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DWU president receives Creighton’s Seagren-Joekel-Ihrig Award

Friday, April 24, 2015

Creighton University’s Doctoral Program in Interdisciplinary Leadership honored DWU President Amy Novak with its inaugural Seagren-Joekel-Ihrig Award for Best Interdisciplinary Leadership Dissertation.

 

The award, which was presented to Novak this week, recognizes the dissertation that best addresses pressing educational leadership problems and presents a realistic interdisciplinary solution that is in keeping with Jesuit values, adheres to high standards of ethical research and is an exemplary written work.

 

Novak wrote a dissertation titled “Calling, Confidence, Competence, and Connections: A Grounded Theory for Optimizing Wellbeing of Female University Presidents.” Novak earned her doctorate at Creighton in 2014.

 

Nathan Klein, of Mount Mercy University in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, also received the award for his dissertation, “The Relationship Between Servant Leadership and Employee Engagement: The Mediating Roles of Trust and Fit.”

 

“It is not every day that we have two winners for Best Dissertation,” said Isabelle Cherney, Ph.D., director of Creighton’s doctoral program in interdisciplinary leadership. “Both dissertations are very different and excellent examples of our interdisciplinary leadership program.”

 

The awards were presented at a ceremony on April 22 in the Harper Center on the Creighton campus.
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Honorary doctorate, speaker announced for DWU’s 2015 Commencement

Friday, April 24, 2015

Dakota Wesleyan University will celebrate commencement Sunday, May 3, with a baccalaureate service and graduation, and an honorary degree will be given to a well-known community member.

 

Baccalaureate will begin at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, May 3, at the Sherman Center on campus, and Commencement is set for 1 p.m. at the Corn Palace with 237 graduates. The Nurses’ Pinning Ceremony is set for 4 p.m., Saturday, May 2, in the Sherman Center.

 

Dr. John Cawley will be the special speaker for Commencement and the Rev. Eric Van Meter, campus pastor, will offer the Baccalaureate message. An Honorary Doctor of Business Administration will be awarded to Ronald Gates, Sr., of Mitchell.

 

Cawley is a native of Inkster, N.D., and is a 2004 Dakota Wesleyan University graduate. While at DWU, he studied biology and following graduation he obtained his Medical Doctorate from the University of North Dakota where he chose to specialize in comprehensive family medicine with obstetrics.

 

He currently resides with his wife, Sara, an elementary school teacher, and their two children in Fort Collins, Colo., where he is the owner and partner at Associates in Family Medicine P.C. Cawley’s medical interests include health care reform, medical education, whole-body care, and medical practice transformation.  He is involved in many organizations, including as the educational committee co-chair for the Colorado Academy of Family Medicine board of directors, the immediate past-president for the Northern Colorado Medical Society, and his local church session.  He has numerous publications on patient-centered medical home and clinical practice transformation.

 

Cawley won the Zachary Flake M.D. – Resident Physician Writer Award in 2011, and the Henry Hobart Ruger Trust Award and Tiongson Humanism in Meidcine Graduate Award while in medical school. While at Dakota Wesleyan, Cawley was a Randall Scholar, the 2003 homecoming king, and 2004 Scotchman, among many other designations.

 

Van Meter will speak during the DWU baccalaureate on “The Art of Failure.” He said his address will focus on “Not playing the game better; but play a better game.” This is Van Meter’s first year at Dakota Wesleyan as campus pastor. He came from Arkansas State University, Paragould, Ark., where he served as campus pastor since 2007.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gates has spent his life in service to others and for the betterment of his community.

 

A native of Sioux City, Iowa, he graduated from East High School in 1949 and enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1951 for four years. He attended one year of electronics school and spent two tours in the Korean Theatre.

 

In 1965, he moved to Mitchell and made the community his home. He began by working for Rew’s TV, and in 1968 he married Arlene Jones, Parker, S.D. Together, they bought Mitchell Retirement Home in 1969, Hilltop Nursing Home in Parker in 1978, and assumed ownership of Firesteel Healthcare Center in 1984, which they sold in 2010. Ron lost Arlene to cancer in 2011, but her memory and dedication to the healthcare profession lives on through the Ron and Arlene Gates Nursing Scholarship, established in 1988, and the Arlene Gates Department of Nursing at Dakota Wesleyan, a tribute made in 2013 by Ron, his family and his wife, Sheilah.

 

An industry leader long associated with community volunteering, Ron has been active as a member, past president or committee chairman for multiple organizations. He is past vice president of the board of directors of the South Dakota Healthcare Association, past president and board member of Mitchell United Way and served as the general chairman of its fund drive, and he is a past president of Mitchell Rotary Club, for which he has also served on multiple committees, hosted three Rotary exchange students and was named a Paul Harris Fellow. He is a past member of the DWU Board of Trustees, the South Dakota State Board of Examiners for Nursing Home Administrators, Adjustment Training Center board, Mitchell American Cancer Society board, and past president of the Mitchell Parks and Recreation Department Board. He has also served on the South Dakota Healthcare Association Political Action Committee. Ron was also named the Outstanding Committee Chairman of the year for the South Dakota Jaycees. He is presently on the board of the Mitchell Area Charitable Foundation.

 

He is a member of the First United Methodist Church, where he has served on the Staff Parish Committee and has chaired the administrative board, served as lay leader, as the finance committee chairman, as an usher and greeter, and on several other committees. 

 

In addition to community service, Ron has worked to enhance the cultural and educational experiences for those living in Mitchell. In 2012, Ron married Sheilah Smith Puetz, and together they generously supported the expansion of the music programs at Dakota Wesleyan through the Ron and Sheilah Gates Department of Music in 2014 and have also sponsored musical productions on campus. They also support the Mitchell Area Community Theatre, and its auditorium bears their name. They enjoy and support Corn Palace activities, Pheasants Forever, the Mitchell High School band and show choir, as well as dancing and traveling.

 

In addition to serving on the board of trustees at Dakota Wesleyan, Ron and Arlene Gates received the DWU Outstanding Citizens Award in 1990, and also hosted Koka Institute exchange students. Ron and Sheilah were named the DWU Homecoming Parade Marshals in 2012.

Scotchman and Miss Wesleyan winners announced at DWU

Friday, April 24, 2015

 

Katie Johnson and Andrew DeVaney, seniors at Dakota Wesleyan University, were named Miss Wesleyan and Scotchman, the university’s highest honors, at a special banquet Friday night at the university.

 

Katherine Johnson, Mead, Neb., 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.

 

Andrew DeVaney, Sioux Falls, 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 Denver Theological Seminary.

 

Other candidates for Miss Wesleyan include: Hannah Ford, Vermillion; Abigail Fossum, Canton; Cassie Landgaard, Worthington, Minn.; MacKenzie Stevens, Polk, Neb.; Lexy Timm, Yale. Other candidates for the Scotchman include: Christian Doyle, Jackson, Wyo.; Kyle Gerlach, Mount Vernon; Dustin Paulsen, Pierre; Jared Stearns, Canton.

 

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.”


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DWU students recognized for scholastic achievement during Honors Banquet

Friday, April 24, 2015

Many Dakota Wesleyan University students were honored on Friday, April 24, for the 2014-15 Honors Banquet held on campus.

 

Students were recognized for honors in scholarship and for active participation in a variety of campus clubs or events. In addition, alumni medals were presented to outstanding students in various academic departments.

 

DWU is a private, liberal arts university associated with the Dakotas Conference of the United Methodist Church. More than 800 students are enrolled in various academic majors.

 

Following is a list of students and the awards they received:

 

Alumni Medals for Scholarship

Accounting – Katherine Johnson, Mead, Neb.; Jared Stearns, Canton

Biology – Hannah Ford, Vermillion

Business Administration – Kyle Gerlach, Mount Vernon

Chemistry – Megan Johnson, Rapid City

Criminal Justice – Tyler Johnson, Elizabeth, Colo.

Dramatics – Ann Thury, Parkston

Education – Skyler Heyden, Burke (elementary); Jordan Buchholz, South Shore (secondary)

Entrepreneurial Leadership – Morgan Millar, Mitchell

Friends of the Middle Border – Emily Olson, Woonsocket

Graphic Design – Danielle Klassen, Niverville, Manitoba, Canada

History – Jasmin Vant, Canton

Human Services – Elise Wibben, Mitchell

Literature – Analisa Morel, Gilbert, Ariz.

Mathematics – Katherine Johnson, Mead, Neb.

Music – Jenna Miller, Mitchell

Nursing – Mitchell: Tatyana Brown, Mitchell

Huron: Stacy Treib, Woonsocket

Sioux Falls: Allison Jones, Sioux Falls

Psychology – Christian Doyle, Jackson Hole, Wyo.

Religion and Philosophy – Andrew DeVaney, Sioux Falls

Sociology – Shaney Davis, Miller

Sport, Exercise and Wellness – Jared Van Winkle, Tyndall

Sports Management – Tyler Grilley, Sioux Falls

Speech – MacKenzie Stevens, Polk, Neb.

 

University Awards – Honors Program

To graduate with honors, students must complete at least three honors courses during their undergraduate career, have a 3.5 cumulative grade point average and present a senior project.

 

Thara Ali Said, Muscat, Oman

Hannah Ford, Vermillion

Kylie Keiser, Sioux Falls

Cassandra Landgaard, Worthington, Minn.

Lexy Timm, Yale

 

Jerry M. Trimble Leadership Award

This award is presented annually to a student leader who exhibits academic integrity, ability to grow and change, and for influencing students and colleagues.

           

Trae Bergh, Crooks

 

Jennie Orr Memorial Scholarship

In memory of Mrs. S.D. Orr, her husband and children have established the Jennie Orr Memorial Scholarship Fund, which grants a scholarship to an outstanding art student who demonstrates the qualities of the “Four C’s” – character, culture, citizenship and craft.

 

Megan Peltier, Sioux Falls

 

Harriet N. Houk Scholarship

Awarded to biology majors who maintain a 3.0 GPA.

           

Haley Brunke, Scotland

Travis Moodie, Pierre

Michael Rohde, Colome

Alecia VanTassel, Missoula, Mont.

 

George and Eleanor McGovern Student Leadership and Public Service Award

This award is presented to a public service and leadership major or minor who has proven his/her commitment as an activist for the common good through extraordinary acts of leadership and service.

 

Beau Byrd, White Lake

           

DWU Future Teachers Organization Service Award

This award is presented to students who have exemplified outstanding service in the field of education, including activities of service to DWU, the community, and area public and private schools.

           

Skyler Heyden, Burke

           

DWU Marjorie Linton O’Byrne and Laura Linton Scholarships

This scholarship is awarded to students based on service to DWU and area education communities, as well as academic prowess and growth as future teachers.

 

Jamie Geho, Douglas, Wyo.

Kayla Geraets-Majercik, Mitchell

Bailey Gummer, Brookings

Hannah Harbour, Ore Grande, Calif.

Matthew Henriksen, Mitchell

Tara Ronke, Tyndall

 

Virginia A. Harms Endowed Scholarship in Elementary Education

Scholarship recipients are selected by the education faculty based on scholarship, service, ability and a passion for helping all students learn.

 

Samantha Geiman, Scotland

Matthew Henriksen, Mitchell

 

Adkins Mathematics Award

This award is given to encourage mathematics students.

 

Thara Ali Said, Muscat, Oman

 

Janet Glenny Farney Memorial Award

This award is given to a student majoring in mathematics who has overcome extraordinary difficulties in order to maintain at least a 3.0 GPA.

           

Desiree Curry, Rapid City

 

Edith Heritage Garrison Memorial Prize in Writing

This is a cash award presented to a student in any field of study whose intellectual curiosity and interest in communicating with others leads to outstanding formal and informal essay writing.

           

Alexandra Davis, Chula Vista, Calif.

 

Erlow and Maxine Wiseman Journalism Award

This award is endowed by Maxine Schrader Wiseman ’31 to provide an annual communications/media award for a student majoring in English or business and involved in journalism.

 

Caitlynn Peetz, Sidney, Neb.

 

Elizabeth Graham Colton Prize

This cash prize is awarded to a student whose talent, work and promise in creative writing is worthy of recognition.

 

Briana Weiss, Mitchell

           

Agnes Hyde Writing Competition

The Agnes Hyde Writing Competition is open to all university students with prizes awarded in three categories.

 

Essay: First, Shayna Frost, Redfield, “This I Believe”; Second, Taylor Spence, Schertz, Texas, “Tender Buttons: To Wear a Red Hat”; Third, Jonathan Wieger, Waubay, “Tolstoy’s Unflinching and Pensive Study of Death.”

 

Fiction: First, Lillian Jones, Omaha, Neb., “Blue Notebook.”

 

Poetry: First, Briana Weiss, Mitchell, “He Danced With Two Left Feet”; Second, Lydia Ymker, Armour, “Bleeding and Shock, Chapter 27”; Third, Analisa Morel, Gilbert, Ariz., “Unsupervised.”

 

The Sinfonia Service Award

This award is given to a member of the choir who best represents the characteristics of “Sacrifice or Service” to the music department.

           

Lacey Reimnitz, Corsica

 

Warren W. Coxe Sociology Award

Awarded to an outstanding junior of senior sociology major.          

           

Shaney Davis, Miller

 

Mary E. Anderson Freshman Nursing Merit Award

This award is presented to a freshman student in the nursing program who shows scholarship and promise for excellence in nursing.

           

Jessica Neises, Madison

 

Ivan and Doris Bartels Endowed Scholarship in Nursing

This scholarship was established for outstanding students studying in the field of nursing.

           

Rachelle Steiner, Holstein

 

Irene Grace Wendt Endowed Scholarships

Established in memory of Irene Grace Wendt, this scholarship is given to two nursing students, a freshman and a nontraditional student, selected by the nursing faculty.

 

Jessica Peters, Wagner

Katie Sanderson, Mitchell

 

Methodist Hospital Endowed Scholarship

           

A.S. – April Barnett, Lakeview, Texas

B.S. – Tatyana Brown, Mitchell

 

Mitchell First United Methodist Church/Methodist Hospital Endowed Scholarship

           

First place – Rachel Reichel, Mankato, Minn.

Second place – McKenzie Weidenbach, Parkston

Third place – Nicole Court-Menendez, Lewiston, Maine

 

St. Joseph Hospital Endowed Scholarship

           

Anthony Husher, Winner

Travis Moodie, Pierre

 

Robert E. McWhirter Service Medal

This award is given annual by the athletic training faculty to an athletic training student who excels academically, and has demonstrated service above and beyond the minimal expectations of the academic program and university.

 

Travis McDonald, Tyndall     

 

American Association of University Women DWU Scholarship

This award is given to female nontraditional junior students with a GPA of 2.5 or above.  The cash award is set up as a fund at the campus bookstore.

 

Tatyana Brown, Mitchell

Lori Goldammer, Mitchell

Mareisha Marvin, Mitchell

 

Vicki Clarke Memorial Endowed Scholarship for Leadership and Service

This scholarship is awarded annually to a student who has demonstrated the conviction and ability to model Vicki Clarke’s example of leadership and service.

           

Ariana Arampatzis, Aberdeen

Landon Fischbach, Mellette

 

Master Craftsman Award in Theatre

The Master Craftsman Award in Theatre is awarded to graduating seniors of high

academic standing who have supported the university theatre in outstanding

ways as participants and by promoting excellence in the performing arts in the

academic community and the community at large.

 

Brittney Kaufmann, Spencer

           

Anonymous III Scholarship

Recipients will be commended by the chairman of the department of communications/theatre. Recipients are role models in the classroom and through their use of communication skills, with an emphasis on correct verbal English grammar.

           

Ian Hyde, Irvine, Calif.

 

Homer Carhart Prizes in Science

           

Jonah Johnson, Kerkhoven, Minn.

Shelby Vosburg, Renner

 

Marv Miller Christian Leadership Award

This award is given to a student who meets the criteria of excellence and distinguished academic achievements in the field of religion and philosophy.

           

Analisa Morel, Gilbert, Ariz.

 

Kelley Center Student Leadership Awards

The Kelley Center Student Leadership Awards are designed to recognize emerging student leaders. Recipients demonstrate individual commitment to the mission of the Kelley Center, as well as their ability to promote its mission through a leadership role within the DWU Chapter of Students in Free Enterprise.

           

Blaine Bacon, Spearfish

Dyrani Clark, Loveland, Colo.

LexyJo Deneke, Rapid City

Isaac Van Essen, Sioux Falls

 

Oscar Ingram Award

Dr. Oscar H. Ingram was the head of the speech and drama departments at DWU until his death in 1964. This award goes to the outstanding forensics student each year.

 

Madison-Ainsley Miller, Mitchell

 

Hughes Grant-in-Aid for Summer Experiences Award

The Hughes Grant-in-Aid for Summer Experiences provides an award of up to $2,000 to a biology or mathematics major to pursue summer field and/or research experiences that are not available at Dakota Wesleyan. 

 

Caleb Heiberger, Hartford

Emma Kelly, Mitchell

Sarah Zaiser, Dawson, Minn. 

 

Education Learning Through Service Scholars

The elementary, secondary and special education majors in the Learning Through Service independent honors practicum within the education department have demonstrated superior ability in the university classroom and exceptional teaching skill during field experiences. The students are approved by education department faculty and placed in a classroom with a master teacher/mentor; they write their own course objectives designed to connect coursework with academic inquiry and apply theory to classroom practice while providing service to the community. Eligible students may apply to participate in this experience for up to three semesters.

 

Aisha Abbink, Scotland

Austin Calhoon, Winner

Samantha Geiman, Scotland

Taylor Smith, Saratoga, Wyo.

Dustin Steckler, Garretson

Hailey Unger, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Lydia Ymker, Armour

 

AmeriCorps

This program connects students with communities through meaningful academic service, civic engagement and community service experiences.

 

Kayla Collins, Woonsocket

Mara Eriksen, Presho

Nicole Gleich, Rapid City

Megan Hart, Mount Vernon

Skyler Heyden, Burke

Kayla Mielitz, Big Stone City

Jenna Miller, Mitchell

Lexy Timm, Yale

Marissa Tubbs, Mitchell

Kelby Van Wyk, Hawarden, Iowa

 

Raymond and Helen Trent Paulsen Memorial Nursing Award

This award is given to a student in the nursing program who is interested in an elder care career.

 

Stephanie DeWaard, Stickney

 

Katherine McKillop Sophomore Nursing Award

This award is presented to a sophomore student in the nursing program whose scholarship is worthy of recognition.

 

Stephanie Bravo, Santa Fe Springs, Calif.

 

Nursing Faculty Awards

These awards are given to students who demonstrate an enthusiasm for learning, giving quality care and who have a positive attitude.

 

Mitchell: Freshmen: Breanna Blom, Corsica, Candace Page-Marten, Artesian; Sophomores: Lauren Fitts, Brookings, Kimberly Gregerson, Sterling, Colo.

 

Huron: Freshman: Shayna Frost, Redfield; sophomore: Katelyn Grehl, Hitchcock

 

Sioux Falls: LPN-RN: Kristin Brandt, Aberdeen

 

 

Mildred Montag Nursing Scholar Award

This award goes to a student who participates in extracurricular activities and demonstrates an outstanding ability in a clinical setting.

           

Kelsey VandenHoek, Stickney

 

Thompson Nursing Leadership Award

This award is given to a graduate of the nursing program who has demonstrated leadership skills within student nursing organizations and community activities.

 

Lacey VanLaecken, Letcher

           

GBHEM United Methodist Scholarship

This award is an investment made possible by the Student Day offering in United Methodist churches nationwide. Scholarships are designated for full-time students who have been active members in the church for at least one year and who have maintained at least a 2.5 grade point average.

 

Ryan Antaya, Letcher

Madeline Bauer, Wall

Lindsey Calhoon, Winner

Katarina Godfrey, Norfolk, Neb.

Rachael Kriz, Geddes

Travis Moodie, Pierre

Jennifer Sip, Tyndall

Rachelle Steiner, Holstein

Kelby Van Wyk, Hawarden, Iowa

Elise Wibben, Mitchell

 

Honor Societies

 

Phi Kappa Phi – a national scholarship society open to juniors, seniors and faculty. Only the top 10 percent of seniors and 5 percent of juniors are eligible.

           

Trae Bergh, Crooks

Haley Brunke, Scotland

Dyrani Clark, Loveland, Colo.

Alexandra Davis, Chula Vista, Calif.

Landon Fischbach, Mellette

Kyle Gerlach, Mount Vernon

Caleb Heiberger, Hartford

Skyler Heyden, Burke

Krista Huber, Mitchell

Anthony Husher, Winner

Braiden Jorgensen, Tetonia, Idaho

Briana Jung, Warner

Christine Mauszycki, Mitchell

Daniel Miller, Mitchell

Madison-Ainsley Miller, Mitchell

Travis Moodie, Pierre

Cindy Nagel, Springfield

L. Brian Patrick, Mitchell

Michael Rohde, Colome

Zachary Schneider, Sioux Falls

Ann Thury, Parkston

 

 

Pi Gamma Mu – a national social science fraternity intended to stimulate achievements by students in the social sciences. Membership is restricted to 10 percent of the junior and senior classes. Members are elected by the Pi Gamma Mu membership from students with a minimum of a 3.0 grade point average in social science courses and in the top one-third of their class.

Seniors:

Anthony Cervantes, North Hollywood, Calif.

Shaney Davis, Miller

Bailey Gummer, Brookings

Vanessa Johanneson, Tea

Jenna Miller, Mitchell

 

Juniors:

Andrew Becker, Tea

Tyler Burr, Belle Fourche

Stetsen Eriksen, Presho

Landon Fischbach, Mellette

Kayla Geraets-Majercik, Mitchell

Sawyer Gibson, Jasper, Minn.

Jade Hoisington, Britton

Krista Huber, Mitchell

Kelsey Kniffen, Lake Andes

Trevor Krugman, Spencer, Neb.

Serina Lasnar, Mitchell

Dylan Lynde, Canistota

Shelby Matthews, Iroquois

Chase McBrayer, Ethan

Tyson Moodie, Pierre

Christopher Nemec, Mitchell

Sean Riley, Driggs, Idaho

Nicholas Tschakert, Watertown

Hailey Unger, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Tyler Vavra, Winner

Stacia Wakeley, Rapid City

Heidi Willett, Harrisburg

 

Psi Chi – Psi Chi, a national honor society in psychology established to encourage, stimulate and maintain excellence in scholarship and advancement in the science of psychology. Membership is open to graduate and undergraduate men and women who are making the study of psychology one of their major interests and who meet the minimum qualifications.

 

Maranda Ehrenfried, Pierre

John Fabrizius, Casper, Wyo.

Megan Johnson, Rapid City

Alisha Lascelles, Rapid City

 

Sigma Zeta – science and mathematics:

 

Ariana Arampatzis, Aberdeen

Madeline Bauer, Wall

Brady Besco, Hot Springs

Haley Brunke, Scotland

Erin Deibele, Sheridan, Wyo.

Maranda Ehrenfried, Pierre

Cassandra Fink, Norfolk, Neb.

Caleb Heiberger, Hartford

Matthew Hockert, Fargo, N.D.

Anthony Husher, Winner

Megan Johnson, Rapid City

Braiden Jorgensen, Tetonia, Idao

Kellam Karst, Plankinton

Emma Kelly, Mitchell

Travis Moodie, Pierre

Tanner Munk, Dell Rapids

Delayna Paulson, Mount Vernon

Michael Rohde, Colome

Austin Schroeder, Winner

Andrew Schwader, Howard

Kennedi Travis, Platte

Kayla Vanden Hoek, Corsica

Alecia VanTassel, Missoula, Mont.

Katherine Varnado, Amite, La.

Shelby Vosburg, Renner

Alexis Wilde, Gillette, Wyo.

 

United Methodist Foundation Merit Scholars Program:

This program was created to foster values-centered education in a Christian context in United Methodist-related educational institutions. Recipients must be full-time students, active members of the United Methodist Church for at least one year before application, and citizens or permanent residents of the United States.

 

Matthew Bader, Pierre

Kristen Holland, Huron

Kristi Macumber, Redfield

Jared Stearns, Canton

 

Hatterscheidt Foundation Scholarships:

           

DiMera Dvorak, Lake Andes

Nichole Dvorak, Lake Andes

Kaci Olivier, Philip

Turner Serr, Burke

 

F. Dwain Randall Scholarships:

 

Elizabeth Anderson, Bowdle

Trae Bergh, Crooks

Derek Brenner, Yankton

Allison Cimpl, Wagner

Dyrani Clark, Loveland, Colo.

Tyson DeGroot, Volga

Sara Deinert, Mount Vernon

Abigail Fossum, Canton

Hannah Hammer, Dell Rapids

Katherine Johnson, Mead, Neb.

Briana Jung, Warner

Jonathon Kleinschmit, Fordyce, Neb.

Cassandra Landgaard, Worthington, Minn.

Jenna Miller, Mitchell

Brooklynn Oehlerking, Sioux Falls

Lexi Olinger, Wessington Springs

Megan Peltier, Sioux Falls

Emily Richey, Wewela

Ann Thury, Parkston

Katherine Varnado, Amite, La.

Tyler Vavra, Winner

Kellan Willet, Seward, Neb.

Lynze Wobig, Canova

 

Honors in scholarship:

Students who earn recognition for Honors in Scholarship must be in current attendance with a grade point average of 3.5 or above for all work at DWU and elsewhere. Juniors and seniors must have successfully completed at least two semesters; sophomores, one semester; and freshmen, 16 hours.

 

Seniors

Jordan Adam, Mount Vernon

Thara Ali Said, Denton, Texas

Danielle Anderson, Kennebec

Celeste Beck, Hurley

Bryce Berletic, Rochester, Minn.

Betty Brockmueller, Brandon

Tatyana Brown, Mitchell

Alexandra Christensen, Mitchell

Kayla Collins, Woonsocket

Lindsey Corrin, Rapid City

Alexandra Davis, Chula Vista, Calif.

Sara Deinert, Mount Vernon

Andrew DeVaney, Sioux Falls

Christian Doyle, Jackson Hole, Wyo.

Mara Eriksen, Presho

Tiffany Fiechuk, Yankton

Alexis Fiorini, Huron

Hannah Ford, Vermillion

Abigail Fossum, Canton

Kyle Gerlach, Mount Vernon

Colleen Hannum Bakersfield, Calif.

Caleb Heiberger, Hartford

Skyler Heyden, Burke

Amber Hiles, Woonsocket

Katherine Johnson, Mead, Neb.

Briana Jung, Warner

Brittney Kaufmann, Spencer

Kylie Keiser, Sioux Falls

Jonathon Knight, Lantana, Texas

Taylor Kuhn, Surrey, N.D.

Cassandra Landgaard, Worthington, Minn.

Brent Matter, Cavour

Kris Menning, Corsica

Alex Meyer, Heron Lake, Minn.

Kayla Mielitz, Big Stone City

Dillon Miles, Mitchell

Jenna Miller, Mitchell

Madison-Ainsley Miller, Mitchell

Chelsea Moody, Mitchell

Jill Nuebel, Tripp

Emily Olson, Woonsocket

Emma Otterpohl, Mount Vernon

Dustin Paulsen, Pierre

Chelsea Raker, Scotland

Rachel Reichel, Mankato, Minn.

Lacey Reimnitz, Corsica

Tara Ronke, Tyndall

Samantha Sandau Ziegler, Tripp

Joshua Schmitz, Mitchell

Kira Stammer, Ethan

Jared Stearns, Canton

MacKenzie Stevens, Polk, Neb.

Lauren Tadlock, Rapid City

Lexy Timm, Yale

Marissa Tubbs, Mitchell

Jared Van Winkle, Tyndall

Jasmin Vant, Canton

Kelsey Warns, Madison

Briana Weiss, Mitchell

Jonathan Wieger, Waubay

Sarah Zaiser, Dawson, Minn. 

 

Juniors

April Barnett, Lakeview, Texas

Andrew Becker, Tea

Trae Bergh, Crooks

Haley Brunke, Scotland

Jordan Buchholz, South Shore

Jake Capko, Corvallis, Mont.

Dyrani Clark, Loveland, Colo.

Tyson DeGroot, Volga

Landon Fischbach, Mellette

Lauren Fitts, Brookings

Kayla Geraets-Majercik, Mitchell

Jace Goodfellow, Bruce

Matthew Hockert, Fargo, N.D.

Jade Hoisington, Britton

Sterling Hubbard, Jamestown, N.D.

Krista Huber, Mitchell

Anthony Husher, Winner

Braiden Jorgensen, Tetonia, Idaho

Emma Kelly, Mitchell

Kelsey Kniffen, Lake Andes

Katherine Lazenby, Mitchell

Serina Lesnar, Mitchell

Kelsey Little, Castlewood

Dylan Lynde, Canistota

Travis McDonald, Tyndall

Vanessa Mendez, Monterey Park, Calif.

Daniel Mitchell, Estelline

Travis Moodie, Pierre

Tyson Moodie, Pierre

Tanner Munk, Dell Rapids

Christopher Nemec, Mitchell

Trenice Pehrson, Redfield

Michael Rohde, Colome

Katelynn Runge, Brookings

Katie Sanderson, Mitchell

Zachary Schneider, Sioux Falls

Dustin Steckler, Garretson

Ann Thury, Parkston

Nicholas Tschakert, Watertown

Hailey Unger, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Kayla Vanden Hoek, Corsica

Lacey VanLaecken, Letcher

Tyler Vavra, Winner

Alexis Wilde, Gillette, Wyo.

Heather Willett, Harrisburg

Heidi Willett, Harrisburg

Lydia Ymker, Armour

 

Sophomores

Aisha Abbink, Scotland

Ariana Arampatzis, Aberdeen

Matthew Bader, Pierre

Adam Bormann, Stickney

Ashley Bray, Ramsey, Minn.

Stephanie Brock, Huron

Macey Chambers, Blunt

Madeline DeBeer, Little Rock, Iowa

John Fabrizius, Casper, Wyo.

Shayna Frost, Redfield

Makenna Hancock, Chamberlain

Erica Herrold, Parkston

Lillian Jones, Omaha, Neb.

Kevin Lopez, Signal Hill, Calif.

Brooke Louwagie, Marshall, Minn.

Jessica Neises, Madison

Delayna Paulson, Mount Vernon

Megan Peltier, Sioux Falls

Emily Pengilly, Watertown

Matthew Randall, Platte

Alex Robertson, Canistota

Andrew Schwader, Howard

Marissa Soderberg, Roundup, Mont.

Justine Soukup, Wagner

Lisa Stanley, Box Elder

Jesse Taylor, Kimball

Jaylen Uthe, Presho

Alecia VanTassel, Missoula, Mont.

Cody Warns, Madison

McKenzie Weidenbach, Parkston

Patrick Whetham, Garretson

Cal Wiese, Fedora

 

 

Freshmen

Tyson Allen, Mitchell

Elizabeth Anderson, Bowdle

Dakota Bodden, Tabor

Amber Bray, Ramsey, Minn.

Samuel Britt, Rapid City

Caleb Carr, Huron

Cole Casper, Lake Preston

DiMera Dvorak, Lake Andes

Nichole Dvorak, Lake Andes

Rebecca Ehrenfried, Pierre

Ciera Eisele, Bremerton, Wash.

Tyler Fortuna, Gillette, Wyo.

Katarina Godfrey, Norfolk, Neb.

Grayson Gruenhagen, De Smet

Paige Hendricks, Rapid City

Jazmyn Hinker, White Lake

Sara Husher, Winner

Timothy Leach, Alexandria

Benjamin McNiven, Merritt, British Columbia, Canada

Heather Merry, Mitchell

Chesney Nagel, Springfield

Chloe Nielsen, Canistota

Lexi Olinger, Wessington Springs

Kaci Olivier, Philip

Tyra Patzlaff, Tyndall

Anna Pazour, Pukwana

Cierra Schneider, Sioux Falls

Turner Serr, Burke

Nathen Smith, Rosenfeld, Manitoba, Canada

Nathan Stadem, Baltic

Amy Zeller, Elk Point

 

 

 

Scholar-Athlete Awards

 

Seniors

Thara Ali Said, Muscat, Oman

Celeste Beck, Hurley

Bryce Berletic, Rochester, Minn.

Christian Doyle, Jackson, Wyo.

Abigail Fossum, Canton

Kyle Gerlach, Mount Vernon

Caleb Heiberger, Hartford

Sterling Hubbard, Jamestown, N.D.

Katherine Johnson, Mead, Neb.

Kylie Keiser, Sioux Falls

Jonathon Knight, Lantana, Texas

Kris Menning, Corsica

Alex Meyer, Heron Lake, Minn.

Chelsea Moody, Mitchell

Dustin Paulsen, Pierre

MacKenzie Stevens, Polk, Neb.

Lauren Tadlock, Rapid City

Jared Van Winkle, Tyndall

Jonathan Wieger, Waubay

 

Juniors

April Barnett, Lakeview, Texas

Andrew Becker, Tea

Trae Bergh, Crooks

Haley Brunke, Scotland

Jordan Buchholz, South Shore

Jake Capko, Corvallis, Mont.

Landon Fischbach, Mellette

Lauren Fitts, Brookings

Anthony Husher, Winner

Mallory Jark, Warner

Katherine Lazenby, Mitchell

Vanessa Mendez, Monterey Park, Calif.

Travis Moodie, Pierre

Tyson Moodie, Pierre

Tanner Munk, Dell Rapids

Tara Ronke, Tyndall

Zachary Schneider, Sioux Falls

Dustin Steckler, Garretson

Nicholas Tschakert, Watertown

Hailey Unger, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Kayla Vanden Hoek, Corsica

Alexis Wilde, Gillette, Wyo.

 

Sophomores

Aisha Abbink, Scotland

Ariana Arampatzis, Aberdeen

Adam Bormann, Stickney

John Fabrizius, Casper, Wyo.

Makenna Hancock, Chamberlain

Erica Herrold, Parkston

Braiden Jorgensen, Tetonia, Idaho

Kevin Lopez, Signal Hill, Calif.

Jessica Neises, Madison

Emily Pengilly, Watertown

Sean Riley, Driggs, Idaho

Alex Robertson, Canistota

Andrew Schwader, Howard

Marissa Soderberg, Roundup, Mont.

Jesse Taylor, Kimball

Alecia VanTassel, Missoula, Mont.

Patrick Whetham, Garretson

Cal Wiese, Fedora

 

Athletics – continued

 

Emil S. Liston Award

The founder of the NAIB and the first executive secretary of the NAIA, Liston was the prime mover behind the men’s basketball tournament. The award is presented to a junior male or female basketball player who has shown athletic and scholastic achievement. The recipient must have an overall grade point average of at least 3.5.

 

Trae Bergh, Crooks

 

CoSIDA Academic Honors

Capital One CoSIDA Academic honors are voted on by the College Sports Information Directors of America. Five players are named to each the first and second teams from all NAIA schools for the All-American awards. The All-District Teams are comprised of five players on each team from four districts across the country.

 

Men’s basketball: Trae Bergh, Crooks, All-American First Team, All-District Team

Women’s basketball: Celeste Beck, Hurley, All-District Second Team

 

All-American

Men’s basketball All-Americans are selected by coaches from around the NAIA based on their stats and performances throughout the season. Ten players are named to the first, second and third teams, and there is also an honorable mention team. Jalen Voss is the first DWU men’s basketball player to earn All-American honors in three seasons for the Tigers. He was named to the All-American First Team as a senior, following a third-team selection his junior season and an honorable mention as a sophomore. Senior Kris Menning earned his first All-American honor, being named to the third team in his final season with the Tigers.

 

Men’s basketball: First Team: Jalen Voss, Worthington, Minn.

Men’s basketball: Third Team: Kris Menning, Corsica

 

The 2015 NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball All-America Teams were selected by the NAIA Women’s Basketball Coaches Association All-America Committee. Senior Celeste Beck earned an All-American Honorable Mention, the first of her career.

 

Women’s basketball: Honorable Mention: Celeste Beck, Hurley

 

The top eight finishers in each weight class at the NAIA Wrestling National Championships earn All-American honors. Kyle Gerlach finished in seventh at 157 pounds in his senior season with the Dakota Wesleyan wrestling team. The honor is the first for Gerlach after placing seventh at the NAIA National

Championships.

 

Wrestling: Kyle Gerlach, Mount Vernon

 

NAIA/Daktronics All-America Scholar-Athletes

The recipients of this award are athletes in at least their junior year and must be in attendance at the nominating institution a minimum of one full term. Athletes must have accumulated a minimum grade point average of 3.5 at the time of nomination and be a member of the intercollegiate varsity program they are nominated in. Each sport nominee must also meet other designated requirements specific to the sport.

 

Spring 2013-14

Baseball: Christian Doyle, Jackson Hole, Wyo.; Alex Meyer, Heron Lake, Minn.

Softball: Chelsea Moody, Mitchell; Tiffany Sharp, Brighton, Colo.

 

Fall and Winter 2014-15

Cross Country: Haley Brunke, Scotland

Football: Jordan Buchholz, South Shore; Jonathon Knight, Lantana, Texas; Tanner Munk, Dell Rapids;

Michael Rohde, Colome; Jared Van Winkle, Tyndall

Men’s Basketball: Trae Bergh, Crooks; Kris Menning, Corsica

Men’s Soccer: Bryce Berletic, Rochester, Minn.; Sterling Hubbard, Jamestown, N.D.; Travis Moodie, Pierre; Tyson Moodie, Pierre; Zachary Schneider, Sioux Falls; Jonathan Wieger, Waubay.

Volleyball: MacKenzie Stevens, Polk, Neb.

Women’s Basketball: Celeste Beck, Hurley; Micaela Erickson, Milan, Minn.; Katherine Johnson, Mead, Neb.

Women’s Soccer: Thara Ali Said, Muscat, Oman; Kylie Keiser, Sioux Falls

Wrestling: Kyle Gerlach, Mount Vernon; Caleb Heiberger, Hartford

 

Student-athletes must meet four criteria to earn Academic All-District honors:

1) have a cumulative GPA of 3.20 or better, 2) have at least two terms of

attendance at the institution, 3) be at least a sophomore in athletic eligibility,

4) be a starter or key reserve in their respective sport.
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DWU names Exemplary Teacher honoree for 2015

Friday, April 24, 2015

Dakota Wesleyan University recognized one of its professors with the Exemplary Teacher Award Friday during the university’s Honors Banquet.

 

Ashley Digmann, a mathematics instructor at DWU, was the recipient of this year’s Exemplary Teacher Award.

 

The General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church, through the Division of Higher Education in partnership with United Methodist-related institutions, expresses support and appreciation for outstanding teaching. The recipient exemplifies excellence in teaching, civility and concern for students and colleagues. This person also maintains a commitment to value-centered education, and service to students, the institution and the community.

 

“This award is to recognize a professor who shows dedication and excitement about being in the classroom,” said Provost Rocky VonEye. “All year we listen carefully when students describe their professors and when other professors comment about their colleagues. This year’s awardee is someone who is consistently described as a teacher who loves teaching; a professor who is caring, innovative, creative, and excited about their subject matter.

 

“Students described this professor as a person who is willing to stay late and come early to offer help and is one of the best online teachers ever.  A professor who expects excellence from the students, is tough but always fair. I’m also told that this professor comes from a department that has super powers or was it that they raise students to a higher power?  Either way I am very proud to award Ashley Digmann the Exemplary Teacher Award.”

 

Digmann, of Parkston, is a 2006 DWU graduate and has been teaching at the college since 2011. She will also take on the responsibilities as Department of Education chairwoman this summer.

 

She graduated from DWU with a Bachelor of Arts degree in secondary math education in 2006 and received her Master of Arts degree in mathematics education from Chadron State College, Chadron, Neb., in 2011. She is currently completing her Doctor of Education degree in leadership from Creighton University, Omaha.

 

Digmann is active in numerous volunteering projects at DWU, in her community of Parkston and through her church. She also 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.

 

Digmann and her husband, Jared, have two children, Jayden and Hadley.
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Digmann to step into role of education department chairman at DWU

Thursday, April 23, 2015

The Dakota Wesleyan University Department of Education welcomes Ashley Digmann as its new department chairwoman.

 

Digmann, of Parkston, is a DWU alumna and an instructor of mathematics at the university. She will take on the role of education department chairwoman this summer.

 

“Ashley’s experience as a high school teacher both in South Dakota and Alaska brings wonderful insight and perspective to new students,” said President Amy Novak. “Further, Ashley’s background in assessment will be helpful as she facilitates changes in the curriculum in preparation for new South Dakota and national standards for teacher education.”

 

Digmann will continue to teach mathematics part time at the college, a position she has held full time since 2013 and part time since 2011.

 

“I am excited to transition to my new role in the Dakota Wesleyan education department,” Digmann said. “I have a passion for education and am grateful for the opportunity to apply my secondary education experience to the classroom and to the Dakota Wesleyan education students.”

 

She graduated from DWU with a Bachelor of Arts degree in secondary math education in 2006 and received her Master of Arts degree in mathematics education from Chadron State College, Chadron, Neb., in 2011, She is currently completing her Doctor of Education degree in leadership from Creighton University, Omaha.

 

Digmann is active in numerous volunteering projects at DWU, in her community of Parkston and through her church. She also 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.

 

Digmann and her husband, Jared, have two children, Jayden and Hadley.


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Catalano named dean of College of Healthcare, Fitness and Science at DWU

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Dakota Wesleyan University announces a new interim dean for the Donna Starr Christen College of Healthcare, Fitness and Sciences.

 

Dr. Mike Catalano, professor of mathematics and math department chair, will serve as interim dean through the accreditation process for the university.

 

“Mike has demonstrated a sincere engagement of the evolving strategic planning process and is deeply invested in preparing the university for its accreditation in the fall of 2016,” said President Amy Novak. “We are sincerely pleased by his willingness to step into this role and support the faculty and students in the college.”

 

Catalano has been teaching at DWU since 1992 and served as vice president for academic affairs and as dean from 1998 to 2000.

 

“I am pleased to serve DWU in this role, especially at a time when so much progress is being made,” Catalano said. “There are a lot of creative ideas coming out of our strategic planning process, and I look forward to the discussions within our college and the larger university as we look at implementing this plan.

 

“I have always valued Wesleyan’s mission and its tradition as a liberal arts college, and am excited about our future and blessed to have the opportunity to further that mission in this new role.”

 

Catalano received his Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Olaf College and his master’s degree and Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. He has authored a number of grants, including a National Science Foundation grant which supported the development of a new college algebra text and the acquisition of a mobile laptop computer lab used for the course. He is a member of the Mathematical Association of American, South Dakota Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, Sigma Zeta and Project Kaleidoscope’s Faculty for the 21st Century. He also serves on the worship team at Life Church in Mitchell.

 

Catalano is a former board member of the National Numeracy Network, has authored two articles and four book reviews for the journal, Numeracy, and is currently its book review editor.

 

He and his wife, Pamela, live in Mitchell with their son, Ben. They also have three grown daughters, Jenna, Chelsea and Anna.
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Dakota Wesleyan’s Service Day set for Tuesday

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Rain or shine, Dakota Wesleyan University’s Service Day will once again take place on Tuesday, April 28, across the city of Mitchell.

 

This is the sixth year that Dakota Wesleyan has organized Service Day – a morning when the entire campus comes together to perform community service projects on campus and around the entire community, including the Huron campus. At least 565 participants are signed up for the day, with another 14 volunteering on the Huron campus on Tuesday.

 

The Tuesday before graduation was traditionally known as “Reading Day” before 2010, when Dakota Wesleyan established “Service Day” as a kickoff to DWU’s 125th anniversary and a thank you to the community that has supported the school over the years. Dakota Wesleyan’s articles of incorporation were signed on April 27, 1885, marking Monday the university’s 130th anniversary.

 

DWU student body president Christian Doyle, of Jackson Hole, Wyo., has participated in Service Day for three years as a member of the men’s baseball team. He says that a day of community service to Mitchell is a way to thank the community for its support of the college.

 

“I think Service Day is a great way for everyone to get involved both on campus and in the community,” Doyle said. “It gives students a way to put their best foot forward. It also gives students an opportunity to see everything out there and shows that there are people that do need help. It gave me the idea to work with the Snack Pack Program.”

 

Lily Miiller, a sophomore non-profit administration major has been a part of Service Day for the past two years.

 

“It brings our whole campus together to help people in our community,” Miiller said. “It gives students an opportunity to get out in the community and help the environment.”

 

About 1,400 man hours are projected to be spent in town on Tuesday, with project sites at: First United Methodist Church, the Abbott House, Dakota Discovery Museum, Hitchcock Park Tennis Courts, Cadwell Park, Life Quest, Lakeview Golf Course, Wild Oak Golf Course, Mitchell Weekend Snack Pack program, the Pepsi-Cola Soccer Complex, YWCA, Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village, Snack Pack Program, Mitchell Area Community Theatre, Mitchell Area Safehouse, and trash pick-along Dry Run Creek, near on Spruce Street and Cabela Road, all around Lake Mitchell and the bike trail.

 

Students in the Arlene Gates Department of Nursing will split up into teams and work at Wesley Acres and Assisted Living Home and Rehab in Mitchell, as well as taking some residents from assisted living to the circus. The education department will send groups to each of the elementary schools and middle school.

 

Following the volunteer projects, everyone will reconvene in the cafeteria for an indoor picnic.


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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.”
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Dakota Wesleyan University was named to the 2013 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. This designation is the highest honor a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement.
Dakota Wesleyan University is proudly affiliated with the Dakotas Conference of the United Methodist Church. Members of any and all faiths are welcome and encouraged to experience an education based on learning, leadership, faith and service.
Dakota Wesleyan University has been honored as a College of Distinction through demonstration of excellence in these areas: engaged students, great teaching, vibrant communities and successful outcomes.
The Chronicle of Higher Education named Dakota Wesleyan University one of the “Great Colleges to Work For®” for 2014-2015. DWU won honors in three categories: facilities, workspace and security, and supervisor/department chair relationship.
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