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DWU students recognized for scholastic achievement during Honors Banquet

Monday, May 2, 2016

Many Dakota Wesleyan University students were honored on Friday, April 29, for the 2015-16 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. Nearly 900 students are enrolled in various academic majors and online programs.

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

 

Alumni Medals for Scholarship

Accounting – Leah Van Berkum, Mitchell

Biology – Haley Brunke, Scotland; Michael Rohde, Colome

Business Administration – Krista Huber, Mitchell

Chemistry – Katherine Lazenby, Mitchell

Criminal Justice – Andrew Becker, Tea

Dramatics – Ian Hyde, Irvine, Calif.

 Digital Media and Design – Amber Hiles, Woonsocket

Education – Kayla Geraets-Majercik, Mitchell (elementary); Mallory Jark, Warner (secondary)

Entrepreneurial Leadership – Darron Werkmeister, Mitchell

Friends of the Middle Border – Jade Hoisington, Britton

History – Tyson Moodie, Pierre

Human Services – Ryan Yackley, Onida

Languages – Lydia Ymker, Armour

Literature – Alexandra Davis, Chula Vista, Calif.

Mathematics – Jordan Buchholz, South Shore; Dustin Steckler, Garretson

Music – Hannah Harbour, Ore Grande, Calif.

 Nursing – Katie Sanderson, of Mitchell (Mitchell campus); Becky Vossler, of Clear Lake (Sioux Falls campus)

Psychology –.Alisha Lascelles, Rapid City

Sociology – Sawyer Gibson, Jasper, Minn.

Speech – Madison-Ainsley Miller, Mitchell

Sport, Exercise and Wellness – Travis McDonald, Tyndall

Sports Management – Dylan Lynde, Canistota

Wildlife Management – Kennedi Travis, Platte

 

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.

Chelsea Raker, Scotland

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.

Lucas Carr, Huron

Harriet N. Houk Scholarship

Awarded to biology majors who maintain a 3.0 GPA.

Marissa Soderberg, Roundup, Mont.

Kodi Larson, Tyndall

Kevin Lopez, Signal Hill, Calif.

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.

Jerry Stravia IV, Mitchell

DWU Future Teachers Organization Local Leader Award

This award is presented to a DWU FTO member who has taken a leadership role in the organization and provided superior guidance in that role.

DiMera Dvorak, Lake Andes

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.

Josie Huber, Vermillion

Jacey Jira, Hartford

Zachary Thiel, Powell, Wyo.

           

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.

DiMera Dvorak, Lake Andes

Samantha Geiman, Scotland

Josie Huber, Vermillion

Rachael Kriz, Geddes

Charles LaRoche, Lower Brule

Anna Pazour, Pukwana

 

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.

Cassidy Hendricks, Buffalo, Minn.

Samuel Kiger, Volin

 

Adkins Mathematics Award

This award is given to encourage mathematics students.

 Trevor Schroeder, Canistota

 

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.

Dustin Riedel, Ramona

 

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.  

Rachel Parsons, Philip

 

Elizabeth Graham Colton Prize

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

Erin Croucher, Mitchell

           

Agnes Hyde Writing Competition

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

Essay:

First place: Erin Deibele, Sheridan, Wyo., “Suicide or Manslaughter”

Second place: Melinda Miller, Mitchell, “Cautious Optimism”

Third place: Desirae Van Zee, Miller, “298 Kilometers per Hour”

 

Fiction:

First place: Taylor Spence, Schertz, Texas, “Nighthoven”

Second place: Rachel Parsons, Philip, “The Assitant General Manager”

Third place: Jordan Buchholz, South Shore, “The Two-and-a-Half-Sided Love Triangle”

 

Poetry:

First place: Maxine Block, Keaau, Hawaii, “The Saturday Night Summer Train”

Second place: Taylor Spence, Schertz, Texas, “Coffee Beans”

Third place: David Larson, Mitchell, “Hunting on the North Fork of the Skokomish River”

 

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.

Abby Roseland, Canton

 

Warren W. Coxe Sociology Award

Awarded to an outstanding junior of senior sociology major.          

Erin Deibele, Sheridan, Wyo.

 

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.

Hayden Adams, Villa Park, Ill.

 

Ivan and Doris Bartels Endowed Scholarship in Nursing

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

Matthew Fouberg, Forestburg

 

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.

Kimberly Karhoff, Mitchell

Julia Kaus, Wessington Springs

 

Methodist Hospital Endowed Scholarship  

Jasmine Kreeger, Wagner

Katie Sanderson, Mitchell

 

Mitchell First United Methodist Church/Methodist Hospital Endowed Scholarship

Ashton Diede, Menno

Katie Donoghue, Columbus, Neb.

Ciera Eisele, Juniata, Neb.

 

St. Joseph Hospital Endowed Scholarship

Sara Husher, Winner

Braiden Jorgensen, Tetonia, Idaho

 

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.

Jay Determan, Burke

 

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.

Brooke Deurmier, Lake Andes

Shayna Frost, Redfield

Heather Huls, Iroquois

Jasmine Kreeger, Wagner

Mellissa Spitzer, Mitchell

Desirae Van Zee, Miller

 

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.

Dyrani Clark, Loveland, Colo.

Natasha Letcher, Bridgewater           

 

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.

Ian Hyde, Irvine, Calif.

           

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.

Lillian Jones, Omaha, Neb.

 

Homer Carhart Prizes in Science

This award is given to encourage students have chosen careers in the sciences; based on academic excellence and promise.

Delayna Paulson, Mount Vernon

Andrew Schwader, Howard

 

Dave and Ann Mitchell Award for Exemplary Service

This award honors students who have performed an average of 100 hours of service per year while attending DWU.

Lydia Ymker, Armour

 

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.

Isaac Van Essen, Sioux Falls

 

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.

Jude Burkinshaw, Mitchell

Riley Chohon, O’Neil, Neb.

Gaige Marshall, North Platte, Neb.

Isaac Van Essen, Sioux Falls

 

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. 

Tyson Allen, Mitchell

 

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

Courtney Albers, New Underwood

Shelbie Budmayr, Belle Fourche

Dillon Campbell, Greenwood, Neb.

DiMera Dvorak, Lake Andes

Jamie Geho, Douglas, Wyo.

Cassidy Hendricks, Buffalo, Minn.

Rachael Kriz, Geddes

Anna Schutte, Canton

Rachel Selland, Woonsocket

Hailey Unger, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

 

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.

Matthew Randall, Platte

 

Katherine McKillop Sophomore Nursing Award

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

Ashleigh Arens, Mitchell

 

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: Jasmine Kreeger, Wagner; Jessica Peters, Wagner; Justine Soukup, Wagner; Danielle Van Kooten, Volga

Sioux Falls (LPN-RN): Zacara Hovde, Sioux Falls

 

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.

April Barnett, Lakeview, Texas

 

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.

Chelsea Kulm, Mitchell

           

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.

Thanael Certa-Werner, Superior, Wis.

Nathanial Collins, Belle Fourche

Laura Hoiten, Sioux Falls

Lillian Jones, Omaha, Neb.

Rachael Kriz, Geddes

Travis Moodie, Pierre

Rachelle Steiner, Holstein, Neb.

 

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.

Amber Bray, Ramsey, Minn.

Ashley Bray, Ramsey, Minn.

Jordan Buchholz, South Shore

Tyler Fortuna, Gillette, Wyo.

Brooke Louwagie, Marshall, Minn.

Travis McDonald, Tyndall

Emily Pengilly, Watertown

Andrew Schwader, Howard

Kayla Weber, Corsica

 

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.

Aisha Abbink, Scotland

Ariana Arampatzis, Aberdeen

Adam Bormann, Stickney

Shelbie Budmayr, Belle Fourche

Macey Chambers, Blunt

Michael Claar, Fort Collins, Colo.

Tyson DeGroot, Volga

John Fabrizius, Casper, Wyo.

Gabriella Frykbo, Sodertalje, Sweden

Thomas Hogg, Aberdeen

Matthew Jensen, Viborg

Lauren Linville, Plankinton

Brody Maier, Harrold

Mareisha Marvin, Mitchell

Tyson Moodie, Pierre

Emily Pengilly, Watertown

Russell Pick, Kimball

Shawna Richardson, Plankinton

Marissa Soderberg, Roundup, Mont.

Jesse Taylor, Kimball

Kayla Weber, Corsica

Darron Werkmeister, Mitchell

Patrick Whetham, Garretson

Ryan Yackley, Onida

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.

Thomas Hogg, Aberdeen

Lorissa Loeppky, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Emily Pengilly, Watertown

Cierra Schneider, Sioux Falls

Alexandra Sterling, Rapid City

Heidi Willett, Harrisburg

 

Sigma Tau Delta – psychology

Allison Cimpl, Wagner

Erin Croucher, Mitchell

Alexandra Davis, Chula Vista, Calif.

Thomas Dienst, Lonsdale, Minn.

Taylor Spence, Schertz, Texas

Lisa Stanley, Box Elder

 

 Sigma Zeta – science and mathematics:

Keagen Hadley, Kellogg, Idaho

Tori Houwman, Mitchell

Sara Husher, Winner

Kevin Lopez, Signal Hill, Calif.

Lindsey Miller, Letcher

Brooklynn Oehlerking, Sioux Falls

Marissa Soderberg, Roundup, Mont.

Nathan Stadem, Baltic

Peter Wartenberg, Chaska, Minn.

Charles Young, Colorado Springs, Colo.

 

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.

Thanael Certa-Werner, Superior, Wis.

Rachael Kriz, Geddes

Travis Moodie, Pierre

Abby Roseland, Canton

 

Hatterscheidt Foundation Scholarships:

Makayla Kilber, Ipswich

Alyssa Roy, Mitchell

Brooklyn Vander Pol, Geddes

Heith Williams, Madison

Sharleen Wipf, De Smet

 

F. Dwain Randall Scholarships:

Elizabeth Anderson, Bowdle

Trae Bergh, Crooks

Derek Brenner, Yankton

Allison Cimpl, Wagner

Dyrani Clark, Loveland, Colo.

Sierra Crater, Cavour

Tyson DeGroot, Volga

Amanda Halsey, Huron

Hannah Hammer, Dell Rapids

Laura Hoiten, Sioux Falls

Maria Koenen, Rock Valley, Iowa

Brooklynn Oehlerking, Sioux Falls

Rachel Parsons, Philip

Megan Peltier, Sioux Falls

Anna Schutte, Canton

Ann Thury, Parkston

Katherine Varnado, Amite, La.

Tyler Vavra, Winner

 

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

Danielle Anderson, Kennebec

Cassie Bamberg, Corsica

April Barnett, Lakeview, Texas

Jaymie Barrett, Scotland

Andrew Becker, Tea

Trae Bergh, Crooks

Adam Bormann, Stickney

Tatyana Brown, Mitchell

Haley Brunke, Scotland

Jordan Buchholz, South Shore

Shelbie Budmayr, Belle Fourche

Mason Cahoy, Mitchell

Austin Calhoon, Winner

Jake Capko, Corvallis, Mont.

Michael Claar, Fort Collins, Colo.

Dyrani Clark, Loveland, Colo.

Alexandra Davis, Chula Vista, Calif.

Tyson DeGroot, Volga

Stetsen Eriksen, Presho

Landon Fischbach, Mellette

Lauren Fitts, Brookings

Kayla Geraets-Majercik, Mitchell

Jace Goodfellow, Bruce

Shawna Gulbranson, Plankinton

Hannah Hammer, Dell Rapids

Caleb Heiberger, Hartford

Amber Hiles, Woonsocket

Matthew Hockert, Fargo, N.D.

Jade Hoisington, Britton

Sterling Hubbard, Jamestown, N.D.

Krista Huber, Mitchell

Anthony Husher, Winner

Adam Jahnel, Blair, Neb.

Mallory Jark, Warner

Matthew Jensen, Viborg

Braiden Jorgensen, Tetonia, Idaho

Emma Kelly, Mitchell

Kelsey Kniffen, Lake Andes

Katherine Lazenby, Mitchell

April Leichtenberg, Iroquois

Serina Lesnar, Mitchell

Dylan Lynde, Canistota

Chase McBrayer, Ethan

Travis McDonald, Tyndall

Madison-Ainsley Miller, Mitchell

Daniel Mitchell, Volga

Travis Moodie, Pierre

Tyson Moodie, Pierre

Tanner Munk, Dell Rapids

Christopher Nemec, Mitchell

Traci Patrick, Mitchell

Trenice Pehrson, Redfield

Chelsea Raker, Scotland

Rachel Reichel, Mitchell

Sean Riley, Driggs, Idaho

Michael Rohde, Colome

Tara Ronke, Tyndall

Katelynn Runge, Brookings

Katie Sanderson, Mitchell

Joshua Schmitz, Mitchell

Zachary Schneider, Sioux Falls

Trevor Schroeder, Canistota

Dustin Steckler, Garretson

Ann Thury, Parkston

Nicholas Tschakert, Watertown

Hailey Unger, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Lacey VanLaecken, Letcher

Tyler Vavra, Winner

Kelsey Warns, Madison

Kayla Weber, Corsica

McKenzie Weidenbach, Parkston

Darron Werkmeister, Mitchell

Alexis Wilde, Gillette, Wyo.

Heather Willett, Harrisburg

Heidi Willett, Harrisburg

Ryan Yackley, Onida

Lydia Ymker, Armour

Sarah Zaiser, Dawson, Minn.

 

Juniors

Aisha Abbink, Scotland

Ariana Arampatzis, Aberdeen

Matthew Bader, Pierre

Amber Bray, Ramsey, Minn.

Ashley Bray, Ramsey, Minn.

Derek Brenner, Yankton

Macey Chambers, Blunt

Allison Cimpl, Wagner

Madeline DeBeer, Little Rock, Iowa

John Fabrizius, Casper, Wyo.

Tyler Fortuna, Gillette, Wyo.

Shayna Frost, Redfield

Gabriella Frykbo, Sodertalje, Sweden

Makenna Hancock, Chamberlain

Lillian Jones, Omaha, Neb.

Julia Kaus, Wessington Springs

Lauren Linville, Plankinton

Brooke Louwagie, Marshall, Minn.

Delayna Paulson, Mount Vernon

Megan Peltier, Sioux Falls

Emily Pengilly, Watertown

Trevor Peter, Dell Rapids

Andrew Schwader, Howard

Justine Soukup, Wagner

Lisa Stanley, Box Elder

Jesse Taylor, Kimball

Alecia VanTassel, Missoula, Mont.

Patrick Whetham, Garretson

Cal Wiese, Fedora

 

Sophomores

Hayden Adams, Villa Park, Ill.

Tyson Allen, Mitchell

Elizabeth Anderson, Bowdle

Dakota Bodden, Tabor

Samuel Britt, Rapid City

Caleb Carr, Huron

Erin Croucher, Mitchell

Brooke Deurmier, Lake Andes

DiMera Dvorak, Lake Andes

Nichole Dvorak, Lake Andes

Sydney Eddy, Jackson, Minn.

Ciera Eisele, Juniata, Neb.

Cassidy Hendricks, Buffalo, Minn.

Kalie Hook, White

Josie Huber, Vermillion

Sara Husher, Winner

Jacey Jira, Hartford

Madison Kuehl, Hartford

Jenna Loch, South Haven, Minn.

Damon Macleary, Cheyenne, Wyo.

Benjamin McNiven, Merritt, British Columbia, Canada

Chesney Nagel, Springfield

Brooklynn Oehlerking, Sioux Falls

Tyra Patzlaff, Tyndall

Anna Pazour, Pukwana

Rheanna Pheifer, Platte

Lindsey Raker, Scotland

Alyssa Roy, Mitchell

Cierra Schneider, Sioux Falls

Anna Schutte, Canton

Kaylynn Schutte, Mitchell

Maria Schwader, Howard

Shanna Selby, Faith

Turner Serr, Burke

Andriana Sprakel, Yankton

Nathan Stadem, Baltic

John Sutherland, Hartlepool, Cleveland, England

Vanessa Thompson, Wessington Springs

Amy Zeller, Elk Point

 

Freshman

Savannah Ahumada, Turlock, Calif.

Katlyn Arneson, Sioux Falls

Nicholas Aten, Gillette, Wyo.

Tucker Berg, Rapid City

Bryce Blank, Rapid City

Leslie Carsrud, Rapid City

Thanael Certa-Werner, Superior, Wis.

Daniel Clas, Lanùs, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Sierra Crater, Cavour

Brittany Forsman, Sioux Falls

Kaleb Haas, Howard

Amanda Halsey, Huron

Ralph Helmuth, Alexandria

Brady Hicks, Martin

Mitch Johnson, Mitchell

Mason Juracek, Gregory

Maria Koenen, Rock Valley, Iowa

Hope Menning, Corsica

Tessa Meyer, Parkston

Dylan Moore, Plainview, Neb.

Nicole Nelson, Platte

Claudia Nixon, Shaunavon, Saskatchewan, Canada

Michelle Nuss, Tripp

Rylie Osthus, De Smet

Rachel Parsons, Philip

Marian Ragels, Mitchell

Jessica Sandau, Tripp

Maddison Slaba, Geddes

Tyler Wagner, Webster

Erik Wehlander, Iroquois

Heith Williams, Madison

Morgan Ziegler, Tripp

 

Scholar-Athlete Awards

Seniors

April Barnett, Lakeview, Texas

Jaymie Barrett, Scotland

Adam Bormann, Stickney

Shelbie Budmayr, Belle Fourche

Austin Calhoon, Winner

Jake Capko, Corvallis, Mont.

Michael Claar, Fort Collins, Colo.

Lauren Fitts, Brookings

Caleb Heiberger, Hartford

Jade Hoisington, Britton

Sterling Hubbard, Jamestown, N.D.

Anthony Husher, Winner

Adam Jahnel, Blair, Neb.

Mallory Jark, Warner

Matthew Jensen, Viborg

Braiden Jorgensen, Tetonia, Idaho

Katherine Lazenby, Mitchell

Travis McDonald, Tyndall

Travis Moodie, Pierre

Tyson Moodie, Pierre

Tanner Munk, Dell Rapids

Sean Riley, Driggs, Idaho

Tara Ronke, Tyndall

Katelynn Runge, Brookings

Zachary Schneider, Sioux Falls

Trevor Schroeder, Canistota

Dustin Steckler, Garretson

Hailey Unger, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Kayla Weber, Corsica

McKenzie Weidenbach, Parkston

Alexis Wilde, Gillette, Wyo.

Heather Willett, Harrisburg

 

Juniors

Ariana Arampatzis, Aberdeen

Derek Brenner, Yankton

John Fabrizius, Casper, Wyo.

Tyler Fortuna, Gillette, Wyo.

Gabriella Frykbo, Sodertalje, Sweden

Makenna Hancock, Chamberlain

Daniel Mitchell, Volga

Megan Peltier, Sioux Falls

Emily Pengilly, Watertown

Trevor Peter, Dell Rapids

Rachel Reichel, Mitchell

Andrew Schwader, Howard

Jesse Taylor, Kimball

Alecia VanTassel, Missoula, Mont.

Patrick Whetham, Garretson

Cal Wiese, Fedora

 

Sophomores

Hayden Adams, Villa Park, Ill.

Tyson Allen, Mitchell

Dakota Bodden, Tabor

Amber Bray, Ramsey, Minn.

Ashley Bray, Ramsey, Minn.

Sydney Eddy, Jackson, Minn.

Ciera Eisele, Juniata, Neb.

Sara Husher, Winner

Madison Kuehl, Hartford

Damon Macleary, Cheyenne, Wyo.

Benjamin McNiven, Merritt, British Columbia, Canada

Chesney Nagel, Springfield

Brooklynn Oehlerking, Sioux Falls

Tyra Patzlaff, Tyndall

Anna Pazour, Pukwana

Cierra Schneider, Sioux Falls

Shanna Selby, Faith

Turner Serr, Burke

Andriana Sprakel, Yankton

Nathan Stadem, Baltic

 

Matthew D. Smith Scholar-Athlete Award

Dr. Matthew D. Smith was dead at DWU from 1936 to 1944 and president from 1952-1958. This award is presented to a scholar-athlete based on academic achievement, athletic participation and leadership on and off the athletic field.

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.

Football: Hayden Adams, Villa Park, Ill.; Adam Bormann, Stickney; John Fabrizius, Casper, Wyo.; Tyler Fortuna, Gillette, Wyo.

Men’s basketball: Trae Bergh, Crooks

 

All-American

Football All-Americans are selected by the American Football Coaches Association based on their stats and performances throughout the season. Eleven offensive players, 11 defensive players and three special teams players earn first- or second team honors. Brady Bonte, Garretson – a linebacker for the Tigers – finished the season with 80 tackles, 20 for loss and 8.5 sacks, concluding a career as one of the best defensive players in the Great Plains Athletic Conference.

Football: Brady Bonte, Garretson, second team

The top eight finishers in each event at the NAIA Outdoor Track and Field National

Championships earn All-American status. Nicole Court-Menendez, Lewiston, Maine, became a five-time NAIA All-American with her best ever finish at the 2016 indoor championships, finishing the 3,000-meter race-walk in fourth place. Skylar Forgey, Dallas, reached the podium at the national meet for the first time in her career, taking fifth place in the 1,000-meter run.

Women’s Outdoor Track and Field: Nicole Court-Menendez, Lewiston, Maine fourth place

Women’s Outdoor Track and Field: Skylar Forgey, Dallas, fifth place

Men’s basketball All-Americans are selected by coaches from around the NAIA based

on their stats and performance throughout the season. Ten players are named to the first, second and third teams, and there is also an honorable mention team. Senior Trae Bergh, Crooks, leaves DWU with a long list of accomplishments, including his first All- American selection in the same season he set new school records for 3-pointers made in a game and career. Junior Tate Martin, Mitchell, led the nation in assists per game, earning an All-American Honorable Mention.

Men’s basketball: Trae Bergh, Crooks, first team

Men’s basketball: Tate Martin, Mitchell, honorable mention

 

The 2015 NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball All-America Teams were selected by the NAIA-Women’s Basketball Coaches Association All-America Committee. Junior Erica Herrold, Parkston, led DWU to the best season in the women’s basketball program in more than a decade, as the team advanced to the national quarterfinals.

Women’s Basketball: Erica Herrold, Parkston, second team

 

The top eight finishers in each weight class at the NAIA Wrestling National Championships earn All-American honors. Now a three-time All-American, Trever

Devestern, Pearblossom, Calif., leaves DWU as the school’s all-time leader in wins and falls. He battled through an injury at the national championships to claim seventh place at 165 pounds to reach the podium for a third time.

Wrestling: Trever Devestern, Pearblossom, Calif., seventh place

 

 

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 2015

Baseball: Andrew Becker, Tea; Jake Capko, Corvallis, Mont.; Christian Doyle, Jackson, Wyo.; Alex Meyer, Heron Lake, Minn.; Dustin Steckler, Garretson

Men’s golf: Anthony Husher, Winner

Softball: Vanessa Mendez, Monterey Park, Calif.; Hailey Unger, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Women’s golf: Lauren Fitts, Brookings

Women’s track and field: Abby Fossum Stearns, Canton; MacKenzie Stevens, Polk, Neb.

 

Fall 2015

Football: Adam Bormann, Stickney; John Fabrizius, Casper, Wyo.; Jonathon Knight, Lantana , Texas; Tanner Munk, Dell Rapids; Trevor Schroeder, Canistota; Andrew Schwader, Howard

Men’s cross country: Michael Claar, Fort Collins, Colo.

Men’s soccer: Sterling Hubbard, Jamestown, N.D.; Adam Jahnel, Blair, Neb.; Travis Moodie, Pierre; Tyson Moodie, Pierre; Zach Schneider, Sioux Falls

Volleyball: Mallory Jark, Warner; Emily Pengilly, Watertown

Women’s cross country: Jessica Neises, Madison

Women’s soccer: Makenna Hancock, Chamberlain; Alexis Wilde, Gillette, Wyo.

 

Winter 2015-16

Men’s basketball: Trae Bergh, Crooks

Women’s basketball: Gabriella Frykbo, Sodertalje, Sweden

Wrestling: Caleb Heiberger, Hartford; Jade Hoisington, Britton; Trevor Peter, Dell Rapids


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Scotchman and Miss Wesleyan winners announced at DWU

Friday, April 29, 2016

Scotchman and Miss Wesleyan candidates for 2016, from left to right, back row: Matthew Hockert, Reile’s Acres, N.D.; Caleb Heiberger, Hartford; Dylan Lynde, Canistota; Anthony Husher, Winner; Daniel Mitchell, Volga; and Jerry Stravia IV, Mitchell, originally of Denver, Colo.; and Jordan Buchholz, South Shore. Front row: Katherine Varnado, Amite, La.; Samantha Fluck, Becker, Minn.; Madison-Ainsley Miller, Mitchell; Hannah Harbour, Ore Grande, Calif.; Haley Brunke, Scotland; Mareisha Marvin-Keys, Mitchell; and Autumn Schmidt, White.



Mareisha Marvin-Keys and Jordan Buchholz, seniors at Dakota Wesleyan University, were named Miss Wesleyan and Scotchman, the university’s highest honors, during the Honors Banquet Friday night at the university.

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.”

To qualify for candidacy, students must have a minimum GPA of 3.25 and be ranked at senior status. Those eligible submit a resume of activities and awards and a Student Senate-appointed panel chooses the top male and female candidates. The top candidates are interviewed by a committee of students, staff and faculty who choose the Scotchman and Miss Wesleyan.

 Jordan Buchholz, South Shore, is a mathematics education major and is also the Student Ministry Council president. He has served as the grow coordinator during his time on SMC and has coordinated events such as Worship Under the Stars, Diving in Deep and DWU Youth Nights. Jordan went on a mission trip to Peru in summer 2015, working at an orphanage called CAEF. He also serves as president of the Math Club, coordinating events like Pi Day Bake Sale and the sale of DWU Math Club T-shirts.  Jordan is currently a resident assistant in Dayton Hall. This summer, he will travel to Uganda and Rwanda, Africa, with AsOne Ministries to work with local churches and conduct educational workshops. After college, Jordan has taken a position as the math teacher at Harrisburg High School. He is the son of Jeffrey and Staci Buchholz, South Shore.

 Mareisha Marvin-Keys, Mitchell, originally of Chicago, Ill., is a nontraditional student, wife and mother of two. She is majoring in human services and minoring in family studies. She has volunteered with the Mitchell YWCA, Mitchell Area Safehouse and the Mitchell Love Feast. Mareisha was honored with the Carey and Darlene Buhler African American Scholarship in 2014 and 2015. She was on the dean’s list in 2014 and 2015, while being involved in the TRiO Student Support Services College Access Program, DWU Human Services Club and the DWU Student Association Senate as a representative for the Human Services Club. Mareisha was elected as a member of Pi Gamma Mu. After graduation, she will be interning at Stepping Stones in Mitchell.

Other Miss Wesleyan candidates included: Haley Brunke, Scotland; Samantha Fluck, Becker, Minn.; Hannah Harbour, Ore Grande, Calif.; Madison-Ainsley Miller, Mitchell; Autumn Schmidt, White; and Katherine Varnado, Amite, La.

Other Scotchman candidates included: Caleb Heiberger, Hartford; Matthew Hockert, Reile’s Acres, N.D.; Anthony Husher, Winner; Dylan Lynde, Canistota; Daniel Mitchell, Volga; and Jerry Stravia IV, Mitchell, originally of Denver, Colo.


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Dave Mitchell named Exemplary Teacher Award winner at DWU

Friday, April 29, 2016

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

Dr. Dave Mitchell, professor of business administration and economics 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.

“A student told me this year that (Dr. Mitchell) ‘goes above and beyond in every course.  The strongest asset of any class from this professor is that the professor knows the material so well and can apply it to real-world examples,’” said Provost Rocky Von Eye. “Several times on course evaluations I have read about how this professor gets the class engaged in the discussions on every topic imaginable. It is certainly expected that after more than a few years he should know everything!”

Mitchell joined the DWU faculty in 1972 and is one of the longest-serving professors at the university. He is involved in a variety of community activities, including politics, the United Methodist Church and fund-raising for several groups. Before beginning his academic career, he was a system analyst for Procter and Gamble. He was joined in the faculty ranks his late wife, Ann, who taught in the education department for nearly 30 years.

He received his Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering degree in 1959 and his Master of Industrial Engineering degree in 1960, both from Cornell University. He also obtained a Master of Theology degree in 1969 and a Ph.D. in 1978, both from Boston University.

He and Ann have two daughters and six grandchildren.


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DWU announces faculty promotions, tenure

Friday, April 29, 2016

Four faculty and staff members at Dakota Wesleyan University were recognized at the Honors Banquet Friday for promotion, tenure or degree advancement.

Dr. Monty Bohrer was promoted to professor of business administration and economics. Bohrer received his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1988 from Concordia College; his Master in Business Administration degree in 1999 from the University of Sioux Falls; and his Doctorate in Business Administration in 2007 from Anderson University. Bohrer is also the director of the business graduate program at DWU. He began working at DWU in 2011.

Dr. Clinton Desmond was promoted to associate professor of music and granted tenure. Desmond received his Bachelor of Music Education degree in 1998 from Valparaiso University; his Master of Music degree in 2006 from Illinois State University; and his Doctorate of Music Arts in 2009 from Michigan State University. Desmond is also the chairman of the Ron and Sheilah Gates Department of Music and the director of choral activities on campus. He began working at DWU in 2010.

Dr. John Husmann was promoted to professor of history. Husmann received his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1996 from Winona State University; his Master of Arts degree in 1998 and his Ph.D. in 2004 from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He also serves as the history department chairman. He began working at DWU in 2004.

Dr. Ashley Digmann earned a Doctorate in Interdisciplinary Leadership from Creighton University, Omaha, Neb. Digmann received her Bachelor of Arts degree in 2006 from Dakota Wesleyan University and her Master of Arts degree in 2011 from Chadron State College. She became an adjunct instructor for mathematics at DWU in 2011 and became a fulltime instructor in 2013. She also serves as the chairwoman for the department of education.


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Boyd Blumer to give DWU Commencement address at the Corn Palace

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Dakota Wesleyan University will celebrate commencement Sunday, May 8, 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 8, at the Sherman Center on campus, and Commencement is set for 1 p.m. at the Corn Palace with 283 graduates. The Nurses’ Pinning Ceremony is set for 4 p.m., Saturday, May 7, in the Sherman Center.

The Rev. Eric Van Meter, campus pastor, will offer the Baccalaureate message. An Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters will be awarded to the Rev. Boyd Blumer, of Mitchell, who will also give the Commencement address.

Boyd A. Blumer has spent his life in service to churches, the United Methodist Conference, and more importantly, to individuals.

A North Dakota native, Blumer earned his undergraduate degree at Westmar College in Le Mars, Iowa, and went to seminary at Evangelical Theological Seminary in Naperville, Ill., earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees. In 1980, he earned his Doctor of Divinity degree at McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago.

Blumer’s career as a pastor spanned 33 years, more than eight churches and 10 communities, beginning in 1956 in Goodrich and Chaseley, N.D. While there, he established a program to bring governmental and university resources to young, beginning farmers. Throughout his career, he was involved in his communities: he led a community development project raising funds to furnish a clinic and secure a medical doctor for the county; he led a master plan study of the four camp sites and program of the South Dakota Conference of the United Methodist Church; he united two congregations into one, two years before the national union which created the United Methodist Church; and he expanded the use of a community food pantry.

Following his service as a pastor, he was called to serve as a United Methodist Conference Superintendent in the North District and then in the Central District for six years. In 1995, Blumer became the director of the Tree of Life Ministry in Mission reviving this resource which provides food, clothing, emergency home repairs, cross-cultural education and Christian ministry on the Rosebud Indian Reservation.

At the age of 66, after more than 40 years in ministry, Blumer came to Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell. He has been busier in his retirement than many people are in their careers. Since 1997, he has served DWU in many capacities – as interim campus pastor, carpenter, custodian and adjunct professor. For nearly 20 years, he has taught two of three courses each semester: “Death, Dying and the Afterlife,” “The Life and Teachings of Jesus” and “The Life and Letters of Paul.” One student described him as “the best thing that can happen to a course on the Bible.”

Blumer and his wife of more than 60 years, Evelyn, are parents to four adult children, and they have nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.


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DWU’s Kriese selected for Executive Leadership Academy

Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Theresa Kriese, executive vice president at DWU, has been chosen to participate in a leadership program through the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC).
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Dakota Wesleyan’s Great Wesleyan Giveback set for Tuesday

Wednesday, April 27, 2016
DWU's Great Wesleyan Giveback, formerly known as Service Day, will be May 3.
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Spring Ring Handbell Festival set for first of May

Monday, April 25, 2016
The Ron and Sheilah Gates Department of Music at Dakota Wesleyan University will present its Spring Ring Handbell Festival at 7 p.m., Sunday, May 1, at the DWU Sherman Center. This concert is free and open to the public.
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DWU seeks public input about university

Monday, April 25, 2016

Dakota Wesleyan University is seeking comments from the public about the university in preparation for its periodic evaluation by its regional accrediting agency.

The university will host a visit Oct. 24-25, 2016, with a team representing the Higher Learning Commission, which requires each university up for accreditation to solicit opinions from its community – on and off campus. The team will review the institution’s ongoing ability to meet HLC’s Criteria for Accreditation.

The public is invited to submit comments regarding the college to the following address:

Public Comment on Dakota Wesleyan University
Higher Learning Commission
230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
Chicago, IL 60604-1411

The public may also submit comments on HLC’s website at www.hlcommission.org/comment.

Comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of the institution or its academic programs. Comments must be in writing and received by Sept. 23, 2016.

Dakota Wesleyan University has been accredited by HLC since 1916.


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DWU announces Thompson as newest member of board of trustees

Monday, April 25, 2016

Dakota Wesleyan University announces Larry Thompson, of Mitchell, as its newest board of trustee member.

Larry ThompsonThompson is the chief executive officer at Vantage Point Solutions in Mitchell. He was born in Ames, Iowa, and went to high school in Bellevue, Neb. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in physics from William Jewell College, and both his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Kansas.

He was a systems engineer and later senior engineer during his early career in California and Colorado. In 1996, he accepted a position as a senior professional engineer with Martin and Associates, Inc. in Mitchell. During his tenure at Martin and Associates, later known as Martin Group, Inc., Thompson was promoted to the general manager of the Telecommunications, Consulting, and Engineering Group (TCE) and had overall responsibility for the consulting and engineering services provided by Martin Group.  In 2002, he became one of the founders of Vantage Point and has served as its CEO since its inception and helped grow the company from six employees to 200.

Thompson is also involved in the Mitchell community, as well as the church. He has been a member of the Mitchell Christen School Board of Directors for nine years and the president for seven, as well as a board member for the Mitchell Area Development Corporation for the last six years and served as its treasurer. He is also a board member for South Dakota Department of Transportation; was the co-chairman of the land use and development committee for Mitchell Focus 2020; was a board/trustee for Mitchell Wesleyan Church for two years; and is currently serving on the finance committee at Mitchell Wesleyan Church.

He and his wife, Vicki, have two teenage children and live in Mitchell.


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