Dr. Michael Catalano

Mike Catalano, professor of mathematics, has been a member of the DWU faculty since 1992 and served as acting vice president for academic affairs and dean from 1998 to 2000. He has authored a number of grants including a National Science Foundation grant which supported the development of a new college algebra text and the acquisition of a mobile laptop computer lab used for the course.

Dr. Catalano has his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Minnesota, and his B.A. from St. Olaf College. He is a member of the Mathematical Association of America, Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, Sigma Zeta and Project Kaleidoscope’s Faculty for the 21st Century.

Dr. Rocky Von Eye

Rochelle “Rocky” Von Eye earned her B.S. and M.S. degrees from South Dakota State University in mathematics and computer science, and her doctorate is from University of South Dakota. Dr. Von Eye has been at DWU since 1984, teaching courses in computer science and mathematics. She has also been assistant academic dean and acting vice president for academic affairs. In addition to teaching courses in the mathematics department, she is also dean of the Donna Starr Christen College of Healthcare, Fitness and Sciences.

Dr. Von Eye has received the Presidential Award for Excellence in mathematics teaching, and a Kellogg National Leadership Fellowship.

Dr. Michael N. Farney

Mike Farney received his B.S. and M.A. degrees in physics. He earned his doctorate in science education. Dr. Farney has been at DWU since 1979 and currently teaches courses in physics, mathematics and astronomy, as well as an interdisciplinary course in general education along with Mike Catalano.

Dr. Farney runs the South Central South Dakota Science and Engineering Fair. Since 1996, his science fair students have won numerous awards and scholarships at the International Science and Engineering Fair.

Dr. Joan Lubben
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Joan Lubben completed her Ph.D. degree in 2009 from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, and she has a B.A. degree in geology from Rice University in Texas. At UNL she was awarded the Outstanding Teaching by Graduate Student award. Her doctoral thesis was entitled “Modeling and Analysis of Biological Population,” and her ongoing research interests include developing population models that can be used to guide management of populations of both plants and animals, help control invasive species, and improve the viability of endangered or threatened species.

Dr. Lubben is a member of the Mathematical Association of America, the American Mathematical Society, the Ecological Society of America, the Society for Mathematical Biology, the Association for Women in Mathematics, and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics.

Ashley Digmann

Ashley Digmann earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in secondary math education from Dakota Wesleyan University and her Master of Arts degree in mathematics education from Chadron State College, Chadron, Neb. She is currently completing her Educational Doctorate in leadership from Creighton University, Omaha, Neb.

Digmann is active in numerous volunteering projects at DWU, in her community of Parkston, and through her church. She is a member of the South Dakota Council of Teachers of Mathematics, the National Council of Teachers in Mathematics, Sigma Zeta honor society, and is the local Phi Kappa Phi honor society president. She is also the system coordinator for HLC and the assessment coordinator.

Digmann was named the Dakota Wesleyan University Department of Education chairwoman in spring of 2015. She has been an adjunct instructor of mathematics at DWU since 2011 and began teaching full time in 2013.
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