Month: November, 2013

DWU theatre to present ‘Woman in Black’

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Some people like to forget their fears; others relive them, over and over again.

Such is the case in “Woman in Black,” a thriller by Susan Hill and adapted for the stage by Stephen Mallatratt. The Dakota Wesleyan University production will be at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 11-13, in the Patten-Wing Theatre, Hughes Hall. Tickets are $5 each and sold at the door.

The play is directed by 2013 DWU graduate Chris Ferera, who has worked on and acted in numerous DWU theatre productions, as well as Mitchell Area Community Theatre.

“Woman in Black” begins with a lawyer, Arthur Kipps, played by Kurt Schwarzenbart, so haunted by the events of his past that he hires an actor to help him recount the experience to family and friends. What he saw was the “Woman in Black,” a legendary ghost who terrifies the locals because supposedly all who see her dies – except Arthur.

“Just the fact that this ghost play takes place in the dark and in a theatre that’s over 100 years old should be indicative enough that it’s going to be eerie,” said A.J. Miller, a DWU senior who plays the actor. “The audience, the whole time, should feel pretty tense and if done right, will be looking all around the theatre during the play, trying to catch a glimpse of ‘the woman.’ ”


‘Circus of Forgetting’ is memorable collection of poetry by DWU professor

Monday, November 25, 2013

Loss is a broad topic and no matter how much a person heals or moves forward, forgetting is impossible.

Barbara Duffey, assistant professor of English at Dakota Wesleyan University, attempts to describe the full gambit of this emotion in her newest chapbook, “The Circus of Forgetting,” now available through Dancing Girl Press.

The book contains 17 poems, all which focus upon the topic of loss.

“The poems consider the deaths of loved ones, as well as the threat of loss that injury and illness make apparent,” Duffey said. “I also discuss loss rather literally, as in ‘weight loss’ and, in one poem, in the form of bulimia.”

The title of the chapbook has a circular meaning for her.

“I take the metaphor of the ‘circus’ to mean that I am parading these losses as a way to expunge them; also, that I am making a farce of forgetting by forcing myself to remember.”  

This is also why she chose the elephant to represent the poems as the chapbook’s cover art. The circus creature, after all, never forgets.

“The Circus of Forgetting” is $7 and may be purchased by clicking here.

The cover art was created by Duffey’s mother, Virginia Duffey, originally of Winner, S.D., and now of Cedar Crest, N.M.

Duffey joined the English department fall 2012 and has had several poems published this past year. 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. Duffey also served as a grant writer for the University of Houston’s College of Education; a writer in residence for the Writers in the Schools, Houston; and a reading instructor at the Institute of Reading Development. Her short story “And All Night Long We Have Not Stirred” was chosen by Dark House Press for its Exigencies Anthology, to be released at a later date.


Christmas at Dakota Wesleyan: All musical groups combine to perform ‘Veni Emmanuel’

Monday, November 25, 2013

Christmas is around the corner and Dakota Wesleyan University’s annual Christmas concert dates are set.

DWU’s Christmas concert, “Veni Emmanuel,” will be performed at 7 p.m. both Friday, Dec. 6, and Saturday, Dec. 7, at the Sherman Center. Tickets are $10 and will go on sale Monday, Dec. 2, at Prather Hall located on DWU’s campus.

The concert will feature all Dakota Wesleyan musical performing groups, including: Wesleyan Community/University Band, LyricWood, the Wesleyan Bells, Faculty/Staff Bell Choir, the Highlanders, The Mitchell Area Children’s Choir and the Women’s Chamber Choir. DWU’s newest men’s choir, The Singing Scotchmen, will also perform, as well as the largest Wesleyan Choir in more than 10 years. 

“Veni Emmanuel” is the Latin version of  the Christmas hymn, “O Come, Emmanuel,” and is the theme of this year’s celebration.

“Most of the music will reflect on humanity’s longing for the coming of the Christ child,” said Dr. Clinton Desmond, DWU choral director.  

This year’s concert features two music education majors, Jenna Callies and Elizabeth Morrison, taking turns conducting LyricWood in “Christmas Joy” by Stephen Yarbrough each night. The concert will close with the “Hallelujah Chorus” from “The Messiah,” by the Wesleyan Choir, orchestra and congregation.

“The level of musicianship has increased dramatically over the years,” Desmond said. “I am overjoyed with the hard work and dedication of our students and I think this concert will put everyone into the Christmas Spirit.”


Book signing set for Joel Allen at DWU

Monday, November 25, 2013

A book signing for “Jewish Biblical Legends: Rabbinic Wisdom for Christian Readers,” by Dr. Joel Allen, is set for 4 p.m., Monday, Dec. 2, at Java City in the McGovern Library at Dakota Wesleyan University.

Allen, assistant professor of religion at DWU, recently published “Jewish Biblical Legends: Rabbinic Wisdom for Christian Readers,” through Cascade Books.

“It describes the way rabbis of old interpreted the Bible often by telling background stories that put the written version into a new light,” Allen said.

“Jewish Biblical Legends: Rabbinic Wisdom for Christian Readers” is available in the DWU Campus Bookstore, at the Readers Den in Mitchell, as well as online at, and and


Patrick publishes two papers, one on discovery of two new spider species

Friday, November 22, 2013

Dr. Brian Patrick, assistant professor of biology at Dakota Wesleyan University, recently published two scientific papers in the Journal of Arachnology (Volume 41, Issue 3), one on the discovery of two new spider species.

The first paper describes two new species of spiders.  The paper is a collaboration between Patrick and Dr. Herbert Levi of the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard College. Professor emeritus Levi is the first author on this paper and has described more than 1,100 species of spiders during his career.

“Herb is also one of the world’s experts on this spider family and genus, and it was truly an honor to be able to work with one of the greatest arachnologists of all time,” Patrick said. 

Both of the new species of spider are in the family Theridiidae, the cobweb spiders, and in the genus Theridion, the second largest genus of spiders in the world.

“Interestingly, the two species described are two of the smallest in the genus, both coming in between 1 and 2 millimeters long,” Patrick said. “The first described species is Theridion logan, named after the place where it was first discovered in Logan Canyon, Utah.  The second is Theridion pierre, named after the place where it was first discovered, the Fort Pierre National Grassland in South Dakota.”

The second paper compares two methods for capturing insects and spiders, the ramp trap
and the pitfall trap. The paper is based on the talk Patrick gave at the 19th International Congress of Arachnology conference in Taiwan last summer. This research was conducted with Ashton Hansen, who is the coauthor and currently seeking her master’s degree in entomology from North Dakota State University. Hansen was conducting Biomedical Research Infrastructure Network (BRIN) research in South Dakota with Patrick in 2010.

“Pitfall traps are essentially a cup in the ground which wandering insects and spiders on the ground walk into to be captured,” Patrick said. “Pitfall traps require excavating a small amount of soil, but this is not always pragmatic, particularly in rocky areas or areas where digging is not permitted, such as in national parks in the U.S. Ramp traps basically use a ramp going up to a small container and the insects and spiders walk up the ramp and fall into the container.”

Their research showed that the ramp traps were twice as effective for capturing spiders.

To read more about the spider trap research, click here.


Community invited to DWU student recital

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Two Dakota Wesleyan students invite the community to attend their senior vocal recital.

Ryan Antaya and Tiffany Sharp will have their senior recitals at 5 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 8, at the First United Methodist Church in Mitchell. The recital is free and open to the public.

Antaya is a senior criminal justice major and theatre minor from Plankinton. Sharp is a senior biology major and music minor from Brighton, Colo.  Antaya, from the vocal studio of Dr. Clinton Desmond, DWU choral director, will perform works by Mozart, Britten and Niles.  Sharp, from the vocal studio of Erin Desmond, DWU voice and piano instructor, will perform works by Bach, Menotti and Faure, among others.  They will both be accompanied by Erin Desmond.


Thanksgiving holiday hours announced

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Dakota Wesleyan University announces its holiday hours for Thanksgiving week for campus and the McGovern Library.

Thanksgiving break for students officially begins at 10 p.m., Friday, Nov. 22. Classes will resume at 8 a.m., Monday, Dec. 2. DWU offices will be open Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 25-26, and close Wednesday, Nov. 27, through Friday, Nov. 29.

The McGovern Library will be closed Saturday through Sunday, Nov. 23-24. The library will be open from 8 to 5 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 25-26, and close for Thanksgiving Wednesday through Saturday, Nov. 27-30. Library hours on Sunday, Dec. 1, are 3 p.m. to midnight. Java City, within the library, will close at 3 p.m., Friday, Nov. 22, and open at regular hours on Monday, Dec. 2. 


DWU Coffee Series to spotlight to local entrepreneurs

Thursday, November 14, 2013

It’s time again to celebrate and recognize the entrepreneurial spirit.

Global Entrepreneurship Week is Sunday, Nov. 17, through Saturday, Nov. 23. During this week, the Kelley Center for Entrepreneurship at Dakota Wesleyan University will host the DWU Coffee Series, “The Power of Stories to Fuel Innovation!”

The first session will be at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 19, in Java City inside the McGovern Library, with Scott Houwman. Houwman began his own physical therapy clinic in Mitchell and also a real estate investment company with his brothers.  The second session will be at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 20, in Java City with Billy Mawhiney, who is the founder of the nonprofit Time at the Table, as well as the owner and operator of Mitchell’s Get Fresh on Main Street. These sessions are free and open to all and include one free small coffee.


DWU’s Schmaltz awarded Veteran of the Year

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

During a special Veterans Day luncheon Monday, Jenna Schmaltz, of Mitchell, a nursing student at Dakota Wesleyan University, was awarded Veteran of the Year.

Schmaltz, originally of Charlottesville, Va., and who serves in the Army Reserves, was nominated by VFW Post 2750. The Mitchell American Legion, VFW, and DAV combined on Veterans Day to award two Veteran of the Year Awards. Schmaltz was recognized for her service to the VFW. She led the fundraising efforts to help the VFW when its southern wall was damaged after the razing of the Longhorn Bar next door.

“The monies gained help the VFW to pay bills while they were closed, as well as other things,” said Hugh Holmes, of the Forty and Eight in Mitchell.

Schmaltz enlisted in 2007 in the Army Reserves and was deployed to Southern Afghanistan in 2010-2011 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

“I am honored to have received this award and I want to thank all of the volunteers who made my fundraising efforts successful,” Schmaltz said. “With the help of the community and the members of the VFW, we were able to help our financial situation. The VFW Post is not only a building, it stands for much more – support of all veterans, a place where locals can meet servicemen and always confide in a friend.”


Weekend Snack Pack Program gifted vehicle for deliveries

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

The Weekend Snack Pack Program just scored some new wheels.

Courtesy of a Mitchell benefactor, the Weekend Snack Pack Program was gifted a 2001 Tahoe today, Nov. 13, for the program’s use. The vehicle was given to the Snack Pack Program by a Mitchell resident who prefers to remain anonymous. It was accepted by Cindy Novachich, program director.

The Weekend Snack Pack Program provides one bag of easy-to-prepare meals per qualifying child each weekend. Foods given include things like ravioli or macaroni and cheese, with a snack and either a fruit or a vegetable.

Novachich said the vehicle will be used to pick up food items and for deliveries, and has twice the room of her current vehicle.

“For years, people have told me that I needed a bigger vehicle and I have agreed, but there has never been any extra money (in the program), and we’ve always used 100 percent of our donations to purchase food,” Novachich said. “The cost of a vehicle and insurance was something I told people to pray about. With the hard economic times, our donations have been down and the number of bags we pack each week keeps increasing.”

The Weekend Snack Pack Program was begun by Novachich in 2010 from her home and currently delivers about 350 weekly packs to four local elementary schools: L.B. Williams, Longfellow, Gertie Belle Rogers and John Paul II. This summer, the Dakota Wesleyan University student group Enactus worked with Novachich to move the Snack Pack Program onto campus in Hughes Hall, providing a free space for the program to set up and expand, as well as easy access to the public. Enactus students have also been assisting in marketing, promotions, website design, and grant writing. DWU will assume the cost of the car insurance and Enactus is looking at securing donations for tires and oil changes.

Since working with Enactus on project figures, Novachich decided to log the miles she spent on grocery shopping, deliveries and presentations to service clubs, which came to approximately 40 to 50 miles per week.

“It is truly a special gift for we who operate with recycled bags and boxes and through the generous donations of food drives. It is a blessing that will enable our charity to continue to use 100 percent of the contributions given to buy food for kids,” she said. “We are able, through food, to give hope to children in Mitchell who live in poverty. The donor of the Tahoe heard about our need through her work on other charity groups and felt God was calling her to provide this for us. I am so very thankful.”

If interested in donating toward the Weekend Snack Pack Program or volunteering to pack meals, please contact Novachich at or call 605-770-5832. Individuals may stop by during packing times to lend a hand, or service organizations can sign up as a group. Also, there are bins located outside of Hughes Hall for food donations to be dropped off.

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