DWU announces South Central South Dakota Regional Science and Engineering Fair winners

Friday, March 27, 2015

Dakota Wesleyan University hosted the 23rd annual South Central South Dakota Regional Science and Engineering Fair March 24 and announced its winners.

 

There were 207 students in grades six through 12, and 134 projects from 21 schools in 19 South Dakota counties. Students participating in this regional event brought projects that won in science fairs at local schools.

 

Four students were named the Senior Grand Award-winners and received the top DWU scholarships – worth $10,000 – and will advance to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in May in Pittsburgh. They include: Madison Hetland, Mitchell High School, “Microspheres: Micro or Mega Problem”; Masey Lambert and Abbi Patton, Mitchell High School, “Wave Generated Electricity”; and Rachel Blaha, Avon High School, “Analyzing the Effectiveness of De-wormers in Sheep: Phase II.”

 

Armour Middle School was also awarded with the Best Presenters Award.

 

Awards were given to participating students in cash, certificates, college scholarships, plaques, medals, trophies, major industry recognition and recognition by the U.S. Armed Forces. 

 

In addition to Dakota Wesleyan University, sponsors include: The Daily Republic, Touchtone Energy Cooperatives, Sixth District Medical Society, Twin City Fan and Blower, Lisa and Corey Thelen, Davison City Implement, and Logan Luxury Theater of Mitchell.

 

The following are a list of the winners:

 

Senior Grand Award – $10,000 DWU Scholarship

Madison Hetland, Mitchell High School, “Microspheres: Micro or Mega Problem”

Masey Lambert and Abbi Patton, Mitchell High School, “Wave Generated Electricity”

Rachel Blaha, Avon High School, “Analyzing the Effectiveness of De-wormers in Sheep: Phase II”

 

 

 

Student Observers – $2,000 DWU Scholarships

Karli Johnson, Avon High School, “Colorful Concentrations”

Crystal Habben and Winter Neal, Andes Central High School, “Do The Eyes Have It?”

 

Junior Grand Award – $100 award

Emma Bertram, Armour Middle School, “Weather or Not”

Evan Blaha, Avon Middle School, “What’s the Scoop on Manure?”

Emily Anne Harms and Katey Wormsbecher, Avon Middle School, “Talk Dirt to Me”

 

Life and Behavioral Sciences (junior division)

First place: Mary Kelly, home school, “Happy, Mad, Scared, Sad: Differences in Anthromorphism”

Second place: Amy Brenner, Armour Middle School, “Waste Not, Want Not”

Third place: Lauren Sees, Avon Middle School, “Preventing Plant Tumors”

Honorable Mention: Noah Sejnoha, Dakota Christian Middle School, “Queen Bee”

Certificate of Merit:

Chance Blaha, Wagner Middle School, “What Type of Fertilizer Works Best?”

Danielle Twiss, Wagner Middle School, “Hey, There’s Corn in My Candy”

Maggie Barnett, Wagner Middle School, “Making Dye From Fruits and Veggies”

Callie Berndt, Avon Middle School, “Killer Weeds”

Grant Namminga, Wagner Middle School, “Do Video Games Effect Blood Pressures?”

 

Life and Behavioral Sciences (senior division)

First place: Hannah VanGerpen, Avon High School, “The Effects of Treflan on Root Growth,” $2,000 DWU scholarship

Second place: Hannah Reeves, Avon High School, “The Effect of Irrigation on Agricultural Production: Phase II,” $750 DWU scholarship

Third place: Cheylee Nagel, Avon High School, “How Can You Tail?” $500 DWU scholarship

Honorable Mention: Susie Grabenstein, Mitchell High School, “Water pH Effects on Plant Growth”

Certificate of Merit

Kylee Guindon, Plankinton High School, “Pen Raised vs. Wild”

Brooklyn Brouwer, Dakota Christian Middle School, “Pretty Packaging”

Karisa Markel, Avon High School, “Do You Hear Me Now?”

Tate Wynia, Avon High School, “Effect of Wavelength on Plant Growth”

Levi DeJong, Avon High School, “Up or Down, Left or Right”

 

Physical Science and Engineering (junior division)

First place: Hannah Hetland, Mitchell Middle School, “Solar Energy vs. Wind Energy”

Second place: Brenden Voigt, Avon Middle School, “Staying Cool”

Third place: Zachary Huebner, Armour Middle School, “Underwater Robots”

Honorable Mention: Dillion DeHaai, Dakota Christian Middle School, “Jump That Fence!”

Certificate of Merit

Mallor Bohr, Plankinton Middle School, “Wind Turbines”

Grady Harrington, Armour Middle School, “Shake N’ Tumble”

Corbin Fuoss, Armour Middle School, “Coin Batteries”

 

Physical Science and Engineering (senior division)

First place: Karli Johnson, Avon High School, “Colorful Concentrations,” $2,000 DWU scholarship

Second place: Olivia Jurrens, Avon High School, “Let There Be Light,” $750 DWU scholarship

Third place: Andrew Weller, Mitchell High School, “The Motor Experiment,” DWU scholarship

Honorable Mention: Kacie Mudder, Avon High School, “Stretch Armstrong Seatbelt”

Certificate of Merit

Derek Pelton, Avon High School, “Effective Methods for Decreasing Turbidity in Water”

Lane Wesseling, Plankinton High School, “Crime Scene Chemistry”

Tyler Fuoss, Mitchell High School, “Wind Turbine Blade Design”

Natalie Buckley, Mitchell High School, “Re-designing Rockets”

 

Group Projects (junior division)

First place: Tristin Bialis and Micah Lau, Armour Middle School, “Wood It Be Hard or Soft?”

Second place: Faith Cox and Taina Marquez, Lakeview Middle School, “How Does Plant Pollution Effect Plant Germination”

Third place: Braden Hawley and Dylan VanDerWerff, Armour Middle School, “Bridge Crush”

Honorable Mention: Edwin Guzman-Zaragoza, Brandon Tankovich and Colton Tobin, Plankinton Middle School, “Auto Pet Feeder”

Certificate of Merit

Dacey Rihanek and Jordan Westendorf, Plankinton Middle School, “Bouncy Polymer Chemistry”

Trever Schmidt, Rylie Stevens and Connor Wolfcale, Wessington Springs Middle School, “Dead Eye”

Chris Long, Maruice Quigley and Taylor Red Hawk, Lakeview Middle School, “The Hardness of Water”

Sallon Bordeaux, Sierra Flores and Charlee Little Elk, Lakeview Middle School, “Is Sand a Good Insulator?”

Hayden Haak, Tristan Niles and Weston Tobin, Plankinton Middle School, “Sixth Wheel 2.0”

Katlyn Briggs and Rebecca Gerlach, Plankinton Middle School, “Brain Focus and Multitasking”

 

Group Projects (senior division)

First place: Jill Bertus and Devin Tolsma, Avon High School, “Decreasing Flammability Using Organic Fire Retardants,” $2,000 DWU scholarship

Second place: Crystal Habben and Winter Neal, Andes Central High School, “Do the Eyes Have It?” $750 DWU scholarship

Third place: Aston Mednansky and Amanda Reiff, Avon High School, “To the Max,” $500 DWU scholarship

Honorable Mention: Logan Mudder and Zach Wynia, Avon High School, “Swish”

Certificate of Merit

Emma Heezen and Noah Heezen, Plankinton High School, “No Trees Please”

Kimberly Davis and Olivia Lyon, Faith Bible High School, “Maximizing DNA Extraction”

Marissa Diede and Lexi Olson, Avon High School, “Life in Color”

Alex Klingaman and Chris Wahlen, Mitchell High School, “Warming with Under Armour”

Brenden Anderson and John Kopp, Avon High School, “Sharp Curves Ahead”

Kyle Menning, Clayton Menning and Josh Moser, Corsica High School, “Multi Bike”

Erica Kitchenmaster and Mikayla Petsche, Andes Central High School, “Piecing Together a Family Tree”

Megan Mudder and Kamilla Pheiler, Dakota Christian High School, “Anti Bacteria Herbs”

Hannah Miller and Thea Patrick, Mitchell High School, “The Effects of Variance in pH Nutrients on Chlorophyll Production”

 

Special Awards

American Psychology Association: Mary Kelly, home school, “Happy, Mad, Scared, Sad: Differences in Antropomorphism”

 

Andromeda Award-American Association of Women: Jemma Moccasin, Klein Middle School, “The Effect People Have on Caves”

 

ASM Materials Education Foundation: Tristin Bialas and Micah Lau, Armour Middle School, “Wood It Be Hard or Soft?”

 

Association for Women Geoscientists: Jemma Moccasin, Klein Middle School, “The Effects People Have on Caves”

 

Arizona State University Walton Sustainability Solutions: Hannah Miller and Thea Patrick, Mitchell High School, “The Effects of Variance in pH Nutrients on Chlorophyll Production”

 

Arizona State University Walton Sustainability Solutions: Emma Heezen and Noah Heezen, Plankinton High School, “No Trees Please”

 

Avon School Science Award (senior division): Kylee Guindon, Plankinton High School, “Pen Raised vs. Wild”

 

Avon School Science Award (junior division): Hannah Hetland, Mitchell Middle School, “Solar Energy vs. Wind Energy”

 

Best Presenters Award: Armour Middle School

 

Broadcom MASTERS SSP:

Hannah Hetland, Mitchell Middle School, “Solar Energy vs. Wind Energy”

Brenden Voight, Avon Middle School, “Staying Cool”

Zachary Huebner, Armour Middle School, “Underwater Robots”

Dillion DeHaai, Dakota Christian Middle School, “Jump That Fence!”

Tristin Bialis and Micah Lau, Armour Middle School, “Wood It Be Hard or Soft?”

Faith Cox and Taina Marquez, Lakeview Middle School, “How Does Pollution Effect Plant Germination?”

Braden Hawley and Dylan VanDerWerff, Armour Middle School, “Bridge Crush”

Edwin Guzman-Zaragoza, Brandon Tankovich and Colton Tobin, Plankinton Middle School, “Auto Pet Feeder”

Mary Kelly, home school, “Happy, Mad, Scared, Sad: Differences in Anthropomorphism”

Amy Brenner, Armour Middle School, “Waste Not Want Not”

Lauren Sees, Avon Middle School, “Preventing Plant Tumors”

Noah Sejnoha, Dakota Christian Middle School, “Queen Bee”

 

Dakota Wesleyan University Chemistry, Health, and Other Sciences (CHAOS): Devin Tolsma, Avon High School, “Stretch Armstrong Seatbelt”

 

Dakota Wesleyan University Department of English: Mary Kelly, home school, “Happy, Mad, Scared, Sad: Differences in Anthropomorphism”

 

Dakota Wesleyan University Department of Mathematics: Kacie Mudder, Avon High School, “Stretch Armstrong Seatbelt”

 

Dakota Wesleyan University Department of Nursing: Shy Ann White, Wessington Springs Middle School, “#txting kills”

 

Excellence in Grammar Award:

Karleah Pheifer, Dakota Christian Middle School, “Quick Thinking”

Isabel Pheifer, Dakota Christian Middle School, “Cool Mints”

Noah Sejnoha, Dakota Christian Middle School, “Queen Bee”

Melanie Mudder, Dakota Christian Middle School, “Colorful Typing”

Hannah Hansum, Dakota Christian Middle School, “Invisible Ink”

 

Excellence in Prototype Development: Stephanie Faulhaber, Plankinton High School, “Hydraulic vs. Petroleum Oil”

 

GENIUS Olympiad: Emma Heezen and Noah Heezen, Plankinton High School, “No Trees Please”

 

I-SWEEP: Hannah Reeves, Avon High School, “The Effect of Irrigation on Agricultural Production: Phase II.”

 

Mitchell High School Science Club, Best Board Design: Jemma Moccasin, Klein Middle School, “The Effects People Have on Caves”

 

Mitchell High School Science Club, Best Original Idea: Tandis Bovee and Jailey Baumiller, Corsica Middle School, “Solar Madness”

 

International Society for Optics and Photonics: Olivia Jurrens, Avon High School, “Let There Be Light”

 

Lakeview Veterinary Clinic: Hannah Reeves, Avon High School, “The Effect of Irrigation on Agricultural Production: Phase II”

 

Mu Alpha Theta: Logan Mudder and Zach Wynia, Avon High School, “Swish”

 

NABT (National Association for Biology Teachers): Levi DeJong, Avon High School, “Up or Down Left or Right”

 

NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration): Chloe VanGerpen and Lea Wormsbecher, Avon High School, “H2Nooo!”

 

Ricoh Americas: Emma Heezen and Noah Heezen, Plankinton High School, “No Trees Please”

 

Society for In Vitro Biology: Carly Sparks, Armour High School, Changes in Protein Expression in Cancer Cell Lines”

 

SD Academy of Science:

Amy Brenner, Armour Middle School, “Waste Not Want Not”

Evan Blaha, Avon Middle School, “What the Scoop on Manure?”

Lauren Sees, Avon Middle School, “Preventing Plant Tumors”

Mary Kelly, home school, “Happy, Mad, Scared, Sad: Differences in Anthropomorphism”

Emma Bertram, Armour Middle School, “Weather or Not”

Loren Schabot, Plankinton Middle School, “Does Temperature Affect the Hold Strength of Tape?”

Arvish Bhinder, Klein Middle School, “How Does Color Effect Heating by Absorption?”

Hannah Hetland, Mitchell Middle School, “Solar Energy vs. Wind Energy”

 

Sanford PROMISE Award for Biomedical Research: Kacie Mudder, Avon High School, “’Stretch Armstrong Seatbelt”

 

South Dakota Council of Teachers of Mathematics: Tim Morgan, Mitchell High School, “Maximum Quadrocopter Mass Tolerance Based on Mass Location”

 

South Dakota Science Teachers Association: Emma Bertram, Armour Middle School, “Weather or Not?”

 

South Dakota Society for Clinical Laboratory Science: Carly Sparks, Armour High School, “Changes in Protein Expressions in Cancer Cell Lines”

 

South Dakota Veterinary Medical Alliance: Rachel Blaha, Avon High School, “Analyzing the Effectiveness of De-wormers in Sheep: Phase II”

 

Thelen Laboratory Research (senior division): Hannah VanGerpen, Avon High School, “The Effect of Treflan on Root Growth”

 

Thelen Laboratory Research (junior division): Jemma Moccasin, Klein Middle School, “The Effects People Have on Caves”

 

United States Air Force: Tim Morgan, Mitchell High School, “Maximum Quadrocepter Mass Tolerance Based Mass Location”

Taylor Nelson and Chelsey Schafer, Wessington Springs Middle School, “Take To the Sky”

Gaberial Bass, Dakota Christian, “Flying High”

 

United States Army Recruiting Center

First place: Emma Heezen and Noah Heezen, Plankinton High School, “No Trees Please”

Second place: Brenden Voigt, Avon Middle School, “Staying Cool”

Third place: Brenden Hawley and Dylan VanDerWerff, Armour Middle School, “Bridge Crush”

Certificate of Merit:

Casondra Gerlach, Plankinton High School, “Colored Lights”

Loren Schabot, Plankinton High School, “Does Temperature Effect the Hold Strength of Tape?”

Cheyenne Redfish, Klein Middle School, “How to Build a Catapult”

Kaine Redfish, Klein Middle School, “How to Build a Trebuchet”

Edwin Guzman-Zaragoza, Brandon Tankovich and Colton Tobin, Plankinton High School, “Auto Pet Feeder”

Emily Anne Harms and Katey Wormsbecher, Avon Middle School, “Talk Dirt to Me”

Jordyn Gerlach and Ray Cordrey, Corsica Middle School, “Smile Bright”

Cheylee Nagel, Avon High School, “How Can You Tail?”

Kyle Menning, Clayton Menning and Josh Moser, Corsica High School, “Multi Bike”

Erica Kitchenmaster and Mikayla Petsche, Andes Central High School, “Piecing Together a Family Tree”

Emily Houseman and Tearanie Stotz, Andes Central High School, “A Duck’s Heartbeat”

Stephanie Faulhaber, Plankinton High School, “Hydraulic vs. Petroleum Oil”

 

United States Department of The Navy/Marine Corps. – junior division

Zachary Huebner, Armour Middle School, “Underwater Robots”

Grady Harrington, Armour Middle School, “Shake N’ Tumble”

Hannah Hetland, Mitchell Middle School, “Solar Energy vs. Wind Energy”

Mary Kelly, home school, “Happy, Mad, Scared, Sad: Differences in Anthropomorphism”

 

United States Department of The Navy/Marine Corps. – senior division

Stephanie Faulhaber, Plankinton High School, “Hydraulic vs. Petroleum Oil”

Andrew Weller, Mitchell High School, “The Motor Experience”

Kylee Guindon, Plankinton High School, “Pen Raised vs. Wild”

 

United States Department of Health and Human Services: Devin Tolsma, Avon High School, “Decreasing Flammability Using Organic Fire Retardants”

 

United States Metric Association: Natalie Buckley, Mitchell High School, “Re-designing Rockets”

 

Water Environment Federation and BY Water of Tabor: Hannah Reeves, Avon High School, “The Effects of Irrigation on Agricultural Production: Phase II”

Chloe VanGerpen and Lea Wormsbecher, Avon High School, “H2Nooo!”

Gene Hare and A’Shae Primeaux, Marty High School, “Aquaponics”

 

Yale Science and Engineering Association Inc.: Rachel Blaha, Avon High School, “Analyzing the Effectiveness of De-wormers in Sheep: Phase II”
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DWU to host 20th annual CBH Festival

Friday, March 27, 2015

Students from 10 area high schools will compete in the 20th annual Custer Battlefield Highway Academic Festival at Dakota Wesleyan University.

 

Students from Sanborn Central, Corsica, Ethan, Kimball, Mitchell Christian, Mount Vernon, Plankinton, Stickney, White Lake, and Woonsocket will attend the festival set for Wednesday, April 1, in the Sherman Center on campus.

 

The festival consists of students taking written tests covering 18 academic areas from 9 a.m. to noon.  Beginning at 1 p.m. the students will compete in a Quiz Bowl.  The Quiz Bowl is the only part of the competition that is open to the public. 

 

Each school can enter two students in each academic area tested.  Points are awarded to schools with students placing first through sixth in the competition. Four students from each school may enter the Quiz Bowl portion of the competition.  When students answer a question correctly, they receive points.  The school with the most points at the end of the competition wins. 

 

Scholarships to attend DWU will be awarded to winners who are juniors that rank first, second and third in qualifying competitions.  Students can earn a $1,000 award with a first-place win, $500 if they are second, and $250 if they place third.

 

For more information on the festival, contact either Dr. Michael Catalano at (605) 995-2669 or at micatala@dwu.edu or Jody Strand at (605) 995-2182 or at jostrand@dwu.edu.


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Two theatre students nominated for prestigious Irene Ryan awards

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Last weekend’s opening of DWU’s “Bedroom Farce” yielded more than a satisfied audience – two of its actors were also nominated for the Irene Ryan Award.

 

Senior Madi Miller, Mitchell, and Ann Thury, junior, Parkston, who play Susannah and Kate in “Bedroom Farce,” which continues this weekend on campus, were nominated for the award, which will be named during the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival next January in Minneapolis.

 

 

“Once or twice an academic year we enter one or two of our shows into the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival and then are given a professional respondent to come and see the show,” said Dan Miller, DWU theatre director. “After the show, he/she will sit down with the cast, crew and designers and discuss the merits and flaws of the production. With ‘Bedroom Farce,’ our respondent was Joe Obermueller, the theatre professor at the University of Sioux Falls.”

 

The comedy, “Bedroom Farce,” continues this weekend at 7:30 p.m., March 27-28, and 2 p.m., March 29, in Patten-Wing Theatre, Hughes Hall, on campus. Tickets are $7 for general public, $2 for DWU staff, faculty and students with a DWU I.D.

 

Past nominations for the Irene Ryan award include:

2015 - "Bedroom Farce": Madi Miller and Ann Thury

2014 - "Les Miserables": Madi Miller and Kurt Schwarzenbart

2013 - "Woman in Black": Kurt Schwarzenbart and AJ Miller

2013 - "Five Women Wearing the Same Dress": Megan Reimnitz and Madi Miller

2013 - "Xanadu": Jenna Callies and Megan Reimnitz

2012 - "One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest": Chris Ferera and Ryan Antaya

2011 – “Extremities”: Nicole Anderson, Chris Ferera, Megan Reimnitz

 

Since 1972, the Irene Ryan Foundation of Encino, Calif., has awarded scholarships to the outstanding student performers at each regional festival, according to the Kennedy Center’s website. These scholarships are made possible by the generosity of the late Irene Ryan who is best remembered for her portrayal of the lovable and feisty Granny Clampett in “The Beverly Hillbillies.”

 

The Dakota Wesleyan University Department of Theatre produces several shows a year, including a collaboration with the music department for an annual musical. To learn more about the program, visit www.dwu.edu/theatre.


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Peter Greer and son to perform at Mitchell Area Youth Night

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

This spring’s Mitchell Area Youth Night features executive director of Hope International Peter Greer, joined by his son, Keith, and the DWU worship band.

 

Hope International is an organization that works all over the world to end poverty through innovation, faith and business. He and his son, Keith, inspire everyone to engage in “un-charity.”

 

The Mitchell Area Youth Night will be at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 15, in the Sherman Center. The event is free and open to the public; however, youth night is targeted toward youth and student ministries grades sixth through 12th-grade and their leaders from the surrounding areas, as well as college students.

 

“The DWU students and staff that put Youth Night together work hard to make it fun, but also more than fun,” said Campus Pastor Eric Van Meter. “We want those who come to leave not thinking just about the future, but about how they can impact their communities here and now. This year’s speaker is proof that anyone — no matter how young — can address the challenges their communities face.”

 

Greer joined Hope International in 2004. He came from the field of microfinance, where he put his strengths to work for such organizations as URWEGO Community Banking in Rwanda, Self-Help Development Foundation in Zimbabwe, and as a microfinance adviser in Cambodia. He speaks and writes on topics of faith and international development, and has co-authored “The Poor Will Be Glad,” “The Spiritual Danger of Doing Good” and “Mission Drift.” Greer is also the keynote for the Conference for Leadership, Innovation and Social Change on Thursday, April 16, in the Sherman Center. This event is also free, and participants may register at www.dwu.edu/leadershipconference.

 

DWU is a private, liberal arts university associated with the Dakotas Conference of the United Methodist Church.  For more information about Dakota Wesleyan University and other service learning projects, go to www.dwu.edu.


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Thomas named new dean of admissions at Dakota Wesleyan

Monday, March 23, 2015

Fredel Thomas has recently been named as the new dean of admissions for Dakota Wesleyan University, effective June 1.

 

Thomas currently serves as the director of the Kelley Center for Entrepreneurship, a position she will maintain through May.

 

“Fredel’s passion for DWU, coupled with her strong relational skills, servant leadership strengths, project management background, and marketing and sales experience, makes her an ideal candidate for this position,” said DWU President Amy Novak. “Fredel’s leadership of the Kelley Center brought increased recognition and significant expansion of the presence of entrepreneurial thinking within the DWU curriculum. I am confident that she is the ideal leader to position the university for growth as it embarks on its new strategic plan.”

 

“I’m excited to be able to serve the university in this capacity,” Thomas said. “DWU has great momentum and I realize that admissions is a critical component to the success of the university and I’m honored to serve to the best of my abilities. I’ve really enjoyed my time with the Kelley Center and working with the students on such a one-on-one basis, helping them develop their projects and ideas – this is another opportunity for me to work with young people as they investigate what DWU has to offer and make that leap from high school to their new, young adult lives.”

 

Thomas joined DWU in fall 2012 as the executive director of the Kelley Center for Entrepreneurship, and she also teaches entrepreneurial leadership courses and serves as a resource for regional businesses in South Dakota. She is a Tripp native and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science from the University of South Dakota, Vermillion, with a minor in business administration. She obtained her Project Management Professional certificate in 2010, and her Master of Business Administration in 2014 from Dakota Wesleyan University. Thomas was formerly the director of product management for CHR Solutions in Mitchell, where she oversaw product planning, marketing and P&L for CHR’s managed services. Her experience includes roles in sales, quality assurance, development and project management. In her tenure at CHR Solutions, she was a telecommunications industry speaker and thought leader at multiple conferences. 

 

Thomas and her husband, Jason, have four children.


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McGovern Center is seeking nominations for the first ever McGovern South Dakota Hunger Ambassador Award

Friday, March 20, 2015

The McGovern Center at Dakota Wesleyan University is seeking nominations for the first-ever McGovern South Dakota Hunger Ambassador Award, which will be announced at this year’s first McGovern Hunger Summit, April 15.

 

Dr. Alisha Vincent, director of the McGovern Center, opened nominations earlier in the year, and will accept them up to April 1. An online nomination form is available at www.mcgoverncenter.com/hungersummit.

 

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

 

“We are looking for those special people who have made alleviating hunger their mission, whether it be as a benefactor or a weekly volunteer,” Vincent said. “These are unsung heroes for their communities and we would like to give them the recognition they deserve.”


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Speakers announced for DWU’s first McGovern Hunger Summit

Friday, March 20, 2015

Speaking on food security and how everyone has the ability to make a positive impact on his or her community, Gary Oppenheimer and Lionel Bordeaux will be this year’s speakers for the first-ever McGovern Hunger Summit.

 

The McGovern Hunger Summit is set for Wednesday, April 15, in the Sherman Center at Dakota Wesleyan University. The conference begins at 9 a.m. and is free and open to the public, though registration is encouraged. Register at www.mcgoverncenter.com/hungersummit.

 

In addition to the speakers, the summit will also include an Empty Bowls luncheon, sponsored by the Mitchell High School art students, for a donation of $10, participants can receive a bowl of soup, bread, and a handmade pottery bowl – register online.

 

This will also be the day the McGovern Center announces its first McGovern South Dakota Hunger Ambassador Award, and releases a student-organized children’s book.

 

The McGovern South Dakota Hunger Ambassador Award will be given to a South Dakotan who goes above and beyond to provide food security to the people of South Dakota – nomination forms are online.

 

The book, “All That a Moo Can Do; A Moo For You,” tells the true story of a boy, Haptamu, in Ethiopia, whose family received a heifer as a gift and how it changed their lives. The McGovern Center, under the direction of Dr. Alisha Vincent, began Livestock For Life last year – a program designed to gift livestock to needy families in several African countries. The book will be available for purchase for $20 the day of the event.

 

Keynote speaker Oppenheimer is a World Food Prize nominee, CNN “Hero,” and lecturer and speaker (including a TED presentation). Dakota Wesleyan is proud to invite him to campus to speak at the first annual McGovern Hunger Summit on April 15.

 

Oppenheimer is the executive director and founder of AmpleHarvest.org. As director of a community garden in 2009, he learned about the wasted food in many plots and created a program called “Ample Harvest” to get the excess food to local food pantries. Realizing this as a nationwide problem, he created a nationwide solution called AmpleHarvest.org to use the Internet to educate, encourage and enable millions of growers nationwide to share their ample harvest with local food pantries in all 50 states.

 

Oppenheimer is also a 2013 Purpose Prize Fellow, receiver of the Points of Light Tribute award for AmpleHarvest.org, Yahoo! and ABC News “Best Person in the World,” Huffington Post’s “Greatest Person of the Day” and “2011 Game Changer,” winner of the Russell Berrie Foundation’s “Making A Difference” award, winner of the Glynwood 2011 “Wave of the Future” award, winner of the 2012 Elfenworks “In Harmony With Hope” award, Echoing Green semifinalist and founder of the AmpleHarvest.org Campaign now makes his home in the mountains of northern New Jersey after having lived on a boat on the Hudson River in Manhattan since 1978.

 

Oppenheimer will also speak the following day during the Conference for Leadership, Innovation and Social Change. Register at www.dwu.edu/leadershipconference.

 

The second speaker for the day is Lionel Bordeaux. Bordeaux has been the president of Sinte Gleska University on the Rosebud Sioux Indian Reservation since 1973. Prior to his tenure as president, Bordeaux served in the Bureau of Indian Affairs office in Washington, D.C., where he worked as an education specialist and counselor and a management trainee for future positions. Bordeaux has served in the Rosebud Sioux Tribal government as a council member for 14 years and chairman of the education and the governmental affairs committees. In 1992, he co-chaired the White House Conference on Indian Education. Among his many achievements, Bordeaux is a recipient of the Outstanding Educator of the Year Award by the National Indian Education and South Dakota Indian Education Association, the Human and Civil Rights Award for the National Education Association, The J.F.K. Aggrey Medal, the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of South Dakota, and was named one of the top 125 graduates of the Black Hills State University. He was awarded an honorary doctorate from South Dakota State University and Augustana University and was inducted into the South Dakota Hall of Fame, as well as having two presidential appointments.

 

During his presidency, he led the way for Sinte Gleska to be the first fully accredited, reservation-based, bachelor-degree granting institution for the North Central Association and the first reservation-based tribally controlled institution to award a master’s degree.  Bordeaux and his wife, Barbara, have four children, 11 grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

 

The McGovern Hunger Summit is organized by the McGovern Center and The Third Freedom – the DWU student chapter of Universities Fighting World Hunger. Partners for the event include: South Dakota Extension Agency, Midwest Dairy Council, Feeding South Dakota, and Bread for the World.
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Speakers announced for DWU’s Conference for Leadership, Innovation and Social Change

Friday, March 20, 2015

They are leaders in their fields and spend their lives trying to better those of others – Peter Greer and Gary Oppenheimer will both speak at Dakota Wesleyan University’s spring leadership conference.

 

The Conference for Leadership, Innovation and Social Change is set for Thursday, April 16, in the Sherman Center at Dakota Wesleyan University. The conference begins at 9:30 a.m. and is free and open to the public, though registration is encouraged; register at www.dwu.edu/leadershipconference. Box lunches are also available for purchase through registration.

 

The keynote speaker, Peter Greer, will give his talk at 11 a.m. Greer, CEO of Hope International, joined the organization in 2004. He came from the field of microfinance, where he put his strengths to work for such organizations as URWEGO Community Banking in Rwanda, Self-Help Development Foundation in Zimbabwe, and as a microfinance adviser in Cambodia. He speaks and writes on topics of faith and international development, and has co-authored “The Poor Will Be Glad,” “The Spiritual Danger of Doing Good” and “Mission Drift.” Greer is also the keynote for the Mitchell Area Youth Night the day before, along with his son, Keith.

 

 

 

 

Gary Oppenheimer will open the day at 9:30 a.m. Oppenheimer is the executive director and founder of AmpleHarvest.org. As director of a community garden in 2009, he learned about the wasted food in many plots and created a program called “Ample Harvest” to get the excess food to local food pantries. Realizing this as a nationwide problem, he created a nationwide solution called AmpleHarvest.org to use the Internet to educate, encourage and enable millions of growers nationwide to share their ample harvest with local food pantries in all 50 states. Oppenheimer is also the keynote speaker the day before for the McGovern Hunger Summit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Schedule for the day

9 to 9:30 a.m.: registration

9:30-10:15 a.m.: Gary Oppenheimer, founder of AmpleHarvest.org, sponsored by the McGovern Center

10:15-11 a.m.: Dialogue for Action

11 a.m. to noon: Peter Greer, CEO of Hope International, sponsored as the 2015 Stark Lecture series

Noon to 12:30 p.m.: Dialogue for Action

12:30 to 1 p.m.: Lunch (boxed lunches are available for pre-order)

1 to 2:30 p.m.: Kelley Center Innovatalks

 

Returning this year will be the Innovatalks – short presentations by innovative leaders on campus and beyond. This year’s Innovatalks feature: DWU nursing student Ashley Kingdon Reese, executive director of Independent Health Solutions; Christian Doyle, DWU Student Senate president; Andrew DeVaney, Student Ministry Council president; Dr. Joel Allen, assistant professor of religion at DWU; and Aaron Mayer, entrepreneurial leadership major, discussing the agriculture business using drones (with demonstration).

 

“The Innovatalks are a great opportunity to hear from local people who are really affecting change right in our area,” said Fredel Thomas, director of the Kelley Center for Entrepreneurship at DWU and one of the event’s organizers.


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DWU’s Dr. Seuss Carnival returns with high attendance expected

Monday, March 16, 2015

The Dakota Wesleyan University Future Teachers’ Organization will host its 17th annual Dr. Seuss Carnival from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 21, in the L.B. Williams Commons Area.

 

Children from preschool through sixth grade are welcome to participate, and adults must accompany their children to the carnival. Children will have a chance to play several types of games and receive prizes, read different books, be read to by DWU students, and each child who participates in the festivities will receive a free book, as well as a cupcake. Adults might like to bring a camera, because the Cat in the Hat and Thing 1 and Thing 2 will make the rounds and pose for photos.

 

“In the past, we have had more than 400 children participate in this event,” said René Pruitt, associate professor of education. “Our teacher candidates (DWU students) are hard at work making this the best one yet – fundraising, ordering books and prizes, and creating the games. We all look forward to the carnival each year and enjoy offering this to our community.”


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DWU to host 23rd regional science fair

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Dakota Wesleyan University will host the 23rd annual South Central South Dakota Regional Science and Engineering Fair on Tuesday, March 24, in the Christen Athletic Center.

 

The competition includes students in grades six through 12, from 21 schools in 18 South Dakota counties.  Projects will be on display for viewing by the public from 2 to 5 p.m.

 

Students participating in this regional event will bring projects that have already won in science fairs at local schools.  This year’s fair includes 134 projects produced by 171 students.

 

“Our science fair projects continue to show their worth,” said Dr. Mike Farney, science fair director, professor of mathematics at DWU. 

 

Last year’s entries at the 65th International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) were: a microchip system to monitor cows, by Justin Krell, Plankinton; a sunscreen made of berries, by Julie Boyle, Avon; and a natural herbicide, by Amanda Reiff and Devin Tolsma, Avon.

 

While these did not win at the ISEF, Boyle’s project won second place ($500) at the Sanford Science Festival last June. Another one of last year’s entries, by Riley Namminga from Avon, won the right to compete at I-SWEEP held in Houston, Texas.  There he won a bronze award ($150) for his project, “Application Cent$,” which was a study on sprayer control.

 

“This year’s South Central South Dakota Science and Engineering Fair will have projects researching: cancers cures, pencils made from grass, and a new set of gears for bicycles,” Farney said. “Titles range from the exotic, ‘Homopolar Motors,’ to the earthy, ‘What’s the Scoop on Manure?’”

 

More than 90 judges will select the Grand Award winners, including three projects that will advance to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair May 10-15 in Pittsburgh, Pa. One project will advance to I-SWEEP in Houston, and one project to compete in Oswego, N.Y.

 

Awards to be given to participating students include cash, certificates, DWU scholarships including $10,000 to the senior grand award winners, plaques, medals, trophies, major industry recognition, and recognition by a variety of military branches. 

 

In addition to DWU, sponsors include The Daily Republic, Your Touchtone Energy Cooperatives, Sixth District Medical Society, Twin City Fan Companies, LTD., Corey and Lisa Thelen, Davison County Implement, and Logan Luxury Theatre.


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