Dakota Wesleyan University
Dakota Wesleyan University is once again ranked among America's best regional colleges for the Midwest, according to the recently released U.S. News & World Report "Best Colleges 2017."
The White Spruce Chamber Players, an area strings ensemble will be in concert at 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, in the Sherman Center, Dakota Wesleyan University Campus, Mitchell. The players include Marjorie Garry, violin; Elizabeth Soladay, viola; Laura Cooper, cello; Kathryn Mathews, bass and Brett Cooper, piano. The event is presented by the Glenn E. Soladay Estate Recital Series and will feature music by Franz Schubert and Ralph Vaughan Williams.
The McGovern Center at Dakota Wesleyan University will host its annual McGovern Civic Engagement Forum from 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 28, in the Sherman Center. This year's speaker is Dr. Mary Hess, who will speak on the topic, "White Privilege in Small-town America." The event is in collaboration with the Daily Republic and is free and open to the public. Following Hess's presentation, there will be a panel discussion with local leaders regarding ways South Dakota communities work to overcome racism and discrimination.
Dakota Wesleyan University's Blue & White Days kick off Thursday with the university's Academic Convocation, which will include a groundbreaking for a new theater. DWU has a full weekend of events planned for homecoming this year, and much like in the past, the university is combining homecoming with a groundbreaking. Officials will break ground for a new DWU theater and welcome center on the south side of the Dakota Discovery Museum on Thursday, Sept. 15. The donors' names will be announced that morning, as will the theater's department's new name.
It's a headline that bears repeating — Dakota Wesleyan University has set another enrollment record. This year, DWU's enrollment is at 900 total, which includes a record for online students, as well. "We couldn't be happier with the numbers we're seeing," said Fredel Thomas, dean of admissions. "We feel that with the overall competitive market in higher education and the decreasing size of graduating high school classes in the region, the fact that we are not just holding steady, but increasing, is something that really encourages us, makes us proud."
Dakota Wesleyan University's Department of Religion and Philosophy invites the community to campus for a religious discussion between an Orthodox Israeli rabbi and Palestinian Christian pastor, as they explore how changes in the Jewish-Christian relationship play into the overall picture of what is going on in the world. This special speaking event will be held at 11 a.m. on Sept. 9 in Java City. This event is free and open to the public.
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.