Morgan Roecker Accepta Position

June 28, 2016


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

- Kathryn McKinley

Book reviewed

June 26, 2016


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

The review is available online at:

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

- Michael Tidemann

20 Under 40 Award

June 22, 2016


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

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

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

Congratulations Svitlana!

- Stacy Gibbs

Jasmin Ramirez Accepts Position

June 20, 2016


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



- Kathryn McKinley

Student work competitively selected

June 16, 2016


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

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

- Mary Gill

Psychology Student and Professor Publish Together

June 13, 2016


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

- Wind Goodfriend

New Theatre Management Position

May 21, 2016


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

- Bethany Larson

Kenkel Completes Masters and Accepts Position with Hi-Rez Studios

May 17, 2016


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

- Dr. Jason Shepherd

Greenwalt to Intern for Fareway Information Technology Department

May 17, 2016


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

Blackford Accepts Application Developer Position at Nationwide Insurance

May 17, 2016


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

Nou Yang Accepts Position

May 9, 2016


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

- Kathryn McKinley

Teaching positions accepted

May 9, 2016


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

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

Teaching position accepted

May 6, 2016


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

Congratulations from the School of Education!

- Pippa Fineran

Teaching position accepted

May 6, 2016


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

Congratulations!

- Pippa Fineran

Brett Pongratz awarded the Fred & Susan Student Study Travel Award

May 5, 2016


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

- David klee

Myckeal Rake accepts position at BVU

May 5, 2016


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

- David klee

Jacalyn Schubring admitted to graduate school

May 5, 2016


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

- David Klee

Teaching Position Accepted

May 4, 2016


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

Congratulations!


Denison Site

- Mary Jo Sondag

York Named to Editorial Board

May 4, 2016


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

- Heather York

Teaching Position Accepted

May 4, 2016


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

Congratulations!

Denison Site

- Mary Jo Sondag

Teaching Position Accepted

April 28, 2016


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

Congratulations!

- Pippa Fineran

Congratulations Dr. Coogan

April 27, 2016


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

- Benjamin B. Donath

BVU Student Media Leaders Recognized with Iowa Motion Picture Association Awards

April 22, 2016


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

Animated Entertainment—Short Form

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

Student Production—College

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

- Dr. Andrea Frantz

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

April 22, 2016


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

- Dr. Andrea Frantz

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

April 22, 2016


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

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

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

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

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

Best Independent Online Student Publication— The Tack Online

- Dr. Andrea Frantz

Student Media Leaders place in Society for Collegiate Journalists national contest

April 22, 2016


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

SCJ National Contest Individual Awards

Multimedia News

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

Photo Slideshow

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

Multimedia Feature

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

News Stories

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

Continuing Coverage

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

Feature Stories

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

Sports News

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

Radio Sports Package

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

Television Feature Package

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

Television Sports Package

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

SCJ National Contest Overall Excellence Awards

Overall Magazine Excellence

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

Overall Online News Website Excellence

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

Psychology Student Invited to Visit Research Lab in Vienna

April 21, 2016


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

- Wind Goodfriend

Goodfriend Book Chapter Featured on PBS

April 21, 2016


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

- Wind Goodfriend

Zinn accepts internship with State of Iowa

April 21, 2016


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

- Donna Musel

Kellyn Arnold in Ph.D. Program

April 21, 2016


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

- Benjamin B. Donath

More teaching positions accepted

April 20, 2016


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

Congratulations!

- Pippa Fineran

Psychology Students Present at Conference

April 18, 2016


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

- Wind Goodfriend

Psychology and Star Trek

April 14, 2016


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

- Wind Goodfriend

Bhattacharyya Receives Wabash Grant

April 14, 2016


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

- Laura Bernhardt

Clark Selected for IT Internship with Nationwide Insurance

April 14, 2016


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

- Jason Shepherd

Elizabeth Kim awarded NSF REU from Sanford Health

April 14, 2016


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

- Brian A. Lenzmeier, Ph.D.

Bernhardt Completes Library Science Degree

April 14, 2016


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

- Swasti Bhattacharyya

Congratulations to Bonnie Keller for acceptance to professional school

April 14, 2016


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

- Kristy McClellan

Haer accepted into Pharmacy School

April 12, 2016


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

- Lisa Mellmann

Konkler Awarded REU Fellowship

April 12, 2016


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

- Lisa Mellmann

Wilson Accepted to University of Iowa Graduate Program!

April 12, 2016


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

- Melinda Coogan

Umwali accepts chemistry position

April 12, 2016


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

- Lisa Mellmann

Brinkerhoff Selected as Naturalist Intern!

April 12, 2016


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

- Melinda Coogan

Tuel Selected as Summer Intern at University of North Texas!

April 12, 2016


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

- Melinda Coogan

Mellott Selected as Summer Intern with Transagra!

April 12, 2016


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

- Melinda Coogan

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

April 12, 2016


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

- Melinda Coogan

Keller Accepted to St. Ambrose University Graduate Program!

April 12, 2016


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

- Melinda Coogan

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

April 12, 2016


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

- Melinda Coogan

Teaching Positions Accepted!

April 11, 2016


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

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

Congratulations!

- Pippa Fineran

Position accepted

April 8, 2016


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

Congratulations!

- Pippa Fineran

Teaching position accepted

April 7, 2016


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

Congratulations!

- Pippa Fineran

Teaching position secured

April 7, 2016


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

Congratulations!

- Pippa Fineran

Pham Chosen for TransAgra Internship

April 5, 2016


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

- Dr. Jason Shepherd

Reding to Intern with ITA Group

April 5, 2016


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

- Dr. Jason Shepherd

Spanish Students Present at a Conference

April 5, 2016


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

- Steven Mills

The Grand Prize for the Japanese Speech Contest

April 4, 2016


Congratulations to Yu-Han Wang

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

- Yuriko Togashi

Psychology Professor to Write Textbook

April 1, 2016


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

- Wind Goodfriend

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

March 31, 2016


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

- Dr. Jason B. Shepherd

Graduate School Admission

March 31, 2016


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

- Wind Goodfriend

Mackey Awarded Internship

March 31, 2016


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

- Benjamin B. Donath

Graduate School Admission

March 31, 2016


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


- Wind Goodfriend

Okoboji Entrepreneurial Institute Participants Selected

March 30, 2016


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

- Cindy McDonough

Accepted to Graduate School

March 28, 2016


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

- Merrin Guice

Accepted to Graduate School

March 28, 2016


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

- Merrin Guice

Psychology Student and Professor Publish Together

March 28, 2016


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

- Wind Goodfriend

Psychology Professor to Edit Book

March 25, 2016


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

- Wind Goodfriend

Game of Thrones Psychology

March 19, 2016


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

- Wind Goodfriend

Position accepted

March 16, 2016


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

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

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

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

- Pippa Fineran

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

March 16, 2016


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

- Merrin Guice

Accepted to Grad Program

March 16, 2016


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

Congratulations from the School of Education at BVU!

- Pippa Fineran

Teaching job accepted!

March 15, 2016


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

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

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

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

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

- Pippa Fineran

BVU Team participates in CIC Information Fluency Conference

March 15, 2016


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

- Jodie Morin

Psychology Student Accepted to Grad School

March 13, 2016


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

- Wind Goodfriend

Sarah Schlichte awarded University of Iowa Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship

March 9, 2016


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

- Kristy McClellan

Graduate School Acceptance

March 9, 2016


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

- Gwen Hart

Adamson Accepts Internship with DuPont Pioneer

March 7, 2016


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

- Jason Shepherd

School of Science Summer Research

March 6, 2016


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

The School of Science.

- Benjamin B. Donath

Braddock awarded Mayo Clinic SURF

March 4, 2016


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

- Brian A. Lenzmeier, Ph.D.

Conference Champion Iowa Army National Guard

March 2, 2016


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

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

- Thomas Gorman

Jaelyn Daggs-Olson Awarded Mayo Clinic SURF

March 2, 2016


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

- Brian A. Lenzmeier, Ph.D.

George C. Marshall Leadership Conference

Feb. 29, 2016


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

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

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

- Thomas Gorman

Short Story and Poetry Publications

Feb. 24, 2016


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

- Gwen Hart

Rochelle Nieheus Admitted to Graduate School

Feb. 19, 2016


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

- Kathryn McKinley

Accepted to Graduate School

Feb. 18, 2016


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

- Dixee Bartholomew-Feis

Laursen Accepted to Graduate School with Scholarship

Feb. 17, 2016


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

- Melinda Coogan

Wellendorf Wins Professional Award

Feb. 10, 2016


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

- Jamii Claiborne

Media Students Awarded

Feb. 10, 2016


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

- Jamii Claiborne

English major Kacee Baker publishes story

Feb. 4, 2016


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

- Matthew Packer

Miranda Olson accepts LSI position

Feb. 4, 2016


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

- Kathryn McKinley

Congratulations to Dr. Melanie Hauser and Cale Ewald

Feb. 1, 2016


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

The School of Science

- Benjamin B. Donath

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

Jan. 28, 2016


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

- Cindy McDonough

Pinnacle College Media Awards Winner

Jan. 28, 2016


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

- Jerry Johnson

Clifford A. Rae School of Science Academic Achievement Award

Jan. 28, 2016


Clifford A. Rae School of Science

Academic Achievement Award Winners

The Clifford A. Rae School of Science Academic Achievement Award was established to encourage high academic performance of declared School of Science majors who meet specified guidelines. The winners for the 2015 calendar year are:

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

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

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

Congratulations to these students for their excellent academic performance.

Benjamin B. Donath

Dean of the School of Science

- sue

Stacy Gerling Admitted to Graduate School

Jan. 5, 2016


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

- Kathryn McKinley

Poster Presentation at a Professional Conference

Dec. 19, 2015


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

- Miyuki Vamadevan Arimoto

Psychology Project Wins Award

Dec. 14, 2015


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

- Wind Goodfriend

"A Christmas Carol" on Soundcloud

Dec. 8, 2015


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

- Bethany Larson

Simonsen Awarded 2015 EPA Greater Research Opportunities (GRO) Fellowship

Nov. 18, 2015


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

- Melinda Coogan

Five Band Members Selected to Iowa Collegiate Honor Band

Nov. 12, 2015


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

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

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

- Jerry Bertrand

NASP 2016 Annual Convention Presenter

Nov. 11, 2015


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

- Taylor Williams

Bernhardt Book Review to appear in the British Journal of Aesthetics

Nov. 6, 2015


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

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

- Laura Bernhardt

Bernhardt Paper To be Presented at 2016 SWPACA Conference

Oct. 15, 2015


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

- Laura Bernhardt

Computer Science Professor Publishes Paper on Computer Hacking Contests

Oct. 8, 2015


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

- Nathan Backman

Computer Science Professor Contributes to Problem Set of International Programming Contest

Oct. 8, 2015


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

- Nathan Backman

Psychology Student and Professor Publish Together

Oct. 5, 2015


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

- Wind Goodfriend

Poetry Publications

Oct. 5, 2015


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

- Gwen Hart

Forthcoming Publication

Oct. 5, 2015


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

- Swasti Bhattacharyya

Machensey Shelgren Receives the William and Lavina Wesselink Student Development Award

Sept. 25, 2015


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

- Miyuki Vamadevan Arimoto

Publication

Sept. 24, 2015


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

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

- Michael Tidemann

Tech Trek Science Camp Coming to BVU!

Sept. 22, 2015


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

- Melinda Coogan

Morin presents at webinar

Sept. 15, 2015


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

- Jodie Morin

Poetry Book Award and Publication

Sept. 9, 2015


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

- Gwen Hart

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

Sept. 7, 2015


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

- Bethany Larson

Poetry Publication

Sept. 2, 2015


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

- Gwen Hart

Psychology Professor and Alumna to Present at Research Conference Together

Aug. 27, 2015


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

- Wind Goodfriend

Packer reviews Markovits novel

Aug. 27, 2015


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

- Matthew Packer

Poetry Publications

Aug. 26, 2015


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

- Gwen Hart

1st Place Finish as Best Performing Company

Aug. 19, 2015


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

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

  • R&D, camera components, and camera performance
  • Assembly operations and worker compensation
  • Pricing and marketing
  • Corporate social responsibility and citizenship
  • Financing of company operations.
- Sandra McAntire

Fiction Publication

Aug. 16, 2015


Dr. Gwen Hart's short story "Good Girl" appears in the August issue of the crime fiction magazine Heater.

- Gwen Hart

Psychology Student and Professor Publish Togethe

Aug. 15, 2015


Congratulations to BVU alumna and Psychology/Criminal Justice double major Alexandra Marcel (class of 2014) and to Dr. Wind Goodfriend (Associate Professor of Psychology), who have had their co-authored paper accepted for publication in the Journal of Psychological Inquiry. The paper, titled "Flawed Law: The Role of Time and Cognitive Load in Facial Recognition" was Alex's project in Dr. Goodfriend's year-long Advanced Research Thesis class.

- Wind Goodfriend

Eberly lands teaching position

Aug. 11, 2015


Laura Eberly, an elementary education major from Manning, Iowa, who graduated from the Storm Lake campus this spring, has accepted a teaching position at East Marshall Elementary School in Laurel, Iowa, where she will be teaching first grade.

Congratulations!

- Pippa Fineran

Spring education grads accept positions...

Aug. 10, 2015


The following graduates of the School of Education at Buena Vista University's Storm Lake Campus have secured teaching positions for the upcoming school year:

Gary Balk, a secondary all social sciences major from West Union, Iowa, will be teaching 7-12 social studies at Manson Northwest Webster CSD;

John Bieber, a secondary science major from Cherokee, Iowa, will be teaching high school biology and chemistry at Newton, Iowa;

Kelsey (Davidson) Corlew, an elementary education/elementary vocal music major from Schaller, Iowa, will be teaching second grade at St. Mary's Elementary in Storm Lake, Iowa;

Mikaela Fiedler, an elementary education major from Battle Creek, Iowa, will be teaching early childhood special education in the Storm Lake CSD.

Congratulations!

- Pippa Fineran

Renken accepts teaching position

Aug. 10, 2015


Cole Renken of Cherokee, Iowa, who graduated from Buena Vista University in spring 2014 with a degree in exercise science with teaching licensure, has accepted a teaching position for K-12 PE in the Tripp-Delmont South Dakota School District.

Congratulations!

- Pippa Fineran

Psychology Professor and Student Publish Together

Aug. 10, 2015


Congratulations to recent BVU graduate Casey Paprocki and Dr. Wind Goodfriend, Associate Professor of Psychology. Their co-authored paper, "Testosterone and gender differences in spatial navigation," has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Psychological Inquiry. The research study was Casey's project in Dr. Goodfriend's year-long Advanced Research Thesis class two years ago.

- Wind Goodfriend

Poetry Publication

Aug. 5, 2015


Dr. Gwen Hart's sonnet "To Summer" appears in the August 2015 issue of The Rotary Dial: The Best New Poetry in Form.

- Gwen Hart

Vikings Select Three BVU Student Interns

July 9, 2015


Congratulations to Manda Clark (Business and Accounting), Ashley Lemke (Communication Studies), and Griffin Truslow (Corporate Communication) for being selected as the 2015 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 Media Projects Named NWCA/ELSM Best of Brand Finalists

June 22, 2015


Together with Head Wrestling Coach Jeff Breese, Digital Media faculty are proud to acknowledge some nationally recognized student media work from this past year. The Elite Level Sports Marketing (ELSM) and National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) annually sponsor a national Best of Brand College Division competition to highlight student-produced work that seeks to brand and market NCAA wrestling teams in a variety of categories.

This year, Buena Vista University placed as finalist in two categories: Pure Entertainment and Solid Service. Finalists were judged on content and professionalism of the videos as well as on social media voting.

In the Solid Service category, BVU’s video entry featured the story of a Storm Lake Habitat for Humanity project and the work Beaver wrestlers put into the construction of the house. The Solid Service video was produced by 2015 alumna Cassie McCreary with contributions from Matt Tudor, and beat the University of Michigan and the University of Minnesota to face NYU in the final round of judging. In the Pure Entertainment category, BVU submitted a series of videos in which a rival challenges Buford for the coveted BVU mascot role. This video was produced by 2015 alumnus Scott Locati, and reached the quarterfinals defeating Southern Illinois University.

We congratulate the students who worked on these projects that fared so well nationally against much larger programs. A link to the finalists’ video projects may be found here: http://www.nwcaonline.com/nwcawebsite/best-of-brand-awards

- Andrea Frantz

Student Paper Competitively Selected

June 16, 2015


Hannah Zimmerman’s paper entitled, “Documented Dissonance: A Reflective Journey through Toxic Charity” has been competitively selected to be presented at the September annual conference of Iowa Communication Association in Decorah. Her paper was a combined project in the capstone courses, Communication Theory (fall) and Communication Research (spring). Her research is an autoethnography of her experiences with service that grew from her transfer seminar course through her two years of study at BVU. Congrats Hannah!

- Mary Gill

Thacker to teach at Eagle Grove

June 8, 2015


Richard Thacker, a secondary history education major from Fort Dodge, has accepted a teaching position in Eagle Grove at the high school teaching government with additional AD responsibilities. Congratulations, Richard!

- Maggie Steinkamp

Anderson joins QCI as a Software Consultant

June 2, 2015


Congratulations to BVU Computer Science senior Luke Anderson. Luke has joined QCI in Des Moines, Iowa, as a Software Consultant. His initial assignment with QCI will be providing service to DuPont Pioneer as a software test engineer. Well done, Luke, and best wishes on the beginning of a great career!

- Dr. Jason B. Shepherd

Jonathan Ehrlich receives the Jayhawk Scholarship to attend University of Kansas School of Law

June 1, 2015


Congratulations to Jonathan for being admitted into University of Kansas School of Law, and for receiving the Jayhawk Scholarship. This award is given to students who demonstrate the aptitude and experience necessary to achieve in law school. Charge forth Mr. Ehrlich!

- Swasti Bhattacharyya

Minnesota Vikings Game Day Intern Finalists Named

June 1, 2015


Congratulations to Manda Clark, Ashley Lemke, and Griffin Truslow for being named as finalists for the 2015 Minnesota Vikings Game Day Internship Program. Finalists will be interviewed by the Vikings Public Relations Staff over the summer. Those selected will work in the press box this fall assisting members of the local and national media attending and covering home games plus any home postseason contests. These internships provide an excellent opportunity to gain exposure to the National Football League and professional sports, to learn about the public relations field and to network with members of the Vikings front office and the media.

- Lori Berglund

Noble secures teaching position

May 28, 2015


Myriah Noble of Storm Lake, a December 2014 graduate in elementary education with a K-12 SPED endorsement, has accepted a teaching position with Pocahontas Area Community Schools. Myriah will be teaching secondary special education. Congratulations, Myriah!

- Pippa Fineran

Education students receive Recognition of Excellence Award

May 28, 2015


Several Buena Vista University School of Education students have received the Recognition of Excellence Award from Educational Testing Service (ETS) for their performance on the required Praxis II exam in their content area during the spring semester. This award honors test takers who achieve exceptional individual performance on selected Praxis II® content knowledge tests by meeting or exceeding the target score determined by the top 15 percent of candidates who took the test in previous years. The eight Praxis II content tests are selected because they cover subject areas and pedagogy skills considered fundamental by states which use Praxis scores as a licensure requirement. Those tests include biology, chemistry, elementary education, English language, literature and composition, general science, mathematics, physics, and social studies.

The following students have been recognized for this award (their attendance location is included as well):

Megan Schofield, Ft. Dodge; Katherine Vondrak, LeMars;Laura Eberly, Storm Lake; Tyler Kastantin, Storm Lake; and Richard Thacker, Ft. Dodge.

Congratulations from the School of Education!

- Pippa Fineran

Laursen to teach at St. Mary's

May 28, 2015


Erin Laursen, a secondary science major from Aurelia who graduated in December 2014, has accepted a position with the Storm Lake St. Mary's system. Erin will be teaching science in the high school. Congratulations, Erin!

- Pippa Fineran

Bowie accepts PE position

May 28, 2015


Taylor Bowie from Altoona, Iowa, a December 2014 graduate of the SL campus with K-12 PE licensure, has accepted a teaching position for the fall. Taylor will be teaching elementary PE along with adaptive PE for the Des Moines Public Schools. Congratulations, Taylor!

- Pippa Fineran

Lynsey Seuntjens to pursue masters of science in microbiology

May 21, 2015


Lynsey Seuntjens (BVU 2015) was awarded a research assistantship to pursue a masters of science degree in microbiology at the University of South Dakota.

- Brian A. Lenzmeier, Ph.D.

BVU Students Land Teaching Positions

May 21, 2015


Charlie Carter, an English Education major from Cherokee, Iowa, who finished his program at the Spencer site, has accepted a teaching position at Storm Lake High School. There Charlie will be teaching English III and Creative Writing. Congratulations, Charlie!

Kelsie McCauley, an Elementary Education major from Algona, Iowa, who finished her program at the Estherville site, has accepted a teaching position at North Union School District in Swea City, Iowa. There Kelsie will be teaching fourth grade. Congratulations, Kelsie!

Ashlee Nagle, a Post Baccalaureate student in Business Education from Algona, Iowa who finished her program at the Spencer site, has accepted a teaching position at North Union School District in Swea City, Iowa. There Ashlee will be teaching middle school. Congratulations, Ashlee!

Kyle Grems, an Elementary Education major with science endorsements from Estherville, Iowa, who finished his program at the Estherville site, has accepted a teaching position at the Estherville Lincoln Central School District in Estherville, Iowa. There Kyle will be teaching Eighth Grade Science. Congratulations, Kyle!

Tyler Bjustrom, an Elementary Education major with a SPED and PKK endorsement from Algona, Iowa, who finished his program at the Spencer site, has accepted a teaching position at West Elementary in Emmetsburg, Iowa. There Tyler will be teaching first grade. Congratulations, Tyler!

Sara Williamsen, an Elementary Education major from Spirit Lake, Iowa, who finished her program at the Spencer site, has accepted a teaching position in the Bellevue School District in Bellevue, Nebraska. There Sara will be teaching fourth grade. Congratulations, Sara!

Ashley Brock, an Elementary Education major with Middle School Endorsement from Alta, Iowa, who finished her program at the Spencer site, has accepted a teaching position at the Alta-Aurelia School District. There Ashley will be teaching Middle School. Congratulations, Ashley!

- Monica Welander

Professor Matt Hanson Wins North American Ironman Championship

May 21, 2015


Exercise science professor and Human Performance Program Director Matt Hanson won the North American Ironman Championship over the weekend with a course record 8:07:03. Beating a field that consisted of the best in the world in his sport, he earned an automatic bid to the World Championship in Kona this October. He is currently ranked in the top 15 in the world. You can read his report at http://www.matthansontri.com/2015/05/18/imtx-race-report-north-american-champion/ . Congrats

- James Day

Erica Johnson Awarded Competitive Internship!

May 21, 2015


Congratulations to Erica Johnson who was awarded a competitive internship within the Virology R&D Department of Boehringer-Ingelheim, a global research company with a veterinary pharmaceutical facility located in Fort Dodge! Selection is highly competitive, with only one student being selected per department for this summer internship opportunity. Nice job, Erica!

- Melinda Coogan

Packer publishes in Antipodes Journal

May 19, 2015


Dr. Matthew Packer has recently published an essay on New Zealand novelist Patricia Grace in Antipodes: a Global Journal of Australian and New Zealand Literature. His essay on Grace's novel Tu explores the adventures and exploits of the Maori battalion in the Second World War, as well as how to teach the novel in postcolonial literary studies.

- Matthew Packer

Packer publishes in Royal Society of NZ Journal

May 19, 2015


Dr. Packer has published an article on mimetic theory and New Zealand culture in the Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand. The article examines the emerging sciences of imitation and their insights for New Zealand's race relations, foreign policy, and culture of innovation.

- Matthew Packer

Nuetzman to teach in Ida Grove...

May 15, 2015


Holly Nuetzman, a senior elementary education major from Wall Lake, Iowa, has accepted a teaching position in the Ida Grove Elementary. She will be teaching special education to students in grades 2-3. Holly recently completed her student teaching in Alta and Ankeny. Congratulations, Holly!

- Pippa Fineran

Employment

May 15, 2015


Melissa Greve, a senior Social Work major from Arcadia, IA, has accepted a position as a Substance Abuse Counselor at New Opportunities in Carroll, IA. Melissa has recently finished her practicum with the Manning Family Recovery Center, and will start her new position in Carroll shortly after graduation.

- Melissa Greve

Professor Invited to Write Book Chapter

May 8, 2015


Congratulations to Dr. Wind Goodfriend, Associate Professor of Psychology, who has been invited to contribute a chapter to the upcoming book "Game of Thrones Psychology: The Mind is Full of Dark and Terrors." Goodfriend's tentative chapter title is: "Women of Westeros: Feminist Fantasy or Misogynistic Dystopia?" The book is scheduled to be published in the winter of 2015/2016. (Winter is coming.)

- Wind Goodfriend

Josh Fortmann Awarded Genetic Counseling Summer Research Fellowship

May 8, 2015


Congratulations to Josh Fortmann on being awarded a competitive summer research fellowship by the Iowa Institute of Human Genetics. Josh will receive a $3200 stipend for an 8-week internship in the Genetic Counseling research program at the University of Iowa.

- Brian Lenzmeier

Finnern Defends Dissertation

May 8, 2015


Assistant Professor Julie Finnern successfully defended her dissertation entitled:

Perspectives of Adjunct Faculty at a Selected Midwestern Four-Year Liberal Arts University Regarding Professional Development that Influences Effective Teaching

She will receive her Ed.D. in adult and higher education at the University of South Dakota later in May.

- Paul Theobald

Anders accepts teaching post...

May 7, 2015


Stephanie Anders, a history education major from Marcus, Iowa, who finished her program in December 2014, has accepted a teaching position at Denison (Iowa) High School. There Stephanie will be teaching Western Civilization I, II, & III to students in grades 10-12. Congratulations, Stephanie!

- Pippa Fineran

Heylmun Secures Internship with Lutz

May 7, 2015


Congratulations to BVU computer science junior Jerry Heylmun on securing a summer internship with Lutz Technology, an Omaha-based firm specializing in accounting, business, and technology solutions. Jerry will be working in a software development role. Well done, Jerry!

- Dr. Jason Shepherd

Professor's Edited Book Now Available

May 7, 2015


The first book edited by Dr. Wind Goodfriend, Associate Professor of Psychology, is now available for purchase on Amazon.com or through the publisher, McGraw-Hill. The book, titled "Taking Sides: Clashing Views in Social Psychology," presents both sides of 15 contemporary debates in the field. Examples are, "Is high self-esteem really beneficial?" and, "Is racism a permanent feature of American society?" For each debate, Goodfriend provides biographies of the authors, learning outcomes, a summary of each article, critical thinking discussion questions, a list of additional articles and internet resources, and an essay called, "Is there common ground?" Congratulations to Goodfriend for this achievement.

- Wind Goodfriend

Long accepts math position

May 7, 2015


Megan Long, a senior math education major from Lyons, NE, has accepted a teaching position in Scottsbluff, NE. Megan, who is currently completing her student teaching at the Spencer (Iowa) Middle School, will be teaching algebra to 8th graders at Bluffs Middle School. Congratulations, Megan!

- Pippa Fineran

Gleaves Accepts IT Position with Central Bank

May 7, 2015


Congratulations to BVU computer science senior Alex Gleaves on accepting a position as an IT Coordinator with Central Bank in Storm Lake. Alex's role will involve hardware, software, programming, network administration, vendor relations, and a wide range of other IT-related responsibilities. Best wishes to you, Alex, on the start of a promising career!

- Dr. Jason Shepherd

Graduate School Acceptance

May 4, 2015


Hannah Anderson, Class of 2014, has been accepted into the Graduate Program in Arts Management at Texas Tech University. This is one of the most competitive Arts Management programs in the country. Hannah will begin her studies next fall. Congratulations Hannah! The Theatre Faculty

- Dr. Michael Whitlatch

Adam Strater (BVU Philosophy & Religion 2006 alum) awarded the Wexner Graduate Fellowship

May 1, 2015


Adam is currently pursuing his PhD in Religion at Emory University.
Congratulations to him for being awarded this highly competitive 4 year fellowship. It provides him with opportunities in leadership, scholarship and comes with $30,000 award. The mission of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship/Davidson Scholars Program is to promote excellence in Jewish professional leadership. By providing financial support and leadership educational programs to graduate students and professionals in the field, The Wexner Foundation promotes a commitment to professional excellence among emerging Jewish professional leaders. (http://www.wexnerfoundation.org/programs/wexner-graduate-fellowship/about).
Congratulations again Adam!

- Swasti Bhattacharyya

Friesen defends dissertation

April 30, 2015


Calle Frisen, Successful doctoral defense: Tuesday April 28
Dissertation title: THE ACADEMIC ACCULTURATION OF TEENAGE NEWCOMERS IN IOWA SCHOOLS: A PHENOMENOLOGICAL STUDY.
Drake Graduate School of Education commencement Saturday May 16

- Paul Theobald

Correction regarding Britney Hansen's position...

April 30, 2015


Correction--In a recent Academic Achievement posting, Britney Hansen was incorrectly reported as hailing from Glenwood, Iowa. Britney, who was recently hired at Carter Lake Elementary in Council Bluffs, is actually from Griswold, Iowa. Apologies, Britney, for the sharing of that incorrect information.

- Pippa Fineran

Titman accepts position

April 30, 2015


Ryan Titman, a December 2014 campus graduate from Boone, Iowa, has accepted a position at the Boone Middle School where he will be teaching physical education. Congratulations, Ryan!

- Pippa Fineran

Fejfar takes position in Remsen

April 30, 2015


Justin Fejfar, a December 2014 campus graduate in K-12 physical education from Remsen, Iowa, has accepted a position at Remsen St. Mary's to teach physical education. Congratulations, Justin!

- Pippa Fineran

Claire Boston accepted to study at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art

April 25, 2015


Congratulations to Claire Boston ('16) on being accepted to study at the London Academy of Dramatic Art in the fall of 2015! LAMDA is the oldest school of performing arts in England and offers a rigorous course of study in acting. We are so proud of you, Claire!

- Bethany Larson

Physics/Computer Science Professor Earns Patent for Data Compression Algorithm

April 25, 2015


Dr. Shawn Stone has received a provisional patent from the United States Patent and Trademark Office for his “new and useful innovations for apparatuses, methods and systems for compressing data using a center of frequency”. This technique spans his two disciplines, applying the ancient Archimedes principle to modern computer data compression. Congratulations to Shawn!

- James Hampton

Tyson Accepts Graphic Design Post

April 25, 2015


CONGRATS to Tyson-Jay Domingo who has begun working part-time at a position with McLaughlin International in Carroll, IA, which will become full time upon graduation in May. Tyson, who studied Digital Media and Graphic Design at BVU, will work as a Graphic Designer. His responsibilities include creating artwork and sample sheets for clients, creating sales sheets and brochures for sales reps and, eventually, managing social media to increase McLaughlin's online presence.

- Bruce Ellingson

Psychology Student and Professor Publish Paper Together

April 23, 2015


Congratulations to recent BVU psychology alumna Erika Garcia (class of 2014) and to Dr. Wind Goodfriend, Associate Professor of Psychology. Their co-authored paper, "Outsiders' Perceptions and Stigmas for Parents with ADHD Children" has just been accepted for publication in the Journal of Psychological Inquiry. This empirical research paper was written in Dr. Goodfriend's year-long Advanced Research Thesis class, and Erika is the first author. For a copy of the paper, email goodfriend@bvu.edu.

- Wind Goodfriend

McDermott Abstract Accepted for ESA Presentation

April 22, 2015


Congratulations to Carolyn McDermott on the Ecological Society of America’s acceptance of her abstract entitled The roles of leaf defense and nutrients in plant-herbivore interactions: a study in the response to varying herbivore intensity. Carolyn will present her research findings at the 100th annual ESA conference to be held in Baltimore, MD the beginning of August. Nice job, Carolyn!

- Melinda Coogan

Hansen accepts teaching post

April 20, 2015


Britney Hansen, a senior elementary education major from Glenwood, Iowa, has accepted a teaching position. Britney will be teaching fifth grade for the Council Bluffs Community School District at Carter Lake Elementary. Congratulations, Britney!

- Pippa Fineran

Jaelyn Daggs-Olson Awarded BioSNTR Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship

April 20, 2015


Congratulations to Jaelyn Daggs-Olson for being awarded a 2015 BioSNTR Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship at the University of South Dakota. Jaelyn collaborated with Dr. Victor Huber to write a research proposal to study influenza viruses and their proposal was accepted for funding. Jaelyn will receive a stipend for her work this summer at USD.

- Brian A. Lenzmeier, Ph.D.

Gallagher accepts teaching post

April 20, 2015


Grady Gallagher, a senior business education major from Moville, Iowa, has accepted a teaching position at Central Community High School in Dewitt, Iowa. Grady is currently completing a high school business student teaching placement in the East Sac Community High School in Lake View, Iowa. Congratulations, Grady!

- Pippa Fineran

Petersen accepts teaching position

April 20, 2015


Ryan Petersen, a secondary math major from Denison, Iowa, has accepted a high school math position at East Sac High School in Lake View, Iowa. He will be teaching calculus, pre-calculus, and algebra. Ryan is currently completing his student teaching at East Sac. Congratulations!

- Pippa Fineran

Zinn hired in Schleswig

April 20, 2015


Andrew Zinn, a senior elementary education major from Spencer, Iowa, has accepted a teaching position in the Schleswig Community School District. In his new position, he will be teaching second grade. Andrew is currently completing his student teaching in a fourth-grade classroom at Lincoln Elementary in Spencer. Congratulations, Andrew!

- Pippa Fineran

Shadlow accepted to USD Vocal Performance graduate program

April 20, 2015


Kayla Shadlow, senior vocal music education major from Storm Lake, Iowa, has been accepted to the graduate program in vocal performance at the University of South Dakota. Kayla will be teaching voice lessons as well as assisting with the opera and choral programs. Congratulations, Kayla!

- Pippa Fineran

Kastantin accepts teaching position

April 20, 2015


Tyler Kastantin, an elementary education major from Dallas Center, Iowa, who is currently student teaching at Newell-Fonda in the fifth grade, has accepted a teaching position as a first grade teacher at South Prairie Elementary School in Grimes. Congratulations, Tyler!

- Pippa Fineran

Morganne Haer awarded paid summer internship at Trans Agra

April 20, 2015


Congratulations to BVU chemistry major Morganne Haer for being awarded a paid summer internship doing research at TransAgra in Storm Lake, Iowa.

- Brian A. Lenzmeier, Ph.D.

Ramirez Receives Graduate Fellowships

April 19, 2015


Mariana Ramirez has been accepted by the University of Iowa to pursue her MA/Ph.D. in history. Mariana was awarded both the Graduate College Fellowship, which includes both a full tuition waiver and living stipend, and the Iowa Recruitment Fellowship which provides a summer living stipend and tuition waiver. Congratulations!

- Dixee Bartholomew-Feis

Congratulations to Ian Grigsby

April 16, 2015


Congratulations to Ian Grigsby. Ian has been accepted into the Ph.D. program in Mathematics at Baylor University, and has been awarded an assistantship and full tuition scholarship to support his study. Best wishes, Ian.

- Benjamin B. Donath

Ubben Accepted to MSU Summer Prevet Program

April 15, 2015


Congratulations to Tabitha Ubben on her acceptance to the Michigan State University Enrichment Summer, 2015, Prevet Program within the College of Veterinary Science! The seven week program comes with a stipend and includes a simulated veterinary curriculum as well as workshops designed to assist in preparing for professional veterinary medicine programs. Nice job, Tabitha!

- Melinda Coogan

Business Faculty Publish Research Paper

April 13, 2015


Dr. Kihwan Kim, an assistant professor in management publishes a research paper entitled “How Transformational Leadership Facilitates Innovative Behavior of Korean Workers: Examining Mediating and Moderating Processes” in the “Personnel Review”.

- Dr. Kihwan Kim

Business Graduate’s Research Abstract Accepted for International Conference

April 13, 2015


International Business graduate (class of 2014) , Brock Loske’s research abstract entitled, “Exploration for The Determinants of The Willingness to Continue The Relationship with The Bank among Young Customers: Conceptual Model”, is accepted for the presentation at the 2015 International Academy of Business and Public Administration Conference in Dallas, TX. Brock co-worked the paper with Dr. Kihwan Kim, an assistant professor in management.

Congratulation Brock!

- Dr. Kihwan Kim

Coogan Elected.

April 10, 2015


Congratulations to Dr. Melinda Coogan for her recent selection as President Elect of the Iowa Academy of Science. Dr Coogan will be introduced at the President’s Banquet at the 127th IAS Annual Meeting on Friday, April 17th, in the Main Lounge of the Iowa Memorial Union at the University of Iowa. Congratulations, Dr. Coogan.

- Benjamin B. Donath

Rodriguez Accepts Position with Wells Blue Bunny

April 10, 2015


Congratulations to BVU computer science senior Miguel Rodriguez on accepting a position with Wells Blue Bunny as an associate programmer/analyst in their IT Applications group. Best wishes on the start of a promising career, Miguel!

- Dr. Jason Shepherd

Mikaela Millslagle awarded summer research fellowship

April 8, 2015


Congratulations to Mikaela Millslagle for being awarded a competitive paid biomedical summer research fellowship at Des Moines University for the summer of 2015.

- Brian A. Lenzmeier, Ph.D.

Psychology Alumnae and Professor Publish Together

April 4, 2015


Congratulations to Dr. Wind Goodfriend, Associate Professor of Psychology, and recent Psychology graduates Melanie Boysen and Gwendolyn Walton (both class of 2014). Two empirical articles written by them have been accepted for publication in the "Journal of Psychological Inquiry." Boysen and Goodfriend's article is titled "Drug Use: Personal History, Mental Health, and the False Consensus Effect." Walton and Goodfriend's article is titled "The Psychology of Bullies: Do Gender and Social Power Matter?" Both of these articles were written as part of Dr. Goodfriend's year-long Advanced Research Thesis course and will be published later in 2015. For copies of the articles, email goodfriend@bvu.edu. Well done, Melanie and Gwen!

- Wind Goodfriend

Erika N. Garcia to pursue clinical PSY.D.

April 2, 2015


Congratulations to Erika on her admission to the doctoral program at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Erika will pursue her PSY.D. in clinical psychology; upon completion of her degree, she will give back by offering psychological services to working class families in rural Iowa.

- Robert Blodgett

National Photography Finalist

April 2, 2015


Congratulations to Senior Graphic Design & Digital Media student, Kyle Shade. His "Portrait of David Boelter" from his "Professor Series” was a finalist in the Photographer's Forum 35th annual college and high school photo contest. It was a national contest with over 17,000 entrees. Congratulations Kyle!

- Miranda Pollock

Okoboji Entrepreneurial Institute Participants Selected

April 2, 2015


Dr. Ashok Subramanian, Dean of the School of Business, and management professors Dr. Joni Anderson and Dr. Kihwan Kim are pleased to announce the selection of this year’s participants for the Okoboji Entrepreneurial Institute. They are Meghan Harmening, Rudy Pineda, Neil Marshall, and Callie Hoffman. Navneet Singh will serve as an alternate. The Institute will be held August 2-7 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

Submission Acceptance at Central States Communication Association's Conference

April 2, 2015


The UCN Studios storytelling project “The Zombie Philosophy” has been accepted for presentation at the Central States Communication Association’s (CSCA) Undergraduate Honors Research Conference in April. The Storytelling project team is being recognized for their research and creation of the motivational training program built on the Zombie Burger restaurant. Congratulations to the team on being accepted into this prestigious conference. Krystal Schulte, Skyler Gorsett and Spencer Bottorff will travel to the conference in Madison, Wisconsin on April 16th to present “The Zombie Philosophy: Wrapping Your Brain Around Convergence.”

- Jerry Johnson

Weber Accepted to Graduate Program at Illinois State University

April 1, 2015


Congratulations to BVU biology major Beth Weber for acceptance to the Illinois State graduate program! Beth has been awarded a graduate teaching assistantship and will be pursuing her MS thesis research in the Biomathematics Sequence within the biological sciences department. Nice job, Beth!

- Melinda Coogan

Abstract Acceptance for Iowa Academy of Science

March 30, 2015


Congratulations to Shaylia Barber, Carolyn McDermott, Tasha Nelson, Alex Schriber, Beth Weber, and Ethan Wilson on acceptance of abstracts for presentation at the 127th Iowa Academy of Science annual conference, which will be held on April 17 and 18, 2015, at the University of Iowa. Nice job, everyone!

- Melinda Coogan

Selection of 2015/16 Global Fellows

March 30, 2015


Congratulations to the 2015/16 Global Fellows! Following extensive deliberations, the committee selected Jacob Braddock, Tanner Cook, Emma Konkler, Rosie Russell, Dong Wang, and Kyle Wiebers. These students will accompany Drs. Matthew Packer and Melinda Coogan to the southern tip of Chile during January, 2016 to participate in the Sub-Antarctic Biocultural Conservation Program. Following their return to campus, they will relay their experiences through an ACES presentation and further campus discourse.

- Melinda Coogan

Derek Schwartz admitted to DDS program at University of Iowa

March 29, 2015


Congratulations to BVU senior Derek Schwartz on being admitted to the DDS program at the University of Iowa College of Dentistry. He will begin his professional studies in Iowa City in August of 2015.

- Brian Lenzmeier

Mark of Excellence Awards

March 29, 2015


Five Digital Media majors attended the Society for Professional Journalists Region 7 conference in Omaha Saturday, March 28, and represented BVU admirably in the Mark of Excellence Awards. Those in attendance at the conference were: Aaron Burns, Cassie Forsyth, Scott Locati, Susie Haack, and Madeleine McCormick.

According to the SPJ national office, "Annually, the Society of Professional Journalists presents the Mark of Excellence Awards, honoring the best in student journalism. The awards offer categories for print, radio, television and online collegiate journalism. Entries are first judged on the regional level. First place regional winners advance to the national competition and are recognized at SPJ spring conferences." Students from Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas and Missouri compete in Region 7 for SPJ, and BVU was one of only two small, private colleges recognized at the regional meeting.

The following were recognized as winners at the regional meeting and will advance to the national competition:
Best Independent Online Student Publication: The Tack
Best All-Around Radio Newscast: KBVU Did You Know News (Madeleine McCormick and Susie Haack)
Radio Sports Reporting: KBVU Sports Homecoming Week (Tanner Hoops)

The following were recognized as finalists:
Radio News Reporting: Buenafication Day Special Coverage—Annie Reiva, Liz Fay, Kelsey Mitchell & Cassie Forsyth
Radio News Reporting: Warped Tour Special Coverage—Scott Locati and Susie Haack
Radio Sports Reporting: KBVU Sports Beaver Nation Week--Tanner Hoops

Congratulations to our outstanding student media leaders!

- Andrea Frantz

Joe Hindman awarded summer research fellowship at UNMC

March 29, 2015


Congratulations to Joe Hindman on being awarded a competitive paid research fellowship in the department of internal medicine at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska. Joe will carry out his research over 10 weeks in the summer of 2015.

- Brian Lenzmeier

Liz Fay to pursue PhD at University of Minnesota

March 29, 2015


Congratulations to Liz Fay for being awarded a full tuition waiver and research assistant stipend to pursue a PhD in the Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biophysics program at the University of Minnesota. Liz will begin her graduate studies in Minneapolis in August of 2015.

- Brian Lenzmeier

Ingles admitted to MSc program in forensic science

March 19, 2015


Congratulations to December (2014) BVU graduate Hannah Ingles on being admitted to the Forensic Science MSc. program at King's College in London, England.

- Brian A. Lenzmeier, Ph.D.

Beatty Accepts Software Developer Position with Lutz

March 12, 2015


Congratulations to BVU computer science senior Cameron Beatty. Cam has accepted a position as a software developer with Lutz, an Omaha-based firm specializing in accounting, business, and technology solutions. Cam's focus will be on .NET development. Well done, Cam, and best wishes on the start of a bright career!

- Jason Shepherd

Reiva accepted to graduate school

March 2, 2015


Senior History major, Annie Reiva, has been accepted to the Masters program in history at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She has received a full tuition waiver as well as a funded research position in the Center for Digital Research in the Humanities . She is currently studying abroad in Vienna so congratulations from afar!

- Dixee Bartholomew-Feis

IHSSA All State Critics

Feb. 27, 2015


Dr. Bethany Larson and Mr. David Walker served as All State Critics at the Iowa High School Speech Association Large Group Festival in Ames Iowa. Dr Larson was the critic for Choral Reading while Mr. Walker served as the critic for Solo and Group Mime.

- David Walker

Article Written by Dr. David Klee will appear in the IBA Journal

Feb. 27, 2015


Dr. David Klee, associate professor of music and the director of music production at BVU, has published an article that will appear in the winter issue of the Iowa Bandmasters Magazine. The article titled "Tips on Recording Your Musical Ensembles" was written as a direct response to the many music educators that have asked Dr. Klee over the years on how they could improve their musical recordings.

- David Klee

Congratulations to Kellyn Arnold

Feb. 23, 2015


After traveling, volunteering and teaching English in central America, 2013 BVU mathematics graduate Kellyn Arnold has applied to and been accepted in the Masters of Epidemiology and Biostatistics Program at the University of Leeds, England. Congratulations to Kellyn.

- Benjamin B. Donath

Elizabeth Kim Awarded NSF REU Fellowship

Feb. 23, 2015


Congratulations to Elizabeth Kim for being awarded a National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates Fellowship. Elizabeth was awarded this competitive fellowship by Sanford Health in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. She will spend 10 weeks this summer working in the laboratory of Dr. Lance Lee, who studies genetic and molecular causes of the pediatric disorder primary ciliary dyskinesia. To support her research Elizabeth will be awarded a $5,000 stipend plus room and board. Congratulations Elizabeth!

- Brian A. Lenzmeier, Ph.D.

Mariana Ramirez to be published

Feb. 22, 2015


Mariana Ramirez has just been notified that her History Senior Thesis, "Calculated Kindness": The Immigrant Experience of Jewish Holocaust Survivors in post-World War II America, 1945-1951, will be published in the Spring 2015 edition of the Yale Historical Review. The Yale Historical Review publishes one senior undergraduate essay from across the nation each spring. Please join us in congratulating Mariana on her outstanding achievement!

- Dixee Bartholomew-Feis

York Presents at Ohio Northern University

Feb. 20, 2015


Dr. Heather York, Assistant Professor of Biology, presented her research on the feeding ecology of the short-tailed fruit bats at an invited lecture for the Department of Biological and Allied Health Sciences at Ohio Northern University. While there earlier this month, she also led discussions for students in courses on comparative vertebrate anatomy and mammalogy.

- Heather York

Bernhardt Invited to Speak

Feb. 17, 2015


Dr. Laura M. Bernhardt (Associate Professor of Philosophy) will be spending some of her Spring Break this year in Beaumont, Texas -- she's been invited to give a talk on using the study of applied ethics to build social and political responsibility into the general education curriculum at Lamar University. Lamar University is a part of the Texas State University system, and is also the home of the world's smallest University Press.

- Laura Bernhardt

Iowa College Media Association awards

Feb. 14, 2015


The Digital Media faculty and 14 BVU students traveled to Des Moines February 5-7 for the annual Iowa College Media Association conference. At the statewide student media awards session, Buena Vista University student media leaders were recognized individually and collectively for outstanding work from 2014. The following list summarizes the awards for which the students and Professor Jerry Johnson were recognized.

Summary:

1. Six (6) First Place Awards in:

· Feature Photo (Zachary Schmidt);

· Multimedia Slideshow (Cassie Forsyth, Jordan Henningson, Kamsa Thephavong, Griffin Truslow, Aaron Burns);

· Opinion Writing (Alexis Williams);

· Online Design (Krystal Schulte)

· Online Video (Chelsey Goetz)

· Online Edition (Tack Online Staff)

2. Five (5) Second Place Awards in:

· Radio newscast (Tanner Hoops)

· Online Video (Zachary Schmidt)

· Interactive Graphic (Krystal Schulte)

· Blog (Mary Rose Timko)

· Multimedia Slideshow (Cassie Forsyth)

3. Seven (7) Third Place Awards in:

· Radio News Programming (Annie Reiva, Scott Locati, Kelsey Mitchell, Liz Fay, Cassie Forsyth)

· Interactive Graphic (Justice Gage Kempf)

· Online Design (Tack Online Staff)

· Blog (Lesa Turnquist)

· Review (Alexis Williams)

· News Story (Kiley Wellendorf)

· Multimedia Slideshow (Grace Bodey, Alexis Williams, Scott Locati, Chelsea Gubbels, Zachary Schmidt)

4. Eight (8) Fourth Place Awards in:

· Sports Photograph (Krystal Schulte)

· Multimedia Slideshow (Kelsey Fredricks)

· News Story (Aaron Burns, Courtney Van Haaften)

· Feature Story (Cassie Forsyth)

· Blog (Kiley Wellendorf)

· Online Design (Tack Online Staff)

· Online Video (UCN Studios Staff)

· Television Commercial (Carly Demro, Hannah Anderson)

5. Three (3) Overall or Special Awards in:

· Overall News Media Organization of the Year (The Tack)

· First Amendment Award (UCN Studios; “Stop the Presses!” created for BVU First Amendment Week)

· Eighmey Award[1] (Jerry Johnson)



[1] Iowa College Media Association's most distinguished honor is given annually to recognize an individual whose efforts have been instrumental in advancing the quality of media education in Iowa.

- Dr. Andrea Frantz

Digital Media Students and Professor to Present at National Conference

Feb. 14, 2015


Two BVU students have had sessions they proposed accepted for the College Media Association Conference in New York City March 11-14.

Tyson-Jay Domingo, senior Digital Media major, will present "News won't wait. Why should you? On-the-go news coverage via social media."

Scott Locati, senior Digital Media major will present "Using Sound Slides and Adobe Audition as audio storytelling tools in multimedia journalism."

They will travel to New York, NY for the annual CMA conference with four other Buena Vista University SCJ chapter members who will represent The Tack, UCN Studios and KBVU. The other student media leaders who will attend CMA include: Cassandra Forsyth, Kiley Wellendorf, Kaylie Plowman, and Justice Kempf.

Dr. Andrea Frantz, Associate Professor of Digital Media and SCJ faculty advisor will also be leading three sessions on First Amendment Law at the conference.

- Dr. Andrea Frantz

Lafferty Accepts Software Engineer Position

Feb. 13, 2015


Congratulations to BVU computer science senior Tyler Lafferty. Tyler has accepted a position at Amtrust Financial in Cleveland, Ohio, as a software engineer. His primary duties will involve developing Web applications using .NET-based technologies. Well done, Tyler!

- Dr. Jason Shepherd

Robles Secures Web Developer Position

Feb. 13, 2015


Congratulations to BVU computer science senior Robert Robles. Robert has accepted a Web developer position with STATS LLC in Northbrook, IL (Chicago metro), where he will be building applications using C#. Well done, Robert!

- Jason Shepherd

Two Professors to Publish Together

Feb. 9, 2015


Congratulations to Dr. Wind Goodfriend (Associate Professor of Psychology) and Prof. Calle Friesen (Assistant Professor of Education), who have been invited to write a co-authored book chapter. The chapter, tentatively called "Psychology and Relationship Violence in Young Adult Literature," will be published in the edited volume "Young adult literature: A bridge to understanding diversity and disability across cultures." The book is scheduled to be available for purchase in 2016. Goodfriend and Friesen are looking forward to the project as an excellent opportunity for cross-disciplinary scholarship.

- Wind Goodfriend

chapter published

Feb. 9, 2015


Paul Theobald and John Bedward recently published a chapter entitled, "Balancing Economic Utility with Civic Responsibility," in Michael Mueller and Deborah Tippins, eds., Ecojustice, Citizen Science, and Youth Activism, Springer, 2015.

- Paul Theobald

Invitation to Present at Drake University!

Feb. 8, 2015


Congratulations to Ethan Wilson and Alex Schriber on their invitation to present results from their 2014 BVU Summer Science Research project entitled “Macroinvertebrate bacterial resistance to triclosan at the Outlet Creek (IA) WWTP outfall and potential for downstream resistance migration” at the annual Raccoon River Watershed Association Conference. The 2015 Conference will be held at Drake University, Des Moines on March 7. Nice work, Ethan and Alex!

- Melinda Coogan

STEM Gift to Support Students

Feb. 2, 2015


BVU has received a gift of $500,000 from a generous couple to establish an endowment for STEM education at BVU. This endowment will provide valuable resources to better prepare BVU education students to teach STEM in K-12. It will also provide the opportunity for outreach to area schools to provide training, tools, and development for current K-12 teachers to help them deliver a strong STEM curriculum.

- Paul

Dr. Goodfriend's Book is Published

Feb. 2, 2015


Congratulations to Dr. Wind Goodfriend, Associate Professor of Psychology; her book "Voices of Hope -- Breaking the Silence of Relationship Violence" is now available for purchase on Amazon.com and many other online bookstores. The book, co-authored by Pamela Cathey, highlights the stories of survivors of relationship violence and the hopeful message that these former victims have now transformed into strong, compassionate people. For now, the book is only available electronically; print copies will be available in September. Dr. Goodfriend wishes to thank BVU for all the support they provided while she was writing the book over the past eight years.

- Wind Goodfriend

Sarteano Choral Workshop

Feb. 2, 2015


Dr. Merrin Guice has been selected as one of ten international singer/conductors to participate in the Sarteano Choral Workshop with Yale Professor Emeritus, Simon Carrington. The Choral Workshop takes place in Sarteano, Italy this summer.

- Merrin Guice

Clifford A. Rae Science Winners

Jan. 28, 2015


The Clifford A. Rae School of Science Academic Achievement Award winners for 2014 are:

Freshman/Sophomore: Sarah Schlichte, Jaelyn Daggs-Olson and Michelle Clinesmith.

Sophomore/Junior: Lan Nguyen, Miguel Rodrigues and Carolyn McDermott.

Junior/Senior: Kelsey Mitchell, John Bieber and Breannah Krips.

Congratulations to these students for their hard work and accomplishment.

The School of Science Faculty

- Benjamin B. Donath

Grant Reception

Jan. 27, 2015


The BVU School of Science is proud to announce reception of the 2015 Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust grant of $174,054.00 to purchase five pieces of scientific equipment. The new instruments will be used for enhancement and development of classroom and research curricula in the multidisciplinary environmental science program. Members within the School of Science want to express their gratitude to the Board of Trustees of the Carver Charitable Trust for this great honor!

- Dr. Melinda Coogan

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

Jan. 27, 2015


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 2014 calendar year are: Second Year students Colin Hansen, Mai Chee Yang, and Tanner Heckt; Third Year students Callie Hoffman, Alec Sindelar and Neil Marshall; and Fourth Year students Nereyda Manriquez, Jordon Pilcher, and Jon Lietz. We commend and congratulate these students for their outstanding effort and performance.

- Cindy McDonough

Review Published

Jan. 27, 2015


Dr. Michael Whitlatch, Professor of Theatre, has been informed that his review of the book "Eugune O'Neill: A Life in Four Acts," by Robert Dowling will be published in the February edition of Choice.

- Dr. Michael Whitlatch

Congratulations to the May 2015 Mathematics Graduates

Jan. 26, 2015


Congratulations to the May, 2015, Mathematics Major Graduates. As a group, this year’s graduating mathematics majors scored in the top 12% nationally on the ETS Major Field Test in Mathematics, the best performance since the 2013 group that scored at the 91st percentile and the 2009 group that scored at the 94th percentile. Two of this year’s graduates had individual scores well within the top 10% nationally. Congratulations to this year’s mathematics graduates for continuing the tradition of strong performance on this national assessment.

The Mathematics Faculty.

- Benjamin B. Donath

Recognition of Excellence

Jan. 12, 2015


Buena Vista University’s School of Education is proud to announce students who have recently received Recognition of Excellence designation on their Praxis II exam. These exams are now required of teacher candidates who complete their preparation programs after January 1, 2013. Candidates need to pass two Praxis II tests specifically chosen by Iowa in content and pedagogy in order to be licensed. The tests measure subject-specific content knowledge, as well as general and subject-specific teaching skills that one needs for beginning teaching. Congratulations to these high achievers who were all recognized for their performance on the Content Knowledge test:

Richard Balkenende, Ft. Dodge site, December 2013 graduate

John Bieber, Storm Lake, will student teach this spring

Brittany Johnson, Spencer site, May 2014 graduate

Paul Jorgensen, Estherville site, June 2013 graduate

Nicholas Smith, Ft. Dodge site,currently student teaching

Jason Swaggerty-Morgan,LeMars site, December 2014 graduate

Kelsey Ubben, Mason City site, December 2014 graduate

- Pippa Fineran

Masters Degree

Dec. 9, 2014


Joan Curbow will graduate with a Masters of Library and Information Science from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Information Science on Sunday, December 14, 2014.

- Joan

Poetry Publication

Dec. 1, 2014


Dr. Gwen Hart's poems "The Empress of Kisses" and "Marginalia" are in the Fall 2014 issue of The Road Not Taken: A Journal of Formal Poetry, and the editors of The Quotable have nominated her poem "Early Introduction to Freud" for a Pushcart Prize.

- Gwen Hart

Poster Presentation at a Professional Conference

Nov. 24, 2014


Carlee Brown, a junior student in Criminology and Criminal Justice, presented her poster "All in the Game: Social Learning Theory in Seasons Four and Five of The Wire" at the annual meeting of the American Society of Criminology on November 20th. Her poster not only invited a lot of audience but also Carlee presented her research nicely. It was quite a success! Congratulations, Carlee!!

- Miyuki Vamadevan Arimoto

Computer Science students excel at regional programming contest

Nov. 22, 2014


Nine BVU computer science students, arranged in 3 teams, competed in the North Central North America regional contest of the Association of Computing Machinery's International Collegiate Programming Contest (ACM ICPC). BVU's top performing teams ranked in 2nd and 4th place out of the 15 teams competing at our contest site in Orange City, IA. Our 2nd place team, which included Senior Arik Ostler and Juniors Jerry Helymun and Alex Meier, was the first team at the site to solve a problem in an extremely impressive 11 minutes. Other competing students included: Seniors Cameron Beatty and Miguel Rodriguez; Juniors Brady Hannula and Myckeal Rake; Sophomore Austin Adamson; and Freshman Hunter Anthony. Their collective performance resulted in BVU’s best showing at an ACM ICPC event. Congratulations to these students on wrapping up a very successful programming contest season – their hard work and preparation definitely paid off!

- Nathan Backman

Bobby Brown Accepts Auditor Position

Nov. 18, 2014


BVU senior, Bobby Brown, has accepted the position of Auditing Associate with CliftonLarsonAllen in Indianapolis, IN, to begin in January. Bobby is a double-major in Accounting and Business.

Congratulations from the School of Business!

- Beth Blankers

Psychology Professor to Publish Edited Book

Nov. 18, 2014


Congratulations to Dr. Wind Goodfriend, Associate Professor of Psychology, who has just completed an edited book. Dr. Goodfriend was invited to be the book editor by McGraw-Hill based on her research on controversial issues such as prejudice and relationship violence. The book, titled "Taking Sides: Clashing Views in Social Psychology," presents twenty debates within the field and articles supporting each side of the debate. Dr. Goodfriend also wrote introductions for each debate, a book preface, a discussion of common ground that might be found within each debate, and a list of additional resources for each issue. The volume will be available for purchase from McGraw-Hill in March of 2016.

- Psychology Department

Students selected to Honor Band

Nov. 11, 2014


Four BVU students were selected to perform in the 2014 Iowa Collegiate Honor Band. Selected students include: Shelby Cooper - clarinet, Kelsey Struck - french horn, Arik Ostler - tuba and Adam Ullerich - bassoon. The Honor Band will rehearse at the ISU Music Building in Ames on Friday Nov. 21 with the grand finale concert at the Josephine Tope Community Auditorium in Nevada, IA on Nov. 22 at 2PM. The guest conductor for the Honor Band is Dr. Myron Welch, Professor Emeritus at the University of Iowa.

- Jerry Bertrand

Jordon Pilcher Accepts Tax Associate Position

Nov. 10, 2014


BVU senior, Jordon Pilcher, has accepted the position of tax associate with McGladrey in Cedar Rapids, IA, to begin after graduation. Jordon is an Accounting major.

Congratulations from the School of Business!

- Beth Blankers

Ashley Mendenhall Accepts Auditor Position

Nov. 10, 2014


BVU senior, Ashley Mendenhall, has accepted the position of Auditor with KPMG in Minneapolis, MN, to begin after graduation. Ashley is a double-major in Accounting and Management.

Congratulations from the School of Business!

- Beth Blankers

Courtney Bailey Accepts Auditor Position

Nov. 10, 2014


BVU senior, Courtney Bailey, has accepted the position of Auditor with TD&T CPAs and Advisors in Pella, IA, to begin after graduation. Courtney is a double-major in Accounting and Business.

Congratulations from the School of Business!

- Beth Blankers

Alex Nyren Accepts Accounting Position

Nov. 10, 2014


BVU senior, Alex Nyren, has accepted the position of Staff Accountant with Williams and Company PC, in Onawa, IA, to begin after graduation. Alex is an Accounting major and Communication Studies minor.

Congratulations from the School of Business!

- Beth Blankers

Steve Gutschenritter Accepts Accounting Position

Nov. 10, 2014


BVU senior, Steve Gutschenritter, has accepted an accounting position with Kiesling Associates LLP in West Des Moines, IA, to begin after graduation. Steve is a double-major in Accounting and Finance & Banking.

Congratulations from the School of Business!

- Beth Blankers

Stephanie Hayden Accepts Tax Consulting Position

Nov. 10, 2014


BVU senior, Stephanie Hayden, has accepted the position of tax consultant with Deloitte in Des Moines, IA, to begin after graduation. Stephanie is a double-major in Accounting and Management.

Congratulations from the School of Business!

- Beth Blankers

Congratulations to Kelsey Mitchell

Nov. 3, 2014


Senior BVU mathematics major Kelsey Mitchell was recently accepted for the Budapest Semester in Mathematics for Spring, 2015. The Budapest Semester in Mathematics is one of the world's most prestigious study abroad programs in mathematics. Congratulations, Kelsey!

- Benjamin B. Donath

York Named to Board of Directors

Oct. 27, 2014


Dr. Heather York, assistant professor of biology, has been elected to a five-year term on the Board of Directors for the North American Society for Bat Research (NASBR), as well as she was appointed Chair of that organization’s Education and Outreach Committee. NASBR is an international scientific society dedicated to the promotion and development of the scientific study of bats, including conservation and public education.

- Dr. Heather York

Poetry Publication

Oct. 22, 2014


Dr. Gwen Hart, Assistant Prof. of English, has two poems published this month: "Only You" is in the fall issue of PRISM international out of Vancouver, and "Early Introduction to Freud" is in the danger-themed issue of The Quotable, a literary journal that builds its issues around a quote by a famous writer.

- Gwen Hart

Dr. Feis Selected to Write Biography of Famous Iowan

Oct. 16, 2014


The board of the Historic General Dodge House, a National Historic Landmark in Council Bluffs, has selected Dr. Bill Feis to author a new biography of Grenville M. Dodge, a prominent Iowa Civil War general and a key figure in building the Transcontinental Railroad. The book is tentatively titled “Essentially American”: The Life of Grenville M. Dodge with a publication date of January 2016, which is the 100th Anniversary of General Dodge’s death.

- William Feis

Bernhardt to Present Paper

Oct. 15, 2014


Laura Bernhardt (Philosophy and Religion) will be presenting her paper "Flamenco On The Edges: A Curiosity" in the philosophy session at the 2015 meeting of the Southwest Popular/American Culture Association in Albuquerque, NM (Feb 11-14).

- Laura Bernhardt

Frantz Named President for Society for Collegiate Journalists

Oct. 6, 2014


Dr. Andrea Frantz, associate professor of digital media, was elected and just installed as the national President for the Society for Collegiate Journalists. Her role will be largely to serve as the public face of the organization, promote more engagement across existing chapters, and recruit new chapters. She will also be writing a monthly President's blog for the organization's website.

The Society for Collegiate Journalists is a national honor society for student media leaders, and BVU started a chapter on campus two years ago. BVU's chapter is service-driven, and its mission is to help educate the community about First Amendment issues.

Congratulations, Dr. Frantz!

- School of Communication and Art

Bernhardt admitted to MLIS program at SJSU

Oct. 3, 2014


Laura Bernhardt (Assoc. Prof. of Philosophy) has been admitted to the graduate program in Information Science at San Jose State University, and will begin her work toward a Masters of Library and Information Science in the Spring 2015 term.

- Laura Bernhardt

Published Text

Sept. 27, 2014


Dr. Guice has published her first book with co-author Damien Geter, "Music in Context" with Kendall Hunt publishing company.

- School of Communication and Arts

Publication

Sept. 26, 2014


Paul Theobald, "The Cost of Believing 'Bigger is Better'" Dakotafire vol 3(5), September/October, 2014, pp.14-15.

- Paul Theobald

Bhattacharyya Accepted into Willapa Bay Artist-in-Residency

Sept. 25, 2014


Swasti Bhattacharyya (Professor of Philosophy and Religion) has just been accepted in the Willapa Bay Artist-in-Residency program in Oysterville, WA for June of 2015. This is a small residency program in an isolated, beautiful coastal location where 5 people -- two visual artists, two literary artists/scholars, and one composer -- spend a month together doing their work. This is only the second year for the Willapa Bay program, and applications for the limited available space were quite competitive. Congratulations, Dr. Bhattacharyya!

- Laura Bernhardt

BVU Faculty to Run Workshop at PJSA

Sept. 25, 2014


Swasti Bhattacharyya (Philosophy and Religion), Jamii Claiborne (Digital Media), and Julie Finnern (Education) will be running a workshop called "Across Disciplines & Across Town: A Workshop on the Pedagogical Power of Storytelling in an Interdisciplinary Context" at the 2014 meeting of the Peace and Justice Studies Association in October. This workshop grew out of their experiences teaching the experimental interdisciplinary "Our Cultures: Our Stories" class in 2013. Congratulations!

- Laura Bernhardt

Philosophy and Religion Majors Attend California Roundtable on Philosophy and Race

Sept. 23, 2014


On Sept. 19-20 2014, philosophy and religion majors Jonathan Ehrlich and Jestin Thomas had the opportunity to participate in the California Roundtable on Philosophy and Race at Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI. The CRPR "brings together philosophers of race, and those working in related fields, in a small and congenial setting to share their work and to help further this sub-discipline of philosophy," and our majors were fortunate to be able to attend the meeting and to improve their understanding of issues in the philosophy of race. The program is available here: http://caroundtable.webs.com/2014programschedule.htm

- Laura Bernhardt

Publication

Sept. 23, 2014


Estherville adjunct instructor Michael Tidemann has published a short story, "Shadows in the Sand", in the Boston-based online literary magazine, thewriteplaceatthewritetime.org/fiction.html

This is his eighth publication in the magazine which reaches readers in 65 countries.

Tidemann's novel, Doomsday, is also available at Earthings in Storm Lake and on Amazon Kindle at amazon.com/author/michaeltidemann

- Michael Tidemann

Communication Studies Program Achievements

Sept. 15, 2014


The Iowa Communication Association annual conference is at DMACC September 19-20. Three BVU Communication Studies students will be honored. Faith Pritchard, Hannah Puderbaugh, and Kadie Dennison will be honored with the ICA Recognition of Achievement in Communication. Three of our students also had their final papers from COMM 442 Communication Theory competitively selected as top undergraduate student papers: Faith Pritchard was ranked 2nd, Hannah Puderbaugh 3rd and Kadie Dennison, 6th. Faith is currently engaged with the Washington Semester so only Hannah and Kadie will present their work at the conference. The three faculty in the Communication Studies Program are attending. Dr. Bryan Kampbell concludes his three-year term as an At-large member of the Executive Committee and Dr. Mary Gill concludes her three-year term as the Editor of the Iowa Journal of Communication. Dr. Gill and Professor Jamii Claiborne are also presenting at the conference. Professor Emeritus Dr. John Madsen, a tireless advocate for ICA, will be memorialized along with two other long-standing members of the association who also have recently passed.

- Mary Gill

Research article: “Disciplining the ‘Frankenstein of Pauperism’: The Early Years of Charity Organization Case Recording, 1877–1907” in Social Service Review for September.

Sept. 13, 2014


James J. McFadden. “Disciplining the ‘Frankenstein of Pauperism’: The Early Years of Charity Organization Case Recording, 1877–1907.” Social Service Review. U of Chicago P. (September 2014) 88.3: 469-492.

This primary research on the early history of writing in U.S. social work was revised during a recent sabbatical and introduced in a Faculty Friday presentation last year. The Social Service Review evaluates manuscripts through a double-blind peer-review process.

--BVU English

- James J. McFadden

McDermott Awarded 2014 EPA Greater Research Opportunities (GRO) Fellowship

Sept. 12, 2014


Congratulations to BVU’s junior biology major Carolyn McDermott who was selected as one of 30 undergraduate students from throughout the United States to receive the 2014 EPA GRO Fellowship! Carolyn will receive financial support for her junior and senior years of undergraduate study and for an internship at an EPA research facility during the summer of her junior year. The fellowship provides $20,700 of support per academic year and $8,600 of support for a three-month summer internship, which includes travel funds for presentation at a national conference chosen by the student fellow. Excellent work, Carolyn!

- Dr. Melinda Coogan

Paper Presentation

Sept. 9, 2014


Albert Hodapp, Mason City Adjunct Faculty, has been invited to present the paper, Reading Makes You Feel Good and Smarter at the Kentucky Association for Psychology in the Schools Conference. He will be presenting the paper in Louisville, Kentucky on September 19, 2014.

- Patti Hanson

Book Review Published

Sept. 9, 2014


Albert Hodapp, a Mason City Site Adjunct Instructor, has had a book review of "Book Smart: How to Develop and Support Successful, Motivated Readers" published. The title of the review is "Helping Parents Teach Reading" and is published with the National Association of School Psychologists.

- Albert Hodapp

Psychology Professor to be Keynote Speaker at Conference

Sept. 7, 2014


Congratulations to Dr. Wind Goodfriend, Associate Professor of Psychology. She has been invited to be the keynote speaker at the joint conference of the Association of Psychological Education & Research in Kansas and the Nebraska Psychological Society. Her talk, titled "Psychology and Love in Harry Potter, Twilight, and The Hunger Games" will be based on her popular book chapters and blog about psychology in pop culture.

- Psychology Dept.

Ostler Accepts IT Systems Analyst Position with Principal

Sept. 3, 2014


The computer science department would like to congratulate BVU senior Arik Ostler. After completing a successful summer internship with the Principal Financial Group in Des Moines, Iowa, Arik was offered full-time position with Principal as an Information Technology Systems Analyst. He will begin his new job following graduation in May 2015. Well done, Arik!

- Dr. Jason Shepherd

Comp Sci students publish BVU info app on App Store and Play Store

Aug. 27, 2014


BVU computer scientists Tyler Lafferty, Alex Gleaves, and Matthew Wunschel have published a BVU campus information app (intended primarily for students) on both the Apple App Store and the Google Play store. iPhone/iPad users can download the app at https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/bvu-info/id878265888?mt=8. Android users can download their version at https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=edu.bvu.BVInfo&hl=en. Well done, students!

- Dr. Jason Shepherd

Teaching Positions Accepted

Aug. 25, 2014


Congratulations to the following 2013-14 Education students from the Marshalltown & Iowa Falls sites who have accepted teaching positions for the upcoming school year.

Angela Bair – Meskwaki Settlement School, Tama, IA – Grades 7-12 Special Education

Erin Blasi – Callanan Middle School, Des Moines, IA – Grades 6-8 Special Education

Susan Johnson – Roland Story Elementary School, Story City, IA – 2nd Grade Teacher

Lance Keller – South Hamilton High School, Jewell, IA – Grades 9-12 Business Education and Coach

Erika Wolfe – South Hardin High School, Eldora, IA – Grades 9-12 Business Education

Sheila Vitek – Marshalltown High School, Marshalltown, IA – Grades 9-12 Special Education

- Kathy Robbins

Psychology Professor Publishes Article

Aug. 22, 2014


Congratulations to Dr. Wind Goodfriend, Associate Professor of Psychology. Her recent article, "Individual well-being and relationship maintenance at odds: The unexpected peril of maintaining a relationship with an aggressive partner," has been published in the the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science. The article was co-written by Goodfriend and several of her former colleagues at Purdue University.

- Psychology Dept.

Teaching position secured

Aug. 19, 2014


Congratulations to Jessy Bibler, a 2014 graduate of BVU, who accepted a teaching position at Storm Lake St. Mary's for this fall. Jessy will be teaching PK-12 PE, high school health, and will be the head girls' basketball coach!

- Pippa Fineran

Teaching position accepted

Aug. 19, 2014


Congratulations to Matt Best, a spring 2014 BVU graduate, who has accepted a position with Galva-Holstein where he will be teaching TK-5 and high school PE.

- Pippa Fineran

Teaching position accepted

Aug. 4, 2014


Hannah (Glienke) Sefcik, a spring 2014 BVU graduate in elementary education, has accepted a kindergarten position at Manson-Northwest Webster for this fall. Congratulations from the School of Education!

- Pippa Fineran

Glienke Accepts Teaching Position

July 28, 2014


Hannah (Glienke) Sefcik, a spring 2014 BVU graduate in elementary education, has accepted a kindergarten position at Manson-Northwest Webster for this fall. Congratulations from the School of Education!

- School of Education

Professor Feis Invited to Speak in Virginia

July 26, 2014


Dr. Bill Feis has been invited to speak at the Petersburg National Battlefield Park in Virginia as part of the National Park Service’s Civil War Sesquicentennial commemoration of the 1864-65 Richmond-Petersburg campaign. His lecture is entitled “Ulysses S. Grant in Command, 1864-1865.”

--The History Department

- William Feis

2014 MN Vikings Game Day Interns Named

July 23, 2014


Congratulations to Alexis Williams (Corp Comm) and Griffin Truslow (Corp Comm) who have been selected as Game-Day interns for the NFL Minnesota Vikings 2014 season. The students were earlier selected as finalists and recently interviewed by the Vikings PR staff as part of the competitive selection process. They will work with the media team in the press box during and after games, as well as assist with post-game press conferences and writing press releases. We are proud of you Alexis & Griffin!

- Beth Lamoureux

Poetry Publication

July 22, 2014


Dr. Gwen Hart, Assistant Prof. of English, has four sonnets appearing in the summer issue of Mezzo Cammin, a journal of women’s poetry and art.

- Gwen Hart

Psychology Professor Publishes in National Journal

July 16, 2014


Congratulations to Associate Professor of Psychology, Dr. Wind Goodfriend, who has published a co-authored empirical article with Dr. Ximena Arriaga of Purdue University. Their paper, titled "Individual well-being and relationship maintenance at odds: The unexpected perils of maintaining a relationship with an aggressive partner," has been published in the peer-reviewed journal Social Psychological and Personality Science. Their paper examines psychological perspectives of victims of relationship violence and why those perceptions are distorted.

- Psychology Department

Nissen Accepts Teaching Position

July 7, 2014


Misty Nissen, a spring 2014 BVU grad, has accepted a first grade teaching position at Lu Verne Elementary School. Congratulations!

School of Education

- School of Education

Riesselman Accepts Teaching Position

July 7, 2014


Katie Riesselman, a spring 2014 BVU graduate, has accepted a position at St Rose of Lima School in Denison where she will be teaching kindergarten. Congratulations!

School of Education

- School of Education

Acceptance into the Masters Of Public Health Program at Des Moines University

June 26, 2014


Will be starting classes this Fall - Chelsea Clayton

Professor Feis Publishes Essay

June 20, 2014


Dr. Bill Feis has recently published an essay on Civil War general Ulysses S. Grant entitled “The General-in-Chief, 1864-1865” in Edward O. Frantz, ed., A Companion to the Reconstruction Presidents, 1865-1881, which is the latest volume in Wiley Blackwell Publishing's "Companions to American History" series.

The History Department

- William B. Feis

Arts Management Alumnus to join Development Staff at South Dakota Symphony

June 20, 2014


Anne Blankley, 2009 Storm Lake graduate in Arts Management-Fine Arts will soon be employed by the South Dakota Symphony as a Development Assistant. Prior to this Anne has worked for the Black Hills Symphony and the Rapid City Arts Council. Congratulations, Anne!

- Bethany Larson

Schroeder Accepts Teaching Position

June 19, 2014


Megan Schroeder, a 2014 BVU graduate in elementary education has accepted a 3rd grade teaching position at Denison Community School District (20th Elementary School).
Congratulations, Megan.

- School of Education

Johnson Accepts Teaching Position

June 12, 2014


Congratulations to Trisha Johnson, a spring 2014 BVU grad, who has accepted a 7-12 math position at Manson Northwest Webster for the coming school year.

- School of Education

Swanson Accepts Teaching Position

June 12, 2014


Amanda Swanson, a BVU spring 2014 graduate, has accepted a job with the St. Mary's Catholic school in Storm Lake, Iowa, where she will be teaching K-6 computer and reading.

- Congratulations from the School of Education!

- School of Education

Social Work Alumni Admitted to Graduate School

June 10, 2014


Symone Newell, 2013 BVU graduate in social work, was accepted to the University of Northern Iowa School of Social Work. She will begin her Master of Social Work program this summer. Congratulations Symone!

- Kathryn McKinley

Caitlin Hof accepted to Sanford School of Medicine at the University of South Dakota

June 6, 2014


Caitlin Hof has been accepted to the MD program at the University of South Dakota. The University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine is one of the nation’s top 10 leaders in rural medicine, according to rankings published by U.S. News & World Report. We congratulate you on this achievement.

- School of Science

Hartmann Accepts Position with Battelle in Pueblo, Colorado!

June 5, 2014


Congratulations to Environmental Science major Kayla Hartmann on her selection as an Environmental Compliance Representative for Battelle at the Pueblo Chemical Depot. Kayla will be working with the facility implementing mustard gas destruction. Great job, Kayla!

- Dr. Melinda Coogan

Eberly Accepts Teaching Position

June 2, 2014


Ryan Eberly, a BVU spring 2014 graduate, has accepted a job with the Greene County Schools in Jefferson, Iowa, where he will be teaching grade 7 & 8 physical education .

Congratulations from the School of Education

- School of Education

Josh Niere Accepted to Hamline School of Law

May 27, 2014


Congratulations to Environmental Science major, Josh Niere, on acceptance to Hamline University School of Law, St. Paul, Minnesota. Josh was awarded a 70% tuition reduction and will begin his studies, with a focus on environmental law, in the fall, 2014. Nice job, Josh!

- Dr. Melinda Coogan

2014 MN Vikings Game-Day Intern Finalists Selected

May 21, 2014


Congratulations to Alexis Williams and Griffin Truslow, both Corporate Communication majors, who have been selected as finalists for the Minnesota Vikings Game-Day Internship Program! Phone interviews with the Vikings PR staff will take place during June. Those who are selected will work the press box and assist with press conferences following select home games this fall. This marks the sixth year of a formalized internship partnership with the NFL MN Vikings Game-Day Program.

- Career Services

Psychology Student and Professor Publish Together

May 21, 2014


Congratulations to alum Kim Nelson (double major Psychology and English, class of 2013) and Dr. Wind Goodfriend. Their article "The Elusive Ad Man: An Analysis of Don Draper" has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Psychological Inquiry. The paper was Kim's final project in Dr. Goodfriend's Personality class.