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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.

Presentation College Business Students Recognized with Top Honors at PBL Digital State Leadership Conference

Alexis Begger, Jerod Boswell, Josephyne Clemens, Nimish Gounder, Brandon Kneebone, and Ashlyn Miller from Presentation College (PC) participated in the Phi Beta Lambda Digital State Leadership Conference and Competition. PC students received recognition at the Phi Beta Lambda State Leadership Awards of Excellence Program on April 23. This marks the first year the conference and competition was held digitally. 

Presentation College (PC) students, Alexis Begger and Ashlyn Miller, received first place for the team events of Human Resource Management and Mangement Analysis and Decision Making. 

PC students also won top honors for individual events: 1st place for Alexis Begger in Marketing Concepts, 1st place for Nimish Gounder for Future Business Executive and 1st place for Public Speaking, 1st place for Jerod Boswell with Help Desk, 1st place for Josephyne Clemens in Business Communications.  Josephyne Clemens received 2nd place for Management Concepts, whereas Ashlyn Miller received 2nd place for Marketing Concepts. Nimish Gounder received 3rd place for Job Interview. 

“Alexis, Jerod, Josephyne, Nimish, Brandon, and Ashlyn are some of the most dedicated and hard-working students at Presentation College. It is quite evident that all of their persistence to excellence came to fruition during the awards program.  Each of these students will truly be an asset to their communities when they graduate,” said Brenda Merkel, Presentation College business faculty and PBL adviser.
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COVID-19 Campus Update

Dear Saints,

Over the past few weeks, our PC community, our nation, and the world have witnessed rapidly changing guidelines and expectations for addressing the spread of COVID-19. Daily, we are learning lessons as other states in our country manage escalating caseloads. Currently, South Dakota is fortunate to have fewer confirmed COVID-19 cases than many other states. This provides us the opportunity to learn lessons from those other states to inform the actions we take to prevent the further spread of the virus. This is especially relevant now that Brown County, the county in which our campus is situated, has at least two confirmed cases. We at PC continue to monitor and share national health information to inform our campus community so that you and your families can make the best choices to protect your health and safety. 

“Sheltering in Place” Practices
What we are learning from other states is the critical importance of voluntary social distancing, including “sheltering in place.” While we recognize this is challenging while we are feeling healthy, we also recognize that COVID-19 can spread before symptoms emerge, and that spread can be life-threatening for certain vulnerable populations. This is the reason, for example, that the convent closed to the public until further notice. At this time, we are also similarly closing the campus to outside visitors—other than registered students, faculty and staff. As Saints, we know the importance of thinking of how our actions can protect not just ourselves but also all others with whom we live and work in the larger community. 
In some states, where voluntary measures have proven insufficient to slow the spread of the virus, those states have enacted state-wide restrictions on non-essential services, closing shopping centers, restaurants, banks, medical offices, and other service centers to the public. State lock-downs have also required residents to “shelter in place,” limiting travel outside the home for essential needs only, such as weekly grocery shopping and urgent medical care. Just this week, Michigan and Wisconsin have moved into lock-down status, providing approximately 24-48 hours of notice to their residents before enacting these measures. If current national health projections on the spread rate of the virus prove accurate, states not currently locked down may be facing that decision in the coming weeks. At the moment, we are in the fortunate position to have some time to plan for that possibility here.

How Can I Prepare?
We believe it is important for students and their families to determine the safest course of action for their individual circumstances. And we are here to support and help our students implement those actions. We have students, for example, whose home states (or home countries) have already locked down. We, at Presentation College, are committed to helping those students shelter in place on our campus through the duration of this pandemic, which, according to Governor Noem, could be months. This commitment is a direct result of our mission to serve not just educational needs but the needs of the whole person. You are a valued member of our PC family.
For those students whose travel is not currently restricted by their home locations, we urge you to plan ahead now to ensure you are where you need and want to be (i.e. with family) if and when a “shelter in place” order is received. Depending on the distance you may need to travel or the length of notice provided prior to the enacting of state “shelter in place” decisions, there could be a narrow window for making and carrying out travel. Knowing this, we want all students and their families to know that we are ready to support and assist you in your decisions now. If you need transportation to airports, storage options for personal items, or other assistance with travel, please contact Director of Housing, Semisi Malolo, for help. Our goal is to help all those moving from the campus to get safely to your destinations in a timely fashion. 

Classes Continue Online
We want to assure you classes will continue at Presentation College, online.  Our faculty and staff have done a great job moving all face-to-face learning online so you can complete the Spring 2020 semester.  We are blessed to have faculty who understand and can assist in adapting learning strategies to these challenging circumstances. For Summer 2020, PC offers a full complement of classes.  All classes, per usual summer practice, will be online.  Our clinicals will be offered, though the mechanism for delivery will be dependent on future directives from our health care provider partners.  PC will follow their lead, as well as the lead of professional licensing agencies associated with our programs.  We have been experts in online education for years, and we will continue to be expert at online delivery.  If you haven’t registered for Summer 2020 classes, please do so as soon as possible. 
Saints, we are here for you and your decision-making during this unprecedented time in our world. The PC community is strong, diligent, and resilient. We WILL get through this and be stronger on the other side. In the meantime, please do what you can to remain healthy and know that both the Sisters and the PC leadership team are holding you and your families in our daily prayers as we weather this war on COVID19. 

God Bless,

President Paula Langteau

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