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Open house and Farney Festival set Saturday at new DWU facility

Dakota Wesleyan University invites the community to join in a continuation of the Blue and White Days festivities Saturday with a science center open house and Farney Festival.

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Beginning at 4:30 p.m., 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, 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-lookalikes and tours of the building.

For those who had the opportunity to have Farney in class over the last 34 years, it will be a fun time to get together with old friends and an unforgettable teacher; for those who do not know Farney, it’s a fun way to see 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 daysgone-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 numerous area high school students.

For more information about Blue & White Days, or to download a “Flat Farney” to take photos with, go to

— Source: Dakota Wesleyan University