DWU Highlanders schedule three-city fall tour

Wednesday, October 28, 2015



The Highlanders, Dakota Wesleyan University’s select chamber choir, will be touring through Pierre, Aberdeen and Watertown, performing three free concerts.


The 15-member ensemble will perform a playful concert of vocal chamber music called “Songs for Saints and Sinners” on three separate dates, Nov. 12-14. This concert will feature an eclectic mix of genres from Gregorian chant and Renaissance madrigals to classic spirituals and contemporary popular standards.


Following is a list of concert dates and times:


Nov. 12, 7 p.m., First United Methodist Church, Pierre

Nov. 13, 7 p.m., North Highland United Methodist Church, Aberdeen

Nov. 14, 7 p.m., First United Methodist Church, Watertown


The Highlanders are selected through a rigorous audition process and all singers are also members of the 40-voice Wesleyan Choir. 


Giblin, owner of Subway, to speak during Kelley Center coffee series

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

The Kelley Center for Entrepreneurship at Dakota Wesleyan University is inviting all to attend this year’s Coffee Series in celebration of Global Entrepreneurship Week.


Eric Giblin, owner of Subway in Mitchell, will speak at 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 3, in Java City in the McGovern Library. This speaker is free and open to the public. Beverages and lunch will be available for purchase at Java City, and all attendees will receive free coffee and cookies.


Global Entrepreneurship Week will take place Nov. 16-22 and celebrates innovative learning, ideas and business practices.



DWU professor named to Fulbright Specialist Roster

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Dr. W. Jesse Weins has been named to the Fulbright Specialist Roster by the Institute of International Education’s Council for International Exchange of Scholars.


This prestigious designation grants Weins the opportunity to work internationally through a grant-funded program as a specialist in his field. According to its website, the program “promotes linkages between U.S. scholars and professionals and their counterparts at host institutions overseas.”


Weins has been at the forefront of research and legislative reform on the subject of teen sexting. He may be requested for collaborative projects, such as lecture series, co-teaching, or curricular development, relating to sexting or other areas of criminal law and procedure at a hosting institution.


Weins is an associate professor of criminal justice at Dakota Wesleyan University and also works as the dean of the College of Leadership and Public Service.


Weins and his co-author, Todd Hiestand, professor of criminal justice at MidAmerica Nazarene University, published “Sexting, Statutes, and Saved by the Bell: Introducing a Lesser Juvenile Charge with an ‘Aggravating Factors’ Framework” in the Tennessee Law Review in 2010. Since publication, his work has been recognized by news outlets like USA Today, The Christian Science Monitor, and The New York Times, as well as journals like Sexualities and the Harvard Review of Psychiatry and research groups like the Harvard Berkman Center for Internet and Society and the University of New Hampshire Crimes Against Children Research Center. 


Weins and Hiestand produced a book in 2014 published by Carolina Academic Press, which has been obtained by university libraries across the country, as well as others internationally like the University of Toronto, Canada, the University of Auckland, New Zealand, and the University of Sydney, Australia.


Weins is a native of Platte and 2003 graduate of DWU.  He is a 2007 graduate of the University of Nebraska College of Law and practiced constitutional law before returning to DWU in 2008. 

High school students invited to Fall Visit Day at DWU

Monday, October 26, 2015


Dakota Wesleyan University is inviting all interested high school students, of any grade, to campus next week for its Fall Visit Day.


This event, set for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 6, will include an overview of academic information, scholarships and financial aid. Students can register here and arrange personal meet-and-greets with coaches, performing arts directors, student ministry members, and staff. Lunch will be provided free of charge at noon, and students and their friends and family will also be given a guided tour.


“Choosing the college that is the right fit for you can be daunting for both the student and the parents, and we’re trying to make the whole process as easy and fun as possible,” said dean of admissions Fredel Thomas. “We know there are a lot of questions about scholarships and financial aid packages that parents are going to want to know, and we know that students feel much more comfortable with their college choice if they actually get to see the campus once or maybe even twice before committing. We invite sophomores and juniors who are ready to start checking out universities, and the Fall Visit Day is especially perfect for seniors who are thinking about applying for our Scholarship Days in January and February.”


DWU has a student body of nearly 900 students, offers 40 majors, 15 athletic teams, plus performing opportunities in music and theatre.  There are 30 student clubs and organizations related to various majors and interest groups.  Wesleyan is affiliated with the United Methodist church and offers service-learning and mission trips, as well as other opportunities for spiritual growth.


“DWU’s learning experience is unique and practical,” said Thomas.  “We are committed to helping our students discover their individual strengths through innovative, relevant, personalized education.  We also have a strong focus on service to others and providing leadership opportunities both in and out of the classroom.  When DWU students graduate, they are ready for work or grad school.  Our young alumni speak highly of their experiences at DWU.”


Full schedule for the day:

10 a.m. Registration & Coffee
10:15 a.m.  Welcome to Wesleyan
10:30 a.m. Academic Information
11 a.m.  Campus Tour
12 p.m. Lunch & Entertainment
1 p.m.  Scholarships and Financial Aid Overview
1:30 p.m. Wrap-up with Admissions Staff
2 p.m.   Meet with Coaches, Fine Arts Directors, and Student Ministries


LyricWood and Wesleyan Band concert set

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

There will be a three-part instrumental concert this Sunday at Dakota Wesleyan University.


The Ron and Sheilah Gates Department of Music will present the Wesleyan Band and LyricWood strings ensemble at 4 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 25, in the Sherman Center on campus, joined by the Kobayashi/Gray Duo.


The Wesleyan Band, under the direction of Bethany Amundson, director of bands and instrumental activity, will perform four pieces, followed by LyricWood’s two pieces under the direction of Elizabeth Soladay and conducted by Dr. Clinton Desmond, choral director. Sophomore finance major Rheanna Pheifer, of Platte, and junior nursing major Melissa Spitzer, of Mitchell, will perform a flute duet, as well.


A special duet performance will also take place Sunday – Dr. Laura Kobayashi on violin and Susan Keith Gray on piano. The Kobayashi/Gray Duo tour professionally and are made possible by the Glenn E. Soladay Estate.


DWU senior takes third at Innovation Expo’s Student Idea Competition

Friday, October 16, 2015

Earlier this month, Dakota Wesleyan University senior Matt Hockert won third place and a $150 award in the statewide Student Idea Competition held at the 2015 Innovation Expo in Sioux Falls.


Hockert, a biology major from Reiles Acres, N.D., was one of five students to present during semi-finals on Oct. 1. His idea was an app for a smart phone that would give directions on how to conduct CPR.


“Although this is a business-idea competition, a biology major from DWU took home one of the top spots,” said Dr. Ryan Van Zee, executive director of the Kelley Center for Entrepreneurship at DWU. “This prize highlights our interdisciplinary approach to entrepreneurship and reflects the cooperation between academic departments.”


A total of 89 ideas were submitted for this year’s competition.


The Student Idea Competition was held at the 12th Annual Innovation Expo and is open to all South Dakota-based higher education students and allows them to submit an innovative idea for a product or service to be judged for commercial potential. The contest is sponsored by the South Dakota Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s Governor’s Giant Vision Business Plan Competition.



Haunted House is back – DWU theatre club plans spooktacular event

Thursday, October 15, 2015

The oh-so popular Dakota Wesleyan Theatre Club Haunted House is back this Halloween.


The DWU Haunted House will be at 415 North Main Street, downtown Mitchell. DWU students, along with other volunteers, will guide gaggles of would-be ghouls through the maze of horror – the best theatre students can design.


Hours will be 6:30 to 11 p.m., Thursday-Saturday, Oct. 22-24, and Oct. 29-31. There will be a less intense, lights-on kids’ hour from 6 to 7 p.m. each night – same fun, half the scare. Entrance fee is $5 per person.


This is the third year that the Theatre Club has put on a haunted house downtown and the club has raised money for various charities in the past. This year’s proceeds will actually be used as a theatre fundraiser toward projects, future shows and the annual conference at which students compete.



Area Youth Night to bring comedian to campus; all youth are welcome

Thursday, October 8, 2015


Comedian Daren Streblow will be on the campus of Dakota Wesleyan this month for the annual Area Youth Night.


DWU’s Campus Ministry Council is welcoming all Mitchell and area youth to campus for this fun night of worship, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 21, in the Sherman Center on campus. The entertainment, provided by comedian Daren Streblow and the Campus Ministry worship band, is free and open to all youth – and their parents and church leaders.


Streblow has been performing family-friendly comedy around the world for 20 years.


“We see the Area Youth Night as an opportunity to get young people together, worshiping and having fun; showing them that sharing their faith can be spiritual but also just a really a good time,” said Campus Pastor Eric Van Meter.

DWU announces 2015-16 Student Senate Leaders

Thursday, October 8, 2015


The Dakota Wesleyan student body has voted for this year’s leaders for the 2015-16 Student Association Senate.


The following students will serve on the executive team:



Chase McBrayer, of Ethan, is a senior accounting major. This is his second year in Student Senate. He has been a student ambassador for three years, as well as on the Student Activities Board, for which he now serves as president. After graduation he would like to enter the business world and eventually become a CFO of a business.


Vice President

Morgan Straub, of Deadwood, is a junior nursing major with a minor in non-profit administration. This is her third year on Student Senate and, recently serving as an at-large representative and as Senate secretary. Straub is involved with the Third Freedom (UFWH) organization where she serves as the chairperson of the leadership team for the McGovern Hunger Summit. She is also a member of the DWU track and field team.



Ann Thury, of Parkston, is a junior majoring in theatre and graphic design. She is also involved in Theatre Club, the Student Activities Board (SAB), and the admissions office Student Ambassadors program.



Ariana Arampatzis, of Aberdeen, is a junior majoring in Christian leadership and nonprofit administration. She served as the sophomore and freshman class presidents the last two years. Arampatzis is the Third Freedom president, a Student Ministry leader, resident assistant, and a member the Wesleyan Choir and DWU track and field team.


Other officers selected include:


Freshman class president: Cassidy Hendricks, Buffalo, Minn.

Sophomore class president: Amy Zeller, Elk Point

Junior class president: McKenzie Weidenbach, Parkston

Senior class president: Dylan Lynde, Canistota

At-large representative: Maria Koenen, Rock Valley, Iowa

At-large representative: Natasha Letcher, Bridgewater

Athletic representative: Lauren Fitts, Brookings

Athletic representative: Cierra Schneider, Sioux Falls


100 year anniversary of Mark Payne’s world’s record drop kick

Thursday, October 8, 2015

On Oct. 9, 1915, history was made at Dakota Wesleyan. The following is taken from “Dakota Wesleyan University Memory Book: 1885-2010,” By Dr. James D. McLaird:


Dakota Wesleyan University had an outstanding football season in 1915, defeating teams from Madison, Aberdeen, Spearfish, Sioux Falls and Huron, as well as highly touted Morningside College. Its only losses were to Vermillion and Brookings. However, in later years, what was most remembered was Mark Payne’s drop kick in the second game of the season (Oct. 9, 1915).


Mark, a 160-pound halfback from Lake Andes, had shown speed and strength in his first year at Wesleyan. However, it was Mark’s punting that was most impressive. His high spirals sailed, giving the ends time to get under them.


By 1915, Mark was becoming well known for his long drop kicks. In the game against Northern Normal and Industrial School of Aberdeen, Wesleyan led 17-0 at halftime, thanks to a field goal by mark and two touchdowns by his teammates. Toward the end of the second half, Mark kicked once again, this time for 63 yards. That was one yard longer than the 1898 record set by Pat O’Dea of the University of Wisconsin. It is likely to stand permanently in the record books since the drop kick has been abandoned. Mark later recalled that when he kicked he didn’t know there was a Pat O’Dea and did not realize that his name “now would take his place in the record books.”


Over the years, stories about Mark’s memorable kick improved with each telling, or, in his words, “the distance seems to get longer with each passing year.” In one published account, the score was tied 14-14 and the clock was winding down. Then Mark sent the ball sailing 63 yards, and Wesleyan won the game.


Mark later became an executive in the purchasing department of the American Petroleum Company in Los Angeles. He returned to Wesleyan several times, and in 1945 was the featured speaker at the Blue & White Days banquet.

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