Dakota Wesleyan University
The annual Freshman Food Drive is a tradition at Dakota Wesleyan — one that is meant to help introduce new DWU students to the Mitchell community, as well as the university's core values — learning, leadership, faith and service. This year's freshmen, along with upperclassmen student leaders, brought in 3,400 pounds of food on Sunday, to donate to the Mitchell Area Food Pantry.
The 2016 spring semester dean's list for Dakota Wesleyan University has been announced. Students must earn a semester GPA of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale. That also have to complete at least 12 hours of academic work during the semester. The following students have been named to the dean's list.
Bishop Bruce Ough, of the Dakotas-Minnesota Episcopal Area of the United Methodist Church, was recently honored with an honorary doctor of divinity from Dakota Wesleyan University during the Dakotas Annual Conference in Sioux Falls. Ough is a native of North Dakota and a 1973 graduate of North Dakota State University. After earning his bachelor's degree, he spent two years as a school counselor at Standing Rock Indian Reservation. He then attended Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary and earned his master of divinity degree in 1978.
Ken Ketel, of Rapid City, is the newest member of the Dakota Wesleyan University board of trustees. Ketel was born in Stickney and graduated from Stickney High School. He received his bachelor of arts degree in music education from DWU in 1962. He went on to obtain his master's degree from the University of Oregon in 1966. He was an instrumental music teacher at Klamath County Schools in Klamath Falls, Oregon, before moving back to South Dakota.
Five Mitchell students recently returned from participating in the International Science and Engineering Fair in Phoenix. The fair took place May 8-13 and students qualified through the South Central South Dakota Regional Science and Engineering Fair March 15, held by Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell. Madison and Hannah Hetland, sisters, presented their project, "Analyzing The Effects Of House Dust On Growth, Development And Fat Content In The T. Molitor," which analyzed school and household dust to prove that it stimulates body fat in humans.
High school students, beginning as early as ninth grade, can now track their anticipated scholarship awards to Dakota Wesleyan University through Raise.Me. Dakota Wesleyan has partnered with Raise.Me to help show high school students how to accumulate scholarship money for things they are already doing and that best prepare them to succeed. Raise.me is free for students and is a social enterprise focused on expanding access to higher education, especially among low-income and first-generation students.
Dr. Alisha Vincent and Emily George are the winners of the Professional Excellence Awards for the spring term at Dakota Wesleyan University. Vincent was selected as the faculty awardee and George as the staff awardee. Vincent came to work at Dakota Wesleyan in 2013 as the director of the McGovern Center and assistant professor of nonprofit administration. She is also the adviser for Third Freedom, which is a chapter of Universities Fighting World Hunger.
Dakota Wesleyan University recognized employees for their years of service to the institution during its recent annual Employee Recognition Breakfast. Employees are recognized each year for milestone anniversaries with the university. The following employees were recognized for five years at Dakota Wesleyan: Dr. Joel Allen, assistant professor of religion and philosophy Dr. Monty Bohrer, business professor and director of the business graduate program Erin Desmond, voice and piano instructor Kristy Ehlebracht, financial aid counselor
Dakota Wesleyan University has signed an articulation agreement with Western Dakota Technical Institute in Rapid City. "This partnership will complement DWU's business and entrepreneurial programs," said Fredel Thomas, DWU dean of admissions. "Western Dakota Tech students coming to DWU to finish their four-year degrees will find the support and resources they need here to pursue their dreams, specifically for those interested in starting their own business."
Dr. Jesse Weins was named this year's Presidential Award for Outstanding Service winner at Dakota Wesleyan University during the recent Employee Recognition Breakfast on campus. Weins is an associate professor of criminal justice and the dean of the College of Leadership and Public Service at DWU. Weins became one of the first in the nation to address teen sexting legislation and has become a sought-after expert on the subject. He was also named a Fulbright specialist this year, making him available in an advisory capacity worldwide.