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From the President: 'Seeking the Better Angels of our Nature'

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Below is a transcript of Doane College President Dr. Jacque Carter's speech, entitled "Seeking the Better Angels of our Nature," from the Crete campus's 2015-16 Convocation ceremonies Aug. 27 in Heckman Auditorium.


Good morning everyone. If you are as excited as I am about this Class of 2019, then let them hear it by saying with gusto “Welcome students!” I too am pleased to welcome our students, faculty and staff, as well as professor Jay Gilbert and Doane’s Symphonic Wind Ensemble to this Convocation.  And last but not least, thanks goes out to all those on our staff and faculty who have worked behind the scenes to make this special event possible for our incoming class.

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Alumni Spotlight: Chris Cassiday

 FullSizeRender-4.jpgOur alumni spotlight  this month is Chris Cassiday '10! Tigers on Tour intern, Dakota Whisenhunt '16, had the opportunity to meet with Chris this summer. Chris is from Chadron, NE and both his parents, Jerry '76 and Cheryl Clarke '75 Cassiday, attended Doane. He was hesitant about coming to Doane at first, but he fell in love with the campus after his first visit.

Chris started out as a math and music education major but then switched to sociology with the intention of going to law school. He was very involved on campus as well. He sang in the Doane Choir and played in the band, jazz band, and pep band. He was also a student ambassador and President of Student Congress his senior year.  

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Alumni Spotlight: Taylor Foy

Inauguration_TaylorFoy.jpg Our alumni spotlight for this month is Taylor Foy '09! Tigers on Tour intern, Dakota Whisenhunt '16, had the opportunity to speak with Taylor recently. He is from Ogallala, Nebraska and decided to come to Doane because his brother went here. He visited his junior year with his older brother and fell in love with the campus.

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Senior Standouts: Erin Bell ’15

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Erin Bell took advantage of each opportunity at Doane, and now she's starting a promising journalism career.

Erin Bell ’15 is good at getting answers.

Good student journalists are.

But when it came to looking forward to her new career or looking back on her Doane experience, she realized the best part of her path was the opposite.

She never had the answer for what came next. She just rolled with it.

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Alumni Spotlight: Bailey Feit

FullSizeRender.jpg This months alumni spotlight is Bailey Feit '09! This week our Tigers on Tour student, Emily Vokal, met with Bailey in Lincoln to share some Doane memories. Bailey is from Lincoln, where she attended Lincoln High School. She studied secondary math education at Doane, and that was her intention before she even enrolled as a freshman. She learned about Doane from a flyer or pamphlet in the mail. Wanting to be different from everyone who went to UNL or SCC from her high school, she went on a group visit to Doane. She was amazed by how beautiful the campus was. After receiving scholarships, she visited again. This time she visited alone and met with professors. Jim Johnson, who grew to be her favorite professor, talked to her about math education and treated her like she wasn't just another number.

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