Donna Starr Christen College of Healthcare, Fitness & Science

2011
Glenda (Kennedy) Corrigan
Glenda (Kennedy) Corrigan received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Donna Starr Christen College of Healthcare, Fitness and Sciences. Corrigan is a 1964 alumna who has devoted her life to children, first as a teacher and later as a mother and grandmother. She was born in West Liberty, Iowa, and attended DWU, where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in 1964 and began a career in education. It was during her years teaching in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, that she met Fredric “Fritz” Corrigan, and they married in 1969.

They have three children, Amy, Molly and Tom, and six grandchildren. Her life has revolved around her family and the success of their business. She stayed active in education by volunteering in her children’s classrooms, serving as a Brownie Leader and coaching girls’ basketball. She also served on the board of Team Gilboa, her daughter’s U.S. Ski Association ski racing club. When her children reached high school age, she chaired the Edina High School Career Center, and has also served as the head of new member orientation for the Junior League of Lexington, Ky.

Family, education and health have always been important to the Corrigans and it is in the spirit of these that they chose to invest in the future of Dakota Wesleyan and its students by making a transformational gift of $5 million toward the new Glenda K. Corrigan Health Sciences Center. A groundbreaking ceremony for the building will take place at noon, Friday.

Glenda and Fritz were also awarded the Legacy Award, an award given to those who have ensured their legacy at DWU with a cumulative gift of $5 million or more since 1986. The limestone tile is an etched replica of the sandstone pillar at the opening of Memory Lane in front of Smith Hall. The tile exemplifies the university motto of “Sacrifice or Service.


2010
Carol Nogle Lucas
Carol Nogle Lucas received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the College of Healthcare, Fitness and Sciences. Lucas, originally from Verdon, graduated from DWU in 1961 with a major in mathematics and minors in Spanish and chemistry. Following a short teaching career, she became a junior systems analyst for Cargill Inc. in Minneapolis from 1962 to 1965. After acquiring her master’s degree in mathematics and Ph.D. in biomedical engineering and mathematics, she has held several research and teaching positions at the University of North Carolina, including being the chairman of the department of biomedical engineering from 1989 to 2001.

She has received many honors and awards, including two Founders Awards from the North Carolina Heart Association, and has been listed in Who’s Who of American Women. She was named Dakota Wesleyan University’s 1994 Alumna of the Year and was selected in 1995 to speak at DWU’s first annual Opperman Alumni Lecture. She also served on the board of trustees. In 2008, an alumnus of the University of North Carolina biomedical engineering program, Dr. Janie Fouke, signed a letter of intent to establish the Carol N. Lucas Professorship in Biomedical Engineering.

She has served on numerous biomedical committees at the state, national and international level. She has authored and co-authored medical books and articles, papers and abstracts for medical journals. Lucas has also given more than 100 presentations at medical conferences and conventions. She is also the proud mother of Wendy Riggsbee, RN, and Sean Lucas, MD, and grandmother to three grandchildren.

Though she has been professor emeritus since 2007, she continues to enjoy serving on University of North Carolina committees and National Science Foundation panels.


2009
Ted Roman
Ted Roman received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the College of Healthcare, Fitness and Sciences. Roman graduated from Dakota Wesleyan in 1956. He served as student body president, graduated summa cum laude and was named the Scotchman his senior year. In 1959, he married Helen Marquardt.

Roman earned his medical degree from Columbia University in New York.

His passion for medicine led him to a varied and successful career, beginning with his first physician’s position as a commissioned officer at the Division of Indian Health in Rosebud. His career took him to Rochester, Minn., and eventually to Sioux City, Iowa, where he established the first open heart surgery service.

Following an extensive illness, his wife passed away in 2002. He then married Chrystl Porter in 2003.

Feeling called to serve where most needed, Roman came out of retirement and moved to Eagle Butte in 2009 so he could work full-time on the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation, an area he had learned was without an acting physician.

Ted is now serving as a member of the DWU Board of Trustees for the second time. He has three grown daughters and nine grandchildren.

Dakota Wesleyan University was named to the 2013 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. This designation is the highest honor a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement.
Dakota Wesleyan University is proudly affiliated with the Dakotas Conference of the United Methodist Church. Members of any and all faiths are welcome and encouraged to experience an education based on learning, leadership, faith and service.
Dakota Wesleyan University has been honored as a College of Distinction through demonstration of excellence in these areas: engaged students, great teaching, vibrant communities and successful outcomes.
The Chronicle of Higher Education named Dakota Wesleyan University one of the “Great Colleges to Work For®” for 2014-2015. DWU won honors in three categories: facilities, workspace and security, and supervisor/department chair relationship.
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