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Sharon Krauter Seagren '58

Why I Chose Doane: My high school teachers Gene and Virginia Else were graduates of Doane and they influenced me in choosing Doane.  Plus coming from a small high school it was an ideal college to attend.  Coming to Doane was the right choice and great experience.

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Wayne Fowler '66

Why I Chose Doane: I grew up in western South Dakota and Doane seemed far away, but after my visit with admissions and the coaches it seemed like a good choice. It was!

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Judy Fishel Fowler '68

Why I Chose Doane: I graduated from a large urban high school in Omaha. I got a wonderful education there, but the size was overwhelming. I visited two other colleges in Nebraska before I went to Doane. It didn't take me long to decide that's where I belonged. There was just something very welcoming about the campus and the admission staff. I didn't search any further after I visited Doane.

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David Scribner '72

Why I Chose Doane: Besides being the only school to really come after me, Coach Al Papik was willing to let a small guy have a chance.

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Kent Mann '75

Why I Chose Doane: The coaches, at the time, recruited me and invited me to the campus for a visit.  After the visit, I made the decision to attend Doane.  It just felt right!

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Cyndee Novotny Mann '76

Why I Chose Doane: I took part in the high school chorus called "The Young Nebraskans" sponsored by Doane and directed by the late Glenn Peterson. I loved the campus and I was sold!

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Shari Sobotka Pieper '78

Why I Chose Doane: I was all set to go to UNL (for the big city life) when a last minute visit to Doane changed my mind. The students were so warm and welcoming and the smaller atmosphere made me feel at home. I never miss an opportunity to promote Doane to prospective students; attending Doane was an amazing life event for me.

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Mary Olsen Steiner '80

Why I Chose Doane: Many generations had attended Doane. I was having trouble deciding, and I didn’t know what my area of study would be. I knew Doane was a good liberal arts college, so I made the easy decision.

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Angela Hoins Heckman '82

Why I Chose Doane: The reason I choose Doane was because of its outstanding reputation for educating teachers and because it had a welcoming feeling of home.

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Matt Heckman '83

Why I Chose Doane: I grew up in Crete and left High School to attend University of Utah.  I was ill prepared and wanted to leave after one semester.  My father, Philip Heckman, was the President of Doane at the time and he asked if I wanted to come back and try Doane.  I did and it was a good fit.  I quickly made friends, many of whom remain friends to this day.  The Professors and staff gave me the attention I did not get in Utah.  In short, I chose Doane due to circumstances but it became one of the better choices of my life.

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Michael Weston '93
Alumni Board of Trustees Rep

Why I Chose Doane: I chose Doane after being on campus for about two minutes.  It was during my first visit to the college in June of 1989.  I had no connections to Doane prior to my visit with my parents.  We stood near Smith Hall overlooking Miller Pond for a minute and I knew immediately when I was going to college.  I loved Doane because:

1.      It's small size allowed me to meet with faculty & staff whenever needed - great individual attention.
2.      I loved the smaller classes.  You're a name and a student - not a number.
3.      Opportunity - I had learning, leadership, internship, and travel (Interterm to Russia) opportunities I would have never had elsewhere.
4.      The campus - the most beautiful in the state, great faculty & staff, and great friends.  Six of us lived in the Quads for three years - we still get together every August.

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Chad Denker '93

Why I Chose Doane: Doane gave me the personal attention and small class size that I needed and wanted. It gave me an opportunity to continue my track career. The professors and coaches were second to none.

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Jon Ernst '94

Why I Chose Doane: I chose Doane both because Secondary Education was my major (my Dad was a high school principal and he told me Doane was the best at preparing educators) and I wanted to continue my football career at the college level. I left appreciating the small class sizes and unparalleled individual attention I received!

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Andy Lange '97

Why I Chose Doane: While I originally visited Doane's campus because it was close to where I lived, it immediately felt like a place that should become my home. I was sold on Doane because of the positive connections I was able to make with the faculty and staff, the financial package Doane was able to offer me, and the beautiful scenery surrounding it all.

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Adam Erdkamp '00

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John Schwartz '02, '05E, '08E

Why I Chose Doane: When I initially visited Doane College it was one of several colleges in Nebraska I was considering at the time. By the time I had left campus the day of my visit I knew it would be the school I would attend for the next four years. I loved the campus, was impressed with the college professors in the education program, felt a connection with the coaches on the track team, and appreciated the pride everyone associated with Doane expressed during my interaction with them. My experience over the next four years, and three additional Doane advanced degrees later, has only reinforced my belief that there is no place like Doane College. Go Tigers!

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Laura Forster Schwartz '03

Why I Chose Doane: Choosing Doane was not a difficult decision. I had heard great things about the school and had been on the beautiful campus before making my official visit as a senior in high school. Like many students preparing to enter college, I was uncertain of what I wanted to be “when I grew up.” I liked the idea of a liberal arts education and attending a smaller school with appropriate class sizes. When it was time to make the big decision, after considering all options, no other college or university compared to what Doane could offer in terms of community and just being the right fit for me.

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Justin Kozisek '04

Why I Chose Doane: I chose Doane College because I wanted to be apart of community where I felt I could make an impact, be challenged, and feel I belonged. Doane College and the Crete community allowed me to feel like my involvement and activities were making a difference. The smaller classrooms and college professors challenged me to think differently. The Doane Community, Greek activities, college sports, and other organizations made me feel like I belonged to something special.

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Jan Mares '11L

Why I Chose Doane: My daughter, in-laws - Jack and Elva Mares, and Elva's family had attended Doane. I loved Angie Klasek when I met with her and felt it was the perfect fit for me. It turned out to be the a wonderful experience for me. 

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Jason Orton '11L

Why I Chose Doane: I chose Doane because after a search through the colleges and universities around Lincoln, Doane had more to offer the non-traditional student than any of the other schools I looked at.  The classes were the right size and the teachers at the Lincoln campus were there for the student.  I think for the non-traditional students that Doane offers the best education.


Tonya O'Neel '13L

Why I Chose Doane: I chose to continue my education at the Doane-Lincoln campus because it allowed me to continue working full-time and applied previously earned credits. The accelerated program for non-traditional students enabled me to complete two courses in an eight week period of time and the flex terms were awesome! Not only did I gain a great education from Doane College, but the connections and friendships I made over the years have been priceless.