Dakota Wesleyan University turned 130 last spring and will carry the celebration through Blue & White Days next week with reunions, the Legacy Banquet, parade and much more.
Friday, Sept. 25
The homecoming festivities begin Monday, Sept. 21, with student events planned throughout the week. Community and alumni events kick off Friday morning with campus tours at 10 a.m. and then 2 p.m., followed by a 3 p.m. Authors Talk with Penny Fritze-Tietz, class of ’65, who published several books, including a work of fiction, a mystery novel centered around campus. Characters in the story are based on her fellow DWU choir members from the mid-1960s. The talk will be in the McGovern Library and is open to all.
At 6 p.m., Friday, the campus will host the Legacy Banquet, to honor donors, alumni and friends of the university. Distinguished Alumni Awards will be given to Dorothy Alexander Collins, class of 1936, from the College of Arts and Humanities; Don Hafner, class of 1965, from the College of Leadership and Public Service; and Don Thayer, class of 1967, from the Donna Starr Christen College of Healthcare, Fitness and Sciences. It is $30 to attend, RSVP to the DWU alumni office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 605-995-2603. Or register online here.
The Blue & White Days Pep Rally and coronation ceremony will begin at 9:30 p.m., Friday, in the Christen Family Athletic Center, with the crowning of the king and queen and burning of the “W.” All are welcome to attend.
Saturday, Sept. 26
The Blue & White Days parade begins at 10 a.m. on Main Street with the theme of “The ’70s.” Alumni are welcome to the alumni tent in the CorTrust Bank parking lot, North Main Street, for coffee and donuts beginning at 9:30 a.m.
Tailgating will begin at 11:30 a.m. at Joe Quintal Field, followed by the homecoming football game, DWU vs. Hastings College, at 1 p.m.
There are three more teams playing homecoming games Saturday: the women’s soccer team plays Doan College at 3 p.m. at the Pepsi-Cola Soccer Complex, north of Mitchell, followed by the men’s team at 5:30 p.m. The DWU Tiger volleyball team takes on Midland College at 5 p.m. at the Christen Family Athletic Center.
Nursing alumni and their families are welcome to the “Celebrating 40 Years of DWU Nursing Graduates” reunion from 4 to 6 p.m., Saturday, in the Glenda K. Corrigan Health Sciences Center. Preregistration is required.
The Class of 1965 Golden Reunion is set for 6 p.m., Saturday, at Wild Oak Golf Course. Preregistration is required.
The Class of 1975 40th Reunion will take place at 6 p.m., Saturday, at the Scoreboard Pub & Grill in Mitchell. No registration required.
And Dave and Deanell Backlund will host a late’ 60s to early ’70s reunion at their home, 41131 Backlund Place, beginning at 6 p.m., Saturday.
The Dakota Wesleyan University Department of Theatre will also open its first production of the season, “Always … Patsy Cline,” Friday through Sunday, Sept. 25-27, in the Patten-Wing Theatre, Hughes Hall. Tickets are $12 general admission and available at the door or online here. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. The show continues Oct. 2-4.