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Ron Gates speaks Thursday about the influence music can have on anyone. His wife, Sheilah, center, and DWU President Amy Novak, left, stand behind him. Novak announced the music department will be renamed the Ron and Sheilah Gates Department of Music. The Gateses recently gave a significant donation toward the music department. (Anna Jauhola/Republic)

Local couple makes contribution to DWU's music department

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Dakota Wesleyan University's music department has a new name, thanks to benefactors Ron and Sheilah Gates, of Mitchell.

The university recognized the Gateses on Thursday for their donation toward the music program during the school's fall convocation and announced the naming of the Ron and Sheilah Gates Department of Music.

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