Dakota Wesleyan University introduces new institutional and athletics logos; new athletics website

Monday, August 3, 2015

Dakota Wesleyan University is rolling out a fresh, new look this fall with its new institutional and athletics logos, slogan and athletics website.


Both the institutional logo – the former “Wavy W” – and the athletics logo – which was a DWU “swish” – as well as the campus’s former slogan, “Learn Strong,” have been replaced with evolutions of their former selves.


“When we made the decision to move forward on a new logo for Dakota Wesleyan, we wanted it to stand on its own and represent all that we are – an institution dedicated to learning, leadership, faith and service,” said Dr. Amy Novak, president. “The larger ‘W’ emphasizes our Wesleyan heritage and an orange ribbon wrapped around the ‘U’ represents the cross and flame, honoring the institution’s 130-year affiliation with the United Methodist Church. It’s also indicative of a scroll or diploma, evoking the dynamic character of the learning process.”


The Wavy W on its own wasn’t indicative of Dakota Wesleyan University and typically had to be accompanied by the full name of the institution – something difficult to do in some situations. Also, there wasn’t an official “DWU” icon for campus but actually multiple variations, said Lori Essig, vice president of marketing and communications.


“This is an exciting phase in what has been an identity evolution for the university,” Essig said. “Dakota Wesleyan has undergone so many changes over the last several decades: our renewed commitment to strong academics which is resulting in great student success; the true transformation of our buildings and grounds, thanks to a generous and dedicated donor base; and athletic success, all built on our foundation of service and our United Methodist heritage.  We felt that it was time to undergo a campus-wide initiative that would better reflect who we are.”


“Dakota Wesleyan University – Discover Your Strength” is the answer.


This new slogan and the new logo icon came about through a year-long process of research, including polling current students, staff, faculty, alumni and employers. The university worked with designers to develop a logo that represents and honors the Wesleyan way. The school colors – blue and white – remain, but the orange accent is new.


“The accent color isn’t unusual for a university; it is a vibrant color and if gives more options for print and Web-based materials,” Essig said. “It is not taking the place of ‘Wesleyan Blue,’ though you will see more of it in various places. We still ‘bleed blue’ at Dakota Wesleyan.”


When Essig speaks of an “evolution” of the brand, she refers to the college’s rebranding imitative seven years ago when the school embarked on significant market research used to develop new marketing materials and create a brand for the college.


The results in 2008 included distinguishing three colleges to align programs of study, and the development of the Learn Strong initiatives which include a four-year plan that exposes all students to tools for self-discovery, their roles and responsibilities in their communities after college, as well as service-learning opportunities and networking with potential employers and service providers. The Learn Strong initiative also uses the Gallup StrengthsFinder as a foundational tool for all students; it is also used among faculty and staff at DWU.  Finally, from the Learn Strong initiative came the Center for Talent Development, a department that is dedicated to working with students as they develop their personal strengths and embark on life after college, whether that includes career or further education. 


“We find that when we speak with everyone from marketing consultants to parents of prospective students, they are impressed with what we are doing here at Dakota Wesleyan and how unique our Learn Strong classes and programs are,” Essig said. “There is great importance in what this small South Dakota institution is doing and the role we’re playing in our community and our world. We have no intention of leaving that behind – we are incorporating all that it encompasses and has grown into, and adopted ‘Discover Your Strength.’”


The institutional logo and slogan were officially made public today across campus, along with a new logo for the athletic department and a new mobile-friendly athletics website.



The athletics department logo, which incorporates a new official tiger, was designed to use fonts that are complementary to the institutional imagery.


“We are one school, one brand, but you will see a different version of ‘DWU’ when used with the new tiger,” Essig said. “The tiger is fresher, a little fiercer, and we now have two options – a profile tiger face, or the full body. The decision to refresh and revamp the athletics logo was a decision long-coming for athletics. We were struggling with the use multiple versions of the old athletics logo and we, as an institution, thought we deserved better for our teams.”


In addition to a new logo for athletics, there is also a new athletics website. The new site is mobile-friendly for Tiger fans to more easily access stats on the go or while at games.


“It was absolutely necessary to have an athletics site that was mobile-friendly,” Essig said. “Our fans and teams needed that accessibility without the extra steps and we’re excited to provide that for them starting now.”


The new athletics site is live today and can be viewed at www.dwuathletics.com.


A few facts

The school is no stranger to changes. It was founded as Dakota University in 1885 but changed its name to Dakota Wesleyan University in 1904. The school’s athletes used the colors orange and black, but in 1889 students participating in the Intercollegiate Oratorical Contest in Sioux Falls felt chagrinned that they did not come with school colors and returned from the store with blue and white ribbons. The student body used both sets of colors interchangeably for almost 13 years until March 25, 1902, when a vote was cast and blue and white won.


By DWU Marketing and Communications 


USD School of Medicine using $14.4M grant to draw research from 7 S.D. colleges, including Dakota Wesleyan

Thursday, July 23, 2015

VERMILLION — The University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine will use a $14.4 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to lead a biomedical research effort that will also fund projects at seven other public, private and tribal South Dakota colleges and universities.


The medical school will receive about $1 million per year for five years and the seven partner institutions will be able to access a total of about $1.5 million each year over the same time, which will enable them to sponsor undergraduate research fellows for developing biomedical research projects, said Barbara E. Goodman, Ph.D., professor of physiology at the medical school and director of the South Dakota Biomedical Research Infrastructure Network, who oversees the grant.


The seven predominantly undergraduate partner schools include: Augustana College in Sioux Falls, Black Hills State University in Spearfish, Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell, Yankton-based Mount Marty College, the University of Sioux Falls and tribal colleges Sisseton-Wahpeton in Sisseton and Oglala Lakota in Kyle on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.


Examples of the research include a discovery of two proteins potentially useful in cancer therapy, increased understanding of what comprises snake venom and discoveries regarding the growth of ovarian cancer.


In the past years DWU students have participated in BRIN-funded research on the West Nile virus, the influenza vaccine and other biomedical topics.


The grant continues a program started in 2001 and is funded through NIH's Institutional Development Award (IDeA) program, which was designed and mandated by Congress to help redistribute NIH support to 23 underfunded states and Puerto Rico.


— Information provided by the University of South Dakota/originally printed in The Daily Republic


DWU holiday hours for the Fourth of July

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Dakota Wesleyan University campus will be closed on Friday, July 3, for the Independence Day holiday weekend.


This includes the McGovern Library as well as offices. The library and campus will be closed Friday through Sunday, July 3-5.


Regular office hours of 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., and McGovern Library hours of 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., will resume Monday, July 6.


Dakota Discovery Museum’s Fourth of July holiday hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday, July 3; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, July 4; closed on Sunday. General adult admission is $7, senior citizens are $6; and children are $3. Regular hours are from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays; and closed on Sundays.


Dakota Discovery Museum to kick off Fourth of July with Municipal Band

Friday, June 26, 2015

The Mitchell Municipal Band will help celebrate the Fourth of July weekend at Dakota Discovery Museum next week, along with the exhibit “Fall In.”


The Municipal Band will perform at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, July 1, on the lawn of Dakota Discovery Museum, 1300 McGovern Avenue. This concert is free and open to the public and the public is asked to bring lawn chairs. Free ice cream will also be served.


Dakota Discovery Museum will also offer a reduced admission price of $2.50 per person from 6 to 10 p.m., but the doors to the museum will be closed during the band performance, 7:15 to 8:30 p.m. Veterans, and children under the age of 6, are free on Wednesday evening. The festivities will be preceded by a 4 p.m. Chamber Ambassador visit, as well.


The exhibit “Fall In” was first opened in the museum Memorial Day weekend and commemorates U.S. military history. The exhibit is comprised of military items donated and on loan that span across more than a century of military history, including the Spanish-American War, World Wars I and II, and Afghanistan. The museum has acquired memorabilia such as a 19th-century medical kit in pristine condition used during the Spanish-American War, a Red Cross uniform, multiple military uniforms, a Nazi flag and military cap, fire arms, buttons, gas masks, government posters and photographs.


The museum’s Fourth of July holiday hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday, July 3; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, July 4; closed on Sunday. General adult admission is $7, senior citizens are $6; and children are $3. Regular hours are from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays; and closed on Sundays.


Also returning to display at Dakota Discovery is Harvey Dunn’s “Dakota Woman.” Dunn’s most famous work was on loan to The Panhandle Plains Historical Museum of Canyon, Texas, and the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum located in Oklahoma City, Okla., for more than a year and has made its home return this month. Several of Dunn’s works are available for viewing year-round and museum-quality prints available for purchase in the gift shop.


Part-time Studies Allow Betty to Live Full Life While Earning Online Degree

Monday, June 22, 2015
“With DWU's online BSN program, I could get my work done when I had days off rather than having to rearrange my work schedule.”
-- Betty Brockmueller

Betty Brockmueller, who earned her associate’s degree in nursing in 1998, loved her time at Dakota Wesleyan University.

“I had a great experience,” says Betty, 49, of Brandon, S.D. “The university is small enough that the instructors get to know the students personally.”

As much as she wanted to continue on to earn a bachelor’s in nursing, the mother of three didn’t want to take time away from her family. She put her studies on hold until her twin sons, now 23, graduated from high school. Then she contacted DWU to inquire about the fully online RN-Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program.

“When I returned to campus to check out the program, I got to see many of the instructors who I grew to know and respect from the associate’s degree program,” she says. “It was like coming home. The fact that my instructors remembered me after so many years was impressive.”

Betty was able to fit her studies in while following her sons’ athletics. She still had time to bike the trails in Sioux Falls and explore her interest in art. She and her husband, who celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary this summer, also took trips to Arkansas, Kentucky and California.

“As long as I had Internet access, I could do my studies anywhere,” she says.

Taking classes online also worked well with her job as a Registered Nurse at Avera Heart Hospital of South Dakota.

“Because my work schedule is so random, it would have been difficult to take on-campus classes. With the online program, I could get my work done when I had days off rather than having to rearrange my work schedule.”

Even though the RN-BSN can be completed in as little as 14 months, Betty decided to go at a slower pace and take one class at a time.

“I sometimes jokingly say that I took the turtle route,” says Betty, who is now taking her final course.

The change from full-semester courses to eight-week blocks means students can get to their BSN even more quickly now, she notes.

Having never taken online classes before, Betty admits she was apprehensive. “My concern was more about the unknown,” she says. But she quickly adapted.

“I feel like learning in this format stretched me so I could grow in new ways,” she says. “Even though you don’t see your classmates in person, you still can develop a level of comfort with them.”

Her adviser and instructors were “wonderful,” she says, helping her whenever she had a question or concern.

“This program has developed beautifully, and I think those in charge have done a great job making it a positive experience. Taking these classes was challenging, but when you look at the big picture, it’s a great opportunity to move forward and do something that you will never regret.”

If you have put your studies on hold and are now ready to pursue your degree through DWU’s online programs, please email me. I look forward to hearing from you.

Amber Turner
Online Admissions Counselor

CategoriesBlog: Online Degrees @ DWU, News,

Annual spider conference set for Mitchell next week

Friday, June 12, 2015

Spider-lovers the world-over will converge in Mitchell next week for the 39th annual meeting of the American Arachnological Society.


The meeting changes venues each year and four years ago Dr. Brian Patrick, assistant professor of biology at Dakota Wesleyan University, offered up the college as the host site for the 39th meeting.


Patrick, who has published numerous findings on his research on the South Dakota prairie, which also include several newly discovered species, said that South Dakota varying ecosystems intrigued his colleagues.


“We will take the group around the Mitchell area, as well as north to the South Dakota wetlands and prairielands for people to collect samples of their own,” Patrick said. “These are 77 scientists and scholars from around the world and we are excited to show off our state and our university.”


The meeting begins Friday, June 19, with a social gathering, followed by several days of research and presentations, including a field trip to the Madison Waterfowl Protection Area. There are 77 attendees from the U.S., Canada, Australia, Japan, and the Czech Republic. 


“There will be 32 speakers and 23 posters that will cover a variety of topics ranging from ecology to new species of spiders to web and silk mechanics to the evolutionary relationships of groups of spiders to one another,” Patrick said.


There are attendees from the Smithsonian Institution, the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, the University of California, Riverside, University of California-Davis, University of New Mexico, University of Kansas, University of Missouri, San Diego State University, The Ohio State University, The George Washington University, the Florida State Collection of Arthropods, Lewis and Clark College, Texas A&M International University, and the University of British Columbia, just to name a few.


Attendees must have preregistered and registration is now closed.


DWU students named to dean’s list for spring

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

The 2015 spring semester dean’s list at Dakota Wesleyan University includes 222 students.


To qualify for the dean’s list, a student must have a semester grade point average of at least 3.5 on a four-point scale. They also have to complete at least 12 hours of academic work during the semester.


The following students have been named to the dean’s list.


Aberdeen — Ariana Arampatzis, Thomas Hogg

Alexandria —Timothy Leach, Cole Wenande

Armour — Lydia Ymker

Baltic — Nathan Stadem

Belle Fourche — Shelbie Budmayr

Blunt — Macey Chambers

Bowdle — Elizabeth Anderson

Box Elder — Lisa Stanley

Brandt — Paige TeGantvoort

Britton — Jade Hoisington

Brookings — Katelynn Runge

Bruce — Jace Goodfellow

Burke — Jay Determan, Turner Serr

Canistota — Chloe Nielsen, Trevor Schroeder

Canton — Abigail Fossum, Jared Stearns

Cavour — Brent Matter

Chamberlain — Makenna Hancock

Colome — Michael Rohde

Corsica — Kris Menning, Lacey Reimnitz, Kayla Vanden Hoek

Crooks — Trae Bergh, Tyler Bergh

Dell Rapids — Dylan Ljunggren, Trevor Peter, Kylie Peterson

DeSmet — Grayson Gruenhagen

Elk Point — Amy Zeller

Estelline — Daniel Mitchell

Ethan — Cody McBrayer, Kira Stammer

Faith — Shanna Selby

Fedora — Cal Wiese

Freeman — Sheila Rigo

Garretson — Cody Bonte, Dustin Steckler, Patrick Whetham

Geddes — Rachael Kriz, Jessica Vanderham

Harrisburg — Savanah DeBelts, Heather Willet, Heidi Willet

Hartford — Caleb Heiberger, Jacey Jira

Hot Springs — Jacob Palo

Howard — Andrew Schwader

Hurley — Celeste Beck

Huron — Stephanie Brock, Lucas Carr, Ashley Kingdon

Iroquois — April Leichtenberg, Shelby Matthews

Kimball — Heather Dykes, Russell Pick, Jesse Taylor

Lake Andes — DiMera Dvorak, Nichole Dvorak, Kelsey Kniffen, Jenna Winckler

Letcher — Nadine Cota, Alicia Vermeulen

Lower Brule — Charles LaRoche

Madison — Cody Warns, Kelsey Warns

Mellete — Landon Fischbach

Mitchell — Tyson Allen, Alaina Bertsch, Tatyana Brown, Alexandra Christensen, Erin Croucher, Kristin Gebel, Kayla Geraets-Majercik, Jacob Habermann, Krista Huber, Brittney Kaufmann, Julie Kaus, Emma Kelly, Collette Krutsch, Katherine Lazenby, Sarah Lazenby, Jessica Lopez, Mareisha Marvin, Dezarae McGuire, Heather Merry, Dillon Miles, Madison-Ainsley Miller, Parth Patel, Rachel Reichel, Katie Sanderson, Joshua Schmitz, Jerry Stravia, Briana Weiss, Elise Wibben

Mount Vernon — Emma Otterpohl, Delayna Paulson

Onida —Ryan Yackley

Parkston — Ann Thury

Pierre — Matthew Bader, Maranda Ehrenfried, Rebecca Ehrenfried, Alexander McGuigan, Travis Moodie, Tyson Moodie

Presho — Stetsen Eriksen, Jaylen Uthe

Pukwana — Anna Pazour

Rapid City — Samuel Britt, Andrea Elmellouki, Megan Johnson, Kristle Russell, Alexandra Sterling

Redfield — Shayna Frost, Kristi Macumber

Salem — Kurt Schwarzenbart

Scotland — Aisha Abbink, Haley Brunke

Selby — Kayla Olson

Sioux Falls — Andrew DeVaney, Devinne Facile, Kylie Keiser, Debbie Koolstra, Ian McClanahan, Brooklyn Oehlerking, Megan Peltier, Cierra Schneider, Zachary Schneider, Maggie Stehly, Andrea Wickersham

South Shore — Jordan Buchholz

Springfield — Chesney Nagel

Stickney — Adam Bormann

Tabor — Dakota Bodden

Tea — Andrew Becker

Tulare — Joesph Mitchell

Tyndall — Kodi Larson, Travis McDonald, Tyra Patzlaff, Tara Ronke, Jared Van Winkle, Scott Van Winkle

Valley Springs — Jeffrey Maassen

Vermillion — Hannah Ford, Josie Huber

Viborg — Matthew Jensen

Volga — Tyson DeGroot, Anna Keefe

Wagner — Justine Soukup

Warner — Mallory Jark

Watertown — Emily Pengilly

Waubay — Jonathan Wieger

Wessington Springs — Lexi Olinger

White Lake — Beau Byrd

Winner — Austin Calhoon, Lindsey Calhoon, Anthony Husher, Sara Husher, Tyler Vavra

Woonsocket — Amber Hiles, Emily Olson

Yankton — Derek Brenner


Out of State



Chula Vista — Alexandra Davis

Daly City — April McGeough

Discovery Bay — Clark Butler

Irvine — Ian Hyde

Lancaster — Kathryn Anderus

Ore Grande — Hannah Harbour

Pearblossom — Trever Devestern

San Francisco — Benjamin Ladner



Elizabeth — Tyler Johnson

Fort Collins — Michael Claar

Highlands Ranch — Colton Harguth

Loveland — Dyrani Clark



George — Sarah Kruse

Little Rock — Madeline DeBeer

West Branch — Lyle Seydel



Tetonia — Braiden Jorgensen



Villa Park — Hayden Adams



Dawson — Sarah Zaiser

Heron Lake — Alex Meyer

Jasper — Sawyer Gibson

Marshall — Brooke Louwagie

Pipestone — Katie Brockberg

Ramsey — Amber Bray, Ashley Bray

Rochester — Bryce Berletic

Wlmont — Nathan Burkard

Worthington — Cassandra Landgaard



Parnell — Barbara Mullock



Corvallis — Jake Capko

Missoula — Alecia VanTassel


North Dakota

Jamestown — Sterling Hubbard

Minot — Taylor Kuhn



Blair — Adam Jahnel

Gordon — Macy Piper

Greenwood — Dillon Campbell

Juniata — Ciera Eisele

Mead — Katherine Johnson

Norfolk — Cassandra Fink

Omaha — Lillian Jones

Pattsmouth — Daniel Porter

Polk — Mackenzie Stevens



Henderson — Amelia Mutchelknaus



Lantana — Jonathon Knight



Earlysville — Jenna Schmaltz



Casper — Mercedes Fabrizius

Cheyenne — Damon Macleary, Savannah Minder

Douglas — Jamie Geho

Gillette — Tyler Fortuna, Alexis Wilde

Sheridan — Erin Deibele


Other countries


British Columbia

Merritt — Benjamin McNiven



Winnipeg — Hailey Unger



Hartlepool, Cleveland — John Sutherland



Cuernavaca, Morelos — Gilmar Kogiso


Muscat — Thara Ali Said



Sodertalje — Gabriella Frykbo


DWU featured again as ‘College of Distinction’ 2015-16

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Dakota Wesleyan University is once again featured on CollegesofDistinction.com, an online college guide that takes a fresh look at colleges and universities appealing to students’ unique and varied interests. Based on the opinions of guidance counselors, educators, and admissions professionals, Colleges of Distinction™ honors colleges excelling in key areas of educational quality.


In order to qualify, DWU was required to demonstrate excellence in the four distinctions: engaged students, great teaching, vibrant communities and successful outcomes. The goal of Colleges of Distinction™ is to provide students, counselors and parents with information about colleges and universities that excel in these four areas. Featured schools take a holistic approach to admissions, consistently excel in providing undergraduate education and have a national reputation.


This is Dakota Wesleyan’s fifth year on the list.


“They all share excellent reputations among high school guidance counselors and education professionals, not to mention employers and graduate schools. Their classrooms are among the most exciting in the country; their programs are some of the most innovative,” states the website.


To learn more about the online guide, visit www.collegesofdistinction.com


God Leads 1986 Alum Back to DWU

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

“Returning to continue my education has been a fun challenge,” she says. “I have built my confidence and I am a better nurse.”

-- Barb Mullock

In 1986, Barb Mullock earned her associates degree in nursing from Dakota Wesleyan University. She then launched into a nearly 30-year career at SSM Health St. Francis Hospital in Maryville, Mo., where she has been an Infection Preventionist for the past eight years.

Content with life, Mullock says continuing her education “was not even on my radar”—until her employer strongly encouraged Mullock and others to pursue a BSN.

Mullock was thrilled to learn that DWU offers a 14-month, fully online RN-Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program.

“God brought me back to study at DWU, leaving me in awe of Him and His ways,” she says.

In her preschool years, Mullock listened to her aunt tell stories about nursing. She recalls asking her aunt what the difference was between an RN and a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN). She knew after hearing her aunt’s response that one day she was going to be an RN.

“God planted that ambition in my heart and, over the years, provided the means for that seed to grow,” Mullock says. “Dakota Wesleyan University has been an instrument God has used to bring that little girl’s dream to fruition.”

When she attended DWU in the 1980s, no one used computers or other electronic devices. Research was done in the library. So Mullock had concerns about pursuing a degree online: Could she learn in an online setting? Could she adapt and succeed?

“Gratefully, God helped me overcome the anxiety and I have been able to master my classes and the Virtual Campus,” says Mullock, who will complete the program at the end of June. “My lesson is that wherever He leads me I should follow, regardless of my trepidation.”

Before she applied to DWU, Mullock was given the opportunity to explore the DWU Virtual Campus. Orientation was also extremely helpful in making her feel more comfortable with online learning. DWU instructors and staff have also made it easy for her to transition back to school, she says.

“The classes are very manageable,” Mullock says. “I appreciate the common sense approach to education at DWU. The required classes are always applicable to my interests and career choice.”

As she nears the end of her online studies at DWU, Mullock says she is proud of what she’s accomplished.

“Returning to continue my education has been a fun challenge,” she says. “I have built my confidence and I am a better nurse.”

To students considering the DWU RN-BSN program, Mullock says: “If I can do it, anyone can do it!”

I invite you to email me to explore how DWU can help you achieve your dreams.  

Amber Turner

Online Admissions Counselor

CategoriesBlog: Online Degrees @ DWU, News,

Dakota Wesleyan graduates 235 at Commencement

Thursday, May 28, 2015

It has been 129 years since Dakota Wesleyan University held its first Commencement ceremonies. DWU welcomed this year’s class of 235 graduates to the Corn Palace stage May 3 for this year’s graduation, coming a long way from its original eight.


Dr. John Cawley, a 2004 DWU graduate, gave the Commencement address. Cawley is the owner and partner at Associates in Family Medicine P.C. in Fort Collins, Colo., and spoke to students about the importance of taking advantage of opportunities and living life to the fullest.


The Rev. Eric Van Meter gave the baccalaureate speech on “The Art of Failure,” and not being afraid to try.


This year, an Honorary Doctorate in Business Administration went to Ron Gates Sr., and Jerry Luckett, associate professor of business administration and economics, was awarded the prestigious Clarke Award for Teaching Excellence by Steve Clarke and his wife, Whitney, on behalf of the Clarke family.


The following is a list of graduates:


Master of Arts in Education degrees:

Listed alphabetically (# indicates anticipated summer graduation)


Andre Crenshaw, education policy and administration, Mitchell, S.D.

Houston Jones, education policy and administration, Oklahoma City, Okla.#

Sara Konechne, education policy and administration, White Lake

Eric Larson, education policy and administration, Overland Park, Kan.

Matthew McManus, education policy and administration, Alexandria, S.D.

Emilie Palo, education policy and administration, Hot Springs, S.D.

Jose Lopez Rojo, education policy and administration, Lewisville, Texas

Samantha Sikkink, education policy and administration, Mitchell, S.D.

Rafael Simmons, education policy and administration, Mitchell, S.D.




Master of Business Administration-Strategic Leadership degree:

Listed alphabetically (# indicates anticipated summer graduation)


Kathryn Abuswai, Mitchell, S.D.#

Heather Bartscher, Wagner, S.D.#

Steven Bloch, Lesterville, S.D.#

Paul Burgess, Lancaster, Calif.#

Amanda Dennis, Centennial, Colo.#

Patrick Dennis, Centennial, Colo.#

Micaela Erickson, Milan, Minn.#

Jesse Holz, Rapid City, S.D.#

Kimberly Lofgren, Mitchell, S.D.

Jared Reno, Huron, S.D.#

Crystal Rozeboom, Hull, Iowa

Jose Venales, Urbandale, Iowa#



Bachelor of Arts degrees (names followed by *** indicates Summa Cum Laude, ** Magna Cum Laude; and * Cum Laude) (# indicates anticipated summer graduation)


South Dakota


Alexandria – Ryan Lenger, business administration and communication; Cole Wenande, business administration

Baltic – Eric Gruis, business administration, and sport, exercise and wellness

Big Stone City – Kayla Mielitz, elementary education **

Brandon – Betty Brockmueller, nursing#

Burke – Skyler Heyden, elementary education with honors **

Canton – Jared Stearns, accounting***; Jasmin Vant, history education*

Cavour – Brent Matter, accounting*

Corsica – Luke Bamberg, business administration#; Kris Menning, business administration*; Lee Niewenhuis, human services; Lacey Reimnitz, criminal justice, and human services, and music**

Dell Rapids – Joshua Fiedler, biology

Emery – Darin Bartscher, human services

Ethan – Kira Stammer, psychology*

Hot Springs – Christopher Housley, business administration

Howard – JoLee Drown, business administration#

Hurley – Stephen Lee, elementary education; Terysha Roth, biology

Marion – Kolleen Matthies, human services

Martin – Logan Risse, sports management

Miller – Shaney Davis, criminal justice

Mitchell – Sandra Baker, human services and behavioral sciences; Alexandra Christensen, human services**; Jonathon Dunlap, biology and criminal justice#; Mary Lanning, nursing; Cynthia Loseke, human services; Dezarae McGuire, business administration#; Dillon Miles, business administration**; Morgan Millar, entrepreneurial leadership; Jenna Miller, elementary education and music education*; Chelsea Moody, business administration*; Nicole Schroeder, human services and criminal justice#; Samual Schumacher, sports management; Aaron Tilberg, criminal justice#; Marissa Tubbs, elementary education with honors**; Laura Vold, human services#; Tyler Volesky, leadership and public service; Briana Weiss, creative writing, and digital media and design**; Elise Wibben, human services#

Mount Vernon – Megan Hart, elementary education#; Emma Otterpohl, criminal justice, and leadership and public service**

Nisland – Francois Barnaud, sport, exercise and wellness

Onida – Michael Stier, criminal justice

Platte – Ryan Antaya, criminal justice

Presho – Mara Eriksen, elementary education and special education**

Rapid City – Matthew Britt, Christian leadership#; Lindsey Corrin, elementary education and special education***; Nicole Gleich, elementary education and special education; Megan Johnson, psychology

Sioux Falls – Andrew DeVaney, religious studies#; Devinne Facile, mathematics and actuarial science emphasis; Alexander Famestad, entrepreneurial leadership#; Tyler Grilley, sports management; Eric Nelson, criminal justice

Stickney – Kyle Gerlach, business administration***

Sturgis – Kyle Hencke, business administration#

Tripp – Samantha (Sandau) Ziegler, English education***

Tulare – Joseph Mitchell, human services#

Tyndall – Jared Van Winkle, sport, exercise and wellness*

Valley Springs – Jeffrey Maassen, biology#

Vermillion – Joseph Ford, graphic design

Waubay – Jonathan Wieger, history***

Winner –Marque Brunmeier, psychology#; Ashley Simkins, criminal justice and human services

Woonsocket – Kayla Collins, elementary education**; Emily Olson, history#

Yale – Lexy Timm, elementary education with honors**

Yankton – Brook Woehl, wildlife management


Other states:



Gilbert – Analisa Morel, Christian leadership and English creative writing

Peoria – Francisco Rangel, sports management



Alhambra – Natalie Gutierrez, sport, exercise and wellness

Bakersfield – Colleen Hannum, biochemistry*

North Hollywood – Anthony Cervantes, criminal justice

Pearblossom – Trever Deverstern, communication#

Temecula – Taylor Warner, criminal justice and psychology



Denver – Mickey Grant, digital media and design, and entrepreneurial leadership

Elizabeth – Tyler Johnson, criminal justice

Loveland – Zachary Custer, sports management#

Northglenn – Chelsea Burback, biology and criminal justice#



Burlington – Chad McCannon, business administration#

George – Sarah Kruse, business administration#

Hawarden – Kelby Van Wyk, elementary education



Kuna – Alexander Smith, communication



East Grand Forks – Darrin Hager, psychology

Fairmont – Joseph Fitzgerald, entrepreneurial leadership

Red Lake Falls – Kyle Larson, human services

Worthington – Cassandra Landgaard, biochemistry **; Jalen Voss, sports management#



Billings – Cody Reitz, sports management



Fordyce – Jonathon Kleinschmit, biology and theatre#

Mead – Katherine Johnson, accounting and mathematics ***

Norfolk – Broderick Baker, psychology

Pierce – Kathryn Uttecht, elementary education

Polk – MacKenzie Stevens, communication#

Sidney – Ryan Roach, human services and criminal justice



Wernersville – Jacob Verry, criminal justice



Lantana – Jonathon Knight, business administration*



Green Bay – Katherine Lindow, business administration



Cheyenne – Savannah Minder, psychology#

Jackson – Christian Doyle, psychology*


Other countries


Muscat – Thara Ali Said, mathematics and graphic design with honors**




Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees (names followed by *** indicates Summa Cum Laude, ** Magna Cum Laude; and * Cum Laude) (# indicates anticipated summer graduation):


Mitchell – Jacob Habermann, theatre; Brittney Kaufmann, theatre*




Bachelor of Science degrees (names followed by *** indicates Summa Cum Laude, ** Magna Cum Laude; and * Cum Laude) (# indicates anticipated summer graduation):


South Dakota


Artesian – Jo Anne Oberg, nursing***

Baltic – Michelle Arends, nursing#; Alexis Howe, nursing; Deborah Koopman, nursing; Glenn Scotting, nursing

Black Hawk – Marie Olson, nursing

Canton – Abigail Fossum, athletic training***

Dell Rapids – Dylan Ljunggren, accounting; Lindsay Merry, nursing

Freeman – Sheila Rigo, nursing#

Harrisburg – Savanah DeBelts, nursing#; Sara Lammer, nursing

Howard – Kelli Smith, nursing

Hurley – Celeste Beck, biology***

Huron – Alexis Fiorini, nursing#; Sara Hines, nursing*; Ashley Kingdon-Reese, nursing#

Letcher – Alicia Vermeulen, nursing#

Mitchell – Kristin Gebel, nursing#; Collette Krutsch, nursing#; Jennifer Kriese, nursing#; Natalie Roth, nursing#; Ashley Thurman, nursing#; Tara Tollefson, nursing#

Mount Vernon – Jordan Adam, biology**; Sara Deinert, nursing#; Kalla Renken, nursing#

Pierre – Dustin Paulsen, biology with honors#

Rapid City – Megan Johnson, biochemistry

Scotland – Spencer Bloch, accounting

Sioux Falls – Sarah Bruns, nursing*; James Dietz, nursing#; Lonny Heinemann, nursing#; Tiffany Johnston, nursing**; Kylie Keiser, biology with honors*; Lexi Perry, nursing#; Ryan West, biology

Tea – Vanessa Johanneson, accounting

Tripp – Jill Nuebel, nursing*

Vermillion – Hannah Ford, biology with honors***

Warner – Briana Jung, nursing#

Wolsey – Ashley Styer, nursing#

Woonsocket – Jodi Doering, nursing#

Yankton – Tiffany Fiechuk, nursing*


Other states



Lancaster – Kathryn Anderus, nursing#



Hawarden – Crystal Millikan, nursing



East Grand Forks – Kevin Hatcher, management

Heron Lake – Alex Meyer, athletic training*

Marshall – Lori Lima, nursing

Pipestone – Katie Brockberg, nursing#

Rochester – Bryce Berletic, athletic training**

Worthington – Cassandra Landgaard, athletic training with honors**



Parnell – Barbara Mullock, nursing#



Harrison – Katelyn Woodrum, athletic training

O’Neill – Jody Parks, nursing#


North Dakota

Surrey – Taylor Kuhn, athletic training**




Associate of Arts degree:

All Associate of Arts degrees will be conferred this summer upon completion:


Mitchell – Clay Loneman, criminal justice



Associate of Science degree in nursing

All Associate of Science degrees will be conferred this summer upon completion:


South Dakota


Aberdeen – Kristin Brandt, LPN-RN

Alexandria – Kelsey VandenHoek

Armour – Brianne Leonard, LPN-RN; Jennifer Schelling

Baltic – Shelby Moe, LPN-RN

Bridgewater – Megan Weber, LPN-RN

Brookings – Lauren Fitts

Canova – Lynze Wobig

Cavour – Amber Tschetter

Corsica – Cassie Bamberg; Ashley Wright

Dell Rapids – Hannah Hammer; Jenna Murphy LPN-RN; Meghan Paul

Gregory – Taylor Anshutz

Harrisburg – Laura Elgersma LPN-RN

Hecla – Sabrina Olson LPN-RN

Hitchcock – Katelyn Grehl

Huron – Stephanie Brock, Jaime Brockhoft, Amber Deming, Kristen Holland, Haleigh Tringale

Letcher – Lacey VanLaecken

Madison – Chantel Spurgin LPN-RN

Mitchell – Tatyana Brown, Lindsay Predrickson, Shelby Gunsch, Cahndra Koch, Amy Mueller

Onida – Tiera Feller

Platte – Jessica Muller

Scotland – Chelsea Raker

Sioux Falls – Dina Censky LPN-RN; Kelsey Cook LPN-RN; Tasha Devericks; Alison Jones LPN-RN; Deena Larson LPN-RN; Trisha Miiller LPN-RN; Rebecca Richardson LPN-RN

Stickney – Stephanie DeWaard, Heather Vreugdenhil

Wagner – Brittany Sik

Wessington Springs – Hilary Ryan

Wolsey – Koel Heydon

Woonsocket – Stacy Treib


Other states:



Huntington Beach – Sara Watson

Monterey Park – Vanessa Mendez

Santa Fe Springs – Stephanie Bravo



Fort Collins – Brittany Drake

Sterling – Kimberly Gregerson



Ortonville – RaeAnn Thompson, LPN-RN



Red Lodge – Jessica Ramey

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