"The Collegian" staff would like to extend sympathies towards the family and friends of Kyle Kluver and Keisha Petrus.
Kyle had just completed his freshman year on the Fayette campus. He was a business administration major and a member of the Peacock baseball team. He was well known for always brightening a room with his smile and personality.
Keisha was a student at the UIU center in Malaysia. She was a psychology major with hopes of earning a doctorate in clinical psychology. She always looked at everything under a positive light.
Please keep the families and friends of Keisha and Kyle in your thoughts and prayers.
Graduates celebrate time with their family and friends after the commencement ceremony on May 10, 2014 at the Fayette campus. The rain moved the second ceremony indoors to Dorman Gymnasium, but the sun peeked out after the ceremony.
"The Collegian" staff wishes the graduates of the class of 2014 good luck in their futures! Go Peacocks!
Spring is finally here in Fayette. The trees are starting to blossom and the flowers are coming back to life. These photos were taken on May 8 the day before the graduation ceremonies.
Upper Iowa Tennis Team Loses in Quarterfinals
Written by Iris Verweij
After beating Winona State University a week before the NCAA DII Conference Championships, the Upper Iowa women’s tennis team could not beat them again in the quarterfinals of the NCAA DII Conference Championships. The Warriors of Winona State started the lead with 2-1, after winning two doubles matches and losing one against the Peacocks. #1 Iris Verweij and #2 Saki Kawabata leaded in singles, but it was not good enough to get the win as a team. Upper Iowa lost the #4, #5 and #6 singles matches, which gave WSU the win.
The Warriors advanced to the semifinals, but came short against Augustana College when Augustana won against WSU. Augustana continued the streak by beating the University of Mary to win the NCAA DII Conference Championships.
The Peacocks had a great season despite the season coming to a close in the quarterfinals. The women’s tennis team finished above .500 (15-10) for the first time in three years. They also earned the second-best finish in the NSIC (8-3) since UIU joined the conference.
Freshman Kelly Jachymowski said, “It was a tough season and we had some tough matches scheduled early in the season, but we gave our all and the results really show.”
”We have gotten so strong and it is great to see everyone improving, and that with such a fresh and young team.” Vicky Kulbokas
The Upper Iowa women’s tennis team will now face the off-season with a young and maturing roster.
C.R.E.A.T.E. Engages Creative Writers
Written by Samantha Vorwald
A new club started on the Fayette campus for creative writers or anybody who wants to be a creative writer. C.R.E.A.T.E. was started in April because there was no club for people to share their pieces of creative writing throughout the year.
C.R.E.A.T.E. was started by junior and president Tiffany Stouffer. “I wanted to start (C.R.E.A.T.E.) to help grow the rising creative writing program on campus as well as give an outlet for writers who didn’t have one before.” Sophomore Sadie Meegan is the vice president and she said that C.R.E.A.T.E. “…was founded so students at Upper Iowa University have the opportunity to express their creativity in the world of writing.”
When the new club was announced with the first meeting date, everybody was welcome to join and they were asked to bring a piece of writing or an acrostic poem. At the time, C.R.E.A.T.E. did not stand for anything and it was up to the members to come up with an acrostic for it. At the second meeting held on April 29, the acrostic poem chosen for the new club was Creative wRiters Engaging the cAmpus To crEate. It does not follow the rules of typical acrostic poems where the first letters of the words will spell a new word. The members do not mind though because it is still a creative saying and creative writing is not always the most structured.
Stouffer encourages new members to join and said, “I hope that more students get involved and that it helps create an appreciation of written work and develops the writing community on campus.” The next meeting date for C.R.E.A.T.E. is scheduled for Tuesday, May 6 in the Student Leadership Center from 12:15 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. This will be the last meeting before the end of the year. Next year, the meetings are expected to be every other week.
Comebacks Fall Short As Wildcats Top Peacocks in Midweek Doubleheader
Written by Zach Carlyle
On a cold, damp day at Robertson Woods Field, the Wildcats of Wayne State College edged out against the Upper Iowa Peacocks in two close baseball games on April 30. Wayne State defeated UIU 3-2 in game one and 5-3 in game two. Upper Iowa would get the tying runs on base in each of the final innings, but the Wildcats’ relievers thwarted any rally and closed the Peacocks out in each game. With the losses, Upper Iowa drops to 10-26 overall and 3-19 in the NSIC.
The starting pitching for both squads was excellent in game one as each team was unable to score through the first three innings. The scoring finally broke through in the top of the fourth as the Wildcats scored a pair of runs after the leadoff hitter was hit by a pitch. Wayne State followed with a sac bunt and a single to put runners on first and third with one out. A sac fly by Michael Herman plated the first Wildcat run and Jake Perez delivered the second run with a single to left.
Wayne State went into the fifth inning with a leadoff double followed by a Peacock error defensively. With two outs and the bases loaded, UIU’s junior southpaw Jake Barron got a fly ball to end the threat.
CJ Nolan opened up the top of the sixth inning with a solo homerun to right off of UIU reliever Dan Cwiertniak.
Upper Iowa finally got on the board in the bottom of the sixth sending eight batters to the plate. Senior Tyler Adams got things started with a leadoff single. After a fielder’s choice and a fly out, the UIU offense came alive with two outs. A single by John Dobson followed by a WSC error allowed freshman Alex George to single to right and put the Peacocks into the scoring column. A bases-loaded walk put UIU within one, but Wayne State reliever Ryan Zweck got a strikeout to stop the threat and strand three base runners.
Lefty Curtis Bussard earned his seventh save for the Wildcats shutting down Upper Iowa in the final inning to ensure the victory. Starter Eric Browning improved his record to 7-3 on the season with the win.
Barron would finish the afternoon with five innings pitched allowing just two runs on four hits while striking out three batters.
Adams and George each tallied two hits on the afternoon for UIU.
Michael Herman’s RBI-single to right field off of UIU starter and freshman Mitch Moser gave the visitors a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning in game two. Herman would add another run batted in after a sac fly plated Bussard in the top of the third frame, giving the Wildcats a 2-0 advantage.
Alex Schleppenbach drove a double out to the fence in left-center in the top of the fourth scoring Kevin Anderson and adding to the lead for WSC. After 4 innings, the Wildcats had a commanding 3-0 lead.
The Peacocks had their chances in the early moments of the game against Wayne State starter John Roberts, including runners at first and third in the second inning, but Roberts quickly closed the door earning strikeouts to end the threat.
The scoring once again picked up in the seventh inning when Wayne State earned back-to-back singles and forced a UIU error to extend their lead to 4-0. A third RBI from Herman pushed the lead to five for the visitors after a sac fly to right.
It wasn’t until the bottom of the eighth until the Peacock offense started to make a comeback. Three singles by Adams, George, and senior Jose Aguirre gave the home team their first run on the board. A Wildcat error allowed a second run across the plate, and Upper Iowa got themselves within three runs heading into the final inning.
The Peacocks added a third run in the ninth, but stranded a pair of runners on base falling to the Wildcats by a 5-3 final score. Jordan Kearns drove sophomore Samuel Kortes home with a fielder’s choice. After Aguirre was hit by a pitch, UIU had runners on first and second with two outs caused by the closer Bussard ending the game.
Roberts improved his record to 2-4 for WSC, while Moser (1-2) suffered the loss after four innings giving up three runs (two earned) on four hits while striking out six batters. Blake Seehusen threw 2.2 innings of relief with 4 strikeouts while allowing two runs on five hits. Senior Miguel Helguera and freshman Matt Meulemans threw 2.1 shutout innings to keep UIU’s chances alive.
Adams once again led UIU at the plate tallying two hits. Aguirre added a pair of hits as well.
The Peacocks will close out the NSIC season with a home-and-home series against the Warriors of Winona State University Friday and Saturday, May 2 and 3. On Friday, Upper Iowa will recognize their nine seniors for their accomplishments during the doubleheader that begins at 1:30 p.m. Saturday’s matchup in Winona, Minn. is also slated for 1:30 p.m.
Senior Athlete Banquet
Written by Jordan Bell
At the end of each academic year, the Athletic Department acknowledges each senior athlete from their respective sport. This year over 50 student athletes were acknowledged for their achievements within their program on April 28. Presenting the banquet to the senior athletes and coaches was Assistant Athletic Director for External Affairs, Brock Wissmiller.
The awards which were up for grabs were Female Athlete of the Year, Male Athlete of the Year and Athletic Trainer of the Year. All of these awards had been voted on by the coaches of each program. The first award given was Athletic Trainer of the Year which was presented to Amanda Smith who is also a soccer player. Mr. Wissmiller said that Smith’s desire to balance both soccer and athletic training was a standout quality which could not be overlooked.
Next on the list of awards was Female Athlete of the Year. This year’s Female Athlete of the Year was awarded to Kelsey Taldone. Taldone was a four year starter with the soccer team and received countless awards this past season. Taldone received NSIC Second Team honors this past season as well as a spot on the NSCAA Second Team All Central Region team thanks to her standout performances at the heart of the Peacock defense.
The final award of the evening was the Male Athlete of the Year. For many people in attendance, it was no surprise for redshirt senior Carl Broghammer to collect the award for his stellar performance on the wrestling mat. Broghammer is no stranger to awards, recently receiving NSIC Wrestler of the Year including a third place at nationals.
Throughout the night, each sport recognized their seniors and the Athletic Department providing each senior with a small plaque to thank them for their four years of service in Peacock colors.
Upper Iowa Men’s Soccer Place Second in Home Tournament
Written by Jordan Bell
Upper Iowa hosted Wartburg College, Luther College and the Iowa State University club team on April 27 at Pattison Field for a round robin soccer tournament. Each team played three games with the team with the best record being the winners.
On home soil, Upper Iowa took the advantage in their first game. They won 1-0 against Wartburg College with the sole goal coming from sophomore Leandro Pena. The Peacocks then took on the Iowa State club team which proved to be a trickier opponent than expected. The game ended with a tied contest at 2-2. Sophomore midfielder Rhys Williams said, “The boys started sluggish and we did not expect the opposition to come at us like they did.”
Heading into the final game for the Peacocks was a local rivalry against Luther College of Decorah, IA. The final game proved significant as whoever won the contest would win the tournament as Luther had won both their previous two games. Both teams defended extremely well and that remained the case throughout the game with Upper Iowa having only three shots on target. The game finished 0-0 and as a result providing Luther with the best overall record and winning the invitational tournament.
For Upper Iowa it was a mixed game of emotions. Being undefeated during their three matches was positive, but not coming away with the tournament victory left the team disappointed. Sunday’s tournament brought an end to a successful spring season for the Peacocks, taking down DI opposition Drake University at Drake 5-3. This was clearly the highlight of the seven weeks of hard work.
Freshman forward Ryan Pinkerton spoke after the tournament, “We worked extremely hard during our spring season, and we know we have to come in as fit and strong as possible for the fall season. The boys are very excited and cannot wait for August to arrive.”
Peacocks Host Wildcats and Warriors in Final Week of NSIC Season
Written by UIU Sports Information Department
Upper Iowa will take on Wayne State College and Winona State University this week in their final six Northern Sun Conference games of the year. The Peacocks will host the Wildcats in a double header on Wednesday beginning at 1 p.m. UIU will close out their NSIC slate with a home-and-home against the Warriors. Friday’s games will start at 1:30 p.m. in Fayette, while Saturday’s games will begin at 1:30 p.m. in Winona, Minn. UIU will recognize their nine seniors between games on Friday.
Head Coach Mark Danker, who has been with the Upper Iowa baseball program for 25 years, is on the verge of managing his 700th game in a Peacock uniform as the head coach. Wednesday’s double headers will mark games 699 and 700 in Danker’s tally.
The Peacock baseball team dropped all seven of its games last week including six by a single run. The pitching staff posted an ERA of 4.25 allowing just 25 runs in 53 innings of work including three complete games by Mason Buster, Dickson Paz and Martin Valdez. Brett Fanning threw 6.1 innings without allowing an earned run and took a no-decision in UIU’s 2-1 loss to Concordia on Friday. After an 8-7 loss to St. Ambrose on Monday, the Peacocks lost 4-0 and 5-4 to Minnesota Duluth on Tuesday. The Golden Bears swept UIU on Friday and Saturday in a four-pack of tight games, 2-1 (8), 3-2, 2-1 and 3-2. Poor hitting doomed UIU as the team recorded a .210 batting average and scored just 17 runs.
Last week for the Wildcats, sophomore Curtis Bussard hit a team-best .462 over the weekend in a four-game series vs. #24 Augustana College going 6 for 13 at the plate with two doubles, one homer, three RBI’s and two runs scored. He was 2 for 2 in a 6-0 win over the Vikings on Friday and finished 3 for 5 with a double and homer in a 5-4 loss to the Vikings in the series finale Saturday. He also made three relief appearances and recorded two saves in Friday’s 4-1 win and Saturday’s 5-3 win over the Vikings. Sophomore Eric Browning followed up his no-hitter last week at Minnesota Crookston with a two-hit shutout Friday vs. #24 Augustana in a 6-0 win over the Vikings. Browning struck out nine batters while walking three in the outing. For the season, Browning now has all three complete games by the Wildcat pitching staff with three shutouts and is 6-3 with a 2.24 ERA, striking out 69 batters in just 52.1 innings pitched.
Last week for the Warriors, Travis Evanson had a great week at the plate, hitting .455 with a pair of home runs and four RBI in six games for the Warriors. Evanson was 10-of-22 on the week, also scoring five runs. He started his week by going 3-for-8 against Northern State University and picked up the pace against University of Sioux Falls. Evanson had a RBI in each game while going 7-for-14 in the series. The junior started the series by going 3-for-6 on Friday, hitting a solo home run in both contests. He followed by going 4-of-8 on Saturday, including a 3-for-4 performance in game one. Evanson had a double in game one and a RBI in each contest. A pair of walks on the week allowed Evanson to post a .500 on base percentage while slugging .773. Lucas Crimmins earned his first win of the season, throwing a complete game against Sioux Falls on Saturday. Crimmins scattered six hits in seven innings while allowing just a single run. He struck out four in the matchup.
The Peacocks will wrap up the regular season next week with a nine-inning affair against the University of Iowa in Iowa City. The Hawkeyes will welcome Upper Iowa to Duane Banks Baseball Field for UIU’s final contest of 2014 on Wednesday, May 7, at 6 p.m.