The Man Behind the Mask

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“What I love about hockey is my teammates…the speed of the game, and the unbelievable skill and hard work it takes to excel in the game,” said Spencer Johnson, the sophomore Spotlight Athlete of the Week from Burnsville, Minnesota.

Each week, the Waldorf University Athletic Department honors an outstanding student athlete on the Warrior athletics page and through a campus-wide email. This past week it was Johnson. This recognition was due to his assist and two goals, one being the game-winner during a 5-2 win over No. 9 Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville on January 17.

In the 2014-2015 season, Johnson has scored five goals and contributed five assists. Not only is he a valuable asset to the team as both a defenseman and forward, but he’s also a great friend and teammate on and off the ice.
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Organized Chaos – Spring Season in the Denny Jerome Athletic Center [DJAC]

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Waldorf University’s indoor turf facility, the Denny Jerome Athletic Center, or DJAC, is a second home to many student athletes. Built in 2009, the DJAC is used on a daily basis by men and women’s golf, softball, baseball, men/women’s soccer, and most recently, men/women’s track and field. With this being the first year of Waldorf University having an indoor track and field program, scheduling practice times at the DJAC has become a bit more complex.
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Belize Bound

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Spring Break is just days away and the students and faculty/staff involved with the annual March mission trip at Waldorf University are thrilled to be traveling—however, this year is even more exciting as they are headed out of the country!

On Friday, March 6th, ten students and six faculty/staff members will be heading to Belize, a nation-state located on the eastern coast of Central America. The group plans to depart from Forest City at midnight on the 6th and return the following Friday, March 13th.
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Sparks Making Waves at Waldorf University

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The camaraderie was amazing. The trust between riders and community members filled the air like some type of euphoric helium lifting everyone’s spirits,”

This is a quote from one of Audrey Sparks’ award-winning articles on the Register’s Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa (RAGBRAI). Sparks, a thirty-eight year old non-traditional senior at Waldorf University, has been making waves this year.
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Alpha Chi National Convention in Chicago

5 Waldorf Students Attend the 2015 Alpha Chi National Convention in Chicago

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The Alpha Chi National Convention was held March 19-21 at the Sheraton Hotel in Chicago. Hundreds of students from both the U.S. and internationally gathered to celebrate scholarship, academics, networking, and camaraderie. Five members from Waldorf University attended: Tara Kingland, Shaye Sutherland, Molly Maschka, Jenna Tegtmeyer, and Marisa Donnelly.

Marisa Donnelly, Molly Maschka and Jenna Tegtmeyer were asked to present personal and academic works and Waldorf University junior, Cody Clark, was awarded the Alpha Chi 2015 Region IV Scholarship for his promotional video showcasing senior soccer player, Andrew Larsen.

Senior Marisa Donnelly read poetry during the Music, Movement & Words session.

“It was so wonderful to see the talent of different people and the emotion that was brought into their work,” Donnelly said. “One student did an interpretive dance in which she contorted her body to reflect the misery her character experienced after her lover’s death. Another student read a non-fiction slam poem, expressing her struggle with parasomnia, night terrors and irrational fears she has while sleeping.”

Waldorf University senior, Molly Maschka, also presented at the 2015 Convention. Molly’s non-fiction piece was entitled, “Da’s Girl,” which was a short story from a collection of memoir pieces exploring her childhood relationship with her father.

“I was extremely nervous to the point my hands were shaking. I am normally not a person who likes to present in front of people, but I knew I wanted to get out of my comfort zone,” Maschka said. “Yet, as words started to come out of my mouth, my nerves started to clam down. Presenting wasn’t as bad as I thought. It gave me a huge confidence boost!”

Senior biology major, Jenna Tegtmeyer, presented her poster presentation entitled, “Insights into the Mechanism of Heme Transfer from PhuS to Heme Oxygenase in P. aeruginosa,” showcasing research she compiled in the past year on different forms of bacteria.

This year’s convention was themed around the selected annual service project, “Harmonious Hemispheres: The Nexus of Science and the Arts.” Throughout the year, chapters and schools were asked to raise money for the Art Therapy Connection of Chicago, which as their website states, is a “non-profit organization that provides in-school and after-school art therapy and expressive arts programming for at-risk youth who have little or no access to support.” It was asked that each school collected art supplies and donate at least $50, which Waldorf University contributed as a result of the fundraising events held on campus earlier this year.

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As published in the Waldorf Literary Review, Volume 8, Spring 2015
Salveson Prize in Poetry 2015

I am a knapsack

tied to an abandoned birch branch.

I am a pebble along the shoulder

of a four-lane highway, Route 55


chasing the sun.

I am a heads-up penny

on the floor of a train that’s non-stop

Chicago to Dallas.

I am the white, feathery seed

of a dandelion

flirting with the wind.

I am the worn soles

of a pair of Converse

speckled with rainwater and mud.

And you are time.

We move together



Each other’s desire,

each other’s demise.