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

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 Programing. Congratulations, Kristina!

- Melinda Coogan

Simonsen Presented Research at World Congress

Nov. 28, 2016


BVU senior biology major, Derek Simonsen, was one of approximately 6,000 attendeesat 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

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

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

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

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

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

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 diretor 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Umwali accepts chemistry position

April 12, 2016