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Presentation College’s Pi Gamma Mu chapter has inducted its ONE HUNDREDTH member! 

The South Dakota Zeta Chapter of Pi Gamma Mu is in its eleventh year and has now inducted one hundred students and faculty.  Pi Gamma Mu is the oldest and preeminent interdisciplinary social science honor society. The mission of Pi Gamma Mu is to encourage and promote excellence in the Social Sciences and to uphold and nurture scholarship, leadership, and service. New inductees include psychology students Natalie Flores and Brooke Lind and psychology program director Tina Klein.

To qualify for membership, a student must have a “B” or better average in at least twenty semester hours of social science classes.  Over the years, the Presentation College chapter has inducted lifetime members from almost every program.  Two Presentation College alumni received Pi Gamma Mu scholarships for graduate studies, and since Pi Gamma Mu is certified by the Association of College Honor Societies, members could also qualify for a two-level starting pay grade increase if employed by the federal government.  At least one PC graduate received this benefit.

Dr. Brad Tennant is the faculty sponsor for the Presentation College chapter and serves as the North/Northwest Regional Chancellor on the Pi Gamma Mu Board of Trustees.

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Presentation College Business Students Recognized with Top Honors  at PBL National Leadership Conference in Chicago

More than 750 of America’s best and brightest college students participated in the Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) business student organization’s National Leadership Conference (NLC) and competition held in Chicago, IL.

The PBL National Leadership Conference was held June 23 – 27, 2022.  Participants from across the United States and other countries attended this exciting virtual experience to enhance their business skills, expand their networks, and participate in over 50 business and business-related competitive events. 

Presentation College (PC) students received top honors at the national competition.  Jonah Evans and Blaine Patten placed fifth in Emerging Business Issues. 

The event consisted of the following (taken from the FBLA-PBL Competitive Event Handbook): “A focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) is an important topic for leaders, both as a principle of workplace culture and as a strategic business advantage. The recognition of an organization’s culture as a working and learning community for an increasingly diverse workforce has resulted in the need for continued discourse, education, policy, and procedure reviews, and expanded professional development centered on diversity, equity, and inclusion.  Competitors will be required to discuss both the affirmative and negative side of this issue:

  • Discuss the ramifications of leaders not employing an organization-wide engagement in diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) work designed to impact the organization’s culture, practices, and strategy.
  • Discuss the positive results of leaders employing an organization-wide engagement in diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) work designed to impact the organization’s culture, practices, and strategy.”

“These students are incredibly talented both in and out of the classroom.  Jonah and Blaine are truly two of the most dedicated and hard-working students, who will continue to create positive change for each of their home communities,” said Dr. Brenda Merkel, Presentation College business faculty and PBL adviser. 

About FBLA-PBL, Inc.

Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda, Inc., the premier student business organization, is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) education association with a quarter million members and advisers in over 6,500 active middle school, high school, and college chapters worldwide. FBLA-PBL’s mission is to inspire and prepare students to become community-minded business leaders in a global society through relevant career preparation and leadership experiences. The association is headquartered in Reston, Virginia, just outside of Washington, D.C. For more information, visit

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ABERDEEN, S.D. — Presentation College has announced the President and Dean Lists for the Spring 2022 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:

Ajay Archambeau

Parker Beastrom

Taylin Boettcher

Sage Bultje

Christian Fischer

Kaeden Frazier

Brooke Heairet

Erin Jorgenson

Douglas Klipfel

Katrin Kriener

Kenzie Kuxhaus

Sarah Larson

Justin Mcclurg

Hope Mehlhoff Schaar

Sydney Miller

Emma Ogitchida

Logan Rank

Aiden Roddy

Abbie Rodgers

Kennedy Schimke

Camryn Shockley

Kylee Wadsworth

Alexandra White


Dean's List:

Ashley Alfonso

Rebecca Allen

Kamryn Arment

Avery Bourk

Isabella Burger

Courtney Burmeister

Olivia Castellanos

Ashli Christopherson

Arika Citrowske

Tyler Clapp

Payton Colestock

Olivia Corey

Alyssa Correa

Talyn Curl

Candace Dobberpuhl

Chloe Dominger

Jaecy Engebretson

Jonah Evans

Natalie Flores

Elizabeth Fuller

Samuel Garner

Jasper Gibson

Molly Hanse

Sharmayne Hardy

Rachel Henderson

Weston Holdren

Taylor Holm

Kendel Jones

Preston Jones

Lili Joseph

Phillip Jourdan

Chelsie Kallhoff

Cassidy Keller

Kaontxhee Khang

Jacob Klemme

Kayla Kramer

Jordan Kulczyk

Hannah Larson

Ethan Leech

Brooke Lind

Cassandra Loa

Emily Locke

Gabrielle Lopez

Kaitlyn Maidl

Michael March

Jaidon Martin

Antony Martinez

Noah Martinmaas

Krystina McCollum

Harleigh Miller

Veronicah Miruka

Samuel Motzkus

Georgia Murphy

Jack Murray

Staci Musielak

Zach Niederman

Keagan Niedermeyer

Kotaro Okada

Kelechi Okoh

Molly O'Rourke Reiners

Jenna Ostenson

Jamie Parsons

Blaine Patten

Yulissa Pena

Evy Peterson

Brandy Peterson

Jocelyn Peterson

Isabella Pinotti

Ryan Powers

Giselle Prado

Brayden Prokop

Thaddaeus Punshon

Kathleen Reichert

Valeria Romanchuk

Brook Russell

Nani Santos

Sophia Schnell

Colton Schusted

Mesha Schwab

Clayton Scott

Echo Smit

Allison Sommerville

Elijah Steele

Isaac Sumption

Pharoh Tapia

Amelia Tarbox

Isabel Thomas

Katelynn Thompson

Amy Turner

Victoria Vau

Julisa Vega

Camille Vestal

Darlene Vue

Josie Walz

Maxwell Welch

Sidney Welling

Delainey Williams

Michael Wishowski

Ashleigh Wong

Gaosheng Yang

Charity Zetterlund

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Father Joseph Sheehan Retires as Presentation College Chaplain and Professor after 30 years

In an announcement made earlier this academic year, Father Joseph Sheehan shared his intention to retire after 30 years as Chaplain and Professor at Presentation College.

Long walks around campus followed with a few sighs was Fr. Joseph’s calling card, and everyone on campus during his career knew of his kind spirit and humorous personality. Even after teaching classes and leading upwards of six masses a week, Father was always available to talk and encourage the students, faculty, and staff of PC.

“Father Joe has been an absolute treasure at Presentation College,” said Dr. Paula Langteau, the College’s President. “He has brought compassion, wit, humor, and a genuine love of people and of learning to his three-decade commitment to Presentation College and to Aberdeen. There are no words to capture the magnitude of his impact on our campus community. We are all better for his having spent his time and energy giving so graciously in his teaching and his chaplaincy.”

In 1957, Fr. Sheehan took his first vows with the Order of the Brothers of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel in Middletown, NY. He professed his solemn vows in 1960, was ordained in 1963.

Fr. Joseph received his Master’s Degree and Ph.D. in English from Catholic University of America in 1973 with a concentration on 18th Century British Literature. He would later receive a post-graduate certificate in Theological Studies from Notre Dame in 2003.

Starting in August of 1992, Fr. Joseph, taught College Composition I and II, American, British, and World Literature courses, and Philosophy of Argumentation, as well as many different philosophy and religious studies classes at PC. It was at this time that he would also begin serving as Chaplain for the Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary and Presentation College.

“Fr. Joseph is a bright spot in my day. Always witty and a blessing to be around. Throughout my time here at presentation college, Fr Joseph has taught me an infinite number of life lessons,” said Lindsey Swenson, Director of Campus Ministry.

Fr. Joseph would go on to be awarded tenure, promoted to full professor, and earn the “Spirit of the Mission” award. Father also served as the Arts and Sciences department chair from 1992-1996 and again from 1998-2004. He has also been Secretary, VP and President of Faculty Assembly on campus.

When asked about his retirement Fr. Joseph simply stated, “I loved living in the Prairies of South Dakota. I’m truly going to miss this place.”

This week will mark Fr. Joseph’s final Commencement on Saturday, as well as his final Mass on Sunday, May 8th at 10:30AM. The public is invited to attend the Sunday mass, held by Presentation College and the Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel on campus. A reception will follow Mass at the Saints Cafeteria.

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South Dakota Bishop Donald E. DeGrood to Attend PC's Commencement

Bishop Donald E. DeGrood will be attending Presentation College's Commencement as well as leading Commencement Mass with Father Joseph Sheehan this weekend.

Bishop Donald E. DeGrood was born in rural Faribault, Minnesota, on February 14, 1965, and raised on the family farm not far from there. He attended Catholic grade school in Faribault and graduated in 1983 from Bethlehem Academy Catholic High School, a school sponsored by the Sinsinawa Dominicans. He attended the University of St. Thomas in Saint Paul, Minnesota, where his discernment of a priestly vocation led him to Saint John Vianney College Seminary. After graduating from the University of St. Thomas with a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy in 1987, he worked for several years in the business world, first as a shoe sales representative and manager, then for Land O’ Lakes as a feed specialist. During this time, he continued to be drawn to the idea of a priestly vocation. He entered the Saint Paul Seminary in 1993, earned a Master of Divinity, and was ordained to the priesthood by Archbishop Harry J. Flynn, May 31, 1997.

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