Around the World Cultural Festival invites community members to participate

Friday, March 18, 2016

Around the world in 60 minutes.

The annual Around the World Cultural Festival is set for April at Dakota Wesleyan University.

The festival will take place from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Thursday, April 14, in the East Main Dining Room upstairs in the Rollins Campus Center on campus. Booths set up by DWU students, staff, faculty and even community members, represent countries and cultures from around the world. The event is free and open to the public.

This is the university’s 13th year and 14th festival and DWU’s Derric Ludens and Thomas Madut, advisers for the DWU Student Diversity Council, are inviting community members to participate.

“This event highlights our country’s diversity and allows Mitchell residents and students the opportunity to experience the cultural differences that are present not only within our state but also within the world,” Ludens said.

Visitors to the festival are issued a “passport” and take a “world tour” around the room stopping by each booth. Completed passports are turned in for a prize drawing. 

 

The Mitchell community is encouraged to take part in the event and register as a presenter. If interested in hosting a table, sign up by contacting Ludens at 995-2640, or by email at deludens@dwu.edu.

 

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DWU announces Presidential Leadership Scholarship winners

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

More than 60 high school students were awarded academic scholarships from Dakota Wesleyan University during Scholarship Days this spring.

Sixty-six students with outstanding academic records, leadership potential and a commitment to service were invited to campus Jan. 29 and Feb. 12 to meet with faculty, staff and students, learn about the Learn Strong initiative and further investigate the opportunities DWU has to offer them academically and cocurricularly. The students were all competing for one of four competitive scholarships.

To compete for a Presidential Leadership Scholarship, students must have at least a 3.0 GPA and a 21/980 ACT/SAT score and must meet certain leadership/service qualifications. The award is for $17,000, and is renewable for up to 10 semesters if the student remains in good standing. Presidential Leadership Scholarships combined with other scholarships may equal more.

The following are this year’s recipients of the Presidential Leadership Scholarship:

Jessica Backes, Platte, received a Presidential Leadership Academic/Athletic Scholarship. She is a senior at Kimball High School and daughter of Sherri and Dave Backes.

 Alex Gerlach, Platte, received a Presidential Leadership Academic/Performing Arts Scholarship. He is a senior at Platte-Geddes High School and is the son of Patti and Jowell Gerlach.

 Hailey Johnson, Hartford, received a Presidential Leadership Scholarship. She is a senior at West Central High School and is the daughter of Laura and Richard Johnson.

 Kelsey Thompson, Mitchell, received a Presidential Leadership Scholarship. She is a senior at Mitchell Christian High School and is the daughter of Vicki and Larry Thompson.

 Alyssa Weidler, Sioux Falls, received a Presidential Leadership Academic/Athletic Scholarship. She is a senior at O’Gormann High School and is the daughter of Judy and Ron Weidler.

 Aaron Wenande, Alexandria, received a Presidential Leadership Academic/Athletic Scholarship. He is a senior at Hanson High School and is the son of Pat and Tim Wenande.

 

To view Randall Scholarship winners, click here.
To view Bishop Leadership Award winners, click here.
To view the McGovern Legacy Scholar, click here.
To view all other scholarship winners, click here.

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DWU announces spring break and Easter holiday hours

Monday, March 14, 2016

Dakota Wesleyan University announces its spring break and Easter holiday hours.

Classes will end at 10 p.m., Friday, March 18, and resume at 8 a.m., Monday, March 28. The campus offices will be closed Friday, March 25, for Good Friday and office hours will resume at 8 a.m., Monday, March 28.

The McGovern Library will be closed this Saturday and Sunday, March 19 and 20. The library will then be open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., March 21-24, and closed March 25-27. The library returns to regular hours on March 28. Java City, within the library, will be closed March 19-March 27 and reopen at regular hours March 28.


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Bishop Leadership Awards given for Dakota Wesleyan University

Friday, March 11, 2016

Dakota Wesleyan University has announced two winners of the Bishop Leadership Award to the university.

Rex Schlicht, of Woonsocket, and Luke Wodahl, of Buffalo, Wyo., were awarded the Bishop Leadership Award, a prestigious scholarship at DWU for students affiliated with the United Methodist Church. The Bishop Leadership Award is a $14,000 per year award available to a United Methodist student who demonstrates strong commitment to youth leadership in his or her local church and pledges to be active in student ministry at DWU. The award is renewable for four years.

Schlicht is a senior of Woonsocket High School and the son of Shelley Schlicht, Woonsocket.

Wodahl is a senior at Buffalo High School and is the son of Mary and Scott Wodahl.

Both students also received athletic scholarships.

DWU is affiliated with the Dakotas Conference of the United Methodist Church and offers majors and minors in more than 40 liberal arts and professional fields.

For more information about DWU, contact the enrollment services office at (605) 995-2650, 1-800-333-8506 or email admissions@dwu.edu.

 

To view Randall Scholarship winners, click here.

To view the McGovern Scholar, click here.

To view the Presidential Leadership Scholarship winners, click here.

To view more scholarship winners, click here.


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McGovern Center for Leadership and Public Service awards McGovern Legacy Scholarship

Friday, March 11, 2016

Dakota Wesleyan University’s McGovern Center for Leadership and Public Service has named its third McGovern Legacy Scholar.

Nathan Bader, of Pierre, was named the 2016-17 McGovern Legacy Scholar during DWU’s Scholarship Day last month. The McGovern Legacy Scholarship is a relatively new scholarship offered at the university, awarding its first in 2014 in tribute to Sen. George McGovern who passed away in 2012. Bader is a senior at T.F. Riggs High School and the son of Monica and Dan Bader.

The McGovern Legacy Scholarship is currently the largest scholarship of this kind offered at DWU and covers tuition up to 16 credits for each semester in the 2016-17 academic year and is renewable for up to four years of continued enrollment at DWU with maintenance of academic requirements and involvement with the McGovern Center. This scholarship was created to honor McGovern and the 1972 campaign volunteers, while educating and inspiring future generations of student activities to volunteerism, public service and to work for a just society.

The Friends of the McGovern ’72 Campaign Scholarship fund was established in 2012 through the Leonard and Sophie Davis Foundation in remembrance of the 40th anniversary of the presidential campaign to honor McGovern and the 1972 McGovern Presidential Campaign volunteers. Thousands of 1972 campaign volunteers’ lives have been positively impacted by their volunteerism and by the life and legacy of Sen. McGovern, according to Vincent.

DWU is affiliated with the Dakotas Conference of the United Methodist Church and offers majors and minors in more than 40 liberal arts and professional fields. 

For more information about DWU, contact the enrollment services office at (605) 995-2650, 1-800-333-8506 or email admissions@dwu.edu

To view Randall Scholarship winners, click here.

To view Bishop Leadership Award winners, click here.

To view the Presidential Leadership Scholarship winners, click here.

 To view more scholarship winners, click here.


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DWU announces Randall Scholars for 2016-17

Friday, March 11, 2016

More than 60 high school students were awarded academic scholarships from Dakota Wesleyan University during Scholarship Days this spring.

Sixty-six students with outstanding academic records, leadership potential and a commitment to service were invited to campus Jan. 29 and Feb. 12 to meet with faculty, staff and students, learn about the Learn Strong initiative and further investigate the opportunities DWU has to offer them academically and cocurricularly. The students were all competing for one of four competitive scholarships, the McGovern Legacy, Bishop Leadership, Presidential Leadership, and the highest academic honor of them all – the Randall Scholarship, which amounts to a minimum of $21,000 a year. To be considered, each student had a minimum of a 3.5 GPA and 24 ACT or 1090 SAT.

The following six students were named Randall Scholars:

Johannah Jensen, of Badger, received a Randall Scholarship/Athletic Scholarship to Dakota Wesleyan. She is the daughter of Becky and Bryan Jensen and a senior at Arlington High School.

Luke Merrill, of Sioux Falls, received a Randall Scholarship to Dakota Wesleyan. He is the son of Tracey and Jeff Merrill and is home-schooled.

Bradley Schoch, of Marquette, Neb., received a Randall Scholarship to Dakota Wesleyan. He is the son of Diane and Roger Schoch and a senior at Central City High School.

Morgan Sechser, of Montrose, received a Randall Scholarship to Dakota Wesleyan. She is the daughter of Deann and Gerard Sechser and is a senior at Montrose High School.

Mikaela Stofferahn, of Dell Rapids, received a Randall Scholarship to Dakota Wesleyan. She is the daughter of Kerri Deats and Steve Stofferahn and is a senior at Dell Rapids High School.

McKenzie Stone, of Hartford, received a Randall Scholarship to Dakota Wesleyan. She is the daughter of Rebecca and Bernie Stone and is a senior at West Central High School.

 

To view the Presidential Leadership Scholarship winners, click here.

To view Bishop Leadership Award winners, click here.

To view the McGovern Scholar, click here.

To view more scholarship winners, click here.


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DWU announces John Wesley, Trustee and Presidential Scholarship winners

Friday, March 11, 2016

More than 60 high school students were awarded academic scholarships from Dakota Wesleyan University during Scholarship Days this spring.

Sixty-six students with outstanding academic records, leadership potential and a commitment to service were invited to campus Jan. 29 and Feb. 12 to meet with faculty, staff and students, learn about the Learn Strong initiative and further investigate the opportunities DWU has to offer them academically and cocurricularly.

The following is a list of scholarship winners:

John Wesley Scholarship winners

To qualify for a John Wesley scholarship, students must have at least a 3.7 GPA and a 27/1210 ACT/SAT score. The award is for $13,000 to $14,750, and is renewable for up to 10 semesters if the student remains in good standing. John Wesley Scholarships combined with other scholarships may equal more.

Lukas Chase, Fort Pierre, John Wesley Academic/Athletic Scholarship

Mitchell Johnson, Alcester, John Wesley Academic/Athletic Scholarship

Chase Palo, Hot Springs, John Wesley Academic/Athletic Scholarship

McKenna Rogers, Saint Michael, Minn., John Wesley Academic/Athletic Scholarship

Noah Vettrus, Hartford, John Wesley Academic/Athletic Scholarship

Melissa Wollman, Hartford, John Wesley Academic/Athletic Scholarship

 

Brittany Bamberg, Corsica, John Wesley Scholarship

Allison Bich, Cavour, John Wesley Scholarship

Kelsey Buchmann, Tripp, John Wesley Scholarship

Jayden Engels, Watertown, John Wesley Scholarship

Josh Feiner, Mitchell, John Wesley Scholarship

Dawson Kremlacek, Brandon, John Wesley Scholarship

Courtney Quam, Wolsey, John Wesley Scholarship

Lea Wormsbecher, Avon, John Wesley Scholarship

 

Trustee Scholarship winners
To qualify for a Trustee Scholarship, students must have at least a 3.5 GPA and a 24/1090 ACT/SAT score. The award is for $12,000 to $13,750, and is renewable for up to 10 semesters if the student remains in good standing. Trustee Scholarships combined with other scholarships may equal more.

Mallory Cooper, Ewing, Neb., Trustee Academic/Athletic Scholarship

Jacob Hinker, Lennox, Trustee Academic/Athletic Scholarship

Layne Hohn, Pierre, Trustee Academic/Athletic Scholarship

Grant Johnson, Alcester, Trustee Academic/Athletic Scholarship

Alexis Konda, Sioux Falls, Trustee Academic/Athletic Scholarship

Jared Rafferty, Yankton, Trustee Academic/Athletic Scholarship

Nathan Volk, Casselton, N.D., Trustee Academic/Athletic Scholarship

 

Joshua Benda, Dell Rapids, Trustee Scholarship

Myles Burkink, Norfolk, Neb., Trustee Scholarship

Tate Deinert, Mount Vernon, Trustee Scholarship

Zachariah Gors, Tea, Trustee Scholarship

Michelle Johnson, Huron, Trustee Scholarship

Constance Livingston, Gordon, Neb., Trustee Scholarship

Jared Rabenberg, Britton, Trustee Scholarship

Mikayla Street, Revillo, Trustee Scholarship

 

Presidential Scholarship winners
To qualify for a Presidential Scholarship, students must have at least a 3.0 GPA and an 18/860 ACT/SAT score. The award is for $8,750 to $13,000, and is renewable for up to 10 semesters if the student remains in good standing. Presidential Scholarships combined with other scholarships may equal more.

Kyle Bailey, Brandon, Presidential Academic/Athletic Scholarship

Jocelyn Behm, Sioux Falls, Presidential Academic/Athletic Scholarship

Ryan Chase, Huron, Presidential Academic/Athletic Scholarship

Jackson Diede, Menno, Presidential Academic/Athletic Scholarship

Sydnee Hamann, Lead, Presidential Academic/Athletic Scholarship

Emily Hanson, Alexandria, Presidential Academic/Athletic Scholarship

Brandon Jahnel, Blaire, Neb., Presidential Academic/Athletic Scholarship

Caleb Larson, Mitchell, Presidential Academic/Athletic Scholarship

Conner McDermott, Atkinson, Neb., Presidential Academic/Athletic Scholarship

Austyn Ramm-Lech, Atkinson, Neb., Presidential Academic/Athletic Scholarship

Braydin Sik, Brookings, Presidential Academic/Athletic Scholarship

Joseph Sullivan, Marshall, Minn., Presidential Academic/Athletic Scholarship

 

Emma Abbott, Huron, Presidential Scholarship

Michelle Bechen, Mitchell, Presidential Scholarship

Daniel Bliss, Casper, Wyo., Presidential Scholarship

Megan Crago, Mitchell, Presidential Scholarship

Daniele Geis, Parker, Presidential Scholarship

Jammie Hoffman, Yankton, Presidential Scholarship

Morgan Renshaw, Mitchell, Presidential Scholarship

Macy Robertson, Canistota, Presidential Scholarship

Courtney Stewart, Avon, Presidential Scholarship

Taylor Stotz, Bowdle, Presidential Scholarship

To view Randall Scholarship winners, click here.

To view the Presidential Leadership Scholarship winners, click here.

To view Bishop Leadership Award winners, click here.
To view the McGovern Legacy Scholar, click here.

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DWU to host regional science fair

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Dakota Wesleyan University will host the 24th annual South Central South Dakota Regional Science and Engineering Fair on Tuesday, March 15, in the Christen Athletic Center.

The competition includes students in grades sixth through 12th, from 20 schools in 18 South Dakota counties.  Projects will be on display for viewing by the public from 2 to 5 p.m.

Students participating in this regional event will bring projects that have already won in science fairs at local schools.  This year's fair includes 126 projects produced by 195 students.

“We were proud the projects we sent to last year’s International Science and Engineering Fair held in Pittsburgh, Pa. None won but Malignant Micro-Beads, a de-worming project, and an electrical generator all presented themselves well,” said Dr. Mike Farney, DWU math professor and science fair director. “Projects likely to appear at this year’s regional fair may have a more common touch than most. One will investigate household dust, another acne medicines, and a third researches common drinking water.”

“But common can sometimes equal profound,” Farney continued. “The ‘water’ project asks to find a link between the algae found in drinking water and Parkinson’s disease.  As an amateur astronomer, I have a special in an investigation of ‘light pollution’ – those nighttime lights that prevent us from seeing the stars. But we’re not neglecting science fair staples either, such as ‘Line Following Robots’ and ‘Rescue Robots.’”

More than 70 judges will select the grand award winners, including three projects that will advance to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair May 8-13 in Phoenix, Ariz.; one project to advance to I-SWEEP held in Houston, Texas; and one project to compete in Oswego, N.Y.

Awards to be given to participating students include cash, certificates, plaques, medals, trophies, major industry recognition, $6,000 lab makeover, recognition by a variety of military branches, and DWU scholarships, including $10,000 to the senior grand award winners.

In addition to DWU, sponsors include The Daily Republic, Your Touchtone Energy Cooperatives, Sixth District Medical Society, Twin City Fan Companies, LTD., Davison County Implement, Lisa and Corey Thelen, Andrew Farke, and Logan Luxury Theatres Corporation.


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DWU music department to tour region

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Dakota Wesleyan University’s Highlanders, Wesleyan Bells, Women’s Chamber Choir, The Singing Scotchman and the Dakota Wesleyan Choir will take an eastern South Dakota tour, beginning this weekend.

The music ensembles will perform in five cities, kicking off in Mitchell on March 6 and finishing in Yankton on March 13.

“The Wesleyan Choir is doing music that considers peace and longing for home,” said Clinton Desmond, DWU choral director.

The choir will sing a Hebrew folk song, “Hiney Mah Tov,” with text from Psalm 133, followed with the “Prayer of the Children,” inspired by the civil war and ethnic cleansing in Yugoslavia. In all, there are six pieces by the Wesleyan Choir, four by the Women’s Chamber, five by the Singing Scotchmen, four by the Wesleyan Bells, and seven pieces by the Highlanders.

“The Highlanders are singing music about the evening,” Desmond said. “They open with a madrigal, ‘Fa Una Canzona,’ about singing a lullaby to your beloved. They follow that with Brahms’s ‘O Schone Nacht,’ a part song about sneaking off in the night to meet your lover. They will also sing ‘Sure on this Shining Night,’ by Morten Lauridsen, and ‘Bogoroditse Devo,’ a setting of the ‘Ave Maria’ from Rachmaninov’s ‘All Night Vespers.’ They close with the spiritual, ‘All Night, All Day,’ the classic doo-wop song, ‘Silhouettes,’ and ‘We are Young,’ by fun.”

The Wesleyan Bells have four pieces prepared, including “Aladdin,” and the Women’s Chamber Choir and Singing Scotchmen will also perform several pieces each, including popular songs like “Girls Just Want to Have Fun,” “Ring of Fire,” “Jesse’s Girl,” and Pharrell Williams’ “Happy.”

The concert dates are as follows:

March 6        Mitchell First United Methodist Church, Mitchell, 4 p.m.

March 10      Madison United Methodist Church, Madison, 7 p.m.

March 11      Canton United Methodist Church, Canton, 7 p.m.

March 12      First United Methodist Church, Brookings, 7 p.m.

March 13      First United Methodist Church, Yankton, 4 p.m.


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President Novak announces new welcome center and theatre for Dakota Wesleyan University

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Dakota Wesleyan University announced to its campus community today its third building project in four years – a new theatre expansion will begin this fall.

DWU anticipates the groundbreaking of a new theatre as early as August, said DWU President Amy Novak. The new black box theatre will be built onto the existing Dakota Discovery Museum, which sits on the east side of campus and came under sole management of the university last year.

Within this project is a vision to create a welcome center for the university that complements the museum and tells the story of the university’s connection to the region and its history. The expansion will include 4,700 square feet dedicated to the theatre department with a multipurpose black box theatre seating for 100 to 125, makeup and dressing rooms, a classroom, and offices. The space is envisioned to offer opportunities for theatre performances, historical readings and Chautauquas, or other small group performances by students within the university’s College of Arts and Humanities.

The university has received significant gifts toward this project, but fundraising is not yet complete.

“We are so excited to make this announcement for the university and the expansion of the arts at Dakota Wesleyan,” Novak said. “This facility, attached to the museum, will provide us a unique opportunity to fuse the DWU arts with other cultural celebrations. Fundraising is still underway but we are ready to make this announcement and are optimistic that a groundbreaking will take place this fall, possibly as early as our opening convocation.”

The DWU Board of Trustees approved the project during its bi-annual meeting in early February and authorized the forward action of the planning and fundraising process.


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