MEG goes to Model UN Conference

A group of DWU students from the McGovern Engagement Group attended a Model UN Conference at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis this weekend.  This is their second time attending the conference and it’s been a big hit!  This year, students CiCi Schneider and Nathan Bader won “Best Delegate” for each of their committees.  The students also got to have a little “unscheduled” fun with an evening at the Mall of America!

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Tim Bjorkman visits DWU

The McGovern Center hosted congressional candidate, Tim Bjorkman, on campus last week!  The other congressional candidates were invited for separate visits as well– we will notify campus if they decide to visit.


“Triggers” Forum

We had a fantastic discussion at the “Triggers” forum on March 14th.  “Triggers: A Critical Conversation About Guns and Mental Health in America” was hosted by MEG and the McGovern Center, featuring a conversation between John Gruber, a consultant for the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence and former senior organizing manager for the Brady Campaign and Glen Caroline, director of the NRA-ILA Grassroots Division (joining via livestream).  Also participating that night was Matt Christiansen, clinical psychologist with Avera Medical Group and expert in teen and community mental health.

We are truly appreciate to all those who attended and participated in this important discussion.  At the McGovern Center, we believe it is critical to the health and success of our students and community to be able to have respectful, engaged dialogue around issues that can feel difficult and sometimes polarizing.

To hear more about the event, check out the links below:
SDPB Radio:
Daily Republic:

Students also put together a memorial, as March 14th was the one-month anniversary of the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting.IMG_4269


McGovern Center visits Avera Brady

The McGovern Center staff, along with McGovern Scholar student, Nathan Bader, stopped by Avera Brady Assisted Living yesterday to share some of the stories happening through our office and visit with the residents.  We love being able to tell our community about the projects our students are involved with– both here in Mitchell and around the world!  Thanks to the Avera staff for inviting us!


World Premiere of new composition performed by DWU band… with a special McGovern theme!

On Sunday, February 11th at 4pm in the Sherman Center, the Dakota Wesleyan Band will perform the world premiere of a piece written specifically for them by a South Dakota composer.

The band will perform a composition created specifically for them called “A Higher Plain.” It was composed by the well-known South Dakota musician and composer Jeremy Hegg and commissioned by the Glenn E. Soladay Estate for the Dakota Wesleyan University Band.

Composer Hegg took it a step further to customize the piece to DWU itself. He was inspired by George McGovern’s legacy and the title of the piece, “A Higher Plain,” was taken from a famous speech by McGovern where he says: “The highest patriotism is not a blind acceptance of official policy, but a love of one’s country deep enough to call her to a higher plain.”

This concert is free and open to the public. We are excited to hear it and invite you– as McGovern supporters– to attend!  It should be a great show!

Monochrome Jazz Circular Instrument Poster

Students help with the SD Point-in-Time Homelessness Count

The McGovern Center oversees all community service at Dakota Wesleyan.  Besides co-curricular service work, we encourage community-based learning in the classroom.  This involves students participating in service projects as part of specific courses.  The service work emphasizes their course curriculum and helps them learn more about their area of study– all while helping the community!

Last week, we had students as part of the Understanding Poverty class help with the South Dakota Point-in-Time Homelessness Count. Communities across the state are encouraged to assess homelessness in their communities through collecting survey information.  Most of the students helped in Mitchell– offering housing assessment surveys all around town, while some students helped in Sioux Fall visiting people on the streets and at Bishop Dudley.

Check out this link from Keloland about the work in Sioux Falls:

PIT Count 2018

We’re so proud of our students and their willingness to jump into this good work!