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Philip Weitl
Philip is an Assistant Professor of English and Director of The Writing Center at Doane College in Crete, Nebraska.  He teaches courses on creative, technical, and expository writing, for which he was named the 2010 Doane College Teacher of the Year.  He holds a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Nebraska, as well as a Master of Arts in English and a Graduate Certificate in Technical and Professional Communication from Kansas State University.  His writing has earned awards from The Briar Cliff Review, The Baltimore Review, the Flint Hills Review, and the Georgetown Review, and has appeared in The Briar Cliff Review, The Flint Hills Review, the Georgetown Review, Jelly Bucket, and Next Text, a college writing anthology.  He is also a regular contributor to Nebraska Life.  Prior to his time at Doane College, he served as the speechwriter and deputy press secretary for the Nebraska governor's office and, more recently, as the writing director for a Nebraska-based media production firm.
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 Kendra Gardner 

Arapahoe, NE

Music Education

Interesting fact: My family has llamas.

"Even if you are on the right track, you will get run over if you just sit there." -Will Rogers


 Ben Mulligan 

Shenandoah, IA

English and Philosophy

Interesting fact: The Writing Center's resident film snob.

"The world is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper." - Bertrand Russell


 Emily Pracht

Broken Bow, NE


Interesting fact: I can play my nose.

"I love people who make me laugh. I honestly think it's the thing I like most, to laugh. It cures a multitude of ills. It's probably the most important thing in a person."-Audrey Hepburn


 Katie Lehman



Boelus, Nebraska

English/Creative Non-Fiction Writing Emphasis, Biology minor

Interesting fact: I love watching's what I do to relax!

"Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind." --Dr. Suess


 Courtney Hedgpeth

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Special Education, Spanish, ESL

Interesting fact: I have met a Noble Peace Prize winner.

"Krista is the prettiest girl there is." -Mackenzie Maly



 Kayleigh Erskine

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Sociology, minors in Leadership Studies and Creative Writing

Interesting fact: I can wiggle my ears.

"In three words I can sum up everything I have learned about life: it goes on."-Robert Frost



 Alex Dawson

New Zealand

English (creative non-fiction) & Journalism and Media double major

Interesting fact: I'm foreign.

"I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness..." - Allen Ginsberg


 Krista Couton

Wahoo, NE

Music Education, Spanish Minor

Interesting fact: I've been to over 10 countries! 

"Nothing too good or too bad ever lasts for too long."


 Benjamin Lawrence

Broken Bow, NE

English with a Creative Non-Fiction Writing Emphasis

Interesting fact: I am an onion.

"The first draft of anything is shit." -Ernest Hemingway


 Rachel Overbeckrachel.jpg

Omaha, NE 

English with a Creative Non-Fiction Writing Emphasis, Leadership Studies Minor

Interesting fact: I am very often reading 3+ books (for fun) at any given time.

"The woods are lovely dark and deep but I have promises to keep. And miles to go before I sleep. And miles to go before I sleep." -Robert Frost


 Jenna Woitaszewski

Wood River, NE

Business Administration with an Economics minor, Sociology with an Emphasis in Criminology, and Law/Politics/Society

Interesting fact: I never learned my left from my right, so I'm the world's worst navigator.

"The best things in life are those which look like they cannot be done"-Arnold Palmer



Nik Stevenson

Papillion, NE

BioChemistry/ minors in Psychology and Leadership

Interesting fact: Play soccer for Doane!

"If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together." -African Proverb

 Marissa Moore

Norfolk, NE

English/Language Arts Secondary Education

Interesting fact: I know how to play the ukulele.

"Always do what you are afraid to do." -Ralph Waldo Emerson


 Lauren Hestermann 

Lincoln, NE

Elementary Education, Middle School Endorsement in History and Language Arts

Interesting fact: When I was little, I was allergic to ranch dressing. Thankfully I grew out of it!

"Be so busy loving your life you have no time for hate, regret or fear." - Karen Salmansohn


 Andrew Vinton

North Platte, NE

Business Admin.

Interesting fact: I watched the entire first season of Breaking Bad in one sitting.

"Work as though everything depends on you. Pray as though everything depends on God." --St Augustine

 Karena Nyberg

Lincoln, NE

 Psychology (speech pathology)

Interesting fact: I am a 4th degree black belt.

It's all in the mind y'know -George Harrison


 Sydney Worley syd.jpg

Lincoln, Nebraska

Environmental Science, Creative Writing/Non-fiction Minor 

Interesting fact: I'm obsessed with Star Wars. 

 "I am not what has happened to me, I am what I choose to become."