Dakota Wesleyan University
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.
Ariana Arampatzis, a junior at Dakota Wesleyan University, was named this year's recipient of the Bishop Armstrong Peace and Justice Award on Sunday during DWU's baccalaureate service. The Bishop Armstrong Peace and Justice Award was established by the DWU Board of Trustees, in honor of the 12 years Bishop A. James Armstrong served in the Dakotas. This award is presented each year to students or staff whose life has demonstrated the relationship between religious faith and issues of peace and justice.
Ashley Digmann was awarded the prestigious Clarke Award for Teaching Excellence on Sunday during Dakota Wesleyan University's commencement services at the Corn Palace. This award was first instituted in the 1996-97 academic year. John and Vicki Clarke, of Mitchell, endowed an award to annually recognize a Dakota Wesleyan University faculty member for excellence in teaching. The award is presented by a member of the Clarke family to one faculty member each year at commencement.
Dakota Wesleyan University will begin observing summer hours on Monday. All campus offices will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. The McGovern Library will observe the following summer hours: 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and closed on the weekends. Java City will be closed all summer and reopen when classes are back in session. DWU will return to regular hours on Aug. 1.
Joseph Roidt, current vice president for academic affairs and chief academic officer at Davis & Elkins College (D&E) in Elkins, West Virginia, has been named provost at Dakota Wesleyan University. He will assume his duties July 1, following the retirement of current provost, Dr. Rochelle "Rocky" Von Eye.