Department Spotlight: Art

The art department has had an exciting fall season. Starting in the spring and working over the summer, the department moved equipment into Longfellow School and set up photo studios, which have been used for class projects, such as a practice wedding photo session. This created some space for faculty development, and the department is working to complete a product photo studio for students to document their art to help build portfolios.

Classes started with the energy and exploration of a new school year, including a new class in Game Design. Students in Art 345 Relief Printmaking will enter a national print trade. Graphic Design students are active members in the American Institute of Graphic Arts and will travel to Omaha for a Meet the Pros conference in February 2017.

Photography students and professor Dolie Thompson traveled to Seattle to attend the Society for Photographic Educators conference and found opportunities to visit the Northwest rainforests, cameras in hand.

The opening exhibit in the Eppley Art Gallery, “War of Words,  was part of the collection of World War II posters from the State Historical Museum of Iowa. The exhibit featured 30 original posters, which are as vibrant and powerful today as ever. John Fender, graphic design professor at Drake University, presented his research on the posters on Thursday, Sept. 15. “These posters serve as an outline to the social changes happening at the time,” he said.

This was followed by the art faculty exhibit, in which the 12 artists who teach at Morningside presented their unique work. Faculty are Paul Adamson, Jim Bisenius, John Bowitz, Karen Emenhiser-Harris, Amy Foltz, John Kolbo, Terri McGaffin, Steve Paulson, Shannon Sargent, Dolie Thompson, Jodi Whitlock and Rich Yates.

“Resonant Illumination,” created by Yates and shown below, is a wood structure holding 50 glass bottles, some etched, through which light emanates. The source of the pulsing light, deep within the shape of the bottle, responds to sounds in its vicinity, inviting viewers to become participants, uniting experiences of sound and motion, light and color.

Arts administration major Margarita Ruelas is presenting her senior art show at the Whispering Creek Active Retirement Community. A reception will be held at 10:30 AM on Friday, December 2.

The department expects 14 sophomore art majors to present their art for the Sophomore Reviews in January and is excited to be part of the artistic and academic growth of our students, and look forward to the year ahead.

Published in: on November 17, 2016 at 1:30 PM Comments (0)

Student Spotlight


Joshua Doering of Hubbard, Iowa, is a senior currently majoring in business administration with an emphasis in finance and marketing and minoring in agriculture business.

Doering chose Morningside College mainly because of its size.

“I loved the connections to professors and students based off the small-school feel, the good reputation as a business school and also the chance to continue my sports career through basketball and track.”

Doering has been involved in Morningside College Entrepreneurship Group since his sophomore year.

“Joining Entrepreneurship Group has given me the chance to build and refine many important skills and make connections that have positively impacted my time at Morningside.”

He views E-Group as apart of the foundation for launching his own business, Seed Slide.

Seed Slide is a device that allows farmers to safely open and and unload large seed boxes.

“Since Seed Slide’s inception, it has been a roller coaster of experiences that have shaped into one fun ride.”

Doering started designing the product for use on his family’s farm due to dangers faced by his father and grandfather.

Since then he has had many accomplishments, including being nominated to be the Silicon Prairie Student Entrepreneur of the Year and winning the CEO National Pitch Competition.

“While helping to build my résumé, my work with Seed Slide has grown into a sustainable business, truly making an impact in the agriculture industry by adding safety and convenience into farming operations.”

Check It Out: Alumni Spotlight


Jesus Cendejas is a 2013 graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in religious studies. Cendejas, originally from California, says that it was a step of faith coming to Morningside.

“In all respects, spiritually and in the entirety of that journey, I trusted that this is where I was being led. I had no family or friends out here, so everything was new and didn’t know what to expect.”

Cendejas was a resident assistant, a member of Campus Ministries, Oasis and the Student Alumni Association.

“I became very involved from the moment I arrived on campus with many organizations,” he said.

He believes that religious studies is more than a spiritual or academic practice.

“It leads you to understand the world you live in. Part of what I did right after graduation and continue to do today directly and indirectly relates to my major. I served at my church, Calvary Chapel, for a while and soon after became ordained as a staff pastor in April 2014.”

At that time Cendejas was offered a job at a local organization called the Mary J. Treglia Community House; he previously volunteered there for his service learning class.

The Mary J. Treglia Community House focuses on helping the Siouxland immigrant population assimilate into the community, whether it is through English as a second language (ESL) classes, translation and interpreting services, or legal services, among many other things.

“This part is how my degree was used indirectly, since we dealt with many different cultures,” Cendejas said.

In the summer of 2015, Cendejas joined the staff of Morningside College. He is now the international student advisor, where he mentors and aids international students throughout their college careers.

“I am a full-time staff pastor at church and part-time advisor at Morningside College,” he said.

Cendejas believes that the community at Morningside is unforgettable.

“It helped shape and mold me into the person I am today,” he said. “It was a good place, it’s been almost six years since I graduated and I’m still here. That has to say a lot of how much I appreciate the college.”

Cendejas believes that keeping a connection with the college is important because it means helping with the future of the college.

“Those that cared for you during your college career were made up of not just faculty, but those who chose to stay connected, the alumni,” he said. “They all invested in you in one way or another and helped shape you into the person you are today. By staying connected, one is given many opportunities to do the same and invest in others.”

What’s Happening on Campus: Art Sale & Open House

Morningside’s art and photography clubs have joined together to host a public art sale.

Works available for purchase include paintings, drawings, photos, crafts and other items created by students. Also included are ceramics by John Bowitz and Hahn Shufro.

The art sale is taking place yesterday and today until 9 p.m. in the lobby of  Eppley Auditorium, 3625 Garretson Ave.

Alongside the art sale, the photo club hosted an open house and tea party on Thursday, Nov. 17, at the Longfellow School. Longfellow was transformed into an Alice in Wonderland, Mad Hatter with various photography props and backgrounds. On display were images from photo club members.


What’s Happening on Campus: Faculty Art Show

The annual Morningside College faculty art show is on display through Friday, Nov. 18, in Eppley Art Gallery.

Works displayed feature several different mediums and techniques created by art faculty members.

Featured artists are Paul Adamson, Jim Bisenius, John Bowitz, Karen Emenhiser-Harris, Amy Foltz, John Kolbo, Terri McGaffin, Steve Paulson, Shannon Sargent, Dolie Thompson, Jodi Whitlock and Rich Yates.

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Morningside College Trivia

Here’s the answer to last month’s trivia question.  The quote: “Subject to editorial fallibility, the best will be printed”  appeared in the 1938 issue of The Manuscript. Today it is called The Kiosk.

Congratulations to Tasha Lechtenberg, Patricia Nieland, Allison Larson, Bette Day Stern, Lynne Boulden and Nicole Knowles.

Here’s this month’s trivia question. This was the only instructional building completed before 1900 in the Morningside College Historical District. What was it originally identified as and what is its name today?

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

What’s Happening on Campus? A Recap of Homecoming 2016.

Morningside College celebrated Homecoming September 30 and October 1 and 2. It was great to see so many alumni and friends back on campus. We hope you had a great time attending events, reuniting with your friends and making new ones. If you were unable to experience Homecoming in person, we captured some great photos so you can share in the experience.

We’d love to see the photos you took.  Please share your Homecoming photos with us by sending an email with them attached to

1956 and 1966 Class Reunions

Dinner with the President

Members of the 1956 and 1966 classes were invited to socialize at a dinner at President John and Robin Reynders’ home. Graduates enjoyed reminiscing and looking at old yearbooks. Click here to see more.

Friday Night Festivities

Alumni & Friends Gathering

Alumni and friends gathered Friday night at Bev’s on the River to reconnect. The reunion class of 1991 and the affinity groups AOII, Cross Country & Track and the Jazz Band reunited and reminisced over dinner.  Alumni also enjoyed a performance by the Morningside College Jazz Band. Click here to see more.

Morningside College Volleyball

Morningside vs. Grace

Morningside’s volleyball team scored five wins in its last seven matches with a 25-18, 25-19, 25-9 sweep of Grace University in Friday’s non-conference match in Allee Gymnasium.  Click here to see more.

Amazing Mustang Race

Campus-Wide Obstacle Course

The inaugural Amazing Mustang Race kicked off Saturday’s Homecoming festivities.  Teams of alumni, faculty, staff, students and families followed clues through campus and completed six challenges before racing to the finish line at Elwood Olsen Stadium.  All seven teams that competed won tickets to spend at the Taste of Morningside. The race was followed by a pancake feed for all alumni and friends.  Click here to see more.

Campus Tours

Explore the Campus

On both Friday and Saturday, campus tours were provided so alumni and friends could see the changes across campus and share stories about their days at Morningside. All tours began and ended at the Dimmitt Alumni House. Click here to see more.

M-Club Luncheon

Alumni Athletics Celebration & Awards

The annual M-Club Luncheon was Saturday morning in the Yockey Family Community Room to induct new members into the M-Club Hall of Fame. The 2016 M-Club Hall of Fame inductees were Dani Gass ’09, Chris Johnson ’06, Ken Stripling ’60, Dan Travaille ’66 and the undefeated 2008-09 NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball National Championship Team.   Click here to see more.

Morningside College Football

Morningside vs. Concordia

No. 6-ranked Morningside celebrated Homecoming with a 55-13 victory over Concordia (Neb.) on Saturday at Elwood Olsen Stadium. Spectators were able to enjoy the Marching Mustangs, who provided half-time entertainment and extra support from the stands. Click here to see more.

Taste of Morningside

Post-Game Party

Students, alumni, family and friends enjoyed food from local favorites and beverages of all kinds. Children had fun with games and activities for just them. The Massive Brass Attack provided musical entertainment. Click here to see more.

Morningside College Soccer

Morningside vs. Concordia


The Morningside College women’s and men’s soccer teams battled Concordia on Saturday at Elwood Olsen Stadium. Fans watched the Mustang women get edged out 2-1 by the Bulldogs.  The men also suffered a 3-0 loss. Click here to see more.

A Look Around

Campus Photos


Morningside College was founded in 1894.  During the past 120 years, the campus has grown into one of the most beautiful spaces in Siouxland. Take a moment to see if you recognize any of your favorite buildings. Click here to see more.

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Morningside College Trivia

Here’s the answer to last month’s trivia question: the construction of the fine arts building started in the spring of 1965. It was completed and dedicated to Eugene C. Eppley on October 9, 1966.

Congratulations to David Wagner, Patricia Lyn Nieland, Glenda Den Herder, Geraldine Day, Barbara Eckerman, Elizabeth Swanson Bushard, Marianne Cole, Bette Day Stern, Dale Howard, Lynne Boulden, Sharyn Cook, Delbert Christensen and Steve Hansen.

Here’s this month’s trivia question:

“Subject to editorial fallibility, the best will be printed.” In what literary magazine and what year did this quote appear? What is this name of the magazine today?

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

Published in: on October 30, 2016 at 11:47 PM Comments (9)

Check It Ot: Alumni Spotlight


Bill Zahren, a 1986 graduate of Morningside College, majored in mass communication with a double minor in English & history. Zahren’s new novel Paper Trail was released by Mill City Press in late September. Paper Trail continues with the story of the lead characters from Zahren’s debut novel, Officer Involved: Assistant Woodbury County Attorney Hillary Reed and Sioux City Sentinel-Leader reporter Tom Kingman. The fictional Kingman is a Morningside College alumnus.

Officer Involved was published in the fall of 2015. The characters Kingman and Reed were inspired by Zahren’s time as a journalist for the Sioux City Journal from 1988 to 1995.

 “It’s fun to be a sort of super-reporter in print with Tom Kingman,” Zahren said. “Some of the stuff he does, real reporters probably wouldn’t or couldn’t do for various reasons. But some of the stuff that ran through my head — but didn’t come out of my mouth — during my years as a reporter continues to show up in my books.”

Both of Zahren’s novels were influenced by his time at Gateway Inc. from 1995 to 1999.

“Working at Gateway was one of the best jobs I’ve ever had. I still feel camaraderie for my former colleagues. In fact, the book is dedicated to all my co-workers at Gateway. I hope they enjoy the nuances in the book that were inspired by the big cow-spotted building in North Sioux.”

In Paper Trail, characters Kingman and Reed stay a week in Kingman’s hometown of Council Bluffs so he can go undercover at Cryptotech, a technology-oriented corporation in Omaha.

Another focus of Zahren’s novel is faith.

 “Hillary is a serious Christian and Tom is a serious skeptic, so their exploration of each other’s beliefs or lack thereof will continue to be an element in my books,” Zahren said.

Zahren’s goal is to make Tom Kingman Morningside’s most famous fictional alumnus. He has two more manuscripts featuring Kingman and Reed in varying stages of editing with plans for a fifth. He hopes to publish the next book, Avenging Angel, set back in Siouxland, in the fall of 2017, followed by Tipsy House, set in Okoboji, a year later.

Signed copies of Paper Trail are available at Sioux City Gifts, 1922 Pierce St., Sioux City. Both Paper Trail and Officer Involved are available on, on,  or through any Barnes and Noble bookstore.

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What’s Happening on Campus?

The history of Iowa came to Morningside College via Bus-eum Tour by Traces.

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