Dakota Wesleyan University
Fourteen Dakota Wesleyan University students have been selected as candidates for the Scotchman and Miss Wesleyan awards, the highest honor given to students in their senior year at the institution. The titles of Scotchman and Miss Wesleyan are given to honor a senior male and female student based on campus leadership and service, community leadership and service, academics and character. The honor of Miss Wesleyan began in 1929 and the honor of Scotchman in 1938. The title for the Scotchman was borrowed from the university's song, "The Scotchman."
Today and Tuesday, educators from universities in North Dakota and South Dakota will be attending the annual ASPIRE Co-State Conference at the Mitchell Ramada Inn to discuss educational opportunity and student engagement initiatives.
Once again Dakota Wesleyan is inviting speakers to campus to discuss ideas and empower people to create change. The Conference for Leadership, Innovation and Social Change is set for today. The conference will take place from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Sherman Center at Dakota Wesleyan University and is free and open to the public. Check-in begins at 9 a.m. and conference organizers encourage all to pre-register at www.dwu.edu/leadershipconference . Box lunches are also available for purchase only through pre-registration. This year's speaker lineup includes:
Chris Ferera, a 2012 Dakota Wesleyan alumnus, will premiere his short film, "Last Will," at 3 p.m., Saturday in Patten-Wing Theatre in Hughes Hall on campus. This screening is free, and following will be a Q&A with the film's producer and director, and Ferera, who wrote and starred in the film. His film has been selected to appear in the Cannes Short Film Corner, which is organized by the Cannes Film Festival.
Dakota Wesleyan University's production of "Women of Lockerbie" is set for next week. The small-ensemble play will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 25-27 and at 2 p.m. Feb. 28, in the DWU-Equitem Theatre-in-the-Round within Hughes Hall on Dakota Wesleyan's campus. Tickets are $7 general admission. The production will be directed by DWU senior Madi Miller, a theater major from Mitchell.
The Dakota Wesleyan University Future Teachers' Organization will host its 18th annual Dr. Seuss Carnival from 10 a.m. to noon on March 5 in the L.B. Williams Commons Area. A few new things this year will be a photo booth with Dr. Seuss accessories to pose with, several new games and Dr. Seuss reading stations.
It's time to Snack Pack the Palace. The CEO Club at Dakota Wesleyan University will conduct a 50/50 drawing, as well as a raffle for a $100 gift certificate, during the Tiger basketball game verses Briar Cliff University on Jan. 20 to benefit the Mitchell Weekend Snack Pack Program.
Dr. Bethany Melroe Lehrman and René Cardona are the winners of the Professional Excellence Awards for the fall term at Dakota Wesleyan University. Melroe Lehrman, assistant professor of chemistry, is the faculty winner, while Cardona, talent adviser and assistant baseball coach, is the staff winner. Melroe Lehrman's nomination letter described her as a professor and colleague who is always willing to help and work with others, as well as someone who brings enthusiasm and humor into every situation.
Dakota Wesleyan University's president, Dr. Amy Novak, will be a panelist Wednesday at the Women in Leadership Institute in Greenville, N.C. The institute, which will run today through Thursday is for female presidents of colleges and universities and will examine what it takes to be an effective leader in higher education, as well as what opportunities women in positions of power and influence face. Novak will be part of a presidential panel called "Driving Culture Change: Case Studies on Women Leaders and Institutional Self-Esteem." Novak is DWU's 20th president.
The Dakota Wesleyan University theater department will perform an original play by James Van Oort, of Mitchell, on Nov. 12-15 in the Patten-Wing Theatre on campus. Tickets are $7 for general admission and can be purchased at the door. Times are 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday. This intense drama deals with the dysfunctional relationship between a father and his estranged, adult daughters years after the death of their mother. What secret does he have and can he repair the damage caused by years of cruelty before his own time on earth comes to an end?