Tuesday, October 8, 2013
A commitment to service, his career and his campus earns Dakota Wesleyan University employee, Derik Fossum, the NASPA Region IV-West South Dakota Rising Star New Professional Award.
Fossum, originally of Canton, is a resident director at DWU and is the only South Dakotan chosen for this award. Fossum is the second DWU employee to be given this award; Terry Lundeen won the Rising Star in 2011.
NASPA is an association for the advancement, health and sustainability of the student affairs profession with 13,000 members in all 50 states, 25 countries, and eight U.S. territories. The NASPA IV-West region consists of 10 states and two Canadian territories. There are three categories: undergraduate students, graduate students and new professionals.
Fossum graduated from DWU in 2012 with a triple major in leadership and public service, religion and philosophy, and business administration. He is also graduated from DWU’s master’s program this August with a Master of Arts degree in education policy and administration.
He has been a resident director for the university since 2011 and also is a direct support professional for LifeQuest in Mitchell.
In addition to being a full-time employee of Dakota Wesleyan, Fossum volunteers as a jumps coach for the DWU track and field team and coaches for the Mitchell Special Olympics basketball team. He is a score keeper for the South Dakota State Special Olympics Bowling Tournament, participates in the DWU annual Service Day and has been on mission trips to Mexico, Kenya, Peru and Minneapolis. He also volunteers as a coach and personal trainer for the Canton and Mitchell high schools.
“Derik has been an asset to the university since he was a student here,” said Diana Goldammer, director of student life, in her letter of recommendation. “During his undergraduate years he was an exemplary resident assistant and was beloved by his residents and supervisors alike.”
Goldammer also pointed out that last year, Fossum met with 198 residents in his dorm within the first two weeks of classes to ensure he had met and made a connection with every person in the building.
“Derik has continually demonstrated an enthusiasm to serve his campus community, has upheld an unwavering value system both privately and publically, and maintained a reputation for being detail focused, reliable, and sincere,” stated Terry Lundeen, director of residence life on campus.
Lundeen also pointed out that Fossum created an outreach program between DWU and LifeQuest in Mitchell. LifeQuest serves as a residential support program for adults with developmental disabilities and Fossum has been working there part time since 2009.
“Derik partnered with (LifeQuest) to provide opportunities for our students to gain part-time employment and internships, and opened the door for their clients to gain part-time employment at the university,” Lundeen said. “He has made such a profound impact on LifeQuest that he received its Excellence in Service Award in 2010.
Fossum’s community service does not end with work or the volunteering he performs in his spare time – service is a part of his personality.
“He is the kind of guy that for his bachelor’s party, he requested we do a community service project in his hometown (of Canton) on the 27th of July,” Lundeen said.
Fossum will be recognized at a dessert reception in November at the regional conference in Hot Springs, Ark.
Thursday, October 3, 2013
DWU organizations Universities Fighting World Hunger (UFWH) and Enactus participated in the Blue & White Days parade Saturday, walking the route with shopping carts, collecting donations for the Weekend Snack Pack Program. The students raised more than $200 and 200 pounds of food for the Weekend Snack Pack Program, which gives bags of easy-to-prepare meals to more than 350 local elementary students.
The Weekend Snack Pack Program was founded and is still run by DWU alumna Cindy Novachich. Novachich has been running the program out of her home since 2010 and this summer, DWU’s Enactus club worked with Novachich and the university to move the Snack Pack program to campus within Hughes Hall. Enactus is also working with Novachich on a website, marketing and organizing volunteers. The program provides one bag per qualifying child which has easy-to-prepare food for the weekend, such as ravioli or macaroni and cheese, with a snack and either a fruit or vegetable.
The mission statement is “To put into the hands of children, easy to prepare snacks for the weekend when parents are working or there is no food in their homes.”
If interested in donating toward the Weekend Snack Pack Program or volunteering to pack meals, please contact Novachich at email@example.com or call 605-770-5823.
Tuesday, October 1, 2013
'No Sex Please, We're British' opens Friday
Dakota Wesleyan University and Mitchell Area Community Theatre are teaming up yet again to bring a production to the stage.
“No Sex Please, We’re British,” will be performed at the Pepsi-Cola Theatre for Performing Arts, Mitchell, opening this weekend. The British farce is directed by DWU’s theatre director Daniel Miller.
The production will be at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 4, 5, 11 and 12, with shows at 2 p.m. on Oct. 6 and 13 at the Pepsi-Cola Theatre for the Performing Arts on Main Street in Mitchell. Tickets are $10 and $12. The show is suggested for audiences 13 and older.
As the first production of the season, Miller has high expectations for the show.
“I hope the audience will enjoy it. I have acted in this show and also directed it before to great success,” he said. “Those audiences loved it so much we extended the run. Also, in my eight years at DWU I have never directed a farce and this offering absolutely qualifies as your very funny British farce play.”
The story focuses on a young, married couple who order Scandinavian glassware, but receive Scandinavian pornography instead. The couple attempts to figure out what to do with their purchase as the plot is complicated by other characters.
Members of the cast include:
Peter Hunter…………………..Ian Hyde
Frances Hunter………….….…LizBeth Spinar
Brian Runnicles…………….....AJ Miller
Eleanor Hunter……………......Melissa Vatter-Miller
Leslie Bromhead……..…..…...Mike Baker
Superintendent Paul…..….........Jon Kleinschmit
Delivery Man……………….....Kyle Gilles
Mr. Needham………………....Roger Allen
Director…………………………Daniel L. Miller
Stage Manager…………......…...Ann Thury
Asst. Stage Manager….........…...Liz Hainey
Technical Director….....……….Jake Habermann
Lighting Designer…….....……..Tamar Letcher
Tuesday, October 1, 2013
The Dakota Wesleyan Department of Music will kick off its choir season with its first concert performance this weekend.
This year’s Choral Hymn Festival will be at 7 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 6, at the Mitchell First United Methodist Church. Performances will be by the Dakota Wesleyan Choir, Men’s A Cappella Choir, Women’s Chamber Ensemble, Highlanders, Mitchell Area Children's Choir and Wesleyan Bells. The concert is free and open to the public.
The Choral Hymn Festival features sacred music including hymns, spirituals, anthems and renaissance pieces. Most groups will perform two numbers. Some well-known songs being performed include: “Rejoice the Lord is King,” “O God Beyond All Praising” and “Come, Christians, Join to Sing.” “The Irish Blessing” will also be performed, and Dr. Clint Desmond, DWU choir director, hopes the audience will learn to sing the song as the finale for all of their concerts. Audience participation is encouraged for all hymns.
Dakota Wesleyan’s choir is the largest it has been in more than 10 years with 43 members.
“The Hymn Festival has been well attended in the past few years,” Desmond said. “I hope that the community will enjoy the diversity of performing ensembles and the beautiful music they have prepared.”
Friday, September 27, 2013
Each year, friends and alumni gather for Dakota Wesleyan University’s annual Legacy Banquet – a time for the university to thank and recognize those who have given back to the college and their communities.
Receiving distinguished alumni awards this year are Dorothy Hubbard Schwieder ’55 from the College of Leadership and Public Service; Jill Callison ’77, from the College of Arts and Humanities; and Dr. Myles Tieszen ’84 from the Donna Starr Christen College of Healthcare, Fitness and Sciences.
Dorothy Hubbard Schwieder received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the College of Leadership and Public Service.
Dorothy Hubbard Schwieder was born in Presho, S.D., in 1933, the ninth of 10 children. She came to Dakota Wesleyan University in the fall of 1951 and took her first course from then history professor George McGovern. He sparked her love of history and she achieved her Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and history from Dakota Wesleyan University in 1955.
She began her teaching career in 1960 as a part-time instructor at Dakota Wesleyan, and in 1966 she became a part-time instructor at Iowa State University. Schwieder began her graduate work in 1964 and received her Master of Arts degree in history in 1968 from Iowa State University and her Ph.D. in 1981 from the University of Iowa. Her primary research was in the history of Iowa, including Iowa’s Amish communities.
During the 1970s, she revived scholarly work on Iowa history and developed a popular course on Iowa history, the first of its kind at Iowa State University. In 1981, she became an assistant professor in the Department of History at Iowa State, was promoted to full professor in 1988, and retired from ISU in 2001.
She was the first woman appointed as a professor in the Iowa State History Department and also the department’s only full-time female faculty member for almost 20 years. In 2000, she was designated a University Professor at Iowa State, an honor bestowed on faculty members recognized for making outstanding contributions to the university.
She has accumulated multiple honors over her teaching career, several include serving as vice chair of the State Historical Board of Iowa, the Dakota Wesleyan University Alumni Outstanding Educator; recipient of the Iowa Humanities Board Lifetime Award for Outstanding Service recipient of the First Annual Award for Excellence in Education from Des Moines Area Community College, and was inducted into the prestigious Iowa’s Woman’s Hall of Fame last year.
She has given more than 400 presentations to local educational, civic and government groups, as well as talks as a member of the Iowa Humanities Speakers Bureau, and has authored hundreds of articles, publications and numerous books, all of which focus on the history of Iowa and the Great Plains.
Dr. Thomas Morain, of Graceland University, who taught with Schwieder at Iowa State University, said “Through her willingness to advise, collaborate and nurture, she has modeled a collegiality among Iowa historians that has created a supportive community among those doing serious research in Iowa history. The entire state of Iowa has been the beneficiary.”
History is her passion and education is the vehicle she has chosen to explore and share this passion with the world. How many lives she has touched, how many teachers, researchers and fellow explorers she has inspired we will never know, but today we celebrate this woman’s contributions to her craft, to society, and her passion for education.
Jill Callison received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the College of Arts and Humanities.
Jill Callison’s curious mind and ability to see the story in everyday life took her from the young Phreno Cosmian reporter, during her days at Dakota Wesleyan University, to an award-winning journalist for the largest newspaper within the state.
A 1977 graduate of Dakota Wesleyan University, Jill majored in journalism, and served as the editor of the Phreno Cosmian both her sophomore and junior years.
She also served as the student employee for Dr. Don Messer, the president of Dakota Wesleyan University at the time.
While a student, she continued to foster her love of writing and received on-the-job experience through a two-year internship at the Daily Republic in Mitchell.
Upon graduation she worked at a radio station in Winona, Minn., then returned to newspaper with positions at the Lyon County Reporter in Rock Rapids, Iowa, and the Daily Globe in Worthington, Minn.
In 1994, she accepted a position with Argus Leader Media of Sioux Falls, working as a reporter and assistant editor for the Life Section, and reported for both the news and opinion sections.
Currently, she writes a column at least twice a week and is a contributor of feature and news stories.
“Jill’s columns are among the most popular stories we print each week, because of her rich storytelling and because of the subject matter – almost always local people doing special things right here in the region,” stated Maricarol Kueter, (Keeeter) Executive Editor of the Argus Leader.
Two years ago, when Argus Leader Media wanted to showcase its signature reporters and editors in a broad marketing campaign, Jill was among those chosen.
Callison’s feature and column writing have won several awards from the South Dakota Newspaper Association. Her journalistic prowess has been honored by the Iowa Press Women, Minnesota News Association, South Dakota News Association, Great Plains Journalism, and both the Thomson Company and Gannett Company. Because of her exceptional work ethic, Jill has been named Argus Leader Employee of the Month, and in 2010 was named Employee of the Year, the top recognition given to an Argus Leader staff member.
Her supervisor stated, “Because of her dedication and professionalism, Jill Callison has become the face – and, in many ways, the heart and soul – of our Argus Leader news team,”
Dakota Wesleyan University’s motto of sacrifice or service is part of her character. She has organized events and helped with fund-raisers to assist a fellow employee battling cancer, she actively volunteers for the Sioux Falls HelpLine Center and was named September Volunteer of the Month for her work at the Children’s Inn.
Dr. Myles Tieszen received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Donna Starr Christen College of Healthcare, Fitness and Sciences.
Dr. Myles Tieszen grew up on a farm in rural Marion, S.D., and graduated cum laude from Dakota Wesleyan University in 1984 with majors in biology and chemistry.
He was an active co-ed and participated in campus ministry, residence life, and played on the DWU tennis team. Upon graduation, he attended and graduated from the University of South Dakota School Of Medicine at Vermillion. He then completed his surgery residency with Saginaw Cooperative Hospitals in Saginaw, Mich.
While completing his residency in Michigan, he served as clinical director of student health services at Delta College in University Center. He was also a clinical instructor of surgery at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine at Lansing.
After five years in Michigan, he returned to Yankton, where he served as a clinical assistant professor in the surgery department at the USD School of Medicine, was the CEO at Yankton Surgical Associates, and also was Chief of Surgery at Sacred Heart Hospital.
He was named Dakota Wesleyan University’s Young Alumnus of the Year in 1995.
As lieutenant colonel in the Army Reserves, Tieszen was assigned to a Special Forces team that infiltrated Iraq on the second night of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2002. The following year he was awarded the Army Commendation Medal for his service in Iraq. He was honorably discharged from the military, and later shared his experience with DWU students as the Distinguished Opperman Lecturer.
Myles spent three years in Stevens Point, Wis., with Ministry Medical Group and in 2009 he and his spouse, Valary, moved to Omaha, Neb., where he is Associate Medical Director for Alegent Creighton Clinic in Council Bluffs, Iowa. He also serves as Assistant Clinical Professor for the Department of Surgery at Creighton University School of Medicine.
He has authored and published countless medical essays and is a nationally recruited presenter in the field of surgery.
Monday, September 23, 2013
Dakota Wesleyan University will inaugurate its 20th president this week during the 100th anniversary of the institution’s Blue & White Days.
Amy Novak will be sworn in as Dakota Wesleyan’s 20th president at 11 a.m., Friday, Sept. 27, in the Sherman Center on campus. Following, there will be a light lunch served in East Main Dining Room, upstairs in the Rollins Campus Center. Both events are free and open to the public.
“Dakota Wesleyan has been my home for 10 years and there is no place I would rather be to embark on this next step in my career in higher education,” Novak said. “I look forward to working with our faculty, staff and administrative team to achieve the goals set out 129 years ago by those Methodist pioneers, who saw on this prairie the potential to cultivate minds and ideas through a faith-based education. DWU has a strong history and even stronger future.”
In addition to her position as provost and executive vice president, Novak has served DWU in several positions since 2003: director of Student Support Services TRiO Grant, dean of enrollment management and vice president for enrollment management. Her achievements include:
* Leading the creation of the university’s Learn Strong strategic plan resulting in the development of three colleges, six new majors, significant curriculum revisions to nearly all academic majors, a reconfiguration of student experience focused on developing student strengths, alignment of capital and academic priorities, and a strengthened connection to the institution’s United Methodist roots.
* Securing, in partnership with institutional advancement staff, $11 million for the Glenda K. Corrigan Health Sciences Center.
* Facilitating an 18 percent growth in enrollment through the addition of athletic programs, new majors, and the expansion of online and master’s degree programs.
* Development and expansion of mission trips and study-abroad experiences for students.
* Development of a new scholarship model that leveraged academic success resulting in the largest and academically strongest incoming class since the 1960s.
* Partnering with the United Methodist church to offer Fusion, a weekly worship service.
A native South Dakotan and graduate of Mitchell High School, Novak has a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Notre Dame, and a master’s degree in economics from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. She is currently working toward a doctoral degree in interdisciplinary leadership at Creighton University in Omaha.
Novak’s previous experience includes organizational consulting for Digital Equipment Corporation, directing a federal grant at Edison State College, teaching business communication courses at Denver Technical College, conducting market research for several local companies, as well as providing leadership to a variety of not-for-profit organizations in the U.S. and Canada.
She and her husband, Ken, have eight children: Peter, 18; Isaac, 16; Luke, 15; Mark, 13; Seemela Grace, 12; Marianna, 10; Elijah, 7; and Zechariah, 5.
Ken Novak earned his undergraduate degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Notre Dame, and his Ph.D. in English from the University of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. A published author, Ken’s professional background also includes 11 years of service to the U.S. Air Force, including roles as a military acquisition specialist, teacher of the year at the U.S. Air Force Academy, and the chief speechwriter for the U.S. Air Force Command in Europe.
Sunday, September 22, 2013
DWU University Relations
DWU's homecoming royalty, from left to right: Jedd Schlicht, Woonsocket, Kayla Summerville, Platte, Tyler Sarringar, Pierre, Natalie Munger, Kimball, Josh Fiedler, Dell Rapids, Amanda Hart, Alexandria, Skyler Eriksen, Presho, Taylor Piper, Mitchell, Chase Kristensen, Plankinton, and Shelby Andersen, Mitchell.
DWU crowns 2013 homecoming king and queen
Dakota Wesleyan University crowned its 2013 homecoming king and queen Sunday during coronation.
This year’s king and queen are Jedd Schlicht, of Woonsocket, and Natalie Munger, of Kimball.
Schlicht is a biology major and chemistry minor. He is a member of the men’s soccer team, DWU men’s choir, Student Activities Board, Children’s Miracle Network, Bible study, Universities Fighting World Hunger, CHAOS (science club), Student Ministry Council and is a resident director on campus. He also plays drums for campus worship, participates in DWU mission trips and works for media services on campus. Schlicht plans to attend pharmacy school following graduation. He is the son of Shelley Schlicht and a graduate of Woonsocket High School.
Munger is a graphic design major and Web design minor. She is a resident assistant, entertainment coordinator for the Student Activities Board and is involved in new student orientation, DWU intramurals, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, and Children’s Miracle Network. Munger is also an intern for Innovative Systems in Mitchell as a user interface designer. She is the daughter of Norman and Nancy Munger and a graduate of Kimball High School.
Coronation was held Sunday night in the Sherman Center and was the kick-off event for homecoming week. DWU is celebrating its 100th anniversary of Blue & White Days this Saturday, Sept. 28, with the theme, “Tigers Through Time: 100 Years of Blue & White Pride.” The homecoming pep rally will be at 9 p.m., Friday, at the Christen Family Recreation/Wellness Center at campus. The parade begins at 10:30 a.m. Saturday on Main Street, followed by tailgating and the football game, DWU vs. Hastings College, at Joe Quintal Field. Also this year, there will be a Farney Festival from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at the Glenda K. Corrigan Health Sciences Center with tours of the new building.
In addition to regular homecoming events, the university’s 20th president, Amy Novak, will be inaugurated at 11 a.m., Friday, Sept. 27, in the Sherman Center with an inaugural picnic in the Rollins Campus Center, free and open to the public. For more information about all the homecoming activities this week, click here.
Additional queen candidates were Shelby Andersen, Mitchell; Amanda Hart, Alexandria; Taylor Piper, Mitchell; and Kayla Summerville, Platte. Additional king candidates included: Skyler Eriksen, Presho; Josh Fiedler, Dell Rapids; Chase Kristensen, Plankinton; and Tyler Sarringar, Pierre.
Friday, September 20, 2013
Dakota Wesleyan University has announced “Tigers Through Time: 100 Years of Blue & White Pride” as its homecoming theme for this year’s Blue & White Days parade and is still accepting registrations.
DWU celebrates its 100th anniversary of Blue & White Days this year, with the first being in 1913.
The parade will be at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 28, on Mitchell’s Main Street.
Businesses, clubs and high school bands are welcome to register their float or entry for the parade by downloading the registration documents at www.dwu.edu/sab/bluewhitedays/. Businesses can contact students Alex Kuehler (Alex.Kuehler.firstname.lastname@example.org) or Tyson Moodie (Tyson.Moodie.email@example.com) to register, as well. For questions, contact Jeff Holstein, student activities coordinator, at 605-995-2943.
Friday, September 20, 2013
Dakota Wesleyan University invites the community to join in a continuation of the Blue & White Days festivities Saturday with a science center open house and Farney Festival.
Beginning at 4:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 28, after the DWU homecoming football game vs. Hastings College, which is at 1 p.m. at Joe Quintal Field, the campus will host an open house for the Glenda K. Corrigan Health Sciences Center, complete with snacks, festivities and tours of the buildings. In conjunction with this will be the Farney Festival – a celebration of all things zany with DWU professor Dr. Mike Farney.
4:40 to 7 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 28
Glenda K. Corrigan Health Sciences Center
Open house, food, activities, tours and fun
Open and free to all
Farney, known around campus for his standard “uniform” of black pants and white turtleneck, will be holding court in his physics lab for alumni and community members. There will also be children’s science activities, snacks, prizes for Farney-look-alikes, and tours of the building. For those who had the opportunity to have Dr. Farney in class over the last 34 years, it will be a great time to get together with old friends and an unforgettable teacher; for those who do not know Dr. Farney, it’s a fun way to get to know the new $11.5 million science facility.
Farney has been at DWU since 1979 and currently teaches courses in physics, mathematics and astronomy, as well as an interdisciplinary course called COR along with Dr. Mike Catalano. It is not uncommon to see Farney and Catalano dressed up as Socrates and Plato in the classroom. In fact, their many costumes from monks to philosophers to scientists of days-gone-by are how many of the current DWU students recognize them.
Farney also runs the South Central South Dakota Science and Engineering Fair, working with multiple area high school students.
For more information about Blue & White Days click here, or to download a “Flat Farney” to take photos with, click here.
Friday, September 20, 2013
Dakota Wesleyan University is teaming up with Weekend Snack Pack Program to help local children in the area.
DWU organizations Universities Fighting World Hunger (UFWH) and Enactus will participate in the Blue & White Days parade at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 28, on Mitchell’s Main Street, and are asking parade-goers to bring donations for the Weekend Snack Pack Program.
Students will walk in the parade, pushing grocery carts, and anyone who wishes to donate toward the Snack Pack program can toss their donations into the carts as the students pass.
The Weekend Snack Pack Program was founded and is still run by DWU alumna Cindy Novachich ’90. Novachich has been running the program out of her home since 2010 and this summer, DWU’s Enactus club worked with Novachich and the university to move the Snack Pack program to campus within Hughes Hall. Enactus is also working with Novachich on a website, marketing and organizing volunteers. The program provides one bag per qualifying child which has easy-to-prepare food for the weekend, such as ravioli or macaroni and cheese, with a snack and either fruit or vegetable.
The mission statement is “To put into the hands of children, easy to prepare snacks for the weekend when parents are working or there is no food in their homes.”
Novachich organizes donations and packing for more than 300 students a weekend in the Mitchell elementary schools.
“The Snack Pack program has done such an amazing job providing the children food for the weekend and I am excited that DWU has been called to help it grow,” said Breanna Clark, DWU senior and president of UFWH. “We hope that while the Mitchell community is enjoying the parade that they will also be able to contribute to the fight against hunger in the community by placing food in the baskets.”
Some of the items used for the Weekend Snack Pack Program include: macaroni and cheese, ravioli, SpaghettiOs, pudding cups, popcorn, fruit cups, apple sauce cups, snack foods, and other items that a child could prepare on his or her own.
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