Dakota Wesleyan University
A Methodist pastor with Muslim heritage will come to Dakota Wesleyan University's campus next week to discuss religion in the world today during the Mitchell Area Youth Night. DWU's Campus Ministry will host the Rev. Omar al Rikabi from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Oct. 19 in the Sherman Center. This event is free and open to all; this event is specifically tailored toward youth and their youth leaders. Rikabi will also be speaking at 11 a.m. on Oct. 20 during campus worship, which is also open to the public.
"Celebrate!" — a choir and bells concert by Dakota Wesleyan University students and staff — is set for 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16, at the First United Methodist Church in Mitchell.
Dakota Wesleyan University was named in two categories for the 2015 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. DWU was named to the honor roll for community service for 2015 and also named to the honor roll with distinction in interfaith community service. The award is a reflection of DWU's service to community and the world. According to its website, the honor roll recognizes institutions of higher education that support community service programs as well "raise the visibility of effective practices in campus community partnerships."
Dr. Paul Miskimins, of Mitchell, is the newest member of the Dakota Wesleyan University Board of Trustees. Miskimins was born in Wessington Springs and graduated from Mitchell High School. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in biology from the University of South Dakota and graduated from the University of Nebraska College of Dentistry. He is the founder of Dental Care Center in Mitchell and was the owner from April 1980 to May 2016. He is also a co-owner in the Miskimins Ranch and a member of the First United Methodist Church in Mitchell.
The Ron and Sheilah Gates Department of Music at Dakota Wesleyan University will present "Nothing Like You've Ever Known: Lesser Known Lloyd Webber" with Dr. Clinton Desmond, DWU choral director, and Erin Desmond, music instructor. The concert will be at 7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 30, at the First United Methodist Church, Mitchell, and is free and open to the public.
Dakota Wesleyan University is once again ranked among America's best regional colleges for the Midwest, according to the recently released U.S. News & World Report "Best Colleges 2017."
The White Spruce Chamber Players, an area strings ensemble will be in concert at 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, in the Sherman Center, Dakota Wesleyan University Campus, Mitchell. The players include Marjorie Garry, violin; Elizabeth Soladay, viola; Laura Cooper, cello; Kathryn Mathews, bass and Brett Cooper, piano. The event is presented by the Glenn E. Soladay Estate Recital Series and will feature music by Franz Schubert and Ralph Vaughan Williams.
The McGovern Center at Dakota Wesleyan University will host its annual McGovern Civic Engagement Forum from 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 28, in the Sherman Center. This year's speaker is Dr. Mary Hess, who will speak on the topic, "White Privilege in Small-town America." The event is in collaboration with the Daily Republic and is free and open to the public. Following Hess's presentation, there will be a panel discussion with local leaders regarding ways South Dakota communities work to overcome racism and discrimination.
Dakota Wesleyan University's Blue & White Days kick off Thursday with the university's Academic Convocation, which will include a groundbreaking for a new theater. DWU has a full weekend of events planned for homecoming this year, and much like in the past, the university is combining homecoming with a groundbreaking. Officials will break ground for a new DWU theater and welcome center on the south side of the Dakota Discovery Museum on Thursday, Sept. 15. The donors' names will be announced that morning, as will the theater's department's new name.
It's a headline that bears repeating — Dakota Wesleyan University has set another enrollment record. This year, DWU's enrollment is at 900 total, which includes a record for online students, as well. "We couldn't be happier with the numbers we're seeing," said Fredel Thomas, dean of admissions. "We feel that with the overall competitive market in higher education and the decreasing size of graduating high school classes in the region, the fact that we are not just holding steady, but increasing, is something that really encourages us, makes us proud."