Dakota Wesleyan University
Dakota Wesleyan University has announced Keith Weller and Tracy Hadler as the winners of the Professional Excellence Awards for fall term. Weller is the staff winner of the award. Weller began at DWU in 2011 and is a systems administrator in the information technology department.
Dakota Wesleyan University's final Christmas concert of the season is set for Friday. "Service of Lessons and Carols" will be at 7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 9, at Holy Family Parish, Mitchell. This concert will feature Christmas hymns, carols and Scripture readings and is free and open to the public. Performing Friday will be the Wesleyan Bells, the Highlanders, Women's Chamber Choir, the Singing Scotchmen and the Dakota Wesleyan Choir.
The annual Christmas at Dakota Wesleyan concerts have been set and tickets are now available. The Ron and Sheilah Gates Department of Music will present "What Sweeter Music: Christmas at Dakota Wesleyan," at 7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 3, and at 4 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 4, at the Sherman Center. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased online at www.dwu.edu/performing-arts or by calling 605-995-2603 to reserve tickets.
Dakota Wesleyan University is inviting all interested high school students, of any grade, to campus this Friday for its Fall Visit Day. "There are so many choices for students when it comes to college and the decision can be daunting, which is why visit days are so important for both students and parents," said Fredel Thomas, dean of admissions. "Universities have a personality and a campus tour is a great glimpse into that personality."
For those looking for information and partners to fight hunger — Dakota Wesleyan University will host its annual hunger summit next month with sessions concerning food security and world hunger. The South Dakota Hunger Summit will begin at 9 a.m., Thursday in the DWU Sherman Center with registration, followed by three sessions and lunch. The summit is free to attend but registration is appreciated and can be done so online at www.partnersagainsthunger.org/hunger-summit-registration/ .
Two Dakota Wesleyan University students not only made it to the final round during last week's Innovation Expo — they placed. Zoey Osmotherly, a DWU freshman from Oelrichs, and Tucker Kingsbury, a freshman from Letcher, were two of the six finalists at Innovation Expo hosted Oct. 13 by the Enterprise Institute at the Orpheum Theater, Sioux Falls. There were almost 200 college students from six universities across South Dakota in attendance.
The Wesleyan Band and LyricWood String Ensemble at Dakota Wesleyan University will perform the free concert, "A Concert of American Composers," at 4 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 23, in the Sherman Center, Dakota Wesleyan University campus, Mitchell. This concert features compositions by American composers. South Dakota composer Deanna Wehrspann will also be in attendance to hear her piece, "Empty Branches, Crystalline Grace," performed by LyricWood.
A Methodist pastor with Muslim heritage will come to Dakota Wesleyan University's campus next week to discuss religion in the world today during the Mitchell Area Youth Night. DWU's Campus Ministry will host the Rev. Omar al Rikabi from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Oct. 19 in the Sherman Center. This event is free and open to all; this event is specifically tailored toward youth and their youth leaders. Rikabi will also be speaking at 11 a.m. on Oct. 20 during campus worship, which is also open to the public.
"Celebrate!" — a choir and bells concert by Dakota Wesleyan University students and staff — is set for 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16, at the First United Methodist Church in Mitchell.
Dakota Wesleyan University was named in two categories for the 2015 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. DWU was named to the honor roll for community service for 2015 and also named to the honor roll with distinction in interfaith community service. The award is a reflection of DWU's service to community and the world. According to its website, the honor roll recognizes institutions of higher education that support community service programs as well "raise the visibility of effective practices in campus community partnerships."