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Why Martin Luther King Jr. Day still matters

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As the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday draws near, it brings with it a time for reflection at Doane College.  

Given the great tumult in our world today, we are fortunate—some might say blessed—to have the words and deeds of Dr. King to guide us, inspire us and to give us hope in these uncertain times at home and abroad. Martin Luther King Jr. called upon all of us—African-Americans, Native Americans, Latinos, Asians, Whites and all shades in between—to embrace our common humanity and empower the “better angels of our nature.” What his life meant, what his words taught us, means more today than at any time in our recent history.  Dr. King's “I Have a Dream” speech is significant not just for the country and world, but for our families and ourselves as individuals. It speaks to everyone and we should listen to it often and not just on the third Monday of the first month of the year.

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Alumni Spotlight

This week's Alumni Spotlight, Robbie Stefka '01A

This week's Alumni Spotlight is Robbie Stefka '01A. Robbie’s Doane story exemplifies Doane’s individualized attention to students and flexibility. Professor Lynn Forester helped him create a program that would allow him to obtain his teacher's certificate, as well as a masters degree, in four semesters. To make it more convenient, he was able to attend classes in Crete, Lincoln, and Omaha. He was even able to take in Stop Day one year! After graduating with his Masters in Curriculum and Instruction, Robbie taught at Papillion LaVista High School where he was head of the Journalism department and an English teacher. He now resides in North Platte with his family, where he works at his father’s business, Commercial Investment Services, as a Sales and Leasing Agent. He also serves on the NEBRASKAland Days board.

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Alumni Spotlight

This week's Alumni Spotlight, James Hoshor '93This week's Alumni Spotlight is James Hoshor '93. This past summer, one of our Tigers on Tour (TOT) students, Kayleigh Erskine, met with James at Mr. Goodcents in Lincoln and had a great time talking about Doane! James graduated in 1993 with degrees in Business and Management. He currently works for Client Resources Inc. (CRi) in Omaha and started a portion of the company that develops software for phone apps. Our TOT loved hearing about his time as a member of Tau Sigma Zeta fraternity and as a member of the football team. In fact, James was part of the team that won the GPAC championship and even got to play with the rest of his team in New Zealand!

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Alumni Spotlight: Zach Anderson '07

zach.jpgThis week, our Alumni Spotlight is Zach Anderson '07.

This past summer, one of our TOT students went to visit Zach at his office in Hanscom Park United Methodist Church, where he works as a pastor. Zach was always involved at Doane taking part in many of the performing arts. In addition to his studies and extracurricular activities Zach also had a great passion for Greek Life being a member of Alpha Pi Epsilon. Greek Life, he said, helps to foster leadership, which is something he greatly values to this day (Zach frequently assist with Youth Leadership Seminars).

He and our TOT talked extensively about his involvement in changing aspects of Greek Council and Greek Life. He also shared several stories about what it was like seeing the transition from President Brown to President Brand. It was wonderful learning about Zach and his perspective of Doane from '03-’07. 

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Alumni Spotlight

This week's Alumni Spotlight, Jay Wilkinson

This week our Alumni spotlight is Jay Wilkinson from Lincoln, NE. This past summer, one of our TOTs visited Firespring to meet with Jay. At exactly 11:11am, Jay and our TOT attended Firespring's daily all company meeting. She was blown away by the high energy and collaborative work that goes on inside the office! They then sat down and chatted about his time at Doane. Although he was at Doane for only a year, he had plenty of stories. While at Doane, Jay was a part of Sigma Phi Theta, the football team, and the basketball team. Jay is a huge supporter of leadership activities in Nebraska, so our TOT shared her experience with Doane’s Hansen Leadership Program, which he really supported. Currently, Jay lives in Lincoln with his family. He is the CEO of Firespring, but travels across the states for speaking engagements often. 

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