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
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
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.
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.
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.
Online Admissions Counselor
Categories: Blog: Online Degrees @ DWU, News,
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.
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
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
Merritt — Benjamin McNiven
Winnipeg — Hailey Unger
Hartlepool, Cleveland — John Sutherland
Cuernavaca, Morelos — Gilmar Kogiso
Muscat — Thara Ali Said
Sodertalje — Gabriella Frykbo
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.
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.
Online Admissions Counselor
Categories: Blog: Online Degrees @ DWU, News,
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)
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
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*
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):
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*
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#
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:
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
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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