William Penn Trio Earn Scholar-Athlete Honors

(OSKALOOSA, Iowa) – Three players from the William Penn women’s basketball team were honored for their excellence in the classroom as they were named 2017-2018 Daktronics-NAIA Division I Women’s Basketball Scholar-Athletes Monday.

Jenna Santi (Jr., Oak Creek, Wis., Physical Education) led the group with a 3.89 Grade Point Average, while Idalis Riley (Sr., Minneapolis, Minn., Psychology and Human Services) currently has a 3.73 GPA and Sarah Hansen (Sr., Neponset, Ill., Psychology and Human Services) is posting a 3.62 GPA. The honor is the first for all three individuals.

To be eligible for the award, athletes must be of at least junior academic standing, maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or above on a 4.0 scale, and have attended the nominating institution for at least one full academic year.

For the complete list of all the NAIA Division I Women’s Basketball Scholar-Athletes, click here.


This news release was provided by Wade Steinlage, Sports Information Director at WPU.

Wartburg College to Host First TEDxWartburgCollege Event

(WAVERLY, Iowa) — Wartburg College will host its inaugural TEDxWartburgCollege event April 7, from 10 AM to 5 PM, in the McCaskey Lyceum of Saemann Student Center.

To purchase tickets, visit www.wartburg.edu/tedx. The public is welcome.

TEDxWartburgCollege was designed to foster an innovative community at the college and in the Cedar Valley where new ideas can thrive. This year’s theme is “Embracing the Future.”

The event will feature talks from Samantha Pfab, a Wartburg sophomore from Dubuque; Shahzeb Jadoon, a Wartburg sophomore from Lahore, Pakistan; Cynthia Bane, a social psychologist and Wartburg College professor; Maria Munguia-Cortes, a Wartburg sophomore from Immokalee, Fla.; Jonah Stillman, an 18-year-old Gen Z keynote speaker; Johanna Kluck, a Wartburg junior from Bruning, Neb.; Nate Monson, executive director of Iowa Safe Schools; Anne Duncan, Wartburg’s environmental sustainability coordinator; and Madalynn McKelvey, a Wartburg senior from Ottumwa.

All talks will be recorded and available online following the event.

Students led the charge to obtain the licensure and approval from TEDx to host TEDxWartburgCollege. TEDx events are independently planned and coordinated on a community-by-community basis. Wartburg’s lead organizer, Alejandro Salazar, is a junior from Ibarra, Ecuador.

“I really wanted to bring TEDx to Wartburg because I know so many fellow students who have amazing ideas that are innovative and indicative of the future. They deserve a space to share those ideas and be heard,” Salazar said.

William Penn Student Projects Place in ICMA Contests

(OSKALOOSA, Iowa) – William Penn University Digital Communication students received five awards from the 2017 Better Student News Media and 2017 Better Student Television contests. The Iowa College Media Association (ICMA) hosts the annual contests. Students were honored at the yearly ICMA convention held in Des Moines on Feb. 1–2.

2017 Better Student News Media Contest
• First Place: Best Sports Feature (Print)
o Hidden Injuries by Sabrina Bryant
• Third Place: Best Sports Story (Print)
o Statesmen basketball makes a statement at NAIA national championship by Miranda Keeler
• Third Place: Best Page 1 (Print)
o The Chronicle April 2017 edition by Chronicle Staff

2017 Better Student Television Contest
• Second Place: Best Corporate Video
o #WPDay 2017 – How Far We’ve Come
-Produced by Markesha Yarbrough, Courtney Bottorff, Mason Shrader, Arthur Luz, Dino Landucci IV
• Third Place: Best Newscast
o William Penn News Now (March 24, 2017)
-Produced by Miranda Keeler, Alyssa Kerry, Sabrina Bryant, Kadeem Ellington, Jasmin Sonnenschein, Becky Kopp

“The contest was judged by industry professionals, so it’s nice to see our students’ work get some external validation. I am proud of their accomplishments and hope this serves as motivation to continue producing quality content,” said Matt Wagner, Director of the Digital Communication Program.

Winning projects can be viewed on the WPU Digital Communication webpage by clicking here.

—This article was a news release provided by William Penn University.

Motivational Keynote to Speak At William Penn University

(OSKALOOSA, Iowa) – Author and Motivational Speaker, Antonio Neves, will be on William Penn University‘s Oskaloosa campus on Tuesday, February 6 at 7 p.m.

Neves has written “50 Things Every College Student Should Know” as well as “50 Ways to Excel in your First Job… and Life”. As a career service coach, he helps people navigate new positions and responsibilities, prepare for interviews and become better leaders. Throughout his career, Neves has helped teams connect with one another, collaborate to improve results and foster a culture of allies.

He has delivered hundreds of keynote speeches to thousands of people at conferences, top companies, corporations, trade associations and universities. Neves has worked for 10 years as a correspondent and producer in the television industry in New York City with networks including NBC, PBS, BET, Nickelodeon and more.

Neves will be speaking to students, staff and faculty in the Penn Gymnasium on Tuesday, February 6 at 7 p.m. Learn more about Neves and his leadership or empowerment tactics at www.theantonioneves.com.


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