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March 9, 2012

DWU students, staff study abroad and travel down south

MITCHELL – While some students kick it pool-side over spring break, Dakota Wesleyan University students will be studying theatre in London and performing mission works in New Orleans.

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Twenty-seven students and four staff members will leave Saturday, March 10, for the Epworth Project in Slidell, La., to work on rebuilding homes in New Orleans that were damaged by Hurricane Katrina. The students fundraised $14,000 throughout the school year in order to fund the trip. Anything left over will be seed money for next year’s mission trip.

Four staff members will accompany the 29 students to New Orleans: Campus Pastor Brandon Vetter; Diana Goldammer, director of student life; Leah Rado, sports information director; and Mari Olson, university relations.

Students attending the trip are: Matt Britt, Rapid City; Breanna Clark, Loveland, Colo.; Amanda Dixon, Mitchell; Skyler Eriksen, Presho; Sara Fathke, Parkston; Sara Fouberg, Woonsocket; Mackenzie Grimme, Fairmont, Minn.; Colleen Hannum, Bakersfield, Calif.; Mara Herman, Presho; Valerie Hummel, Utica; Autumn Krueger, Harrisburg; Alex Kuehler, Sturgis; Ross Leonhardt, Sioux Falls; Kim Maas, Corsica; Alicia McKnight, Flandreau; Christen Mitchell, Platte; Justin Mitchell, Copperas Cove, Texas; Analisa Morel, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico; Emily Olsen, Platte; Samantha Sandau, Tripp; Jedd Schlicht, Woonsocket; Kayla Summerville, Platte; Carrie Swanson, Spearfish; Kelli Swenson, Chamberlain; Josh Thompson, Lead; Tara Van Hofwegen, Humboldt; and Jasmin Vant, Canton.

Theatre students, under the direction of Dan Miller, DWU theatre director, and Vicki Welch, associate professor of communication, departed for London for spring break for a class called “Field Study in Professional Theatre,” for which students researched various shows and will now have the opportunity to see them done professionally.

“Many years ago I first visited London, England, and immediately fell in love with the theatre scene and the British culture,” Miller said. “I want our students to have that same experience, sharing in my passion of the London West End.”

This is the second trip to London Miller has led, and the group will see: “The Lion King,” “Les Miserables,” “STOMP,” “Woman in Black,” “Lady Killers,” “Phantom of the Opera,” “Billy Elliot,” and “Matilda.” One of the reasons to do the trip in London is, surprisingly, it is far cheaper than New York, even with airfare. Miller is able to use his connections and secure feasible housing and tickets for the students. The first trip took three students, this year the following students will attend: Nicole Anderson, Watertown; Ryan Antaya, Letcher; Chris Ferera, San Clemente, Calif.; Jeff Holstein, Riverside, Calif.; AJ Miller, Mitchell; Jessica Phillips, Mitchell; Megan Reimnitz, Corsica; and Vicky Schafer, Mitchell.

DWU is a private, liberal arts university associated with the Dakotas Conference of the United Methodist Church. For more information about Dakota Wesleyan University, visit www.dwu.edu.

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