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Dedication, ribbon cutting set for Dakota Hall – DWU’s newest residence hall

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Dakota Wesleyan University will dedicate its newest residence hall on campus this month with a ribbon cutting for Dakota Hall.

The dedication will be at 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, Aug. 14. There will be a brief program, light refreshments and tours of the new building.

“For years we have seen a steady uptick in enrollment, and due to this, residence space on campus was consistently a challenge,” said Dr. Diana Goldammer, director of student life. “Having this new, beautiful residence hall on campus is exactly what we needed, and what the students have been asking for.”

Inside, there will be a massive mural commemorating the founding of Dakota University in 1885 – the original name of Dakota Wesleyan University and the inspiration for the residence hall’s name, Dakota Hall.

Dakota Hall is just more than 30,000 square feet with 57 rooms and a 114 occupancy. There is communal space and a study room on every floor, a kitchenette on first and third floor and a laundry room on second. The building is also set up for both wired and wireless internet.

“Students are going to really enjoy the details that went into planning this residence hall, from its furniture to the kitchenettes,” said Fredel Thomas, vice president for admissions and marketing. “There is a lot of space for students to create micro-communities in their hall, and our new food service provider has thrown around the idea of creating cooking classes in the kitchenettes. We’re really exploring new possibilities with this space.”