Commitment to Service
At Dakota Wesleyan University our motto is “Sacrifice or Service.” Though it may seem more appropriate to say “sacrificeand service,” in 1966-67 the Interclub Council at DWU placed a bronze plaque in the campus center depicting the college seal and explaining the motto’s intent. The seal shows an altar opposite an ox and plow. “God does not require burnt offerings, but rather service to glorify His name,” the inscription begins. “The burning altar is a symbol of the ancient practice,” whereas “the ox & plow symbolizes service.”

A call to service has been central to the mission of the college through its entire history. In honor of DWU’s 125th anniversary in 2010, we asked students, faculty and staff to list the organizations for which they provide service.

Abbott House Board
Abbott House Foundation Board
American Association of University Women
American Cancer Society Celebrity Bagger
Avera Queen of Peace Board
Avera St. Benedict Board
Big Brothers/Big Sisters
Big Read
Blood Donor
Boy Scout Leader
CASA Board Member
Catholic Daughters of America
Char Greenway Bowling Committee
Classroom Volunteer
Clinic With a Heart
Corn Palace Stampede Rodeo
County Political Party
Dakota Discovery Museum Board
Davison County Child Protection Team
Davison County Extension Board
Ducks Unlimited
Exchange Club
Fellowship of Christian Athletes
Fellowship of Christian Sportsmen Board of Directors
Focus 2020 Committee Chair
Focus 2020 Committee Member
Guest Speaker for Kiwanis, Rotary, Lions,
Exchange Club
Heart & Sole Cancer Walk/Run Committee
Horizon Health Care Board of Directors
Huron Community Campus
Huron Garden Club
Hutchinson County Cancer Walk
Impact Lives
John Paul II Recruitment and Retention Committee
Junior Achievement Board
Junior Achievement Classroom Volunteer
Kiwanis Club
Love Feast Volunteer
Lutheran Social Services Volunteer
Meadow Lawn Volunteer
Make-A-Wish Foundation
McCook County Wildlife Club Volunteer
MHS Band Volunteer
MHS After Prom Committee
MHS Show Choir Volunteer
Mitchell Area Crimestoppers
Mitchell ACT Board
Mitchell Area Economic Development Committee
Mitchell Area Entrepreneurs and Inventors Club
Mitchell Area Football Camp Speaker
Mitchell Area Historical Society
Mitchell Area Safehouse Foundation Board
Mitchell Area Safehouse Event Committees
Mitchell Area Youth Football Camp
Mitchell Aquatic Club
Mitchell Catholic Faith Formation Committee
Mitchell Chamber of Commerce Board
Mitchell Chamber of Commerce Education Committee
Mitchell Christian School 25th Anniversary Committee
Mitchell Christian School Development Committee
Mitchell Christian School Nominating Committee
Mitchell City Recreation Youth Soccer League
Mitchell Community Scholarship Board
Mitchell Marlins Hockey
Mitchell Optimist Club
Mitchell Quarterback Club
Mitchell Salvation Army Advisory Board
Mitchell Soccer Complex Task Force
Mitchell Tennis Association
Mitchell School District Board Member
Mitchell Soccer Association
Mitchell Soccer Association Board
Montrose Spud Fest
Mount Vernon After Prom Program
Mount Vernon Father-Son Banquet Committee
MTI Medical Assistant Advisory Committee
MTI Medical Laboratory Technician Advisory Committee
MTI Radiologic Technology Advisory Committee
NAIA National Playoffs Volunteer
Nets for Life Fundraiser
Operation Christmas Child
Operation Military Kids
Parkston Area Foundation Grant Committee
Planning and Development District III Comprehensive Economic Development Committee
Political Candidate
Prairie Stitchers Chapter of the Embroiderers’ Guild of America
Prehistoric Indian Village
Red Cross Board
Regional Football Camps
Regional Sports Camp Head Football Clinician
Rotary Club
Salvation Army Angel Tree
Salvation Army Bell Ringer
South Central S.D. Science and Engineering Fair
S.D. Cattlewomen
S.D. Coalition of Citizens with Disabilities Board
S.D. Court Appointed Special Advocates Association
S.D. Farmers Union
S.D. National Entrepreneurship Week Committee
S.D. State Historical Records Advisory Board
S. D. State Historical Society Board of Trustees
S.D. State Amateur Baseball Tournament
S.D. State Olympic Development Program
Speaker – Kimball Honors Society Club
State Fair Volunteer
State Political Party
Township Organizer for Various Fundraisers and Activities
Twentieth Century Club of Mitchell
United Way
U.S. Army Reserves
Vacation Bible School Leader
Vision 2020 Committee
Wesley Acres Board
Women in Blue Jeans
Woonsocket Community Club

ChurchesFirst Presbyterian
Holy Family Catholic
First United Methodist
Holy Spirit Catholic
St. John’s Lutheran
St. Mary of Mercy Catholic
St. Patrick’s
St. Peter’s Catholic
Trinity Lutheran
Word of Life
Zion Lutheran

Church Activities
Administrative Board
Adult Bible Study Leader
Altar Society/Altar Guild
Church Choir
Church Greeter and Hospitality Volunteer
High School Youth Bible Study Leader
Worship Team
Endowment Committee
Faith Formation Instructor
Junior Lutheran Group
Lector and Eucharistic Minister
Parish Council
Youth Group Leader

Student Service Activities
Abbott House
Advent Conspiracy for Wells in Third World Countries
American Cancer Society Celebrity Baggers
Big Read
Christmas Toy Drive
Dr. Seuss Carnival
Freshman Food Drive
Give Kids the World Village
Holiday Mail for Heroes
Human Services Food Drive
Locks of Love
Mission Trips to Tanzania, Peru, Mexico and Kenya
Mitchell Area Safehouse
Mitchell Youth Basketball
Mitchell Youth Soccer
Mitten, Hat and Scarf Collection and Distribution
National Guard Family Halloween Party
Park Clean-up
S.D. Senior Games
Salvation Army Angel Tree
Share What You Wear
Volunteer Educators for Hanson School District
Wigs for Kids
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.
Dakota Wesleyan University is proudly affiliated with the Dakotas Conference of the United Methodist Church. Members of any and all faiths are welcome and encouraged to experience an education based on learning, leadership, faith and service.
Dakota Wesleyan University has been honored as a College of Distinction through demonstration of excellence in these areas: engaged students, great teaching, vibrant communities and successful outcomes.
Dakota Wesleyan University
1200 W. University Ave
Mitchell, SD 57301
© 2015 Dakota Wesleyan University

South Dakota Website Design and Development