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DWU announces faculty promotions, tenure

Monday, April 27, 2015

Six faculty and staff members at Dakota Wesleyan University were recognized at the Honors Banquet Friday for promotion, tenure or degree advancement.



Joan Lubben was promoted to associate professor of mathematics and granted tenure. Lubben has been teaching at DWU since 2009. She received her bachelor’s degree in geology from Rice University, and her Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.







Christine Mauszychi was promoted to assistant professor of accounting. She was also recognized for earning a Masters of Professional Accountancy from the University of South Dakota. Mauszycki has been teaching at DWU since 2010. She earned her bachelor’s degree in accounting from DWU and is a certified CPA in South Dakota.








L. Brian Patrick was promoted to associate professor of biology and granted tenure. He has been teaching at DWU since 2009. Patrick earned his bachelor’s degree and his Master of Arts degree in biology – systematics and ecology – from the University of Kansas, and his Ph.D. in ecology from Kent State University.








Lori Bork, a nursing professor, earned a Doctorate in Education with a specialization in online teaching and learning from Northcentral University. Bork has been teaching nursing at DWU since 2001. She received her Associate of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees from DWU, and her Master of Science from South Dakota State University.








Diana Goldammer, director of student life, earned a Doctorate in Higher Education Leadership from Walden University. Goldammer has been at DWU since 2006, first in university relations before moving to student life in 2009. She received her bachelor’s degree in English and secondary education from Augustana College, and her master’s degree in business communications from Jones International University.





Amy Novak, DWU president, earned a Doctorate in Interdisciplinary Leadership from Creighton University. Novak has been with DWU since 2003, serving in many positions, including provost and executive vice president since 2008, and named the university’s president in 2013. She earned her 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.


DWU announces summer hours

Monday, April 27, 2015

Dakota Wesleyan University will begin observing summer hours on Monday, May 18.


All campus offices will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. The McGovern Library will observe the following summer hours: 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Java City will be closed all summer and reopen when classes are back in session.


DWU will return to regular hours on Aug. 3.

DWU president receives Creighton’s Seagren-Joekel-Ihrig Award

Friday, April 24, 2015
Creighton University’s Doctoral Program in Interdisciplinary Leadership honored DWU President Amy Novak with its inaugural Seagren-Joekel-Ihrig Award for Best Interdisciplinary Leadership Dissertation.

Scotchman and Miss Wesleyan winners announced at DWU

Friday, April 24, 2015
Katie Johnson and Andrew DeVaney, seniors at Dakota Wesleyan University, were named Miss Wesleyan and Scotchman, the university’s highest honors, at a special banquet Friday night at the university.

DWU names Exemplary Teacher honoree for 2015

Friday, April 24, 2015
Ashley Digmann, a mathematics instructor at DWU, was the recipient of this year’s Exemplary Teacher Award.

Digmann to step into role of education department chairman at DWU

Thursday, April 23, 2015
Ashley Digmann, of Parkston, is a DWU alumna and an instructor of mathematics at the university. She will take on the role of education department chairwoman this summer.

Catalano named dean of College of Healthcare, Fitness and Science at DWU

Thursday, April 23, 2015
Dr. Mike Catalano, professor of mathematics and math department chair, will serve as interim dean through the accreditation process for the university.

Dakota Wesleyan’s Service Day set for Tuesday

Wednesday, April 22, 2015
This is the sixth year that Dakota Wesleyan has organized Service Day – a morning when the entire campus comes together to perform community service projects on campus and around the entire community, including the Huron campus. At least 565 participants are signed up for the day, with another 14 vo....

‘Finance Wrangler’ and English Major Ready to Earn M.B.A. at DWU

Monday, April 20, 2015

Heidi Ray Molitor wears many hats—from advanced medical support assistant at the VA to serving as “finance wrangler” for her husband’s fifth-generation family ranch to coaching cross country and track teams at Hot Springs High School. She’s also a photographer in her “spare time.”

This summer, she’ll put on another hat: student in the fully online Master of Business Administration degree program at Dakota Wesleyan University.

“I feel like I need a little push, a little more panache behind my degree,” says Heidi, 28, of Smithwick, S.D. “An M.B.A., with my current English degree from DWU could potentially be a great addition to any employer, as well as aiding in leadership abilities applicable to nearly any field of service.”

Heidi chose to return to her alma mater for her M.B.A. because “DWU is highly valued by local employees for its education and its reputation in equipping ethical leaders,” she says.

“I am particularly excited that this program is geared for small- and medium-sized businesses, preparing me to be successful in the rural area in which I live,” Heidi adds. “I am specifically interested in this program because of its emphasis in entrepreneurial and strategic leadership in business.”

On the family ranch, she is responsible for the operational funds and bookwork involved with tax preparation. “I feel that an M.B.A. will greatly assist me in this area of my personal life as a rancher’s wife as I have much to gain in business knowledge.”

She also has another long-term goal in mind: Starting a photography business, along with a coffeehouse and bakery.

“I believe that an M.B.A., specifically with the strategic leadership and entrepreneurial slant, will lend a wealth of flexible and applicable knowledge that will make me stand out, especially backed with my bachelor’s degree in English. It is precisely this flexibility that will make me more marketable.”

Ready to strengthen your undergraduate degree—or earn your bachelor’s degree? In addition to our M.B.A., DWU also offers the following online degree programs:

Questions? Need more information? Please email me.

Amber Turner

Online Admissions Counselor

CategoriesBlog: Online Degrees @ DWU, News,

DWU’s Megan Johnson to display research at Posters on the Hill

Friday, April 17, 2015
Megan Johnson, of Dakota Wesleyan University, has been selected to present her research on Capitol Hill on April 22-23.
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