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Religion in politics topic of discussion for McGovern Forum

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

 

 

Whether or not religion should play a role in politics is the topic of this fall’s McGovern Forum.

 

The McGovern Civic Engagement Forum will be from 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 29, in the Sherman Center at DWU. This event is free and open to the public.

 

“We are seeing more and more policy changes and proposed changes nationwide that involve matters of faith and religious beliefs,” said Dr. Alisha Vincent, director of the McGovern Center.

 

The theme, “Should Religion Play a Role in 21st Century Politics?” will be debated by the Rev. Barry Lynn, executive director for Americans United for the Separation of Church and State, and Professor Rena Lindevaldsen, interim dean and professor and associate director of the Liberty Center for Law and Policy, Liberty University.

 

DWU students will work with the McGovern Center to design four questions that the candidates will cover.

 

“These questions will relate to the topic and feature an issue that is appealing and relevant to audience interests, such as whether prayer should be allowed in public schools,” Vincent said.

 

Audience members will have an opportunity to write in a question and present it to the room moderator.


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DWU homecoming parade entries sought

Monday, August 31, 2015

Dakota Wesleyan University is celebrating its 130th year and is inviting local businesses, clubs and area schools to participate in this year’s Blue & White Days Parade.

 

The Blue & White Days Parade is set for 10 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 26, on Mitchell’s Main Street and the parade theme this year is “The ’70s.” There is no fee to enter the parade and the registration deadline is Friday, Sept. 11.

 

Plaques will be given for first, second and third place, as well as honorable mentions.

 

To register, please contact Jeff Holstein, student activities coordinator, at jeholste@dwu.edu or at 995-2943.

 

For a full schedule of events, click here.


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DWU Freshman Food Drive introduces new students to university’s core values

Sunday, August 23, 2015

 

 

One canned good at a time, the Mitchell Area Food Pantry’s shelves were filled Sunday by student volunteers from Dakota Wesleyan University.

 

The Annual DWU Freshman Food Drive brought in 4,000 pounds of food from the Mitchell community, all delivered to the food pantry housed in the Mitchell Salvation Army.

 

This year’s class of freshmen, along with upper-classman leaders, conducted the food drive from noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 23. The students canvased the city as part of an annual tradition at the university going back as long as anyone can remember.

 

“We don’t have stats dating the food drive but staff members know it’s been at least two decades, probably longer,” said Campus Pastor Eric Van Meter. “It’s incredible when you think of the partnership DWU has with the Mitchell community on this. I mean, it might be students going door to door collecting it, but there would be no food drive if it weren’t for the generosity of the city of Mitchell. The community helps give our students this great experience in servant leadership and this is exactly the kind of experience we want our newest students to have right at the beginning of their Dakota Wesleyan journey.”

 

The Freshman Food Drive is a large component of the New Student Orientation weekend at Dakota Wesleyan and an activity that is structured to help new students acclimate to their new community, as well as introduce freshmen to the university’s core values – learning, leadership, faith and service – and the university motto, “Sacrifice or Service.”

 

“DWU is in the news for our amazing academic programs – from our students’ science research to internships to experiential learning through our entrepreneurial partnerships, but we’re proudest still that when people think of DWU they think about our service work – the food drive, our annual Service Day, all the outreach our clubs and athletic teams do – this is part of the experience that will mold our students’ lives in college and how they will live those lives after graduating.”

 

The Mitchell Food Pantry accepts donations of non-perishable items and is open from noon to 3 p.m., Monday to Friday.
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Professor writes children’s poem ‘The Memory Thief’ to help explain Alzheimer’s Disease, promote discussion

Thursday, August 20, 2015

 

 

By DWU Marketing and Communications Department

 

Alzheimer’s Disease indiscriminately affects millions of Americans — stealing their memories, changing their behavior and making families strangers to one another.

 

This is a difficult enough concept for adults to comprehend, but how do you explain it to children?

 

Kyle Herges, assistant communications professor and head of the digital media and design department at Dakota Wesleyan University, has written a children’s book to help facilitate those difficult conversations. “The Memory Thief” is for sale now at the DWU Campus Bookstore, Amazon, and through Herges’s website – listed below. Part of the proceeds from the book will be donated to the Alzheimer’s Association, which gave the book its approval and permission to use its site’s statistics.

 

Herges will co-host a book signing at 7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 10, in Java City in the McGovern Library on campus. This will be in conjunction with Dr. Barbara Duffey’s poetry book, “I Might Be Mistaken,” which was also recently published.

 

Herges watched two generations of his family battle the disease; his grandfather died of Alzheimer’s when Herges was in college and his mother, Peg, is currently diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s.

 

He watched his steadfast grandfather become almost a stranger to him while his mother was helpless to stop the disease; now it is his mother who is becoming the stranger while he gropes for the words to explain it to his own children. The book came about as a way of coping as well as a way to begin a tough conversation with his three small children.

 

“It’s my way of being able to talk about this with my kids,” he said. “I want them to ask me questions so I can answer them honestly … to spawn conversations.”

 

The book explains what is happening from the perspective of someone with Alzheimer’s. Each page is illustrated with word-images like butterflies, a cross and clouds. Coming from a graphic design background, he approached the process of explaining to his own children how grandma is feeling using these visuals, accompanied by a poem easy enough for a child to read.

 

After the book came out a week ago, local newspaper, The Daily Republic, published a feature on Herges’s book and the journey to its completion. Since then, he has been engaged in many positive conversations with people going through similar circumstances.

 

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, more than 5 million Americans – 16,000 of whom are South Dakotans – are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease.

 

“Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia affect millions of people, so the likelihood that you know someone with it, or know someone who has a close family member with it, is pretty high. Since the story came out Saturday (Aug. 15), I’ve had people come up to me and say that they read the article and they can relate to it,” he said.

 

In Herges’s case, he realizes that his situation with his mother is the same situation his mother was in with her own father — watching this person they love struggle with their own minds – trying to find the words, trying to place the faces.

 

“This is the way I feel, but I know this is the way my mom felt when her dad was going through it too. The way I wrote it in the book and poem is exactly how it happened. I know she knows what she wants to say but she can’t find the words.”

 

“The Memory Thief,” in its own way, allows her to explain and to say goodbye.

 

Where to find it:

The DWU Campus Bookstore

Amazon

Herges’s website

Follow “The Memory Thief” on Facebook


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Duffey releases new book of poetry, ‘I Might Be Mistaken’

Thursday, August 20, 2015

No stranger to metaphor, Dr. Barbara Duffey’s previously released poems used machinery to describe emotions like inadequacy, fear, joy, maternity — her most recent collection uses the sciences.

 

“These poems look to science, particularly to zoology, biology and atomic physics, for their subject matter and to find a discourse that is similarly self-questioning as the speaker of these poems,” Duffey said.

 

“ ‘I Might Be Mistaken’ questions the traditional love lyric — many of the poems in this book begin as love poems but then move to places of doubt, or begin in a place of doubt and move toward a relationship while keeping in mind that any relationship is contingent.”

 

Duffey will co-host a book signing at 7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 10, in Java City in the McGovern Library on campus. This will be in conjunction with Kyle Herges’s book, “The Memory Thief” — a poem in book-form explaining Alzheimer’s Disease to children. Herges is the head of the digital media and design department on campus.

 

Both of their books are available on Amazon, as well as at the DWU Campus Bookstore. Duffey’s book is also available for order through www.barabarduffey.com and www.wordpoetrybooks.com.

 

Duffey is an assistant professor of English at Dakota Wesleyan University. She received her Ph.D. in literature and creative writing from the University of Utah, Salt Lake City; a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Houston; and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Southern California.


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DWU Freshman Food Drive set for Sunday

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

 

The Dakota Wesleyan University annual Freshman Food Drive is set for Sunday and students will go door-to-door asking for donations.

 

Every fall, freshmen and transfer students are encouraged to take part in orientation weekend, which is filled with activities to help new students acclimate to the campus, the community and meet new friends. One of those activities is the annual DWU Freshman Food Drive for the Mitchell Area Food Pantry. Freshmen and new students will canvass the city for donations. This year’s drive will be from noon to 3 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 23, and residents will know the students by their DWU orientation T-shirts.

 

“The food drive gets our students out in the community as soon as they arrive on campus,” said Eric Van Meter, campus pastor. “It helps them see DWU as part of the wider community, and it makes a statement to them that part of their education is to serve their neighbors.”

 

And a little competition never hurts. The students split into groups and compete to see which group brings in the most food. Last year’s food drive brought in a record 4,629 pounds.

 

For those wishing to donate directly to the food pantry but will not be home during the DWU Freshman Food Drive, donations may be made at the Mitchell Food Pantry, located within the Mitchell Salvation Army on Sanborn Boulevard, during regular hours Monday through Friday. The Mitchell Food Pantry is open to clients from noon to 3 p.m., Monday-Friday.

 

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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Annual Community Plunge invites registration

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

 

 

The annual Community Plunge invites Mitchell area businesses and organizations to register for this year’s event.

 

Community Plunge began at Dakota Wesleyan University seven 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 41 booths were set up and more than 216 students participated.

 

The seventh annual Community Plunge will be from 5:30 to 7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 3, in the Sherman Center at DWU.

 

To register, contact the DWU Center for Talent Development by email at talent@dwu.edu OR follow this link to register online. All registrations must be received by Aug. 24.


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Hobbs named 2014-15 Presidential Award for Outstanding Service

Monday, August 17, 2015

 

 

 

Kyle Hobbs, head strength and conditioning coach at Dakota Wesleyan University, recently received the Presidential Award for Outstanding Service for 2014-15.

 

Hobbs has been working with student-athletes at DWU since fall 2013, and his position is supported by Avera Queen of Peace in partnership with DWU’s athletics program. He was nominated for the award by his peers and chosen by President Amy Novak. This award is given annually and acknowledges an employee who has demonstrated exemplary service to the DWU community. 

 

“Kyle’s efforts consistently made a significant impact on the performance and preparedness of our student-athletes. Injuries are significantly down and overall performance of our athletic teams has greatly improved,” Novak said. “Coaches also commend Kyle for his exceptional work ethic, his ability to tailor regimens to every athlete and his willingness to consistently go above and beyond.”

 

Novak also pointed out that during one-on-one conversations with graduating seniors, Hobbs’s name was mentioned often as a staff member who had a positive impact on their overall experience.

 

“Kyle’s dedication to DWU is also evident in his efforts to motivate and inspire our athletes. Far more than just developing a training regimen, he considers how to best motivate athletes and the entire team. We deeply appreciate Kyle’s commitment to DWU, to our students, and his overall commitment to excellence. He is a model of our university commitment to selfless service and embodies the spirit of DWU in every interaction he has with coaches, students, families and our community.”


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Local poet wins Washington Prize, will see works published

Monday, August 17, 2015

When mechanics fail, poetry finds a way – this was the approach of Dr. Barbara Duffey in her soon-to-be published work, “Simple Machines.”

 

“Simple Machines” recently won the Washington Prize from the D.C.-based literary nonprofit The Word Works. The award includes publication and a $1,500 cash prize. Duffey’s compilation of poems will be released in late March 2016.

 

This book is a revised version of Duffey’s dissertation which explores mechanical metaphors for the human body.

 

“I use the machine metaphors as a way to highlight my frustrations at my infertility diagnosis, that my body didn’t work as mechanically as I had expected,” Duffey described in an earlier interview. “I focus on machines named after people, such as the Diesel engine, the Archimedes screw, and the Ferris wheel, because those personal names make the machines feel almost like the children of their inventors.”

 

Her poem “Coffey Still” will appear in the online journal Blackbird in November, and “And No Machine Can Have New Ideas” was published in the January issue of Midway Journal – both poems appear in “Simple Machines.”

 

Duffey is an assistant professor of English at Dakota Wesleyan University. She received her Ph.D. in literature and creative writing from the University of Utah, Salt Lake City; a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Houston; and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Southern California.


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DWU announces institutional logo/Daily Republic

Monday, August 3, 2015

By Candy DenOuden

THE DAILY REPUBLIC

 

Don’t just get a degree. Discover your strength.

 

Long the mindset of Dakota Wesleyan University, the faith-based college decided to weave that concept into its new institutional logo. The revamped institutional logo and athletic logos both were unveiled today at the school’s campus.

 

DWU Vice President of Marketing and Communications Lori Essig said school officials have discussed changing the logo for several years, seeking to replace the “wavy ‘W.’” She said that image doesn’t stand alone very well, because it is a single initial.

 

“We just felt that image was dated,” Essig said. “We really wanted something that has all of our institutional initials on it.”

 

There was no event to mark the announcement, which was carried out primarily through campus-wide communication and social media. Essig said the decision for a redesign started last year as DWU launched a new strategic planning process — how to increase institutional visibility, etc.

 

“We thought before we embarked on those efforts, we needed to take a look at our visual identity,” she said.

 

She pointed to big brands like Target, Starbucks or Apple — all of which have instantly recognizable icons.

 

“You’ve got to have that visual image that resonates quickly,” Essig said. “This is such a visual world, many times people will see a visual image, and it will have an impact or a recognition point much more rapidly than words.”

 

The institutional logo was designed by Credo, a North Carolina-based higher education consulting firm serving private colleges and universities, which Essig said DWU is working with on its strategic planning process. The new institutional and athletic logos and new athletics website were announced today, through what Essig described as a “soft unveiling.”

 

What the new look means

Each of the new elements has a meaning or purpose, Essig said, and embraces the history of the college, its heritage through Methodist church and development of the Dakota Territory.

 

The prominent, center “W” is a nod to the commitment of John Wesley, the Anglican minister who co-founded Methodism — the denomination with which Dakota Wesleyan is affiliated. The “D” pays tribute to Methodist generations braved the Dakota Territory and founded the university, which is represented by the “U.”

 

In addition to the initials, the three serifs of the “W” — a serif is a small line attached to the end of a stroke in a letter or symbol — signify three of the university’s four core values: learning, leadership and service.

 

A scroll, a traditional symbol for academia, wraps around part of the “U,” forming a cross shape. Not only is the cross a widely recognized Christian symbol, the university says it also represents its fourth core value: faith.

 

The new logo adds an accent color to DWU’s traditional school colors of blue and white. The scroll is a bright orange, and trimmed with lighter orange ends. The trim, according to DWU, is symbolic of the flame of the Holy Spirit and meant to evoke the image of the cross and flame, a symbol of united Methodism.

 

“Dakota Wesleyan University embraces its Methodist mission, and proudly incorporates the Cross and Flame as sign of our commitment to develop bold, spirit-filled leaders to transform our world,” said DWU President Amy Novak, in a written statement. “The new DWU logo embraces our purpose, future vision, and a recognition of the past generations who have ‘built a Greater Wesleyan’ with love, prayer, intellect, service, imagination and generosity.”

 

Essig said the symbolism and imagery were important to Novak, and school officials worked to craft a new logo that not only captures those elements of the school’s heritage, but also looks more professional than the previous logo.

 

“It has a much more academic feel to it than what it has in the past,” Essig said.

She also emphasized that, while the new logo incorporates orange, that’s just an accent color. The school’s official colors are still blue and white — and will remain so.

 

“I don’t think that we will ever say our colors are blue and orange,” she said. “We felt the orange just brought a vibrancy to our imagery.”

 

Some iterations of the logo, including some of the banners and signs waving across campus, also bear a new tagline, “Discover Your Strength.” That replaces the former tagline, “Learn Strong.” Essig said it is a natural progression from 2008, when the college began market research meant to pin down DWU’s distinctions as an institution.

 

Officials discovered a recurring theme from DWU’s alumni, young and old, that the school’s graduates received much more than an education at DWU.

 

“When people went through their educational process at Dakota Wesleyan, they really found it was almost a transformative experience in that they really discovered who they were and what they were best at,” Essig said.

 

That stemmed from the personal attention DWU students receive from faculty and staff, and the “opportunities they had to grow as individuals,” she said. Essig said that was a theme even for the alumni who graduated before the university began using the Gallup StrengthsFinder, an assessment tool meant to help people identify their talents. Through that discovery, DWU developed its Learn Strong program. The new tagline, Discover Your Strength, is just a further evolution of that, Essig said — the point being that DWU wants to help its students, faculty and staff play to their strengths, not just manage their weaknesses.

 

Tiger logo

In addition to the new institutional logo, the Tigers are sporting a new logo of their own.

 

DWU said the new Tiger logo will be implemented immediately by the athletic department. The new set of logos includes, for the first time, a full-body tiger, drawn in blue, white and gray. There is also an updated tiger head, “with a cleaner and fiercer look,” according to DWU’s athletic department. The new tiger logos were designed by Mongoose Graphics, based in Colorado.

 

DWU also announced a new athletics website, which is scheduled to go live today. The URL remains the same, www.dwuathletics.com. Schedules and results from many sports dating back four years have been transferred, along with all news from the last year, according to DWU.

 

“With our recent additions, improvements and accomplishments on campus there is no better time to reveal a new logo and website,” DWU Associate Athletic Director Jon Hart said in a written statement. “Our logo and website have been a topic of discussion for several years now. The positive transformation in these areas gives our students, staff, alumni and fans even more to be proud of.”

 

While some of the work to replace logos around campus is routine maintenance — like new letterhead and business cards — this year’s process is more intense, Essig admits. The university also has to update its marketing pieces, website, social media and campus signage.

 

Some of the timing worked in the college’s favor, she said — the street light banners that hang around campus were scheduled to be replaced this year, anyway.

 

“It’s a big undertaking,” Essig said. “Every place we look on campus, and even in the community, we see the wavy ‘W.’ “

 

She said it will be a process to get all of the university’s logos updated, but the goal is to have the transition completed in about three years.

 

“It’s expensive and kind of unwieldy to do everything in one fell swoop,” she said, but declined to disclose how much DWU has spent on its efforts thus far.

 


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