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Doane College receives ESGR Seven Seals Award

Doane College will receive the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Seven Seals Award for the state of Nebraska on May 17.

The award is one of the highest given to any entity committed to working with those serving in the National Guard and Reserve. Doane's School of Graduate and Professional Studies campus in Lincoln was selected for its support of employees who are military members and for its educational support and service to students who are military members.

The college also offers support for family members – employees and students – who have a loved one in the military.

Leslie Harms ’10, Doane’s service coordinator for graduate education, and the wife of U.S. Navy Reservist Mark Harms (a 2009 Doane graduate) nominated the college.

“From my standpoint, the college at large was so supportive of what I needed when Mark was deployed,” Harms said. “I was allowed to take leave time to get our affairs in order and when he came back home.”

Harms said her co-workers were supportive on an emotional level as well.

“That’s not something you would normally see in a work place and I felt that needed to be recognized,” she said. “Doane has give me so much, and I am pleased to hear they are getting recognition.”

Harms also nominated her supervisor Wilma Daddario, assistant dean of the Master of Education Program, for her outstanding individual support and received the Patriot Award from ESGR.

Janice Hadfield, dean of the School of Graduate and Professional Studies, will be accepting the ESGR Seven Seals Award on behalf of the college during an awards banquet for all organizations on May 17 in Omaha.

“It feels wonderful because we’re so proud of our students and employees who are in the Guard Reserve,” said Hadfield. “We so appreciate the sacrifices. We do everything we can to support the military.”