Dredla Research Series Speaker Oct. 13
On Tuesday, October 13, Dr. Holly A. Rine, assistant professor of history at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, NY, will offer a presentation on " ‘The house ordained to that end': How Mohawks, Dutch and English created a cross-cultural courthouse in seventeenth-century Albany" as part of the Dredla Research Series.
The idea for the Dredla Research Series began in 2006, when the Vice President for Academic Affairs announced the initiation of a research speaker series in celebration of the inauguration of Doane College's eleventh president, Jonathan M. Brand. The series honors the intellectual community of the college by funding scholarly presentations.
In 2008, contributions from the estates of Alberta M. Dredla (1905-2003) and Bernice C. Dredla Sanderson (1909-2000) made the establishment of a permanent endowment a reality. The Dredla sisters, natives of Crete and graduates of Doane College in 1926 and 1935, respectively, were long-time supporters of education. The Dredla women established long and vital teaching careers, contributing to and taking on numerous leadership roles in various communities of educators. Although the sisters moved with their parents to the Los Angeles area of California in 1939, they maintained strong ties to Doane College. Both women received the Doane College Builder Award, Alberta in 1988 and Bernice in 1991, granted to alumni "who have made immeasurable contributions of time and effort to the building of the college and whose leadership has set a living example." In 1984, the sisters established a Doane scholarship fund. In 2007, the Dredla sisters' estates financed the office wing of the education department in the Chab-Weyers Education Building.
The Dredla Research Speakers Series has now been established permanently because of the Dredla sisters' generosity and dedication to Doane College. The commitment to intellectual life demonstrated by the Dredla sisters matches the founding goals of the research series to gather students, faculty, and the larger Doane College community into challenging consideration of ongoing research in the liberal arts and sciences. In addition to student achievement in specific courses and majors, the Dredla women understood well the importance of creating intellectual community among faculty and students, and among faculty within their disciplines across the nation.
Dr. Rine's talk is open to the public. It will be held in the Communications Building, Room 002 and will begin at 11 AM.