Dec. 23, 2005
Morningside College President John Reynders bestowed the Order of Morningside on former faculty member Dr. Rudolph Daniels and former employee Sheila Langley, both of Sioux City, during the annual Recognition and Holiday Banquet held at the college on Thursday, Dec. 22.
The Order of Morningside, established in 1971, is a high honor given to persons who have demonstrated extraordinary service and personal commitment to the college.
Daniels was professor of history and political science at Morningside from 1975 to 1996, serving as department chair from 1990 to 1995. He also served as adjunct instructor of oboe from 1983 to 1987. He directed the college Interdepartmental Honors Program from 1983 to 1987, served as advisor for Morningside’s chapter of the Delta Sigma Phi fraternity from 1986 to 1996, as academic advisor for the Religious Life Council from 1977 to 1984, and as Student Government advisor from 1987 to 1990. He was recognized as Morningside’s Faculty Person of the Year in 1985.
Most recently, from 1996 to 2002, Daniels served as department chair of social and behavioral sciences and in various other positions at Western Iowa Tech Community College in Sioux City. He currently teaches graduate level courses at Western Hills Area Education Agency in Sioux City and serves as adjunct instructor for Bellevue University in Bellevue, Neb., and Briar Cliff University in Sioux City. He also serves as the Law Enforcement Planner for the Sioux City Police Department.
Daniels has been a member of the Humanities Iowa Speakers Bureau since 1989. He has appeared at several local and regional radio and television venues as a political consultant and analyst. He is the author or editor of several articles and books, including Trains Across the Continent: North American Railroad History, published in 2000, by Indiana University Press, and “V. N. Tatishchev: Guardian of the Petrine Revolution” published in 1973, by Franklin Publishing Company in Philadelphia.
Daniels received his master’s degree and doctorate from Pennsylvania State University in University Park and has done post-doctoral research at the University of Iowa in Iowa City and Hamline University in St. Paul, Minn.
Langley retired from Morningside in May 2005 after 24 years of service. She began her career in 1980 working as secretary in the former office of continuing education. From 1982 to 1985, she served as executive secretary to the vice president for Student Affairs. In 1985, she began working in the department of Institutional Advancement, serving as administrative assistant to the vice presidents, in the office of Church Relations, and for the office of Gift Planning.
Langley assisted in several capital campaigns for the college and helped coordinate a number of campus events including Scholarship Recognition and Roll of Honor dinners, lectures, and various continuing education events, to name a few. She served on numerous campus committees including the presidential Inauguration committees for both Jerry Israel and Reynders, the Centennial Celebration committee, the Order of Morningside committee, and the Support Staff committee.
Langley was active in Project HOPE, a non-profit organization headquartered on Morningside’s campus and founded to empower young students with the “Help and Opportunity to Pursue their Education” (HOPE). While working with HOPE, she participated in volunteer activities for Children’s Miracle Network, Ronald McDonald House, March of Dimes, American Red Cross, and other organizations. Langley and her husband Jack volunteer as facilitators for a grief-counseling group organized by Christy-Smith Funeral Homes in Sioux City.