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‘Finance Wrangler’ and English Major Ready to Earn M.B.A. at DWU

Monday, April 20, 2015

Heidi Ray Molitor wears many hats—from advanced medical support assistant at the VA to serving as “finance wrangler” for her husband’s fifth-generation family ranch to coaching cross country and track teams at Hot Springs High School. She’s also a photographer in her “spare time.”

This summer, she’ll put on another hat: student in the fully online Master of Business Administration degree program at Dakota Wesleyan University.

“I feel like I need a little push, a little more panache behind my degree,” says Heidi, 28, of Smithwick, S.D. “An M.B.A., with my current English degree from DWU could potentially be a great addition to any employer, as well as aiding in leadership abilities applicable to nearly any field of service.”

Heidi chose to return to her alma mater for her M.B.A. because “DWU is highly valued by local employees for its education and its reputation in equipping ethical leaders,” she says.

“I am particularly excited that this program is geared for small- and medium-sized businesses, preparing me to be successful in the rural area in which I live,” Heidi adds. “I am specifically interested in this program because of its emphasis in entrepreneurial and strategic leadership in business.”

On the family ranch, she is responsible for the operational funds and bookwork involved with tax preparation. “I feel that an M.B.A. will greatly assist me in this area of my personal life as a rancher’s wife as I have much to gain in business knowledge.”

She also has another long-term goal in mind: Starting a photography business, along with a coffeehouse and bakery.

“I believe that an M.B.A., specifically with the strategic leadership and entrepreneurial slant, will lend a wealth of flexible and applicable knowledge that will make me stand out, especially backed with my bachelor’s degree in English. It is precisely this flexibility that will make me more marketable.”

Ready to strengthen your undergraduate degree—or earn your bachelor’s degree? In addition to our M.B.A., DWU also offers the following online degree programs:

Questions? Need more information? Please email me.

Amber Turner

Online Admissions Counselor

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DWU’s Megan Johnson to display research at Posters on the Hill

Friday, April 17, 2015

Megan Johnson, of Dakota Wesleyan University, has been selected to present her research on Capitol Hill on April 22-23.


A Rapid City native, Johnson is double-majoring in biochemistry and psychology at DWU. She and 59 other undergraduate students were chosen from 500 applicants to travel to Washington and meet with their Congressional representatives, as well as present their research at a formal poster session. Other activities include a reception and awards ceremony.


All of Johnson’s research, which is BRIN-funded, has been conducted at DWU in the new Glenda K. Corrigan Health Sciences Center, under the mentorship of Dr. Paula Mazzer, assistant professor of biochemistry. Johnson is Dakota Wesleyan’s second science student to be chosen for Posters on the Hill – the first being Leah Miiller, of Corsica, in 2012.


“Megan is incredible,” Mazzer said. “She has been working in my lab as an undergraduate researcher since 2013, and is now basically running my lab. She takes care of ordering chemicals, training new undergraduates, and keeps our cell cultures growing.  Basically, even though she is only a senior, she is functioning like a graduate student.”


Johnson’s topic covers the adverse effects of air pollution on brain cells. She recently presented her poster, “The effects of airborne particulate matter on rat neuronal cells,” at the 100th meeting of the South Dakota Science Academy, April 10-11, and took first place in undergraduate work in the female division.


The ultimate goal of CUR is to raise awareness of the importance of undergraduate research, Mazzer said. CUR also promotes undergraduate research to Congress, since it is responsible for funding most of the research. Posters on the Hill consists of two days of meetings with congressional officers, and is scheduled for this spring.


“After I found out my research was accepted to present at this conference, it gave me a positive reinforcement to continue my research to the next step,” Johnson said. “I am furthering my research by looking at how amyloid beta, a protein in the brain, is associated with neurodegeneration, as well.”

Vermillion man wins first ever McGovern South Dakota Hunger Ambassador Award

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

John Lushbough, of Vermillion, was named this year’s McGovern South Dakota Hunger Ambassador Award-winner.


This is the first year that the Dakota Wesleyan University McGovern Center has awarded the honor and was bestowed based on nominations.


Lushbough is the founder and coordinator of Vermillion Welcome Table, a free weekly meal for underprivileged, and the head of the Vermillion Weekend Backpack Program, a program that provides easy-to-prepare meals for area youth. He has been serving his community for 25 years.


His nomination reads, “He has engaged literally hundreds of people in this service program (Welcome Table). Treating everyone who comes in the door with dignity is at the center of the program. John does all of this work with a smile.”


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


“We were looking for those unsung heroes in local communities – the people who provide comfort and service without any hope or desire of recognition,” said Dr. Alisha Vincent, director of the McGovern Center. “The people most deserving of these awards are generally the shyest about accepting them, but we hope this gives their passions the attention they deserve, as well. Lushbough is a shining example of what the every-day person can accomplish in his or her community. What he has done in Vermillion is inspiring and the McGovern Center thanks him.”


Dakota Wesleyan sweeps South Dakota Science Academy poster session

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Dakota Wesleyan University swept the 100th meeting of the South Dakota Science Academy over the weekend, taking the top two honors for poster presentations.


Megan Johnson, a DWU senior biochemistry major from Rapid City, won first place for Best Undergraduate Poster in the female category; and Matt Hockert, junior biology major from Fargo, N.D., Travis Moodie, junior biology major from Pierre, and Andrew Schwader, sophomore biochemistry major from Howard, won the Best Undergraduate Poster in the men’s division.


The South Dakota Science Academy met April 10-11 at Cedar Shores Resort, Oacoma. There were 30 poster presentations, but only undergraduate work was judged.


“To me, it seemed quite fitting for DWU chemistry to take home the prize because this was the 100th meeting, we had commissioned a historian to write the history of the society,” said Paula Mazzer, assistant professor of biochemistry at DWU.  “Turns out the first president of our society, and one of the organizing founders, was a chemistry professor from DWU named Hilton Ira Jones  His first presidential address was, ‘Science in the Service of the State,’ and the historian took that as the title of our history, also.


“In the first president’s address, he spoke about how scientists in the state should be solving ‘the bread and butter problems of the state,’ and ‘making two ears of corn grow where one grew before.’ It’s nice to see that DWU then and DWU now must really be about the same things, at least at the heart.”


Johnson’s poster, “The effects of airborne particulate matter on rat neuronal cells” related her findings on the effects of pollution on rat brain cells – which she hopes to use for alzheimer’s research. Hockert, Moodie and Schwader’s poster, “The preparation of oxygen permeable siloxane membranes containing perfluoroalkylsulfones,” was about oxygen permeable membranes for medical applications such as medical gas sensors, angioplasty balloons and oxygen permeable contact lenses.


In addition to the student awards, Dr. Tim Mullican, DWU biology professor, was elected as the second vice president of the South Dakota Science Academy and Mazzer and Dr. Brian Patrick, assistant professor of biology at DWU, were re-elected members at large.


Wesleyan Bells to ring in spring

Friday, April 10, 2015

The Wesleyan Bells will be joined by several area bell and chime ensembles for its annual spring concert this month.


The Spring Ring will be at 7 p.m., Sunday, April 26, at the First United Methodist Church in Mitchell. It is free and open to the public.


Groups joining the Wesleyan Bells will be: the First United Methodist Church Circuit Ringers; the Youth Bells and the United Ringers from the United Church of Canistota; Madison United Methodist Church Handbell Choir; The Glorious Company from St. Martin’s Lutheran Church in Alexandria; and the First Lutheran Church Handebell choir.


The program consists of “For the Beauty of the Earth,” “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross,” “Ring, Little Bells,” “Leaning on the Everlasting Arms,” and “Stairway to Heaven,” among many more.


For more information about Dakota Wesleyan University’s Ron and Sheilah Gates Department of Music, visit


Scotchman and Miss Wesleyan candidates announced at DWU

Friday, April 10, 2015

Eleven Dakota Wesleyan University students have been selected as candidates for the Scotchman and Miss Wesleyan awards, the highest honor given to students in their senior year at the institution.


The titles of Scotchman and Miss Wesleyan are given to honor a senior male and female student based on campus leadership and service, community leadership and service, academics and character. The honor of Miss Wesleyan began in 1929 and the honor of Scotchman in 1938. The title for the Scotchman was borrowed from the university’s song, “The Scotchman.”


To qualify for candidacy, students must have a minimum GPA of 3.25 and be ranked at senior status. Those eligible submit a resume of activities and awards and a Student Senate-appointed panel chooses the top male and female candidates. The top candidates are interviewed by a committee of students, staff and faculty who choose the Scotchman and Miss Wesleyan. The winners will be announced at the annual Honors Banquet on Friday, April 24, in the Sherman Center on campus.



The following men are the candidates for the 2015 Scotchman:


Andrew DeVaney, Sioux Falls

Andrew is a religious studies major with a minor in individualized education. He is the Student Ministry Council president and a resident assistant. He has spent nearly 13 weeks in East Africa over the last four years, including a DWU service-learning trip last summer when he conducted teacher workshops. Andrew will lead a second trip this summer with three other DWU students to Uganda and Rwanda – a trip organized and fundraised on their own. The money they raised has gone toward clean-water wells, school supplies, orange groves and sponsoring children in both countries. He is the son of Andrea Kuehn, Sioux Falls. Following graduation and his trip to Africa, he will attend seminary school at either Asbury Theological Seminary or Denver Theological Seminary.


Christian Doyle, Jackson, Wyo.

Christian is a double major in psychology and history. He has been accepted to present his senior thesis at the Midwest Psychological Association’s annual conference in Chicago. He is the captain of the DWU baseball team, Student Senate and Psychology Club presidents, an Eagle Scout, a TRiO academic tutor, resident assistant, and has been on the dean’s list for four years. He was also named to the Midwest Conference Academic All-Conference while at Beloit College in 2011-12. Christian is currently interning with two CSCS-certified strength and conditioning coaches at DWU and assists the football team during lifting and conditioning. He also volunteers for the Mitchell Weekend Snack Pack Program and Mitchell Lego Club. He has been named the Daktronics National Scholar Athlete, twice named a DWU Scholar Athlete and DWU Honors in Scholarship, is a four-year varsity baseball player, and has received the Jerry M. Trimble Leadership Award in 2014, CRLA Level One Tutor Certification, and is active in Knights of Columbus, Psi Chi, and Pi Gamma Mu. He is the son of Bill and Michele Doyle, of Jackson. He plans to attend graduate school next year.


Kyle Gerlach, Mount Vernon

Kyle is a business administration major with an emphasis in agriculture and minor in coaching. He is the captain of the DWU wrestling team, a resident director, member of Pi Gamma Mu, mentor for Big Brothers/Big Sisters, member of campus worship, Mitchell Fusion, Life Groups (Bible study), and St. John Lutheran Church in Dimock. He was the 2014 homecoming king, two-time Champion of Character and Daktronics-NAIA Wrestler Scholar Athlete, four-time member of NWCA-NAIA All-Academic Team and National Qualifier, and 2015 NAIA All-American. He was also a member of the 2013 Peru mission team and 2014 Africa service-learning trip. He has volunteered for new student orientation, DWU Service Day, the annual food drive, DWU’s youth wrestling camp, Mount Vernon youth and varsity wrestling programs, LifeQuest, and as a youth wrestling referee. He is the son of Jeff and Donna Gerlach, Stickney. Kyle will return home to the family farm and work with his father and explore coaching opportunities.


Dustin Paulsen, Pierre

Dustin is a biology major. He is a member of the Honors Program, DWU wrestling team, CHAOS club (science club), Sigma Zeta National Science and Mathematics Honors Society, and has assisted with youth wrestling campus in Pierre and Mitchell and the DWU Service Day. In fall 2014 he took part in the study abroad program in Northern Ireland. He has been named to the dean’s list, is an NAIA Scholar Athlete, four-time NWCA Academic All-American, NANIA Wrestling All-American, four-time NAIA Wrestling National Tournament qualifier, and named twice the to the All-GPAC Wrestling Team. He also He is the son of Kevin and Faye Paulsen, Pierre.


Jared Stearns, Canton

Jared is majoring in accounting and minoring in legal studies. He was a recipient of the Vicki Clarke Leadership and Service Award and Sales & Marketing Executive of Sioux Falls Scholarship last year, among others. He is currently interning for Trail King Industries in Mitchell. Jared has been named to the dean’s list, served on a campus ministry’s mission trip to Omaha, and volunteered for the Special Olympics Bowling Tournament, Mitchell Weekend Snack Pack Program, DWU Service Day, and is assisting with a business plan for a DWU project to help women in Uganda make and sell their own soap. He is a member of the DWU track and cross-country team, a resident assistant, member of CEO (business club), and serves as an accounting tutor. He has also volunteered as a Life Group Bible study leader for Koka Hall, and campus worship team. He is the son of Craig and Lee Stearns, Canton. Following graduation, he will marry Abigail Fossum and begin his career at McGladrey, LLP in Sioux Falls.


The following women are the candidates for the 2015 Miss Wesleyan:


Hannah Ford, Vermillion

Hannah is a biology major on the pre-med track. She is the senior class president, Student Ministry Council’s worship team co-chairman, lab assistant for organic chemistry, member of CHAOS (science club), co-leader for a women’s Bible study, and a dance instructor for Vermillion Area Dance Organization. She has also presented at the South Dakota BRIN poster event, is assisting with a DWU project to help women in Uganda make and sell their own soap, volunteers for LoveFeast, the annual food drive, and has been on a mission trip to Mexico through DWU. She is the daughter of Steve and Pam Ford, Vermillion. Following graduation, she will join Floating Doctors for several months in Panama and plans to apply to medical school for the following year.


Abigail Fossum, Canton

Abby is an athletic training major. She is a recipient of the Mitchell First United Methodist Church/Methodist Hospital Endowed Scholarship, a member of the dean’s list, a member of the Athletic Training Club, Phi Kappa Phi vice president, a resident assistant, and member of the DWU track and field team. She is a Fusion Sunday school teacher, member of campus ministry and has led women’s Bible study in the past. She also took part on the Omaha mission trip in 2014. She volunteers for Special Olympics Bowling, DWU Service Day, the Special Olympics Polar Plunge, and administering free blood pressure checks at Cabela’s for the past four years. She is the daughter of Rick and Jean Fossum, Canton. Following graduation she will marry Jared Stearns and will begin the physical therapy graduate program at the University of South Dakota in July.


Katherine Johnson, Mead, Neb.

Katie is double-majoring in accounting and mathematics. She is the student representative for the Board of Trustees, was the freshman class president and is currently the Student Senate Treasurer. She is a member of Math Club, CEO (business club) as secretary and treasurer, women’s basketball team, women’s track and field team, the honors program, Sigma Zeta, Pi Gamma Mu, Phi Kappa Phi, and has been on the dean’s list since 2011. She is also the winner of the Nogle Award for Women, the NAIA Daktronics Scholar Athlete Award 2012-2015, was named a Kelley Center Leader and is a Randall Scholarship Recipient. Katie has volunteered for new student orientation and as a student ambassador, as well as DWU Service Day, Heart and Sole Cancer Walk, Corn Palace Festival, the freshman food drive, refereeing youth basketball, Mitchell Weekend Snack Pack Program, Food Bank for the Heartland, and the Big Garden. She is a member of New Hope Church, Wahoo, Neb. Katie is the daughter of Tim and Annette Johnson, Mead. She has already been hired as an auditor at Deloitte in Omaha, Neb.


Cassie Landgaard, Worthington, Minn.

Cassie is an athletic training major. She has been a resident assistant, captain of the women’s soccer team, president of the Athletic Training Club, president of CHAOS (science) club, is an active member of Mid-America Athletic Training Association-Student Leadership Council. She is a member of the Catholic Church and currently attends Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Mitchell. She has volunteered for the DWU annual freshmen food drive and Service Day. She is the daughter of John and Jodi Landgaard. Future plans are to work as an EMT in Fargo, N.D., and to eventually become a physician’s assistant.


MacKenzie Stevens, Polk, Neb.

MacKenzie is a communications major. She is the DWU volleyball team captain, Children’s Miracle Network finance chairman, a TRiO Peer Mentor, and member of Student Ministry Council and the DWU track and field team. She is a member of the First United Methodist Church, and has been involved with the Student Activities Board, new student orientation, Mitchell Fusion, Campus Worship Team, and the music and theatre departments. She was also a member of the 2013 Peru mission team and will take part in the Peru mission trip this May. She volunteers for the DWU Service Day, the Special Olympics Polar Plunge, FUMC Love Feast, and has coordinated the community projects for He > i; To Write On Her Arms With Love, and Free Hugs. She has also volunteered for two years teaching middle school youth group at the FUMC in Mitchell. Following graduation she will go on a mission trip to Peru with campus ministry, followed by a trip to Africa in the fall, and will begin graduate school next January. She is the daughter of Valerie and Cory Mescher, Grand Island, Neb., and Bill Stevens, Polk, Neb.


Lexy Timm, Yale

Lexy is an elementary education major. She is involved in Future Teachers Organization, Big Brother/Big Sister, YWCA Kids Klub, TRiO peer tutoring, and works as a TRiO Peer Assistant and has worked with AmeriCorps, working with students in the Mitchell elementary schools. She is She has volunteered for the DWU Service Day, Mitchell Snack Pack Program, TRiO Service Project Salvation Army, and DWU’s annual freshman food drive. He has been on the DWU dean’s list for the past three years, and has won an award in the 2013 Agnes Hyde Writing Contest. Her parents are Bill and Carleen Timm, Yale. Her plans are to find an elementary education position in South Dakota.

'What a Moo Can Do': Children’s story helps youth understand importance of livestock program

Friday, April 10, 2015


Through colorful imagery and playful rhyme, a new children’s book tells the story of how one cow makes a very big difference in the life of a little boy.


The true story of Haptamu, a boy in Ethiopia, is told in “A Moo For You/What A Moo Can Do,” a book written, illustrated and produced by Dakota Wesleyan University students and their professor.


The story is told from two perspectives; first, in “A Moo For You,” Haptamu tells how the gift of the cow changed his family’s life – including allowing his mother the income to send him to school.  When the reader flips over the book, the cow shares her perspective in “What A Moo Can Do,” a more playful story of how the happy cow finds her purpose and a friend.


The book will be sold for $20 during next week’s McGovern Hunger Summit, which begins at 9 a.m., Wednesday, April 15, in the Sherman Center. The summit is free and open to the public. For more details, visit  


All of the proceeds for the sale of the book will go to the McGovern Center’s Livestock for Life program, which provides livestock to disadvantaged families in Rwanda and Uganda, both countries with which the McGovern Center has developed relationships.


The entire story is based on an actual little boy, Haptamu, whose life was changed when his family received a heifer. It was written by Dr. Alisha Vincent, director of the McGovern Center, illustrated by DWU student Dyrani Clark, and designed by DWU student Thara Ali Said. Several other students took part in researching self-publishing companies, organizing the materials and seeing the project through.


“It was fun to work on something that is actually going to be put out there and appreciated by other people,” said Ali Said. “I am honored to have helped put together something for such a good cause and something that is going to help people in need.”


Art imitating life

Several years ago, Vincent’s friend, Marti Boal, told her about a child she was sponsoring in Ethiopia, an 8-year-old named Haptamu. Boal sent Haptamu’s family enough money to purchase a bred heifer and when she visited the next year, Boal saw how his life had been transformed, Vincent said.


Haptamu’s family thrived and they were able to sell surplus milk to fund Haptamu’s school fees. Realizing this would make a great children’s story, Vincent and Boal sat down over coffee one morning to hash out the concept and by that afternoon Vincent had a rough draft, which sat dormant for some time while she moved her family to Mitchell from Iowa and began her new career at DWU.


The resurrection of “A Moo for You/What A Moo Can Do” came about last spring as a class project in Vincent’s leadership and public service class. One of the project’s students, Kayla Vanden Hoek, expressed interest in connecting her group’s project with the Universities Fighting World Hunger club on campus.


Vincent offered her story to the group and what was to be a semester project is now complete, a year later. Vanden Hoek, of Corsica, joined by Ali Said, Muscat, Oman, Taylor Davis-Bohr, Krista Huber, and Jade Miller, all of Mitchell, advertised on campus for an illustrator and were charmed by the Clark’s sketches.


Art finds life of its own

Clark, a digital media and design major from Loveland, Colo., spent all summer finishing the book’s artwork and Said spent the fall semester designing the book.


“I have always been passionate about the arts, especially painting, and when exploring different artists’ styles I would sometimes look at children’s books and be mesmerized by the great variety of approaches artists have used to illustrate those books,” Clark said. “I secretly still love to read children’s books today – for the pictures of course – and it has been a dream of mine to be an illustrator. I was so excited when I got an email about a contest to find an illustrator on campus; I never thought I would get an opportunity like this in college.”


Since Haptamu is from Ethiopia, Clark spent time researching environmental shots of the country, creating thumbnail sketches of possible designs, and finishing the project over her summer break.


“I finished up the designs for each page and drew them onto large watercolor paper,” Clark described. “Since watercolors are my specialty, I chose that medium for the illustrations and went with a realistic, yet stylized approach, and finished up with ink over top for details.”


Davis-Bohr researched a self-publishing company for the book; Huber was in charge of finding an editor to review it; and Miller was tasked with business questions, said Vanden Hoek, who took the lead on seeing the project through this spring with the publishing company.  The final product will be in their hands in time for next week’s summit.


“I grew up in a community where if someone needed something, anything, everyone in the community would lend a helping hand,” Vanden Hoek said. “I believe Jesus Christ calls us to help one another not just in our local communities but also in our global communities.


“Growing up, I had plenty of food to fill my tummy, but it wasn’t until I took a mission trip to India that really opened my eyes to what hunger truly was. Children on the streets would be begging for food … Since then, I have taken a particular interest in international hunger. I believe that no child should know what it’s like to starve.”


Vanden Hoek and her mother also traveled to Uganda and Rwanda last summer with the McGovern Center and saw, firsthand, the Livestock for Life program in action when 30 goats were gifted to local families.


Livestock for Life

The way Livestock for Life is set up in Rwanda and Uganda, Africa, a local school parent-teacher organization works with the McGovern Center to select families in greatest need of food assistance. Small livestock (typically a goat) are gifted to a family. The family cares for the goat until it reproduces then keeps the primary goat and works with local Parent Teacher Associations or local churches to gift an offspring to another family in need. In 2014, 30 goats, a dairy cow and supplemental supports (veterinarian fees, rope and feed) were gifted to support rural communities in Uganda and Rwanda. Donations toward this project don’t just support a family in need. It gives them the tools they need to build their future. Every $50 supports the gift of one goat. To make a donation to the Livestock for Life program, visit

Expect ‘rousing finale’ for season’s last LyricWood concert

Thursday, April 9, 2015

The final LyricWood concert for the year will be performed next week on campus.


The Ron and Sheilah Gates Department of Music at Dakota Wesleyan University announces the spring LyricWood Concert for 7 p.m., Saturday, April 18, in the Sherman Center. This concert is free and open to the public.


“This will be a concert of widely divergent styles, with the first half featuring music for oboe and strings and music for piano and strings,” said LyricWood director Elizabeth Soladay.


Ernest Bloch’s “Concerto Grosso for String Orchestra with Piano Obbligato” will feature the LyricWood strings, with DWU senior music major, Lacey Reimnitz or Corsica, at the piano.

“The second half of the concert will move into an entirely different genre of string playing, namely, fiddling,” Soladay said. “The Sergeant Creek String Band, led by Bill Peterson, will play a set of fiddle tunes, and all of the string players in the house will gather together for a rousing finale.”


DWU announces Spring Choral Concert

Thursday, April 9, 2015

The Ron and Sheilah Gates Department of Music at Dakota Wesleyan University announces its final choral concert for the season.


The Spring Choral Concert will be at 4 p.m., Sunday, April 19, at the First United Methodist Church in Mitchell. This concert is free and open to all.


The Women’s Chamber Choir will open the performance with DWU senior, Lacey Reimnitz of Corsica, conducting “Awake the Trumpet’s Lofty Sound,” followed by “Mister Sandman,” and “Since U Been Gone.” The Highlanders will then perform four pieces from “Shakespeare Songs Book III,” “A Red, Red Rose,” “Call Me Maybe,” and two pieces by Claude Debussy.


The Singing Scotchmen will open with Queen’s “We Will Rock You,” followed by “Viva La Company,” “Doo Wah Ditty,” and “I Am A Man of Constant Sorrow.”  And the Wesleyan Choir will follow with five pieces, including “Elijah Rock,” and “Sing Me to Heaven,” and DWU’s new director of instrumental activities, Bethany Amundson, will play the trumpet for the choir’s performance of “Now the Green Blade Riseth.”


Change in Career Goals Brings Leah Back to DWU

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Throughout her undergraduate studies in biology at Dakota Wesleyan University, Leah Wienbar had one career goal: to become a surgeon. But after graduating in 2014, she began substitute teaching in the Iroquois (S.D.) School District. Now her career goals have changed.

“I discovered my love for teaching,” says Leah, 23, who also works as a librarian.

Instead of medical school, Leah will pursue a fully online Master of Arts in Education at her alma mater.

“I love DWU,” she says. “My experiences there have been nothing but good. I decided to get my master’s degree online here because I knew that I’d be receiving a quality education and plenty of help if I need it.”

Leah will start orientation class on April 13.

She likes the idea of pursuing her master’s online because it allows her the flexibility to fit her studies into her life. In addition to working as a librarian and substitute teacher, Leah enjoys spending time with her niece and many nephews, her other family members and her friends. She also likes to read.

Because she works during the day, Leah plans to clear out evenings for her studies. She also will take time off work as needed to study for tests or to work on class assignments.

Her only concern about earning her degree online is if she has computer or Internet issues, but she knows, based on her undergraduate experience, that her professors at DWU will be understanding and helpful if that should occur.

Even though she no longer plans to be a surgeon, Leah will put her DWU undergraduate degree in biology to work: She intends to become a high school science teacher.

Have your career plans changed? Wondering how DWU’s online degree programs might help you reach your career goals? Email Amber Turner, online admissions counselor at DWU.

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