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Doane Commencement Spans May 19-20

Doane College will mark Commencement 2012 with a weekend of activities, culminating in the commencement ceremony Sunday, May 20.

Approximately 600 undergraduate and graduate degrees will be awarded during the college's 135th annual Commencement celebration; the first to be held in newly renovated Cassel Open Air Theatre.

Commencement begins at 10 a.m. for Lincoln and Grand Island campus undergraduate students and the college's graduate programs. Ken Krings, an '85 graduate of the Lincoln campus, will be the keynote speaker. Krings serves as director of global talent acquisition at Synaptics, a California-based company that is a leading developer of human interface solutions for mobile computing, communications, and entertainment devices. His career also includes years as director of talent acquisition for Yahoo!.

Commencement for Crete campus students will follow at 2:30 p.m. Bryan Alexander, a senior fellow at the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education, will give the keynote address.

Lawn receptions follow each ceremony. In the event of heavy rain, commencement will be moved to Fuhrer Field House.

Commencement weekend activities include:

Saturday, May 19

10:30 a.m. - Baccalaureate service, Heckman Auditorium

8 p.m. - President's Concert, Heckman Auditorium

For more information, please contact the Advancement Office at 402.826.8258.

Speaker bios:

Ken Krings '85

ken krings commencement speaker 2012Ken Krings was among the first students to attend Doane's Lincoln campus, enrolling in 1982. He worked fulltime, drove two hours to attend evening courses and carried up to 18 credits at a time in order to earn his degree in business administration in 1985.

His education and work ethic took him to elite human resources and administration roles with global technology companies in Silicon Valley.

Krings serves as director of global talent acquisition at Synaptics, a California-based company that is a leading developer of human interface solutions for mobile computing, communications, and entertainment devices. Krings manages a global team of recruiters primarily located in the United States and Taiwan. He also partners with internal human resources personnel in the company's offices in China, Korea, and Japan, to attract and recruit employees for Synaptics.

Originally from Creston, Neb., Krings began his career in his home state, working for Control Data Corporation. He transferred to California in 1985, as sales administrator.  He took a new position with Silicon Graphics Computer Systems in 1987, where he advanced from a manager in sales and employee services to recruiter, to a staffing manager, to human resources manager.  From 2000 to 2004, he worked at LoudCloud and Intuit in both staffing and human resources positions, before becoming director of talent acquisition for Yahoo!, one of the world's most identifiable companies.

While at Yahoo!, Krings managed a team of 50 recruiters and support team members. He then transitioned into other human resources roles, including human resources for human resources and all general and administrative functions, and finally, employee engagement and learning development functions, a role he held until leaving Yahoo! in 2010.

Krings currently resides with his partner of 26 years in San Jose, Calif.

 

Bryan Alexander

Bryan Alexander, Ph.D., is senior fellow at the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education (NITLE). He researches, writes, and speaks about emerging trends in higher education technology and their potential application in the context of the liberal arts teaching and learning environment.commencement 2012 speaker bryan alexander

His current research interests include emerging pedagogical forms enabled by mobile technologies, learning processes and outcomes associated with immersive environments (as in gaming and augmented reality), the digital humanities, the transformation of scholarly communication, and digital storytelling methodologies.

An innovative communicator, Dr. Alexander shares his research through a mix of mediums including books, blogs, and Twitter. His book "The New Digital Storytelling: Creating Narratives with New Media," published in 2011, explains the modern expression of the ancient art of storytelling, weaving images, text, audio, video, and music together. 

He is a frequent contributor to Techne, NITLE's blog, and he runs the NITLE futures market, a crowd-sourced predication game. Additionally, Dr. Alexander frequently writes articles for such industry publications as Educause Quarterly.

Prior to NITLE, he taught English literature, writing, information literacy and information technology studies at Centenary College of Louisiana from 1997-2002 and was a 2004 fellow of Frye Leadership Institute.

Dr. Alexander received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. He currently resides on a Vermont homestead with his family, where they raise animals and crops.