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March 21, 2013

Dakota Wesleyan University earns place on national honor roll for community service

MITCHELL — Dakota Wesleyan University was named to the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. This designation is the highest honor a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement. 

“The Honor Roll recognizes higher education institutions that reflect the values of exemplary community service and achieve meaningful outcomes in their communities,” said Amy Novak, DWU provost and executive vice president. “This is an honor for DWU and also exciting for students to see their work acknowledged on a national level. This recognition reflects our continued United Methodist commitment to service and our efforts to instill these values into the curriculum and cocurricular student experience.” 

Diana Goldammer, director of student life, and Brandon Vetter, campus pastor, were instrumental in submitting the application for this designation as leaders in the campus’s annual Service Day and New Orleans mission trip, both service activities that were highlighted within the application.

More than 500 students, faculty and staff of DWU took part in the college’s third Service Day last May – a campus-wide effort at city-wide community service in Mitchell. Last year, Service Day provided at least 1,000 hours of volunteering. This year’s Service Day is set for Tuesday, April 30.

DWU also sent 29 students and four staff members to New Orleans to work with the Epworth Project on rebuilding and renovating homes damaged or destroyed in Hurricane Katrina. The team spent a week working on three separate sites, doing everything from demolition work to painting to interior work.

“Congratulations to DWU, its faculty and students for its commitment to service, both in and out of the classroom,” said Wendy Spencer, CEO of the Corporation for National Community Service (CNCS).  “Through its work, institutions of higher education are helping improve their local communities and create a new generation of leaders by challenging students to go beyond the traditional college experience and solve local challenges.”

Inspired by the thousands of college students who traveled across the country to support relief efforts along the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina, CNCS has administered the award since 2006 and manages the program in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, as well as the American Council on Education and Campus Compact.


2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll picture gallery.


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