It is my pleasure to share with you another online edition of Doane Magazine. In this issue, you will find stories on the 50th anniversary of the Doane Tiger football team being featured in Sports Illustrated for boasting the nation’s longest winning streak at the time, a story spotlighting the university’s new Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, a feature on Doane graduate and Board of Trustees member Enrique Sanchez who recently received a distinguished honor, and a feature on a Doane senior who had a very unique internship opportunity this past summer.
It has been a busy fall at the university and we look forward to what’s ahead in the winter. We welcomed 361 first-year students to the Crete campus this fall, a significant uptick from last year’s incoming class. We are currently serving approximately 2,750 part-time and full-time students on our four campuses in Crete, Lincoln, Omaha, and Grand Island, and through our online programs. We are also pleased to welcome a steady increase in multicultural and international students to our Crete campus.
Fostering a community where diversity, equity and inclusion are considered mission-imperative areas has been a point of emphasis for the university and that is reflected with the formation of the Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, which was formally announced through ribbon-cutting ceremonies in October. The Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion allows Doane to accelerate programs in delivering equity outcomes for students, faculty, staff, and the community. Doane’s Multicultural Support Services, Office of Religious and Spiritual Life, Veteran/Military Student Services, CAPE (Campus Advocacy, Prevention, and Education) Project, and a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Specialist will all be working within the division.
Inclusion is one of our four values that we recently introduced as we unveiled a new mission statement, vision statement, and set of values as a result of strategic planning efforts. The values -- inclusion, integrity, innovation, and transformation are at the core of our work. I believe the mission statement, vision statement, and set of values provides us with a great outline to move forward.
Fall is always a special time at the university for many reasons, with one of them being the opportunity to celebrate Homecoming week with alumni, family, and friends. This year’s Homecoming took place October 6-13 and the theme was “Together as Tigers.” I found this to be very fitting as we continue to strive towards operating as a new kind of comprehensive university. We had wonderful events in Crete, Lincoln, and Omaha, capped off with a great day of festivities on Saturday, October 12 and our annual Homecoming Awards Banquet on Sunday, October 13. We had around two thousand people attend our events throughout the week. It was a great success!
Lastly, we are beginning to move forward with action items for our strategic plan, titled Doane150 as we near the university’s 150th anniversary in 2022. Last fall, Doane invited members of our campus community to contribute to our strategic planning process. Between December and May, 130 faculty, staff, and board members served on one of nine planning committees: Mission, Vision, and Values, Advancement and Alumni, Information Systems and Technology, Academic Programs and Curriculum, Extracurricular Activities and Athletics, Student Experience, Enrollment and Marketing, Diversity and Inclusion, and University Operations.
As a result of the efforts from the planning committees, a new strategic plan was formed. The strategic plan articulates the university’s strategic priorities and will serve as a general roadmap of efforts as Doane moves towards its 150th anniversary in 2022. Based on a new vision, mission, and values, the Doane150 plan builds on Doane’s current strengths and focuses our energy and resources on the most pressing issues that we are distinctively positioned to address. The Board of Trustees approved Doane’s strategic plan, Doane150, articulating excitement and optimism towards this initiative.
Thank you for taking the time to read Doane Magazine and I hope everyone has a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving next week!
Jacque Carter, Ph.D.