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.

- Wind Goodfriend

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.

- Marlise Witham

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!

- Kathryn McKinley

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!

- Jason Shepherd

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!

- Brian A. Lenzmeier, Ph.D.

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.

- Brian A. Lenzmeier, Ph.D.

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.

- Marlise Witham

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.

- Marlise Witham

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.

- Marlise Witham

BVU Society for Collegiate Journalists students win national awards

May 22, 2017


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

SCJ’s national contest entries are judged by professionals in the media industry. The organization currently has more than 100 chapters across the nation, and all active members are eligible to enter original works in the contest. Each chapter may submit up to three entries per category, with more than 50 categories covering all media formats. The national contest does not distinguish divisions by the size of the school or chapter.

Online News Website Overall Excellence

· Third place: The Tack Online

Multimedia News Story

· First place: Justice Gage

· Second place: Emily Johnson; Madeleine McCormick; and Nathan Connelly, Class of 2016

Multimedia Feature Story

· Second place: Madeleine McCormick and Deidree Friesen

· Honorable mention: Madeleine McCormick; Emily Johnson; and Brittany Poeppe

Multimedia Sports Story

· First place: Christopher Habermann

· Third place: Christopher Habermann

Photo Slideshow

· Honorable mention: Skyler Gorsett

Multimedia Series

· Second place: Christopher Habermann

Continuing Coverage

· Third place: Lindsey Graham, Deidree Friesen; and Madeleine McCormick

Column or Commentary

· First place: Lindsey Graham

Features (excluding sports)

· Third place: Deidree Friesen

Sports News Writing

· Honorable mention: Tanner Hoops,

News Photography/Individual Image

· Second place: Justice Gage

Feature Photography/Individual Image

· Honorable mention: Justice Gage

Radio News Package

· First place: Tiffany Brauckman, Zachary Schmidt, (Class of 2016); Brittany Poeppe; and Mackenzie Rappe

· Second place: Madeleine McCormick

· Third place: Tiffany Brauckman

Radio Feature Package

· First place: Madeleine McCormick and Tiffany Brauckman

· Second place: Kylee Deering, and Spencer Lee

· Third place: Deidree Friesen and Tiffany Brauckman

Radio Sports Package

· First place: “Friday Night Hoops” Tanner Hoops and Andrew Bandstra

· Third place: “Inside Beaver Baseball” Tanner Hoops

· Honorable mention: “KBVU’s Tanner Hoops Talks with Minnesota Twins Broadcaster Dick Bremer” Tanner Hoops

Commercial, Promotion and Public Announcement

· Second place: Jasmine Bautista and Mackenzie Rappe

· Third place: Tiffany Brauckman

· Honorable mention: Tanner Hoops

Television, Promotion & PSA

· First place: Jasmine Bautista and Christopher Habermann

· Second place: “UCN Sports Promo” Morgan McGrew,

· Third place: “First Amendment Week Promo” Morgan McGrew

Television Feature Package

· First place: Morgan McGrew

Television Sports Package

· First place: Christopher Habermann

· Second place: Spencer Bottorff

- Dr. Andrea Frantz

Keith Foreman recieves PhD in Physics

May 18, 2017


The Physics program is proud to announce that Keith Foreman (SL'10) received his PhD in Physics from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Keith has accepted a post doc with Thomas Jefferson National Laboratory where he will be building an optical polarimeter that will be used to calibrate their polarized electron beam. Congratulations Keith!

- Shawn Stone

Yuta Tomii accepted to M.S. program

May 18, 2017


The Physics program is proud to announce that Yuta Tomii (SL'16.5) has been accepted into the M.S. program in Atmospherics at the University of Nevada, Reno. There he will study weather and climate and develop models that predict weather patterns. Congratulations Yuta!

- Shawn

Psychology/Criminal Justice Student Accepted for Graduate School

May 17, 2017


Congratulations to Psychology/Criminal Justice double major Machensey Shelgren (May 2016 graduate), who has been accepted for the Clinical Psychology M.A. program at Minnesota State University, Mankato. She accepted a Research Assistantship position with the Department of Education Studies: K-12 & Secondary Programs. Machensey begins the program this Fall. Congratulations, Kenzie!

- Miyuki Vamadevan Arimoto

Graduate Assistantship Position Accepted

May 15, 2017


Congratulations to recent graduate Jake Rosburg for his acceptance into the University of South Dakota Kinesiology and Sport Management Master's Program. Jake will be teaching and performing research with in the kinesiology and sport management program. Congrats Jake!

- Jamie Schoenherr

Casey Baker Accepts Award and will Present at Nation Conference

May 12, 2017


Casey Baker's proposal was accepted for the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision for this year’s national conference in October. The presentation, Career beliefs of Counseling Students: Implications for training of future counselors, is based off of research she conducted at Minnesota State University.

Baker was also recently at Minnesota State to accept the Dr. Richard Annis Research award from the Department of Counseling and Student Personnel. Congratulations, Casey!

- julie finnern

Beenken Accepted into Clinical Exercise Physiology Program

May 11, 2017


Congratulations to Alexis Beenken for being accepted into the Masters of Science in Clinical Exercise Physiology Program at University of Wisconsin River Falls! Congratulations Alexis!

- Jamie Schoenherr

Acceptance of Teaching Position

May 9, 2017


Haley Kohlmeyer, senior in the School of Education, accepted a position teaching fourth grade at Storm Lake Elementary School for the 2017-18 school year.

- Marlise Witham

Acceptance of Teaching Position

May 3, 2017


Mackenzie Reed, senior in the School of Education, accepted a positoin teaching preschool for the Jackson County Central School District in Jackson, Minnesota.

- Marlise Witham

Amy Dreessen

May 1, 2017


Amy Dreessen, Le Mars Elementary Education major, has accepted a ECSE/PK teaching postion at Sibley-Ocheyedan Elementary School. Congratulations and best wishes as you transition into this new position!

- Hannah Foster

Cale Ewald to attend M.D. program at UNMC

May 1, 2017


Congratulations to senior chemistry major Cale Ewald for being admitted to the University of Nebraska Medical Center Medical Doctor (M.D.) program. Cale will begin his studies in Omaha later this summer. Great job Cale!

- Brian A. Lenzmeier, Ph.D.

Psychology Major to Serve the Country in U.S. Army

May 1, 2017


The Psychology Department is proud to share that Dylan Gapinski, upcoming May graduate, will be serving the country in the U.S. Army by August. Dylan plans to join the special forces and will participate in officer training in the future. Thank you in advance for your service to all of us, Dylan.

- Dylan Gapinski

Psychology Grad Lands Job

May 1, 2017


Congratulations to upcoming May grad Evan Ferneau, psychology major. Evan has been hired as a Behavioral Technician at the Pier Center for Autism in Sioux City, IA. He will begin immediately after graduation. Great work, Evan.

- Wind Goodfriend

Criminal Justice Minor Student Accepted for Graduate School

May 1, 2017


Congratulations to Psychology major/Criminal Justice minor Sa Phan (December 2014 graduate), who has been accepted for the Master of Criminal Justice program at Washburn University, Kansas! Sa begins the program this Fall. Congratulations, Sa!

- Miyuki Vamadevan Arimoto

Spanish professor publishes article

April 28, 2017


Congratulations to Dr. Jared White, Assistant Professor of Spanish, who recently published an article in the Hispanic Edition of Modern Language Notes (132.2) titled "Inaudible Resistance: How La Cava Found Her Voice." The article applies Spivak's theory of the subaltern to the story of La Cava, a fundamental figure in the development of the Spanish civilization.

- Jared White

Kayla Hicks Passes Board of Certification Exam

April 28, 2017


Kayla Hicks, a senior student in athletic training, has passed her board of certificaiton exam for athletic training. The certification exam for athletic training is very rigorous and assess future athletic trainers knowledge in a variety of medical and exercise science related areas. Congratulations to Kayla Hicks on this outstanding achievement!

- Jim Farnsworth

Congratulations to Jamie Schoenherr, Human Performance Faculty member, on receiving the IATS Educator of the Year Award

April 27, 2017


Congratulations to Jamie Schoenherr, human performance faculty member, for receiving the Iowa Athletic Trainers' Society Educator of the Year Award. This award is offered to a single member of the IATS that has demonstrated outstanding abilities in educating future athletic trainers. This honor will be presented during the Iowa Athletic Trainer Society Awards Dinner on June 2nd in West Des Moines.

- Jim Farnsworth

Acceptance of Teaching Position

April 26, 2017


Kate Shannon has accepted a postiion teaching special education for Alta-Aurelia school district for the 2017-18 school year.

- Marlise Witham

Graduate School Acceptance

April 26, 2017


Senior English major and Gender and Women's Studies minor Kacee Baker has been accepted into the Master's program in English at West Virginia University with a teaching assistantship. Congratulations, Kacee!

- Gwen Hart

Acceptance of Teaching Position

April 26, 2017


Liz Riessen accepted a position teaching as the middle/high school PE and health teacher, as well as, the head volleyball coach in Audubon, Iowa.

- Marlise Witham

Acceptance of Teaching Position

April 26, 2017


Andreya Harms has accepted a postion teaching K-6 general music for East Sac County Schools.

- Marlise Witham

Danielle Coyne Accepts Employment

April 26, 2017


Danielle Coyne, Senior Social Work student, has accepted employment as a Family Permanency Specialist with Nebraska Families Collaborative in Omaha, Nebraska. Dani will begin working on May 30, 2017. Congratulations Dani!

- Kathryn McKinley

Acceptance of Teaching Position

April 26, 2017


Madison Gates accepted a position teaching elementary ESL at Norman Borlaug Elementary in Iowa City, Iowa.

- Marlise Witham

Kori Thompson Accepts Teaching Position

April 25, 2017


Kori Thompson, Spencer Elementary Education Graduate, has accepted a 3rd grade teaching position at Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn begining Fall of 2017! Congratulations Kori!

- Emily Hamerlinck

Biology Majors Present Research at the 129th Iowa Academy of Science Conference

April 25, 2017


Congratulations to the following BVU Biology Majors on abstract acceptance and research presentations at the 129th Annual Conference of the Iowa Academy of Science (IAS) that was held on the campus of University of Northern Iowa April 21 – 22: Michelle Clinesmith, Victor Espinosa, Kathryn Keller, Erin Morley, Taylor Nelson, Fabian Salazar, Sarah Schlichte, Derek Simonsen, Olivia Tuel, and Cortney Weaver. According to the IAS Executive Director, Craig Johnson, this year’s number of presenters was at an all-time high, which allowed our students to engage in thought-provoking research discussions and serve as excellent ambassadors of BVU! Nice job!

- Dr. Melinda Coogan

Psychology Professor Publishes Book Chapter

April 25, 2017


Congratulations to Dr. Wind Goodfriend, Professor of Psychology and Assistant Dean of Grad Programs, who has just had a book chapter accepted for publication. The chapter is co-authored by BVU psychology alumna Melanie Boysen and is titled "Hunting for Identity." It includes the application of Erikson's Stages of Identity Theory to the Winchester brothers of the TV show "Supernatural" and will appear in the upcoming book "Supernatural Psychology" published by Sterling.

- Wind Goodfriend

Jerich Awarded Nationwide Insurance Internship

April 25, 2017


Congratulations to BVU computer science student Austin Jerich. Austin was recently awarded a summer internship with Nationwide Insurance of Des Moines, Iowa. During his internship, Austin will be serving as a Web developer and will be programming in Groovy. Well done, Austin!

- Jason B. Shepherd

Hansen Accepted to Vanderbilt Computer Science Ph.D. Program

April 25, 2017


Congratulations to BVU computer science senior Colin Hansen on his acceptance to the Ph.D. program in computer science at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. Best of luck to Colin on the start of what will undoubtedly be a splendid career!

- Jason B. Shepherd

Acceptance of Teaching Position

April 24, 2017


Taylor Chamberlin, a BVU senior, has accepted a position teaching high school English at Ridge View High School in Holstein, Iowa.

- Taylor Chamberlin

Aaron Giese Accepts Teaching Position

April 24, 2017


Aaron Giese, Le Mars Post Baccalaureate Business Education major, has accepted a high school business teaching position at Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire High School. Best wishes as you step into this new position!

- Hannah Foster

Elizabeth Kim to attend M.D. program at the University of Minnesota

April 24, 2017


Congratulations to Biology and Spanish couble major Elizabeth Kim. After weighing her options, she has accepted admission to the University of Minnesota M.D. program in the Twin Cities. She willl begin her studies there in August.

- Brian A. Lenzmeier, Ph.D.

Andreya Harms Accepts Teaching Position

April 24, 2017


Andreya Harms has accepted a teaching position with the East Sac Community School District for the 2017-2018 school year. Her duties will include Elementary General Music K-6

- Jerry Bertrand

Accepted a Teaching Position

April 24, 2017


Matt Tennyson has accepted a 5th grade teaching position at Granada Huntley East Chain for the 2017-18 school year.

- Marlise Witham

Graduate Assistantships

April 21, 2017


Congratulations to both Madison and Mallory Spears! Madison and Mallory have been offered graduate assistantships for the graduate program at Wayne State College. They will begin their studies in Fall of 2017.

- Jim Farnsworth

Student Accepted into Mercy College

April 18, 2017


Congratulations to Paige Fast, a senior human performance student, on her recent acceptance into the BSN program at Mercy College. She will begin her full-time studies in Fall of 2017.

- Jim Farnsworth

Sarah Schlichte to attend UNMC PhD program

April 14, 2017


Sarah Schlichte, a senior Biology major has chosen to pursue her PhD at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. She will be joining the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences and will receive full tuition paid and a $26,500 yearly stipend. Congratulations Sarah!

- Kristy McClellan

Ryan Mellott to study cognitive science in Ireland

April 14, 2017


Ryan Mellott, a senior Biology major has been accepted to the Cognitive Science masters degree program at University College Dublin in Dublin, Ireland. Congratulations Ryan! We wish you well as you continue your education in Ireland.

- Kristy McClellan

Philosophy and Religion graduate Accepted at Moody Theological Seminary

April 13, 2017


Jestin Thomas (a Philosophy and Religion major who graduated in Dec. 2016) has been accepted at Moody Theological Seminary (Moody Bible Institute).

Moody Bible Institute (HLC-accredited) "has been preparing students for ministry since 1886, with a combination of biblical knowledge and practical training" at its main campus in Chicago, its undergraduate extension in Spokane, and a seminary campus in Michigan, as well as providing distiance-learning opportunities.

Congratulations, Jestin! Well done!

- Laura M. Bernhardt

Cassie Eckerman Accepts Teaching Position

April 12, 2017


Cassie Eckerman, Spencer Elementary Education major, has accepted a 2nd grade teaching position at Kathryn Sue Simonton Elementary School in San Tan Valley, AZ for the 2017-2018 school year.

- Emily Hamerlinck

Shania Wunschel to Present at Iowa Association of Community Providers

April 12, 2017


Shania Wunschel, Senior Social Work major, will present her Senior Seminar project, “When I Die”, to the Iowa Association of Community Providers in Des Moines, Iowa, on May 17, 2017. Her presentation will inform organization members how to empower people with intellectual disabilities and mental health issues to plan for end-of-life issues. Shania is completing her senior internship at Howard Center, an agency that that works with people with intellectual disabilities and mental health issues. She researched the issue of making end-of-life decisions and developed a packet of materials to assist people with intellectual disabilities and mental health issues. Congratulations Shania!

- Kathryn McKinley

Psychology Student Accepted for Grad School

April 8, 2017


Congratulations to Psychology major Jamie Rich (December 2016 graduate), who has been accepted for the Masters of Mental Health Counseling program at South Dakota State University. Jamie begins the program this Fall. Jamie is perhaps the only BVU student in 125 years who had three papers accepted for publication before graduating.

- Wind Goodfriend

Acceptance of a Teaching Position

April 7, 2017


Joanna Pluym, BVU senior, has accepted a position teaching elementary special education at Madelia Public Elementary School.

- Marlise Witham

Chau Nguyen wins NWIA/SWMN Human Resources Association Scholarship Chau Nguyen, a senior Business—HR major, is the first recipient of the NWIA/SWMN Human Resources Association Scholarship for 2017. The NWIA/SWMN Human Resources Association has sponsor

April 7, 2017


Chau Nguyen, a senior Business—HR major, is the first recipient of the NWIA/SWMN Human Resources Association Scholarship for 2017. The NWIA/SWMN Human Resources Association has sponsored the BVU Student Chapter of Society for Human Resource Management for the last 5 years. We congratulate Chau on this outstanding accomplishment.



- Cindy McDonough

Packer Scholarship Accepted for Journal Contagion

April 6, 2017


Dr. Matthew Packer has had an article on the U.S.-East Asia Rivalries accepted for publication in Contagion: Journal of Violence, Mimesis, and Culture. The essay explores the cultural feedback and conflict in the 20th-century U.S.-Japanese contest and the mirrored actions in current U.S. relations with China.

- Matthew Packer

Sarah Konz wins Iowa CPA Education Foundation Scholarship

April 5, 2017


Sarah Konz, a junior Accounting and Business double major, is the winner of an Iowa CPA Education Foundation Scholarship for 2017. Sarah is one of three recipients chosen from the state of Iowa. The Iowa CPA Education Foundation was established to support and encourage individuals to become certified public accountants, and provide financial education in the state of Iowa. We congratulate Sarah on this outstanding accomplishment.

- Cindy McDonough

Kacee Baker Presents at WGS Conference

April 4, 2017


Kacee Baker, senior English major and Gender & Women's Studies minor, presented her work at the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Conference at Iowa State University on April 1, 2017. Kacee's project, "Gender Communication and Conflict Management in the 2016 Presidential Debates" was featured on a panel titled "Gender in a Political Climate."

- Annamaria Formichella-Elsden

2017 MN Vikings Game-Day Intern Finalists Announced

April 3, 2017


The BVU Selection Committee is proud to announce the finalists for the 2017 Minnesota Vikings Game Day Internship Program! Finalists include: Aubrey Anderson, sophomore-Communication Studies; Andrew Bandstra, junior-Digital Media; Clayton Christian, sophomore-Business and Accounting; and Tawney Schreier, junior-Strategic Public Relations. 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 2017 season. Best wishes finalists!

- Lori Berglund

Student Acceptance into Top Graduate Program

March 31, 2017


Business Student, Meng Di, has been accepted into the prestigious Master of Financial Engineering and Risk Management program at Cal State Fullerton. She will begin her full-time studies in Fall of 2017.

- James Falter

Okoboji Entrepreneurial Institute Participants Selected

March 31, 2017


Dr. James Falter, Dean of the Harold Walter Siebens School of Business, are pleased to announce the selection of this year’s participants for the Okoboji Entrepreneurial Institute. They are Jacob Jensen, Blake Rosendahl, Nicholas Amundson, and Alyssa Kragelund. Kolten Bader will serve as an alternate. The Institute will be held August 6-11 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

Schmitt Selected for IT Internship with Ingersoll Rand

March 30, 2017


Congratulations to BVU computer science student Hunter Schmitt. Hunter has been awarded an IT internship with Ingersoll Rand in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Hunter will be serving in a cross-functional IT role where he will gain experience in infrastructure, business analysis, and application management. Best of luck to you, Hunter!

- Jason Shepherd

Adamson Accepts Software Developer Position with DuPont Pioneer

March 30, 2017


Congratulations to BVU computer science senior Austin Adamson. Austin has accepted a position with DuPont Pioneer in Johnston, Iowa, where he will be supporting software development as part of their DevOps team. His primary duties will involve building Python-based tools to support deployment on Amazon Web Services (AWS). Austin is returning to DuPont Pioneer having done an internship with them this past summer. Well done, Austin, and best of luck on the beginning of a promising career!

- Jason Shepherd

Dr. Merrin Guice to perform at National College Music Society Conference

March 30, 2017


Dr. Merrin Guice has been invited to perform a lecture recital at the National Conference for the College Music Society. Only 38% of applicants are chosen to present or perform at the annual convention. Dr. Guice will be performing with form accompanist with the Metropolitan Opera Dr. William Goekelman.

- Merrin Guice

Snyder Accepts Summer Internship in NYC

March 29, 2017


Congratulations to sophomore Strategic Public Relations major Megan Snyder, who has accepted the position of summer Marketing Intern with MCC Theater, a leading Off-Broadway theater company, in New York City. Megan will spend her summer in NYC assisting the MCC Theater Marketing Department. Congratulations, Megan!

- Jamii Claiborne

Accepted a job at Pioneer

March 28, 2017


I am a software developer that interned at pioneer last summer doing back end programming in python for AWS migrations. I am accepted back as a software developer with a specialization in AWS Python programming.

- Austin Adamson

Psychology Professor Edits Book

March 28, 2017


The 6th edition of the book "Taking Sides: Clashing Views in Social Psychology" was released this week. The volume is edited by Dr. Wind Goodfriend, Professor of Psychology and Assistant Dean of Graduate Programs. "Taking Sides" presents eighteen controversies in the field with supporting articles on each side of the debate. Goodfriend edited every article and wrote introductions, summaries of the articles, discussion questions, biographies of the contributing authors, and an essay for each issue called, "Is there common ground?" The 6th edition includes three brand new issues.

- Wind Goodfriend

Professional Training

March 17, 2017


BVU Theatre alumnus, Andrew Lupkes, has been accepted into the highly selective Professional Training Program at the Dell'Arte School of Physical Theatre which is connected to the professional theatre organization, Dell'Arte International headquartered in Blue Lake, CA with a remote program in Bali. Andrew will be training in voice work and physical skills such as tumbling and aerial work, improvisation, mask acting, and ensemble creation of new work. Congratulations, Andrew!

- Bethany Larson

Clark Accepts Software Developer Position with Stine Seed

March 16, 2017


Congratulations to BVU computer science senior Brady Clark. Brady has accepted a position with Stine Seed in Adel, Iowa, as a software developer. Brady will be doing mobile/Web app development using a JavaScript-based technology stack. Best of luck to you on the start of a promising career, Brady!

- Jason Shepherd

WolfTornabane Selected for TransAgra Internship

March 16, 2017


Congratulations to BVU Computer Science student Dylan WolfTornabane. Dylan will be interning with TransAgra International in Storm Lake, Iowa. During Dylan's internship, he will be building iOS mobile apps and familiarizing himself with bioinformatics algorithms. Good luck to you, Dylan!

- Jason Shepherd

Daly Awarded Advanced Cyber Education Internship

March 16, 2017


Congratulations to BVU computer science major and ROTC cadet Abigail (Abby) Daly. Abby has been awarded an Advanced Cyber Education (ACE) Internship for this summer at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio. During this internship, Abby will further gain experience with network defense, digital forensics, reverse engineering techniques, and cryptography. Well done, Abby, and good luck!

- Jason Shepherd

Hirschman Accepted Into Student Affairs Graduate Program

March 15, 2017


Congratulations to Samantha Hirschman, Corporate Communication major, Business minor, for her recent acceptance to Iowa State University's Masters of Education Program in Student Affairs. Samantha has been awarded an assistantship in Student Activities. We're proud of you, Sam!

- Beth Lamoureux

Dr. Merrin Guice Performs as a Soloist at Carnegie Hall

March 14, 2017


Dr. Merrin Guice has been asked to perform with composer Stacey Gibbs on his debut Carnegie Hall concert as a soprano soloist in April.

- Merrin Guice

Matthew Schulz Accepted to Highly Selective Graduate Program

March 14, 2017


Senior Matthew Schulz has been accepted to the University of Texas at Austin to the Opera Directing program. The program only accepts two students a year into the Masters Degree program.

- Merrin Guice

Wieseler Named Runner-up in International Creativity Contest

March 9, 2017


Congratulations to Olivia Wieseler who this week was named runner-up in the international Raven Foundation Contest for artistic expressions of mimetic theory. Olivia will receive a cash prize for her winning poem, "Mimetic Theory at Walmart on Black Friday," which can be viewed at https://www.ravenfoundation.org/raven-foundation-10th-anniversary-contest/. Well done, Olivia!

- Matthew Packer

Teaching Position Accepted

March 8, 2017


Paul Gallagher, senior in the School of Education, accepted a position teaching business at Central DeWitt High School for the 2017-18 school year. Congratulations, Paul!

- Marlise Witham

Erin Morley admitted to Masters of Science in Agricultural Safety and Health program

March 7, 2017


Congratulations to senior Erin Morley for being admitted to the Masters of Science in Agricultural Safety and Health program at the University of Iowa in Iowa City. Erin was awarded a full tuition waiver and a monthly stipend to pursue her Masters in this program.

- Brian A. Lenzmeier, Ph.D.

Congratulations on Selection as 2017/18 BVU Global Fellows

March 7, 2017


Congratulations to Aidan Cronin, Kevin Edgar, Rebecca Peters, Jacob Simonsen, Marco Uribe, and Olivia Wieseler who were selected to represent BVU as the 2017/2018 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!

- Melinda Coogan

Simonsen Accepted to Toxicology Ph.D. Program

March 7, 2017


Congratulations to senior biology major, Derek Simonsen, who has been accepted into the University of Iowa Graduate Program in Human Toxicology, beginning Fall Semester, 2017! The University of Iowa Human Toxicology Graduate Program is recognized as one of the top programs in the nation. Derek was among only four undergraduates invited for face-to-face interviews with leading University of Iowa researchers for placement among four toxicology research labs. Derek’s offer comes with a research stipend, full tuition support, and health insurance allowance. Nice job, Derek!

- Melinda Coogan

Christian Kladstrup awarded Mayo Clinic SURF

March 4, 2017


Congratulations to BVU junior Christian Kladstrup for being awarded a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. Christian was one of 140 students selected from 1,352 applicants for this prestigious summer fellowship. He will be working with Dr. Yasuhiro Ikeda and Dr. Farhad Kosari in the Virology and Gene Therapy program and will receive a $6,000 stipend from the Mayo Foundation to support his experience.

- Brian A. Lenzmeier, Ph.D.

Eccher Accepted to Master's Program

March 1, 2017


Congratulations to senior Michelle Eccher, Communication Studies major, who was recently accepted into the University of Northern Iowa's graduate program in Post-Secondary Education, Student Affairs. We're proud of you, Michelle!

- Beth Lamoureux

Psychology Professor Publishes Book Chapter

Feb. 28, 2017


Congratulations to Dr. Wind Goodfriend, professor of psychology and assistant dean of graduate studies; she is the lead author on a chapter in the new book, "Foundations for Couples' Therapy: Research for the Real World." Goodfriend's chapter is co-authored by Pamela Cathey and Chris Agnew, and the chapter focuses on their research regarding biased perceptions of romantic partners in both healthy and unhealthy relationships. The book is now available for purchase at all major booksellers.

- Wind Goodfriend

Mayra Lopez Graduates, Accepts Position

Feb. 15, 2017


Mayra Lopez earned her social work degree in December, 2016 by completing a 15-week internship at Seasons Center. She was immediately hired by Seasons to work in their Behavior Health Intervention Specialist/Community Services programs. Congratulations Mayra!

- Kathryn McKinley

Wagstaff Publishes and Accepted to Present

Feb. 8, 2017


Congratulations to Dr. Jenny Wagstaff, Assistant Professor of Counseling Education, who recently published her research in the Journal of Campus Behavioral Intervention (J-BIT). Her article is titled "Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students (BASIC) with the Mandated Student: Some Practical Considerations. Wagstaff will also present "The Well-Rounded Practitioner: Integrating Facets of Mental Health" at the Iowa Mental Health Counselors Association's annual conference in May.

- Julie Finnern

Clifford A. Rae School of Science Academic Achievement Award Winners

Feb. 3, 2017


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 2016 calendar year are:

  • Second-Year student winners: Aaron Nicoliasen, Meghan Bissen
  • Third-Year student winners: Emma Konkler, Christian Kladstrup, Tanner Cook
  • Fourth-Year student winners: Tarynne Kinghorn, Carly Ouverson, Sarah Schlichte
  • Congratulations to these students for their excellent academic performance.
- Ben Donath

Presentation Accepted

Feb. 3, 2017


Professor Jim Farnsworth will present at the 2017 American College of Sports Medicine conference in Denver, Colorado. He will present on the Rasch Calibration of the Knee Injury Osteoarthritis Outcome Score in June.

- Jamie Schoenherr

Presentation Accepted

Feb. 2, 2017


Casey Baker, Assistant Professor of Counselor Education, will be presenting at the Association for Child and Adolescent Counseling's National Conference in July. The conference will be held in Washington, DC. Her presentation is titled "Let it go": Using popular film in play therapy.

- Casey Baker

Graham and Eccher to present at undergraduate honors conference

Feb. 2, 2017


Congratulations to Lindsey Graham and Michelle Eccher whose capstone theory papers were competitively-selected for presentation at the 2017 Central States Communication Association's Undergraduate Honors Conference. Lindsey's paper, "What Happens In Vegas: How Previous Romantic Relationships Impact Future Relationship Satisfaction and Certainty" and Michelle's paper, "Got FoMO?: The Perceptions and Effects of Fear of Missing Out on Instagram" will be presented March 17-18, Minneapolis, MN.

- Beth Lamoureux

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

Feb. 1, 2017


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 2016 calendar year are:

  • Second Year Student Winners: Alan Maldonado, Tara Harris, Presley Shumate
  • Third Year Student Winners: Alyssa Kragelund, Keely Bycroft, Alexander J Spake
  • Fourth Year Student Winners: Colin Hansen, Amber Decker, Chau Nguyen

We commend and congratulate these students for their outstanding effort and performance.

- Cindy McDonough

Teaching Position Accepted

Jan. 30, 2017


Vanesa E. Sanchez Rios accepted a position as an ELL teacher for Denison Community School District in Denison, Iowa.

- Marlise Witham

Teaching Position Accepted

Jan. 30, 2017


Nick Clark accepted a position as the physical education teacher at Saint Edmond Catholic School in Fort Dodge, Iowa.

- Marlise Witham

Teaching Position Accepted

Jan. 30, 2017


Nichole Wiese accepted a position as a teacher for Farmstead Preschool in Cedar Falls, Iowa.

- Marlise Witham

Psychology Students to Present at Conference

Jan. 16, 2017


Congratulations to the psychology students listed below who have all been accepted to present their research at the upcoming Midwestern Psychological Association conference this May, in Chicago. Conference acceptance is competitive and requires original data; most of these students will be presenting work from the Psychology Research Club mentored by Dr. Wind Goodfriend. The students are: Andrea Almanza, Justin Belstene, Lindsay Blackford, Kierra Eldridge, Gage Grutz, Tiffany Hull, Beatriz Medina, Angus Pollock, Katie Puls, Jamie Rich, Abby Ross, and Kyle Wiebers.

- Wind Goodfriend

Meier Accepts IT Position with Milken Community Schools

Jan. 10, 2017


Congratulations to BVU Computer Science senior Alex Meier on accepting an information technology (IT) position with Milken Community Schools in Los Angeles, CA. Alex will be working with their IT team by providing support and network administration to the school district. Good luck to you, Alex!

- Jason Shepherd

Swanson Awarded Internship with Principal

Dec. 26, 2016


Congratulations to sophomore computer science major Matthew Swanson on being awarded an internship through the Principal Financial Group's Summer 2017 IT Internship Program. Matthew will be working with Principal's Information Services help desk. Well done, Matthew!

- Jason Shepherd

Reimers Accepts Software Developer Position with Stine Seed

Dec. 21, 2016


Congratulations to BVU computer science senior Kyle Reimers. Kyle recently accepted a position as a software developer with Stine Seed in Adel, Iowa. Kyle's primary duties will involve full-stack mobile app development using AngularJS, NodeJS, and NoSQL database technology. Well done, Kyle! Best of luck to you on the start of a promising career!

- Jason Shepherd

Psychology Student Publishes Second Journal Article

Dec. 18, 2016


The Psychology department is extremely proud of senior student Jamie Rich, who has just been accepted for publication a second time. Jamie's papers are both original, empirical research studies she completed over the past two years, and Jamie is first author on both papers. The first paper was her Honors project and was accepted by "Modern Psychological Studies" earlier this semester. This week, her second paper was accepted for the "Journal of Psychological Inquiry." The second paper was completed as part of Dr. Wind Goodfriend's Advanced Research Thesis course. Both papers investigated the accuracy of eyewitness testimony, and Dr. Goodfriend will be second author on both papers. We believe this is the first time a BVU student has published two empirical research projects before graduation. Well done, Jamie.

- Wind Goodfriend

Psychology Alumna and Professor Publish Together

Dec. 17, 2016


Congratulations to BVU Psychology alumna Maria Trujillo (class of 2016), whose senior thesis has just been accepted for publication in the Journal of Psychological Inquiry. Dr. Wind Goodfriend, professor of psychology and assistant dean of graduate programs, is a co-author. The paper is titled, "Measured and Manipulated Control: Predicting Empathy and Eating Disorders," and was written as Maria's project for Dr. Goodfriend's Advanced Research Thesis course.

- Wind Goodfriend

National Golden Microphone Contest Finalists

Dec. 13, 2016


Congratulations to the following Digital Media students for being named finalists in the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System Golden Microphone national radio contest:

Best News Feature Story: Kylee Deering and Spencer Lee "Stranger in a Strange Land"

Best Political News Coverage: Tiffany Brauckman, Brittany Poeppe, Mackenzie Rappe and alumnus Zach Schmidt ('16) "Iowa Caucus Story"

Best Baseball Play-by-play: Tanner Hoops "Baseball v. Wartburg"

Best Play-by-play Other: Tanner Hoops and Andrew Bandstra "Volleyball v. Loras"

Best Sports Interview: Tanner Hoops "Interview with Dick Bremer"

Winners will be announced at the national IBS conference March 3-5 in New York City.

- Dr. Andrea Frantz

Psychology Professor to Write Second Textbook

Dec. 7, 2016


Dr. Wind Goodfriend, professor of psychology and assistant dean of graduate programs, has signed a contract with SAGE Publishers to write a second textbook. The first book (on social psychology) is scheduled for publication in 2018. The second book covers theories on intimate relationships and is scheduled for publication in 2020. Goodfriend's contract includes funding to attend conferences, to hire a research assistant, and royalties on books sold. Congratulations, Dr. Goodfriend.

- Wind Goodfriend

Publication and "Best of Collection" Designation

Dec. 2, 2016


Dr. Gwen Hart's poem "Lucky" earned the "Best of Collection" designation in the 2016 Main Street Rag anthology Stuck in the Middle: Wrting that Keeps You in Suspense.

- Gwen Hart

Two Professors Publish in "Doctor Who" Book

Nov. 30, 2016


Congratulations to both Dr. Miranda Pollock (assistant professor of graphic design) and Dr. Wind Goodfriend (professor of psychology). They have published chapters in the book "Doctor Who Psychology: A Madman with a Box," which is now available for purchase at bookstores and online. Their co-authored chapter discusses Jungian archetypes and "the male gaze" in an analysis of weeping angels (one of the Doctor's alien enemies). Dr. Goodfriend also published a chapter on the Doctor's relationship with Rose, one of his companions. The book is so popular that when this message was submitted to the BVU News, the book was sold out in the first day of publication!

- Wind Goodfriend

Two Psychology Students Publish Papers

Nov. 29, 2016


Congratulations to senior psychology major Jamie Rich and to 2016 alumna Patrice Crall. Both of them have written papers that will be published in the journal Modern Psychological Studies. Dr. Wind Goodfriend will be second author on both papers. Jamie's paper, "Can You Remember? Factors Predicting Memory in Eyewitness Testimony," was written for the BVU Honors program. Patrice's paper, "She Asked For it: Predictors of Rape Myth Acceptance," was written for her Gender and Women's Studies Capstone course.

- Wind Goodfriend

Simonsen Presented Research at World Congress

Nov. 28, 2016


BVU senior biology major, Derek Simonsen, was one of approximately 6,000 attendees at the 2016 Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) 7th World Congress and 37th North American Annual Meeting held November 6-10 in Orlando, FL. Derek’s research presentation, entitled “Evidence of DDT resuspension through dredging of a Midwest agricultural lake system,” was among only a few undergraduate submissions accepted for presentation at this international conference. Congratulations, Derek!

- Melinda Coogan

Campbell Selected for Internship at Henry Doorly Zoo

Nov. 28, 2016


BVU junior environmental science major, Kristina Campbell, was selected to complete an internship at the Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium from December 20th to January 25th. Selection is highly-competitive, and Kristina’s focus area will be Interactive Animal Programming. Congratulations, Kristina!

- Melinda Coogan

Mackey Awarded Microsoft Internship

Nov. 17, 2016


Congratulations to BVU junior computer science and mathematics double major Sarah Mackey. Sarah has accepted an internship offer with Microsoft, famed creator of Windows, Office, SQL Server, Xbox, and many others. Sarah will spend this coming summer at Microsoft's corporate headquarters in Redmond, Washington. Very well done, Sarah!

- Jason Shepherd

Hultgren Accepts Position with Visual Concepts

Nov. 17, 2016


Congratulations to BVU computer science student Joseph Hultgren. Joe has accepted a position on the Technical Art team at Visual Concepts of Novato, California. Joe will be writing Python tools and setting up rigging for 3D models that support video game development. Best of luck on the start of a promising career, Joe!

- Jason Shepherd

Kacee Baker presents at Midwest humanities conference

Nov. 17, 2016


Congratulations to senior English major Kacee Baker, who presented an original research paper last Saturday at the annual Midwest Undergraduate Conference on the Humanities (MUCH) at Central College in Pella, Iowa. Kacee’s essay, “The War Between Indigenous and White Masculinities in Leslie Marmon Silko’s novel Ceremony,” which was part of a panel on “Oppositional Voices,” was well received and prompted a thoughtful Q&A discussion.

- Matthew Packer

2017 URMED Scholars Named

Nov. 16, 2016


Congratulations to Jacob Braddock, Christian Kladstrup, and Jake Staudt. These three students were recognized by Buena Vista Regional Medical Center and Buena Vista University as the URMED Fellows for January of 2017. URMED is the Undergraduate Rural Medicine Education Development program and URMED fellows participate in a three week January internship and receive a $3,000 stipend to defray the costs associated with applying to medical school. Jacob, Christian and Jake were selected from a pool of applicants through a competitive process by a committee of 3 local physicians, a hospital administrator, and 3 BVU faculty.

- Brian A. Lenzmeier, Ph.D.

Weaver accepted into Northwestern

Nov. 11, 2016


Congratulations to Cortney Weaver, a BVU Art and Biology double major, who was accepted to the Masters in Prosthetics and Orthotics program at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. The Feinburg School's Prosthetics and Orthotics program is ranked as one of the top programs in the country. Cortney will graduate in from BVU in May and begin at Northwestern next Fall.

- David Boelter

Pluym and Strohmyer to Present Research

Nov. 10, 2016


Senior, JoAnna Pluym, and Dr. Karin Strohmyer have been invited to present their research titled "Exploring Causes, Experiences, and Solutions Related to Burnout among Rural Special Educators", at the Annual American Council on Rural Special Education conference in Asheville, NC, this coming March. This research project is the result of work done by Ms. Pluym as part of the Honor's Program at BVU.

- Karin Strohmyer

BVU Students Selected to Collegiate Honor Band

Nov. 9, 2016


Five BVU Band students have been selected to perform in the 23rd Annual Iowa Collegiate Honor Band. This event will be held on Friday November 18 and Saturday November 19 at Nevada, IA in the Josephine Tope Community Auditorium attached to the Nevada Community School.

The conductor of the 2016 College Honor Band is Dr. William Wakefield, Professor of Music, Director of Bands and Coordinator for the Ensembles and Applied Division at the University of Oklahoma School of Music.

BVU students selected include: Rachel Kehrberg - clarinet, Jarrett Drummer - clarinet, Ica McMahon - flute, Brandon Glienke - bass trombone, Jack Fordyce - string bass and Matthew Swanson - percussion.

- Jerry Bertrand

Paper accepted for Presentation at the College Music Society Great Lakes Conference

Nov. 8, 2016


The College Music Society has accepted Dr. Merrin Guice's paper, "Beyond Porgy and Bess: A cultural-musicological analysis of the opera/oratorios of African American 20th century composers before the civil rights movement" for presentation at the Great Lakes Conference in April.

- Merrin Guice

Frantz receives two national awards

Nov. 2, 2016


Dr. Andrea Frantz won two national awards at the Society for Collegiate Journalists biennium meeting and College Media Association conference in Atlanta, GA, October 27. First, SCJ Executive Director, Dr. Sally Renaud presented Frantz with the Sheridan Barker National Adviser of the Year. The award recognizes the recipient’s role as ‘mentor, facilitator, and link to the organization’s past and future.’ Additionally, Frantz received the College Media Association’s Louis Ingelhart First Amendment Award for ‘extraordinary, long-term advocacy of the First Amendment.’

Frantz also presented in four sessions at the College Media Association conference while in Atlanta.

- Dr. Andrea Frantz

SCJ chapter wins national recognition

Nov. 2, 2016


The Buena Vista University Society for Collegiate Journalists chapter was recognized at the national biennium with the Mary Beth Earnheardt Award for Service. The national award is presented to a single chapter that best exemplifies the SCJ ideals of service to the community and advancement of First Amendment education. Four BVU students attended the biennium and accepted the award on behalf of the chapter. All are Digital Media majors and included: Tanner Hoops, a junior from Storm Lake; Madeleine McCormick, a junior from Huxley; Jasmine Bautista, a senior from South Sioux City; and Dee Friesen, a junior from Storm Lake.

- Dr. Andrea Frantz

Hoops wins second place national media award

Nov. 2, 2016


Junior Digital Media major, Tanner Hoops, won second place in Radio Sports Broadcasting in the College Media Association Pinnacles competition October 29. The national student media contest attracted nearly 2,800 individual entries from 176 universities across the country. The contest does not distinguish entries based on size of program/school, and the other finalists for the radio sports broadcasting category included third place winner Vanderbilt University and first place winner Seton Hall University.

- Dr. Andrea Frantz

Invited to lead Brief Motivational Intervention for College Students at Winston-Salem State University

Oct. 28, 2016


Congratulations to Dr. Jenny Wagstaff who has been invited to train the counseling center staff at Winston-Salem State University in the areas of Motivational Interviewing and Brief Motivational Interventions to address high-risk behaviors including alcohol and other substances. On November 3 and 4 she will incorporate her research findings and help the staff develop skills to deliver this evidenced-base intervention.

- Jenny Wagstaff

Hanna Zinn Interns in Washington D.C.

Oct. 27, 2016


Congratulations to Hanna Zinn who is serving as a research and development intern at the Sindhi American Political Action Committee in Washington D.C. Sindhipac.org Hanna’s responsibilities include things such as attending events and meetings with legislators on the Hill to bring awareness to the issues facing the people of Sindh, writing articles for the organization’s magazine and journals and studying recent foreign policy decisions to determine how actors in the federal government (NSC, State Dept., Congress, etc.) impact the foreign policy process. She recently met with John McCain and had the opportunity to sit in on Foreign Affairs Committee hearings. As part of The Washington Center internship experience she is taking a course on U.S. Foreign Policy. Bravo, Hanna – We are proud of you!

- Lisa Best

Sarah Mackey selected for participation in the Budapest Semester in Mathematics

Oct. 27, 2016


Congratulations to Sarah Mackey. Sarah Mackey, junior double major in mathematics and computer science, was recently accepted for participation in the Budapest Semester in Mathematics for the spring semester of 2017. BSM, a selective and prestigious program of study, offers high achieving mathematics students from the U.S. and Canada the opportunity for advanced mathematics study in Hungary, a country with a remarkably rich intellectual tradition in mathematics and the sciences. Sarah is pursuing this opportunity in conjunction with her selection as the winner of BVU’s J. Leslie Rollins Award in May, 2016. Congratulations, Sarah!

The School of Science

- Benjamin B. Donath

Jaelyn Olson admitted to Iowa PharmD program

Oct. 26, 2016


Congratulations to Jaelyn Olson for being admitted to the University of Iowa Doctor of Pharmacy program. She will begin working toward her Pharm.D. in August of 2017.

- Brian A. Lenzmeier, Ph.D.

Psychology Professor Invited to European Conference

Oct. 24, 2016


Congratulations to Dr. Wind Goodfriend, who has been invited to present research at an upcoming conference in Vienna, Austria. The International Convention of Psychological Science has asked Dr. Goodfriend to present the research on relationship violence that makes up Dr. Goodfriend's second book on the topic, scheduled to be published in 2018. The research took place over 8 years and identifies warning signs that a relationship could become violent in the future. The conference is in March, over BVU's Spring Break.

- Wind Goodfriend

Eccher Awarded Scholarship to Attend The Way Up Conference

Oct. 21, 2016


Congratulations to Michelle Eccher, senior communication studies major, for being selected as recipient of the 2016 Carol Rocklin Kay Memorial Scholarship. Women undergraduate or graduate students attending a higher education institution in Iowa, who are interested in a career in higher education, may apply. The scholarship covers conference registration and one night's stay in the conference hotel. Michelle will attend The Way Up Conference - 30 Years of Inspiring Excellence for Women in Higher Education, on November 3 & 4 in Coralville, IA., where she will learn about current issues and trends in higher education leadership and management, as she prepares for a future career in higher education.

- Lori Berglund

Kinesmetrics Paper to be Published

Oct. 20, 2016


Congratulations to Jim Farnsworth, assistant professor of exercise science. His paper, "Reliability of Computerized Neurocognitive Tests for Concussion Assessment: A Meta-Analysis" has just been accepted for publication in the Journal of Athletic Training

- Jim Farnsworth

Publication

Oct. 18, 2016


Michael Tidemann, adjunct instructor with the Online and Professional Studies Estherville campus, recently published a short story, "Dear Virgil", in a Boston-based online literary magazine reaching eighty countries, thewriteplaceatthewritetime.org/fiction.html

The story is about Virgil Earp's boyhood in Pella, Iowa. Virgil and his brother Wyatt were later immortalized for their role in the Gunfight at OK Corral.

- Michael Tidemann

Abstract Accepted in SHAPE America National Convention and Expo in March 2017

Oct. 2, 2016


Congratulations, James L Farnsworth II, a program director in human performance program! The abstract, Development of a Mental Toughness Inventory for Youth, has been accepted for the Research Program of the 2017 SHAPE (Society of Health and Physical Educators) America National Convention and Expo that will take place in Boston, MA.

- Shinbo Sugiura

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

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

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

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

Derek Simonsen’s Abstract Accepted for Presentation!

Aug. 26, 2016