Sculpture is dedicated on DWU campus in honor of the Mitchells
Saturday, May 3, 2014
Dakota Wesleyan University dedicated a sculpture on Saturday in honor of Dave and Ann Mitchell.
The sculpture, “Beyond Belief,” is located within the McGovern Library and the dedication was made prior to DWU’s Commencement services Saturday. This unique relief features the celestial cycle and world religions, and it celebrates the fact that all humans are interrelated. Funding for the sculpture was secured through gifts from friends, colleagues and former students of the Mitchells.
“Dave and Ann have fostered connections and built relationships over the course of their lives,” said DWU President Amy Novak during the dedication. “Don Messer, former DWU president and the person who invited the Mitchells to Dakota Wesleyan University, said, ‘Committed Christians, they epitomized inclusiveness, social justice, academic excellence, honesty, humility, generosity, environmentalism, ecumenism, and an openness to all people regardless of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, or nationality.’
“Whether serving food-insecure individuals at the Love Feast, pursuing justice for those without a voice, supporting students in need of financial assistance or encouraging engagement in the political process as a way to cultivate change, the Mitchells have been leaders on our campus and in our community,” Novak continued.
Dave Mitchell has been a professor of business administration and economics at DWU since 1972 and is one of the longest serving professors at the university. Ann Mitchell taught children’s literature at DWU from 1973 to 2001; she passed away in July 2012 after a long battle with cancer.
The Mitchells have always been actively involved in the First United Methodist Church and Love Feast in Mitchell, as well as the Democratic Party.
Novak quoted DWU Trustee Kent Millard, who has known the Mitchells for many years, “We are a better university, Mitchell is a better community, and South Dakota is a better state because of the conscientious leadership of Dave and Ann. They are compassionate prophets and visionary leaders.”