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New staff, faculty members join DWU

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New staff, faculty members join DWU
Mitchell South Dakota 120 South Lawler 57301

Dakota Wesleyan University welcomed new additions to the staff and faculty last semester.

Joining the ranks this year are:

Erin Desmond, a familiar face on campus, is now the instructor of voice and piano, as well as the university accompanist. Desmond has begun her second year teaching the Mitchell Area Children's Choir, based at DWU.

Barbara Duffey is an assistant professor of English. She has one chapbook, "The Circus of Forgetting," in the process of publishing, and has also written a book of poetry, "Simple Machines."

Kyle Herges, who previously served as an adjunct instructor for the department of Web design, was promoted to assistant professor. Herges was a designer and developer for CHR Solutions in Mitchell and also has experience as a graphic designer and Web developer for area businesses.

Roxane Hunt joined the DWU nursing program as an assistant professor. She also served as an adjunct clinical instructor in the OB unit from 2010 to 2011 at the DWU nursing department at the Huron site.

Becka Schelske also joined the nursing staff as assistant professor. She works at Avera Queen of Peace Hospital, Mitchell, in the emergency department as an RN.

Justin Zajic, assistant professor of education, is a new face in the education department. He has been an adjunct instructor at DWU for two semesters before joining full ranks this past fall, and also taught seventh- and eighth-grade social studies at Mitchell Middle School since 2008.