Student Ambassadors/Work Study
Student Ambassadors / Work Study

Heather Banister

Senior from Grand Junction, Colo.
Sports Management and Business major
Participates in cross country and track
Strengths: Competition, Empathy, Positivity, Communication, Futuristic
“I chose Dakota Wesleyan because of the community and stayed because of my friends and coaches.”

Haley Brunke

Sophomore from Scotland, S.D.
Biology (pre-med) major
Participates in cross country and indoor and outdoor track, and Wesleyan Choir
Strengths: Achiever, Competition, Belief, Ideation, Learner
“I chose Dakota Wesleyan because I loved the people on campus and family-like feeling that I got when I toured and met my coaches. I have really enjoyed my time on campus and feel at home here.”

Sam Fluck

Sophomore from Becker, Minn.
Athletic Training major
Participates in volleyball
Strengths: Competition, Relator, Adaptability, Restorative, Empathy
“I chose Dakota Wesleyan for the athletic training program and the volleyball coach. I really like the athletic training program and I have met some awesome friends.”

Hannah Harbour

Sophomore from Victorville, Calif.
Elementary education major
Participates in soccer, student ministries council, NSO, Wesleyan Choir
Strengths: Adaptability, Developer, Includer, Learner, Relator
“I chose to come to Dakota Wesleyan because I knew this school had a lot of opportunities for me. I was given a soccer/academic scholarship. One of the top reasons I stay is because the program they have for my major is outstanding.”

Amanda Hart

Senior from Alexandria, S.D.
English and sports management major
Participates in women’s basketball, Enactus, the student newspaper, and NSO leader
Strengths: Achiever, Competition, Harmony, Learner, Restorative
“Students at DWU get an educational experience that no other school in this state can provide. DWU prepares you for post-graduation, whereas most other institutions prepare you for graduation.”

Skyler Heyden

Junior from Burke, S.D.
Elementary Education major
Participates in womens’ basketball, FTO and Phone-A-Thon
Strengths: Harmony, Consistency, Discipline, Significance, Competition
“I chose Dakota Wesleyan because I loved the small school feeling and all of the people were so nice. I loved the education program too. Basketball was a reason as well.”

Valerie Hummel

Senior from Yankton, S.D.
Religion and philosophy major
Participates in Student Ministry Council
Strengths: Responsibility, Deliberative, Belief, Connectedness, Input
“I came for a youth rally in the eighth grade and I just knew I would go here – no doubt in my mind. I love it here. I have made close friends and I enjoy how small the campus and classes are. I also love how many opportunities there are to be active – Christian and not always Christian-related.”

Katie Johnson

Junior from Mead, Neb.
Accounting major
Participates in women’s basketball, Student Senate, Bible study, Math Club and the Honors Program
Strengths: Belief, Harmony, Focus, Significance, Analytical
“From the academic perspective, I was impressed with the small class sizes. Upon closing out my freshman year, my expectations were surpassed because professors and instructors would go out of their way to help. There are ample opportunities for me to be involved based on my interests and passions.”

Autumn Krueger

Senior from Sioux Falls, S.D.
Religion and philosophy major
Participates in Student Ministries Council, Math club, volunteers at First United Methodist Church Youth Group, and works at Walgreens
Strengths: Developer, Relator, Belief, Empathy, Harmony
“Dakota Wesleyan felt like home after the first time I was on campus in high school. I choose to stay after becoming a part of this community. It not only feels like home but is home.”

Alex Kuehler

Senior from Black Hawk, S.D.
Biology major
Participates in women’s soccer, CHAOS (sciences club), NSO leader, SAB
Strengths: Woo, Adaptability, Communicator, Developer, Positivity
“I really enjoy the faculty, staff and students that surround me, plus, it’s a really good science program. The faculty and staff love what they do and will help you really understand your majors.”

Cassandra Landgaard

Junior from Worthington, Minn.
Athletic training and biology major
Participates in women’s soccer, Athletic Training Club, Honor Society and is a resident assistant
Strengths: Learner, Achiever, Focus, Futuristic, Relator
“The people here make me feel at home and they truly care about me. I love the friendly atmosphere.”

Ross Leonhardt
Senior from Sioux Falls, SD.
Sports management major
Participates in Soccer, Student Ministries Council, Middle School Youth group leader
Strengths: Includer, Positivity, Harmony, Consistency, Arranger
“I chose Dakota Wesleyan because of soccer, Bishop Leadership Award winner, the small campus and classes, the professors that are willing to work with you, and the major that I want.”

Katie Lindow

Junior from Green Bay, Wis.
Business administration major
Participates in Student Activities Board, NSO, and Volleyball
Strengths: Competition, Relator, Responsibility, Futuristic, Focus
“The reason I chose Dakota Wesleyan is the way I felt when I arrived on campus. I felt like I could fit in well on campus and that I would make a lot of friends. I have chosen to stay because of the family atmosphere that is established around campus. You will never feel like you are alone or out of place because there are always people to talk to and everyone is so involved on campus.”

Dylan Lynde

Sophomore from Canistota, S.D.
Sports management major
Participates in Intramurals and NSO
Strengths: Developer, Restorative, Arranger, Empathy, Strategic
“I chose Dakota Wesleyan because of the smaller school, friendly faculty and professors, and the great campus. I have stayed because of the strong connections I have developed with both my peers and professors.”

Ian Mcclanahan

Sophomore from Brandon, S.D.
Sports management major
Participates in football and intramurals
Strengths: Includer, Belief, Competitive, Communication, Positivity
“Football was the main reason I came to Dakota Wesleyan. I have decided to stay a DWU tiger because I enjoy the campus and the environment.”

Kayla Mielitz

Senior from Big Stone City, S.D.
Elementary and special education major
Participates in Student Activities Board, Children’s Miracle Network, Worship Team, NSO, FTO, Intramurals, and TRiO
Strengths: Competition, Responsibility, Significance, Positivity, Includer
“I stepped onto campus my senior year in high school for a visit and immediately felt at home and connected with DWU. I have stayed because of the amazing support I receive from my DWU family; without them my past three years would not have been what they were. ”

Tanner Munk

Sophomore from Dell Rapids, S.D.
Biology, pre-physical therapy major
Participates in football
Strengths: Relator, Adaptability, Competition, Futuristic, Restorative
“I chose Dakota Wesleyan because of the nice campus, friendly staff, and family atmosphere.”

Linsey Peterson
Senior from Pierre, S.D.
Sport, exercise and wellness major
Participates in women’s soccer
Strengths: Restorative, Learner, Discipline, Belief, Competition
“I decided to attend DWU because of the small-town atmosphere. Also, at DWU I felt like a student, not just a number, when I visited.”

Chelsea Raker
Junior from Scotland, S.D.
Biology major
Strengths: Achiever, Harmony, Learner, Responsibility
“DWU feels like home. The professors are helpful and the campus is a lot of fun.”

Macy Piper

Junior from Gordon, Neb.
Secondary history education major
Participates in Intramurals and NSO

Strengths: Harmony, Responsibility, Context, Discipline, and Relator

“One of the biggest reasons I chose Dakota Wesleyan is because of the small campus. The schools I had been at previously were large campuses and I felt like I got lost in the mix with all of the students. It was hard to become involved but here I want to become involved in everything I possibly can!”

Sam Sandau

Senior from Tripp, S.D.
English education major
Participates in Student Ministries Council, Future Teacher’s Organization, Resident Assistant
Strengths: Communication, Responsibility, Adaptability, Achiever, Arranger
“I chose to attend Dakota Wesleyan because it is a smaller campus with a lot of opportunities. I chose to stay because it is a very student-oriented campus. I feel that I am not just a number or another English education major, but rather I am my own individual person on the academic track that fits me.”

Tyler Sarringar

Senior from Pierre, S.D.
Athletic training major
Participates in wrestling, tutoring and is a resident assistant
Strengths: Achiever, Positivity, Learner, Competition, Developer
“I liked the small-school environment, and that is one of the biggest reasons why I love it so much here. The professors know who you are and are willing to help any student who asks for it. I also chose to stay at DWU because of the athletic training program. I feel the strength of this program will put me way ahead at whatever I choose to do.”

Michael Stier

Junior from Onida, S.D.
Criminal justice major
Participates in track and field, Student Senate, Enactus
Strengths: Belief, Restorative, Woo, Communicator, Empathy
“Having smaller class sizes allows students to get one-on-one time with the professors. I have chosen to stay at DWU because it is my home. I have made so many friends that I never want to lose.”

Kelli Swenson

Senior from Chamberlain, S.D.
Leadership and public service and business administration major
Participates in volleyball, Universities Fighting World Hunger, Student Ministry Council, and is President of Student Senate
Strengths: Developer, Includer, Relator, Empathy, Woo
“I chose DWU based on a volleyball scholarship and the close, community-like feel through the campus that I experienced during my individual tour. I have chosen to stay because I simply cannot imagine myself anywhere else. Professors and faculty are compassionate and willing to go out of their way to help you succeed. Dakota Wesleyan also allows students to explore career interests and then tailors majors/minors for each vocation. DWU also has amazing internship and service project opportunities that foster growth in personal experiences and faith while also allowing students to be a part of something bigger than themselves.”

Katie Uttecht

Junior from Norfolk, Neb.
Elementary education major
Participates in softball
Strengths: Woo, Positivity, Adaptability, Ideation, Communicator
“I liked the campus, softball program and the town of Mitchell. Everyone is so nice here; it’s great.”

Jenna Winckler

Junior from Lake Andes, S.D.
Nursing major
Participates in women’s golf
Strengths: Competition, Responsibility, Achiever, Arranger, Woo
“After meeting with the faculty, staff and golf coach, I knew this is where I had to go. I loved that I was able to continue my golf career while pursuing a degree in nursing.”

Kayla Summerville

Senior from Platte, S.D.
Human services major
Participates in Human Services Club and Children’s Miracle Network
Strengths: Harmony, Adaptability, Arranger, Belief, Empathy
“I chose to attend DWU because the atmosphere of the entire campus (faculty, staff and campus itself) really appealed to me, small class sizes, and it was close to home. I have chosen to stay at DWU because I love the atmosphere, I’ve developed some close bonds with faculty and students, I feel DWU offers great opportunities for my future, and I feel like I’m a part of DWU now."

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