DSU Women’s Day Conference is Wednesday, March 26th

The DSU Women’s Day Conference will be held on Wednesday, March 26 in the Mundt Foundation in the basement of the Karl E. Mundt Library. The luncheon begins at 12:00 noon with speakers throughout the day. The cost of the luncheon is $12, and please RSVP to Shelly Rawstern at 256-5177 or shelly.rawstern@dsu.edu by March 21. Students can attend and use their meal plan to cover the cost of the luncheon. Students will need to pre-register with Shelly Rawstern and give their name and student ID.

The schedule and speakers include: 

12:00 noon Luncheon and Keynote Speaker: First Lady Linda Daugaard grew up in Dell Rapids and was the third of twelve children in the Schmidt family; today, eight of the twelve still live in the Dell Rapids-Sioux Falls area. Linda graduated from Dell Rapids St. Mary's High School in 1971. She attended South Dakota State University, where she obtained her degree in physical education and a teaching certificate. After graduation, Linda returned to Dell Rapids, where she taught at St. Mary's and coached the school's first girls’ basketball team. She then worked for several years in university student life, first at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN and then at University of California-Davis in Davis, CA. In 1981, Linda and Dennis both returned to South Dakota and were married. She worked for three years in the Minnehaha Clerk of Courts office. In 1983, their daughter Laura was born, followed by Sara in 1985 and Chris in 1987. Dennis and Linda raised their family on the Daugaard farm site, located between Dell Rapids and Garretson. After staying at home with their children for several years, Linda returned to work as a school librarian, first at Dell Rapids Elementary and then at St. Mary's. During this time, she developed a keen interest in encouraging reading, and served on the Minnehaha Rural Library Board and the Siouxland Library Board. In 2003, Governor Rounds appointed Linda to the State Library Board; she completed her term in 2009. Since she became South Dakota’s First Lady in January, Linda has traveled the state to promote literacy, visiting libraries and schools to read to students; promote foster one; and cribs for kids. She and the Governor have also opened their home in Pierre to hundreds of South Dakotans, hosting numerous functions both during and after the legislative session.  Her presentation at the Women’s Day Conference is Celebrating Women of Character, Courage and Commitment. 

1:00 p.m.: Eve Fisher began writing while in elementary school, and her mystery stories have appeared regularly in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine for the last seventeen years. She has written a mystery novel – The Best is Yet to Be - for Guideposts as part of their series, “Mystery and the Minister’s Wife” and is part of an on-going mystery writers’ blog – Sleuthsayers at www.sleuthsayers.org . Her work has found especial favor in China, where a fan is translating her stories for web readers. In addition to writing mysteries, Eve is a retired SDSU history professor and occasionally writes historical articles. She lives in the kindergarten room of the old Garfield School in Madison – her office is the principal’s office – with her husband, where she reads voraciously and bakes constantly. Her presentation will be A Reading Life where she provides humor and tips about her career as a mystery writer.  

2:00 p.m.: Peg O’Brien was born and lived in Washington, D.C. until graduating from high school in 1970. She moved to Madison, SD with her parents in 1971. She graduated from DSU with a B.S. in Business in 1980. She earned her MBA from USD in 1981 and began teaching accounting and business statistics at DSU in 1983. She earned an MPA (professional accountancy) from USD in 1991. She continued teaching full-time until August of 2000 when she took on the coordinator position for DSU at what is now called University Center in Sioux Falls. She continued in that position until returning to campus full-time in 2006. She became the Director of Extended Programs at DSU in 2007 and in August of 2013 was asked to serve as the interim Executive Director at University Center while maintaining her duties at DSU. Peg will retire in May of this year. Her presentation at the Women’s Day Conference is entitled Embracing Opportunities, and will focus on the reality faced by many women: If I wanted a fulfilling career and wanted to make a difference, it was up to me to make it happen. My accomplishments have been fueled by the encouragement and mentorship of mostly women, both family and friends, over the past 37 years.  

3:00 p.m.: Nancy G. Moose, a retired college professor, joined the Madison Rotary Club in 1998. Before joining Rotary, she was active with the Rotary Youth Exchange Program because both of her daughters were Rotary Exchange Students and because her husband, Roger, became involved in the Rotary Youth Exchange program. They have hosted a number of exchange students. In 2011 Nancy began the training process for becoming a Rotary District Governor and officially began her duties on July 1, 2013. She is responsible for 43 clubs in District 5610 which encompasses all of South Dakota, part of Minnesota, part of Iowa, and a small corner of Nebraska. Nancy Moose taught English courses at DSU for 31 years. During that time Dr. Moose and her husband led over a dozen study tours to England and France. She also taught half dozen summer sessions in China, working with Chinese Teachers of English. Her husband, Roger, is retired from Citibank South Dakota and the Air National Guard. They have three children and six grandchildren. Nancy is active in a number of church and professional organizations in addition to Rotary. Her hobbies include traveling, walking, reading, knitting, water skiing, downhill skiing, and spending lots of time with her grandchildren. Her presentation at the Women’s Conference is Rotary and Romania—Service and Serving.


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