Dakota Wesleyan University
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.
Dakota Wesleyan University recognized one of its professors with the Exemplary Teacher Award Friday during the university's Honors Banquet. Dr. Dave Mitchell, professor of business administration and economics at DWU, was the recipient of this year's Exemplary Teacher Award.
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.