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President's Message on MLK Day

 

MLK Day

Each year on every third Monday of January people across the nation and around the world are celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day, an official American holiday marking the birthday of this great leader.  I wonder what advice and words of wisdom Martin Luther King would give us in these times.  What would he encourage us to do on this holiday? Given MLK’s life of service to others he might appropriately say to us that “a day on is not a day off.”  Surely he would expect us to use this time to improve the lot of others less fortunate.  

Coretta Scott King, an American author, activist, civil rights leader, and the wife of Martin Luther King, Jr. told us that her husband’s holiday “celebrates the life and legacy of a man who brought hope and healing to America”.  She urges us to focus on the values he taught us— courage, truth, justice, compassion, dignity, humility and service.  

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Dr. Jacque Carter

President

An Interview with Bob and Cliff

In the list of pros and cons of a liberal arts education, getting to study things outside your major falls into both.

While students at the time may find it annoyingly unproductive, years after graduation they realize just how beneficial it is to study more than just one field.

For Cliff Kester, '85, how his education professors taught him on how to deal with people has helped him far past the classroom.

Bob Henn meets with Tiger on Tour student Taylor Wehrs.

As a Physical and Elementary Education major, Cliff always knew he wanted to coach and teach. He was a great athlete for Doane, playing as the wide receiver for the football team and a mid-distance runner for the track team.

Right after college, Cliff started his teaching career in Sidney, Iowa teaching 5th grad and helping coach wrestling. He went on to teach physical education and coach at various locations throughout his career, landing in his hometown of Cambridge, Nebraska.

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Cassandra Kennedy '16

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Meet Marty Hughes, AKA Kayakjak

In 1997 Marty Hughes, '82, bought a kayak off of Ebay that would change his life.

As an avid fisher, Marty quickly learned that with his kayak he could get a lot closer to fish than he could on a boat. Fast-forward and now Marty owns Kayakjak's Outfitters and Fishing Guide Service, where he teaches many people how to fish on a kayaks and is nationally recognized by the kayak fishing community. More importantly to him though is that he teaches them how to appreciate the outdoors.

Marty Hughes meets up with Tiger on Tour Cassandra Kennedy.

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Cassandra Kennedy '16

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An Interview with Al Moore

To love playing a sport is much more than to love the game itself.

It's to love the discipline of it.

It's to love the teamwork required of it.

It's to love facing new challenges and overcoming them within it.

Playing a sport teaches a person much more than how to use his physical strength, it teaches him how to use those skills beyond the field.

For Al Moore, '73, playing football for Doane taught him all these things and more.

Al came from Omaha, Nebraska in a high school that was all white, so when he came to Doane and learned to be teammates with students of color, he learned much more than the right plays to make. He said it was an eye-opening time for him to witness how color-blind coach Al Papik was, a trait he hoped to learn from.

Even in his studies, Al's understanding of the world was challenged. As a psychology major and sociology minor, he took many classes by a professor who was from the Middle East, who thought completely different than him. The professor would have him over for dinner with his family and Al found that relationship so personable and fascinating.

Though he didn't end up going into psychology, the background he received with his education and athletic opportunities in Doane led Al to success in the business world.

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Cassandra Kennedy '16

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Meet Teri and Sarah

In the 1970's, Doane was populated from a diverse amount of states across the country. Student came from Boston, Chicago, and like Teri Shestak, '76, Connecticut.

Teri's mom grew up in Crete, so she knew of the area where Doane was. She also knew that Doane had a reputation of an excellent education program and she wanted to be a teacher, so Doane was a perfect fit.

Teri Shestak met with Tiger on Tour Taylor Wehrs to chat about her Doane experience.

Throughout her time at Doane, Teri played field hockey for the one year it was at the school, managed the volleyball team and was very active in the Gamma Phi Iota sorority.

Doane proved to be successful for Teri's teaching career, giving her 40 years of teaching and she continues on, moving back to Crete where she's been teaching for 22 years.

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Cassandra Kennedy '16

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