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Boyd Blumer to give DWU Commencement address at the Corn Palace

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Dakota Wesleyan University will celebrate commencement Sunday, May 8, with a baccalaureate service and graduation, and an honorary degree will be given to a well-known community member.

Baccalaureate will begin at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, May 8, at the Sherman Center on campus, and Commencement is set for 1 p.m. at the Corn Palace with 283 graduates. The Nurses’ Pinning Ceremony is set for 4 p.m., Saturday, May 7, in the Sherman Center.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


DWU’s Kriese selected for Executive Leadership Academy

Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Theresa Kriese, executive vice president at DWU, has been chosen to participate in a leadership program through the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC).

Dakota Wesleyan’s Great Wesleyan Giveback set for Tuesday

Wednesday, April 27, 2016
DWU's Great Wesleyan Giveback, formerly known as Service Day, will be May 3.

Spring Ring Handbell Festival set for first of May

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

DWU seeks public input about university

Monday, April 25, 2016

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

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

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

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

The public may also submit comments on HLC’s website at

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

Dakota Wesleyan University has been accredited by HLC since 1916.


DWU announces Thompson as newest member of board of trustees

Monday, April 25, 2016

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

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

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

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

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


Scotchman and Miss Wesleyan candidates announced at DWU

Thursday, April 21, 2016
Fourteen 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.

Dakota Wesleyan invites community to ‘The British Invasion’

Tuesday, April 19, 2016
“The British Invasion” will be at 4 p.m., Sunday, April 24, at the Mitchell First United Methodist Church. This concert is free and open to all.

Dakota Wesleyan University signs articulation agreement with Northeast Community College

Monday, April 18, 2016
A recent articulation agreement between Northeast Community College, Norfolk, Neb., and Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell, will make it more efficient for Northeast graduates to transfer and achieve bachelor’s degrees within four years of beginning their post high school education.

Tickets for spring production of ‘Godspell’ now available

Monday, March 21, 2016

Tickets are now on sale for Dakota Wesleyan’s spring musical, “Godspell.”


DWU will perform “Godspell” at 7:30 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays, April 8-9, and April 15-16, and at 2 p.m. on Sundays, April 10 and 17, in the DWU Sherman Center. General admission tickets are $12. Tickets are available in advance at County Fair Foods, or online here. Tickets will also be sold at the door, as available. Dakota Wesleyan University students, staff and faculty may purchase one ticket for $5 with an I.D., available at Diana Goldammer's office on campus.


The musical consists of a small group of people helping Jesus Christ tell different parables by using a wide variety of games, storytelling techniques, and hefty doses of comic timing.


The cast includes:

Jesus – Marian Ragels, freshman, theatre major, Mitchell

John the Baptist/Judas – James Van Oort, 1999 DWU graduate, Mitchell

Nick – Ian Hyde, senior, theatre major, Irvine, Calif.

Telly – Dyrani Clark, senior, digital media and design major, Loveland, Colo.

George – Clinton Desmond, DWU choral director

Anna Maria – Rowan Byrd, freshman, theatre major, White Lake

Lindsey – Alaina Bertsch, junior, theatre major, Mitchell

Uzo – Ann Thury, junior, theatre major, Parkston

Morgan – Kurt Schwarzenbart, junior, music major, Salem

Celisse – Madi Miller, senior, theatre major, Mitchell

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