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Alumni, professor shine in MLK events

LINCOLN—Doane College’s connection to Lincoln weekend events preceding Martin Luther King Jr. Day were three-fold.

Two alumni – Lincoln Public Schools Superintendent Steve Joel ’76 and Lisa M. Bickert ’13A of the New Leaders Developement Center of Nebraska – were honored as award-winners at the Martin Luther King Celebration Awards Ceremony midday Friday at the Nebraska State Capitol.

Earlier that day, Dr. Marilyn Johnson-Farr, Doane’s Dwight E. Porter professor of education, was the keynote speaker at Lincoln’s 21st annual Freedom Breakfast.

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Joel received the Lt. Col. Paul Adams Education Award while Bickert, a graduate of the Master of Arts in Management program, took home the Hugh & Dr. Leola Bullock Equity/Advocacy Award. She currently serves as the director of the Native Youth Leadership Academy-HOPE Project, a year-old partnership between Doane and the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska that aims to help more Native American youth prepare for college.

More on Johnson-Farr’s speech can be found in an article by the Lincoln Journal-Star here

Photos courtesy of Lisa M. Bickert '13A