Bishop Leadership Awards given for Dakota Wesleyan University

Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Dakota Wesleyan University has announced five winners of the Bishop Leadership Award to the university for the 2015-16 school year.

McGovern Center for Leadership and Public Service awards McGovern Legacy Scholarship

Wednesday, March 11, 2015



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


Cassidy Hendricks, Buffalo, Minn., was named the 2015-16 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. Hendricks is a senior at Buffalo High School and the daughter of Ron and Lisa Hendricks.


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 2015-16 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 announces Scholarship Day award-winners, 2015 Randall Scholars

Wednesday, March 11, 2015
More than 60 high school students were awarded the highest academic scholarships that Dakota Wesleyan University has to offer earlier last month during Scholarship Day.

Jolene’s Law namesake to speak at DWU for Child Abuse Awareness Month

Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Dakota Wesleyan University Human Services Club, in conjunction with the Davison County Child Protection Team, will host speaker Jolene Loetscher, founder of Selfspiration, on campus for Child Abuse Awareness Month. This speaker is free and open to the public.

Prairie Winds magazine holds writing contest, announces winners

Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Prairie Winds, a literary magazine at Dakota Wesleyan University, has recently released the winners of its youth writing contest.

Online DWU Students Share Success Tips

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

When I talk to prospective students who want to pursue a fully online degree at Dakota Wesleyan University, they often ask, “How will I find time for my studies?”

It’s a great question.

Five current online DWU students share these secrets to their success:

1.    Color-code your calendar. Rebecca Jones puts her family’s events in red on her calendar so they stand out. Work-related events are in blue. Then she pens in time for her studies around her family and work schedules. For example, she may set aside time each day to read, or block out time for assignments on the weekend. On weeks with few family and work commitments, she takes advantage of the extra time to complete her readings and assignments so she can reward herself with a weekend off.

2.    Use your smartphone. Kathy Brand says organization is key to her success at DWU. To keep organized she enters her assignments into her iPhone calendar. She does most of her reading assignments during the week—after working 10- to 12-hour days. She uses Saturdays for her coursework, and then enjoys Sundays with her family.

3.    Set reasonable goals. Chelsey Loney, a full-time middle school teacher, prioritizes her tasks and sets reasonable goals every day. “When it gets to be too much, I tell myself the best way to eat an elephant is one bite at a time and just do the best I can,” she says.

4.    Exercise. To stay energized and focused, Chelsey also recommends exercising. She works out three or four times a week. She also takes breaks for supper, and she goes to bed at roughly the same time every night.

5.    Pace yourself. That’s the word from Amanda Hart. She suggests regularly checking the Virtual Campus throughout the week and tackling each assignment little by little. “It keeps you from being overwhelmed at the end of the week trying to do it all at once,” she says.

6.    Carve out time each day. James Hardwick is a husband, father of three, elected local official and CEO of a health delivery system. Each day he finds time in his schedule for his MBA studies. That might be before work, over the noon hour or in the evening—“essentially any time that works for me.”

I hope these tips help you to see that earning your degree is possible through DWU’s fully online degree programs. If you have questions, or would like more information, please email me.

Amber Turner

Online Admissions Counselor

CategoriesBlog: Online Degrees @ DWU, News,

A Winter Choral Showcase is set for this weekend

Monday, February 23, 2015
DWU will offer a free concert at 4 p.m., Sunday, March 1, at the Mitchell First United Methodist Church, featuring the Women’s Chamber Ensemble, Wesleyan Bells, Highlanders, The Singing Scotchmen, and the Dakota Wesleyan Choir.

Highlanders, Wesleyan Bells to go on four-state tour

Thursday, February 19, 2015
DWU's Highlanders and Wesleyan Bells will be on the move next month, celebrating music and dance during their annual tour

DWU’s Turner: ‘Yes, You Can Fit an Online Degree Into Your Life’

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

In my role as online admissions counselor at Dakota Wesleyan University, prospective students often ask me if they really can complete an online degree program while working and raising families.

Without hesitation, I tell them “yes.”

Our fully online degrees at DWU were designed specifically with working adults in mind. The online format, with courses available 24/7, allows students the flexibility to fit their studies into their life. They were created so adult learners could succeed.

Students can choose to be full-time students and complete their studies in 14 months or go part-time and finish in 26 months (though programs like our Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership will take longer). Some students start out full time and then scale back to part time—or start part time and switch to full time. Students appreciate having that option.

Prospective students also ask me how much time they should devote each week for their studies. This question has no correct answer. I tell students it depends on their motivation, their reading habits, research, and their desire to do well. With that said, on average, part-time students spend 10-12 hours per week while full-time students spend 20-22 hours.

I let them know that our students succeed because they’re willing to put in the time—whenever and wherever they can carve out that time. For some that’s over their lunch breaks at work, after dinner, while they wait for their child to finish dance class or Little League practice, or after their family has gone to bed.

Often, adults are at a point in their career where they need to finish their degree to move up. They may feel anxious or fearful or a lot of other emotions. I remind prospective student that they are not alone. Most of their classmates will be in similar situations. Even though these are online programs, community does happen. Our students navigate the online environment together. They share study tips, post encouraging words to each other, and support one another as they balance their studies with their personal and professional commitments. Professors also do all they can to help students succeed.

Tune in for our next blog, in which actual DWU students share how they find time to study.

In the meantime, I invite you to email me if you have other questions or would like more information about online degrees at DWU.

Amber Turner

Online Admissions Counselor

Dakota Wesleyan University

CategoriesBlog: Online Degrees @ DWU, News,

LyricWood and vocal concert set for Saturday

Monday, February 16, 2015

The Ron and Sheilah Gates Department of Music at Dakota Wesleyan University announces the first concert of the year.

Vocalists and the LyricWood, a special strings ensemble on campus, will perform a free concert at 7 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 21, in the Sherman Center.

DWU senior and student conductor, Lacey Reimnitz, of Corsica, will lead the voices and orchestra in Henry Purcell’s “Rejoice in the Lord, Alway,” and Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s “Magnificat H. 73.” Dr. Clint Desmond, DWU’s choral director, Erin Desmond, voice and piano instructor, and James Van Oort, of Mitchell, along with singers from The Highlanders will provide vocals.

The first half of the program will close with a string quintet by the Italian composer Domenico Dragonetti.  

“This work has only recently been published, so has not been played widely in the U.S.,” said Elizabeth Soloday, LyricWood director. “It features LyricWood cellist John Casey on his principal instrument, the stringed bass.”

The second half of the concert begins with a Baroque concerto that will feature LyricWood players Soladay, Jeremiah Helmuth, Erin Mairose, Beth Neitzert and Ben Ward.  The concert will close with a concerto for orchestra by Guiseppe Sammartini.  

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