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Two theatre students nominated for prestigious Irene Ryan awards

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Last weekend’s opening of DWU’s “Bedroom Farce” yielded more than a satisfied audience – two of its actors were also nominated for the Irene Ryan Award.

 

Senior Madi Miller, Mitchell, and Ann Thury, junior, Parkston, who play Susannah and Kate in “Bedroom Farce,” which continues this weekend on campus, were nominated for the award, which will be named during the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival next January in Minneapolis.

 

“Once or twice an academic year we enter one or two of our shows into the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival and then are given a professional respondent to come and see the show,” said Dan Miller, DWU theatre director. “After the show, he/she will sit down with the cast, crew and designers and discuss the merits and flaws of the production. With ‘Bedroom Farce,’ our respondent was Joe Obermueller, the theatre professor at the University of Sioux Falls.”

 

The comedy, “Bedroom Farce,” continues this weekend at 7:30 p.m., March 27-28, and 2 p.m., March 29, in Patten-Wing Theatre, Hughes Hall, on campus. Tickets are $7 for general public, $2 for DWU staff, faculty and students with a DWU I.D.

 

Past nominations for the Irene Ryan award include:

2015 - "Bedroom Farce": Madi Miller and Ann Thury

2014 - "Les Miserables": Madi Miller and Kurt Schwarzenbart

2013 - "Woman in Black": Kurt Schwarzenbart and AJ Miller

2013 - "Five Women Wearing the Same Dress": Megan Reimnitz and Madi Miller

2013 - "Xanadu": Jenna Callies and Megan Reimnitz

2012 - "One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest": Chris Ferera and Ryan Antaya

2011 – “Extremities”: Nicole Anderson, Chris Ferera, Megan Reimnitz

 

Since 1972, the Irene Ryan Foundation of Encino, Calif., has awarded scholarships to the outstanding student performers at each regional festival, according to the Kennedy Center’s website. These scholarships are made possible by the generosity of the late Irene Ryan who is best remembered for her portrayal of the lovable and feisty Granny Clampett in “The Beverly Hillbillies.”

 

The Dakota Wesleyan University Department of Theatre produces several shows a year, including a collaboration with the music department for an annual musical. To learn more about the program, visit www.dwu.edu/theatre.


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Peter Greer and son to perform at Mitchell Area Youth Night

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

This spring’s Mitchell Area Youth Night features executive director of Hope International Peter Greer, joined by his son, Keith, and the DWU worship band.

 

Hope International is an organization that works all over the world to end poverty through innovation, faith and business. He and his son, Keith, inspire everyone to engage in “un-charity.”

 

The Mitchell Area Youth Night will be at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 15, in the Sherman Center. The event is free and open to the public; however, youth night is targeted toward youth and student ministries grades sixth through 12th-grade and their leaders from the surrounding areas, as well as college students.

 

“The DWU students and staff that put Youth Night together work hard to make it fun, but also more than fun,” said Campus Pastor Eric Van Meter. “We want those who come to leave not thinking just about the future, but about how they can impact their communities here and now. This year’s speaker is proof that anyone — no matter how young — can address the challenges their communities face.”

 

Greer joined Hope International in 2004. He came from the field of microfinance, where he put his strengths to work for such organizations as URWEGO Community Banking in Rwanda, Self-Help Development Foundation in Zimbabwe, and as a microfinance adviser in Cambodia. He speaks and writes on topics of faith and international development, and has co-authored “The Poor Will Be Glad,” “The Spiritual Danger of Doing Good” and “Mission Drift.” Greer is also the keynote for the Conference for Leadership, Innovation and Social Change on Thursday, April 16, in the Sherman Center. This event is also free, and participants may register at www.dwu.edu/leadershipconference.

 

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 other service learning projects, go to www.dwu.edu.


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Thomas named new dean of admissions at Dakota Wesleyan

Monday, March 23, 2015

Fredel Thomas has recently been named as the new dean of admissions for Dakota Wesleyan University, effective June 1.

 

Thomas currently serves as the director of the Kelley Center for Entrepreneurship, a position she will maintain through May.

 

“Fredel’s passion for DWU, coupled with her strong relational skills, servant leadership strengths, project management background, and marketing and sales experience, makes her an ideal candidate for this position,” said DWU President Amy Novak. “Fredel’s leadership of the Kelley Center brought increased recognition and significant expansion of the presence of entrepreneurial thinking within the DWU curriculum. I am confident that she is the ideal leader to position the university for growth as it embarks on its new strategic plan.”

 

“I’m excited to be able to serve the university in this capacity,” Thomas said. “DWU has great momentum and I realize that admissions is a critical component to the success of the university and I’m honored to serve to the best of my abilities. I’ve really enjoyed my time with the Kelley Center and working with the students on such a one-on-one basis, helping them develop their projects and ideas – this is another opportunity for me to work with young people as they investigate what DWU has to offer and make that leap from high school to their new, young adult lives.”

 

Thomas joined DWU in fall 2012 as the executive director of the Kelley Center for Entrepreneurship, and she also teaches entrepreneurial leadership courses and serves as a resource for regional businesses in South Dakota. She is a Tripp native and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science from the University of South Dakota, Vermillion, with a minor in business administration. She obtained her Project Management Professional certificate in 2010, and her Master of Business Administration in 2014 from Dakota Wesleyan University. Thomas was formerly the director of product management for CHR Solutions in Mitchell, where she oversaw product planning, marketing and P&L for CHR’s managed services. Her experience includes roles in sales, quality assurance, development and project management. In her tenure at CHR Solutions, she was a telecommunications industry speaker and thought leader at multiple conferences. 

 

Thomas and her husband, Jason, have four children.


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McGovern Center is seeking nominations for the first ever McGovern South Dakota Hunger Ambassador Award

Friday, March 20, 2015

The McGovern Center at Dakota Wesleyan University is seeking nominations for the first-ever McGovern South Dakota Hunger Ambassador Award, which will be announced at this year’s first McGovern Hunger Summit, April 15.

 

Dr. Alisha Vincent, director of the McGovern Center, opened nominations earlier in the year, and will accept them up to April 1. An online nomination form is available at www.mcgoverncenter.com/hungersummit.

 

The McGovern South Dakota Hunger Ambassador Award will be given to a South Dakotan who goes above and beyond to provide food security to the people of South Dakota.

 

“We are looking for those special people who have made alleviating hunger their mission, whether it be as a benefactor or a weekly volunteer,” Vincent said. “These are unsung heroes for their communities and we would like to give them the recognition they deserve.”


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Speakers announced for DWU’s first McGovern Hunger Summit

Friday, March 20, 2015

Speaking on food security and how everyone has the ability to make a positive impact on his or her community, Gary Oppenheimer and Lionel Bordeaux will be this year’s speakers for the first-ever McGovern Hunger Summit.

 

The McGovern Hunger Summit is set for Wednesday, April 15, in the Sherman Center at Dakota Wesleyan University. The conference begins at 9 a.m. and is free and open to the public, though registration is encouraged. Register at www.mcgoverncenter.com/hungersummit.

 

In addition to the speakers, the summit will also include an Empty Bowls luncheon, sponsored by the Mitchell High School art students, for a donation of $10, participants can receive a bowl of soup, bread, and a handmade pottery bowl – register online.

 

This will also be the day the McGovern Center announces its first McGovern South Dakota Hunger Ambassador Award, and releases a student-organized children’s book.

 

The McGovern South Dakota Hunger Ambassador Award will be given to a South Dakotan who goes above and beyond to provide food security to the people of South Dakota – nomination forms are online.

 

The book, “All That a Moo Can Do; A Moo For You,” tells the true story of a boy, Haptamu, in Ethiopia, whose family received a heifer as a gift and how it changed their lives. The McGovern Center, under the direction of Dr. Alisha Vincent, began Livestock For Life last year – a program designed to gift livestock to needy families in several African countries. The book will be available for purchase for $20 the day of the event.

 

Keynote speaker Oppenheimer is a World Food Prize nominee, CNN “Hero,” and lecturer and speaker (including a TED presentation). Dakota Wesleyan is proud to invite him to campus to speak at the first annual McGovern Hunger Summit on April 15.

 

Oppenheimer is the executive director and founder of AmpleHarvest.org. As director of a community garden in 2009, he learned about the wasted food in many plots and created a program called “Ample Harvest” to get the excess food to local food pantries. Realizing this as a nationwide problem, he created a nationwide solution called AmpleHarvest.org to use the Internet to educate, encourage and enable millions of growers nationwide to share their ample harvest with local food pantries in all 50 states.

 

Oppenheimer is also a 2013 Purpose Prize Fellow, receiver of the Points of Light Tribute award for AmpleHarvest.org, Yahoo! and ABC News “Best Person in the World,” Huffington Post’s “Greatest Person of the Day” and “2011 Game Changer,” winner of the Russell Berrie Foundation’s “Making A Difference” award, winner of the Glynwood 2011 “Wave of the Future” award, winner of the 2012 Elfenworks “In Harmony With Hope” award, Echoing Green semifinalist and founder of the AmpleHarvest.org Campaign now makes his home in the mountains of northern New Jersey after having lived on a boat on the Hudson River in Manhattan since 1978.

 

Oppenheimer will also speak the following day during the Conference for Leadership, Innovation and Social Change. Register at www.dwu.edu/leadershipconference.

 

The second speaker for the day is Lionel Bordeaux. Bordeaux has been the president of Sinte Gleska University on the Rosebud Sioux Indian Reservation since 1973. Prior to his tenure as president, Bordeaux served in the Bureau of Indian Affairs office in Washington, D.C., where he worked as an education specialist and counselor and a management trainee for future positions. Bordeaux has served in the Rosebud Sioux Tribal government as a council member for 14 years and chairman of the education and the governmental affairs committees. In 1992, he co-chaired the White House Conference on Indian Education. Among his many achievements, Bordeaux is a recipient of the Outstanding Educator of the Year Award by the National Indian Education and South Dakota Indian Education Association, the Human and Civil Rights Award for the National Education Association, The J.F.K. Aggrey Medal, the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of South Dakota, and was named one of the top 125 graduates of the Black Hills State University. He was awarded an honorary doctorate from South Dakota State University and Augustana University and was inducted into the South Dakota Hall of Fame, as well as having two presidential appointments.

 

During his presidency, he led the way for Sinte Gleska to be the first fully accredited, reservation-based, bachelor-degree granting institution for the North Central Association and the first reservation-based tribally controlled institution to award a master’s degree.  Bordeaux and his wife, Barbara, have four children, 11 grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

 

The McGovern Hunger Summit is organized by the McGovern Center and The Third Freedom – the DWU student chapter of Universities Fighting World Hunger. Partners for the event include: South Dakota Extension Agency, Midwest Dairy Council, Feeding South Dakota, and Bread for the World.
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Speakers announced for DWU’s Conference for Leadership, Innovation and Social Change

Friday, March 20, 2015

They are leaders in their fields and spend their lives trying to better those of others – Peter Greer and Gary Oppenheimer will both speak at Dakota Wesleyan University’s spring leadership conference.

 

The Conference for Leadership, Innovation and Social Change is set for Thursday, April 16, in the Sherman Center at Dakota Wesleyan University. The conference begins at 9:30 a.m. and is free and open to the public, though registration is encouraged; register at www.dwu.edu/leadershipconference. Box lunches are also available for purchase through registration.

 

The keynote speaker, Peter Greer, will give his talk at 11 a.m. Greer, CEO of Hope International, joined the organization in 2004. He came from the field of microfinance, where he put his strengths to work for such organizations as URWEGO Community Banking in Rwanda, Self-Help Development Foundation in Zimbabwe, and as a microfinance adviser in Cambodia. He speaks and writes on topics of faith and international development, and has co-authored “The Poor Will Be Glad,” “The Spiritual Danger of Doing Good” and “Mission Drift.” Greer is also the keynote for the Mitchell Area Youth Night the day before, along with his son, Keith.

 

 

 

 

Gary Oppenheimer will open the day at 9:30 a.m. Oppenheimer is the executive director and founder of AmpleHarvest.org. As director of a community garden in 2009, he learned about the wasted food in many plots and created a program called “Ample Harvest” to get the excess food to local food pantries. Realizing this as a nationwide problem, he created a nationwide solution called AmpleHarvest.org to use the Internet to educate, encourage and enable millions of growers nationwide to share their ample harvest with local food pantries in all 50 states. Oppenheimer is also the keynote speaker the day before for the McGovern Hunger Summit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Schedule for the day

9 to 9:30 a.m.: registration

9:30-10:15 a.m.: Gary Oppenheimer, founder of AmpleHarvest.org, sponsored by the McGovern Center

10:15-11 a.m.: Dialogue for Action

11 a.m. to noon: Peter Greer, CEO of Hope International, sponsored as the 2015 Stark Lecture series

Noon to 12:30 p.m.: Dialogue for Action

12:30 to 1 p.m.: Lunch (boxed lunches are available for pre-order)

1 to 2:30 p.m.: Kelley Center Innovatalks

 

Returning this year will be the Innovatalks – short presentations by innovative leaders on campus and beyond. This year’s Innovatalks feature: DWU nursing student Ashley Kingdon Reese, executive director of Independent Health Solutions; Christian Doyle, DWU Student Senate president; Andrew DeVaney, Student Ministry Council president; Dr. Joel Allen, assistant professor of religion at DWU; and Aaron Mayer, entrepreneurial leadership major, discussing the agriculture business using drones (with demonstration).

 

“The Innovatalks are a great opportunity to hear from local people who are really affecting change right in our area,” said Fredel Thomas, director of the Kelley Center for Entrepreneurship at DWU and one of the event’s organizers.


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DWU’s Dr. Seuss Carnival returns with high attendance expected

Monday, March 16, 2015

The Dakota Wesleyan University Future Teachers’ Organization will host its 17th annual Dr. Seuss Carnival from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 21, in the L.B. Williams Commons Area.

 

Children from preschool through sixth grade are welcome to participate, and adults must accompany their children to the carnival. Children will have a chance to play several types of games and receive prizes, read different books, be read to by DWU students, and each child who participates in the festivities will receive a free book, as well as a cupcake. Adults might like to bring a camera, because the Cat in the Hat and Thing 1 and Thing 2 will make the rounds and pose for photos.

 

“In the past, we have had more than 400 children participate in this event,” said René Pruitt, associate professor of education. “Our teacher candidates (DWU students) are hard at work making this the best one yet – fundraising, ordering books and prizes, and creating the games. We all look forward to the carnival each year and enjoy offering this to our community.”


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DWU to host 23rd regional science fair

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Dakota Wesleyan University will host the 23rd annual South Central South Dakota Regional Science and Engineering Fair on Tuesday, March 24, in the Christen Athletic Center.

 

The competition includes students in grades six through 12, from 21 schools in 18 South Dakota counties.  Projects will be on display for viewing by the public from 2 to 5 p.m.

 

Students participating in this regional event will bring projects that have already won in science fairs at local schools.  This year’s fair includes 134 projects produced by 171 students.

 

“Our science fair projects continue to show their worth,” said Dr. Mike Farney, science fair director, professor of mathematics at DWU. 

 

Last year’s entries at the 65th International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) were: a microchip system to monitor cows, by Justin Krell, Plankinton; a sunscreen made of berries, by Julie Boyle, Avon; and a natural herbicide, by Amanda Reiff and Devin Tolsma, Avon.

 

While these did not win at the ISEF, Boyle’s project won second place ($500) at the Sanford Science Festival last June. Another one of last year’s entries, by Riley Namminga from Avon, won the right to compete at I-SWEEP held in Houston, Texas.  There he won a bronze award ($150) for his project, “Application Cent$,” which was a study on sprayer control.

 

“This year’s South Central South Dakota Science and Engineering Fair will have projects researching: cancers cures, pencils made from grass, and a new set of gears for bicycles,” Farney said. “Titles range from the exotic, ‘Homopolar Motors,’ to the earthy, ‘What’s the Scoop on Manure?’”

 

More than 90 judges will select the Grand Award winners, including three projects that will advance to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair May 10-15 in Pittsburgh, Pa. One project will advance to I-SWEEP in Houston, and one project to compete in Oswego, N.Y.

 

Awards to be given to participating students include cash, certificates, DWU scholarships including $10,000 to the senior grand award winners, plaques, medals, trophies, major industry recognition, and recognition by a variety of military branches. 

 

In addition to DWU, sponsors include The Daily Republic, Your Touchtone Energy Cooperatives, Sixth District Medical Society, Twin City Fan Companies, LTD., Corey and Lisa Thelen, Davison County Implement, and Logan Luxury Theatre.


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Bishop Leadership Awards given for Dakota Wesleyan University

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

 

 

 

Dakota Wesleyan University has announced five winners of the Bishop Leadership Award to the university.

 

Thanael Certa-Werner, Superior, Wis.; Rachel Christensen, Jamestown, N.D.; Mason Juracek, Gregory; Beau Keeter, Miller; and Erik Wehlander, Iroquois, were all awarded the Bishop Leadership Award, a prestigious scholarship at DWU for students affiliated with the United Methodist Church. The Bishop Leadership Award is a $14,000 per year award available to a United Methodist student who demonstrates strong commitment to youth leadership in his or her local church and pledges to be active in student ministry at DWU. The award is renewable for four years.

 

Certa-Werner, of Superior, Wis., is the son of Joel and Barb Certa-Werner. He is a senior at Superior Senior High School and a member of Faith United Methodist Church.

 

Christensen, of Jamestown, N.D., is the daughter of Jody Christensen. She is a senior at Jamestown High School and a member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church.

 

Juracek, of Gregory, is the son of Wade and Amy Juracek. He is a senior at Gregory High School and a member of Gregory United Methodist Church.

 

Keeter, of Miller, is the son of Jim and Chris Ketter. He is a senior at Miller High School and a member of the First United Methodist Church of Miller.

 

Wehlander, of Iroquois, is the son of Curt and Lori Wehlander. He is a senior at Iroquois High School and a member of Esmond United Methodist Church.

 

-A photo of Rachel Christensen was not available.


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McGovern Center for Leadership and Public Service awards McGovern Legacy Scholarship

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

 

 

Dakota Wesleyan University’s McGovern Center for Leadership and Public Service has named its second McGovern Legacy Scholar.

 

Cassidy Hendricks, Buffalo, Minn., was named the 2015-16 McGovern Legacy Scholar during DWU’s Scholarship Day last month. The McGovern Legacy Scholarship is a relatively new scholarship offered at the university, awarding its first in 2014 in tribute to Sen. George McGovern who passed away in 2012. Hendricks is a senior at Buffalo High School and the daughter of Ron and Lisa Hendricks.

 

The McGovern Legacy Scholarship is currently the largest scholarship of this kind offered at DWU and covers tuition up to 16 credits for each semester in the 2015-16 academic year and is renewable for up to four years of continued enrollment at DWU with maintenance of academic requirements and involvement with the McGovern Center. This scholarship was created to honor McGovern and the 1972 campaign volunteers, while educating and inspiring future generations of student activities to volunteerism, public service and to work for a just society.

 

The Friends of the McGovern ’72 Campaign Scholarship fund was established in 2012 through the Leonard and Sophie Davis Foundation in remembrance of the 40th anniversary of the presidential campaign to honor McGovern and the 1972 McGovern Presidential Campaign volunteers. Thousands of 1972 campaign volunteers’ lives have been positively impacted by their volunteerism and by the life and legacy of Sen. McGovern, according to Vincent.
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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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