What’s Happening on Campus?

The 13th annual Palmer Student Research Symposium was held Wednesday, April 13, on campus. Students from all departments had the opportunity to present their projects and research to campus.

Throughout the day students will share their projects and research results with the campus through oral presentations, poster presentations, or panel discussions.

This year’s Palmer Student Research Symposium keynote speaker was David Thoreson. He presented his speech, “New Horizons: Exploring the Edges of a Changing Planet.” Thoreson grew up in Iowa and is an international photographer, sailor, and the only American explorer in history to sail the Northwest Passage in both directions. Thoreson’s presentation used photography, storytelling, and personal experience and focused on the issue of climate change.

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Alumni Event Photos


On Sunday, April 10, alumni gathered in the Twin Cities for good food and company at an alumni event.

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Department Spotlight: Mass Communications


The Department of Mass Communication has been busy these past few months with a variety of events. Most recently, visiting Woodrow Wilson Fellow Ms. Eleanor Clift was on campus the week of April 11. In addition to her public lecture on April 13, she spoke to many classes, including Introduction to Mass Communication and the Mass Comm Capstone Seminar.


Student-run Fusion 93 KMSC Radio, 92.9 FM, recently hosted its annual Community Connection. During this daylong broadcast from the lobby of the Olsen Student Center, Mass Comm students interviewed representatives from many Siouxland area nonprofit organizations, providing those organizations with some much-needed exposure to KMSC listeners and to students, faculty and staff who happened to be walking by during the day. Mass Comm sophomore Taylor DeVary was the organizer of this year’s event, assisted by many KMSC staffers.



A new chapter of the National Broadcasting Society (NBS) has been formed on campus, with 20 Mass Comm students signing up as our first members. NBS also has a national honor society, Alpha Epsilon Rho, to which three graduating seniors have been elected: Derek Krayenhagen, Channing Pick and Jenni Theisen. Mass Comm Department Chair and Professor Dave Madsen is advisor to NBS.

In March, two Mass Comm students, sophomore Zach Schoenecker and freshman Derrick Curtis, attended the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System’s annual convention in New York City. They participated in several sessions designed to improve college radio stations, like our KMSC. They brought back a Golden Microphone Award for best play-by-play of a women’s basketball game, which was awarded to Mass Comm December 2016 graduate Jennifer Theisen. Dr. Mark Heistad is advisor for KMSC. He’s been on medical leave this semester, recovering from treatment for esophageal cancer. He’s been doing well, and has come to campus a few times this semester just to check in.


Also in March, students in Mass Comm finished up production of the local high school Quiz Bowl program in our MCTV studio. Two Mass Comm students, junior Jordan Heim and sophomore Rachel Potter, served as producer and director for this series of 15 half-hour programs which are produced in our TV studio, and then broadcast on the local ABC-TV station, KCAU-TV.

Jesseca Ormond and Yuka Kotani

Mass Comm students have had a full schedule this semester of radio, TV and online streaming coverage of Mustang men’s and women’s basketball games, a softball game, a men’s volleyball game, and the GPAC Dance & Cheer competition. In addition, students provided online streaming for a Business Department “Entrepreneur in the Classroom” forum.

And students under the guidance of Dr. Ross Fuglsang continue to provide coverage of many events on campus for our online student newspaper, The Collegian Reporter.

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Check It Out: Alumni Spotlight

Rosanne L. Plante, class of 1993, was crowned Mrs. Iowa International on February 7th at Woodbury County Extension Service. Plante will go on to compete for the title of Mrs. International 2016 during the final competition in Jacksonville, Fla., July 22-23, 2016.

Plante is an attorney and lead instructor/advisor of the paralegal studies program at Western Iowa Tech Community College. She enjoys gardening, antiquing, and crafting in her spare time. She also devotes her time and talents to numerous professional and charitable organizations.

Plante is a certified Iowa Master Gardener, having been awarded her 10-year and 500+ community service hours lifetime achievement awards. She is also a member of the Iowa Bar Association, president of the Iowa State Bar Association’s Public Service Project, and a founding and continuing planning committee member of the Siouxland Garden Show.

During her reign as Mrs. Iowa International, Plante will promote the healthy and family advantages of home and school gardens. She has created the “Green Ambassador” program and will be working with the Sioux City Gospel Mission. Her goal is to encourage 100 individuals/families to plant a row/portion of “hope” in their gardens and provide fresh produce to the Gospel Mission’s soup kitchen and pantry.

“I am honored and thrilled to represent my local community and state as Mrs. Iowa 2016,” said Plante. “My year of service will be dedicated to my passions of horticulture education and raising awareness about how each individual can contribute to ending hunger in their community.”

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What’s Happening on Campus?


Students, organizations, faculty, and President John Reynders stood on the ‘M’ for the stand against human trafficking, taking turns over a 24-hour period. This event, organized by students in the political science course Human Rights and Women’s Rights, was held to raise awareness and support for the Siouxland Coalition Against Human Trafficking. The Siouxland Coalition is attempting to establish a restoration house in Sioux City for trafficking survivors.

Students were invited to stand on the ‘M’ with blue T-shirts that bore the number 4.5 million, which signifies the total number of victims of sex trafficking. The ‘M’ was decorated with informative signs and statistics about the issue of sex trafficking locally and globally.


Members of the Morningside College Choir joined the stand and piqued additional interest with a vocal performance.

A panel discussion on the topic of sex trafficking was held Tuesday, April 5th. The panel included four different areas of expertise, including representatives from the Centers Against Abuse & Sexual Assault, Bruce Hogel from the Sioux City Police Department, Bernadette Rixner from Siouxland Coalition Against Human Trafficking, and Libby Claeys from Sk8 to End Sex Trafficking.

The Stand Against Human Trafficking will become an annual event to continually raise awareness and gain support for victims of human trafficking.


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Morningside College Trivia!

The answer to last month’s trivia question was 13 people because that was the number in the graduating class of 1903.

Congratulations to Bette Day Stern, Phyllis Fouts, Ron Gernhart, Joe Mlnarik, Dale Schoening, and Judy Shaffer for answering correctly!
Here’s this month’s trivia question: the Hickman-Johnson-Furrow Learning Center used to be what building on campus before it became the library?

Leave your answer below in the comment section. At the end of the month if your answer is correct, we will be in contact with you through the e-mail address you leave (an e-mail address is required to be able to post a comment and only we can see it.) Be sure to use an e-mail address you check so we are able to find out where to send your prize! The correct answer will be posted in the next newsletter along with the winners.

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