In the News

December 2016

Amy Long ’10 is the site administrator for Mayo Clinic Health System in Fairmont, according to the Fairmont Sentinel

Felicia Smith Nalls ’99 was named one of the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier's 20 Under 40 in the Cedar Valley for her commitment to diversity and culture in the Cedar Valley. 

Zak Montgomery, assistant professor of Spanish, was named one of the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier's 20 Under 40 for his efforts recruiting and retaining Latino/a students and his service to the Spanish-speaking community in the Cedar Valley. 

Nick Mitchell ’00, Grand View University head wrestling coach, received the United States Sports Academy Distinguished Service Award, according to The Sport Digest

The wrestling team went 3-0 at the college's annual Desert Duals in Las Vegas, as reported by the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier

Corey Tafoya ’93 was named the superintendent for Harvard Community Unit School District 50, according to the Northwest Herald. 

President Darrel Colson was one of several area leaders discussing education and transition plans with Gov. Terry Branstad, who is expected to be named the U.S. Ambassador to China in 2017, as reported by KWWL

The Des Moines Urban Studies Program's partnership with the University of Iowa's new Internship Village was featured in the Des Moines Business Record

Lamont Muhammad ’06 told the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier that the premise for his book, "I Am," was developed as a student Wartburg. 

Seth Hestness ’18 will represent the US and Wartburg College on Team Stars and Stripes in the eighth annual Tazón De Estrellas, as reported by the American Football International Review

Katie Sommer ’18 was named of the top 10 point guards in the DIII athletics by d3hoops.com

The wrestling team will be tested as one of six ranked teams at the Candlewood Suites Duals, as reported by TrackWrestling.com.

Edmond Bonjour ’83 was the recipient of the 2016 Outstanding International Leadership Program Director Award during the annual International Assocation of Programs for Agricultural Leaderhship, as reported by the Midwest Ag Journal

November 2016

The men's basketball team's narrow victory over Governors State was featured in the Southtown Daily

The upcoming faculty art exhibit was featured in the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier

The late Cindy Carlson, who served as the president's administrative assistant for 17 years, donated her clothes to upperclass students through Cindy's Closet. The event was covered by KCRG and KWWL

Pat Hennes ’97 was named the Des Moines Sunday Register's All-Iowa Girls' Cross Country Coach of the Year. 

The wrestling team beat Simpson 41-4, as reported by the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier

Jesse Kielman ’17 won a last-minute write-in campaign to become a member of the Bremer County Water and Soil Conservation District Commission, as reported by KCRG

IMPower, an empowerment program for young girls created by Jenna Haglund, visiting assistant professor of social work, was featured in the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier

The wrestling team is entering its season with an eye toward its 13th national championship, as reported by the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier. 

Millie Dieter ’55 was recognized by the Northeast Iowa Music Teachers Association for her 28 years of service to the organization, according to the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier

The volleyball team is headed back to the NCAA Tournament following its win over Coe in the Iowa Conference Tournament, as reported by the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier

The football team lost to Luther in overtime, as reported by the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier

Katelyn Crist ’02 shared her views on the presidential election on Fox News and on The Federalist

Football players Riley Brockway ’18 and Tyler Schager ’19 were featured in the Postville Herald

October 2016

Golfer Rochelle Beardsley ’17 earned a first place finish at the Iowa Conference championships and became the first golfer in conference history to repeat as MVP, as reported by the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier. The team earned a second place finish. 

The football team notched a 38-30 victory over Loras College, as reported by the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier

The women's golf team held a one-stroke lead over Central College after the third round of play in the conference championships, as reported by the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier

September 2016

Jim Miller, coach emeritus, is a recipient of the Waterloo East High Homecoming Award, according to the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier

The football team notched a 56-0 win over Finlandia in its home opener, as reported by the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier

Matt Sacia ’18 and the football team will look for consistency heading into the home opener, according to the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier

Mark Hubbard ’01, Brooke Trent ’04, and Zak Montgomery, associate professor in Spanish, are members of the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier's Class of 2016 20 Under 40, which honors "outstanding young people in the Cedar Valley who are making a difference in their work and personal lives to make the area a better place." 

Jon Tehven ’58 was re-elected international president at the Sons of Norway's 2016 International Convention, according to the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier

Erica Dynes '16 is a news and sports reporter at the Juneau County Star Times.

Head football coach Rick Willis talked about football in the Iowa Conference heading into the team's conference opener at newcomer Nebraska Wesleyan, as reported by the Lincoln Journal Star.

The football team rallied to a 38-28 victory over IIAC newcomer Nebraska Weslyan, as reported by the Lincoln Journal Star

Eric Nuss ’00 talked about his business, the Dental Business Institute, which helps solo dental practitioners compete with larger corporate offices, with Forbes magazine. 

The Graven Award was presented to Bruce Weber, head men's basketball coach at Kansas State University, as reported by The Mercury and the Kansas State Collegian.

Head football coach Rick Willis is confident his young team is ready to step up following the departure of 31 seniors, according to the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier

Michael ’12 and Shea Kruger ’13 Jorgensen talked about their desire to set up a practice in rural Iowa in Medicine Iowa.

The football team was mentioned twice in this Des Moines Register article urging people to give DIII football a chance. 

August 2016

The football team's quarterback situation was discussed on Radio Iowa.

Rick Brooks '92, a math teacher at Johnston High School, was awarded a Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.

The women's soccer team is the preseason favorite to repeat as the Iowa Conference champion, as reported by the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier.

Amanda Riniker ’18, a neuroscience major from Winthrop, was named the 2016 Iowa State Fair Queen, as reported by KCAU (Siouxland ABC) and Radio Iowa

Dr. Roy Ventullo, professor of biology, is helping cultivate yeast cultures for Lark Brewing in Waterloo, according to the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier

Laurel Klinkenberg '81 was named the vice president for instruction at John Wood Community College, according to the Herald-Whig in Quincy, Ill.

Lee Nelson, director of choral activities, conducted a group of Iowa high school students in a moving rendition of "Battle Hymn of the Republic" to honor the remains of an American soldier and a uniformed soldier aboard their flight from Frankfurt, Germany, as reported by Fox News

July 2016

The Department of Biology provided several different animals for the Black Hawk County Fair Stem Festival, according to the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier.

Jennifer Loeb ’98 became the first Iowa woman to climb Mount Everest, as reported by the Des Moines Register. 

Kaitlyn Behnken ’16 is an account coordinator at Amperage Marketing & Fundraising, according to the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier

Bob Wagner ’48 and his son-in-law, Frank Dahn ’68, were featured in the Grand Rapids Herald Review and The Keota Eagle as the prepared for RAGBRAI. 

Chris Gustas has been named the new head men's and women's tennis coach, as reported by the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier

David Nelson '13 is an administrative intern at UnityPoint Health-Allen Hospital and is completing his master's degree in health administration at the University of Iowa, according to the Waterlo-Cedar Falls Courier.


Jennifer Kuennen ’16 is a workflow coordinator at Amperage Marketing, according to the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier

Bob Bunting ’66 was inducted into the National High School Athletic Coaches Association Hall of Fame, according to the Mount Vernon-Lisbon Sun

June 2016

Alan Feirer ’91, found of Group Dynamic, was featured in the Des Moines Register's "Get to Know" column. 

Kristina Lantzky-Eaton ’98 was named the interim provost and vice president for academic affairs at Hilbert College, according to the Buffalo News

The college's virtual acoustic system in Neumann Auditorium will be featured at the IAVM's Venue Connect show, according to ET Now.

Connor Koppin ’13 was the winner of the 12th annual Competition for Young Composers and the $1,000 Nathan Davis Prize in Composition hosted by the Young New Yorkers' Chorus. His work will be premiered by the YNYC at its June concert. 

Suzanne Heseman Behnke ’97 wrote an 'Ode to Cool Cookies' in the Des Moines Register

May 2016

Erica Dynes ’16 earned individual and team All-American honors at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships, as reported by the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier and QCOnline. The women's team finished in 14th place overall, the top Iowa Conference performance for the event. 

Kailey Kladivo ’16 ended her track and field career with All-American honors in the high jump, as reported by the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier and KWWL.

John Solem ’59 will by honored posthumously at an art show at the Thousand Oaks Community Gallery, according to the Thousand Oaks Acorn

Bennett Moser ’16 reflected on his 12th place finish in the 10,000 meters during the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships in the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier. The story also includes an update on Courtney Sowle's and Jaclyn Stoakes' standings in the heptathlon. 

Jaclyn Stokes ’16 and Courtney Sowle ’17 will represent Wartburg in the heptathlon at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Championships, as reported by the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier

Derek Peth ’09 will make his debut on ABC's The Bachelorette Monday, May 23, as reported by the Des Moines Register.

The baseball team ended its season with a 5-1 loss to Washington University of St. Louis in a regional match, as reported by the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier

Sisters Annie ’16. Abbie ’16, and Katie ’16 Delagardelle were featured in the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier. 

The baseball team rolled to an 8-0 victory over Westminister College in NCAA Division III regional action, as reported by the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier

Professor Tammy Faux's May Term class Working with Different Abilities partnered with students at St. Paul's Lutheran School to train Retrieving Freedom service dogs, as reported by the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier

The baseball team secured a two seed in NCAA Tournament Central Region and will face Rose-Hulman of Indiana in the opening round, as reported by Radio Iowa

Courtney Sowle ’17 turned in a record-setting effort at the Iowa Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships to win the heptathlon, as reported by the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier

The women's track and field team won its 17th consecutive Iowa Conference outdoor track and field championship, as reported by the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier and KCRG

The baseball team lost to Luther College in the championship game of the conference tournament, as reported by KGAN, KCRG and the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier

The women's golf team finished 12th in the NCAA Division III championships after the final round of play was rained out, according to the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier

The women's golf team was in 12th place following the third round of play in the NCAA championships, as reported by the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier

Derek Peth ’09 will attempt to win the heart of JoJo Fletcher on the next season of ABC's The Bachelorette, as reported by the Cedar Rapids Gazette

The women's golf team slipped two spots to 12th after the second round of the NCAA Division III championships, according to the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier

The women's golf team was tied for 10th following the opening day of the NCAA Division III championships, according to the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier

Pitcher Taylor Gilson ’17 simple and relaxed approach to the season helped him lead the Knights to a regular-season title, according to the Cedar Rapids Gazette

The softball team's season came to an end with a loss to Simpson in the Iowa Conference Tournament, as reported by KCRR

The baseball team swept Coe College to clinch its 21st Iowa Conference championship, as reported by KCRG, KWWL, KCRR, and the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier.

The softball team opened the Iowa Conference tournament with a win over Buena Vista, as reported by KCRR and the Storm Lake Pilot Tribune

Kaitlyn Baldridge ’13, a program assistant for The Lutheran World Federation in Jerusalem, was mentioned in a Living Lutheran article about former missionaries reconnecting with the Palestinian Lutheran community. 

April 2016

The extra effort United Airlines put in to save the Wartburg Choir tour were featured in the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier and on KWWL

The men's tennis team unanimously voted to move up its meet against rival Central College when the players learned the Dutch's top player and captain was set to deploy on the day of the scheduled meet, according to KCCI

The Wartburg Choir's performance at Lincoln's First-Plymouth Church received a positive review in the Lincoln Journal Star

The baseball team split a doubleheader with conference rivals Luther College, according to the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier

The softball team took down No. 2 Luther in game one of the teams' doubleheader marking the Knights first win over the Norse since 2009, according to the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier and KCRR.

The men's tennis team beat the Martin Luther College team 7-2 according to the New Ulm Journal

Justin Livingston ’17 was awarded at $5,000 2016-17 Rossing Physics Scholarship Honorable Mention award, according to Live Religion

Andy Schroetter ’02 brought the high school choir he directs, Kammerchor, to visit campus and Dr. Lee Nelson, according to the New Richmond News

Karen Thalacker '88, the college's pre-law adviser, wrote a guest editorial about a new state law that allows acquittals and dismissals to be removed from the Iowa Courts Online database for the Des Moines Register.

March 2016

Gabrielle Larson ’17 talked about establishing the college's DUH-versity Knights hip-hop dance team with the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier

Stephen Klaassen '18 had his efforts to create a community, competition drumline chronicled in the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier.

Matt Townsley '04 talked about his dual role as chief academic officer and chief technology officer in the Solon Community school district with Education Week.

Dr. Michael Bechtel '94, assistant professor of science education at Wartburg, was one of 14 educators to be honored with a 2016 Kennedy Center/Stephen Sondheim Inspirational Teacher Award, as reported by the La Crosse Tribune.

Jack Denholm ’90 was named the director of athletics at Buena Vista University, according to the Sioux City Journal

Kerry Hertel Boysen ’95 opened Restore Physical Therapy, a clinic that specializes in improving pre- and post-pregnancy problems and pelvic conditions, according to the Corvallis Gazette-Times

Drew Wagonhoffer ’16 earned three All-American wrestling honors and some lessons on overcoming adversity as a wrestler at Wartburg, as reported by the New Jersey Herald

Megan Karels ’16 talked about her decision to compete in the pentathlon with the Estherville Daily News

The women's basketball team's run in the NCAA Tournament came to an end in the Final Four with a 63-50 loss to Tufts University, as reported by the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier and Q92.3.

The women's basketball team's run to the Final Four was "stranger than fiction," according to the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier

The women's basketball team's run to the Final Four was featured on KGAN

The women's basketball team is off to the Final Four after an 80-74 win over Texas-Tyler, as reported by the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier and Q92.3 Radio.

The wrestling team's record-tying 12th national championship was featured in the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier and Cedar Rapids Gazette and on NCAA.com, TeamUSA, and iawrestle.com

The women's basketball team is headed to the Elite Eight with an upset win over No. 8 St. Thomas, as reported by the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier and Minneapolis Star Tribune

The wrestling team's early lead at the NCAA Division III championships was featured in the Waterloo-Cedar Falls CourierCedar Rapids Gazette, and New Jersey Herald and on KWWL-7, CBS-2, and the NCAA and TeamUSA blogs.

The ups and downs of Drew Wagenhoffer's ’16 wrestling career—and his goal of becoming a three-time All-American—were featured in the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier.  

The baseball team is the preseason favorite to win the Iowa Conference championship, as reported by the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier.

The wrestling team is seeking another national title this weekend in Cedar Rapids, as reported by the TeamUSA blog and NCAA.com

Dr. Tim Pearson ’90 was featured in the Des Moines Register's "You Should Get to Know" column. The chiropractor was recently named executive director of Friends of Iowa CASA. 

Dan Wardell ’98 will host the new IPTV series "IPTV KIDS Clubhouse" according to IPTV. The show, which has been part of the station's annual festival for more than a decade, will be the first locally produced program in more than 20 years. 

Lily Zheng ’17 was featured in a Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier article about Hartman Reserve's Maple Syrup Festival

The women's basketball team is headed to the Sweet 16 following a win over Wisconsin-Oshkosh, according to the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, Q92.3, and the Northwestern

The women's basketball team advanced in the NCAA DIII tournament with a win over Wisconsin Lutheran, as reported by the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier

Marcus Newsom, director of track and field and cross country, talked about the tradition of excellence in the track and field program with Next Level Iowa

The women's basketball team earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Division III tournament and will play Wisconsin Lutheran, according to the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier

February 2016

The wrestling team earned its fourth-straight NCAA Central Regional championship and advance nine wrestlers tothe NCAA Division III national championships, as reported by the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier and KCRG

Tony Burbach ’82 will be inducted into the Dubuque Wahlert High School Hall of Fame, according to the Dubuque Telegraph Herald

The wrestling team sent 10 nationally ranked wrestlers into the D-III Central Regional tournament, as reported by the Cedar Rapids Gazette.

The women's indoor track and field team earned its 14th consecutive conference championship, while the men's team earned a second place finish, according to the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier

"Drawing Inventory," a University of Iowa Museum of Art collection on display in the Waldemar A. Schmidt Gallery, was featured in the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier

Nick Michael ’16 fought through childhood adversity to become a top-ranked wrestler in high school and college, according to the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier

The men's basketball team lost to Central in the Iowa Conference championship game, as reported by KWWL and K98.5

Men's basketball coach Dick Peth's drive for success on the court reaches back to his days as a player at the University of Iowa, according to the Cedar Rapids Gazette

Wrestling coach Eric Keller was named the Ed Thomas Coach of the Week by KGAN/Fox 28

The men's basketball team beat Buena Vista University 92-77 to advance in the Iowa Conference Tournament, as reported by the Sioux City Journal and Storm Lake Pilot Tribune.

Kimberly Morische ’12 had the story of her wedding proposal told in the Mason City Globe Gazette

The baseball team will open the season ranked No. 20, according to the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier

Russell Harris ’10, principal of the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy in Detroit, was featured in an ESPN video about the school. 

Don Showalter ’74 earned his 600th career basketball win, according to the Iowa City Press Citizen

The college's Unified Sports Day, a Special Olympics event, was featured in the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier.

The Rev. Dr. Kathryn Kleinhans, the Mike and Marge McCoy Family Distinguished Chair in Lutheran Heritage, weighed in on the meeting between Pope Francis and the Russian-Orthodox Patriarch Kyrill in an article for Deutsche Welle.  

The wrestling team finished a perfect regular season and earned its 24th consecutive Iowa Conference title with a win over Loras College, as reported by the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier

The wrestling team crowned eight champions at the Jim Fox Open at the University of Dubuque, according to the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier.

The wrestling team's win over Augsburg was featured in the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier and on the TeamUSA.com blog.

Logan Schrader ’15 has signed with Germany's Kiel Baltic Hurricanes for the 2016 German Football League, according to the American Football International Review and Q92.3 Radio.

Melanie McQuaig '85 and her family traveled from Washington to get a first-hand look at the caucus process, as reported by KAAL-TV.

The wrestling team recorded another shutout with a 33-0 win over Coe, as reported by the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier and KGAN

Nichole Lyons ’16 is the director for youth, family, and christian education ministry at St. John Lutheran Church in Nashua, according to the New Hampton Tribune.

Former President Bill Clinton's campaign stop for his wife and Democratic presidential hopeful, Hillary, was covered by MSNBC, NBC News, Huffington PostWKOW-TV and the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier

Erin Moeller's ’00 journey to her third Olympic Trials was chronicled by the Des Moines Register.

January 2016

Lalaina Rabary ’10 was named a Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier 20 Under 40.

Jill Westen, information literacy librarian, published an article in American Libraries touting the benefits of an instrument-loaning program, like the college's World Music Instrument Collection. 

Former President Bill Clinton's planned campus visit was mentioned in the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier and Des Moines Register.

Steven Meirink ’99 was named executive vice president and general manager of Wolters Kluwer's Governance, Risk & Compliance division's Risk, Originations & Compliance business unit, according to Benzinga news service.

The wrestling team earned three more wins, including two shutouts, at the Iowa Conference Duals, according to the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier.

Dr. Suzanne Torkelson, professor of piano, will present the opening Classics at Montauk in Clermont, according to the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier.

Anabel Duarte Menifee ’07 is the associate director of admissions at Monmouth College, according to the Daily Review Atlas.

The wrestling team took down No. 11 Cornell, 38-0, as reported by the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier and KGAN.

Republican presidential hopeful Carly Fiorina's Wartburg stop was featured in the Des Moines Register and Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier and on KCRG.

The men's basketball team's victory over the BVU Beavers was featured in the Storm Lake Pilot Tribune.

Simon Estes, artist-in-residence, will bring his Roots & Wings concert series to Black Hawk County, according to the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier.

Dan Digmann ’95 was inducted into the National Multiple Sclerosis Society's Volunteer Hall of Fame, according to the Morning Sun News.

The wrestling team crowned six champions at the Matman Invitational at Cornell College, as reported by the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier.

Matthew Wrage ’07 was a successful executive when he decided to take a leap of faith and open his own sawmill and custom furniture operation, as told by the Commercial Appeal.

The wrestling team beat Luther College and extended its IIAC winning streak to 182, according to the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier.

The Rev. Nathan Pipho '98, a Lutheran pastor in Quincy, Mass., was featured in the Waverly Democrat for his work at the intersection of religion and politics.

Ozzie Saxon '05 was inducted into the Kitsap Sports Hall of Fame, according to the Kitsap Sun.

Jeff Budlong ’02 was named the sports editor of the Sioux City Journal.

The wrestling team notched a big win at the NWCA National Duals in Fort Wayne, Ind., as reported by the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, TeamUSA.com, Cedar Rapids Gazette, and Des Moines Register

Steve Johnson, head cross country and assistant track and field coach, will retire at the end of the 2016 season, as reported by the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier.

Laura Tull Adams ’14 is fighting for her life in Iowa City following the birth of her first child. Her story was featured on KCCI.

The No. 16 women's basketball team was featured on d3hoops.com

The possibility of another wrestling championship was the focus of a blog post in the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier.

Gunner Tranel '16 reflected on the evolution of his football career with the Vinton Newspapers.

Rachel Thorson Mithelman ’77 was awarded the Faithfulness in Ministry Cross Award by Luther Seminary.