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DWU special education professor, Johnson, joins International Dyslexia Association board

Monday, April 7, 2014

Dr. Donna M. Johnson, assistant professor of education at Dakota Wesleyan University, recently joined the board of directors of the Upper Midwest Branch of the International Dyslexia Association.

According to its website, “The International Dyslexia Association, Upper Midwest Branch (IDA-UMB) is a 501(c)(3), nonprofit organization that supports individuals with dyslexia and related, language-based learning disorders, as well as their families and educators.”

The Upper Midwest Branch of IDA serves Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Manitoba, Canada.

Johnson is the third South Dakotan on the board, joining Sue Hegland, of Brandon, and Stephanie Spaan, of Sioux Falls.

The film “The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia” was screened last fall at the Patten Wing Theatre on the DWU campus and attended by students, area teachers and parents. Following the screening, Johnson, Hegland and Spaan participated in a panel to discuss dyslexia and answer questions from the audience.

Next week, Johnson will attend IDA-UMB’s 40th Annual Conference at the Continuing Education and Conference Center at the University of Minnesota-St. Paul campus. Johnson teaches courses in the special education and elementary education majors at Dakota Wesleyan.


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Scotchman and Miss Wesleyan candidates named at DWU

Friday, April 4, 2014

Ten Dakota Wesleyan University students have been selected as candidates for the Scotchman and Miss Wesleyan awards, the highest honor given to students in their senior year at the institution.

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. The winners will be announced at the annual Honors Banquet on April 25 on campus.

The following men are the candidates for the 2014 Scotchman:


Joe Ford, Vermillion

Joe is a graphic design major with a minor in theatre. He is a resident assistant and worship leader at DWU. He has been active in campus ministry planning for worship services and Fusion services, was a student ambassador, and is a former member of Student Ministry Council, Highlanders and the DWU choir for two years. He has also taken part in three mission trips, including Peru and Mexico through DWU. He has created videos, logos and images for various clubs and organizations on DWU campus, and has volunteered for DWU Service Day, New Student Orientation and the annual food drive. He is an in-house graphic designer and marketing consultant for Load King Trailers. 

Chase Kristensen, Plankinton

Chase is majoring in public service and leadership with a business minor. He was the team leader for the 2013 Swing for Cancer benefit and worked as a student ambassador. After being on the dean’s list several times, he was elected to Pi Gamma Mu. He has been active in the DWU golf team and volunteered for DWU Service Day. He helped start Dakota Wesleyan Universities Fighting World Hunger club and represented the university at Hunger Conference in Toronto, Canada. After graduation he will continue establishing his own roofing company.


Trent Robbins, Watertown

Trent is a double major in mathematics and business. He is a DWU Trustee Academic and Athletic Scholar and named to the dean’s list. He has been a member of the Dakota Wesleyan soccer team for four years, and served as team captain for one. He has won Great Plains Athletics All Conference Honorable Mention, CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-District Award, T.I.G.E.R.S. Award and was appointed to the Men’s Soccer Team Leadership Council. He volunteered with Chicago Eagles Summer Academy and Mitchell Youth Soccer. Trent also became an FAA Licensed Private Pilot in May 2013.


Tyler Sarringar, Pierre

Tyler is an athletic training major. He is a member of DWU wrestling, a resident assistant and peer tutor on campus, and a student ambassador. Tyler has been involved Children’s Miracle Network Tigerthon, Athletic Training Club, Athletic Training Leadership Council, and youth wrestling activities. He has volunteered for DWU Service Day, food drives, and two DWU Peru mission trips. Tyler is a Randall Academic and Athletic Scholar who has been a four-year member of the dean’s list. After graduation, he plans to attend physical therapy school at the University of South Dakota, Vermillion.



The following women are the candidates for the 2014 Miss Wesleyan:

Breanna Clark, Loveland, Colo.

Breanna is a double major in business administration and leadership and public service. She has been involved with Student Activities Board weekend events and service coordinator, Communities Rising to Overcome Poverty, Universities Fighting World Hunger, Math Club, Students in Free Enterprise Emerging Leaders, Taskforce 5, and held many leadership roles. She is the president and A-Team adviser for S.A.B., a TRiO peer tutor, and a DWU admissions counselor. She is a four-year dean’s list member, a member of the honors program, Phi Kappa Phi and Pi Gamma Mu honors societies, and is a Randall Scholar. She is also the recipient of the 2013 Bishop Armstrong Peace and Justice Award. Breanna has volunteered for New Student Orientation, DWU Service Day, Dr. Seuss Carnival, service-learning trips to Kenya and Belize, mission trips to Mexico, Peru, and New Orleans, assisted with LoveFeast, and volunteered for numerous other community service projects. Breanna will work full-time for the DWU admissions office after graduation.

Valerie Hummel, Utica

Valerie is double-majoring in religion and philosophy and psychology. She has been involved with Student Ministry Council, Oyate Ho Waste club, was a student representative for student senate, and middle school youth group leader. She has volunteered with DWU Service Day, Habitat for Humanity, LoveFeast, and DWU mission trips to Mexico, Peru, and New Orleans. She is a four-year member of the dean’s list and a Bishop Leadership scholarship recipient. She is a student ambassador and an intern for Mitchell Fusion. After graduation, Valerie will attend Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary in Chicago to obtain a Master of Divinity in hopes of becoming a United Methodist Church pastor.

Natalie Munger, Kimball

Natalie is graphic design major with a double minor in Web page design and business administration. She is a resident assistant on campus, Student Activities Board entertainment coordinator, and an intern at Innovative Systems in Mitchell. She has been involved in Student Activities Board leadership roles, Children’s Miracle Network, Universities Fighting World Hunger and DWU track and field. Natalie has participated in many volunteer activities including New Student Orientation, DWU Service Day, Big Brother Big Sister, DWU mission trip to Peru, and a 5K Walk/3K Run. Natalie will begin working full-time as a user interface designer at Innovative Systems after graduation.

Samantha Sandau, Tripp

Sam is an English education major, minoring in Spanish. She is involved with Student Ministry Council, student ambassadors, is a writer for the Wesleyan Weekly, and is a resident assistant on campus. She has been involved with the DWU volleyball team, DWU “Prairie Winds” editing team, and Future Teachers’ Organization on campus, and held leadership roles. She has volunteered with the Dr. Seuss carnival, New Student Orientation, mission trips to New Orleans and Peru, DWU Service Day, and DWU freshman food drive. She is a four-year member of the dean’s list, was awarded the 2013 Vicki Clarke Memorial and Virginia A. Harms scholarships, was the 2013 DWU female Duer Award nominee, 2012 Daktronics-NAIA volleyball scholar athlete, and a member of the Sigma Tau Delta and Phi Kappa Phi honor societies. Sam will student teach in the fall of 2014 and graduate in December 2014.

Kayla Summerville, Platte

Kayla is a double major in human services and criminal justice with a specialization in chemical dependency. She has participated and held leadership roles in Children’s Miracle Network, Student Activities Board, and Human Services Club. She has volunteered with New Student Orientation, DWU Service Day, DWU freshman food drive, Weekend Snack Pack food drive, Mitchell Area Safehouse, Salvation Army, and DWU mission trips to New Orleans, Peru and Mexico. Kayla interns in DWU admissions, and works part-time for the Department of Social Services, Child Protection Services in Lake Andes where she will work full-time after graduation.

Kelli Swenson, Chamberlain

Kelli is a double major in business administration and leadership and public service with a concentration in policy communication. She is the president of Student Senate, a member of the Student Ministry Council, a resident assistant on campus, and Student Ambassadors. She is a four-year member of the dean’s list, a Randall Scholar, 2013 recipient of the Vicki Clarke Memorial Endowed Scholarship, McGovern Center Scholar, and a member of the McGovern Advisory Council. She has organized and volunteered with DWU mission trips to New Orleans, Peru and Mexico, as well as community outreach projects. Kelli interns with DWU’s institutional advancement/alumni relations department. Follwing graduation, Kelli will be traveling to Africa for two months to work with a nonprofit and a primary school in Rwanda.  
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DWU students elected to NSASD executive board

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Dakota Wesleyan University nursing students attended the Nursing Student Association of South Dakota convention in Sioux Falls last week. Two students were elected to the NSASD executive board.

Jessica Muller, of Platte, will serve as the first vice president to the NSASD board in 2014-15 academic school year, and Lacey VanLaecken, of Letcher, will be the board’s new recording secretary. Both students will be sophomore nursing students in the Arlene Gates Department of Nursing at DWU for 2014-15.


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Bob Goff to headline for DWU’s Conference for Leadership, Innovation and Social Change

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

They won’t just be talking about changing the world – they’ll give some pointers on how to start doing it.

The Conference for Leadership, Innovation and Social Change is set for Thursday, April 10, in the Sherman Center at Dakota Wesleyan University. The conference begins at 8:30 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.

“We have been very intentional in the planning process to create a conference that will enable and encourage people to do something that matters,” said Dr. Alisha Vincent, director of the McGovern Center and founder of a global nonprofit organization called Esperance Institute. “Not only do we think participants will find the speakers inspiring but we think the break-out Dialogue for Action sessions will give them the chance to take what is said from the stage and connect it directly to their daily lives. It will be an innovative conference for all ages.”

The conference headliner includes New York Times best-selling author Bob Goff, author of “Love Does,” who will speak on matters of human rights at 11 a.m. Also joining the conference is Molly Hough from Generation Alive, who will integrate the conference themes and reach across all age groups with steps on taking action.

“Bob Goff is a man passionate about life and God. He is an infectious presenter who will challenge everyone present to live full lives in God no matter where they are,” said Brandon Vetter, campus pastor, who has heard Goff speak before.

Goff founded Restore International, a nonprofit human rights organization in Uganda and India which works to pursue justice for the needy, including a case in Uganda where Restore International brought to trial more than 200 cases, some involving children who were jailed without trial, according to his website. He is also an adjunct professor at Pepperdine Law School and Point Loma Nazarene University. He will inspire attendees to get to the “do” part of life.

The day will also include “Dialogue for Action” sessions, where participants can discuss strategies for innovative social change.

Joining the discussion at 1 p.m. will be five people sharing “InnovaTalks,” inspirational and innovative mini-lectures, including: Jill Weimer, associate scientist and assistant professor of pediatrics, Sanford School of Medicine at the University of South Dakota, Vermillion, sharing her big idea surrounding research on the development of the central nervous system; Ken Novak, of Mitchell, with “Discommunication: Soul-searching for Honest Christianity”; Stephanie Wescoup, of Mitchell, discussing social change and Native American culture; and DWU senior Kelli Swenson, of Chamberlain, speaking about leadership for the future.

“Everyone will walk away with something from the diverse topics and inspirational content of the conference,” said Fredel Thomas, director of the Kelley Center for Entrepreneurship. “We don’t step away from life often enough to look at the big picture and I think this conference is a great way to take a step away and be inspired.”

The Mitchell Area Youth night featuring Bob Goff will be held at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 9, in the Sherman Center. This event is also free and open to the public; however, the youth night is targeted toward youth and student ministries grades 6 through 12 and their leaders from the surrounding areas, as well as college students.


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DWU announces 2014-15 Student Senate Leaders

Monday, March 31, 2014

The Dakota Wesleyan student population recently voted for their student body leaders for 2014-15 Student Association Senate. These students were chosen to serve in the following positions:

President: Christian Doyle, Jackson, Wyo.

Vice president: Austin Lopour, Fort Pierre

Treasurer: Katie Johnson, Mead, Neb.

Junior class president: Dylan Lynde, Canistota

Sophomore class president: Ariana Arampatzis, Aberdeen

Student Activities Board chairperson: Katherine Lindow, Green Bay, Wisc.

Student Ministry Council chairperson: Andrew DeVaney, Sioux Falls

Student athletic representative at-large: April Barnett, Lakeview, Texas

Student representatives at-large: Cody McBrayer, Ethan; Morgan Straub, Deadwood


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DWU’s Highly Effective, Engaging Online RN to BSN Program

Monday, March 31, 2014

Much has changed in the world of technology since Dakota Wesleyan University (DWU) first attempted to deliver an online RN-Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program back in 2007. Due to technological and infrastructure limitations at the time, the program had both traditional face-to-face and online formats instead of the fully online option busy adult learners really needed.

Flash-forward to 2013 when DWU launched its degree completion program for registered nurses with associate’s degrees. DWU successfully accomplished its goal to deliver a streamlined program focused on the needs and wants of adult learners.

“The program is very user friendly for students,” said RN-B.S. Program Director Diane Sandhoff, who has been with DWU for 25 years. “It fits their lifestyle. They feel like they can succeed.”Program Director Diane Sandhoff

All required courses for DWU’s RN-B.S. nursing program are offered online. Through the program, which can be completed in just 14 months, students gain technical nursing abilities and build on their critical thinking, problem-solving and communication skills—all of which are essential for nurses

“We believe nursing is an art and a science,” Sandhoff said. “Our program focuses more on the soul.”

Our RN-B.S. nursing program also offers:

  • A strong ethical foundation, built on Christian values
  • Accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and full approval by the South Dakota Board of Nursing
  • Core nursing courses that focus on:

o   Enhancing skills in leadership and management

o   Decision making and problem solving

o   Nursing research and evidence-based practice

o   Health promotion

o   Health assessment

o   Service to community

o   In-depth study of pharmacology

o   Care of families, populations and communities 

As Sandhoff points out, “The whole trajectory of nursing has changed from the traditional bedside nurse to something that is so much more broad. Careers in healthcare are being developed that we haven’t even considered yet.”

DWU, then, must prepare future nurses who are good thinkers, adaptable, flexible, open to new ideas, and believe in the value of lifelong learning.

If you are considering this degree, you might be concerned about your ability to succeed. Please know that the support—and encouragement—is there for you. The DWU program is demanding, yes, but it is also manageable, thanks to eight-week sessions with two courses at a time for full-time students.

Another plus: We also offer a May start so you do not have to wait for a traditional fall semester start.

DWU understands that sometimes life gets in the way of your best intentions. So if you get into the program and must step out for a time, our online program offers you that flexibility. Stepping out is nearly impossible in a traditional 16-week session.

To learn more, please contact Amber Turner, our DWU online admissions counselor.

We look forward to hearing from you.



Dr. Derek Driedger
Associate Dean of Digital Learning 
at Dakota Wesleyan University


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

Friday, March 28, 2014

Dakota Wesleyan University hosted the 22nd annual South Central South Dakota Regional Science and Engineering Fair March 25 and announced its winners.

There were 299 students in grades six through 12, and 180 projects from 30 schools in 18 South Dakota counties. Students participating in this regional event brought projects that won in science fairs at local schools.

Five students received the top DWU scholarships – worth $10,000 – and will advance to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in May in Los Angeles. They include: Justin Krell, Plankinton High School, “Cow Chips”; and three students from Avon High School: Amanda Reiff and Devin Tolsma, “Organic Preventative Measures For The Germination Of Musk Thistles,” and Julie Boyle, “Evaluating the Effectiveness Of Anthocyaninis As Sunscreen Phase 2.”

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:

2014 Science Fair List of Winners

Student Observers – winners of $2,000 DWU scholarship

Kylee Guindon

Plankinton Middle School

Antler Development

Noah Heezen

Plankinton Middle School

Electronic Cloud Control

Emma Heezen

Plankinton High School

Electronic Cloud Control

Junior Grand Award (two individual projects) – winners of $100

Kendall Veenstra

Dakota Christian Middle School

Aqua Crops

Andrew Weller

Mitchell Middle School

Normal Springs vs. Magnetic Springs

Junior Grand Award (one group project) – winners of $100 each

Natalie Bordeaux, Molly Knife, Shelby Little Shield

Spring Creek Middle School

Water Quality On The Rosebud Reservation

Life, Behavioral Sciences - Junior Division

1st Place

Derek Pelton

Avon Middle School

What Are The Effects Of Soapy Water Plants

2nd Place

Mary Catherine Kelly

Home School Middle School

Using Treats In Dog Training: When To Reward Rover

3rd Place

Kristen Maas

Dakota Christian Middle School

Don’t Slip!

Honorable Mention

Madison Hetland

Mitchell Middle School

Authentic vs. Synthetic Honey

Certificates of Merit:

Hannah VanGerpen

Avon Middle School

There Is Something On Your Face

Kylee Guindon

Plankinton Middle School

Antler Development

Life & Behavioral Sciences - Senior Division

1st Place, $2,000 DWU Scholarship

Hannah Reeves

Avon High School

The Effect Of Irrigation On Agricultural Production

2nd Place, $750 DWU Scholarship

Rachel Blaha

Avon High School

Analyzing The Effectiveness Of Commercial De-wormers For Sheep

3rd Place,$500 DWU Scholarship

Jill Bertus

Avon High School

How Do You Dry Your Corn?

Honorable Mention

Jacob Dahme

Mitchell High School

Carbon Nanotubes: Effects Of Tenebrio Molitor Growth

Certificates of Merit:

Dennisha Johanneson

Andes Central High School

Emergency Medicine

Carly Sparks

Armour High School

Growing Cancer Cells For A Cause

Aften Pennings

Stickney High School

Bac Vibes

Hanna Powers

Avon High School

Are You Getting Your Vitamin C?

DiMera Dvorak

Andes Central High School

Elementary Education

Physical Science & Engineering - Junior Division

1st Place

Tate Wynia

Avon Middle School

Fact Or Fiction

2nd Place

Jakob Studer

Mitchell Middle School

Octane Emission Project

3rd Place

Madhav Singh

Todd County Middle School

Coronal Mass Ejections

Honorable Mention

Olivia Jurrens

Avon Middle School

Red Eye Reduction

Certificates of Merit:

Pearce Vonder Pol

Dakota Christian Middle School

Roll It

Dillon DeHaai

Dakota Christian Middle School

On The Pontoon

Victoria Brown

Mitchell Middle School

Rooftop Real Estate Wonders

Physical Science & Engineering - Senior Division

1st Place, $2,000 DWU Scholarship

Riley Namminga

Avon High School

Application Cent$

2nd Place, $750 DWU Scholarship

Daxx Wiebelhaus

Mitchell High School

Lead In Soil

3rd Place, $500 DWU Scholarship

Brady Petrik

Avon High School

Wax On Wax Off

Honorable Mention

Stephanie Faulhaber

Plankinton High School

Sawing The World One Drip At A Time

Certificates of Merit:

Tim Morgan

Mitchell High School

The Effects Of Mass Distribution On The Distance Of Air Powered Rockets

Riley Berndt

Avon High School

All Gelled Up

Cacie Markel

Avon High School

Increasing The Efficiency of A Homemade Ice Pack Using Rubbing Alcohol

Group Projects - Junior Division

1st Place

Hayden Haak, Tristan Niles, Weston Tobin

Plankinton Middle School

The Sixth Wheel

2nd Place

Lori White, Thea Patrick

Mitchell Middle School

A-Maze-ing Slime Molds

3rd Place

Cooper DeLange, Isaac Hinker

Stickney Middle School

Which Battery Lasts The Longest?

Honorable Mention

Emma Bertram, Kianna Payer

Armour Middle School

Black Or White

Certificates of Merit:

Baylee Gerber

Armour Middle School

Shotgun Patterns

Alyssa Whitney

Armour Middle School

Shotgun Patterns

Trajan Anderson

White Lake Middle School

Muffling Sound

Chandler Fredericksen

White Lake Middle School

Muffling Sound

Matthew Fey

White Lake Middle School

Tee Height And Golf Ball Distance

Carter Fredericksen

White Lake Middle School

Tee Height And Golf Ball Distance

Sawyer Swenson

Wessington Springs Middle School

Ready, Aim, Fire!

John Witte

Wessington Springs Middle School

Ready, Aim, Fire!

Carolyn Blaha

Wagner Middle School

Jump Serve Speed vs. Standing Serve Speed

Schylar Juffer

Wagner Middle School

Jump Serve Speed vs. Standing Serve Speed

Cordel Menning

Corsica Middle School

Blowing Off Steam

Bryce Plamp

Corsica Middle School

Blowing Off Steam

Gavin Zomer

Corsica Middle School

Blowing Off Steam

Emma Murphey

Mitchell Middle School

The Big Dig

Naomi Powers

Mitchell Middle School

The Big Dig

Alicia Jackson

Wessington Springs Middle School

Music And Memory

Keah Munsen

Wessington Springs Middle School

Music And Memory

Levi DeJong

Avon Middle School

Got Gas?

Weston Frank

Avon Middle School

Got Gas?

Brady Cameron

Avon Middle School

Effects Of Viscosity On Human Cardiovascular System

Jacob Cihak

Avon Middle School

Effects Of Viscosity On Human Cardiovascular System

Group Projects - Senior Division

1st Place, $2,000 DWU Scholarship

Eurie Crosby

Avon High School

Engineering A Better Gate Closer

1st Place, $2,000 DWU Scholarship

Michael Johnson

Avon High School

Engineering A Better Gate Closer

2nd Place, $750 DWU Scholarship

Keenan Shannon

Mitchell High School

Assimilation Of Protein From Distiller’s Grain By Tenebrio Molitor

2nd Place, $750 DWU Scholarship

Mason Wenzel

Mitchell High School

Assimilation Of Protein From Distiller’s Grain By Tenebrio Molitor

3rd Place, $500 DWU Scholarship

Alexandra Goldammer

Mitchell High School

The Effects of Classical Music on Cognitive Task Performance

3rd Place, $500 DWU Scholarship

Miranda Goldammer

Mitchell High School

The Effects of Classical Music on Cognitive Task Performance

Honorable Mention

Jed Schmidt

Mitchell High School

Should Gloves Be Banned In The NFL?

Honorable Mention

Parker Wenzel

Mitchell High School

Should Gloves Be Banned In The NFL?

Certificates of Merit:

Mikayla Petsche

Andes Central High School

Focus! It’s Time To Multitask

Erica Kitchenmaster

Andes Central High School

Focus! It’s Time To Multitask

Crystal Habben

Andes Central High School

Hand Gestures And Communication

Nancy Hernandez

Andes Central High School

Hand Gestures And Communication

Sandra Wade

Andes Central High School

Hand Gestures And Communication

Jasmine Fritzmeier

Mitchell High School

Potato Tumor Assay

Emily Parks

Mitchell High School

Potato Tumor Assay

Evianna Blaha

Avon High School

You Put The Nitrate In, You Take The Nitrate Out

Randi Hento

Avon High School

You Put The Nitrate In, You Take The Nitrate Out

Shylah Brown Bear

Mary Indian High School

Stress

Gene Hare, Jr

Marty Indian High School

Stress

Emma Heezen

Plankinton High School

Electronic Cloud Control

Noah Heezen

Plankinton High School

Electronic Cloud Control

Brant Blaha

Avon High School

The Production Of Water Using Anhydrous Salts

Jacob Reeves

Avon High School

The Production Of Water Using Anhydrous Salts

Joe Johnson

Mount Vernon High School

OH Generation

Kyle Koch

Mount Vernon High School

OH Generation

Best Presenters Award:

Mitchell Middle School

Special Awards

American Psychology Association

Mary Catherine Kelly

Home School Middle School

Using Treads In Dog Training: When To Record Rover

Sadie Meyerink

Dakota Christian

The Earworm Effect

ASM International Foundation

Logan Mudder, Zach Wynia

Avon High School

How Strong Is It?

Avon School's Excellence in Science

Senior Division

Justin Krell

Plankinton High School

Cow Chips

Junior Division

Andrew Weller

Mitchell Middle School

Normal Springs vs. Magnetic Springs

BroadMASTERS SSP

Derek Pelton

Avon Middle School

What Are The Effects Of Soapy Water Plants

Mary Catherine Kelly

Home School MS

Using Treats In Dog Training: When To Reward Rover

Kristen Maas

Dakota Christian

Don’t Slip!

Madison Hetland

Mitchell MS

Authentic vs. Synthetic Honey

Tate Wynia

Avon MS

Fact Or Fiction

Jakob Studer

Mitchell MS

Octane Emission Project

Madhov Singh

Todd County MS

Coronal Mass Ejections

Olivia Jurrens

Avon MS

Red Eye Reduction

Hayden Haak

Plankinton MS

The Sixth Wheel

Tristan Niles

Plankinton MS

The Sixth Wheel

Weston Tobin

Plankinton MS

The Sixth Wheel

Lori White

Mitchell MS

A-Maze-ing Slime Molds

Thea Patrick

Mitchell MS

A-Maze-ing Slime Molds

Cooper DeLange

Stickney MS

Which Battery Lasts The Longest?

Isaac Hinker

Stickney MS

Which Battery Lasts The Longest?

Natalie Bordeaux

Spring Creek MS

Water Quality On The Rosebud Reservation

Molly Knife

Spring Creek MS

Water Quality On The Rosebud Reservation

Shelby Little Shield

Spring Creek MS

Water Quality On The Rosebud Reservation

Kendall Veenstra

Dakota Christian

Aqua Crops

Andrew Weller

Mitchell MS

Normal Springs vs. Magnetic Springs

The Daily Republic

Rachel Blaha

Avon High School

Analyzing The Effectiveness Of Commercial De-Wormers For Sheep

Dakota Wesleyan University Chemistry, Health, and Other Stuff (CHAOS)

Julie Boyle

Avon High School

Evaluating Effectiveness Of Anthocyanins As Sunscreen Phase 2

Dakota Wesleyan University, English Department

Justin Krell

Plankinton High School

Cow Chips

Dakota Wesleyan University, Mathematics Department

Andrew Weller

Mitchell High School

Normal Springs vs. Magnetic Springs

Dakota Wesleyan University, Nursing Department

Kacie Mudder

Avon High School

Save Your Brain

Excellence In Grammar Award

Colton Wolbrink

Dakota Christian

Poppin' Popcorn

Sidney Muckey

Dakota Christian

The Amazing Eye

Megan Mudder

Dakota Christian

Scaredy-Cat

Kristen Maas

Dakota Christian

Don’t Slip!

Brooklyn Brouwer

Dakota Christian

Germophobia

GENIUS Olympiad

Keenan Shannon, Mason Wenzel

Mitchell High School

Assimilation Of Protein From Distiller's Grain By Tenebrio Molitar

I-SWEEP

Riley Namminga

Avon High School

Application Cent$

Innovative Ideas--Mitchell High School Science Club

John Witte, Sawyer Swenson

Wessington Springs Middle School

Ready, Aim, Fire

Best Board and Original Idea

Brady Cameron, Jacob Cihak

Avon Middle School

Effects Of Viscosity On Human Cardiovascular System

Colton Wolbrink

Dakota Christian Middle School

Poppin' Popcorn

Victoria Brown

Mitchell Middle School

Rooftop Real Estate Wonders

Intel Excellence in Computer Science

Justin Krell

Plankinton High School

Cow Chips

International Society For Optical Engineering

Leon Jumping Elk, Armanda Iron Elk

Marty Indian High School

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star How I Wonder Where You Are

Olivia Jurrens

Avon Middle School

Red Eye Reduction

Lakeview Veterinary Clinic

Mary Katherine Kelly

Home School Middle School

Using Treats In Dog Training: When To Reward Rover

Mu Alpha Theta

Ariana Oorlog, Chesney Nagel

Avon High School

Unsystematic

NABT (National Association for Biology Teachers)

Amanda Reiff, Devin Tolsma

Avon High School

Organic Preventative Measures For The Germination Of Musk Thistles

NOAA (National Oceanic & Atmosphere Administration)

Scotti Clifford

Lakeview Middle School

Observable Winter Patterns

Ricoh Sustainable Development

Gracie Wold

Armour Middle School

"Can" Your Cans Heat Up?

Society For In Vitro Biology

Amanda Reiff, Devin Tolsma

Avon High School

Organic Preventive Measures For The Germination Of Musk Thistles

SD Academy of Science

Jakob Studer

Mitchell Middle School

Octane Emission Project

Emma Allen

Mitchell Middle School

When Your Sniffer Snoozes

Madison Hetland

Mitchell Middle School

Authentic vs. Synthetic Honey

Mary Catherine Kelly

Home School Middle School

Using Treats in Dog Training: When to Reward Rover

Daniel Fuoss

Armour Middle School

H2O2 Harm or Help?

Thea Patrick

Mitchell Middle School

A-Maze-ing Slime Molds

Lori White

Mitchell Middle School

A-Maze-ing Slime Molds

Carly Beckman

White Lake Middle School

Aspirin And Plant Growth

Derek Pelton

Avon Middle School

What Are The Effects Of Soapy Water Plants

Sanford Promise Award for Biomedical Research

Carly Sparks

Armour High School

Growing Cancer Cells For A Cause

South Dakota Council of Teachers of Mathematics

Ashley Glanzer

Mt Vernon High School

Centripetal Force And Swinging A Bucket Of Water

South Dakota Science Teachers Association

Natalie Bordeaux, Shelby Little Shield, Molly Knife

Spring Creek Middle School

Water Quality On The Rosebud Reservation

South Dakota Society for Clinical Laboratory Science

Carly Sparks

Armour High School

Growing Cancer Cells For A Cause

South Dakota Veterinary Medical Alliance

Rachel Blaha

Avon High School

Analyzing The Effectiveness Of Commerical De-Wormers For Sheep

Stockholm Junior Water and BY Water of Tabor

Hannah Reeves

Avon High School

The Effect of Irrigation On Ag Production

Evianna Blaha, Randi Hento

Avon High School

You Put The Nitrate In, You Take The Nitrate Out

Thelen Laboratory Research

Senior Division

Julie Boyle

Avon High School

Evaluating The Effectiveness Of Anthocyanins As Sunscreen Phase 2

Junior Division

Lori White, Thea Patrick

Mitchell Middle School

A-Maze-ing Slime Molds

United States Department of Health & Human Services

Julie Boyle

Avon High School

Evaluating The Effectiveness Of Anthocyanins As Sunscreen Phase 2

United States Metric Association

Erica Anderson

Avon High School

How Cool Is That?

Yale Science & Engineering Association, Inc.

Justin Krell

Plankinton High School

Cow Chips


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Local Forty and Eight awards scholarship to DWU nursing student

Friday, March 28, 2014

The local chapter of the Forty and Eight awarded the Nursing Training Scholarship to DWU nursing student Briana Jung Wednesday evening at the Mitchell American Legion.

Hugh Holmes, Chef de Gare (local commander) of Voiture 481 (local chapter), awarded the $500 scholarship to Jung, a junior nursing student at DWU from Warner, accepted the scholarship.

The Forty and Eight, also known as La Societe des Quarante Hommes at Huit Chevaux, is an independent, by invitation, honor organization of U.S. veterans, first established in 1920 by 16 members of the American Legion Post 297 in Philadelphia. The Forty and Eight first began giving nursing scholarships in 1941 and established the national Nurses Training Program in 1955. Since the program’s inception, there have been nearly 50,000 nursing students assisted and more than $30 million given. Each locale – or chapter – establishes the amount and guidelines for recipients.


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DWU announces plans to break ground on new health, wellness center in fall

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Dakota Wesleyan University president Amy Novak announced today that the university has raised $10 million toward a new health and wellness center and renovation of an existing athletic facility.  The university will break ground this fall.

Novak, accompanied by board of trustees members, made the announcement to campus today within the recently renamed Christen Family Athletic Center. The total $15 million project will include a new health and wellness center, renovations to the Christen Family Athletic Center and an operating endowment.

The new health and wellness center will be located on the south side of Norway Avenue, just across from the current practice fields. The first step toward this project will be a 90,000-square-foot facility on two levels, including: a 200-meter running and walking indoor track, three indoor multipurpose sport courts, locker rooms, 7,000 square feet of wellness space dedicated to cardiovascular equipment, weights and fitness training, a wrestling room, classroom space for seminars and leadership training, and strength and conditioning training space.

The second phase will include renovations to the existing Christen Family Athletic Center to upgrade heating and cooling units, expand the athletic weight room, expand the athletic training space, office space for coaches and athletic trainers, and a remodel of the large locker room spaces. Final plans for both facilities are expected within the next few months.

“Our students need and deserve a facility in which they can pursue their athletic aspirations as well as personal wellness,” said Novak.  “Our student athletes are severely limited in their practice space. Further, our general campus population rarely has an opportunity to exercise or work out as the university’s growth has nearly doubled the number of athletes on campus over the past two decades, rendering our current athletic center largely unavailable.  Our students need this facility, our university community needs this facility, and this long, cold winter has verified that our Mitchell community also needs this facility. We will be excited to offer the use of this facility to members of the Mitchell community.  We also see this facility as a place where we can hold youth camps and tournaments that support the economic vitality of this community, especially during the winter months ”

It was the completion of the university’s new $11.5 million Glenda K. Corrigan Health Sciences Center this fall that triggered the momentum needed for the university board of trustees and DWU leadership team to embark on its most ambitious campaign to date. “A Greater Wesleyan” will see the campus transformed – not just structurally, but through new, innovative programs that will keep the university at the forefront of education and producing future employees for the region.

DWU produces nearly 70 percent of the nursing graduates employed in the local healthcare industry, nearly 40 percent of the area teachers, and also countless business, criminal justice, human service professionals, ministers, musicians, and writers, “who as graduates of the DWU community now call the Mitchell region home,” Novak said.

“The interest and support for this project has been tremendous, but I must give credit where credit is due,” Novak said. “At the board of trustees meeting last fall, our board endorsed this project with their votes and shortly thereafter, with their financial commitments. With this strong start, many generous donors became enthused about this project and by February, we knew this facility was going become a reality sooner rather than later. We are truly humbled and blessed by significant gifts that were pledged to this project.”


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DWU’s Enactus Chapter heads to 2014 Enactus United States National Exposition

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Students from the Dakota Wesleyan University Enactus team are preparing for the Enactus United States National Exposition in Cincinnati, Ohio, in April.

Enactus is an international nonprofit that engages more than 66,000 students to empower people through entrepreneurial action. Each year, these students compete to represent their country in a global competition called the Enactus World Cup.

Enactus teams from more than 200 colleges and universities across the United States will present their community outreach projects April 1-3 to a judging panel of esteemed business leaders, demonstrating how they are transforming lives and enabling progress in their communities. This year, the Dakota Wesleyan University Enactus team developed projects that impacted thousands of members of the Mitchell and Dakota Wesleyan Community, including creating a sustainable recycling image on campus and expanding the Mitchell Weekend Snack Pack program.

“Our primary focus this year was to expand our current Go Green recycling project and further develop the Weekend Snack Pack program, which has grown tremendously since its move to our campus,” said Micaela Erickson, DWU Enactus team president. “We have had a great response from the community and the school in regards to these projects and the work our team has done, so we are excited to present at the national competition.”

Click here to learn more about Enactus at DWU.


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