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Community is invited to open house and Farney Festival at new science center at DWU

Friday, September 20, 2013

Dakota Wesleyan University invites the community to join in a continuation of the Blue & White Days festivities Saturday with a science center open house and Farney Festival.

Beginning at 4:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 28, after the DWU homecoming football game vs. Hastings College, which is at 1 p.m. at Joe Quintal Field, the campus will host an open house for the Glenda K. Corrigan Health Sciences Center, complete with snacks, festivities and tours of the buildings. In conjunction with this will be the Farney Festival – a celebration of all things zany with DWU professor Dr. Mike Farney.

Farney Festival
4:40 to 7 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 28
Glenda K. Corrigan Health Sciences Center
Open house, food, activities, tours and fun
Open and free to all

Farney, known around campus for his standard “uniform” of black pants and white turtleneck, will be holding court in his physics lab for alumni and community members. There will also be children’s science activities, snacks, prizes for Farney-look-alikes, and tours of the building. For those who had the opportunity to have Dr. Farney in class over the last 34 years, it will be a great time to get together with old friends and an unforgettable teacher; for those who do not know Dr. Farney, it’s a fun way to get to know the new $11.5 million science facility.

Farney has been at DWU since 1979 and currently teaches courses in physics, mathematics and astronomy, as well as an interdisciplinary course called COR along with Dr. Mike Catalano. It is not uncommon to see Farney and Catalano dressed up as Socrates and Plato in the classroom. In fact, their many costumes from monks to philosophers to scientists of days-gone-by are how many of the current DWU students recognize them.

Farney also runs the South Central South Dakota Science and Engineering Fair, working with multiple area high school students.

For more information about Blue & White Days click here, or to download a “Flat Farney” to take photos with, click here.



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