Month: September, 2013

DWU awards Distinguished Alumni Awards

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. 


DWU to inaugurate 20th president, Amy Novak

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.  


DWU announces 2013 homecoming king, queen

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.


DWU’s homecoming theme announced, parade entries encouraged

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 Businesses can contact students Alex Kuehler ( or Tyson Moodie ( to register, as well.  For questions, contact Jeff Holstein, student activities coordinator, at 605-995-2943. 


Community is invited to open house and Farney Festival at new science center at DWU

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.

Farney Festival
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.


DWU hopes to help gather donations for Weekend Snack Pack Program during homecoming parade

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.


Theatre season announced; DWU introduces new stage to campus

Friday, September 20, 2013

Comedy, sex, confusion – and that’s just in the first show.

Dakota Wesleyan University announces its theatre season for 2013 with comedy, horror and a 151-year-old classic.

The first DWU production of the season will be “No Sex Please, We’re British,” a roaring comedy about miscommunications and misunderstandings to be performed at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 4-5 and Oct. 11-12; and at 2 p.m. on Sundays Oct. 6 and 13 at the Pepsi-Cola Theatre for the Performing Arts. Tickets are $10 and $12, depending on seat location, contact the theatre to book seats.

“Five Women Wearing the Same Dress” will be the first DWU production to ever be performed in the Equitem Theatre-in-the-Round within Hughes Hall on campus. This intimate theatre setting was built over the summer and allows audiences to be close to the stage and surround the actors as they perform. This comical and touching story of friends hiding out from a wedding together will be performed at 7:30 p.m. on Nov.7-9 and tickets are $5.

DWU alumnus Chris Ferera ’13 returns to direct “Woman in Black” in December – a spine-tingling story of a phantom woman who appears on a dark and stormy night. The production will be at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11, 12, 13 in the Patten-Wing Theatre in Hughes Hall. Tickets are $5.

The university’s final production of the season desires no description or explanation – “Les Misérables” will be performed in the Sherman Center in March. This 151-year-old novel turned musical turned blockbuster is a tale of misery, love and the overpowering hope of the human spirit. It will be performed March 21-23 and March 28-30. More information on times and tickets will be released closer to date. Auditions for DWU’s production of “Les Misérables” will be in early October and are open to all. Audition times are 7 p.m. on Oct. 7-8 in the Patten-Wing Theatre, Hughes Hall, on campus. Adults auditioning should come prepared to sing 16 bars of any non-“Les Misérables” Broadway show tune; auditionees should bring sheet music in the key they wish to sing their selections. Youth auditioning (eighth-grade and younger) will be asked to sing the National Anthem.

For further descriptions of each production visit the theatre page, click here.


Dakota Wesleyan University welcomes BRIN research director

Friday, September 20, 2013

Dr. Greg Hartgraves joins Dakota Wesleyan University’s science faculty as the new BRIN research director.

Hartgraves began at DWU this summer as the college’s BRIN research director – BRIN standing for Biomedical Research Infrastructure Network. His office and the BRIN research lab are located within the new Glenda K. Corrigan Health Sciences Center on campus. Dakota Wesleyan students and faculty participate yearly in South Dakota-BRIN studies.

“I have always had a passion to teach science,” Hartgraves said. “The opportunity at DWU to work under the BRIN research grant and combine my experience in industrial/pharmaceutical research with teaching undergraduate students is perfect. I am excited about the possibility to provide those interested in research with the knowledge necessary to perform quality research. 

“My hope is that I can provide insights on research in the private sector that may not be traditionally available in a typical academic setting.”

Hartgraves’s previous work experience was at POET in Sioux Falls as the senior director of research from 2009-2013. At POET, he led a team of research scientests that included microbiologists, chemists, and engineers; he also developed technology for the industrial production of cellulosic ethanol at an annual production of 20 million gallons. He introduced technology for recovering corn oil at 25 corn ethanol facilities across the Midwest and co-chaired the POET-DSM joint development committee.

He has also been vice president of operations at Petmedicus Laboratories, Inc., Sioux Falls; director of process development and clinical supplies at Nastech Pharmaceuticals, Bothell, Wash.; director of chemistry at Emerald Pharmaceuticals LLP, Redmond, Wash.; and research scientist, manager of operations and process development and later director of operations and process development at Sonus Pharmaceuticals, Bothell, Wash.

He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in organic chemistry from Central College, Pella, Iowa, and his Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of Iowa, Iowa City. 


King, queen candidates named for DWU homecoming

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Candidates for homecoming king and queen have been selected at Dakota Wesleyan University. 

Coronation will be at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 22, in the Sherman Center.  The theme for this year’s homecoming is “Tigers Through Time: 100 Years of Blue & White Pride.”

Homecoming queen candidates are:

Shelby Andersen, Mitchell. Andersen is an elementary education major. She is involved in Future Teachers Organization and is currently student-teaching second grade at Gertie Belle Rogers Elementary in Mitchell. After graduation she plans to pursue a career in elementary education. Andersen is the daughter of Harlyn and Linda Andersen and a graduate of Ethan High School.

Amanda Hart, Alexandria. Hart is an English and sports management double major. She is involved in women’s basketball, student ambassadors, Enactus (formerly known as SIFE) and is a Kelley Center leader and former Phreno Cosmian editor. She is the daughter of Kelly and Curt Hart and a graduate of Hanson High School.

Natalie Munger, Kimball. 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.

Taylor Piper, Mitchell. Piper is an athletic training major at DWU. She is involved in women’s basketball and the Athletic Training Club. After graduation, she plans to attend graduate school for athletic training. She is the daughter of Rhonda Mahoney and Jim Piper and a graduate of Mitchell High School.

Kayla Summerville, Platte. Summerville is a human services and criminal justice double major with a specialization in chemical dependency. She is the president of the DWU Children’s Miracle Network board, secretary of the Human Services Club, and member of the DWU choir, women’s Bible study, worship team and works as a DWU admissions office intern. Her plans after college are to attend graduate school. She is the daughter of Alan and Sheila Summerville and a graduate of Platte-Geddes High School.

Homecoming king candidates are:

Skyler Eriksen, Presho. Eriksen is an elementary education major minoring in coaching. He is a member of the DWU football team, Future Teachers Organization, Children’s Miracle Network and Tigerthon. He plans to obtain his master’s degree in administration following college. He is married to Mara Eriksen and is the son of Marty and Carol Eriksen. He graduated from Lyman High School.

Josh Fiedler, Dell Rapids. Fiedler is a biology and psychology double major and a member of the DWU football team. After graduation he plans to attend graduate school. He is the son of Doug and Mary Fiedler and a graduate of Dell Rapids Public School.

Chase Kristensen, Plankinton. Kristensen is a leadership and public service major, minoring in business and communications. He is involved in Universities Fighting World Hunger and was a member of the DWU golf team for two years. Following college, Kristensen plans to pursue a master’s degree in business. He is the son of Ron and Sandy Kristensen and a graduate of Plankinton High School.

Tyler Sarringar, Pierre. Sarringar is an athletic training major. He is a member of the DWU wrestling team, Athletic Training Club and Student Ambassadors. He is also a resident assistant. Following graduation he plans to attend physical therapy school. He is the son of Bill and Joanne Sarringar and a graduate of T.F. Riggs High School.

Jedd Schlicht, Woonsocket. 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.

For a complete list of homecoming events, visit


DWU named Military Friendly School

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Dakota Wesleyan has once again been named a “Military Friendly School.”

DWU is listed in the September 2014 issue of the “Guide to Military Friendly Schools,” which Victory Media released today, Sept. 17, and which can also be accessed at The “2014 Guide to Military Friendly Schools” will publish later this month.

“Dakota Wesleyan has a long tradition of supporting American troops and welcoming them back to campus,” said DWU President Amy Novak. “Their service to our country is appreciated and deserves to be rewarded with flexibility and understanding.”

The 2014 list of Military Friendly Schools® was compiled through extensive research and a data driven survey of more than 12,000 schools nationwide. Methodology, criteria and weighting for the list were developed with the assistance of an Academic Advisory Board (AAB) consisting of educators from schools across the country. Being named a “Military Friendly School” places DWU in the top 15 percent of all colleges, universities and trade schools nationwide.

Jenna Schmaltz, a nursing major at DWU, has served in the Army Reserves since 2007 and was deployed from 2010 to 2011 to southern Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Schmaltz, originally from Charlottesville, Va., has been living in Mitchell for several years and has a family of her own.

“One of the reasons I chose DWU is because it is a military friendly school and the professors help to work with our continued military service schedule,” she said. “Sometimes I am notified on a short notice by the military for training, and the professors are all very cooperative and understanding, especially in the nursing department.

“For the nontraditional students that might already have prior college and are coming back to finish it up, I feel like DWU opens their doors and makes us feel like we never left,” Schmaltz added. “They treat us just like any other students and help us to make the transition back into the student state-of-mind; especially with the military, seeing things that are tough to process over in the Middle East, the instructors are great at opening their doors and discussing any topics or pointing you in the right direction.”

Beau Byrd, an accounting major from White Lake, is retired Army, serving from 1991 to 2011. Originally from Houston, Texas, he said he chose Dakota Wesleyan primarily because of its faith-based education and location.

He said that he agrees that DWU is military friendly.

“The professors and staff have all been really helpful and patient. Transitioning out of the military can be trying and stressful even when we think things and situations are fine. I could have enrolled in a number of universities but would have had to do them exclusively online,” Byrd added. “I believe and feel that being in a class environment helps with the learning process. This is another reason I choose DWU, it offers both. During the regular year I can get classroom time in and then during the summer I can get my gen eds done online.”

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