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Ribbon-cutting ceremony officially opens new Omaha campus

Just after 4 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 10, Doane College officially opened its fourth campus for business in Omaha. The first classes start Wednesday, Jan. 15.  

Attended by Mayor Jean Stothert and Greater Omaha Chamber President and CEO David Brown, the ribbon-cutting ceremony was a milestone in a strategic plan announced by the college last July, aimed at expanding Doane’s School of Graduate and Professional Studies into the Omaha metro area.

“What a moment to open this campus in the great city of Omaha. … We have not arrived to duplicate or replicate other fine institutions in Omaha,” said Doane College President Jacque Carter during a short speech. “We are here to add value. We’ve been in the business since 1872 and we’re good at it. We’re good at mixing the practical arts with professional outcomes. We’re good at providing a foundation from which to build skills for jobs. You can describe us as a center of innovation as much as education.”

The new Omaha campus corresponds with Doane’s student-centered philosophy and ability to serve working adults. The building just off of 144th and F Street has been carefully fashioned into an inviting space with a warm vibe where students can learn and thrive, complete with the latest technology, Apple computer lab, individual work and study spaces and a dedicated student advisor.

“We wanted our environment to further distinguish Doane as a place that students would want to come and learn,” said Janice Hadfield, dean of the School of Graduate and Professional Studies (GPS). “It’s not institutional, it’s welcoming.”

Relationships also distinguish Doane, as evidenced by the realtor who assisted for the search for Doane’s new location. At the ribbon-cutting event, Home Real Estate agent Carla Waldbaum with Home Real Estate presented Hadfield with a personal check for $1,000 toward the Janice Hadfield LIVE Doane Scholarship Fund. The Fund – in honor of Hadfield who has been leading Doane’s adult and graduate programs for 26 years – provides scholarships to students in the GPS program.

Mayor Stothert took the podium following President Carter, welcoming Doane and confirming the college’s ability to help develop outstanding graduates.

“Doane brings it important core values to Omaha. … and sets high standards,” Stothert said. “Students are empowered to learn. I know this because my Deputy Chief of Staff Cassie Seagren earned her master’s degree here. Thank you for choosing Omaha and good luck here as you begin your work here.”

The media, Omaha leadership, Doane alumni and friends stood by the dozens to celebrate as David Brown of the Greater Chamber of Commerce spoke last.

“A healthy vibrant community depends on skilled workers and growing labor pool,” Brown said. “We welcome Doane’s School of Graduate and Professional Studies to Omaha and applaud it for the crucial role it will play in helping to meet the region’s workforce needs and develop community leaders."