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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Short film premiere by DWU alumnus set for Saturday

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

His film has been selected to appear in the Cannes Short Film Corner, which is organized by the Cannes Film Festival, and Mitchell is invited to see it first.

Chris Ferera, a 2012 Dakota Wesleyan alumnus, will premiere his short film, “Last Will,” at 3 p.m., Saturday, March 5, in Patten-Wing Theatre within Hughes Hall on campus. This screening is free and following will be a Q&A with the film’s producer, director and Ferera, who wrote and starred in the film.



Free poetry reading set for March 8

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Gary Dop, a poet, playwright and performer, will visit Dakota Wesleyan’s campus on Tuesday, March 8. He will give a poetry reading at 7 p.m. in Java City, which is free and open to the public.

Dop lives with his wife and three daughters in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, where he is an English professor at Randolph College. Dop’s first book of poems, “Father, Child, Water,” was a bestselling poetry book with Red Hen Press in 2015. He was awarded the Great Plains Emerging Writer Prize in 2013, a special mention in the Pushcart Prize Anthology, and his essays have aired on public radio’s All Things Considered. His work has appeared in Prairie Schooner, New Letters, North American Review, South Dakota Review, Agni, and Blackbird, among others.

DWU’s Kelly Henkel will open the reading Tuesday night for Dop. Henkel is a lifelong South Dakotan. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from South Dakota State University and earned a Master of Arts in library science online through the University of North Texas. Henkel works as the cataloging/serials librarian at the McGovern Library at DWU.  While she primarily writes and reads poetry for her own enjoyment, she has been published in Four Quarters to a Section, the South Dakota Poetry Society publication, the Oakwood, SDSU’s literary magazine, and DWU’s literary magazine – Prairie Winds.


Speakers announced for DWU’s Conference for Leadership, Innovation and Social Change

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Once again Dakota Wesleyan is inviting speakers to campus to discuss ideas and empower people to create change. The Conference for Leadership, Innovation and Social Change is set for Thursday, March 3.

The conference will take place from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Sherman Center at Dakota Wesleyan University and is free and open to the public. Check-in begins at 9 a.m. and conference organizers encourage all to pre-register here. Box lunches are also available for purchase only through pre-registration. To visit the official site for the conference, click here.

This year’s speaker lineup includes:

Dr. Charles Oundo, a Christian leadership trainer and motivational speaker, was licensed to preach the gospel in 1984 and ordained as a minister 1994. He is the founder of eight functional churches and is a mentor to pastors and young Christian leaders throughout Uganda. He is an educationist, psychologist and theologian, and senior pastor of Bugiri Christian Revival Church. Oundo founded and serves as executive chairman of Adonai Ministries International, a leadership training institute. He is married to his wife, Betty, and has 13 children, both biological and adopted. Oundo is an advocate for social justice and approaches change in his rural Ugandan village by empowering local people to engage their unique leadership skills to make a difference in the lives of others.




Alan Hirsch is the founding director of Forge Mission Training Network and currently co-leads Future Travelers, an innovative learning program helping megachurches become mission movements. Known for his innovative approach to mission, Hirsch is considered to be a thought leader and key mission strategist for churches across the Western world. He will also be the speaker at Wednesday night’s Mitchell Area Youth Night, March 2, in the Sherman Center, which begins at 6:30 p.m.




Drew Galbraith is in his 12th year at Dartmouth and moved into the role of senior associate athletics director for Peak Performance in 2011. As head of Dartmouth Peak Performance (DPII), he directs the academic, athletic and personal development programs for varsity athletes and coaches, in addition to overseeing the team of more than 40 DPII professionals.








Schedule for the day

9 to 9:30 a.m.: registration

9:30-10:15 a.m.: Dr. Charles Oundo

10:20-10:55 a.m.: Dialogue for Action

11 a.m. to noon: Alan Hirsch

Noon to 12:30 p.m.: Dialogue for Action

12:30 to 1 p.m.: Lunch (boxed lunches are available for pre-order)

1 p.m.: Drew Galbraith

1:45-2:15 p.m.: Dialogue for Action


For questions about the conference, contact Dan Churchwell, program coordinator for the McGovern Center, at dachurch@dwu.edu


‘Women of Lockerbie’ to be performed next week at DWU

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Dakota Wesleyan’s production of “Women of Lockerbie” is set for next week.

The small-ensemble play will be performed at 7:30 p.m., Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 25-27, and at 2 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 28, in the DWU-Equitem Theatre-in-the-Round within Hughes Hall on Dakota Wesleyan’s campus. Tickets are $5 general admission. Tickets for DWU students, staff and faculty are $2.


The production will be directed by DWU senior Madi Miller, a theatre major from Mitchell.


The play’s synopsis is: A mother from New Jersey roams the hills of Lockerbie, Scotland, looking for her son’s remains that were lost in the crash of Pan Am 103. She meets the women of Lockerbie, who are fighting the U.S. government to obtain the clothing of the victims found in the plane's wreckage. The women, determined to convert an act of hatred into an act of love, want to wash the clothes of the dead and return them to the victim’s families. “The Women of Lockerbie” is loosely inspired by a true story, although the characters and situations in the play are purely fictional. Written in the structure of a Greek tragedy, it is a poetic drama about the triumph of love over hate.


Wesleyan Band, LyricWood to perform this weekend

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

The Ron and Sheilah Gates Department of Music at Dakota Wesleyan University announces its winter instrumental concert for this weekend.

The Wesleyan Band and LyricWood Strings Ensemble will perform their winter concert at 4 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 21, in the Sherman Center on campus. This concert is free and open to the public.

The LyricWood full orchestra, under the direction of Elizabeth Soladay, director of strings, and Bethany Amundson, band director, will perform two pieces and the strings orchestra will perform two. The Wesleyan Band, under the direction of Amundson and DWU senior Abby Roseland, will perform four pieces. 

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