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DWU’s fifth annual Service Day not deterred by rain

Tuesday, April 29, 2014



Dakota Wesleyan University had more than 600 people volunteer for its fifth annual Service Day – despite the rain and cold.

Students, staff and faculty gathered Tuesday morning at the Christen Family Athletic Center on campus for a group photo and marching orders. With the rain the night before and constant drizzle Tuesday morning, some groups were called indoors, decreasing the number of blue Service Day T-shirts outside, but that doesn’t mean they didn’t have jobs to do.

Click here to see a photo gallery of the day.

“With the rain, some of our coaches asked to be moved indoors to keep their students healthy, while others are planning to do service projects on a less rainy day,” said Diana Goldammer, director of student life and one of the coordinators for Service Day. “We had 586 DWU people out in the community and working on campus this morning, most of whom were outside picking up trash around the lake, by Wal-Mart, at Dry Run Creek, and the soccer and baseball fields.”

Other locations where DWU teams volunteered include: L.B. Williams, Gertie Belle Rogers and Longfellow elementary schools; the Middle School and Senior High School; Wesley Acres and Avera Brady Health and Rehab; First United Methodist Church; the Abbott House; Dakota Discovery Museum; YWCA; Big Brothers/Big Sisters; Snack Pack Program; Area Community Theatre; and Mitchell Area Safehouse.

Twenty-three DWU members of the golf teams will volunteer at the two Mitchell golf courses later this week, as well.

The total participation for the event was 615, including 29 nursing students and staff from the Huron campus who volunteered on Monday.

“You just never know what to expect in April,” Goldammer laughed. “But honestly I’m proud of the students, because we actually left it up to the individual teams to decide if they wanted to proceed with their outdoor projects in the rain and most of the groups, if they could, still did. Those who didn’t still wanted to work so we tried to find them jobs indoors.”

The Tuesday before graduation was traditionally known as “Reading Day” before 2010, when Dakota Wesleyan established “Service Day.”


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DWU students honored at convocation

Monday, April 28, 2014

Many Dakota Wesleyan University students were honored on April 27 at the 2014 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 – Pamela Getman, Hill City

Biology – Stephanie Teel, Stickney

Business Administration – Kelli Swenson, Chamberlain

Chemistry – Kyle Hoisington, Britton

Criminal Justice – James O’Halloran, Sioux City, Iowa

Dramatics – Brittney Kaufmann, Mitchell

Education – Elementary: Bailey Gummer, Brookings; Secondary: Samantha Sandau, Tripp

Friends of the Middle Border – Christen Hildebrandt, Faribault, Minn.

Graphic Design – Natalie Munger, Kimball

History – Sterling Dockweiler, Casper, Wyo.

Human Services – Kayla Summerville, Platte

Languages – Samantha Sandau, Tripp

Literature – Briana Weiss, Mitchell

Mathematics – Trent Robbins, Watertown

Music – Elizabeth Morrison, Plankinton

Nursing – Mitchell: Zachary Lippert, Mitchell

Huron: Kristin Pratt, Richmond Hill, Ga.

Sioux Falls: Megan Hatwan, Sioux Falls

RN-B.S.: Angela Cleveland, Corsica

Psychology – Jillian Dickson, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Religion and Philosophy – Valerie Hummel, Yankton

Sociology –  Theresa Wheeler, Mitchell

Sport, Exercise and Wellness – Jordan Reiner, Mitchell

Speech – Breanna Clark, Loveland, Colo.


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.

Amanda Burton, Mitchell

Breanna Clark, Loveland Colo.

Alexandra Kuehler, Sturgis

Shelby Steele, Geddes

Leah Wienbar, Iroquois


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.

Christian Doyle, Jackson, Wyo.


Jennie Orr Memorial Scholarship

In memory of Mrs. S.D. Orr, her husband and children have established the Jennie Orr Memorial Scholarship Fund, which grants a scholarship to an outstanding art student who demonstrates the qualities of the “Four C’s” – character, culture, citizenship and craft.

Bailey Keller, Pierre


Harriet N. Houk Scholarship

Awarded to biology majors who maintain a 3.0 GPA.

Haley Brunke, Scotland

Celeste Beck, Hurley

Travis Moodie, Pierre

Michael Rohde, Colome


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.

Kelli Swenson, Chamberlain


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.

Bailey Gummer, Brookings

Skyler Heyden, Burke


DWU Marjorie 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.

Kayla Collins, Plankinton

Megan Hart, Mount Vernon

Skyler Heyden, Burke

Kayla Mielitz, Big Stone City

Jenna Miller, Mitchell

Lexy Timm, Yale


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.

Marissa Tubbs, Mitchell

Kelby Van Wyk, Hawarden, Iowa


Adkins Mathematics Award

This award is given to encourage mathematics students.

Devinne Facile, Sioux Falls


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.

Zachary Ciavarella, Mitchell


Elizabeth Graham Colton Prize

This cash prize is awarded to a student whose talent, work and promise in creative writing is worthy of recognition.

Taylor Spence, North Branch, Minn.


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.

Mareisha Marvin, Mitchell

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.

Ryan Antaya, Platte


Warren W. Coxe Sociology Award

Awarded to an outstanding junior of senior sociology major.          

Theresa Wheeler, Mitchell


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.

Lindsay Fredrickson, Mitchell


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.

Tatyana Brown, Mitchell

Chelsea Raker, Scotland


Ivan and Doris Bartels Endowed Scholarship in Nursing

This scholarship was established for outstanding students studying in the field of nursing.

Jennifer Schelling, Armour


Methodist Hospital Endowed Scholarship

Stephanie DeWaard, Stickney – A.S.

Briana Jung, Warner – B.S.


Mitchell First United Methodist Church/Methodist Hospital Endowed Scholarship

First Place – Abigail Fossum, Canton

Second Place – Caleb Heiberger, Hartford

Third Place – Alex Meyer, Heron Lake, Minn. 


St. Joseph Hospital Endowed Scholarship

Hannah Ford, Vermillion

Travis Moodie, Pierre


Robert E. McWhirter Service Medal

This award is given annual by the athletic training faculty to an athletic training student who excels academically, and has demonstrated service above and beyond the minimal expectations of the academic program and university.

Tyler Sarringar, Pierre


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.

Jordan Adam, Mount Vernon

Lindsay Fredrickson, Mitchell

Chelsey Plamp, Stickney

Hilary Ryan, Wessington Springs


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.

Joseph Ford, Vermillion

Jared Stearns, Canton


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.

Megan Reimnitz, Corsica


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.

Ann Thury, Parkston


Homer Carhart Prizes in Science

Jordan Adam, Mount Vernon

Hannah Ford, Vermillion


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.

Autumn Krueger, Harrisburg


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.

Katherine Johnson, Mead, Neb.

Brent Matter, Cavour

Lindsey Miller, Letcher

Jared Stearns, Canton


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. 

Megan Johnson, Rapid City

Tiffany Sharp, Brighton, Colo.


Education Learning Through Service Scholars

The elementary, secondary and special education majors in the Learning Through Service independent honors practicum within the education department have demonstrated superior ability in the university classroom and exceptional teaching skill during field experiences. The students are approved by education department faculty and placed in a classroom with a master teacher/mentor; they write their own course objectives designed to connect coursework with academic inquiry and apply theory to classroom practice while providing service to the community. Eligible students may apply to participate in this experience for up to three semesters.

Lindsey Corrin, Rapid City

Alexandra Davis, Chula Vista, Calif.

Mallory Jark, Warner

Stephen Lee, Hurley

Emily Olson, Woonsocket

Lexy Timm, Yale

Marissa Tubbs, Mitchell

Kathryn Uttecht, Pierce, Neb.

Lydia Ymker, Armour


AmeriCorps

This program connects students with communities through meaningful academic service, civic engagement and community service experiences.

Shelby Andersen, Ethan

Sterling Dockweiler, Casper, Wyo.

Skyler Eriksen, Presho

Eric Fjerestad, Sioux Falls

Jordyn Heath, Kimball

Christen Hildebrandt, Faribault, Minn.

Tina Lein, Chamberlain

Kayla Leininger, Sioux Falls

Stephanie Teel, Stickney

Debra Teger, Mitchell

Ashley Tipton, Plankinton

Matthew Tuttle, Ethan


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.

Jennifer Schelling, Armour


Katherine McKillop Sophomore Nursing Award

This award is presented to a sophomore student in the nursing program whose scholarship is worthy of recognition.

Jenna Winckler, Lake Andes


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: Cassie Bamberg, Corsica; Tiera Feller, Onida; Vanessa Mendez, Monterey Park, Calif.

Sophomores: Danielle Anderson, Kennebec; Molly Neugebauer, Mitchell; Lacey Vittitoe, Mitchell

Huron

Freshmen: Stacy Treib, Woonsocket 

Sophomores: Maria De La Rosa, Woonsocket

Sioux Falls

LPN-RN: Dana Mutschelknaus, Sioux Falls; Rosa Nordstrom, Sioux Falls


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.

Briana Jung, Warner


Thompson 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.

Sara Deinert, Mount Vernon


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.

Matthew Bader, Pierre

Madeline Bauer, Wall

Abby Carpenter, Canton

Nathanial Collins, Belle Fourche

Kyle Gilles, Monticello, Minn.

Aimee Lenocker, Tulare

Dylan Ljunggren, Dell Rapids

Miranda Olson, Huron

Cody Silveria, Moss Beach, Calif.

Mackenzie Stevens, Polk, Neb.


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.

Celeste Beck, Hurley

Abigail Fossum, Canton

Alex Kuehler, Sturgis

Taylor Kuhn, Surrey, N.D.

Cassie Landgaard, Worthington, Minn.

Kayla Mielitz, Big Stone City

Chelsea Raker, Scotland

Diane Sandhoff, dean of the College of Healthcare, Fitness and Sciences at DWU; professor of nursing and director of R.N. program

Jared Stearns, Canton

Shelby Steele, Geddes

Kelsey Warns, Madison

Briana Weiss, Mitchell

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:

Shelby Andersen, Ethan

Amanda Burton, Mitchell

Zachary Ciavarella, Mitchell

Lindsey Corrin, Rapid City

Christian Doyle, Jackson, Wyo.

Micaela Erickson, Milan, Minn.

Mara Eriksen, Presho

Amanda Hart, Alexandria  

Valerie Hummel, Yankton

Chase Kristensen, Plankinton

Aimee Lenocker, Tulare

Katherine Lindow, Green Bay, Wisc.

Kayla Mielitz, Big Stone City

Chelsea Moody, Mitchell

Nancy Mutziger, Mitchell

James O’Halloran, Sioux City, Iowa

Traci Patrick, assistant director of annual giving at DWU

Talia Peters, Wagner

Lindsey Peterson, Pierre

Jared Stearns, Canton

Juniors:

Alexandra Christensen, Mitchell

Kayla Collins, Plankinton

Andrew DeVaney, Sioux Falls

Kyle Gerlach, Mount Vernon

Skyler Heyden, Burke

Jonathon Knight, Lantana, Texas

Brent Matter, Cavour

Kris Menning, Corsica

Dillon Miles, Mitchell

Emily Olson, Woonsocket

Emma Otterpohl, Mount Vernon

Kira Stammer, Mitchell

Lauren Tadlock, Rapid City

Lexy Timm, Yale

Marissa Tubbs, Mitchell

Jonathan Wieger, Waubay     

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.

Christian Doyle, Jackson, Wyo.

Erica Fett, Plankinton

Valerie Hummel, Yankton

Kira Stammer, Mitchell

Sigma Zeta – science and mathematics:

               Jordan Adam, Mount Vernon

                Jordan Buchholz, South Shore

                Cheyenne Durant, Platte

                Hannah Ford, Vermillion

                Mallory Jark, Warner

                Kelsey Kniffen, Lake Andes

                Trent Robbins, Watertown

                Jedd Schlicht, Woonsocket

                Trevor Schroeder, Canistota

                Paige TeGantvoort, Brandt

                Sarah Zaiser, Dawson, Minn.             


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.

Skyler Heyden, Burke

Jedd Schlicht, Woonsocket

Jennifer Sip, Tyndall

Rachelle Steiner, Holstein, Neb.


Hatterscheidt Foundation Scholarships:

Samantha Geiman, Scotland

Natasha Letcher, Bridgewater

Lindsey Raker, Scotland

McKenzie Weidenbach, Parkston


F. Dwain Randall Scholarships:

Trae Bergh, Crooks

Breanna Clark, Loveland, Colo.

Dyrani Clark, Loveland, Colo.

Tyson DeGroot, Volga

Sara Deinert, Mount Vernon

Micaela Erickson, Milan, Minn.

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, Sioux Falls

Eric Lundberg, Clear Lake

Jenna Miller, Mitchell

Samantha Mogck, Parkston

Tyler Sarringar, Pierre

Kelli Swenson, Chamberlain

Stephanie Teel, Stickney

Ann Thury, Parkston

Katherine Varnado, Ellsworth AFB

Tyler Vavra, Winner

Isaac Wheelock-Bouwman, Sioux Falls

Kellan Willet, Seward, Neb.

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

Shelby Andersen, Ethan

Danielle Anderson, Kennebec

Heidi A. Berg, Emery

Tatyana Brown, Mitchell

Caitlin Bruckman, Bladen, Neb.

Amanda Burton, Mitchell

Zachary Ciavarella, Mitchell

Breanna Clark, Loveland, Colo.

Lindsey Corrin, Rapid City

Christian Doyle, Jackson, Wyo.

Micaela Erickson, Milan, Minn.

Mara Eriksen, Presho

Skyler Eriksen, Presho

Alexis Fiorini, Huron

Pamela Getman, Hill City

Amanda Hart, Alexandria

Valerie Hummel, Yankton

Nicholas Hutcheson, Elk Point

Katherine Johnson, Mead, Neb.

Tarryn Korkow, Huron

Chase Kristensen, Plankinton

Alexandra Kuehler, Sturgis

Cassandra Landgaard, Worthington, Minn.

Zachary Lippert, Mitchell

Eric Lundberg, Clear Lake

Daniel Maman, Scottsdale, Ariz.

Kayla Mielitz, Big Stone City

Jenna Miller, Mitchell

Chelsea Moody, Mitchell

Natalie Munger, Kimball

Nancy Mutziger, Mitchell

Jill Nuebel, Tripp

James O’Halloran, Sioux City, Iowa

Emily Olsen, Platte

Talia Peters, Wagner

Linsey Peterson, Pierre

Lacey Reimnitz, Corsica

Megan Reimnitz, Corsica

Jordan Reiner, Mitchell

Trent Robbins, Watertown

Samantha Sandau, Tripp

Tyler Sarringar, Pierre

Tiffany Sharp, Brighton, Colo.

Jared Stearns, Canton

Shelby Steele, Geddes

Kayla Summerville, Platte

Kelli Swenson, Chamberlain

Jasmin Vant, Canton

Juniors

Thara Ali Said, Denton, Texas

Celeste Beck, Hurley

Bryce Berletic, Rochester, Minn.

Alexandra Christensen, Mitchell

Kayla Collins, Plankinton

Sara Deinert, Mount Vernon

Andrew DeVaney, Sioux Falls

Cheyenne Durant, Platte

Tiffany Fiechuk, Yankton

Hannah Ford, Vermillion

Abigail Fossum, Canton

Kyle Gerlach, Mount Vernon

Skyler Heyden, Burke

Amber Hiles, Woonsocket

Sara Hines, Huron

Tiffany Johnston, Sioux Falls

Briana Jung, Warner

Brittney Kaufmann, Mitchell

Kylie Keiser, Sioux Falls

Jonathon Knight, Lantana, Texas

Taylor Kuhn, Surrey, N.D.

Brent Matter, Cavour

Kris Menning, Corsica

Alex Meyer, Heron Lake, Minn.

Dillon Miles, Mitchell

Lindsey Miller, Letcher

Emily Olson, Woonsocket

Emma Otterpohl, Mount Vernon

Kristin Pratt, Richmond Hill, Ga.

Chelsea Raker, Scotland

Joshua Schmitz, Mitchell

Sarah Teeslink, Sioux Falls

Lexy Timm, Yale

Marissa Tubbs, Mitchell

Jared Van Winkle, Tyndall

Kelsey Warns, Madison

Briana Weiss, Mitchll

Jonathan Wieger, Waubay

Sarah Zaiser, Dawson, Minn.

Sophomores

Jonathan Alford, Naper, Neb.

Taylor Anshutz, Gregory

Cassie Bamberg, Corsica

Jaymie Barrett, Scotland

Andrew Becker, Tea

Trae Bergh, Crooks

Stephanie Bravo, Santa Fe Springs, Calif.

Haley Brunke, Scotland

Jordan Buchholz, South Shore

Jake Capko, Corvallis, Mont.

Dyrani Clark, Loveland, Colo.

Alexandra Davis, Chula Vista, Calif.

Maria De La Rosa, Woonsocket

Tyson DeGroot, Volga

Lauren Fitts, Brookings

Kayla Geraets-Majercik, Mitchell

Jace Goodfellow, Bruce

Hannah Hammer, Dell Rapids

Caleb Heiberger, Hartford

Matthew Hockert, Fargo, N.D.

Jade Hoisington, Britton

Sterling Hubbard, Jamestown, N.D.

Krista Huber, Mitchell

Anthony Husher, Winner

Jonah Johnson, Kerkhoven, Minn.

Serina Lesnar, Mitchell

Kelsey Little, Castlewood

Dylan Lynde, Canistota

Travis McDonald, Tyndall

Vanessa Mendez, Monterey Park, Calif.

Madison-Ainsley Miller, Mitchell

Travis Moodie, Pierre

Tyson Moodie, Pierre

Christopher Nemec, Mitchell

Trenice Pehrson, Redfield

Michael Rohde, Colome

Tara Ronke, Tyndall

Katelynn Runge, Brookings

Zachary Schneider, Sioux Falls

Morgan Schoenfelder, Blue Earth, Minn.

Lindy Snook, Temecula, Calif.

Dustin Steckler, Garretson

Hailey Unger, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Lacey VanLaecken, Letcher

Tyler Vavra, Winner

Peter Wartenberg, Chaska, Minn.

Heather Willett, Harrisburg

Heidi Willett, Harrisburg

Lynze Wobig, Canova

Lydia Ymker, Armou

Freshmen

Aisha Abbink, Scotland

Ariana Arampatzis, Aberdeen

Matthew Bader, Pierre

Payton Baker, Norfolk, Neb.

Adam Bormann, Stickney

Stephanie Brock, Huron

Macey Chambers, Blunt

Nathanial Collins, Belle Fourche

Nadine Cota, Letcher

Andrew Driscoll, Papillion, Neb.

John Fabrizius, Casper, Wyo.

Landon Fischbach, Mellette

Chance Huber, Sioux Falls

Brooke Louwagie, Marshall, Minn.

Mercedes Madding, Casper, Wyo.

Lily Miiller, Corsica

Brady Mudder, Garretson

Delayna Paulson, Mount Vernon

Lindsey Raker, Scotland

Matthew Randall, Platte

Tristen Scherr, Wagner

Andrew Schwader, Howard

Marissa Soderberg, Roundup, Mont.

Lisa Stanley, Box Elder

Rachelle Steiner, Holstein, Neb.

Ann Thury, Parkston

Stacy Treib, Woonsocket

Nicholas Tschakert, Watertown

Jaylen Uthe, Presho

Danielle Van Kooten, Volga

Kayla Vanden Hoek, Corsica

Alecia VanTassel, Huron

Cody Warns, Madison

McKenzie Weidenbach, Parkston

Patrick Whetham, Garretson

Cal Wiese, Fedora



Scholar-Athlete Awards

Seniors

Amanda Burton, Mitchell

Lindsey Corrin, Rapid City

Micaela Erickson, Milan, Minn.

Skyler Eriksen, Presho

Amanda Hart, Alexandria

Nicholas Hutcheson, Elk Point

Alexandra Kuehler, Sturgis

Eric Lundberg, Clear Lake

Chelsea Moody, Mitchell

James O’Halloran, Sioux City, Iowa

Lindsey Peterson, Pierre

Lacey Reimnitz, Corsica

Trent Robbins, Watertown

Tyler Sarringar, Pierre

Tiffany Sharp, Brighton, Colo.

Jared Stearns, Canton

Juniors

Thara Ali Said, Denton, Texas

Celeste Beck, Hurley

Bryce Berletic, Rochester, Minn.

Christian Doyle, Jackson, Wyo.

Tiera Feller, Onida

Abigail Fossum, Canton

Kyle Gerlach, Mount Vernon

Katherine Johnson, Mead, Neb.

Briana Jung, Warner

Kylie Keiser, Sioux Falls

Taylor Kuhn, Surrey, N.D.

Cassandra Landgaard, Worthington, Minn.

Brent Matter, Cavour

Kris Menning, Corsica

Alex Meyer, Heron Lake, Minn.

Talia Peters, Wagner

Jonathan Wieger, Waubay

Sophomores

Jonathan Alford, Naper, Neb.

Taylor Anshutz, Gregory

Andrew Becker, Tea

Trae Bergh, Crooks

Haley Brunke, Scotland

Jordan Buchholz, South Shore

Jake Capko, Corvallis, Mont.

Lauren Fitts, Brookings

Hannah Hammer, Dell Rapids

Caleb Heiberger, Hartford

Jade Hoisington, Britton

Sterling Hubbard, Jamestown, N.D.

Anthony Husher, Winner

Jonah Johnson, Kerkhoven, Minn.

Jonathan Knight, Lantana, Texas

Kelsey Little, Castlewood

Travis McDonald, Tyndall

Vanessa Mendez, Monterey Park, Calif.

Tyson Moodie, Pierre

Michael Rohde, Colome

Tara Ronke, Tyndall

Zachary Schneider, Sioux Falls

Lindy Snook, Temecula, Calif.

Dustin Steckler, Garretson

Hailey Unger, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Jared Van Winkle, Tyndall

Heather Willett, Harrisburg



Matthew D. Smith Scholar-Athlete Award

Amanda Hart, Alexandria     


All-American

Football: Anthony Muilenburg, Sioux Falls

Women’s outdoor track and field: Nicole Court-Mendez, Lewiston, Maine

Women’s indoor track and field: Nicole Court-Mendez, Lewiston, Maine

Men’s basketball: Jalen Voss, Worthington, Minn.

Wrestling: Richard Rios, Chino Hills, Calif.; Trever Devestern, Pearblossom, Calif.


NAIA/Daktronics All-American Scholar-Athletes:

Spring 2012-13

Baseball: Alex Hinz, Littleton, Colo.; Anthony Pakutka, Copperas Cove, Texas

Softball: Chelsea Moody, Mitchell

Track: David Elliot, Vermillion


Fall and Winter 2013-14

Football: Skyler Eriksen, Presho; Eric Lundberg, Clear Lake

Men’s basketball: Kris Menning, Corsica; James O’Halloran, Sioux City, Iowa

Men’s soccer: Bryce Berletic, Rochester, Minn.; Trent Robbins, Watertown

Volleyball: Briana Jung, Warner

Women’s basketball: Celeste Beck, Hurley; Micaela Erickson, Milan, Minn.; Amanda Hart, Alexandria; Katherine Johnson, Mead, Neb.; Taylor Kuhn, Surrey, N.D.

Women’s soccer: Thara Ali Said, Denton, Texas; Lindsey Corrin, Rapid City; Kylie Keiser, Sioux Falls; Alexandra Kuehler, Sturgis

Wrestling: Kyle Gerlach, Mount Vernon; Nicholas Hutcheson, Elk Point; Tyler Sarringar, Pierre


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DWU announces faculty promotions, tenure

Monday, April 28, 2014

Five faculty members at Dakota Wesleyan University were recognized at the Honors Convocation for promotion and tenure.

Lori Bork, of the Arlene Gates Department of Nursing, was promoted to full professor status. Bork has been teaching nursing at DWU since 2001. She received her Associate of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees from DWU in 1985 and 1999, and her Master of Science from South Dakota State University in 2003.



Lana Loken, of the athletic training department, was promoted to full professor status. Loken, who serves as the clinical education coordinator, has been teaching at DWU since 2001. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in 1997 from South Dakota State University; her Master of Science degree in 1999 from St. Cloud State University; and her Doctor of Education in 2005 from the University of South Dakota.


Daniel Miller, theatre director, was promoted to associate professor and granted tenure. Miller has been teaching at DWU since 2007. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of South Dakota in 2000 and 2004.


Diane Sandhoff, dean of the College of Healthcare, Fitness and Sciences, was promoted to full professor status. Sandhoff has been teaching nursing at DWU since 1989. She received her nursing diploma in 1973 from St. John’s School of Nursing; her Bachelor of Science degree in 1989 and Master of Science degree in 1993 from South Dakota State University.


W. Jesse Weins, dean of the College of Leadership and Public Service, was promoted to associate professor and granted tenure. Weins has been teaching criminal justice at DWU since 2008. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from DWU in 2003, and his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Nebraska College of Law in 2007.


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Two free music concerts set in May

Monday, April 28, 2014

Dakota Wesleyan University will close out the semester with two free concerts set for May.

The  LyricWood’s concert at 4 p.m., Sunday, May 4, in the Sherman Center on campus. These concerts are also free and open to the public.

The ensemble will feature its principal cellist, Eric Bliss, playing the first movement of the “Lalo Cello Concerto in D Minor.” The full string orchestra will play “Sonata for Strings in D Major,” by Jean Marie Leclair, and” Intermezzo for String Orchestra, Op. 8,” by Franz Schreker, with Dr. Clinton Desmond, choral director at DWU, conducting the Leclair and the Schreker pieces.

The Children’s Choir Concert will be at 7 p.m., Thursday, May 8, at the Mitchell First United Methodist Church, directed by Erin Desmond, instructor of piano and voice at DWU. The original date was set for May 1, but due to scheduling it has been pushed back one week.

DWU is a private, liberal arts university associated with the Dakotas Conference of the United Methodist Church.  For more information about the Dakota Wesleyan University Department of Music, please click here.


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Honorary doctorate, speaker announced for DWU’s 2014 Commencement

Friday, April 25, 2014


DWU alumnus to give Commencement address

Dakota Wesleyan University will celebrate commencement Saturday, May 3, with a baccalaureate service and graduation, and an honorary degree will be conferred posthumously upon a former faculty member.

Baccalaureate will begin at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, May 3, at the Sherman Center on campus, and Commencement is set for 1 p.m. at the Corn Palace with 209 graduates.

Dr. Terry Grindstaff will be the special speaker for Commencement and Dr. Kenneth Novak will offer the Baccalaureate message. An Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters will be awarded posthumously to Ann Mitchell.

Grindstaff, of Omaha, Neb., is a 1999 Dakota Wesleyan graduate and assistant professor at the School of Pharmacy and Health Professions at Creighton University, Omaha, Neb. His Commencement address is titled “Appreciating Opportunity.”

Grindstaff studied sports medicine at DWU and was an NAIA National Wrestling Tournament Qualifier in 1999. Following DWU, he obtained a Master of Science, Health and Physical Education from Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro; a Doctor of Physical Therapy from Belmont University in Nashville, and a Doctor of Philosophy, Kinesiology from the University of Virginia. He is a certified athletic trainer and licensed physical therapist.

Grindstaff has over 45 publications in the areas of sports medicine and physical therapy. He has been the recipient of over $1.2 million in research grants, and is a regular presenter at professional association meetings.  He has served as a medical volunteer with USA Wrestling, Special Olympics, Project Homeless Connect Omaha and various sports tournaments.

He and his wife, Jill, have three children: Jackson, Greyson and Pierson.

Novak will deliver the sermon, “The Culture Made Me Do It!” during the Baccalaureate service.

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, Novak’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.

As an English professor at the United States Air Force Academy, he received the Academy Outstanding Educator Award. As a stay-at-home dad to eight children, he volunteers on many fronts in the Mitchell community, with a special commitment to Dakota Wesleyan University as the school’s First Gentleman. 

Novak is married to DWU President Amy Novak and they have eight children: Peter, Isaac, Luke, Mark, Seemela Grace, Marianna, Elijah, and Zechariah.

Mitchell, a Boston-area native, taught children’s literature at Dakota Wesleyan from 1973-2001, and her love for the written word was infectious.  She inspired students and affected generations through her passionate teaching and bag of books, which was her constant companion.  Regularly she would pull out a children’s book or two and read to her students.

Mitchell was born in 1939 in Canton, Mass., and attended Cornell University in New York, earning her bachelor’s degree. She later obtained her master’s degree in education from Harvard University.  It was at Cornell that she met Dave Mitchell, a New York native.  They were married on Sept. 8, 1962.

They spent the first few years of their marriage in Cincinnati, where she taught elementary school, until returning to Boston, where she also taught.  It was back in her home city that they met Don Messer, the man who would bring them to South Dakota.  Messer, a Dakota Wesleyan alumnus and future college president, invited them to teach in a city by their same name, Mitchell, S.D.  Mitchell’s adventurous spirit supported the move and they would, to their surprise, make Dakota Wesleyan and Mitchell their permanent home.

One of Mitchell’s greatest interests was reading, especially helping children access literature.  She was active in the local reading council, assisted the Dakota Wesleyan library and the Monhegan Memorial Library select new books for their collections, and helped develop the book giveaway program for the Love Feast at the First United Methodist Church. Her collection of more than 3,000 children’s books was donated to DWU.

Mitchell was an active church member all her life. Among her most significant contributions to the First United Methodist Church was her involvement in the founding of the Love Feast. 

She was also a devoted community servant, balancing her commitments to family and teaching with significant involvement in volunteer activities.  She was a longtime leader in the local Democratic Party and called hundreds of volunteers yearly for fundraisers and get-out-the-vote efforts.  A skeptic regarding electronic communication, she believed in the importance of the personal touch. She received the Goldie Wells Award for lifetime achievement from the state party for her efforts in grassroots organizing.

After a six-year battle with cancer, she died on July 20, 2012, at the family home she loved so much on Monhegan Island, Maine. She is survived by her husband, Dave Mitchell, DWU professor of business administration and economics, and her daughters and their families, Patti Duffy, Fort Pierre, and Nancy Mitchell, Philadelphia.


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DWU announces 2014 Scotchman and Miss Wesleyan award-winners

Friday, April 25, 2014

Kelli Swenson and Trent Robbins, seniors at Dakota Wesleyan University, were named Miss Wesleyan and Scotchman, the university’s highest honors, at a special banquet Friday night at the university.

Kelli Swenson, of Chamberlain, is a double major in business administration and leadership and public service with a concentration in policy communication. She is the president of Student Senate, a member of the Student Ministry Council, a resident assistant on campus, and Student Ambassadors. She is a four-year member of the dean’s list, a Randall Scholar, 2013 recipient of the Vicki Clarke Memorial Endowed Scholarship, McGovern Center Scholar, and a member of the McGovern Advisory Council. She has organized and volunteered with DWU mission trips to New Orleans, Peru and Mexico, as well as community outreach projects. Kelli interns with DWU’s institutional advancement/alumni relations department. Following graduation, Kelli will be traveling to Africa for two months to work with a nonprofit and a primary school in Rwanda.  

Trent Robbins, of Watertown, is a double major in mathematics and business. He is a DWU Trustee Academic and Athletic Scholar and named to the dean’s list. He has been a member of the Dakota Wesleyan soccer team for four years, and served as team captain for one. He earned All-Great Plains Athletics Conference Honorable Mention, CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-District Award, T.I.G.E.R.S. Award and was appointed to the Men’s Soccer Team Leadership Council. He volunteered with Chicago Eagles Summer Academy and Mitchell Youth Soccer. Trent also became an FAA Licensed Private Pilot in May 2013. Following graduation he will be employed by Meta Payment Systems in Sioux Falls.

Other candidates for Miss Wesleyan include: Breanna Clark, Loveland, Colo.; Valerie Hummel, Yankton; Natalie Munger, Kimball; Samantha Sandau, Tripp; and Kayla Summerville, Platte. Other candidates for the Scotchman include: Joe Ford, Vermillion; Chase Kristensen, Plankinton; and Tyler Sarringar, Pierre.

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.”

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2014 winners of the Agnes Hyde Writing Contest announced

Thursday, April 24, 2014

The winners of this year’s Agnes Hyde Writing Contest at Dakota Wesleyan University have been announced.

Essay:

First, “To Be, or Not To Be?” by Ashley Kingdon, Huron

Second, “Matter over Mind,” by Delayna Paulson, Mount Vernon

Third, Untitled (The tale of Lewis and Clark’s exploratory journey), by Jonathan Wieger, Waubay

Honorable Mentions: “The Step,” by Sarah Twibell, Orchard, Neb.; “A Life Stuck in the Autumn,” by Autumn Schmidt, White


Poetry:

First, “Madison, Neb.,” by Chris Gubbrud, Springfield

Second, “Ages of Red,” by Taylor Spence, North Branch, Minn.

Third, “After a News Report Stating:  Pony, Drunk on Fermented Apples, Drowns in a Swimming Pool,” by Chris Gubbrud, Springfield

Honorable Mention: “A Figment,” by Analisa Morel, Gilbert, Ariz.


Fiction:

First, “She & Him,” by Analisa Morel, Gilbert, Ariz.

Second, “The Other Parts,” by Amber Hiles, Woonsocket

Third, “The Deadly Cure,” by Taylor Spence, North Branch, Minn.

Honorable Mentions: “Fourth Grief,” by Emma Otterpohl, Mount Vernon; “Shakespeare,” by Amanda Dixon, Mitchell

The Agnes Hyde Writing Contest was founded in 1985 by Joe Ditta, English professor at DWU from 1983-2012) and its namesake was a 1924 Dakota Wesleyan alumna and English professor at DWU from 1946 to 1951.


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Fifth annual Service Day set for Tuesday

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Students, staff and faculty will descend upon the land once again, armed with trash bags and gardening rakes, for Dakota Wesleyan University’s annual Service Day on Tuesday, April 29.

This is the fifth year that Dakota Wesleyan has organized Service Day – a morning when the entire campus comes together to perform community service projects on campus and around the entire community, including the Huron campus. At least 575 participants are signed up for the day, with another 29 volunteering on the Huron campus on Monday.

“Dakota Wesleyan’s values of ‘learning, leadership, faith and service’ are not a mere tagline, it is something that we incorporate into every aspect of our students’ education,” said Amy Novak, DWU president. “Through our coursework, mission experiences and community service we encourage students, who will be our future leaders, to constantly reach outside of themselves and into their community. Service Day was created around the time of our 125th anniversary as a thank you to the Mitchell community for its support spanning more than a century; it was immediately clear to us that this was going to become an annual tradition and a reminder of the value of the many partnerships we share between the university and the community.”

The first Service Day included about 400 DWU students, staff and faculty. Despite weather, finals week and the temptation of sleeping in, participation has been admirable each year, said Diana Goldammer, director of student life and Service Day co-coordinator.

“We’ve had overcast, rainy weather for Service Day and still the students show up in their blue Service Day T-shirts, ready to take it on,” Goldammer said. “Our wrestling team has picked up trash around Lake Mitchell every single year, even on the year when we had a downpour. They do it because they want to, because it means something to them.”

In fact, the DWU wrestling team officially “adopted” Ohlman Street along Lake Mitchell.

DWU senior Amanda Hart, of Alexandria, has participated in Service Day all four years and as a member of the women’s basketball team, she has benefited by the public support of the community throughout her athletic career and sees Service Day as a way to say thank you.

“Service Day is a great opportunity for DWU students to come together and help to improve our community, which does so much for us as students and the university as a whole throughout the year,” Hart said. “It’s our chance to give back and show Mitchell that we’re willing to help them the way they have helped us. There are very few experiences I’ve had in my four years at DWU as rewarding as the Service Days I’ve been able to take part in.”

About 1,000 man hours are projected to be spent in town on Tuesday, with project sites at: The Carnegie Resource Center, First United Methodist Church, the Abbott House, Dakota Discovery Museum, Cadwell Park, Lakeview Golf Course, Wild Oak Golf Course, the Pepsi-Cola Soccer Complex, YWCA, Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village, Snack Pack Program, Area Community Theatre, Mitchell Area Safehouse, and trash pick-along Dry Run Creek, near Wal-mart and all around Lake Mitchell.

Students in the Arlene Gates Department of Nursing will split up into teams and work at Wesley Acres and Avera Brady Health and Rehab in Mitchell, and the education department will send groups to each of the elementary schools and middle school.

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.

*Photos of students were taken during 2013's Service Day, top photo: Mitchell Area Safehouse; bottom: Lake Mitchell


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DWU’s Weins to release book on youth sexting; first of its kind

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Jesse Weins, assistant professor of criminal justice and dean of the College of Leadership and Public Service at Dakota Wesleyan University, will publish a book based on his previously published and nationally recognized research on teen sexting.  It will be the first book-length secondary resource on this topic in the U.S.

“Sexting and Youth: A Multidisciplinary Examination of Research, Theory, and Law,” edited by Todd C. Hiestand and W. Jesse Weins, will be available in print in May from Carolina Academic Press.

Weins co-edited the project, as well as wrote the opening chapter. He was assisted in research and editing by DWU human services major Darin Bartscher, of Emery, and Sarah Owens, a 2013 graduate with a human services and criminal justice double major.

Weins first co-authored the journal article “Sexting, Statutes, and Saved by the Bell: Introducing a Lesser Juvenile Charge with an ‘Aggravating Factors’ Framework” in 2009 in the Tennessee Law Review with Hiestand, professor of criminal justice at MidAmerica Nazarene University. At the time, they were among the first in the nation to address the subject of teen sexting laws and legal responses.

“We felt this subject was in need of policy analysis because in the beginning, justice system workers had no guidance whatsoever for how to approach these cases,” Weins said.

“Sexting” is the term coined to describe sexualized texting – especially sending sexually explicit photos or videos via cellular phones. Taking such photos of minors is punishable by law, but four years ago states didn’t differentiate in their state codes between  minors and adults  under traditional child pornography laws. Weins and Hiestand made the argument for a lesser juvenile legal response appropriate to the behavior.

Since then, the subject has been up for much debate.

“Positive steps have been made in the last five years towards better responses for teen sexting,” Weins said. “But even now there is not uniformity in how to approach the topic, neither in law nor policy. It remains a challenging area, compounded by deeply held views about youth and sex and technology, which prevent agreements from person to person and place to place. Most people see the reason for legal intervention in some of these cases but not others. But they often disagree on what kinds of cases those are, what should be done, and how to approach communicating with youth. 

“At least half of the U.S. states have reviewed the question of law and policy, with nearly half the states passing some form of legislation either directly addressing the issue or amending their statutes to accommodate these situations in their present laws.”

In other Western nations like Canada and Australia, province by province decisions are being made.

Weins was eager to include students in the research process because he knows that hands-on experience is important in education.

“As a student, it’s helpful to see the research and publishing side of academia, since it demystifies the whole process,” he said. “Seeing this process and having that experience sheds light on scholastic work and higher education.  It’s helpful for faculty to include students, especially in topics like this where youth are involved, to get a different perspective, to get their take on it.”

DWU is a private, liberal arts university associated with the Dakotas Conference of the United Methodist Church.  For more information about Dakota Wesleyan University and the criminal justice department, click here.


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Spring music concerts set for remainder of semester at DWU

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Music’s in the air this spring, with four free concerts in the works through Dakota Wesleyan University’s Department of Music.

The Spring Concert will be at 7 p.m., Thursday, April 24, in the Sherman Center on campus. This concert is free and open to the public and features the Wesleyan University/Community Band, Wesleyan Brass, the Highlanders, Women’s Chamber Choir and the Singing Scotchmen.

Directors for this concert’s ensembles include: Brad Berens, band; Elizabeth Soladay, Wesleyan Brass; Dr. Clinton Desmond, Highlanders and Singing Scotchmen; and Erin Desmond, the Women’s Chamber Ensemble. Erin Desmond and DWU senior Lacey Reimnitz, of Corsica, will accompany the vocal ensembles on the piano.

“We have three more individual concerts coming up, but this is our last big department concert of the season and we hope everyone is able to come out and enjoy the pieces we have arranged,” said Dr. Clinton Desmond, DWU choral director.

The Singing Scotchmen, which is the university’s newly formed men’s a cappella group, will perform four pieces, including Tom Petty’s “Free Fallin’,” and the Highlanders have three songs prepared with DWU senior Jenna Callies, of Mitchell, conducting “Linus and Lucy.” The Women’s Chamber Ensemble has five chart-toppers planned, everything from Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep,” to Taylor Swift’s “I Knew You Were Trouble,” to the 1958 classic, “Lollipop.” The band also has four pieces planned, including “Danny Boy” and “The Land of the Midnight Sun.”

“This concert is full of favorites and will prove to be a fun, free night out for the community,” Dr. Clinton Desmond said.

Music lovers will have three more opportunities to enjoy Dakota Wesleyan music before the semester closes.

The Spring Ring will be at 7 p.m., Sunday, April 27, at the First United Methodist Church in Mitchell. The program will feature DWU’s Wesleyan Bells, the First United Methodist Church Circuit Ringers, United Ringers from the United Church of Canistota, First Lutheran Church (Mitchell) Handbell Choir, and the Glorious Company chime ensemble from St. Martin’s Church in Alexandria.

May concerts include the Children’s Choir Concert at 7 p.m., Thursday, May 8, at the Mitchell First United Methodist Church, and LyricWood’s concert at 4 p.m., Sunday, May 4, in the Sherman Center on campus. These concerts are also free and open to the public.

DWU is a private, liberal arts university associated with the Dakotas Conference of the United Methodist Church.  For more information about the Dakota Wesleyan University Department of Music, click here.


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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.
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