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
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
Keenesburg – Brittany Ochs
Loveland – Dyrani Clark
Little Rock – Madeline DeBeer
Rocky Valley – Maria Koenen, Anna Vanden Bosch
Driggs – Sean Riley
Nampa – Michael Claar
Tetonia – Braiden Jorgensen
Batavia – Kelly Hull
Amite – Katherine Varnado
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
Corvallis – Jake Capko
Roundup – Marissa Soderberg
Superior – Alecia VanTassel
Dickinson – Keagen Hadley
Jamestown – Sterling Hubbard
Reiles Acres – Matthew Hockert
West Fargo – Dianna Tehven
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
Las Vegas – Karly Severance
Sound Beach – William Lutjen
San Juan – Jacqueline Valdes
Schertz – Taylor Spence
Superior – Thanael Certa-Werner
Casper – John Fabrizius
Gillette – Haley Connelly, Tyler Fortuna
Sheridan – Erin Deibele
Merritt, British Columbia – Benjamin McNiven
Winnipeg, Manitoba – Lorissa Loeppky
Shaunavon, Saskatchewan – Claudia Nixon
Windsor, Ontario – Nicholas Garofalo
Hartlepool, Cleveland – John Sutherland
Okinawa – Jerilyn Geist
Sodertalje – Gabriella Frykbo
Friday, June 10, 2016Bishop 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.
Tuesday, June 7, 2016DWU’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
Tuesday, June 7, 2016The Rev. Eric Van Meter's baccalaureate address, May 8, 2016.
Monday, June 6, 2016Ken Ketel, of Rapid City, is the newest member of the Dakota Wesleyan University Board of Trustees.
Monday, May 23, 2016Dakota Wesleyan University will be closed on Monday, May 30, in observance of Memorial Day. All offices and the McGovern Library will be closed.
Monday, May 23, 2016High school students, beginning as early as ninth grade, can now track their anticipated scholarship awards to Dakota Wesleyan University through Raise.Me.
Tuesday, May 17, 2016Dakota Wesleyan University has signed an articulation agreement with Western Dakota Technical Institute in Rapid City.
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.
Thursday, May 12, 2016
Ariana Arampatzis, a junior at Dakota Wesleyan University, was named this year’s recipient of the Bishop Armstrong Peace and Justice Award during DWU’s Baccalaureate service Sunday.
The Bishop Armstrong Peace and Justice Award was established by the DWU Board of Trustees in honor of the 12 years Bishop A. James Armstrong served in the Dakotas. This award is presented each year to students or staff whose life has demonstrated the relationship between religious faith and issues of peace and justice.
Arampatzis, of Aberdeen, is majoring in nonprofit administration and Christian leadership and minoring in chemistry. She is the daughter of Janelle and Bruce Brown, and Tony and Marla Arampatzis.
“One of the marks of a commitment to peace and justice is the willingness to walk alongside those who live on the ‘margins.’ Ariana, you have exhibited this willingness in your work with such activities as the Salvation Army’s Kids’ Club and the Lutheran Social Services Center for New Americans,” Dr. Dave Mitchell read from her citation.
Arampatzis was also commended for promoting peace and justice through her ability to understand and promote social change and justice, through her leadership in DWU’s club, The Third Freedom, which promotes hunger awareness, and also for her work to change South Dakota laws regarding taxation on food.
She has also traveled to Africa through the McGovern Center to deliver livestock through the Livestock for Life program, as well as helped Ugandan women in a small, rural village learn how to make soap, promoting economic development and improving upon their quality of life.
“With regard to the religious roots of your commitment to peace and justice, perhaps the best testimony is your own description of your time at DWU as an experience of ‘Immense growth in faith inspired by the serving hearts of so many on and off campus,’” Mitchell continued. “This has been reflected in such diverse ways as leadership on the Student Ministry Council and the infusion of faith themes in your artistic work.”
Arampatzis is involved in numerous clubs and activities on campus. Her college career has included: Student Ministry Council leader and elected president for 2016-17 year; Student Senate class president freshman and sophomore years, secretary for 2015-16; and as a member of Third Freedom (Universities Fighting World Hunger) since 2013. She was also selected for the following: as a student delegate for the United Nation’s Presidents United to Solve Hunger initiative in 2014; to attend the Millennium Campus Conference in 2014; as the student delegate at the Midwest Regional Science Conference; and as an Action Ambassador for the Leadership Conference for Innovation and Social Change since 2013. Arampatzis is also a leader for Livestock for Life through the McGovern Center, has volunteered for the Salvation Army’s Kid’s Club, and was a member of the DWU track and field team from 2013-15 until obtaining an injury. She also works as a resident assistant and this summer she will spend six weeks in Rwanda, Africa, with fellow student Amy Zeller, working for Belay Global.
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