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DWU holiday hours for the Fourth of July

Friday, July 1, 2016

Dakota Wesleyan University campus will be closed on Monday, July 4, for the Independence Day holiday weekend.

This includes the McGovern Library as well as offices. The library will also be closed Saturday and Sunday, July 2-3.

Regular office hours of 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., and McGovern Library hours of 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., will resume Tuesday, July 5.

Dakota Discovery Museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, July 2, and closed Sunday-Monday, July 3-4. Regular hours for next week will be 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. Admission is: children (under 6) are free; youth (ages 6 to 17) are $3; adults (18-62) are $7; and seniors (63 and older) are $6.


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DWU students named to dean’s list for spring 2016

Thursday, June 16, 2016

The 2016 spring semester dean’s list at Dakota Wesleyan University includes 242 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, Thomas Hogg

Alexandria — Michael Bartlett, Kendra Cheeseman, Devin Constant, Hailey Doyle, Ralph Helmuth, Kassie Marek, Jordan Marquardt, Jerrod Zens

Armour — Jennifer Schelling

Baltic — Nathan Stadem

Belle Fourche — Shelbie Budmayr

Black Hawk — Rodney Seals

Blunt — Macey Chambers

Bowdle — Elizabeth Anderson

Box Elder — Lisa Stanley

Brandon — Ashley Burkman, Jaymie Lillestol, Amy Stassen

Bridewater — Natasha Letcher

Britton — Jade Hoisington

Brookings — Lauren Fitts

Burke — Jay Determan, Shailhyn Schweigert

Canistota — Dylan Lynde, Alex Robertson

Canton — Abby Roseland, Anna Schutte, Heather Willett, Heidi Willett

Cavour — Sierra Crater

Chamberlain — Coleman Caldwell, Makenna Hancock

Colome — Michael Rohde

Corsica — Hope Menning, Kayla Vanden Hoek

Crooks — Trae Bergh

Custer —Tyra Patzlaff

Dallas —Skylar Forgey

De Smet — Rylie Osthus, Sharleen Wipf

Dell Rapids — Tanner Munk, Trevor Peter

Elk Point — Amy Zeller

Emery — Jill Tietze

Estelline — Daniel Mitchell

Ethan — Chase McBrayer, Morgan Tuttle

Faith — Shanna Selby

Fedora — Cal Wiese

Fulton — Mitch Johnson

Garretson — Dustin Steckler, Patrick Whetham

Geddes — Rachael Kriz

Gregory —Taylor Anshutz

Harrisburg — Kamie Johnson

Hartford — Caleb Heiberger, Jacey Jira

Howard — Andrew Schwader, Maria Schwader

Huron — Caleb Carr, Lucas Carr, Amanda Halsey

Ipswich — Makayla Kilber

Iroquois — Erik Wehlander

Kimball — Russell Pick, Jace Pulse, Jesse Taylor

Lake Andes — DiMera Dvorak, Kelsey Kniffen

Lake Preston — Cole Casper

Letcher — Nadine Cota, Lora VanLaecken

Lower Brule — Charles LaRoche

Madison — Heith Williams

Martin — Brooke Bair, Brady Hicks

Mellete — Landon Fischbach

Mission — Elizabeth Klein

Mitchell — Tyson Allen, Alaina Bertsch, Mason Cahoy, Abigail Carlisle, Erin Croucher, Matthew Fouberg, Chandler Fredrich, Tori Houwman, Krista Huber, Serina Lesnar, Katherine Loveland, Mareisha Marvin, Madison-Ainsley Miller, Parth Patel, Marian Ragels, Rachel Reichel, Alyssa Roy, Katelynn Runge, Tate Schoenfelder, Jelonda Singleton, Jerry Stravia, Anna Thompson

Mount Vernon — Jesse Olsen, Delayna Paulson

Onida — Lewis Hofer

Parkston — Tessa Meyer, Ann Thury, McKenzie Weidenbach

Phillip — Rachel Parsons

Pierre — Matthew Bader, Maranda Ehrenfried, Michael Hardwick, Bailey Keller, Alexander McGuigan, Travis Moodie, Tyson Moodie, Jared Neilan

Platte — Kathleen Holter, Coby Johnson, Nicole Nelson, Rheanna Pheifer, Kennedi Travis

Pukwana — Anna Pazour

Rapid City — Bryce Blank, Jarrick Jensen, Alexandra Sterling

Scotland — Aisha Abbink, Jaymie Barrett, Haley Brunke

Sioux Falls — Katlyn Ameson, Abigail Behm, April Carlson, Mary Davis, Miranda Doss, Rebecca Ford, Brittany Forsman, Brooke Forsman, Machele Green, Katelynn Gulick, Laura Hoiten, Holly Lunde, Ian McClanahan, Brooklynn Oehlerking, Megan Peltier, Kristi Plemmons, Jareen Saxon, Cierra Schneider, Zachary Schneider, Patrick Verley

Springfield — Chesney Nagel

Stickney — Adam Bormann

Tabor — Dakota Bodden

Tripp — Michelle Nuss

Tyndall — Kodi Larson, Travis McDonald

Vermillion — Josie Huber

Viborg — Matthew Jensen

Volga — Tyson DeGroot, Danielle Van Kooten

Wagner — Allison Cimpl, Jasmine Kreeger

Watertown — Emily Pengilly

Webster — Tyler Wagner

Wessington Springs — Vanessa Thompson

White Lake — Rowan Byrd

Winner — Kelsey Bertram, Anthony Husher, Sara Husher, Samuel Naasz

Woonsocket — Rachel Selland

Yankton — Derek Brenner, Andriana Sprakel

 

Other states

 

California

Irvine – Ian Hyde

Los Angles – Stephanie Bravo

Monterey Park – Vanessa Mandez

Palmdale – Nicolas Woslum

Signal Hill – Kevin Lopez

Turlock – Savannah Ahumada

Yuba City – Austin Van Poole

 

Colorado

Keenesburg – Brittany Ochs

Loveland – Dyrani Clark

 

Iowa

Little Rock – Madeline DeBeer

Rocky Valley – Maria Koenen, Anna Vanden Bosch

 

Idaho

Driggs – Sean Riley

Nampa – Michael Claar

Tetonia – Braiden Jorgensen

 

Illinois

Batavia – Kelly Hull

 

Louisiana

Amite – Katherine Varnado

 

Minnesota

Becker – Samantha Fluck

Buffalo – Cassidy Hendricks

Chaska – Peter Wartenberg

Finlayson – Susan Behrens

Granite Falls – Ashleigh Neuman

Jackson – Sydney Eddy

Jasper – Sawyer Gibson

Kerkhoven – Jonah Johnson

Lonsdale – Thomas Dienst

Marshall – Brooke Louwagie

Minneota – Meghan Travis

Pipestone – Lisa Nolan, Cassandra VanderPlaats

Ramsey – Amber Bray, Ashley Bray

South Haven – Jenna Loch

Taunton – Abbie Verschelde

Twin Valley – Aaron Bommersbach

 

Montana

Corvallis – Jake Capko

Roundup – Marissa Soderberg

Superior – Alecia VanTassel

 

North Dakota

Dickinson – Keagen Hadley

Jamestown – Sterling Hubbard

Reiles Acres – Matthew Hockert

West Fargo – Dianna Tehven

 

Nebraska

Blair – Adam Jahnel

Columbus – Kelsey Newman

Juniata – Ciera Eisele

Norfolk – Cassandra Fink, Katarina Godfrey, Jerrett Mills, Peyton Price

Omaha – Lillian Jones

Orchard – Sarah Twibell

Rising City – Nathan Dahl

Utica – Katie Kinnett

 

Nevada

Las Vegas – Karly Severance

 

New York

Sound Beach – William Lutjen

 

Texas

San Juan – Jacqueline Valdes

Schertz – Taylor Spence

 

Wisconsin

Superior – Thanael Certa-Werner

 

Wyoming

Casper – John Fabrizius

Gillette – Haley Connelly, Tyler Fortuna

Sheridan – Erin Deibele

 

Other countries

 

Canada

Merritt, British Columbia – Benjamin McNiven

Winnipeg, Manitoba – Lorissa Loeppky

Shaunavon, Saskatchewan – Claudia Nixon

Windsor, Ontario – Nicholas Garofalo

 

England

Hartlepool, Cleveland – John Sutherland

 

Japan

Okinawa – Jerilyn Geist

 

Sweden

Sodertalje – Gabriella Frykbo


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Bishop Bruce Ough presented with honorary doctorate

Friday, June 10, 2016
Bishop Bruce Ough, of the Dakotas-Minnesota Episcopal Area of the United Methodist Church, was honored with an Honorary Doctor of Divinity from Dakota Wesleyan University Thursday during the Dakotas Annual Conference in Sioux Falls.
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2016 graduates announced for Dakota Wesleyan

Tuesday, June 7, 2016
DWU’s Commencement ceremony took place May 8 at the Corn Palace in Mitchell with 283 degrees conferred – 52 associate degrees, 204 bachelor degrees, and 27 master degrees
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"Weather with You" baccalaureate address by Rev. Eric Van Meter

Tuesday, June 7, 2016
The Rev. Eric Van Meter's baccalaureate address, May 8, 2016.
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DWU announces newest member of board

Monday, June 6, 2016
Ken Ketel, of Rapid City, is the newest member of the Dakota Wesleyan University Board of Trustees.
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Memorial Weekend hours announced for DWU

Monday, May 23, 2016
Dakota Wesleyan University will be closed on Monday, May 30, in observance of Memorial Day. All offices and the McGovern Library will be closed.
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DWU launches new scholarship program with Raise.Me

Monday, May 23, 2016
High school students, beginning as early as ninth grade, can now track their anticipated scholarship awards to Dakota Wesleyan University through Raise.Me.
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DWU signs articulation agreement with Western Dakota Tech

Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Dakota Wesleyan University has signed an articulation agreement with Western Dakota Technical Institute in Rapid City.
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Digmann named this year’s recipient of Clarke Award for Teaching Excellence

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Ashley Digmann was awarded the prestigious Clarke Award for Teaching Excellence on Sunday during Dakota Wesleyan University’s Commencement services at the Corn Palace.

This award was first instituted in the 1996-97 academic year. John and Vicki Clarke, of Mitchell, endowed an award to annually recognize a Dakota Wesleyan University faculty member for excellence in teaching.  The award is presented by a member of the Clarke family to one faculty member each year at Commencement. The award consists of a red marble apple on a round walnut base and a cash award. Nominations are solicited from the DWU campus community.

Digmann, a 2006 alumnus, was named the Dakota Wesleyan University Department of Education chairwoman in spring of 2015. She has been an adjunct instructor of mathematics at DWU since 2011 and began teaching full time in 2013.

Digmann was described as a person who “Strives to make learning relevant and applicable,” Provost Rocky Von Eye read from a nomination. “(She) promotes learning and growth of 21st-century skills, a classroom environment where collaboration is fostered and the opportunities for experiential and problem-based learning are provided. (She has) a heart for students which is displayed in the way (she) promotes the success and wellbeing of students as a whole.”

Von Eye described Digmann as a teacher who loves teaching, is caring, innovative, creative and excited by the subject matter.

“This professor creates an atmosphere where students are self-motivated to demonstrate their best effort and attain high achievement,” Von Eye said, then quoting a nomination, “Through the relationships formed and by being a reputable voice on campus this professor has attained a level of respect that allows them to speak with authority into the lives of students.”

Digmann is active in numerous volunteering projects at DWU, in her community of Parkston. She volunteers for Freshman Move-in, student club activities, the Great Wesleyan Giveback on campus, and gives time to her local library, volunteers at her church, bagged groceries for cancer, and participated in cancer awareness fun-runs. She is a member of the South Dakota Council of Teachers of Mathematics, the National Council of Teachers in Mathematics, Sigma Zeta honor society, and is the local Phi Kappa Phi honor society president. She is also the system coordinator for HLC and the assessment coordinator.

“We often wonder if the students notice when a professor attends university activities,” Von Eye said. “They do, as evidence, I will read one final quote from a student, ‘She represents the future of the faculty of this campus while being a member of the present. She is a recognized and identifiable active member of campus and the community as a whole, has a weekly presence at chapel, and is a strong supporter of Wesleyan athletics and the arts; she attends almost every university activity including music, theater and sports activities. Dr. Ashley Digmann is an embodiment of the four core values of Dakota Wesleyan University: Learning, Leadership, Faith, and Service.’”

Digmann earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in secondary math education from Dakota Wesleyan University, her Master of Arts degree in mathematics education from Chadron State College, Chadron, Neb., and her Educational Doctorate in leadership from Creighton University, Omaha, Neb.

 

 Digmann and her husband, Jared, have two children, Jayden and Hadley.

 


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