Department Spotlight: Business

There is a lot to be excited about in the business department, with the recent introduction of the accounting major, a successful pilot of the Second Year Experience, and very busy faculty.

Both public accounting and managerial accounting majors have been added to the business department offerings beginning last fall. Students majoring in public accounting will achieve 150 credit hours before graduating and will have the opportunity to finish two parts of the CPA exam. Most students will complete this course of study in five years and be able to complete internships along the way.


Twyla Rosenbaum and Mark Nielsen are the full-time accounting faculty who have been instrumental in delivering the program.  We added these majors because of the market demand for accounting programs. Mark hosted an accounting internship interview week in early fall, and area firms were very supportive. Twyla is delivering a Forensic Accounting course. She gained expertise in this field while completing her law degree.

First year programs are common on college campuses to aid students transitioning from high school, but second year programs, which are far less common, help students find their purpose. Last year our department, along with the biology department, piloted a new Second Year Experience (SYE). Our department’s effort was led by Pam Mickelson and Marilyn Eastman. Twyla and Mark integrated activities into ACCT 203 and 204, where most of our second year students begin the major. With the collaboration of department faculty, two program activities are proving to be very popular with students.

As part of the first activity, SYE requires students to explore their life purpose, connect with others in the major, and identify careers that align with their strengths through field trips and focused career networking presentations. The other new developmental activity is Professionalism in the Discipline (PID).

PIDs developed from Morningside’s Writing in the Discipline, which is a writing initiative that infuses appropriate writing for business and accounting in all courses. Students develop additional soft skills such as creating resumes and practicing interviewing and professional networking skills to become career ready upon graduation.

With the help of Stacie Hays, Sioux City GO University, and our alumni and departmental programming, all business students have many opportunities to network with others as they grow professionally. Pam and Marilyn also helped write a successful grant for the college to support a two-year SYE program across campus; Marilyn will direct five departments’ efforts beginning this summer.

Faculty continue to lead with professional and caring attitudes. Anne Power and Marilyn Eastman are in their second and third years leading case study writing in management and social media curriculum development for marketing students, respectively. Mary Zink began a Doctor of Business Administration program and just completed her fifth course. She is also the keynote speaker at the 2017 Siouxland Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Conference.

Julie Keime is working on a college initiative to study financial literacy standards for all students. Pam Mickelson is co-authoring a research article on advising, and she is continuing to lead her students to build ad campaigns for clients in the region. Werner Enterprises in Omaha was the most recent benefactor of marketing student talent.


Mark Nielsen was hired this year to replace Jim Hopkins, who retired last year. Jim is using new-found free time to publish a book for tax practitioners. Mark is aligning his Auditing class this spring with the new CPA testing regimen that is in place for 2017 and is piloting the Surgent CPA Review course with the public accounting majors. Twyla’s Forensic Accounting students are getting firsthand access to court cases and guest lecturers on how to help “track where the money went” and evaluate economic damages.

Tammy Miller is our new administrative assistant, and she is taking good care of us all. Molly Williams retired last year and is enjoying time with her family, including new grandchildren.

The Entrepreneurship Group and the new Accounting Club have regular networking connections each semester. In addition, students who study business as part of their Advertising and Arts Administration majors are part of the SYE and PID programs. We are very pleased to work with hundreds of students every semester to help them gain meaningful experiences in and out of the classroom.

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Published in: on January 29, 2017 at 1:51 PM Comments (0)

Morningside College Trivia

Here’s this month’s trivia question. What building was used as the gymnasium before the Hindman-Hobbs Center was built, and what year was the Hindman-Hobbs Center built?

The first 10 individuals with correct answers will be given a prize.

Published in: on January 24, 2017 at 8:23 AM Comments (0)

What’s Happening on Campus: Lorenzo Sandoval, Dimmilt Fellow



Lorenzo Sandoval, a playwright, stage and film actor, college professor and community leader from Des Moines, Iowa,  is in residence on campus at Morningside College as part of the Dimmitt Fellows program.

He is staying in the visiting faculty apartment in Dimmitt Hall. During the spring semester, Sandoval will teach classes, deliver guest lectures, direct performances of plays he has written and engage with the campus and Siouxland community.

Sandoval will be the first Dimmitt Fellow to reside on campus and interact with the campus community for an entire semester.

On Jan. 19, Sandoval presented “Growing Up Latino in Iowa” in the UPS Auditorium in Lincoln Center. His presentation included a wide range of experiences, from being the descendent of second generation immigrants to being a student at Morningside.

Sandoval was 24 when he moved from his home in Illinois to Iowa to attend Morningside College, and he believes in the arts and education that Iowa has to offer.

“Do not overlook the wonderful institutions of learning that we have here in Iowa… You can certainly go out in the great world, but you can truly bring the great world here to Iowa. Hone your artistic skills in Iowa.”

While at Morningside, Sandoval will present two plays at the Klinger-Neal Theatre. The first, Thrice Told Tales (7 p.m. March 18 and 2 p.m. March 19), Sandoval’s award-winning play about three generations of Romeos and Juliets interacting and learning from each other. He will also present Juanito and his Tales (7 p.m. April 7 and 8), Sandoval’s original children’s play based on Mexican folk tales.

Sandoval’s fellowship is made possible by Morningside College, the Gilchrist Foundation, Humanities Iowa and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

For further information, to schedule an event or meet with Sandoval, contact Dr. Marty Knepper at or Laura Florio at


A Look Inside Morningside College: Student Spotlight


Nicholas Yaneff is a senior biology major and Spanish minor from Sioux City, Iowa. He believes that being a Morningside Mustang means having the ability to take an everyday opportunity and turn it into an extraordinary one.

Yaneff chose Morningside for its study abroad program. He spent the spring of 2016 in Berlin, Germany, and will spend this spring semester in Alicante, Spain.

Initially, Yaneff found it challenging to meet people. Morningside is a widely athletic campus and he wasn’t a part of a sports team. However, he became involved in the student alumni association, residence life and a men’s Bible study on campus, and he made a lot of friends.

These days Yaneff spends most of his time either in the café or in Dimmitt with friends.

“I have made more friends than when I started not knowing anyone. Learning a variety of lessons has been increasingly possible at Morningside and abroad.”

Yaneff believes that all of his college activities have impacted his life but found his men’s Bible study to be his most enjoyable activity.

“All have helped me become a more effective leader and communicator with a variety of people. It’s [Men’s Bible Study] one I started with some friends that involves guys from every group on campus, athletic or not. All have helped me become a more effective leader and communicator with a variety of people.”

Yaneff finds college to be different than he expected because of the relationships he has built.

“The relationships you build with people, both students and professors, can be much stronger than you expect. I did not expect this because I had grown up with the same people my whole life and yet feel closer to those I have met in college.”

Yaneff initially wanted to become a veterinarian. However, that changed sophomore year when he decided he would rather go into law enforcement or the military.

He finds ecological subjects and outdoor research to be the most enjoyable aspect of his major.

“I don’t expect to do anything with my major until later in life, when I will hopefully become a park ranger at a National Park.”

Yaneff describes his first  study abroad experience in  Berlin, Germany, as overall a great experience.

“I went in with no German language background except self-education, but came back being able to converse at a decent level with the Germans on campus. I spent nearly every weekend in a different town or country and learned many life lessons along the way. The seemingly minor cultural differences in Germany helped me mature in a variety of ways as well.”

He is currently in Alicante, Spain, for his second study abroad and describes his feelings as completely different than how he felt in Berlin.

“The language immersion here is intense, but little by little, I am improving. My host family (a retired mother and her working daughter) provides my daily needs and is instrumental in my language comprehension. Although I do not intend to travel as much during this study abroad experience, I believe the increased cultural and lingual immersion will do wonders for me, as Berlin did.”

After graduation Yaneff hopes to continue his travels. He has  applied for some naturalist and law enforcement positions.

“If all else fails, which part of me hopes it does, I will hopefully get an odd job to do for a year or two and then switch – and continue to do so to gain ‘life experiences.’ This will hopefully include moving to new and exotic places.”

He eventually might like to work at an embassy overseas.

Check It Out: Alumni Spotlight


When deciding on furthering her academic career, Judith Stanton chose Morningside because of its reputation and location.

“I heard Morningside College had an excellent curriculum, and they were highly recommended. Sioux City is my hometown, and Morningside feels like home.”

Stanton is a 2013 graduate of Morningside College with a Bachelor of Science in integrated community service. She believes that the best part about Morningside College is the people.

“The advisors, professors, and friends I’ve met at Morningside College have
developed into lasting relationships. I love the people and the positive atmosphere everyone creates. The people are so special at Morningside College. It’s nice to come back and visit with professors; they are life-long mentors. I enjoy attending the sporting and music events.”

With her integrated community service degree, Stanton worked as an assisted living manager for one year. In this role she helped families through transitional consultation services. In 2016 Stanton formed Senior Lifestyle Advantage LLC.

“Senior Lifestyle Advantage magazine reaches families and seniors who are looking to enhance their life and live a longer more fulfilled life. We circulate 10,000 copies each issue, with the premiere issue being voted ‘Most Engaging’ on”

It is Stanton’s view that Morningside College built the foundation of experiences that encouraged her success.

“Graduating from Morningside College was an accomplishment. Also, completing the Clinical Outcomes Certificate at the graduate level helped develop my skills of leadership. I couldn’t have imagined being a publisher of Senior Lifestyle Advantage magazine; we are looking forward to giving back to our seniors, families, and communities. Raising our family, being married to my best friend, Scott Stanton, for 26 years, and fulfilling a dream of owning a company – if you can dream it, you can do it! Never quit, and find the people in your life who encourage the dream”