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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.

Statesmen Men’s Bowling Takes Fourth at NAIA Invite

(HIGHLAND, Indiana) – The William Penn University Men’s Bowling Team made a deep run, but fell shy of a national crown as it competed at the NAIA Invitational Friday, March 23 through Sunday, March 25.

William Penn rolled in 24 Baker qualifying games before facing off against the NAIA’s best in bracket play. The navy and gold finished fourth out of 20 teams with 5,132 pins (213.8 average), while Webber International (Fla.) and Robert Morris (Ill.) tied for the most pins with 5,457 (227.4 average). Webber international won the tiebreaker to claim the top seed.

By finishing in the top 12, the Statesmen bowlers received a bye in the double-elimination format and took on #20 seed Lindsey Wilson in the second round. The program won its first match 3-1 by scores of 216-196, 193-215, 215-174, 191-187.

Unfortunately, in a foreshadowing of the future, WPU was dropped to the consolation bracket with a 3-0 loss to #5 seed St. Ambrose (160-213, 163-223, 202-247).

However, William Penn rebounded after the setback by winning three consecutive matches to get to the consolation quarterfinals. First, the navy and gold dropped #16 seed Concordia (Mich.) 3-1 (184-214, 217-163, 210-181, 201-156) and then defeated #9 seed St. Francis (Ill.) by the same 3-1 tally (162-189, 206-169, 246-231, 235-194).

WPU claimed its biggest win as it eliminated #2 seed Robert Morris in five games (234-227, 136-243, 199-202, 257-231, 222-215), but the road to the biggest trophy ended in the next round as St. Ambrose slipped past the Statesmen 3-1 (203-209, 237-221, 233-280, 171-246). WPU finished the tournament with a 4-2 record, tying SAU and Lawrence Tech for the second-best record in the field.

The Fighting Bees eventually reached the final and actually forced an ‘if necessary’ match, but Webber International held its seed for the crown.

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

Team members included Quincy Bruce (Sr., Cedar Rapids, Iowa, General Accounting), Braxton Coble (Jr., Ottumwa, Iowa, Business Management), David Decker (So., Peyton, Colo., Physical Education), Bret Keimig(Sr., Davenport, Iowa, Physical Education), Aleksander Kostric (Fr., Koper, Slovenia, Sports Management), Rok Kostric (Fr., Koper, Slovenia, Sports Management), Curtis Majka (Sr., Elgin, Ill., Mechanical Engineering), and Nick Walker (Jr., Zeeland, Mich., Business Management).

For his efforts, Rok Kostric was named to the five-person all-tournament team.

William Penn will try for an even bigger national crownthe ultimate crownas it competes in the USBC Intercollegiate Team Championships in Lincoln, Neb. from April 1621.

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

Three WPU Cagers Receive All-America Awards

(OSKALOOSA, Iowa) – A record-breaking three members of the Statesmen men’s basketball program capped strong seasons as the NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball All-America teams were recently announced.

Terrell Thompson (Sr., Indianapolis, Ind., Wellness and Recreation) was named to the First Team, while Dominique Shaw (Sr., Lufkin, Texas, Wellness and Recreation) earned Third-Team recognition. JC Washington (Sr., Houston, Texas, Sociology) joined his teammates by receiving an Honorable-Mention nod. A total of 82 players collected A-A awards with 10 each on the top three teams and 52 on the honorable-mention squad.

Ryan Imhoff of Carroll (Mont.) was named the NABC-NAIA National Player of the Year, while The Master’s (Calif.) Head Coach Kelvin Starr earned NABC-NAIA Coach of the Year honors.

Thompson and Shaw were both first-team all-Heart of America Athletic Conference performers, while Washington was a second-team honoree. The trio gives William Penn 22 All-Americans all-time and 19 under current coach John Henry. They guided WPU to a 30-5 record, a Heart regular-season title, and a national semifinal appearance.

Thompson, who is the third First-Team recipient in the past six years (second year in a row), averaged 17.3 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 5.6 assists per game. He also tallied 38 steals, eight blocks, and shot 50.6% from the field (34.6% 3-PT); the senior was 69.7% from the free-throw line.

The senior led all of NAIA Division I in assists with 197, and was fourth in assists per game and 18th in total points (605). He put himself on several of William Penn’s top-10 single-season lists, including now being fifth in both assists and assist average, sixth in free throws attempted (188), and eighth in total points.

Shaw was the Statesmen’s top scorer throughout the year, averaging 18.5 points in addition to 6.5 rebounds. He also produced 74 assists, a team-high 42 steals, and four blocks. The senior shot 47.1% overall (34.9% 3-PT) and 70.2 from the charity stripe.

Shaw’s 649 points now rank fourth all-time in WPU single-season history. He is also third at William Penn with both 247 field goals made and 524 field goals attempted, while also being fourth with 255 three-pointers attempted and seventh with 89 three-pointers made.

The senior finished the campaign 12th in the NAIA in points and 17th in three-pointers made.

The Heart’s Defensive Player of the Year, Washington averaged a near double-double with 11.6 points and 9.8 rebounds per game. He also had 84 assists, a team-high 61 blocks, and 22 steals, while shooting 56.5% from the field (33.3% 3-PT) and 50.0% from the line.

Washington is now fourth all-time at WPU in single-season blocks and is seventh with 313 rebounds.

The senior was in the top-20 nationally in numerous categories, including being third in offensive rebounds per game (3.5), fifth in total rebounds, sixth in both total blocks and blocks per game (1.9), ninth in rebounds per game, and 14th in defensive rebounds per game (6.3).

For the complete list of NAIA Division I All-Americans, click here.

Strong Bench Keys LSU Alexandria’s Semifinal Victory Over WPU

Story By Chad Waller | NAIA National Office

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – (Box Score) Powered by a game-ending 29-19 run, No. 4 seeded LSU Alexandria (La.) eliminated No. 1 William Penn (Iowa), 84-75, in the second semifinal of the 81st Annual NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball National Championship, Monday evening inside Municipal Auditorium. The Generals face tournament newcomer No. 5-seeded Graceland (Iowa) in the national championship title contest on Tuesday, March 20 at 7:00 p.m. CDT, broadcast live on ESPN3.


  • LSU Alexandria improves to 29-7 and heads to its first-ever title contest on Tuesday
  • The Generals are playing in their fourth season of varsity competition
  • William Penn ends its season with a record of 30-5
  • This marks the first year since 1961 that a team from Louisiana played in the title game (Grambling)
  • The higher seeds are 15-15 through 30 games, while 24 games have been decided by 10 points or fewer including 14 by six points or less

Mahaska County Ruritan Soup Supper

The Mahaska County Ruritan Soup Supper will be held at Central United Methodist Church on Thursday, March 15 from 4:30 – 7:00 PM. Serving: Potato Soup, Chili Soup, Grilled Cheese, Relish & Dessert. Proceeds will go towards William Penn University scholarships. Adults – $7; Children (12 and under) – $3.

Oskaloosa Area Chamber & Development Group Seeks Award Nominations

(MAHASKA COUNTY, Iowa) – The Oskaloosa Area Chamber & Development Group (OACDG) will again be presenting several civic awards at their annual meeting to be held Thursday, May 10 at the cafeteria located at William Penn University. Chamber members as well as area residents are urged to submit their nominations for these awards. The categories are as follows:

Retail Business and Service Business of the Year–The most outstanding retail or service business in the Mahaska community during this past fiscal year must be in business for minimum of two years, demonstrate success, with evidence of commitment and contribution to the community.

Industry of the Year–The most outstanding industry in the Mahaska community during the year will have a stable employment history, will have been in business for minimum of two years, showing evidence of commitment and contribution to the community and a commitment to sound management practices.

Business Person of the Year–This individual will have demonstrated those qualities which have distinguished him/her in business: proven commitment and contribution to the community, a commitment to ethical business practices, recognized within their profession, a Mahaska County resident, a history of success in their business.

Citizen of the Year–This individual will have demonstrated outstanding involvement in and support of his/her community over an extended period of time.

Community Improvement Award–This commercial or industrial property will have made improvements which enhance the appearance and /or economic vitality of the Mahaska community through new development or through the redevelopment of an existing property.

Educator of the Year–This individual from a Mahaska County school will display a true passion and devotion to the betterment of students.

To make any nominations or to contribute an innovative idea for a “special award” pertaining to exceptional achievement in a category not mentioned, call 641-672-2591, email dbruxvoort@oacdg.org with “OACDG Award” in the subject line, or fax 641-672-2047. Nominations must be received by Friday, April 6.


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