Classes set to begin at Dakota Wesleyan, McGovern Library’s fall hours are set

Monday, August 19, 2013

Dakota Wesleyan University has begun welcoming back student athletes and will hold its annual New Student Orientation weekend Saturday-Sunday, Aug. 24-25, with classes beginning Monday, Aug. 26.

“New Student Orientation is a chance for all new students – freshman and transfer students – to get accustomed to campus, residence life staff and the city of Mitchell,” said Diana Goldammer, director of student life.

NSO, as it’s referred to on campus, is jam-packed with activities, both fun and academic, including a session for parents. To see the weekend’s full schedule, visit

“One of the most beneficial aspects of arriving early on Saturday (Aug. 24) is that we have our freshman move-in crew ready at Dayton Hall (the freshman dormitory) to help students and their families make the big move into the dormitory,” Goldammer said. “Students, staff and faculty volunteer to lug couches, refrigerators and everything else up to the new students’ dorm rooms – it’s semi-controlled chaos and it’s usually a lot of fun.”

Following the “Big Move,” students are shepherded through finalization and IT support by their team leaders, and then there will be a picnic for the students and families and bowling in town. Sunday is a mad rush of activities with All College Church in the Sherman Center – open to the entire community – and the annual Freshman Food Drive from noon to 3 p.m. Following the food drive will be a beach party at Lake Mitchell and later that night, a carnival for DWU students on Dayton Lawn, including a zip line.

“I’m really excited for the new events we’re adding this year,” said Jeff Holstein, a 2012 DWU graduate and student activities coordinator. “The beach party and carnival are new concepts for us, but we wanted to bring something new to NSO and maybe start some new traditions. Beyond having your stuff moved in for free, finalizing for classes, and introducing students to our commitment to service, NSO is geared to give students the chance to hang out at fun events and meet new people. Freshmen will never have a chance like this where they will be put into a group with such a diverse collection of students from different clubs, sports or personalities to network with. I loved my time as a student at DWU and used to volunteer for NSO weekend as a team leader – it’s a pretty great job to get to plan for these things now.”

The McGovern Library on campus will also begin its fall schedule once school begins. Right now, the library is open from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Beginning Aug. 26, the library will be open from 3 p.m. to midnight on Sundays; 7:30 a.m. to midnight, Monday through Thursday; 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays.

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