Tuesday, July 8, 2014
PAST Brings Innovative Education to Teachers and Students at Rural and Native American Reservation Schools
The PAST Foundation, a nonprofit organization committed to redesigning education in America and also a partner with Dakota Wesleyan University to offer a Masters in STEM Education, was recognized by President Bill Clinton during his opening remarks at the CGI America 2014 (Clinton Global Initiative America) for its innovative and successful approach to providing STEM professional development for teachers.
PAST Foundation and PAST Innovation Lab provide professional development in STEM-focused transdisciplinary problem-based learning to educators. This includes an online Masters in STEM Education program for teachers through Dakota Wesleyan University, online/in-person professional development courses and workshops for educators and programs for students. DWU also hosted a week-long Art and STEM camp for children in June, focusing on robotics, art, and Minecraft mathematics.
“In 2012 the PAST Foundation and its partners committed to improve STEM education in rural and Native American reservation schools in South Dakota by equipping 450 teachers with the necessary training to implement an innovative, culturally relevant approach to teaching. It’s now known as the South Dakota Innovation Lab, a statewide STEM professional development program that so far has provided 8,300 students with access to quality education that meets them where they are and prepares them for the modern economy,” President Clinton said.
Dr. Annalies Corbin is the founder and CEO of PAST. As a member of CGI America’s STEM working group, Corbin was in the audience for Clinton’s remarks, unaware that PAST would be recognized for its commitment and service.
“I have been extremely fortunate over the years to have had many opportunities to be proud of the work and the people who make up the PAST Foundation. Today was one of those days. To my utter surprise and true joy I had the opportunity to listen to President Bill Clinton tell the world about our partnership and work in South Dakota with the South Dakota Innovation Lab. I will fully admit that I sat in the crowd of colleagues and strangers with tears flowing as I heard our story told by a former U.S. president,” Corbin said.
The South Dakota Innovation Lab (SDIL) is made possible through the dedication and partnership with the Mid-Central Educational Cooperative and Sanford Research.
Monday, July 7, 2014
The annual Community Plunge invites Mitchell area businesses and organizations to register for this year’s event.
Community Plunge began at Dakota Wesleyan University six years ago as an opportunity for businesses and organizations to look for employees and volunteers and for DWU students to get to know their new community better. In years past, churches, service clubs and businesses have all participated, as well as student organizations. Last year, more than 50 booths were set up and more than 150 students participated.
The sixth annual Community Plunge will be from 5:30 to 7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 4, in the Sherman Center at DWU.
To register, contact the DWU Center for Talent Development by email at email@example.com. All registrations must be received by Aug. 15.
Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Dakota Wesleyan University campus will be closed on Friday, July 4, for the Independence Day holiday weekend.
This includes the McGovern Library and Java City, as well as offices. The library will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday, July 3, and Java City will be closed Thursday.
Regular office hours and library hours will resume Monday, July 7.
Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Jared Stearns, of Canton, was recently awarded the Accounting Program Completion Scholarship from the South Dakota CPA Society.
Stearns, a junior at Dakota Wesleyan University, was the only student awarded this scholarship for the 2014-15 academic year, amounting to $7,500. He is an accounting major who also tutors, is a member of the DWU cross country team, a member of Enactus (business club), and is employed by the accounting department at Trail King in Mitchell. He is the son of Craig and Lee Stearns of Canton.
Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Katherine Johnson, of Mead, Neb., was recently awarded the Accounting Excellence Scholarship from the South Dakota CPA Society.
Johnson, a junior at Dakota Wesleyan University, was one of five students awarded this scholarship for the 2014-15 academic year, amounting to $7,750. She is an accounting major and member of the DWU women’s basketball team and Enactus (business club), as well as elected Student Senate treasurer for 2014-15. She is the daughter of Tim and Annette Johnson, Mead.
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Dakota Wesleyan University is once again featured on CollegesofDistinction.com, an online college guide that takes a fresh look at colleges and universities appealing to students’ unique and varied interests.
Dakota Wesleyan is the only South Dakota college listed on the site and this is its fifth year.
High school college counselors and educators nominate colleges and universities for recognition by Colleges of Distinction, which then evaluates each school based on qualitative and quantitative research. The colleges and universities are not ranked and instead are members of a consortium of other equally impressive schools.
Colleges of Distinction looks beyond rankings and test scores to find colleges that are the ideal places to learn, grow and succeed, according to its press release. The selection process reviews factors including the school’s first-year experience, general education program, experiential components of the curriculum, the strategic plan and alumni success and satisfaction.
“We focus on colleges that are deeply dedicated to students' learning,” said Tyson Schritter, executive editor of Colleges of Distinction. “Schools designated as ‘Colleges of Distinction’ offer innovative learning experiences that educate, nurture and transform students."
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
The spring semester dean’s list at Dakota Wesleyan University includes 211 students.
To qualify for the dean’s list, a student must have a semester grade point average of at least 3.5 on a four-point scale. They also have to complete at least 12 hours of academic work during the semester. The following students have been named to the dean’s list.
Aberdeen – Ariana Arampatzis, Austin Hieb
Armour – Lydia Ymker
Artesian – Jo Anne Oberg
Ashton – Shayna Frost
Baltic – Glenn Scotting
Belle Fourche – Tyler Burr
Big Stone City – Kayla Mielitz
Blunt – Macey Chambers
Box Elder – Lisa Stanley
Britton – Jade Hoisington, Kyle Hoisington
Brookings – Lauren Fitts, Bailey Gummer, Katelynn Runge
Bruce – Jace Goodfellow
Burke – Skyler Heyden
Canistota – Alex Robertson
Canton – Abby Carpenter, Abigail Fossum, Jessica Fossum, Jared Stearns, Jasmin Vant
Castlewood – Kelsey Little
Chamberlain – Makenna Hancock, Kelli Swenson
Clear Lake – Eric Lundberg
Colome – Michael Rohde
Corsica – Breanna Blom, Angela Cleveland, Linnaea Johnson, Kris Menning, Lacey Reimnitz, Megan Reimnitz, Kayla Vanden Hoek
Crooks – Trae Bergh
Dell Rapids – Lindsay Merry, Tanner Munk
Edgemont – Elizabeth Humiston
Estelline – Daniel Mitchell
Ethan – Chase McBrayer, Kira Stammer
Fedora – Cal Wiese
Geddes – Shelby Steele
Harrisburg – Heather Willett, Heidi Willett
Hartford – Caleb Heiberger
Hill City – Pamela Getman
Howard – Jolee Drown, Andrew Schwader, Kelli Smith
Hurley – Celeste Beck, Stephen Lee
Huron – Sara Hines, Kristin Pratt
Iroquois – Leah Wienbar
Kennebec – Danielle Anderson
Kimball – Natalie Munger, Jesse Taylor
Lake Andes – Kelsey Kniffen, Krista Winckler
Letcher – Lindsey Miller, Lacey VanLaecken
Madison – Jessica Neises, Cody Warns, Kelsey Warns
Marion – Kolleen Matthies
Mellette – Landon Fischbach
Miller – Shaney Davis
Mitchell – Tatyana Brown, Zachary Ciavarella, Cherokee Durant, Kayla Geraets-Majercik, Miranda Goldammer, Tiffany Hogen, Krista Huber, Brittney Kaufmann, Serina Lesnar, Zachary Lippert, Cynthia Loeske, Mareisha Marvin, Dillon Miles, Morgan Millar, Andreau-Joseph Miller, Jenna Miller, Madison-Ainsley Miller, Emily Mizrahi, Chelsea Moody, Joseph Nagel, Christopher Nemec, Rachel Reichel, Jordan Reiner, Joshua Schmitz, Marissa Tubbs, Briana Weiss
Mount Vernon - Jordan Adam, Amanda Dixon, Megan Hart, Emma Otterpohl, Delayna Paulson
Parkston – Erica Herrold, Samantha Mogck, Ann Thury
Pierre – Matthew Bader, Michael Hardwick, Alexander McGuigan, Travis Moodie, Tyson Moodie, Dustin Paulsen, Tyler Sarringar
Plankinton – Chase Kristensen, Elizabeth Morrison
Platte – Cheyenne Durant, Emily Olsen, Matthew Randall, Kayla Summerville
Presho – Jaylen Uthe
Rapid City – Matthew Britt, Amanda Burton, Nicole Gleich, Megan Johnson, Alisha Lascelles, Lauren Tadlock
Renner – Shelby Vosburg
Scotland – Aisha Abbink, Jaymie Barrett, Haley Brunke, Chelsea Raker
Sioux Falls – Andrew DeVaney, Chance Huber, Tiffany Johnston, Kylie Keiser, Zachary Schneider, Sarah Teeslink
South Shore – Jordan Buchholz
Spearfish – Blaine Bacon
Stickney – Adam Bormann, Kyle Gerlach
Sturgis – Alexandra Kuehler
Tea – Andrew Becker
Tripp – Samantha Sandau
Tyndall – Kodi Larson, Travis McDonald, Tara Ronke, Jared Van Winkle
Vermillion – Hannah Ford
Volga – Tyson DeGroot
Wagner – Tristen Scherr
Wall – Madeline Bauer
Warner – Briana Jung
Watertown – Emily Pengilly, Nicholas Tschakert
Waubay – Jonathan Wieger
Wessington – Paige Mehling
Wessington Springs – Sarah Mentzer
White – Autumn Schmidt
White Lake – Beau Byrd
Winner – Austin Calhoon, Anthony Husher
Woonsocket – Kayla Collins, Amber Hiles, Emily Olson, Stacy Treib, Eric Warkenthien
Yale – Lexy Timm
Yankton – Tiffany Fiechuk, Brook Woehl
Out of State
Gilbert – Analisa Morel
Glendale – Daniel Maman
Bakersfield – Colleen Hannum
Chula Vista – Alexandra Davis
Moss Beach – Cody Silveria
North Hollywood – Anthony Cervantes
Pearblossom – Trever Devestern
Temecula – Lindy Snook
Arvada – Jerry Stravia
Brighton – Tiffany Sharp
Grand Junction – Heather Banister
Loveland – Breanna Clark, Dyrani Clark
Windermere – Michael Claar
Burlington – Jonathon Knight
Tetonia – Braiden Jorgensen
Lindsborg – Ian Lackey
Balaton – Lori Lima
Dawson – Sarah Zaiser
Fairmont – Joseph Fitzgerald
Marshall – Brooke Louwagie
Rochester – Bryce Berletic
Saint Paul – Logan Massop
Worthington – Cassandra Landgaard
Corvallis – Jake Capko
Huson – Alecia VanTassel
Roundup – Marisa Soderberg
Blair – Adam Jahnel
Gordon – Macy Piper
Mead – Katherine Johnson
Naper – Jonathan Alford
Norfolk – Payton Baker
Orchard – Sarah Twibell
Polk – Mackenzie Stevens
Jamestown – Sterling Hubbard
Surrey – Taylor Kuhn
Denton – Thara Ali Said
Lakeview – April Barnett
Casper – John Fabrizius
Gillette – Alexis Wilde
Jackson – Christian Doyle
Sheridan – Erin Deibele
Winnipeg– Hailey Unger
Thursday, May 22, 2014
Space is still available for youth interested in participating in three June science camps at Dakota Wesleyan University.
Camps will take place June 9-13. “Minecraft Mathematics” is a camp for fourth- and fifth-graders; “Art & STEM” and “Robotics” are camps for sixth- through eighth-grade students. All camps will be on campus and will run from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each day. The cost of each camp is $75.
The camps will take place in partnership with the South Dakota Innovation Lab and the PAST Foundation as a way to introduce students to transdisciplinary, problem-based learning.
To register, either click here or go to https://pastinnovationlab.org/students/bridge-programs/.
Monday, May 19, 2014
Dakota Wesleyan University welcomes a new campus pastor this summer, the Rev. Eric Van Meter.
Van Meter comes to DWU from Arkansas State University, Paragould, Ark., where he served as campus pastor since 2007 – a calling inspired through self-discovery.
“My time as a student in campus ministry was the transformative experience of my adult life,” he said about his own college experiences. “Through both the way I was loved and the way I was expected to show love to others, I discovered a way of living that was more beautiful than anything I’d imagined before. When I found out I could serve God, love others, and even get paid to do it, I realized that ministry was the vocation for me.”
Van Meter is a graduate of Arkansas Tech University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, and Asbury Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity.
He will begin at DWU on July 1, succeeding former campus pastor Brandon Vetter who will assume fulltime duties for Fusion on July 1, as well. Fusion, a weekly worship service held on campus, was originally a collaboration between DWU and the First United Methodist Church, but its growth led to it becoming a church of its own and Vetter was called to lead it.
“Brandon and the students have made such a great situation here, and Denise and I felt so at home when we visited,” Van Meter said.
At Arkansas State University, Van Meter served as campus pastor and helped grow and stabilize its campus ministry to a group that regularly trains and guides 50 to 70 young adults each year. Prior to ASU, he served as the executive pastor at St. James United Methodist Church in Little Rock, where he assisted to supervise a staff of more than 30 full-time employees, conducting weekly worship to a congregation averaging 1,000.
The decision to come to Dakota Wesleyan was not made lightly, as Van Meter said he and his wife prayed over the decision to return to the Dakotas, having served United Methodist Campus Ministry in Rapid City from 2002-2004. With all his experience in campus ministry being at state schools, people close to him began suggesting his gifts would fit perfectly in a Christian university setting.
“As I started to look around and I came across DWU, it was everything I was looking for: a strong ministry connected with campus life, a great place for my family, and an opportunity to teach in a classroom setting,” he said.
He and his wife, Denise, and children, Zachary, 10, and Jonathan, 8, will make their home across the street from campus.
“Everything worthwhile that I’ve done in my life has frightened me at least a little; the same can be said for moving to DWU — I’m very excited, but also a little nervous,” he said. “I’m coming into this with a lot of ideas and hopes. I’m confident we’re going to continue to do beautiful ministry at DWU, and I’m excited to help create that in the years ahead.”
Thursday, May 15, 2014
Dakota Wesleyan University will partner with Northridge Baptist Church as a host site for the Global Leadership Summit Aug. 14-15.
Click here for registration information.
DWU’s Sherman Center will be the location for the two-day Summit, telecast live from the Willow Creek Association (WCA) campus near Chicago to more than 300 locations in North America. More than 170,000 church, business and organization leaders participate each year.
Founded in 1992, WCA is the organization behind the Global Leadership Summit. According to its website, “the Summit is a world-class experience for leaders who want to get better. Everybody has influence and the responsibility to lead well. When cultivated in a culture of Christ-centered leadership, your influence can change lives and the organizations in which you lead. Leaders worldwide leverage the Summit to sharpen their skills and to unleash the full potential of their teams.”
The Rev. Ben Payne of Northridge Baptist Church is enthusiastic about this opportunity.
“The Global Leadership Summit has been growing and is now being simulcast around the world in more than 90 different countries,” Payne said. “We feel that hosting this premier leadership training event will raise the level of leadership in all sectors of our region. Good leadership is vital to all organizations and our hope is that anyone who is in a position of influence in our area will prioritize this event for themselves and their team. If they do, their entire organization will benefit.”
Speakers at this year’s Summit include:
- Tyler Perry – Filmmaker, actor and philanthropist
- Jeffrey Immelt – President and CEO of General Electric
- Susan Cain – best-selling author of “The Power of Introverts”
- Wilfredo De Jesus – senior pastor, New Life Covenant Church; Time’s 100 Most Influential People 2013
- Patrick Lencioni – best-selling author, “The Five Dysfunctions of a Team” and one of Fortune Magazine’s Gurus You Should Know
- Carly Fiorina – former CEO of Hewlett-Packard and Fortune magazine’s Most Powerful Woman in Business for six consecutive years
- Joseph Grenny – social scientist for business performance
For a full list of speakers, go to www.willowcreek.com/summit.
The local event chairwoman is Fredel Thomas, director of the Kelley Center for Entrepreneurship at DWU. Thomas has attended the Summit at the Sioux Falls site in the past and is pleased to bring the opportunity to Mitchell.
“We all get into ruts in our day-to-day life,” Thomas said. “When I went to the leadership conference, I found myself reenergized with the hope and enthusiasm I need to be a leader in my work, in my volunteer commitments and in my family. Those two brief days will provide the opportunity to hear from incredible leaders whose experiences and wisdom can provide the clarity of purpose from which we all can benefit.”
For more information or to register, visit www.willowcreek.com, or contact Deb Weitala at firstname.lastname@example.org.