Campus Health

Be Well

If you are away from home for the first time, you might not know what to do when you have a health issue.

Because we care about all aspects of your health: physical, mental and spiritual, there are different places on campus that you can go for your different needs.

Physical Health and Wellness

We have a registered nurse available to help you with your health and wellness needs—just visit Student Health Services in the basement of the Rollins Campus Center.

If you need a physician or require more demanding medical attention, you may be referred to a local doctor if necessary. In an emergency, the Avera Queen of Peace Emergency Room is nearby.

For your ongoing wellness activity, the DWU/Avera Sports and Wellness Complex is available 24/7.  All full-time students are automatically members of the GreatLIFE-managed fitness facility—which means you can use other GreatLIFE facilities if you travel—and the 200-meter track is available for running and walking most of the time.

Mental Health

Our trained and licensed counselor is here to help you sort through the issues that often come up in a student’s life: relationships, adjusting to campus life, academic struggles, addiction, stress and mental health issues—whatever you need to talk about.

Spiritual Health

Our campus pastor and the Student Ministry Council want you to get involved and be ready to grow in your spirituality. Campus ministry offers a safe place where you can ask the hard questions.


Your physical, mental and spiritual health are of the utmost importance at DWU. If you have any questions about campus health, please contact us or give us a call at (800) 333-8506.

Donna Gerlach

Donna Gerlach

Campus Nurse

Phone: (605) 995-2957

Kimberly Lienemann

Campus Counselor

Phone: (605) 995-2896

Denise Van Meter

Denise Van Meter

Associate Campus Pastor

Phone: (605) 995-2919