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Celebrating Doane: Homecoming 2013

Get ready for Homecoming 2013, a time to connect the Doane community past and present. Homecoming festivities will be held Oct. 6-13 with activities for all three Doane campuses.

One of the new events this year for Doane’s School of Arts and Sciences will be the Glow Doane 5K -- and it’s open to the public! Whoever enters will get a glow-in-the-dark t-shirt and other accessories to light up the night! Registration is $30 for alumni and friends, $15 for students and $10 for kids 12 and under, and the run will begin at 7 p.m near the South football field entrance.

“We decided to something a little more fun and exciting with the 5k this year,” said Alumni Relations Director Anne Golden Ziola ’04,’10A. The run will include a costume contest and a glow-in-the-dark photobooth. A portion of everyone’s fee will go toward the Doane Scholarship Fund. “It’s like you’re running for each other,” Ziola said.

At both the Lincoln and Grand Island campuses, special dinners will be hosted for students in Doane’s School of Graduate and Professional Studies. There will also be signature events! In Lincoln, there will be an event at the Lincoln Children’s Zoo, including a special meet-and-greet with free admission, door prizes and other surprises when you register online. In Grand Island, a celebration will be held for the 10th anniversary of the campus. It will start at 5 p.m. with dinner followed by John Beranek, guest speaker and gifted team builder, educator, prevention advocate, and storyteller at 6 p.m.

Other traditional events will include the pep rally and coronation, a parade in downtown Crete,  and a Tiger Tailgate before the big football game against Dakota Wesleyan. During half-time, the new Duke and Duchess will be introduced as well as the Honor D Alumni Award recipients.  

Saturday the parade kicks off at 10 a.m. on Main Street. Campus and community groups will again take to the streets with Tiger-sized floats.  All weekend long theatre goers can enjoy a special production of "Lend Me A Tenor," showing in the Whitcomb Lee Conservatory. 

“Homecoming is a big time to celebrate where we’re at right now and where we’re going,” Ziola said. “Everyone can reminisce about old times, while seeing where we are headed in the future.”

For a full list of Homecoming activities or to register for events by September 27, visit doane.edu/homecoming2013.