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Letter from the President over Recent National Events

Dear Presentation College Community,

The tragic and senseless loss of George Floyd’s life has been weighing heavily on our hearts all week, as have the deaths of countless others who have been denied basic human rights and been victimized by racism and injustice in our country. We say their names in solidarity. We must also do more.

At Presentation College, we believe in the intrinsic value and boundless potential of all human beings and are deeply committed to treating everyone with dignity and respect, indiscriminate of race, ethnicity, gender, or any other differing human characteristics. Even more so, in the Christian tradition of the Sisters of Presentation, we love everyone; no exceptions. We are blessed at Presentation College to serve the most richly diverse college student body in the state of South Dakota. We benefit daily from the broad range of perspectives, experiences, traditions, and insights that diversity brings to us. We need to stand together in unity and solidarity with our Saints Family.

I’m calling on the entire PC community to join me in living out our mission. My parents often said when I was growing up: “If you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem.” Today, that statement resonates in so many ways. As an educational institution committed to social justice, we must live our values. We are responsible for learning from, and bringing hope to, a world in crisis.

Inspired by the life Nano Nagle, the foundress of the Presentation Sisters, we are called to take down our lanterns and go out to shine our lights into the world. I have struggled with how to shine that light, with what to say that would be meaningful in this devastating time. I think it’s because words seem so hollow when people are hurting. Our students are hurting. Our faculty and staff are hurting. Our families are hurting. We are hurting as a nation right now. We need to acknowledge and validate that pain to move forward.

At Presentation College we educate to prepare to stand together to address social injustice, to demonstrate compassion, and to generate positive change out of pain, uncertainty, and chaos. This is the time for prayer, self-reflection, and discernment, followed by actions to lead to meaningful transformation. We must ask ourselves how we can best comfort and support one another and then work together to bring about the lasting change our world needs. How can we unite in spirit, collectively, from the various parts of the country and the globe where we are currently scattered, to bring that light and love to drive out darkness and hate?

I am asking all Saints to reach out to one another, to listen to each other with open hearts and minds, and to live the compassion and commitment to social justice of our mission. We must—and will—be here for each other and work together to plan a brighter future. While we are only a small group of committed people in a much larger society with incalculable need, we can make a difference. As Margaret Mead reminds us, “it’s the only thing that ever has.”

God Bless,

Dr. Paula Langteau

FNP Clinical Coordinator: PC continues to educate students and keep them safe

Sharon Simon (Nursing, PC Class of 2008), is the Family Nurse Practitioner Clinical Coordinator at PC, and works in a rural health care clinic as an FNP herself. She says the last couple of months have been a whirlwind of learning about COVID-19, formulating testing plans, and keeping Presentation’s faculty, staff and students updated on the changing developments. 

Simon says she and other PC Nursing staff have been helping the Administration interpret and implement CDC guidelines: “PC has a responsibility to our students in terms of their education, as well as their safety. Every decision has been guided by scientific recommendations, and viewed through the lens of what is best for our students, faculty and staff, and the community in which we reside.”

Throughout the process, PC has created a safe haven for students while continuing to provide online instruction to ensure education is uninterrupted. She says, “Our responsibility to the students for their education has been handled by our move to online teaching… In keeping with our Catholic tradition, we recognize our responsibility to help those in need.”  In this case, she explains, that means allowing students to remain in campus housing if they are unable to go home right now. “While some might view this as unusual, I view this as just part of what we do and who we are as a college.” 

PC Announces President and Dean Lists for Spring 2020

ABERDEEN, S.D. — Presentation College has announced the President and Dean Lists for the Spring 2020 semester. To qualify for the President’s List, students must earn a 4.0 grade point average for the semester. Students maintaining a 3.5 to 3.999 grade point average are included on the Dean’s List.
 

President’s List:

Laura Babcock
Alexis Begger
Madison Brink
Marshal  Chace 
Josephyne Clemens
Amanda Cone
Nimish Gounder
Gloreen Heft
Hannah Hoffert
Preston Jones
Benjamin  Kaplan 
Alexander Karp
Jacob Klemme
Brandon Kneebone
Carrie Kwasniewski
Aylene Lopez
Michael Lyons
Maria Martinelli
Eduardo Melo
Ashlyn Miller
Morgan Moelter
Morgan Naber
Kristina Nelson
Marisa Nelson
Jacklyn Obermeier
Jadwyn Parrish
Elizabeth Serago
McKenzie  Serfoss
Chase Steadman
Miranda  Stever
Alex Sumption
Riggs Tann
Samantha Vanderwel
Ashley Veech

 

Dean's List:

Megan Andrus
Kyle Angielski
Jennifer Armstrong
Rodney Axson
Queensly Ayegba
Rilynn Bates
Parker Beastrom
Jackson Becker
Lane Bourdon
Makenzey Burggraff
Jamie Campbell
Skye Carter
Gabrielle Casanova
Carina  Cates 
Ronna Chappell
Allie Cleberg
Blaine Cooper
Colin Crandall
Christopher D'Amico
Brendan Delgado
Jamie Dettler
Candace Dobberpuhl
Alejandra Dominguez
Madeline Ellerbusch
Kaleigh Evans
MiKayla Forsting
Christopher Freeman
Ikra Gaarane
Samuel Garner
Darrian Gibson
Jennifer Grandpre
Sierra Greenfield
Makaela Gross
Alyssa Haberer
Casey Hanna
Molly Hanse
Trevor Hanson
Sharmayne Hardy
Aaron  Havis
Jacob Hawkins
Brooke Heairet
Heather Hecht
Josey Huber
Kelsie Jenkins
Sandra Johnson
Kendel Jones
Zachary Jordan
Andrea Jorgenson
Erin Jorgenson
Brandon Justice
Sierra  Kilmer
Danielle Koehler
Jamie Krueger
Hannah Larson
Emily Locke
Alex Mantone
Melody Martenson
Alyssa Michel
Zachary Mikkonen
Raven Miller
James Moffett
Samuel Motzkus
Jack Murray
Zach Niederman
Vanessa O'Brien
Giulia Occhino
John  Oldenkamp
Wyatt Orr
Patrick Ott
Brandy Peterson
William Putman
Megan Roehl
Courtney  Salfrank
Emma Sams
Karly Sanchez
Angela Sanderson
Kaitlyn Schimke
Kennedy Schimke
Ashley Schmitz
Cassandra Schnathorst
Emily Schock
Amanda Schuman
Sean Schuring
Colton Schusted
Zachary Sebern 
Hanna Smith
Jamie Stevens
Brooke  Swanson
Emma Thompson
Cole Torgerson
Ta'Mario Tufts
Harleigh Utecht
Kelsey Vollan
Josie Walz
Danielle West
Ashleigh Wong
Miranda Zabel
Charity Zetterlund
Zachary  Zierden
Emily  Zimmerman

PC Director of Counseling and Student Health Services, Earns Chair Elect for the American Counseling Association

ABERDEEN, SD - Rebecca Christiansen, LPC-MH, LPC, NCC, Director of Counseling and Student Health Services at Presentation College, has been elected as the Midwest Region Chair Elect for the American Counseling Association for the 2020 year. 


The American Counseling Association is a not-for-profit, professional and educational organization that is dedicated to the growth and enhancement of the counseling profession. Founded in 1952, ACA is the world's largest association exclusively representing professional counselors in various practice settings, from both the United States and around the world.


This is a three year position, that will allow her the opportunity to work closely with counseling leaders from across the nation on issues ranging from interstate licensure, to Medicare reimbursement, to continued professional growth and development for individuals and the counseling profession.


When asked about the position Christiansen replied, “I am so excited for this opportunity to collaborate with other counseling professionals from across the country. By serving in this role, I will have the opportunity to provide mentorship to new leaders as well as learn from those who have come before me. I am grateful to bring a spotlight to the counseling profession and am grateful to Presentation College for supporting me during this exciting time.”


In addition to her duties at Presentation College, Rebecca is currently serving as the Executive Director of the South Dakota Counseling Association, a state branch of ACA. Rebecca is excited to focus her energy on mentoring new leaders in the counseling field and assisting other state branches in increasing membership enrollment and engagement.


The Midwest Region of the American Counseling Association (ACA) represents professional counselors who live and practice in the following states: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.
 

Presentation College Announces Dr. Paula Langteau as New President

ABERDEEN, S.D. (April 30, 2020) – Presentation College’s Board of Trustees has named Paula Langteau, EdD, as the College’s next President. Langteau, who has been serving as Interim President since October, 2019, will assume the role of President immediately. Langteau succeeds Margaret “Maggie” Huber, who served the institution as president from 2012 and announced her retirement in August, 2019.

 “The members of the Presentation College community, and the Aberdeen community in general, are very familiar with Dr. Langteau. Instead of engaging in a traditional national search, the Board of Trustees made the decision to find a dynamic leader to serve the institution on an interim basis. That person was Dr. Paula Langteau” said David Giovannini, chair of Presentation’s Board of Trustees. “Upon her arrival we outlined a number of goals for her to achieve within a six month period of time. Dr. Langteau not only achieved those goals but surpassed them, and she did so in a way that was collaborative and gained the trust of not only the Board of Trustees, but the Presentation Community as a whole, leading to today’s unanimous decision.”

Sister Janice Klein, President of Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary who sponsor Presentation College, said that “the Sisters are grateful to the Board for their dedicated successful search in finding an experienced college President who leads with collaboration and partnerships. Dr. Langteau is committed to embracing the mission of Presentation College and the Sisters’ mission of incarnating the compassion and justice of Jesus wherever they serve. She engages students, faculty, staff and the Aberdeen community as she leads with creativity and innovation. We are pleased with her appointment and promise our prayers for Dr. Langteau and the Presentation College community”.

On her appointment today, Dr. Langteau said, “I am honored to be named President of Presentation College. I am simultaneously humbled and overwhelmed with pride to be working with the College’s dedicated faculty and staff, and Board of Trustees, committed to the mission and values inspired by the work of the Presentation Sisters. Furthermore, the community of Aberdeen has been incredibly supportive of our efforts to partner to do more together than we can do individually. I look forward to a future filled with increased collaborations and innovation to enrich our service to this incredible community.”

A seasoned administrator with more than 30 years of higher education experience, Langteau has a deep commitment and proven track record of contributing to students' development, well-being and success with a focus on growing small campus enrollment by implementing innovative, market responsive programming and institutional branding. Previously serving as Campus Executive Officer, at the University of Wisconsin-Marinette, and Bemidji State’s NTC campus, Langteau provided strategic leadership and oversight to academic programs, student services, enrollment management, finance, facilities, marketing, fundraising and community relations.

Langteau also served for a number of years as a Principal Consultant for Academic Game Changers Consulting, LLC, providing leadership and program consulting for institutions of higher education. In other previous roles she has served as Dean of Instruction at Nicolet College (WI) and Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning at Georgia Perimeter College (GA). She began her career as an English Instructor at Ball State University (IN).

 

Some of her notable career accomplishments include the following:

  • Assisting the Minnesota State Advanced Manufacturing Center for Excellence and faculty from 19 separate Minnesota State campuses in developing the curriculum for three new consortia programs.
  • Providing competency-based curriculum design training to University of Wisconsin faculty to develop 25 courses for the nationally-recognized UW Flex Option, including the first self-paced, competency-based, A.A.S. degree by a public institution and a number of bachelor’s degrees.
  • Transitioning the University of Wisconsin Colleges from a campus-based model to a regional leadership model.
  • Partnering with the US Navy and 18 national shipyards and design agents to develop the first-and-only-of-its-kind in North America, online, fast-track shipbuilding design program and online, 3D, virtual shipyard orientation program for the University of Wisconsin.
  • Implementing a laddered nursing curriculum including seven shared program agreements at Nicolet College, which included program reviews and institutional accreditation processes within nursing programs.
  • Designing and implementing a comprehensive faculty development model at Georgia Perimeter College, preparing faculty to offer the College’s first online degrees.
  • Achieving tenure and the rank of Associate Professor within the University System of Georgia and the University of Wisconsin.
  • An extensive record of scholarly publication and presentation.

Langteau holds a Bachelor of Arts from Eureka College, a Master of Arts from Ball State University, and a Doctorate in Higher Education Management from the University of Pennsylvania. She also completed the Institute for Education Management at Harvard University. Her dissertation research focused on the leadership strategies of those implementing significantly disruptive innovation in higher education.

Langteau and her husband, Dr. Leo Hodlofski, have two children—a son, Nicholas, who is a rising college senior at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a daughter, Galen, who is a graduating high school senior at Wayland Academy (WI) this spring.

Founded in 1951 by the Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (PBVM), today Presentation College offers degree programs across three academic divisions in the areas of Health & Natural Sciences, Nursing, and Social Sciences and Humanities, as well as online and hybrid programs. Based in Aberdeen, SD, the College enrolls approximately 700 students and has more than 10,000 alumni worldwide. The College welcomes people of all faith traditions and walks of life and encourages the development of the whole person.

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Fall Opening Letter - A Message from the President

Dear PC Family,

With Summer Session well underway, Presentation College is looking forward to resuming classes on campus for the Fall 2020 semester. Our distance learning was successful this Spring (as our PCV students experience every semester), but we also miss the activities, relationships, and traditions connected to our coming together on campus as a diverse community of learners. We are eager to welcome back all of our students this Fall, in Aberdeen and Online.

As we prepare to reopen our campus, we are continuing to prioritize the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff. Following the guidelines of the CDC and the South Dakota Department of Health, as well as the NAIA (for athletics), here’s a preview of our planning:

  • We are adjusting our academic calendar. The Fall Semester start date is being moved up one day to Monday, August 24. In lieu of Fall break, classes will continue on campus through November 25,  after which all classes will move online through December 2. Final Exams will take place online December 3, 4, 7 & 8. These changes to the Fall schedule will allow resident students to return home for Thanksgiving through the end of the semester, providing for a longer, single break and less frequent travel.

 

  • We are analyzing space use within our buildings: academic, administrative, residential and recreational. To maintain social distancing, we are developing specific rules to govern activities, limit occupancy, manage traffic patterns, and ensure rigorous cleaning protocols. Classes will be organized to balance interaction within safe distances.

 

  • We are preparing for life together on campus that will include health screening, wearing masks, practicing physical distancing, testing (if/when it becomes available), and contact tracing. Adjustments to large-scale gatherings like meals, Masses, and athletic events are also in process. 

Even as we prepare for an on-campus Fall semester, we are also planning for contingencies outside our control. PC, a leader in health care education, is fortunate to have a dedicated nursing staff, as well as two outstanding hospitals in Aberdeen and several highly regarded medical facilities close at hand and in the region. We are also fortunate to have years of expertise in online learning development and delivery, as our PCV students have long enjoyed.

Look for a PC Fall 2020 Newsletter, to be coming out soon, with all the details for Fall. In the meantime, stay safe and healthy, and enjoy some relaxing time after the intensity of a most unusual Spring semester. On behalf of everyone at Presentation College, we look forward to welcoming back all students (on campus and online) in August. 

Wings up!

Dr. Paula Langteau
President