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DWU announces 2014-15 Student Senate Leaders

Monday, March 31, 2014

The Dakota Wesleyan student population recently voted for their student body leaders for 2014-15 Student Association Senate. These students were chosen to serve in the following positions:

President: Christian Doyle, Jackson, Wyo.

Vice president: Austin Lopour, Fort Pierre

Treasurer: Katie Johnson, Mead, Neb.

Junior class president: Dylan Lynde, Canistota

Sophomore class president: Ariana Arampatzis, Aberdeen

Student Activities Board chairperson: Katherine Lindow, Green Bay, Wisc.

Student Ministry Council chairperson: Andrew DeVaney, Sioux Falls

Student athletic representative at-large: April Barnett, Lakeview, Texas

Student representatives at-large: Cody McBrayer, Ethan; Morgan Straub, Deadwood


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DWU’s Highly Effective, Engaging Online RN to BSN Program

Monday, March 31, 2014

Much has changed in the world of technology since Dakota Wesleyan University (DWU) first attempted to deliver an online RN-Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program back in 2007. Due to technological and infrastructure limitations at the time, the program had both traditional face-to-face and online formats instead of the fully online option busy adult learners really needed.

Flash-forward to 2013 when DWU launched its degree completion program for registered nurses with associate’s degrees. DWU successfully accomplished its goal to deliver a streamlined program focused on the needs and wants of adult learners.

“The program is very user friendly for students,” said RN-B.S. Program Director Diane Sandhoff, who has been with DWU for 25 years. “It fits their lifestyle. They feel like they can succeed.”Program Director Diane Sandhoff

All required courses for DWU’s RN-B.S. nursing program are offered online. Through the program, which can be completed in just 14 months, students gain technical nursing abilities and build on their critical thinking, problem-solving and communication skills—all of which are essential for nurses

“We believe nursing is an art and a science,” Sandhoff said. “Our program focuses more on the soul.”

Our RN-B.S. nursing program also offers:

  • A strong ethical foundation, built on Christian values
  • Accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and full approval by the South Dakota Board of Nursing
  • Core nursing courses that focus on:

o   Enhancing skills in leadership and management

o   Decision making and problem solving

o   Nursing research and evidence-based practice

o   Health promotion

o   Health assessment

o   Service to community

o   In-depth study of pharmacology

o   Care of families, populations and communities 

As Sandhoff points out, “The whole trajectory of nursing has changed from the traditional bedside nurse to something that is so much more broad. Careers in healthcare are being developed that we haven’t even considered yet.”

DWU, then, must prepare future nurses who are good thinkers, adaptable, flexible, open to new ideas, and believe in the value of lifelong learning.

If you are considering this degree, you might be concerned about your ability to succeed. Please know that the support—and encouragement—is there for you. The DWU program is demanding, yes, but it is also manageable, thanks to eight-week sessions with two courses at a time for full-time students.

Another plus: We also offer a May start so you do not have to wait for a traditional fall semester start.

DWU understands that sometimes life gets in the way of your best intentions. So if you get into the program and must step out for a time, our online program offers you that flexibility. Stepping out is nearly impossible in a traditional 16-week session.

To learn more, please contact Amber Turner, our DWU online admissions counselor.

We look forward to hearing from you.



Dr. Derek Driedger
Associate Dean of Digital Learning 
at Dakota Wesleyan University


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DWU announces South Central South Dakota Regional Science and Engineering Fair winners

Friday, March 28, 2014

Dakota Wesleyan University hosted the 22nd annual South Central South Dakota Regional Science and Engineering Fair March 25 and announced its winners.

There were 299 students in grades six through 12, and 180 projects from 30 schools in 18 South Dakota counties. Students participating in this regional event brought projects that won in science fairs at local schools.

Five students received the top DWU scholarships – worth $10,000 – and will advance to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in May in Los Angeles. They include: Justin Krell, Plankinton High School, “Cow Chips”; and three students from Avon High School: Amanda Reiff and Devin Tolsma, “Organic Preventative Measures For The Germination Of Musk Thistles,” and Julie Boyle, “Evaluating the Effectiveness Of Anthocyaninis As Sunscreen Phase 2.”

Awards were given to participating students in cash, certificates, college scholarships, plaques, medals, trophies, major industry recognition and recognition by the U.S. Armed Forces. 

In addition to Dakota Wesleyan University, sponsors include: The Daily Republic, Touchtone Energy Cooperatives, Sixth District Medical Society, Twin City Fan and Blower, Lisa and Corey Thelen, Davison City Implement, and Logan Luxury Theater of Mitchell.






















The following are a list of the winners:

2014 Science Fair List of Winners

Student Observers – winners of $2,000 DWU scholarship

Kylee Guindon

Plankinton Middle School

Antler Development

Noah Heezen

Plankinton Middle School

Electronic Cloud Control

Emma Heezen

Plankinton High School

Electronic Cloud Control

Junior Grand Award (two individual projects) – winners of $100

Kendall Veenstra

Dakota Christian Middle School

Aqua Crops

Andrew Weller

Mitchell Middle School

Normal Springs vs. Magnetic Springs

Junior Grand Award (one group project) – winners of $100 each

Natalie Bordeaux, Molly Knife, Shelby Little Shield

Spring Creek Middle School

Water Quality On The Rosebud Reservation

Life, Behavioral Sciences - Junior Division

1st Place

Derek Pelton

Avon Middle School

What Are The Effects Of Soapy Water Plants

2nd Place

Mary Catherine Kelly

Home School Middle School

Using Treats In Dog Training: When To Reward Rover

3rd Place

Kristen Maas

Dakota Christian Middle School

Don’t Slip!

Honorable Mention

Madison Hetland

Mitchell Middle School

Authentic vs. Synthetic Honey

Certificates of Merit:

Hannah VanGerpen

Avon Middle School

There Is Something On Your Face

Kylee Guindon

Plankinton Middle School

Antler Development

Life & Behavioral Sciences - Senior Division

1st Place, $2,000 DWU Scholarship

Hannah Reeves

Avon High School

The Effect Of Irrigation On Agricultural Production

2nd Place, $750 DWU Scholarship

Rachel Blaha

Avon High School

Analyzing The Effectiveness Of Commercial De-wormers For Sheep

3rd Place,$500 DWU Scholarship

Jill Bertus

Avon High School

How Do You Dry Your Corn?

Honorable Mention

Jacob Dahme

Mitchell High School

Carbon Nanotubes: Effects Of Tenebrio Molitor Growth

Certificates of Merit:

Dennisha Johanneson

Andes Central High School

Emergency Medicine

Carly Sparks

Armour High School

Growing Cancer Cells For A Cause

Aften Pennings

Stickney High School

Bac Vibes

Hanna Powers

Avon High School

Are You Getting Your Vitamin C?

DiMera Dvorak

Andes Central High School

Elementary Education

Physical Science & Engineering - Junior Division

1st Place

Tate Wynia

Avon Middle School

Fact Or Fiction

2nd Place

Jakob Studer

Mitchell Middle School

Octane Emission Project

3rd Place

Madhav Singh

Todd County Middle School

Coronal Mass Ejections

Honorable Mention

Olivia Jurrens

Avon Middle School

Red Eye Reduction

Certificates of Merit:

Pearce Vonder Pol

Dakota Christian Middle School

Roll It

Dillon DeHaai

Dakota Christian Middle School

On The Pontoon

Victoria Brown

Mitchell Middle School

Rooftop Real Estate Wonders

Physical Science & Engineering - Senior Division

1st Place, $2,000 DWU Scholarship

Riley Namminga

Avon High School

Application Cent$

2nd Place, $750 DWU Scholarship

Daxx Wiebelhaus

Mitchell High School

Lead In Soil

3rd Place, $500 DWU Scholarship

Brady Petrik

Avon High School

Wax On Wax Off

Honorable Mention

Stephanie Faulhaber

Plankinton High School

Sawing The World One Drip At A Time

Certificates of Merit:

Tim Morgan

Mitchell High School

The Effects Of Mass Distribution On The Distance Of Air Powered Rockets

Riley Berndt

Avon High School

All Gelled Up

Cacie Markel

Avon High School

Increasing The Efficiency of A Homemade Ice Pack Using Rubbing Alcohol

Group Projects - Junior Division

1st Place

Hayden Haak, Tristan Niles, Weston Tobin

Plankinton Middle School

The Sixth Wheel

2nd Place

Lori White, Thea Patrick

Mitchell Middle School

A-Maze-ing Slime Molds

3rd Place

Cooper DeLange, Isaac Hinker

Stickney Middle School

Which Battery Lasts The Longest?

Honorable Mention

Emma Bertram, Kianna Payer

Armour Middle School

Black Or White

Certificates of Merit:

Baylee Gerber

Armour Middle School

Shotgun Patterns

Alyssa Whitney

Armour Middle School

Shotgun Patterns

Trajan Anderson

White Lake Middle School

Muffling Sound

Chandler Fredericksen

White Lake Middle School

Muffling Sound

Matthew Fey

White Lake Middle School

Tee Height And Golf Ball Distance

Carter Fredericksen

White Lake Middle School

Tee Height And Golf Ball Distance

Sawyer Swenson

Wessington Springs Middle School

Ready, Aim, Fire!

John Witte

Wessington Springs Middle School

Ready, Aim, Fire!

Carolyn Blaha

Wagner Middle School

Jump Serve Speed vs. Standing Serve Speed

Schylar Juffer

Wagner Middle School

Jump Serve Speed vs. Standing Serve Speed

Cordel Menning

Corsica Middle School

Blowing Off Steam

Bryce Plamp

Corsica Middle School

Blowing Off Steam

Gavin Zomer

Corsica Middle School

Blowing Off Steam

Emma Murphey

Mitchell Middle School

The Big Dig

Naomi Powers

Mitchell Middle School

The Big Dig

Alicia Jackson

Wessington Springs Middle School

Music And Memory

Keah Munsen

Wessington Springs Middle School

Music And Memory

Levi DeJong

Avon Middle School

Got Gas?

Weston Frank

Avon Middle School

Got Gas?

Brady Cameron

Avon Middle School

Effects Of Viscosity On Human Cardiovascular System

Jacob Cihak

Avon Middle School

Effects Of Viscosity On Human Cardiovascular System

Group Projects - Senior Division

1st Place, $2,000 DWU Scholarship

Eurie Crosby

Avon High School

Engineering A Better Gate Closer

1st Place, $2,000 DWU Scholarship

Michael Johnson

Avon High School

Engineering A Better Gate Closer

2nd Place, $750 DWU Scholarship

Keenan Shannon

Mitchell High School

Assimilation Of Protein From Distiller’s Grain By Tenebrio Molitor

2nd Place, $750 DWU Scholarship

Mason Wenzel

Mitchell High School

Assimilation Of Protein From Distiller’s Grain By Tenebrio Molitor

3rd Place, $500 DWU Scholarship

Alexandra Goldammer

Mitchell High School

The Effects of Classical Music on Cognitive Task Performance

3rd Place, $500 DWU Scholarship

Miranda Goldammer

Mitchell High School

The Effects of Classical Music on Cognitive Task Performance

Honorable Mention

Jed Schmidt

Mitchell High School

Should Gloves Be Banned In The NFL?

Honorable Mention

Parker Wenzel

Mitchell High School

Should Gloves Be Banned In The NFL?

Certificates of Merit:

Mikayla Petsche

Andes Central High School

Focus! It’s Time To Multitask

Erica Kitchenmaster

Andes Central High School

Focus! It’s Time To Multitask

Crystal Habben

Andes Central High School

Hand Gestures And Communication

Nancy Hernandez

Andes Central High School

Hand Gestures And Communication

Sandra Wade

Andes Central High School

Hand Gestures And Communication

Jasmine Fritzmeier

Mitchell High School

Potato Tumor Assay

Emily Parks

Mitchell High School

Potato Tumor Assay

Evianna Blaha

Avon High School

You Put The Nitrate In, You Take The Nitrate Out

Randi Hento

Avon High School

You Put The Nitrate In, You Take The Nitrate Out

Shylah Brown Bear

Mary Indian High School

Stress

Gene Hare, Jr

Marty Indian High School

Stress

Emma Heezen

Plankinton High School

Electronic Cloud Control

Noah Heezen

Plankinton High School

Electronic Cloud Control

Brant Blaha

Avon High School

The Production Of Water Using Anhydrous Salts

Jacob Reeves

Avon High School

The Production Of Water Using Anhydrous Salts

Joe Johnson

Mount Vernon High School

OH Generation

Kyle Koch

Mount Vernon High School

OH Generation

Best Presenters Award:

Mitchell Middle School

Special Awards

American Psychology Association

Mary Catherine Kelly

Home School Middle School

Using Treads In Dog Training: When To Record Rover

Sadie Meyerink

Dakota Christian

The Earworm Effect

ASM International Foundation

Logan Mudder, Zach Wynia

Avon High School

How Strong Is It?

Avon School's Excellence in Science

Senior Division

Justin Krell

Plankinton High School

Cow Chips

Junior Division

Andrew Weller

Mitchell Middle School

Normal Springs vs. Magnetic Springs

BroadMASTERS SSP

Derek Pelton

Avon Middle School

What Are The Effects Of Soapy Water Plants

Mary Catherine Kelly

Home School MS

Using Treats In Dog Training: When To Reward Rover

Kristen Maas

Dakota Christian

Don’t Slip!

Madison Hetland

Mitchell MS

Authentic vs. Synthetic Honey

Tate Wynia

Avon MS

Fact Or Fiction

Jakob Studer

Mitchell MS

Octane Emission Project

Madhov Singh

Todd County MS

Coronal Mass Ejections

Olivia Jurrens

Avon MS

Red Eye Reduction

Hayden Haak

Plankinton MS

The Sixth Wheel

Tristan Niles

Plankinton MS

The Sixth Wheel

Weston Tobin

Plankinton MS

The Sixth Wheel

Lori White

Mitchell MS

A-Maze-ing Slime Molds

Thea Patrick

Mitchell MS

A-Maze-ing Slime Molds

Cooper DeLange

Stickney MS

Which Battery Lasts The Longest?

Isaac Hinker

Stickney MS

Which Battery Lasts The Longest?

Natalie Bordeaux

Spring Creek MS

Water Quality On The Rosebud Reservation

Molly Knife

Spring Creek MS

Water Quality On The Rosebud Reservation

Shelby Little Shield

Spring Creek MS

Water Quality On The Rosebud Reservation

Kendall Veenstra

Dakota Christian

Aqua Crops

Andrew Weller

Mitchell MS

Normal Springs vs. Magnetic Springs

The Daily Republic

Rachel Blaha

Avon High School

Analyzing The Effectiveness Of Commercial De-Wormers For Sheep

Dakota Wesleyan University Chemistry, Health, and Other Stuff (CHAOS)

Julie Boyle

Avon High School

Evaluating Effectiveness Of Anthocyanins As Sunscreen Phase 2

Dakota Wesleyan University, English Department

Justin Krell

Plankinton High School

Cow Chips

Dakota Wesleyan University, Mathematics Department

Andrew Weller

Mitchell High School

Normal Springs vs. Magnetic Springs

Dakota Wesleyan University, Nursing Department

Kacie Mudder

Avon High School

Save Your Brain

Excellence In Grammar Award

Colton Wolbrink

Dakota Christian

Poppin' Popcorn

Sidney Muckey

Dakota Christian

The Amazing Eye

Megan Mudder

Dakota Christian

Scaredy-Cat

Kristen Maas

Dakota Christian

Don’t Slip!

Brooklyn Brouwer

Dakota Christian

Germophobia

GENIUS Olympiad

Keenan Shannon, Mason Wenzel

Mitchell High School

Assimilation Of Protein From Distiller's Grain By Tenebrio Molitar

I-SWEEP

Riley Namminga

Avon High School

Application Cent$

Innovative Ideas--Mitchell High School Science Club

John Witte, Sawyer Swenson

Wessington Springs Middle School

Ready, Aim, Fire

Best Board and Original Idea

Brady Cameron, Jacob Cihak

Avon Middle School

Effects Of Viscosity On Human Cardiovascular System

Colton Wolbrink

Dakota Christian Middle School

Poppin' Popcorn

Victoria Brown

Mitchell Middle School

Rooftop Real Estate Wonders

Intel Excellence in Computer Science

Justin Krell

Plankinton High School

Cow Chips

International Society For Optical Engineering

Leon Jumping Elk, Armanda Iron Elk

Marty Indian High School

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star How I Wonder Where You Are

Olivia Jurrens

Avon Middle School

Red Eye Reduction

Lakeview Veterinary Clinic

Mary Katherine Kelly

Home School Middle School

Using Treats In Dog Training: When To Reward Rover

Mu Alpha Theta

Ariana Oorlog, Chesney Nagel

Avon High School

Unsystematic

NABT (National Association for Biology Teachers)

Amanda Reiff, Devin Tolsma

Avon High School

Organic Preventative Measures For The Germination Of Musk Thistles

NOAA (National Oceanic & Atmosphere Administration)

Scotti Clifford

Lakeview Middle School

Observable Winter Patterns

Ricoh Sustainable Development

Gracie Wold

Armour Middle School

"Can" Your Cans Heat Up?

Society For In Vitro Biology

Amanda Reiff, Devin Tolsma

Avon High School

Organic Preventive Measures For The Germination Of Musk Thistles

SD Academy of Science

Jakob Studer

Mitchell Middle School

Octane Emission Project

Emma Allen

Mitchell Middle School

When Your Sniffer Snoozes

Madison Hetland

Mitchell Middle School

Authentic vs. Synthetic Honey

Mary Catherine Kelly

Home School Middle School

Using Treats in Dog Training: When to Reward Rover

Daniel Fuoss

Armour Middle School

H2O2 Harm or Help?

Thea Patrick

Mitchell Middle School

A-Maze-ing Slime Molds

Lori White

Mitchell Middle School

A-Maze-ing Slime Molds

Carly Beckman

White Lake Middle School

Aspirin And Plant Growth

Derek Pelton

Avon Middle School

What Are The Effects Of Soapy Water Plants

Sanford Promise Award for Biomedical Research

Carly Sparks

Armour High School

Growing Cancer Cells For A Cause

South Dakota Council of Teachers of Mathematics

Ashley Glanzer

Mt Vernon High School

Centripetal Force And Swinging A Bucket Of Water

South Dakota Science Teachers Association

Natalie Bordeaux, Shelby Little Shield, Molly Knife

Spring Creek Middle School

Water Quality On The Rosebud Reservation

South Dakota Society for Clinical Laboratory Science

Carly Sparks

Armour High School

Growing Cancer Cells For A Cause

South Dakota Veterinary Medical Alliance

Rachel Blaha

Avon High School

Analyzing The Effectiveness Of Commerical De-Wormers For Sheep

Stockholm Junior Water and BY Water of Tabor

Hannah Reeves

Avon High School

The Effect of Irrigation On Ag Production

Evianna Blaha, Randi Hento

Avon High School

You Put The Nitrate In, You Take The Nitrate Out

Thelen Laboratory Research

Senior Division

Julie Boyle

Avon High School

Evaluating The Effectiveness Of Anthocyanins As Sunscreen Phase 2

Junior Division

Lori White, Thea Patrick

Mitchell Middle School

A-Maze-ing Slime Molds

United States Department of Health & Human Services

Julie Boyle

Avon High School

Evaluating The Effectiveness Of Anthocyanins As Sunscreen Phase 2

United States Metric Association

Erica Anderson

Avon High School

How Cool Is That?

Yale Science & Engineering Association, Inc.

Justin Krell

Plankinton High School

Cow Chips


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Local Forty and Eight awards scholarship to DWU nursing student

Friday, March 28, 2014

The local chapter of the Forty and Eight awarded the Nursing Training Scholarship to DWU nursing student Briana Jung Wednesday evening at the Mitchell American Legion.

Hugh Holmes, Chef de Gare (local commander) of Voiture 481 (local chapter), awarded the $500 scholarship to Jung, a junior nursing student at DWU from Warner, accepted the scholarship.

The Forty and Eight, also known as La Societe des Quarante Hommes at Huit Chevaux, is an independent, by invitation, honor organization of U.S. veterans, first established in 1920 by 16 members of the American Legion Post 297 in Philadelphia. The Forty and Eight first began giving nursing scholarships in 1941 and established the national Nurses Training Program in 1955. Since the program’s inception, there have been nearly 50,000 nursing students assisted and more than $30 million given. Each locale – or chapter – establishes the amount and guidelines for recipients.


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DWU announces plans to break ground on new health, wellness center in fall

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Dakota Wesleyan University president Amy Novak announced today that the university has raised $10 million toward a new health and wellness center and renovation of an existing athletic facility.  The university will break ground this fall.

Novak, accompanied by board of trustees members, made the announcement to campus today within the recently renamed Christen Family Athletic Center. The total $15 million project will include a new health and wellness center, renovations to the Christen Family Athletic Center and an operating endowment.

The new health and wellness center will be located on the south side of Norway Avenue, just across from the current practice fields. The first step toward this project will be a 90,000-square-foot facility on two levels, including: a 200-meter running and walking indoor track, three indoor multipurpose sport courts, locker rooms, 7,000 square feet of wellness space dedicated to cardiovascular equipment, weights and fitness training, a wrestling room, classroom space for seminars and leadership training, and strength and conditioning training space.

The second phase will include renovations to the existing Christen Family Athletic Center to upgrade heating and cooling units, expand the athletic weight room, expand the athletic training space, office space for coaches and athletic trainers, and a remodel of the large locker room spaces. Final plans for both facilities are expected within the next few months.

“Our students need and deserve a facility in which they can pursue their athletic aspirations as well as personal wellness,” said Novak.  “Our student athletes are severely limited in their practice space. Further, our general campus population rarely has an opportunity to exercise or work out as the university’s growth has nearly doubled the number of athletes on campus over the past two decades, rendering our current athletic center largely unavailable.  Our students need this facility, our university community needs this facility, and this long, cold winter has verified that our Mitchell community also needs this facility. We will be excited to offer the use of this facility to members of the Mitchell community.  We also see this facility as a place where we can hold youth camps and tournaments that support the economic vitality of this community, especially during the winter months ”

It was the completion of the university’s new $11.5 million Glenda K. Corrigan Health Sciences Center this fall that triggered the momentum needed for the university board of trustees and DWU leadership team to embark on its most ambitious campaign to date. “A Greater Wesleyan” will see the campus transformed – not just structurally, but through new, innovative programs that will keep the university at the forefront of education and producing future employees for the region.

DWU produces nearly 70 percent of the nursing graduates employed in the local healthcare industry, nearly 40 percent of the area teachers, and also countless business, criminal justice, human service professionals, ministers, musicians, and writers, “who as graduates of the DWU community now call the Mitchell region home,” Novak said.

“The interest and support for this project has been tremendous, but I must give credit where credit is due,” Novak said. “At the board of trustees meeting last fall, our board endorsed this project with their votes and shortly thereafter, with their financial commitments. With this strong start, many generous donors became enthused about this project and by February, we knew this facility was going become a reality sooner rather than later. We are truly humbled and blessed by significant gifts that were pledged to this project.”


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DWU’s Enactus Chapter heads to 2014 Enactus United States National Exposition

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Students from the Dakota Wesleyan University Enactus team are preparing for the Enactus United States National Exposition in Cincinnati, Ohio, in April.

Enactus is an international nonprofit that engages more than 66,000 students to empower people through entrepreneurial action. Each year, these students compete to represent their country in a global competition called the Enactus World Cup.

Enactus teams from more than 200 colleges and universities across the United States will present their community outreach projects April 1-3 to a judging panel of esteemed business leaders, demonstrating how they are transforming lives and enabling progress in their communities. This year, the Dakota Wesleyan University Enactus team developed projects that impacted thousands of members of the Mitchell and Dakota Wesleyan Community, including creating a sustainable recycling image on campus and expanding the Mitchell Weekend Snack Pack program.

“Our primary focus this year was to expand our current Go Green recycling project and further develop the Weekend Snack Pack program, which has grown tremendously since its move to our campus,” said Micaela Erickson, DWU Enactus team president. “We have had a great response from the community and the school in regards to these projects and the work our team has done, so we are excited to present at the national competition.”

Click here to learn more about Enactus at DWU.


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Dakota Wesleyan University partners with PAST Foundation to offer STEM instruction

Friday, March 21, 2014

For the first time, teachers can acquire an applied Master of Arts in Education degree in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) instruction – and the first cohort of students begin this June at Dakota Wesleyan University.

STEM instruction is a 39-credit program which focuses on the practice of using Transdisciplinary Problem-Based Learning (TPBL) as an instructional strategy coupled with community-relevant strategies. The STEM instruction program is designed for educators who already hold state teaching certification and can be useful to educators outside of the sciences, as well as within.

“The South Dakota Department of Education and the state legislature strongly encouraged the integration of STEM into all facets of the K-12 educational experience,” said Derek Driedger, the associate dean of digital learning at DWU.

A partnership with the PAST Foundation of Ohio to deliver an online M.A. with STEM instruction positions the university as the primary provider of this training in the state and region.

This program at DWU was developed as an educational partnership between the PAST Foundation and Dakota Wesleyan University.  The PAST Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to making education better by promoting transdisciplinary, problem-based science, technology, engineering and mathematics learning.

“Several years ago, Dakota Wesleyan University committed itself to being the leader in science education in the region; when we were able to secure the funding to build the $11.5 million Corrigan Health Sciences Center, we took our first step toward that goal,” said Dr. Rocky VonEye, DWU provost and former dean of the Donna Starr Christen College of Healthcare, Fitness and Sciences. “Partnering with the PAST Foundation to create STEM instruction at DWU is another step in that commitment and confirms that the university isn’t afraid to take innovative measures to be a leader in education.”

Through this partnership, K-12 teachers will explore contemporary instructional practice as related to STEM disciplines. The lead faculty members for this online program are from the PAST Foundation, who are also members of The Ohio State University Department of Anthropology.

“DWU Online programs provide relevant, applied, anytime learning to support the personal and professional goals of the adult learner,” Driedger added. “The STEM instruction program will equip existing teachers with the mindset and tangible skills necessary to apply new methods of instruction and excite students with hands-on learning; it’s designed to help educators become leaders in their schools and in their school districts.

Combined with existing DWU courses, graduate students will emerge from this master’s program with strong practical experience and a well-grounded understanding of how to successfully implement TPBL, how to clearly demonstrate the practice, and what to share as evidence of effectiveness.

All courses have a strong online component, but can be connected to and/or affiliated with school professional development for both in-service and pre-service teachers. STEM instruction will open for the inaugural cohort this June. 


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DWU welcomes Bob Goff for Mitchell Area Youth Night

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Bob Goff is a New York Times best-selling author, human rights activist and inspirational speaker – and he will be on the Dakota Wesleyan University campus this spring.

Goff, the author of “Love Does,” will be the featured speaker for the Mitchell Area Youth Night, as well as the Conference for Leadership, Innovation and Social Change.

The Mitchell Area Youth night will be held at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 9, in the Sherman Center. The conference will begin at 8:30 a.m., Thursday, in the Sherman Center. Both events are free and open to the public; however, the youth night is targeted toward youth and student ministries grades sixth through 12th-grade and their leaders from the surrounding areas, as well as college students.

Campus pastor Brandon Vetter anticipates Goff’s presentation will not disappoint audiences.

“He is a man passionate about life and God. He is an infectious presenter who will challenge everyone present to live full lives in God no matter where they are,” said Vetter, who has heard Goff speak before.

“Youth night is an awesome time for folks to get together across various denominational lines and simply worship in song and hear a great presenter or band,” Vetter said. DWU is in a unique place to offer neutral ground as a university to bring churches together that might not have any other reason to do so otherwise. DWU has played an awesome role over the last few years bringing quality Christian speakers challenging everyone to a deeper faith.”

Goff also founded Restore International, a nonprofit human rights organization in Uganda and India which works to pursue justice for the needy, including a case in Uganda where Restore International brought to trial more than 200 cases, some involving children who were jailed without trial, according to his website.

For more information about the event and presenter, contact Vetter at brvetter@dwu.edu. For more information about the Conference for Leadership, Innovation and Social Change, click here.


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DWU to host South Central South Dakota Regional Science and Engineering Fair

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Dakota Wesleyan University will host the 22nd annual South Central South Dakota Regional Science and Engineering Fair on Tuesday, March 25, in the Christen Family Athletic Center.

The competition includes students in grades six through 12, from 30 schools in 18 South Dakota counties.  Projects will be on display for viewing by the public from 2 to 5 p.m.

Students participating in this regional event will bring projects that have already won in science fairs at local schools.  This year’s fair includes 180 projects produced by 299 students from the following areas: Andes Central, Armour, Avon, Corsica, Dakota Christian, Lakeview (Neb.), Littleburg, Marty Indian School, Mitchell, Mount Vernon, Plankinton, Spring Creek, Stickney, Wagner, Wessington Springs and White Lake.

At last year’s International Science and Engineering fair held in Phoenix, Ariz., Justin Krell, from Plankinton, presented his “Motor Vehicle Concussion Force Impact Detection System.”  Chesney Nagel and Ariana Oorlog, both from Avon, showed a way to extract maximal liquid from a variety of hand-pumped bottles.  A group project from Brant Blaha and Jacob Reeves, also from Avon, came with a geothermal unit that could be used in conjunction with a common clothes dryer.

“While these efforts were ingenious, we believe that the projects at this year’s fair will be even more so,” said Dr. Michael Farney, math professor at DWU and the regional science fair director. “Look for a new type of automobile fuel called hydroxyl, a floating magnet at -320 degrees Fahrenheit, a project that sends high voltages through clouds, growing antlers, a promising start in cloning cancer cells, and a method to keep track of cattle by telemetry. While we are currently encouraging interesting projects, we also want projects that collect lots and lots of data so that there can be little doubt as to the worth of the findings. If our fair runs true to form, you’ll see well-written science fair boards that are well-organized and have enthusiastic researchers standing before them. Come and see the best science that our young South Dakotans have to offer.”

More than 77 judges will select the winners, including three projects that will advance to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair May 11-16 in Los Angeles. One project will advance to I-SWEEP April 30-May 5 in Houston, Texas, and another project will compete June 15-20 in Oswego, N.Y., at the GENIUS Olympiad.

Awards to be given to participating students include cash, certificates, plaques, medals, trophies, major industry recognition, and recognition by a variety of military branches. There will also be DWU scholarships awarded, including $10,000 to the senior grand award winners.

In addition to DWU, sponsors include The Daily Republic, Your Touchtone Energy Cooperatives, Sixth District Medical Society, Twin City Fan Companies, LTD., Corey and Lisa Thelen, Davison County Implement, and Logan Luxury Theatres.


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Developing DWU’s Distinctive M.B.A. Program

Monday, March 17, 2014

Dakota Wesleyan University's Dr. Marty BohrerWhen Dakota Wesleyan University set out to establish an M.B.A. degree program, we wanted to create a distinctive program driven by the wants and needs of students. We wanted to adapt to them, not the other way around.

In creating our M.B.A. in Strategic Leadership, we did just that—and the program development continues. Since launching our M.B.A. program six months ago, we have continued to listen to our students and to make changes to our program accordingly.

We continually ask our students for input—and then we listen. After each eight-week session, faculty survey students. They then tweak class formats, coursework and curriculum based on that feedback. We also alert upcoming instructors of a particular cohort’s needs or patterns.

By working together, DWU faculty, administrators and students have created a nimble and relevant M.B.A. The program especially focuses on:

  • Future preparation—We develop strategic thinkers and problem solvers who can lead, whether they are running their own business or are at the helm of a small- to mid-sized company right here in the Midwest or across the country
  • The real world—Our professors do not just preach business theory—they have lived it and bring that experience to the classroom
  • Connections—Our faculty are well connected and they use those connections—here in South Dakota and beyond—to help our students gain real-world experiences that can lead to rewarding careers
  • Entrepreneurship—We give our students the tools, skills and knowledge they need to be entrepreneurial thinkers who are capable, confident and creative enough to develop, launch and grow their own businesses
  • Faith—We bring the Bible into discussions about today’s business world, especially when it comes to talking about ethical decision-making

If you are looking for a distinctive M.B.A. program to prepare you for your business future, I invite you to directly email Dr. Monty Bohrer, the director of our business graduate program. Or fill out a short form to request more information.





Dr. Derek Driedger
Associate Dean of Digital Learning 
at Dakota Wesleyan University




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