Jackson Plaza
A flair for landscape design coupled with a passion for his alma mater prompted David Jackson to provide funding for and help design Jackson Plaza on the east side of Dakota Wesleyan. With rich, inviting landscaping that boasts a centralized courtyard, a water feature and illuminated trees, Jackson Plaza has become a favorite gathering place for not only the campus community, but the Mitchell community.

Jackson graduated from DWU in 1971 with a degree in art. He earned his degree in mortuary science in 1972 from the San Francisco College of Mortuary Science and practiced in South Dakota and Iowa.

From 1985 to 2006, he and partner Craig Claussen operated La Residence, a premier Napa Valley, Calif., luxury inn, providing deluxe accommodations amid extensive landscaping.

In 2005, he received the DWU Outstanding Citizen Award and was given the William I. Graham Award in 2007.
Dakota Wesleyan University was named to the 2013 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. This designation is the highest honor a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement.
Dakota Wesleyan University is proudly affiliated with the Dakotas Conference of the United Methodist Church. Members of any and all faiths are welcome and encouraged to experience an education based on learning, leadership, faith and service.
Dakota Wesleyan University has been honored as a College of Distinction through demonstration of excellence in these areas: engaged students, great teaching, vibrant communities and successful outcomes.
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