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An Interview with Brent Harsin

If having two sets of twins, two years apart, doesn't keep you busy, than owning your own business on top of that certainly does.

But Brent Harsin, '86, seems to do it with ease. Brent had the opportunity to own an agency with American Family Insurance just nine months after graduating from Doane. He and his wife, another Doane Alumni, picked up and moved to Syracuse, Nebraska to follow this opportunity.

Brent Harsin met up with Tiger on Tour Cassandra Kennedy at his home in Syracuse.

The Harsin's started their family there, having their first set of twins in 1996. Two years later, the Harsin's added two more kids to the mix making it a full house. Now, some twenty years later, three of his four kids are following in their parents shoes and attending Doane University.

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An Interview with Barb Daro-Ingerwersen

There's a reason Doane is listed in the top ten college arboretums in the United States, and anyone who visits campus understands. The Doane forest knows many secrets, has lived through so much history and continues to grow around as more and more students enter it's terrain.

So it isn't shocking that when alumni come back and take a tour of campus, they come across things they never noticed before. Barb Daro-Ingerwersen, '80, was able to go on an extensive tour of Doane with Tiger on Tour, Cassandra Kennedy.

She was able to walk up to the floor she lived on in Frees Hall. She was able to see the new buildings that changed the landscape from what it was when she went. And she was able to experience the forest again.

One of the reasons Barb chose to come to Doane was because of the beautiful campus she experienced when she came on a visit for a speech competition. Sold by this and that her cousin went to Doane, she embarked on her journey with the school, with her main goal of getting a degree.

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Meet Michael Barnes and Davyd Morton

Michael Barnes, '91, was going to leave Doane after his freshman year but realized that if he could make it at Doane, he could make it anywhere.

Michael came from Kansas City, Missouri, to play football and run track for Doane. He came with high school friends, who also played sports for the school. During the time, diversity on campus was not its strongest and so Michael found it hard to keep in touch with his roots.

However, over time Michael found a core friend group he still stays in touch with often. Apart from the football and track teams, he was a part of the Black Student Alliance and studied corporate communications. Michael's Doane experience taught him how to have a conversation with anyone he came in contact with.

Davyd Morton, '72, learned similar communication skills through coming to Doane. Davyd was from an economically segregated neighborhood in New Jersey, so when he chose a college he wanted somewhere he could experience things completely different.

At Doane, that was personally interacting with white people in a one on one situation. Never having the chance to do that back home, he learned so much from those interactions and cherishes his experience to grow in that with Doane's tight knit community.

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An Interview with Susan Dunn

Susan Dunn, '78, graduated from Doane with a real life Liberal Arts Degree.

As a life-long learner, she didn't like just picking one area of study when all areas interested her, and she graduated at a time when Doane had a degree that would suit that.

At first, Susan thought she would become a teacher and went for an education major. After shadowing a real life classroom, she decided she didn't want to do that any longer.

So instead Susan graduated with a Divisional major and a double minor in English and History. Her Divisional Degree mainly consisted of courses in music, dabbling with other arts every now and then.

Through her studies, Susan developed a relationship with a librarian on campus who told her she should look into library studies which took her on a whole new path in life.

After college, Susan pursued a masters in library science and became a librarian. She said her diverse background with a liberal arts education really helped set a foundation for her continued studies, as well as set her apart from other applicants when she started looking for jobs. She said it gave her skills that were uniquely her own when working with other librarians.

Susan worked at a local bar association as a law librarian, a job she truly loved. She learned that she really was an educator and that her classroom was a library.

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An Interview with Sue Rickert

Doane has come a long way in its study abroad programs, traveling to many countries in Europe, Asia and Australia.

But in the 70s and 80s, Copenhagen, Denmark was the only place to go as a Doane student. Sue Rickert, '79, took full advantage of that, studying a full semester abroad, alone in the Danish city. She stayed with a host family who took her to things like the opera, the ballet and their summer house on an island. She learned a lot about herself during this time and it proved to her that she could handle difficult challenges on her own.

Sue Rickert meets Tiger on Tour Cassandra Kennedy in the Perry Campus Center.

That's not all the Sue got out of her Doane education. She was also heavily involved in the music and theater departments, majoring in elementary and music education. She worked with Big Brother, Big Sister, was a part of alpha lambda delta, and was in the Omega Psi Theta sisterhood.

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