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OACDG Annual Awards Banquet

On Thursday, May 10, the Oskaloosa Area Chamber & Development Group will hold the OACDG Annual Awards Banquet at 5:30 PM in the William Penn Cafeteria, located in the Dana M. Atkins Memorial Union. Meal options include steak, chicken, salmon, or vegetarian. Get tickets prior to April 27 for $30 at the Oskaloosa Chamber office. After April 27, ticket prices increase to $40. The OACDG Annual Meeting will be held from 5:00 – 6:30 with a social hour, followed by dinner, awards, and a dessert auction. Call 641-672-2591 for tickets or to nominate award recipients.

Jeremy Van Wyk Presents ‘Serving Our Youngest Heroes’

Jeremy Van Wyk will be presenting Serving Our Youngest Heroes: The Army National Guard Child & Youth Services Program on Monday, April 23 at 6:00 PM at William Penn University. Van Wyk’s presentation will be about the unique challenges military-connected youth face and how the Army National Guard ensures those individuals have the support necessary to remain resilient in the face of adversity. For more information, contact William Penn University at 641-676-3400.

WPU Department of Fine Arts to Present an ‘Evening of Great TV’

(OSKALOOSA, Iowa) – Do you remember the Golden Age of Television? Are you a fan of MeTV? Does the music of film and television stir vivid memories of happy times in your mind?

Well, you’re in luck! On Tuesday, April 24 and Wednesday, April 25, the William Penn University Jazz Ensemble and William Penn Singers are taking a trip back in time. Theme songs, commercial jingles, and other sounds from classic television will be featured in concert. Included in the performance will be favorite themes like Hawaii Five-O, The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, Family Guy, Get Smart, Sanford and Son, The Pink Panther, Shaft, and more.

Music from commercials for BMW, Delta Airlines, State Farm, and even Chips Ahoy will be part of the mix.

Music Professor Scott Cressley said, “The jazz ensemble and choir have had a great time preparing this nostalgic program which we are sure the audience will thoroughly enjoy.”

The show begins each evening at 7:00 PM in the Musco Technology Center on the Oskaloosa campus of William Penn University. Admission is free and open to the public.

-This information was sent in a news release on behalf of William Penn University.

Robinson Claims First Career ‘Athlete of the Week’ Award

(OSKALOOSA, Iowa)–William Penn University’s Derek Robinson (Sr., Jenks, Okla., Communications) had the best outing of his collegiate career and was appropriately rewarded as he was named Heart of America Athletic Conference Men’s Field Athlete of the Week Monday.

Robinson collected his first-ever weekly award after qualifying for two events and finishing high in two other events at the Central Invitational.

With his marks, the senior will now compete at nationals in the hammer and discus after hitting automatic-qualifying standards in both competitions.  He won the hammer at 181-9 and was second in the discus at 165-6; both are personal bests.

Robinson also placed fifth in the javelin at 159-9 and sixth in the shot put at 44-0.5.

Currently, Robinson ranks fourth in the NAIA in the discus and sixth in the hammer.

The award is the third for the men’s program this year.


Color for a Cause During ‘Chalk the Walk’ in Oskaloosa

(OSKALOOSA, Iowa) – William Penn’s Digital Communication program is teaming up with FACE (Fine Arts and Cultural Events) and the United Way of Mahaska County to present the 5th annual Chalk the Walk fundraiser. This event will be held on the Oskaloosa downtown square on Saturday, April 21, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. This year, Chalk the Walk will be a free-will donation with all proceeds going to the United Way of Mahaska County to support Operation Backpack. Individuals are welcome to join in, flood the sidewalk with color, and family friendly illustrations.

“This year our goal is to get as many people as possible to come to the square and make it as colorful as possible,” said Director of William Penn’s Digital Communication Program, Matt Wagner. “I’m proud of the students who continue to run with the event and make it better every year.”

Operation Backpack is a program which helps provide local children with essential school supplies that are needed to help them excel in their education. Members of Oskaloosa and the surrounding area are invited and encouraged to join in on the fun, leave their mark, and give back to the Oskaloosa community.

-This information was provided in a news release sent on behalf of William Penn University in Oskaloosa, Iowa.

2018 Beane Lecture Series at WPU Welcomes MaryKate Morse

(OSKALOOSA, Iowa) – William Penn University will welcome MaryKate Morse on Tuesday, April 3 as the 2018 Beane Lecture Series guest speaker. The lectures will be open to the public. Her first lecture, titled “A Quaker’s Reflection on Jesus’ Leadership: The Role of Power & Influence in Ministry,” will be held at 11:15 a.m. in the Chief Mahaska Room in the Dana M. Atkins Memorial Union.

MaryKate Morse is a professor of Leadership and Spiritual Formation in the seminary at George Fox University. Currently, she is the Lead Mentor for the Doctor of Ministry in Leadership & Spiritual Formation. Raised in the Air Force, MaryKate lived in various states and overseas. She completed her BS in Secondary Education and English Literature at Longwood University in Virginia and MaryKate completed her doctorate at Gonzaga University. With her husband, Randy, and small children she lived in the Andes Mountains of Bolivia and Peru doing ministry and social projects with the Aymará Indians.

She began teaching, studied spiritual formation and direction, and was certified as a spiritual director and recorded as a pastor with the Evangelical Friends. After her doctorate, she planted two churches and served in various administrative positions. She is a spiritual director and leadership mentor and coach, conference and retreat speaker, and author of “Making Room for Leadership: Power, Space, and Influence and A Guidebook to Prayer.”

The Beane Lecture Series was established through an endowment by Ercil and Maxine Beane in 2008 to develop programs that engage students, faculty, and the community in discussions influenced by Quaker principles and philosophies. Through that endowment, a guest speaker is brought to William Penn University each year. Due to their commitment to kindness, generosity, and community, William Penn University is pleased to MaryKate Morse for the 2018 edition of the Beane Lecture Series.

Central College Women’s Golf Opens Season

The Central College women’s golf team opened its spring season at the Mike “Fluff” Cowan Women’s Invitational hosted by William Penn University on Tuesday, March 27.

The Dutch finished runner-up with an 18-hole total of 324. Tournament host William Penn won the event posting a 307 on its home course, Edmundson Golf Course.

Junior Brittany Coppess (Clinton) was the top performer for the Dutch with a 77, senior Molly Timmerman (Dubuque) was next with an 80, sophomore Emily Opsal (Verona, Wis., Verona Area HS) shot 83, senior Cierra Pulse (Stronghurst, Ill., West Central HS) carded an 84 and sophomore Lexie Patton (Aurelia, Alta-Aurelia HS) finished with an 85.

Next on tap for the Dutch is a triangular against Wartburg College and Luther College at Otter Creek Golf Course in Ankeny April 14-15.

Official stats were not available.

WPU Women’s Bowling Competes at NAIA Invitational

(HIGHLAND, Indiana) – The Statesmen Women’s Bowling Team gained great experience in a big-time national tournament setting as it battled at the NAIA Invitational Friday, March 23 and Saturday, March 24.

William Penn University rolled in 24 Baker games before facing off against the NAIA’s best in bracket play. The navy and gold finished 11th out of 20 teams with 4,464 pins (186.0 average), while Indiana Tech claimed the top seed with 4,781 pins (199.2 average).

By finishing in the top 12, the Statesmen received a bye in the double-elimination format and took on #6 seed Grand View in the second round. Unfortunately, the squad came up just short in a 3-2 loss (204-201, 171-245, 189-180, 176-207, 215-268).

WPU was demoted to the consolation bracket and failed to move on, ending its trip at 0-2 with a 3-1 setback to #14 Marian (Ind.) (175-195, 158-258, 197-168, 150-252).

This is the final year the NAIA will have an Invitational as next year the sport moves to Championship status.

Team members included Nicole Craft (So., Wakefield, Neb., Physical Education), Abbey Fangman (Fr., Waterloo, Iowa, Elementary Education), Audra Farley (Sr., Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Education), Kaylee Gerken (Jr., Dubuque, Iowa, Elementary Education), Kayla Gifford (So., Camanche, Iowa, Biology), Nicole Mottier (Fr., Madison, Wis., Computer Science), Amber Ovel (Jr., Waterloo, Iowa, Business Management), and Bailey Palmer (So., Ottumwa, Iowa, Undecided).

This story was provided in a news release sent on behalf of William Penn University in Oskaloosa, Iowa.


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