teaching position at Schleswig Middle School. Jennifer will be teaching 7th and 8th grade math and science.

Congratulations!

Denison Site

- Mary Jo Sondag

Teaching Position Accepted

April 28, 2016


Kelsey Blum, a spring 2016 elementary education major, has accepted a teaching position at the Carroll Middle School. She will be teaching 5-8 SPED.

Congratulations!

- Pippa Fineran

Congratulations Dr. Coogan

April 27, 2016


Dr. Melinda Coogan, Associate Professor of Biology, was recently named as the 128th president of the Iowa Academy of Science. Congratulations, Dr. Coogan.

- Benjamin B. Donath

BVU Student Media Leaders Recognized with Iowa Motion Picture Association Awards

April 22, 2016


The Iowa Motion Picture Association (IMPA) recognizes outstanding creative and technical achievement in Iowa’s moving image production industry, in all its forms—in twenty-one Program Categories and twenty-five Craft Categories. The following BVU student media leaders were honored at the IMPA April 20 awards ceremony.

Animated Entertainment—Short Form

  • Cassie Forsyth (’15) Award of Excellence, “I’m So Disney”

Student Production—College

  • Emily Johnson and Chelsey Goetz, Award of Achievement, “Taking Stage”
  • Zachary T. Schmidt, Award of Achievement, “Stand for Me”

- Dr. Andrea Frantz

Digital Media Students present session at College Media Association Conference in New York, NY

April 22, 2016


Members of the BVU chapter of the Society for Collegiate Journalists presented a session, "Tear Down This Wall: Scaling the Barrier Between Campus and Community" at the 2016 Spring College Media Association national conference in New York, NY. The following students offered the session: Zachary T. Schmidt, Chelsey Goetz, Kiley Wellendorf, Stephanie Steiner, Kassi Kommes, Kaylie Plowman, Skyler Gorsett, and Tanner Hoops which addressed how media outreach can bridge the town-gown gap.

- Dr. Andrea Frantz

BVU Student Media leaders recognized at SPJ Regional Mark of Excellence Awards

April 22, 2016


The Society for Professional Journalists Region 7 recently held its annual Mark of Excellence Awards ceremony in Kansas City. Mark of Excellence awards recognize the nation's best student media work. The following student works were named regional finalists in the national competition.

Television Feature Reporting— Chelsey Goetz, “Small Town Eats and Yummy Treats”

Radio Feature Reporting— Zachary Schmidt, Chelsey Goetz, & Chase Harrison, “Nate Ruess, Next Gen Climate, Reverb and Iowa”

Online Feature Reporting— Kiley Wellendorf, “A guide of love: the bond between a service dog + a freshman in college”

Best Use of Multimedia— Stephanie Steiner & Krystal Schulte (’15) “Living under a rock in the digital age”

Best Independent Online Student Publication— The Tack Online

- Dr. Andrea Frantz

Student Media Leaders place in Society for Collegiate Journalists national contest

April 22, 2016


The Society for Collegiate Journalists recently announced its winners for the 2015-16 national journalism contest. Members of the Buena Vista University SCJ chapter were notified of the following awards at its April 21 induction of new members:

SCJ National Contest Individual Awards

Multimedia News

  • Skyler Gorsett, First Place; “Breaking Stereotypes”
  • Justice Gage and Kyle Wiebers, Second Place; “Questions w/ Kyle: Spina Bifida Awareness"

Photo Slideshow

  • Stephanie Steiner, Third Place; “From Pierce/White to McCorkle: An RA’s Story”
  • Susie Haack, Honorable Mention; “Struggles of a Voice”
  • Morgan McGrew, Honorable Mention; “Juanita Mondragon”

Multimedia Feature

  • Kiley Wellendorf, Second Place; “A Guide of Love”

News Stories

  • Madeleine McCormick and Kylie Wellendorf, Honorable Mention “Students abroad affected by terror attack in Paris”

Continuing Coverage

  • Stephanie Steiner and Aaron Burns (’15), Third Place; “University Prioritization Process”

Feature Stories

  • Kiley Wellendorf, First Place; “A guide of love: the bond between a service dog and a freshman in college”

Sports News

  • Tanner Hoops, Honorable Mention; “Beavers win over Warriors in final seconds”

Radio Sports Package

  • Tanner Hoops, First Place;“BV women’s basketball highlights”
  • Tanner Hoops, Third Place; “Head wrestling coach Jeff Breese interview”

Television Feature Package

  • Chelsey Goetz, Second Place; “Small Town Eats and Yummy Treats”

Television Sports Package

  • Zachary Schmidt, Chris Haberman & Tanner Hoops, Third Place; “BVU Football v. Loras”

SCJ National Contest Overall Excellence Awards

Overall Magazine Excellence

  • Stephanie Steiner and Kiley Wellendorf, Third Place; Immersing Magazine

Overall Online News Website Excellence

  • The Tack Online, Second Place
- Dr. Andrea Frantz

Psychology Student Invited to Visit Research Lab in Vienna

April 21, 2016


Congratulations to Angus Pollock-Raymond, double major in Psychology and Biology, who will be spending a week this summer observing cutting-edge research at the Medical University of Vienna. He will be working with medical doctors in the Transgender Outpatient Clinic in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology. The research project of focus is on gender identity and neuroimaging. Angus' expenses are paid by a generous grant from Kitty Conover, specifically dedicated to research in the social sciences. Upon his return next Fall, Angus will be required to complete a year-long research project in Psychology based on his time in Vienna.

- Wind Goodfriend

Goodfriend Book Chapter Featured on PBS

April 21, 2016


The PBS Digital Show "BrainCraft" has created a video segment highlighting Dr. Wind Goodfriend's co-authored chapter in the upcoming book, "Game of Thrones Psychology." The chapter highlights the importance of self-control and delayed gratification for success in life (or in winning a seat on the Iron Throne). You can watch the video on YouTube through this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UayWymFGIqI

- Wind Goodfriend

Zinn accepts internship with State of Iowa

April 21, 2016


Congratulations to junior public administration major, Hanna Zinn, on accepting a competitive internship with the Iowa Secretary of State's office in Des Moines for this summer. College students from across the state of Iowa applied for this position and only one was selected. She will be working on increasing voter education and younger voter participation in Iowa! We are so proud of you, Hanna!

- Donna Musel

Kellyn Arnold in Ph.D. Program

April 21, 2016


Kellyn Arnold, mathematics major and recent BVU graduate, is completing her Master’s degree in Epidemiology at the University of Leeds, England. Kellyn was recently accepted in the Ph.D. program in Healthcare Studies at Leeds, where her research will focus on using statistical and agent-based modelling to develop methods for causal inference from observational data in the field of epidemiology. Congratulations, Kellyn.

- Benjamin B. Donath

More teaching positions accepted

April 20, 2016


  • Ronda Long-Birdsall, a December 2015 graduate with a 5-12 English/LA degree, has accepted a teaching position with Riverside Community School District. She will be teaching 9-12 English.
  • Cristina Buse, a December 2015 graduate with a 5-12 biology and chemistry teaching degree, has accepted a position at OABCIG HS in Ida Grove. She will be teaching high school physical science and physics.
  • Kieresten Lovan, a spring '16 graduate with an elementary education degree, has accepted a position at West Sioux Elementary in Hawarden. She will be teaching fifth grade.

Congratulations!

- Pippa Fineran

Psychology Students Present at Conference

April 18, 2016


Congratulations to the large group of Psychology majors and minors who have been accepted to present their research projects at the annual Midwestern Psychological Association conference in Chicago. This conference is competitive and only allows a certain number of undergraduates to present, but 100% of the BVU students who submitted projects were accepted. Please send your congratulations to the following students: Mika Millslagle, Maria Trujillo, Bailey Hansen, Carlee Brown, Elizabeth Lopez, Kayleigh Stanek, Patrice Crall, Jamie Rich, and Emily Phipps. Thank you for representing the excellent research going on in the Psychology Department.

- Wind Goodfriend

Psychology and Star Trek

April 14, 2016


Congratulations to Dr. Wind Goodfriend, Associate Professor of Psychology; she has written a chapter in the upcoming book, "Star Trek Psychology: The Mental Frontier." The book, scheduled for publication on June 14, 2016, is now available for pre-order on websites like Amazon.com. Goodfriend's chapter is titled, "Terror Management: Mortality Salience on 'Deep Space 9.'"

- Wind Goodfriend

Bhattacharyya Receives Wabash Grant

April 14, 2016


Dr. Bhattacharyya and three colleagues from institutions across the country have been named recipients of a grant from the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion. This grant will support peer mentoring discussions about issues faced by women of color in the academy, with special attention to pedagogy. Congratulations, Dr. Bhattacharyya!

- Laura Bernhardt

Clark Selected for IT Internship with Nationwide Insurance

April 14, 2016


Congratulations to BVU junior Computer Science major Brady Clark. Brady has accepted a summer internship in the Information Technology department at Nationwide Insurance of Des Moines. Brady's primary duties will involve developing Web-based applications for Nationwide's Agency Solutions group. Well done, Brady!

- Jason Shepherd

Elizabeth Kim awarded NSF REU from Sanford Health

April 14, 2016


Congratulations to Elizabeth Kim for being awarded a National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates Fellowship. Elizabeth was awarded this competitive fellowship for the second summer in a row. She will do her research at Sanford Health in Sioux Falls, South Dakota in the laboratory of Dr. Lance Lee, who studies genetic and molecular causes of the pediatric disorder primary ciliary dyskinesia.

- Brian A. Lenzmeier, Ph.D.

Bernhardt Completes Library Science Degree

April 14, 2016


Dr. Bernhardt has officially completed the work required to graduate this May with a Masters in Library and Information Science from the iSchool at San Jose State University. Congratulations, Dr. Bernhardt!

- Swasti Bhattacharyya

Congratulations to Bonnie Keller for acceptance to professional school

April 14, 2016


Senior Biology major Bonnie Keller has accepted an offer to begin the Doctor of Occupational Therapy program at St. Ambrose University in Davenport, IA. She will begin her studies this summer. Congratulations Bonnie!

- Kristy McClellan

Haer accepted into Pharmacy School

April 12, 2016


Congratulations to BVU junior Morganne Haer, a chemistry major, who has been accepted into Creighton University’s Doctor of Pharmacy program.

- Lisa Mellmann

Konkler Awarded REU Fellowship

April 12, 2016


Congratulations to BVU sophomore Emma Konkler for being awarded a highly competitive National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) in Chemistry at Montana State University. Emma will receive a $5000 stipend and room and board for this 10 week research internship.

- Lisa Mellmann

Wilson Accepted to University of Iowa Graduate Program!

April 12, 2016


Congratulations to Ethan Wilson on his acceptance into the University of Iowa College of Public Health’s Department of Epidemiology graduate program. Ethan will be working in the lab of Dr. Christine Peterson investigating zoonotic diseases by researching Leishmania infections of canines. Nice job, Ethan!

- Melinda Coogan

Umwali accepts chemistry position

April 12, 2016


Congratulations to BVU senior Moira Umwali, a chemistry major, who has accepted a full-time chemistry position at Mangold Environmental Testing in Storm Lake. She will join Mangold after graduation in May.

- Lisa Mellmann

Brinkerhoff Selected as Naturalist Intern!

April 12, 2016


Congratulations to Katelyn Brinkerhoff on being selected to work as a Summer Naturalist Intern with Woodbury County Conservation Board at the Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center. She will be planning and conducting summer day camps and public programming where she will bring environmental awareness to all ages of inquiring minds. Nice job, Katelyn!

- Melinda Coogan

Tuel Selected as Summer Intern at University of North Texas!

April 12, 2016


Congratulations to Olivia Tuel on receiving a summer research placement in the lab of Dr. Pamela Padilla, Associate Professor and graduate research advisor at the University of North Texas. Dr. Padilla maintains an active graduate level research lab that uses Caenorhabditis elegans as a biological model. Nice job, Olivia!

- Melinda Coogan

Mellott Selected as Summer Intern with Transagra!

April 12, 2016


Congratulations to Ryan Mellott on being selected to work as a summer research intern with Transagra under the tutelage of Dr. Jane Caldwell, Director of Research and Development. Ryan will be working for eight weeks conducting microbiological investigations. Nice job, Ryan!

- Melinda Coogan

Heuton Selected as Summer Intern with Iowa Department of Natural Resources!

April 12, 2016


Congratulations to Dallas Heuton on being selected as a Summer Intern at Black Hawk Wildlife Unit of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (IDNR). This internship initiates a more formalized partnership between the IDNR and Buena Vista University in the selection of summer interns. Nice job, Dallas!

- Melinda Coogan

Keller Accepted to St. Ambrose University Graduate Program!

April 12, 2016


Congratulations to Bonnie Keller on her acceptance into the St. Ambrose University Occupational Therapy Doctoral program. Bonnie will begin her graduate work in the fall of 2016. Nice job, Bonnie!

- Melinda Coogan

Wang Selected for NSF-REU Program at the University of South Dakota!

April 12, 2016


Congratulations to Dong Wang on being selected for the University of South Dakota’s NSF-REU Program in Materials Chemistry for the summer of 2016. Dong will be working in the lab of Dr. Miles Koppang investigating research techniques using Mass Spectrometry and Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectrometry. Nice job, Dong!

- Melinda Coogan

Teaching Positions Accepted!

April 11, 2016


The following spring 2016 graduates from the School of Education have secured teaching positions for the fall:

  • Greg Davis, a K-12 Exercise Science major, has accepted a position with South Central Calhoun CSD. He will be the elementary PE teacher at the Rockwell City center.
  • Tina Ageson, an elementary education major with a SPED endorsement, has accepted a position with Newell-Fonda CSD. She will be teaching elementary and middle school special education.
  • Abby Drenth, an elementary education major, has accepted a position with WorldTeach. She will be teaching in American Samoa for one year in an elementary classroom, grade level to be determined.
  • Jared Henkenius, a 5-12 History major, has accepted a position at the Storm Lake Middle School. He will be teaching seventh grade social studies.

Congratulations!

- Pippa Fineran

Position accepted

April 8, 2016


Sydney Crnkovich, a spring '16 K-12 exercise science major, has accepted a position with the Carroll Community Schools for the fall. She will be teaching PE to grades 4-5 for half the day, and she will be working with at-risk kids the other half of her day.

Congratulations!

- Pippa Fineran

Teaching position accepted

April 7, 2016


Wes Onken, a spring '16 math education major, has accepted a teaching position with Sergeant Bluff High School. He will be teaching a variety of math courses there.

Congratulations!

- Pippa Fineran

Teaching position secured

April 7, 2016


Lisa Hare, a spring '16 elementary education major, has accepted a teaching position for the fall at the Storm Lake Middle School. She will be teaching sixth grade English/language arts!

Congratulations!

- Pippa Fineran

Pham Chosen for TransAgra Internship

April 5, 2016


Congratulations to BVU junior Computer Science major Loc Pham. Loc will be interning with TransAgra International in Storm Lake, Iowa. During Loc's internship, he will be building mobile apps for agricultural applications and learning about bioinformatics. Well done, Loc, and good luck!

- Dr. Jason Shepherd

Reding to Intern with ITA Group

April 5, 2016


Congratulations to BVU sophomore Computer Science major Griffin Reding. Griffin has accepted an internship with ITA Group in West Des Moines, Iowa. Griffin's primary responsibilities will be software engineering and business analysis. Congratulations and good luck, Griffin!

- Dr. Jason Shepherd

Spanish Students Present at a Conference

April 5, 2016


6 Students were accepted to present their research at an undergraduate Spanish Conference in Mankato Minnesota. Karla Trujillo, Elizabeth Kim, Alison Wedemeyer, Christian Morales, Danielle Eden and Molly Lewison all submitted papers and were accepted, and their presentations were received with high praise from the audience members. Congratulations.

- Steven Mills

The Grand Prize for the Japanese Speech Contest

April 4, 2016


Congratulations to Yu-Han Wang

Congratulations to Ms. Yu-Han Wang! Yu-Han from Taiwan who is studying English, Art, and Japanese at BVU won the grand prize for the 30th Japanese language speech contest held at the Japan Information Center in Consulate-General of Japan in Chicago on March 26. The title of her speech was “My Contribution to the World” where she talked about her experience of volunteer work in the Tohoku region of Japan where a massive earthquake and tsunami devastated the region in 2011. The result of the speech contest is posted on the homepage of Consulate-General of Japan in Chicago at http://www.chicago.us.emb-japan.go.jp/JIC/spchcont.html. Congratulations to Yu-Han Wang!

- Yuriko Togashi

Psychology Professor to Write Textbook

April 1, 2016


Congratulations to Dr. Wind Goodfriend (Associate Professor of Psychology), who has been offered a contract from Sage Publications to co-author a new textbook on Social Psychology. Sage will provide Goodfriend a generous advance, a high royalties rate, funding to attend conferences and for a summer research assistant, and electronic access to every book and journal published by Sage. The book is scheduled for release in 2018.

- Wind Goodfriend

Hansen Awarded REU Fellowship at CUNY's High Performance Computing Center

March 31, 2016


Congratulations to BVU junior Computer Science and Business double major Colin Hansen. Colin has been awarded a fellowship with the National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program at the City University of New York's (CUNY) College of Staten Island. For participating in this 10-week program, Colin will receive a $5,000 stipend in addition to fully paid lodging, meals, and travel expenses. Colin's research will be conducted at CUNY's High Performance Computing Center in the areas of medical image processing and digital holography. Well done, Colin!

- Dr. Jason B. Shepherd

Graduate School Admission

March 31, 2016


Congratulations to Patrice Crall, psychology major and gender studies minor, who has been accepted into the Clinical Mental Health Counseling masters program at University of Nebraska Omaha. Great job, Patrice!

- Wind Goodfriend

Mackey Awarded Internship

March 31, 2016


Sophomore Mathematics and Computer Science double major Sarah Mackey has been awarded a position with the United States Department of Defense in their prestigious Cryptanalysis and Exploitation Services Summer Program (CES SP). The program provides an opportunity for students to work with professional analysts on real, mission-critical crytanalysis problems. Congratulations, Sarah.

- Benjamin B. Donath

Graduate School Admission

March 31, 2016


Congratulations to Mikaela Millslagle, biology major and psychology minor, who has been accepted into the Iowa State University Masters in Biomedical Sciences program. Great job, Mikaela!


- Wind Goodfriend

Okoboji Entrepreneurial Institute Participants Selected

March 30, 2016


Dr. Michael Whitlatch, Acting Dean of the School of Business, and management professors Dr. Joni Anderson and Dr. Kihwan Kim are pleased to announce the selection of this year’s participants for the Okoboji Entrepreneurial Institute. They are Owen Statlander, Ryan Steim, Janice Timmerman, and Shelby Bradley. Meredith Van Zuiden will serve as an alternate. The Institute will be held August 7-12 at the Iowa Lakeside Laboratory on West Lake Okoboji. They will have the opportunity to observe firsthand the energy and excitement of successful area entrepreneurs while building networking relationships. We are very proud to have these students represent the Siebens School of Business and Buena Vista University at OEI!

- Cindy McDonough

Accepted to Graduate School

March 28, 2016


Austin Delp has been accepted to Arizona State University in the Master of Fine Arts program in Music Theater. Acceptance was based not only on a standard application but a pre-screening video and live audition. Congratulations!

- Merrin Guice

Accepted to Graduate School

March 28, 2016


Nicole Boysen has been accepted to the Master of Music program in vocal performance at the University of Delaware! Acceptance was based not only on a standard application, but pre-screening recording and live audition. Brava!

- Merrin Guice

Psychology Student and Professor Publish Together

March 28, 2016


Congratulations to current BVU Psychology major and Gender Studies minor Patrice Crall and to Dr. Wind Goodfriend, Associate Professor of Psychology. Their co-authored paper, "Lavish Life and Disturbed Disposition: Personality Analysis of Charlie Harper on Two and a Half Men," has just been accepted for publication in the Journal of Psychological Inquiry. Patrice is the first author of the paper.

- Wind Goodfriend

Psychology Professor to Edit Book

March 25, 2016


Congratulations to Dr. Wind Goodfriend, who has been invited by McGraw-Hill to edit the next edition of the book, "Taking Sides: Clashing Views in Social Psychology." Dr. Goodfriend edited the previous edition as well. The book highlights twenty current controversies in the field, provides an article on each side of the debate, and offers critical thinking & discussion questions for each controversy.

- Wind Goodfriend

Game of Thrones Psychology

March 19, 2016


Congratulations to Dr. Wind Goodfriend; she has written two chapters that will appear in the upcoming book "Game of Thrones Psychology." Dr. Goodfriend is the sole author on the chapter "Women of Westeros: Fighting Benevolent and Hostile Sexism" and is co-author on the chapter "Self-Control and the Secret to Winning the Game of Thrones." Published by Sterling, the book is now available on pre-order through Amazon and will be printed for release on April 26, 2016.

- Wind Goodfriend

Position accepted

March 16, 2016


Congratulations to a couple of December grads from the School of Education who have joined the workforce.

Jodie McAndrews, a K-6 elementary education major, has accepted a position as an elementary math interventionist with the East Sac County School District. She is located at the Sac City Elementary.

Ronda Long-Birdsall has accepted a position with St. Albert's High School in Council Bluffs and works in the library there.

Katie (Martin) Smith, a 5-12 all social sciences endorsed graduate, now works for Buena Vista University as an Education Coordinator/Advisor in Denison.

- Pippa Fineran

Full Fellowship to University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign Master of Music Program

March 16, 2016


Stephen Condon has been awarded a full tuition scholarship and a fellowship of $15,000 a year to study Voice Performance in the Master of Music program at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

- Merrin Guice

Accepted to Grad Program

March 16, 2016


Michael Adams, a senior who will graduate in May with a K-12 exercise science degree, has been accepted to Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, GA where he will be in the master's program in kinesiology with a coaching emphasis.

Congratulations from the School of Education at BVU!

- Pippa Fineran

Teaching job accepted!

March 15, 2016


A number of spring 2016 graduates in the School of Education have accepted teaching positions for the fall. Please join us in congratulating them as they prepare to begin their teaching careers in the following locations:

Gable Bonner, a secondary math major, has accepted a position at Estherville Lincoln Central High School where he will be teaching Algebra I, Algebra II, geometry, as well as coaching both football and wrestling.

Ari Butterfield, a K-12 instrumental music major, has accepted a K-12 music position in Doland, SD.

Cole Darrow, a K-12 PE major, has accepted a teaching position at Inman Primary School in Red Oak, IA. Cole will be teaching K-3 PE.

Kelsey Struck, a K-12 instrumental music major, has accepted a teaching position with East Sac County School District where she will be teaching K-6 general music.

- Pippa Fineran

BVU Team participates in CIC Information Fluency Conference

March 15, 2016


A faculty and staff team from BVU was chosen to participate in the Council for Independent Colleges Information Fluency in the Disciplines workshop held in Louisville, KY on March 10-12. This year's workshop focused on infusing information fluency into English and American literature classes. The BVU Team consisted of Dr. Dixee Bartholomew-Feis, Dr. Annamaria Elsden, Dr. Matthew Packer, and Jodie Morin, Library Director.

- Jodie Morin

Psychology Student Accepted to Grad School

March 13, 2016


Congratulations to Psychology senior Bailey Hansen, who has been accepted to the graduate school at Minnesota State University (Moorhead). She will be entering the Master in Science program to become an Education Specialist in School Psychology. Great job, Bailey!

- Wind Goodfriend

Sarah Schlichte awarded University of Iowa Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship

March 9, 2016


Sarah Schlichte, a junior Biology major, was recently awarded a highly competitive, 10-week, Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship at the University of Iowa. She will be working in the Neuroscience Department with Dr. Hanna Stevens. Dr. Stevens runs the Psychiatry and Neurobiological Development lab at U of Iowa's Carver College of Medicine. She uses animal models to understand the impact of prenatal stress, environmental exposures and genes on early childhood behavior and mental health. This award comes with a $3750 stipend and housing provided in the University of Iowa dormitories. Congratulations Sarah!

- Kristy McClellan

Graduate School Acceptance

March 9, 2016


English major Paije Wee has been accepted into the master's degree program for Library and Information Science at the University of Iowa. Congratulations, Paije!

- Gwen Hart

Adamson Accepts Internship with DuPont Pioneer

March 7, 2016


Congratulations to BVU computer science junior Austin Adamson on securing a summer internship with DuPont Pioneer in Johnston, Iowa. Austin will be working on several development teams within DuPont Pioneer to provide client-side and server-side programming in Python, C#, and bash shell scripting. Well done, Austin!

- Jason Shepherd

School of Science Summer Research

March 6, 2016


Congratulations to Victor Espinoza and Molly Hesnard, whose proposals have been selected for the School of Science Summer Research Program. Victor's research on "Effects of Nicotine on A549 Lung Tumor Cells," and Milly's on "Antibiotic Resistance in Bovine Gut Bacteria," will be supervised by Dr. Brian Lenzmeier.

The School of Science.

- Benjamin B. Donath

Braddock awarded Mayo Clinic SURF

March 4, 2016


Congratulations to BVU junior Jacob Braddock for being awarded a highly competitive Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) in the Virology and Gene Therapy Department at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. Jacob will receive a stipend from the Mayo Foundation to support his 10 week research internship this summer in the laboratory of Stephen J. Russell, M.D., Ph.D.

- Brian A. Lenzmeier, Ph.D.

Conference Champion Iowa Army National Guard

March 2, 2016


Moussa Kuyateh recently returned from Basic Combat Training as an Infantry Man at Ft. Benning, Georgia. He also recently won the IIAC conference track championship for the 60 M Indoor event.

This is especially impressive because basic training does not prepare you for sprinting.

- Thomas Gorman

Jaelyn Daggs-Olson Awarded Mayo Clinic SURF

March 2, 2016


Congratulations to BVU junior Jaelyn Daggs-Olson for being awarded a highly competitive Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) in the department of Molecular Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. Jaelyn will receive a stipend from the Mayo Foundation to spend 10 weeks this summer working in the laboratory of Jann Sarkaria, M.D.

- Brian A. Lenzmeier, Ph.D.

George C. Marshall Leadership Conference

Feb. 29, 2016


Senior Cadet Brandy Fowler, a Political Science and Public Administration double major attended the 2016 General George C. Marshall Conference in Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas.

Brandy was selected for this honor based on her academic, social, athletic ability as well as a personal selection by Professor of Military Science LTC Ethan Dial of ISU AROTC. She joins 275 ROTC Cadets, and about 30 West Point Cadets at this three day event.

At the conference, Brandy participated in numerous discussions and lectures focused on shaping the U.S. Military's training and education program. Numerous General Officers, current and retired, as well as former U.S. Army Chiefs of Staff participated in the seminar as well.

- Thomas Gorman

Short Story and Poetry Publications

Feb. 24, 2016


Dr. Gwen Hart's short story "Chuck's Couch" appears in this month's Litro magazine. Her poems and stories have also appeared recently in Eclectically Vegas (Inklings Publishing), Twisted Tales (Raging Aardvark Press), Circe's Lament (Accent Publishing), My Cruel Invention (Meerkat Press), and Spirit of the Horse (Finishing Line Press).

- Gwen Hart

Rochelle Nieheus Admitted to Graduate School

Feb. 19, 2016


Rochelle Nieheus, 2013 BVU social work graduate, has been admitted to the School of Social Work at University of Southern California to pursue her master of social work degree. Congratulations Rochelle!

- Kathryn McKinley

Accepted to Graduate School

Feb. 18, 2016


Veronica King has been accepted to the history graduate program at the University of York in York England. The University of York is a research-intensive university "committed to becoming one of the world's leading institutions for inspirational and life-changing research." She will begin her work there in British women's history in Fall 2016. Congratulations, Veronica!

- Dixee Bartholomew-Feis

Laursen Accepted to Graduate School with Scholarship

Feb. 17, 2016


Blake Laursen was accepted into the chiropractic program at Cleveland University in Overland Park, KS, and will begin the program in September, 2016. He also received a $10,000 D.C. Recruitment Scholarship Award! This award is extremely competitive and only awarded to four first-time students entering their first trimester of the Doctor of Chiropractic degree program. Congratulations, Blake!

- Melinda Coogan

Wellendorf Wins Professional Award

Feb. 10, 2016


Congratulations to Digital Media junior Kiley Wellendorf who won second place in the Best General Features category in the Iowa Associated Press Managing Editors 2015 News Writing Contest for her feature article "Making Memories with Myles" written for the Carroll Daily Times Herald during her summer 2015 internship. Kiley's honor was announced at the annual Iowa Newspaper Association convention and awards ceremony in Des Moines. This award is for newspaper professionals. Congrats, Kiley!

- Jamii Claiborne

Media Students Awarded

Feb. 10, 2016


Congratulations to the 22 BVU Digital Media students who won 33 different 2015 Iowa College Media Association awards for their media work. The storytelling the students created for UCN, KBVU and The Tack ONLINE garnered 10 Honorable Mentions, six Third Place awards, six Second Place awards and nine First Place awards. The group also one to major overall awards including the First Amendment Award for KBVU and the Multimedia Organization of the Year Award for The Tack ONLINE. This marks the fourth year in a row The Tack has brought home that honor. First Place winners included: Justice Gage, Kiley Wellendorf, Madeleine McCormick, Kylee Deering, Stephanie Steiner, Juwan Ocegueda, Susie Haack and Tanner Hoops. Congrats to all!

- Jamii Claiborne

English major Kacee Baker publishes story

Feb. 4, 2016


Congratulations to BVU English major Kacee Baker for publishing her fine short story "The Red Hat" this week in the online literary journal Mad River Review. MMR is a long-running periodical, published by Wright State University, currently focusing on speculative fiction. Baker's story can be found online at http://corescholar.libraries.wright.edu/mrr/vol1/iss1/5/.

- Matthew Packer

Miranda Olson accepts LSI position

Feb. 4, 2016


Miranda Olson, December 2015 BVU social work graduate, has accepted a position with Lutheran Services of Iowa as a Behavioral Health Intervention Services worker. Congratulations Miranda!

- Kathryn McKinley

Congratulations to Dr. Melanie Hauser and Cale Ewald

Feb. 1, 2016


Congratulations to Dr. Melanie Hauser and Cale Ewald. Through a competitive application process, Dr. Melanie Hauser has been selected to participate in the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine FUTURE in Biomedicine program. The FUTURE (Fostering Undergraduate Talent - Uniting Research and Education) program develops research and learning partnerships between professors from Iowa colleges and faculty of the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine through work on joint research projects. In addition, the program supports a talented undergraduate from the college professor's home institution to participate in the project. Junior chemistry major Cale Ewald will join Dr. Hauser in this collaborative research experience at the Carver College of Medicine this summer. Congratulations Dr. Hauser and Cale.

The School of Science

- Benjamin B. Donath

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

Jan. 28, 2016


The Clifford A. Rae Harold Walter Siebens School of Business Academic Achievement Award is awarded to high-performing declared School of Business majors who meet specified guidelines. The winners for the 2015 calendar year are: Second Year students Keely Bycroft, Nyajime Jangjuol, and Alexandra Wahlert; Third Year students Colin Hansen, Mai Chee Yang and Sean Morgan; and Fourth Year students Callie Hoffman, Alec Sindelar, and Lan Nguyen. We commend and congratulate these students for their outstanding effort and performance.

- Cindy McDonough

Pinnacle College Media Awards Winner

Jan. 28, 2016


Buena Vista’s UCN Studios received First Place in the “Best TV Entertainment Program” category for the 2015 Pinnacle College Media Awards. Congratulations to Morgan McGrew, Gibson Berns and Chelsea Gubbels for being recognized as the best individual work for collegiate media in entertainment programming for their TV special, “Gnarly Charlie’s”. The individual Pinnacle Awards were announced at the Fall National College Media Convention in Austin, Texas.

- Jerry Johnson

Clifford A. Rae School of Science Academic Achievement Award

Jan. 28, 2016


Clifford A. Rae School of Science

Academic Achievement Award Winners

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 for the 2015 calendar year are:

Second-Year student winners: Christian Kladstrup, Dong Wang, Emma Konkler

Third-Year student winners: Michelle Clinesmith, Sarah Schlichte, Jaelyn Olson

Fourth-Year student winners: Joseph Hindman, Blake Laursen, Carolyn McDermott

Congratulations to these students for their excellent academic performance.

Benjamin B. Donath

Dean of the School of Science

- sue

Stacy Gerling Admitted to Graduate School

Jan. 5, 2016


Stacy Gerling, 2014 BVU social work graduate, has been admitted to the School of Social Work at St. Ambrose University to pursue her master of social work degree. Congratulations Stacy!

- Kathryn McKinley

Poster Presentation at a Professional Conference

Dec. 19, 2015


Machensey Shelgren, a senior student in Criminal Justice and Psychology major, presented her poster "The Prevalence and Motivation of Uncommon Sexual Stimuli in the Fetish Community" at the annual meeting of the American Society of Criminology on November 26th. Her poster drew a large audience and Kenzie presented her research nicely. It was quite a success! Congratulations, Kenzie!!

- Miyuki Vamadevan Arimoto

Psychology Project Wins Award

Dec. 14, 2015


Congratulations to psychology alumnus Casey Paprocki (class of 2014) and Dr. Wind Goodfriend, associate professor of psychology. Their co-authored research paper, "Testosterone and Sex Differences in Spatial Navigation," has won the Dahl Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research. The paper, which was the result of Casey's year of work in Dr. Goodfriend's "Advanced Research Thesis" class, was recently published in the Journal of Psychological Inquiry, with Casey as the first author.

- Wind Goodfriend

"A Christmas Carol" on Soundcloud

Dec. 8, 2015


"A Christmas Carol" is now available on Soundcloud. This production was conceived by Dr. Andrea Frantz and Dr. Bethany Larson and accomplished through the talents of 43 people including BVU students, faculty, staff and children of BVU faculty. The Soundcloud link is https://soundcloud.com/kbvu-97-5-the-edge/christmas-carol-radio-drama.

- Bethany Larson

Simonsen Awarded 2015 EPA Greater Research Opportunities (GRO) Fellowship

Nov. 18, 2015


Congratulations to BVU’s junior biology major Derek Simonsen who was selected as one of 30 undergraduate students from throughout the United States to receive the 2015 EPA GRO Fellowship! Derek will receive financial support for his junior and senior years of undergraduate study and for an internship at an EPA research facility during the summer of his junior year. The fellowship provides $20,700 of support per academic year and $8,600 of support for a three-month summer internship, which includes travel funds for presentation at a national conference chosen by the student fellow. Excellent work, Derek!

- Melinda Coogan

Five Band Members Selected to Iowa Collegiate Honor Band

Nov. 12, 2015


Five BVU band members were selected to the 22nd annual Iowa Collegiate Honor Band. Selected include: Jacalyn Schubring – flute/piccolo – is a senior instrumental music education major; Kelsey Struck – French Horn – is a senior instrumental music education major; Shelby Cooper – clarinet – is a junior instrumental music major; Rachel Kehrberg – clarinet – is a freshman clarinet performance and biology major; and Brandon Glienke – trombone – is a freshman math major.

Rehearsals and the final performance will be held in the Josephine Tope Community Auditorium attached to the Nevada High School in Nevada , IA on Friday and Saturday Nov. 20-21. The Finale concert will be held on Saturday Nov. 21 at 2PM at the same location. Admission is free and open to the public.

This years guest conductor is Scott Weiss. Dr. Weiss is the Director of Bands and Sarah Bolick Smith Distinguished Professor of Music at the University of South Carolina where he conducts the USC Wind Ensemble

- Jerry Bertrand

NASP 2016 Annual Convention Presenter

Nov. 11, 2015


Albert Hodapp, adjunct psychology instructor at the Mason City site has been selected as a NASP (National Association of School Psychologists) 2016 Annual Convention presenter. The 2016 NASP Convention is located in New Orleans, LA. Al's presentation will take place on February 10, 2016 and is titled Nature and Green Ribbon Schools. Congratulations Al on your achievement!

- Taylor Williams

Bernhardt Book Review to appear in the British Journal of Aesthetics

Nov. 6, 2015


Assoc. Professor of Philosophy Laura Bernhardt's review (solicited by the reviews editor) of Jeannette Bicknell's The Philosophy of Song and Singing: An Introduction (Routledge, 2015) will appear in an upcoming issue of The British Journal of Aesthetics (Oxford University Press).

Founded in 1960, the British Journal of Aesthetics is highly regarded as an international forum for debate in philosophical aesthetics and the philosophy of art. The Journal is published to promote the study and discussion of philosophical questions about aesthetic experience and the arts. (http://bjaesthetics.oxfordjournals.org/)

- Laura Bernhardt

Bernhardt Paper To be Presented at 2016 SWPACA Conference

Oct. 15, 2015


Laura Bernhardt (Philosophy & Religion) will be presenting her paper, “Here’s Looking at You, Dean: Gaze as Character Development in the Directorial Work of Kim Manners on Supernatural,” at the 37th Annual Southwestern Popular/American Culture Conference in Albuquerque, NM (Feb 10-13, 2016).

- Laura Bernhardt

Computer Science Professor Publishes Paper on Computer Hacking Contests

Oct. 8, 2015


Dr. Nathan Backman's paper, "Facilitating a Battle Between Hackers: Computer Security Outside of the Classroom," has been accepted for publication at the Association for Computing Machinery's conference for the Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education. This work features the development and growth of the BVU Capture the Flag computer security contest that has grown over the past three years to accommodate 70 students from 4 universities competing at three contest sites distributed across the nation. He will present this work in Memphis, TN in March of 2016.

- Nathan Backman

Computer Science Professor Contributes to Problem Set of International Programming Contest

Oct. 8, 2015


Dr. Nathan Backman has contributed his algorithmic programming problem, "Torn to Pieces," to the North American Qualifier of the Association for Computing Machinery's International Collegiate Programming Contest. Of the 702 participating teams, 228 solved the problem. This problem had the distinction of incurring, on average, more incorrect submission attempts prior to a successful submission than any other problem.

- Nathan Backman

Psychology Student and Professor Publish Together

Oct. 5, 2015


Congratulations to BVU psychology alumna Arielle Butler (class of 2010) and Dr. Wind Goodfriend, Associate Professor of Psychology. Their co-authored paper "Long Distance vs. Proximal Romantic Relationships: Predicting Commitment, Investments, and Bias" has just been published in the journal "Modern Psychological Studies."

- Wind Goodfriend

Poetry Publications

Oct. 5, 2015


Dr. Gwen Hart's poem "The Last Payphone" appears in the Fall 2015 issue of Measure: A Review of Formal Poetry. Her poem "Three" has been published this month in the Imaginary Numbers issue of Right Hand Pointing.

- Gwen Hart

Forthcoming Publication

Oct. 5, 2015


Dr. Bhattacharyya and Dr. Forrest Clingerman (Ohio Northern University) co-wrote “Political Involvement, the Advocacy of Process and the Religion Classroom,” a chapter in their 2006-2007 Wabash Fellows' Oxford University Press publication: Teaching Civic Engagement. This book is the culmination of several years of collaboration, supported by a grant from the Wabash Center for Teaching & Learning In Theology & Religion.

- Swasti Bhattacharyya

Machensey Shelgren Receives the William and Lavina Wesselink Student Development Award

Sept. 25, 2015


Congratulations to Machensey Shelgren for being granted the Wesselink Student Development award. She will present her research on the fetish community that bridges criminology and psychology at the American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting in Washington D.C. Congratulations, Machensey!!

- Miyuki Vamadevan Arimoto

Publication

Sept. 24, 2015


"The Golden Years", a short story by Estherville campus adjunct instructor Michael Tidemann, appears in the fall issue of the Boston-based online literary magazine thewriteplaceatthewritetime.org/fiction.html

Tidemann's work has regularly appeared in the publication for the last three and a half years. The magazine has readers in 69 countries.

- Michael Tidemann

Tech Trek Science Camp Coming to BVU!

Sept. 22, 2015


The Storm Lake Branch of AAUW has been awarded a $10,000 Tech Trek Summer STEM Grant for a one-week science camp experience that will serve middle school girls, to be held on BVU campus July 17-23, 2016! Only one location per state, with the exception of California, is selected to serve as a Tech Trek site, so we have the opportunity to highlight our region of Iowa and serve young women of our state. The Tech Trek committee members working toward implementation are Director Melinda Coogan, Co-Director Lori Berglund, Volunteer Coordinator Jennifer McNabb, Student and Family Coordinator Tracy Thomas, Fundraising Coordinators James and Patricia Hampton, Social Media Coordinator Andrea Frantz, and Marketing Coordinator Pam Asmussen.

- Melinda Coogan

Morin presents at webinar

Sept. 15, 2015


Jodie Morin, Library Director, presented a session entitled "The Four (or Five?) B's: Preparing for the Research Process," at a webinar featuring innovative reference services sponsored by the publishers of Credo Reference. The session stressed the importance of background research before students launch into gathering sources for research projects. This strategy was originally devised for use with Dr. Packer's English 100 class.

- Jodie Morin

Poetry Book Award and Publication

Sept. 9, 2015


Dr. Gwen Hart's second poetry collection, The Empress of Kisses, has won the 2015 X.J. Kennedy Award from Texas Review Press. The manuscript was chosen by judge Beth Ann Fennelly, and the book will be published in 2016.

- Gwen Hart

Sahara Scott to perform her original one woman show: "The Family Cookbook"

Sept. 7, 2015


Sahara Sista Sols (Sahara Scott) will perform her original one woman show, "The Family Cookbook", at UrbARTS in St. Louis Oct. 22-25. Sahara is a spoken word artist and performer, and this is a culmination of work she has done since she left BVU. Congratulations on this creative achievement, Sahara!

- Bethany Larson

Poetry Publication

Sept. 2, 2015


Dr. Gwen Hart's poem "Devotion" was published this week in the September issue of Clementine Poetry Journal.

- Gwen Hart

Psychology Professor and Alumna to Present at Research Conference Together

Aug. 27, 2015


Congratulations to Dr. Wind Goodfriend, associate professor of psychology, and recent alumna Stephanie Anders (triple major in psychology, education, and history). Their paper, "Self-Sexualization of Young Women: A Cross-Cultural Study" has been accepted for presentation at the annual conference for the Society for Personality and Social Psychology. This research, which included participants from both BVU and a college in South Korea, was Stephanie's Honors project. The conference will take place in San Diego, California this coming January (after Dr. Goodfriend returns from the Europe Jterm trip).

- Wind Goodfriend

Packer reviews Markovits novel

Aug. 27, 2015


Dr. Matthew Packer last week published a review article on Benjamin Markovits’s new novel You Don’t Have to Live Like This for the New Zealand Listener. Set in Detroit, the timely story tells of an idealistic urban renewal effort that slides into vigilantism and racial division and is one of the best American novels in years.

- Matthew Packer

Poetry Publications

Aug. 26, 2015


Dr. Gwen Hart's poem "Messages" appears in the anthology Amethyst and Agate: Poems of Lake Superior (Holy Cow! Press). Her poem "June Galaxy" is featured Friday, August 28th, in the online poetry journal One Sentence Poems (www.onesentencepoems.com).

- Gwen Hart

1st Place Finish as Best Performing Company

Aug. 19, 2015


Congratulations to Michelle Gonzales, Vanessa Smock, and Aaron Cook from GPS-Newton on a first-place finish as the overall best-performing company in the GLO-BUS simulation. In addition, they achieved the best Return on Equity, the 3rd best Stock Price, and the 6th best Earnings Per Share against 407 teams from 33 colleges/universities worldwide. As an Industry Champion, this team is eligible to compete in the next Best-Strategy Invitational.

GLO-BUS is a global business simulation that allows students to experience management of a global camera corporation and realize the effects of strategic decisions. The co-managers of each company are responsible for assessing market conditions, determining how to respond to the actions of competitors, forging a long-term direction and strategy for their company, and making decisions relating to:

  • R&D, camera components, and camera performance
  • Assembly operations and worker compensation