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DWU students honored at convocation

Monday, April 29, 2013

MITCHELL, S.D. – Many Dakota Wesleyan University students were honored on April 28 at the 2013 Honors Sunday convocation held on campus.

Students were recognized for honors in scholarship and for active participation in a variety of campus clubs or events. In addition, alumni medals were presented to outstanding students in various academic departments.

DWU is a private, liberal arts university associated with the Dakotas Conference of the United Methodist Church. More than 800 students are enrolled in various academic majors.  

Following is a list of students and the awards they received:

Alumni Medals for Scholarship
Accounting – Elizabeth Lamb, Onida
Biology – Josh Thompson, Lead
Business Administration – Anthony Pakutka, Copperas Cove, Texas
Chemistry – Leah Miiller, Corsica
Criminal Justice – Kelty Godby, Mitchell
Dramatics – Madison-Ainsley Miller, Mitchell
Education – Kayla Leininger (elementary), Watertown; Jasmin Vant (secondary), Canton
Friends of the Middle Border – Rodolfo Barragan, Fontana, Calif.
Graphic Design – Nathan Bowman, Mitchell
Human Services – Brittaney Schroeder, Volin
Literature – Carrie Swanson, Spearfish
Music – Stephanie Teel, Stickney
Nursing – Mitchell: Tiffany Fiechuk, Yankton; Huron: Miranda Heydon, Huron; Sioux Falls: Glenn Scotting, Baltic; RN-B.S.: Meghan Hauck, Cavour.
Psychology – David Elliott, Lake Norden; Stephanie Wescoup, Mitchell
Religion and Philosophy – Carrie Swanson, Spearfish
Sociology –  Sarah Owens, Omaha, Neb.
Sport, Exercise and Wellness – Nicholas Tadlock, Rapid City
Speech – Anthony Pakutka, Copperas Cove, Texas

University Awards – Honors Program
To graduate with honors, students must complete at least three honors courses during their undergraduate career, have a 3.5 cumulative grade point average and present a senior project.
David Elliott, Lake Norden
Elizabeth Lamb, Onida
Leah Miiller, Corsica
Sarah Owens, Omaha, Neb.
Carrie Swanson, Spearfish
Stephanie Teel, Stickney

Jerry M. Trimble Leadership Award
This award is presented annually to a student leader who exhibits academic integrity, ability to grow and change, and for influencing students and colleagues.
Kayla Leininger, Watertown

Harriet N. Houk Scholarship
Awarded to biology majors who maintain a 3.0 GPA.
Haley Brunke, Scotland
Tiffany Sharp, Brighton, Colo.
Shelby Steele, Geddes
Stephanie Teel, Stickney

George and Eleanor McGovern Student Leadership and Public Service Award
This award is presented to a public service and leadership major or minor who has proven his/her commitment as an activist for the common good through extraordinary acts of leadership and service.
Kara Schweitzer, Emery

DWU Future Teachers Organization Service Award
This award is presented to students who have exemplified outstanding service in the field of education, including activities of service to DWU, the community, and area public and private schools.
Mara Herman, Presho
Kayla Leininger, Watertown
Samantha Sandau, Tripp
                       
DWU Future Teachers Organization Local Leader Award
This award is given to a member of FTO who has taken a leadership role and provided superior guidance in the organization.
Jasmin Vant, Canton
           
DWU Majorie Linton O’Byrne and Laura Linton Scholarships
This scholarship is awarded to students based on service to DWU and area education communities, as well as academic prowess and growth as future teachers.
Shelby Andersen, Ethan
kyler Eriksen, Presho
Eric Fjerestad, Sioux Falls
Mara Herman, Presho
Tina Lein, Oacoma
Emily Ruml, Mitchell

Virginia A. Harms Endowed Scholarship in Elementary Education
Scholarship recipients are selected by the education faculty based on scholarship, service, ability and a passion for helping all students learn.
Christen Hildebrandt, Faribault, Minn.
Samantha Sandau, Tripp

Adkins Mathematics Award
This award is given to encourage mathematics students.
Katherine Johnson, Mead, Neb.
           
Janet Glenny Farney Memorial Award
This award is given to a student majoring in mathematics who has overcome extraordinary difficulties in order to maintain at least a 3.0 GPA.
Thara Ali Said, Muscat, Oman

Erlow and Maxine Wiseman Journalism Award
This endowed fund provides an annual communications/media award for a student involved in journalism. 
Amanda Hart, Alexandria

Elizabeth Graham Colton Prize
This cash prize is awarded to a student whose talent, work and promise in creative writing is worthy of recognition.
Samantha Sandau, Tripp

Edith Heritage Garrison Memorial Prize in Writing
This is a cash award presented to a student in any field of study whose intellectual curiosity and interest in communicating with others leads to outstanding formal and informal essay writing.
Moria Mathews, Dimock
           
Agnes Hyde Writing Competition
The Agnes Hyde Writing Competition is open to all university students with prizes awarded in three categories.
Fiction
First place, Samantha Sandau, Tripp, “And Then There Were Two”
Second place, Lexy Timm, Yale, “Conscience Comes Alive”
Third place, Sterling Hubbard, Jamestown, N.D., “Tears from Those Left Behind”
Poetry
First place, Timm, “Forever Strong”
Second place, Emily George, Woonsocket, “No Anything”
Third place, Amber Hiles, Woonsocket, “The Fall and the Rise”
Essay
First place, Lydia Ymker, Armour, “Giving Back”
Second place, Kira Stammer, Mitchell, “Wintergirls”
Third place, Kayla Geraets-Majercik, Mitchell, “A Surprising Pain”

The Sinfonia Service Award
This award is given to a member of the choir who best represents the characteristics of “Sacrifice or Service” to the music department.
Martin Haehn, Mitchell

Warren W. Coxe Sociology Award
Awarded to an outstanding junior of senior sociology major.           
Sarah Owens, Omaha, Neb.

Mary E. Anderson Freshman Nursing Merit Award
This award is presented to a freshman student in the nursing program who shows scholarship and promise for excellence in nursing.
Briana Jung, Warner

Irene Grace Wendt Endowed Scholarships
Established in memory of Irene Grace Wendt, this scholarship is given to two nursing students, a freshman and a nontraditional student, selected by the nursing faculty.
Kristin Gebel, Mitchell
Zachary Lippert, Hartington, Neb.

Ivan and Doris Bartels Endowed Scholarship in Nursing
This scholarship was established for outstanding students studying in the field of nursing.
Jessica Pederson, Canton

Methodist Hospital Endowed Scholarship
Briana Jung, Warner, A.S.
Kelli Harmer, Harrisburg, B.S.

Mitchell First United Methodist Church/Methodist Hospital Endowed Scholarship
First place, Ian Lackey, Lindsborg, Kan.
Second place, Taylor Piper, Mitchell
Third place, Tyler Sarringar, Pierre

St. Joseph Hospital Endowed Scholarship
Hannah Ford, Vermillion
Shelby Steele, Geddes

TRiO Educational Investment Award
This award is given to students who have demonstrated exceptional personal and academic growth while actively participating in the TRiO Student Support Services program.
Raeanne Klein, Gregory
Jesse Monfore, Hot Springs

American Association of University Women DWU Scholarship
This award is given to female nontraditional junior students with a GPA of 2.5 or above.  The cash award is set up as a fund at the campus bookstore.
Sara Beistline Aranki, Huron
Lori Funk, Parkston
Vicky Schaefer, Mitchell
Renee Schroeder, Alexandria

Vicki Clarke Memorial Endowed Scholarship for Leadership and Service
This scholarship is awarded annually to a student who has demonstrated the conviction and ability to model Vicki Clarke’s example of leadership and service.
Samantha Sandau, Tripp
Kelli Swenson, Chamberlain

Master Craftsman Award in Theatre
The Master Craftsman Award in Theatre is awarded to graduating seniors of high
academic standing who have supported the university theatre in outstanding
ways as participants and by promoting excellence in the performing arts in the
academic community and the community at large.
Jacob Habermann, Mitchell
           
Anonymous III Scholarship
Recipients will be commended by the chairman of the department of communications/theatre. Recipients are role models in the classroom and through their use of communication skills, with an emphasis on correct verbal English grammar.
Brittney Kaufmann, Spencer

Homer Carhart Prizes in Science
Kyle Hoisington, Britton
Alexandra Kuehler, Sturgis

Marv Miller Christian Leadership Award
This award is given to a student who meets the criteria of excellence and distinguished academic achievements in the field of religion and philosophy.
Chane Amdahl, Pipestone, Minn.

Kelley Center Student Leadership Awards
The Kelley Center Student Leadership Awards are designed to recognize emerging student leaders. Recipients demonstrate individual commitment to the mission of the Kelley Center, as well as their ability to promote its mission through a leadership role within the DWU Chapter of Students in Free Enterprise.
Breanna Clark, Loveland, Colo.
Micaela Erickson, Milan, Minn.
Amanda Hart, Alexandria
Katherine Johnson, Mead, Neb.
Brent Matter, Cavour  
Jared Stearns, Worthing

Hughes Grant-in-Aid for Summer Experiences Award
The Hughes Grant-in-Aid for Summer Experiences provides an award of up to $2,000 to a biology or mathematics major to pursue summer field and/or research experiences that are not available at Dakota Wesleyan. 
Leah Wienbar, Iroquois

The REDI (Rapid Education Development Initiative) Scholars
The REDI Scholars are elementary education students who have demonstrated superior professionalism and ability in the collegiate classroom, designating them as ready to begin early professional experiences as teacher aids in a K-8 setting. 
Natia DeGeest, Plankinton
Eric Fjerestad, Sioux Falls
Skyler Heyden, Burke
Brittany Hills, Summit
Emily Olson, Woonsocket
Emily Ruml, Mitchell
Lexy Timm, Yale
Marissa Tubbs, Mitchell

AmeriCorps
This program connects students with communities through meaningful academic service, civic engagement and community service experiences.
Natia DeGeest, Plankinton
Caitlin DeGroot, Platte
Brittany Hills, Summit
Amy Honomichl, Mitchell
Bobbi Larson, Sioux Falls
Jenna Morrison, Mitchell
Kayla O'Connell, Philip
Emilie Palo, Hot Springs
Debra Teger, Mitchell
Ashley Wagner, Mitchell

Raymond and Helen Trent Paulsen Memorial Nursing Award
This award is given to a student in the nursing program who is interested in an elder care career.
Briana Jung, Warner

Katherine McKillop Sophomore Nursing Award
This award is presented to a sophomore student in the nursing program whose scholarship is worthy of recognition.
Samantha Mogck, Parkston

Nursing Faculty Awards
These awards are given to students who demonstrate an enthusiasm for learning, giving quality care and who have a positive attitude.

Mitchell
Freshmen: Michelle Arends, Colton; Jay Larson, Sioux Falls; Jenna Winckler, Lake Andes;
Sophomores: Angela Cleveland, Corsica; Ashley Fischer, Lesterville; Jessica Pederson, Canton

Huron
Freshmen: Alexis Fiorini, Huron       
Sophomores: Kelsey Frost, Tulare

Sioux Falls
LPN-RN: Lindsay Merry, Dell Rapids; and Jody Parks, O'Neill, Neb.
RN-B.S.: Chynna Mikkelsen, Yankton

Mildred Montag Nursing Scholar Award
This award goes to a student who participates in extracurricular activities and demonstrates an outstanding ability in a clinical setting.
Kelli Harmer, Harrisburg

Nursing Leadership Award
This award is given to a graduate of the nursing program who has demonstrated leadership skills within student nursing organizations and community activities.
Jonilyn Rinehart, Freeman
           
GBHEM United Methodist Scholarship
This award is an investment made possible by the Student Day offering in United Methodist churches nationwide. Scholarships are designated for full-time students who have been active members in the church for at least one year and who have maintained at least a 2.5 grade point average.
Skyler Heyden, Burke
Elizabeth Humiston, Edgemont
Raeanne Klein, Gregory
Ian Lackey, Lindsborg, Kan.
Rachel Leonhardt, Sioux Falls
Alexis Moore, Miami, Fla.
Travis Olsen, Plankinton
Kalla Renken, Mount Vernon
Jennifer Sip, Tyndall

Honor Societies

Phi Kappa Phi – a national scholarship society open to juniors, seniors and faculty. Only the top 10 percent of seniors and 5 percent of juniors are eligible.
Joel Allen, Mitchell
Heidi Berg, Emery
Amanda Burton, Mitchell
Pamela Getman, Hill City
Brittany Hills, Summit
Alexander Hinz, Littleton, Colo.
Katherine Johnson, Mead, Neb.
Cindy Kiner, Mitchell
Kayla Leininger, Watertown
Faith Menning, Corsica
Sarah Owens, Omaha, Neb.
Trent Robbins, Watertown
Samantha Sandau, Tripp
Tyler Sarringar, Pierre
Kayla Summerville, Platte
Carrie Swanson, Spearfish
Kelli Swenson, Chamberlain
Stephanie Teel, Stickney

Pi Gamma Mu – a national social science fraternity intended to stimulate achievements by students in the social sciences. Membership is restricted to 10 percent of the junior and senior classes. Members are elected by the Pi Gamma Mu membership from students with a minimum of a 3.0 grade point average in social science courses and in the top one-third of their class.
Seniors:
Caitlin Bruckman, Letcher
Natia DeGeest, Plankinton
Caitlin DeGroot, Platte
Sterling Dockweiler, Casper, Wyo.
David Elliott, Lake Norden
Jamon Harberts, Emery
Tracy Hargens, Mount Vernon
Brittany Hills, Summit
Alexander Hinz, Littleton, Colo.
Nicholas Hutcheson, Elk Point
Bobbi Larson, Sioux Falls
Faith Menning, Corsica
Kayla O’Connell, Philip
Anthony Pakutka, Copperas Cove, Texas
Emilie Palo, Hot Springs
Lacey Reimnitz, Corsica
Brittaney Schroeder, Volin
Tyler Severson, Aberdeen
Stephanie Teel, Stickney
Jasmin Vant, Canton
Stephanie Wescoup, Mitchell

Juniors:
Skyler Eriksen, Presho
Pamela Getman, Hill City
Katherine Johnson, Mead, Neb.
Kayla Leininger, Watertown
Emily Olsen, Platte
Trent Robbins, Watertown
Samantha Sandau, Tripp
Kayla Summerville, Platte
Kelli Swenson, Chamberlain

Psi Chi – Psi Chi, a national honor society in psychology established to encourage, stimulate and maintain excellence in scholarship and advancement in the science of psychology. Membership is open to graduate and undergraduate men and women who are making the study of psychology one of their major interests and who meet the minimum qualifications.
           
Erika Cobb, Mitchell
Amanda Dixon, Mitchell
David Elliott, Lake Norden
Kayleen Gupman, Faulkton
Jordan Lovesee, Scottsbluff, Neb.
Stephanie Wescoup, Mitchell

Sigma Tau Delta – national honor society awarded to high achievement in English and literature
Barbara Duffey, assistant professor of English at DWU

Sigma Zeta – science and mathematics:
Thara Ali Said, Muscat, Oman
Celeste Beck, Hurley
Erika Carpenter, Kansas City, Kan.
Devinne Facile, Sioux Falls
Katherine Johnson, Mead, Neb.
Kylie Keiser, Sioux Falls
Jonathon Kleinschmit, Fordyce, Neb.
Cassandra Landgaard, Worthington, Minn.
Dustin Paulsen, Pierre
Tiffany Sharp, Brighton, Colo.

United Methodist Foundation Merit Scholars Program:
This program was created to foster values-centered education in a Christian context in United Methodist-related educational institutions. Recipients must be full-time students, active members of the United Methodist Church for at least one year before application, and citizens or permanent residents of the United States.
Alicia Odland, Mitchell
Miranda Olson, Huron
Meghan Paul, Dell Rapids
Kelby Van Wyk, Hawarden, Iowa
Jasmin Vant, Canton

Hatterscheidt Foundation Scholarships:
Sarah Hegge, Garretson
Kelsey Kniffen, Lake Andes
April Leichtenberg, Iroquois
Tyler Urban, Plankinton

F. Dwaine Randall Scholarships:
Trae Bergh, Crooks
Jenna Callies, Mitchell
Breanna Clark, Loveland, Colo.
Tyson DeGroot, Volga
Sara Deinert, Mount Vernon
Micaela Erickson, Milan, Minn.
Brittany Fischer, Tripp
Abigail Fossum, Canton
Pamela Getman, Hill City
Hannah Hammer, Dell Rapids
Katherine Johnson, Mead, Neb.
Kimberly Johnson, Sioux Falls
Briana Jung, Warner
Jonathon Kleinschmit, Fordyce, Neb.
Alexandra Kuehler, Sturgis
Cassandra Landgaard, Worthington, Minn.
Kayla Leininger, Watertown
Eric Lundberg, Clear Lake
Samantha Mogck, Parkston
Samantha Sandau, Tripp
Tyler Sarringar, Pierre
Kelli Swenson, Chamberlain
Stephanie Teel, Stickney
Katherine Varnado, Box Elder
Tyler Vavra, Winner
Isaac Wheelock-Bouwman, Sioux Falls
Lynze Wobig, Canova

Honors in scholarship:
Students who earn recognition for Honors in Scholarship must be in current attendance with a grade point average of 3.5 or above for all work at DWU and elsewhere. Juniors and seniors must have successfully completed at least two semesters; sophomores, one semester; and freshmen, 16 hours.

Seniors
Ruth Audiss, Platte
Heidi Berg, Emery
Nathan Bowman, Mitchell
Caitlin Bruckman, Letcher
Jenna Callies, Mitchell
Breanna Clark, Loveland, Colo.
Erika Cobb, Mitchell
Natia DeGeest, Plankinton
Caitlin DeGroot, Platte
Sterling Dockweiler, Casper, Wyo.
David Elliott, Lake Norden
Kelty Godby, Mitchell
Christen Hildebrandt, Faribault, Minn.
Brittany Hills, Summit
Alexander Hinz, Littleton, Colo.
Amy Honomichl, Mitchell
Elizabeth Lamb, Onida
Tina Lein, Oacoma
Zachary Lippert, Hartington, Neb.
Jordan Lovesee, Scottsbluff, Neb.
Daniel Maman, Scottsdale, Ariz.
Faith Menning, Corsica
Leah Miiller, Corsica
Natalie Muckey, Mitchell
Jenna Olson, Woonsocket
Sarah Owens, Omaha, Neb.
Anthony Pakutka, Copperas Cove, Texas
Lacey Reimnitz, Corsica
Kara Schweitzer, Emery
Tyler Severson, Aberdeen
Carrie Swanson, Spearfish
Stephanie Teel, Stickney
Josh Thompson, Lead
Jasmin Vant, Canton
Diane Weller, Mitchell
Stephanie Wescoup, Mitchell

Juniors
Shelby Andersen, Ethan
Amanda Burton, Mitchell
Zachary Ciavarella, Mitchell
Lindsey Corrin, Rapid City
Christian Doyle, Jackson, Wyo.
Micaela Erickson, Milan, Minn.
Skyler Eriksen, Presho
Joseph Ford, Vermillion
Pamela Getman, Hill City
Amanda Hart, Alexandria
Mara Herman, Presho
Amber Hiles, Woonsocket
Valerie Hummel, Utica
Katherine Johnson, Mead, Neb.
Chase Kristensen, Plankinton
Alexandra Kuehler, Sturgis
Cassandra Landgaard, Worthington, Minn.
Kayla Leininger, Watertown
Amanda Long, Mitchell
Eric Lundberg, Clear Lake
Kayla Mielitz, Big Stone City
Chelsea Moody, Mitchell
Natalie Munger, Kimball
Nancy Mutziger, Mitchell
James O’Halloran, Sioux City, Iowa
Emily Olsen, Platte
Linsey Peterson, Pierre
Miranda Regnier, Huron
Megan Reimnitz, Corsica
Jordan Reiner, Mitchell
Trent Robbins, Watertown
Samantha Sandau, Tripp
Tyler Sarringar, Pierre
Shelby Steele, Geddes
Kayla Summerville, Platte
Kelli Swenson, Chamberlain

Sophomores
Thara Ali Said, Muscat, Oman
Danielle Anderson, Kennebec
Celeste Beck, Hurley
Bryce Berletic, Rochester, Minn.
Nathan Burkard, Wilmont, Minn.
Alexandra Christensen, Mitchell
Kayla Collins, Plankinton
Sara Deinert, Mount Vernon
Andrew DeVaney, Sioux Falls
Hannah Ford, Vermillion
Abigail Fossum, Canton
Abbey Fujan, Sioux Falls
Kyle Gerlach, Stickney
Skyler Heyden, Burke
Shelby Johnson, Yutan, Neb.
Briana Jung, Warner
Brittney Kaufmann, Spencer
Kylie Keiser, Sioux Falls
Taylor Kuhn, Surrey, N.D.
Katherine Lindow, Green Bay, Wis.
Brent Matter, Cavour
Alex Meyer, Heron Lake, Minn.
Dillon Miles, Mitchell
Kristin Mixon, Richmond Hill, Ga.
Emily Olson, Woonsocket
Joseph Olson, Black Hawk
Emma Otterpohl, Mount Vernon
Chelsea Raker, Scotland
Jared Stearns, Worthing
Lexy Timm, Yale
Marissa Tubbs, Mitchell
Natalie Turner, Brandon
Jared Van Winkle, Tyndall
Jessica Vanderham, Geddes
Katherine Varnado, Box Elder
Briana Weiss, Mitchell

Freshmen
Taylor Anshutz, Gregory
Cassie Bamberg, Corsica
Jaymie Barrett, Scotland
Andrew Becker, Tea
Trae Bergh, Crooks
Kristen Binger, Tulare
Haley Brunke, Scotland
Jordan Buchholz, South Shore
Jake Capko, Corvallis, Mont.
Alexandra Davis, Chula Vista, Calif.
Maria De La Rosa, Woonsocket
Lauren Fitts, Brookings
Kayla Geraets-Majercik, Mitchell
Hannah Hammer, Dell Rapids
Caleb Heiberger, Hartford
Nicholas Heiman, Presho
Matthew Hockert, Fargo, N.D.
Jade Hoisington, Britton
Matthew Howlett, Mitchell
Sterling Hubbard, Jamestown, N.D.
Kathleen Keefe, DeSmet
April Leichtenberg, Iroquois
Austin Lopour, Fort Pierre
Dylan Lynde, Canistota
Travis McDonald, Tyndall
Madison-Ainsley Miller, Mitchell
Travis Moodie, Pierre
Tyson Moodie, Pierre
Michael Rohde, Colome
Zachary Schneider, Sioux Falls
Morgan Schoenfelder, Blue Earth, Minn.
Lindy Snook, Temecula, Calif.
Dustin Steckler, Garretson
Mackenzie Stevens, Polk, Neb.
Hailey Unger, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Tyler Vavra, Winner
Isaac Wheelock-Bouwman, Sioux Falls
Lynze Wobig, Canova
Lydia Ymker, Armour

Scholar-Athlete Awards

Matthew D. Smith Scholar-Athlete Award
Brittany Hills, Summit

A.O. Duer Award
Samantha Sandau, Tripp
Tyler Sarringar, Pierre

Emil S. Liston Award
Amanda Hart, Alexandria

DWU Scholar-Athletes
Seniors
David Elliott, Lake Norden
Brittany Hills, Summit
Alexander Hinz, Littleton, Colo.
Elizabeth Lamb, Onida
Jordan Lovesee, Scottsbluff, Neb.
Anthony Pakutka, Copperas Cove, Texas
Tyler Severson, Aberdeen
Joshua Thompson, Lead

Juniors
Lindsey Corrin, Rapid City
Christian Doyle, Jackson, Wyo.
Micaela Erickson, Milan, Minn.
Skyler Eriksen, Presho
Amanda Hart, Alexandria
Alexandra Kuehler, Sturgis
Cassandra Landgaard, Worthington, Minn.
Eric Lundberg, Clear Lake
Daniel Maman, Scottsdale, Ariz.
James O’Halloran, Sioux City, Iowa
Linsey Peterson, Pierre
Lacey Reimnitz, Corsica
Jordan Reiner, Mitchell
Trent Robbins, Watertown
Samantha Sandau, Tripp
Tyler Sarringar, Pierre
Kelli Swenson, Chamberlain

Sophomores:
Thara Ali Said, Muscat, Oman
Celeste Beck, Hurley
Bryce Berletic, Rochester, Minn.
Alexandra Christensen, Mitchell
Andrew DeVaney, Sioux Falls
Abigail Fossum, Canton
Abbey Fujan, Sioux Falls
Kyle Gerlach, Stickney
Skyler Heyden, Burke
Katherine Johnson, Mead, Neb.
Shelby Johnson, Yutan, Neb.
Briana Jung, Warner
Kylie Keiser, Sioux Falls
Taylor Kuhn, Surrey, N.D.
Katherine Lindow, Green Bay, Wis.
Alex Meyer, Heron Lake, Minn.
Chelsea Moody, Mitchell
Joseph Olson, Black Hawk
Natalie Turner, Brandon
Jared Van Winkle, Tyndall

All-American
Football: Derek Carlson, Sioux Falls
Women’s outdoor track and field: Tamika Irvin, Denver; and Nicole Court-Menendez, Lewiston, Maine
Women’s basketball: Kimberly Johnson, Sioux Falls
Men’s basketball: Jalen Voss, Worthington, Minn.
Wrestling: Dustin Paulsen, Pierre; Trever DeVestern, Pearblossom, Calif.

NAIA/Daktronics All-American Scholar-Athletes:
Spring 2011-12
Baseball: Anthony Pakutka, Copperas Cove, Texas

Fall and Winter 2012-13
Football: Skyler Eriksen, Presho; Tyler Severson, Aberdeen; Josh Thompson, Lead;
Men’s basketball: James O’Halloran, Sioux City, Iowa;
Men’s soccer: Trent Robbins, Watertown;
Volleyball: Samantha Sandau, Tripp; Kelli Swenson, Chamberlain;
Women’s basketball: Amanda Hart, Alexandria; Brittany Hills, Summit; Elizabeth Lamb, Onida;
Women’s soccer: Lindsey Corrin, Rapid City; Alexandra Kuehler, Sturgis; Linsey Peterson, Pierre;
Wrestling: Tyler Sarringar, Pierre.


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Dakota Wesleyan's Service Day set for Tuesday

Saturday, April 27, 2013

MITCHELL — Just in time for spring cleaning, the weather forecast looks warm and clear for Dakota Wesleyan University’s annual Service Day.

More than 527 students, staff and faculty are signed up to take part in the university’s Service Day: National Day of Service on Tuesday, April 30.

“Service brings out the best in us, and it is always very rewarding,” said Sterling Dockweiler, a graduating senior from Casper, Wyo. “Service Day helps the college and the community form a great relationship where we look out for each other and support each other.”

This is the fourth year that Dakota Wesleyan has organized Service Day, but the first year it has added “National Day of Service” to its name – this is due to a grant that was awarded to the college that will allow DWU to give out eight gift certificates for local organizations to purchase trees. Those eight will be: L.B. Williams, Longfellow and Gertie Belle Rogers elementary schools, Mitchell Area Safehouse, LifeQuest, the Abbott House, Pepsi-Cola Soccer Complex, and Cadwell Park.

Service Day is not only a way to thank the community, but is also one more avenue to help create service-minded students.

“Service Day is an easy way to get the whole DWU campus to work together to help better the Mitchell community; it’s also a great way for DWU to teach students about the importance of its motto, ‘sacrifice or service,’” said Leah Miiller, Corsica, who also will be graduating this May. “Students can use this tradition to build off of to continue to serve others and their communities. It shows students that a lot can be changed in a few hours with just a little bit of hard work.”

About 1,300 man hours are projected to be spent in town on Tuesday, with project sites at: The Carnegie Resource Center, First United Methodist Church, First Lutheran Church, Dakota Discovery Museum, Cadwell Park, the Pepsi-Cola Soccer Complex, the Mitchell Salvation Army, Mitchell public schools, Mitchell Area Safehouse, and trash pick-up on Rowley and Spruce streets, Dry Run Creek, and all around Lake Mitchell.

Students in the Arlene Gates Department of Nursing will also split up into teams and work at Wesley Acres and Avera Brady Health and Rehab.

Other students will split up and do work on campus moving materials from the science department in Hughes Hall to the new Corrigan Health Sciences Center, as well as other spots around campus.

Nursing students in Huron, along with faculty and staff, will provide a service with spring clean-up on the Huron Community Campus on Monday, April 29. Also, the DWU baseball and softball teams will be gone Tuesday for games and therefore have been volunteering time at the fields. In all, 636 individuals are projected to contribute toward this community service effort.

Following the volunteer projects, everyone will reconvene in the cafeteria and East Main Dining Room for an indoor picnic and video from last year’s Service Day.

The Tuesday before graduation was traditionally known as “Reading Day” before 2010, when Dakota Wesleyan established “Service Day” as a thank you to the community that has supported the university for more than a century.

“It may seem stressful, but it’s really a productive way to take a break from studying and to be with all of your friends while doing something good for the community,” Miiller said. “I have participated in Service Day with the Student Activities Board every year, and I'm looking forward to working with the group one last time. I’m a little sad this will be my last DWU Service Day, but it’s the perfect way for me to give back to the community that has been a home away from home for me for the last four years.”

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DWU announces 2013 Scotchman and Miss Wesleyan awards

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Photo courtesy of DWU

MITCHELL —  Leah Miiller and Josh Thompson, seniors at Dakota Wesleyan University, were named Miss Wesleyan and Scotchman at a special banquet Friday night at the university.

Thompson, Lead, S.D., was named the 75th Scotchman, and Miiller, Corsica, S.D., was named the 84th Miss Wesleyan. The Scotchman and Miss Wesleyan are the highest honors given to an outstanding senior man and woman. The award is based on scholarship, character and overall contributions to the university.

Miiller is majoring in biochemistry with a minor in psychology. She is the vice president of Student Activities Board, senior class president, and member of CHAOS, Student Ambassadors, TRiO tutoring and Psychology Club. She has volunteered for Love Feast, Habitat for Humanity, New Student Orientation, DWU Service Day, Children’s Miracle Network, a service-learning trip to Tanzania and will attend the mission trip to Peru this May. She is a member of Sigma Zeta, Phi Kappa Phi and Pi Gamma Mu, as well as the DWU honors program. She has been on the dean’s list, was awarded the St. Joseph Endowed Hospital Scholarship in 2011 and 2012, the Walter Panzirer Mitchell Crime Stoppers Scholarship, Vicki Clarke Leadership Award, Harms Endowed Scholarship and Homer Carhart Prize in Science. She was a 2011 South Dakota BRIN fellow and 2012 basic biomedical research assistant. She presented her research at the regional American Chemical Society meeting, two National Society for Neuroscience meetings and at the 2012 Council for Undergraduate Research Posters on the Hill in Washington, D.C. After graduation she plans to pursue her work in the sciences.

Thompson is a biology major, minoring in coaching. He is involved in DWU football, Top Shelf Ultimate Frisbee, is a resident assistant on campus, and is the treasurer of Student Ministry Council. He has volunteered for Cornerstone Rescue Mission, the DWU New Orleans mission trip, DWU H.O.P.E. Project, Service Day, food drives, Dr. Seuss Carnival, Abbott House projects, Cancer Awareness Marathon, South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks, and will be attending the DWU mission trip to Peru in May. He has received the Bishop Everett Palmer Medal, the Harriet N. Houk Scholarship; is a four-year member of the dean’s list; Academic All-American; and NAIA Scholar-Athlete award. Josh was also the 2012 homecoming king. He has participated in research projects for S.D. Game, Fish and Parks and as a conservation officer. After graduation, Josh plans to pursue a career as a conservation officer.

Other candidates for Miss Wesleyan were: Elizabeth Lamb, Onida; Sarah Owens, Omaha, Neb.; Brittaney Schroeder, Volin; Carrie Swanson, Spearfish; and Stephanie Teel, Stickney. Other candidates for the Scotchman were: Sterling Dockweiler, Casper, Wyo.; David Elliot, Lake Norden; Jamon Harberts, Emery; Christen Hildebrandt, Faribault, Minn.; and Alex Hinz, Littleton, Colo.


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DWU announces 2013-14 Student Senate Leaders

Saturday, April 20, 2013

MITCHELL — The Dakota Wesleyan student population recently voted for their student body leaders for 2013-14 Student AssociationSenate. These students were chosen to serve in the following positions:

Student AssociationSenate Executive Board
    President – Kelli Swenson, Chamberlain
    Vice president – Michael Stier, Onida
    Treasurer – Katie Johnson, Wahoo, Neb.
    Secretary – John Knight, Pocatello, Idaho
    
Standing Committee Chairmen
    Student Activities Board – Breanna Clark, Loveland, Colo.
    Student Ministries Council – Andrew DeVaney, Sioux Falls
    
Class Representatives
    Senior class president – Lacey Reimnitz, Corsica


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Dakota Wesleyan's music department to present 'Brahms Requiem'

Thursday, April 18, 2013

MITCHELL — Dakota Wesleyan continues with its tradition of large, collaborative spring concerts with a presentation of “Brahms Requiem” this Sunday with both choirs and DWU’s string ensemble.

The DWU music department will perform “Brahms Requiem” at 2 p.m., Sunday, April 21, in the Sherman Center. The concert is free and open to all and will consist of the DWU Choral Union, Wesleyan Choir and LyricWood.

“Among other choral/orchestral requiems, Brahms’ masterpiece is an enigma,” said Dr. Clinton Desmond, DWU choral director. “The monumental ‘Ein deutsches Requiem’ premiered in Bremen, Germany, in 1868 and garnered immediate acclaim. Instead of using the traditional Catholic Requiem texts that serve to bless and pray for the soul of the departed, Brahms chose texts from Martin Luther’s Bible that sought to comfort the living.”

DWU’s Jenna Callies, of Mitchell, will perform the soprano solo while Jonathan Saeger, currently a doctoral student at Kent State University, Ohio, will be performing the baritone solos. Desmond met Saeger at Illinois State University, where they both graduated with their master’s degrees. Audiences will recognize Callies from DWU musicals, “Xanadu,” in which she played the female lead; “Damn Yankees” and also “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.” Callies also played Ariel in the Mitchell Area Community Theatre production of “Footloose.”


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Novak named president at DWU

Thursday, April 18, 2013

MITCHELL —Amy Novak, provost and executive vice president at Dakota Wesleyan University, will become the institution’s 20th president, according to Brad Pratt, chairman of the DWU Board of Trustees.

The announcement of Novak’s appointment was made at an all-campus meeting today.

“Amy brings to the presidential position a well-developed and deep passion for the university’s vision and mission, an effective and engaging leadership record in academic administration, active engagement in fundraising with key DWU donors, knowledge of the university’s positions, strengths and weaknesses, a mature understanding of spiritual leadership, and a commitment to student experience and transformation,” said Pratt.

In addition to her position as provost and executive vice president, Novak has served DWU in several positions since 2003: director of Student Support Services TRiO Grant, dean of enrollment management and vice president for enrollment management. Her achievements include:

  • Leading the creation of the university’s Learn Strong strategic plan resulting in the development of three colleges, six new majors, significant curriculum revisions to nearly all academic majors, a reconfiguration of student experience focused on developing student strengths, alignment of capital and academic priorities, and a strengthened connection to the institution’s United Methodist roots.
  • Securing, in partnership with institutional advancement staff, $11 million for the Glenda K. Corrigan Health Sciences Center.
  • Facilitating an 18 percent growth in enrollment through the addition of athletic programs, new majors, and the expansion of online and master’s degree programs.
  • Development and expansion of mission trips and study-abroad experiences for students. 
  • Development of a new scholarship model that leveraged academic success resulting in the largest and academically strongest incoming class since the 1960s. 
  • Partnering with the United Methodist church to offer Fusion, a weekly worship service. 

“I am humbled by the opportunity to share my talents, passion and energy to shape a strong future for Dakota Wesleyan University,” Novak said. “Our institutional foundation is solid. I am excited to work with our faculty and staff to further develop a vision rooted in our mission and grounded in our faith.  My goal for Dakota Wesleyan University is to boldly position ourselves for growth, financial stability and regional recognition as a leader in Christian higher education.”

A native South Dakotan and graduate of Mitchell High School, Novak has a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Notre Dame, and a master’s degree in economics from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio.  She is currently working toward a doctoral degree in interdisciplinary leadership at Creighton University in Omaha.

Novak’s previous experience includes organizational consulting for Digital Equipment Corporation, directing a federal grant at Edison State College, teaching business communication courses at Denver Technical College, conducting market research for several local companies, as well as providing leadership to a variety of not-for-profit organizations in the U.S. and Canada. 

She and her husband, Ken, have eight children: Peter, 18; Isaac, 16; Luke, 14; Mark, 12; Seemela Grace, 11; Marianna, 10; Elijah, 7; and Zechariah, 4.

Ken Novak earned his undergraduate degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Notre Dame, and his Ph.D. in English from the University of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.  A published author, Ken’s professional background also includes 13 years of service to the U.S. Air Force, including roles as a military acquisition specialist, teacher of the year at the U.S. Air Force Academy, and the chief speechwriter for the U.S. Air Force Command in Europe. 

Amy Novak will assume the presidency of DWU on June 1, replacing Dr. Robert Duffett.  Duffett has served as president for 13 years and will leave at the end of May to become president of Eastern University in Davids Point, Penn.


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Scotchman and Miss Wesleyan candidates named at DWU

Friday, April 12, 2013

MITCHELL, S.D. – Twelve Dakota Wesleyan University students have been selected as candidates for Scotchman and Miss Wesleyan, the highest honor given to students in their senior year at the institution.

The titles of Scotchman and Miss Wesleyan are given to honor a senior male and female student based on campus leadership and service, community leadership and service, academics and character. The honor of Miss Wesleyan began in 1929 and the honor of Scotchman in 1938.  The title for the Scotchman was borrowed from the university’s song, “The Scotchman.”

To qualify for candidacy, students must have a minimum GPA of 3.25 and be ranked at senior status. Those eligible submit a resume of activities and awards and a Student Senate-appointed panel chooses the top male and female candidates. The top candidates are interviewed by a committee of students, staff and faculty who choose the Scotchman and Miss Wesleyan. The winners will be announced at the annual Honors Banquet on April 26 on campus.

The following men are the candidates for the 2013 Scotchman:


Sterling Dockweiler

David Elliot

Jamon Harberts

Christen Hildebrandt

Alex Hinz

Josh Thompson

Sterling Dockweiler, Casper, Wyo.
Sterling is a secondary history education major with a minor in Christian leadership, focusing on youth ministry. He is a DWU football assistant coach, TRiO Student Support Services and Abbott House tutor, and is active in Future Teachers Organization (FTO). He has volunteered several times as Bible study leader, at Stepping Stones for halfway church ministry, DWU Service Day, DWU’s Dr. Seuss Carnival, and peer mentor for high school football players. After being placed on the dean’s list multiple times, he was voted in to the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. Following graduation he hopes to become a teacher in South Dakota or Wyoming while also being involved with youth ministry at his local church.

David Elliot, Lake Norden
Originally from Enniskillen, Northern Ireland, David graduated high school from Estelline, S.D. He will graduate with a major in psychology and minor in human services. He has been involved with the Psychology Club, Student Senate, and the track and field/cross country teams, serving as captain of the cross country team, and he is the intramural co-chairman. David has volunteered for Big Brothers Big Sisters, Love Feast, National Guard Wives and Children’s Activity Day, Abbott House Winter Festival, DWU food drive and Service Day, and as the Lions Club 5k/10k route director. He has also taken part in a research project studying parental influences of Cortisol concentrations in domesticated infant dairy bovine. He has been named to the dean’s list, was a five-time GPAC qualifier and ranked ninth in the school’s all-time record for the 10,000-meter run. After graduation he plans to pursue his master’s degree in counseling at the University of South Dakota focusing on clinical mental health.

Jamon Harberts, Emery
Jamon is majoring in criminal justice and business administration. He is a member of Pi Gamma Mu and is the current non-athletic student representative for Student Senate and a former member of the Student Activities Board. Jamon has volunteered for the DWU food drive, Service Day, and Trunk or Treat at the Mitchell Middle School. He has also been named to the dean’s list and completed an internship with the City of Mitchell Police Department. After graduation he plans to enter a career in South Dakota law enforcement.

Christen Hildebrandt, Faribault, Minn.
Christen is a history education major with a minor in political science. He is the president of Student Senate and College Democrats, and is a member of Student Ministry Council, Future Teachers Organization, residence life and is a campus ambassador and TRiO peer mentor. He has also served as Student Senate secretary and parliamentarian. Christen has volunteered for a church youth camp, DWU Peru mission trip, and is active in campus worship and Sunday Fusion services. He was awarded the Bishop Leadership Award Scholarship and is a member of Phi Kappa Phi and Pi Gamma Mu, as well as on the dean’s list. He plans to pursue a teaching career.

Alex Hinz, Littleton, Colo.
Alex is a sports management major with triple minors in business, coaching and legal studies. He is involved in Student Senate, Student Ambassadors, New Student Orientation, and DWU baseball, where he serves as head of the baseball character committee and oversees all of the team’s volunteer work. He has also been named to the dean’s list multiple times. After graduation he plans to attend the University of Denver’s Sturm College of Law and pursue a Juris Doctor in sports law.

Josh Thompson, Lead
Josh is a biology major, minoring in coaching. He is involved in DWU football, Top Shelf Ultimate Frisbee, is a resident assistant on campus, and is the treasurer of Student Ministry Council. He has volunteered for Cornerstone Rescue Mission, the DWU New Orleans mission trip, DWU H.O.P.E. Project, Service Day, food drives, Dr. Seuss Carnival, Abbott House projects, Cancer Awareness Marathon, South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks, and will be attending the DWU mission trip to Peru in May. He has received the Bishop Everett Palmer Medal, the Harriet N. Houk Scholarship; is a four-year member of the dean’s list; Academic All-American; and NAIA Scholar-Athlete award. Josh was also the 2012 homecoming king. He has participated in research projects for S.D. Game, Fish and Parks and as a conservation officer. After graduation, Josh plans to pursue a career as a conservation officer.

The following women are the candidates for the 2013 Miss Wesleyan:


Elizabeth Lamb


Leah Miiller

Sarah Owens

Brittaney Schroeder

Carrie Swanson

Stephanie Teel

Elizabeth Lamb, Onida
Liz is an accounting and criminal justice double major. She has been the team captain of the women’s basketball team for three years and is also involved in New Student Orientation, TRiO peer mentoring and tutoring, and the Phreno Cosmian newspaper. Liz has volunteered for DWU Service Day and food drives, Tiny Tigers basketball, and as a referee for the local team camps and youth basketball tournaments. She is a four-year dean’s list recipient, honor student, and member of Phi Kappa Phi and Pi Gamma Mu, and has received the Ralph Roth Business Scholarship, Vicki Clarke Leadership Award, NAIA Scholar Athlete award, NAIA A.O. Duer nominee for DWU, and GPAC All-Conference Team honorable mention. After graduation she will attend graduate school at the University of South Dakota to earn a master’s degree in professional accountancy.

Leah Miiller, Corsica
Leah is majoring in biochemistry with a minor in psychology. She is the vice president of Student Activities Board, senior class president, and member of CHAOS, Student Ambassadors, TRiO tutoring and Psychology Club. She has volunteered for Love Feast, Habitat for Humanity, New Student Orientation, DWU Service Day, Children’s Miracle Network, a service-learning trip to Tanzania and will attend the mission trip to Peru this May. She is a member of Sigma Zeta, Phi Kappa Phi and Pi Gamma Mu, as well as the DWU honors program. She has been on the dean’s list, was awarded the St. Joseph Endowed Hospital Scholarship in 2011 and 2012, the Walter Panzirer Mitchell Crime Stoppers Scholarship, Vicki Clarke Leadership Award, Harms Endowed Scholarship and Homer Carhart Prize in Science. She was a 2011 South Dakota BRIN fellow and 2012 basic biomedical research assistant. She presented her research at the regional American Chemical Society meeting, two National Society for Neuroscience meetings and at the 2012 Council for Undergraduate Research Posters on the Hill in Washington, D.C. After graduation she plans to pursue her work in the sciences.

Sarah Owens, Omaha, Neb.
Sarah is double-majoring in human services and criminal justice. She is the vice president of the Human Services Club and has served as freshman class president, parliamentarian and vice president of Student Senate; secretary, vice president and president of Oyate Ho Waste; and is also involved in campus worship, Fusion, choir, DWU Phonathon and is a work study for institutional advancement. Sarah has also been involved in cheerleading, as a student ambassador and TRiO tutoring. She is a member of Pi Gamma Mu, the honors program, Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities, was the Heritage Award for Service recipient and an Athletic Scholar, as well as on the dean’s list. She has also been a research assistant for Jesse Weins, assistant professor of criminal justice. After college, she will move to Norfolk, Neb., pursuing her field.

Brittaney Schroeder, Volin
Brittaney is a human services major with a behavioral science minor. She is involved in Human Services Club, which she has served as secretary, vice president and currently president. She is also a member of TRiO peer mentors, Multicultural Committee, Psychology Club and volunteers as for New Student Orientation, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, and is a Crohn’s and Colitis Advocate. She has been involved in the Dorothy Day Homeless Shelter in St. Paul, Minn., DWU food drive, DWU’s care packages for soldiers, DWU’s “Shoes for Orphan Souls” drive, Love Feast, Abbott House carnival and volunteered in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. She was the TRiO Fact Student of the year for 2012-13, TRiO Employee of the Month, a member of the dean’s list, and the recipient for the Jennie Orr Memorial Scholarship. Brittaney also completed an internship for Stepping Stones. After college she will continue to work at Stepping Stones and be an advocate for those with Crohn’s Disease and Colitis.

Carrie Swanson, Spearfish
Carrie is double-majoring in English and religion and philosophy. She is the president of the Student Activities Board, secretary of Universities Fighting World Hunger, and also is active with weekly campus worship. She has attended mission trips to Peru and New Orleans, volunteered for the United Methodist Church youth group, attended a service learning trip to Tanzania, Africa, and volunteered for Love Feast and the DWU food drive. Carrie is the recipient of the Bishop Leadership scholarship, is a Regent Scholar and member of the dean’s list. She is currently interning for the First United Methodist Church and DWU collaboration of Fusion/campus ministries. Carrie has been accepted to the Boston University School of Theology as a Dean’s Fellowship recipient and will attend there in the fall to study seminary on her way to becoming an ordained elder in the Methodist Church.

Stephanie Teel, Stickney
Stephanie is a biology education major. She has served as secretary of College Republicans and as the College Republicans student representative. She is currently active in Future Teachers Organization, CHAOS, Wesleyan Choir, Highlanders, Women’s Chamber Choir, College Republicans, and is also a TRiO peer tutor and New Student Orientation leader. Stephanie has volunteered as a middle school tutor, Salvation Army bell ringer, worship singer, and served at Love Feast. She also volunteers for DWU Service Day, the Dr. Seuss Carnival and DWU food drives. She is a Randall Scholar, recipient of the Harriet Houk Scholarship and member of Phi Kappa Phi, Sigma Zeta and the dean’s list. Stephanie was a BRIN fellow, studying the chromophore requirement for UV-irradiated DNA binding by a chlamydomonasphotolyase. Following graduation she hopes to teach middle school or high school biology.


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